Extends effectiveness of provisions relating to BOCES intermediate districts.
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to the effectiveness thereof
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would amend the salary cap for BOCES district superintendents.
SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill would provide that the total salary amount paid to district superintendents for the 2014-2015 school year and for any other subsequent school year may not exceed the lesser of 6% over the salary cap of the preceding school year, or 98% of the commissioner's salary earned in the 2014-2015 school year.
Section 2 of the bill provides that the act shall take effect immediately.
Section 1950(4)(a)(2) of the Education Law caps a BOCES district superintendent salary at 98% of the commissioner's 2003-2004 salary. The current cap equates to about 78% of the commissioner's current salary. Currently, each district superintendent receives an annual salary from the state and the BOCES may decide to pay the district superintendent a supplementary salary, which must be included in the BOCES administrative budget provided to the board members of each component district. This bill would update the ten year old cap to ensure that BOCES boards can fill district superintendent vacancies with qualified candidates that would be able to receive similar salaries compared to those earned by superintendents in their component school districts.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New bill.
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 7768 IN SENATE June 6, 2014 ___________Introduced by Sen. DeFRANCISCO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to the effectiveness thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Subparagraph 2 of paragraph a of subdivision 4 of section 1950 of the education law, as amended by chapter 698 of the laws of 2003, is amended to read as follows: (2) Notwithstanding any inconsistent provision of law in no event shall the total salary including amounts paid pursuant to section twen- ty-two hundred nine of this chapter for district superintendents
[for each school year through the two thousand two--two thousand three school year exceed ninety-eight percent of that earned by the commissioner for state fiscal year nineteen hundred ninety-two--ninety-three, and in no event shall such total salary for a district superintendent]for the two thousand [three]FOURTEEN--two thousand [four]FIFTEEN school year or any subsequent school year exceed: (i) one hundred six percent of the salary cap applicable in the preceding school year, or (ii) ninety-eight percent of that earned by the commissioner in the two thousand [three]FOURTEEN--two thousand [four]FIFTEEN state fiscal year, whichever is less. In no event shall any district superintendent be permitted to accumulate vacation or sick leave credits in excess of the vacation and sick leave credits managerial/confidential employees of the state are permitted to accumulate pursuant to regulations promulgated by the state civil service commission, nor may any district superintendent at the time of separation from service be compensated for accrued and unused vacation credits or sick leave, or use accrued and unused sick leave for retirement service credit or to pay for health insurance in retirement, at a rate in excess of the rate permitted to managerial/confidential employees of the state pursuant to regulations of the state civil service commission. In addition to the payment of supplementary salary, a board of cooperative educational services may provide for the payment of all or a portion of the cost of insurance benefits for the districtEXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD15383-01-4 S. 7768 2
superintendent of schools, including but not limited to health insur- ance, disability insurance, life insurance or any other form of insur- ance benefit made available to managerial/confidential employees of the state; provided that any such payments for whole life, split dollar or other life insurance policies having a cash value shall be included in the total salary of the district superintendent for purposes of this subparagraph, and provided further that any payments for the employee contribution, co-pay or uncovered medical expenses under a health insur- ance plan also shall be included in the total salary of the district superintendent. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, payments for such insurance benefits may be based on the district superinten- dent's total salary or the amount of his or her supplementary salary only. Any payments for transportation or travel expenses in excess of actual, documented expenses incurred in the performance of duties for the board of cooperative educational services or the state, and any other lump sum payment not specifically excluded from total salary pursuant to this subparagraph, shall be included in the total salary of the district superintendent for purposes of this subparagraph. Nothing herein shall prohibit a district superintendent from waiving any rights provided for in an existing contract or agreement as hereafter prohibit- ed in favor of revised compensation or benefit provisions as permitted herein. In no event shall the terms of the district superintendent's contract, including any provisions relating to an increase in salary, compensation or other benefits, be contingent upon the terms of any contract or collective bargaining agreement between the board of cooper- ative educational services and its teachers or other employees. The commissioner may adopt regulations for the purpose of implementing the provisions of this paragraph. S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.