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Administrators 

All administrators will be eligible for course reimbursement not to exceed the University of Maine graduate rate. The Superintendent of Schools in consultation with the Westbrook School Committee will have the discretion to authorize reimbursement above this level in case the courses are unavailable through the University of Maine system in-state rate.  Actual cost for tuition, books and laboratory fees limited to a rate not to exceed University of Maine in-state charges. Course(s) will be pre-paid by the Westbrook School Department. However, should the administrator fail to obtain a grade of B or better or a "pass" in the course, s/he will be docked through payroll deductions the cost of the course. Any administrator covered under this agreement who resigns or departs the district within one year of completion of any approved course shall reimburse the Westbrook School Department for 50% of the cost of any approved course.  Any administrator covered under this agreement who resigns or departs the district on his or her own accord within two years of completion of the last class of any advanced degree program (Masters +30, CAS, Doctoral) paid in full by the Westbrook School Department shall reimburse the Westbrook School Department for 50% of the cost of the last two (2) year's classes of the approved program.  Administrator Course Approval Form


Teachers 


Teachers may take up to nine (9) credit hours for courses in any calendar year by submitting a Teacher Course Approval Form for prior approval to their principal, who will in turn submit it to the Superintendent for approval.  Actual costs for tuition, books, and laboratory fees are limited to a rate not to exceed University of Maine charges.

Teachers have to option of paying for the course themselves and requesting a reimbursement once they submit a transcript verifying credit and grade. The grade must be “B” or better or instances where pass / fail is in effect, receipt of “pass” or classes where a certificate of completion is issued, a certificate within thirty (30) days of the last date of class for reimbursement.  No teacher will be reimbursed for more than nine (9) credit hours for courses in any calendar year, regardless of the number earned. 

Teachers have the option to have the course paid in advance by checking the box on the  Teacher Course Approval Form indicating they would like the course pre-paid and submitting a copy of the tuition bill to Central Office.  Pre-payment is not allowable for the payment of any courses exceeding nine (9) credit hours per school year.  A transcript verifying credit and grade of  “B” or better  or instances where pass / fail is in effect, receipt of “pass” or classes where a certificate of completion is issued, a certificate must be submitted to the Superintendent's Office within thirty (30) days of the last date of class.

Text books and any additional materials required for the course are reimbursable by submitting a receipt to the Superintendent's Office.

Information regarding advancement on the teacher's scale may be found here.


Support Staff 


Support Staff may take up to six (6) credit hours for courses in any calendar year by submitting a Support Staff Course Approval Form for prior approval to their principal, who will in turn submit it to the Superintendent for approval.

To receive reimbursement, support staff shall submit a receipt for the tuition and documentation of successful completion of the course to the Superintendent's Office.  Successful completion means a grade of 2.5 or 75 or C or better.   

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