Volume 8, Number 8, May 2015

Calendar - May 21   Last Day of School,  May 25   Memorial Day

Incentive program

District and Classroom Site (Proposition 301) funds provide eligible MPS employees an opportunity to increase their compensation by achieving annual goals.  Goal results will be finalized in late June, and incentive checks will be issued July 10, 2015 if goals are met. 

Select details are listed below.  For complete information about eligibility criteria and estimated payment amounts, please see the Incentive Program Guidelines.

  • Employees must be hired on or before March 11, 2015.
  • Employees must remain employed through April 23, 2015, and work at least 72 hours.
  • The total amount of the incentive earned will be prorated for teachers whose contract started after December 15, 2014, or are on part-time contracts.
  • Per Arizona Revised Statute 15-977, subsection B, paragraph 2, one third of the incentive for a classroom teacher (as defined by policy GCN) will be based on the individual teacher’s evaluation performance classification.
  • Teachers who receive a Preliminary Notice of Inadequacy of Classroom Performance will be ineligible if they fail to correct the deficiencies within the prescribed timelines.
  • Support staff will be ineligible if they are placed on a for-cause probation and do not successfully complete the probation.
  • Employees who are not rehired for 2015-16 as a result of job performance are not eligible.
  • Substitute teachers have a unique set of criteria and must work a minimum of 60.0 days to be eligible for July incentive earnings.

In previous years, district employees have received a Quality Service incentive payment in May, funded by Career Ladder. The legislature voted to phase out Career Ladder funding several years ago, and the final year for the May incentive payment was 2013-14.  Starting with the current 2014-15 fiscal year, Career Ladder will not fund any portion of the incentive program and there will not be a May Quality Service incentive payment. 

Open enrollment for employee benefits

The Employee Benefits open enrollment period will run from July 22 through August 12, 2015. This year ALL benefits-eligible employees will be required to log in to the benefits enrollment system to confirm your benefits elections even if you are not making any changes to your coverage and/or you are not currently enrolled in coverage through Mesa Public Schools. Elections made during open enrollment take effect on October 1, 2015 at the start of the new year.  

Information regarding benefits rates and programs for the upcoming plan year will be posted on the Employee Benefits page on mpsaz.org starting next week and will also be communicated over the summer and sent to employees' home mailing address. Please mark your calendar and be on the lookout for benefits information sent to you through the mail. Also note that the Benefits Health Fair will be held on July 28 (location to be determined).

Balance of contract checks

Certificated contract employees and classified supervisors working less than 12 months will receive their balance of contract pay on the regular paycheck that follows their last contract day of work. Employees who receive their regular paychecks via direct deposit will also receive their balance of contract via direct deposit. For teachers whose last contract day is May 22, 2015, the balance of contract will be paid on May 28, 2015.

Method of payment form for certified staff

Salaried employees whose contract term is less than 12 months have two options in receiving their pay:

Balance of Contract Method: This option gives you a lower biweekly during the school year. At the end of the contract term, you will receive a lump sum balance of contract check for the remaining salary owed.

Equal Payments Method: This option gives you a higher biweekly during the school year. With this option, you will not receive a lump sum check at the end of your contract term.

The method of payment you have in effect for 2014-15 will carry forward for 2015-16 unless you complete a new Method of Payment form. Please remember, IRS tax law does not allow a change to the method of payment during a contract year, so this is your only opportunity to make a change for 2015-16.

If you wish to change your method of payment for the 2015-16 year, a new Method of Payment form must be received in Human Resources by July 24, 2015. CLICK HERE for the Method of Payment form.  Completed forms may be faxed to Human Resources at X20422 or mailed to: Human Resources, 63 East Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85201. Please direct questions to Bonny, Certified Data Specialist, (480) 472-0405.

Arizona State Retirement System

Employees who are hired to work at least 20 weeks and at least 20 hours per week (half time) are required to enroll in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS).  Retirement contributions (through payroll deductions) are set up automatically for employees who meet eligibility.

It is important that employees who meet membership eligibility establish an on-line account with ASRS to ensure their contributions are correctly posted to their account.   Through the secure on-line account, members can maintain their personal contact information, review account statements, use benefit estimation tools, and establish/verify beneficiary information. ASRS also has an easy-to-use online retirement app for smart phone users.  To establish your secure on-line account visit www.azasrs.gov

If an employee feels that he or she has been discriminated against on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex or gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, or marital status, the employee should contact the district's compliance officer: Pete Lesar, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources (480) 472-0412.


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