Volume 7, Number 6, May 2014

In this issue: May incentive checks | Open enrollment for employee benefits | Identification badges | Balance of contract checks | Method of payment form for certified staff


May 22
Last Day of School

May 26
Memorial Day

June 3
Planning for Retirement Meetings 

May incentive

MPS employees have exceeded their district-wide Quality Service Survey goals. Eligible employees will receive up to $50, before taxes, from Career Ladder funding. The money will be included in the regular May 15 paychecks.

A second incentive check will be issued July 11, if school or department goals are met. The results for achievement of those goals will not be available until mid- June.

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

  • Employees must be hired on or before March 12, 2014.
  • Employees must be employed through April 24, 2014, and work at least 72 hours.
  • The amount of incentive earned will be prorated for teachers who started after December 16, 2013, or are on part-time contracts.
  • 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 2014-15 as a result of job performance are not eligible.
  • Substitute teachers have a unique set of criteria and must work a minimum of 90 days to be eligible for the July incentive earnings.

Open enrollment for employee benefits

The Employee Benefits open enrollment period will run from July 21 through August 8, 2014. Benefits open enrollment provides an opportunity for benefits eligible employees to review and make changes to their benefits elections for the upcoming plan year.  The plan year begins October 1, 2014.  

Information regarding benefits rates and programs for the upcoming plan year will be communicated over the summer and sent to the employee's 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 29 (location to be determined).

Identification badges

Beginning with the 2014-15 year, employee ID badges will be reprinted on an annual basis. The new badge template will display the school year for which the badge is valid.

Employees who do not work during the summer months will be asked to turn their old badge in to their site or department secretary at the end of the school year. The new badges will be distributed no later than August 1, 2014.

Questions? Call Vicki at 480-472-0457 or Christi at 480-472-0404

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 23, 2014, the balance of contract will be paid on May 29, 2014.

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 2013-14 will carry forward for 2014-15 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 2014-15.

If you wish to change your method of payment for the 2014-15 year, a new Method of Payment form must be received in Human Resources by July 25, 2014. 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.

Human Resources Matters is published by the Human Resources Department of Mesa Public Schools, an equal opportunity organization. If an employee feels that he or she has been discriminated against on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, handicap or disability, the employee should contact the district's compliance officer, Pete Lesar, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources at (480) 472-0412.


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