Louisiana Department of Education                                  Employee Policies

Special School District (SSD)                                               Effective Date:

                                                                                                Upon Commission Approval

 

Rewards and Recognition

 

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Applicability

 

This policy applies to classified and unclassified LSS employees. SSP employees will follow Department of Education policy.

 

Policy

 

SSD shall apply Civil Service Rule 6.16.1, subject to the following conditions and provisions, as its Rewards and Recognition Policy.  This policy becomes effective on the date approved by the State Civil Service Commission.

 

Depending on the availability of funding, lump sum awards may be granted for the specific reasons as outlined below.  Any monetary awards received by classified employees under these policies cannot exceed a total of the maximum percentage allowed by Civil Service of his/her annual base salary within a fiscal year. Any monetary award granted is restricted to full-time employees whose most recent performance evaluation was in the top 2 tiers of the rating system. An employee who was not rated will be considered as having met the rating requirement. Any award granted shall not duplicate any other compensation received pursuant to any other Civil Service rule or policy.  All certifications and licenses outlined below must have been earned after implementation of this policy and after being hired by SSD.

 

In order to receive a monetary award, appropriate documentation must be presented to the Human Resources Office.

 

  1. 1.             COMMERCIAL DRIVER’S LICENSE

Employees who receive a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and agree to drive school vehicles for the purpose of transporting students will receive a one-time award of $250.  The CDL must have been obtained after being hired at SSD and cannot be a part of the minimum qualifications for the employee’s current position or a requirement for obtaining permanent status.  Employees who receive this award must agree to maintain appropriate renewals of the license.  For renewal of the license and continuing to perform these duties, employees will receive a one-time award of $125.  To be eligible for either award, the employee’s supervisor and School or Division Director must certify that the employee will be needed to transport students.

 

  1. 2.             LIFE GUARD CERTIFICATION

Employees who receive Red Cross certification as a lifeguard and agree to perform lifeguard duties while students are swimming in the school’s pool will receive a one-time award of $250.  The certification must have been obtained after being hired at SSD.  Employees who receive this award must agree to maintain appropriate renewals of the certification (annual CPR certification and lifeguard retraining every three years).  For renewal of the certification and continuation of these duties, employees will receive a one-time award of $125. To be eligible for either award, the employee’s supervisor and School or Division Director must certify that the employee will be needed to perform lifeguard duties.

 

  1. 3.             CEASD CERTIFICATION FOR DORMITORY COUNSELORS

Employees working in the Student Life Division who obtain Certification for Dormitory Counselors from the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf, Inc. (CEASD) will receive an award as follows:

 

            Class C - $150

            Class B - $300

            Class A - $500

 

Awards are limited to once a fiscal year and will be paid upon receipt of the certification.  To be eligible, the certification must have been obtained after being hired at SSD and that particular level of certification cannot be part of the minimum requirements for the position currently held by the employee.

 

4          CPI, CPR, LIFE GUARD INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION

Employees who receive certification as a Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) Instructor, Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Instructor, or a Lifeguard Certification Instructor and agree to train/certify SSD employees will receive a one-time award of $500.  The certification must have been obtained after being hired at SSD.  Employees who receive this award must agree to maintain appropriate renewals of the certification.  For each renewal of the certification and continuation of training duties, employees will receive a one-time award of $250.  To be eligible for either award, the employee’s supervisor and School or Division Director must certify that the employee will be needed to perform training.

 

5          TEACHER OF THE YEAR

A “Teacher of the Year” will be selected following criteria and procedures prescribed by BESE.  The recipient will be announced to staff and students.  The teacher receiving this recognition will receive a $500 salary addendum to his/her contract.

 

6          OUTSTANDING SCHOOL SUPPORT EMPLOYEE

An “Outstanding School Support Employee” will be selected following criteria and procedures prescribed by BESE.  The employee who is selected will receive a certificate (valued at approximately $5.00) and an award of $300 from SSD.  The monetary award will be paid to the recipient as a lump sum.

 

7          SLPI RATING

For each level obtained on the Sign Language Proficiency Interview (SLPI) as certified by the Sign Language/Interpreting Services Department, an employee will receive an award of $250.  Awards are limited to $250 within a fiscal year and will be paid upon receipt of the certification.  To be eligible, the certification must have been obtained after being hired at SSD and must be greater than the SLPI level established for effective job performance for the employee’s current position. Employees in the Residential Dormitory program receiving premium pay for the SLPI are not eligible for this award.

 

8          CPTP MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATES

Employees who earn Comprehensive Public Training Program (CPTP) management development certificates will receive the following awards:

 

Certificate for Managing People                                       $125

Professional Certificate                                                    $125

Certified Public Manager Certificate                                 $500

 

To be eligible, the applicable certificate must have been earned after being hired at SSD.  Awards will be given upon receipt of the certificate.

 

9          YEARS OF SERVICE RECOGNITION

Employees will be recognized for their cumulative years of service to the school beginning with 20 years and in five year increments thereafter.  Employees will receive a certificate (valued at approximately $5.00) and a service pin (valued at approximately $5.00) indicating the applicable service category.  Additionally, employees with 25 years or more service will receive a wooden plaque of a hand signing "I Love You" with appropriate engraving (value not to exceed $50).  The plaque will be given only once to an employee as a recognition of service to the school. 

 

10       RETIREMENT RECOGNITION

Employees will be recognized upon their official retirement from state service. Retirees will receive a gift not to exceed $50 in value.  Recipients will be recognized and gifts presented during the annual Retirement Recognition Program held at the school annually.

 

11       STATE EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION DAY

All employees of the School will be recognized annually on the day proclaimed by the Governor as State Employee Recognition Day in Louisiana.  Employees may receive, depending on the availability of funds, a certificate or an object, such as a mug, pen, paper weight, etc., with the school and/or state emblem on it (value not to exceed $10.00).

 

           

An annual report of the recipients of these awards will be prepared by the Human Resources Department and will be sent to the Department of State Civil Service.  A list of recipients will also be posted in the Human Resources Office. The Human Resources Office will maintain all documentation related to awards granted under these policies.