(a) The State Budget Officer shall allocate to the State Board of Education, the Board of Trustees of the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind, the Board of Youth Services Department District, the Alabama School of Fine Arts, and the Alabama High School of Mathematics and Science, for disbursement to the employees thereof funds based on the following criteria. It is not the intent of the Legislature to make an appropriation in this section.
(1) CERTIFICATED PERSONNEL (K-12). For the fiscal year beginning October 1, 1996, and each year thereafter, each cell on the State Minimum Salary Schedule contained in the annual budget act for the public schools shall be increased by four percent (4%) in addition to the amounts contained in the 1995-96 annual budget act as required and provided by Acts 95-313 and 95-314 and as contained in Section 16-6B-8 and Section 16-13-231 as amended. If the increases in the State Minimum Salary Schedule required in this subsection do not guarantee at least an increase in pay for each teacher in the amount of four percent (4%), then the teacher shall be guaranteed a pay increase in the amount of four percent (4%) for fiscal year 1996-97 and such pay increase shall be reflected in the appropriate local salary schedule and paid to each certificated employee, excepting superintendents of education. Each certificated employee shall be properly placed on the State Minimum Salary Schedule according to degree earned and years of public education service (either in-state or out-of-state). The employee shall be paid according to degree earned and the length of public education experience. The local board of education shall transmit to the State Department of Education the appropriate notice of the earned advanced degree for each employee in a timely fashion; thereafter, the employee shall be paid for the advanced degree as soon as the degree is certified to the State Department of Education as being earned.
(2) EDUCATION SUPPORT PERSONNEL (K-12). A four percent (4%) salary increase shall be paid to each public education support worker and adult bus driver employed for the fiscal year 1996-97 in addition to the salary received during the 1995-96 fiscal year, except employees covered under the state's Merit System at the Department of Youth Services District. Each board of education shall establish and maintain a salary schedule for each class and type of employee and each step of each salary schedule shall be increased to reflect a four percent (4%) pay increase which shall be given to the person employed for the 1996-97 fiscal year and each year thereafter. No state-provided fringe benefits for any lunchroom worker shall be paid from lunchroom sales or from any other aspect of the Child Nutrition Program. Salary increases provided herein and state-provided fringe benefits are funded from the annual Education Trust Fund appropriation in the Foundation Program and shall not be taken from the Child Nutrition Program.
(3) AIDB. A four percent (4%) salary increase shall be given to each person employed by the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind for the fiscal year 1996-97 in addition to the salary received during the 1995-96 fiscal year. The board shall establish and maintain a salary schedule for each class and type of employee and each step of each salary schedule shall be increased to reflect a four percent (4%) pay increase which shall be paid to the person employed for the 1996-97 fiscal year and each year thereafter.
(4) POSTSECONDARY. All salary schedules of two-year postsecondary institutions shall be revised by the State Board of Education to reflect an increase of four percent (4%) for fiscal year 1996-97. The pay increase shall be paid to each person employed for the fiscal year in addition to any step increase to which the employee is otherwise entitled. The Postsecondary Education Department shall take proper steps to ensure that employees on all salary schedules are given full credit for prior work experience in the public schools and colleges in Alabama, and shall take care to ensure proper placements on the salary schedules. The State Board of Education shall insure that all eligible employees who have not reached the maximum step at each public two-year postsecondary institution shall receive a step raise on the appropriate salary schedule. The pay raises provided for in this section shall be paid in addition to the step raise for any employee who has the requisite number of years to receive the step increase based on the 1995-96 salary schedule.
(b) The following provisions are hereby established:
(1) FISCAL YEAR. All salaries and salary increases which are established by the Legislature or authorized by the State Board of Education shall be paid in full to each person employed before the end of the applicable fiscal year as defined in Section 16-1-1 as amended.
(2) EXTENDED WORK. Employees on contracts which extend beyond 180 days shall be given a pro rata salary increment for each day or partial day of work extending beyond 180 days.
(3) LOCAL INCREMENT. Any cost-of-living adjustment and/or increase on the State Minimum Salary Schedule provided for in this section shall be exclusive of any local pay increase granted or due to the employee under provisions of the local salary schedule.
(4) REDUCED PAY. No employee shall be dismissed or have his or her work hours reduced or extended or have his or her salary reduced due to the provisions of any pay raise mandated by the Legislature or by the State Board of Education.
(5) COMMUNITY EDUCATION. Each local board of education shall have the option to exclude from state mandated raises any community education or school sponsored child care or child enrichment program which is supplemental to the regular K-12 program required by the state (e.g. extended-day, pre-school and summer enrichment programs).
(6) ADULT BASIC EDUCATION. All adult basic education program employees shall be given the cost-of-living adjustment increase provided for by this section. The local board of education shall transfer to the adult basic education fund sufficient monies to pay the full cost of the salary increase provided in this section.
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