Contract lengths

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Contract lengths

Postby madowlspeaks » Sun Apr 05, 2015 3:15 am

Hi there,

I have been doing lots of reading of teachers' blogs who have taught in the bush. Many of them seem to leave the village as soon as the school year finishes at the end of May and early June and this got me thinking. How long are the paid teaching contracts? Are they normally for 10 months which does not include the summer? Or are they a full year?

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Contract lengths

Postby ElemEducator » Sun Apr 05, 2015 8:17 am

It will be an option to for you choose whether you will receive your salary over 10 or 12 months. You have to circle either 10 or 12 months in your contract.
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Re: Contract lengths

Postby Johncn » Sun Apr 05, 2015 1:24 pm


The contracts are for a school year. Because each district has negotiated a slightly different definition of a work year with their bargaining unit, that mean contract length will vary by a few days.

Alaska Statutes (AS 14.03.030 & AS 14.03.040) define the school year as a minimum of 170 instructional days, plus up to 10 days of in-service. The number of "Work Days" - teacher days of instruction with students, as well as some types of days of in-service training - count toward this total. So, a school year for a district is usually around 170 student contact days, and around 10 days of in-service for a total of 180.

In rural Alaska, the school year typically begins in mid August, with new teachers often reporting for work during the first week in August or so. Many holidays common to the Lower 48 and Alaska schools on the road system are not observed. This means that even with a typical two week break for Christmas, teachers are usually done with work and able to leave or travel after the middle of May. Many teachers travel each summer, or maintain a place in on the road system, or in the Lower 48 which they return to in order to recharge. Others take graduate classes, or work seasonal jobs. Some, of course, never leave the village they live and work in for the summer, and instead work as commercial fishers, or find other productive ways to occupy their time.

Some, but not all districts, allow teachers to select each year whether they would like to be paid in 12 (monthly) increments of their total annual salary, or receive 10 payments instead. Usually, this is a direct deposit setup. We typically preferred the 12-month pay cycle for its predictability.

Hope this helps,

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