National Board Certification Salary Supplement

A public school teacher or a teacher in a publicly-supported secondary school who has attained certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), or its successor organization, shall receive an annual salary supplement for the life of the certificate (per State law, 20-A MRSA Section 13013-A; as amended by PL 2012 c. 702 and Section 15689-A, subsection 12).

The amount of the salary supplement for fiscal year 2014-15 is $3000.

For purposes of the retirement system, the salary supplement must be added to the teacher's base salary and must be considered in the calculation for contributions to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System. Note: The supplement should not be added to the base salary amount reported in the Maine Education Data Management System (MEDMS) Staff File. This is considered additional compensation and is taxable income, but is not part of the base salary reported in MEDMS.

The Department of Education is required to provide the salary supplement to school administrative units and publicly-supported secondary schools for eligible teachers no later than Feb. 15 of each year.

If a NBPTS-certified teacher is no longer employed as a teacher, the supplement ceases.

*Note: The amount of the supplement is limited by the amount appropriated by the Legislature for these costs per 20-A MRSA Section 15689-A, subsection 19 and may be prorated to a lesser amount if necessary.

Eligibility

Any public school teacher or a teacher in a publicly-supported secondary school who has attained certification from the NBPTS, or its successor organization, no later than July 1, 2014, is eligible to receive the annual supplement for the 2014-15 school year. Teachers who receive their certification after this date will become eligible for the annual supplement during the 2015-16 school year. As long as the eligibility requirements are met and the certificate is valid, the annual salary supplement must be provided.

Eligible Position Titles:

  • Classroom Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Literacy Specialist
  • Long-term Substitute Teacher
  • Library Media Specialist
  • Guidance Counselor

Note: This supplement does not include Guidance Counselors who have attained certification from the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc.

Method of Application

A school administrative unit (SAU) employing a classroom teacher who has attained NBPTS certification may apply for the salary supplement.

The statute provides that by Oct. 15 of each year, the superintendent of schools of a SAU or the director of a publicly-supported secondary school or Career and Technical Education (CTE) region must file with the commissioner a certified list of national board-certified teachers employed by the SAU, publicly-supported secondary school or CTE region who are eligible to receive the salary supplement.

Use the following form to report those eligible to the commissioner:

Please send this information via email, mail or fax to Pamela Partridge.

Method of Payment to a Qualifying SAU

Once the eligibility has been verified for each teacher and the total calculated for each SAU, publicly-supported secondary school or CTE region, a separate payment will be issued to the eligible SAU, school or CTE region. The annual salary supplement must be paid to SAUs and publicly-supported secondary schools before Feb. 15 of each year. A provision in the law, 20-A MRSA Section 13013-A subsection 4, allows for receipt of these additional state funds and payment of the funds to eligible teachers without a special meeting of the local governing body.

Method of Payment to Eligible NBPTS-Certified Teachers

The amount of the annual salary supplement required for each NBPTS-certified teacher should be added to the locally-established salary for purposes of the retirement system but not for reporting on the MEDMS staff system, and must be distributed to teachers each year of eligibility. It is subject to all normal withholding requirements for payroll tax and retirement purposes.