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  • Writer's pictureMike Zilles

NTA EBulletin, May 16, 2021

General Membership Meeting

The NTA will hold a General Membership Meeting on June 2, beginning at 5:15. There will be two ratification votes at this meeting: one for the final spring MOA, and another for the fall. The first will be a codification of changes that happened this spring to increase students time in schools to 5 days per week; the second will be to modify the Elementary Time and Learning Agreement to make elementary start time 10 minutes earlier.

Summer Lump Sum Payment

On May 10th, Sean Mannion, Director of Finance for the Newton Public Schools, sent out the below reminder that, if you are a Unit A employee, the deadline for deciding how you receive your summer pay is Friday, May 28, 2021. From Sean's email: "All Unit A employees have the option of either receiving regular semi-monthly paychecks in July and August or receiving your July and August payments as a lump sum in your final June paycheck, which is paid on the last day of school for teachers (June 23, 2021). In this case, your final June paycheck will be equal to the amount of five regular semi-monthly paychecks (one for June, two for July and two for August) and you will not receive checks in July or August. Unit A employees include the following:

  • Teachers (teachers including all grade levels, special education, specialist teachers, library, OT/PT, social workers, and counselors)

  • Psychologists

If you are not one of these employees, this email does not apply. If you are not sure whether you are in Unit A or not, please email If you would like to opt for a lump sum payment in June and no payments in July and August, please click on the link below and fill out the form. In order to prepare for the June payrolls, the deadline for this form is Friday May 28, 2021. For the form, you can find your employee number in the upper left-hand corner of your paycheck voucher/advice. SummerPayForm If you are a returning Unit A member and would like to continue with the same pay status as last school year, you do not need to do anything. [For returning employees, the form is only set up to switch to a lump sum payment. If you received a lump sum payment last year, but would like to switch to bi-monthly payments this year, I (Mike Zilles) recommend you reach out directly to payroll through the email address provided.] If you are a new employee and would like to receive paychecks in July and August, you do not need to do anything as well. Receiving checks in July and August is the default. If you are a new employee and would like to receive a lump sum payment, please fill out the form referenced above. Thank you for your time and please contact the Payroll Office at if you have any questions."

"Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose." Please take care and stay well. Mike


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