Now That You Are Hired -Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. When will I receive my Employee ID, email address and laptop?
  2. How do I transfer sick leave to the District?
  3. When will I receive my first paycheck?
  4. When is my start date?
  5. How do I receive Master’s Degree pay?
  6. Where can I get Verification of Experience Forms?
  7. How much will I get paid?
  8. When will my health benefits begin?
  9. How much Sick and Vacation leave do I accrue per year?
  10. How long must I work before I become eligible for retirement benefits?

1. When will I receive my Employee ID, email address and laptop?

  • An Employee Number will be assigned after you have completed the pre-employment orientation, and a start date has been entered by the school.
  • Once this process is complete, please call the secretary at your school.

2. How do I transfer sick leave to the District?

  • Once you have notified your previous employer, they will need to send sick leave transfer documentation to our Payroll Department.
  • You may call the Payroll Department at 547-7654 for additional instructions.

3. When will I receive my first paycheck?

  • Most employees are paid on the 15th and last day of each month for a total of 24 pay periods per year. However, some instructional employees opt to get paid 20 pay periods per year (no pay during the summer months).
  • Refer to the pay calendar that was provided to you during employment set-up for further clarification.
  • You may also call your school or department secretary for this information.

4. When is my start date?

  • The school or department secretary provides the start date.

5. How do I receive Master’s Degree pay?

  • Florida Statues Section 1012-22 (as applied to degrees held in an area of certification) hold that an employee who was hired on or after July 1, 2011 will receive an additional supplement for any education beyond a Bachelor’s degree. However, your pay level will only reflect the Bachelor’s degree REGARDLESS of whether you have earned a Master’s degree or above.
  • This supplemental pay is prorated if an employee starts this employment after the beginning of their school year.
  • The employee will only receive one supplement for the degree that matches their area of certification. Master’s $2650.00, Specialist $3650.00, PHD $4650.

 


6. Where can I get Verification of Experience Forms?

  • Verification of Experience Forms are available online at http://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/hr/
  • You may also request these forms while attending your pre-employment set-up appointment.
  • It is the responsibility of each employee to submit his or her Verification of Experience form during his or her first year of employment. Retroactive pay will only be processed if the form is received within the first year.

7. How much will I get paid?

  • Your hourly pay rate and/or annual salary will be set once all completed Verification of Experience forms have been received and approved by your personnel specialist.
  • Please refer to the Collective Bargaining Agreements which can be found at www.stjohns.k12.fl.us under the “Policies” tab.
  • Non-Instructional Employees are covered under the SJESPA Agreement and Instructional Employees are covered under the SJEA Agreement.

8. When will my health benefits begin?

  • Health benefits become effective the first day of the month after the first full month worked. Example: If your first day of work is August 5, your health benefits will begin on October 1.
  • You may contact the Benefits Department at 547-7610 for additional information.

9. How much Sick and Vacation leave do I accrue per year?

  • Ten (10) month employees accrue 10 sick days per year. Of these 10 sick days, 2 days may be used for emergency leave and 6 days may be used for personal leave per school year.
  • Ten (10) month employees (whether instructional or non-instructional) are not eligible for vacation leave.
  • Only twelve (12) month employees can receive 12 vacation days per year.
  • Twelve (12) month employees earn 12 sick leave days per year.

Vacation days accrue at a higher rate the longer you stay employed with the school district.
1 to 4 years = 1 day per month
5 to 9 years = 1.25 days per month
10 years + = 1.5 days per month


10. How long must I work before I become eligible for retirement benefits?

  • If you begin work on or after July 1, 2011, you will become eligible for the Pension Plan in the Florida Retirement System (FRS) after 8 years of creditable service.

In addition, we encourage you to consider and enroll in individual tax-sheltered annuity investment plans which may help you build a stronger financial future. Information on these plans can be found at www.tsacg.com. When you get into the website, type: St. Johns County School District in the search box (upper right side).