One of the benefits available to Certificated teachers under the negotiated agreement is being reimbursed for the cost of tuition and fees associated with continuing education. The district provides $10,000 annually for all teachers in aggregate. A teacher does not need to be a member of the Southwest Region Educational Association (SWREA) to be eligible for funding. Requests must be submitted using this document. Funds are available on a first come, first serve basis. The annual maximum per teacher is $1,000. This may be used for a single course or a series of courses. (Each course in a series must be applied for separately.)
In order that all employees are able to perform their duties at the highest and most satisfactory level possible, Southwest Region Schools encourages all its employees to seek additional training and education. Classified employees must request approval on the appropriate form prior to enrolling in classes in order to receive reimbursement. With prior approval, classified employees will be reimbursed for nine (9) semester credits per year provided that the employee is enrolled in a degree/certificate program or three (3) semester credits per year if the course work is relevant to the employee’s position. Coursework must be completed at an approved institution with an earned grade of “C” or better. The maximum reimbursable rate per credit will not exceed the established rate of the University of Alaska.