(A)   The city, with City Council approval, may reimburse an employee for tuition for courses directly related to the employee’s work; provided that:
      (1)   Funds for such expenditures are available in the current budget;
      (2)   The employee has made application for approval of the course and tuition reimbursement to the supervisor at least ten days prior to the registration for such course or as soon as reasonably possible;
      (3)   The employee submits evidence of satisfactory completion (for example, a grade of “C” or better or a “passing” grade in a pass/fail course);
      (4)   The employee is not receiving reimbursement for tuition from any other source;
      (5)   The city shall allow time off with pay and shall reimburse an employee for the expenses of attending city-required and approved classes, lectures, conferences or conventions; and
      (6)   If the city purchases any of the textbooks and publications for such courses, said textbooks and publications shall become the property of the city.
   (B)   Employees may pursue educational opportunities which are not directly applicable to their city employment. Courses which are only offered during regular working hours may be approved by the City Council; provided, time off can be arranged conveniently and reasonable arrangements can be made to make up time off. The costs of tuition, textbooks and other materials for such courses are the employee’s responsibility.
(Res. 2010-23, passed 11-4-2010)