404.10 Contracts with Certified Staff



Contracts will be extended to certified staff members no earlier than the timeline of March 15.  When the contracts have been offered, the employee will be required to return the contract by the date specified, which must be at least twenty-one days according to state statute.

Once the staff member has signed and returned the contract, the agreement is binding upon both parties.  However, circumstances may arise that may cause the employee to request release from the contract before the agreement has been completed.  The Board of Education recognizes that the release of an employee from an existing contract will place the school district at a disadvantage in trying to replace the employee.  The Board shall accept the employee’s written resignation, delivered to the Board no later than May 20, if compelling reasons are shown therefore and if a suitable replacement is found, both in the exclusive and final judgment of the Board.

The Board of Education has determined that any and all employees who are released from an existing contract at the request of the employee, after May 20, will be required to reimburse the district for actual costs incurred in trying to find a replacement.  The costs will include postage, phone calls, recruitment fees and advertisement(s).  The cost charged to the employee will not exceed 4% of the BA generator ($25,141 times .04 = $1,005.64 in FY 02).

The costs shall be withheld from the final check of the employee.  If the employee has already been paid in full, the employee shall pay the costs in full prior to being released.

If an employee does not fulfill the contract obligation, the Board of Education will request that the Iowa State Licensure Board take the appropriate action regarding the suspension of the employee’s license.

The School Board reserves the right to enforce or waive this policy in whole or in part in the exclusive and final judgment of the Board.


Approved:          10/08/01             Reviewed:          1/9/12         Revised: ___________

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