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Davenport, IA
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Board Policy 402 – Professional Employees

 

Board Policy Administrative Regulation
402.01 Teachers’ Negotiated Contract (Deleted 1/25/99)
402.02 Accepting Courses for College Credit for Advancement on the Teachers’ Salary Schedule (Revised 12/10/07)(Revised 10/22/12)
402.03 Application (Revised 12/10/07) (Revised 7/14/14)
402.04 Education Requirements (Revised 12/10/07) (Revised 10/28/13)
402.05 Procedure for Recruitment (Revised 2/12/07)(Revised 11/26/12) 402.05A
402.05B
402.06 Orientation Program (Revised 12/10/07)(Reviewed 10/22/12) 402.06A
402.06B

402.06C
402.06D

402.06E
402.07 Teacher Assignment and Transfer (Revised 12/10/07)(Reviewed 11/26/12)
402.08 Appointment (Revised 12/10/07)(Revised 11/26/12) 402.08A
402.09 Transcript (Revised 12/10/07)(Reviewed 11/26/12)
402.10 Registration of Certificates (Reviewed 12/10/07)(Revised 11/26/12)
402.11 Promotion Policy (Revised 2/12/07)(Deleted 11/26/12)
402.12 Release from Contract (Reviewed 12/10/07)(Reviewed 11/26/12)
402.13 Professional Growth (Revised 2/12/07)(Reviewed 11/26/12) 402.13A
402.14 Teaching College Classes (Deleted 1/25/99)
402.15 Educational Travel or Practical Experience (Deleted 1/25/99)
402.16 Guest Teachers (Revised 8/25/08)(Revised 2/25/13) 402.16A
402.17 Salary and Benefits for Substitute Teachers (Deleted 1/25/99)
402.18 Student Teachers (Reviewed 12/10/07)(Reviewed 11/26/12)
402.19 Publication of Articles (Moved to 401.50; 1/25/99)
402.20 Tutoring (Revised 12/10/07)(Reviewed 11/26/12)
402.21 Organization (Moved to 401.51; 1/25/99)
402.22 Academic Freedom (Revised 2/12/07)(Revised 11/26/12)
402.23 Non-Instruction Time (Deleted 2/12/07)

 

402.01

PERSONNEL–TEACHERS

Teachers’ Negotiated Contract

  • By action of the Board:  Deleted 1/25/99
  • Edited 1/99


 

402.02
PERSONNEL–TEACHERS

Accepting Courses for College Credit for Advancement on the  Teachers’ Salary Schedule

Credit for college courses for the advancement on the teachers’ salary schedule is subject to all pre-approval and approval procedures stipulated in the negotiated contract between the DEA and the District.

Appropriate documentation of course completion must be provided to the Director of Human Resource Services.

 

  • By action of the Board 10/11/76, Reviewed 4/11/83, 1/13/92; Reviewed 1/25/99; Revised 12/10/07
  • Edited 12/07
  • Revised 10/22/12

 


 

402.03
PERSONNEL–TEACHERS 

Application

1.   Filing:  Applicants for any position must file an on-line completed application which can be accessed at www.davenportschools.org.  This application becomes a part of the employee’s personnel record if the applicant is employed. Applications from currently contracted staff are to be acknowledged, and unsuccessful candidates are to be notified in writing when a vacancy no longer exists.

2.   Personal Interviews: A personal interview with an applicant is exceedingly important and valuable to the applicant and to the school system. Applicants are requested to appear for an interview by appointment after applications and credentials have been filed with the Superintendent or superintendent’s designee.  Applicants for teaching positions shall be interviewed, whenever possible, by the heads of the departments involved, curriculum specialists, and by the building principals and/or the Superintendent or superintendent’s designee. The final decision for hiring shall be made by the Superintendent or Superintendent Designee, who will consider the recommendations of the building principal, the interview team and/or other district administrative personnel.

3.    Processing Applications: The hiring administrator is responsible for assembling the various documents and reports used in judging the qualifications of applicants. These documents may, depending on the position for which application is being made, include any or all of the following as they may be pertinent but not limited to:

A. A complete on-line application form.
B. Current, signed and dated written reference reports.
C. Reference checks completed by hiring administrator or his/her designee.
D. Proof of current licensure, if applicable.
E. Written personal statement of applicants.
F.  Complete official transcripts if applicable.

 

  • Cross Reference:  Board Policy 401.9 Required Forms
  • By action of the Board 10/11/76,  Reviewed 4/11/83, 1/13/92; Revised 1/25/99; Revised 12/10/07
  • Edited 12/07; Revised 7/14/14

 


 

402.04

PERSONNEL–TEACHERS

Education Requirements

Teachers employed by the district will possess the required State credentials to perform their assigned duties.

•Legal References:  IA Code 272.6, .7, .8; 294.1

•By action of the Board 10/11/76, Reviewed 4/11/83, 1/13/92; Revised 1/25/99; Revised 12/10/07;  Revised 10-28-13


402.05

PERSONNEL–TEACHERS

Procedure for Recruitment

1.   Whenever vacancies or new openings exist or are anticipated which cannot be filled by existing staff, new teachers shall be actively recruited.

 2.   General Principles of Recruitment:

a.   Recruitment of the professional staff of the District shall be the responsibility of the Superintendent or superintendent’s designee.

b.   In the discharge of this responsibility, the Superintendent shall consult and use the services of other administrators, supervisory staff members, and faculty knowledgeable of the specific vacancy for which candidates are being recruited.

c.   A notice of vacancy or opening shall include, but not be limited to, a description of the position, the educational and professional prerequisites, the location, and level of the position.

d. The Superintendent shall consider written recommendations of administrators, supervisory staff members, and faculty.

e. The District will comply with all federal and state statutes that regulate the recruitment of personnel.

f.   Reasonable efforts will be made to secure minority candidates for open district  positions.  All EEO guidelines established by law and required by the district’s affirmative action plan will be followed.

 

  • Cross References:  Board Policies 401.09 Required Forms; 401.43 Verification of Criminal Conviction Records; 401.01 Employment and Non-Discrimination; Administrative Regulation 402.05A, 402.05B
  • By action of the Board 3/27/67, Reviewed 8/9/71, 8/14/72, 10/11/76, 4/11/83; Revised 1/13/92; Revised 1/25/99; Revised 2/12/07;  Revised 11/26/12
  • Edited 2/07

 


 

402.06

PERSONNEL–TEACHERS

Orientation Program

New teachers who are hired before the beginning of the school year are required to attend orientation meetings prior to the beginning of the contract year. New teachers will be notified of this requirement at the time a contract is offered.


 

402.07

PERSONNEL–TEACHERS

Teacher Assignment and Transfer

Teacher assignment and transfer shall be conducted in accordance with the negotiated Master Contract and Board policy.

  • Cross Reference: Policy 401.2 Affirmative Action Statement; Policy 401.38 Nepotism

  • By action of the Board 10/11/76; Revised 4/11/83, Reviewed 1/13/92; Revised 1/25/99; Revised 12/10/07; Reviewed 11/26/12

  • Edited 12/07


 

402.08

PERSONNEL–TEACHERS  

Appointment

The Board will make teaching appointments only upon the recommendation of the Superintendent or by persons delegated by the Superintendent. The administration (Human Resources Office) shall assist out-of-state appointees in obtaining valid Iowa certification. 

Basic Qualifications of Applicants:

Each applicant must be qualified for the position according to the requirements established by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners and the Board. All hiring practices will comply with applicable federal, state, and local statutes governing employment.

 

  • Cross Reference: Board Policies 401.09 Required Forms; 401.43 Verification of Criminal Conviction Records; 401.01 Employment Equity and Non-Discrimination; 401.02 Affirmative Action Statement; Administrative Regulation 402.08 A
  • By action of the Board 4/3/59; Revised 8/9/71; Reviewed 8/14/72, 2/10/75, 10/11/76, 4/11/83; Revised 1/13/92; Revised 1/25/99; Revised 12/10/07; Revised 11/26/12
  • Edited 12/07

 

402.09

PERSONNEL–TEACHERS

Transcript

Before payment can be made for teaching services, the teacher shall provide official college transcripts to the Superintendent or superintendent’s designee.

  • Cross Reference: Board Policy 401.09 Required Forms

  • By action of the Board 10/11/76, Reviewed 4/11/83 Revised 1/13/92; Revised 1/25/99; Revised 12/10/07; Reviewed 11/26/12

  • Edited 12/07


 

402.10

PERSONNEL–TEACHERS

Registration of Certificates

Proof of a valid teaching certificate for each certificated employee shall be on file in the office of the Director of Human Resources.

  • Cross Reference: Board Policy 401.9 Required Forms

  • By action of the Board 10/11/76; Revised 4/11/83, Reviewed 1/13/92; Revised 1/25/99; Revised 12/10/07′ Revised 11/26/12

  • Edited 12/07


 

 

402.12

PERSONNEL–TEACHERS

Release from Contract

Release from a contract shall be dependent upon the ability of the Board to secure a suitable replacement. No release should be expected on less than a 30-day notice.

  • By action of the Board 10/11/76, Revised 4/11/83, Reviewed 1/13/92; Reviewed 1/25/99; Reviewed 12/10/07; Reviewed 11/26/12

  • Edited 12/07


 

402.13

PERSONNEL–TEACHERS

Professional Growth

All instructional personnel will comply with licensing requirements established by the Board of Educational Examiners. The administration may require a staff member to enroll in specific credit courses to fill certain academic or professional voids so the staff member may achieve preparation standards which are mandated by curriculum revisions or applicable accreditation standards.


 

402.14

PERSONNEL–TEACHERS

 

Teaching College Classes

  • By action of the Board — Deleted 1/25/99

  • Edited 1/99


 

402.15

PERSONNEL–TEACHERS

Educational Travel or Practical Experience

  • By action of the Board  — Deleted 1/25/99

  • Edited 1/99


 

402.16

PERSONNEL–TEACHERS

Guest Teachers

 

Appointment

Guest teachers are employed on a day-to-day basis by appointment through the Office of the Director of Human Resources.

Guest teachers must hold a currently valid Iowa teaching certificate which must be recorded in the Office of the Director of Human Resources before salary is paid.

Guest teachers are required to have a physical examination upon initial employment with the District.

Compensation for Guest Teachers

1.  The guest teacher orientation at the beginning of each school year shall include a workshop that shall be planned by the administration. A handbook with guest teacher guidelines shall be furnished to all guest teachers at the meeting. The guest teachers shall attend this orientation without pay.

2.  Guest teachers will be provided with up-to-date lesson plans, seating charts, supplies, textbooks, tests, and pertinent information concerning special duties, potential classroom issues, and safety and security procedures including the distribution of keys.

3.  Guest teachers shall be paid per diem compensation in accordance with the amount stated in the current Guest Teacher Handbook.

 

  • Cross References:  Administrative Regulation 402.16A
  • Legal Reference: IA Code SS 20.1; 20.4(5); 20.9 (1995)
  • By action of the Board 4/3/59; Revised 11/17/69, 10/11/76, 4/11/83, Reviewed 1/13/92; Revised 1/25/99; Revised 8/25/08
  • Edited 8/08; Reviewed 2/25/13

 


 

402.17

PERSONNEL–TEACHERS

Salary and Benefits for Substitute Teachers

  • By action of the Board — Deleted 1/25/99

  • Edited 1/99


 

402.18

PERSONNEL–TEACHERS

Student Teachers

The District cooperates with colleges and universities in providing an opportunity for students to teach under the supervision of the regularly assigned teachers.

Assignments are based on a number of factors, including recognition of teaching ability, professional background, the supervising teacher’s schedule, school proximity to the university; and, in certain instances, availability of good transportation. Assignments must be approved by the building principal.

Student teachers should be assigned so as to be on duty the full school day. A meeting of cooperating teachers and a representative of the college should be held preceding the start of the student teaching experience. A cooperating teacher has the right to accept or reject a student teacher. The student teaching assignment must coincide with the local school calendar.

Compensation received from the college or university shall be paid to the supervising teacher.

  • By action of the Board 10/11/76, Revised 4/11/83, Reviewed 1/13/92; Revised 1/25/99; Reviewed 12/10/07; Reviewed 11/26/12

  • Edited 12/07


 

402.19   (Changed to Policy  #401.50)

PERSONNEL–GENERAL

Publication of Articles   (Moved 1/25/99)


 

402.20

PERSONNEL–TEACHERS

Tutoring

Teachers may accept private tutoring jobs for payment provided the tutoring is not required as a condition of successful class participation and is entered into voluntarily by the parent and student. Paid tutoring work shall not be done during the contracted hours of the teacher or on District property.

  • By action of the Board 10/11/76, Revised 4/11/83, Reviewed 1/13/92; Revised 1/25/99; Revised 12/10/07; Reviewed 11/26/12

  • Edited 12/07


 

402.21   (CHANGED TO POLICY #401.51)

PERSONNEL–GENERAL

Organizations   (Moved 1/25/99)


 

402.22

PERSONNEL–TEACHERS

Academic Freedom 

Academic freedom shall mean teachers have the right and responsibility to present instructional materials which are pertinent to the curriculum philosophy and objectives. Teachers need to stay within the outlines of appropriate course content and within the defined curriculum which has been approved for the class.

Teachers should inform their immediate supervisor or building principal of potentially controversial issues that may arise in the class.

APPEAL PROCESS

The appeal process for members of the school district community is addressed in Board Policy 604.10 Challenge of Instructional Materials.

 

  • Legal Reference: Iowa Code  § 274.1
  • Cross Reference: Board Policies 604.07 Selection of Instructional Materials; 604.09 Inspection of Instructional Materials; 604.10 Challenge of Instructional Materials
  • By action of the Board 5/12/80; Revised 4/11/83; Reviewed 1/13/92; Revised 1/25/99; Revised 2/12/07; Revised 11/26/12
  • Edited 2/07

 

402.23

PERSONNEL–TEACHERS                          DELETED 2/12/07

Non-Instruction Time

  • By action of the Board: Adopted 6/16/80; Revised 4/11/83; Revised 1/13/92 and 1/25/99; Deleted 2/12/07

  • Edited 2/07