The board has the exclusive authority to determine the appropriate number of licensed employees. A reduction of licensed employees may occur as a result of, but not be limited to, changes in the education program, staff realignment, changes in the size or nature of the student population, financial situation considerations, and other reasons deemed relevant by the board.
The reduction in licensed employees, other than administrators, will be done through normal attrition if possible. If normal attrition does not meet the necessary reduction in force required, the board may terminate licensed employees. Employees will be evaluated. Probationary teachers deemed necessary to maintain a program or teach a subject area should be identified and may not be considered for reduction. Otherwise, probationary employees will be discharged first.
It is the responsibility of the superintendent to make a recommendation for termination to the board. The process for reduction in force shall be as follows:
The superintendent shall consider the following criteria in making the recommendations:
- Endorsements and educational preparation within the grade level and subject areas in which the employee is now performing;
- Relative skills, ability and demonstrated performance;
- Qualifications for co-curricular programs; and
- Number of continuous years of service to the school district. This will be considered only when the foregoing factors are relatively equal between licensed employees.
Due process for terminations due to a reduction in force will be followed.
Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 20; 279
Cross Reference: 407.4 Licensed Employee Suspension
413.5 Classified Employee Reduction in Force
Approved 2/8/2022 Reviewed Revised