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SENATE BILL NO. 1192
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TEACHERS - CONTRACTS - Amends existing law relating to issuance of
renewable contracts to school district employees to govern issuance of a
contract when an evaluation is not satisfactory.
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|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ||||
Fifty-fifth Legislature First Regular Session - 1999
IN THE SENATE
SENATE BILL NO. 1192
BY EDUCATION COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO ISSUANCE OF RENEWABLE CONTRACTS TO SCHOOL DISTRICT EMPLOYEES;
3 AMENDING SECTION 33-515, IDAHO CODE, TO GOVERN ISSUANCE OF A CONTRACT WHEN
4 EVALUATION IS NOT SATISFACTORY AND TO MAKE TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS.
5 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
6 SECTION 1. That Section 33-515, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
7 amended to read as follows:
8 33-515. ISSUANCE OF RENEWABLE CONTRACTS. During the third full year of
9 continuous employment by the same school district, including any specially
10 chartered district, each certificated employee named in subsection 13 .
11 of section 33-1001, Idaho Code, and each school nurse and school
12 librarian shall be evaluated for a renewable contract and shall, upon
13 receiving a satisfactory evaluation, upon having been offered a con-
14 tract for the next ensuing year, having given notice of acceptance of renewal
15 and upon signing a contract for a fourth full year, be placed on a renewable
16 contract status with said school district subject to the provisions included
17 in this chapter. If the annual evaluation is not satisfactory in the
18 third contract year, then renewable status shall be awarded when a satisfac-
19 tory evaluation has been received.
20 After the third full year of employment and at least once annually, the
21 performance of each such certificated employee, school nurse, or school
22 librarian shall be evaluated according to criteria and procedures established
23 by the board of trustees in accordance with general guidelines approved by the
24 state board of education. Except as otherwise provided, that person shall have
25 the right to automatic renewal of contract by giving notice, in writing, of
26 acceptance of renewal. Such notice shall be given to the board of trustees of
27 the school district then employing such person not later than the fifteenth
28 day of June preceding the expiration of the term of the current contract.
29 Except as otherwise provided by this paragraph, the board of trustees shall
30 notify each person entitled to be employed on a renewable contract of the
31 requirement that such person must give the notice hereinabove and that failure
32 to do so may be interpreted by the board as a declination of the right to
33 automatic renewal or the offer of another contract. Such notification shall be
34 made, in writing, not later than the twenty-fifth day of May, in each year,
35 except to those persons to whom the board, prior to said date, has sent pro-
36 posed contracts for the next ensuing year, or to whom the board has given the
37 notice required by this section.
38 Any contract automatically renewed under the provisions of this section
39 shall be for the same length as the term stated in the current contract and at
40 a salary no lower than that specified therein, to which shall be added such
41 increments as may be determined by the statutory or regulatory rights of such
42 employee by reason of training, service, or performance.
43 Nothing herein shall prevent the board of trustees from offering a renewed
1 contract increasing the salary of any certificated person, or from reassigning
2 administrative or supervisory employees to classroom teaching duties or remov-
3 ing an extra duty assignment from a certificated employee with appropriate
4 reduction of salaries from pre-existing preexisting
5 salary levels.
6 Before a board of trustees can determine not to renew for reasons of an
7 unsatisfactory report of the performance of any certificated person whose con-
8 tract would otherwise be automatically renewed, or to renew the contract of
9 any such person at a reduced salary, such person shall be entitled to a rea-
10 sonable period of probation. This period of probation shall be preceded by a
11 written notice from the board of trustees with reasons for such probationary
12 period and with provisions for adequate supervision and evaluation of the
13 person's performance during the probationary period. Such period of probation
14 shall not affect the person's renewable contract status. Consideration of pro-
15 bationary status for certificated personnel is consideration of the status of
16 an employee within the meaning of section 67-2345, Idaho Code, and may be held
17 in executive session. If the consideration results in probationary status, the
18 individual on probation shall not be named in the minutes of the meeting. A
19 record of the decision shall be placed in the teacher's personnel file.
20 If the board of trustees takes action to immediately discharge or dis-
21 charge upon termination of the current contract a certificated person whose
22 contract would otherwise be automatically renewed, or to renew the contract of
23 any such person at a reduced salary, the action of the board shall be consis-
24 tent with the procedures specified in section 33-513(5), Idaho Code, and fur-
25 thermore, the board shall notify the employee in writing whether there is just
26 and reasonable cause not to renew the contract or to reduce the salary of the
27 affected employee, and if so, what reasons it relied upon in that determina-
29 If the board of trustees, for reasons other than unsatisfactory service,
30 for the ensuing contract year, determines to change the length of the term
31 stated in the current contract, reduce the salary or not renew the contract of
32 a certificated person whose contract would otherwise be automatically renewed,
33 nothing herein shall require a probationary period.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The purpose of this legislation is to insure that before a
teacher is granted renewable contract status with a school
district they first must have received satisfactory
No fiscal impact to the state.
Contact: Senator Don Burtenshaw -332-1344
Senator Darrel Deide - 332-1345
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/ FISCAL NOTE S1192