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TEACHERS - EVALUATION - Amends existing law relating to issuance of
renewable contracts to school district employees to specify that
achievement results for students in the charge of certificated employees
shall be a part of the evaluation.
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|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ||||
Fifty-fifth Legislature First Regular Session - 1999
IN THE SENATE
SENATE BILL NO. 1196
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 SPECIFY CERTAIN CRITERIA FOR EVAL-
4 UATION OF CERTIFICATED EMPLOYEES 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 having
13 been offered a contract for the next ensuing year, having given notice of
14 acceptance of renewal and upon signing a contract for a fourth full year, be
15 placed on a renewable contract status with said school district subject to the
16 provisions included in this chapter.
17 After the third full year of employment and at least once annually, the
18 performance of each such certificated employee, school nurse, or school
19 librarian shall be evaluated according to criteria and procedures established
20 by the board of trustees in accordance with general guidelines approved by the
21 state board of education. Such evaluation criteria for certificated
22 employees shall include, but not be limited to, the student achievement
23 results for the students in the charge of the certificated employee.
24 Except as otherwise provided, that person shall have the right to automatic
25 renewal of contract by giving notice, in writing, of acceptance of renewal.
26 Such notice shall be given to the board of trustees of the school district
27 then employing such person not later than the fifteenth day of June preceding
28 the expiration of the term of the current contract. Except as otherwise pro-
29 vided by this paragraph, the board of trustees shall notify each person enti-
30 tled to be employed on a renewable contract of the requirement that such per-
31 son must give the notice hereinabove and that failure to do so may be inter-
32 preted by the board as a declination of the right to automatic renewal or the
33 offer of another contract. Such notification shall be made, in writing, not
34 later than the twenty-fifth day of May, in each year, except to those persons
35 to whom the board, prior to said date, has sent proposed contracts for the
36 next ensuing year, or to whom the board has given the notice required by this
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 specify that one component of
a certificated employee's evaluation must include the achievement
of the students under the supervision of the certificated employee.
No fiscal impact to the state.
Contact: Senator Don Burtenshaw - 332-1344
Senator Darrel Deide - 332-1345
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/ FISCAL NOTE S1196