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SENATE BILL NO. 1414
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TEACHERS - Amends existing law relating to issuance of renewable contracts
to certificated school district employees to specify that achievement
results for students in the charge of certificated employees shall be a
part of the certificated employee's evaluation.
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|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ||||
Fifty-fifth Legislature Second Regular Session - 2000
IN THE SENATE
SENATE BILL NO. 1414
BY EDUCATION COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO ISSUANCE OF RENEWABLE CONTRACTS TO CERTIFICATED SCHOOL DISTRICT
3 EMPLOYEES; AMENDING SECTION 33-515, IDAHO CODE, TO SPECIFY CERTAIN CRITE-
4 RIA FOR EVALUATION OF CERTIFICATED EMPLOYEES AND TO MAKE TECHNICAL CORREC-
5 TIONS; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
6 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
7 SECTION 1. That Section 33-515, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
8 amended to read as follows:
9 33-515. ISSUANCE OF RENEWABLE CONTRACTS. During the third full year of
10 continuous employment by the same school district, including any specially
11 chartered district, each certificated employee named in subsection 13. of sec-
12 tion 33-1001, Idaho Code, and each school nurse and school librarian shall be
13 evaluated for a renewable contract and shall, 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.
18 After the third full year of employment and at least once annually, the
19 performance of each such certificated employee, school nurse, or school
20 librarian shall be evaluated according to criteria and procedures established
21 by the board of trustees in accordance with general guidelines approved by the
22 state board of education. Such evaluation criteria for certificated employees
23 shall include, but not be limited to, the student achievement results for the
24 students in the charge of the certificated employee. Except as otherwise pro-
25 vided, that person shall have the right to automatic renewal of contract by
26 giving notice, in writing, of acceptance of renewal. Such notice shall be
27 given to the board of trustees of the school district then employing such per-
28 son not later than the fifteenth day of June preceding the expiration of the
29 term of the current contract. Except as otherwise provided by this paragraph,
30 the board of trustees shall notify each person entitled to be employed on a
31 renewable contract of the requirement that such person must give the notice
32 hereinabove and that failure to do so may be interpreted by the board as a
33 declination of the right to automatic renewal or the offer of another con-
34 tract. Such notification shall be made, in writing, not later than the twenty-
35 fifth day of May, in each year, except to those persons to whom the board,
36 prior to said date, has sent proposed contracts for the next ensuing year, or
37 to whom the board has given the 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 an administrative employee to a nonadministrative position with appropriate
3 reduction of salary from the preexisting salary level. In the event the board
4 of trustees reassigns an administrative employee to a nonadministrative posi-
5 tion, the board shall give written notice to the employee which contains a
6 statement of the reasons for the reassignment. The employee, upon written
7 request to the board, shall be entitled to an informal review of that deci-
8 sion. The process and procedure for the informal review shall be determined by
9 the local board of trustees.
10 Before a board of trustees can determine not to renew for reasons of an
11 unsatisfactory report of the performance of any certificated person whose con-
12 tract would otherwise be automatically renewed, or to renew the contract of
13 any such person at a reduced salary, such person shall be entitled to a rea-
14 sonable period of probation. This period of probation shall be preceded by a
15 written notice from the board of trustees with reasons for such probationary
16 period and with provisions for adequate supervision and evaluation of the
17 person's performance during the probationary period. Such period of probation
18 shall not affect the person's renewable contract status. Consideration of pro-
19 bationary status for certificated personnel is consideration of the status of
20 an employee within the meaning of section 67-2345, Idaho Code, and may be held
21 in executive session. If the consideration results in probationary status, the
22 individual on probation shall not be named in the minutes of the meeting. A
23 record of the decision shall be placed in the teacher's personnel file.
24 If the board of trustees takes action to immediately discharge or dis-
25 charge upon termination of the current contract a certificated person whose
26 contract would otherwise be automatically renewed, or to renew the contract of
27 any such person at a reduced salary, the action of the board shall be consis-
28 tent with the procedures specified in section 33-513(5), Idaho Code, and fur-
29 thermore, the board shall notify the employee in writing whether there is just
30 and reasonable cause not to renew the contract or to reduce the salary of the
31 affected employee, and if so, what reasons it relied upon in that determina-
33 If the board of trustees, for reasons other than unsatisfactory service,
34 for the ensuing contract year, determines to change the length of the term
35 stated in the current contract, reduce the salary or not renew the contract of
36 a certificated person whose contract would otherwise be automatically renewed,
37 nothing herein shall require a probationary period.
38 SECTION 2. This act shall be in full force and effect on and after July
39 1, 2000.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
This legislation is designed to improve the instruction that takes place in Idaho
public school classrooms by relating teacher performance to student performance.
No fiscal impact.
Name: Senator Darrel Deide
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