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H0217..........................................................by EDUCATION SCHOOL DISTRICTS - Amends existing law to delete the requirement that school districts provide support programs for certificated employees during their first three years with the district. 02/15 House intro - 1st rdg - to printing 02/16 Rpt prt - to Educ
]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]] Fifty-eighth Legislature First Regular Session - 2005 IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HOUSE BILL NO. 217 BY EDUCATION COMMITTEE 1 AN ACT 2 RELATING TO SUPPORT PROGRAMS FOR EMPLOYEES OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS; AMENDING SEC- 3 TION 33-514, IDAHO CODE, TO DELETE THE REQUIREMENT THAT SCHOOL DISTRICTS 4 PROVIDE SUPPORT PROGRAMS FOR CERTIFICATED EMPLOYEES DURING THEIR FIRST 5 THREE YEARS WITH THE DISTRICT. 6 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho: 7 SECTION 1. That Section 33-514, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby 8 amended to read as follows: 9 33-514. ISSUANCE OF ANNUAL CONTRACTS -- SUPPORT PROGRAMS -- CATEGORIES OF 10 CONTRACTS -- OPTIONAL PLACEMENT. (1) The board of trustees shall establish 11 criteria and procedures for the supervision and evaluation of certificated 12 employees who are not employed on a renewable contract, as provided for in 13 section 33-515, Idaho Code. 14 (2) Each school district shall have a support program for certificated15 employees who are experiencing their first three (3) years with the district,16 under a category 1, 2 or 3 contract, providing support in the areas of: admin-17 istrative and supervisory support, mentoring, peer assistance and professional18 development. In developing support programs, nothing shall prevent districts19 from joining together to formulate a joint program applicable to each member20 district. Programs shall be submitted for approval to the state department of21 education in accordance with procedures established by the department. The22 state department of education is hereby authorized and directed to:23 (a) Formulate basic guidelines which districts shall use as a model for24 developing district programs;25 (b) Approve school district support programs; and26 (c) Establish procedures for districts to submit programs for approval,27 to provide for periodic review of previously approved programs, and to28 allow districts to amend previously approved programs.29 (3)There shall be three (3) categories of annual contracts available to 30 local school districts under which to employ certificated personnel: 31 (a) A category 1 contract is a limited one-year contract as provided in 32 section 33-514A, Idaho Code. 33 (b) A category 2 contract is for certificated personnel in the first and 34 second years of continuous employment with the same school district. While35 employed under a category 2 contract, the employee shall be provided the36 services of the district support program referenced in subsection (2) of37 this section.Upon the decision by a local school board not to reemploy 38 the person for the following year, the certificated employee shall be pro- 39 vided a written statement of reasons for non-reemployment by no later than 40 May 25. No property rights shall attach to a category 2 contract and 41 therefore the employee shall not be entitled to a review by the local 42 board of the reasons or decision not to reemploy. 43 (c) A category 3 contract is for certificated personnel during the third 2 1 year of continuous employment by the same school district. District proce- 2 dures shall require at least one (1) evaluation prior to the beginning of 3 the second semester of the school year and the results of any such evalua- 4 tion shall be made a matter of record in the employee's personnel file. 5 When any such employee's work is found to be unsatisfactory a defined 6 period of probation shall be established by the board, but in no case 7 shall a probationary period be less than eight (8) weeks. After the proba- 8 tionary period, action shall be taken by the board as to whether the 9 employee is to be retained, immediately discharged, discharged upon termi- 10 nation of the current contract or reemployed at the end of the contract 11 term under a continued probationary status. Notwithstanding the provisions 12 of sections 67-2344 and 67-2345, Idaho Code, a decision to place certifi- 13 cated personnel on probationary status may be made in executive session 14 and the employee shall not be named in the minutes of the meeting. A 15 record of the decision shall be placed in the employee's personnel file. 16 This procedure shall not preclude recognition of unsatisfactory work at a 17 subsequent evaluation and the establishment of a reasonable period of pro- 18 bation. In all instances, the employee shall be duly notified in writing 19 of the areas of work which are deficient, including the conditions of pro- 20 bation. Each such certificated employee on a category 3 contract shall be 21 given notice, in writing, whether he or she will be reemployed for the 22 next ensuing year. Such notice shall be given by the board of trustees no 23 later than the twenty-fifth day of May of each such year. If the board of 24 trustees has decided not to reemploy the certificated employee, then the 25 notice must contain a statement of reasons for such decision and the 26 employee shall, upon request, be given the opportunity for an informal 27 review of such decision by the board of trustees. The parameters of an 28 informal review shall be determined by the local board. 29 ( 43) School districts hiring an employee who has been on renewable con- 30 tract status with another Idaho district or has out-of-state experience which 31 would otherwise qualify the certificated employee for renewable contract sta- 32 tus in Idaho, shall have the option to immediately grant renewable contract 33 status, or to place the employee on a category 3 annual contract. Such employ- 34 ment on a category 3 contract under the provisions of this subsection may be 35 for one (1), two (2) or three (3) years. 36 ( 54) There shall be a minimum of two (2) written evaluations in each of 37 the annual contract years of employment, and at least one (1) evaluation shall 38 be completed before January 1 of each year. The provisions of this subsection 39 ( 54) shall not apply to employees on a category 1 contract.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE RS 14830 The purpose of this legislation is to amend Idaho Code 33-514 to eliminate the statutory requirement that districts provide support programs for certificated employees who are experiencing their first three (3) years with the district. FISCAL NOTE There is no fiscal impact on the general fund. Contact Name: Dr. Cliff Green or John Watts Idaho School Board Association Phone: 854-1476 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/FISCAL NOTE H 217