General Assembly: 74 (1992 Regular GA) - Chapter 1009 - Notification and determination dates for school administrator contracts


Published: 1992-03-12

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CH. 1009 LA WS OF THE SEVENTY -FOURTH G.A., 1992 SESSION

CHAPTER 1009 NOTIFICATION AND DETERMINATION DATES

FOR SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR CONTRACTS H.F.2245

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AN ACT relating to notification and determination dates for the discontinuance of a school district administrator contract and providing an effective date.

Be It Enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Iowa:

Section 1. Section 279.24, unnumbered paragraphs 3, 5, and 7, Code 1991, are amended to read as follows:

Administrators employed in a school district for less than two consecutive years are proba- tionaryadministrators. However, a school board may waive the probationary period for any administrator who has previously served a probationary period in another school district and the school board may extend the probationary period for an additional year with the consent of the administrator. If a school board determines that it should terminate a probationary administrator's contract, the school board shall notify the administrator not later than Mareh 3l- April 30 that the contract will not be renewed beyond the current year. The notice shall be in writing by letter, personally delivered, or mailed by certified mail. The notification shall be complete when received by the administrator. Within ten days after receiving the notice, the administrator may request a private conference with the school board to discuss the rea- sons for termination. The school board's decision to terminate a probationary administrator's contract shall be final unless the termination was based upon an alleged violation of a constitu- tionally guaranteed right of the administrator.

On or before Mareh 3l- April 30, the administrator shall be notified in writing by a letter personally delivered or mailed by certified mail that the school board has voted to consider termination of the contract. The notification shall be complete when received by the adminis- trator.

Within five days after receipt of the written notice that the school board has voted to con- sider termination of the contract, the administrator may request in writing to the secretary of the school board that the notification be forwarded to the board of educational examiners along with a request that the board of educational examiners submit a list of five qualified administrative law judges to the parties. Within three days from receipt of the list the par- ties shall select an administrative law judge by alternately removing a name from the list until only one name remains. The person whose name remains shall be the administrative law judge. The parties shall determine by lot which party shall remove the first name from the list. The hearing shall be held no sooner than ten days and not later than thirty days follow- ing the administrator's request unless the parties otherwise agree. If the administrator does not request a hearing, the school board, not later than April- May 15, may determine the con- tinuance or discontinuance of the contract. School board action shall be by majority roll call vote entered on the minutes of the meeting. Notice of school board action shall be personally delivered or mailed to the administrator.

Sec. 2. This Act, being deemed of immediate importance, takes effect upon enactment.

Approved March 12, 1992