Policy - 1120 Employment of Professional Staff


Last Revised on June 11, 2012



The School Board recognizes that it is vital to the successful operation of the Corporation that positions created by the Board be filled with highly qualified and competent personnel.

The Board shall approve the employment, and also, when not covered by the terms of a negotiated agreement, fix the compensation, and establish the term of employment for each professional staff member employed by this Corporation.

Individuals employed in the following categories shall be considered members of the professional staff:

A.      Administrators

B.      teachers, counselors, psychologists, and other members of the collective bargaining unit

C.      social workers

D.      student services coordinator

E.      therapists

Such approval shall be given only to those candidates for employment recommended by the Superintendent.

When any recommended candidate has been rejected by the Board, the Superintendent shall make a substitute recommendation.

All applications for employment shall be referred to the Director of Human Resources.

Any professional staff member's intentional misstatement of fact material to qualifications for employment or the determination of salary shall be considered by this Board to constitute grounds for dismissal.

The employment of professional staff members prior to approval by the Board is authorized when their employment is required to maintain continuity in the educational program. Employment shall be recommended to the Board at the next regular meeting.

Wherever possible, positions shall be filled by properly licensed professionals.

No candidate for employment as a professional staff member shall receive recommendation for such employment without having proffered visual evidence of his/her certification or pending application for certification. Such certification must indicate all of the areas in which the candidate has been certified. No deletions are acceptable.

The Corporation shall review, in accordance with any applicable terms of the negotiated agreement, a candidate's previous teaching experience at a college, university, or certified non-public school in determining his/her position on the salary schedule.

All professional staff members, such as teachers, directors, supervisors, and administrators, shall be classified as probationary, established or professional personnel.

Each professional staff member, during the course of his/her employment with the School Corporation, must report his/her arrest and/or conviction of criminal charges as listed in I.C. 20-26-5-11(b) to the Superintendent within two (2) business days of the occurrence. The Superintendent shall obtain a review of each reported conviction and shall take appropriate action considering the risk to members of the school community presented by the continued participation and access of the arrested or convicted professional staff member.

In accord with State statutes, the Superintendent shall assure that the following definitions are properly observed:

A.      Probationary certified personnel shall be those who, after June 30, 2011:

(1) serves under contract as a teacher in a public school corporation;
(2) has not received a rating in an evaluation under IC 20-28-11.5 or receives a rating of ineffective in an evaluation under IC 20-28-11.5;
(3) has not at any time before July 1, 2012, entered into a teaching contract for further service with the school corporation; and
(4) has not received three (3) ratings in a five (5) year period of effective or highly effective in an evaluation under IC 20-28-11.5

B.      Established certified personnel shall be those who:

(1) serves under contract as a teacher in a public school corporation before July 1, 2012; and 
(2) at any time before July 1, 2012, enters into a teacher's contract for further service with the school corporation;

C.       Professional certified personnel shall be those who:

(1) were considered a probationary teacher after June 30, 2011 and who:
(2) receives any combination of effective or highly effective ratings for at least three years in a five year or shorter period

The Superintendent shall prepare procedures for the recruitment and selection of all professional staff.

I.C. 20-26-5-4, 20-26-5-11, 35-44-1-3, 36-8-12-10.5

20 U.S.C. 6319 & 7801

REVISED 9/24/07