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School District 25 Policy

Reduction In Force (Certified)

Policy 5360
Adopted: November 3, 1987 , Revised: February 28, 2017
Legal Ref: W.S. 21-7-102 21-7-106 21-7-110 21-7-112 210-7-113

When the Board determines that a reduction in the number of positions, subject areas, grade levels and/or assignments of certified employees shall be made, the following provisions shall serve as guidelines to the Superintendent in making any recommendations concerning such reduction of continuing contract teachers:

1.   It is the policy of the District to use normal attrition of teachers consisting of resignations and retirements as the first means of achieving a reduction-in-force. However, in certain cases, normal attrition may not be sufficient to achieve the necessary reduction-in-force. In the event that further reduction-in-force is necessary, it shall be accomplished as provided in this policy.

  1. Following the considerations set forth in Paragraph One (1) hereinabove, the Superintendent may consider the following factors when recommending to the Board, layoff of continuing contract teachers:
    1. Needs of the School District with respect to curricular, extra-curricular, co-curricular and coaching assignments, and other duty assignments
    2. Demonstrated proficiency in teaching performance and other duty assignments
    3. Certified employee's certification area(s)
    4. Length of teaching-experience in the School District and other school districts
    5. Length of teaching experience in the assigned subject area(s)
    6. Professional development experience and training expertise

Superintendent may assign greater weight to some considerations than others as the Superintendent deems appropriate.

The Board, prior to making a decision to reduce staff, shall review and consider the Superintendent's report and recommendation. The Board may conduct an investigation or do any other act which would aid its determination.
A teacher on leave of absence shall be eligible for release as a result of a reduction in the number of teachers.