|2.10 SUSPENSION OF ADMINISTRATIVE CONTRACTS (REDUCTION IN FORCE)
- When the Board determines that it is necessary to reduce the number of administrators currently employed in the District, it may suspend administrative contracts in whole, or in part, in accordance with this policy. The suspension of administrative contracts under this policy shall also be known as an administrative reduction in force (RIF) and may be implemented by the Board for any one or more of the following reasons:
- the financial condition of the School District
- financial circumstances affecting a particular program or grade level(s) within the School District
- declining enrollment in the District as a whole or in a particular program(s) or grade level(s) within the District
- the closing or consolidation of school buildings
- staff reorganization in response to changes in law, curriculum, education policy, or the changing needs of the School District
- the abolishment of administrative positions
- territorial changes affecting the School District
- the return of regular administrators from a leave of absence or from disability retirement
- When implementing an administrative RIF, the Board shall proceed to suspend contracts in accordance with the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools. In making such recommendations, the Superintendent shall first identify the administrative service areas in which reductions need to occur, which areas need not conform strictly with state licensure/certification fields. Within these service areas, reductions shall be made according to the needs of the District as determined by the Superintendent. Demonstrated success and suitability for the available assignments shall be the primary considerations in such determination. Years of service in the District as an administrator shall also be considered, but shall not be the primary or overriding factor.
- The Superintendent may recommend the reassignment of any administrator suspended under the foregoing procedure to another position for which he/she is properly licensed or certificated, if the individual currently holding such position has fewer years of service in the District as an administrator.
- If such reassignment is recommended by the Superintendent and approved by the Board, the administrator currently holding the position shall be displaced, and his/her contract suspended. Administrators whose contracts have been suspended under this policy shall have a right to be recalled to an administrative position for which they are qualified if such openings occur within twenty-four (24) months of their last day of active employment in the District as an administrator. When more than one suspended administrator is properly qualified for a given opening, priority in the recall shall be given to those individuals having longer administrative service within the District. “Qualified,” as used in this paragraph, shall mean (1) possessing the necessary certification or licensure for the position and (2) having such other experience, training, or qualities as are deemed necessary by the Superintendent in his/her sole discretion. In no circumstance shall an administrator be entitled to recall to a position which would constitute a promotion.
- It shall be the responsibility of the suspended administrator to provide the Board with a current address and telephone number for purposes of notification. The failure of a suspended administrator to respond within seven (7) workdays of notification shall be deemed a rejection of the offer of recall. Administrators who hold continuing contracts as teachers within the District shall enter the teachers’ bargaining unit following the suspension (RIF) of their administrative contract. Their rights upon entry into the teachers’ bargaining unit shall be determined in accordance with the applicable provisions of law and the collective bargaining agreement, as it exists at that time.
- The term “suspension” as used in this policy in relation to administrative contracts shall not be taken to indicate either a continuing employment relationship following the suspension or the resumption of a previous contract upon recall. The suspension (RIF) of an administrative contract under this policy shall entirely sever the employment relationship between the parties. Upon recall, an entirely new contract shall be entered into.