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3128 - Employment Contracts

Any person employed as a member of the instructional staff shall hold a valid educator's certificate issued pursuant to Florida law, except as noted elsewhere in policy. All instructional staff shall be entitled to and shall enter into a written contract with the School Board as provided by law. Any member of the instructional staff who is willfully absent from duty without leave shall forfeit compensation for the time absent, and the staff member’s contract shall be subject to cancellation by the Board.

Each individual newly hired as instructional personnel by the Board must be awarded a one year probationary contract. Upon successful completion of the probationary contract, the Board may award an annual contract. An annual contract may be awarded for instructional personnel who have successfully completed a probationary contract with the Board and have received one or more annual contracts from the Board. An annual contract may be awarded only if the employee:

  A. holds an active professional certificate or temporary certificate issued pursuant to F.S. 1012.56 and rules of the State Board of Education;


  B. has been recommended by the Superintendent for the annual contract based upon the individual's evaluation under F.S. 1012.34 and approved by the Board;


  C. has not received two consecutive annual performance evaluation ratings of unsatisfactory, two annual performance evaluation rating of unsatisfactory within a three year period, or three consecutive annual performance evaluation ratings of needs improvement or a combination of needs improvement and unsatisfactory under F.S. 1012.34.


A true copy shall be retained by the Superintendent.

Probationary employees may be dismissed without cause or may resign without their resignation constituting a breach of contract. Instructional personnel with an annual contract may be suspended or dismissed at any time during the term of the contract for just cause as defined by State law. Instructional personnel shall have the right to contest or challenge any such suspension or dismissal in accordance with the procedures set forth in State law.

Year of Service Defined for Instructional Personnel

The minimum time which may be recognized as a year of service for contractual purposes shall be full-time actual service rendered under contract for more than one-half of the number of days or more than one-half the number of total hours required for the normal contractual period of service for the position held. In determining such service, sick leave and holidays for which the employee received compensation shall be counted, but all other types of leave and holidays shall be excluded.

Any claim to a year of service for salary purposes shall be the equivalent of the service required for an annual or tenure contract. Credit for service rendered in another state or as otherwise allowed under the adopted salary schedule shall be determined by using the minimum service required in the District for a comparable position and in accordance with provisions of the applicable collective bargaining agreement.

Any claim for a year's service for retirement purposes under Florida Retirement System shall be governed by Florida statutes and the Florida Administrative Code.

F.S. 1001.42, 1001.43, 1012.22, 1012.32, 1012.33, 1012.335, 1012.34, 1012.56
F.A.C. 6A-1.0502, 6A-1.064

Revised 4/1/14

© Neola 2011

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