303 - Administrative Employees

 

 

 

303.1 - Administrator Qualifications, Recruitment, and Appointment

 

 

 

The board will employ building principals, administrators, and managers in addition to the superintendent to assist in the daily operations of the school district.

The board will consider applicants who meet or exceed the standards set by the Iowa Department of Education and the qualifications established in the job description for the position. In employing an administrator or manager, the board will consider the qualifications, credentials, and records of the applicants without regard to age, color creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, genetic information, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, military status, socioeconomic status, pregnancy, or familial status. The board will look closely at the training, experience, skill, and demonstrated competence of qualified applicants in making its final decision.

In approving the selection of an administrator or manager, the board will also consider the district's educational philosophy, financial condition, organizational structure, education programs, and other factors deemed relevant by the board.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to make a recommendation to the board for filling an administrative or managerial position based on the requirements stated in this policy. The board will act only on the superintendent's recommendation.

The board may contract for assistance in the search for administrators or managers.


Adopted: 8/14
Reviewed: 12/16; 11/19
Related Policy (Code#): 300.1; 301.1; 303.2-6; 304.1
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): §§ 279.8, .21 (2013); 281 IAC 12.4
IASB Reference: 303.2

303.2 - Administrator Contract and Contract Non-Renewal

 

 

 

The length of the contract for employment between an administrator and the board will be determined by the board and stated in the contract. The contract will also state the terms of the employment.

The first two years of a contract issued to a newly employed administrator will be considered a probationary period. The board may waive this period or the probationary period may be extended for an additional year upon the consent of the administrator.  In the event of termination of a probationary or non-probationary contract, the board will afford the administrator appropriate due process, including notice by May 15th, as required by law. The administrator and board may mutually agree to terminate the administrator's contract.

If an administrator's contract is not being renewed by the board, the contract will be extended automatically for additional one-year periods beyond the end of its term until it is modified or terminated, as mutually agreed to by the parties or until the administrator's contract is terminated consistent with statutory termination procedures.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to create a contract for each administrative position.

Administrators and managers who wish to resign, to be released from a contract, or to retire must comply with applicable law and board policies regarding the areas of resignation, release, or retirement.


Adopted: 8/14
Reviewed: 12/16; 11/19
Related Policy (Code #): 300.1; 301.1; 303.1, .3-6; 304.1
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): § 279; 281 IAC 12.4; Martin v Waterloo CSD, 518 NW 2d 381 (Iowa 1994);
Cook v Plainfield CSD, 301 NW 2d 771 (Iowa 1980); Board of Ed of Ft Madison CSD v Youel,
282 NW 2d 677 (Iowa 1979); Briggs v Board of Ed of Hinton CSD, 282 NW 2d 740 (Iowa 1979)
IASB Reference: 303.3

303.3 - Administrator Evaluation

 

 

 

An ongoing process of evaluating administrators on their skills, abilities, and competence will occur at a minimum, annually, concluding with a formal evaluation. The goal of the formal evaluation process is to ensure that the educational program for the students is carried out, ensure student learning goals of the district are met, promote growth in effective administrative leadership for the district, clarify the administrator's role as defined by the board and the superintendent, ascertain areas in need of improvement, clarify the immediate priorities of the responsibilities listed in the job description, and develop a working relationship between the superintendent and the administrator.

The superintendent is responsible for designing an administrator evaluation instrument. The formal evaluation will include written criteria related to the job description. 

The formal evaluation will also include an opportunity for the administrator and the superintendent to discuss the written criteria, the past year's performance, and future areas of growth. The evaluation is completed by the superintendent, signed by the administrator, and filed in the administrator's personnel file.

The principal will be an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by:

  1. Facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community.
  2. Advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional development.
  3. Ensuring management of the organization, operations, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.
  4. Collaborating with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.
  5. Acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.
  6. Understanding the profile of the community and responding to and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to conduct a formal evaluation of the probationary administrators and non-probationary administrators prior to May 15th.

This policy supports and does not preclude the ongoing informal evaluation of the administrator's skills, abilities, and competence.


Adopted: 8/14
Reviewed: 12/16; 11/19
Related Policy (Code #): 300.1; 301.1; 302.1-2, .4-6; 304.1
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): §§ 279.8, .21-23A (2013); 281 IAC Ch 12.3(3); Ch 83
IASB Reference: 303.6

303.4 - Associate Superintendent Qualifications, Contract, and Responsibilities

 

 

 

In order to assist the superintendent in carrying out the responsibilities of their office, and at the recommendation of the superintendent, the board may appoint an associate superintendent of schools who will perform such duties as assigned by the superintendent.

The associate superintendent must have the following qualifications:

  1. A master’s degree plus 30 semester hours of approved graduate preparation beyond the master’s degree from an accredited institution;
  2. The necessary licensure as required by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners; and
  3. Sufficient educational background and experience to merit recommendation by the superintendent.

The first two years of a contract issued to a newly-appointed associate superintendent shall be considered a probationary period. The board may waive this period or the probationary period may be extended for an additional year upon the recommendation of the superintendent. In the event of termination of a probationary or non-probationary contract, the board will afford the associate superintendent appropriate due process, including notice by May 15th, as required by law. The associate superintendent and board may mutually agree to terminate the administrator’s contract at any time.

The associate superintendent:

  1. Will be directly responsible to the superintendent;
  2. Will assist the superintendent in the administration of the school district and, at the superintendent’s discretion, render any assistance desired in carrying out the responsibilities of their office; and
  3. Will implement, with fidelity, the policies of the board, Code of Iowa, federal law, and negotiated contracts.

If the associate superintendent wishes to resign, to be released from contract, or to retire, the associate superintendent must comply with applicable law and board policies dealing with retirement, release, or resignation.


Adopted: 6/70
Reviewed: 4/13; 12/16; 11/19
Revised: 12/10; 11/11; 8/14; 9/16
Related Policy (Code#): 300.1; 301.1; 304.1
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): §§ 279.8, .21 (2013); 281 IAC 12.4; 1980 Op Atty Gen 367
IASB Reference: 303.2

303.5 - Building Principal Qualifications, Appointment, and Responsibilities

 

 

 

In order to assist the superintendent in carrying out the responsibilities of their office, and at the recommendation of the superintendent, the board may approve one or more principals to perform such duties as assigned by the superintendent and outlined in the function statements of Policy 303.5-R.

Building principals must have the following qualifications:

  1. A master’s degree from an accredited institution;
  2. The necessary licensure as required by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners; and
  3. Sufficient educational background and experience to merit recommendation by the superintendent.

Principals will perform duties and responsibilities as designated by the superintendent subject to the policies of the school board, the Code of Iowa, federal law, and negotiated contracts.


Adopted: 2/01
Reviewed: 4/13; 12/16; 11/19
Revised: 12/10; 11/11; 8/14
Related Policy (Code#): 300.1; 301.1; 303.1-3; 303.5-R; 304.1
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): §§ 279.8, .21 (2013); 281 IAC 12.4

303.5-R - Administrative Regulations Regarding Building Principal Responsibilities

 

 

 

The superintendent delegates responsibilities to the building principal. Thus, the building principal is responsible to the superintendent, or through assistants/designees in particular areas of operation as outlined by the superintendent. The building principal is responsible for the performance of their responsibilities following board policy, negotiated agreements and contracts, and local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and rules.

The building principal shall be an educational leader who promotes the success of all students by:

  1. Facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community.
  2. Advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional development.
  3. Ensuring management of the organization, operations, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.
  4. Collaborating with families and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.
  5. Acting with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.
  6. Understanding the profile of the community and responding to and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.

The building principal shall:

  • Administer general school building policies and regulations as they may apply to students, licensed personnel, and classified personnel in their schools;
  • Keep the superintendent informed of important accomplishments, needs, and problems in the field of administration, personnel, instruction, and school-community relations in the school to which they are assigned;
  • Provide opportunity and leadership for those working with them to share techniques, understandings, and ideas for improving the school program;
  • Organize administrative and other aspects of the school so as to free themselves as much as possible for the major tasks of evaluating and improving the instructional program;
  • Evaluate the efficiency of teachers and other employees assigned to their building and report such evaluation to the superintendent, upon request;
  • Foster good public relations between the school and community;
  • Supervise, along with the teachers, students in the school building and on the school grounds;
  • Maintain records of school activities;
  • Keep the staff aware of policy discussions in order for them to contribute to the thinking of the administrative team;
  • Handle emergency situations, as necessary and, in the absence of any specific rule or regulation, principals should exercise their best judgment, keeping the superintendent [or designee] informed;
  • Be responsible for assisting in the development of the curricula and in the planning and adapting of the course of study to the needs and interests of the students;
  • Appraise and evaluate the effectiveness of the instructional program with the help of the faculty, district support staff, consultants, and lay personnel;
  • Supervise certified staff, cooperatively, using standard criteria; and
  • Carryout special duties relating to the administration of the total district as assigned by the superintendent.

In executing these duties and others that the superintendent may delegate to them, the building principal shall consider the needs of the students in the school district as well as the district’s financial condition.


Adopted: 6/70
Reviewed: 4/13; 12/16; 11/19
Revised: 12/10; 11/11; 8/14
Related Policy (Code #): 300.1; 301.1; 303.1-3; 303.5; 304.1
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): §§ 279.8, .21 (2013); 281 IAC 12.4

303.6 - Associate/Assistant Principal Qualifications, Appointment, and Duties

 

 

 

In order to assist the superintendent in carrying out the responsibilities of their office and at the recommendation of the superintendent and building principals; the board may appoint, as need is established, one or more associate/assistant principals to perform such duties as assigned by the building principal.

An associate/assistant principal must have the following qualifications:

  1. A master’s degree from an accredited institution;
  2. The necessary licensure requirements as required by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners; and
  3. Sufficient educational background and experience to merit recommendation by the superintendent.

Associate/assistant principals will perform all the duties and activities as designated by the building principal and superintendent subject to the policies of the board, the Code of Iowa, federal law, and negotiated contracts.

The superintendent and building principal shall review the functions of the associate/assistant principals on an annual basis.


Adopted: 6/70
Reviewed: 4/13; 12/16; 11/19
Revised: 12/10; 11/11; 8/14
Related Policy (Code #): 300.1; 301.1; 303.1-3; 304.1
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): §§ 279.8, .21 (2013); 28 IAC 12.4