Policy 7410

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TEACHER CONTRACTS   Policy Code:   7410

The board recognizes the importance of establishing a clear contractual relationship with teachers employed by the school system. All teacher employment contracts entered into by the board will meet the requirements of state law and State Board of Education policy. For the purposes of this policy, the term “teacher” is defined as a person who meets the requirements of G.S. 115C-325.1(6). An individual who is employed under a part-time teacher contract does not meet this definition of teacher; however, the board’s performance expectations established in this policy apply to such individuals.

Employment contracts for teaching will be granted or renewed only for individuals of proven ability who strive for excellence. Teachers should be familiar with the current statewide instructional standards for their teaching assignment and able to teach the curriculum effectively. The board expects teachers to facilitate student learning and effectively carry out the responsibilities of providing for a safe and orderly environment in which students learn and become college and career ready.

The board will employ teachers upon the recommendation of the superintendent. The superintendent is expected to be able to substantiate any new contract or renewed contract recommendation with data from the selection process for an applicant (see policy 7100, Recruitment and Selection of Personnel) and with evaluation data for a current teacher (see policy 7810, Evaluation of Licensed Employees). The superintendent’s recommendation for a new or renewed contract must include the length of the term of the contract. For more information regarding a decision by the superintendent not to recommend that the board offer a teacher a renewed contract, see policy 7950, Non-Career Status Teachers: Nonrenewal.

If the board is not satisfied that an applicant or employee has met the standards established by the board, initial or continued employment will be denied, following any statutorily prescribed procedures.

A teacher who has or obtains a contract with the school system is expected to strive for excellence, meet all performance standards established by the board, state law, and State Board of Education policy, and pursue professional development as provided in policy 1610-7800, Professional and Staff Development. Any employee who is unable or unwilling to meet reasonable standards of the board, the standards of state law or the State Board of Education, or the terms of the employment contract may be subject to demotion or dismissal, as provided in policy 7930, Professional Employees: Demotion and Dismissal.

Legal References: G.S. 115C-36, -47(18), -325.1, -325.3 through -325.13; S.L. 2013-360; State Board of Education Policy TCP-D-009

Cross References: Professional and Staff Development (policy 1610-7800), Hearings Before the Board (policy 2500), Recruitment and Selection of Personnel (policy 7100), Evaluation of Licensed Employees (policy 7810), Professional Employees: Demotion and Dismissal (policy 7930), Non-Career Status Teachers: Nonrenewal (policy 7950)

Adopted: June 30, 2014

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