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Contracts entered into with licensed employees, other than an administrator, will continue from year to year unless the contract states otherwise, is modified by mutual agreement between the board and the employee, or the contract is terminated by the board.

The first three years of a continuing contract issued to a newly employed licensed employee is a probationary period unless the employee has already successfully completed the three year probationary period in an Iowa school district.   New employees who have successfully completed a probationary period in a previous Iowa school district will serve a one year probationary period.  In the event of termination of the employee's contract during this period, the board shall afford the licensed employee appropriate due process.  The action of the board will be final.

Licensed employees whose contracts will be recommended for termination by the board will receive notice prior to April 30.  The superintendent shall make a recommendation to the board for the termination of the licensed employee's contract.

Licensed employees who wish to resign, to be released from a contract, or to retire must comply with board policies in those areas.


Legal Reference:      Ar-We-Va Community School District v. Long and Henkenius, 292 N.W.2d 402 (Iowa 1980).

Bruton v. Ames Community School District, 291 N.W.2d 351 (Iowa 1980).

                             Hartman v. Merged Area VI Community College, 270 N.W.2d 822 (Iowa 1978).

                             Keith v. Community School District of Wilton in the Counties of Cedar and Muscatine, 262 N.W.2d 249 (Iowa 1978).

                             Iowa Code §§ 20; 272; 279.12-.19B, .27; 294.1 (2013).

Cross Reference:   405.3   Licensed Employee Individual Contracts

                            405.9   Licensed Employee Probationary Status

                            407      Licensed Employee Termination of Employment

Approved:        5-12-97

Reviewed:       11-12-01, 11-13-06, 1-23-12, 11-28-16

Revised:          6-9-03