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Licensed employees who wish to be released from an executed contract must give at least twenty-one days notice to the superintendent. Licensed employees may be released at the discretion of the board. Only in unusual and extreme circumstances will the board release a licensed employee from a contract. The board will have sole discretion to determine what constitutes unusual and extreme circumstances.

Release from a contract will be contingent upon finding a suitable replacement. Licensed employees requesting release from a contract after it has been signed and before it expires may be required to pay the board actual expenses incurred to locate and hire a suitable replacement. Upon written mutual agreement between the employee and the superintendent, the costs may be deducted from the employee's salary. Payment of these costs is a condition for release from the contract at the discretion of the board. Failure of the licensed employee to pay these expenses may result in a cause of action being filed in small claims court.

The superintendent is authorized to file a complaint with the Board of Educational Examiners against a licensed employee who leaves without proper release from the board.


Legal Reference:          Iowa Code §§ 216; 272; 279.13, .19A, .46 (2013).

                                    1978 Op. Att'y Gen. 247.

                                    1974 Op. Att'y Gen. 11, 322.

Cross Reference:         405.3  Licensed Employee Individual Contracts

                                    405.4  Licensed Employee Continuing Contracts

                                    407.3   Licensed Employee Retirement

Approved:       6-9-97

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

Revised:          6-9-03