400 - General Principles


Employees provide a variety of important services for the District.  All employees have an impact on the District environment by the dedication to their work and their actions.  As role models for the students, employees shall promote a cooperative, enthusiastic, and supportive learning environment for the students.

Licensed Employee Qualifications, Recruitment and Selection
In striving to achieve a quality educational program, the Board’s goal is to obtain and retain qualified and effective employees. The Board shall have the discretion to determine the number, the qualifications, and the duties of the positions and the District’s standards of acceptable performance.

Recruitment of staff members of the District shall be the responsibility of the Superintendent. In the discharge of this responsibility, the Superintendent shall make such use of other administrative and supervisory staff members as may be both practical and effective. It shall be the responsibility of the Superintendent to make recommendations to the Board prior to Board action.

Persons interested in a licensed position, other than administrative positions which will be employed in accordance with Board policies in Series 300, “Administration,” will have an opportunity to apply and qualify for licensed positions in the school district in accordance with applicable laws and district policies regarding equal employment.  Job applicants for licensed positions will be considered on the basis of the following:
●    Training, experience, and skill;
●    Nature of the occupation;
●    Demonstrated competence; and
●    Possession of, or ability to obtain, state license if required for the position.

All job openings shall be submitted to the Iowa Works website for posting on the online state job posting system. Additional announcements of the position may occur in a manner which the superintendent believes will inform potential applicants about the position.  Whenever possible, the preliminary screening of applicants will be conducted by the administrator who will be directly supervising and overseeing the person being hired.

The board will employ licensed employees after receiving a recommendation from the superintendent. The superintendent, however, will have the authority to employ a licensed employee on a temporary basis until a recommendation can be made and action can be taken by the Board on the position.

Any final offer will be contingent upon the employee successfully passing background checks. The employee may be required by the District to sign a release for certain background checks. 

Licensed Employee Evaluation:
Evaluation of licensed employees on their skills, abilities and competence is an ongoing process supervised by the building principals and conducted by approved evaluators.  The goal of the formal evaluation of licensed employees, other than administrators, but including extracurricular employees, is to improve the education program, to maintain licensed employees who meet or exceed the board's standards of performance, to clarify the licensed employee's role, to ascertain the areas in need of improvement, to clarify the immediate priorities of the board, and to develop a working relationship between the administrators and other employees.

The formal evaluation criteria is in writing and approved by the board.  The formal evaluation will provide an opportunity for the evaluator and the licensed employee to discuss performance and the future areas of growth.  The formal evaluation is completed by the evaluator, signed by the licensed employee and filed in the licensed employee's personnel file. This policy supports, and does not preclude, the ongoing informal evaluation of the licensed employee's skills, abilities and competence.

Licensed employees will be required to:
●    Demonstrate the ability to enhance academic performance and support for and implementation of the school district's student achievement goals.
●    Demonstrate competency in content knowledge appropriate to the teaching position.
●    Demonstrate competency in planning and preparation for instruction.
●    Use strategies to deliver instruction that meets the multiple learning needs of students.
●    Use a variety of methods to monitor student learning.
●    Demonstrate competence in classroom management.
●    Engage in professional growth.
●    Fulfill professional responsibilities established by the school district.

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to ensure licensed employees are evaluated.  New and probationary licensed employees are evaluated at least twice each year.

Board policies in this series shall apply to employees regardless of their position.

REVIEWED: 11/18/2019 - APPROVED 12/03/2019
REVIEWED: 02/08/2021 – APPROVED 03/15/2021
REVIEWED: 11/22/2021
REVISED: 11/20/2023 – APPROVED: 11/27/2023