300 Administration

300 Role of School District Administration

In this series of the board policy manual, the board shall define the role and the employment of school district administrators. Policies relating to leaves and benefits for the administration are included in the certified personnel section of Series 400, “Personnel.”
 
School district administrators have been given a great opportunity and a great responsibility to manage the school district, to provide the educational leadership, and to implement the educational philosophy of the school district. They are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the school district. In carrying out these operations, the administration is guided by the board policies, the law, the needs of the students, and the wishes of the people in the school district community.
 
It shall be the responsibility of the administration to

  • Create and maintain an environment conducive to learning and personal growth and development;
  • Design, develop, and implement effective educational programs and ancillary programs (fine arts, sports, etc.);
  • Implement and enforce the policies of the board;
  • Oversee school district personnel;
  • Monitor educational issues confronting the school district;
  • Inform the board about school district operations.

 
While the board holds the superintendent ultimately responsible for these duties, the principals are more directly responsible for educational results and for the administration of the school facilities and for the employees.
 
The board and the administration shall work together to share information and decisions under the management team concept.
 
 
Approved   12/20/90       Reviewed 11/17/2014       Revised   11/17/2014  

301 Administrative Structure

301.1 Management

The board and the administrators shall work together in making decisions and setting goals for the school district. This effort is designed to obtain, share and use information to prevent issues, solve problems, make decisions, and formulate school district policies and regulations.
 
It shall be the responsibility of each administrator to fully participate in the management of the school district by investigating, analyzing, and expressing their views on issues. Those board members or administrators with special expertise or knowledge of an issue may be called upon to leverage their expertise and knowledge. Each board member and administrator shall support the decisions reached on the issues confronting the school district.
 
The board shall be responsible for making the final decision in matters pertaining to the school district.
 
It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to coordinate cooperative decision-making.
 
 
Legal Reference:               Iowa Code §§ 279.8
 
Approved   12/20/90       Reviewed 11/17/2014       Revised 11/17/2014  

301.2 Management Team

The board of directors considers all those who have an effective role in the recruitment or release of employees to be part of the management team. The management team shall be headed by the superintendent, who shall convene meetings to discuss district policies, administrative procedures and other such business as shall be brought to the superintendent’s attention or which is deemed appropriate.
 
The management team will meet with the board upon the board’s request or superintendent’s recommendation to review overall operations of the district and conditions affecting the management team.
 
Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 279.8.
281 I.A.C. 12.3(3).
 
Approved   12/20/90       Reviewed 01/19/2015       Revised 01/19/2015  

302 Administrative Relationships

Administration and Board of Directors
The superintendent, as the executive officer of the board of directors, shall work closely with the board members, particularly the board president, to keep the board informed about school district operations. The board shall maintain contact with other administrators through the superintendent.
 
The administrators and other administrative personnel shall work with the board of directors through its executive officer, the superintendent. The administration, in working with the board of directors, shall assist the board by gathering information, as requested by the board, informing the board about school district operations, implementing board policy and making recommendations.
 
The superintendent, unless excused by the board president, and the principals, unless excused by the superintendent, shall attend each board meeting.
 
Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 279.8, .20, .21, .23, .24.
                                 281 I.A.C. 12.4(4).
 
Administration and District Personnel
As managers of the school district, the administration team shall recommend for employment school district personnel, supervise, and evaluate their performance. Complaints or request by district personnel shall first be reported to their direct supervisor for resolution. It shall be the responsibility of the administration to resolve complaints and handle requests.
 
It shall be the responsibility of the administration to foster a positive attitude and to promote a cooperative effort among school district personnel. It shall also be the responsibility of the administration to prevent misunderstandings within the school district and the community about board policy. It shall be the responsibility of each administrator to provide leadership to the personnel, and it shall be the responsibility of each district employee to work cooperatively with the administration to accomplish the educational philosophy of the school district.
 
Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 279.8, .20, .21, .23, .24.
                                 281 I.A.C. 12.4.
 
Administration and Adjoining District Administration
Efficiency and economics may be achieved by working with neighboring school districts in the offering of educational programs or in-service and the sharing of personnel.
 
The administration shall consider and explore opportunities to work with the adjoining school district to expand the opportunities for the students and personnel in the school district if so directed by the board of directors.
 
Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 28E; 279.8; 280.15
 
Administration and Area Education Agency
The administration shall utilize the resources of the Heartland Area Education Agency (AEA) on a selective basis, choosing to participate in high quality programs which specifically meet the needs of the school district. This includes utilizing educational materials and staff resources.
 
The administration may also utilize the AEA to facilitate regional programming and cooperation as well as to purchase supplies.
 
It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to coordinate activities with the AEA.
 
Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 28E; 273.1; 279.8.
 
 
Approved   11/17/2014           Reviewed                    Revised            

303 Administrative Positions

The superintendent, the building principals, and other administrators, for purposes of this board policy series (series 300), may be referred to collectively as “administrators”.
 
Superintendent of the School District
The board shall employ a superintendent to serve as the executive officer of the board of directors, to conduct the daily operations of the school district, and to implement board policy with the power and duties prescribed by the board and the law.
 
Other Administrators of the School District
The board shall employ building principals and other administrators, in addition to the superintendent, to assist in the daily operations of the school district.
 
Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 279.8, .20, .21, .23.
                                 281 I.A.C. 12.4.
 
Approved 11/17/2014         Reviewed                                  Revised                     

304 Administration

304.1 Administration Qualifications, Recruitment, Appointment

The board shall only consider applicants that meet or exceed the standards set by the State Department of Education and the qualifications established in the job description and/or set by the board for the position. In employing administrators, the board shall consider the qualifications, credentials, and records of the applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, religion, creed, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. In keeping with the law, however, the board will consider the veteran status of the applicants. The board will look closely at the training, experience, skill and demonstrated competence of all qualified applicants in making its final decision.
 
Also as part of choosing an administrator, the board shall consider the school district’s educational philosophy, budget, organizational structure, educational programs, certified staff, and any factors about the school district deemed relevant by the board.
 
The board may contract for assistance in the search for administrators.
 
It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to make a recommendation to the board for filling an administrative position, based on the requirements stated in this policy. The board shall act on the superintendent’s recommendation.
 
Legal Reference: 29 U.S.C. §§ 621-634 (1988).
                                 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000e et seq. (1988).
                                 Iowa Code §§ 21.5 (1)(i); 35C; 216; 279.8, .20, .21
                                 281 I.A.C. 12.4(4).
                                 1980 Op. Att’y Gen. 367.
 
Approved 11/17/2014         Reviewed                                  Revised                     

304.2 Administrative Contract and Contract Non-Renewal

The length of the contract for employment between an administrator and the board shall be determined by the board. The contract shall state the terms of the employment.
 
The first two (2) years of a contract issued to a newly employed administrator shall be considered a probationary period. The board may waive this period or extend it for an additional year upon the consent of the administrator. In the event of termination of a probationary or non-probationary contract, the board shall afford the administrator appropriate due process, including notice by May 15. The administrator and board may mutually agree to terminate the administrator’s contract at any time.
 
Administrators, who wish to resign, to be released from a contract, or to retire, must comply with board policies regarding the areas of resignation, release or retirement.
 
Superintendent
It shall be the responsibility of the board to provide the contract for the position of superintendent. The board of directors may employ a superintendent for a term of not to exceed three (3) years.
 
If a superintendent’s contract is not being renewed by the board, the contract will be extended automatically for one year unless both parties mutually agree otherwise or the superintendent is terminated.
 
As a further condition of the contract, the district shall defend, hold harmless and indemnify the superintendent from any and all demands, claims, suits, actions, and legal proceedings brought against the superintendent in the superintendent’s individual capacity or in the superintendent’s official capacity as agent and employee of the district providing the incident arose while the superintendent was acting within the scope of employment. If, in the good faith opinion of the superintendent, a conflict exists as regards the defense to such claim between the legal position of the superintendent and the legal position of the district, the superintendent may engage counsel, in which event the district shall indemnify the superintendent for the costs of legal defense.
 
Other Administrators
It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to create a contract for each administrative position. An administrator may be employed for a term of not to exceed two (2) years after serving a minimum of nine (9) months.
 
An administrator’s contract will be extended automatically for one (1) year unless the contract is renewed by the board and both parties mutually agree to a modification or the administrator is terminated.
 
 
Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 279.20-.25.; 281 I.A.C. 12.4(4), .4(7).
 
Approved 12/15/2014         Reviewed                                  Revised                     

304.3 Administrative Salary and Other Compensation

The board has complete discretion to set the salary of the administrators. The board shall set the salary and fringe benefits at a level mutually agreeable to both the board and the administrator.
 
It shall be the responsibility of the board to set the salary of the administrators at a level that will include consideration of, but not be limited to, the economic condition of the school district and the training, experience, skill, and demonstrated competence of the administrators. The salary shall be agreed upon at the beginning of each contract period.
 
Superintendent
In addition to the salary and benefits, the superintendent’s actual and necessary expenses may be paid by the district when the superintendent is performing work-related duties. The board may approve the payment of other benefits or items of a superintendent’s contract.
 
Other Administrators
In addition to the salary and benefits agreed upon, the administrator’s actual and necessary expenses will be paid by the school district when the administrator is performing school business. Such expenses will be determined by the terms and conditions of the individual administrator’s contract.
 
 
Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 279.8, .20, .21
 
Approved 11/17/2014         Reviewed                                  Revised                     

304.4 Administrative Duties

Superintendent
The superintendent shall be responsible for the implementation and execution of board policy and the observance of board policy by school district personnel and students. The superintendent shall be responsible for overall supervision and discipline of school district personnel and for the curriculum offered in the school district.
                                                                 
In executing the above-stated duties and others the board shall delegate, the superintendent shall consider the economics as well as the needs of the students of the school district.  Specifically:

  • The superintendent shall serve as executive officer of the board of directors and shall have such powers and duties as may be prescribed by the board. The superintendent shall be charged with the responsibility of implementing the policies of the board and is responsible for carrying out all policies, rules and regulations established by the board. In matters not specifically covered by the board policies, the superintendent is to take appropriate action and report the same to the board not later than the next regular board meeting;
  • The superintendent shall prepare the agenda for board meetings, after consultation with the board president, shall attend all meetings of the board and may participate in all deliberations except when his/her contract is being considered but shall not vote;
  • The superintendent shall administer the schools in conformity with the adopted policies of the board and the rules and regulations of the State Department of Education and in accordance with the law;
  • The superintendent shall be responsible for the supervision of all employees of the district. All individuals employed by the school district are responsible either directly or indirectly to the superintendent of schools;
  • The superintendent, with the staff, shall provide a continuous appraisal of all policies originating from the board of directors and shall recommend changes, additions, or deletions of the same;
  • The superintendent shall make verbal or written reports to the board whenever requested to do so. It is the responsibility of the superintendent to keep the school board informed on all vital matters pertaining to the school system;
  • The superintendent shall examine the records and credentials of all applicants for positions as teachers, principals, or other personnel and shall make recommendations to the board in regard to hiring. The board has the authority to approve or not approve specific candidates recommended for hiring;
  • With approval of the board, the superintendent shall assign all principals, teachers, and other district personnel to their positions in the schools and make such transfers or other changes as may be necessary;
  • The superintendent shall be responsible for the curriculum and course of study being taught in the district. The superintendent may delegate curriculum duties to another member of the administrative team. The superintendent provides professional leadership for the educational program of the schools and is responsible for the development of a system for regularly reporting to the board on all aspects of that program;
  • The superintendent shall direct the formulation and revision of salary schedules within the financial resources of the community and make such recommendations to the board;
  • The superintendent is responsible for preparing and submitting to the board a preliminary budget;
  • The superintendent shall give special attention to the discipline and methods of instruction followed in the schools and shall aid principals and teachers by advice and suggestions. To these ends, the superintendent shall personally supervise the school as often as possible and note means by which the efficiency of the school can be improved;
  • The superintendent has the authority to prepare such regulations and give such instruction to school employees as may be necessary to make the policies of the board effective. The superintendent may delegate responsibilities and assign duties. Such delegation and assignment does not relieve the superintendent of final responsibility for actions of subordinates;
  • The superintendent formulates and recommends personnel policies necessary for efficient functioning of the school staff. The policies approved by the board should be included in the written rules and regulations;
  • The superintendent is responsible for the development of a program of maintenance and improvement or expansion of buildings and site facilities. This includes recommendation for employment and supervision of all building custodians;
  • The superintendent shall represent the district as its chief executive officer in dealings with other school systems, social institutions, business firms, agencies of government, and the general public;
  • The superintendent shall keep the public informed about modern educational practices and trends, and inform the public of the practices, problems, and challenges of the school district; 
  • The superintendent shall be responsible for disposing of used and old equipment; and
  • The superintendent shall accept gifts on behalf of the school which are in compliance with board policy.

 
This list of duties shall not act to limit the board authority and responsibility of the office of the superintendent. In executing these and other duties the board may delegate, the superintendent shall consider the economics, as well as the needs, of the students in the school district.
 
Other Administrators
Each attendance center shall have a building principal responsible for the administration and operation of the attendance center. Each building principal, as chief administrator of the assigned attendance center, shall be responsible for

  • Educational program(s) of the attendance center;
  • Pupils and school district personnel assigned to the attendance center;
  • School activities at the attendance center;
  • Building and ground;
  • The budget for the attendance center. 

 
The principal shall be considered the professional adviser to the superintendent in matters pertaining to the principal’s school. Other duties of the principal shall include, but not be limited to the following:

  • The principal shall serve under the direction of the superintendent and shall cooperate in the general organization and plan of procedure in the school under supervision;
  • Principals are responsible for leading and coordinating actions to resolve below-target academic performance of each and every student of their attendance center.
  • Principals shall have, under the direction of the superintendent, immediate supervision of the teachers in the principals’ respective schools or areas;
  • Principals shall keep all necessary records needed in fulfilling their duties and responsibilities;
  • Although the hiring approval of teachers is made by the board upon recommendation of the superintendent, the principal should be consulted in the rating, recommending, and selection of teachers whenever possible.
  • The principals and superintendent shall cooperate in determining courses to be offered and in arranging the schedules. As much of the schedule as possible should be made before school closes for summer vacation. In the matter of courses offered, the final approval rests with the superintendent who is in turn responsible to the board;
  • Principals shall see that proper care is taken of all school books, supplies, materials, equipment and furniture. Any cases of intentional abuse or misuse shall be appropriately addressed and resolved immediately;
  • Principals, in collaboration with their teachers, are responsible for a complete annual inventory of all school property contained in their individual rooms, building(s), and property of their attendance center. This inventory shall be filed with the superintendent.
  • Principals shall promptly investigate excessive cases of absence or tardiness of pupils and notify the parents or guardians in every case of unexcused absences or tardiness. All such cases shall be immediately report to the superintendent;
  • Principals shall make such reports from time to time as the superintendent may require;
  • Principals shall maintain the regular schedule of school hours established by the board and shall make no temporary changes in the schedule without the consent of the superintendent;
  • Principals shall be responsible for a system of accounting for all money belonging to the school in accordance with regulations for the administrative office;
  • Principals shall establish guides for proper student conduct and maintain student discipline. This shall include responsibility for suspension of students, if needed, and in compliance with applicable board policy;
  • Principals shall cooperate with colleges and university officials regarding assignment of student teachers;
  • Principals shall promptly notify the superintendent whenever ventilation, sanitation or heating of the building is unsatisfactory;
  • Principals shall be called upon to contribute to the general policies and procedures of the school;
  • Principals shall perform such other duties as may be assigned by the superintendent of schools.

 
 
Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 279.8, .20, .21
                                 281 I.A.C. 12.4(4) - .4(7).
 
Approved 11/17/2014             Reviewed                                Revised                   

304.5 Administrative Evaluation

Superintendent
The board will conduct an ongoing evaluation of the superintendent’s skills, abilities, and competence. The board will evaluate the performance of the superintendent, providing feedback and direction related to demonstrated skills, abilities, competence, and continuing professional growth. At a minimum, the board will formally evaluate the superintendent on an annual basis.
 
The process of evaluating the superintendent is an important tool in the improvement effort of the district. The process is designed to define the board’s expectations, enhance communication and a positive working relationship between the board and superintendent, clarify and prioritize district goals, and encourage the superintendent to focus attention on the critical responsibility of improving achievement for all students. The purpose of the evaluation system is professional growth, performance improvement and accountability to ensure that our district and our schools have the strongest leadership possible.
 
The evaluation will include an assessment of the superintendent’s competence in meeting the Iowa Standards for School Administrators and goals of the superintendent’s individual professional development plan and job targets. Iowa Standards for school Administrators specify that administrators, including the superintendent, are expected to perform as educational leaders who promote the success of all students by engaging in the following conduct:

  1. Facilitating the development, articulation, implementation and stewardship of a visual 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 evaluation process will also include an opportunity for the superintendent to conduct a self-evaluation. This self-evaluation will occur prior to the superintendent reviewing and discussing the board’s evaluation.
 
The evaluation process will also include an opportunity for the superintendent and the board to discuss the board’s review, including the written criteria; the superintendent’s self-evaluations; review feedback from staff, students, and parents as appropriate; analyze the performance of the superintendent over the past year; and finalize the professional growth plan and job targets established by the superintendent for the next year.
 
The evaluation instrument will be in writing, signed by both the superintendent and the board president, and filed in the superintendent’s personnel file. It is the responsibility of the board president to ensure that the formal evaluation of the superintendent is concluded prior to May 15 annually.
 
 
Other Administrators
The superintendent will conduct an ongoing evaluation of each administrator’s skills, abilities, and competence. The superintendent will evaluate the performance of the administrator, providing feedback and direction related to demonstrated skills, abilities, competence, and continuing professional growth. At a minimum, the superintendent will formally evaluate the administrator on an annual basis.
 
The evaluation will include an assessment of the administrator’s competence in meeting the Iowa Standards for School Administrators and goals of the administrator’s individual professional development plan and job targets. Iowa Standards for School Administrators specify that administrators are expected to perform as educational leaders who promote the success of all students by engaging in the following conduct:

  1. Facilitating the development, articulation, implementation and stewardship of a visual 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 evaluation instrument will be in writing, signed by both the administrator and the superintendent, and filed in the administrator’s personnel file. It is the responsibility of the superintendent to ensure that the formal evaluation of the administrator is concluded prior to May 15 annually.
 
 
Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 279.8, .20-.23A
                                 281 I.A.C. 12.3(4)
 
Approved 11/17/2014         Reviewed                                  Revised                     

304.6 Administrative Professional Development

The board encourages the administrators to continue their professional growth by becoming involved in professional organizations, attending conference, continuing their education, and participating in other professional activities.
 
It shall be the responsibility of the administrators to arrange their schedules in order to attend various conferences and events.
 
Superintendent
If a conference or event requires the superintendent to be absent from the office for more than three days, requires overnight traveling, or involves unusual expense, the superintendent shall bring it to the attention of the board president prior to attending the event.
 
The superintendent shall report to the board about each event attended.
 
Other Administrators
Prior to attendance at an event, the administrator must have received approval from the superintendent. In the case where overnight traveling or unusual expense in involved, the superintendent shall bring it to the attention of the board prior to the administrator attending the event.
 
The administrator shall report to the superintendent about each event attended.
 
 
Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 279.8
                                 281 I.A.C. 12.7
 
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304.7 Administrative Civic Activities

The board encourages the administrators to be involved in the school district community by belonging to community organizations and by attending and participating in community activities.
 
It shall be within the discretion of the board to pay annual fees for involvement in any community organization.
 
 
Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 279.8
 
Approved 11/17/2014     Reviewed                  Revised            

304.8 Administrative Consulting/Outside Employment

An administrative position is considered full-time employment. The board expects administrators to give the responsibilities of their positions in the school district precedence over other employment. An administrator may accept consulting or outside employment for pay as long as, in the judgment of the board (and the superintendent in the case of other administrators), the work is conducted on the administrator’s personal time, it does not interfere with the performance of the administrative duties contracted by the board, and does not present a conflict of interest.
 
The board reserves the right, however, to request the administrator cease the outside employment as a condition of continued employment. The board shall give the administrator thirty (30) days’ notice to cease outside employment.
 
 
Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 279.8, .20, .21
 
Approved 11/17/2014     Reviewed                  Revised                    

305 Reduction in Administrative Personnel

The board shall have the discretion to determine the appropriate number of administrative personnel.
 
When considering a reduction in administrative personnel, the board shall consider the number of students to be enrolled, the condition of the facilities, the economic condition of the school district, the reassignment of duties among other administrative personnel, and other factors deemed relevant by the board.
 
The board shall consider the relative skills, ability, competence, experience, effectiveness, and qualifications of the administrators to do the necessary and valuable work, as well as other factors deemed relevant by the board in making reductions of administrative personnel.
 
 
Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 279.8, .21, .24.
 
Approved   12/20/90       Reviewed 11/17/2014       Revised  11/17/2014 

307 Administrative Code of Ethics

Administrators, as part of the educational leadership in the school district community, represent the views of the school district. Their actions, verbal and nonverbal, reflect the attitude and the beliefs of the school district. Therefore, administrators shall conduct themselves professionally and in a manner fitting to their position at all times.
 
Each administrator shall follow the code of ethics stated in this policy. Failure to act in accordance with this code of ethics or in a professional manner, in the judgment of the board, shall be grounds for discipline and, possibly, for dismissal.
 
The professional school administrator:

  1. Upholds constantly the honor and dignity of the profession in actions and relations with pupils, colleagues, school board members and the public;
  2. Obeys local, state and national laws; holds to high ethical and moral standards; and gives loyalty to this country and to the cause of democracy and liberty;
  3. Accepts the responsibility to master and to contribute to the growing body of specialized knowledge, concepts, and skills which characterize school administration as a profession;
  4. Strives to provide the finest possible educational experiences and opportunities to the members of the school district community.
  5. Seeks to preserve and enhance the prestige and status of the profession when applying for a position or entering into contractual agreements;
  6. Carries out in good faith the policies duly adopted by the school board, the regulations of Federal and state authorities, and renders professional service;
  7. Disallows consideration of private gain or personal economic interest to affect the discharge of professional responsibilities.
  8. Recognizes the public schools are the public’s business and seeks to keep the public informed about their schools; and
  9. Supports and practices the administrative team concept.

 
 
Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 273.1; 279.8
 
Approved   12/20/90       Reviewed 11/17/2014       Revised 11/17/2014

308 Succession of Authority to the Superintendent

In the absence of the superintendent, it shall be the responsibility of the other administrators to assume the superintendent’s duties. The succession of authority to the superintendent shall be decided by the board in its discretion. In making such decision the board shall consider the individual circumstances of the given situation and shall act in the best interest of the educational program and efficient administration of the district.
 
If the absence of the superintendent is temporary, the successor shall assume only those duties and responsibilities of the superintendent that require immediate action. If the absence of the superintendent will be for an extended period of time, as determined by the board, the board shall appoint an acting superintendent to immediately assume the responsibilities of the superintendent.
 
It shall be the responsibility of the superintendent to inform the successor of the superintendent’s absence, if possible. If the superintendent is unable to inform the successor, it shall be the responsibility of the successor to assume the superintendent’s duties, in accordance with this policy statement, when the successor learns of the absence and its length.
 
References to “superintendent” in this policy manual shall mean the “superintendent or the superintendent’s designee” unless otherwise stated in the board policy.
 
 
Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 279.8
                         281 I.A.C. 12.4(4)
 
Approved   12/20/90       Reviewed 11/17/2014        Revised   11/17/2014  

309 Authority and Communication Channels

Questions and problems shall be resolved at the lowest organizational level nearest to the complaint. School district personnel shall be responsible to confer with their immediate supervisor on questions and problems for resolution. Students and other members of the district community shall confer with a member of certified personnel and then with the building principal on questions and problems for resolution.
 
If resolution is not possible by any of the above, individuals may bring it to the attention of the superintendent within ten (10) days of their discussion with the building principal. If the superintendent is the employee’s immediate supervisor or if there is no resolution or plan for resolution by the superintendent within fourteen (14) days of the individual’s discussion with the superintendent, the individual may ask to have the question or problem placed on the board agenda. The action of the board will be final.
 
It shall be the responsibility of the administrators to resolve questions and problems raised by the school district personnel and students they supervise and by other members of the district community.
 
 
Legal Reference: Iowa Code §§ 279.8
 
Approved   12/20/90       Reviewed 11/17/2014       Revised 11/17/2014