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5280 - Termination of Employment



Release from Contract

A certificated staff member may be released from contract under the following conditions:

    1. A letter from the staff member requesting release shall be submitted to the superintendent's office. If accepted by the board at its next meeting, the staff member shall be released from contract.
    2. A release from contract may be granted by the board to allow a staff member to accept another position prior to or during the school year provided a satisfactory replacement can be obtained.
    3. A release from contract may be granted by the board in case of illness or other personal matters which make it a substantial hardship for the staff member to continue his/her employment in the district.
    4. Each request shall be determined upon its own merits. The needs of the district and continuity of the educational program offered to students shall receive primary consideration in the board's decision. In the event of termination of a contract, compensation is to be reasonable based on proportion of the uncompleted contract.


In order to permit proper staff planning and to minimize inconvenience to others who may be affected, certificated staff who plan to resign at the end of their contract period are requested to notify the superintendent of their resignation or retirement by March 1.

Those staff who are not contractually obligated to complete the current school year should notify the superintendent as early as possible of their intent to resign and no less than 30 days prior to their last working day.


Staff who become eligible to retire under the controlling retirement system and who intend to retire at the end of the current school year are encouraged to notify the superintendent prior to March 1st of that year.

Those staff intending to retire who are not contractually obligated to complete the current school year should notify the superintendent as early as possible and no less than 30 days prior to their retirement date.

Cross References:

Board Policy


Certification Revocation


Evaluation Staff


Disciplinary Action and Discharge

Legal References:



Hiring and discharging employees--Leaves for employees--Seniority and leave benefits, retention upon transfers between schools


Mandatory termination of classified employees

28A.400.340 Discharge notices include appeal rights
28A.405.140 In-service training for teacher may be required after evaluation
28A.405.210 Conditions and contracts of employment-- Determination of probable cause for non-renewal of contracts--Notice--Opportunity for hearing 
28A.405.220 Conditions and contracts of employment--Non- renewal of provisional employees--Procedure
28A.405.300  Adverse change in contract status of certificated employee--Determination of probable cause--Notice-- Opportunity for hearing
28A.405.310 Adverse change in contract status of certificated employee, including non-renewal of contract-- Hearings--Procedure
28A.405.470 Mandatory termination of certified employees
28A.410.090 Revocation of authority to teach
41.32.240 Membership in system--Procedure when exempted person desires membership--Continuation of exemption--Persons formerly exempt, minimum period to qualify for retirement allowance
41.33.020(6) Terms and provisions of plan




State Employees' Retirement--Federal Social Security



Policies and procedures for administration of certification proceedings


Acts of Unprofessional Conduct


Drugs and alcohol--Use of as cause for dismissal


Adopted by the Board: July 16, 2002

Revised: October 7, 2003

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