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3120 Policy_Employment of Staff

The Board of Education recognizes that it is vital to the successful operation of the District that positions created
by the Board be filled with highly-qualified and competent personnel.
The Board shall approve the employment, and also, when not covered by any applicable terms of a collective 
bargaining agreement, fix the compensation, and establish the term of employment for each staff member employed by this District.
Such approval shall be given only to those candidates for employment recommended by the Superintendent.
When any recommended candidate has been rejected by the Board, the Superintendent shall make a substitute
All applications for employment shall be referred to the Director of Human Resources (DHR).
Relatives of Board members may be employed by the Board, provided the Board member does not participate in
any way in the discussion or vote on any matter relating to said employment.
Relatives of staff members may be employed by the Board, provided the staff member being employed is not
placed in a position in which s/he would be supervised directly by the relative staff member.
Any staff member's intentional misstatement of fact material to his/her qualifications for employment or the
determination of salary shall be considered by this Board to constitute grounds for dismissal.
The employment of staff members prior to approval by the Board is authorized when their employment is required
to maintain continuity in the educational program. Employment shall be recommended to the Board at the next
regular meeting.
There must also be verification that a satisfactory background check has been conducted by the Department of
Public Instruction or appropriate State agency. The candidate must also provide verification of a physical
examination and negative TB test results.
The Superintendent shall prepare procedures for the recruitment and selection of all staff which include reporting
newly hired employees to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
When appropriate, no candidate for employment to the professional staff shall receive recommendation for such
employment without having proffered visual evidence of proper certification or that application for such certification
is in process.
Any person who signs a contract for employment in the District, must, within ten (10) days after signing the
contract, file in the office of the Superintendent a statement showing the date of expiration and the grade and
character of the certificate or license held.
All teachers hired after the first day of the 2002-2003 school year for a Title I supported program must be "highly
"Highly Qualified" means:
    A. Full State certification as a teacher or passed State teacher licensing exam and holds current license to
        teach; certification or license requirements may not be waived on emergency, temporary or provisional basis
    B. For elementary teachers new to the profession, this also requires:
        1. At least a bachelor’s degree; and
        2. Passing a rigorous State test on subject knowledge and teaching skills in reading, writing, math, and
            other areas of elementary curriculum (State certification test may suffice)
    C. For secondary or middle school teachers new to the profession this also requires:
        1. At least a bachelor’s degree;
        2. Passing a rigorous State test in each of the subject areas s/he will teach (State certification test may
            suffice), or
        3. For each academic subject taught, having an academic major, course work equivalent to an undergraduate
            major, a graduate degree, or advanced certification or credentialing
    D. For elementary, middle, or secondary school teachers with prior experience, this also requires;
        1. At least a bachelor’s degree, and
         2. Meets standards for new teachers (above), or
        3. Demonstrates competence in all academic subjects s/he teaches based on a uniform State standard of
            evaluation (standard for academic subject matter and teaching skills set by the State)
By the 2005-2006 school year, all teachers in a District receiving Title I funds shall be "highly qualified" as
described above. The District must have a plan and show annual progress towards meeting these teacher
qualification requirements.
Newly hired paraprofessionals - All paraprofessionals hired after the first day of the 2002-2003 school year for a
Title I supported program must have a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent and one of the
    A. Completed two (2) years study at an institution of higher education; or
    B. Obtained at least an associate’s degree; or
    C. Met a rigorous standard of quality and demonstrate through formal State or local academic assessment:
        1. Knowledge of and the ability to assist in instructing, reading, writing and mathematics; or
        2. Knowledge of and the ability to assist in instructing, reading readiness, writing readiness and mathematics
            readiness, as appropriate.
Existing paraprofessionals – All current paraprofessionals working for a Title I supported program must:
    A. Have a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent;
    B. Not later than January 8, 2006, meet the requirements for newly hired paraprofessionals as described above.
Exceptions – These requirements do not apply to a paraprofessional:
    A. Who is proficient in English and a second language and serves as a translator primarily to enhance the
        participation of children in Title I programs; or
    B. Whose duties consist solely of conducting parental involvement activities.
118.19, 118.21, 118.21(2), 121.02, Wis. Stats.
20 U.S.C. 6319
20 U.S.C. 7801
Revised:  August 29, 2011
Approved/Adopted:  July 13, 2009
Shari Weinstock,
Aug 29, 2011, 12:02 PM