5050 Policy – Contracts

A. Certificated Staff Contracts

The district will write contracts for certificated staff for a period not to exceed one year. Upon recommendation of the superintendent and approval by a majority of the board of directors, the district will offer a certificated staff contract to the recommended and approved applicant. Such contract will state the salary to be paid based upon the applicable salary schedule, the number of days of service, effective date, and term of the contract.

The district will issue a “provisional contract” to first, second, and third year certificated teaching staff and other non-supervisory certificated staff who are “provisional employees,” subject to non-renewal of employment as provided by law.

Certificated staff contracts shall provide a date by which they must be returned or the district will consider the contract rejected.  Further, if the contract is returned with any of its terms changed or modified, the district will consider it rejected.

B. Persons Replacing Certificated Staff on Leave

The district will issue “replacement employee” contracts upon the recommendation of the superintendent and action of the board, to certificated staff who replace certificated staff who have been granted leaves. Such contracts will be for the duration of the leave only. Such contracts will clearly state the terms and conditions of the contract. These contracts will include the following rider:

“In accordance with the provisions of RCW 28A.405.900, this contract expires automatically at the end of the contract terms set forth herein and is not subject to the provisions of RCW 28A.405.210.”

C. Classified Staff Contracts

Upon the recommendation of the superintendent, contracts for selected classified staff may be in writing and/or for a specific period of time not to exceed one year. Otherwise, the employment of classified staff will be on a month-to-month basis commencing from the first day of work.

D. Supplemental Contracts

The district may issue supplemental contracts, which are not subject to the continuing contract statute, for services to be rendered in addition to a certificated staff member’s normal “full-time” assignment. Supplemental contracts will not exceed one year and, if not renewed, will not constitute an adverse change in contract status.

E. Paraeducators

All paraeducators must be 18 years of age, must hold a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent, and must have done one of the following:

  1. Earned 72 quarter credits or 48 semester credits at an institution of higher learning;
  2. Obtained at least an associate’s degree;
  3. Received a passing grade on the education testing service paraeducator assessment; or
  4. Completed a registered apprenticeship program.
Approved By: Greg Baker
Adopted/Previous Revisions: 08/25/15
Updated: 10/02/18
Superintendent or Board Approved: Superintendent Approved
Cross References: Content

Legal References: Content

RCW 28A.330.100 Additional powers of board
RCW 28A.400.300 Hiring and discharging of employees — Written leave policies — Seniority and leave benefits of employees transferring between school districts and other educational employers
RCW 28A.400.315 Employment contracts
RCW 28A.405.210 Conditions and contracts of employment — Determination of probable cause for nonrenewal of contracts — Nonrenewal due to enrollment decline or revenue loss — Notice — Opportunity for hearing
RCW 28A.405.220 Conditions and contracts of employment — Nonrenewal of provisional employees — Notice — Procedure
RCW 28A.405.240 Conditions and contracts of employment — Supplemental contracts, when — Continuing contract provisions not applicable to
RCW 28A.405.900 Certain certificated employees exempt from chapter provisions
20 U.S.C. 6319 Qualifications for teachers and paraprofessionals

Management Resources: Content

2010 – October Issue
Policy News, August 2003 No Child Left Behind Update
Policy News, August 2001 Legislature Authorizes “Retire-Rehire”