5050 Policy – Contracts

Bellingham Public Schools will contract annually with each staff member in a certificated position. Such contract will be in conformity with state law and the policies and negotiated agreements of the district. The contract will be binding on the district and on the staff member and may not be abridged or abrogated during its term by either party except by mutual consent or as may be provided elsewhere in policy or in negotiated agreements.

Contracts for certificated staff will be written for a period not to exceed one year. The employment of classified staff will be on a month-to-month basis commencing from the first day of work.
Supplemental contracts, which are not subject to the continuing contract statute, will be issued for services to be rendered in addition to a staff member’s normal “full-time” assignment.
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.

A.  Provisional Employment

The district will issue to certificated employees who are provisional pursuant to state law a “provisional contract.”

The superintendent may remove an employee from provisional status if the employee receives one of the top two evaluation ratings during the second year of employment in the district.

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.  Title I Employees

All teachers working in a program supported with Title I funds will be highly qualified, as defined by federal law and regulations.

All paraprofessionals providing instructional support in a program supported by Title 1 funds will have a secondary school diploma or a recognized equivalent and one (1) of the following:

  1. Completed at least two (2) years of study at an institution of higher learning;
  2. Obtained an associate’s or higher degree; or
  3. Met a rigorous standard of quality through a formal state or local assessment.

Paraprofessionals who are hired primarily as translators or solely to conduct family involvement activities do not need to meet these requirements. However, they must have earned a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent.




Approved By: Greg Baker
Adopted: 08/25/15
Signature Date: 08/25/15
Approved: Superintendent Approved
Cross References: Content

Legal References: Content


RCW 28A.330.100                 Additional powers of the 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 probably 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

Policy News, October 2010     Employment Disclosures

Policy News, August 2003      No Child Left Behind Update

Policy News, August 2001      Legislature Authorizes “Retire-Rehire”