FILE:  GBA

Cf:  GBD, GBN

Cf:  GBO, GBQ

 

CONTRACTS AND COMPENSATION

 

 

CONTRACTS

 

Contracts of employment between eligible employees and the Richland Parish School Board shall be executed for a specified period of time and compensation in accordance with state law.  Unless otherwise stipulated, all employees shall meet all stated position qualifications and/or certification requirements before any contract shall become valid.  Renewal or issuance, when possible, of contracts of employment, as well as dismissal or nonrenewal of contract notices, with the exception of performance contracts, shall be issued on or before the last day of each school year, whenever possible.

 

The execution of an employee contract between the School Board and employee shall be legally binding upon both parties.  Teachers without tenure shall be required to have a written contract.  Teachers who have gained tenure may not be required to sign a written contract each scholastic year, but shall be required to sign such employment contracts at intervals determined by the School Board.  The failure of a non-tenured teacher to sign a contract for the ensuing school session within the specified time, when required, shall be considered as voluntary termination of employment on the part of the teacher, unless under extenuating circumstances, an extension is granted by the Superintendent.  Any subsequent resignation or termination of said contract for reasons other than extreme emergencies, as determined by the School Board, shall constitute a breach of contract against which legal action may be taken by the School Board and the employee dealt with accordingly.  The Superintendent shall receive, finalize, and accept all resignations of all employees.  However, the Superintendent at the next available meeting shall report said resignations to the School Board.

 

The Superintendent shall sign each teacher contract.

 

Performance Contracts

 

Administrative and supervisory personnel in positions that require certification shall be hired under the terms of a performance contract of not less than two (2) nor more than four (4) years, except when such employment is for a temporary position.  The School Board shall make the final decision regarding the length of any such performance contract.  Prior to the School Board’s approval of any initial or subsequent contract which involves an employee being or having been promoted to a position with a higher salary, the Superintendent shall disclose all terms of the contract to the School Board.

 

Termination or non-renewal of any performance contract shall be governed by the terms of the contract and applicable law.

 

COMPENSATION

 

Salary Schedules

 

Upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the School Board shall establish salary schedules that shall be used to determine the salaries to be paid to teachers and all other school employees.  Salaries of all teachers shall be set by the Superintendent.  The salaries of all personnel are generally based upon an established salary schedule and associated regulations; provided, however, that salaries may be stated in and controlled by an employment contract.  The salaries as provided in any salary schedule shall be considered as full compensation for all work required and performed within each employee’s prescribed scope of duties and responsibilities.

 

Salary schedules established for teachers, administrators, and other certified school personnel shall be based upon the following criteria, with no one criterion accounting for more than fifty percent (50%) of the formula used to compute such employees' salaries:

 

  1. Effectiveness, as determined by the performance evaluation program as provided in La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§17:3881 through 3905.

  2. Demand, inclusive of area of certification, particular school need, geographic area, and subject area, which may include advanced degree levels.

  3. Experience.

 

No teacher or administrator who is rated ineffective pursuant to the School Board’s performance evaluation program shall receive a higher salary in the year following the evaluation than the teacher/administrator received in the year of the evaluation.

 

The amount of the annual salary paid to any employee in any school year shall not be reduced below the amount of such salary paid during the previous school year, nor shall the amount of the annual salary paid to any employee be reduced at any time during an academic year.  The limitations on the reduction in the amount of the annual salary paid to any employee shall not be applicable to:

 

  1. The correction of any accounting errors or to a reduction necessitated by the elimination of a state program or state funding;

  2. The reduction of any local salary supplement funded, in whole or in part, from a revenue source requiring voter approval, when such voter approval has not been obtained;

  3. An employee who has been promoted and subsequently demoted to a lower position.  In this case, the employee’s salary shall return to the salary previously received in the lower position from which promoted; or

  4. The elimination, discontinuance, or reorganization of the position to which the employee is assigned that results in the employee working fewer hours, days, or months.  In such case, the employee’s salary for that academic year shall not be reduced.  After that year, the employee’s salary shall be determined in accordance with the applicable salary schedule for the employee’s position.

 

Ordinarily, no teacher shall be placed on the payroll of the school district unless the teacher holds a valid certificate as required by law, and a copy of the teacher's contract has been filed with the Superintendent.  Exceptions may be made only when qualified teachers with valid certification are not available for employment.

 

Sales Tax Supplement

 

The School Board shall pay active and/or retired employees a share of sales tax collections dedicated for employee salaries based on a distribution formula approved by the School Board.  A pro-rata share of the sales tax supplement shall be paid to each employee who retired or resigned during a semester.  This share will be determined in accordance with the calculation used to make the original distribution to active employees for that same period.  This distribution will be made from sales tax collections for the current year.

 

Payment of Sales Tax Supplement Upon Termination of Employment

 

The Superintendent shall be authorized to pay an employee all monies due upon termination of employment, which includes a pro-rata share of the sales tax supplements (13th and 14th check).  The pro-rata share of the sales tax collections for the year based upon the average amount of sales tax collected in the two (2) prior years.  At the time of payment, the employee will be notified in writing and asked to sign a form acknowledging that the payment is an estimate of their pro-rata share of the sales tax supplements to be distributed at a later date.  The form will include a statement indicating that the estimate is considered payment in full of any amounts due them by the Richland Parish School Board.

 

Experience Credit

 

A year of teaching experience is defined as each scholastic year of employment as a certified teacher in public schools within any of the fifty states of the United States of America, or within any of its territorial possessions; or as a teacher in a private or parochial school, as an employee in a state department of education, or as an instructor in an institution of higher learning.  All such experience must have been as a teacher in an institution or school accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting agencies in the United States of America (e.g., SACS).  Experience outside the United States of America, its territories or possessions must be in an institution or school accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States of America.

 

A year of teaching experience shall be granted if the person was employed for at least ninety-one (91) instructional days during one scholastic year, excluding holidays, as verified by the Superintendent.  However, not more than one (1) year of experience shall be granted for a period inclusive of twelve (12) consecutive calendar months.  All experience must have been on a full-time basis.

 

Any teacher holding a valid Louisiana teaching certificate in the public school system of Louisiana who has transferred to Louisiana from a public school system of another state and who, at the time of such transfer, held a valid teacher's certificate from that state, shall be given full credit under the salary schedule for the years of satisfactory teaching service previously rendered in the public school system of that state.  Credit for previous teaching experience shall also be granted to anyone employed who holds a valid Louisiana teaching certificate and is employed or has been employed by another public school system in the state.

 

Advanced Degree

 

When a teacher earns additional college credit, is awarded an advanced degree, or receives additional training that would result in an increase in salary, said teacher shall be paid for the advanced degree or training beginning with the next payroll period after all necessary documentation has been received from the Louisiana Department of Education.  It shall be the responsibility of the employee to assure proper notification is given to the Superintendent or his/her designee.

 

Retirees

 

The salary of any retiree who is reemployed as a full-time teacher shall be based on the salary schedule which accounts for all prior years of teaching service and pertinent experience.  The status of any retiree who is reemployed shall be the same as a full-time active employee, subject to all applicable rules, procedures, policies, and statutes that apply to all such full-time active employees.

 

The retirement of an employee prior to his/her re-employment as a retiree shall constitute a break in his/her service with the School Board for purposes of tenure and sabbatical leave.  The retiree shall not be allowed to carry forward annual leave days accumulated by him/her as of the date of his/her retirement, but he/she may carry forward accumulated sick leave days provided that he/she has returned to employment within five (5) years of his/her last employment as a teacher within the school system.  A retiree shall have the right to earn additional sick leave and annual leave, if applicable, on the same basis as other similarly situated newly hired employees while a retiree.

 

School Employees

 

Compensation for all school employees shall be based on applicable salary schedules or hourly rates established by the Richland Parish School Board, with the exception that no employee shall receive less than the minimum established by state or federal law.

 

For the purposes of this subsection, school employee shall mean any employee of the School Board that is not required to hold a teacher's certificate as a condition of employment, including but not limited to, bus driver, food service worker, teacher aide, custodian, and maintenance personnel.

 

COMPLIANCE WITH FEDERAL COURT ORDER

 

Any regulations under this policy shall be permitted only if permissible under the provisions of any active orders of the United States District Court entered in the desegregation case styled United States of America v. Richland Parish School Board, Civil Action No.66-121 (W.D.La.).

 

Revised:  October 5, 1999 Revised:  August 14, 2012
Revised:  October, 2001 Revised:  January 8, 2013
Revised:  January, 2002 Revised:  October 14, 2014
Revised:  June, 2003 Revised:  December 13, 2016

 

 

Ref:    29 USC 201 et seq. (Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as amended)

29 CFR 778 (Overtime Compensation)

La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§11:710, 17:81, 17:83, 17:84, 17:84.1, 17:411, 17:413, 17:414, 17:418, 17:419.2, 17:421.4, 17:422.6, 17:423, 17:424, 17:424.2, 17:424.3, 17:442, 17:444, 17:491, 17:492, 17:496, 17:496.1, 17:497, 17:497.1, 17:498, 17:1203, 17:3881, 17:3882, 17:3883, 17:3884, 17:3901, 17:3902, 17:3903, 17:3904

Harrah Independent School District v. Martin, 99 S.Ct. 1062 (1979)

Garcia v. San Antonio Metropolitan Transit Authority et al., 105 S. Ct. 1005 (February 1985)

Wright v. Caldwell Parish School Board, 30.448 (La. App. 2 Cir. 6/16/99)

Board minutes, 10-5-99, 1-14-03, 8-14-12, 1-8-13, 10-14-14, 12-13-16

 

Richland Parish School Board