The Richland Parish School Board and its administrative staff believes that it has an obligation to provide the children attending its schools with the very best personnel available regardless of race, color, creed, sex, age, national origin or any similar personal characteristic.  Age shall be considered only with respect to minimums set by law.


The Superintendent or his/her designee shall be responsible for establishing and maintaining appropriate procedures for reviewing and evaluating any and all applicants for selection, including administrative and supervisory personnel, and assuring adherence to applicable state and federal legal requirements.  Selection of personnel to fill all positions shall be based upon performance, effectiveness, and qualifications applicable to each specific position.  Decisions shall be made on a non-discriminatory basis with selection procedures and evaluative criteria known to all applicants.  Applicants should not resort to the use of political, social, or other pressures to gain employment or promotion.


Teachers and all other personnel shall be selected for employment by the Superintendent.  It shall be the responsibility of the Superintendent to ensure that all persons recommended have proper certification where applicable, and are qualified for the position.  Seniority and tenure shall not be used as the primary criteria when making any employment decision.


The Superintendent shall delegate to the school principal all decisions regarding the employment of any teacher or other personnel at the school in which the principal is employed, subject to the approval of the Superintendent.




Prior to the end of each school year, a questionnaire shall be sent to all employees seeking their intentions concerning continued employment.  All questionnaires shall be returned to the central office by the last day of school.  Those employees not submitting a properly completed questionnaire prior to the last day of school shall be considered as relinquishing their employment status when their present contract expires.  It shall be the duty of the employee to verify their employment status with the Board.  If for any reason the system is overstaffed, it is clearly understood that one or more positions will have to be deleted.  This will be accomplished by using policy GBNA, Reduction of Personnel.




No teacher shall be allowed to resign after the return of a signed written contract, unless extreme emergency, as determined by the Superintendent, exists.  To accept employment elsewhere may not be considered extreme emergency.




The School Board shall hire personnel to fill only one job position except when it is in the best interest of the system.  The decision to hire a person in more than one job position shall be made by the Superintendent.


The Superintendent and/or his/her designee shall consult with teachers regarding any possible selections made by the Superintendent for the hiring or placement of a principal at the school in which such teachers are employed, subject to the provisions of any applicable court order.




Whenever a school bus operator is needed to drive a new route or a route vacated by a previous operator, the school bus operator who is tenured and has acquired the greatest seniority shall be offered the opportunity to and may change from driving his/her route to the vacant route before another operator is selected.  If the tenured bus operator with the greatest seniority chooses not to change to the vacant route, the route shall then be offered in order of seniority to a school bus operator who has acquired tenure.


If no tenured operator chooses to change to the vacant route, the route shall then be offered to a full‑time probationary bus operator.


If no regular bus operator, tenured or probationary, chooses to change to the vacant route, then a substitute bus operator shall be selected for the position from a list of approved substitute school bus operators.  If no tenured, probationary, or substitute bus operator wants the route, then a new bus operator shall be hired.


Whenever a school bus operator owning his/her own bus retires, a vacated route shall be offered first to any person meeting the requirements of the School Board who is willing to acquire the bus of the retiring operator at full appraised value.  This provision shall be applicable only when the bus owned by the retiring operator has been manufactured within a period of five (5) years immediately prior to the operator's retirement and the operator is retiring due to a documented physical disability.


The Superintendent may select an operator to fill a vacant route using a different process than outlined above, but only if the Board is required to bear an increase in the unreimbursed costs for nonpassenger miles over those attributable to the previous operator who vacated the route.


Whenever a vacancy occurs on a route due to death, resignation, retirement, or the expiration of the regular operator's approved leave, or a new route is established, the route shall be filled with a regular school bus operator using the process stated above no later than the following school year unless the route is consolidated or eliminated.  A substitute bus operator may only be used as a temporary measure until a permanent operator is appointed to a route.


If an operator is on approved leave, his/her route shall not be considered a vacant route.  A substitute shall be used to drive a route for an operator on approved leave regardless of the length of time of the approved leave.


Substitute bus operators for bus routes shall have and shall meet the same qualifications as regular bus operators.




Whenever the School Board is the recipient of grants from federal, state or private funding agencies for supplementing and/or funding of innovative educational strategies, long range planning, and special supportive services, such grants may fund staff positions related to the grants.  Grant-funded positions may be full-time or part-time positions established for specific periods of time, not to exceed the scheduled termination date of the applicable grant funded.  The letter of appointment sent to an employee for grant-funded positions shall state that continuation of the employee’s service in that position shall be contingent upon the continuing availability of funds from the applicable grant funding source.


Revised:  October, 1997 Revised:  November 11, 2008
Revised:  September 1, 1998 Revised:  November 10, 2009
Revised:  October 5, 1999 Revised:  January 11, 2011
Revised:  October, 2001 Revised:  October 11, 2011
Revised:  August, 2002 Revised:  August 14, 2012
Revised:  November 8, 2005 Revised:  August 9, 2016
Revised:  December 12, 2006  



Ref:    La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§17:81, 17:81.9, 17:413, 17:430, 17:493.1, 23:897

Louisiana Handbook for School Administrators, Bulletin 741, Louisiana Department of Education

Board minutes, 3-24-88, 1-10-89, 10-5-99, 11-8-05, 12-12-06, 11-11-08, 11-10-09, 1-11-11, 10-11-11, 8-14-12, 8-9-16


Richland Parish School Board