16. Discipline or Dismissal
16.1 DISCIPLINE OR DISMISSAL FOR CAUSE
Non-probationary or tenured employees may only be disciplined or discharged for cause, which includes incompetency, cruelty, negligence, immorality, or other sufficient cause. Discipline for cause shall follow the concept of progressive discipline based upon the severity of the offense.
16.2 PROCEDURES NECESSARY TO RECOMMEND DISMISSAL OF ANY TEACHER
The procedures listed below shall be followed if a principal considers it necessary to recommend the dismissal of any teacher:
A. Classroom Visitations
Frequent classroom visitations with detailed notes on each visit will be maintained. Such classroom visitations shall be necessary only where the behavior prompting discipline or discharge occurs in the classroom.
B. Written Reports – Matters Outside Classroom
Detailed, dated, written reports on matters outside the classroom and/or school shall be maintained in case these matters have a bearing on the subject of possible dismissal.
C. Personal Conference
Personal conferences with the teacher by the appropriate administrator, in which his/her problems and suggestions for eliminating these problems are discussed, will be held. Detailed written records of all such conferences shall be maintained.
D. Notification to Non-Tenure Teachers
All non-tenure teachers which the District does not plan to rehire for the next school year must be notified of this decision at least 45 days prior to the end of the school term (about April 1). Principals should, therefore, forward their recommendations concerning the continued employment of non-tenure teachers to Human Resources by March 1.
16.3 REPRESENTATION AT DISCIPLINE/EVALUATION MEETINGS
In the event an administrator requires an employee to attend a meeting for the purpose of disciplining or evaluating said employee, upon request the employee may have another employee or his/her Association Representative present during such meetings. This shall not preclude the administrator’s right to investigate facts without an employee or his/her Association Representative. The employee shall be given prior written notice of the reasons for such a meeting two days in advance.