405.4 Licensed Employee Continuing Contracts


Contracts entered into with licensed employees, other than an administrator, will continue from year to year unless the contract states otherwise, is modified by mutual agreement between the Board and the employee, or the contract is terminated by the Board.

The first three years of a new licensed employee’s contract is a probationary period unless the employee has already successfully completed the three-year probationary period.  New employees who have successfully completed a probationary period in a previous Iowa school district will serve a one-year probationary period.  In the event of termination of the employee’s contract during this period, the Board will afford the licensed employee appropriate due process.  The action of the Board will be final.

In accordance with the continuing contract law, the Board of Directors shall give written notice through the superintendent by April 30 to any teacher whom it does not wish to re-employ; teachers shall notify the Board of Directors by May 15 through the Superintendent of Schools of their intent not to remain in the system. The Superintendent will make a recommendation to the Board for the termination of the licensed employee’s contract.

Licensed employees who wish to resign, to be released from a contract, or to retire must comply with Board policies in those areas.



Legal Reference:        Ar-We-Va Community School District v. Long and Henkenius, 292 N.W.2d 402 (Iowa 1980)

                                    Bruton v Ames Community school District, 291 N.W.2d 351 (Iowa 1980)

                                    Hartman v Merged Area VI Community College, 270 N.W.2d 822 (Iowa 1978)

                                    Keith v Community School District of Wilton in the Counties of Cedar and Muscatine, 262 N.W. 2d 249 (Iowa 1978)

                                    Iowa Code §§ 20; 272; 279.12-.19B, .27;294.1 (2003)