7000 - Personnel

7425 School Administrator Contracts

The Board recognizes that an effective staff is critical to the smooth operation of the school system and to creating a learning environment in which students can succeed. The Board further believes that students will not excel in performance unless those who most directly affect students, including school administrators, teachers, and other licensed professionals, excel in their performance. For the purposes of this policy, the term “School Administrator” is defined as a principal, assistant principal, supervisor, or director whose major function includes the supervision of teaching or any other part of the instructional program.

School administrator contracts will be granted, extended, or renewed only for individuals of proven ability who strive for excellence. School Administrators should be able to facilitate student learning and effectively carry out the responsibilities of providing for school safety and enforcing student discipline. The Superintendent is expected to be able to substantiate any recommendation for granting a new contract, extending a current contract, or renewing a contract with evaluation data, as described in policy 7810, Evaluation of Licensed Employees, or with regard to applicants, with data from the selection process as provided in policy 7100, Recruitment and Selection of Personnel. If the Board is not satisfied that an applicant or employee has met the standards established by the Board, employment will be denied, following statutorily prescribed procedures.

An initial contract between a School Administrator and the Board will be for a term of two to four years as defined in NC General Statute. Four-year initial contracts will be granted only to exemplary school administrators. Absent unusual circumstances, two-year initial contracts will be granted for individuals who do not have experience as school administrators. In addition, one-year contracts may be granted to individuals who hold a provisional assistant principal’s license. Subsequent contracts between a Principal or an Assistant Principal and the Board will be granted for a term of four years.

An employee who has a school administrator contract with the school system is expected to continue to strive for excellence, meet all performance standards established by the board, and pursue professional development as provided in policy 1610/7800, Professional and Staff Development. Any employee who is unable or unwilling to meet reasonable standards of the Board may be subject to demotion or dismissal, as provided in policy 7930, Professional Employees: Demotion and Dismissal, and in accordance with statutorily prescribed procedures.

If the Superintendent decides not to recommend that the Board offer a School Administrator a new, renewed, or extended contract, the employee has all procedural rights accorded by G.S115C-287.1.


Legal References:
G.S. 115C-36, -47(18), -284(c), -287.1, -289, -325
Cross References:
Professional and Staff Development (policy 1610/7800), Hearings Before the Board (policy 2500), Recruitment and Selection of Personnel (policy 7100), Evaluation of Licensed Employees (policy 7810), Professional Employees: Demotion and Dismissal (policy 7930)
Adopted:
Monday, 13 June 2011
Last Updated:
Monday, 12 January 2015