DCA(LEGAL) - EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES: PROBATIONARY CONTRACTS
Note: The Board has adopted an innovation plan that affects application of provisions in this legally referenced policy.
Persons Under Probationary Contracts
Except as provided below, each of the following persons shall be employed under a probationary contract when the person is employed by the District for the first time or if the person has not been employed by the District for two consecutive school years subsequent to August 28, 1967:
Other full-time professional employee who is required to hold a certificate issued under Education Code Chapter 21, Subchapter B [see DK(EXHIBIT)].
Education Code Chapter 21, Subchapter C (relating to probationary contracts) does not apply to the Superintendent or a person who is not entitled to a probationary, continuing, or term contract under Education Code 21.002 [see DC(LEGAL) at CONTRACT EMPLOYEES], an existing contract, or District policy.
Education Code 21.101, .102(a)
A person who previously was employed as a teacher by the District, and after at least a two-year lapse in District employment returns to District employment, may be employed under a probationary contract. Education Code 21.102(a)
Principal or Classroom Teacher
The District may employ a person as a principal or classroom teacher under a term contract if the person has experience as a public school principal or classroom teacher, respectively, regardless of whether the person is being employed by the District for the first time or whether a probationary contract would otherwise be required under Education Code Section 21.102. Education Code 21.202(b)
Change in Professional Capacity
An employee may be employed under a probationary contract if the employee voluntarily accepts an assignment in a new professional capacity that requires a different class of certificate under Education Code Chapter 21, Subchapter B than the class of certificate held by the employee in the professional capacity in which the employee was previously employed.
This provision does not apply to an employee who is returned by the District to a professional capacity in which the employee was employed by the District before the District employed the employee in the new professional capacity. The employee is entitled to be employed in the original professional capacity under the same contractual status as the status held by the employee during the previous employment by the District in that capacity.
Education Code 21.102(a-1) [See 19 TAC 230.33(b) for list of certificate classes]
Term of Contract
A probationary contract may not be for a term exceeding one school year.
A probationary contract may be renewed for two additional one-year periods, for a maximum permissible probationary contract period of three school years, except that the probationary period may not exceed one year for a person who has been employed as a teacher in public education for at least five of the eight years preceding employment by the District.
A probationary contract period may be extended beyond the third consecutive year of employment if, during the third year of the probationary period, the Board determines that it is doubtful whether a continuing contract or a term contract should be given. If the Board makes such a determination, the District may make a probationary contract for a term ending with the fourth consecutive school year.
Education Code 21.102