REDUCTION OF PERSONNEL
It shall be the policy of the Bossier Parish School Board to maintain a fair and balanced educational program consistent with the functions and responsibilities of public schools. When faced with circumstances which may necessitate a reduction of personnel greater than can be accomplished through attrition and appropriate reassignment, a reduction of personnel action may be employed. All feasible alternatives to the layoffs of employees shall be considered prior to the implementation of the provisions stated herein. The determination for the need to implement reduction of personnel procedures and all decisions effecting such action shall be made by the Superintendent.
Except as otherwise provided herein, any existing procedure for reconsidering or examining an employee discharge, non-reappointment, or grievance shall not be considered in implementing a reduction of personnel action. Similarly, no personnel action other than a reduction of personnel may be considered under this policy.
Employees on Board approved leaves of absence shall be treated in the same manner as other regularly employed personnel insofar as application of this policy.
TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS
Reduction of teachers and administrators shall be based solely upon demand, performance, and effectiveness, as determined by the performance evaluation program adopted by the Board in accordance with La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§17:3881 through 3905. Any reduction of teachers and administrators by the Superintendent shall be instituted by dismissing the least effective teacher within each targeted subject area or area of certification first, and then proceeding by effectiveness rating until the reduction of personnel has been accomplished.
ALL OTHER EMPLOYEES
Reduction of school employees, including bus operators, who are not evaluated pursuant to La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§17:3881 through 3905, shall be based upon the following criteria:
effectiveness as determined by the Board’s personnel evaluation plan.
Certification or academic preparation, if applicable.
NOTICE TO INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYEE
When a reduction of personnel action is instituted, written notice of termination shall be given by the Superintendent or his/her designee by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the employee to be terminated. The notice shall include a statement of the general conditions requiring a reduction of personnel. The employee’s address, as it appears on the School Board’s record, shall be deemed to be the correct address. It shall be the employee’s responsibility to see that the School Board has his/her current address on file.
REVIEW OF INDIVIDUAL TERMINATIONS
Within ten (10) days after receiving a notice of termination, an employee may request, in writing, a review of the action taken and shall receive notice of the results of the review in a timely manner, but no later than ten (10) days after the notice to review is received. The employee shall have the right to pursue a reduction action through the Board’s grievance procedures.
SEVERABILITY OF PROVISIONS
If any provision of this policy or the application thereof is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions of this policy which can be implemented without the invalid provisions and, to this end, the provisions of this policy are hereby declared severable.
Any and all provisions of this policy shall yield to existing state law, whether statutory or not, when held to be in conflict with said law or laws.
Revised: August, 2012
Revised: October 4, 2012
Ref: La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§17:81, 17:81.4, 17:3881, 17:3882, 17:3883, 17:3884, 17:3901, 17:3902, 17:3903, 17:3904
Board minutes, 8-2-12, 10-4-12
Bossier Parish School Board