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March 5, 2007
411. SUSPENSIONS AND FURLOUGHS
Maintenance of professional staff appropriate to effectively continue the district's
educational program is a Board responsibility. The purpose of this policy is to
establish the manner in which the necessary reductions of that staff shall be
SC 524, 1124,
Consistent with law and the collective bargaining agreement, the Board has the
authority and responsibility to determine when suspensions and furloughs shall be
The Superintendent or designee shall develop administrative procedures for
reduction of staff in accordance with this policy and applicable law.
The efficiency and effectiveness of district organization and staffing patterns shall be
under continuing review, and recommendations for abolishing positions and
reallocating duties shall be presented for Board consideration when the
Superintendent considers such actions to be in the best interests of the district.
Pol. 412, 413
Data necessary for the computation of each professional staff member's rating shall
comply with state requirements, and his/her seniority status shall be recorded and
SC 1124, 1125.1
Professional employees shall be suspended for causes consistent with law in inverse
order of seniority within the district.
The district shall realign its professional staff to ensure that more senior employees
are provided with the opportunity to fill positions for which they are certified and
which are being filled by less senior employees. Such realignment, however, will not
be construed to require curriculum changes or department revisions.
2 Pa. C.S.A.
Sec. 551 et seq
Tenured professional employees have the right to a Local Agency Law hearing, and
the decision to suspend shall be considered an adjudication for the purposes of that
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2 Pa. C.S.A.
Sec. 551 et seq
Temporary professional employees are entitled to a Local Agency Law hearing at
the request of the employee prior to suspension or furlough.
Reinstatements from a list of suspended professional employees shall be made on
the basis of their seniority within the district.
To be considered available for reinstatement, a suspended professional employee
must annually report in writing to the Board his/her current address and intent to
accept the same or a similar position when offered.
If the employee fails to appear for reinstatement, s/he shall be dropped from the list
of suspended employees.
Refusal to accept reinstatement in a position for which the employee is certificated
shall be cause for removal from the list of furloughed employees.
A collective bargaining agreement may provide suspension procedures that differ
from this policy. In the event that such a condition exists, procedures must be
adapted to the provisions of the collective bargaining agreement for bargaining unit
Seniority is defined as years of continuous service within the same district whereby
one teacher has been employed for a longer time than another. Where several
teachers under consideration for suspension have been employed continuously for
the same length of time, then the date the employee is hired shall determine
seniority. If the initial date of hiring is the same for more than one (1) employee,
then the order in which the names appear for election on the official minutes of the
Board shall determine seniority.
Seniority shall continue to accrue during an employee's suspension, provided the
employee indicates availability in accordance with existing state laws and
regulations. Service time for determining salary increments shall not accrue for any
employee nor will district-paid fringe benefits be continued.