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The length of the contract for employment between the superintendent and the Board is determined by the Board. The superintendent’s contract will begin on July 1 and end on June 30 each year (260 days). The contract will state the terms of the employment.

The first two years of a contract issued to a newly employed superintendent is considered a probationary period. The Board may waive this period or extend it for an additional year upon the consent of the superintendent. In the event of termination of a probationary or non‐probationary contract, the Board will afford the superintendent appropriate due process, including notice by May 15.  The superintendent and Board may mutually agree to terminate the superintendent’s contract.

If a superintendent’s contract is not being renewed by the Board, the contract will be extended automatically for additional one‐year periods beyond the end of its term until it is modified or terminated as mutually agreed to by the parties or until the superintendent’s contract is terminated consistent with statutory termination procedures.

It is the responsibility of the Board to provide the contract for the superintendent.

If the superintendent wishes to resign, to be released from a contract, or to retire, must comply with Board policies regarding the areas of resignation, release or retirement.

Legal Reference:

Cook v PlainfieId Community School District. 301 N.W. 2d 771 (Iowa App. 1980).

Board of Education of Fort Madison Community School District v Youel, 282 N.W. 2d 677 (Iowa 1979).

Briggs v Board of Education of Hinton Community School District. 282 N.W. 2d 740 (Iowa 1979).

Iowa Code §§ 27.12; 279.20,.22‐.25 (1991).

Iowa Code § 279.23 (Iowa Acts, 1992).

281 I.A.C. 12.4(4),.4(7).

Approved: May 4, 1990

Reviewed: December 18, 2023

Revised: November 12, 2012