Letters of Intent
As soon as selected by the superintendent or his/her designee, prospective certificated employees shall be sent a "Letter of Intent" to employ which shall indicate the tentative assignment and tentative annual salary. Issuance of the official contract shall be subject to the final approval by the Lake Washington School District Board of Directors.
Legal provisions have been established relative to the employment of certificated personnel.
- Each prospective certificated employee shall be included in the personnel report and submitted to the directors of the district at a regular or special meeting thereof.
- Each certificated person employed by the board must be the holder of an effective teacher's certificate or other certificate required by law or SPI for the position for which the employee is employed.
- No contract shall be offered by any board nor approved by or registered by the Educational Service District superintendent for the employment of any teacher who has previously signed a contract to teach for that same term in another school district of the State of Washington unless such teacher shall have been released from obligations under such previous contract by the Board of Directors of the school district to which he/she was obligated. Any contract signed in violation of this provision shall be void.
All contracts shall be issued in two parts, properly signed by the superintendent. Upon receipt, new contracted personnel shall sign and return one copy to Personnel Services within ten (10) days of issuance.
The employment of certificated employees shall be presumed to continue under the terms of the contract unless a certificated employee is discharged pursuant to RCW 28A.58.450 or the employee is notified or nonrenewal in writing by May 15, pursuant to RCW 28A.67.070.
Upon issuance of a contract, or a renewal thereof, to a certificated person, the district shall provide notification that the terms and conditions of employment are in the policies, rules, and regulations of the district which are contained in the board policy manual and in agreements presently in force between the organization representing certificated employees pursuant to RCW 41.56 and RCW 41.59 and the district. Board policy manuals shall be located in school offices, school libraries and at the district office. Board policies are also available on the school district website.
Professional Staff Orientation
The board recognizes that an appropriate orientation program can aid in the assimilation of new staff members into the school system and can also contribute to the continued growth of returning personnel. It will, therefore, be the responsibility of the superintendent, or designee, to provide for an annual orientation of all professional staff members.
The orientation of returning personnel shall focus upon the changes which have occurred during the previous year and the general goals for the coming year.
Orientation of personnel new to the school system may extend over a longer period of time and shall provide a broadly based effort to supply information and background details which shall improve the new teacher's understanding of the district's framework--including policies of the board, rules and regulations, and the instructional program.
Reduction in Contracted Staff
In the event it is necessary to reduce contracted certificated administrators and supervisory staff because of economic reasons, the superintendent, shall determine the educational program and services for the Lake Washington School District and shall reduce staff in accordance with applicable state law and employment procedures.