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      RS 17:81.4     


§81.4.  Reductions in force; dismissal of teachers and other school employees

A.  Not later than September 1, 2012, each local public school board shall develop and adopt rules and policies that delegate reduction in force decisions to the superintendent which he shall use in dismissing teachers and other employees at any time a reduction in force is instituted.  Such rules and policies shall be made available for inspection by teachers, other school employees, and the general public within ten days after final adoption.

B.  All reduction in force policies adopted for use in dismissing teachers and administrators shall be based solely upon demand, performance, and effectiveness, as determined by the performance evaluation program as provided in R.S. 17:3881 through 3905.  Any reduction in force by a 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 in force has been accomplished.

C.  All reduction in force policies adopted by a local school board for use by the superintendent in dismissing school employees who are not evaluated pursuant to R.S. 17:3881 through 3905, shall be based upon the following criteria:

(1)  Performance and effectiveness as determined by school board policy.

(2)  Certification or academic preparation, if applicable.

D.  All reduction in force policies of local public school boards and special schools as provided in this Section shall include:

(1)  The right of an employee notified of an action which results from implementation of a reduction in force policy to request in writing a review of such action and to receive notice of the results of such review.

(2)  The right of an employee to pursue the matter through the school board's adopted grievance procedure.

E.  No reduction in force policy adopted by a local public school board shall include seniority or tenure as the primary criterion to be considered when instituting a reduction in force.

Added by Acts 1983, No. 94, §1; Acts 1985, No. 602, §1; Acts 1986, No. 478, §1; Acts 1995, No. 1272, §1, eff. June 29, 1995; Acts 2012, No. 1, §1, eff. July 1, 2012.

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