SUSPENSION OF PROFESSIONAL STAFF MEMBERS

The Board delegates to the superintendent the authority to suspend any staff member for violation of Board policies, for violation of state law, for any other good cause or to investigate allegations of misconduct in accordance with this policy and law. Action shall be taken when, in the judgment of the superintendent, the best interests of the school will be served by immediate suspension.

Employees without Contracts

The superintendent may suspend with or without pay professional staff members who are not under contract. Any employee who strip searches a student in violation of law will be immediately suspended without pay and may be terminated. The superintendent shall report any such suspension to the Board of Education. The superintendent’s decision will stand approved unless reversed by the Board.

Employees with Contracts

Employees with contracts may be suspended with pay in accordance with law.

Employees with contracts may be suspended without pay only after appropriate due process. Prior to suspension without pay during the term of a contract, a professional staff member shall be notified of the charges, given an opportunity to discuss the charges and informed of the opportunity to appeal the suspension to the Board of Education. The employee must request an appeal within ten (10) days of notice of suspension without pay. If the employee appeals, the employee may also be suspended with pay pending the appeal. In general, pay will not be withheld until the Board renders its decision, unless an appeal has been waived.

Pursuant to state law, any employee who strip searches a student in violation of law will be immediately suspended without pay and may be terminated. Prior to the suspension without pay, the professional staff member shall be notified of the charges, given an opportunity to discuss the charges and informed of the opportunity to appeal the suspension to the Board of Education. If the Board reverses the suspension, the employee will be reimbursed for any pay withheld. Depending on the length and nature of the suspension, the employee may receive additional due process as required by law.

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Note: The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this section for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures and/or forms for related information.

Adopted: 1-14-08

Revised:

Cross Refs: JFCF, Hazing and Bullying

JFG, Interrogations, Interviews and Searches

Legal Refs: §§ 167.166, 168.071, .101 – .126, RSMo.

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