Because an effective educational program requires quality staff members, the Board and the administration of the Raymondville R-VII School District will make every effort possible to attract and retain the best-qualified personnel. The Board of Education will employ personnel in accordance with law.

The district’s hiring procedures will comply with all federal and state laws, including laws prohibiting discrimination. The district is an equal opportunity employer. The district hires only citizens of the United States and persons who are legally authorized to work in the United States.


Efforts will be made to recruit the best-qualified candidate for the position. New or vacant positions will be posted for at least five (5) business days in the district’s buildings and publicized externally by other means as determined appropriate by the superintendent or designee. However, if the superintendent or designee determines that it would be detrimental to wait five (5) business days or that a longer period is necessary, the position will be advertised for as many days as is appropriate. Further, if the same or similar position was recently advertised, the superintendent or designee may utilize applications previously received without re-advertising the position. A position is not considered vacant if the Board, superintendent or designee assigns an existing employee to the position.

Recruitment procedures will not overlook the talents and potential of individuals already employed by the school district. Any current, qualified employee meeting the stated requirements may apply for positions in the district.

All requests for information concerning professional staff vacancies in the district shall be directed to the superintendent or designee. Persons interested in positions in the district must complete a formal application and provide all necessary information requested by the superintendent or designee. The superintendent or designee shall conduct interviews, review references and obtain other information as deemed necessary.

The superintendent or designee will conduct background checks on employees and applicants for employment in accordance with law and Board policy.


A position other than the superintendent’s position will be filled by the Board of Education only after receiving the recommendation of the superintendent or designee. It is the policy of the Board of Education to employ highly qualified teachers with the appropriate teaching certificates. In making recommendations, the superintendent or designee shall give first consideration to applicants who, in addition to proper general education qualifications, have special training and other qualifications for the particular type of vacancy to be filled. If a candidate is not acceptable to the Board, the superintendent or designee should recommend another candidate.

All applicants will be promptly notified once a decision has been made on the position. As required by law, nontenured professional staff will receive written notice on or before April 15 if they will not be re-employed for the following school year. Principals, assistant principals and other certificated employees in positions ineligible for tenure, except the superintendent, shall be notified in writing concerning re-employment on or before April 15 of the year in which the current contract expires.

A spouse of a Board member will only be hired to fill a vacant or new position if the position has been advertised in accordance with this policy and if the superintendent has submitted a written recommendation supporting the employment of the spouse. If the spouse of a Board member is hired, the names of all applicants for that position as well as the name of the individual hired will be included in the appropriate Board minutes.

If the district determines that it has a shortage of certificated teachers, the district may hire retired certificated teachers receiving retirement benefits from the Missouri Public School Retirement System to teach full time for up to two (2) years without loss of benefits to the teacher, if the district meets the requirements set by state law. The district may only hire retired teachers under this program if it has:

  • Made a good-faith effort to fill positions with candidates who have not retired.

  • Not offered early retirement incentives for either of the previous two (2) years.

  • Posted the vacancy for at least one (1) month and solicited applications through local newspapers, other media or teacher education programs.

  • Determined that there is an insufficient number of eligible applicants.

  • Declared a critical shortage of certificated teachers that is active for one (1) year.

The total number of retired teachers hired under this section cannot exceed at any one (1) time the lesser of ten (10) percent of the total teacher staff in the district or five (5) certificated teachers. This provision does not apply to a retired certificated teacher employed as a superintendent.


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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




Cross Refs: AC, Prohibition Against Illegal Discrimination and Harassment

BBFA, Board Member Conflict of Interest and Financial Disclosure

DD, Grants

Legal Refs: §§ 162.261, .301, 168.101 – .133, .303, 169.331, .596, 213.010, .055, .070, 290.400, .410, RSMo.

Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, 8 U.S.C. § 1324a

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. § 1681

Equal Pay Act, 29 U.S.C. § 206(d)

Age Discrimination in Employment Act, 29 U.S.C. §§ 621 – 634

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504, 29 U.S.C. § 794

Family and Medical Leave Act, 29 U.S.C. § 2615

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000d – 2000d-7

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000e -2000e-17

Age Discrimination Act of 1975, 42 U.S.C. §§ 6101 – 6107

Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 12101 – 12213


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