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SECTION 8: PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS

8.1 Classified / Unclassified Non-Teaching Staff

Kansas Statutes require that the performance of each state employee in the Classified service be evaluated at least annually. Supervisors are responsible for overseeing the completion of job descriptions, and performance reviews on time. An employee's performance review after probation will be completed on a regular cycle during the months October 1st to December 31st. Pay increases usually do not coincide with performance reviews. During the six (6) month training period an employee may be terminated at the sole discretion of the appointing authority without right of appeal. The new employee may talk with the appointing authority regarding the termination if the employee requests either verbally or in writing to the appointing authority's office within seven (7) calendar days from the date of proposed termination.

The employee's immediate supervisor will evaluate his/her work performance on a review form provided by the Human Resource Office and a copy will be provided to the employee and supervisor upon completion of all signatures on the review. Subsequently, the performance report will be reviewed and signed by the appropriate staff in the following order; supervisor, reviewer, and employee. The Reviewer MUST APPROVE and SIGN before the employee sees the review. If the employee feels that the evaluation of the her work was unfair or inaccurate she may make a written comment on the review form and appeal the report in writing to the Superintendent within seven (7) calendar days after being informed of her evaluation. Signing an evaluation does not necessarily signify agreement. (K.A.R. 1-7-12)

8.2 Certified Teaching Staff

Evaluations of Unclassified employees are important factors in considering contract/agreement renewal. Evaluation appeals may only go up to Superintendent. Specifically, licensed teachers who are covered (those having successfully completed three continuous years and offered a fourth year ["tenure"] under the continuing contract state law) (REF: K.S.A. 76-11a05) must receive written notice of non-renewal by May 1st (dates subject to change per State Board of Education). The tenured teacher shall be given a written notice of the proposed non-renewal or termination including

· A statement of the reason(s) for the proposed non-renewal or termination.

· A statement that the employee may have the matter heard by a hearing committee, upon written notice filed with the Human Resources Director as provided by K.S.A. 72-5436, et seq.

A teacher shall give written notice to the school that he does not want continuation of his contract on or before May 15th (dates subject to change per State Board of Education). All other Unclassified staff (REF: K.S.A 76-1116 ". . . of the Kansas State School for the Blind shall serve at the pleasure of the Superintendent" i.e., Paras, Dormitory staff, Administrators.

· 72-5413 et.seq. The Professional Negotiations Act

Teacher evaluation is a term and condition of professional service and, as such, is a mandatory topic for bargaining. In the Act, the phrase used in 72-5413 (I)(1)(a) is "professional employee appraisal procedures."

· 42-9001 Evaluation of Licensed Personnel

The evaluation of licensed personnel in Kansas is governed by K.S.A. 72-9001 through 9006. The statute requires each local board of education to adopt written policies of personnel evaluation procedure [and those relating to teacher evaluation are governed by the abovereferenced Professional Negotiations Act].

The statute also includes timelines for evaluations, which are consistent with the requirements for evaluation on a regular basis," as required by the ESEA Waiver. Those timelines are:

· First two consecutive years of employment: at least one time per semester but not later than the 60th school day of the semester.

· Third and fourth years of employment: at least one time each school year but not later than February 15.

· Fifth year and beyond: at least once every three years not but later than February 15 of the school year in which the employee is evaluated.