Persons with complaints regarding school personnel shall consult the principal or other administrator who is the immediate supervisor of the person against whom the complaint is made. Except in cases where the complaint involves information that necessitates a confidential investigation, the administrator will verify that the complainant has addressed the issue with the person against whom the complaint is made.
The administrator shall involve the complainant and the other person in discussion in an effort to resolve the problem.
With the exception of complaints which may involve physical or emotional risk or harm, complaints involving staff covered by the collective bargaining process shall be processed in accordance with the following:
Step 1 The complainant shall request a meeting with the teacher within twenty (20) workdays after the complainant knew or should have known of the occurrence giving rise to the complainant. The complainant shall meet with the teacher informally within five (5) workdays of the request for a meeting at a mutually scheduled time to attempt to resolve the complaint.
Step 2 If the complaint is not resolved in Step 1, the complainant shall submit the complaint in writing to the Administrator/Principal within five (5) workdays after the meeting at Step 1. The Administrator/Principal shall schedule a meeting of the complainant and any teachers subject to the complaint to attempt to resolve the complaint informally.
Step 3 If the complaint is not resolved in Step 2, the complainant shall appeal the complaint in writing to the Board within five (5) workdays after the meeting at Step 2. The Board shall schedule a meeting to hear the complaint. This meeting will be closed to the public unless the closure is unlawful. The complainant and any teachers subject to the complaint may present evidence and make arguments regarding the complaint. The complainant and any teacher subject to the complaint may be Represented by representatives of their choice. The Board shall make a Written decision regarding the complaint within twenty (20) workdays of the hearing.
First Reading: September 15, 2009
Second Reading: October 20, 2009
Date Adopted: October 20, 2009
For the Board of Education: Tom Steiner, President; Lynn Jaeger, Vice President; Cole Marshall, Clerk; Bill Barhyte, Treasurer; Sue Giovanni, Member