204.09 – Handling Grievances
Communications, grievances, and complaints from personnel shall first be brought to the attention of the superintendent of schools before being brought before the Board of Directors. An employee or group of employees may at any time appeal a decision of the superintendent to the Board.
Personnel desiring to address the Board on any matter shall direct their communication to the superintendent of schools and not to the individual members of the Board, except that copies of any communication to the superintendent will be sent to all members.
Complaints against any employee which arises from within the membership of the Board, or which come to the attention of the Board, except through the superintendent, shall be referred to the superintendent of schools for decision. In case either the employee or the complainant is not satisfied with the decision of the superintendent, an appeal may be taken to the Board. No complaint shall be considered by the Board in any other manner.
Whenever a citizen is aggrieved at the action of any employee, such a citizen may give information to the employee’s immediate supervisor. In the event that the matter is not satisfactorily resolved, the appeal process will follow this order:
- Other supervisor or administrative personnel in the line of responsibility
- The superintendent of schools
- The Board of Directors
No appeal will be heard by the Board of Directors and no charges against the employee will be investigated or acted upon by the Board unless reduced to writing, signed by the party bringing the same, and presented to the Board through the superintendent of schools. (Alternate wording: If the complainant appeals to the Board, the appeal will be in writing, signed, and explain the process followed by the complainant prior to the appeal to the Board. It is within the Board’s discretion to determine whether to hear the complaint.)
Date of Adoption: December 21, 1987
Reviewed/Revised: September 3, 1991; December 5, 1994; February 21, 2000; May 21, 2001; March 7, 2006; March 7, 2011; March 21, 2016