Kent City Community Schools
Bylaws & Policies


The Board of Education recognizes that it is vital to the successful operation of the District that positions created by the Board be filled with qualified and competent personnel.

The Board shall approve the employment, and also, when not covered by the terms of a collective negotiated bargaining agreement, fix the compensation and establish the term of employment for each support staff member employed by this District.

All support staff are subject to a criminal history record check. See Policy 4121.

Such approval shall be given only to those candidates for employment recommended by the Superintendent.

Such approval shall be given only to those candidates for employment chosen by the Board from a group selected by the Superintendent.

When any recommended candidate has been rejected by the Board, the Superintendent shall make a substitute recommendation.

All applications for employment shall be referred to the Superintendent.

Relatives of Board members may be employed by the Board, provided a member of the Board does not participate in any way in the discussion or vote on the employment when conflict of interest is involved.

Applications for employment will not be accepted from any current District Board member. If a Board member wishes to apply for a position, his/her resignation must be accepted by the Board prior to submitting an application.

Any support staff member's misstatement of fact material to qualifications for employment or the determination of salary shall be considered by this Board to constitute grounds for dismissal.

Prior to hiring an applicant, the Superintendent shall obtain from the applicant a signed Consent to Obtain Records and shall obtain from the applicant's current or immediately-previous employer any records, including the applicant's personnel file relating to unprofessional conduct in which the applicant engaged. Any such records are to be reviewed prior to a recommendation for employment and may be disclosed to those individuals directly involved in evaluating the applicant's qualifications.

The employment of support staff members prior to approval by the Board is authorized when their employment is required to maintain continuity in District operations. Employment shall be recommended to the Board at the next regular meeting.

When appropriate, no candidate for employment as a support staff member shall receive recommendation for such employment without having proffered visual evidence of proper certification or that application for such certification is in process.

The Superintendent shall prepare procedures for the recruitment and selection of all support staff.


All paraprofessionals hired for a Title I supported program must have a secondary school diploma or its recognized equivalent and one of the following:

 A.Completed two (2) years study at an institution of higher education; or

 B.Obtained at least an associate’s degree; or

 C.Met a rigorous standard of quality and demonstrate through formal State or local academic assessment:

  1.knowledge of and the ability to assist in instructing, reading, writing, and mathematics; or

  2.knowledge of and the ability to assist in instructing, reading readiness, writing readiness, and mathematics readiness, as appropriate.

Exceptions – These requirements do not apply to a paraprofessional:

 A.who is proficient in English and a second language and serves as a translator primarily to enhance the participation of children in Title I programs; or

 B.whose duties consist solely of conducting parental involvement activities.

Paraprofessional duties – Paraprofessionals working for a Title I supported program may be assigned to:

 A.provide one-on-one tutoring for eligible students during times when the teacher would not otherwise be instructing the student;

 B.provide instructional assistance in a computer laboratory;

 C.provide instructional support in a library or media center;

 D.provide instructional services to students, if working under the direct supervision of a teacher;

 E.perform limited duties beyond classroom instruction or that do not benefit program participants, so long as those duties are also assigned to non-Title I paraprofessionals. Title I paraprofessionals may not be assigned to more of these duties, proportional to their total work time, than the amount assigned to similar non-Title I paraprofessionals in the same school.

M.C.L. 37.2101 et seq., 380.1230 et seq.
20 U.S.C. 6319

Revised 11/13/00
Revised 6/06
Revised 6/29/15

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