|West Clermont Local School District|
|Bylaws & Policies|
3430.02 - LEAVE OF ABSENCE FOR EMPLOYMENT BY A COMMUNITY SCHOOL
A professional staff member, who is employed by the District and is seeking to be employed by a conversion or new start-up community school sponsored by or located within the District, shall be provided with a leave of absence from the District of up to three (3) years for service in the community school.
To maintain eligibility for this leave, the professional staff member must be continuously employed by the community school during the leave of absence.
A professional staff member, who is employed by the District and will be employed by a conversion or new start-up community school that is not sponsored by or located within the District, shall not be provided with a leave of absence for service in the community school.
Eligibility for Benefits while on Leave of Absence
During the leave of absence, a professional staff member shall remain eligible for the insurance benefits that are provided to regularly employed staff members, as well as STRS benefits, provided such staff member pays the entire cost associated with such benefits. The right to insurance benefits does not apply if a collective bargaining agreement that is applicable to staff members of a conversion community school provides otherwise.
A staff member shall not be permitted to accrue personal leave or vacation leave for use as an employee of the District while s/he is on a leave of absence.
A staff member who is employed by a conversion community school shall be permitted to use any and all sick leave which was accrued during the staff member's employment with the District prior to his/her leave of absence for sick leave in accordance with State law. If a staff member uses his/her accrued sick leave while working with the conversion community school under this policy, the costs of the staff member's salary paid by the community school shall be reported to the State Department of Education. The cost of employing a substitute while the staff member is on sick leave shall be paid by the community school.
Return to Employment in the District
When the leave of absence period has expired or at such time when the professional staff member has been discharged from his/her employment with the community school, the professional staff member shall be entitled to return to employment with the District. Upon the professional staff member's return to employment, any and all applicable seniority shall be calculated to include all employment by the:
|A.||District prior to leave of absence;|
|B.||community school during the leave of absence; and|
|C.||District after the leave of absence.|
The staff member shall also be restored to his/her previous position and salary or to a similar position and salary, provided that the staff member possesses valid certification/licensure.
The right to return to employment in the District does not apply to those staff members whose employment with the community school was terminated for a reason for which the Board would have sought to terminate the professional staff member in accordance with State law; in which event the Board may proceed to terminate the staff member's employment in accordance with the procedures set forth in State law.
Reduction in Force
If the District reduces the number of teachers it employs as a result of the return of a professional staff member(s), the District shall make the necessary reductions in accordance with the procedures set forth in State law.
Liability of District
The District is not liable for any action of a staff member while s/he is on a leave of absence and employed by a community school.
R.C. 3314.10, 3319.16, 3319.17
R.C. Chapter 3307
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