Southland C-9


P 4710 Resignation: Certificated Staff

Continuity of staff is imperative for District students and operations. All certificated staff must abide by the terms of their contract. In a unique circumstance in which an employee seeks to resign effective mid-school year, such employee must seek a release by the Board of Education. Letters of resignation shall be submitted to the Superintendent/designee and the principal/supervisor. The letter should state reasons and an intended effective date for the resignation. The Board of Education will consider such requests on a case-by-case basis and reserves the right not to release an employee from their contract during the school year based on the educational and operational needs of the District and may pursue all legal remedies available when an employee elects to breach their contract with the District.

Certificated employees who for any reason intend to retire or resign at the end of the current school year should indicate their plans in writing to the Board as early as possible, but no later than June 1.

After June 1, a certificated employee may petition the Superintendent to recommend that the Board of Education grant the employee a release from his/her contract for unique circumstances. The Board will consider these requests on a case-by-case basis.

Although the exact amount of damages the District will suffer by late notice of a certificated employee's resignation is unknown, the Board of Education has established that the District shall be entitled to compensation in the following amount for damages resulting from an employee resignation following June 1: 

*Unless unique circumstances exist as determined at the discretion of the Board, if the written resignation is received by the following dates, the employee will pay the specified amount of liquidated damages regardless of whether a release from contract is granted by the Board of Education if the employee elects not to return to their employment with the District:

June l - July l:     $1,000

July 2 - July 31:     $1,500

August 1 or later:     $2,000

The district may deduct the above detailed amount from the employee's paycheck as agreed upon by the employee in their employment contract with the District. If a payroll deduction is not possible or is insufficient to cover the amount owed, the employee must pay the balance of the damage amount within 30 days of submitting his or her resignation to the Superintendent to prevent the Board from taking action against the employee for breach of contract. The Board reserves the right to pursue all available legal remedies when an employee breaks a contract with the District.

Board Approved Date: March 14, 2019
Last Updated: May 2019