The School Board is itself authorized and authorizes the Superintendent or designee to suspend a professional employee with pay during an investigation into allegations of misconduct whenever the employee's continued presence in his or her position would not be in the School District's best interest, or for misconduct that is detrimental to the School District.
The School Board further is itself authorized and authorizes the Superintendent to suspend a professional employee without pay for up to 10 employment days for misconduct that is detrimental to the School District. Teachers and non-exempt employees may be suspended without pay for any period of time up to 10 employment days. Other exempt employees may only be suspended without pay in increments of regularly scheduled workweeks. No employee shall be suspended for more than 30 days of employment without pay during any school year.
Misconduct includes, but is not limited to, unprofessional actions, conduct, or judgment; any failure to follow any oral or written directive, order, or policy of the School Board, or of any supervisor; or any act or failure to act that constitutes a violation or an attempt to violate any law or local ordinance which relates to the employee’s duties.
The Superintendent is authorized to establish rules and regulations to implement this policy.
LEGAL REF.: 105 ILCS 5/24-12.
Cleveland Board of Education v. Loudermill, 105 S.Ct. 1487 (1985).
Barszcz v. Community College District 504, 400 F.Supp. 675 (N.D. Ill., 1975).
Massie v. East St. Louis School District 189, 561 N.E.2d 246 (Ill.App.5, 1990).
CROSS REF.: 5:290
ADOPTED: October 4, 1999
REVISED: March 25, 2004