REDUCTION IN PROFESSIONAL STAFF AND WORKFORCE
Reductions in staff may, from time to time, be made necessary by decreased enrollments, revenue limitations, or other events beyond the control of the Board of Trustees. A decision to reduce the number of staff will, in all cases, remain within the sole discretion and judgment of the Board of Trustees under the provisions of Wyoming law and this policy.
The Wyoming statutory reference to reduction-in-force is found in Wyoming Statute 21-7-111(a) (iv) (1977) where reduction-in-force is defined as follows: “The termination of the contract of a teacher at the end of the current school year because of a decrease in the size of the faculty due to decreased enrollment, combining of school districts or an event beyond the control of the board.”
It is the policy of the District to use normal attrition of staff consisting of resignations, retirements, leave of absences, and transfers as the first means of achieving a reduction-in-force (RIF). However, in certain cases, normal attrition may not be sufficient to achieve the necessary reduction in staff. When normal attrition is insufficient, the District shall conduct an additional RIF in accordance with this policy and Wyoming law.
In the event it becomes necessary to reduce the number of staff within the District, such reductions will be accomplished in the following manner:
Staff members whose contracts were canceled due to a reduction in force will be placed in a “pool” until April 15 of the second year from the effective date of contract cancellation. Staff members in the pool shall be notified of vacancies in the endorsement area in which they served and for which they are qualified. The District shall hire staff members from the pool who are properly endorsed and qualified for re-employment under Board policy for open positions until all staff members in the pool have been re-employed or offered re-employment. If more than one member of the pool applies for the same open position, the position shall be filled by following the priorities outlined in E: 1-3 above, and in accordance with the State of Wyoming Certification and Endorsement.
Offers for re-employment shall be made by direct contact or registered mail, with return receipt requested, and the staff member shall be notified that he/she must submit written acceptance within two (2) calendar days from the date of the offer. Failure to respond within two calendar days or rejection of the position eliminates all reemployment rights of the staff member, under the provisions of this policy, and automatically removes the staff member from the pool.
If a RIF pool member declines an offer of re-employment for a position with lower pay or fewer hours than his/her previous position that staff member will not be removed from the pool.
A staff member from the pool who accepts a position with lower pay or fewer hours than his/her previous positon, will be removed from the pool. If a position with similar pay and hours to their previous position becomes available, the staff member may request a transfer to that position if they are properly endorsed and qualified.
Staff members whose contract was canceled due to a reduction in force who are subsequently re-employed shall be reinstated with all continuous experience and sick leave accrued up to the effective date of contract cancellation.
Seniority List: A seniority list including years of service and certification will be available the first Monday of December of each year. All staff are encouraged to review this list and notify the Human Resource Office in writing of any needed corrections or changes. All corrections and changes must be submitted by the last working day in January. A final list will be made available on the first Monday of February of each year. The information on this list will be used if a RIF is required.
Hire Date: Hire date is the date the staff member’s contract was approved by the Board of Trustees.
Tie Breaking: In cases of identical initial hire dates, RIF decisions shall be based on the staff member’s skill, ability, competence as reflected by written evaluations, work history, preparation, previous experience, assignment location, and supervisor recommendation.
Leaves of Absence: Employees who take an approved leave of absence, that does not provide seniority, will retain their original hiring date, but their position on the seniority list will be adjusted accordingly.