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Lawmakers representing Comal County
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State Rep. Doug Miller
Capitol Office: EXT E1.314
Capitol Address: P.O. Box 2910 Austin, TX 78768
Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0325
District Address: 387 W. Mill Street New Braunfels, TX 78130
District Phone: (830) 625-1313
State Sen. Jeff Wentworth
Capitol Office: CAP 1E.9
Capitol Address: P.O. Box 12068, Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711
Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0125
District Address: 925 North Frost Center,, 1250 N.E. Loop 410
San Antonio, TX 78209
District Phone: (210) 826-7800
Probationary Contracts - All certified professionals and nurses who are new to a district or who have not been employed by the district for two consecutive years after August 28, 1967, must be employed under a probationary contract during their first year of employment (TEC §21.102(a)).
A probationary contract gives the district an opportunity to evaluate a new employee and end his or her employment without the legal rigors and expense that other types of contracts require. A probationary contract can be terminated by the district at the end of its term without good cause, a due process hearing, or the right to appeal. However, the district must provide an employee whose probationary contract is being terminated with written notice of the board's decision to terminate the contract 45 days before the last day of instruction. For experienced personnel who are new to the district and have been employed in public education for at least five years of the eight years preceding district employment, the probationary contract cannot be more than one year. After one year, the district must decide either to terminate the contract or offer the employee a term or continuing contract. For less-experienced personnel, the probationary contract can be extended each year for three years with an option to extend the contract to a fourth year if the district is in doubt about giving the individual a term or continuing contract (e.g., lacking certification or performance issue). By local policy, the board can require a one-, two-, or three-year minimum probationary period for all new hires with less than five of the last eight years of experience.
If a probationary contract employee completes his or her probationary period and remains employed by the district, Chapter 21 of the Texas Education Code requires the district to issue a term or continuing contract. The words "term contract" mean a contract of employment between a school district and a teacher that is set for a fixed term. "Teacher" includes superintendent, principals, classroom teachers, counselors, nurses, or other full-time professional employees who are required to hold a certificate.
A Chapter 21 term contract can be nonrenewed at the end of its term for reasons defined by the board in policy, with timely written notice 45 days before the last day of instruction, and with the right to a hearing and appeal. Otherwise, term contracts must be renewed and reissued each year or at the end of each term if the contract is longer than one year.
Other Contracts for Noncertified Personnel
Chapter 21 dictates the contract renewal and nonrenewal rights of certified educators and nurses. Noncertified employees may also be employed using term contracts; however, Chapter 21 does not apply and all rights are determined solely by the terms of the employment contract itself. The model contract for noncertified personnel specifically states that the employee has no rights to continued employment beyond the term of the contract and that the district can choose not to renew the contract for any reason.
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