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5.11.7 Teacher and Faculty Employment Agreements

Elementary School Teacher Employment Agreements and High School Faculty Employment Agreements are negotiated on a yearly basis. New teachers or teachers promoted to another position in a school are given a probationary period as described in the Elementary School Teacher Employment Agreement or High School Faculty Employment Agreement.

5.11.7.1 Elementary School Teacher Employment Agreement


The decision to offer a new agreement to a teacher will be the responsibility of the principal with the approval of the pastor, in accordance with their mutual understanding of personnel needs for the following year.

The decision to offer a new contract is based upon but not limited to the following reasons:

  • Compliance with school philosophy

  • The job description for a teacher

  • Professionalism

  • The teacher's record of support and cooperation with the philosophy and mission of the school

  • The extent to which the teacher's behavior on campus and in the community offers to the students an example of Catholic values

  • Demonstrated competence through the evaluation of teaching performance

  • Professional development

  • Compliance with school regulations and policies for teachers as promulgated in this Administrative Handbook and the Elementary School Teacher Employment Agreement, ​faculty handbook, parent/student handbook, staff handbook, and other school communications

  • The needs of the school, as determined by the principal and pastor

Offering a teacher a new Elementary School Teacher Employment Agreement does not constitute granting of tenure. Archdiocesan elementary schools do not have a tenure system.

The teacher/applicant must sign and return the offered Elementary School Teacher Employment Agreement within five calendar days of receipt of the agreement or the offer is considered withdrawn. The agreement is not valid and binding until it is signed by the principal and the pastor of the parish.

​See also Employees with Written Agreements.

5.11.7.2 High School Faculty Employment Agreement

For a High School Faculty Employment Agreement to be valid, it must be approved by the Department of Catholic Schools and must be signed by the principal.

The High School Faculty Employment Agreement provides that the school will give written notice, on or before May 15​​th, stating whether it intends to renew the teacher's agreement for the following year.

The principal alone has the final and sole authority with respect to offering contracts to first- and second-year teachers. Except in the case of staff reduction​ or of noncompliance with professional growth requirements, commencing in a teacher's third year of teaching and continuing for as long as the teacher remains a teacher at the school, the decision to not offer a contract for the subsequent year requires approval of a simple majority of the school Evaluative Council as defined in the Faculty Handbook.

The Evaluative Council's decision may be based upon but not limited to any of the following reasons:

  • The teacher's record of support and cooperation with the philosophy and mission of the school

  • The extent to which the teacher's behavior on campus and in the community offers to the students an example of Catholic values

  • The evaluation of teaching performance​

  • Compliance with school regulations for teachers

The renewal of a High School Faculty Employment Agreement of full-time teachers during and beyond the third year of teaching does not constitute granting of tenure. Archdiocesan and parish high schools do not have a tenure system.

Teachers who fail to return a signed High School Faculty Employment Agreement​ to the principal by June 1st will be considered as having voluntarily terminated their employment with the school.

​See also Employees with Written Agreements​.​


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