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Oakdale Jt. USD |  BP  2121  Administration

Superintendent's Contract   

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In approving employment contracts with the Superintendent, the Board of Education wishes to encourage the Superintendent's long-term commitment to the district and community while carefully considering the financial and legal implications of the contract in order to protect the district from any potentially adverse obligations.

(cf. 2120 - Superintendent Recruitment and Selection)

(cf. 4312.1 - Contracts)

(cf. 9000 - Role of the Board)

The Board may designate a representative to negotiate with the Superintendent on its behalf and may consult legal counsel to draft the contract document.

The Board may deliberate in closed session about the terms of the contract. (Government Code 54957)

(cf. 9321 - Closed Session Purposes and Agendas)

(cf. 9321.1 - Closed Session Actions and Reports)

Terms of the contract shall remain confidential until the ratification process commences.

(cf. 9011 - Disclosure of Confidential/Privileged Information)

The Board may ratify the Superintendent's contract in an open meeting, which may be reflected in the Board's minutes. Copies of the contract may be available to the public upon request. (Government Code 53262)

(cf. 3580 - District Records)

The contract may include, but not be limited to, provisions for salary and benefits, annual evaluations, term of the contract, and conditions for termination of the contract. The contract should also include general responsibilities and duties of the Superintendent.

(cf. 2110 - Superintendent Responsibilities and Duties)

The term of the contract may be for no more than four years. (Education Code 35031)

During the term of the contract, the Board may reemploy the Superintendent on those terms and conditions mutually agreed upon by the Board and Superintendent. (Education Code 35031)

The Superintendent's contract shall be extended only by Board action and subsequent to a satisfactory evaluation of the Superintendent's performance.

(cf. 2140 - Evaluation of the Superintendent)

In the event that the Board determines not to reemploy the Superintendent, the Board may provide written notice to the Superintendent at least 45 days in advance of the expiration of the term of the contract. (Education Code 35031)

The Superintendent's contract shall include a provision specifying the maximum cash settlement that the Superintendent shall receive upon termination of the contract. However, if the unexpired term of the contract is greater than 18 months, the maximum cash settlement shall be no more than the Superintendent's monthly salary multiplied by 18. The cash settlement shall not include any noncash items other than health benefits, which may be continued for the unexpired term of the contract up to 18 months or until the Superintendent finds other employment, whichever occurs first. (Government Code 53260, 53261)

(cf. 4117.5/4217.5/4317.5 - Termination Agreements)

If the Board terminates the Superintendent's contract upon its belief and subsequent confirmation pursuant to an independent audit that the Superintendent has engaged in fraud, misappropriation of funds, or other illegal practices, the maximum settlement shall be within the limits prescribed by law, as determined by an administrative law judge. (Government Code 53260)

Legal Reference:


35031 Term of employment

41325-41329.3 Conditions of emergency apportionment


53260-53264 Employment contracts

54954 Time and place of regular meetings

54957 Closed session personnel matters

54957.1 Closed session, public report of action taken

Management Resources:


Maximizing School Board Governance: Superintendent Selection and Employment, 2004


CSBA, Single District Governance Services:

Association of California School Administrators:


adopted: April 6, 2009 Oakdale, California