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What guidelines are used in recommending a release from contract and waiving or assessing the liquidated damages?
Contracted employees who are requesting release of contract must submit the request in writing to their immediate supervisor or to the Assistant Superintendent for Human Relations.  The request for release must include the reason for the request for release and include applicable supporting documents.  Such requests will be reviewed by the Assistant Superintendent for Human Relations and the decision to recommend or not recommend a waiver of the liquidated damages will be provided to the District Governing Board at the next regularly scheduled meeting, dependent upon the timing of the request and allowable time to prepare for Governing Board agenda.

Reasons considered by the Assistant Superintendent for Human Relations to recommend a waiver of the liquidated damages fee to the Governing Board are generally allowable in situations that are uncontrollable by the employee.  Such situations may include, but are not limited to:
 
  • Professional advancement to positions such as: Principal, Assistant Principal or Director at the district level within a K-12 public education school or district; higher education tenure track positions; and/or higher education level administrative positions.
    • Supporting documentation includes a written offer of employment or contract, to include an effective date of hire, signed by an official of the receiving school/district and a position description.
  • Retirement through Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS).
  • A physical move out of the state due to spouse or certified domestic partner relocation.
    • Supporting documentation includes a written offer of employment, to include an effective date of hire, signed by an official of the receiving employer for the spouse or domestic partner.
  • Verified medical needs (the District does not require detail of the medical condition or ask for medical records, just medical verification that a release from the contract is necessary or advised)
  • Negotiation of an agreement regarding resignation.
  • Other circumstances judged to be out of the control of the employee or in the best interest of the district.

Supporting documentation is treated as confidential to the extent permissible by law and maintained by the Human Relations Department.