Reduction in Force
RESPONSIBILITIES AND PREROGATIVES OF BOARD OF EDUCATION
The most important functions of the Hall County Board of Education are to employ personnel
and manage resources within the limitations defined by the funding sources of the school
system. Consequently, it shall be the prerogative of the Hall County Board of Education
(hereinafter the Board) to abolish job positions, to reduce the length of the work year and
salary of certificated or non-certificated personnel (hereinafter to downgrade) and/or to
reduce the number of employees when seeking to cope effectively with program changes or
REASONS FOR REDUCTION IN FORCE (HEREINAFTER RIF)
The Board shall consider a reduction in the professional work force to include the abolition
of job positions, the downgrading of an employees position, and/or the reduction of the number
of employees, as a response to the following:
a. A decrease in student enrollment in the Hall County School District which would
necessitate a decrease in personnel or a discontinuation of programs;
b. A change in state or local curriculum, personnel, or financial practices which
would necessitate a change in or elimination of program or services provided by the Hall County
c. A lack of funding for programs, personnel, or services provided by the Hall County
d. Any reasonable reorganization plan to achieve a more efficient school
APPLICABILITY OF POLICY
This RIF policy shall apply to all personnel employed by the Hall County Board of
Education. Nothing in this policy, however, shall be construed to extend to professional
personnel any expectation of re-employment or due process rights greater than are available to
the specific employees under the Fair Dismissal Law of Georgia; nor is this policy to be
construed to mandate the promotion of an employee to a position of higher rank, authority, or
compensation, even though the employee who is to be terminated may be qualified or certified
for a higher position.
When the Superintendent of the Hall County School System determines that the application of
this reduction in force policy is necessary, it shall be his or her primary responsibility to
prepare for presentation to the Board of Education a plan for reduction in force (RIF) in the
affected program area(s).
In making recommendations for termination or downgrading of employee positions, the
Superintendent may consider any position or employee of the Hall County Board of Education.
Factors to be considered by the Superintendent in devising a RIF plan shall include, first
and foremost, the professional expertise, effectiveness and overall job performance of
individual employees as reflected in annual evaluations as well as the superintendents own
observations and knowledge. Only where demonstrated competence and expertise are equal
among employees shall other factors such as tenure status, level of certification, and length
of continuous service with the Hall County Board of Education be considered in order to make
recommendations for the termination or downgrading of an employees position.
In order to develop a RIF plan, the Superintendent may consult with any and all school
district personnel who might have information which would enable the Superintendent to rank
employees according to overall job performance. Once the Superintendent has completed a
comparative assessment of employees, he or she shall prepare and present a plan for reduction
in force for Board approval and action.
Any certified employee faced with layoff under the guidelines of this policy may request a
transfer to another position within the system to fill a vacancy if one is available and if the
staff member is qualified to fill the vacancy.
NOTICE AND HEARING PROCEDURES
If the Board acts at the recommendation of the Superintendent to terminate an employee under
contract or to downgrade an employees position, the Superintendent shall notify the affected
employee in a manner consistent with the provisions of Georgias Fair Dismissal Law and he or
she shall have whatever rights the Fair Dismissal Act provides for such employee.