Superintendent's Blog – February 3, 2012
Is an employee handbook required? (This is in response to a previous employee post)
No, but certain employee issues must be addressed according to Act 10 which was signed into law on March 11, 2011. Most if not all districts are framing the components that must be addressed under Act 10 into an Employee Handbook. Items that need to be addressed in the “Handbook” include a grievance procedure that covers, at a minimum, the topics of employee discipline and workplace safety, employee termination or discharge. This is a very simplistic view of Act 10. It is more complicated than this listing of items. Please refer to Act 10 for a full explanation of the law.
The School District of Janesville will develop an employee handbook that illustrates the core values and mission of the district. School district employees serve our community by educating every child. As employees of the School District of Janesville, we hold ourselves and our students to high standards of performance and conduct. We are sincere, moral, and considerate of others, and we encourage those traits in our students. The employee handbook will ensure that district employees are respected as professionals, valued as employees, and an essential part of the community. The journey we are about to begin will identify, solidify and in some cases quantify the essential role of the public education system in today’s society.
Imagine with me for a moment a School District that is committed to every student entering the world beyond the classroom as a life-long learner with strong academic skills, a sense of self, and prepared to be become a vital part of society. Imagine a school district where every student is on a career pathway to a 2 or 4 year college, where rigor and relevance of instruction is the norm and 21st century skills are preeminent. Imagine a school district where employees are respected as professionals, valued as employees, and are considered a vital part of the team.
The handbook process will identify, solidify and in some cases quantify those items that we just imagined together. It will be a testament of our core values as an organization and a community. It will be a statement of our organizational culture and our mission to educate every child.
Will employees be involved in the process? Yes! We can’t be successful without you.
Will members of every group be represented? Yes! We need everyone.
This is our opportunity to define ourselves, renew ourselves and revitalize our district and our community.