1. All teachers appointed by the Board to the teaching staff of the District shall be appointed on a continuing contract of employment except for:
a. Temporary appointments made in accordance with Article C.15 of this Agreement and subject to the provisions of this Agreement;
b. Probationary appointments made in accordance with Article C.17.2 of this Agreement and subject to the provisions of this Agreement; and
c. Teachers-on-call, subject to the provisions of this Agreement.
2. Probationary Appointments
a. The Board may, during the first nine (9) months of an employee's continuing appointment with the Board, exclusive of:
i. any leave of absence during or extending beyond those months;
ii. the months of July and August; terminate the employee's continuing appointment and place the employee on a probationary appointment.
b. Unless an employee on a probationary appointment is terminated in accordance with this Article, the probationary appointment made pursuant to this Article shall be effective until:
i. The Board, not less than six (6) calendar months following the placement of the employee on a probationary appointment, rescinds the probationary appointment; or
ii. June 30th in the year immediately following the school year in which the probationary appointment is made; whichever occurs earlier, and thereafter shall become a continuing appointment.
c. This Article C.17.2 shall not apply to teachers who receive continuing appointments in accordance with Article C.15 of this Agreement.
d. A teacher shall not be placed on a probationary appointment unless the Board is in receipt of a less than satisfactory report prepared in accordance with the provisions in Articles E.16.1.l.iii to E.16.1.l.xi of this Agreement which shall include a plan of remediation as contemplated in Article E.16.1.l.xi of this Agreement.
e. In the event that the Board places a teacher on a probationary appointment, the teacher shall be given an opportunity to meet with the Superintendent to discuss the matter. The teacher shall have the right to representation at this meeting.
f. A teacher on a probationary appointment shall not be dismissed prior to the preparation of a less than satisfactory evaluation report prepared in accordance with the provisions of Articles E.16.1.l.iv., v.(a),(b),(c), vii., xi., and x. of this Agreement.
g. The standard for dismissal of a teacher on a probationary appointment shall be the lack of suitability based on teacher performance consistent with the evaluation criteria under Article E.16.2 of this Agreement.
h. The Board may terminate an employee on a probationary appointment subject to Articles C.17.2.d and C.17.2.f of this Agreement by giving thirty (30) days' notice in writing of the termination provided that the notice shall not be given during the first thirty (30) days of the probationary appointment and that there shall be at least twenty (20) teaching days included in the notice period.