1. General Principles
a. It is recognized that teachers be encouraged to seek professional growth through changes of assignment. Teachers, in consultation with principals, are encouraged to seek occasional changes in teaching assignment.
b. Teachers may be transferred by the Board in order to:
i. accommodate a teacher requesting a change of assignment;
ii. accommodate a teacher returning from leave;
iii. staff a new school or program;
iv. relocate staff due to enrolment changes;
v. improve a teacher's effectiveness, based on sound educational reasons, or by mutual consent.
c. Teachers shall be considered for vacancies according to the following priorities:
i. Surplus staff.
ii. Teachers on leave-of-absence.
iii. Teachers from outlying schools. Teachers with the longest service in the outlying schools shall be given priority.
iv. Board-initiated transfers.
v. Teacher-initiated transfers.
2. Board-Initiated Transfers
a. The Board shall not transfer a teacher for arbitrary or punitive reasons.
b. Teachers who are under consideration for Board initiated transfer shall be notified in writing by April 30th, whenever practicable.
c. When Board initiated transfers become necessary, the Superintendent shall review the new teaching assignment and the reasons for the transfer with the teacher. If additional training is required, a recommendation shall be prepared for the Board, outlining details of any proposal for financial assistance.
d. Where the Board initiates a transfer, the teacher's qualifications, as defined in Article E.13.3 of this Agreement, shall determine the teacher's transfer. The teacher has the right to be informed, in writing, within seven (7) days of a written request, the reasons for the transfer
e. Any grievance concerning a transfer initiated by the Board shall be referred directly to Step 3 of Article A.6 of this Agreement.
f. Where declining grade and/or class enrollments would result in a teacher being declared surplus to the school, a teacher shall be offered, whenever practicable, another position within the school for which the teacher is qualified, as defined in Article E.13.3 of this Agreement. This position need not be posted. Unless a more senior teacher in the affected instructional area/level volunteers to be declared surplus, the teacher who is offered a change in position shall be the least senior teacher in that instructional area/level. Seniority is based on seniority in the district in accordance with Article C.3.2 of this Agreement.
The teacher declared surplus shall have the right to transfer in accordance with Article E.14.1.c of this Agreement to a position for which the teacher is qualified as defined in Article E.13.3 of this Agreement.
g. If a new or existing position at the appropriate instructional area/level becomes vacant before August 15th in a school where a teacher was declared surplus in the preceding 6 months pursuant to Article E.14.2.F of this Agreement, that teacher shall have the option of filling the position.
h. If a new or existing position at the appropriate instructional area/level becomes vacant after August 15th in the school where a teacher was declared surplus in the preceding six (6) months pursuant to Article E.14.2.f of this Agreement, that teacher shall have the option of filling the position at the beginning of the subsequent school year. The position shall be posted and filled on an interim basis as a temporary assignment.
3. Teacher-Initiated Transfers
a. The Board shall acknowledge, in writing, all requests by teachers for transfer.
b. Teacher qualifications, as defined in Article E.13.3 of this Agreement, shall determine the order of placement.
c. Teacher initiated requests for transfer shall be submitted in writing to the Superintendent by March 31st of each year.
d. Before making a request for a transfer, or before accepting a new assignment, teachers shall make every reasonable effort to determine and to be responsive to the needs of their current and target workplaces.
a. The transfer of teachers as a result of resignations, early retirements, or other unforeseen causes shall be completed as expeditiously as possible.
As many transfers as possible shall be finalized prior to May 30th of the preceding school year. Teachers shall be notified in writing.