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Policy 7080 - Transfer of School-Based Administrators

The purpose of this policy is to establish a clear process for the transfer of administrators without limiting or proscribing in any way the statutory authority of the Superintendent to transfer certificated personnel as the needs of the schools require.

Policy Document

I. Policy Statement

The Board of Education of Howard County is committed to providing excellent administrative leadership in all schools. In fulfilling this objective, the Board recognizes that administrative transfers may be necessary and desirable and that the Superintendent is authorized, by virtue of state law, to transfer school-based administrators " . . . as the needs of the schools require."

The Board recognizes that the principal and the entire administrative team play a critical role in program continuity, school climate, and community support.

II. Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to establish a clear process for the transfer of administrators without limiting or proscribing in any way the statutory authority of the Superintendent to transfer certificated personnel as the needs of the schools require.

III. Definitions

  1. Administrative Team – The principal, assistant principals, and the activities and athletics manager assigned to a school.

  2. Administrative Transfer – A change in assignment from one school to another position in the school system at the initiation of the Superintendent.

  3. School-based Administrator – Principal, assistant principal, or activities and athletics manager.

  4. Voluntary Transfer – A change in assignment from one school to another initiated by an employee in writing.

IV. Standards

  1. Administrative Transfers

    1. Administrative transfers are essential to the school system’s effective utilization of staff and fall within the statutorily prescribed authority of the Superintendent.

    2. The primary reasons for administrative transfer of school-based administrators are:

      1. To enable the system to make the best use of its leadership resources

      2. To provide school-based administrators the opportunity for professional development through leadership experience in a variety of settings

      3. To provide strong administrative teams at each school as determined by the Superintendent to promote and maintain school excellence.

    3. The administrative transfer of the principal and all assistant principals will be avoided whenever possible due to the key role the leadership team plays in:

      1. Maintaining the academic program

      2. Maintaining the overall climate of the school

      3. Promoting community support.

    4. When the administrative transfer of the principal and all assistant principals is being contemplated, the Superintendent will meet in closed session with the Board to discuss the proposed administrative transfer and the circumstances which make it necessary.

  2. Voluntary Transfers

    The Superintendent will consider the needs of the schools and the best use of administrative resources in the evaluation of any request by a member of the administrative team for a voluntary transfer.

V. Compliance

The Superintendent/Designee will provide annual notification of this policy to school-based administrators.

The Superintendent/Designee will notify the Board of all administrative transfers of school-based administrators.

VI. Delegation of Authority

The Superintendent is authorized to develop appropriate procedures to implement this policy.

VII. References

  • Annotated Code of Maryland, Education Article, Section 6-201 Appointment, Tenure, and Qualifications

B. Other Board Policies

VIII. History

ADOPTED: June 10, 1982

REVIEWED: July 1, 2016

MODIFIED:

REVISED: November 22, 1994, January 8, 2009

EFFECTIVE: January 8, 2009