Hamden Public Schools District Policies

4111/4211 - Recruitment and Selection 


Personnel -- Non-Certified
Recruitment and Selection

The Board desires the Superintendent to develop and maintain a recruitment program designed to attract and hold the best possible personnel who are “highly qualified” as defined by federal law in the District’s schools. All Hamden teachers must meet applicable state certification and licensure requirements including any requirements for certification obtained through alternate routes to certification.

The Hamden Board of Education strives for inclusive excellence by recognizing and embracing the diverse composition of the Hamden community.  The Hamden Board of Education believes it is important to strive for a diverse workforce through the recruitment of personnel to reflect the heterogeneity of our community.

To this end, the Hamden Board of Education shall develop and implement a written plan for staff recruitment and retention. The administration is directed to develop hiring protocols, strategies and procedures that result in a workforce that is increasingly representative of the diversity of the student population in Hamden Public Schools.   

The schools shall engage in fair and sound personnel practices in the appointment of all district employees. The administration shall be responsible for establishing recruitment, selection and appointment procedures.

The Superintendent shall insure that Hamden is in compliance with the provisions of Title I and the Every Student Succeeds Act.  Manuals and handbooks shall comply with federal law as to the qualifications for instructional personnel.  Parents/guardians of students in Title I schools shall be informed annually, at the beginning of each school year, of their right to request information about whether their child’s teacher has met state qualifications and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction; is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualifications or licensing criteria have been waived; and is teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher.  The qualifications of services provided by paraprofessionals shall also be provided.  Timely notices shall also be provided to parents/guardians that the student has been assigned, or has been taught in a Title school for 4 or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who does not meet applicable state certification or licensure requirements at the grade level and subject area in which the teacher has been assigned.

A retired teacher receiving benefits from the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) may be reemployed by the Board for up to one full school year in a position (1) designated by the Commissioner of Education as a subject shortage area, or (2) at a school located in a priority school district for the school year in which the teacher is being employed.  Such employment may be for up to one full school year.  Such reemployment may be extended for an additional school year, provided the Board (a) submits a written request for approval to the Teachers’ Retirement Board, (b) certifies that no qualified candidates are available prior to the reemployment of such teacher and (c) indicates the type of assignment to be performed, the anticipated date of rehire and the expected duration of the assignment. However, teachers who participate in a Retirement Incentive offered by the Hamden Board of Education shall not be eligible for rehire in Hamden Public Schools as a teacher.

The salary of such teacher shall be fixed at an amount at least equal to that paid other teachers in the District with similar training and experience for the same type of service. 

Except as indicated below, and in the first paragraph in this section, a certified educator receiving retirement benefits from the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) may not be employed in a certified position receiving compensation paid out of public money appropriated for school purposes except that such educator may be employed in such a position and receive no more than forty-five percent of the maximum salary level for the assigned position.  Any certified educator who receives in excess of such amount shall reimburse the Board for the amount of such excess.

Commencing July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2020, the exemption from the limitation on the compensation of a reemployed certified educator applies to an educator who (A) is receiving retirement benefits from TRS based on thirty-four or more years of credited service, (B) is reemployed in a district designated as an Alliance district (pursuant to C.G.S. 10-262u), and (C) was serving in the district on July 1, 2015.

On and after July 1, 2016, a certified educator receiving retirement benefits from the system may be employed and receive compensation, health insurance benefits, and other employment benefits provided to active teachers employed by Hamden provided such teacher does not receive a retirement income during such employment.  Payment of such teacher’s retirement income shall resume on the first day of the month following the termination of such employment.

(cf. 2000.1 – Board-Superintendent Relationship)

(cf. 2151 – Hiring School Administration)

(cf. 4115 – Evaluation)

Legal Reference:  Connecticut General Statutes

10-151 Employment of teachers. Notice and hearing on termination of contract (as amended by P.A. 12-116 An Act Concerning Educational Reform)

10-153 Discrimination on account of marital status.

10-183v Reemployment of teachers, as amended by P.A. 10-111, An Act Concerning Education Reform in Connecticut and P.A. 16-91, An Act Making Changes to the Teachers’ Retirement System, and P.A. 17-173 An Act Concerning Minor Revisions and Additions to the Education Statutes, and P.A. 18-42 An Act Concerning a Provision Concerning Reemployment of Certain Teachers.

10-220 Duties of Boards of Education.

31-126 Unfair Employment Practices

46a-60 Discriminatory employment practices prohibited.

34 C.F.R. 200.55 Federal Regulations

P.L. 114-95 Every Student Succeeds Act, S.1177-55, 56

Policy revised:  April 9, 2019 HAMDEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Policy adopted:  June 14, 2005  Hamden, Connecticut




Personnel -- Non-Certified
Recruitment and Selection

The Hamden Public Schools can secure the kind of personnel it wants by an effective recruitment program based on alertness to good candidates, an initiative that results in prompt action, and good personnel practices in dealing with applicants.

It is the responsibility of the Superintendent or his/her designee to determine the personnel needs of the school district and to hire suitable candidates for all positions.

No inquiry in regard to an employee's race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, marital status, ancestry or veteran status will be made of a person proposed for or seeking employment.

Prior to initial employment, a non-certified employee must obtain a certification from a physician that the employee is in good health and able to perform the duties of his/her assigned position.

It shall be the duty of the Superintendent to insure that all persons hired meet the qualifications established by law and by the Board for their respective positions.

(cf. 4111.1 - Affirmative Action)

Legal Reference: Connecticut General Statutes
                             46a-60 Discriminatory employment practices prohibited.
                             46a-81a Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation
                             Title VII, Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C. 2000e et seq.

Policy adopted: June 10, 2003 HAMDEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Hamden, Connecticut