Employees of the school district and applicants for employment with the district have the right to file a formal complaint alleging non-compliance with federal and state regulations requiring non-discrimination in employment.
Level One- Principal or Immediate Supervisor
Individuals with a grievance of discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or disability may first discuss it with their principal/designee or immediate supervisor, with the goal of resolving the matter informally. An applicant for employment with a complaint of discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or disability may discuss it with the instructor, counselor, supervisor, department chairperson, building administrator or personnel contact person involved.
Level Two- The Affirmative Action Coordinator
If the grievance is not resolved at level one and the grievant wishes to pursue the grievance, he or she may formalize it by filing a complaint in writing.
The complaint shall state the date filed, the name of complainant, home address, home and work phone number, the nature of the grievance, the date the alleged violation occurred, the remedy requested, and the signature of the complainant. The filing of the formal, written complaint at level two must be within fifteen (15) working days from the date of the event giving rise to the grievance or from the date the grievant could reasonably become aware of such occurrence. The grievant may request that a meeting concerning the complaint be held with the affirmative action coordinator.
The affirmative action coordinator shall investigate the complaint and attempt to resolve it. A written report from the affirmative action coordinator regarding action taken will be sent within fifteen (15) working days after receipt of the complaint.
Level Three- Superintendent
If the complaint is not resolved at level two, the grievant may process the complaint to level three by presenting a written appeal to the superintendent/designee within ten (10) working days after the grievant receives the report from the affirmative action coordinator. The grievant may request a meeting with the superintendent/designee. The superintendent/designee has the option of meeting with the grievant to discuss the appeal. A decision will be rendered by the superintendent/designee within ten (10) working days after receipt of the written appeal.
This procedure in no way denies the right of the grievant to file formal complaints with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, the Federal Office of Civil Rights, or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for mediation or rectification of civil rights grievances, or to seek private counsel for complaints alleging discrimination.
Level Four- Appeal to Board
If the grievant is not satisfied with the Superintendent's decision, the grievant can file an appeal with the Board within five (5) working days of the decision. It is within the discretion of the Board to determine whether it will hear the appeal.
Approved: May 18,2015
Revised/Reviewed: January 24, 2022