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401.1 Equal Employment Opportunity

The Spirit Lake Community School District shall provide equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment in accordance with applicable equal employment opportunity and affirmative action laws directives and regulations of federal, state and local governing bodies. The school district shall take affirmative action in recruitment, appointment, assignment and advancement of women, minorities and the disabled. Employees will be given notice of this policy annually.

Individuals who file an application with the school district will be given consideration for employment if they meet or exceed the qualifications set by the board, administration, and Iowa Department of Education for the position for which they apply. In employing school district personnel, the board will consider the qualifications, credentials, and records of the applicants without regard to race, color, creed, sex, national origin, religion, age (except for students), marital status, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, ,gender, gender identity or disability. In keeping with the law, the board will consider the veteran status of applicants.

Prior to a final offer of employment for any teaching position the school district will perform the background checks required by law. The district may determine on a case-by-case basis that, based on the duties, other positions within the district will also require background checks. Based upon the results of the background checks, the school district will determine whether an offer will be extended. If the candidate is a teacher who has an initial license from the BOEE, then the requirement for a background check is waived.

Advertisements and notices for vacancies within the district will contain the following statement: "The Spirit Lake Community School District is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer." The statement will also appear on application forms.

Employees or applicants for employment having inquiries regarding compliance with equal employment opportunity and affirmative action are directed to contact:

Affirmative Action Coordinator,

Spirit Lake Community School District,

2701 Hill Avenue

Spirit Lake, Iowa 51360

Telephone Number: 712-336-2820.

Inquiries may also be directed in writing to the Iowa Civil Rights Department or to the Director of the Region VII Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education, Kansas City, Missouri. Such inquiry or complaint to the state or federal office may be done instead of, or in addition to, an inquiry or complaint at the local level.

Further information and copies of the procedures for filing a complaint are available in the school's district office.


Approved: 6/12/89

Reviewed: 2/9/09

Revised: 4/8/13; 10/14/19; 10/9/23