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401.8 Recognition for Service of Employees

Code No. 401.8


The board recognizes and appreciates the service of its employees. Employees who retire or resign may be honored by the board, administration and staff in an appropriate manner.

If the form of honor thought appropriate by the administration and employees involves unusual expense to the school district, the superintendent will seek prior approval from the board.

NOTE: Because of the constitutional limitations on the use of public funds, it is questionable whether a school district can use public funds for recognition of employees. School districts that have a practice of recognizing resigning or retiring employees should have a board policy, and the superintendent should document why a certain expenditure is appropriate.

Legal Reference:     
Iowa Const. Art. III, § 31.
Iowa Code § 279.8 (2013).
1980 Op. Att'y Gen. 102.

Cross Reference:     
407 Licensed Employee Termination of Employment
413 Classified Employee Termination of Employment

Approved: 9-23-2015

Reviewed: 1-25-2023