The transfer of personnel to positions in the various schools and departments in the district shall be
made by the superintendent or designee. Such transfer shall be based upon consideration relevant
to providing the most effective teaching/learning situation possible in each individual instance and
for the district as a whole. The Board recognizes that staff transfers and reassignments (including
temporary staff assignments and voluntary staff rotation) can be a key component of professional
Transfer is the movement of a teacher from one attendance unit to another or the movement of a
teacher into or out of the district departments specified as follows: Pupil Services, Elementary Art,
Elementary Music, Elementary Library, Elementary Physical Education, Elementary Reading
Improvement, Chapter I and Elementary Counselors. Movements within any of such district
departments are not transfers under this policy. However, where the assignment of a teacher to one
of such departments also includes the customary and regular (one  school year or more)
assignment to a single attendance unit, such teacher will be considered assigned to an attendance unit
rather than to such department for the purposes only of this policy.
Reassignment is a change in assignment, within the same attendance unit or district department
other than a temporary change, which is not a transfer under this policy. The building administrator
may change specific assignments within the same attendance unit and within the same general
classification from year to year as the needs of the school demand. The assignment of teachers to
classrooms is the responsibility of the principal of the school involved.
Administration-initiated transfers involve the transfer of personnel from one attendance unit to
another and will be made only when necessary and in the best interest of the school system. The
administration is charged with the responsibility of staffing all of the programs of the district. The
programs of the district include curricular, cocurricular and extracurricular offerings.
Administratively initiated transfer shall have precedence over all other requests for transfers and will
be used whenever necessary to provide the best available educational opportunities for students.
Examples of necessary transfers are those which may be needed to achieve staff balance, to
strengthen problem program areas and to accommodate enrollment change.
When administratively initiated transfers are necessary, the following factors will be considered (no
single factor shall be controlling:
1. Qualifications and preparations of the staff member (certification, subject matter area,
currency in training)
2. Preferences of staff member regarding assignment or transfer.
3. Quality of teaching performance.
4. Length and nature of service in the North Kansas City School District (uninterrupted district
5. Staff availability.
6. Other factors relevant to the instructional program of the district (sponsor of cocurricular or
Teacher-initiated transfers may be considered when professional staff desire to transfer to a
different position or building by submitting the appropriate Employee In-District Transfer Request
form to the Human Resources Department on or before the third Friday in January of each school
year. Teachers on Instructional Improvement Plan are not eligible for transfers.
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Note: The reader is encouraged to check the index located at the beginning of this section
for other pertinent policies and to review administrative procedures and/or forms for
Revised: 08/30/2005; 05/06/2008; 12/13/2011
Cross Refs: FC, School Closings, Consolidations and Reorganizations
North Kansas City School District, Kansas City, Missouri
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