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401.01 Equal Employment Opportunity

The Ankeny Community School District will provide equal opportunity to 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. Opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment includes hiring, placement, promotion, transfer or demotion, recruitment, advertising or solicitation for employment, treatment during employment, rates of pay or other forms of compensation, and layoff or termination. The District will take affirmative action in major job categories where women, men, minorities and persons with disabilities are underrepresented. Employees will support and comply with the District’s established equal employment opportunity and affirmative action policies. Employees will be given notice of this policy annually, in the staff handbook.

The Board will appoint an affirmative action coordinator. The affirmative action coordinator will have the responsibility for drafting the affirmative action plan. The Board will review the affirmative action plan at least every two years.

Individuals who file an application with the 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 individuals, the Board will consider the qualifications, credentials, and records of the applicants without regard to race, color, creed, sex, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, 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 District will perform the background checks required by law.  The District may determine on a case-by-case basis that, based on the duites, other positions within the district will also require background checks.  Based upon the results of the background checks, the 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 Ankeny Community School District is an EEO/AA employer.” The statement will also appear on application forms.

Inquiries by employees or applicants for employment regarding compliance with equal employment opportunity and affirmative action laws and policies, including but not limited to complaints of discrimination, will be directed to the Affirmative Action Coordinator, Ankeny Community School District, 306 SW School Street, PO Box 189, Ankeny, Iowa 50021-0189; or by telephoning (515)965-9600.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Inquiries by employees or applicants for employment regarding compliance with equal employment opportunity and affirmative action laws and policies, including but not limited to complaints of discrimination, may also be directed in writing to the Director of the Region VII office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, 500 West Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, or the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Grimes State Office Building, Des Moines, IA 50319-0201, (515) 281-4121, State of Iowa Civil Rights Commission website. This inquiry or complaint to the 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 district’s central administrative office and the administrative office in each attendance center.

Legal Reference:
29 U.S.C. §§ 621-634 (2006).
42 U.S.C. §§ 2000e et seq. (2006).
42 U.S.C. §§ 12101 et seq. (2006).
Iowa Code §§ 19B; 20; 35C; 73; 216; 279.8;
281 I.A.C. 12.4; 95.
281 I.A.C. 14.1; 2000.

Cross Reference:
402.13 Harassment
401.20 Recruitment Qualifications-Certified
407.20 Qualifications, Recruitment and Selection-Classified

Approved: June 18, 1986

Reviewed:
March 21, 2003
May 17, 2010
August 19, 2013
January 21, 2019

Revised:
May 17, 2010
August 19, 2014
January 21, 2019