GAA - Personnel: Definitions
Re-adopted: 8/13/97, 5/28/14, 7/13/22
“Licensed employees” are those holding a position that requires a license issued by the state Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC).
1. A “teacher” is an employee who holds a teacher’s license or is registered to teach by TSPC.
2. A “contract teacher” is any teacher who has been regularly employed by a district for a probationary period of not more than three successive school years and who has been retained for the next succeeding school year.
3. A “probationary teacher” is one who is not a contract teacher and who is employed for at least 135 consecutive days in any school year as a teacher in the district. At least 30 consecutive days of employment in the district in a successive year shall be sufficient to keep the service intact, and the teacher shall not lose credit for previous probationary years served.
4. A “temporary teacher” is any teacher employed to fill a position designated as temporary or experimental or to fill a vacancy that occurs after the opening of school because of unanticipated enrollment or the death, disability, retirement, resignation, contract non-extension or dismissal of a contract or probationary teacher.
5. A “substitute teacher” is any teacher employed to take the place of a probationary or contract teacher who is temporarily absent. A substitute teacher is employed on a day-to-day basis, without contract, and does the work of the regularly assigned teacher during the latter’s absence from duty. Substitutes will not be eligible for fringe benefits and will be paid at a rate established annually by the Board in accordance with the provisions of Oregon law.
6. An “intern or student teacher” is a regularly enrolled candidate of an approved educator preparation provider, who teaches under the supervision of the staff of the provider and of the employing district, in order to acquire practical experience in teaching. The intern or student teacher may receive academic credit from the provider and financial compensation from the district or education service district.
7. An “administrator” is an employee who holds a valid Oregon administrative license or registration and who works in a position requiring an administrative license. An administrator includes, but is not limited to, all superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals and academic program directors in public schools or education service districts, who have direct responsibility for supervision or evaluation of licensed teachers and who are compensated for their services with public funds.
8. A “specialist” is an employee who has a teaching license, a letter of authorization from the Oregon Department of Education, or is certified by their accreditation organization, and who is employed half-time or more.
"Classified personnel" are those employees in positions for which no teaching or administrative licenses are required by law. There are two general categories of classified employees:
- Hourly employees, which include most classified employees. Hourly employees are those that serve by the day or hour as established by need;
- Exempt employees include a few designated positions as defined by the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act.