D10 - Public Complaints about Personnel

Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Policy




SECTION:     PERSONNEL                                                                           CODE D10




It is the policy of the school boards of the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union to see that complaints about school personnel are considered in a timely manner that is fair to all parties. The boards  place trust in their employees and desire to support their actions in such a manner that employees are freed from unnecessary, spiteful, or unjustified criticism or complaints.


Resolving Complaints
The complainant shall be encouraged first to bring a complaint to the individual concerned. If the problem cannot be resolved with the individual concerned, it should be brought to the attention of the Principal for his or her review and decision. The complaint should be in writing stating the issues and supporting facts. The individual employee involved shall be given every opportunity for explanation, comment, and presentation of the facts as he/she sees them.


If the issue is not resolved by involvement of the Principal, the complainant may submit the issue to the Superintendent for his or her review and decision.


In cases of alleged discrimination, the complainant should follow the procedures accompanying the Non-Discrimination policy (C6).


Appeal to the Board
If the above steps do not resolve the concern of the complainant, he/she may request that the Board freview the Superintendent's decision. If the School Board decides to hear the request of the complainant, it shall invite all parties involved including the appropriate school and supervisory union administrators to attend a hearing for purposes of presenting facts, making further explanations, and clarifying the issue. The Board shall conduct such hearings in a fair and just manner and shall render a decision within five (5) days of said hearing.


It is the intent of the Board that the rights of employees under collective bargaining agreements and Vermont law be protected through the administration of this policy.




Date Adopted: 

June, 2007 


Legal Reference(s): 


16 V.S.A. §1752 (Suspension, dismissal) 


1 V.S.A. §§310 et seq. (Open meetings) 

Cross Reference:  


Public Participation at Board Meetings (C3)

Board Commitment to Non-discrimination (C6)