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4117 Separation-Resignation





Each employee under contract in the Northfield School District shall have agreed to a mutually satisfactory termination clause. It is the purpose of the board to respect that clause and it is the expectation of the board that the employee will do likewise.


A. Upon recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the board may terminate teaching staff members not under tenure, in keeping with the termination clause, for any of the following conditions:

  1. Request by the teacher for reasons accepted as valid and in the best interest of both the employer and the employee;
  2. By mutual agreement of both employee and employer that termination of the contract is best for the school system;
  3. By direct request from the employer;
  4. Should the employee terminate under mutually acceptable reasons, the employee is expected to work during the period of notice;
  5. Should the employee terminate on request of the Superintendent of Schools, the employee may be terminated immediately and paid for the period of notice;
  6. Should the employee terminate without sufficient notice, he/she shall be paid through the last day of service only.

B. Any teaching staff member, under tenure of service, desiring to relinquish his/her position shall give the employing board of education at least sixty (60) days written notice of his/her intention, unless the board shall approve a release on shorter notice and if he/she fails to give such notice he shall be deemed guilty of unprofessional conduct and the Commissioner may suspend his certificate for not more than one year.


A certified employee shall submit his/her resignation in writing to the Superintendent of Schools at least 60 days prior to the effective date of resignation. This date shall be approved unless the board of education desires to accept the resignation sooner. If the employee fails to give such notice, he/she shall be deemed guilty of unprofessional conduct and the commissioner may suspend his/her certificate for not more than one year.

The resignation becomes effective upon its formal approval by the board of education, and may be withdrawn by the employee at any time prior to board action.

If an employee returns to the employ of the board of education after having had prior service, said employee will begin with the same benefits as any other new employee, except as covered by New Jersey State law, and/or the contracted agreement between the employee and the Northfield board of education.

Exit Interview

A. All professional employees resigning from the employ of the board may be offered an exit interview conducted by the employee’s immediate supervisor.

File Code: 4117


B. The Interview shall be conducted on as informal a basis as possible in order to reduce any sense of formality which might cause the person being interviewed to feel concern about what is said and thereby be less than candid.

C. Upon completion of the interview, the immediate supervisor will prepare a written report on the interview, containing a summary of the reasons expressed by the person for resignation and any comments the individual has made concerning instructional improvements, followed by comments the interviewer may choose to make.

D. These reports will be forwarded to the Superintendent of Schools of Schools and retained in the employee’s inactive personnel file.

Adopted: January 12, 1998 NJSBA Review/Update: November 2009 ; December 2010 Readopted: October 24, 2011

Key Words

Separation, Dismissal, Suspension, Resignation, Resign, Retirement, Retire

Legal Reference: N.J.S.A. 18A:6-10 et seq. Dismissal and Reduction in compensation (tenured staff)

N.J.S.A. 18A:16-2 Physical examinations; drug testing; requirement N.J.S.A.18A:16-4 Sick leave; dismissal N.J.S.A.18A:28-8 Notice of intention to resign required N.J.S.A.18A:66-43 Retirement for service age limits


Cross References: *4115 Supervision *4116 Evaluation *4117.4 Reduction in force/abolishing a position *4117.41 Nonrenewal

*indicates that the policy is included in the Critical Policy Reference Manual.

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