2017 Arkansas Code
Title 6 - Education
Subtitle 2 - Elementary and Secondary Education Generally
Chapter 17 - Personnel
Subchapter 15 - The Teacher Fair Dismissal Act
§ 6-17-1508. Suspension

Universal Citation: AR Code § 6-17-1508 (2017)
  • (a) Whenever a superintendent has reason to believe that cause exists for the termination of a teacher and that immediate suspension of the teacher is necessary, the superintendent may suspend the teacher without notice or a hearing.
  • (b) The superintendent shall notify the teacher in writing within two (2) school days of the suspension.
  • (c)
    • (1) The written notice shall include a statement of the grounds for suspension or recommended termination, setting forth the grounds in separately numbered paragraphs so that a reasonable teacher can prepare a defense.
    • (2) The written notice shall be delivered in person to the teacher or sent by registered or certified mail to the teacher at the teacher's residence address as reflected in the teacher's personnel file and shall state that a hearing before the board of directors is available to the teacher upon request provided that the request is made in writing within the time provided in § 6-17-1509.
  • (d) The hearing shall be scheduled by the president, vice president, or secretary of the board of directors of a school district and the teacher and shall be held within the time and manner provided in § 6-17-1509 after a request for the hearing is received by the board of directors.
  • (e) If sufficient grounds for termination or suspension are found, the board of directors may terminate the teacher or continue the suspension for a definite period of time.
  • (f) The salary of a suspended teacher shall cease as of the date the board of directors sustains the suspension.
  • (g) If sufficient grounds for termination or suspension are not found, the teacher shall be reinstated without loss of compensation.
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