2021 Wyoming Statutes
Title 21 - Education
Chapter 7 - Teachers and Employees
Article 1 - Teacher Contracts
Section 21-7-110 - Suspension or Dismissal of Teachers; Notice; Hearing; Independent Hearing Officer; Board Review and Decision; Appeal.
21-7-110. Suspension or dismissal of teachers; notice; hearing; independent hearing officer; board review and decision; appeal.
(a) The board may suspend or dismiss any teacher, or terminate any continuing contract teacher, for any of the following reasons:
(ii) Neglect of duty;
(iii) Immorality including, without limitation, engaging in conduct with a student which would be a violation of W.S. 6-2-314 through 6-2-318, 12-6-101(a) or 35-7-1036;
(v) Physical incapacity to perform job duties even with reasonable accommodation;
(vi) Failure to perform duties in a satisfactory manner;
(vii) Repealed by Laws 2019, ch. 84, § 2.
(viii) Conviction of a felony; and
(ix) Any other good or just cause relating to the educational process.
(b) Suspension or dismissal proceedings shall be initiated by the superintendent or any member of the board designated by the superintendent or designated by the board pursuant to a majority vote of the board delivering to the teacher a written notice of suspension or dismissal, together with written reasons.
(c) Any continuing contract teacher receiving notice of a recommendation of termination under W.S. 21-7-106(a), or any teacher against whom dismissal or suspension proceedings are instituted, is entitled to a hearing before an independent hearing officer provided through the office of administrative hearings on the recommendation for termination or the reasons for dismissal or suspension, upon submission of a written request to the superintendent. The request for hearing shall be given within seven (7) days after receipt of notice of termination under W.S. 21-7-106(a) or after receiving notice of dismissal or suspension under subsection (b) of this section. Expenses of the hearing officer shall be paid by the school district in accordance with W.S. 9-2-2202(b)(ii).
(d) Within five (5) days after selection, the hearing officer shall set the date for hearing and notify the teacher and superintendent of the hearing date, time and location. In no event shall the hearing commence on a date later than forty-five (45) days after notice under W.S. 21-7-106(a) or subsection (b) of this section, as applicable. The hearing shall be conducted in accordance with contested case procedures specified under W.S. 9-2-2202(b). All school district records pertaining to the teacher shall be made available to the hearing officer.
(e) At the hearing, the superintendent shall have the burden of proving that the recommendation for termination is based upon reasons provided in the notice of termination submitted pursuant to W.S. 21-7-106(a) or that suspension or dismissal is based upon reasons specified in the notice given under subsection (b) of this section, as applicable.
(f) Repealed by Laws 2011, Ch. 182, § 2.
(g) The board shall review the findings of fact and recommendation submitted by the hearing officer and within twenty (20) days after receipt, issue a written order to either terminate, suspend or dismiss the teacher, or to retain the teacher. If the board terminates, suspends or dismisses the teacher's employment over a recommendation by the hearing officer for retention, the written order of the board shall include a conclusion together with reasons supported by the record. A copy of the order shall be provided to the teacher and a copy shall be entered into the school district records pertaining to the teacher. Any action by the board pursuant to this subsection shall be approved by a majority of the duly elected members of the board.
(h) Appeals may be taken from the order of the board to the district court as provided by the Wyoming Administrative Procedure Act. An electronic recording of hearing proceedings may serve as the official transcript but upon appeal, the district court may request a written transcript of the proceedings or any portion of the proceedings. The cost of transcribing the record shall be borne equally by the teacher and the school district.