Washoe Country School District

July 30, 2014

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Teaching in the WCSD

Job Status

State law requires a two-year probationary period for all new teachers. Three evaluations within the first year are required. If all three indicate overall satisfactory performance, the superintendent may waive the second year of probation. The contract year for a traditional school calendar contract is 185 days.

Inservice Training

Inservice training goals include: ensuring instructional and professional competency; facilitating student achievement; encouraging optimum individual self realization; and promoting progressive educational spirit within the district. Advanced degrees, including masters and doctorates, may be earned at the University of Nevada, Reno, Lesley College and the University of Phoenix.

Professional Advancement

The Washoe County School District Board of Trustees has consistently followed the practice of promoting from within the district whenever possible.

Health Insurance

Health, vision, dental and life insurance is provided at no cost to full-time contracted teachers. Part-time contracted teachers pay a percentage of their premiums. Teachers may purchase coverage for other family members.

Loan Forgiveness Programs For Teachers

If you're a teacher serving in a low-income or subject-matter shortage area, it might be possible for you to cancel or defer your student loans.

The teacher loan forgiveness program was created to encourage individuals to enter and continue in the teaching profession, specifically in subject matter shortage areas and schools designated as “low income.”  For more information on Teacher Loan Forgiveness, go to www.ed.gov and enter ‘teacher loan forgiveness’ in the search box.

The Teacher Cancellation Loan Income Directory (TCLI program), developed by the U.S. Department of Education, shows the low-income elementary and secondary schools that qualify teachers for cancellation under the Federal Perkins/National Direct Student Loan, Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL), and William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (DL) programs. Go to www.tcli.ed.gov to see the schools which are designated as “low income.”

For more information, please contact Diana Hollander at Nevada Department of Education at 702-688-4319 or dhollander@doe.nv.gov.

Retirement

An excellent retirement plan is provided at no cost to the employee.

Leave of Absence

Sick leave, sabbatical leave, maternity leave, personal leave and Family Medical Leave are provided to the licensed employee in accordance with the Professional Negotiation Agreement between the Washoe County School District and the Washoe Education Association.

Washoe Education Association (WEA)

Professional negotiations and an established grievance procedure have contributed to an amicable relationship between the association and the school district.