DCB (TSBVI) Employment Practices: Term Contracts

ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEES for term contracts

In this policy, “teacher” means a principal, supervisor, classroom teacher, librarian, counselor, or other full-time professional who is required to hold a certificate issued under Education Code Subchapter B, Chapter 21, except the term does not include a superintendent, or any employee who does not provide direct and regular services to students at the School. Each teacher shall be employed under a term contract as provided by Education Code Subchapter E, Chapter 21, except for those who are employed under full-time probationary contracts as provided by Policy DCA.

Education Code 30.024(a),(b); See Gov’t Code Chapter 654

If the School requires a person, by policy, job description, or contract, to hold a certificate issued under Education Code Chapter 21, Subchapter B, TSBVI is required to employ the person under a term contract as provided by Education Code Chapter 21, Subchapter E.  Fields v. Alief Indep. Sch. Dist., Tex. Comm’r of Educ. Decision No. 006-R10-10-2014 (2015)



A person who desires to teach at TSBVI shall present the person’s certificate for filing with the School before the person’s contract with the Board is binding.  Education Code 21.053(a)

Probationary Contract

Except as provided below, before a term contract may be issued, the person must be employed under a probationary contract.

Exception for principal or classroom teacher

The School may employ a person as a principal or classroom teacher under a term contract if the person has experience as a public school principal or classroom teacher, respectively, regardless of whether the person is being employed by the School for the first time or whether a probationary contract would otherwise be required under Education Code 21.102.

Education Code 21.202(b)

Grounds for non-renewal

Except as provided by Education Code 21.352(c), the Board’s employment policies, which must include reasons for not renewing a term contract at the end of a school year, must require a written evaluation of each term contract employee at annual or more frequent intervals. Education Code 21.203 [See DFBB and DN SERIES]


A term contract shall be in writing and include the terms of employment prescribed by Education Code Chapter 21, Subchapter E. The Board may include other provisions in a one year term contract that are consistent with that subchapter. Each term contract is subject to the approval of the Board.  The Board shall provide each term contract employee with a copy of the employee’s contract.  Education Code 21.204

Duration of Term Contract

Once the probationary period has been completed, the duration of a term contract shall be one school year. Education Code 21.205


There is no property interest in a term contract beyond its term. Education Code 21.204(e)


The School shall place the Board’s employment policies on the TSBVI website.  The Board shall make a copy of the employment policies available for inspection at a reasonable time on request.  On request, the Board shall also provide each term contract employee with a copy of the employment policies.  Education Code 21.204(d)

Adopted:         11/17/95

Amended:       3/22/96, 11/6/98, 3/26/02, 1/28/05, 11/15/19