Ferrara Fiorenza P.C.

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School Law briefing - Ogdensburg

Never Settle for Second Best:  Building a Teaching Staff that Makes
You Want to "Stand up and Cheer"
Evaluation and Discipline of Non-Instructional Staff

When and Where:

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

8:00 am - 10:00 am
(please arrive 15 minutes early for registration and refreshments)

Ogdensburg Free Academy
1100 State Street, Ogdensburg, New York

The Presenters

        Michael L. Dodd, Esq.       Heather M. Cole, Esq.

You're invited to Ferrara Fiorenza PC's School Law Briefing on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 from 8:00 am - 10:30 am at the Ogdensbury Free Academy, 1100 State Street, Ogdensburg, New York.  The program will focus on the following:

  • Never Settle for Second Best:  Building a Teaching Staff that Makes You Want to "Stand Up and Cheer" -  We tend to hire teachers with the understanding that they will receive tenure as long as they receive satisfactory evaluations and don’t commit any serious offenses. Consequently, tenure becomes something the teacher can lose rather than something the teacher must earn. Treating tenure as the default outcome, instead of as the extraordinary privilege it is, results in some teachers with notable weaknesses or deficiencies getting through the screening process. They become our problem teachers later in their careers.

    This briefing will show how to require teachers to earn tenure by meeting high standards of performance and professional conduct during probation. It will describe the best practices to follow in deciding which probationary teachers should be retained or dismissed at the end of their first, second or third years of probation. It will provide a method for testing whether a tenure-eligible teacher is likely to maintain high standards of performance and professional conduct after receiving tenure.

    Time will also be spent addressing the formal requirements of appointing resolutions and resolutions conferring tenure.

  • Evaluation and Discipline of Non-Instructional Staff - Employees often complain that they were not on notice of a District’s concerns with their performance, and that disciplinary action came as a shock.  This briefing will provide practical tips for evaluating non-instructional employee performance, and documenting concerns.  If concerns are not remediated, there is then a clear record of efforts to remediate and improve non-instructional employee behavior prior to proceeding with disciplinary action.  This, in turn, helps ensure that the District is able to satisfy a “just cause” standard for disciplinary action.

This presentation is for Board Members, Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Principals and other related school personnel.


There is no registration fee for attending the program.  However, space is limited and registration is necessary. Accordingly, please register no later than March 12, 2018 indicating whether you, or any other officials from your district, will be able to join us.  Simply click on "Register Now" at the bottom of the page and complete the online form.  Click "Submit" and you are registered!