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Madison Metropolitan School District

Employee Handbook 2021-2022

Addendum D: SECTION 2 ASSIGNMENTS, VACANCIES AND TRANSFERS

2.3 Trial Period
  1. Definitions

    1. Promotion - Shall mean the permanent advancement of an employee from a position in a pay range to a position in a higher pay range.

    2. Job Transfer - Shall mean the permanent transfer of an employee from one department or division to another or from one geographic location to another and/ or from one work shift to another without change of job title or pay range.

    3. Lateral Transfer - Shall mean the permanent transfer of an employee from one job title to another job title in the same pay range.

    4. Demotion - Shall mean the permanent movement of an employee from a position in a pay range to another position in a lower pay range.

    5. Trial Period - Shall mean the three (3) month period following the date of promotion or transfer wherein such employee shall be on a three (3) month trial period during which time the employee may be returned to a job in the same pay level from which he/she came without prejudice at the option of the Employer or the employee. Additional pay increments that may be due a promoted employee shall not be due prior to the completion of six (6) months in the higher classified position.

  2. Application

    1. Employees who receive a job transfer appointment to a vacancy shall serve no trial period and the appointment shall be considered permanent. Employees transferred under this section shall remain in the location to which they are transferred for at least four (4) months and will not be eligible to apply for transfer until the end of this four (4) month period. Employees are limited to no more than two transfers per person in any 12 month period.

    2. Employees who receive a lateral transfer appointment shall serve a three (3) month trial period in the new position. Except as stated in Subsection E, employees receiving a lateral transfer appointment shall remain in the new location for at least four (4) months and will not be eligible to apply for transfer until the end of this four (4) month period. Employees are limited to no more than two transfers per person in any 12 month period.

    3. Employees who receive a promotional appointment shall serve a three (3) month trial period in the new position and shall not be eligible to apply for transfer to another location for at least four (4) months after a promotion. Employees who receive a promotion to a Maintenance Worker position shall serve a six (6)-month trial period in the new position and shall not be eligible to apply for transfer to another location for at least four (4) months after a promotion. Employees who receive a promotion to a Building Custodian I or Building Custodian II position shall serve a nine-month trial period in the new position. Employees serving such nine (9) month trial period shall be eligible to make one (1) transfer to another location during said trial period after they have served four (4) months in the new position and will not be eligible to apply for this transfer until the end of the four (4) month period.

    4. Employees may, during their trial period, return, by their choice, by giving written notice that he/she is exercising this option to the Coordinator of Facilities Operations or to the Custodial/Grounds Supervisor or be returned by the District, to the same classification they left. The employee’s rate of pay shall be at the same step in the lower pay range as would have been attained prior to promotion.

    5. The step assignment of a demoted employee whose demotion is made at the employee’s request or with the employee’s concurrence shall be the same step they are at in their current range, or if the employee has previously been assigned to that range, shall be at the highest step attained in the range of the demoted position, whichever is greater. Employees shall not be allowed to voluntarily demote to a position in another location if they have not been in their current location for at least four months except for a shift change and for a shift change, employees may voluntarily demote at any time.

    6. The rate of pay of an employee who is demoted for cause shall be initially determined by the District with such rate subject to the grievance procedure provisions of this Handbook.