School Board Policy 405 -
Adopted: April 29, 1996
REVISED: may 9, 2005
Revised: january 9, 2012
REvised: april 14, 2014
Revised: february 12, 2018
Revised: April 11, 2022
The purpose of this policy is to comply with the Minnesota Veterans Preference Act (VPA) which provides preference points for veterans applying for employment with political subdivisions, including school districts, as well as additional rights for veterans in the discharge process.
II. General Statement of Policy
A. The school district’s policy is to comply with the VPA regarding veterans preference rights and mandated preference points to veterans and spouses of deceased veterans or disabled veterans.
B. The school district’s policy is also to comply with the VPA requirement that no covered veteran may be removed from public employment except for incompetency or misconduct shown after a hearing upon due notice, upon stated charges, and in writing, or good faith abolishment of position. This paragraph does not apply to the position of teacher.
A. Veterans preference points will be applied pursuant to applicable law as follows:
1. A credit of ten points shall be added to the competitive open examination rating of a nondisabled veteran, who so elects, provided that the veteran obtained a passing rating on the examination without the addition of the credit points.
2. A credit of fifteen points shall be added to the competitive open examination rating of a disabled veteran, who so elects, provided that the veteran obtained a passing rating on the examination without the addition of the credit points.
3. A credit of five points shall be added to the competitive promotional examination rating of a disabled veteran, who so elects, provided that (a) the veteran obtained a passing rating on the examination without the addition of the credit points and (b) the veteran is applying for a first promotion after securing public employment.
4. A preference may be used by the surviving spouse of a deceased veteran and by the spouse of a disabled veteran who, because of the disability, is unable to qualify.
B. Eligibility for and application of veterans preference, the definition of a veteran, and the definition of a disabled veteran for purposes of this policy will be pursuant to the VPA.
C. When notifying applicants that they have been accepted into the selection process, the school district shall notify applicants that they may elect to use veterans preference.
D. The school district’s policy is to use a 100-point hiring system to enable allocation of veterans preference points. The school district may or may not use a 100-point hiring system for filling teaching positions. If a 100-point hiring system is not used for filling a teaching position, preference points will not be added, but all veteran applicants who have proper licensure for the teaching position will be granted an interview for the position.
E. If the school district rejects a member of the finalist pool who has claimed veterans preference, the school district shall notify the finalist in writing of the reasons for the rejection and file the notice with the school district’s personnel officer.
F. The school district may require a veteran to complete an initial hiring probationary period as defined in Minn. Stat. § 43A.16.
G. In accordance with the VPA, no honorably discharged veteran shall be removed from a position of employment except for incompetency, misconduct, or good faith abolishment of position.
1. Incompetency or misconduct must be shown after a hearing, upon due notice, upon stated charges, in writing.
2. A veteran must irrevocably elect to be governed either by the VPA or by arbitration provisions set forth in a collective bargaining agreement in the event of a discharge.
H. The VPA and the provisions of this policy do not apply to the position of superintendent, head of a department, or any person holding a strictly confidential relation to the school board or school district. The VPA and the provisions of this policy apply to teachers only with respect to the hiring process, as set forth in Paragraph F., above.
Minn. Stat. § 43A.11 (Veterans Preference)
Minn. Stat. § 197.455 (Veterans Preference Applied)
Minn. Stat. § 197.46 (Veterans Preference Act)
Hall v. City of Champlin, 463 N.W.2d 502 (Minn. 1990)
Young v. City of Duluth, 410 N.W.2d 27 (Minn. Ct. App. 1987)
MSBA/MASA Model Policy 401 (Equal Employment Opportunity)