• APPR Decision of the Nassau County Supreme Court
  • April 22, 2014
  • Law Firm: Lamb Barnosky LLP - Melville Office
  • A recent decision of the Nassau County Supreme Court serves as an important reminder that school districts and BOCES must take into account the Annual Professional Performance Reviews ("APPR") of their teachers and principals when making employment decisions. In Evans v. Board of Education of the Hempstead Union Free School District,Index No.9274-2013 (Sup Ct, Nassau County, March 12,2014), the Court reinstated, with full back pay and benefits, three probationary principals because the district had failed to conduct the required APPRs prior to their termination. This failure violated the statutory requirement that an APPR "be a significant factor for employment decisions," including the termination of a probationary appointment for reasons other than misconduct.