A teacher who holds a license, according to this chapter, and a contract for employment by a school district or other organization providing public education may be granted a sabbatical leave by the board employing the teacher under rules promulgated by the board.
A teacher who applies for and accepts sabbatical leave shall agree that, upon the conclusion of said sabbatical leave, the teacher shall return to the teacher's position for a period determined by the board before the leave is granted, or repay the district the portion of salary received while on sabbatical leave.
A teacher who has been granted a sabbatical leave must retain all rights in the employing district as though teaching in that district.
The term "sabbatical leave," as used in this section, means compensated leaves of absence granted for purposes of professional improvement or service.
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