3311.77 Laws governing municipal school districts; teacher contracts.

Notwithstanding any provision of the Revised Code to the contrary, and except as otherwise specified in division (G)(1) of this section, a municipal school district shall be subject to this section instead of section 3319.08 of the Revised Code. Section 3319.0811 of the Revised Code shall not apply to the district.

(A) The board of education of each municipal school district shall enter into written contracts for the employment and re-employment of all teachers. Contracts for the employment of teachers shall be of three types, limited contracts, extended limited contracts, and continuing contracts. If the board authorizes compensation in addition to the salary paid under section 3311.78 of the Revised Code for the performance of duties by a teacher that are in addition to the teacher's regular teaching duties, the board shall enter into a supplemental written contract with each teacher who is to perform additional duties. Such supplemental written contracts shall be limited contracts. Such written contracts and supplemental written contracts shall set forth the teacher's duties and shall specify the salaries and compensation to be paid for regular teaching duties and additional teaching duties, respectively.

If the board adopts a motion or resolution to employ a teacher under a limited contract or extended limited contract, or under a continuing contract pursuant to division (E) of this section, and the teacher accepts such employment, the failure of such parties to execute a written contract shall not void such employment contract.

(B) Teachers shall be paid for all time lost when the schools in which they are employed are closed due to an epidemic or other public calamity, and for time lost due to illness or otherwise for not less than five days annually as authorized by regulations which the board shall adopt.

(C) The term of a limited contract for a teacher shall not exceed the following:

(1) Five years, in the case of a contract entered into prior to the effective date of this section;

(2) A term as authorized in division (D) of this section, in the case of a contract entered into on or after the effective date of this section.

(D) The term of an initial limited contract for a teacher described in division (C)(2) of this section shall not exceed two years. Any subsequent limited contract entered into with that teacher shall not exceed five years.

(E) A continuing contract is a contract that remains in effect until the teacher resigns, elects to retire, or is retired pursuant to former section 3307.37 of the Revised Code, or until it is terminated or suspended and shall be granted only to teachers who have provided notice of their eligibility by the fifteenth day of September of the year the teacher becomes eligible for a continuing contract and who have met one of the following criteria:

(1) The teacher holds a professional, permanent, or life teacher's certificate;

(2) The teacher meets the following conditions:

(a) The teacher was initially issued a teacher's certificate or educator license prior to January 1, 2011.

(b) The teacher holds a professional educator license issued under section 3319.22 or 3319.222 or former section 3319.22 of the Revised Code or a senior professional educator license or lead professional educator license issued under section 3319.22 of the Revised Code.

(c) The teacher has completed the applicable one of the following:

(i) If the teacher did not hold a master's degree at the time of initially receiving a teacher's certificate under former law or an educator license, thirty semester hours of coursework in the area of licensure or in an area related to the teaching field since the initial issuance of such certificate or license, as specified in rules which the state board of education shall adopt;

(ii) If the teacher held a master's degree at the time of initially receiving a teacher's certificate under former law or an educator license, six semester hours of graduate coursework in the area of licensure or in an area related to the teaching field since the initial issuance of such certificate or license, as specified in rules which the state board shall adopt.

(3) The teacher meets the following conditions:

(a) The teacher never held a teacher's certificate and was initially issued an educator license on or after January 1, 2011.

(b) The teacher holds a professional educator license, senior professional educator license, or lead professional educator license issued under section 3319.22 of the Revised Code.

(c) The teacher has held an educator license for at least seven years.

(d) The teacher has completed the applicable one of the following:

(i) If the teacher did not hold a master's degree at the time of initially receiving an educator license, thirty semester hours of coursework in the area of licensure or in an area related to the teaching field since the initial issuance of that license, as specified in rules which the state board shall adopt;

(ii) If the teacher held a master's degree at the time of initially receiving an educator license, six semester hours of graduate coursework in the area of licensure or in an area related to the teaching field since the initial issuance of that license, as specified in rules which the state board shall adopt.

(F) Nothing in division (E) of this section shall be construed to void or otherwise affect a continuing contract entered into prior to the effective date of this section.

(G) Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code:

(1) The requirements of division (D)(3) of section 3319.08 of the Revised Code prevail over any conflicting provisions of a collective bargaining agreement entered into between October 16, 2009, and the effective date of this section.

(2) The requirements of this section prevail over any conflicting provisions of a collective bargaining agreement entered into on or after the effective date of this section.

(H) Wherever the term "educator license" is used in this section without reference to a specific type of educator license, the term does not include an educator license for substitute teaching issued under section 3319.226 of the Revised Code.

Cite as R.C. § 3311.77

History. Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.143, HB 525, §1, eff. 10/1/2012.