3311.81 Municipal school districts; limited teacher contracts.

Notwithstanding any provision of the Revised Code to the contrary, a municipal school district shall be subject to this section instead of section 3319.11 of the Revised Code.

(A) As used in this section:

(1) "Evaluation procedures" means the procedures adopted pursuant to division (A) of section 3311.80 of the Revised Code.

(2) "Limited contract" means a limited contract, as described in section 3311.77 of the Revised Code, that the board of education of a municipal school district enters into with a teacher who is not eligible for a continuing contract.

(3) "Extended limited contract" means a limited contract, as described in section 3311.77 of the Revised Code, that the board enters into with a teacher who is eligible for a continuing contract, but to whom a continuing contract has not been granted by the board.

(B) The board of education of each municipal school district shall enter into a limited contract with each teacher employed by the board who is not eligible to be considered for a continuing contract.

Any teacher employed under a limited contract who is not eligible to be considered for a continuing contract is, at the expiration of such limited contract, considered re-employed under a one-year limited contract, unless the board gives such teacher written notice of its intention not to re-employ such teacher on or before the first day of June. The teacher is presumed to have accepted such employment unless the teacher notifies the board in writing to the contrary on or before the tenth day of July.

Any teacher receiving a written notice of the intention of the board not to re-employ such teacher pursuant to this division is entitled to a hearing under division (C) of this section.

(C) Any teacher receiving written notice of the intention of the board not to re-employ such teacher pursuant to division (B) of this section may request a hearing before the board. The request for a hearing shall be in writing and shall be delivered to the chief financial officer of the district within ten days of the date of receipt of the notice. The hearing shall be held in executive session of the board at the board's next scheduled meeting. Following the hearing, or if no hearing is requested, the board shall act on the question of the teacher's re-employment. The decision of the board shall be final and shall not be subject to further appeal.

(D)

(1) Upon the recommendation of the chief executive officer that a teacher be re-employed where the teacher satisfies the criteria in division (E) of section 3311.77 of the Revised Code and has taught in the district for at least three years, or at least two years in the case of a teacher who received a continuing contract elsewhere, the board shall enter into a continuing contract with the teacher, unless the board by a three-fourths vote of its full membership rejects the recommendation of the chief executive officer. If the board rejects the recommendation, or if the chief executive officer recommends that the teacher not be re-employed, the board may proceed not to renew the teacher's contract in accordance with this section as if the teacher was not eligible to be considered for a continuing contract.

(2) In the event the chief executive officer does not recommend to the board that a teacher receive a continuing contract where the teacher satisfies the criteria in division (E) of section 3311.77 of the Revised Code and has taught in the district for at least three years, or at least two years in the case of a teacher who received a continuing contract elsewhere, the chief executive officer may recommend to the board that the teacher receive an extended limited contract. In that event, the chief executive officer, or the chief executive officer's designee, shall provide the teacher written notice, not less than five business days prior to any board action on the recommendation, with reasons directed at professional development. The board shall act on the recommendation for an extended limited contract with reasons directed at professional development not later than the first day of June. An extended limited contract may be issued:

(a) For a teacher who has been awarded a continuing contract in another school district and has served in the municipal school district for two years, in one-year increments or for multiple years, in no event to exceed a total of two years;

(b) For a teacher who is newly eligible for a continuing contract, in one-year increments or for multiple years, in no event to exceed a total of four years.

Upon any subsequent reemployment of the teacher after the expiration of the extended limited contract or contracts, only a continuing contract may be entered into. The teacher is presumed to have accepted employment under such continuing contract unless the teacher notifies the board in writing to the contrary before the tenth day of July, and a continuing contract shall be executed accordingly.

(3) In the event the chief executive officer fails to make any recommendation regarding a contract for a teacher who satisfies the criteria in division (E) of section 3311.77 of the Revised Code and has taught in the district for at least three years, or at least two years in the case of a teacher who received a continuing contract elsewhere, the teacher shall be re-employed under a one-year extended limited contract. That contract may be subsequently extended for an additional one to three years consistent with divisions (D)(2)(a) and (b) of this section. The teacher is presumed to have accepted employment under such extended limited contract unless the teacher notifies the board in writing to the contrary before the tenth day of July.

(E) The provisions of this section shall not apply to any supplemental written contracts entered into pursuant to section 3311.77 of the Revised Code.

(F) Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in Chapter 4117. of the Revised Code, 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. However, the board and the teachers' labor organization shall negotiate the due process procedures preceding a teacher's receipt of a written notice indicating the intent of the board not to re-employ the teacher, which procedures shall be consistent with this section.

Cite as R.C. § 3311.81

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