If you didn't dig your contract out last Tuesday and read it, you'll want to do that after you read this post.
In the spring, principals and school boards make decisions about renewing and non-renewing teacher contracts. Depending on what type of contract you have, the possible actions vary.
Below is a list of the different contracts you could have, and what to expect for each one.
If you have a probationary contract, you could be renewed, or you could receive notice of a non-renewal by the 45th day before the last day of instruction. If you do not receive any notice at all before the 45th day before the last day of instruction, then you have been renewed.
If you have a term contract that ends this year, you can be renewed, or you can receive notice of a possible non-renewal before the 45th day before the last day of instruction.
If you have a term contract that ends in 2010 or 2011, you may not receive any notice at all. Your contract will continue for next year. You may also receive notice that your contract has been extended for an additional year beyond its current ending date.
If you have a continuing contract, you may receive notice of a proposed discharge. That notice may come at any time. If the district is not proposing discharge, then you may not receive any notice at all about your contract, but you may receive a general notice of your assignment for the following year.
Most teachers are employed under a term contract of one or two years.