2005 Regular Session
By: Senator(s) Turner
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 37-9-23, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO DIRECT THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO DEVELOP AND PROMULGATE A UNIFORM EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT FOR CERTIFIED SCHOOL PERSONNEL WITH CERTAIN MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 37-9-23, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
37-9-23. The superintendent shall enter into a contract with each assistant superintendent, principal, licensed employee and person anticipating graduation from an approved teacher education program or the issuance of a proper license before October 15 or February 15, as the case may be, who is elected and approved for employment by the school board. Such contracts shall be in such form as shall be prescribed by the State Board of Education and shall be executed in duplicate with one (1) copy to be retained by the appropriate superintendent and one (1) copy to be retained by the principal, licensed employee or person recommended for a licensed position contracted with. The contract shall show the name of the district, the length of the school term, the position held (whether an assistant superintendent, principal or licensed employee), the scholastic years which it covers, the total amount of the annual salary and how same is payable. The amount of salary to be shown in such contract shall be the amount which shall have been fixed and determined by the school board, but, as to the licensed employees paid in whole or in part with minimum education program funds, such salary shall not be less than that required under the provisions of Chapter 19 of this title. From and after July 1, 2005, the State Board of Education shall prescribe uniform employment contracts for certified school personnel for implementation in all school districts that specify for each employee the total amount of the annual salary and how the salary is payable, the time and dates of payments in compliance with Sections 37-9-39 and 37-9-41, the number of contract days, the name or title of the employment position and the subject(s) to be taught, the length of the school day or workday, the beginning and ending date of the contract year and the school or building location to which the employee is assigned. The contract entered into with any person recommended for a licensed position who is anticipating either graduation from an approved teacher education program before September 1 or December 31, as the case may be, or the issuance of a proper license before October 15 or February 15, as the case may be, shall be a conditional contract and shall include a provision stating that the contract will be null and void if, as specified in the contract, the contingency upon which the contract is conditioned has not occurred. If any superintendent, other than those elected, principal, licensed employee or person recommended for a licensed position who has been elected and approved shall not execute and return the contract within ten (10) days after same has been tendered to him for execution, then, at the option of the school board, the election of the licensed employee and the contract tendered to him shall be void and of no effect.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2005.