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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: December 22, 2016 03:57 PM
From: Senator John H. Eichelberger, Jr.
To: All Senate members
Subject: School Superintendent Contract Legislation
In the near future, I plan to re-introduce a bill that would provide needed changes to the Public School Code to allow school boards to adequately manage their professional staff.

Currently, the Public School Code contains provisions that require school boards of directors to notify a district superintendent and assistant superintendent well in advance of contract expiration whether it intends to renew the contract. Failure to notify that employee by the 150 day deadline results in automatic renewal of the contract for the same term length. This unnecessarily ties the hands of school boards in the management of school personnel in a way that can be costly for the school district.

My legislation will amend Sections 1073(b) and 1077(b) of the Public School Code to allow school districts more flexibility in their decision making. It will alter the deadline for school boards to make renewal decisions regarding superintendent and assistant superintendent contracts from 150 to 90 days prior to expiration of the contract, allowing the school board more time to make their final contract renewal decisions.

Additionally, my legislation limits the automatic renewal of these contracts to one year if the renewal notice deadline is missed. These changes will give superintendents, assistant superintendents, and school boards fair and appropriate timeframes so that better decisions can be made with regard to school management and administration.

Last session, the co-sponsors of the bill (SB 585) were: Scavello, Mensch, White, Scarnati, Alloway, Folmer, Rafferty, Vulakovich and Aument.

Introduced as SB227