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Nonrenewal of Michigan School Administrator Contracts

January 31, 2024

The deadlines are approaching for the nonrenewal of public school administrative contracts. Administrator contracts are governed by Section 1229 of the Michigan Revised School Code, MCL 380.1229, which contains two crucial deadlines for nonrenewing an administrator’s contract. The statute requires a board of education to provide written notice of nonrenewal of an administrative contract at least 60 days before the termination date of the contract, which typically is June 30. In addition, before the 60-day notice, the board of education is required to provide at least 30 days advance notice to the administrator that the board is considering nonrenewal together with a written statement of the reasons, which cannot be arbitrary or capricious. If these deadlines are not followed, then the contract is automatically renewed for an additional one-year period.

For illustrative purposes, assuming that an administrative contract expires June 30, to satisfy the 60-day notice requirement, the board of education must enact a resolution of nonrenewal and ensure delivery to the administrator on or before Wednesday, May 1, 2024.

In this same illustration, the statute provides that the 30-day advance notice that the board is considering nonrenewal should be sent and received by the administrator on or before April 1, 2024. After issuance of this written statement, the statute requires that the affected administrator be given an opportunity to meet with not less than a majority of the board to discuss the reasons for nonrenewing his or her contract. Under the Open Meetings Act, an administrator has the option of requesting a closed meeting to consider the nonrenewal of his or her contract at a designated March board meeting to address the board and/or have the board consider the nonrenewal in closed session.

If you have questions regarding nonrenewal of an administrator’s contract, please contact your Clark Hill PLC education law attorney.

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