ORS 342.513¹
Renewal or nonrenewal of contracts for following year

(1) Each district school board shall give written notice of the renewal or nonrenewal of the contract for the following school year by March 15 of each year to all teachers and administrators in its employ who are not contract teachers as defined in ORS 342.815 (Definitions for ORS 342.805 to 342.937). In case the district school board does not renew the contract, the material reason therefor shall, at the request of the teacher or administrator, be included in the records of the school district, and the board shall furnish a statement of the reason for nonrenewal to the teacher or administrator. If any district school board fails to give such notice by March 15, the contract shall be considered renewed for the following school year at a salary not less than that being received at the time of renewal. The teacher or administrator may bring an action of mandamus to compel the district school board to issue such a contract for the following school year.

(2) This section is not effective unless teachers or administrators notify the board in writing on or before April 15 of acceptance or rejection of the position for the following school year. [Formerly 342.635; 1975 c.770 §47; 1979 c.714 §1; 1997 c.864 §24; 2005 c.22 §236]

Notes of Decisions

Under former similar statute the require­ment that a school district must give written notice to a teacher that his or her contract will not be renewed is not satisfied by mere mailing of a notice unless it was delivered to the teacher before the statutory dead­line. Welo v. Dist. Sch. Bd., Dist. 7, 24 Or App 443, 545 P2d 921 (1976)

Where school district superintendent received draft of minutes of school board meeting at which board decided not to renew his contract, and where he edited draft, notice of nonrenewal was sufficient to meet require­ment of this sec­tion, although minutes had not been approved by board. Ambrose v. Board of Educa­tion, 51 Or App 621, 626 P2d 916 (1981), Sup Ct review denied

The defini­tions of ORS 342.120 (Definitions) apply to this sec­tion and therefore plaintiff school superintendent was entitled to written notice of decision not to renew contract by April 1, 1981. Mitchell v. Board of Educa­tion of School Dist. 30-44-63J, 64 Or App 565, 669 P2d 356 (1983), Sup Ct review denied

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 342—Teachers and Other School Personnel, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors342.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 342, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­342ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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