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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:

SECTION 1. Section 41 of chapter 71 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2006 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out, in lines 19 to 21, inclusive, the words “, and shall be employed under written contracts of employment. Such contracts shall be for terms of up to three years in length” and inserting in place thereof the following words:- . School principals shall enter into individual employment contracts with their employing districts concerning the terms and conditions of employment. The initial contract with each individual school district shall be for not less than 1 year nor more than 3 years. The second and subsequent contracts shall be for not less than 3 nor more than 5 years unless: (i) said contract is a 1 year contract based on the failure of the superintendent to notify the principal of the proposed nonrenewal of his contract pursuant to this section; or (ii) both parties agree to a shorter term of employment. Notwithstanding the past employment conditions of a school principal, the conditions established by this paragraph shall apply to the initial contract of each school principal.

SECTION 2. Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, a principal entering into a second subsequent contract with an employing school district on or after the effective date of this act shall be treated as a school principal entering into his second contract period and shall be subject to all further terms and conditions established by the second paragraph of section 41 of chapter 71 of the General Laws.

Approved August 14 , 2008