Q Pursuant to the Education Employment Procedures Law of 2001, Sections 37-9-101 through 37-9-113, must local school districts provide notice of non-renewal of an employment contract to licensed employees whose contractual days for the 2009-2010 school year are being reduced from the contractual days for the 2008-2009 school year to the 187 day minimum?

A No. Contracts that are offered by school districts to licensed employees in subsequent school years for the same position, same daily pay and same responsibilities but with a slight reduction in salary due to budget constraints requiring a reduction in the number of days worked to the 187 day minimum is not a “non-renewal” of a contract requiring notice of non-renewal pursuant to the Education Employment Procedures Law. (Attorney General’s Opinion to Bounds dated April 24, 2009)