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CHAPTER 223 AN ACT TO PROVIDE A LIMITED FORM OF CONTINUING CON- TRACT FOR PRINCIPALS AND TEACHERS IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM. The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:
Amend G. S. 115-142 of Volume 3A (Replacement 1960) of the General Statutes of North Carolina by rewriting said Section so that the same shall hereafter read as follows: Sec. 115-142. Contracts with Teachers, Principals, and Other Professional Employees; Termination of Contracts; Continuing Contracts; Notice. (a) Any person other than the superintendent desiring election as a teacher, principal, or other professional employee in a county or city school administrative unit shall file his or her application in writing with the county or city superintendent of such unit on such forms and in such manner as the superintendent and board of education may prescribe. A professional employee is defined as a person holding a position for which the State Board of Education has established certification requirements. It shall be the duty of all county and city boards of education to cause written contracts on forms to be furnished by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to be executed by all teachers, principals, and other professional employees before any salary vouchers shall be paid. The contracts shall be executed in duplicate, with one copy being retained by the superintendent and the other copy being retained by the employee, and no person shall be considered an employee unless he holds a properly executed contract. Proposed contracts tendered prospective employees must be executed and returned to the superintendent within 15 calendar days after date of delivery to the individual or to the post office or otherwise they shall be considered rejected. No county or city board of education shall enter into a contract for the employment of more personnel than are allotted to that particular administrative unit by the State Board of Education unless provision has been made for the payment of the salaries of such personnel from local funds. All contracts shall be subject to the allotment of personnel by the State Board of Education and _ subject further to the condition that when the position for which the employee is employed is terminated the contract is likewise terminated. (b) All contracts now or hereafter entered into between a county or city board of education and a teacher, principal, or other professional employee shall continue from year to year unless terminated as hereinafter set forth. When it shall have been determined by a county or city board of education that an employee is not to be retained for the next succeeding school year it shall be the duty of the county or city superintendent to notify the employee, by registered letter deposited in mails addressed to last known address or business address of employee prior to the close of the school year, of the termination of his contract. When it shall have been determined that the services of an employee are not acceptable for the remainder of a current school year, and that the employee should be dismissed and relieved of his position immediately, the provisions and procedures of G. 8S. 115-67 and G. S. 115-145 shall be applicable. 272