Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:
Section 1. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2004)
Local and regional boards of education that employ athletic coaches shall require the coaches’ immediate supervisor to evaluate such coaches on an annual basis and to provide such coaches with copies of such evaluations.
Any local or regional board of education acting directly, or through its duly authorized agent, that terminates or declines to renew the coaching contract of an athletic coach who has served in the same coaching position for three or more consecutive school years shall inform such coach of such decision no later than ninety days after the completion of the sport season covered by the contract. Such coach shall have an opportunity to appeal such decision to the local or regional board of education in a manner prescribed by such local or regional board of education. Nothing in this subsection shall prohibit a local or regional board of education from terminating the coaching contract of an athletic coach at any time (1) for reasons or moral misconduct, insubordination or a violation of the rules of the board of education, or (2) because a sport has been cancelled by the board of education.
For the purposes of this session, “athletic coach” means any person holding a coaching permit who is hired by a local or regional board of education to coach for a sport season.
Approved on June 8, 2004