I'm not sure if anyone can help, but I feel really confused and frustrated. I came back from Korea in September and signed a contract at the school I'm at in September in a rural Wisconsin district. Most teachers signed and started in August. All has been going well until now. I've been getting good reviews, I'm on good terms with everyone, but this weekend I received a preliminary notice of non-renewal from him. He told me that since I did not technically begin at the beginning of the school year, my contract could not be renewed. I don't understand why a new contract can't just automatically be re-offered as the old contract I signed in September expires. He then informed me that he would put in a good word for me with the board, and that I would have to reapply for the position. He then stated that he told me this when I first applied, which he did not, or I would not have taken the position. I've been looking up to find anything on Wisconsin law regarding this (being forced to non-renew a teacher who started after the beginning of the year) but I have not seen anything. Should I resign without prejudice instead of opting for termination? Has anyone been in a similar circumstance? I feel very frustrated and confused by this. Should I even ask this principal for a letter of recommendation?