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HB2578 SUB
Committee Substitute

for


H. B. 2578


(By Delegates Williams, Crosier and Sumner)
[Originating in the Committee on Education.]
(March 1, 2005)



A BILL to amend and reenact §18-9A-5a and §18-9A-5b of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, all relating to increasing the ratios of professional and service personnel to students in net enrollment; establishing the ratios for certain school years; making certain findings; stating legislative intent to examine state basic foundation program and address staffing and other needs as indicated by examination; and removing limitation to using ratios for intended increases in personnel.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §18-9A-5a and §18-9A-5b of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted, all to read as follows:
ARTICLE 9A. PUBLIC SCHOOL SUPPORT.

§18-9A-5a. Ratio of foundation allowances for professional educators and service personnel to net enrollment.

(a) The purpose of this section is to establish maximum ratios between the numbers of professional educators and service personnel in the counties which are funded through the public school support plan and the net enrollment in the counties, such ratios are in addition to the ratios provided for in sections four and five of this article. It is the intent of the Legislature to adjust these ratios pursuant to legislative act as may be appropriate when additional personnel are needed to perform additional duties.
(b) Commencing with the school year one thousand nine hundred eighty-nine--ninety Beginning on the first day of July, two thousand five, and each school year thereafter, in computing the basic foundation allowance to a county for professional educators and the basic foundation allowance to a county for service personnel under sections four and five of this article, a county shall not receive an allowance for such personnel which number per one thousand students in net enrollment is in excess of the number of professional educators and the number of service personnel in the county computed as follows:
Maximum professional
Maximum service

educators per 1000
personnel per 1000

net enrollment the
net enrollment the

For the
preceding year
preceding year

school

year
1998-99 74.0 43.5
Maximum service Maximum service
Personal per 1000 personnel per 1000

Maximum professional net enrollment the net enrollment the
For the educators per 1000 preceding year for preceding year for
school year net enrollment the each high density each low density
1999-2000 preceding year county county
and thereafter 74.0 43.6 44.5
Maximum professional Maximum service
educators per 1000 personnel per 1000
students in students in
For the net enrollment
net enrollment
school High density Low density High density Low density
year
County County County County
2005-2006
74.10 74.20 43.73 44.69
2006-2007 74.20 74.40 43.85 44.89
and thereafter 74.30 74.60 43.97 45.10

(c) Every county shall utilize methods other than reductions in force, such as attrition and early retirement, before implementing their reductions in force policy to comply with the limitations of this section.
§18-9A-5b. Foundation allowance for increasing professional and service personnel positions.

(a) Commencing with the school year beginning on the first day of July, two thousand five, two million five hundred thousand dollars shall be appropriated for the purpose of increasing the ratios of professional and service personnel per one thousand students in net enrollment of the counties who are paid from state funds through the state basic foundation program. For each of the eleven following school years, an additional two million five hundred thousand dollars shall be added to the appropriation for this purpose.
(b) The Legislature finds that the state basic foundation program
was initially enacted during the regular session of the Legislature, one thousand nine hundred seventy-one, as a seven-step formula driven largely by student enrollment. Although it has been amended many times over the intervening years to effect program improvements, respond to changing enrollment patterns and accommodate budgetary priorities, it remains a formula driven primarily by student enrollment. As such, the state basic foundation program has been credited with providing base level funding from the state which is very equitable on a per student basis among the county school systems. However, the intervening years have also seen substantial changes in the educational environment, the most profound of which include the decline in student enrollment from about four hundred four thousand students when the state basic foundation program was created to about two hundred seventy-eight thousand students in the two thousand five school year, the growth of technology delivered instruction, the advent of performance-based accountability and the accompanying responsibility to target resources to make needed improvements. Therefore, as it pursues the objectives set forth in subsection (a) of this section, it is the intent of the Legislature to further examine the state basic foundation program in context with the changing educational environment and address the staffing and other needs of the public schools as may be indicated through that examination. The increases in the ratios of professional and service personnel per one thousand students in net enrollment shall be made in a manner which reflects the greater need of counties with a low student population density for additional personnel.


Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.
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