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Enrolled Version - Final Version House Bill 2578 History

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HB2578 enr
ENROLLED


Committee Substitute

for


H. B. 2578


(By Delegates Williams, Crosier and Sumner)

[Passed April 9, 2005; in effect July 1, 2005]


AN ACT to repeal §18-2E-3e of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; and to amend and reenact §18-9A-5a and §18-9A-5b of said code, all relating to repealing section creating the West Virginia Science Education Enhancement Initiative Grant Program; increasing the ratios of professional and service personnel to students in net enrollment; establishing the ratios for certain school years; and making certain findings; stating legislative intent to examine state basic foundation program and address staffing and other needs as indicated by examination.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §18-2E-3e of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be repealed; and that §18-9A-5a of said code be amended and reenacted, all to read as follows: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. These ratios are in addition to the ratios provided 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) 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 these 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
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 use 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. 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
initially was 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 also have 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 examine further 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.
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