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Introduced Version House Bill 2140 History

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H. B. 2140


(By Delegate Perry)

[Introduced February 10, 2005 ; referred to the

Committee on Education then Finance.]





A BILL to amend and reenact §18-9A-4 and §18-9A-5 of the code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, all relating to increasing the foundation allowances for professional educators to fifty-five and service personnel to thirty-seven for each one thousand students.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That §18-9A-4 and §18-9A-5 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-4. Foundation allowance for professional educators.

The basic foundation allowance to the county for professional educators shall be the amount of money required to pay the State minimum salaries, in accordance with provisions of article four, chapter eighteen-a of this code, to the personnel employed: Provided, That in making this computation no county shall receive an allowance for the personnel which number is in excess of educators fifty-three and one-half fifty-five professional educators to each one thousand students in adjusted enrollment: Provided, however, That any county not qualifying under the provision of section fourteen of this article is eligible for a growth rate in professional personnel in any one year not to exceed twenty percent of its total potential increase under this provision, except that in no case shall the limit be fewer than five professionals: Provided further, That the number of and the allowance for personnel paid in part by state and county funds shall be prorated: And provided further, That where two or more counties join together in support of a vocational or comprehensive high school or any other program or service, the professional educators for the school or program may be prorated among the participating counties on the basis of each one's enrollment therein and that the personnel shall be considered within the above-stated limit: And provided further, That in the school year beginning the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred eighty-eight, two thousand five and in each school year thereafter, each county board shall establish and maintain a minimum ratio of fifty fifty-five professional instructional personnel per one thousand students in adjusted enrollment: And provided further, That no permanent substitute shall be included in the minimum ratio for professional instructional personnel. Permanent substitutes may be included in the computation for professional educators. For the purposes of this section, permanent substitute means a full-time employee who performs the duties of a day-to-day substitute: And provided further, That no county shall have less than a total of five principals and central office administrators. Any county board which does not establish and maintain this minimum ratio shall suffer a pro rata reduction in the allowance for professional educators under this section: And provided further, That no county shall be penalized if it has increases in enrollment during that school year: And provided further, That any county board which does not establish and maintain this minimum ratio shall utilize any and all allocations to it by provision of section fourteen of this article solely to employ professional instructional personnel until the minimum ratio is attained. 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. It is the intent of the Legislature that in planning reductions in force to comply with reduced ratios of professional educators to students in adjusted enrollment, county boards shall consider positions for elimination in the following order: (1) Central office administrators; (2) assistant principals; and (3) principals.
No county shall increase the number of administrative personnel employed as either professional educators or pay grade "H" service personnel above the number which were employed, or for which positions were posted, on the thirtieth day of June, one thousand nine hundred ninety, and, therefore, county boards shall whenever possible utilize classroom teachers for curriculum administrative positions through the use of modified or extended contracts: Provided, That the Governor shall submit a recommendation to the Legislature at the beginning of the regular session thereof in the year one thousand nine hundred ninety-one, which proposes a method for establishing a responsible level of administrative support for each county school system and a pay scale differentiation on a daily rate between classroom positions and administrative positions when all other factors are equal.
§18-9A-5. Foundation allowance for service personnel.

The basic foundation allowance to the county for service personnel shall be the amount of money required to pay the annual state minimum salaries in accordance with the provisions of article four, chapter eighteen-a of this code, to such service personnel employed: Provided, That no county shall receive an allowance for an amount in excess of thirty-four thirty-seven service personnel per one thousand students in adjusted enrollment: Provided, however, That the State superintendent of schools is authorized in accordance with rules and regulations established by the State board and upon request of a county superintendent to waive the maximum ratio of thirty-four thirty-seven service personnel per one thousand students in adjusted enrollment and the twenty percent per year growth cap provided in this section, to the extent appropriations are provided, in those cases where the State superintendent determines that student population density and miles of bus route driven or the transportation of students to a county or a multicounty vocational-technical center justify the waiver, except that no waiver shall be granted to any county whose financial statement shows a net balance in general current expense funds greater than three percent at the end of the previous fiscal year: Provided further, That on or before the first day of each regular session of the Legislature, the state board, through the state superintendent, shall make to the Legislature a full report concerning the number of waivers granted and the fiscal impact related thereto. Every county shall utilize methods other than reduction in force, such as attrition and early retirement, before implementing their reductions in force policy to comply with the limitations of this section.
For any county which has in excess of thirty-four thirty-seven service personnel per one thousand students in adjusted enrollment, the allowance shall be computed based upon the average state minimum pay scale salary of all service personnel in the county: Provided, That for any county having fewer than thirty-four thirty-seven service personnel per one thousand students in adjusted enrollment, in any one year, the number of service personnel used in making this computation may be increased the succeeding years by no more than twenty percent per year of its total potential increase under this provision, except that in no case shall the limit be fewer than two service personnel until the county attains the maximum ratio set forth: Provided, however, That where two or more counties join together in support of a vocational or comprehensive high school or any other program or service, the service personnel for the school or program may be prorated among the participating counties on the basis of each one's enrollment therein and that the personnel shall be considered within the above-stated limit.

NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to increase the foundation allowance of professional educators per one thousand students from the current 53½ to 55 and to also increase the foundation allowance of service personnel per one thousand students from the current 34 to 37.

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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