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Introduced Version House Bill 2578 History

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H. B. 2578


(By Delegates Williams, Crosier and Sumner)
[Introduced February 21, 2005; referred to the
Committee on Education then the Finance.]




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 and establishing the ratios for certain school years.

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
2004-2005 74.0 43.6 44.5
Maximum professional Maximum service
educators per 1000 personnel per 1000
net enrollment the net enrollment the
For the preceding year preceding year
school High density Low density High density Low density
year County County County County
2005-200674.1074.2043.7344.69
2006-200774.2074.4043.8544.89
2007-200874.3074.6043.9745.10
2008-200974.4074.8144.1045.30
2009-201074.5075.0344.2345.50
2010-201174.6075.4044.3645.70
(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.

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 as set forth in section five-a of this article. 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. 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.




NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to
increase the ratios of professional and service personnel to students in net enrollment and establishing the ratios for certain school years.

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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