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H. B. 2910


(By Delegates Williams, Perry, Beach,
Eldridge, Sumner, Tansill and Tabb)

[Introduced March 7, 2005; referred to the
Committee on Education then Finance.]



A BILL to amend and reenact §18A-4-8 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to salaries, wages and other benefits of school service personnel; adding new class title positions for administrative assistant, cook IV and sanitation plant operator II, all to be paid from county funds equivalent to certain pay grades.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §18A-4-8 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 4. SALARIES, WAGES AND OTHER BENEFITS.

§18A-4-8. Employment term and class titles of service personnel; definitions.

(a) The purpose of this section is to establish an employment term and class titles for service personnel. The employment term for service personnel may be no less than ten months. A month is defined as twenty employment days: Provided, That the county board may contract with all or part of these service personnel for a longer term. The beginning and closing dates of the ten-month employment term may not exceed forty-three weeks.
(b) Service personnel employed on a yearly or twelve-month basis may be employed by calendar months. Whenever there is a change in job assignment during the school year, the minimum pay scale and any county supplement are applicable.
(c) Service personnel employed in the same classification for more than the two hundred day minimum employment term shall be paid for additional employment at a daily rate of not less than the daily rate paid for the two hundred day minimum employment term.
(d) No service employee, without his or her agreement, may be required to report for work more than five days per week and no part of any working day may be accumulated by the employer for future work assignments, unless the employee agrees thereto.
(e) If an employee whose regular work week is scheduled from Monday through Friday agrees to perform any work assignments on a Saturday or Sunday, the employee shall be paid for at least one-half day of work for each day he or she reports for work, and if the employee works more than three and one-half hours on any Saturday or Sunday, he or she shall be paid for at least a full day of work for each day.
(f) Custodians, aides, maintenance, office and school lunch employees required to work a daily work schedule that is interrupted, that is, who do not work a continuous period in one day, shall be paid additional compensation equal to at least one eighth of their total salary as provided by their state minimum salary and any county pay supplement, and payable entirely from county funds: Provided, That when engaged in duties of transporting students exclusively, aides shall not be regarded as working an interrupted schedule. Maintenance personnel are defined as personnel who hold a classification title other than in a custodial, aide, school lunch, office or transportation category as provided in section one, article one of this chapter.
(g) Upon the change in classification or upon meeting the requirements of an advanced classification of or by any employee, the employee's salary shall be made to comply with the requirements of this article, and to any county salary schedule in excess of the minimum requirements of this article, based upon the employee's advanced classification and allowable years of employment.
(h) An employee's contract as provided in section five, article two of this chapter shall state the appropriate monthly salary the employee is to be paid, based on the class title as provided in this article and any county salary schedule in excess of the minimum requirements of this article.
(i) The column heads of the state minimum pay scale and class titles, set forth in section eight-a of this article, are defined as follows:
(1) "Pay grade" means the monthly salary applicable to class titles of service personnel;
(2) "Years of employment" means the number of years which an employee classified as service personnel has been employed by a board in any position prior to or subsequent to the effective date of this section and including service in the armed forces of the United States, if the employee were employed at the time of his or her induction. For the purpose of section eight-a of this article, years of employment shall be limited to the number of years shown and allowed under the state minimum pay scale as set forth in section eight-a of this article;
(3) "Class title" means the name of the position or job held by service personnel;
(4) "Accountant I" means personnel employed to maintain payroll records and reports and perform one or more operations relating to a phase of the total payroll;
(5) "Accountant II" means personnel employed to maintain accounting records and to be responsible for the accounting process associated with billing, budgets, purchasing and related operations;
(6) "Accountant III" means personnel who are employed in the county board office to manage and supervise accounts payable and/or payroll procedures;
(7) "Accounts payable supervisor" means personnel who are employed in the county board office who have primary responsibility for the accounts payable function, which may include the supervision of other personnel, and who have either completed twelve college hours of accounting courses from an accredited institution of higher education or have at least eight years of experience performing progressively difficult accounting tasks;
(8) "Administrative Assistant" means those personnel assigned to the county board of education office who perform administrative duties either independently or with minimal supervision by an administrator. These personnel shall be paid entirely from county funds an amount equivalent to personnel paid on the state minimum pay scale pay grade at "Pay Grade H";
(8) (9) "Aide I" means those personnel selected and trained for teacher-aide classifications such as monitor aide, clerical aide, classroom aide or general aide;
(9) (10) "Aide II" means those personnel referred to in the "Aide I" classification who have completed a training program approved by the State Board, or who hold a high school diploma or have received a general educational development certificate. Only personnel classified in an Aide II class title may be employed as an aide in any special education program;
(10) (11) "Aide III" means those personnel referred to in the "Aide I" classification who hold a high school diploma or a general educational development certificate and have completed six semester hours of college credit at an institution of higher education or are employed as an aide in a special education program and have one year's experience as an aide in special education;
(11) (12) "Aide IV" means personnel referred to in the "Aide I" classification who hold a high school diploma or a general educational development certificate and who have completed eighteen hours of state board-approved college credit at a regionally accredited institution of higher education, or who have completed fifteen hours of state board-approved college credit at a regionally accredited institution of higher education and successfully completed an in-service training program determined by the State Board to be the equivalent of three hours of college credit;
(12) (13) "Audiovisual technician" means personnel employed to perform minor maintenance on audiovisual equipment, films, supplies and the filling of requests for equipment;
(13) (14) "Auditor" means personnel employed to examine and verify accounts of individual schools and to assist schools and school personnel in maintaining complete and accurate records of their accounts;
(14) (15) "Autism mentor" means personnel who work with autistic students and who meet standards and experience to be determined by the State Board: Provided, That if any employee has held or holds an aide title and becomes employed as an autism mentor, the employee shall hold a multiclassification status that includes aide and autism mentor titles, in accordance with section eight-b of this article;
(15) (16) "Braille or sign language specialist" means personnel employed to provide braille and/or sign language assistance to students: Provided, That if any employee has held or holds an aide title and becomes employed as a braille or sign language specialist, the employee shall hold a multiclassification status that includes aide and braille or sign language specialist title, in accordance with section eight-b of this article;
(16) (17) "Bus operator" means personnel employed to operate school buses and other school transportation vehicles as provided by the State Board;
(17) (18) "Buyer" means personnel employed to review and write specifications, negotiate purchase bids and recommend purchase agreements for materials and services that meet predetermined specifications at the lowest available costs;
(18) (19) "Cabinetmaker" means personnel employed to construct cabinets, tables, bookcases and other furniture;
(19) (20) "Cafeteria manager" means personnel employed to direct the operation of a food services program in a school, including assigning duties to employees, approving requisitions for supplies and repairs, keeping inventories, inspecting areas to maintain high standards of sanitation, preparing financial reports and keeping records pertinent to food services of a school;
(20) (21) "Carpenter I" means personnel classified as a carpenter's helper;
(21) (22) "Carpenter II" means personnel classified as a journeyman carpenter;
(22) (23) "Chief mechanic" means personnel employed to be responsible for directing activities which ensure that student transportation or other board-owned vehicles are properly and safely maintained;
(23) (24) "Clerk I" means personnel employed to perform clerical tasks;
(24) (25) "Clerk II" means personnel employed to perform general clerical tasks, prepare reports and tabulations and operate office machines;
(25) (26) "Computer operator" means qualified personnel employed to operate computers;
(26) (27) "Cook I" means personnel employed as a cook's helper;
(27) (28) "Cook II" means personnel employed to interpret menus, to prepare and serve meals in a food service program of a school and shall include personnel who have been employed as a "Cook I" for a period of four years, if the personnel have not been elevated to this classification within that period of time;
(28) (29) "Cook III" means personnel employed to prepare and serve meals, make reports, prepare requisitions for supplies, order equipment and repairs for a food service program of a school system;
(30) "Cook IV" means personnel who are employed to prepare meals in the centralized kitchen that are transported to satellite schools. A Cook IV shall assist where needed in preparing reports, requisitions for supplies and inventory of the centralized kitchen. These personnel shall be paid entirely from county funds an amount equivalent to personnel paid on the state minimum pay scale pay grade at "Pay Grade D";

(29) (31) "Crew leader" means personnel employed to organize the work for a crew of maintenance employees to carry out assigned projects;
(30) (32) "Custodian I" means personnel employed to keep buildings clean and free of refuse;
(31) (33) "Custodian II" means personnel employed as a watchman or groundsman;
(32) (34) "Custodian III" means personnel employed to keep buildings clean and free of refuse, to operate the heating or cooling systems and to make minor repairs;
(33) (35) "Custodian IV" means personnel employed as head custodians. In addition to providing services as defined in "custodian III," their duties may include supervising other custodian personnel;
(34) (36) "Director or coordinator of services" means personnel who are assigned to direct a department or division. Nothing in this subdivision may prohibit professional personnel or professional educators as defined in section one, article one of this chapter, from holding this class title, but professional personnel may not be defined or classified as service personnel unless the professional personnel held a service personnel title under this section prior to holding class title of "director or coordinator of services." Directors or coordinators of service positions shall be classified as either a professional personnel or service personnel position for state aid formula funding purposes and funding for directors or coordinators of service positions shall be based upon the employment status of the director or coordinator either as a professional personnel or service personnel;
(35) (37) "Draftsman" means personnel employed to plan, design and produce detailed architectural/engineering drawings;
(36) (38) "Electrician I" means personnel employed as an apprentice electrician helper or who holds an electrician helper license issued by the State Fire Marshal;
(37) (39) "Electrician II" means personnel employed as an electrician journeyman or who holds a journeyman electrician license issued by the State Fire Marshal;
(38) (40) "Electronic technician I" means personnel employed at the apprentice level to repair and maintain electronic equipment;
(39) (41) "Electronic technician II" means personnel employed at the journeyman level to repair and maintain electronic equipment;
(40) (42) "Executive secretary" means personnel employed as the county school superintendent's secretary or as a secretary who is assigned to a position characterized by significant administrative duties;
(41) (43) "Food services supervisor" means qualified personnel not defined as professional personnel or professional educators in section one, article one of this chapter, employed to manage and supervise a county school system's food service program. The duties would include preparing in-service training programs for cooks and food service employees, instructing personnel in the areas of quantity cooking with economy and efficiency and keeping aggregate records and reports;
(42) (44) "Foremen" means skilled persons employed for supervision of personnel who work in the areas of repair and maintenance of school property and equipment;
(43) (45) "General maintenance" means personnel employed as helpers to skilled maintenance employees and to perform minor repairs to equipment and buildings of a county school system;
(44) (46) "Glazier" means personnel employed to replace glass or other materials in windows and doors and to do minor carpentry tasks;
(45) (47) "Graphic artist" means personnel employed to prepare graphic illustrations;
(46) (48) "Groundsmen" means personnel employed to perform duties that relate to the appearance, repair and general care of school grounds in a county school system. Additional assignments may include the operation of a small heating plant and routine cleaning duties in buildings;
(47) (49) "Handyman" means personnel employed to perform routine manual tasks in any operation of the county school system;
(48) (50) "Heating and air conditioning mechanic I" means personnel employed at the apprentice level to install, repair and maintain heating and air conditioning plants and related electrical equipment;
(49) (51) "Heating and air conditioning mechanic II" means personnel employed at the journeyman level to install, repair and maintain heating and air conditioning plants and related electrical equipment;
(50) (52) "Heavy equipment operator" means personnel employed to operate heavy equipment;
(51) (53) "Inventory supervisor" means personnel who are employed to supervise or maintain operations in the receipt, storage, inventory and issuance of materials and supplies;
(52) (54) "Key punch operator" means qualified personnel employed to operate key punch machines or verifying machines;
(53) (55) "Locksmith" means personnel employed to repair and maintain locks and safes;
(54) (56) "Lubrication man" means personnel employed to lubricate and service gasoline or diesel-powered equipment of a county school system;
(55) (57) "Machinist" means personnel employed to perform machinist tasks which include the ability to operate a lathe, planer, shaper, threading machine and wheel press. These personnel should also have, the ability to work from blueprints and drawings;
(56) (58) "Mail clerk" means personnel employed to receive, sort, dispatch, deliver or otherwise handle letters, parcels and other mail;
(57) (59) "Maintenance clerk" means personnel employed to maintain and control a stocking facility to keep adequate tools and supplies on hand for daily withdrawal for all school maintenance crafts;
(58) (60) "Mason" means personnel employed to perform tasks connected with brick and block laying and carpentry tasks related to such laying;
(59) (61) "Mechanic" means personnel employed who can independently perform skilled duties in the maintenance and repair of automobiles, school buses and other mechanical and mobile equipment to use in a county school system;
(60) (62) "Mechanic assistant" means personnel employed as a mechanic apprentice and helper;
(61) (63) "Multiclassification" means personnel employed to perform tasks that involve the combination of two or more class titles in this section. In these instances the minimum salary scale shall be the higher pay grade of the class titles involved;
(62) (64) "Office equipment repairman I" means personnel employed as an office equipment repairman apprentice or helper;
(63) (65) "Office equipment repairman II" means personnel responsible for servicing and repairing all office machines and equipment. Personnel are responsible for parts being purchased necessary for the proper operation of a program of continuous maintenance and repair;
(64) (66) "Painter" means personnel employed to perform duties of painting, finishing and decorating of wood, metal and concrete surfaces of buildings, other structures, equipment, machinery and furnishings of a county school system;
(65) (67) "Paraprofessional" means a person certified pursuant to section two-a, article three of this chapter to perform duties in a support capacity including, but not limited to, facilitating in the instruction and direct or indirect supervision of pupils under the direction of a principal, a teacher or another designated professional educator: Provided, That no person employed on the effective date of this section in the position of an aide may be reduced in force or transferred to create a vacancy for the employment of a paraprofessional: Provided, however, That if any employee has held or holds an aide title and becomes employed as a paraprofessional, the employee shall hold a multiclassification status that includes aide and paraprofessional titles in accordance with section eight-b of this article: Provided further, That once an employee who holds an aide title becomes certified as a paraprofessional and is required to perform duties that may not be performed by an aide without paraprofessional certification, he or she shall receive the paraprofessional title pay grade;
(66) (68) "Payroll supervisor" means personnel who are employed in the county board office who have primary responsibility for the payroll function, which may include the supervision of other personnel, and who have either completed twelve college hours of accounting from an accredited institution of higher education or have at least eight years of experience performing progressively difficult accounting tasks;
(67) (69) "Plumber I" means personnel employed as an apprentice plumber and helper;
(68) (70) "Plumber II" means personnel employed as a journeyman plumber;
(69) (71) "Printing operator" means personnel employed to operate duplication equipment, and as required, to cut, collate, staple, bind and shelve materials;
(70) (72) "Printing supervisor" means personnel employed to supervise the operation of a print shop;
(71) (73) "Programmer" means personnel employed to design and prepare programs for computer operation;
(72) (74) "Roofing/sheet metal mechanic" means personnel employed to install, repair, fabricate and maintain roofs, gutters, flashing and duct work for heating and ventilation;
(73) (75) "Sanitation plant operator" means personnel employed to operate and maintain a water or sewage treatment plant to ensure the safety of the plant's effluent for human consumption or environmental protection;
(76) "Sanitation plant operator II" means personnel employed to operate and maintain a water or sewage treatment plant to ensure the safety of the plant's effluent for human consumption or environmental protection, and shall include personnel who have been employed as "sanitation plant operator" for a period of seven years. These personnel shall be paid entirely from county funds an amount equivalent to personnel paid on the state minimum pay scale pay grade at "pay grade G".
(74) (77) "School bus supervisor" means qualified personnel employed to assist in selecting school bus operators and routing and scheduling of school buses, operate a bus when needed, relay instructions to bus operators, plan emergency routing of buses and promoting good relationships with parents, pupils, bus operators and other employees;
(75) (78) "Secretary I" means personnel employed to transcribe from notes or mechanical equipment, receive callers, perform clerical tasks, prepare reports and operate office machines;
(76) (79) "Secretary II" means personnel employed in any elementary, secondary, kindergarten, nursery, special education, vocational or any other school as a secretary. The duties may include performing general clerical tasks, transcribing from notes or stenotype or mechanical equipment or a sound-producing machine, preparing reports, receiving callers and referring them to proper persons, operating office machines, keeping records and handling routine correspondence. There is nothing implied in this subdivision that would prevent the employees from holding or being elevated to a higher classification;
(77) (80) "Secretary III" means personnel assigned to the county board office administrators in charge of various instructional, maintenance, transportation, food services, operations and health departments, federal programs or departments with particular responsibilities of purchasing and financial control or any personnel who have served in a position which meets the definition of "secretary II" or "secretary III" in this section for eight years;
(78) (81) "Supervisor of maintenance" means skilled personnel not defined as professional personnel or professional educators as in section one, article one of this chapter. The responsibilities would include directing the upkeep of buildings and shops, issuing instructions to subordinates relating to cleaning, repairs and maintenance of all structures and mechanical and electrical equipment of a board;
(79) (82) "Supervisor of transportation" means qualified personnel employed to direct school transportation activities, properly and safely, and to supervise the maintenance and repair of vehicles, buses and other mechanical and mobile equipment used by the county school system;
(80) (83) "Switchboard operator-receptionist" means personnel employed to refer incoming calls, to assume contact with the public, to direct and to give instructions as necessary, to operate switchboard equipment and to provide clerical assistance;
(81) (84) "Truck driver" means personnel employed to operate light or heavy duty gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles;
(82) (85) "Warehouse clerk" means personnel employed to be responsible for receiving, storing, packing and shipping goods;
(83) (86) "Watchman" means personnel employed to protect school property against damage or theft. Additional assignments may include operation of a small heating plant and routine cleaning duties;
(84) (87) "Welder" means personnel employed to provide acetylene or electric welding services for a school system; and
(85) (88) "WVEIS data entry and administrative clerk" means personnel employed to work under the direction of a school principal to assist the school counselor or counselors in the performance of administrative duties, to perform data entry tasks on the West Virginia education information system, and to perform other administrative duties assigned by the principal.
(j) In addition to the compensation provided for in section eight-a of this article, for service personnel, each service employee is, notwithstanding any provisions in this code to the contrary, entitled to all service personnel employee rights, privileges and benefits provided under this or any other chapter of this code without regard to the employee's hours of employment or the methods or sources of compensation.
(k) Service personnel whose years of employment exceed the number of years shown and provided for under the state minimum pay scale set forth in section eight-a of this article may not be paid less than the amount shown for the maximum years of employment shown and provided for in the classification in which he or she is employed.
(l) The county boards shall review each service personnel employee job classification annually and shall reclassify all service employees as required by the job classifications. The State Superintendent of Schools may withhold state funds appropriated pursuant to this article for salaries for service personnel who are improperly classified by the county boards. Further, the State Superintendent shall order county boards to correct immediately any improper classification matter and with the assistance of the Attorney General shall take any legal action necessary against any county board to enforce the order.
(m) No service employee, without his or her written consent, may be reclassified by class title, nor may a service employee, without his or her written consent, be relegated to any condition of employment which would result in a reduction of his or her salary, rate of pay, compensation or benefits earned during the current fiscal year or which would result in a reduction of his or her salary, rate of pay, compensation or benefits for which he or she would qualify by continuing in the same job position and classification held during that fiscal year and subsequent years.
(n) Any board failing to comply with the provisions of this article may be compelled to do so by mandamus, and is liable to any party prevailing against the board for court costs and the prevailing party's reasonable attorney fee, as determined and established by the court.
(o) Notwithstanding any provisions in this code to the contrary, service personnel who hold a continuing contract in a specific job classification and who are physically unable to perform the job's duties as confirmed by a physician chosen by the employee shall be given priority status over any employee not holding a continuing contract in filling other service personnel job vacancies if qualified as provided in section eight-e of this article.




NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to
add new class title positions for administrative assistant, cook IV and sanitation plant operator II, all to be paid from county funds equivalent to certain pay grades.

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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