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Senate Bill No. 180

(By Senators Dempsey, White and Barnes)

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[Introduced February 14, 2005; referred to the Committee

on Education; and then to the Committee on Finance.]

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A BILL to amend and reenact §18A-2-9 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to hiring of assistant principals; and the minimum employment terms for principals, assistant principals and secretaries.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §18A-2-9 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2. SCHOOL PERSONNEL.

§18A-2-9. Duties and responsibilities of school principals; assistant principals.

Upon the recommendation of the county superintendent of schools, the county board of education shall employ and assign, through written contract, public school principals who shall supervise the management and the operation of the school or schools to which they are assigned. Such Principals shall hold valid administrative certificates appropriate for their assignments.
Beginning on the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred ninety-four, the prerequisites for issuance of an administrative certificate for principals shall include that the person has successfully completed at least six credit hours of approved course work in public school management techniques at an accredited institution of higher education and has successfully completed education and training in evaluation skills through the center for professional development, or equivalent education and training in evaluation skills approved by the State Board.
Under the supervision of the superintendent and in accordance with the rules and regulations of the county board of education, the principal shall assume administrative and instructional supervisory responsibility for the planning, management, operation and evaluation of the total educational program of the school or schools to which he or she is assigned.
Beginning on July 1, 2005, and thereafter, each county shall establish a minimum employment term for principals consisting of two hundred twenty days and a minimum employment term for assistant principals of two hundred fifteen days.
As a minimum, each county shall employ one secretary in each school who has the same employment term as the principal for whom he or she works.

The principal may submit recommendations to the superintendent regarding the appointment, assignment, promotion, transfer and dismissal of all personnel assigned to the school or schools under said principal's control. Such A recommendation shall be submitted in writing as prescribed by the superintendent.
The principal shall perform such any other duties as may be assigned by the superintendent pursuant to the rules and regulations of the county board of education.
Upon recommendation of the county superintendent of schools, the county board of education shall, when needed a school enrollment equals or exceeds three hundred students, employ and assign, through written contract, assistant principals who shall work under the direction of the school principal. Such Assistant principals shall hold valid administrative certificates appropriate for their assignments.
On or before the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred eighty-nine and continuing thereafter, each county board of education shall assign a certificated principal to each school and no principal may be assigned more than two schools: Provided, That where enrollment exceeds four hundred students there will be no additional schools assigned to that principal.
No principal assigned to more than one school may be assigned any teaching duties except on a temporary emergency basis. No county shall have more teaching principalships or multi-school principalships than was present on the first day of January, one thousand nine hundred eighty-eight.
On or before the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred ninety-three and continuing thereafter, each county board of education shall employ a full-time supervising principal at each school whose net enrollment equals or exceeds one hundred seventy students. A principal assigned to a school with a net enrollment equal to or greater than one hundred seventy students may not be assigned any teaching duties except on a temporary emergency basis. When a principal is assigned on a full-time basis to a school whose net enrollment is more than seventy-five students but less than one hundred seventy students, such the principal shall have has a minimum of twenty hours per week for nonteaching duties. A principal assigned on a full-time basis to a school with seventy-five students or less shall have has a minimum of ten hours per week for nonteaching duties: Provided, That nothing in this section prohibits a county board of education from assigning a full-time supervising principal to a school with a net enrollment of less than one hundred seventy students.
Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to reduce or limit the rights and privileges of principals and assistant principals as teachers under the provisions of section one, article one, chapter eighteen of the Code of West Virginia as amended; section one, article one, chapter eighteen-a; and other provisions of this code: Provided, That on or before the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred ninety-three, the State Board of Education shall may not deny a county board of education the right to place a principal in a school with less than one hundred seventy students.


NOTE: The purpose of this bill is related to hiring assistant principals and the minimum employment terms for principals, assistant principals and secretaries. It also requires employment of assistant principals for school enrollments over 300.

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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