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Introduced Version Senate Bill 475 History

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Senate Bill No. 475

(By Senator Barnes)

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[Introduced March 7, 2005; referred to the Committee

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

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A BILL to amend and reenact §18-9A-15 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to dedicated funding for counties with both increased enrollment and a net enrollment of one thousand four hundred or fewer students.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §18-9A-15 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 9A. PUBLIC SCHOOL SUPPORT.

§18-9A-15. Allowance for increased enrollment.
To provide for the support of increased net enrollments in the counties in a school year over the net enrollments used in the computation of total state aid for that year, there shall be appropriated for that purpose from the General Revenue Fund an amount equal to the average total state aid per net pupil multiplied by the total of all of the increases in the net enrollments of the counties made by comparing the most recent reports of net enrollment for the second school month to the immediately previous year's reports for the same school month.
Upon determination of the several increases in the respective counties' net enrollments, as of the close of the second school month, each county showing such an increase shall be is allocated an amount equal to that county's average per net pupil total state aid multiplied by the increase in that county's net enrollment determined as provided heretofore. Such These allocations shall be distributed not later than the thirty-first day of December of each year to the counties having increases in net enrollment as heretofore provided. If the amount appropriated for this purpose shall is not be sufficient to provide payment in full for the total of these several allocations, each county allocation shall be reduced to an amount which is proportionate to the appropriation compared to the total of the several allocations, and the allocations as thus adjusted shall be distributed to the counties as provided in this section: Provided, That the Governor shall request a supplemental appropriation at the next legislative session for the reduced amount.
No provision of this section shall be construed to in any way affect the allocation of moneys for educational purposes to a county under other provisions of law.
Except for those students who are enrolled in special education programs, students who have not attained the age of five prior to the first day of September shall not be included for any purpose of this section.
Nothing in this section shall be construed to require any specific level of funding by the Legislature.
Those counties with less than one thousand four hundred net enrollment shall be eligible for consideration for supplemental appropriations for capacity building. The State Superintendent shall receive petitions for supplemental appropriations from eligible counties that establish verified lack of capacity of the county to provide direct services to students mandated by state law or State Board policy. The State Superintendent shall make appropriations to eligible counties after verifying need and reasonable local effort to meet mandated requirements.





NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to dedicate funding for both the counties with increased enrollment and those with a net enrollment of one thousand four hundred or fewer students.

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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