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Senate Bill No. 506

(By Senator Sprouse)

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[Introduced March 10, 2005; referred to the Committee

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

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A BILL to amend and reenact §18-10A-2a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to providing that rehabilitation counselors employed by the Division of Rehabilitative Services shall be paid at an equivalent rate to public school counselors.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §18-10A-2a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 10A. REHABILITATION SERVICES.
§18-10A-2a. Rehabilitation teachers and rehabilitation counselors.
Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, beginning the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred ninety-six two thousand five, rehabilitation teachers and rehabilitation counselors shall be paid at the equivalent rate of pay of teachers, pursuant to section two, article four, of this chapter chapter eighteen-a of this code: Provided, That rehabilitation teachers and rehabilitation counselors shall be paid outside the public school support plan, defined in section one, article nine-a of this chapter, and shall receive the equivalent of the salary supplement paid to teachers employed by the county board within the county where the facility of the Division is located, pursuant to section five-a, article four, of this chapter chapter eighteen-a of this code. Provided, however, That any person who received an increase in salary, pursuant to section seventeen, article four, chapter eighteen-a of this code, prior to the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred ninety-six, shall continue to receive the increased salary level
For purposes of this section, the following words shall be construed as follows:
(a) "Rehabilitation teacher" means any person employed by the Division and who meets the certification requirements of section two-a, article three, chapter eighteen-a of this code, or who has been certified to teach by a state or nationally recognized organization, as approved by the office of the Secretary of Education and the Arts. Such teachers shall maintain current certification in their teaching areas in order to remain employed. Such persons also shall teach only in the areas in which they are certified: Provided, That teachers who were employed on or before the first day of April, one thousand nine hundred ninety-five, shall be exempt from the following requirements: (1) Certification pursuant to section two-a, article three, chapter eighteen-a of this code; (2) maintenance of current certification in their teaching areas in order to remain employed; and (3) teaching only in the areas in which they are certified.
(b) "Rehabilitation counselor" means any person meeting the education and certification standards set forth by the Division for the position of rehabilitation counselor and who is employed by the Division in that capacity.
(b) (c) "Equivalent rate of pay" means an annualized rate based on a two hundred forty-day teaching schedule teacher's daily rate of pay multiplied by two hundred sixty-one days, and includes pay for vacation and legal state holidays.



NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to provide that rehabilitation counselors employed by the Division of Rehabilitative Services shall be paid at an equivalent rate to public school counselors.

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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