Senate Bill No. 266
(By Senators Miller, Whitlow, Sharpe, Blatnik and Deem)
[Introduced January 31, 1996; referred to the Committee
on Education; and then to the Committee on Finance.]
A BILL to amend and reenact section three, article four, chapter
eighteen-a of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine
hundred thirty-one, as amended, relating to education;
salaries, wages and other benefits; and increasing the state
minimum annual salary increments for principals and
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section three, article four, chapter eighteen-a of the
code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as
amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 4. SALARIES, WAGES AND OTHER BENEFITS.
§18A-4-3. State minimum annual salary increments for principals
and assistant principals.
In addition to any salary increments for principals and
assistant principals, in effect on the first day of January,
thousand nine hundred eighty-six, one thousand nine hundred
ninety-six and paid from local funds, and in addition to the
county schedule in effect for teachers, the county board shall
pay each principal a principal's salary increment and each
assistant principal an assistant principal's salary increment as
prescribed by this section commencing on the first day of July,
one thousand nine hundred eighty-six, one thousand nine hundred
ninety-six from state funds appropriated therefor.
State funds for this purpose shall be paid within the West
Virginia public school support plan in accordance with article
nine-a, chapter eighteen of this code.
The salary increment herein for each principal shall be
determined by multiplying the basic salary for teachers in
accordance with the classification of certification and of
training of said principal as prescribed in this article, by the
appropriate percentage rate prescribed herein according to the
number of teachers supervised.
STATE MINIMUM SALARY INCREMENT RATES FOR PRINCIPALS
No. of Teachers
1996-97 1997-98 1998-99
5.0% 6.0% 7.0% 8.0%
5.5% 6.5% 7.5% 8.5%
6.0% 7.0% 8.0% 9.0%
6.5% 7.5% 8.5% 9.5%
7.0% 8.0% 9.0% 10.0%
58 and up
7.5% 8.5% 9.5% 10.5%
The salary increment herein for each assistant principal
shall be determined in the same manner as that for principals,
utilizing the number of teachers supervised by the principal
under whose direction the assistant principal works, except that
the percentage rate shall be fifty percent of the rate prescribed
for said principal.
Salaries for employment beyond the minimum employment term
shall be at the same daily rate as the salaries for the minimum
For the purpose of determining the number of teachers
supervised by a principal, the county board shall use data for
the second school month of the prior school term and the number
of teachers shall be interpreted to mean the total number of
professional educators assigned to each school on a full-time
equivalency basis: Provided, That due to a change in circumstances because of consolidation or catastrophe, the county
board of education shall determine what is a reasonable number
of supervised teachers in order to establish the appropriate
increment percentage rate.
No county shall reduce local funds allocated for salary
increments for principals and assistant principals in effect on
the first day of January, one thousand nine hundred eighty-six,
and used in supplementing the state minimum salaries as provided
for in this article, unless forced to do so by defeat of a
special levy, or a loss in assessed values or events over which
it has no control and for which the county board has received
approval from the state board prior to making such reduction.
Nothing herein shall prevent a county board from providing,
in a uniform manner, salary increments greater than those
required by this section.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to increase the salary
index of principals by one percentage point for each of the next
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from
the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that
would be added.