Senate Bill No. 304
(By Senators Wagner and Miller)
[Introduced February 5, 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 increased salary
increments paid to principals and assistant principals.
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, one thousand nine hundred
eighty-six 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 ninety-six, from state funds appropriated
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
said the 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
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
said the 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.
shall may 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
ninety-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 the
Should such a loss of funds occur, county boards of
education shall implement a supplemental salary reduction plan so
that principals, assistant principals and all other
administrative personnel receive a percentage salary reduction
equal to the percentage salary reduction placed upon teachers for
Should local or state funds subsequently become available to restore full or partial supplements for teachers, then salary
supplements will likewise be restored to principals and other
administrative personnel by using the same percentage formula as
that used to restore supplements for teachers.
shall may 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
three years and to use a single percentage countywide when
counties are forced to reduce supplements.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken
from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language
that would be added.