Senate Bill No. 583
(By Senators Jackson, Bailey, Blatnik, Dugan, Grubb, Oliverio,
[Originating in the Committee on Education;
reported February 22, 1996.]
A BILL to amend and reenact section four, article five, chapter
eighteen of the code of West Virginia, one thousand
nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, relating to
increasing the compensation and meeting allowances for
members of county boards of education.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section four, article five,chapter eighteen of the
code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as
amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
§18-5-4. Meetings; employment and assignment of teachers; budget
hearing; compensation of members; affiliation with
state and national associations.
The board shall meet on the first Monday of January, except
that in the year one thousand nine hundred eighty-two, and every
year thereafter, the board shall meet on the first Monday of July,
and upon the dates provided by law for the laying of levies, and at
such other times as the board may fix upon its records. At any meeting as authorized above and in compliance with the provisions
of article four of this chapter, the board may employ such
qualified teachers, or those who will qualify by the time of
entering upon their duties, necessary to fill existing or
anticipated vacancies for the current or next ensuing school year.
At a meeting of the board, on or before the first Monday of May,
the superintendent shall furnish in writing to the board a list of
those teachers to be considered for transfer and subsequent
assignment for the next ensuing school year; all other teachers not
so listed shall be considered as reassigned to the positions held
at the time of this meeting. Such list of those recommended for
transfer shall be included in the minute record and the teachers so
listed shall be notified in writing, which notice shall be
delivered in writing, by certified mail, return receipt requested,
to such teachers' last-known addresses within ten days following
said board meeting, of their having been so recommended for
transfer and subsequent assignment.
Special meetings may be called by the president or any three
members, but no business shall be transacted other than that
designated in the call.
In addition, a public hearing shall be held concerning the
preliminary operating budget for the next fiscal year not less than
ten days after such budget has been made available to the public
for inspection and within a reasonable time prior to the submission
of said budget to the state board for approval and at such hearing
reasonable time shall be granted to any person or persons who wish to speak regarding parts or all of such budget. Notice of such
hearing shall be published as a Class I legal advertisement in
compliance with the provisions of article three, chapter fifty-nine
of this code.
A majority of the members shall constitute the quorum
necessary for the transaction of official business.
Board members may receive compensation at a rate not to exceed
eighty one hundred dollars per meeting attended. But they shall
not receive pay for more than fifty-two seventy-five meetings in
any one fiscal year.
Members shall also be paid, upon the presentation of an
itemized sworn statement, for all necessary traveling expenses,
including all authorized meetings, incurred on official business,
at the order of the board.
When, by a majority vote of its members, a county board deems
it a matter of public interest, such board may join the West
Virginia school board association and the national school board
association, and may pay such dues as may be prescribed by said
associations and approved by action of the respective county
boards. Membership dues and actual traveling expenses of board
members for attending meetings of the West Virginia school board
association may be paid by their respective county boards out of
funds available to meet actual expenses of the members, but no
allowance shall be made except upon sworn itemized statements.