Senate Bill No. 583
(By Senators Jackson, Bailey, Blatnik, Dugan, Grubb, Oliverio and
[Originating in the Committee on Finance;
reported February 28, 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 county boards of
education; employment of teachers; notice to teachers
transferred or reassigned; a public hearing on budget;
increasing the compensation and meeting allowances for members
of county boards of education; compensation and expenses; and
membership in associations.
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:
ARTICLE 5. COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION.
§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 in this section 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 The list of those
recommended for transfer shall be included in the minute record and
the teachers so listed shall be notified in writing , which that
they have been recommended for transfer and subsequent assignment.
The notice shall be delivered in writing, by certified mail, return
receipt requested, to such the teachers' last-known addresses
within ten days following said the 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 the budget has been made available to the
public for inspection and within a reasonable time prior to the
submission of said the budget to the state board for approval and
at such the hearing reasonable time shall be granted to any person
or persons who wish to speak regarding parts or all of such the
budget. Notice of such the 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 constitutes 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
considers it a matter of public interest, such the board may join
the West Virginia school board association and the national school
board association, and may pay such the dues as may be prescribed
by said the 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.