|Date Requested:March 01, 2005
Time Requested:01:51 PM
| FUND(S) |
Sources of Revenue
Legislation creates:Neither Program nor Fund
Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.
|The purpose of this bill, as amended, is to create the Healthy West Virginia Act of 2005. It includes the creation of the Healthy Lifestyles Office in the Department of Health and Human Services, defines the office’s responsibilities, establishes a special revenue account, and establishes a voluntary menu labeling program. In addition, the bill establishes minimum physical education activities that each student enrolled in the public schools must participate in and requires the collection and reporting of body mass index (BMI) data on all students.|
|Effect of Proposal||Fiscal Year|
|1. Estmated Total Cost||0||1,600,141||791,841|
|Repairs and Alterations||0||0||0|
|2. Estimated Total Revenues||0||0||0|
3. Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):
This fiscal note provides the cost estimates for the Department of Education and the county boards of education only. It does not include any additional costs that may be incurred by the Department of Health and Human Services. With the amendments that were introduced by the House Committee on Health and Human Services, the bill will not have an adverse impact on federal funding for the child nutrition programs.
This revised cost estimate was based on the following assumptions: (1) no additional teachers would need to be employed to provide the required instruction for grades K – 5; the teachers currently employed in these grades would provide the additional physical education instruction; (2) only 15 additional teachers would be required to be employed in grades 6 – 8, and; (3) no additional teachers would be required to be employed in grades 9 – 12.
Based on these assumptions, it is estimated that 15 additional physical education teachers would need to be employed and, in the first year, 5,298 teachers would need to be provided training on age appropriate physical activities and the collection and reporting of the BMI data. The estimated cost of the proposal for the 2005-06 year is $1,600,141, of which $808,300 would be an additional cost to the State and $791,841 would be an additional cost to the county boards. Since most county boards of education employ professional educators in excess of the number allowed under the Public School Support Program (PSSP), and the personnel limits under the PSSP are not being increased, the employment of the additional teachers would have to be borne by the county boards.
For each year after 2005-06, the estimated cost is $791,841 for the employment of the additional teachers. As discussed in the preceding paragraph, this additional cost would be borne by the various county boards.
See the attached schedules for a detailed explanation of the cost estimates.