Date Requested:February 13, 2012
Time Requested:01:16 PM
Agency: Education, Department of
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
2012R1991 Introduced SB546
CBD Subject: STUDENT-SCHOOL NURSE STAFFING RATIO
FUND(S)
Sources of Revenue
Other Fund county boards of educatio
Legislation creates:
Neither Program nor Fund

Fiscal Note Summary

Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.

    The purpose of this bill is to increase the number of school nurses that county boards must employ by reducing the minimum student to school nurse ratio from one nurse for each 1,500 students in grades K - 7 to 1 nurse for each 750 students in grades PreK - 12. In addition, the bill eliminates the authority of county boards to contract with a public health department for school nurse services.

Fiscal Note Detail
Over-all effect
Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
2012
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
2013
Increase/Decrease
(use"-")
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
Implementation)
1. Estmated Total Cost 0 6,711,472 6,711,472
Personal Services 0 0 0
Current Expenses 0 0 0
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0
3. Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):
    Since the funding ratios under the Public School Support Program are not being increased, the additional cost of employing the additional nurses would have to be borne by the county boards of education.
    
    The estimated cost was computed as follows:
    
    Calculation Factors:
    
    Estimated number of school nurses required 374.50
    Number of school nurses currently employed 273.69
    Estimated number of additional school nurses required ‐ calculated by county 108.03
    Average contracted salary ‐ $46,841
    
    Estimated Cost:
    
    Additional salary cost $5,060,191
    Employee benefit costs @ 8.71% $440,743
    Retirement at county average rate (9.65%) $488,308
    PEIA at state average annual rate ($6,685.46) $722,230
    Total estimated cost of proposal ‐ county boards $6,711,472


Memorandum
Person submitting Fiscal Note:
Brenda Freed
Email Address:
bfreed@access.k12.wv.us