Date Requested:February 17, 2012
Time Requested:03:01 PM
Agency: Education, Department of
CBD Number: Version: Bill Number: Resolution Number:
2012R2251 Introduced SB641
CBD Subject: CERTIFICATION RENEWAL
FUND(S)
Sources of Revenue
General Fund
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 reorganize the defined service personnel job classifications, to require county boards to bear the cost of certification renewals for sign language interpreters and declare that time devoted to the process of maintaining or acquiring certification that is a condition of employment constitutes continuing education for the purposes of meeting the 18 hours of continuing education requirements specified by State Board Policy.
    
    The bill eliminates most entry level service personnel positions, such as Aide I, Carpenter I, Clerk I, Custodian I, Electrician I, HVAC Mechanic I, Plumber I, and Secretary I, which would result in the elimination of all Pay Grade A positions; eliminates other minimally used positions, such as Audiovisual Technician, Crew leader, Glazier, groundsman, handyman, key punch operator, mechanic assistant, office equipment repairman I and II, printing operator, printing supervisor, switchboard operator/receptionist, watchman and WVEIS Data entry clerk; and creates the new positions of sign language interpreters I and II and technology system specialist.

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 0 199,665 199,665
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):
    There are approximately 573 service personnel employed by county boards that are currently working in one of the classifications that are proposed to be changed by this bill, of which approximately 514 would be receiving an increase in pay grade.
    
    The cost for increasing the pay grades was calculated by multiplying the FTE of the service personnel in the affected classifications by the difference in the annual pay between the old and new pay grades. The total estimated cost for these upgrades was determined to be $188,445. And even though the majority of this cost would be absorbed by the State through the State Aid formula for the personnel funded through the formula, because most county boards employ personnel in excess of the number funded, county boards would incur some of the cost.
    
    The enacting language also includes the provision that the county boards would be responsible for bearing the cost of the certificate renewal for the sign language interpreters, which is estimated to be $11,200 annually, but the bill does not contain this requirement, which could create a legal issue for the bill.
    
    Allowing time devoted by service personnel to maintaining or acquiring certifications that is a condition of employment to count
    toward the required annual 18 hours of staff development could also cause some county boards of education additional costs when trying to provide other required staff development training, but sufficient data is not available to be able to compute this cost.
    
    Consequently, the estimated cost for implementing the provisions in the bill for which a cost could be estimated, is $199,665.
    


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