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H. B. 2304

 

         (By Delegate Marshall)

         [Introduced January 11, 2012; referred to the

         Committee on Education then Finance.]

 

 

 

 

A BILL to amend and reenact §18-5-18a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; and to amend and reenact §18A-4-8 and §18A-4-8a, all relating to the employment and compensation of school service personnel generally; all relating to the employment and compensation of school service personnel by creating two new job titles for bus drivers; establishing the pay grades of those two new job titles; providing for additional payment to classroom aides in prekindergarten or kindergarten classes for any pupils over the twenty maximum pupil-teacher ratio; and establishing a pupil-teacher ratio of twenty to one in all prekindergarten classes.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That §18-5-18a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted; and that §18A-4-8 and §18A-4-8a of said code be amended and reenacted, all to read as follows:

CHAPTER 18. EDUCATION.

ARTICLE 5. COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION.

§18-5-18a. Maximum teacher-pupil ratio.

    County boards of education shall provide, by the school year 1983-1984, and thereafter, sufficient personnel, equipment and facilities as will ensure that each first and second grade classroom, or classrooms having two or more grades that include either the first or second grades shall not have more than twenty-five pupils for each teacher of the grade or grades and shall not have more than twenty pupils for each prekindergarten or kindergarten teacher per session, unless the state superintendent has excepted a specific classroom upon application therefor by a county board.

    County boards shall provide by the school year 1984-1985 and continue thereafter, sufficient personnel, equipment and facilities as will ensure that each third, fourth, fifth and sixth grade classroom, or classrooms having two or more grades that include one or more of the third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades, shall not have more than twenty-five pupils for each teacher of the grade or grades.

    Beginning with the school year 1986-1987, and thereafter, no county shall maintain a greater number of classrooms having two or more grades that include one or more of the grade levels referred to in this section than were in existence in said county as of January 1, 1983: Provided, That for the prior school years, and only if there is insufficient classroom space available in the school or county, a county may maintain one hundred ten percent of such number of classrooms.

    During the school year 1984-1985, and thereafter, the state superintendent is authorized, consistent with sound educational policy: (a) To permit on a statewide basis, in grades four through six, more than twenty-five pupils per teacher in a classroom for the purposes of instruction in physical education; and (b) to permit more than twenty pupils per teacher in a specific kindergarten classroom and twenty-five pupils per teacher in a specific classroom in grades one through six during a school year in the event of extraordinary circumstances as determined by the state superintendent after application by a county board of education.

    The state board shall establish guidelines for the exceptions authorized in this section, but in no event shall the superintendent except classrooms having more than three pupils above the pupil-teacher ratio as set forth in this section.

    The requirement for approval of an exception to exceed the twenty pupils per prekindergarten or kindergarten teacher per session limit or the twenty-five pupils per teacher limit in grades one through six is waived in schools where the schoolwide pupil-teacher ratio is twenty-five or less in grades one through six: Provided, That a teacher shall not have more than three pupils above the teacher/pupil ratio as set forth in this section. Any prekindergarten or kindergarten teacher who has more than twenty pupils per session and any classroom teacher of grades one through six who has more than twenty-five pupils shall be paid additional compensation based on the affected classroom teacher's average daily salary divided by twenty for prekindergarten or kindergarten teachers or twenty-five for teachers of grades one through six for every day times the number of additional pupils enrolled up to the maximum pupils permitted in the teacher's classroom. Any classroom aide assigned to a prekindergarten or kindergarten classroom wherein there are more than twenty-five pupils enrolled shall also be paid additional compensation based upon his or her daily rate of pay and otherwise utilizing the same calculation used for prekindergarten and kindergarten teachers. All such additional compensation shall be paid from county funds exclusively.

    Notwithstanding any other provision of this section to the contrary, commencing with the school year beginning on July 1, 1984, a teacher in grades one, two or three or classrooms having two or more such grade levels, shall not have more than two pupils above the teacher/pupil ratio as set forth in this section: Provided, That commencing with the school year beginning on July 1, 1995, such teacher shall not have more than one pupil above the teacher/pupil ratio as set forth in this section: Provided, however, That commencing with the school year beginning July 1, 1996, such teacher shall not have any pupils above the teacher/pupil ratio as set forth in this section.

    No provision of this section is intended to limit the number of pupils per teacher in a classroom for the purpose of instruction in choral, band or orchestra music.

    Each school principal shall assign students equitably among the classroom teachers, taking into consideration reasonable differences due to subject areas and/or grade levels.

    The state board shall collect from each county board of education information on class size and the number of pupils per teacher for all classes in grades seven through twelve. The state board shall report such information to the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability before January 1 of each year.

CHAPTER 18A. SCHOOL PERSONNEL.

ARTICLE 4. SALARIES, WAGES AND OTHER BENEFITS.

§18A-4-8. Employment term and class titles of service personnel; definitions.

    (a) The purpose of this section is to establish an employment term and class titles for service personnel. The employment term for service personnel may not be less than ten months. A month is defined as twenty employment days. The county board may contract with all or part of these service personnel for a longer term. The beginning and closing dates of the ten-month employment term may not exceed forty-three weeks.

    (b) Service personnel employed on a yearly or twelve-month basis may be employed by calendar months. Whenever there is a change in job assignment during the school year, the minimum pay scale and any county supplement are applicable.

    (c) Service personnel employed in the same classification for more than the two hundred-day minimum employment term shall be paid for additional employment at a daily rate of not less than the daily rate paid for the two hundred-day minimum employment term.

    (d) A service person may not be required to report for work more than five days per week without his or her agreement, and no part of any working day may be accumulated by the employer for future work assignments, unless the employee agrees thereto.

    (e) If a service person whose regular work week is scheduled from Monday through Friday agrees to perform any work assignments on a Saturday or Sunday, the service person shall be paid for at least one-half day of work for each day he or she reports for work. If the service person works more than three and one-half hours on any Saturday or Sunday, he or she shall be paid for at least a full day of work for each day.

    (f) A custodian, aide, maintenance, office and school lunch service person required to work a daily work schedule that is interrupted shall be paid additional compensation in accordance with this subsection.

    (1) A maintenance person means a person who holds a classification title other than in a custodial, aide, school lunch, office or transportation category as provided in section one, article one of this chapter.

    (2) A service person’s schedule is considered to be interrupted if he or she does not work a continuous period in one day. Aides are not regarded as working an interrupted schedule when engaged exclusively in the duties of transporting students;

    (3) The additional compensation provided for in this subsection:

    (A) Is equal to at least one-eighth of a service person’s total salary as provided by the state minimum pay scale and any county pay supplement; and

    (B) Is payable entirely from county board funds.

    (g) When there is a change in classification or when a service person meets the requirements of an advanced classification, his or her salary shall be made to comply with the requirements of this article and any county salary schedule in excess of the minimum requirements of this article, based upon the service person’s advanced classification and allowable years of employment.

    (h) A service person’s contract, as provided in section five, article two of this chapter, shall state the appropriate monthly salary the employee is to be paid, based on the class title as provided in this article and on any county salary schedule in excess of the minimum requirements of this article.

    (i) The column heads of the state minimum pay scale and class titles, set forth in section eight-a of this article, are defined as follows:

    (1) “Pay grade” means the monthly salary applicable to class titles of service personnel;

    (2) “Years of employment” means the number of years which an employee classified as a service person has been employed by a county board in any position prior to or subsequent to the effective date of this section and includes service in the Armed Forces of the United States, if the employee was employed at the time of his or her induction. For the purpose of section eight-a of this article, years of employment is limited to the number of years shown and allowed under the state minimum pay scale as set forth in section eight-a of this article;

    (3) “Class title” means the name of the position or job held by a service person;

    (4) “Accountant I” means a person employed to maintain payroll records and reports and perform one or more operations relating to a phase of the total payroll;

    (5) “Accountant II” means a person employed to maintain accounting records and to be responsible for the accounting process associated with billing, budgets, purchasing and related operations;

    (6) “Accountant III” means a person employed in the county board office to manage and supervise accounts payable, payroll procedures, or both;

    (7) “Accounts payable supervisor” means a person employed in the county board office who has primary responsibility for the accounts payable function and who either has completed twelve college hours of accounting courses from an accredited institution of higher education or has at least eight years of experience performing progressively difficult accounting tasks. Responsibilities of this class title may include supervision of other personnel;

    (8) “Aide I” means a person selected and trained for a teacher-aide classification such as monitor aide, clerical aide, classroom aide or general aide;

    (9) “Aide II” means a service person referred to in the “Aide I” classification who has completed a training program approved by the state board, or who holds a high school diploma or has received a general educational development certificate. Only a person classified in an Aide II class title may be employed as an aide in any special education program;

    (10) “Aide III” means a service person referred to in the “Aide I” classification who holds a high school diploma or a general educational development certificate; and

    (A) Has completed six semester hours of college credit at an institution of higher education; or

    (B) Is employed as an aide in a special education program and has one year’s experience as an aide in special education;

    (11) “Aide IV” means a service person referred to in the “Aide I” classification who holds a high school diploma or a general educational development certificate; and

    (A) Has completed eighteen hours of state board-approved college credit at a regionally accredited institution of higher education, or

    (B) Has completed fifteen hours of state board-approved college credit at a regionally accredited institution of higher education; and has successfully completed an in-service training program determined by the state board to be the equivalent of three hours of college credit;

    (12) “Audiovisual technician” means a person employed to perform minor maintenance on audiovisual equipment, films, and supplies and who fills requests for equipment;

    (13) “Auditor” means a person employed to examine and verify accounts of individual schools and to assist schools and school personnel in maintaining complete and accurate records of their accounts;

    (14) “Autism mentor” means a person who works with autistic students and who meets standards and experience to be determined by the state board. A person who has held or holds an aide title and becomes employed as an autism mentor shall hold a multiclassification status that includes both aide and autism mentor titles, in accordance with section eight-b of this article;

    (15) “Braille or sign language specialist” means a person employed to provide braille and/or sign language assistance to students. A service person who has held or holds an aide title and becomes employed as a braille or sign language specialist shall hold a multiclassification status that includes both aide and braille or sign language specialist title, in accordance with section eight-b of this article;

    (16) “Bus operator” means a person employed to operate school buses and other school transportation vehicles as provided by the state board;

    (17) “Bus operator II” means personnel employed to operate school buses and other transportation vehicles as provided by the state Board of Education, who have served in a position which meets the definition of “Bus operator I” for ten years;

    (18) “Bus operator III” means personnel employed to operate school buses and other school transportation vehicles as provided by the state Board of Education, who have served in a position which meets the definition of “Bus operator I” or “Bus operator II” for twenty years;

    (17) (19) “Buyer” means a person employed to review and write specifications, negotiate purchase bids and recommend purchase agreements for materials and services that meet predetermined specifications at the lowest available costs;

    (18) (20) “Cabinetmaker” means a person employed to construct cabinets, tables, bookcases and other furniture;

    (19) (21) “Cafeteria manager” means a person employed to direct the operation of a food services program in a school, including assigning duties to employees, approving requisitions for supplies and repairs, keeping inventories, inspecting areas to maintain high standards of sanitation, preparing financial reports and keeping records pertinent to food services of a school;

    (20) (22) “Carpenter I” means a person classified as a carpenter’s helper;

    (21) (23) “Carpenter II” means a person classified as a journeyman carpenter;

    (22) (24) “Chief mechanic” means a person employed to be responsible for directing activities which ensure that student transportation or other county board-owned vehicles are properly and safely maintained;

    (23) (25) “Clerk I” means a person employed to perform clerical tasks;

    (24) (26) “Clerk II” means a person employed to perform general clerical tasks, prepare reports and tabulations and operate office machines;

    (25) (27) “Computer operator” means a qualified person employed to operate computers;

    (26) (28) “Cook I” means a person employed as a cook’s helper;

    (27) (29) “Cook II” means a person employed to interpret menus and to prepare and serve meals in a food service program of a school. This definition includes a service person who has been employed as a “Cook I” for a period of four years;

    (28) (30) “Cook III” means a person employed to prepare and serve meals, make reports, prepare requisitions for supplies, order equipment and repairs for a food service program of a school system;

    (29) (31) “Crew leader” means a person employed to organize the work for a crew of maintenance employees to carry out assigned projects;

    (30) (32) “Custodian I” means a person employed to keep buildings clean and free of refuse;

    (31) (33) “Custodian II” means a person employed as a watchman or groundsman;

    (32) (34) “Custodian III” means a person employed to keep buildings clean and free of refuse, to operate the heating or cooling systems and to make minor repairs;

    (33) (35) “Custodian IV” means a person employed as head custodians. In addition to providing services as defined in “custodian III,” duties may include supervising other custodian personnel;

    (34) (36) “Director or coordinator of services” means an employee of a county board who is assigned to direct a department or division.

    (A) Nothing in this subdivision prohibits a professional person or a professional educator from holding this class title;

    (B) Professional personnel holding this class title may not be defined or classified as service personnel unless the professional person held a service personnel title under this section prior to holding the class title of “director or coordinator of services.”

    (C) The director or coordinator of services shall be classified either as a professional person or a service person for state aid formula funding purposes;

    (D) Funding for the position of director or coordinator of services is based upon the employment status of the director or coordinator either as a professional person or a service person; and

    (E) A person employed under the class title “director or coordinator of services” may not be exclusively assigned to perform the duties ascribed to any other class title as defined in this subsection: Provided, That nothing in this paragraph prohibits a person in this position from being multiclassified;

    (35) (37) “Draftsman” means a person employed to plan, design and produce detailed architectural/engineering drawings;

    (36) (38) “Electrician I” means a person employed as an apprentice electrician helper or one who holds an electrician helper license issued by the state Fire Marshal;

    (37) (39) “Electrician II” means a person employed as an electrician journeyman or one who holds a journeyman electrician license issued by the state Fire Marshal;

    (38) (40) “Electronic technician I” means a person employed at the apprentice level to repair and maintain electronic equipment;

    (39) (41) “Electronic technician II” means a person employed at the journeyman level to repair and maintain electronic equipment;

    (40) (42) “Executive secretary” means a person employed as secretary to the county school superintendent or as a secretary who is assigned to a position characterized by significant administrative duties;

    (41) (43) “Food services supervisor” means a qualified person who is not a professional person or professional educator as defined in section one, article one of this chapter. The food services supervisor is employed to manage and supervise a county school system’s food service program. The duties include preparing in-service training programs for cooks and food service employees, instructing personnel in the areas of quantity cooking with economy and efficiency and keeping aggregate records and reports;

    (42) (44) “Foreman” means a skilled person employed to supervise personnel who work in the areas of repair and maintenance of school property and equipment;

    (43) (45) “General maintenance” means a person employed as a helper to skilled maintenance employees and to perform minor repairs to equipment and buildings of a county school system;

    (44) (46) “Glazier” means a person employed to replace glass or other materials in windows and doors and to do minor carpentry tasks;

    (45) (47) “Graphic artist” means a person employed to prepare graphic illustrations;

    (46) (48) “Groundsman” means a person employed to perform duties that relate to the appearance, repair and general care of school grounds in a county school system. Additional assignments may include the operation of a small heating plant and routine cleaning duties in buildings;

    (47) (49) “Handyman” means a person employed to perform routine manual tasks in any operation of the county school system;

    (48) (50) “Heating and air conditioning mechanic I” means a person employed at the apprentice level to install, repair and maintain heating and air conditioning plants and related electrical equipment;

    (49) (51) “Heating and air conditioning mechanic II” means a person employed at the journeyman level to install, repair and maintain heating and air conditioning plants and related electrical equipment;

    (50) (52) “Heavy equipment operator” means a person employed to operate heavy equipment;

    (51) (53) “Inventory supervisor” means a person employed to supervise or maintain operations in the receipt, storage, inventory and issuance of materials and supplies;

    (52) (54) “Key punch operator” means a qualified person employed to operate key punch machines or verifying machines;

    (53) (55) “Licensed practical nurse” means a nurse, licensed by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Licensed Practical Nurses, employed to work in a public school under the supervision of a school nurse;

    (54) (56) “Locksmith” means a person employed to repair and maintain locks and safes;

    (55) (57) “Lubrication man” means a person employed to lubricate and service gasoline or diesel-powered equipment of a county school system;

    (56) (58) “Machinist” means a person employed to perform machinist tasks which include the ability to operate a lathe, planer, shaper, threading machine and wheel press. A person holding this class title also should have the ability to work from blueprints and drawings;

    (57) (59) “Mail clerk” means a person employed to receive, sort, dispatch, deliver or otherwise handle letters, parcels and other mail;

    (58) (60) “Maintenance clerk” means a person employed to maintain and control a stocking facility to keep adequate tools and supplies on hand for daily withdrawal for all school maintenance crafts;

    (59) (61) “Mason” means a person employed to perform tasks connected with brick and block laying and carpentry tasks related to these activities;

    (60) (62) “Mechanic” means a person employed to perform skilled duties independently in the maintenance and repair of automobiles, school buses and other mechanical and mobile equipment to use in a county school system;

    (61) (63) “Mechanic assistant” means a person employed as a mechanic apprentice and helper;

    (62) (64) “Multiclassification” means a person employed to perform tasks that involve the combination of two or more class titles in this section. In these instances the minimum salary scale shall be the higher pay grade of the class titles involved;

    (63) (65) “Office equipment repairman I” means a person employed as an office equipment repairman apprentice or helper;

    (64) (66) “Office equipment repairman II” means a person responsible for servicing and repairing all office machines and equipment. A person holding this class title is responsible for the purchase of parts necessary for the proper operation of a program of continuous maintenance and repair;

    (65) (67) “Painter” means a person employed to perform duties painting, finishing and decorating wood, metal and concrete surfaces of buildings, other structures, equipment, machinery and furnishings of a county school system;

    (66) (68) “Paraprofessional” means a person certified pursuant to section two-a, article three of this chapter to perform duties in a support capacity including, but not limited to, facilitating in the instruction and direct or indirect supervision of students under the direction of a principal, a teacher or another designated professional educator.

    (A) A person employed on the effective date of this section in the position of an aide may not be subject to a reduction in force or transferred to create a vacancy for the employment of a paraprofessional;

    (B) A person who has held or holds an aide title and becomes employed as a paraprofessional shall hold a multiclassification status that includes both aide and paraprofessional titles in accordance with section eight-b of this article; and

    (C) When a service person who holds an aide title becomes certified as a paraprofessional and is required to perform duties that may not be performed by an aide without paraprofessional certification, he or she shall receive the paraprofessional title pay grade;

    (67) (69) “Payroll supervisor” means a person employed in the county board office who has primary responsibility for the payroll function and who either has completed twelve college hours of accounting from an accredited institution of higher education or has at least eight years of experience performing progressively difficult accounting tasks. Responsibilities of this class title may include supervision of other personnel;

    (68) (70) “Plumber I” means a person employed as an apprentice plumber and helper;

    (69) (71) “Plumber II” means a person employed as a journeyman plumber;

    (70) (72) “Printing operator” means a person employed to operate duplication equipment, and to cut, collate, staple, bind and shelve materials as required;

    (71) (73) “Printing supervisor” means a person employed to supervise the operation of a print shop;

    (72) (74) “Programmer” means a person employed to design and prepare programs for computer operation;

    (73) (75) “Roofing/sheet metal mechanic” means a person employed to install, repair, fabricate and maintain roofs, gutters, flashing and duct work for heating and ventilation;

    (74) (76) “Sanitation plant operator” means a person employed to operate and maintain a water or sewage treatment plant to ensure the safety of the plant’s effluent for human consumption or environmental protection;

    (75) (77) “School bus supervisor” means a qualified person:

    (A) Employed to assist in selecting school bus operators and routing and scheduling school buses, operate a bus when needed, relay instructions to bus operators, plan emergency routing of buses and promote good relationships with parents, students, bus operators and other employees; and

    (B) Certified to operate a bus or previously certified to operate a bus;

    (76) (78) “Secretary I” means a person employed to transcribe from notes or mechanical equipment, receive callers, perform clerical tasks, prepare reports and operate office machines;

    (77) (79) “Secretary II” means a person employed in any elementary, secondary, kindergarten, nursery, special education, vocational or any other school as a secretary. The duties may include performing general clerical tasks; transcribing from notes, stenotype, mechanical equipment or a sound-producing machine; preparing reports; receiving callers and referring them to proper persons; operating office machines; keeping records and handling routine correspondence. Nothing in this subdivision prevents a service person from holding or being elevated to a higher classification;

    (78) (80) “Secretary III” means a person assigned to the county board office administrators in charge of various instructional, maintenance, transportation, food services, operations and health departments, federal programs or departments with particular responsibilities in purchasing and financial control or any person who has served for eight years in a position which meets the definition of “secretary II” or “secretary III”;

    (79) (81) “Supervisor of maintenance” means a skilled person who is not a professional person or professional educator as defined in section one, article one of this chapter. The responsibilities include directing the upkeep of buildings and shops, and issuing instructions to subordinates relating to cleaning, repairs and maintenance of all structures and mechanical and electrical equipment of a county board;

    (80) (82) “Supervisor of transportation” means a qualified person employed to direct school transportation activities properly and safely, and to supervise the maintenance and repair of vehicles, buses and other mechanical and mobile equipment used by the county school system. After July 1, 2010, all persons employed for the first time in a position with this classification title or in a multiclassification position that includes this title shall have five years of experience working in the transportation department of a county board. Experience working in the transportation department shall consist of serving as a bus operator, bus aide, assistant mechanic, mechanic, chief mechanic or in a clerical position within the transportation department;

    (81) (83) “Switchboard operator-receptionist” means a person employed to refer incoming calls, to assume contact with the public, to direct and to give instructions as necessary, to operate switchboard equipment and to provide clerical assistance;

    (82) (84) “Truck driver” means a person employed to operate light or heavy duty gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles;

    (83) (85) “Warehouse clerk” means a person employed to be responsible for receiving, storing, packing and shipping goods;

    (84) (86) “Watchman” means a person employed to protect school property against damage or theft. Additional assignments may include operation of a small heating plant and routine cleaning duties;

    (85) (87) “Welder” means a person employed to provide acetylene or electric welding services for a school system; and

    (86) (88) “WVEIS data entry and administrative clerk” means a person employed to work under the direction of a school principal to assist the school counselor or counselors in the performance of administrative duties, to perform data entry tasks on the West Virginia Education Information System, and to perform other administrative duties assigned by the principal.

    (j) Notwithstanding any provision in this code to the contrary, and in addition to the compensation provided for service personnel in section eight-a of this article, each service person is entitled to all service personnel employee rights, privileges and benefits provided under this or any other chapter of this code without regard to the employee’s hours of employment or the methods or sources of compensation.

    (k) A service person whose years of employment exceeds the number of years shown and provided for under the state minimum pay scale set forth in section eight-a of this article may not be paid less than the amount shown for the maximum years of employment shown and provided for in the classification in which he or she is employed.

    (l) Each county board shall review each service person’s job classification annually and shall reclassify all service persons as required by the job classifications. The state superintendent may withhold state funds appropriated pursuant to this article for salaries for service personnel who are improperly classified by the county boards. Further, the state superintendent shall order a county board to correct immediately any improper classification matter and, with the assistance of the Attorney General, shall take any legal action necessary against any county board to enforce the order.

    (m) Without his or her written consent, a service person may not be:

    (1) Reclassified by class title; or

    (2) Relegated to any condition of employment which would result in a reduction of his or her salary, rate of pay, compensation or benefits earned during the current fiscal year; or for which he or she would qualify by continuing in the same job position and classification held during that fiscal year and subsequent years.

    (n) Any county board failing to comply with the provisions of this article may be compelled to do so by mandamus and is liable to any party prevailing against the board for court costs and the prevailing party’s reasonable attorney fee, as determined and established by the court.

    (o) Notwithstanding any provision of this code to the contrary, a service person who holds a continuing contract in a specific job classification and who is physically unable to perform the job’s duties as confirmed by a physician chosen by the employee, shall be given priority status over any employee not holding a continuing contract in filling other service personnel job vacancies if the service person is qualified as provided in section eight-e of this article.

    (p) Any person employed in an aide position on the effective date of this section may not be transferred or subject to a reduction in force for the purpose of creating a vacancy for the employment of a licensed practical nurse.

    (q) Without the written consent of the service person, a county board may not establish the beginning work station for a bus operator or transportation aide at any site other than a county board-owned facility with available parking. The workday of the bus operator or transportation aide commences at the bus at the designated beginning work station and ends when the employee is able to leave the bus at the designated beginning work station, unless he or she agrees otherwise in writing. The application or acceptance of a posted position may not be construed as the written consent referred to in this subsection.

    (r) Itinerant status means a service person who does not have a fixed work site and may be involuntarily reassigned to another work site. A service person is considered to hold itinerant status if he or she has bid upon a position posted as itinerant or has agreed to accept this status. A county board may establish positions with itinerant status only within the aide and autism mentor classification categories and only when the job duties involve exceptional students. A service person with itinerant status may be assigned to a different work site upon written notice ten days prior to the reassignment without the consent of the employee and without posting the vacancy. A service person with itinerant status may be involuntarily reassigned no more than twice during the school year. At the conclusion of each school year, the county board shall post and fill, pursuant to section eight-b of this article, all positions that have been filled without posting by a service person with itinerant status. A service person who is assigned to a beginning and ending work site and travels at the expense of the county board to other work sites during the daily schedule, shall not be considered to hold itinerant status.

§18A-4-8a. Service personnel minimum monthly salaries.

    (a) The minimum monthly pay for each service employee whose employment is for a period of more than three and one-half hours a day shall be at least the amounts indicated in the state minimum pay scale pay grade and the minimum monthly pay for each service employee whose employment is for a period of three and one-half hours or less a day shall be at least one-half the amount indicated in the state minimum pay scale pay grade set forth in this section.

STATE MINIMUM PAY SCALE PAY GRADE

Years

Exp.

PAY GRADE

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

0

1,577

1,598

1,639

1,691

1,743

1,805

1,836

1,908

1

1,609

1,630

1,671

1,723

1,775

1,837

1,868

1,940

2

1,641

1,662

1,703

1,755

1,807

1,869

1,900

1,972

3

1,673

1,694

1,735

1,787

1,839

1,901

1,932

2,004

4

1,705

1,726

1,767

1,819

1,871

1,933

1,964

2,037

5

1,737

1,758

1,799

1,851

1,903

1,965

1,996

2,069

6

1,769

1,790

1,832

1,883

1,935

1,997

2,028

2,101

7

1,802

1,822

1,864

1,915

1,967

2,029

2,060

2,133

8

1,834

1,854

1,896

1,947

1,999

2,061

2,092

2,165

9

1,866

1,886

1,928

1,980

2,031

2,093

2,124

2,197

10

1,898

1,919

1,960

2,012

2,063

2,126

2,157

2,229

11

1,930

1,951

1,992

2,044

2,095

2,158

2,189

2,261

12

1,962

1,983

2,024

2,076

2,128

2,190

2,221

2,293

13

1,994

2,015

2,056

2,108

2,160

2,222

2,253

2,325

14

2,026

2,047

2,088

2,140

2,192

2,254

2,285

2,357

15

2,058

2,079

2,120

2,172

2,224

2,286

2,317

2,389

16

2,090

2,111

2,152

2,204

2,256

2,318

2,349

2,422

17

2,122

2,143

2,185

2,236

2,288

2,350

2,381

2,454

18

2,154

2,175

2,217

2,268

2,320

2,382

2,413

2,486

19

2,187

2,207

2,249

2,300

2,352

2,414

2,445

2,518

20

2,219

2,239

2,281

2,333

2,384

2,446

2,477

2,550

21

2,251

2,271

2,313

2,365

2,416

2,478

2,509

2,582

22

2,283

2,304

2,345

2,397

2,448

2,511

2,542

2,614

23

2,315

2,336

2,377

2,429

2,481

2,543

2,574

2,646

24

2,347

2,368

2,409

2,461

2,513

2,575

2,606

2,678

25

2,379

2,400

2,441

2,493

2,545

2,607

2,638

2,710

26

2,411

2,432

2,473

2,525

2,577

2,639

2,670

2,742

27

2,443

2,464

2,505

2,557

2,609

2,671

2,702

2,774

28

2,475

2,496

2,537

2,589

2,641

2,703

2,734

2,807

29

2,507

2,528

2,570

2,621

2,673

2,735

2,766

2,839

30

2,540

2,560

2,602

2,653

2,705

2,767

2,798

2,871

31

2,572

2,592

2,634

2,685

2,737

2,799

2,830

2,903

32

2,604

2,624

2,666

2,718

2,769

2,831

2,862

2,935

33

2,636

2,656

2,698

2,750

2,801

2,863

2,895

2,967

34

2,668

2,689

2,730

2,782

2,833

2,896

2,927

2,999

35

2,700

2,721

2,762

2,814

2,866

2,928

2,959

3,031

36

2,732

2,753

2,794

2,846

2,898

2,960

2,991

3,063

37

2,764

2,785

2,826

2,878

2,930

2,992

3,023

3,095

38

2,796

2,817

2,858

2,910

2,962

3,024

3,055

3,127

39

2,828

2,849

2,890

2,942

2,994

3,056

3,087

3,159

40

2,860

2,881

2,922

2,974

3,026

3,088

3,119

3,192

(CLASS TITLE)                                          PAY GRADE

Accountant I .................................................. D

Accountant II ................................................. E

Accountant III ................................................ F

Accounts Payable Supervisor ................................... G

Aide I ........................................................ A

Aide II ....................................................... B

Aide III ...................................................... C

Aide IV ....................................................... D

Audiovisual Technician ........................................ C

Auditor ....................................................... G

Autism Mentor ................................................. F

Braille or Sign Language Specialist ........................... E

Bus Operator .................................................. D

Bus Operator II ................................................E

Bus Operator III ...............................................F

Buyer ......................................................... F

Cabinetmaker .................................................. G

Cafeteria Manager ............................................. D

Carpenter I ................................................... E

Carpenter II .................................................. F

Chief Mechanic ................................................ G

Clerk I ....................................................... B

Clerk II....................................................... C

Computer Operator ............................................. E

Cook I ........................................................ A

Cook II ....................................................... B

Cook III ...................................................... C

Crew Leader ................................................... F

Custodian I ................................................... A

Custodian II .................................................. B

Custodian III ................................................. C

Custodian IV .................................................. D

Director or Coordinator of Services ........................... H

Draftsman ..................................................... D

Electrician I ................................................. F

Electrician II ................................................ G

Electronic Technician I ....................................... F

Electronic Technician II ...................................... G

Executive Secretary ........................................... G

Food Services Supervisor ...................................... G

Foreman ....................................................... G

General Maintenance ........................................... C

Glazier ....................................................... D

Graphic Artist ................................................ D

Groundsman .................................................... B

Handyman ...................................................... B

Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanic I ....................... E

Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanic II ...................... G

Heavy Equipment Operator ...................................... E

Inventory Supervisor ........................................... D

Key Punch Operator ............................................ B

Licensed Practical Nurse ...................................... F

Locksmith ..................................................... G

Lubrication Man ............................................... C

Machinist ..................................................... F

Mail Clerk .................................................... D

Maintenance Clerk ............................................. C

Mason ......................................................... G

Mechanic ...................................................... F

Mechanic Assistant ............................................ E

Office Equipment Repairman I .................................. F

Office Equipment Repairman II ................................. G

Painter ....................................................... E

Paraprofessional .............................................. F

Payroll Supervisor ............................................ G

Plumber I ..................................................... E

Plumber II .................................................... G

Printing Operator ............................................. B

Printing Supervisor ........................................... D

Programmer .................................................... H

Roofing/Sheet Metal Mechanic .................................. F

Sanitation Plant Operator ..................................... G

School Bus Supervisor ......................................... E

Secretary I ................................................... D

Secretary II .................................................. E

Secretary III ................................................. F

Supervisor of Maintenance ..................................... H

Supervisor of Transportation .................................. H

Switchboard Operator-Receptionist ............................. D

Truck Driver .................................................. D

Warehouse Clerk ............................................... C

Watchman ...................................................... B

Welder ........................................................ F

WVEIS Data Entry and Administrative Clerk ..................... B

    (b) An additional $12 per month shall be added to the minimum monthly pay of each service employee who holds a high school diploma or its equivalent.

    (c) An additional $11 per month also shall be added to the minimum monthly pay of each service employee for each of the following:

    (1) A service employee who holds twelve college hours or comparable credit obtained in a trade or vocational school as approved by the state board;

    (2) A service employee who holds twenty-four college hours or comparable credit obtained in a trade or vocational school as approved by the state board;

    (3) A service employee who holds thirty-six college hours or comparable credit obtained in a trade or vocational school as approved by the state board;

    (4) A service employee who holds forty-eight college hours or comparable credit obtained in a trade or vocational school as approved by the state board;

    (5) A service employee who holds sixty college hours or comparable credit obtained in a trade or vocational school as approved by the state board;

    (6) A service employee who holds seventy-two college hours or comparable credit obtained in a trade or vocational school as approved by the state board;

    (7) A service employee who holds eighty-four college hours or comparable credit obtained in a trade or vocational school as approved by the state board;

    (8) A service employee who holds ninety-six college hours or comparable credit obtained in a trade or vocational school as approved by the state board;

    (9) A service employee who holds one hundred eight college hours or comparable credit obtained in a trade or vocational school as approved by the state board;

    (10) A service employee who holds one hundred twenty college hours or comparable credit obtained in a trade or vocational school as approved by the state board;

    (d) An additional $40 per month also shall be added to the minimum monthly pay of each service employee for each of the following:

    (1) A service employee who holds an associate’s degree;

    (2) A service employee who holds a bachelor’s degree;

    (3) A service employee who holds a master’s degree;

    (4) A service employee who holds a doctorate degree.

    (e) An additional $11 per month shall be added to the minimum monthly pay of each service employee for each of the following:

    (1) A service employee who holds a bachelor’s degree plus fifteen college hours;

    (2) A service employee who holds a master’s degree plus fifteen college hours;

    (3) A service employee who holds a master’s degree plus thirty college hours;

    (4) A service employee who holds a master’s degree plus forty-five college hours; and

    (5) A service employee who holds a master’s degree plus sixty college hours.

    (f) When any part of a school service employee’s daily shift of work is performed between the hours of six p.m. and five a.m. the following day, the employee shall be paid no less than an additional $10 per month and one half of the pay shall be paid with local funds.

    (g) Any service employee required to work on any legal school holiday shall be paid at a rate one and one-half times the employee’s usual hourly rate.

    (h) Any full-time service personnel required to work in excess of their normal working day during any week which contains a school holiday for which they are paid shall be paid for the additional hours or fraction of the additional hours at a rate of one and one-half times their usual hourly rate and paid entirely from county board funds.

    (i) No service employee may have his or her daily work schedule changed during the school year without the employee’s written consent and the employee’s required daily work hours may not be changed to prevent the payment of time and one-half wages or the employment of another employee.

    (j) The minimum hourly rate of pay for extra duty assignments as defined in section eight-b of this article shall be no less than one-seventh of the employee’s daily total salary for each hour the employee is involved in performing the assignment and paid entirely from local funds: Provided, That an alternative minimum hourly rate of pay for performing extra duty assignments within a particular category of employment may be used if the alternate hourly rate of pay is approved both by the county board and by the affirmative vote of a two-thirds majority of the regular full-time employees within that classification category of employment within that county: Provided, however, That the vote shall be by secret ballot if requested by a service personnel employee within that classification category within that county. The salary for any fraction of an hour the employee is involved in performing the assignment shall be prorated accordingly. When performing extra duty assignments, employees who are regularly employed on a one-half day salary basis shall receive the same hourly extra duty assignment pay computed as though the employee were employed on a full-day salary basis.

    (k) The minimum pay for any service personnel employees engaged in the removal of asbestos material or related duties required for asbestos removal shall be their regular total daily rate of pay and no less than an additional $3 per hour or no less than $5 per hour for service personnel supervising asbestos removal responsibilities for each hour these employees are involved in asbestos related duties. Related duties required for asbestos removal include, but are not limited to, travel, preparation of the work-site, removal of asbestos decontamination of the work-site, placing and removal of equipment and removal of structures from the site. If any member of an asbestos crew is engaged in asbestos related duties outside of the employee’s regular employment county, the daily rate of pay shall be no less than the minimum amount as established in the employee’s regular employment county for asbestos removal and an additional $30 per each day the employee is engaged in asbestos removal and related duties. The additional pay for asbestos removal and related duties shall be payable entirely from county funds. Before service personnel employees may be used in the removal of asbestos material or related duties, they shall have completed a federal Environmental Protection Act approved training program and be licensed. The employer shall provide all necessary protective equipment and maintain all records required by the Environmental Protection Act.

    (l) For the purpose of qualifying for additional pay as provided in section eight, article five of this chapter, an aide shall be considered to be exercising the authority of a supervisory aide and control over pupils if the aide is required to supervise, control, direct, monitor, escort or render service to a child or children when not under the direct supervision of certified professional personnel within the classroom, library, hallway, lunchroom, gymnasium, school building, school grounds or wherever supervision is required. For purposes of this section, “under the direct supervision of certified professional personnel” means that certified professional personnel is present, with and accompanying the aide.



    NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to clarify when aides should be considered supervisory employees for purposes of receiving pay at a higher pay grade and to provide that classroom aides in kindergarten classrooms which have more pupils than the maximum pupil/teacher ratio receive additional compensation as to professional personnel in said classrooms The bill also creates two new positions for bus drivers and establishes a pay grade for those positions.

  

    Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.

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