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Senate Bill No. 225

(By Senators Tomblin, Mr. President, and Caruth,

By Request of the Executive)

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[Introduced January 16, 2008; referred to the Committee on Economic Development; and then to the Committee on Finance.]

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A BILL to amend and reenact §18A-4-5a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to requiring county board establishment of an additional supplemental salary schedule for classroom teachers in certain circumstances; and specifying amount of funds and uniform distribution.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §18A-4-5a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 4. SALARIES, WAGES AND OTHER BENEFITS.
§18A-4-5a. County salary supplements for teachers.
(a) County boards of education in fixing the salaries of teachers shall use at least the state minimum salaries established under the provisions of this article. The board may establish salary schedules which shall be in excess of the state minimums fixed by this article, such county schedules to be uniform throughout the county as to the classification of training, experience, responsibility and other requirements.
(b) Counties may fix higher salaries for teachers placed in special instructional assignments, for those assigned to or employed for duties other than regular instructional duties, and for teachers of one-teacher schools, and they may provide additional compensation for any teacher assigned duties in addition to the teacher's regular instructional duties wherein such noninstructional duties are not a part of the scheduled hours of the regular school day. Uniformity also shall apply to such additional salary increments or compensation for all persons performing like assignments and duties within the county. Provided, That in establishing such local salary schedules,
(c) Effective the first day of July, two thousand eight, any county board for which the calculation of levies for general current expense purposes as provided in article nine-a, chapter eighteen of this code is ninety percent of the levy rate for county boards, shall establish an additional supplemental salary schedule for classroom teachers. The supplemental salary schedule shall be in addition to any other salaries applicable to the classroom teachers of the county in effect on the effective date of this section. The supplemental salary schedule shall be established to distribute among the classroom teachers of the county in an amount equivalent to the increase in state aid resulting from the reduction in the calculation of levies for general current expense purposes from ninety-four percent to ninety percent in accordance with the provisions of section two, article nine-a, chapter eighteen of this code. The schedule shall be uniform throughout the county as to the classification of training, experience, responsibility and other requirements.
(d) No county shall reduce local funds allocated for salaries in effect on the first day of January, one thousand nine hundred ninety, and used in supplementing the state minimum salaries as provided for in this article, unless forced to do so by defeat of a special levy, or a loss in assessed values or events over which it has no control and for which the county board has received approval from the state board prior to making such reduction.
(e) Counties may provide, in a uniform manner, benefits for teachers which require an appropriation from local funds including, but not limited to, dental, optical, health and income protection insurance, vacation time and retirement plans excluding the State Teachers' Retirement System. Nothing herein shall prohibit the maintenance nor result in the reduction of any benefits in effect on the first day of January, one thousand nine hundred eighty-four, by any county board of education.

NOTE:
The purpose of this bill is to require any county board for which local share is calculated at 90% of the levy rate for county boards to establish an additional supplemental salary schedule for classroom teachers. The schedule must distribute an amount equivalent to the increase in state aid from reducing local share from 94% to 90%.

Strike-throughs indicate existing language that would be removed, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.
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