Senate Bill No. 225
(By Senators Tomblin, Mr. President, and Caruth,
By Request of the Executive)
[Introduced January 16, 2008; referred to the Committee on
Economic Development; and then to the Committee on Finance.]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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