WVC 18 - 9 E- 4
§18-9E-4. Heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning technicians.
(a) Subject to appropriation by the Legislature therefor, the
state board, in consultation with the division of health, shall
promulgate rules pursuant to article three-b, chapter twenty-nine-a
of this code that will address servicing public school buildings by
heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) technicians. The
rules shall set forth a job description for the HVAC technician.
At the discretion of the state board, HVAC technicians may be
employed by the county board of education, by the regional
educational service agency servicing the county or by the
department of education using the funds allocated pursuant to this
section. The hiring entity shall set a salary for the HVAC
technician that is competitive with other employers of HVAC
technicians in the region after accounting for annual leave, sick
leave, insurance benefits, retirement benefits and any other
benefits provided. Existing employees who have advanced HVAC
skills or existing employees who receive appropriate HVAC training
may be utilized as HVAC technicians. The rules also shall provide
for sufficient continuing education training for HVAC technicians
to maintain proficiency in the changing technologies in the field.
The rules shall be submitted to the legislative oversight
commission on educational accountability prior to the first day of
September, one thousand nine hundred ninety-nine.
(b) County boards, regional educational service agencies and
the department of education shall have the option to contract for HVAC services from prequalified vendors if this option is more cost
effective than using existing employees or creating a new position:
Provided, That an existing employee may not be displaced by
contracting for HVAC technician services: Provided, however, That
HVAC services that have been performed in the past or which require
knowledge and experience the employer does not have access to, may
be contracted out to a prequalified vendor.
(c) Funds appropriated for the purpose of hiring HVAC
technicians shall be appropriated originally to the department of
education. The department of education then may allocate the funds
to the regional educational service agencies or to the counties,
depending upon which entity employs the HVAC technician as
specified by rule.