WEST virginia legislature
2019 FIRST EXTRAORDINARY session
House Bill 162
By Delegates Shott, Foster, Westfall, Graves, Espinosa, Summers, Kump, Phillips, Harshbarger and Jennings
[Referred to the House Select Committee on Education Reform A]
A BILL to repeal §18-2-5d, §18-2-13b, §18-2-16, §18-2-16a, §18-2-29, and §18-2-35 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; to repeal §18-2K-1 and §18-2K-4 of said code, as amended; to repeal §18-3-9b of said code; to repeal §18-4-12 of said code; to repeal §18-5-18c, §18-5-18e, and §18-5-43 of said code; to repeal §18-5D-1, and §18-5D-2 of said code; to repeal §18-7A-36 of said code; to repeal §18-8A-1, §18-8A-2, §18-8A-3 and §18-8A-4 of said code; to repeal §18-9A-8a, §18-9A-17, and §18-9A-20 of said code; to repeal §18-9B-11a of said code; to repeal §18-9E-1 of said code; to repeal §18-9F-1 and §18-9F-8 of said code; to repeal §18-10J-1 of said code; and to repeal §18-20-9 of said code, and to amend and reenact §18-2K-2 and §18-2K-3 of said code; to amend and reenact §18-5D-3, §18-5D-4, and §18-5D-5 of said code; to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §18-5D-6; to amend and reenact §18-9A-4, §18-9A-6a, §18-9A-7, §18-9A-16, §18-9A-18, §18-9A-21, and §18-9A-24; to amend and reenact §18-9B-1, §18-9B-2, §18-9B-3, §18-9B-4, §18-9B-5, §18-9B-6, §18-9B-6a, §18-9B-7, §18-9B-8, §18-9B-9, §18-9B-10, §18-9B-12, §18-9B-13, §18-9B-14, §18-9B-15, §18-9B-17, §18-9B-18, §18-9B-19, §18-9B-20 and §18-9B-21 of said code; to amend and reenact §18-9E-3, §18-9E-4, and §18-9E-5 of said code; to amend and reenact §18-9F-3, §18-9F-4, and §18-9F-9 of said code; to amend and reenact §18-10J-6 of said code; and to amend and reenact §18-17-3 of said code, all relating to removing antiquated, redundant, or expired provisions of the code; updating references; removing outdated report requirements; removing the requirement for the State Board of Education to consult the Department of Health and Human Services when developing guidelines for care plans; removing dates that are no longer relevant; relating to the public school support program, also known as the school aid funding formula; removing or revising obsolete, outdated, antiquated, inoperative, surplus or superseded provisions; creating the Summer Feeding for All program; specifying legislative findings and declarations for the program; requiring county public schools to conduct an annual survey of students to determine non-school eating patterns and availability of nutritious food; requiring the West Virginia Office of Child Nutrition to assist the counties with the program; requiring county boards to collect and compile information regarding availability of food resources; permitting county school board to investigate and implement programs to facilitate the Summer Feeding for All program; requiring county school boards to provide annual training to train qualified entities on operation of a feeding site; requiring the county board to provide it’s survey and findings to Office of Child Nutrition; and requiring the Office of Child Nutrition to monitor program activities and share information between the counties; requiring setting foundation allowance for support personnel; deleting provisions relating to School Construction Fund and the School Building Authority; reducing the proportion of assessed value on certain classifications of property; and removing the requirement of the Legislature to appropriate the budget amount as calculated by the State Superintendent of Schools; removing references to the Division of Health and to RESA entities that no longer exist; updating references to local health departments; updating procedural language for rule-making procedures; removing redundant short titles for articles of the code; removing requirements for consultation with the Department of Health and Human Resources and local boards of health in development of rules and policies; removing references to the Division of Health and to RESA entities that no longer exist; updating references to local health departments; updating procedural language for rule-making procedures; and to repeal provisions relating to the costs providing clothing to indigent pupils attending West Virginia schools for the deaf and blind.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
CHAPTER 18. EDUCATION.
ARTICLE 2. STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION.
§18-2-5d. Duty of board to report guidelines for productive and safe schools.
§18-2-13b. Additional authority of state Board of Education concerning revenue bonds for dormitories, homes or refectories.
§18-2-16. Establishment and operation of state camp and conference center; rental thereof; expenditures; gifts and donations; county court may erect and equip buildings.
§18-2-16a. Construction of buildings and recreational facilities at state camp and conference center; charges for use; financing by revenue bonds or notes permissible; trustee for holders of bonds or notes; contents of trust agreement.
§18-2-29. Competitive grant program for selected schools and school districts.
§18-2-35. Dress codes requiring school uniforms for students.
ARTICLE 2K. THE DIABETES CARE PLAN ACT.
§18-2K-1. Title of article.
§18-2K-2. Adoption of guidelines for individual diabetes care plans.
(a) The State Board of
Education shall adopt guidelines for the development and implementation of
individual diabetes care plans.
on or before January 1, 2007 The
guidelines for information and allowable actions in a diabetes care plan shall
meet or exceed the American Diabetes Association’s recommendations for the
management of children with diabetes in the school and day care setting. The
State Board of Education shall consult with the Bureau for Public Health and
the Department of Health and Human Resources in the development of these
guidelines The State Board of Education also shall consult with
county board of education employees who have been designated as responsible for
coordinating their individual county's efforts to comply with federal
regulations adopted under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as
amended, 29 U.S.C. § 794. In its development of these guidelines, the State
Board of Education shall consider recent resolutions by the Office of Civil
Rights of the United States Department of Education regarding investigation of
complaints alleging discrimination against students with diabetes.
The guidelines adopted by the state board shall include:
(1) Procedures for school nurses to develop an individual diabetes care plan for any student diagnosed with diabetes, which shall involve the parent or guardian, the student's health care provider, the student's classroom teacher, the student if appropriate, and other appropriate school personnel;
(2) Procedures for regular review of an individual care plan.
(3) Information to be included in a diabetes care plan, including the responsibilities and appropriate staff development for teachers and other school personnel, an emergency care plan, the identification of allowable actions to be taken, the extent to which the student is able to participate in the student's diabetes care and management and other information necessary for teachers and other school personnel in order to offer appropriate assistance and support to the student; and
(4) Procedures for information and staff development to be made available to teachers and other school personnel in order to appropriately support and assist students with diabetes.
(b) The State Board of Education shall provide that the guidelines and any subsequent changes are published and disseminated to county boards of education.
§18-2K-3. Establishment and implementation of diabetes care plans by county boards to support and assist students with diabetes.
Each A county board of education shall establish
and adopt a diabetes care plan which shall be implemented in schools in which
students diagnosed with diabetes are enrolled. The plan shall be adopted not
later than six months after the state Board of Education adopts guidelines for
the plans pursuant to section two of this article. The plan shall meet all of
the guidelines for diabetes care plans adopted by the State Board of Education
pursuant to §18-2K-2 of this code. In particular, the boards shall require the
implementation of the procedures set forth in those guidelines for the development
and implementation of individual diabetes care plans. County boards also
A county board shall make available necessary information and staff
development to teachers and school personnel in order to appropriately support
and assist students with diabetes in accordance with their individual diabetes
§18-2K-4. Progress report to the Legislature.
ARTICLE 3. STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS.
§18-3-9b. Reduction in amount budgeted for personal services.
ARTICLE 4. COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS.
§18-4-12. Exception to §18-4-4.
ARTICLE 5. COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION.
§18-5-18c. Early childhood programs; eligibility and standards for placement; guidelines and criteria.
§18-5-18e. Study of limits on the number of pupils per teacher in a classroom in elementary and middle schools.
§18-5-43. Duty of the county board of education to report the county-wide productive and safe school plans to the West Virginia Board of Education.
ARTICLE 5D. West Virginia Feed to Achieve Act.
§18-5D-1. Short title.
§18-5D-2. Legislative findings; intent.
§18-5D-3. School nutrition programs.
county board of education shall establish and operate school nutrition programs
under which, at a minimum, a nutritious breakfast and lunch are made
effectively available to all students enrolled in the schools of the county in
accordance with the State Board of Education standards. The standards shall
include guidelines for determining the eligibility of students for paid, free
and reduced meals. The standards shall also establish procedures and guidelines
for the Feed to Achieve initiative to allow for the provision of healthy,
nutritious meals to all elementary school students, without cost to students,
where schools find it practical to do so.
(b) The Feed to Achieve initiative will be phased in for all elementary schools as sufficient funds become available, through donations, contributions and payments made by individuals, communities, businesses, organizations and parents or guardians on behalf of students. Nothing in this article prohibits any school from providing free meals to all of its students.
(c) Each county board of education shall:
(1) Require all schools to
adopt a delivery system approved by the state Office of Child Nutrition,
later than the 2015 school year that ensures all students are given an
adequate opportunity to eat breakfast. These approved systems shall include,
but are not limited to, Grab-And-Go Breakfasts, Breakfast in the Classroom or
Breakfast After First Period; and
(2) Collaborate with the state Office of Child Nutrition to develop strategies and methods to increase the percentage of children participating in the school breakfast and lunch nutrition programs.
(d) In addition to other statistics, the county boards of education, in consultation with the state Office of Child Nutrition, shall determine the number of children in each school who are participating in each meal offered by the school; the number of children who are not eating each meal offered by the school; and the total daily attendance.
(e) The state Office of
Child Nutrition shall report to
the Joint Committee on Government and
Finance, the Select Committee on Children and Poverty and the Legislative
Oversight Commission on Education Accountability on or before December 31,
2015, and each year thereafter, on the impacts of the Feed to Achieve Act and
any recommendations for legislation.
(f) County boards of education may utilize the nonprofit funds or foundations established in section four of this article or other available funds to offset the costs of providing free meals, after school and summer nutrition programs to elementary students.
(g) If at any time federal financial appropriations to this state for school nutrition programs are terminated, county boards of education are hereby authorized, but not required, to continue the programs at their own expense.
(h) Classroom teachers may not be required to participate in the operation of the school breakfast program as part of their regular duties.
§18-5D-4. Creating public-private partnerships; creating nonprofit foundation or fund; audit.
(a) The Department of
Education and each county board of education shall
promptly establish a
fund that is restricted solely for the receipt and expenditure of gifts, grants
and bequests for the purposes of this article and or may
establish in lieu thereof a nonprofit foundation for this purpose. The purpose
of the fund or nonprofit foundation is to provide supplemental or matching
funds to increase participation in the nutrition programs in the Feed to
Achieve initiative set forth in subsection (c) of this section. The Department
of Education shall utilize its fund or nonprofit foundation to assist county
boards of education in counties whose fund or foundation lacks sufficient
business, industry and individual contributors to fund the Feed to Achieve
(b) Financial support for the fund or foundation may come from either public or private gifts, grants, contributions, bequests and endowments.
(c) Expenditures from the state or county funds or by the foundations shall be used for provision of food to students through any of the programs or initiatives approved by the Office of Child Nutrition, including the following programs: School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, the Summer Food Service Program, the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, the farm-to-school initiative and community gardens. Expenditures may also be made for initiatives developed with the Department of Health and Human Resources and public-private partnerships to provide outreach and nutritional meals when students are not in school.
(d) No administrative expenses or personnel expenses for any of the state departments implementing this act, the State Board of Education, any county board of education, school or program may be paid from the funds or by the foundations.
(e) Individuals or businesses that contribute to the funds or foundations may specify schools or nutrition programs for which the contribution is to be used.
(f) The Department of Education and county boards of education may establish public-private partnerships to enhance current or advance additional nutrition programs that provide nutritious food for children to take home for weekend meals.
(g) The Department of Education and county boards of education shall form or expand existing partnerships with the federal and state departments of agriculture, Department of Health and Human Resources, local master gardeners, county extension agents or other experts in the field of agriculture or gardening to develop community gardens, farm-to-school programs and other such programs that teach students how to grow and produce healthy food and provide healthy food to the students.
(h) The Department of
Education shall collaborate with the Department of Health and Human Resources
to develop effective strategies and programs such as after school nutrition
outreach and programs that improve the healthy lifestyle of all students in
pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. The Department of Health and Human
Resources may propose rules for promulgation in accordance with the provisions
article three, chapter twenty-nine-a §29A-3-1 et seq.
of this code to effectuate any programs so developed.
(i) All moneys contributed to a fund or foundation established pursuant to this section and all expenditures made therefrom shall be audited as part of the annual independent audit of the State Board of Education and the county boards of education.
§18-5D-5. Shared table initiative.
(a) The Legislature
finds and determines that: (1) In West Virginia,
one in four children suffer from food insecurity; however, every day each
school has a large percentage of food that is left uneaten and thrown away, and
in many cases this food can be reused; (2) A new initiative
called “The Shared Table” encourages schools to collect unused food appropriate
for redistribution, and make that food available throughout the day to students
who may be hungry, to provide a method for discrete distribution of that food
to be taken home by kids with food insecurity, and to donate any unused food to
local food pantries and other entities that distribute food to those in need; (3) This program has
begun to catch on nationally and has shown itself to be an effective way to
distribute excess school food; (4) The Shared Table
initiative can be as simple as designating a table or location in the school
for food to be taken by students through the school day, and can also provide a
system of discretely placing food in containers in student’s lockers each day to
take home, and other creative initiatives to promote consumption of unused food
already provided by schools to students and others who have food insecurity at
home; and (5) The Shared Table
initiative does not require school cafeterias to produce extra food and is only
intended to promote the more effective consumption of existing food
particularly to students who may otherwise go without. Similar initiatives have
been implemented in various states and have been very successful in safely
distributing food consistent with U.S. Food and Drug Administration and local
health agencies requirements. Therefore, the purpose
of this section is to establish a statewide initiative to facilitate this
worthwhile program (b) (a) The state board shall promulgate a rule in
accordance with §29A-3B-1 et seq. of this code that provides policy
guidance to county boards on the management and distribution of excess school
food consistent with state and county health department and United States Food
and Drug Administration requirements and guidelines for the distribution of
excess foods. The guidance policy at a minimum shall provide a list of food
products and methodologies for distribution that include, but are not limited
(1) The types of foods that may be distributed;
(2) Methods of distribution to make excess food available at other times during the school day;
(3) Methods of distributing excess food to students to consume after school; and
(4) Methods to otherwise donate excess food to persons or organizations providing food to persons or families suffering from food insecurity.
(c) (b) The preparation, safety, and donation of
food made available to students during a regular school meal time and donated
to a food bank or any other nonprofit charitable organization for distribution,
shall comply with and be thereby covered by the Good Samaritan Food Donation
Act, §55-7D-1 et seq. of this code. (d) (c) The methods of distributing excess food to
students within a school may include a sharing table where food service staff,
students and faculty may return appropriate food items consistent with state
board guidelines to make those food items available to students during the
school day. (e) (d) Each county board of education shall
establish a program to assist and encourage schools to participate in the
Shared Table initiative.
§18-5D-6. Summer Feeding for All.
(a) The Legislature finds and declares that:
(1) The Feed to Achieve initiative has successfully improved the availability and awareness for the need of provide nutritious food to state students and the Shared Table Initiative has facilitated a spirit of innovation and consciousness in our counties to find alternative ways to feed children in need;
(2) A periodic assessment of the needs for county students and availability of county resources is necessary to determine what type of resources are available and needed to reduce food insecurity for students when they are not in school;
(3) That expansion of the Shared Table Initiative to include a program to encourage county schools to locate, participate in and initiate programs to provide meals during summers and non-school day times when some children may not have access to healthy meals could assist in reducing food insecurity for thousands of children in this state, and therefore, creating a mechanism that is not a directive from the Legislature upon county school boards, but rather an authorization to use school resources to find innovative ways, within the means of the county school systems, to assist the communities they serve, will provide a public benefit
(b) Every county public school system shall conduct an annual countywide survey of public school students to determine their non-school eating patterns and the availability of nutritious food to them when schools are closed. The West Virginia Office of Child Nutrition will assist and facilitate with this survey to determine the needs for supplemental food services in every county.
(c) Each county board shall also collect and compile information regarding availability of food resources in the county during non-school days and distribute this information to all students. These resources may include any public, private, religious group or charity that will provide food to children with food insecurity.
(d) Each county school board may investigate and implement any program that may facilitate this initiative, including but not limited to entrepreneurship programs to foster innovation in providing assistance, utilizing participation in programs as a positive discipline option, and creating mentorship programs or other opportunities to participate in non-school student feeding programs.
(e) Each county school board shall provide, at a minimum, an annual countywide or a coordinated regional training opportunity, with assistance from the West Virginia Office of Child Nutrition, that ensures that any entity that potentially qualifies as a summer or non-school day feeding site according to the county survey, is afforded the opportunity to receive training on operation of a feeding site.
(f) Each county board shall provide its survey, a summary of its activities, and any findings or recommendations the county school board has related thereto, to the West Virginia Office of Child Nutrition at a date determined each year by that office.
(g) The West Virginia Office of Child Nutrition shall monitor these activities and share between counties information about innovative and successful program initiatives around the state to promote and facilitate the Summer Feeding for All program.
ARTICLE 7A. STATE TEACHERS RETIREMENT SYSTEM.
§18-7A-36. Joint study of state retirement systems; report to Joint Committee on Government and Finance by specified date of study conclusions.
ARTICLE 8A. ATTENDANCE OF HOMELESS CHILDREN.
§18-8A-1. Legislative findings; definition of homeless child.
§18-8A-2. Residence of child.
§18-8A-3. Attendance of homeless children.
§18-8A-4. Report on at-risk children.
ARTICLE 9A. PUBLIC SCHOOL SUPPORT.
§18-9A-4. Foundation allowance for professional educators.
(a) The basic foundation allowance to the county for professional educators is the amount of money required to pay the state minimum salaries, in accordance with provisions of §18A-4-1 et seq. of this code, subject to the following:
(1) In making this computation a county shall receive an allowance for state aid eligible professional educator positions to each 1000 students in net enrollment as follows:
(A) For each high-density county, 72.3 professional educators per each 1000 students in net enrollment;
(B) For each medium-density county, 72.45 professional educators per each 1000 students in net enrollment;
(C) For each low-density county, 72.6 professional educators per each 1000 students in net enrollment;
(D) For each sparse-density county, 72.75 professional educators per each 1000 students in net enrollment; and
(E) For any professional educator positions, or fraction thereof, determined for a county pursuant to paragraphs (A), (B), (C) and (D) of this subdivision that exceed the number employed, the county’s allowance for these positions shall be determined using the average state funded salary of professional educators for the county;
(2) The number of and the allowance for personnel paid in part by state and county funds shall be prorated; and
(3) Where two or more counties join together in support of a vocational or comprehensive high school or any other program or service, the professional educators for the school or program may be prorated among the participating counties on the basis of each one's enrollment therein and the personnel shall be considered within the above-stated limit.
(b) Each county board shall establish and maintain a minimum ratio of professional instructional personnel per state aid funded professional educators as follows:
(1) For each high-density county, the minimum ratio of professional instructional personnel per state aid funded professional educators, or the number employed, whichever is less, is 91.29 percent;
(2) For each medium-density county, the minimum ratio of professional instructional personnel per state aid funded professional educators, or the number employed, whichever is less, is 91.24 percent;
(3) For each low-density county, the minimum ratio of professional instructional personnel per state aid funded professional educators, or the number employed, whichever is less, is 91.18 percent;
(4) For each sparse-density county, the minimum ratio of professional instructional personnel per state aid funded professional educators, or the number employed, whichever is less, is 91.07 percent; and
(5) Where two or more counties join together in support of a vocational or comprehensive high school or any other program or service, the professional instructional personnel for the school or program may be prorated among the participating counties on the basis of each one's enrollment therein and the personnel shall be considered within the above-stated limit.
(c) Any county board which
does not establish and maintain the applicable minimum ratio required in
subsection (b) of this section shall suffer a pro rata reduction in the
allowance for professional educators under this section: Provided, That
a county may not be penalized if it has increases in enrollment during that
Provided, however, That for the school year
2017-2018, only, a county may not be penalized for not meeting the applicable
minimum ratio required in subsection (b) of this section.
(d) A county may not increase the number of administrative personnel employed as either professional educators or pay grade "H" service personnel above the number which were employed, or for which positions were posted, on June 30, 1990, and, therefore, county boards shall whenever possible utilize classroom teachers for curriculum administrative positions through the use of modified or extended contracts.
§18-9A-6a. Teachers retirement fund allowance; unfunded liability allowance.
(a) The total teachers retirement fund allowance is the sum of the basic foundation allowance for professional educators, the basic foundation allowance for professional student support personnel and the basic foundation allowance for service personnel, as provided in §18‑9A-4, §18-9A-5 and §18-9A-8 of this code; all salary equity appropriations authorized in §18A-4-5 of this code; and such amounts as are to be paid by the counties pursuant to §18A‑4‑5a and §18A-4-5b of this code to the extent such county salary supplements are equal to the amount distributed for salary equity among the counties, multiplied by the average retirement contribution rate for each county board. The average contribution rate for each county board is based on the required employer contributions for state aide eligible employees participating in the retirement plans pursuant to §18-7A-1 et seq. and §18-7B-1 et seq. of this code.
(b) The teachers retirement
fund allowance amounts provided for in subsection (a) of this section shall be
accumulated in the employers accumulation fund of the State Teachers Retirement
System Fund pursuant to
section eighteen, article seven-a of this
chapter §18-7A-18 of this code and shall
be in lieu of the contribution required of employers pursuant to subsection
(b) of said section §18-7A-18(b) of this code as to all personnel
included in the allowance for state aid in accordance with sections four,
five and eight of this article §18-9A-4, §18-9A-5 and §18‑9A‑8
of this code.
(c) In addition to the
teachers retirement fund allowance provided for in subsection (a) of this
section, there shall be an allowance for the reduction of any unfunded liability
of the teachers retirement fund in accordance with the following provisions of
this subsection. On or before December 31, of each year, the actuary or
actuarial firm employed in accordance with the provisions of §5-10D-4 of this
code shall submit a report to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of
the House of Delegates which sets forth an actuarial valuation of the teachers
retirement fund as of the preceding June 31. Each annual report shall recommend
the actuary's best estimate, at that time, of the funding necessary to both
eliminate the unfunded liability over a 40-year period beginning on July 1,
1994, and to meet the cash flow requirements of the fund in fulfilling its
future anticipated obligations to its members. In determining the amount of
funding required, the actuary shall take into consideration all funding
otherwise available to the fund for that year from any source.
That the appropriation and allocation to the teachers' retirement fund made
pursuant to the provisions of section six-b of this article shall be included
in the determination of the requisite funding amount In any year in which
the actuary determines that the teachers retirement fund is not being funded in
such a manner, the allowance made for the unfunded liability for the next
fiscal year shall be not less than the amount of the actuary's best estimate of
the amount necessary to conform to the funding requirements set forth in this
§18-9A-7. Foundation allowance for transportation cost.
(a) The allowance in the foundation school program for each county for transportation is the sum of the following computations:
(1) A percentage of the transportation costs incurred by the county for maintenance, operation and related costs exclusive of all salaries, including the costs incurred for contracted transportation services and public utility transportation, as follows:
(A) For each high-density county, 87.5 percent;
(B) For each medium-density county, 90 percent;
(C) For each low-density county, 92.5 percent;
(D) For each sparse-density county, 95 percent;
(E) For any county for the transportation cost for maintenance, operation and related costs, exclusive of all salaries, for transporting students to and from classes at a multicounty vocational center, the percentage provided in paragraphs (A) through (D) of this subdivision as applicable for the county plus an additional 10 percent; and
(F) For any county for that
portion of its school bus system that uses as an alternative fuel compressed
natural gas or propane, the percentage provided in paragraphs (A) through (D)
of this subdivision as applicable for the county plus an additional 10 percent:
That for any county receiving an additional ten percent for
that portion of their bus system using bio-diesel as an alternative fuel during
the school year 2012-2013, bio-diesel shall continue to qualify as an
alternative fuel under this paragraph to the extent that the additional
percentage applicable to that portion of the bus system using bio-diesel shall
be decreased by two and one-half percent per year for four consecutive school
years beginning in school year 2014-2015: Provided, however, That
any county using an alternative fuel and qualifying for the additional allowance
under this subdivision shall submit a plan regarding the intended future use of
alternatively fueled school buses;
(2) The total cost, within each county, of insurance premiums on buses, buildings and equipment used in transportation;
(3) An amount equal to 8.33 percent of the current replacement value of the bus fleet within each county as determined by the state board. The amount shall only be used for the replacement of buses except as provided in subdivision (4) of this subsection. Buses purchased after July 1, 1999 that are driven 180,000 miles, regardless of year model, are subject to the replacement value of 8.33 percent as determined by the state board. In addition, in any school year in which its net enrollment increases when compared to the net enrollment the year immediately preceding, a school district may apply to the state superintendent for funding for an additional bus or buses. The state superintendent shall make a decision regarding each application based upon an analysis of the individual school district's net enrollment history and transportation needs: Provided, That the superintendent may not consider any application which fails to document that the county has applied for federal funding for additional buses. If the state superintendent finds that a need exists, a request for funding shall be included in the budget request submitted by the state board for the upcoming fiscal year;
(4) Notwithstanding the restriction on the use of funds for the replacement of buses pursuant to subdivision (3) of this subsection, up to $200,000 of these funds in any school year may be used by a county for school facility and equipment repair, maintenance and improvement or replacement or other current expense priorities if a request by the county superintendent listing the amount, the intended use of the funds and the serviceability of the bus fleet is approved by the state superintendent. Before approving the request, the state superintendent shall verify the serviceability of the county’s bus fleet based upon the state school bus inspection defect rate of the county over the two prior years; and
(5) Aid in lieu of transportation equal to the state average amount per pupil for each pupil receiving the aid within each county.
(b) The total state share for this purpose is the sum of the county shares: Provided, That a county may not receive an allowance which is greater than one-third above the computed state average allowance per transportation mile multiplied by the total transportation mileage in the county exclusive of the allowance for the purchase of additional buses.
(c) One half of one percent of the transportation allowance distributed to each county is for the purpose of trips related to academic classroom curriculum and not related to any extracurricular activity. Any remaining funds credited to a county for the purpose of trips related to academic classroom curriculum during the fiscal year shall be carried over for use in the same manner the next fiscal year and shall be separate and apart from, and in addition to, the appropriation for the next fiscal year. The state board may request a county to document the use of funds for trips related to academic classroom curriculum if the board determines that it is necessary.
§18-9A-8a. Foundation allowance for regional education service agencies.
§18-9A-16. General school fund and its use.
established is continued a separate school fund to be known as the
“general school fund” which shall be administered by the same board as
provided in section five, article nine of this chapter state
superintendent. The proceeds from the income of this school fund, and the
interest thereon, as provided for under the irreducible school fund amendment
to the Constitution shall accrue to the General School Fund which, with moneys
appropriated by the Legislature, shall be used to support the public schools of
the state. All other state funds and taxes formerly dedicated to the General
School Fund shall hereafter be paid into the State General Fund. No person who, at the
time of passage of this article, depended on the general school fund in part or
in whole for payment of his salary shall have his salary reduced by virtue of
§18-9A-17. Administration of school finance.
§18-9A-18. Rules and
The state board shall have
authority to make such reasonable rules and
as may be necessary to enable it to carry out the purposes and intent of this
article with respect to the allocation of state aid for schools.
§18-9A-20. Repeal of inconsistent provisions.
§18-9A-21. Funding for alternative education programs.
(a) An appropriation may be
made to the state department to be distributed to county boards for the
operation of alternative education and prevention programs established in
accordance with policies and procedures adopted by the state board under
§18-2-6 of this code
The appropriation shall be in an amount
equal to $18 per student in net enrollment, subject to appropriation by the
Legislature. The state board shall distribute 98 percent of the total
appropriation to the county boards proportionate to each county's net
enrollment. The remaining two percent of the appropriation shall be retained by
the state department to support the provision of services to the county boards
in administering programs established in accordance with policies and
procedures adopted by the state board under §18-2-6 of this code.
(b) Nothing in this section may be construed to require any specific level of funding by the Legislature.
(c) The increase from
$12 per student in net enrollment to $18 per student in net enrollment pursuant
to the amendment and enactment of this section during the 2010 regular session
of the Legislature is not subject to the provisions of section three-a
§18-9A-24. Foundation allowance for Public Employees Insurance Fund; employer contributions for persons employed outside of foundation allowance.
(a) The allowance to the Public Employees Insurance Agency for school employees shall be made in accordance with the following: The number of individuals employed by county boards as professional educators pursuant to §18-9A-4 of this code, plus the number of individuals employed by county boards as service personnel pursuant to §18-9A-5 of this code, plus the number of individuals employed by county boards as professional student support personnel pursuant to §18-9A-8 of this code, multiplied by the average premium rate for all county board of education employees established by the Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board. The average premium rate for all county board of education employees shall be incorporated into each financial plan developed by the Finance Board in accordance with §5-16-5 of this code. The premiums shall include any proportionate share of retirees subsidy established by the Finance Board and the difference, if any, between the previous year's actual premium costs and the previous year's appropriation, if the actual cost was greater than the appropriation. The amount of the allowance provided in this subsection shall be paid directly to the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency. Each county board shall reflect its share of the payment as revenue on its financial statements to offset its expense for the employer annual required contribution, as defined in §5-16D-1 et seq. of this code.
(b) Notwithstanding any
other provision of §5-16D-6 of this code to the contrary, any amount of
employer annual required contribution allocated and billed to county boards
or after July 1, 2012, and any amount of the employer annual required
contribution allocated and billed to the county boards prior to that date
for employees who are employed as professional employees within the limits
authorized by §18-9A-4 of this code, employees who are employed as service
personnel within the limits authorized by §18-9A-5 of this code, and employees
who are employed as professional student support personnel within the limits
authorized by §18-9A-8 of this code, shall be charged to the state: Provided,
That nothing in this subsection requires any specific level of funding by the
Legislature in any particular year: Provided, however, That charging
specified amounts to the state pursuant to this section is not to be construed
as creating an employer employee relationship between the State of West
Virginia and any employee under the employ of a county board or as creating a
liability of the state.
(c) County boards are
liable for the employer annual required contribution allocated and billed to
the county boards
on or after July 1, 2012, and any amount of the employer
annual required contribution allocated and billed to the county boards prior to
that date for individuals who are employed as professional employees above
and beyond those authorized by §18-9A-4 of this code, individuals who are
employed as service personnel above and beyond those authorized by §18-9A-5 of
this code, and individuals who are employed as professional student support
personnel above and beyond those authorized by §18-9A-8 of this code. For each
such employee, the county board shall forward to the Public Employees Insurance
Agency an amount equal to the average premium rate established by the finance
board in accordance with subsection (a) of this section: Provided, That
the county board shall pay the actual employer premium costs for any county
board employee paid from special revenues, federal or state grants, or sources
other than state general revenue or county funds.
Prior to July 1,
1995, nothing in this article shall be construed to limit the ability of county
boards to use funds appropriated to county boards pursuant to this article to
pay employer premiums to the Public Employees Insurance Agency for employees
whose positions are funded pursuant to this article Funds appropriated to
county boards pursuant to this article shall not be used to pay employer
premiums for employees of such boards whose positions are not, or will not be
within 20 months, funded by funds appropriated pursuant to this article.
BOARD OF SCHOOL FINANCE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD BUDGETS AND AUDITS.
§18-9B-1. Purpose and construction of article.
Because of the adoption of the “Tax Limitation Amendment,” it has become necessary for the state to participate, to an increasing degree, in the financing of the free public schools. In the fiscal year 1938-1939, this participation aggregated 55 percent of the total expended by county boards of education for the operation of the schools of the state, and in 17 counties state aid represented in excess of 70 percent of the total amounts spent for public education in those counties. In consequence of this state investment in local education, the state has acquired a paramount interest in the sound and stable management of the financial affairs of county school districts so that the maximum effectiveness of education may be obtained from the expenditure of the limited funds available.
With the foregoing purposes in view, this article is enacted to develop improved methods of financial administration and to bring increased financial guidance and assistance to the management of county school affairs.
The provisions of this
article shall be construed to be in addition to the authority now exercised by
Tax Commissioner State Auditor as chief inspector and
supervisor of public offices (under article nine, chapter six of the code)
under §6-9-1 et seq. of the code for the purposes of fidelity accounting
and auditing. The intent of the Legislature is that the powers granted by this
article to the state board of school finance State Superintendent of
Schools over financial management shall in administration be fully
coordinated with those of the Tax Commissioner State Auditor over
the legality and fidelity of public expenditures.
The provisions of this article shall be liberally construed to give effect to the purposes stated.
For the purposes of this article:
“Board of finance” means
the state board of school finance “State
superintendent” means the State Superintendent of Schools.
“Budget” means the annual budget of school revenues and expenditures prepared and adopted by a county board of education in accordance with this article.
“Levy estimate” means the summary statement of the total budgeted school requirements prepared and adopted by a county board of education in accordance with law, in justification of the amount levied upon taxable property within the county for the support of the local schools.
“Appropriation” means an item, or the amount of an item, budgeted by a county board of education for expenditure during the fiscal year.
“Expenditure schedule” means a schedule for the expenditure of amounts budgeted throughout the fiscal year and adopted in conjunction with the annual budget.
“County board” means a county board of education.
“Employment term” means
ten months of employment as defined in section fifteen, article five of this
chapter. “Instructional term”
shall be that as defined in section fifteen, article five of this chapter
of school finance State Superintendent of Schools. There is hereby created the
“state board of school finance” which shall consist of the state superintendent
of free schools, as chairman, the State Tax Commissioner, and the director of
the budget as secretary. The members of the board shall serve without
additional compensation. The board shall meet upon the call of the chairman or
a majority of its members. It shall keep a minute record of all proceedings and
a special record of general regulations and special orders. The meeting place
of the board shall be at the state capital. The concurrence of a majority of
the members shall be necessary for all official acts The board State Superintendent of Schools
shall exercise the powers and perform the duties conferred upon it him
or her by this article. The personnel of the
state departments represented upon the membership of the board shall be
available to the board for performance of its powers and duties
§18-9B-4. Powers and
board State Superintendent of Schools.
of finance State Superintendent Schools, in addition to
the specific powers and duties conferred upon it him or her,
shall advise and assist county boards of education and county superintendents
in the planning and management of school finances to the end that the most
effective program of public education be realized from the funds available for
expenditure by the several counties.
In the exercise of
powers the powers granted under this article, the board of
finance state superintendent shall not substitute its his
or her discretion and judgment for that of a county board of education with
respect to the desirability or reasonability of a lawful school expenditure if
the provisions of law and the orders of the board of finance state
superintendent are complied with by the county board. If, however, a county
board fails or refuses to provide for the support of the standard school term,
to adhere to the budget and the expenditure schedule, or to comply with other
provisions of this article, the board of finance state superintendent
may require such action on the part of the county board, not in violation of
law, as the board of finance state superintendent may find to be
best calculated to restore the financial affairs of the county board to a
proper and lawful basis.
§18-9B-5. School district budgeting.
board of finance
state superintendent shall formulate and prescribe a uniform system of
school district budgeting for the use of all county school districts to
include, at least:
(1) Itemization schedules for estimating anticipated revenues and receipts of all kinds;
(2) Itemization schedules for estimating anticipated requirements for expenditure during the fiscal year;
(3) The form, classification and itemization of budget items for appropriation purposes;
(4) Expenditure schedules for the allotment of amounts of proposed expenditures throughout the fiscal year;
(5) A budget calendar
fixing the dates by or upon which schedules shall be prepared, budgets adopted,
and reports made to the
board of finance state superintendent;
(6) Methods and procedures of budgeting to be followed in the use of the uniform system.
§18-9B-6. Submission and approval of budget.
A county board of education
shall, on or before the day fixed by the budget calendar, submit its proposed
budget to the
board of finance state superintendent together with
such supporting schedules as the board state superintendent may
A county board shall not
finally adopt its budget until after the written approval of the
finance state superintendent has been received, and the levy
estimate has been approved by the Tax Commissioner State Auditor
as required by law. If the Tax Commissioner State Auditor finds
that the levy estimate, based upon the budget, does not conform to the
requirements of law, the board shall authorize and require such further
revision of the budget as may be necessary for the correction of the levy
estimate as required by the Tax Commissioner State Auditor.
A county board of education
shall submit a preliminary budget upon requirement of the
board of finance
state superintendent, which
approved budget shall be considered by the Tax Commissioner State
Auditor when approving levy estimates.
§18-9B-6a. Delaying submission of budget.
Notwithstanding any other
provisions of the code to the contrary, the county board shall not be required
to submit its budget for approval by the state
Board of Education superintendent
as provided by section twelve-a, article eight, chapter eleven of this code
and §18-9B-6 and §18‑9B-7 of this code, until the 10th day next
following the state board's superintendent’s transmittal of final
state aid computations following the adoption of the state budget, but no later
than May 30: Provided, That, in any year in which the state budget is
not adopted on or before May 1, the state board superintendent
may require the county board to adopt a preliminary budget and to submit it to
the state board superintendent no later than May 30, and when
final computations of state aid are transmitted to the county board, the county
board shall make such adjustments as are necessary prior to final adoption of
board of finance state superintendent before final
approval of budget; length of term.
board of finance
state superintendent, before giving its final approval to a proposed
budget, shall require that:
(1) Estimates of revenue and receipts are reasonable and accurate;
(2) Amounts are budgeted so as to cover actual requirements of school operation; and
(3) Amounts are budgeted so
as to maintain the schools of the county for the employment term and the
instructional term as
defined in section fifteen, article five of this
chapter provided by §18-5-45 of this code.
§18-9B-8. Projected expenditures order of revision in budget.
board of finance
state superintendent finds that the proposed budget for a county will
not maintain the proposed educational program as well as other financial
obligations of their county board of education, it he or she may
require that the budget be revised, but in no case shall he or she
permit the reduction of the instructional term pursuant to the provisions
contained in section fifteen, article five of this chapter §18-5-45
of this code nor the employment term below 200 days. Any required revision
in the budget for this purpose may be made in the following order:
(1) Postpone expenditures for permanent improvements and capital outlays except from the permanent improvement fund;
(2) Reduce the amount budgeted for maintenance exclusive of service personnel so as to guarantee the payment of salaries for the employment term; or
(3) Adjust amounts budgeted in any other way so as to assure the required employment term of 200 days and the required instructional term of 180 days under the applicable provisions of law.
§18-9B-9. Uniform accounting systems for school districts.
of finance state superintendent shall formulate the requirements
of a uniform system of management accounting for the use of county school
districts. The requirements shall include at least:
(1) The accrual accounting of all revenues and other receipts from whatever source;
(2) The accounting of expenditures under the several items of appropriation in accordance with the expenditure schedule;
(3) Monthly and quarterly reports of rate of expenditure, encumbrances, and free balances under the several items of appropriation;
(4) Methods of accounting practice and procedures to be followed in the use of the uniform system.
The accounting requirements
so formulated shall be certified
by the secretary of the board to the Tax
Commissioner State Auditor. The Tax
Commissioner State Auditor shall then incorporate the requirements
into a uniform system of school district accounting and as chief inspector and
supervisor of public offices local government offices, shall
prescribe the use of the uniform system by all county school districts by
virtue of the authority vested in him or her by §6-9-2 of this code.
§18-9B-10. Restrictions on county boards.
County boards of education shall:
(1) Authorize the expenditure of funds and incur obligations only in accordance with the budget and the expenditure schedule;
(2) Make transfers between
items of appropriation only with the prior written approval of the
board of finance state superintendent.
§18-9B-11a. Adjustments in average daily attendance to assure equitable allocation of aid.
§18-9B-12. Practices of fiscal administration.
state board of
school finance state superintendent may formulate the requirements
of adequate practices of fiscal administration to be followed by county school
districts. Such requirements may include:
(1) Procedures for the receipts, control and disbursement of county school funds;
(2) Forms for requisitions, purchase orders, disbursements, and other necessary documents;
(3) Regulations for the performance of the powers and duties pertaining to school finance;
(4) Regulations for the exercise of the comptroller function;
(5) Other instructions and regulations for the proper procedures and practices of fiscal administration in the county schools.
The requirements formulated
board of finance state superintendent shall be certified
by the secretary of the board state superintendent to the Tax
Commissioner State Auditor. The Tax Commissioner State
Auditor as chief inspector and supervisor of public offices local
government offices shall incorporate the requirements so certified in his or
her instructions with respect to fiscal administration and shall prescribe
their use by all county school districts by virtue of the authority vested in
him or her by §6-9-2 of this code.
§18-9B-13. Inspection and audit of school finance administration.
board of finance
state superintendent may, through its his or her duly
authorized representatives, make inspections and examinations of the fiscal
administration of a county school district. The inspection and examination may
extend to any matter or practice subject to regulation by the state board
state superintendent. Regular and special examinations may be made by a
certified public accountant approved pursuant to §6-9-7 of this code selected
by the county board in accordance with nonemergency regulations submitted by
the chief inspector, or by the chief inspector himself or herself. All
examinations shall be made as provided in §6-9-7 of this code. The board
state superintendent may make selective audits to determine the accuracy
of statements and reports made by a county board or superintendent.
The report of the
examination shall be certified to the county board, which should include the
identification of procedures and practices found to not be in accordance with
the requirements of the
state board state superintendent. The
county board shall comply with the instructions forthwith.
state board state
superintendent, through its his or her duly authorized representatives,
shall have full access to all books, records, papers, and documents of the
§18-9B-14. Establishment of permanent improvement fund; contents and use of fund.
A county board of education may establish a special fund for county school purposes to be known as the “permanent improvement fund.” The fund shall consist of:
(1) The proceeds of the
levy allocated to that purpose by
section six-c, article eight, chapter
eleven of the code, as amended §11-8-6c, §11-8-12
and §11-8-12a of this code;
(2) Unexpended balances of
other funds transferred to the fund, with the approval of the
board of finance state superintendent,
at the end of the fiscal year; and
(3) Any other moneys authorized by law to be used for the purposes of the fund.
The proceeds of the fund shall be used only for the support of building and permanent improvement projects. The fund may be accumulated from year to year but moneys shall not be paid into the fund so as to increase the assets of the fund to a total amount in excess of 25 percent of the amount of the foundation school program for that county for the same school year.
§18-9B-15. Permanent improvement fund -- To be treated as separate fund; expenditures; limitation on accumulations and assets of fund.
A county board shall treat
the permanent improvement fund as a separate fund in the annual budget for
county school purposes. Expenditures shall be made from the fund only in
accordance with an appropriation made pursuant to the annual budget, or made
otherwise in accordance with this article. If the
board of finance state
superintendent finds, in its his or her examination of the
budget of a county school district, that a county board has accumulated, or
with proposed additions to the fund in the fiscal year will accumulate, the
fund of the county to an amount in excess of 25 percent of the amount of the
foundation school program of the county for the same fiscal year, the board
of finance state superintendent shall order that no moneys in excess
of the limitation be appropriated for or paid into the fund. If the board of
finance state superintendent finds that the assets of the fund of a
county exceed 25 percent of the amount of the foundation school program for the
county for the same year, the board state superintendent may
require that building and permanent improvement projects included in the annual
budget, be paid for out of the fund.
board of finance
state superintendent shall administer this section so as to keep the
accumulated assets of the fund, as near as may be, within the limitation of 25
percent of the amount of the foundation school program.
§18-9B-17. Duties of county board and county superintendent.
A county board of education
and a county superintendent shall comply with the instructions of the state
of finance superintendent and shall perform the duties required of
them in accordance with the provisions of this article.
§18-9B-18. Issuance and enforcement of orders.
board of finance
state superintendent shall enforce the requirements of and its
regulations issued under this article. The board state superintendent
may issue orders to county boards of education requiring specific compliance
with its his or her instructions. If a county board fails or
refuses to comply, the board state superintendent may proceed to
enforce its his or her order by any appropriate remedy in any
court of competent jurisdiction.
§18-9B-19. Withholding of state aid for noncompliance by county board.
board of finance
state superintendent may withhold payment of state aid from a county
board that fails or refuses to comply with the provisions of this article or
the requirements of the state board superintendent made in
board of finance state superintendent.
school finance superintendent may require, and prescribe the form
of, fiscal reports to be made to the board state superintendent
at such times and to contain such information as the board state
superintendent may determine.
§18-9B-21. Reports by
of finance state superintendent.
board of school
finance state superintendent shall make an annual report to the
Governor and to the Legislature pertaining to the work of the board state
superintendent and the finances of school districts. The board state
superintendent shall make such special reports as the Governor or the
Legislature may request.
ARTICLE 9E. AIR QUALITY IN NEW SCHOOLS ACT.
§18-9E-1. Short title.
§18-9E-3. Air quality in new schools.
(a) In an effort to create
well-ventilated school environments and notwithstanding any other provision of
this code to the contrary, any new school building designed and constructed in
the state by a county board, regardless of the funding source, shall be
designed and constructed in compliance with the current standards of the
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air conditioning Engineers
Handbook (ASHRAE), the National Fire Protection Association code (NFPA) and the
code of the Building Officials and Code Administrators (BOCA). International
Code Council (ICC).
(b) Upon notice from the
School Building Authority that a new public school building is occupied,
division of health a local health department shall perform radon
testing in the school within the first year after occupancy and at least every
five years thereafter. The county board shall provide any reasonable assistance
to the division of health local health department that is
necessary to perform the radon testing. The radon testing shall include all
major student-occupied areas at or below grade level. If it is determined that
radon is present in amounts greater than the amount determined to be acceptable
by the rules promulgated by the School Building Authority, pursuant to
subsection (d) of this section any industry accepted mitigation technique
shall be used to reduce the radon level to the level or below the level
determined acceptable by the School Building Authority.
(c) If the School Building Authority determines that it is feasible to test for radon prior to the construction of a school building, the School Building Authority may cause preconstruction site testing for radon to be performed.
(d) The School Building
promulgate rules propose rules for legislative
approval, pursuant to §29A-3-1 et seq. of this code, to ensure that
any new school building designed after the effective date of this article
is designed and constructed in accordance with the current ASHRAE, NFPA and BOCA
ICC standards. The School Building
Authority shall promulgate rules propose rules for legislative
approval, pursuant to §29A-3-1 et seq. of this code, that establish
standards for safe levels of radon for public school buildings. The rules shall
include the requirement that county boards submit all new school designs to the
School Building Authority for review and approval for compliance with current
education standards and design efficiencies prior to preparation of final bid
On or before July 1,
2002, the The School Building Authority shall promulgate rules
propose rules for legislative approval, pursuant to §29A-3-1 et seq.
of this code, to establish a process for independent testing, adjusting,
and balancing (TABS) heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems
in new school buildings or renovated schools when the HVAC system has been
replaced prior to occupancy. The process shall be consistent with current
ASHRAE standards and shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
(1) Requiring HVAC designers to be professional engineers registered in this state in the specific discipline associated with the system being designed;
(2) Requiring a process to ensure that the HVAC system has been installed in the prescribed manner and will operate within the performance guidelines as designed;
(3) Requiring participation of the design engineer who designed the system to verify the intent of the design;
(4) Requiring the TAB agent to be qualified to perform the desired services and perform testing and balancing procedures, or qualified to perform other School Building Authority-approved certification according to the procedures contained in the Associated Air Balance Council (AABC) national standards, the National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB) procedural standards and the Environment Engineering Consultants (EEC) standards for testing, adjusting and balancing of environmental systems;
(5) Requiring that the independent TAB agent directly represent the building owner and is under contract with the building owner and paid from project funds;
(6) Requiring that sufficient documentation is provided to the owner to facilitate control and maintenance of the systems in accordance with the manufacturer's requirements;
(7) Requiring that sufficient training is provided by the equipment manufacturer or an agent of the manufacturer to those persons who will operate and maintain the systems prior to occupation of the facility, including at least one full day follow-up training between six and eight months after the facility has been occupied; and
(8) Requiring certification upon successful completion of the TAB process by the independent TAB agent.
(f) To ensure proper maintenance and operation of new and replacement HVAC equipment, the Department of Education, using existing staff, shall provide county maintenance personnel additional training on the equipment and its controls at the site of the installation. The training shall occur within one year after student occupation of any new school facility or at any existing school facility where the HVAC system has been replaced or generally rehabilitated. Additionally, the Department of Education's facility staff shall provide on-site training to the county maintenance staff on the county's HVAC equipment at any facility that has been determined to have problematic indoor air quality as identified through the complaint procedure set forth in state board policy 6202.
(g) Upon completion of the required training, the Department of Education's facility staff shall provide the county board a report summarizing the training that was completed and a plan for continuing education of the county's HVAC staff. If sufficient staff is not available to the county to perform maintenance on HVAC systems, the Department of Education's staff shall assist the county in the development of an immediate and long range maintenance plan to ensure that HVAC systems are maintained and operated according to the manufacturer's recommendations.
Beginning July 1,
2002, and every Every three months thereafter the Department
of Education shall forward to the School Building Authority copies of any
complaints received by the Department of Education of indoor air quality
problems which require system repair or replacement and are identified through
the complaint procedure established in state board policy 6202.
(i) The state board shall
promulgate rules, pursuant to §29A-3B-1 et seq. of this code,
consultation with the division of health that authorize the use of any
appropriate floor covering in public school buildings, based on user needs and
§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 §29A-3B-1 et seq. 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 September 1, 1999
(b) County boards,
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
(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 then to the
counties. depending upon which entity employs the HVAC technician as
specified by rule
§18-9E-5. Investigation of indoor air quality complaints in existing schools and schools subsequently constructed.
(a) The state board,
consultation with the division of health shall promulgate rules, pursuant
to §29A-3B-1 et seq. of this code, which require each county board to
investigate all reports of indoor air quality problems within the county. The
rules shall set forth a designated official or officials within the county
school system to be responsible for addressing, pursuant to this section, any
indoor air quality complaints. The rules also shall set forth a procedure for
any party to file a complaint with the designated official or officials. Any
indoor air quality complaint found to be valid by the designated official or
officials shall be addressed by forming a plan of correction. Any county board
that addresses an indoor air quality complaint is encouraged to seek any
available assistance from local, state and federal agencies in both
investigating the complaint and in forming the plan of correction. A county
board shall consider any documented plans of closure of a school building when
forming any plan of correction for that school building. The rules shall be
submitted to the Legislative Oversight commission on education accountability
prior to September 1, 1999 Additionally, the rules shall set an appropriate
cost for a plan of correction over which all such plans of correction shall be
reported to the Legislative Oversight commission on education accountability.
Based upon the Legislative Oversight commission on education accountability's
experience in receiving the complaints, the commission shall submit a
recommendation for funding the plans of correction.
(b) Furthermore, each plan of correction shall be incorporated into each county board's 10-year county-wide major improvement plan set forth in§18-9D-16 of this code. Also pursuant to §18-9D-16 of this code, the state board may restrict the use of the necessary funds or otherwise allocate funds from moneys appropriated by the Legislature for those purposes set forth in §18‑9A-9 of this code: Provided, That nothing in this subsection shall be interpreted as requiring that a county board make addressing an air quality complaint a priority over other projects in the county board's 10-year county-wide major improvement plan.
ARTICLE 9F. SCHOOL ACCESS SAFETY ACT.
§18-9F-1. Legislative findings and intent.
§18-9F-3. School access safety plan.
(a) To facilitate the goals
of this article and to ensure the prudent and resourceful expenditure of state
funds, each county board seeking funds for school access safety projects during
a fiscal year shall submit to the authority a school access safety plan or
annual plan update that addresses the school access safety needs of each school
facility in the county. In developing its plan, the county board shall consult
with the Countywide Council on Productive and Safe Schools in accordance with
the provisions of this section and
section forty-two, article five of this
chapter §18-5-42 of this code.
(b) The safety plan shall include at least the following:
(1) A countywide inventory of each school facility's means of ingress to and egress from the school for students, school employees, parents, visitors and emergency personnel including, but not limited to:
(A) The number of controlled points of ingress to the school facility;
(B) The number and placement of exterior doors;
(C) The use of monitoring systems on exterior doors;
(D) The use of timed, magnetic or other locks on exterior doors;
(E) The use of two-way communication systems between points of ingress and school personnel;
(F) The use of functional panic or other alarm hardware on exterior doors; and
(G) The use of remote visitor access systems on points of ingress;
(2) The recommendations and
guidelines developed by the Countywide Council on Productive and Safe Schools
section forty-two, article five of this chapter §18-5-42
of this code together with the county board's assessment of the
recommendations and guidelines;
(3) Recommendations for effective communication and coordination between school facilities, local law-enforcement agencies and local emergency services agencies in the county;
(4) An assessment of the current status of crime committed on school campuses and at school-related functions;
(5) A projected school access safety repair and renovation schedule for all school facilities in the county;
(6) A prioritized list of all projects contained in the plan, including the projected cost of each project;
(7) A description of how:
(A) The plan addresses the goals of this article and guidelines established by the authority;
(B) Each project furthers the county board's safety plan, facilities plan and school major improvement plan;
(8) Notation of the funds available for allocation and disbursement to the county board pursuant to section six of this article;
(9) A description of any source of local funds that the county board intends to contribute to the safety projects, or an approved financial hardship waiver, to satisfy the local contribution requirements of section six of this article; and
(10) Any other element considered appropriate by the authority or required by the guidelines established pursuant to section three of this article, including any project and maintenance specification.
§18-9F-4. Guidelines and procedures for school access safety plans; project evaluation; on-site inspection of facilities.
By June 1, 2007
The authority shall establish and distribute to each county board guidelines
and procedures regarding school access safety plans and school access safety
projects, which shall address at least the following:
(1) All of the necessary
elements of the school access safety plan required in accordance with the
provisions of §18-9F-3 of this code;
section three of this article
(2) The manner, time line and process for submission to the authority of each safety plan and annual plan update, including guidelines for modification of an approved safety plan;
(3) Any project and maintenance specifications considered appropriate by the authority;
(4) Procedures for a county board to submit a preliminary plan, plan outline or plan proposal to the authority prior to submitting the safety plan. The preliminary plan, plan outline or plan proposal shall be the basis for a consultation meeting between representatives of the county board and the authority. The meeting shall be held as soon as practicable following submission in order to:
(A) Ensure understanding of the goals of this article;
(B) Discuss ways the plan may be structured to meet the goals of this article; and
(C) Ensure efficiency and productivity in the approval process; and
(5) Procedures for notifying county boards of the funds available for allocation and disbursement during each fiscal year pursuant to section six of this article.
By June 1, 2007
The authority shall establish and distribute to each county board guidelines
and procedures for evaluating safety plans and safety projects that address at
least the following:
(1) Whether the proposed safety project furthers the safety plan and complies with the guidelines established by the authority;
(2) How the safety plan and safety project will ensure the prudent and resourceful expenditure of state funds and achieve the purposes of this article;
(3) Whether the safety plan and safety project advance student health and safety needs, including, but not limited to, critical health and safety needs;
(4) Whether the safety plan and safety project include regularly scheduled preventive maintenance; and
(5) Consideration of the prioritized list of projects required by section three of this article.
(c) The authority shall establish guidelines and procedures for allocating and disbursing funds in accordance with section six of this article, subject to the availability of funds.
(d) Each county board receiving funds pursuant to this article annually shall conduct an on-site inspection and submit an audit review to the state board. The inspection shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of the Department of Education's Handbook on Planning School Facilities.
§18-9F-9. Crisis Response Plan.
(a) The state board in
conjunction with the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
by December 31, 2011 a legislative rule in accordance
with article three-b, chapter twenty-nine-a §29-3B-1 et seq. of
this code, and if necessary may promulgate an emergency rule in accordance
with said article for the establishment of an up-to-date, school specific
crisis response plan at every school in the state. In developing the rule, the
state board shall consider plans currently being developed as part of the safe
schools initiative currently underway by the School Building Authority and the
Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. In addition, those
portions of a school's access safety plan created pursuant to section three of
this article may be used as a portion of the school's school specific crisis
response plan if there are any overlapping requirements. The rule shall provide
for at least the following:
(1) A model school crisis response plan for use by each school in the state, including a uniform template which shall be used by each school to file the plan, including at least the following information, in a secure electronic system identified by the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management:
(A) The school employee in charge during a crisis and a designated substitute;
(B) A communication plan to be used during a crisis;
(C) Protocols for responding to immediate physical harm of students, faculty or staff and to traumatic events, including the period after the events have concluded;
(D) Disaster and emergency procedures to respond to earthquakes, fire, flood, other natural disasters, explosions or other events or conditions in which death or serious injury is likely;
(E) Crisis procedures for safe entrance to and exit from the school by students, parents, and employees, including an evacuation and lock down plan; and
(F) Policies and procedures for enforcing school discipline and maintaining a safe and orderly environment during the crisis.
(2) A requirement that each
school's school specific crisis response plan shall be in place and filed with
that school's county board, and included in a secure electronic system
identified by the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management;
later than August 1, 2013, or soon after completion by the school, whichever
(3) The necessary safeguards to protect information contained in each school specific crisis response plan that may be considered protected critical infrastructure information, law enforcement sensitive information or for official use only. These safeguards must have the approval the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. County boards shall provide the same necessary safeguards for the information in the plan;
(4) The annual review and
necessary update of the model plan and uniform template by state board in
conjunction with the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management by
December 31 of each year;
(5) The development by each school of a school specific crisis response plan by using the state board's model plan as an example and with consultation from local social services agencies, local first response agencies including police, fire, emergency medical services (EMS), emergency management and any other local entities that the school's crisis response planning team determines should be consulted;
(6) Procedures for the
annual review and update if necessary by each school of its school specific
crisis response planning plan. Each school shall file either an updated crisis
response plan or a memorandum stating that no update to the crisis response
plan was necessary with its county board and the Division of Homeland Security
and Emergency Management no later than August 1 of each year;
(7) Procedures for each school within the state to form a crisis response planning team, which team may consist of the school's Local School Improvement Council or a separate team consisting of the principal, two teachers, one service person and two parents of children attending the school. In addition the school may include on the team one member of the county board, a school counselor, a member from local law-enforcement authorities, the local county emergency services director and one student in grade ten or higher if the school has those grades;
(8) Procedures for informing and training school personnel on any actions required of them to effectuate the school's school specific crisis response plan;
(9) A model template for redacted copies of the school crisis response plan for the public inspection and for the release and notice to parents of information related to the plan; and
(10) Procedures for non
public schools to establish, file and update school crisis response plans
subdivision (1) subsection (a) of this section §18-9F-9(a)(1)
of this code.
(b) The county board shall
keep the current crisis response plan of each school in the county on file and,
unless otherwise provided for, provide a copy of each school's crisis response
plan to each local emergency response agency that has a role in the plan. Local
emergency response agencies that maintain a copy of the plan shall provide the
necessary safeguards for the information in the plan established pursuant to
the state board rule promulgated pursuant to
subsection (a) of this section §18-9F-9(a)
of this code. Upon request, a redacted copy of a school crisis response
plan shall be made available for inspection by the public with any information
removed that is necessary for compliance with the necessary safeguards.
Following the filing of its school specific crisis response plan with the
county board pursuant to subdivision (2), subsection (a) of this section
§18-9F-9(a)(2) of this code, each school shall annually send notice home
to all parents and guardians of students at the school alerting the parents and
guardians to the existence of the plan and the ability to review a redacted copy
at the offices of the county board.
ARTICLE 10J. BLIND PERSONS' LITERACY RIGHTS AND EDUCATION ACT.
§18-10J-1. Short title.
§18-10J-6. Teacher certification and training.
As part of the professional
certification process, teachers seeking to become certified in the education of
blind and visually impaired children shall demonstrate competence in reading
and writing braille. Before issuing a professional certificate to teach the
blind and visually impaired, the West Virginia Department of Education shall
require that the applicant demonstrate, based upon standards adopted by the
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of
Congress, Washington, D.C., that he or she is proficient in reading and writing
This requirement becomes effective July 1, 2000 Teachers
already certified in the education of blind and visually impaired children are
not required to demonstrate that proficiency in order to retain their
certification. Further, the West Virginia Department of Education shall, on a
schedule of at least once every three years, make available to all teachers of
blind and visually impaired children a continuing education class in reading or
writing braille or a college credit course in reading and writing braille, or
both. In order to achieve successful completion of a course, a teacher shall
demonstrate proficiency in reading and writing braille at a level commensurate
with the standards adopted by the National Library Service for the Blind and
Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress.
ARTICLE 17. WEST VIRGINIA SCHOOLS FOR THE DEAF AND THE BLIND.
§18-17-3. Tuition, board
and clothing of pupils.
indigent clothing fund
All such deaf pupils and
blind pupils shall be admitted to the schools without charge for board and
tuition. When not otherwise provided with clothing, they shall be furnished
therewith by the institution while they are pupils therein.
and the superintendent
shall make out an account therefor in each case against the county where the
pupil receiving the clothing resided at the time the clothing was furnished, in
an amount not exceeding $75 per annum for any one pupil, which account shall be
sworn to by the superintendent and countersigned by the business manager and
shall be transmitted by the superintendent to the Auditor of the state, who
shall forward a copy thereof to the clerk of the county court of such county.
The county court shall, at its next levy term, provide for the payment of the
same and cause the amount to be paid directly to the West Virginia schools for
the deaf and the blind to be deposited into the indigent clothing fund. All
money so received shall be disbursed upon requisitions for the payment of
accounts incurred thereunder. If any such accounts are not paid within a
reasonable time after such levy term, it shall be the duty of the Auditor to
collect the same.
ARTICLE 20. EDUCATION OF EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN.
§18-20-9. Gifted education caseload review.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to remove sections of the West Virginia Code, or portions of some sections, which contain antiquated, redundant, or outdated requirements for the administration of education in West Virginia.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.