Introduced Version Senate Bill 149 History

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Senate Bill No. 149

(By Senators Bailey, Sprouse, Redd and Ross)


[Introduced January 10, 2002; referred to the Committee

on Education; and then to the Committee on Finance.]


A BILL to amend and reenact section two, article five, chapter eighteen-a of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, relating to closing schools for the observance of Good Friday.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section two, article five, chapter eighteen-a of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:

§18A-5-2. Holidays; closing of schools; time lost because of closing; special Saturday classes.

Schools shall may not be kept open on any Saturday nor or on the following days which are designated as legal school holidays, namely: Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Martin Luther King's birthday, Good Friday, Memorial Day, West Virginia Day and any day on which a primary election, general election or special election is held throughout the state or school district and any day appointed and set apart by the president or the governor as a holiday of special observance by the people of the state.
When any such holiday falls within the employment term, it shall be considered as is a day of the employment term and the full-time school personnel shall receive his or her pay for same the holiday. When any of the above designated holidays, except a special election, falls on Saturday, the schools shall be closed on the preceding Friday; when any such of the holidays falls on Sunday, the schools shall be closed on the following Monday.
Special classes may be conducted on Saturdays, provided if they are conducted on a voluntary basis, for pupils and by teachers and service personnel, and that such if the teachers and service personnel shall be are remunerated in ratio to the regularly contracted pay.
Any school or schools may be closed by proper authorities on account of the prevalence of contagious disease, conditions of weather or any other calamitous cause over which the board has no control. Under any or all of the above provisions, the time lost by the closing of schools is counted as days of employment and as meeting a part of the requirements of the minimum term of one hundred eighty days of instruction. On such that day or days, county boards of education may provide appropriate alternate work schedules for professional and service personnel affected by the closing of any school or schools under any or all of the above provisions. Professional and service personnel shall receive pay the same as if school were in session. Insofar as If funds are available or can be made available during the school year, the board may extend the employment term for the purpose of making up time that might affect the instructional term.
In addition to any other provisions of this chapter, the board is further authorized to provide in its annual budget for meetings, workshops, vacation time or other holidays through extended employment of personnel at the same rate of pay.

NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to provide that schools are closed on Good Friday.

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