West Virginia Legislature
2017 Regular Session
House Bill 2166
(By Delegates Caputo and rowan)
[ Introduced February
8, 2017; Referred
to the Committee on Education then Finance.]
A BILL to amend and reenact §18-5-20 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to county boards of education; school libraries; requiring each school to have a certified library media specialist; and requiring the board to develop professional standards and the salary for the certified library media specialist.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §18-5-20 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 5. COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION.
§18-5-20. School libraries; librarian.
(a) The board may provide libraries for its schools and
may purchase books, bookcases, and other things necessary therefor, and shall
pay the cost of
such the libraries out of school funds of the
county. In connection with any such school library, the board may
employ a full-time librarian or may require one of the teachers at the school
to serve as a part-time librarian. Any such full-time librarian or any such
teacher-librarian, who holds a degree in library science based upon the
successful completion of a full year of graduate work at an institution
qualified and approved to offer such degree, and who holds a collegiate
elementary, first-class high school, or other certificate of equal rank, shall
be paid the same salary as is prescribed by law for teachers holding a master's
(b) The board
shall have has authority to
employ during the vacation period a librarian for any school having a library
of one hundred or more volumes, and to pay such the librarian out
of the school funds of the county an amount to be determined by the board. Any
librarian so appointed shall keep the library open at least one day a week, at
which time the patrons and pupils of the school may draw books from the library
under such rules and regulations for the care and return thereof as the board
(c) The board shall employ in each school a certified library media specialist whose professional standards and salary shall be developed and determined by the West Virginia Board of Education.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require county boards of education to employ a certified library media specialist in each county school. The bill also requires the board to develop professional standards and the salary for the certified library media specialist.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.