H. B. 3177
(By Delegate Stalnaker)
[Introduced January 9, 2008; referred to the
Committee on Education then Finance.]
A BILL to amend and reenact §18-5-4 of the Code of West Virginia,
1931, as amended, relating to increasing the compensation of
members of county boards of education.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §18-5-4 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended,
be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 5. COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION.
§18-5-4. Meetings; employment and assignment of teachers; budget
hearing; compensation of members; affiliation with
state and national associations.
(a) The county board shall meet on the first Monday in July,
and upon the dates provided by law for the laying of levies, and at
any other times the county board fixes upon its records. Subject
to adequate public notice, nothing herein shall prohibit the county
board from conducting regular meetings in facilities within the county other than the county board office. At any meeting as
authorized in this section and in compliance with the provisions of
article four of this chapter, the county board may employ qualified
teachers, or those who will qualify by the time they enter upon
their duties, necessary to fill existing or anticipated vacancies
for the current or next ensuing school year. At a meeting of the
county board, on or before the first Monday in May, the county
superintendent shall furnish in writing to the county board a list
of those teachers to be considered for transfer and subsequent
assignment for the next ensuing school year. All other teachers
not listed are considered as reassigned to the positions held at
the time of this meeting. The list of those recommended for
transfer shall be included in the minute record and the teachers
listed shall be notified in writing. The notice shall be delivered
in writing, by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the
teachers' last known addresses within ten days following the board
meeting, of their having been recommended for transfer and
(b) Special meetings may be called by the president or any
three members, but no business may be transacted other than that
designated in the call.
(c) In addition, a public hearing shall be held concerning the
preliminary operating budget for the next fiscal year not fewer
than ten days after the budget has been made available to the public for inspection and within a reasonable time prior to the
submission of the budget to the state board for approval.
Reasonable time shall be granted at the hearing to any person who
wishes to speak regarding any part of the budget. Notice of the
hearing shall be published as a Class I legal advertisement in
compliance with the provisions of article three, chapter fifty-nine
of this code.
(d) A majority of the members of the county board constitutes
the quorum necessary for the transaction of official business.
(e) Board members
may receive compensation at a rate not to
exceed one hundred sixty dollars per meeting attended, but they may
not receive pay for more than fifty meetings in any one fiscal year
shall receive twelve thousand dollars a year in compensation for
the faithful performance of their duties.
Board members who serve
on an administrative council of a multicounty vocational center
also may receive compensation for attending up to twelve meetings
of the council at the same rate as for meetings of the county
board. Meetings of the council are not counted as board meetings
for purposes of determining the limit on compensable board
(f) Members also shall be paid, upon the presentation of an
itemized sworn statement, for all necessary traveling expenses,
including all authorized meetings, incurred on official business,
at the order of the county board.
(g) When, by a majority vote of its members, a county board
considers it a matter of public interest, the county board may join
the West Virginia school board association and the national school
board association and may pay the dues prescribed by the
associations and approved by action of the respective county
boards. Membership dues and actual traveling expenses incurred by
board members for attending meetings of the West Virginia school
board association may be paid by their respective county boards out
of funds available to meet actual expenses of the members, but no
allowance may be made except upon sworn itemized statements.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to increase the salary of
members of county boards of education to $12,000 a year.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from
the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would