H. B. 2187
(By Delegates Thompson, Dalton, Prunty and McGraw)
[Introduced January 13, 1999; referred to the
Committee on Education then Finance.]
A BILL to amend and reenact section three, article four, chapter
eighteen-a of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine
hundred thirty-one, as amended, relating to increasing
salary increments paid to principals and assistant
principals; and providing salary reduction procedures.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section three, article four, 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:
ARTICLE 4. SALARIES, WAGES AND OTHER BENEFITS.
§18A-4-3. State minimum annual salary increments for principals and assistant principals.
In addition to any salary increments for principals and
assistant principals, in effect on the first day of January, one thousand nine hundred
ninety-six ninety-nine, and paid from local
funds, and in addition to the county schedule in effect for
teachers, the county board shall pay each principal, a
principal's salary increment and each assistant principal an
assistant principal's salary increment as prescribed by this
section commencing on the first day of July, one thousand nine
hundred ninety-six ninety-nine, from state funds appropriated for
the salary increments.
State funds for this purpose shall be paid within the West
Virginia public school support plan in accordance with article
nine-a, chapter eighteen of this code.
The salary increment in this section for each principal
shall be determined by multiplying the basic salary for teachers
in accordance with the classification of certification and of
training of the principal as prescribed in this article, by the
appropriate percentage rate prescribed in this section according
to the number of teachers supervised.
STATE MINIMUM SALARY INCREMENT
RATES FOR PRINCIPALS
No. of Teachers
58 and up
The salary increment in this section for each assistant
principal shall be determined in the same manner as that for
principals, utilizing the number of teachers supervised by the
principal under whose direction the assistant principal works,
except that the percentage rate shall be fifty percent of the
rate prescribed for the principal.
Salaries for employment beyond the minimum employment term
shall be at the same daily rate as the salaries for the minimum
For the purpose of determining the number of teachers
supervised by a principal, the county board shall use data for
the second school month of the prior school term and the number
of teachers shall be interpreted to mean the total number of
professional educators assigned to each school on a full-time
equivalency basis: Provided, That if there is a change in
circumstances because of consolidation or catastrophe, the county
board shall determine what is a reasonable number of supervised
teachers in order to establish the appropriate increment
No county may reduce local funds allocated for salary increments for principals and assistant principals in effect on
the first day of January, one thousand nine hundred
ninety-nine, and used in supplementing the state minimum salaries
as provided for in this article, unless forced to do so by defeat
of a special levy, or a loss in assessed values or events over
which it has no control and for which the county board has
received approval from the state board prior to making the
If a loss of funds occur, county boards of education shall
implement a supplemental salary reduction plan so that
principals, assistant principals and all other administrative
personnel receive a percentage salary reduction equal to the
percentage salary reduction placed upon teachers for that county.
If local or state funds subsequently become available to
restore full or partial supplements for teachers, then salary
supplements will likewise be restored to principals and other
administrative personnel by using the same percentage formula as
that used to restore supplements for teachers.
Nothing in this section prevents a county board from
providing, in a uniform manner, salary increments greater than
those required by this section.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to increase the state
minimum salary index of principals by one percentage point and to use a single percentage countywide when counties are forced to
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken
from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language
that would be added.