Sources of Revenue:

General Fund

Legislation creates:

Neither Program nor Fund

Fiscal Note Summary

Effect this measure will have on costs and revenues of state government.


Fiscal Note Detail

Effect of Proposal Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year
(Upon Full
1. Estmated Total Cost 8,919,250 1,627,375 1,674,042
Personal Services 1,417,250 1,459,675 1,503,561
Current Expenses 90,000 92,700 95,481
Repairs and Alterations 0 0 0
Assets 0 0 0
Other 7,412,000 75,000 75,000
2. Estimated Total Revenues 0 0 0

Explanation of above estimates (including long-range effect):

    Target Population
    The state presently has two (2) staff secure residential programs for status offenders serving a total of 60 youth. Also, approximately 42 status offenders are presently out-of-state (source: DHHR). Therefore, the total population targeted for secure residential services in this fiscal note is 102 status offenders.
    Construction of a Facility
    The cost of construction of a secure residential facility for 102 youth is estimated at $7,037,000. These costs include the cost of
    construction of a school facility ( cost of construction of a school building is 125 sq. ft./student x 102 students x $155/sq. ft. = $1,976,250); the cost of construction of 12 cottages (12 x 2,200 sq. ft. x $155/sq. ft. = $4,092,000); the cost of construction of a dining hall (2,750 sq. ft. x $155/sq. ft. = $426,250); the cost of construction of an administrative building (3,500 sq. ft. x $155/sq. ft. = $542,500). This fiscal note assumes that the land for the residential facility will be available at no cost to the state. Sources for construction costs were the School Building Authority and DHHR.
    Care and Treatment
    The costs of care and treatment per year are estimated at $185/day per student for a total of $6,887,550 (source: DHHR). These
    costs include provision of 24-hour care staff, counseling staff, cooks, maintenance staff, medical staff, etc. For the present population of 102 status offenders these costs are presently paid by state funds through DHHR and Medicaid. It is assumed that these funds would be made available to the State Board of Education and no additional state funds for care and treatment would be needed.
    Education Services
    DHHR presently pays the educational costs for juveniles who are placed out-of-state for non-educational reasons as part of their
    responsibility for care and treatment. It is assumed that DHHR pays the education costs for this target population and that these
    funds are not transferrable. Two county boards of education (Cabell and Harrison) pay the costs for the education of students in the
    state’s two status offender facilities. Since these costs are supported by the school-aid formula, they are not transferrable to the State Board of Education. Therefore, this fiscal note assumes that educational costs under this bill require new state funds.
    1. The cost of educational staff for the facility is estimated at
     $1,417,250 and is detailed as follows:
     ● 13 classroom teachers (regular, special and vocational
     education -8:1 ratio) for 240 days at $50,000 per teacher
     = $650,000
     ● 5 service personnel for 240 days at $27,500 each = $137,500
     ● 1 principal for 261 days at $65,000
     ● 2 school counselors and 1 educational diagnostician for 240
     days at $50,000 each = $150,000
     ● fringe benefits at 40% for professional and 50% for service
     personnel = $414,750
    2. The initial cost of equipment (computer labs, vocational
     training equipment, recreational equipment, furnishings, etc.) is
     estimated at $375,000.
    3. The cost of operational expenses for the education program
     (telephone, maintenance agreements, materials and supplies,
     contractual services) is estimated at $90,000.
    Total Estimated Cost
    The total cost to construct, staff and operate a status offender facility under this proposed bill for 102 juveniles is estimated at
    § 18-5-19 was amended in 1996 as follows: “County boards may admit school-age children and youth to these classes or schools under circumstances prescribed by a state board of education policy governing alternative education programs.” State Board of Education Policy 2418 was then adopted providing for evening classes and night school programs for certain suspended or expelled students. Funds have been appropriated for this provision by the Legislature.
    The costs for NEXT and THEREAFTER for both components of this bill include a three percent inflation factor on recurring cost items. Construction and start up items are included in the current year only.



    Person submitting Fiscal Note: Renee Hodges
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