Introduced Version House Bill 178 History

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House Bill 178

By Delegate Hanshaw (Mr. Speaker)

[ Introduced June 17, 2019; Referred
to the Select Committee on Education Reform C

A BILL to amend and reenact §18A-2-1a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to employment of individuals to teach elective courses. 

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:


§18A-2-1a. Employment of other personnel.

(a) A county board is authorized to employ athletic directors to work in the public schools under the supervision of a school principal and in accordance with the rules of the county board.

(a) The athletic director is responsible for planning, management, operation and evaluation of the athletic program for the school or schools to which he or she is assigned.

(b) The responsibilities of an athletic director may include, but are not limited to the following:

(1) Supervising athletic games;

(2) Overseeing the athletic budget;

(3) Hiring game officials;

(4) Scheduling athletic contests;

(5) Knowing and upholding all county, West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission (WVSSAC) and league rules;

(6) Maintaining proper records as required by West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission (WVSSAC) for school participation;

(7) Scheduling transportation for athletic teams;

(8) Preparing and verifying athletic eligibility lists;

(9) Supervising coaches and, if appropriately certified, observing and evaluating coaches;

(10) Securing all needed personnel for basic athletic event operations;

(11) Procuring and caring for athletic equipment; and

(12) Performing other duties involving athletics as assigned by the principal or as a part of a county job description for athletic directors.

(b) A county board is authorized to employ certain noncertified individuals to work in the public schools under the supervision of a school principal and in accordance with the rules of the county board. These individuals are permitted to teach no more than one elective course each semester of the school year without becoming certified. The elective courses taught by individuals pursuant to this section shall be counted as elective units of credit toward high school graduation requirements.  In addition to complying with the rules of the county board, in order to be eligible to teach an elective class pursuant to this section, a person shall:

(1) Be of good moral character;

(2) Be physically, mentally and emotionally qualified to perform the duties of a teacher;

(3) Attain the age of 18 years on or before October 1 of the year prior to teaching the elective course;

(4) Have relevant academic, occupational or other qualifications that reasonably indicate that the individual will be competent to fill the teaching position in which he or she would be employed. For the purposes of this section, “reasonably indicate” means an academic major, occupational experience or other qualifications in the subject matter of the elective course to which the individual will be teaching; and

(5) Qualify for employment after a criminal history that meets the provisions contained in §18A-3-10 of this code. 


NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to permit noncertified individuals with relevant qualifications to teach one elective course per semester. 

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

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