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Introduced Version Senate Bill 569 History

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Senate Bill No. 569

(By Senator Hunter)

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[Introduced February 5, 2008; referred to the Committee on Education; and then to the Committee on Finance.]

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A BILL to amend and reenact §18-8-3 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to compulsory school attendance directors.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §18-8-3 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 8. COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE.

§18-8-3. Employment of county director of school attendance and assistants; qualifications; salary and traveling expenses; removal.
(a) The county board of education of every county, not later than the first day of August of each year, shall employ the equivalent of a full-time county director of school attendance if such county has a net enrollment of more than four thousand two thousand five hundred pupils, at least a half-time director of school attendance if such county has a net enrollment equal to or less than four thousand two thousand five hundred pupils and such assistant attendance directors as deemed necessary. All persons to be employed as attendance directors shall have the written recommendation of the county superintendent.
(b) The county board of education may establish special and professional qualifications for attendance directors and assistants as are deemed expedient and proper and are consistent with regulations of the State Board of Education relating thereto. However the county may not require additional certification for an attendance director if that director has earned a professional degree in social work that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Accreditation.
(c) The attendance director or assistant director shall be paid a monthly salary as fixed by the county board, and the board shall offer a salary incentive for attendance directors if that director has earned a professional degree in social work that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Accreditation. The attendance director or assistant director shall prepare attendance reports, and such other reports as the county superintendent may request.
(d) The county board of education shall reimburse the attendance directors or assistant directors for their necessary traveling expenses upon presentation of a monthly, itemized, sworn statement approved by the county superintendent.



NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to reduce the ratio of pupils per attendance director, waive additional certification for attendance directors who hold certain social work degrees, and provide salary increases for attendance directors who hold social work degrees.

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