WEST virginia Legislature
2018 regular session
Senate Bill 62
By Senator Prezioso
10, 2018; Referred
to the Committee on Education]
A BILL to amend and reenact §18-8-3 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to school attendance directors; and adjusting requirements for hiring an attendance director.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
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, no later than August 1 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 4,000 pupils, at least a half-time director of school attendance if such county has a net enrollment equal to or less than 4,000 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: Provided,
That if the position of attendance director has been posted,
and no fully
certified applicant applies, the county may employ a person who holds a
professional administrative certificate and meets the special and professional
qualifications established by the county board as attendance director and that
person shall not be required to obtain attendance director certification the
county may employ a person who holds full attendance certification or a person
who holds a professional administrative certificate with five or more years of
(c) The attendance director or assistant director shall be paid a monthly salary as fixed by the county board. 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 allow counties to hire persons with professional administrative certificates and five years of experience as attendance directors.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.