September 30, 2004
Director of Vocation Education
Mason County Schools
1200 Main Street
Point Pleasant, WV 25550
Dear Ms. Caplinger:
I am in receipt of your request for an opinion regarding the payment of Adult Night
School instructors. Specifically, you ask whether Mason County teachers who obtain
positions with the Adult Night School Program are required to be paid their regular daily
rate, or if it is permissible for the county to set an alternate hourly rate of pay for the
To begin, we must understand that teaching positions at the Adult Night School
Program are extracurricular positions. The night school program involves the instructing
of students and occurs at times other than the regularly scheduled working hours for
teachers. West Virginia Code ?18-4-16, states, in pertinent part:
?(1) . . . Extracurricular duties shall mean, but not be limited to, any activities that
occur at times other than regularly scheduled working hours, which include the
instructing, coaching, chaperoning, escorting, providing support services or caring
for the needs of students, and which occur on a regularly scheduled basis . . .?
Further, West Virginia Code ?18A-4-16 provides that:
?(1) The assignment of teachers and service personnel to extracurricular
assignments shall be made only by mutual agreement of the employee and the
superintendent, or designated representative, subject to board approval . . .
(3) The terms and conditions of the agreement between the employee and the
board shall be in writing and signed by both parties.
(4) An employee's contract of employment shall be separate from the extracurricular
assignment agreement . . .?
Thus, it is clear that there is no requirement that a board of education pay teachers
their regular hourly rate for services performed pursuant to an extracurricular contract. It
is permissible for the county to set an alternate hourly rate of pay. The rate of pay for an
extracurricular contract must, however, be set forth in a written agreement signed by both
parties to the agreement.
Hoping that I have been of service, I am
State Superintendent of Schools