Interpretation's Date: April 2, 1999
by superintendent Henry Marockie
Section: V. Personnel
SubSection: A. Professional Personnel
April 2, 1999
Ms. Mary Elliott
Dear Ms. Elliott:
This letter is in response to your telephone inquiry regarding seniority and transferring of teachers at the county level.
Please be advised that the general rule according to West Virginia Code 18A-4-7a
for transfer provides that the person with the least amount of seniority in the county should
be transferred. However, West Virginia Code 18-A-7a also provides for various other
situations in which seniority is not necessarily the sole deciding factor. These situations
include, but are not limited to:
1. Whether the reduction is county-wide or limited to a single school.
2. Areas of certification.
3. Whether the employee is working with a temporary permit.
The specific facts of the personnel action will be dispositive in each case. For your
information, a copy of West Virginia Code 18A-4-7a is enclosed and two decisions of the
WV Education and State Employees Grievance Board for your review. Hoping that I have
been of service, I am