April 19, 1999
Director of Personnel
Greenbrier County Schools
Post Office Box 987
Lewisburg, West Virginia 24901
Dear Mr. Buck:
This letter is in response to your request of January 27, 1999 for an interpretation
concerning the following question: ?If a position is posted for a school counselor in a
grades 10-12 high school, does an applicant certified as a counselor K-8 and 5-12 and
whose only experience is in an elementary school counselor position receive credit for the
existence of teaching in the required certification area??
Based on the statute which provides:
?Guidance counselors and all of the professional employees, as
defined in Section 1, Article 1 of this chapter, ?shall gain the seniority
in their nonteaching area of professional employment on the basis of
the length of time the employee has been employed by the county
board of education in that area?.?
The response to your question, the answer is ?yes?.
For your edification, I am providing you with a copy of Jones v. Summers County
Board of Education, West Virginia Education and State Employees Grievance Board,
Hoping that I have been of service, I am
State Superintendent of Schools