Interpretation's Date: April 19, 1999
by superintendent Henry Marockie
Section: V. Personnel
SubSection: B. Principals, Supervisors, and Central Office Administrators



April 19, 1999

Larry Shaw
Post Office Box 196
New Manchester, West Virginia 26056

Dear Mr. Shaw:

I am writing in response to your question regarding whether your principal has the authority to assign you to teach one class period of physical education, your second teaching field, despite the fact that you have been a full time librarian for the past twelve years and the fact that the library will be staffed by a non-certified person while you are teaching the physical education class.

The answer is "yes" inasmuch as West Virginia Code 18A-2-9 grants the principal administrative and instructional supervision and responsibility for the school. Teaching assignments proposed by the superintendent and approved by the board should be general enough to allow the principal some scheduling flexibility.

This is a question that has been answered previously in a Superintendent's Interpretation dated June 9, 1993 and again on July 9, 1991 which are enclosed for your information.

Additionally, West Virginia Code 18-5-20 gives the board some latitude as to whether a librarian would be full time or part time. Consequently, there is added flexibility when staffing a school library. Hoping that I have been of service, I am



Henry Marockie
State Superintendent of Schools

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