March 29, 2004
Associate Superintendent for Operations
Pocahontas County Schools
926 Fifth Avenue
Marlinton, WV 24954
Dear Ms. Irvine:
I am in receipt of your request for a Superintendent?s Interpretation regarding
additional pay for service employees performing specialized health care procedures.
Specifically, you explain that, in your county, there are multi-classified aides and/or
secretaries who have received specialized health care procedures training and who are
currently providing specialized health care services to approved students. You ask
whether these employees are entitled to additional pay for performing the specialized
health care procedures.
West Virginia Code ? 18-5-22 states, in pertinent part:
?Any school service employee who elects, or is required by this section, to undergo
training or retraining to provide, in the manner specified in this section, the
specialized health care procedures for those students for which the selection has
been approved by both the principal and the county board, shall receive additional
pay of at least one pay grade higher than the highest pay grade for which the
employee is paid . . .?
It is my interpretation that any aide or secretary who has been properly trained and
approved to provide specialized health care procedures, and who does provide the
procedures, is entitled to be paid one pay grade higher than the highest pay grade for
which the employee is otherwise paid.
This rule applies to both multi-classified service employees and those service
employees working in a single classification area. For instance, if the employee in question is multi-classified as a Secretary III/Accountant II, and dispenses medications as part of his/her duties, then the employee will be paid at paygrade G. If the employee in question is multi-classified as a Supervisory Aide III/Autism Mentor, and dispenses medications as part of his/her duties, then he/she will be paid at paygrade G.
This interpretation is supported by the West Virginia Education and State
Employees Grievance Board, as set forth in Elliot v. Randolph County Board of Education, Docket No. 98-42-305 (March 11, 1999), and Skeen v. Jackson County Board of Education, Docket No. 97-18-161 (September 18, 1997).
Hoping that I have been of service, I am,
State Superintendent of Schools
cc: Joe Panetta, Executive Director, Office of School Finance