Interpretation's Date: January 29, 1991
by superintendent Henry Marockie
Section: VIII. Finance

January 29, 1991

Ms. Cynthia Forman
Speech-Language Pathologist
109 Lewis Avenue
Barboursville, West Virginia 25504

Dear Ms. Forman:

You have asked whether speech-language pathologists are teachers according to the meaning of that word as used in W.Va. Code 18-5A-5(b)(1), and therefore, entitled to a $50 allocation from faculty senate funds.

No. Although W.Va. Code 18-9A-9 grants each county board of education $200 per professional instructional personnel employed, W.Va. Code 18-5A-5(b)(1) makes $50 allocations from this money only to classroom teachers and librarians, plus counselors since Code 18A-1-1(c)(1) includes counselors in the definition of classroom teachers.* Speech-language pathologists are not included in the definition of classroom teacher by /18-1-1(c)(1). See my enclosed memorandum of October 25, 1990, where marked.

Hoping that I have been of service, I am,



Henry Marockie
State Superintendent of Schools

cc: Mr. Robert J. Brewster
Cabell County Schools


* For other purposes the expression "professional instructional personnel" is defined more broadly to include others besides classroom teachers (and counselors) and librarians by /18-9A-2.

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