Interpretation's Date: December 31, 1969
by superintendent Dr. Michael J. Martirano
Section: VIII. Finance

MaryJane Pope-Albin, Superintendent
Wirt County Schools
PO Box 189
Elizabeth, WV 26143

Dear Superintendent Pope-Albin:

I am in receipt of your request for a Superintendent's Interpretation regarding West Virginia Code 18-9A-10, foundation allowance to improve instructional programs. Specifically, you ask:

Is it acceptable for a county board to utilize Step 7b funds for the employment of computer technician personnel?

W. Va. Code 18-9A-10 states, in part, that:

"(2) For the purposes of improving instructional technology, an amount equal to twenty percent of the increase in the local share amount for the next school year above any required allocation pursuant to section six-b of this article shall be added to the amount of the appropriation for this purpose for the immediately preceding school year. The sum of these amounts shall be distributed to the counties as follows:

(A) Thirty thousand dollars shall be allocated to each county; and
(B) Distribution to the counties of the remainder of these funds shall be made proportional to the average of each county's average daily attendance for the preceding year and the county's second month net enrollment.

Effective July 1, 2014, moneys allocated by provision of this subdivision shall be used to improve instructional technology programs according to the county strategic improvement plans."

Furthermore, since it is essential for instructional technology programs to be utilized effectively, internet access must be fully functional and readily available when needed by the various classroom teachers, it is essential that county boards employ a sufficient number of qualified personnel to maintain the network systems within a school and ensure the proper connectivity of all the various devices that students may use.

Therefore, in my opinion, county boards may use Step 7b allocation for the employment computer technician as long as the request to employ such personnel is included and justification is provided in the county board's Strategic Technology Learning Plan specified by W. Va. Code 18-2E-7.

I trust this provides the guidance requested.

Hoping that I have been of service, I am



Dr. Michael J. Martirano

State Superintendent of Schools

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