Denise Spatafore

Denise Spatafore

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

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Payment of Final Wages - A Costly Rule if Overlooked by Payroll

We recently had the privilege of presenting to the West Virginia Association of School Human Resource Officials (WVASHRO) on the topic of “Employee Discipline: Step-by-Step for the Personnel Office.” One of the topics of...more

10/24/2014 - Attorney's Fees Employer Liability Issues Hiring & Firing Payment Schedules Public Schools Termination Treble Damages Wages

Personnel Deadlines For the 2014-2015 School Year

Reassignment of surplus personnel: When actual student enrollment in a grade level or program, unforeseen before March 1, 2014, permits the assignment of fewer teachers or service personnel to or within a school, the county...more

8/7/2014 - Deadlines Public Schools

New Process for Conflict Resolution in WV Schools

Beginning in August, school districts will need to prepare for a new process to address conflicts and complaints from citizens. On August 11, the new/amended process, known as the “Conflict Resolution Process for...more

7/21/2014 - Conflict Resolution Public Schools

“Stay Put” Provision still important in filling personnel positions

This time of the year county board of education personnel offices are busy filling both professional and service positions for the fast approaching 2014-15 school year (yeah, it’s hard to believe the school year will be here...more

7/9/2014 - Employment Contract Hiring & Firing School Districts

Work Session, Discussion, or Board “Meeting”?

Beginning on July 1, 2014, several West Virginia boards of education will welcome new board members. In fact, as required by state law, the organizational meeting for county boards throughout the state will take place on July...more

6/20/2014 - Board of Education Public Schools

Q&A for Pesky Summer Service Personnel Issues

An issue that arises every summer for counties relates to summer employment and summer seniority for service personnel. W. Va. Code 18-5-39(f) addresses the establishment of summer school programs....more

5/15/2014 - Board of Education Employment Policies Hiring & Firing Seniority

FOIA Requests: Boards of Education May Now Impose an Hourly Search Fee

A recent decision by the West Viginia Supreme Court of Appeals has now paved the way for public bodies, including boards of education, to impose a reasonable hourly search fee for Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests....more

4/14/2014 - Board of Education Fees FOIA

Senate Bill 477: Could There be Changes to Teacher Planning Periods?

Senate Bill No. 477 completed legislation, and as of the date of this Dinsmore & Shohl Education Law Practice Group Alert, the Bill is awaiting the signature of the Governor. The Bill, among other things, relates to the daily...more

3/28/2014 - Public Schools Teachers

Does your County’s Personnel Agenda Comply with the Open Governmental Proceedings Act?

As we begin to hold personnel hearings for “Personnel Season” a question that seems to come up often concerns the listing of individual employee names on county board of education agendas. Many administrators are,...more

2/3/2014 - Department of Education Employer Liability Issues Public Meetings Termination

Personnel Deadlines For the 2013-2014 School Year

Reassignment of surplus personnel: When actual student enrollment in a grade level or program, unforeseen before March 1, 2013, permits the assignment of fewer teachers or service personnel to or within a school, the county...more

10/29/2013 - Public Schools Retirement Student Enrollments Students Teachers

Back-to-School Supply Lists, Do You Recall that “Hot Topic”?

It may be hard to believe, but back-to-school time is quickly approaching. This weekend, I will be volunteering at the Communities in Schools of Greenbrier County “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive. ...more

7/29/2013 - Free Education Public Schools Students

Work Session, Discussion, or Board “Meeting” - A Slippery Slope

Boards of education often wish to gather together to “touch base” with members of their community or merely wish to discuss and work through issues they are facing, without any intention to take official board action or have...more

5/1/2013 - Board of Education Meeting

Refresher on the "Step-up" Process for Service Personnel

A common question our Education Law Practice Group deals with relates to how the “step-up” process works for service personnel. The “step-up” process is found in W. Va. Code 18A-4-15, which in relevant part, states...more

1/16/2013 - Service Personnel Step-Up Process

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