A common issue always arising among West Virginia county boards of education relates to the filling of coaching positions in public schools. For example, does a citizen (non-employee) receive a coaching position over a currently certified professional educator? Does a certified professional educator receive a coaching position over a substitute employee holding certification? Does a certified professional educator in the home county receive priority over a certified professional educator employed in an adjoining county? What is the impact of an employee who is on permit? Does a service personnel employee have any rights to be a coach?

The purpose of this month's education law newsletter is to provide a yearly refresher to county boards of education as it relates to these common issues when dealing with coaching vacancies.