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                         SENATE BILL 5534



State of Washington      55th Legislature     1997 Regular Session


By Senators Wood, Kohl, Patterson, Spanel, Bauer, Prince, Hale, Winsley and Haugen


Read first time 01/30/97.  Referred to Committee on Higher Education.

Providing a specific funding mechanism for making additional community and technical college faculty salary increment awards.

    AN ACT Relating to faculty salary increments for community and technical colleges; adding a new section to chapter 28B.50 RCW; and creating a new section.




    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.  The legislature finds that the community and technical colleges offer quality, cost-effective instructional programs to the citizens of the state.  The legislature also finds that an experienced, educated faculty, up-to-date in respective disciplines and effective teaching techniques is vital to the quality of instruction.  The legislature further finds that a system of compensation for academic employees that recognizes experience, education, and continuing professional development will foster quality teaching.  It is the intent of the legislature that state appropriations be adjusted to an amount which, together with faculty turnover savings, provides for a fair and equitable funding of faculty salary increments.


    NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.  A new section is added to chapter 28B.50  RCW to read as follows:

    (1) Community and technical college boards of trustees shall award faculty salary increments based on local agreements developed under chapter 28B.52 RCW.  Each biennium, the state board for community and technical colleges shall submit in its biennial budget request an amount of funds, which together with faculty turnover savings, is sufficient to cover the projected costs of increments for the community and technical college system.  It is the intent of the legislature that the annual cost of salary increments under this subsection, exclusive of turnover savings, should be funded by legislative appropriation, not to exceed one and one-half percent of the faculty salary base.  Upon receipt of a line item appropriation from the legislature, the state board for community and technical colleges shall distribute the funds to the college districts in a fair and equitable manner.  Allocation from the state board for community and technical colleges must recognize turnover savings.

    (2) The state board for community and technical colleges shall convene a task force comprised of representatives from the state board, the presidents' organization, the trustees' organization, and the faculties' organization as defined by RCW 28B.52.020(7), to advise the state board on guidelines for the fair and equitable distribution of increment funds.


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