"We find no mention in this bill that has to do with this bureaucracy," she said.
Central office administrative salaries also continue to climb, she said.
County superintendents made $110,579 on average this year, while assistant superintendents earned $96,000 a year. Superintendents working in counties taken over by the state Board of Education recently received $10,000 salary hikes, bumping their annual pay to $120,000, Hale said.
Meanwhile, West Virginia teachers were paid $45,452 on average, according to AFT's data.
"We are widening the gap between people on the front lines dealing with students every day and the bloated bureaucracy," she said.
Jackee Long, president of the West Virginia School Service Personnel Association, said Tomblin's bill also won't tackle "top heaviness" at the state Department of Education.
Instead, the legislative shifts education department administrative positions to the state's eight Regional Education Service Agencies, which provide technical assistance to county school boards.
Long said most RESAs are headed by former county superintendents. The agencies have 467 employees.
"Can anyone in this room tell me what they do?" Long asked. "Senate Bill 359 simply trims the fat at the West Virginia Department of Education and gives it to the RESAs. Expanding RESAs will do nothing to improve student achievement and is not an efficient use of our taxpayer dollars."
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