Section 16-60-115

Adult Education, State Approving Agency, and Private School Licensure programs.

(a) All powers, duties, responsibilities, and functions of, and all related records, property, equipment of, and all rights, obligations of, and unexpended balances of appropriations including federal and other funds or allocations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002, of the Adult Education program, the State Approving Agency program, and the Private School Licensure program for postsecondary proprietary schools of the State Department of Education shall be transferred by the State Board of Education to the Postsecondary Education Department. Commencing on May 12, 2015, all authority vested in the Postsecondary Education Department pursuant to this subsection shall be transferred from the Postsecondary Education Department to the Alabama Community College System pursuant to Section 16-60-110.1.

(b) All funds appropriated to the State Department of Education for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2003, for the Adult Education program and the components of that program, the State Approving Agency program and the components of that program, and the Private School Licensure program and the components of that program for postsecondary proprietary schools, shall be transferred to the Postsecondary Education Department for its use during that fiscal year under the same terms and conditions as specified for those funds in any appropriation bill, or as otherwise specified by law. Commencing on May 12, 2015, all authority vested in the Postsecondary Education Department pursuant to this subsection shall be transferred from the Postsecondary Education Department to the Alabama Community College System pursuant to Section 16-60-110.1.

(c) All full-time nonprobationary employees of the Adult Education program and the components of that program, the State Approving Agency program and the components of that program, and the Private School Licensure program and the components of that program for postsecondary proprietary schools, shall be transferred to the Postsecondary Education Department on the effective date of this section to a full-time nonprobationary employee classification commensurate with the level of each respective employee classification at the Postsecondary Education Department on the date prior to the transfer. Commencing on May 12, 2015, all employees and programs transferred to the Postsecondary Education Department pursuant to this subsection shall be transferred from the Postsecondary Education Department to the Alabama Community College System pursuant to Section 16-60-110.1.

(d) Any full-time nonprobationary employee transferred under this section from the Postsecondary Education Department to the Alabama Community College System shall be entitled to the due process rights provided by the State Personnel Board on May 12, 2015, and also to all other rights, benefits, and due process to which they were entitled before May 12, 2015, and pursuant to Section 16-60-110.1, including, but not limited to, the right to accumulate leave, participate in the Teachers' Retirement System, and consideration for annual salary increases. No employee shall be demoted or have his or her salary, position, or status adversely affected due to his or her transfer or any other provision of this section.

(e) Upon the vacating of any of the employee classifications designated under subsection (c), by any such incumbents, such classifications shall cease to be automatically considered full-time nonprobationary positions and persons to fill such positions thereafter shall serve at the pleasure of the Chancellor of the Alabama Community College System, having the same rights, benefits, terms, conditions, and due process to which other employees of the Alabama Community College System are entitled.

(f) An employee of the community and technical colleges shall be as defined in subdivision (1) of Section 16-25A-1.

(g) An employee of the Alabama Community College System shall be as defined in subdivision (3) of Section 16-25-1.

(h) The State Board of Education shall coordinate the transfer. The State Superintendent of Education, the State Department of Education, and the Postsecondary Education Department shall assist the Chancellor and the Board of Trustees of the Alabama Community College System with the highest degree of cooperation to carry out the intent and purpose of this section and to achieve an orderly transition.

(i) The Chancellor of the Alabama Community College System shall direct all matters involving the Adult Education program, the State Approving Agency program, and the Private School Licensure program for postsecondary proprietary schools in conformance with state and federal law and the policies of the Alabama Community College System. All responsibilities related to the Adult Education program, the State Approving Agency program, and the Private School Licensure program for postsecondary proprietary schools previously vested with the Chancellor of the Postsecondary Education Department shall be vested with the Chancellor of the Alabama Community College System.

(j) The State Approving Agency program shall be transferred from the Postsecondary Education Department to the Alabama Community College System pursuant to this section.

(k) The Private School Licensure program for postsecondary proprietary schools shall be transferred from the Postsecondary Education Department to the Alabama Community College System pursuant to this section.

(l) The State Board of Education and the State Superintendent of Education shall take all administrative action, including the transfer of funds, appropriate and necessary to carry out the intent and purpose of this section.

(Act 2002-528, p. 1389, §§1-4; Act 2015-125, §6.)