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MINUTES

WEST VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION

Capitol Complex

1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East

Building 6 Room B-353

Charleston, WV 25305

February 11, 1999







I.

Call to Order



President James J. MacCallum called the regular meeting of the West Virginia Board of Education, to order at 10:05 a.m. February 11, 1999 in the Board Conference Room, Charleston, West Virginia. Members present were: Secretary Cleo P. Mathews, Sandra M. Chapman, Sheila M. Hamilton, Jim McKnight, J.D. Morris, Paul J. Morris, Charles Manning, and state superintendent Henry Marockie.



II.

Approval of Minutes



Upon motion by Mr. J.D. Morris, second by Ms. Sandra Chapman, the Board approved the minutes of the January 14, 1999 regular meeting and the January 27, 1999 special meeting.



III.

Approval of the Agenda



Upon motion by Ms. Sandra Chapman, second by Mrs. Sheila Hamilton, the Board approved the agenda with the following change and addition:



Page 1 & 2 - Delete VII.A.1. Upshur County CEFP Amendment

Page 6 - Add Executive Session prior to XI. Miscellaneous

Page 6 - Add New Business F. Saving Money in Schools Program

Page 6 - Add XI. Miscellaneous - S.B. 300 Discussion



IV.

Recognitions



Rachel Reynolds, Herbert Hoover High School, Elected Secretary of the National Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)

Conrad Lucas, Berkeley Springs High School, Vice President of Membership, National Future Homemakers of America/Home Economics Related Occupations (FHA/HERO)













V.

Delegations



Board members heard from the following delegations:

A. Tony Antonini, student at Morgantown High School, regarding Civics

B. Judy Sjostedt, Board President, Wood County, Program & Resource Manager, Partnerships in Education, Education Alliance - regarding School-Business Partnerships

C. Sheila Whittington, Jobs for America's Graduates (JAGS)

D. West Virginia Governor's Schools Students

E. Lt. Col. Thomas McCool, US Army Recruiter

F. Hunter Smith, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army for West Virginia



VI.

Consent Agenda



Upon motion by Mr. J.D. Morris, second by Ms. Sandra Chapman, the Board approved all consent agenda items as amended and as recommended. (Copies appended to Official Minutes. Attachments B-K.)



Amendment - Kanawha County Comprehensive Education Facilities Plan



The Board approved the amendment to the Kanawha County CEFP. (Attachment C.)



Waivers of State Board of Education Policies



The Board approved the five instructional materials adoption waivers. (Attachment D.)



County Boards of Education Budget Supplement and Transfer Request for 1998-99



The Board approved the county board of education supplement and transfer requests for 1998-99 year as follows:



For the Month of January 1999

Total Supplements $22,387,119

Total Transfers $3,047,580

(Attachment E.)



Project CATS



Board members were provided an update on project CATS: Coordinated and Thematic Science. (Attachment F.)







Education First



Board members were provided an update on Education First: Our Future Depends on It. (Attachment G.)



Mingo County



Board members were provided with an update on Mingo County. (Attachment H.)



Instructional Technology Report



Board members were provided an update on the instructional technology projects in West Virginia. (Attachment I.)



Administrative Technology Report



Board members were provided an update on the administrative technology projects in West Virginia. (Attachment J.)



Personnel



The Board approved the personnel items for the West Virginia Department of Education and the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind as listed in Attachment K.



VII.

Executive Session



Mr. J.D. Morris moved, second by Mr. Jim McKnight, that the Board enter into executive session to discuss personnel matters. Motion carried. The Board entered into executive session at 11:50 a.m.



The Board returned to open session at 2:30 p.m. President MacCallum advised that no decisions were made and no action taken during the executive session.



VIII.

Executive Secretary



Upon motion by Mr. Jim McKnight, second by Mr. Paul J. Morris, the Board approved Darcel Vermillion as the Executive Secretary to the State Board of Education effective February 12, 1999.



IX.

Increasing the College-Going Rate



Adam Sponaugle provided the Board with information on increasing the college-going rate. (Copy appended to Official Minutes. Attachment L.)



X.

West Virginia Educare



Barbara Gebhard, Deputy Director, Governor's Cabinet on Children and Families provided the board with Policy and Funding Recommendations for West Virginia Educare. (Copy appended to Official Minutes. Attachment M.)



XI.

West Virginia Commission for Professional Teaching Standards



Peter Dougherty, provided the board with a report on the Commission's work.



XII.

Report from Pendleton and Grant County Boards of Education

Regarding Transportation of Students to Grant County Schools



At the January 14, 1999, this transportation issue was referred back to the local boards to work out under present state law and State Board policy.



Pendleton County Superintendent Clayton reported to the Board that Pendleton and Grant County Boards met on January 27, 1999 at Pendleton County High School and did not resolve the issue.



Laura Huffman addressed the board to reiterate her concerns brought before the board at the January 14, 1999 meeting.



The Board directed the state superintendent to further research the matter.



XIII.

Report on Teen Pregnancy Prevention



Lenore Zedosky provided the Board with a report on Teen Pregnancy Prevention.



XIV.

Policy 2510 - Assuring the Quality of Education: Regulations

for Education Programs



Policy 2510 defines the education programs that will be available for the students in West Virginia schools. The proposed revision to Section 8.2.3 would eliminate the requirement that county school systems allow students to test out of courses. The school systems may, should they choose to do so, provide testing out opportunities.



Upon motion by Mr. Paul J. Morris, second by Mrs. Cleo Mathews, the Board placed Policy 2510, Assuring the Quality of Education: Regulations for Education Programs on public comment until April 2, 1999 for action at the April meeting. (Copy appended to Official Minutes. Attachment MC.)





XV.

Praxis Test Results and Recommended Changes in Passing Scores



Howard Kardatzke provided the board with Praxis Test results and recommended changes in passing scores for Praxis I and Praxis II tests.



Action was deferred until the March 11, 1999 meeting. (Copy appended to Official Minutes. Attachment N.)



XVI.

Notice, Request, and Instructions to Vendors of Instructional Materials



West Virginia Code 18-2A-2 requires a written request (Call) be issued to vendors for bids, samples, and prices of textbooks, instructional materials, and learning technologies. The 1999 Call is limited to the required materials and programs in the areas of Science, K-12 and Health, K-12. Approval of the Call will initiate the sequence of activities that must be completed to provide the Official State Multiple List of Instructional Materials to counties by December 1999.



Upon motion by Mr. J.D. Morris, second by Ms. Sandra Chapman, the Board approved the Call for the Official State Multiple List of Instructional Materials for Science, K-12 and Health, K-12. (Copy appended to Official Minutes. Attachment O.)



XVII.

Athletic Trainers in West Virginia



Upon motion by Mr. J.D. Morris, second by Mrs. Cleo Mathews, the Board approved the Athletic Trainer Review Board recommended waiver requests from 42 high schools for the 1998-99 school term. (Copy appended to Official Minutes. Attachment P.)



XVIII.

Approval of the 1999-2000 School Calendar for the West Virginia

Schools for the Deaf and the Blind



Upon motion by Mrs. Cleo Mathews, second by Mr. Paul J. Morris, the Board approved the 1999-2000 School Calendar for the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. (Copy appended to Official Minutes. Attachment Q.)



XVIX.

Miscellaneous



Barbara Jones provided information about the Savings in Schools Program.



The Board briefly discussed S.B. 300



The July 8, 1999 Board meeting date was changed to July 15, 1999.





XX.

Future Meetings



The next regular meeting of the West Virginia Board of Education will be held on March 11, 1999 in Charleston, West Virginia.



XXI.

Adjournment



Upon motion by Mrs. Cleo Mathews, second by Mr. J. D. Morris, the Board adjourned at approximately 4:00 p.m.





Minutes approved by the Board on April 15, 1999.







_________________________________________

James J. MacCallum, President



minutes 2/11/99