WEST VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Building 6 Room B-353
Charleston, WV 25305
February 11, 1999
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.
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.
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
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)
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
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.)
The Board approved the amendment to the Kanawha County CEFP. (Attachment C.)
The Board approved the five instructional materials adoption waivers. (Attachment D.)
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
Board members were provided an update on project CATS: Coordinated and Thematic Science. (Attachment F.)
Board members were provided an update on Education First: Our Future Depends on It. (Attachment G.)
Board members were provided with an update on Mingo County. (Attachment H.)
Board members were provided an update on the instructional technology projects in West Virginia. (Attachment I.)
Board members were provided an update on the administrative technology projects in West Virginia. (Attachment J.)
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.
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.
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.
Adam Sponaugle provided the Board with information on increasing the college-going rate. (Copy appended to Official Minutes. Attachment L.)
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.)
Peter Dougherty, provided the board with a report on the Commission's work.
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.
Lenore Zedosky provided the Board with a report on Teen Pregnancy Prevention.
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.)
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.)
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.)
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.)
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.)
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.
The next regular meeting of the West Virginia Board of Education will be held on March 11, 1999 in Charleston, West Virginia.
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