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MINUTES

WEST VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION

at

Snowshoe Mountain Resort

Silver Creek Lodge - Pocahontas Room

Snowshoe, West Virginia

August 12, 1999



I.

Call to Order



President Cleo P. Mathews called the regular meeting of the West Virginia Board of Education to order at 9:15 a.m. on August 12, 1999 in the Pocahontas Room of Silver Creek Lodge at the Snowshoe Mountain Resort, Snowshoe, West Virginia. Members present were Secretary J. D. Morris, Sandra M. Chapman (by telephone), Jim L. McKnight, and Paul J. Morris.



II.

Approval of Minutes



Upon motion by J. D. Morris, second by Paul J. Morris, the Board approved the minutes of the July 15 and August 3, 1999 meetings as submitted. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment A.)



III.

Approval of Agenda



Upon motion by Jim L. McKnight, second by Paul J. Morris, the Board approved the agenda with the following additions:



Add under New Business:

Waivers of State Board of Education Policies

Waiver of Requirements for Athletic Trainers



Add under Miscellaneous:

Superintendent Search Activities

Board Meeting with Legislative Leadership During August Interims



IV.

Consent Agenda



Upon motion by Paul J. Morris, second by Sandra M. Chapman, the Board approved all consent agenda items as amended and as recommended. (Copies appended to Official Minutes, Attachments B-Mc and addenda.)



Amendment - Braxton County Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan (CEFP)



The Board approved Braxton County Board of Education's request to amend its CEFP. (Attachment B.)

Amendment - Cabell County Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan (CEFP)



The Board approved Cabell County Board of Education's request to amend its CEFP. (Attachment C.)

Amendment - Mason County Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan (CEFP)



The Board approved Mason County Board of Education's request to amend its CEFP. (Attachment D.)

County Boards of Education Budget Supplement and

Transfer Requests for the 1999-2000 Year



The Board approved the county board of education supplement and transfer requests for the 1999-2000 year as follows:

For the month of July 1999

Total Supplements $5,887,268

Total Transfers $2,941,022 (Attachment E.)



Department of Education Salary Schedule for

Secretaries (4 and above) Effective 7/1/99



The Board approved the revised salary schedule for secretaries (4 and above). (Attachment F.)

Waivers of Principals' Leadership Academy Attendance



The Board approved two (2) waiver requests with the stipulation that the principals attend the 2000 Principals' Leadership Academy. (Attachment G.)



Project CATS



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



Education First



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







Mingo County



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



Instructional Technology Report



Board members were provided and update on instructional technology projects in West Virginia. (Attachment K.)



Administrative Technology Report



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

Healthy Schools Update



Board members were provided an update on Office of Healthy School activities. (Attachment M.)

Personnel



The Board approved personnel items for the West Virginia Department of Education and the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind as listed in the attachment and addendum. (Attachment Mc and Addendum.)



V.

Reports



Board members were provided reports on the following subjects: 1) Reading Academy, 2) WV: IMPACT, 3) Rules for Science Credit for Agriculture Courses (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment N), and 4) Professional Development Data Bank.



VI.

Passing Score for CBT Reading Test



When the State Board revised passing scores for several of the Praxis I and II tests, it set the passing score for the PPST Reading test at 174 and the computer version (CBT) of the same test at 323. The CBT-PPST Concordance Table indicates that the correct CBT score for a PPST score of 174 would be 321 rather than 323 as inadvertently recommended earlier.



Upon motion by Paul J. Morris, second by J. D. Morris, the Board accepted the recommendation that the passing score for the CBT Reading test be changed to 321 to be consistent with the passing score of 174 on the PPST Reading test in order to assure prospective educators of consistency between the paper and computer versions of the reading test.







VII.

Policy 6202 - Investigation of Indoor Air Quality Complaints



Policy 6202 was developed to establish a formal procedure to investigate indoor air quality complaints in public schools.



Upon motion by J. D. Morris, second by Jim L. McKnight, the Board approved Policy 6202 for placement on public comment until September 20, 1999 for action at the October meeting. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment O.)



VIII.

Policy 6203 - Servicing Public School Buildings by Heating,

Ventilating and Air Conditioning Technicians

Policy 6203 was developed in collaboration with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Division of Public Health, and the School Building Authority of West Virginia. The purpose of Policy 6203 is to develop job descriptions and determine the employing agency for HVAC technicians.



Upon motion by Jim L. McKnight, second by Paul J. Morris, the Board approved Policy 6203 for placement on public comment until September 20, 1999 for action at the October meeting. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment P.)



IX.

State Administrative Expenses (SAE) Plan for Child Nutrition



The Child Nutrition Act of 1966 requires United States Department of Agriculture approval of an annual state plan for use of state administrative expense funds. Release of 2000 federal funds is contingent upon USDA approval of the annual plan.



Upon motion by Paul J. Morris, second by Sandra M. Chapman, the Board approved the State Administrative Expenses (SAE) Plan. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment Q.)



X.

Professional Supplemental Scale for the

West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind



Senate Bill 391 required the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind to establish a salary schedule that phases in the necessary salary increases for professional and service personnel before the first day of July 2002. The attached schedule was established in compliance with the requirements of Senate Bill 391.



Upon motion by Jim L. McKnight, second by Paul J. Morris, the Board approved the salary schedule for professional and service personnel employed by the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment R.)





XI.

Waivers of State Board of Education Policies



Upon motion by J. D. Morris, second by Paul J. Morris, the Board approved 11 instructional material adoption waivers and three requests for continuation of previously granted waivers for instructional material adoption and denied two requests for waivers of State Board policy. (Copy appended to Official Minutes.)



XII.

Waiver of Requirements for Athletic Trainers



Policy 5112 requires that an athletic trainer be in attendance at all high school football practices and games. Athletic trainers are recommended for middle/junior high school football practices and games. The policy further provides for an Athletic Trainer Review Board to advise the State Board on the granting of waivers to the policy where there is no fully-certified trainer available.



Upon motion by J. D. Morris, second by Paul J. Morris, the Board granted 30 requests for waiver of Policy 5112 (valid for the 1999-2000 school year). (Copy appended to Official Minutes.)



XIII.

Miscellaneous



Superintendent Search Activities



The Board was provided an update of superintendent search activities.



Board Meeting with Legislative Leadership During August Interims



An attempt will be made to schedule a meeting with legislative leadership during the August Interims (August 15-17).



XIV.

Future Meetings



The next regular meeting of the West Virginia Board of Education will be held September 9, 1999, in Wayne County, West Virginia.



XV.

Adjournment



The meeting was declared adjourned at 10:56 a.m.



Minutes approved by the Board on September 9, 1999.









 

Cleo P. Mathews, President