Berkeley County Schools

Potomack Intermediate School

Martinsburg, West Virginia

August 8, 2001


Call to Order

President Sandra M. Chapman called the Work Session of the West Virginia Board of Education to order at 2:00 p.m. on August 8, 2001, in the Library at Potomack Intermediate School in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

Members present were Vice-President Paul J. Morris, Barbara N. Fish, Sheila M. Hamilton, Howard M. Persinger, Jr., and Superintendent David Stewart. Members absent: Ronald B. Spencer, James J. MacCallum and J. Michael Mullen, Chancellor, The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.

Other participants, representing the Department of Education: Bill Luff, John Hough, Rebecca Tinder, Pam Cain, Stan Hopkins and G. A. McClung; and representing the Office of Education Performance Audits: Kenna Seal.



Mr. Manuel P. Arvon, II, Superintendent of Berkeley County Schools, and Rodney Woods, Principal of Potomack Intermediate School, welcomed the Board.


Legislative Work Session

President Chapman called the work session to order.

Dr. Stewart provided a brief overview after which Dr. John Hough, Executive Assistant to the State Superintendent, presented the Department's draft FY-2003 Requests for Appropriation Improvement Above Current Level. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment A.)

Following discussion, it was agreed that improvement packages will be brought back to the Board for approval in September along with other items to be considered for inclusion in the Board's legislative priorities.

The Board will meet the afternoon of September 12 for another work session to continue work on the legislative agenda. Prior to this meeting, President Chapman and Dr. Stewart will develop a list of stakeholders who will be invited to submit input for this meeting. Board members were requested to submit topics which they would like discussed as quickly as possible and no later than September 11. In preparation for the September work session, Dr. Hough is to have available last year's legislative submission from the Department as well as the interest groups.

It was suggested that another legislative work session take place in November with interested parties invited to discuss their agendas.

Upon motion by Barbara N. Fish, second by Sheila M. Hamilton, the Board adjourned at 4:45 p.m.

Minutes approved by the Board on October 11, 2001.

Sandra M. Chapman, President