Ohio County Schools

Woodsdale Elementary

1 Bethany Pike

Wheeling, West Virginia

April 17, 2002


Call to Order

President Sandra M. Chapman called the meeting of the West Virginia Board of Education to order at 12:40 p.m. on April 17, 2002, in the gymnasium at Woodsdale Elementary, 1 Bethany Pike, Wheeling, West Virginia.

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


Approval of Agenda

Upon motion by Howard M. Persinger, Jr., seconded by Ronald B. Spencer, the Board approved the agenda.


Commission for Professional Teaching Standards

G. A. McClung, Assistant State Superintendent, Division of Administrative Services, provided the Board an update regarding activities of the Commission for Professional Teaching Standards and the status of a draft proposal from the Commission and WV IMPACT. Mr. McClung indicated that there currently is no Commission business before the Board requiring action. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment A.)


School Closure Process

G. A. McClung provided information regarding the school closure process. County Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plans (CEFPs) are required on a ten year cycle and decisions are made at the local level. CEFPs are reviewed by the Department and, if proper procedures have been followed, CEFPs and amendments thereto are presented to the Board for approval.

Discussion ensued regarding the closure process and procedures that are undertaken at the local and state levels. Counsel advised the Board that pursuant to both law and policy it is the function of the Board to approve or disapprove CEFPs (and amendments to same) based on whether or not proper procedures were followed and due process allowed.


Legislative Overview

John Hough, Executive Assistant to the State Superintendent, addressed the Board and distributed information regarding action taken during the 2002 legislative session that impacted the Board and the Department. A meeting will take place Tuesday, April 23, with all county superintendents and RESA executive directors to inform them of legislative action. A number of policies, both old and new, will be coming before the Board for action in the coming months. Dr. Hough reported that all education bills have been signed by the Governor. The Board is to be provided forthwith a schedule; indicating departmental and Board follow-up to the session. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment B.)


"Writing for All" Modules On-Line, "West Virginia Writing Assessment"

On-Line, and "Grammar for All"

Pamela Sumpter-Cain, Assistant State Superintendent, Beth Judy, Coordinator, Student Services and Assessment, and Beverly Kingery, Coordinator, Reading/English Language Arts, addressed the Board and distributed information regarding the Department's writing and grammar initiatives. John Hough will forthwith provide and begin to direct a promotional plan. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment C.)


Tomblin v. Gainer Update - Hearing Expectations

Superintendent Stewart reported that a status conference/hearing will take place before Judge Recht on April 19 in Charleston. Monthly meetings have been held with Dan Hedges, Department staff, the Board's attorney, Mike Farrell, and the Superintendent's attorney, Kitty Dooley.


Delegate Roy Givens

President Chapman recognized Delegate Roy Givens who commended the Board for meeting outside of Charleston and spoke about the many successes of the recent legislative session.


Middle School Booklet

Chancellor Mullen addressed the Board and distributed a booklet entitled, "Planning Your Future Featuring Ed Wiz." This publication is intended to promote the importance of higher education for children and will be distributed to all schools throughout the state. Dr. Mullen also provided an update regarding the PROMISE scholarship and indicated a continuing concern regarding a statewide grading system. President Chapman reported that grading will be addressed during the May session. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment D.)


Wrongful Conduct Initiatives

President Chapman named the committee that will assist the Board in the wrongful conduct initiative, specifically the employee policy or code of conduct.



President Chapman called for a break during the meeting at 2:45 p.m. During the break Woodsdale elementary students provided a number of musical presentations for the Board's enjoyment.


Return from Break

President Chapman called the meeting back to order at 3:32 p.m.


Wrongful Conduct Initiatives

President Chapman introduced Thomas E. Johnston, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia, who discussed the Crimes Against Children Task Force, Project Safe Neighborhoods and the federal anti-drug message. Mr. Johnston indicated an interest in exploring ways of providing information to schools in certain portions of the state. Dr. Stewart suggested Mr. Johnston contact the Department for an introduction to the safe and drug free contacts throughout the state and for an exchange of information and ideas. Dr. Stewart indicated that the Department would be pleased to work with law enforcement in protecting the health and welfare of children throughout the state.

Lenore Zedosky, Executive Director, Office of Healthy Schools, and Karen Huffman, Assistant Director, Office of Student Services and Assessment, addressed the Board and distributed a revised version of Policy 4373 - Student Code of Conduct. Mr. Persinger will be meeting with Ms. Zedosky and Dr. Huffman on Friday, April 19 at 1:00 p.m. in the State Board executive office to discuss this policy and invited all Board members to attend/participate.


Future Meetings

The next regular meeting of the West Virginia Board of Education will take place on April 18, 2002 in the gymnasium of Woodsdale Elementary in Ohio County, West Virginia.



Upon motion by Howard M. Persinger, Jr., seconded by Ronald B. Spencer, the Board adjourned at 4:07 p.m.

Minutes approved by the Board on May 9, 2002.


Sandra M. Chapman, President