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MINUTES WEST VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION

Board Conference Room

Capitol Building 6, Room 353

1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East

Charleston, West Virginia

February 10, 2004




I.   Call to Order


President Sandra M. Chapman called the regular meeting of the West Virginia Board of Education to order at 1:02 p.m. on February 10, 2004, in the Board Conference Room, Capitol Building 6, Room 353, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Charleston, West Virginia.


The following members were present: President Chapman, Vice-President Barbara N. Fish, Secretary Sheila M. Hamilton, Delores W. Cook, Priscilla M. Haden, Burma Hatfield, Lowell E. Johnson, Ronald B. Spencer and ex officios David Stewart, State Superintendent of Schools, and J. Michael Mullen, Chancellor, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.  Member absent was Paul J. Morris.


II. Approval of Agenda


Upon motion by Mr. Spencer, seconded by Ms. Haden, the Board unanimously approved the agenda as presented.


III. Education Commission of the States (ECS) Collaborative Project


Dr. Mullen introduced Patrick Kelly,  ECS Collaborative Project, who distributed information and provided a PowerPoint presentation entitled, "Selected Data for West Virginia Higher Education." (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment A.)


IV. National Council for the

Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Protocol


Karen Huffman, Executive Director, Office of Professional Preparation, Division of Administrative Services, presented an NCATE protocol for the Board's consideration.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes of February 11, 2004 at Attachment R.)


V. Agreement between the Board of Education of the County of Logan

and the Board of Education of the County of Lincoln


Jack McClanahan, Assistant State Superintendent, Division of Administrative Services, distributed a newly amended agreement between the Board of Education of the County of Lincoln and the Board of Education of the County of Logan for the Board's consideration.  The agreement will establish guidelines for the transportation of students who travel across county lines for their educational services and structure the distribution of the per pupil allowance in the State Aid formula.  Following discussion, Mrs. Cook, with the consensus of the Board, indicated that she would request that this item be moved from the New Business portion of the February 11 agenda to the Consent Agenda. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment B.)


VI. Break


President Chapman called for a break at 2:40 p.m.


VII. Call to Order


President Chapman called the meeting back to order at 2:50 p.m.


VIII. Policy 2520.15 - West Virginia Early Learning Standards Framework


Cathy R. Jones, Coordinator, Division of Instructional and Student Services, presented Policy 2520.15, as amended during the public comment period, for the Board's consideration.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment C.)


IX. Praxis Test Score Reporting


Dr. Huffman, Office of Professional Preparation, presented information regarding Praxis test score reporting.  West Virginia Code and West Virginia Board of Education Policy 5100 include testing requirements for licensure to work in the public schools of West Virginia.  Policy 5100 outlines the minimum passing scores on the Educational Testing Service (ETS) Praxis test for each licensure area.  Federal Title II guidelines require the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) to report the scores of students who complete educator preparation programs in the state's institutions of higher education (IHE).  Many of these IHE programs have fewer than 10 program completers annually.  Although individual IHEs  have this information, Title II guidelines prohibit WVDE from releasing Praxis test rates in content specializations with fewer than 10 program completers.  The WVDE is currently working with ETS to determine additional reporting options that would provide more specific test data for the state's 19 educator preparation programs.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment D.)


X. Policy 2444.4 - Issuance of High School Equivalency Diploma


Stanley Hopkins, Assistant State Superintendent, Division of Technical and Adult Education, presented Policy 2444.4, as amended during the public comment period, for the Board's consideration.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment E.)



XI. Executive Session


Upon motion by Mrs. Fish, seconded by Mrs. Hamilton, the Board voted to go into executive session, as provided in W.Va. Code 6-9A-4(b)(2)(A), to discuss personnel matters.  The Board entered into executive session at 3:22 p.m.


XII. Return from Executive Session

 

The Board returned from executive session at 3:58 p.m. at which time President Chapman announced that no decisions had been made or action taken.


President Chapman asked if there were any motions as a result of the Executive Session.  Mrs. Fish moved, and Mrs. Hamilton seconded, that the Board accept, with regret, the tendered resignation of the State Superintendent of Schools.  The motion was carried unanimously.


XIII. Future Meetings

 

The next regular meeting of the Board will be held February 11, 2004, in the Board Conference Room, Capitol Building 6, Room 353, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Charleston, West Virginia.


XIV.      Adjournment


Upon motion by Ms. Haden, seconded by Dr. Johnson, and unanimously carried, the Board adjourned at 4:05 p.m.


                                        Minutes approved by the Board on March 11, 2004.


 


     ______________________________________________

     Sandra M. Chapman, President




        _____________________________________________ _    Sheila M. Hamilton, Secretary



Minutes were recorded by

     Virginia M. Harris

Executive Secretary to

           the Board.

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