MINUTES

WEST VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION

Board Conference Room

Capitol Building 6, Room 353

1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East

Charleston, West Virginia

December 15, 2005





I.

Call to Order



President Lowell E. Johnson called the meeting of the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) to order at 9:00 a.m. on December 15, 2005, in Capitol Building 6, Room 353, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Charleston, West Virginia.



The following members were present: President Johnson, Vice President Delores W. Cook, Secretary Priscilla M. Haden, Robert W. Dunlevy, Barbara N. Fish, Sheila M. Hamilton, Burma Hatfield, Jenny N. Phillips and Ronald B. Spencer, and ex officio Steven L. Paine, State Superintendent of Schools. Members absent were ex officios Bruce C. Flack, Interim Chancellor, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, and James L. Skidmore, Chancellor, the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education.

II.

Recognitions



Ms. Linda Yao, student, Hurricane High School, Putnam County, was recognized for achieving a perfect SAT score. Mr. Michael Shaffer, ABE/GED Instructor, West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) Central Regional Jail, was recognized as the Correctional Education Association's Region II Teacher of the Year for 2006.

III.

Approval of Agenda



President Johnson added an item from the December 14, 2005 agenda, Report on K-12 Technology Plan, to the first order of New Business for further discussion and action. Upon the call for the question Ms. Phillips moved, and Mr. Dunlevy seconded, that the agenda be approved as amended. The motion carried unanimously.

IV.

Consent Agenda



Upon motion by Mr. Spencer, seconded by Mrs. Hamilton, the Board unanimously approved items on the Consent Agenda as amended on December 14 with an addition at Attachment U. (Copies appended to Official Minutes, Attachments A-V.)



Meeting minutes of November 9 and 10, 2005 (Attachment A)



Budget supplement and transfer addendum requests for the month of November 2005 as follows: total supplements = $111,922,085 and total transfers = $25,780,126 (Attachment B)

Received an additional five applications for a total of 1,364 applications for Operation Recognition in connection with Policy 4355, High School Diplomas for Veterans (Attachment C)



Amendment to the Brooke County Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan (CEFP) to include: 1) closure of Bethany Primary School and Edgewood Primary School with students from the Bethany attendance area merged with Franklin Primary School and Wellsburg Primary School and students from the Edgewood attendance area merged with Colliers Primary School; 2) construction of additional classrooms at Wellsburg Primary School to consist of six general classrooms, one art/music room, one mechanical/electrical room, one janitorial closet, one planning room, and two restrooms; 3) closure of Beech Bottom Primary School contingent upon approval of School Building Authority funding to complete the project; and change of grade configurations for all elementary and middle schools to Pre-K-4 for elementary; 5-8 for middle, and 9-12 for high school (Attachment D)



Amendment to the Cabell County Board CEFP to include the construction of a new Barboursville Middle school and a new Milton Middle School contingent on bond passage



Amendment to the Kanawha County CEFP to include Grandview Elementary School as a component in the consolidation plan when two new elementary schools are constructed within the resulting redistricted attendance areas at sites to be determined.



Amendment to the Logan County CEFP for the addition of eight rooms at Man Central School to be completed by the start of the 2007-2008 school year



Amendment to the Marshall County CEFP to include: 1) change grade configurations for Marshall County elementary schools to Pre-K-5 (with the exception of McNinch Elementary and Central Elementary) and create a 6-8 middle school program; 2) additions to Moundsville Junior High and Sherrard Junior High to accommodate the movement of the 6th grade to a middle school setting; 3) consolidation of four elementary schools in Moundsville into two schools by renovation and construction of additions to McNinch Elementary and Central Elementary; 4) McNinch Elementary will now house a Pre-K-2 program and Central Elementary will house grades 3-5; 5) construction of a new auxiliary gymnasium at Cameron High School; 6) construction of a small satellite addition to John Marshall High School to accommodate a college credit partnership with local colleges; 7) construction of a new field house for John Marshall High School; 8) renovation of Park View Elementary to accommodate an alternative school program; 9) address additional needs for replacement of windows, doors, roofs and upgrading HVAC systems that was not included in the previous CEFP Plan; and 10) enhancement of John Marshall's Monarch football stadium.

Amendment of the Putnam County CEFP to include numerous revisions as outlined in the attachment (Attachment E)



  • Amendment of the Raleigh County CEFP to include the following projects: 1) Crab Orchard Elementary, construct new school; 2) Crescent Elementary, HVAC/electric upgrade; 3) Cranberry/Prospect Elementary, HVAC/electric upgrade; 4) Marsh Fork Elementary, HVAC Phase II; 5) Sophia/Soak Creek Elementary, HVAC old section/electric upgrade; 6) Ghent Elementary, HVAC/electric upgrade; 7) Mabscott Elementary, HVAC/electric upgrade; 8) Lester Elementary, HVAC/electric upgrade; 9) ACT, HVAC Phase II; 10) Independence High, removal of old classroom partitions and replaced with block; 11) Liberty High, removal of old classroom partitions and replaced with block; 12) Bradley Elementary, construction of lunchroom; 13) Shady Spring Elementary, construction of lunchroom; 14) Beckley Elementary, construction of lunchroom; 15) Coal City Elementary, construction of lunchroom; 16) Sophia/Soak Creek Elementary, construction of lunchroom; 17) Crescent Elementary, construction of lunchroom; and 18) Stanaford Elementary, construction of lunchroom


Amendment of the Taylor County CEFP to include the replacement of chiller, pumps, and piping, installation of plenum exhaust fans, replacement of the HVAC unit in the multi-purpose room, replacement of boilers, and duct cleaning all at Anna Jarvis Elementary School



  • Employment of Substitute Teachers in Areas of Critical Need policies for Greenbrier and McDowell County Schools (Attachment F)


  • Received notifications from Hampshire, Kanawha and Preston County Schools in compliance with Senate Bill 227, W. Va. Code 18A-4-7a, Transfer of Teachers After Five Days Prior to Starting Instruction (Attachment G)


  • Three (3) requests for new waivers of Instructional Materials; two (2) requests for new waivers of State Board policy; and two (2) requests for continuation of waivers of State Board policy (Attachment H)

Year-round education programs for Piedmont, Glenwood, and Chandler Elementary Schools, all Kanawha County schools, for school years 2006-2007, 2007-2008, and 2008-2009 (Attachment I)



Concord University's Post-Baccalaureate Certification program (PreK-Adult, 5-Adult and 9-Adult) offered at the graduate level, effective January 2006, Shepherd University's Master of Arts in Teaching program (K-6, PreK-Adult, 5-Adult and 9-Adult) offered at the graduate level, effective January 2006, Fairmont State University's alternative route to certification program for individuals who hold the minimum of a bachelor's degree to obtain certification in multi-categorical special education, RESA III's alternative route to certification program to provide a route for individuals who hold the minimum of a bachelor's degree to obtain certification in multi-categorical special education (the coursework for the program offered by RESA III will be provided by Marshall University), and RESA IV's alternative route to certification program to provide a route for individuals who hold the minimum of a bachelor's degree to obtain certification in multi-categorical special education (the coursework for the program offered by RESA IV will be provided by Marshall University). The three alternative routes to certification are effective January 2006 with all requested syllabi to be submitted by May 1, 2006 for continuing approval (Attachment J)



  • Policy 4334, West Virginia Minimum Requirements for the Design and Equipment of School Buses, for placement on public comment for 30 days (Attachment K)


  • Policy 2520.4, Social Studies Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools (Attachment L)


Policy 2520.17, Library Media Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools (Attachment M and L)



  • The issuance of Temporary Accreditation status for Elkins Middle School and continued the Full Approval status of the Randolph County School System and gave the school a May 1, 2006 directive to correct the remaining Education Performance Audit noncompliances to avoid being determined Seriously Impaired (Attachment Mc)


  • The continuance of Conditional Accreditation status for Braxton County Middle School and the Full Approval status of the Braxton County School System with a May 31, 2007 Date Certain to achieve adequate yearly progress (AYP) (Attachment N)


  • The continuance of Temporary Accreditation status for Robert L. Bland Middle School and the Full Approval status of the Lewis County School System with a May 31, 2007 Date Certain to achieve AYP (Attachment O)


  • The continuance of Temporary Accreditation status for Peterstown Middle School and the Full Approval status of the Monroe County School System and gave the school a May 1, 2006 directive to correct the remaining Education Performance Audit noncompliances to avoid being determined Seriously Impaired (Attachment P)






  • The continuance of Conditional Accreditation status for Clay County Middle School and the Full Approval status of the Clay County School System with a May 31, 2007 Date Certain to achieve AYP (Attachment Q)

  • The continuance of Full Accreditation status for Fairdale Elementary School and Trap Hill Middle School and the Full Approval status of the Raleigh County School System (Attachment R)


  • The continuance of Full Accreditation status for Madison Middle School and Scott High School and the Full Approval status of the Boone County School System (Attachment S)


  • The continuance of Full Accreditation status for George Washington Middle School and the Full Approval status of the Putnam County School System (Attachment T)


  • The continuance of Full Approval status for the Mason County School System and issued Full Accreditation status to Mason Elementary (Attachment U and addendum as distributed on December 14, 2005)


  • The continuance of Full Approval status for the Grant County School System and the Temporary Accreditation status of Petersburg High School with a May 31, 2007 Date Certain to achieve AYP (Attachment V).

V.

Reports



Board Member Reports. Ms. Haden (distributed information), Mrs. Hamilton, Mr. Spencer, Ms. Hatfield, President Johnson and Mrs. Fish provided reports. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment W.)



Following discussion of the Wellness Committee report, Mrs. Hamilton moved, and Mrs. Fish seconded, that language in the Board's nutrition policy be amended to reflect the definition of "Healthy Beverage" to mean "water, one hundred percent fruit and vegetable juice, and low-fat milk." The motion carried unanimously.



Mrs. Hamilton moved, and Mrs. Cook seconded, that amendment of W. Va. Code be pursued in order to bring it into compliance with federal law and Board policy. The motion carried unanimously.



Mrs. Hamilton moved, and Ms. Phillips seconded, that the sale of healthy beverages be permitted during meal service periods. The motion carried unanimously.



Mrs. Hamilton moved, and Ms. Phillips seconded, that revenue obtained through the nutrition program be used to benefit the nutrition program. The motion carried unanimously.

State Superintendent's Report. Superintendent Paine presented Department personnel items and provided reports regarding: 1) Frameworks for 21st Century Learners (Ms. Lydia McCue, Executive Assistant to the State Superintendent, Superintendent's Office, Mr. Jeff Kittle, Barbour County and Superintendents Ronald Blankenship, Calhoun County, Marsha Carr-Lambert, Grant County, Patrick Law, Pocahontas County, Richard Hicks, Tucker County and Kay Carpenter, Webster County, assisted with the report); 2) E-Learning Staff Development Grant; and 3) National Board Certified Teacher Project Update. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment X and addendum.)



VI.

Break



President Johnson called for a break at 10:30 a.m.



VII.

Call to Order



President Johnson called the meeting back to order at 10:37 a.m.



VIII.

Report on K-12 Technology Plan



President Johnson brought forth the technology plan, as discussed on December 14, for the Board's consideration.



Upon motion by Ms. Haden, seconded by Mr. Dunlevy, the Board unanimously accepted the work plan with flexibility. Ms. Haden asked that consideration be given to the addition of another column to the chart showing correlation with other government agencies. (Copy appended to Official Minutes of December 14, 2005 at Attachment I and addendum.)



IX.

Budget and Improvement Packages for 2007



Mr. Mike McKown, Executive Director, Office of Internal Operations, Division of Administrative Services, provided an overview of the budget and proposed improvement packages for 2007 for the Board's consideration.



Upon motion by Mrs. Hamilton, seconded by Mrs. Fish, the Board unanimously accepted the report. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment Y.)



X.

WVBE Professional Development Goals for 2006-2007



Ms. Karen Larry, Executive Assistant to the State Superintendent, Superintendent's Office, presented the proposed professional development goals for 2006-2007 for the Board's consideration.



Upon motion by Mr. Spencer, seconded by Mrs. Cook, the Board unanimously approved the 2006-2007 professional development goals. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment Z.)





XI.

WVBE Personnel



Dr. Jack McClanahan, Deputy State Superintendent, presented the Board's personnel items for consideration.

Upon motion by Mr. Spencer, seconded by Mr. Dunlevy, the Board unanimously approved the personnel items. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment AA.)



XII.

Board Items for Future Consideration



President Johnson addressed the Board and requested items to be considered for placement on a future agenda. Ms. Haden announced that the next meeting of the High Schools for West Virginia's Future Task Force will be held January 11 at 10:00 a.m. in the Board Room.



XIII.

Future Meetings

The next regular meeting of the Board will be held January 11-12, 2006 in Charleston, West Virginia.



XIV.

Adjournment



Upon motion by Mrs. Hamilton, seconded by Ms. Phillips and unanimously carried, the meeting adjourned at 11:35 a.m.



Minutes approved by the Board on January 12, 2006.







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Lowell E. Johnson, President







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Priscilla M. Haden, Secretary



Minutes were recorded by

Virginia M. Harris

Executive Secretary to

the Board.

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