MINUTES

WEST VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION

Secondary School for the Deaf Multipurpose Room

West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind

301 East Main Street

Romney, West Virginia

June 8, 2006







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 June 8, 2006, in the Secondary School for the Deaf Multipurpose Room, West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, 301 East Main Street, Romney, 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 James L. Skidmore, Chancellor, the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education, and Brian E. Noland, Chancellor, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.



II.

Welcome and Introductions

Mrs. Jane K. McBride, Superintendent of the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (WVSDB), welcomed the Board. The welcome was followed by musical act from Beauty and the Beast performed by WVSDB students and a demonstration of technological advances at the School for the Blind.



III.

Delegations



Mr. John D. Sitar of Romney distributed information and addressed the Board regarding the special school levy, teacher supplemental salaries, state equity and the presence of two treasurers in the Hampshire County Board Office. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment A.)



IV.

Approval of Agenda



Mrs. Cook moved that the agenda be approved and Ms. Haden seconded the motion with the exception of the 30 day comment period for Policies 2520.1, 2520.2, 2520.3, 2520.4, and 2520.14 as found on the Consent Agenda and that such policies be placed on a 60 day comment period and that the comment period begin on July 5, 2006. The motion, as amended, was unanimously carried.



V.

Consent Agenda



Upon motion by Ms. Haden, seconded by Mr. Dunlevy, the Board unanimously approved items on the Consent Agenda as previously amended. (Copies appended to Official Minutes, Attachments B-P.)



Meeting minutes of May 1 and 11, 2006 (Attachment B)



  • Budget supplement and transfer addendum requests for the month of May 2006 as follows: total supplements = $8,516,289 and total transfers = $31,484,252 (Attachment C)


  • Amendment to the Kanawha County Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan (CEFP) to include the removal of one portable classroom which is no longer needed, from Central Elementary and to relocate it to Richmond Elementary to serve as a fifth grade classroom


  • Amendment to the Logan County CEFP to include the addition of two portable classrooms at Chapmanville High Schools. These portable classrooms will comply with all state and federal regulatory requirements, as well as Policy 6200


  • Facility reviews for Fayetteville High School (Fayette County), Kimball Elementary School (McDowell County), Sandy River Middle School (McDowell County), Aurora Elementary School (Preston County), Preston County High School (Preston County), Valley Elementary School (Preston County), Tucker Valley Elementary/Middle School (Tucker County), Tucker County High School (Tucker County), and Buckhannon Upshur High School (Upshur County) (Attachment D)


  • Six (6) applications for a total of 1,374 applications for Operation Recognition in connection with Policy 4355 (Attachment E)


  • One (1) request for continuation of a waiver of instructional material, and one (1) request for a new waiver of State Board policy (Attachment F)


  • Summer school application for one (1) additional county representing summer school at ten (10) county locations (Attachment G)


  • Proposed budgets for LEAs for the 2006-07 year as found in Attachment H


  • Policy 2520.1, 21st Century Reading and English Language Arts Standards for West Virginia Schools, for placement on public comment for 60 days (Attachment I)

  • Policy 2520.2, 21st Century Mathematics Standards for West Virginia Schools, for placement on public comment for 60 days beginning July 5, 2006 (Attachment J)

  • Policy 2520.3, 21st Century Science Standards for West Virginia Schools, for placement on public comment for 60 days beginning July 5, 2006 (Attachment K)


  • Policy 2520.4, 21st Century Social Studies Standards for West Virginia Schools, for placement on public comment for 60 days beginning July 5, 2006 (Attachment L)


  • Policy 2520.14, 21st Century Learning Skills and Technology Tools Standards for West Virginia Schools, for placement on public comment for 60 days beginning July 5, 2006 (Attachment M)


  • Policy 5310, Performance Evaluation of School Personnel, for placement on public comment for 30 days (Attachment Mc)


  • Appointment of Drs. Steve Creasey and Shirley Fortney to the Program Review Board


  • The 2006-2007 School Calendars for the Institutional Education Programs and granted the Superintendent of Institutional Education Programs the authority to approve minor amendments to the school calendars, as needed, for good cause (Attachment N)


  • The accreditation status as listed in the individual school report for Moorefield Middle School and continuance of the Full Approval status of the Hardy County School System (Attachment O)


  • The accreditation status as listed in the individual school reports for Cherry River Elementary School, Richwood Junior High School, and Summersville Junior High School and continuance of the Full Approval status of the Nicholas County School System (Attachment P).


VI.

Evaluation of State Superintendent of Schools



President Johnson, in accordance with W. Va. Code 18-3-1, announced that Superintendent Paine's exemplary performance more than exceeded the Board's expectations during this first year as State Superintendent of Schools.









VII.

Reports

Board Member Reports. President Johnson provided a report. Ms. Liza Cordeiro, Executive Director, Office of Communications, Superintendent's Office, provided a report on behalf of the Board's Communication Committee.



School Building Authority (SBA) Report and Presentation of Resolution. Mrs. Fish provided a report regarding SBA activities and distributed a resolution in honor of Dr. Clacy E. Williams in recognition of his years of service to the students of West Virginia's public schools for the Board's consideration. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment Q.)

Upon motion by Mrs. Fish, seconded by Ms. Haden, the Board unanimously approved the resolution.



State Superintendent's Report. Superintendent Paine presented Department personnel actions for the Board's information and provided updates regarding Lincoln, McDowell, and Mingo Counties. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment R.)



Mr. Mike McKown, Executive Director, Office of Internal Operations, Superintendent's Office, provided a detailed overview of the Department's FY 2007 budget. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment S.)

Hampshire County Schools Progress Report. Ms. Cynthia Kolsun, Superintendent, Hampshire County Schools, provided a detailed progress report.



Educational Technology for 21st Century Learners - The Comprehensive Report of Findings and Recommendations. Dr. Jorea Marple, Assistant State Superintendent, Division of Curriculum and Instructional Services, assisted by a number of West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) staff, distributed and presented the report of findings and recommendations for the Board's consideration. The WVBE requested that the WVDE convene a statewide advisory committee and four work teams to address the 17 tasks in the statewide Technology Strategic Work Plan. The results of the work are detailed in the comprehensive report of findings and recommendations.



Upon motion by Mrs. Cook, seconded by Ms. Haden, the Board unanimously approved the Educational Technology for 21st Century Learners - Comprehensive Report of Findings and Recommendations. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment T and addendum.)



VIII.

Break



President Johnson called for a break at 11:07 a.m.





IX.

Call to Order



President Johnson called the meeting back to order at 11:14 a.m.



X.

Reports (Continued)



Annual Report of the West Virginia Advisory Council for the Education of Exceptional Children (WVACEEC). Dr. Lynn Boyer, Executive Director, Office of Special Education Achievement, Division of Curriculum and Instructional Services, Dr. Michael E. Sullivan, Executive Director, and Ms. Mel Woodcock, Chairperson, WVACEEC, distributed and presented the annual report for the Board's review and consideration. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act mandates a state advisory council to advise the Board of the unmet needs of students with exceptionalities. The WVACEEC conducts eight public hearings each year to take comments and hear presentations on the status of education for exceptional students and the findings and recommendations are presented to the Board annually at its June meeting. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment U and addendum.)



XI.

West Virginia Legislature Study of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Costs



Dr. Jack McClanahan, Deputy State Superintendent of Schools, presented information regarding a proposed study by the West Virginia Legislature regarding NCLB costs for the Board's consideration.



Ms. Haden moved that the State Superintendent of Schools write a letter to Senate Education Chair Robert Plymale and House Education Chair Tom Campbell indicating that the West Virginia Board of Education would support a legislative study on the cost of implementing the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation in order to educate students to mastery and beyond. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Cook. Discussion ensued regarding the study and upon the call for the question the motion was carried with eight members voting yes and one member voting no.



XII.

Cedar Lakes Conference Center Rate Increase



Dr. McClanahan presented a request from the Cedar Lakes Conference Center for rate increases for lodging effective July 1, 2006 for the Board's consideration. The proposed changes reflect a $6.00 per night increase for Holt Lodge, $5.00 per night increase for Mountaineer Lodge and $4.00 per night increase for Cedars and Lakes Lodges.



Upon motion by Mr. Dunlevy, seconded by Mr. Spencer, the Board unanimously approved the rate increases for the Cedar Lakes Conference Center effective July 1, 2006. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment V.)







XIII.

National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)

Policy Position Amendment



Mrs. Fish presented a proposed amendment regarding student health and wellness to a NASBE policy position for the Board's consideration.



Upon motion by Mrs. Fish, seconded by Mrs. Hamilton, the Board unanimously approved the amendment regarding student health and wellness to the NASBE policy position. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment W.)



XIV.

2007 NASBE Board of Directors



President Johnson called for nominations to the 2007 NASBE Board of Directors.



Mrs. Fish moved that Ms. Dana Mann-Tavegia be West Virginia's nominee as President-elect. Mr. Spencer seconded the motion and it was unanimously carried.



Ms. Haden moved that Ms. Karen Farmer White be West Virginia's nominee as the Northeastern Area Director. Ms. Hatfield seconded the nomination and it was unanimously carried. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment X.)



XV.

WVBE Personnel



Dr. McClanahan presented the Board's personnel items for consideration.

Mrs. Cook moved that the State Superintendent of Schools receive the maximum salary as provided in W. Va. Code 18-3-1. Mr. Dunlevy seconded the motion and it was unanimously carried.



Mrs. Fish moved that Director of the Office of Education Performance Audits receive a salary increase of 80% of the maximum salary of the State Superintendent of Schools as is provided in W. Va. Code 18-2E-5(j)(2). Ms. Hatfield seconded the motion and it was unanimously carried.



Ms. Haden moved that all RESA Directors, with the exception of RESA I, receive a salary increase in the amount of $2,231.55. Ms. Hatfield seconded the motion and it was unanimously carried.



Mr. Spencer moved that the Board's executive secretary receive a salary increase of $2,500.00. Mrs. Hamilton seconded the motion and it was unanimously carried.



Upon motion by Mr. Dunlevy, seconded by Ms. Phillips, the Board unanimously approved the routine personnel items. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment Y.)

XVI.

Board Items for Future Consideration



President Johnson addressed the Board and requested items to be considered for placement on a future agenda. Items for the July agenda are to be provided to Superintendent Paine or President Johnson.



XVII.

Future Meetings

The next regular meeting of the Board will be held July 12-13, 2006 in Charleston, West Virginia.



XVIII.

Adjournment



Upon motion by Ms. Phillips, seconded by Mrs. Cook and unanimously carried, the meeting adjourned at 11:45 a.m.



Minutes approved by the Board on July 13, 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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