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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

September 13, 2006

I. Call to Order

  President Lowell E. Johnson called the meeting of the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) to order at 12:33 p.m. on September 13, 2006, in the Board Conference Room, 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, Burma Hatfield, Jenny N. Phillips and Ronald B. Spencer, and ex officios Steven L. Paine, State Superintendent of Schools and Brian E. Noland, Chancellor, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.  Members absent were Barbara N. Fish, Sheila M. Hamilton and ex officio James L. Skidmore, Chancellor, West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education.

II.  Recognition

  The Board recognized the 2006-2007 Paul J. Morris Character Educator of the Year, Ms. Bonnie Block, health education teacher, Weir High School, Hancock County.

III.  Approval of Agenda

  Upon motion by Mr. Spencer, seconded by Mr. Dunlevy, the Board unanimously approved the agenda.

IV.  School Accreditation Summary - Schools Below Performance Standards

  Dr. Kenna R. Seal, Director, Office of Education Performance Audits, presented the School Accreditation Summary - Schools Below Performance Standards, for the Board’s consideration.  The WVBE annually reviews the performance data for schools and issues an accreditation status to each West Virginia public school.  The School Accreditation Summary lists schools below the performance standards.  Performance data reveal that 56 schools in 31county school districts failed to achieve the Annual Performance Measures for Accountability.

  Upon motion by Ms. Phillips, seconded by Mrs. Cook, the Board unanimously issued Temporary Accreditation status, Conditional Accreditation status, or Seriously Impaired status to the schools as listed in the School Accreditation Summary.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment A.)

V. Executive Session

Selection of Schools for Education Performance Audits

  Upon motion by Ms. Haden, seconded by Ms. Hatfield, the Board unanimously moved into Executive session at 12:55 p.m., in accordance with W. Va. Code §18-2E-5(k)(l), to discuss the selection of schools for Education Performance Audits.

VI. Return from Executive Session

  The Board returned from Executive Session at 1:12 p.m. at which time President Johnson announced that no action was taken.

  Upon motion by Mr. Dunlevy, seconded by Ms. Hatfield, the Board unanimously approved the schools selected for Education Performance Audits.

VII.  Policy 2445.40, Groupings for Textbook Adoption

for Early Childhood Education, Middle Childhood

Education, and Adolescent Education

  Dr. Jorea Marple, Assistant State Superintendent and Mr. Dan Blackwood, Coordinator, Division of Curriculum and Instructional Services, presented Policy 2445.40 for the Board’s consideration.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes of September 14, 2006 at Attachment F.)

VIII.  Policy 2340, West Virginia Measures of Academic Progress

  Dr. Marple and Dr. Jan Barth, Executive Director, Office of Student Assessment Services, Division of Curriculum and Instructional Services, presented Policy 2340 for the Board’s consideration.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes of September 14, 2006 at Attachment G.)

IX.  Policy 2510, Assuring the Quality of Education:

  Regulations for Education Programs

  Dr. Marple and Mr. Keith Butcher (distributed corrections to section 3.1.2.A and B), Executive Director, Office of Federal Programs and Accountability, Division of Curriculum and Instructional Services, presented Policy 2510 for the Board’s consideration.  Following discussion it was the consensus of the Board that the following language be added to section 5.6.2.b  “ . . . and implement a policy which shall be approved by the WVBE that defines . . .” prior to the policy’s placement on public comment.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment B and also to Official Minutes of September 14, 2006 at Attachment H and addendum)

X. Break

  President Johnson called for a break at 2:00 p.m.

XI.  Call to Order

  President Johnson called the meeting back to order at 2:15 p.m.

XII. Continuing Approval of WVBE-Approved Programs

  at Ten Institutions of Higher Education

  Dr. Karen Huffman, Executive Director, Office of Professional Preparation, Division of Student Support Services, presented proposed program approval status of WVBE-approved programs for ten institutions of higher education for the Board’s consideration.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes of September 14, 2006 at Attachment I.)

XIII.   Update of Compliance with Healthy Life>

  Ms. Melanie Purkey (distributed information), Executive Director, Office of Healthy Schools, Division of Student Support Services, provided an update regarding compliance with the Healthy Life Act of 2005.  The Healthy Life in 2005, set forth new requirements for both health and physical education courses in the public schools of West Virginia.  Information was provided regarding progress to date related to the following legislative requirements: 1) implementation of mandated class times for physical education; 2) preparation for administration of the FitnessGram physical fitness assessment (begins 2006-07); 3) preparation for administration of the Health Education Assessment Project (HEAP) (begins 2006-07) utilizing WVLearns online platform; and 4) determination of appropriate processes for collecting Body Mass Index measures for state aggregate report.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment C.)

XIV. Child Nutrition Programs Overview

  Mr. Rick Goff (distributed information), Executive Director, Office of Child Nutrition, Division of Student Support Services, provided a brief overview of Child Nutrition programs administered by the WVDE, Office of Child Nutrition. These programs include the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program, Child and Adult Care Food Programs and the Summer Food Service Program.  Additionally, the overview included a summary of services provided, federal and state funding earned by West Virginia sponsors and statistics associated with meal services in West Virginia.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment D.)

XV.  Enhancement of Security at West Virginia Schools

  for the Deaf and the Blind (WVSDB)

  Mrs. Jane K. McBride, Superintendent, WVSDB, presented a proposal to enhance security on the WVSDB campus for the Board’s consideration.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes of September 14, 2006 at Attachment K.)

XVI. WVBE Strategic Plan 2006-2007

  Dr. Karen Larry, Executive Assistant to the State Superintendent, presented the Board’s Strategic Plan for 2006-2007, as revised at the August Board meeting, for the Board’s consideration.

  Upon motion by Ms. Phillips, seconded by Mr. Dunlevy, the Board unanimous approved the Strategic Plan for 2006‑2007 as revised.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment B.)

XVII.  Process for Hiring a Regional Education Service Agency

  (RESA) I Executive Director

  Dr. Jack McClanahan, Deputy Superintendent of Schools, addressed the Board regarding a process for the hiring of the RESA I executive director.  It was recommended that the current requirements found in Policy 3233, Establishment and Operation of Regional Education Service Agencies, be waived and the following procedure be utilized:  In filling a vacancy in the position of executive director for the RESA, the regional council shall consult with the State Superintendent of Schools on the qualifications and leadership qualities important for the position of executive director.  A mMembers of the regional council (county superintendent and a county board member) will be appointed by the regional council to serve on the committee that interviews the applicants for executive director of the RESA. The State Superintendent of Schools shall recommend to the State Board of Education the person to fill the position of executive director of the RESA.”  The language change was as a result of a recent meeting of the RESA study group.  Following discussion, it was the consensus of the Board that the process, as recommended and amended, be accepted and remain on the September 14, 2006 Consent Agenda for approval.

XVIII. Legal and/or Personnel Matters

  President Johnson requested a motion to move into executive session as provided in W. Va. Code §6-9A-3   (matters involving attorney-client privilege) and §6-9A-4(b)(2)(A) (personnel exception).

  Upon motion by Ms. Phillips, seconded by Mr. Dunlevy, the Board unanimously moved into Executive session at 3:25 p.m., to discuss matters involving attorney-client privilege and personnel.

XIX.  Return from Executive Session

  The Board returned from Executive Session at 3:39 p.m. at which time President Johnson announced that no action was taken and no decisions were made.


XX.  Future Meetings

  The next regular meeting of the Board will be held September 14, 2006 in Charleston, West Virginia.

XXI. Adjournment

  Upon motion by Mr. Spencer, seconded by Ms. Haden and unanimously carried, the meeting adjourned at 3:41 p.m.

    Minutes approved by the Board on October 5, 2006.

    _______________________________________________

  Lowell E. Johnson, President

_______________________________________________

  Priscilla M. Haden, Secretary

Minutes were recorded by

Virginia M. Harris

 Executive Secretary to

the Board.

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