Board Conference Room

  Capitol Building 6, Room 353

  1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East

Charleston, West Virginia

  November 29, 2006




I. Call to Order


  President Lowell E. Johnson called the meeting of the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) to order at 1:05 p.m. on November 29, 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 (via telephone), Barbara N. Fish, Burma Hatfield, and Jenny N. Phillips (via telephone), and ex officio Steven L. Paine, State Superintendent of Schools.  Members absent were Ronald B. Spencer and ex officios Brian E. Noland, Chancellor, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, and James L. Skidmore, Chancellor, West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education.


II.  Approval of Agenda


  Upon motion by Mrs. Cook, seconded by Ms. Haden, the Board unanimously approved the agenda.


III. Personnel Matter:  Hiring of

  Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) I Executive Director


  Superintendent Paine distributed a personnel item, as recommended by the Interview Committee, employing Mr. Keith Butcher, currently Executive Director, Office of Federal Programs and Accountability, Division of Curriculum and Instructional Services, West Virginia Department of education, as the Executive Director of RESA I.


  President Johnson called for a motion to employ Mr. Butcher as the Executive Director of RESA I at an annual salary of $84,993.00, effective November 30, 2006.  Mr. Dunlevy moved, and Mrs. Cook seconded, the requested motion.  The motion was carried unanimously.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment A.)


IV.  Executive Session


  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) to discuss a personnel matter.

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  Upon motion by Ms. Haden, seconded by Ms. Hatfield, the Board moved into executive session at 1:09 p.m.


V. Return from Executive Session


  The Board returned from Executive Session at 1:37 p.m. at which time President Johnson announced that no action was taken and no decisions were made.


VI. Future Meetings


  The Board’s Legislative Monitoring Committee will meet November 29, 2006 in Charleston, West Virginia.  The Board’s Communications Committee will meet December 11, 2006 in Charleston, West Virginia.  The next regular meeting of the Board will be held December 13-14, 2006 in Ohio County, West Virginia.


VII. Adjournment


  Upon motion by Ms. Hatfield, seconded by Ms. Phillips and unanimously carried, the meeting adjourned at 1:39 p.m.


    Minutes approved by the Board on January 11, 2007.





  Lowell E. Johnson, President




  Priscilla M. Haden, Secretary


Minutes were recorded by

Virginia M. Harris

 Executive Secretary to

the Board.