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MINUTES

WEST VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION

Board Room

Preston County Schools

300 Preston Drive

Kingwood, West Virginia

April 11, 2007

I.  Call to Order

  President Johnson called the meeting of the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) to order at 1:00 p.m. on April 11, 2007, in the Board Room, Preston County Schools, 300 Preston Drive, Kingwood, West Virginia.

  The following members were present:  President Johnson, Vice President Delores W. Cook, Secretary Priscilla M. Haden, Barbara N. Fish, Robert W. Dunlevy, Gayle C. Manchin, Jenny N. Phillips and Ronald B. Spencer, and ex officio Steven L. Paine, State Superintendent of Schools.  Members absent were Burma Hatfield 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.  Welcome

  Mr. John Lofink, Superintendent of Preston County Schools, welcomed the Board and introduced local board members and staff.   Following the welcome the Preston County High School show choir presented several musical selections.

III. Delegations

  Mr. Arvin Harsh, resident of Preston County, addressed the Board.

IV.  Approval of Agenda

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

V. Governor’s Schools Update

  Mr. Jim Eakins, representing the Governor’s Honors Academy and Ms. Loren Bane, representing the Governor’s School for the Arts, provided information regarding their respective experience at the Governor’s Schools.  Ms. Sherry Keffer, Program Coordinator for the Governor’s Schools, West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, also addressed the Board.

VI.  Break

  President Johnson called for a break at 1:58 p.m.

VII.  Call to Order

  President Johnson called the meeting back to order at 2:07 p.m.

VIII. Draft Individual School Education Performance Audit Report

  for Van Horn Elementary School, Harrison County

  Dr. Kenna R. Seal, Director, Office of Educational Performance Audits (OEPA), reported that an announced on-site review was conducted at Van Horn Elementary School in Harrison County March 7, 2007.  The Office of Education Performance Audits conducted the review which was limited in scope to the standards relative to school and student performance and progress.  The review also consisted of resource evaluation.  Dr. Seal noted a correction to the attachment to reflect the correct enrollment of 146.

   Upon the recommendation of Dr. Seal and a motion by Mrs. Fish, seconded by Ms. Haden, the Board unanimously issued Van Horn Elementary School Full Accreditation status,  continued the Full Approval status of the Harrison County School System and gave the school and county until the next accreditation cycle to correct deficiencies noted in the report. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment A.)

IX. Draft Individual School Education Performance Audit Reports

  for Anne Bailey Elementary School, Glenwood Elementary School,

  Piedmont Year-Round Education Center, J. E. Robins Elementary School,

  Stonewall Jackson Middle School, and

  Herbert Hoover High School, Kanawha County

  Dr. Seal reported that announced on-site reviews were conducted at Anne Bailey Elementary School, Glenwood Elementary School, Piedmont Year-Round Education Center, J. E. Robins Elementary School, Stonewall Jackson Middle School, and Herbert Hoover High School in Kanawha County February 21-22, 2007.  The Office of Education Performance Audits conducted the reviews which were limited in scope to the standards relative to school and student performance and progress.  The reviews also consisted of resource evaluation.

  During the presentation Mrs. Fish requested a detailed update regarding efforts in closing the achievement gap and the work of the CAGs.

  Upon the recommendation of Dr. Seal and a motion by Ms. Haden, seconded by Ms. Phillips, the Board unanimously issued Anne Bailey Elementary School, Glenwood Elementary School, Piedmont Year-Round Education Center, J. E. Robins Elementary School, Stonewall Jackson Middle School, and Herbert Hoover High School Full Accreditation status, continued the Full Approval status of the Kanawha County School System and gave the schools and county until the next accreditation cycle to correct any deficiencies noted in the reports.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment B.)

X. Draft Individual School Education Performance Audit Report

  for Alum Bridge Elementary School, Lewis County

  Dr. Seal reported that an announced on-site review was conducted at Alum Bridge Elementary School in Lewis County March 8, 2007.  The Office of Education Performance Audits conducted the review which was limited in scope to the standards relative to school and student performance and progress.  The review also consisted of resource evaluation.

   Upon the recommendation of Dr. Seal and a motion by Mrs. Cook, seconded by Mr. Dunlevy, the Board unanimously issued Alum Bridge Elementary School Full Accreditation status, continued the Full Approval status of the Lewis County School System and gave the school and county until the next accreditation cycle to correct deficiencies noted in the report. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment C.)

XI.  Draft Individual School Education Performance Audit Report

for Independence High School, Raleigh County

  Dr. Seal reported that an announced on-site review was conducted at Independence High School in Raleigh County February 1, 2007.  The Office of Education Performance Audits conducted the review which was limited in scope to the standards relative to school and student performance and progress.  The review also consisted of resource evaluation.

   Upon the recommendation of Dr. Seal and a motion by Ms. Phillips, seconded by Mrs. Manchin, the Board unanimously issued Independence High School Full Accreditation status,  continued the Full Approval status of the Raleigh County School System and gave the school and county until the next accreditation cycle to correct deficiencies noted in the report. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment D.)

XII.  Break

  President Johnson called for a break at 3:32 p.m.

XIII. Call to Order

  President Johnson called the meeting back to order at 3:40 p.m.

XIV.  Technology Update

  Dr. Jorea Marple, Assistant State Superintendent, Division of Curriculum and Instructional Services, provided an update of technology funding and critical issues facing education.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment E.)

XV.  Demonstration of intel® Training

  Dr. Marple introduced Ms. Brenda Williams, Executive Director, and Mr. Mark Moore, West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) Office of Instructional Technology, who presented a brief overview of the intel® initiative including an interactive demonstration of delivery of a lesson plan.

XVI. Policy 2419, Regulations for the Education of Students

with Exceptionalities

  Dr. Lynn Boyer, Executive Director, WVDE Office of Special Programs, Extended and Early Learning, presented Policy 2419 for the Board’s consideration.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes of April 12, 2007 at Attachment G.)

XVII.  Policy 3233, Establishment and Operation of

Regional Education Service Agencies

  President Johnson deferred discussion of Policy 3233 to the April 12, 2007 agenda.

XVIII.  Future Meetings

  The next regular meeting of the Board will be held April 12, 2007 in Preston County, West Virginia.

XIX. Adjournment

  Upon motion by Ms. Haden, seconded by Ms. Phillips and unanimously carried, the Board adjourned at 5:32 p.m.

    Minutes approved by the Board on May 10, 2007.

    _______________________________________________

  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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