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MINUTES

WEST VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION

Greenbrier County Schools

Eastern Greenbrier Middle School

Media Center

Route 1, Box 150

Ronceverte, West Virginia

May 9, 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 May 9, 2007, in the Media Center at Eastern Greenbrier Middle School, Route 1, Box 150, Ronceverte, West Virginia.

 

  The following members were present:  President Johnson, Vice President Delores W. Cook, Secretary Priscilla M. Haden, Robert W. Dunlevy, Burma Hatfield, Gayle C. Manchin, 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, Jenny N. Phillips and ex officio James L. Skidmore, Chancellor, West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education.

 

II.  Welcome

 

  Mr. John D. Curry, Superintendent of Greenbrier County Schools, welcomed the Board and introduced staff.   Following the welcome a video, developed by students from Greenbrier East and Greenbrier West High Schools demonstrating 21st Century learning skills through and the use of technology tools, was presented.  Students involved in the development of the video also addressed the Board regarding their experiences as 21st Century learners. 

 

III.  Approval of Agenda

 

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

 

IV.  Draft Education Performance Audit Report for the

  Grant County School District

 

  Dr. Kenna R. Seal, Director, Office of Educational Performance Audits (OEPA), reported that an announced Education Performance Audit was conducted at the Grant County Central Office March 20-21, 2007.  The OEPA conducted the review which was limited in scope to the county level adequate yearly progress (AYP) and the standards relative to county and school student performance and progress.

   Upon the recommendation of Dr. Seal and a motion by Mr. Spencer, seconded by Mrs. Cook, the Board unanimously continued the Full Approval status of the Grant County School System. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment A.)

 

V. Draft Individual School Education Performance Audit Report

  for Beech Bottom Primary School, Brooke County

 

  Dr. Seal reported that an announced on-site review was conducted at Beech Bottom Primary School in Brooke County March 20, 2007.  The OEPA 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. Manchin, seconded by Ms. Haden, the Board unanimously issued Beech Bottom Primary School Full Accreditation status and continued the Full Approval status of the Brooke 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 B.)

 

VI.  Draft Individual School Education Performance Audit Report

for Crooked Creek School, Logan County

 

  Dr. Seal reported that an announced on-site review was conducted at Crooked Creek School in Logan County January 29, 2007.  The OEPA 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 Mr. Dunlevy, seconded by Mrs. Cook, the Board unanimously issued Crooked Creek School Conditional Accreditation status, continued the Full Approval status of the Logan County School System, and gave the school and county until the next accreditation cycle to correct deficiencies noted in the report with a May 31, 2008 Date Certain for Crooked Creek School to achieve adequate yearly progress (AYP).  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment C.)

 

VII.  Draft Individual School Education Performance Audit Report

  for Moundsville Junior High School, Marshall County

 

  Dr. Seal reported that an announced on-site review was conducted at Moundsville Junior High School in Marshall County March 21, 2007.  The OEPA 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. Manchin, seconded by Mr. Spencer, the Board unanimously issued Moundsville Junior High School Conditional Accreditation status, continued the Full Approval status of the Marshall County School System and gave the school and county until the next accreditation cycle to correct deficiencies noted in the report with a May 31, 2007 Date Certain for Moundsville Junior High School to achieve adequate yearly progress (AYP).  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment D.)

VIII. Draft Individual School Education Performance Audit Report

  for Richwood High School, Nicholas County

 

  Dr. Seal reported that an announced on-site review was conducted at Richwood High School in Nicholas County March 13, 2007.  The OEPA 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.  Following discussion, Ms. Haden moved that a letter be sent from President Johnson to the Nicholas County Board of Education regarding the situation at Richwood High School and directed further that Superintendent Paine send assistance from the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) to Nicholas County as quickly as possible.  Mrs. Manchin seconded the motion and it was carried unanimously.

 

   Upon the recommendation of Dr. Seal and a motion by Mrs. Manchin, seconded by Mr. Spencer, the Board unanimously issued Richwood High School Full Accreditation Status and continued the Full Approval status of the Nicholas 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 E.)

 

IX.  Break

 

  President Johnson called for a break at 2:31 p.m.

 

X. Call to Order

 

  President Johnson called the meeting back to order at 2:45 p.m.

 

 

XI.  Electronic Portfolio - Culminating Project from the

  21st Century Leadership Institute

 

  Dr. Karen Huffman, Special Assistant, and Mr. Charles Heinlein, Institute Residential Director, Ms. Anne Meadows, Institute Technology Coordinator, Division of Special Projects, and Mr. Roger Barker, Principal of Ramage Elementary School in Boone County and a member of the 21st Century Leadership Institute Class of 2007, explained the process and demonstrated his portfolio.  The 21st Century Leadership Institute is a significant year long professional development program for West Virginia principals and the electronic portfolio is developed by principals to show their learning for the year.  The professional development occurs in three residential terms connected by electronic interim sessions.  Each principal records the personal learning that occurs in an electronic portfolio.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment F.)

 

XII. Progress Report of the Closing the Achievement Gap

Professional Development Demonstration School Program

 

  Dr. Huffman and Mr. Richard Lawrence, Executive Director, WVDE Office of Title II, School and School System Improvement, provided information showing the work of the Closing the Achievement Gap Liaisons and reported on the progress of the Professional Development Demonstration Schools that are served in the program initiated by HB 4669 from 2004 through 2006.  Also presented were several graphs showing the growth in student achievement and the closing of the achievement gap between the African American group, special needs group and the low socio-economic group when compared with the all student group.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment G.)

 

XIII.  Policy 2525, West Virginia’s Universal Access

to a Quality Early Education System

 

  Dr. Jorea Marple, Assistant State Superintendent, Division of Curriculum and Instructional Services, Dr. Lynn Boyer, Executive Director, and Dr. Cathy Jones, Coordinator, and WVDE Office of Special Programs, Extended and Early Learning, presented Policy 2525 for the Board’s consideration.  Dr. Jones noted that the version of Policy 2525 found in the compact disc attachment was incorrect and distributed copies of the correct version.  The copy distributed by Dr. Jones will be considered for placement on public comment at the May 10 meeting.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment I and to the Official Minutes of May 10, 2007 at Attachment I and addendum.)

 

XIV.  West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission

  Series 1 - Constitution, Series 3 - Provisions Governing Contests,

Series 4 - Provisions Governing Conduct and Series 6 - Violations of the Rules

 

  Mr. Mike Hayden, Executive Director, West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission, presented proposed rule changes for the Board’s consideration.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment H and to the Official Minutes of May 10, 2007 at Attachment J.)

 

XV. Executive Session

 

  As the presiding officer, President Johnson informed the members that he had identified various matters that needed to be discussed in Executive Session involving attorney-client privilege, citing W.Va. Code '6-9A-3, and personnel, citing W.Va. Code '6-9A-4(b)(2)(A).

 

  Upon motion by Mrs. Cook, seconded by Mr. Dunlevy, and unanimously carried, the Board entered into Executive Session at 4:22 p.m.

 

XVI.  Return from Executive Session

 

  The Board returned from Executive Session at 4:32 p.m. at which time President Johnson announced that no action was taken and no decisions were made.

 

XVII. Future Meetings

 

  The next regular meeting of the Board will be held May 10, 2007 in Greenbrier County, West Virginia.

 

 

XVIII.  Adjournment

 

  Upon motion by Mrs. Manchin, seconded by Mr. Dunlevy and unanimously carried, the Board adjourned at 4:36 p.m.

 

    Minutes approved by the Board on June 14, 2007.

 

 

 

  Lowell E. Johnson, President

 

 

 

  Priscilla M. Haden, Secretary

 

 

Minutes were recorded by

Virginia M. Harris

Executive Secretary to the Board.

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