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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

June 13, 2007




I. Call to Order


President Johnson called the meeting of the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) to order at 12:30 p.m. on June 13, 2007, 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, Barbara N. Fish, Burma Hatfield, Gayle C. Manchin, Jenny N. Phillips, and Ronald B. Spencer, and ex officios Steven L. Paine, State Superintendent of Schools, and James L. Skidmore, Chancellor, West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education. Member absent was ex officio Brian E. Noland, Chancellor, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission,


II. Recognitions


Mrs. Cook requested a moment of silence in honor of Ms. Billie J. Davis, a regular attendee of Board meetings and a retired educator Kanawha County. Ms. Davis passed away on June 9, 2007.


President Johnson recognized Mr. Keith Burdette, Coordinator, WVDE’s Office of Career and Technical Instruction, who introduced Mr. Jonathan Fletcher, Mr. Derrick Dillon and team coach, Mr. Jason Miihlbach of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) at Ravenswood High School (team members Mr. Josh Hafer and Ms. Michelle Baldwin were unable to attend). The Ravenswood team captured first place in both the FFA Landing Judging Contest and the FFA Homesite Evaluation event at the 56th annual National Land and Range Judging Contest in Oklahoma City earlier this year.


III. Approval of Agenda


President Johnson removed item V. Southeast Region Virtual Schools Update, Attachment A, from the agenda and requested that the presentation be rescheduled for July or August. Upon motion by Mr. Dunlevy, seconded by Mrs. Cook, the Board unanimously approved the agenda as amended.



IV. Raze Update


Mr. Dean Lee, Assistant Director, and Ms. Jennifer Abbott, Coordinator, WVDE’s Office of Healthy Schools, assisted by Raze members Mr. Justin Roth of Lewis County, and Mr. Randy Tomblin of Wayne County, provided an update regarding the youth empowerment movement Raze, a tobacco prevention project


V. Draft Education Performance Audit Report for the

Cabell County School District and Draft Individual School

Education Performance Audit Reports for Altizer Elementary School,

Cox Landing Elementary School, Culloden Elementary School,

Guyandotte Elementary School, Highlawn Elementary School,

Peyton Elementary School, and Spring Hill Elementary School, Cabell County


Dr. Kenna R. Seal (distributed information), Director, Office of Educational Performance Audits (OEPA), reported that an announced Education Performance Audit was conducted in the Cabell County Central Office, Altizer Elementary School, Cox Landing Elementary School, Culloden Elementary School, Guyandotte Elementary School, Highlawn Elementary School, Peyton Elementary School, and Spring Hill Elementary School April 23-25, 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 Ms. Hatfield, seconded by Ms. Phillips, the Board unanimously issued Altizer Elementary School, Cox Landing Elementary School, Culloden Elementary School, Guyandotte Elementary School, Highlawn Elementary School, Peyton Elementary School, and Spring Hill Elementary School Full Accreditation status, continued the Full Approval status of the Cabell 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 and addendum.)


VI. Break


President Johnson called for a break at 1:45 p.m.


VII. Call to Order


President Johnson called the meeting back to order at 2:00 p.m.


VIII. Draft Multi-County Career-Technical Center

Education Performance Audit Report for Roane Jackson Technical Center


Dr. Seal reported that an announced on-site review was conducted at Roane Jackson Technical Center in Jackson County May 8, 2007. The OEPA conducted the review which was comprehensive regarding the standards relating to technical centers.


Upon the recommendation of Dr. Seal and a motion by Mr. Dunlevy, seconded by Mrs. Cook, the Board unanimously issued the Roane Jackson Technical Center Full Accreditation status and gave the school six months to correct deficiencies noted in the report. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment C.)


Mrs. Fish requested the Board’s input regarding the possibility of requiring the OEPA to review health and wellness matters during audits. Dr. Seal indicated that this would be taken into consideration during the next edit of Policy 2320. The Board, by consensus, directed the Board’s Wellness Committee to provide Dr. Seal language for possible inclusive in Policy 2320 with regard to health and wellness matters.


IX. Update on 2007 Online Writing Assessment for Grades 7 and 10


Dr. Jan Barth, Executive Director, WVDE’s Office of Assessment and Accountability provided information regarding state and county performance for the Online Writing Assessment in grades 7 and 10. Longitudinal data was provided from 2005 to 2007 including the percent of students At or Above Mastery and the percent of students Below Mastery. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment D.)


X. Accreditation of Salem International University


Dr. Karen Huffman, Special Assistant, Division of Special Projects, and Mr. Nathan Estel, Executive Director, WVDE’s Office of Professional Preparation, presented information regarding the Fall 2006 on-site review of Salem International University's educator preparation.  Upon completion of the visit, the institution was provided the opportunity to respond to the initial report.  Using both the report from the on-site review team and the institution's response to that report, the Program Review Board found that the standards stipulated in WVBE Policy 5100 had not been met. Since the review Salem International University has provided information that document progress made toward meeting these standards.


Upon motion by Ms. Haden, seconded by Mrs. Fish, the Board unanimously placed Salem International University’s educator preparation programs on Conditional Approval status for a period not to exceed two years and further, to determine if Salem International University is making progress toward achieving Continuing Approval status, directed that a follow-up on-site visit be conducted by WVDE staff within three months, with a progress report to the WVBE and that a full on-site review be conducted within six months. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment E.)


XI. Policy 2419, Regulations for the Education of Students with Exceptionalities


Dr. Lynn Boyer, Executive Director, WVDE’s Office of Special Programs, Extended and Early Learning, presented a proposed amendment to Policy 2419 for the Board’s consideration. (Copy appended to Official Minutes of June 14, 2007 at Attachment J.)




XII. Policy 2520.7, 21st Century Foreign Language Content Standards

and Objectives for West Virginia Schools


Mr. Robert Crawford, Coordinator, WVDE’s Office of ESL - International Schools, presented Policy 2520.7 for the Board’s consideration. Mrs. Fish recommended that: 1) the committee involved in the initial development of the content standards and objectives (CSOs) be consulted about the possible development of level V CSOs, and 2) that a strategic plan be developed for foreign language. Mr. Crawford indicated that the development of a strategic plan is underway and that the members of the initial committee would be contacted. It was the consensus of the Board that the recommendations of Mrs. Fish be accepted. (Copy appended to Official Minutes of June 14, 2007 at Attachment K.)


XIII. Policy 5100, Approval of Educational Personnel Preparation Programs


Mr. Estel presented Policy 5100 for the Board’s consideration. (Copy appended to Official Minutes of June 14, 2007 at Attachment L.)


XIV. Policy 5202, Minimum Requirements for the Licensure of

Professional/Paraprofessional Personnel and Advanced Salary Classifications


Mr. Estel presented Policy 5202 for the Board’s consideration. (Copy appended to Official Minutes of June 14, 2007 at Attachment M.)


XV. Break


President Johnson called for a break at 3:20 p.m.


XVI. Call to Order


President Johnson called the meeting back to order at 3:30 p.m.


XVII. WVBE Employee Evaluations


President Johnson requested a motion to move into Executive Session as provided in W. Va. Code §6-9A-4(b)(2)(A), to discuss personnel matters involving the evaluation of the State Superintendent of Schools, Director of the Office of Education Performance Audits, Executive Directors of the Regional Education Service Agencies, and the Executive Secretary to the Board. Upon motion by Ms. Haden, seconded by Ms. Hatfield and unanimously carried, the Board entered into executive session at 3:31 p.m.


XVIII. Return from Executive Session


The Board returned from Executive Session at 5:20 p.m. at which time President Johnson announced that no action was taken and no decisions were made.


Upon motion by Mrs. Manchin, seconded by Mr. Dunlevy and unanimously carried, the Board accepted the RESA evaluations and gave all Executive Directors the 3.5% raise awarded by the Governor.


Superintendent Paine provided information regarding the steps that would need to be taken in order to offer a GED program at the Mountaineer Challenge Academy.


President Johnson, in accordance with W. Va. Code '18-3-1, announced that Superintendent Paine more than exceeded the Board’s expectations in all areas and was commended for his performance.


XIX. Future Meetings

The next regular meeting of the Board will be held June 14, 2007 in Charleston, West Virginia.


XX. Adjournment


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

Minutes approved by the Board on July 12, 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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