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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

August 8, 2007

I.  Call to Order

  President Cook called the meeting of the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) to order at 12:30 p.m. on August 8, 2007, in the Board Conference Room, Capitol Building 6, Room 353, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Charleston, West Virginia.

  The following members were present:  President Delores W. Cook, Vice President Priscilla M. Haden, Secretary Ronald B. Spencer, Robert W. Dunlevy, Barbara N. Fish, Burma Hatfield, Lowell E. Johnson, Gayle C. Manchin, and Jenny N. Phillips, and ex officios Steven L. Paine, State Superintendent of Schools, Brian E. Noland, Chancellor, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.  Member absent was ex officio James L. Skidmore, Chancellor, West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education.   

II. Recognitions

  President Cook recognized Hedgesville High School and Fairmont Senior High School recipients of the Pace Setter Award at the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) High Schools that Work Conference.

III. Approval of Agenda

  Upon motion by Dr. Johnson, seconded by Ms. Phillips, the Board unanimously approved the agenda.

IV.  Southeast Region Virtual Schools Update

  Mr. Bill Thomas (distributed information), Director, Educational Technology, SREB, provided a report regarding the status of, and issues concerning, SREB state virtual schools.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment A and addenda.)

  Following discussion, President Cook requested a motion to authorize Superintendent Paine to form a committee (or other appropriate group configuration) to study virtual schools.  Ms. Haden moved, and Mr. Dunlevy seconded, that the motion requested by President Cook be approved.  Upon the call for the question the motion was unanimously approved.

V. The 2007 Annual Report of the Office of Education Performance Audits

  Dr. Kenna R. Seal, Director, Office of Education Performance Audits (OEPA), presented the OEPA’s 2007 annual report for the Board’s information.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment B.)

VI. Recommendations for Professional Development

Based on Education Performance Audits and Annual Performance Measures

  Dr. Seal presented the OEPA’s recommendations for professional development based on education performance audits and annual performance measures for the Board’s consideration.  W. Va. Code §18-2-23a requires the West Virginia Board of Education to establish goals for professional development in the public schools of the state.  An analysis of annual performance data and Education Performance Audits is presented to the State Board to consider in establishing professional development goals. 

  Upon motion by Mrs. Fish, seconded by Ms. Phillips, the Board unanimously approved the OEPA’s recommendations for professional development based on education performance audits and annual performance measures.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment C.)

VII.  Break

  President Cook called for a break at 2:26 p.m.

VIII.  Call to Order

  President Cook called the meeting back to order at 2:37 p.m.

IX. Policy 2419, Regulations for the Education

of Students with Exceptionalities

  Dr. Jorea Marple, Assistant State Superintendent, Division of Curriculum and Instructional Services, presented Policy 2419 for the Board’s consideration.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes of August 9, 2007 at Attachment E.)

X.  Policy 5100, Approval of Educational Personnel Preparation Programs and

Policy 5202, Minimum Requirements for the Licensure of

  Professional/Paraprofessional Personnel & Advanced Salary Classifications

  Mr. Nathan Estel, Executive Director, WVDE’s Office of Professional Preparation, presented Policies 5100 and 5202 for the Board’s consideration.  (Copies appended to Official Minutes of August 9, 2007 at Attachment F and G.)

XI.  Policy 2520.2, 21st Century Mathematics Content Standards

and Objectives for West Virginia Schools

  Dr. Marple presented Policy 2520.2 for the Board’s consideration. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment D and to the Official Minutes of August 9, 2007 at Attachment H.)

XII.  Policy 4334, West Virginia Minimum Requirements for

Design and Equipment of School Buses

  Mr. Ben Shew, Executive Director, WVDE’s Office of Transportation, presented Policy 4334 for the Board’s consideration. (Copy appended to Official Minutes of August 9, 2007 at Attachment I.)

XIII.  Report - Integrating Effective Character Education into

Rural Schools: Measuring a Replicable Model

  Dr. Pamela S. Cain, Assistant State Superintendent, Division of Student Support Services, Ms. Lisa Burton, Coordinator, WVDE’s Office of Institutional Education Programs,  and Dr. Michael W. Corrigan, Co-Primary Investigator, Character Education Grants/Assistant Professor, Marshall University, provided a report regarding the integration of effective character education into rural schools.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment E.)

  Chancellor Noland departed the meeting.

XIV. Executive Session

  As the presiding officer, President Cook informed the members that she 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 Ms. Hatfield, seconded by Mr. Spencer, and unanimously carried, the Board entered into Executive Session at 3:45 p.m.

XV. Return from Executive Session

  The Board returned from Executive Session at 4:50 p.m. at which time President Cook announced that no action was taken and no decisions were made.

XVI.  Future Meetings

  The next regular meeting of the Board will be held August 9, 2007 in Charleston, West Virginia.

XVII. Adjournment

  Upon motion by Ms. Hatfield, seconded by Ms. Phillips and unanimously carried, the Board adjourned at 4:53 p.m.

    Minutes approved by the Board on September 13, 2007.

    _______________________________________________

  Delores W. Cook, President

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   Ronald B. Spencer, Secretary

Minutes were recorded by

Virginia M. Harris

Executive Secretary to the Board.

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