Scott High School Media Center

  #1 Skyhawk Place

  Madison, West Virginia

  April 10, 2008




I.  Call to Order


  President Delores W. Cook called the meeting of the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) to order at 9:00 a.m. on April 10, 2008, in the Media Center at Scott High School, #1 Skyhawk Place, Madison, West Virginia, and welcomed and introduced the Honorable Joe Manchin III, Governor of West Virginia.


II.  Open Discussion with Governor regarding Education in General


  Governor Manchin conversed with the Board regarding the importance of education in growing the economy and workforce development.


III. Break


  President Cook called for a break at 10:10 a.m. 


IV. Call to Order


  President Cook called the meeting back to order at 10:20 a.m.


V.  Call to Order (Continued)


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


VI. Welcome


  Mr. Steve Pauley, Superintendent of Boone County Schools, welcomed the Board and introduced staff and honored guests.  Mr. Pauley announced that the meeting would be broadcast via the World Wide Web and available in the archives at www.shermanhigh.com.


VII.  Personal Finance Education Program for 21st Century Skills


  President Cook introduced and welcomed State Treasurer John D. Perdue.  Treasurer Perdue introduced his staff in attendance at the meeting and addressed the Board regarding a personal finance education program for 21st century skills.  The objective of this program is to bring together the expertise of professional educators and personal-finance education advocates to advance the implementation of personal finance education in schools and to produce desired improvements in the personal financial literacy level of West Virginia high school graduates. 


VIII.  Approval of Agenda


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


IX. The Extended Relationship between Child Cardio Vascular Risks

  and Academic Performance Measures


  Mrs. Fish, Dr. Lesley A. Cottrell, West Virginia University Department of Pediatrics, Ms. Karen Northrup, Wood County Schools, and Dr. Richard Wittberg, Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department, provided a brief overview of the extended relationship between child cardio vascular risks and academic performance measures.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment A.)


X.  Consent Agenda


  Mrs. Fish requested that Consent Agenda item 5. Policy 2515, Uniform Grading, be removed from the Consent Agenda for further discussion.  Upon motion by Dr. Johnson, seconded by Ms. Phillips, the Board unanimously approved the Consent Agenda as amended.  (Copies appended to Official Minutes, Attachments B through F and H through M.)


· Meeting minutes of March 11 and 12, 2008  (Attachment B)


· Budget supplement and transfer requests for the month of March 2008 as follows: total supplements = $44,640,806 and total transfers = $18,255,792 (Attachment C)


· Amendment to the Clay County Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan to include approval of the Clay County School Access Safety Plan  (Attachment D)


· Amendment to the Hampshire County Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan to include approval of a new facility for the automotive department and the addition of a veterinarian technician building at Hampshire High School (Attachment E)


· Amendment to the Mineral County Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan to include approval of the reconfiguration of the Mineral County school system so that schools will have a consistent grade configuration.  This change reflects the Board's desire to more consistently define the programmatic structure of schools and curriculum implementation and a desire to have smaller schools. This change will provide smaller schools for all areas of the county for grades Pre-K through 4  (Attachment F)


· Policy 4110,  Attendance  (Attachment H)


· Employment of Substitute Teachers in Areas of Critical Need policies for Cabell and Mercer County Schools  (Attachment I)


· Eighteen county applications representing summer school at 44 county locations  (Attachment J)


· Attendance waiver request for the Center for Professional Development's Principals Academy for Rocky Hall, Roane County High School


· Changes in the Jackson County Superintendent Evaluation Process  (Attachment K)


· West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind School Calendar for 2008‑2009  (Attachment L)


· The accreditation status as listed in the individual school report for Dunbar Intermediate School, Andrew Jackson Middle School, DuPont Middle School, East Bank Middle School, Elkview Middle School, Capital High School, and Herbert Hoover High School and continued the Full Approval status of the Kanawha County School System  (Attachment M).


XI. Policy 2515, Uniform Grading


  Dr. Jorea Marple, Assistant State Superintendent, Division of Curriculum and Instructional Services, addressed the Board regarding the proposed changes to Policy 2515.  Upon motion by Dr. Johnson, seconded by Mrs. Manchin, the Board, with six members voting yes, and two members voting no, approved Policy 2515 to be effective July 1, 2008.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment G.)


XII.  Reports


  Board Member/Committee Reports. President Cook, Mr. Spencer, Ms. Phillips, Mrs. Fish, Ms. Haden, Dr. Johnson, and Mrs. Manchin provided information regarding their participation in a number of meetings and events


  State Superintendent’s Report.  Superintendent Paine presented Department personnel actions for the Board’s information.  Dr. Jack McClanahan, Deputy State Superintendent of Schools, assisted by Mr. Terry Harless, Executive Director, WVDE Office of Internal Operations, provided an update regarding the funding formula, budget and several bills that were passed during the recent legislation session. Superintendent Paine, assisted by Ms. Brenda Williams (distributed information), Executive Director, WVDE Office of Instructional Technology, provided a brief overview of the Technology Counts 2008 STEM (Push to Improve Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) report.  Superintendent Paine also discussed a number of meeting and events that have occurred or are planned, brought to the Board’s attention Mrs. Manchin’s receipt of a “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers” award from the Government Technology magazine, asked the Board’s thoughts regarding the development of a plan for teacher compensation, announced that West Virginia has been selected as a NAEP pilot site and also may participate as a test site for the PESA test, and answered questions with regard to Lincoln, McDowell and Mingo Counties(Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment Mc and addendum.)


XIII. WVBE Personnel Matters


  Upon motion by Dr. Johnson, seconded by Mrs. Fish, the Board unanimously approved the Board’s personnel items.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment N.)


XIV. Board Items for Future Consideration


  President Cook thanked the Boone County School District for making the meeting such a wonderful success.  President Cook requested that members wishing items to be considered for placement on a future agenda to be provided to her, Superintendent Paine or Dr. McClanahan as soon as possible.  Mrs. Fish requested an update be provided to members as soon as possible regarding the tours being conducted to recruit teachers to teach Chinese.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment O.)


XV. Future Meetings


  The next regular meeting of the Board will be held May 14-15, 2008 in Doddridge County, West Virginia.  The Board, by consensus, set the time of the Thursday meeting to begin at 10:00 a.m.


XVI.  Adjournment


  Upon motion by Dr. Johnson, seconded by Ms. Haden and unanimously carried, the Board adjourned at 12:45 p.m.


   Minutes approved by the Board on May 15, 2008.




  Delores W. Cook, President




   Ronald B. Spencer, Secretary



Minutes were recorded by

Virginia M. Harris

Executive Secretary to the Board.