Board Conference Room

Capitol Building 6, Room 353

1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East

Charleston, West Virginia

December 9, 2008

I. Call to Order

  President Delores W. Cook called the meeting of the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) to order at 10:01 a.m. on December 9, 2008, in the Board Conference Room, Capitol Building 6, Room 353, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Charleston, West Virginia.

The following members were present:  President Cook, Vice President Priscilla M. Haden, Secretary Jenny N. Phillips, Robert W. Dunlevy, Barbara N. Fish (via telephone), Burma Hatfield, Lowell E. Johnson, L. Wade Linger Jr., and Gayle C. Manchin and ex officio Steven L. Paine, State Superintendent of Schools.  Members absent were 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. Approval of Agenda

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

III. WVBE 2009 Legislative Agenda

Dr. Jack McClanahan (distributed information), Deputy State Superintendent of Schools, acting for Dr. Paine who was called to legislative interims, presented proposed initiatives for the Board’s consideration for inclusive in its legislative agenda for the 2009 legislative session.  Dr. Paine joined the meeting and took the lead in discussion of the legislative agenda.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment A.)

IV. Break

President Cook called for a break at 11:20 a.m.  Mr. Dunlevy departed the meeting.   It was the consensus of the Board that the removal of the budget cap for the Regional Education Service Agencies (RESA) will be discussed on December 10, 2008 during a meeting with the RESA Executive Directors.

V. Call to Order

President Cook called the meeting back to order at 11:34 a.m.

VI. WVBE 2009 Legislative Agenda (Continued)

Discussion regarding the Board’s 2009 legislative agenda continued.  Dr. McClanahan provided an overview of the disposition of items discussed and that the Board will act upon at its December 11 meeting.  Ms. Hatfield moved, and Mrs. Fish seconded, that the improvement packages be approved. Following discussion, during which the WV Educator Advancement Program item was removed, Mrs. Fish requested that the Board also consider as a part of the legislative agenda the repeal of W. Va. Code §18-2-6A.  Following additional discussion, it was requested that additional discussion regarding the repeal of W. Va. Code §18-2-6A take place at the December 11 meeting.  Upon the call for the question the improvement packages were approved as amended.    

VII. Future Meetings

The Board will meet December 10 and 11, 2008 in Charleston, West Virginia. 

VIII. Adjournment

Upon motion by Ms. Hatfield, seconded by Mrs. Manchin and unanimously carried, the Board adjourned at 12:38 p.m.


   Minutes approved by the Board on January 15, 2009.


Delores W. Cook, President


Jenny N. Phillips, Secretary

   Minutes were recorded by

         Virginia M. Harris

       Secretary to the Board. 



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