Board Conference Room

Capitol Building 6, Room 353

1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East

Charleston, West Virginia

December 10, 2008

I. Call to Order

  President Delores W. Cook called the meeting of the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) to order at 9:02 a.m. on December 10, 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 officios 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.  All Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) Executive Directors were in attendance.

II. Approval of Agenda

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

III. Dialogue between WVBE and RESA Executive Directors regarding

Items of Mutual Interest

Mr. Chuck Nichols, RESA Liaison and Executive Director of RESA III, distributed information and provided a brief overview regarding the history, accomplishments and challenges facing RESAs.  Discussion ensued regarding the role and function of RESAs.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment A.)

IV. Break

President Cook called for a break at 10:14 a.m.  

V. Call to Order

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

VI. Dialogue between WVBE and RESA Executive Directors regarding

Items of Mutual Interest Session (Continued)

Discussion regarding funding continued.  Also discussed were annual reporting, West Virginia Board of Risk and Insurance Management coverage/premium, and the 2009 RESA legislative agenda, specifically the foundation allowance for RESAs and computer repair and modernization funding.  Following discussion it was the consensus of the Board that lifting the funding cap and increase funding for computer repair and modernization be a part of the Board’s 2009 legislative agenda.  Action regarding the Board’s legislative agenda will occur on December 11.  

VII. Future Meetings

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

VIII. Adjournment

Upon motion by Dr. Johnson, seconded by Mr. Dunlevy and unanimously carried, the Board adjourned at 11:05 a.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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