MINUTES

WEST VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION

Board Conference Room

Capitol Building 6, Room 353

1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East

Charleston, West Virginia

January 14, 2009




I. Call to Order


  President Delores W. Cook called the meeting of the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) to order at 10:00 a.m. on January 14, 2009, 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, Lowell E. Johnson, L. Wade Linger Jr., and Gayle C. Manchin, and ex officio Steven L. Paine, State Superintendent of Schools.  Student representative in attendance was Lindsay Holmes of Sissonville who attends Sissonville High School (Kanawha County).  Members absent were Burma Hatfield and 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. Recognitions


Ms. Allison Barker, Coordinator, WVDE Office of Communications, requested that the recognitions portion of the agenda be moved to follow lunch in order to accommodate participants traveling to the meeting from throughout the state.


III. Approval of Agenda


President Cook called for a motion to approve the agenda as amended with the recognitions portion of the agenda to follow lunch.  Upon motion by Mrs. Manchin, seconded by Ms. Phillips, the Board unanimously approved the agenda as amended. 


IV. Rigor of the 21st Century WESTEST 2/Future Online

Assessment Opportunities


Superintendent Paine introduced Ms. Ellen Haley, President, CTB/McGraw-Hill, who provided information regarding the 21st Century WESTEST 2 and future online assessment opportunities.



V. Overview of WVDE Budget and Budget Development Process


Ms. Heather Deskins, General Counsel to the WVBE and WVDE, provided a brief legal overview of the budget process and Mr. Terry Harless (distributed information), Executive Director, WVDE Office of Internal Operations, provided an overview of the WVDE’s budget.


VI. Break


President Cook called for a break for lunch at 12:01 p.m.  


VII. Call to Order


President Cook called the meeting back to order at 12:42 p.m.


VIII. Recognitions

WESTEST Logo Contest and Presentation of Awards to Students


Dr. Jan Barth, Executive Director, WVDE Office of Assessment and Accountability, introduced the winners of the WESTEST logo contest:  third grade, Daisy McCune, Divide Elementary, Fayette County; fourth grade, Emma Pino, Rosedale Elementary, Fayette County; sixth grade, Bryan Stone, Hamilton Middle School, Wood County; tenth grade, Thomas Eschbacher, Parkersburg South High School, Wood County; fifth grade, Emily McNeil, Woodsdale Elementary, Ohio County; seventh grade, Adam Church, Hedgesville Middle School, Berkeley County; eighth grade, Joshua Chancey, Ripley Middle School, Jackson County; eleventh grade, Sonya Mullins, Matewan High School, Mingo County; and the overall winner  Crysta Long, ninth grade student at Tyler Consolidated High School in Tyler County.

 

IX. Overview of WVDE Budget and Budget Development Process (Continued)


  Mr. Joe Panetta, Executive Director, WVDE Office of School Finance, provided an overview of the budget development process.  Ms. Brenda Williams, Executive Director, WVDE Office of Instructional Technology, and Ms. Nancy Walker, Executive Director, WVDE Office of Information Systems, provided an overview of the technology budget. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment A and addendum.)


X. Break


President Cook called for a break at 2:46 p.m.  


XI. Call to Order


President Cook called the meeting back to order at 2:56 p.m.





XII. West Virginia Board of Education Strategic Plan and

Performance Evidence for 2008


Dr. Jack McClanahan, Deputy State Superintendent of Schools, and Dr. Pamela S. Cain, Assistant State Superintendent, Division of Student Support Services, addressed questions regarding the performance evidence collected on Goal 3.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment B.)  


XIII. Initial Individual School Education Performance Audit Report 

for Greenbrier West High School, Greenbrier County


Dr. Kenna R. Seal, Director, Office of Education Performance Audits (OEPA), reported that an announced on-site review was conducted at Greenbrier West High School on December 4, 2008. 


Upon recommendation of Dr. Seal and a motion by Dr. Johnson, seconded by Mrs. Fish, the Board unanimously directed that Greenbrier West High School and Greenbrier County revise the school’s Five-Year Strategic Plan within 30 days and correct the findings noted in the report by the next accreditation cycle.   (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment C.)


XIV. Initial Individual School Education Performance Audit Report 

for Point Pleasant Primary School, Mason County


Dr. Seal reported that an announced on-site review was conducted at Point Pleasant Primary School on December 11, 2008. 


Upon recommendation of Dr. Seal and a motion by Ms. Haden, seconded by Ms. Phillips, the Board unanimously directed that Point Pleasant Primary School and Mason County revise the school’s Five-Year Strategic Plan within 30 days and correct the findings noted in the report by the next accreditation cycle.   (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment D.)


XV. West Virginia Professional Teaching Standards


Dr. Karen Huffman (distributed information), Special Assistant, Division of Special Projects -  Superintendent’s Center for 21st Century Schools, provided an update regarding the revision of West Virginia’s professional teaching standards.  The professional teaching standards have been revised to assure alignment with the state’s 21st century teaching and learning initiative.   Building on the work initiated by the WV Commission for Professional Teaching Standards (WVCPTS), the revised standards articulate what a 21st century teacher should know and be able to do.  These standards have been reviewed/revised by two additional stakeholder groups, as well as by a national consultant.  The purpose of this report was to familiarize the WVBE with the teaching standards that will be presented to the WVBE in February as a revision to WVBE Policy 5100 (Approval of Higher Education Educator Preparation Programs).  West Virginia's professional teaching standards will also be the basis for future revisions to practice relative to higher education teacher preparation programs, teacher performance evaluation and professional development.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment E and addendum.)  

XVI. Report on Increase in Students Who are English Language Learners


Dr. Amelia Courts, Executive Director, WVDE Office of ESL – International Schools, provided an update on the increase of students with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) across the state.  The report included an overview of demographic changes in the LEP student population, the services that schools provide to support them, and student achievement data.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment F.)


By consensus of the Board the following items were deferred to the January 15 agenda:  1) Data Report on KIDS FIRST Initiative for Kindergarten Students, 2) Coordinated School Health Programs, and 3) Position Statement on Coordinated School Health.


XVII. Executive Session


As the presiding officer, President Cook informed the members that she had identified various matters that required discussion 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 Dr. Johnson, seconded by Mrs. Manchin and unanimously carried, the Board entered into Executive Session at 4:29 p.m.


XVIII. Return from Executive Session


The Board returned from Executive Session at 5:10 p.m. at which time President Cook announced that no action was taken and no decisions were made.


XIX. Future Meetings

The next regular meeting of the Board will be held January 15, 2009 in Charleston, West Virginia.  


XX. Adjournment


Upon motion by Ms. Haden, seconded by Mrs. Manchin and unanimously carried, the Board adjourned at 5:11 p.m.

 

   Minutes approved by the Board on February 12, 2009.



_______________________________________________

Delores W. Cook, President



_______________________________________________

Jenny N. Phillips, Secretary

   Minutes were recorded by

         Virginia M. Harris

       Secretary to the Board. 

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