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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

April 8, 2009




I. Call to Order


  President Delores W. Cook called the meeting of the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) to order at 12:30 p.m. on April 8, 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, Burma Hatfield, 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 Vincent Tennant of Wheeling who attends Linsly School.  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. Delegations


Mr. Julian Martin (distributed information), West Virginia Highland Conservancy, Ms. Janice Nease and Ms. Lorelei Scarbro, Coal River Mountain Watch, addressed the Board regarding the CEDAR (Coal Education Development and Resource) Coal Study Unit Program; and, Ms. Desi Garrett, spokesperson for Citizens United for a Better Education, provided an update regarding Gilmer County concerns.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment J.)

III. Approval of Agenda


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


IV. Education Performance Audit Report

for the Hampshire County School System


Dr. Kenna R. Seal, Director, Office of Education Performance Audits (OEPA), reported that his office returned to Hampshire County on March 4 and 5, 2009 to assess if the county school district had sustained corrective action of the personnel and financial issues that led to the previous Nonapproval status.  Mr. Bernie Hott, President of the Hampshire County Board of Education, addressed the Board regarding the audit report for the Hampshire County School System. 

Upon recommendation of Dr. Seal and a motion by Dr. Johnson, seconded by Ms. Hatfield, the Board unanimously issued the Hampshire County School System Full Approval status.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment A.)


V. Initial Individual School Education Performance

Audit Report for Nutter Fort Primary School, Harrison County


Dr. Seal reported that an announced on-site review was conducted at Nutter Fort Primary School on March 11, 2009.


Upon recommendation of Dr. Seal and a motion by Mr. Dunlevy, seconded by Ms. Phillips, the Board unanimously approved the Initial School Education Performance Audit Report for Nutter Fort Primary School.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment B.)


VI. Initial Individual School Education Performance

Audit Report for Ralph R. Willis Vocational Center, Logan County


Dr. Seal reported that an announced on-site review was conducted at Ralph R. Willis Vocational Center on March 5, 2009.  


Upon recommendation of Dr. Seal and a motion by Ms. Phillips, seconded by Ms. Haden, the Board unanimously directed the Ralph R. Willis Vocational Center and Logan County to revise the school’s Five‑Year Strategic Plan within 30 days and correct the finding noted in the report by the next accreditation cycle.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment C.)  


VII. Initial Individual School Education Performance

Audit Report for Hundred High School, Wetzel County


Dr. Seal reported that an announced on-site review was conducted at Hundred High School on March 12, 2009.  Mr. William F. Jones, Superintendent, and Ms. Tammy H. Wells, Director of Instruction, Wetzel County Schools, addressed the Board regarding the audit report for Hundred High School.


Upon recommendation of Dr. Seal and a motion by Mrs. Fish, seconded by Ms. Phillips, the Board unanimously directed Hundred High School and Wetzel County to 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.)  


VIII. Report of Progress from 2004 through 2008 for the

Closing the Achievement Gap (CAG)

Professional Development Demonstration School Program


Mr. Richard Lawrence, Executive Director, West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) Office of Title II - School and School System Improvement, presented data showing the progress of the program since its inception.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment E.)

IX. Break


President Cook called for a break at 2:14 p.m.  


X. Call to Order


President Cook called the meeting back to order at 2:29 p.m.


XI. Ohio Valley University's Progress toward Meeting Standards


Mr. Nathan Estel, Executive Director, and Ms. Kellie Crawford, Coordinator, WVDE Office of Professional Preparation, presented a summary of findings of Ohio Valley University’s progress toward meeting standards after a six month period.  In the Spring of 2008, an on-site review of Ohio Valley University's educator preparation was conducted.  Upon completion of the visit, the institution was provided the opportunity to respond to the initial report.  Using both the report from the on-site review team and the institution's response to that report, the Educator Preparation Program Review Board determined that standards identified in West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) Policy 5100 were not fully met.  At its June 2008, meeting, the WVBE placed the programs offered through Ohio Valley University on Conditional Approval Status for a period not to exceed eighteen months.  Further, the WVBE directed the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) to conduct an onsite review of the institution's progress toward meeting standards after a six month period. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment F.)


XII. Update on Parent Involvement Initiative and Education Elevators


Dr. Pamela S. Cain, Assistant State Superintendent, Division of Student Support Services, presented an update regarding the parent involvement initiative and introduced Mr. Thomas N. McJunkin, Esq. (distributed information), Jackson Kelly, PLLC.  Mr. McJunkin presented information regarding the Jackson Kelly Education Elevators Program (JKEEP) at Piedmont Elementary in Kanawha County.  Mr. Steve Knighton, Principal, Piedmond Elementary, addressed the Board regarding the importance of JKEEP to students.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment G and addendum.)


XIII. Policy 2325, High Quality Standards for

Juvenile Institutional Education Programs


Dr. Fran Warsing, Superintendent, WVDE Office of Institutional Education Programs, presented Policy 2325 for the Board’s consideration.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes of April 9, 2009 at Attachment I.)


XIV. Policy 2340, West Virginia Measures of Academic Progress


Dr. Jan Barth, Executive Director, WVDE Office of Assessment and Accountability, presented Policy 2340 for the Board’s consideration.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment H, and to the Official Minutes of April 9, 2009 at Attachment J.)

XV. Policy 5100, Approval of Educational Personnel Preparation Programs


Mr. Estel presented Policy 5100 for the Board’s consideration.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment I, and to the Official Minutes of April 9, 2009 at Attachment K.)


XVI. Future Meetings

The next regular meeting of the Board will be held April 9, 2009 in Charleston, West Virginia.  


XVII. Adjournment


Upon motion by Ms. Phillips, seconded by Mrs. Manchin and unanimously carried, the Board adjourned at 3:36 p.m.

 

   Minutes approved by the Board on May 14, 2009.



_______________________________________________

Delores W. Cook, President



_______________________________________________

Jenny N. Phillips, Secretary

   Minutes were recorded by

         Virginia M. Harris

       Secretary to the Board. 

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