Board Conference Room

Capitol Building 6, Room 353

1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East

Charleston, West Virginia

May 13, 2009

I. Call to Order

  President Delores W. Cook called the meeting of the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) to order at 10:07 a.m. on May 13, 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, and L. Wade Linger Jr., and ex officio Steven L. Paine, State Superintendent of Schools.  Members absent were Burma Hatfield and Gayle C. Manchin, 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.  All Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) Executive Directors were in attendance.

II. Approval of Agenda

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

III. Dialogue between WVBE and RESA Executive Directors regarding

Items of Mutual Interest

Mr. Chuck Nichols (distributed information), Executive Director of RESA III and RESA Liaison to the Board, provided brief remarks regarding successful RESA programs and introduced Mr. John Smoot, Chief of Operations, Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority, who provided information regarding volunteer fire and emergency medical services; Mr. Tom Keefer, Emergency Response Manager, Dupont-Belle Plant, who provided information regarding training provided for industry; Mr. Bill Eads, Patriot Coal, who provided information regarding Emergency Medical Training for the coal industry; Dr. Kathryn L. Liptak, Division Chair of Education and Human Performance, Director of Graduate Studies, Director of Teacher Education, and Professor of Education, Division of Education and Human Performance, Concord College, who provided information regarding professional development provided to educators; Dr. Richard A. Hartnett, Coordinator, Public School Administration Programs, West Virginia University, who attested the strength of services provided to higher education by RESAs; Ms. MaryLu Hutchins, Teacher, Ohio County Schools, who provided information regarding professional development provided to classroom instructors; and, Ms. Carolyn Long, Superintendent of Braxton County Schools, and Mr. Bill Niday (via video clip), Superintendent of Wood County Schools, who provided information regarding assistance, through multiple programs/grants/services and professional staff development, provided to counties by the RESAs.  Mr. Nichols, in closing, provided a chronology of evaluations and studies conducted of RESAs and thanked the Board for its continued support or RESAs.  It was the consensus of the Board that RESA personnel matters be taken up in a future executive session.  Mr. Gabriel Devono, Executive Director, assisted by Ms. Lesa Hines, Director of Special Education, RESA VII, provided an update regarding RESA VII activities and initiatives. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment A.)


IV. Future Meetings

The Board will meet in regular session on May 13 and 14, 2009 in Charleston, West Virginia. 

V. Adjournment

Upon motion by Ms. Haden, seconded by Ms. Phillips and unanimously carried, the Board adjourned at 12:01 p.m.


   Minutes approved by the Board on June 10, 2009.


Delores W. Cook, President


Jenny N. Phillips, Secretary

   Minutes were recorded by

         Virginia M. Harris

       Secretary to the Board. 



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