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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

May 14, 2009




I. Call to Order


  President Delores W. Cook called the meeting of the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) to order at 9:00 a.m. on May 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, and L. Wade Linger Jr., and ex officios Steven L. Paine, State Superintendent of Schools, and Brian E. Noland, Chancellor, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.  Members absent were Burma Hatfield and Gayle C. Manchin, and ex officio James L. Skidmore, Chancellor, West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education. Also absent was student representative Vincent J. Tennant.


II. Delegations


Dr. DeEdra Lundeen, Superintendent, Barbour County Schools, addressed the Board regarding the Office of Education Performance Audits report for Philippi Elementary.

III. Approval of Agenda


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


IV. Consent Agenda


Mrs. Fish moved, and Ms. Phillips seconded, that Consent Agenda item 6. West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission - Series 2, Athletics, Provisions Governing Eligibility, and Series 3, Provisions Governing Contests, be removed and taken up immediately following approval of the Consent Agenda.  Following discussion and upon the call for the question the motion was carried with five members voting yes and two members voting no.  Upon motion by Dr. Johnson, seconded by Mrs. Fish, the Board approved the Consent Agenda as amended with five members voting yes and two members voting no.  (Copies appended to Official Minutes, Attachments A through F and H through L.)


Meeting minutes of April 1, 8 and 9, 2009  (Attachment A)

Budget supplement and transfer requests for the month of April 2009 as follows:  total supplements = $42,361,559 and total transfers = $11,523,391 (Attachment B)


Amendment to the Kanawha County Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan to include the addition of two portables at Carver Career Center.   These portables will be moved from the old Sissonville Middle School site.  Also the moving of a portable from Hayes Middle School to Richmond Elementary School due to increasing enrollment at Richmond Elementary School and decreasing enrollment at Hayes Middle School.  (Attachment C)


Two waiver requests of attendance at the West Virginia Principal Leadership Academy for New Principals  (Attachment D)


Two requests for a continuation waiver of instructional materials  (Attachment E)


Seven additional county applications representing summer school at 25 county locations  (Attachment F)


Policy 2520.35, 21st Century Science 9-12 Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia  (Attachment H)


WESTEST 2 Cut Scores for the calculation of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for school year 2008-09  (Attachment I)


West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind 2009-2010 School Calendar  (Attachment J)


Updated the accreditation status of Philippi Elementary School from Temporary Accreditation to Conditional Accreditation with a May 31, 2012 Date Certain to achieve AYP  (Attachment K)


Revised Individual Schools Strategic Plan – Ralph R. Willis Vocational Center (Logan County), Memorial Primary School (Mercer County), and Hundred High School (Wetzel County)  (Attachment L)


V. West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission

Series 2, Athletics, Provisions Governing Eligibility, and

Series 3, Provisions Governing Contests


Mrs. Fish requested that the rule change proposals be voted separately taking Proposals 1 through 4 and 6 as one vote and Proposal 5 and Proposal 7 as separate votes.


Mrs. Fish moved, and Ms. Haden seconded, that Proposals 1 through 4 and 6 be placed on public comment for 30 days.  The motion was carried unanimously.  

Following discussion, Mrs. Fish moved that Proposal 5 not be placed on public comment.  The motion died.


Dr. Johnson moved, and Ms. Haden seconded, that Proposal 5 be placed on public comment for 30 days.  The motion was carried with six members voting yes and one member voting no.

Mrs. Fish moved that Proposal 7 not be placed on public comment.  The motion died. 


Dr. Johnson moved, and Ms. Haden seconded, that Proposal 7 be placed on public comment for 30 days.  The motion was carried with six members voting yes and one member voting no.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachments G-1 and G-2.)


VI. Reports


West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (WVSDB) Quarterly Report.  Dr. Patsy K. Shank (distributed information), Superintendent of the WVSDB, provided an update regarding WVSDB activities and initiatives.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment O.)


VII. Break


President Cook called for a break at 10:17 a.m.  


VIII. Call to Order


President Cook called the meeting back to order at 10:37 a.m.


IX. Reports (Continued)


Board Member/Committee Reports.  President Cook requested a motion that the Board place priority on supporting legislation creating innovation zones and legislation providing for academic intervention for students at grades three and eight.  Mrs. Fish moved, and Ms. Haden seconded, the motion as stated by President Cook.  Following discussion and upon the call for the question the motion was carried unanimously.


President Cook requested a motion that the Board support changes in law and policy which will provide counties with the flexibility to achieve and be held accountable for 180 full days of instruction for students.  Ms. Phillips moved, and Mr. Dunlevy seconded, the motion as stated by President Cook.  Following discussion and upon the call for the question the motion was carried unanimously.


President Cook requested a motion that the State Superintendent continue working with stakeholder groups to actively explore meaningful ways to enhance teacher quality to support the delivery and attainment of Global 21 academic standards including the mentoring of new teachers, career ladder professional development structures, hiring practices, providing for teacher collaboration, and changing the current teacher evaluation model.  Dr. Johnson moved, and Ms. Haden seconded, the motion as stated by President Cook.  Mrs. Fish offered a friendly amendment to the wording of the motion in that the word “teacher” be changed to “educator” and Superintendent Paine requested the word “begin” be changed to “continue.”  It was the consensus of the Board that the requested amendments be accepted.  Following discussion and upon the call for the question the motion, as amended, was carried unanimously.


President Cook requested a motion that a sub-committee be created to work with representatives from the 21st Century Jobs Cabinet so that their agendas and priorities can be more closely aligned with those of the Board.   Dr. Johnson moved, and Mrs. Fish seconded, the motion as stated by President Cook.  Following discussion Ms. Haden moved to amend the motion to state that a sub-committee be created to work with representatives from the 21st Century Jobs Cabinet to share information.  Dr. Johnson accepted the amendment and upon the call for the question the motion, as amended, was carried unanimously.  President Cook stated that she would appoint a sub‑committee at a later date.


Dr. Johnson moved, and Mrs. Fish seconded, that the Board strongly supports the RESAs and that RESA funding be protected during the upcoming session.  Following discussion, Dr. Johnson amended the motion to state that the Board strongly supports the RESAs and that they not suffer more of a budget cut than any other state agency.  Mrs. Fish agreed to the amendment.  Upon further discussion, Dr. Johnson again amended the motion to state that the Board strongly supports the RESAs and that the RESA budget not be reduced any more than that of the Department of Education.  Mr. Dunlevy seconded the amended motion and upon the call for the question the motion was carried with six members voting yes and one member voting no.


President Cook, Dr. Johnson, Ms. Haden, Ms. Phillips (distributed information), and Mrs. Fish provided information regarding their participation in a number of meetings and events.  Chancellor Noland departed the meeting.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment P.)


State Superintendent’s Report.  Superintendent Paine presented Department personnel actions for the Board’s information and provided updates in Mingo, Lincoln, McDowell, Preston and Gilmer Counties.  Superintendent Paine also provided an update regarding the coal curriculum issue raised by delegations at the April meeting, Globaloria, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  Mr. Dunlevy moved, and Ms. Phillips seconded, that the State Superintendent’s Report be accepted.  The motion was carried unanimously.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment M.)  


X. WVBE Personnel Matters including Termination of

an Employee at Regional Education Service Agency VII

and Termination of an Employee at the Vicki V. Douglas Juvenile Center

[If resignation does not become effective May 8, 2009.]


Ms. Heather L. Deskins, General Counsel to the Board and the Department, presented the Board’s personnel items for the Board’s consideration and stated that the RESA VII employee did not desire an audience with the Board and that the resignation of the employee at the Vicki V. Douglas Juvenile Center became effective on May 8, 2009.  Upon motion by Mr. Dunlevy, seconded by Ms. Phillips, the Board unanimously approved the Board’s personnel items as presented in the attachment.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment Mc.)

XI. Board Items for Future Consideration


President Cook requested that items mentioned during the meeting and any others that members wish to be considered for placement on a future agenda be provided to her, Dr. Jack McClanahan, Deputy Superintendent of Schools, or Superintendent Paine, as soon as possible.  Ms. Haden announced that the Board’s Student Representative Committee will meet on June 9 at 11:00 a.m.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment N.)


XII. Future Meetings

The next regular meeting of the Board will be held June 9 and 10, 2009 in Charleston, West Virginia.  


XIII. Adjournment


Upon motion by Ms. Phillips, seconded by Mr. Dunlevy and unanimously carried, the Board adjourned at 12:40 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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