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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

June 9, 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 June 9, 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 Gayle C. Manchin, and ex officio Steven L. Paine, State Superintendent of Schools.  Members absent were Burma Hatfield and L. Wade Linger Jr., 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. Approval of Agenda


Upon motion by Dr. Johnson, seconded by Mrs. Manchin, the Board unanimously approved the agenda. 


III. Initial Individual School Education Performance

Audit Reports for Henry J. Kaiser Elementary School and

Ripley High School, Jackson County


Dr. Kenna R. Seal, Director, Office of Education Performance Audits (OEPA), reported that announced on-site reviews were conducted at Henry J. Kaiser Elementary School and Ripley High School on April 2, 2009.


Upon recommendation of Dr. Seal and a motion by Ms. Phillips, seconded by Ms. Haden, the Board unanimously approved the Henry J. Kiser Elementary School report and directed Ripley High School to revise its Five-Year Strategic Plan within 30 days and correct any findings noted in the report by the next accreditation cycle.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment A.)


IV. Initial Individual School Education Performance

Audit Reports Fort Ashby Primary School, Wiley Ford Primary School,

and Frankfort Middle School, Mineral County


Dr. Seal reported that announced on-site reviews were conducted at Fort Ashby Primary School (April 21, 2009), Wiley Ford Primary School (April 21, 2009) and Frankfort Middle School (April 22, 2009).


Upon recommendation of Dr. Seal and a motion by Mr. Dunlevy, seconded by Ms. Haden, the Board unanimously approved the reports for Fort Ashby Primary School and Wiley Ford Primary School and directed Frankfort Middle School to revise its Five‑Year Strategic Plan within 30 days and correct any findings noted in the reports by the next accreditation cycle.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment B.)


V. Initial Individual School Education Performance

Audit Report for Widmyer Elementary School, Morgan County


Dr. Seal reported that announced an announced on-site review was conducted at Widmyer Elementary School on April 23, 2009.


Upon recommendation of Dr. Seal and a motion by Mrs. Manchin, seconded by Ms. Phillips, the Board unanimously directed that Widmyer Elementary School revise its Five-Year Strategic Plan within 30 days and correct any findings noted in the report by the next accreditation cycle.   (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment C.)  


VI. 2009 Annual Report of the West Virginia Advisory Council

for the Education of Exceptional Children (WVACEEC)


Dr. Lynn Boyer (distributed information), Executive Director, WVBE Office of Special Programs, Extended and Early Learning, introduced Dr. Michael Sullivan, Executive Director, WVACEEC, who provided an overview of the council and its responsibilities.  Dr. Sullivan introduced Mr. Ronald Cantley II, Chairperson, WVACEEC, who presented the 2009 Annual Report of the WVACEEC for the Board’s consideration.  The WVACEEC is mandated by West Virginia Code §18-20-6 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) to advise the Board on unmet needs of exceptional children.  The WVACEEC conducts eight public hearings each year, one in each RESA, to take comments and hear presentations on the status of education for exceptional students.  The findings and recommendations are presented to the Board annually at its June meeting.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment D and addendum.)  


VII. Break


President Cook called for a break at 2:10 p.m.  



VIII. Call to Order


President Cook called the meeting back to order at 2:25 p.m.


IX. Approval of Educator Preparation Programs at 

University of Charleston


Mr. Nathan Estel, Executive Director, and Ms. Kellie Crawford, Coordinator, WVDE Office of Professional Preparation, presented the educator preparation programs at the University of Charleston for the Board’s consideration.  An on-site review of the educator preparation programs at the University of Charleston was conducted in the fall of 2008.  The Educator Preparation Program Review Board (EPPRB) has reviewed the report from the on-site review team and the response from the institution.  Upon review, the EPPRB found that five of six standards identified in Policy 5100 were met.  Further, the EPPRB identified five areas for improvement.  (Copy appended to the Official Minutes of June 10, 2009 at Attachment I.)


X. 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.  Dr. Barth reported that additional comments were presented following the close of the comment period regarding §126-14-6 and distributed a proposed amendment for the Board’s consideration.  Following discussion, it was determined that additional clarification of the newly proposed language is required and that the proposed amendment must be taken up at a future meeting.  (Copy appended to the Official Minutes, Attachment E and addendum, and to the Official Minutes of June 10, 2009 at Attachment J.)


XI. Policy 2520.1, 21st Century Reading and English Language Arts

Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools,

Policy 2520.2, 21st Century Mathematics Content Standards and

Objectives for West Virginia Schools, Policy 2520.3, 21st Century

Science K-8 Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia

Schools, Policy 2520.35, 21st Century Science 9-12 Content Standards

and Objectives for West Virginia, and, Policy 2520.4, 21st Century

Social Studies Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools


Ms. Carla Williamson, Executive Director, WVDE Office of Instruction, presented Policies 2520.1, 2520.2, 2520.3, 2520.35, and 2520.4 for the Board’s consideration.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachments F, G, H, I, and J, and to the Official Minutes of June 10, 2009 at Attachments K, L, M, Mc, and N.)


XII. Policy 4110, Attendance


Dr. Fran Warsing, Superintendent, WVDE Office of Institutional Education Programs, presented Policy 4110 for the Board’s consideration.  (Copy appended to the Official Minutes of June 10, 2009 at Attachment O.)


XIII. WVBE Employee Evaluations


President Cook requested a motion to move into Executive Session as provided in W. Va. Code §6-9A-4(b)(2)(A), to discuss personnel matters involving the evaluation of the State Superintendent of Schools, Director of the Office of Education Performance Audits, Superintendent of the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, Executive Directors of the Regional Education Service Agencies, and the Secretary to the Board.  Upon motion by Dr. Johnson, seconded by Ms. Phillips and unanimously carried, the Board entered into executive session at 3:07 p.m.




XIV. Return from Executive Session


The Board returned from Executive Session at 5:45 p.m. at which time President Cook announced that no action was taken.  President Cook, in accordance with W. Va. Code '18-3-1, announced that:


Dr. Paine’s job performance exceeds our expectations.  He is an outstanding visionary and leader.  He has brought prestige to our state and worked diligently in all aspects of education in West Virginia.  Dr. Paine has a vast knowledge of current education issues and has a great ability to communicate and inspire.  We are most fortunate to have a person of his caliber to head the state educational system. 


Dr. Johnson requested that the Board’s Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) Committee review the services provided by RESAs and that the Board’s Evaluation Committee review the evaluation process for RESA Executive Directors.  


XV. Future Meetings

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


XVI. Adjournment


Upon motion by Mrs. Manchin, seconded by Ms. Haden and unanimously carried, the Board adjourned at 5:50 p.m.

 

   Minutes approved by the Board on July 9, 2009.




__________________________________________

Delores W. Cook, President




__________________________________________

Jenny N. Phillips, Secretary


   Minutes were recorded by

         Virginia M. Harris

       Secretary to the Board. 

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