Board Conference Room

Capitol Building 6, Room 353

1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East

Charleston, West Virginia

March 10, 2010

I. Call to Order

  President Priscilla M. Haden called the meeting of the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) to order at 12:37 p.m. on March 10, 2010, in the Board Conference Room, Capitol Building 6, Room 353, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Charleston, West Virginia.

The following members were present:  President Haden, Vice President Jenny N. Phillips, Secretary Robert W. Dunlevy, Delores W. Cook, Michael I. Green, Burma Hatfield, Lowell E. Johnson, L. Wade Linger Jr., and Gayle C. Manchin, and ex officios Steven L. Paine, State Superintendent of Schools, and Brian E. Noland, Chancellor, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.  Student representative in attendance was Tiffany Sisson of Buffalo, West Virginia, who attends Buffalo High School.  Member absent was officio James L. Skidmore, Chancellor, West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education.

President Haden requested that Ms. Sisson address the Board as to her expectations while serving as student representative to the Board.  

II. Global Awareness Initiative

Dr. Amelia D. Courts, Executive Director, WVDE Office of International Schools and ESL, introduced Mr. Shu Kubo (assisted by his interpreter, Ms. Sara Ogawa, and his assistant, Ms. Sakura Ueda), Special Advisor for Cultural Exchange of Agency for Cultural Affairs – Government of Japan, who addressed the Board regarding global awareness.  Mr. Kubo, a renowned artist, will be visiting West Virginia schools March 11-13.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment A.)

III. The Education Alliance

Dr. Patricia S. Kusimo (distributed information), President/CEO, The Education Alliance, provided an update of Alliance activities and initiatives.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment E.)

IV. Remarks from the Honorable Joe Manchin III

Governor Manchin addressed the Board regarding the future of education in West Virginia.

V. Approval of Agenda

President Haden requested that XII. Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), be moved to the March 11, 2010, agenda. Upon motion by Mrs. Manchin, seconded by Ms. Phillips, the Board unanimously approved the agenda as amended. 

VI. Initial Individual School Education Performance Audit Report

for Mountain View Elementary-Middle School, Monroe County

Dr. Kenna R. Seal, Director, Office of Education Performance Audits (OEPA), reported that an announced on-site review (five days in advance) was conducted at Mountain View Elementary-Middle February 4, 2010.  Dr. Lyn Guy (distributed information), Superintendent of Monroe County Schools, and Mr. R. Jeffrey Dunbar, Principal, Mountain View Elementary and Middle School, addressed the Board regarding the audit report.

Upon the recommendation of Dr. Seal and a motion by Dr. Johnson, seconded by Mr. Dunlevy, the Board unanimously directed that Mountain View Elementary-Middle School revise its 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 B and addendum.) 

VII. Break

President Haden called for a break at 2:25 p.m.  

VIII. Call to Order

President Haden called the meeting back to order at 2:45 p.m.

IX. Presentation of the Teach WV Web Site

Dr. Karen Huffman, Assistant State Superintendent, WVDE Division of Educator Quality and System Support, introduced Ms. Lori Wiggins, Executive Director, WVDE Office of Professional Preparation, and Dr. Pamela Whitehouse, Assistant Professor, College of Human Resources and Education, West Virginia University, who presented the Teach WV web site for the Board’s information.  On December 21, 2009, the WVDE launched a new website in support of teacher recruitment and retention efforts in West Virginia. The information on the website is presented in such a manner as to guide individuals in their inquiries about the teaching profession. The Teach WV website contains information about teacher preparation programs, certification requirements, employment opportunities, and professional development for current and prospective educators in West Virginia. TeachWV.com also displays the new Global 21 and professional teaching standard initiatives for West Virginia.

X. Employment of Substitute Teachers in Areas of Critical Need

Ms. Heather Deskins, General Counsel to the WVBE and WVDE, per W. Va. Code §18A-2-3, presented Employment of Substitute Teachers in Areas of Critical Need policies for Berkeley, Boone, Mineral, Mingo, Pocahontas, Preston (amended), and Summers County Schools, for the Board’s consideration.

Upon motion by Mrs. Cook, seconded by Ms. Phillips, the Board unanimously approved the policies.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment C.) 

XI. Policy 2520.19, 21st Century Advisor/Advisee 5-12

Content Standards and Objectives for West Virginia Schools

Mr. Charles Heinlein, Executive Director, WVDE Office of Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership, presented Policy 2520.19 for the Board’s consideration.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment D, and to the Official Minutes of March 11, 2010, at Attachment H.) 

XII. Policy 3233, Establishment and Operation

of Regional Education Service Agencies (RESA)

Ms. Betty Jo Jordan, Executive Assistant to the State Superintendent, Superintendent’s Office, presented Policy 3233 for the Board’s consideration.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes of March 11, 2010, at Attachment I.) 

XIII. Future Meetings

The next regular meeting of the Board will be held March 11, 2010, in Charleston, West Virginia.  

XIV. Adjournment

President Haden declared the meeting adjourned at 3:23 p.m.

   Minutes approved by the Board on April 15, 2010.


Priscilla M. Haden, President


Robert W. Dunlevy, Secretary

   Minutes were recorded by

         Virginia M. Harris

       Secretary to the Board. 



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