MINUTES

WEST VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION

Board Conference Room

Capitol Building 6, Room 353

1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East

Charleston, West Virginia

May 13, 2010

 

 

 

I.                                                                   Call to Order

 

            President Priscilla M. Haden called the meeting of the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) to order at 9:00 a.m. on May 13, 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 officio Steven L. Paine, State Superintendent of Schools.  Members absent were ex officious 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 Mrs. Manchin, seconded by Mr. Dunlevy, the Board unanimously approved the agenda as amended.

 

III.                                                                 Consent Agenda

 

            Upon motion by Mr. Dunlevy, seconded by Ms. Phillips, the Board unanimously approved the Consent Agenda.  (Copies appended to Official Minutes, Attachments A through H.)

 

·         Meeting minutes of April 14, 15 and 19, 2010  (Attachment A)

 

·         Ritchie County Ten Year Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan   (Attachment B)

 

·         One request for a continuation waiver and one request for a new waiver of WVBE policy (Attachment C)

 

·         Six county applications representing summer school at 12 additional county locations  (Attachment D)

·         West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind school calendar for 2010‑2011 (Attachment E)

 

·         Revised Five-Year Strategic Plan for Mountain View Elementary/Middle School  (Attachment F)

 

·         Revised Five-Year Strategic Plans for the Grant County school district and its schools  (Attachment G)

 

·         Revised Five-Year Strategic Plans for the McDowell County school district and its schools (Attachment H).

 

IV.                                                                        Reports

 

            ■  Board Member/Committee Reports.  Dr. Johnson attended a Learning First State Affiliate meeting, West Virginia Parent Teacher Association Convention, and West Virginia Education Association Executive Committee meeting; Mrs. Manchin attended a National Association of State Boards of Education webinar on the 21st century student, High School Redesign Committee meeting, and provided information regarding the Save the Children Program; Mrs. Cook attended a Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) III meeting, a dedication of additional rooms at Brookview Elementary, honor banquet at Sherman Junior High School, Arts Alive, cardiac screening at Sherman Elementary, Nellis Elementary alumni program, and presented pins to Golden Horseshoe winners; Mr. Green attended a meeting of the West Virginia Commission on Holocaust Education; President Haden (distributed information) provided information regarding a meeting of the Student Representation Committee and indicated that the county superintendent’s will be offered the opportunity, with the consensus of the Board, to submit names (via application) for consideration as student representative to the Board; participated as a member of a steering committee regarding military kids, attended Regional Education Laboratory Appalachia meeting, Civic Literacy Council meeting, High School Redesign Committee meeting, Golden Horseshoe ceremony, teleconference with United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan regarding Race to the Top, Young Writers Conference, and Arts Alive; Mr. Dunlevy attended School Building Authority of West Virginia and West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission meetings. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment Mc.) 

 

            ■  RESA Committee.  Dr. Johnson provided a report on the behalf of the RESA Committee and requested a motion to approve the appointment of individuals to replace members exiting the committee. 

 

            Upon motion by Dr. Johnson, seconded by Ms. Phillips, the Board unanimously approved the appointments as listed in Attachment I-1.  Editor’s note:  The correct name of the appointment from RESA 6 is Greg Minnich.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment I‑1 and I-2.)

 

            ■  Wellness Committee.  Mrs. Manchin provided a report on the behalf of the Wellness Committee and stated that this year there will be focused attention showcasing physical education/activities in schools. 

 

            ■  Evaluation Committee Report.  Ms. Phillips provided a report on the behalf of the Evaluation Committee and stated that evaluation instruments will be revised prior to the 2011 evaluations. 

 

            ■  High School Redesign Committee.  Ms. Phillips (distributed information) provided a report on the behalf of the High School Redesign Committee.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment N.) 

 

            ■  Professional Development Committee.  Mrs. Cook (distributed information), assisted by Ms. Betty Jo Jordan, Executive Assistant to the State Superintendent of Schools, provided a report on the behalf of the Professional Development Committee and requested a motion to approve the professional development goals for the WVBE’s statewide strategic professional development plan for 2010‑2011.

 

            Mrs. Manchin questioned the cost and coordination of professional development.  Dr. Johnson indicated that he will ask the RESAs to provide a cost estimate.  Superintendent Paine indicated that the Department’s research office will provide an instrument for use by all entities that provide professional development and will coordinate the data. Upon motion by Ms. Phillips, seconded by Dr. Johnson, the Board unanimously approved the professional development goals for the WVBE’s statewide strategic professional development plan for 2010‑2011.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment J.) 

  

              State Superintendent’s Report.  Superintendent Paine (distributed attachment) presented Department personnel items for the Board’s information; provided updates in Lincoln, Fayette, Grant, McDowell, Mingo and Preston Counties; assisted by Dr. Stan Hopkins (distributed information), Assistant State Superintendent, WVDE Division of Technical and Adult Education Services, Ms. Karen Ruddle, Coordinator, WVDE Office of Special Programs, Extended and Early Learning, Ms. Debra Kimbler, Coordinator, WVDE Office of Adult Education and Workforce Development, and Mr. Russell L. Fry (distributed information), Acting Executive Director, and Ms. Beth Carenbauer, WorkForce West Virginia, provided an overview of West Virginia high school diploma options.  Mr. Dunlevy departed the meeting.

 

V.                                                                        Break

 

            President Haden called for a break at 10:49 a.m. 

 

VI.                                                                Call to Order

 

            President Haden called the meeting back to order at 11:07 a.m.

 

VII.                                                           Reports  (Continued)

 

President Haden announced that she appointed, with the consensus of the Board, Mr. Green as the Board’s liaison to WorkForce West Virginia.  Superintendent Paine, assisted by Mr. Chuck Heinlein, Executive Director, WVDE Office of Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership, provided an update regarding the school improvement process, and, assisted by Mrs. Shelly Stalnaker, Coordinator, WVDE Office of Healthy Schools, provided a summary of the final Character Education Grant outcomes and products produced during the Character Education Grant period (http://wvde.state.wv.us/osshp/section1/CharacterEducation.htm).  Superintendent Paine stated that that I3 innovation and Globaloria grants have been submitted and spoke to assessment and teacher evaluation, distributed a House interim schedule for the special legislative session and distributed a document from CCSSO entitled The Obama Administration’s “Blueprint” for ESEA Reauthorization Outline of Key Points.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment K and addenda.) 

 

VIII.                                                     Deed of Property to

                                        West Virginia Department of Administration

 

Ms. Heather L. Deskins, General Counsel to the WVBE and the WVDE, presented a request from the West Virginia Department of Administration (WVDA) that the WVBE deed to the WVDA property/buildings owned by the WVBE located in Institute, West Virginia, that once housed the Colored Schools for the Deaf and the Blind and later housed Rehabilitation Services.   The buildings are currently vacant.  The WVDA reports that it is paying $50,000 in utility bills and wishes to move forward with renovation plans.

 

            Upon motion by Mrs. Manchin, seconded by Ms. Hatfield, the Board unanimously approved deeding the Institute property to the WVDA contingent upon a memorandum of understanding between the two agencies that allows the WVDE use of some of the facility.    

 

IX.                                          WVBE Personnel Matters including

                            One Day Suspension without Pay for a Child Care Worker

                               at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind,

                        Termination of Employment of a Teacher at the Beckley Center

                                     and Termination of Employment of a Teacher at

                                                  Pressley Ridge at Grant Gardens

 

            Upon motion by Dr. Johnson, seconded by Ms. Phillips, the Board unanimously approved the Board’s personnel items including a one day suspension without pay for a child care worker at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, the termination of employment of a teacher at the Beckley Center, and the termination of employment of a teacher at Pressley Ridge at Grant Gardens.  Mrs. Manchin requested information regarding funding for the institutional education programs.  Dr. Fran Warsing, Superintendent, WVDE Office of Institutional Education Programs, stated that no funding was granted.    (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment L.)

X.                                             Board Items for Future Consideration

 

President Haden reminded members that the June meeting will take place June 8 and 9 and requested that items mentioned during the meeting, as well as any others that members wish to be considered for placement on a future agenda, be provided to her or Superintendent Paine as soon as possible.  Mrs. Manchin requested that an item be placed on the June agenda regarding the funding of institutional education programs.  Dr. Johnson (distributed information) requested an item regarding school counselors and the time spent in direct counseling to students be placed on an appropriate agenda.  President Haden requested an item regarding credit recovery be placed on the June agenda.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment M and addendum.) 

 

XI.                                                              Future Meetings

           

            The next regular meeting of the Board will be held June 8 and 9, 2010, in Charleston, West Virginia. 

 

 

XII.                                                               Adjournment

 

            President Haden declared the meeting adjourned at 12:03 p.m.

 

                                                         Minutes approved by the Board on June 9, 2010.

 

 

 

                                                         _______________________________________________

                                                         Priscilla M. Haden, President

 

 

 

_______________________________________________

                                                         Robert W. Dunlevy, Secretary

 

   Minutes were recorded by

         Virginia M. Harris

       Secretary to the Board.

        Wvbeminutes5/13/10

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