Capitol Building 6, Room 353

1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East

Charleston, West Virginia

February 16, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.

(Notice: This agenda will continue on February 17 at 9:00 a.m. if not completed on February 16.)




Welcome - Pledge of Allegiance - Introductions - Call to Order




Thomas W. Campbell, President







Oath of Office







This item is pending the appointment of a member to the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE).







Technology Presentation - (Information)




Presenter: Scot Refsland, Ph.D.







Scot Refsland is a creative interaction designer, software and systems architect with a Ph.D. in virtual reality, computer systems and software engineering.












Approval of Agenda - (Action)






Remarks from the Chairs of House and Senate Education - (Information/ Discussion)

This item will be taken up based on the availability invited guests.




Thomas W. Campbell






New Business







State Superintendent Search Actions; Evaluation of WVBE Staff and Possible Employment Actions; and Certain Matters Related to West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind Personnel - (Action)





Thomas W. Campbell








[WVBE personnel matters may involve an Executive Session as provided in W. Va. Code 6-9A-4(b)(2)(A) [personnel exception] and/or 6-9A-4 [matters involving attorney‑client privilege per Peters v. County Commission, 205 W. Va. 481 (1999)]. The Board majority must vote to have an Executive Session. (No action will be taken in Executive Session.)]








Motion(s) may be considered regarding the job posting for the position of State Superintendent of Schools and such other motions as may be required to facilitate the search process.








Motion(s) may be considered regarding employment actions related to WVBE staff.








Motion(s) may be considered regarding West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind personnel.








Fayette County School System Education Performance Audit and Intervention Status - (Discussion/Action)

Attachment A




Susan O'Brien








The OEPA conducted an on-site review of the Fayette County Board of Education on November 3-4, 2016.  The purpose of the review, which is required annually during the period of intervention, was to determine the effectiveness of the leadership of the Fayette County Board of Education and the degree to which Fayette County may be ready for return of control of their educational system.  At the time of the on-site review, the WVBE had control of curriculum and instruction, facilities, finance, personnel, and policies.  The on-site review assessed whether Fayette County Board of Education has developed the capacity to regain local control.








A motion regarding return of full control will be considered.








Policy 2340, West Virginia Measures of Academic Progress - (Action)

Attachment B




Clayton Burch








The proposed changes reflect the changes in the tested grades levels for science from grade 4 to 5 in elementary school and grade 6 to 8 in middle school as granted in the WVBE-approved waiver in October 2016. The proposed changes and revisions concerning the Office of Assessment developing high school end‑of-course exams to be administered in selected core high school courses beginning in the school year 2017-18 were not supported by the comments received, resulting in removal of 4.1.c. Students in grades 5 and 8 will now be tested in science instead of grades 4 and 6. During the 30 day comment period, over 160 comments were received and are reflected in the attached comment log.


The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) recommends that Policy 2340 be approved as amended with the elimination of section 4.1.c.








Motion(s) may be considered regarding Policy 2340.








Report on Current Year and Proposed Budgets - (Discussion/Action)





Terry Harless








Action may be taken regarding current year and proposed budgets as a result of discussion.








Elimination of Unnecessary WVBE Policies and/or Policy Language - (Discussion/Action)





Thomas W. Campbell








Action may be taken regarding WVBE policies and/or policy language as a result of discussion.







Capacity Building for Priority Schools and Intervention Counties - (Information)




Michele Blatt and Cindy Daniel






2017 Legislative Agenda - (Discussion/Action)




Thomas W. Campbell and WVBE Members







2017 legislative agenda topics include, but are not limited to: Request for Proposals (RFP) relevant to possible eleventh grade high school testing; Policy 2320, A Process for Improving Education: Performance Based Accreditation System; Policy 6200, Handbook on Planning School Facilities; and, Policy 6204, School Closing and Consolidations.

Link to Policy 2320:

Link to Policy 6200:

Link to Policy 6204:






Motion(s) may be considered as a result of discussion of the WVBE's 2017 legislative agenda.







Superintendent Report - (Information)



WVDE All Inclusive Staffing Report



Update on Minority Discipline Data






WVBE Member Updates - (Information)






Items for Future Consideration - (Discussion)




Thomas W. Campbell







Future Meetings - (Information)




Thomas W. Campbell






The next regular meeting of the WVBE will be held March 8, 2017, in Charleston, West Virginia. The meeting will continue on March 9, 2017, if the agenda is not completed on March 8, 2017.






Adjournment - (Action)