AGENDA

WEST VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION

Capitol Building 6, Room 353

1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East

Charleston, West Virginia

March 11, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.

 

 

I.

Welcome - Pledge of Allegiance - Introductions - Call to Order

 

 

 

David G. Perry, President

 

 

 

 

II.

Approval of Agenda - (Action)

 

 

 

David G. Perry

 

 

 

 

III.

Remarks from Governor’s Office, Legislative Leaders, and Leaders of State Education Associations/Organizations - (Information)

 

 

 

David G. Perry

 

 

 

 

IV.

Delegation(s)

 

 

 

 

V.

Recognitions

 

 

 

 

VI.

Consent Agenda - (Action)

 

 

 

 

 

A.

Approval of Minutes - (Action)

Attachment A

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is recommended that the minutes of the February 12 and February 21, 2020, meetings of the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) be approved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

B.

Routine Business

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.

West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) Personnel Matters - (Information)

Attachment B

 

 

 

 

W. Clayton Burch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.

Employment of Substitute Teachers in Areas of Critical Need and Shortage - (Action)

Attachment C

 

 

 

 

Heather Hutchens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pursuant to W. Va. Code §18A-2-3, Doddridge, Mason, Mineral, Pleasants, Putnam, Raleigh (amended), and Wirt (amended) County Schools, and the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (amended) have submitted a policy for the WVBE’s approval.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is recommended that the Employment of Substitute Teachers in Areas of Critical Need and Shortage policies for Doddridge, Mason, Mineral, Pleasants, Putnam, Raleigh (amended), and Wirt (amended) County Schools, and the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (amended) be approved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.

Employment of Substitute Teachers in Areas of Critical Need and Shortage Affidavits - (Action)

 

 

 

 

 

Heather Hutchens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pursuant to W. Va. Code §18A-2-3(c)(2)(G), affidavits have been received from Boone (11), Cabell (two), Calhoun (two), Hampshire (one), Harrison (six), Kanawha (one), Lincoln (one), Logan (11), Mercer (13), Mingo (one), McDowell (10), Ohio (one), Summers (one), Wayne (one), and Wood (three) County Schools, and the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (one).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is recommended that the affidavits be submitted to the Consolidated Public Retirement Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.

Waivers of State Board of Education Policies and Regulations, Superintendent's Interpretations and State Statutes and Legislative Rules - (Action)

Attachment D

 

 

 

 

Carla Warren

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This item recommends approval of two requests for waivers of Policy 2510, Assuring the Quality of Education: Regulations for Education Programs: 1) Berkeley County Schools requests a waiver of section 7.5.c.8.A, required training for teachers of Advanced Placement (AP) courses (#1436);  and 2) Raleigh County Schools requests a waiver of section 5.4.f.2., 90 consecutive minutes of instruction (#1435). The waiver requests have been reviewed by WVDE staff to ensure WVBE waiver criteria have been met.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is recommended that the waivers be approved with the caveats stated in Attachment D.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.

West Virginia Career and Technical Education Endorsement and Testing Manual - (Action)

Attachment E

 

 

 

 

Michele Blatt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The West Virginia Career and Technical Education Endorsement and Testing Manual lists the necessary WVBE-required wage-earning experience, licensure exams and industry credentials for educator certification with completion of requirements for West Virginia Board of Education-approved Career and Technical Education programs, Adult Licenses and Adult Permits in West Virginia.  This manual is maintained on the WVDE website.  To meet the evolving needs of Career and Technical Education and Adult Education students, the required qualifications of teacher endorsements must be updated.  Endorsement code corrections are included in this revision

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is recommended that the revisions to the West Virginia Career and Technical Education Endorsement and Testing Manual be approved. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.

Amendment/Facility Improvement - South Branch Career and Technical Center Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan (CEFP) - (Action)

 

 

 

 

Tommy Young

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The South Branch Administrative Authority (Grant, Hardy, and Pendleton County Boards of Education) request an amendment to the South Branch Career and Technical Center, a multi-county career and technical center, CEFP.  Approval of this amendment will allow work to begin on a special project to:  1) improve overall campus security and safety by installing additional video monitoring systems at the exterior and interior of the buildings;  2) replace exterior overhead garage doors and select main doors that have deteriorated and are malfunctioning; 3) improve the rainwater drainage near the welding shop; and 4) install access control within the interior of Building C.  The South Branch Career and Technical Administrative Authority is requesting a Three Percent Statewide Grant award from the School Building Authority of West Virginia which requires adjustment to the present budget.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Based upon the information provided, it is recommended that the amendment be approved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.

Appointment to West Virginia Commission on Holocaust Education - (Action)

 

 

 

 

 

David G. Perry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is recommended that Debra K. Sullivan replace Thomas W. Campbell on the West Virginia Commission on Holocaust Education; Mrs. Sullivan was recently named as Chair of the Commission by Governor Jim Justice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

VII.

New Business

 

 

 

 

 

A.

Mercer County Schools - Closure of Bluewell Elementary School and Brushfork Elementary School - (Action)

Attachment F

 

 

 

Tommy Young and Deborah S. Akers, Superintendent, Mercer County Schools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mercer County Board of Education (MCBOE) respectfully requests approval of the closure of Bluewell Elementary School and Brushfork Elementary School.  These schools will be consolidated and a new school will be built on MCBOE property located on Route 20; transportation time will remain compliant with Policy 6200, Section 202.02.  CEFP 2020 evaluations, included in the closure documents for both schools, indicate the schools are in very poor condition. An annual savings for the MCBOE is anticipated to be approximately $375,000.  Personnel analysis indicates a reduction of 4.5 positions.  In consideration of the closures, applicable WVBE policies were reviewed and followed.  Supporting data for the closure of both schools was available at both schools and the Central Office beginning December 2, 2019.  Closure hearings were held at both facilities and on January 14, 2020, the MCBOE voted unanimously to close both schools.  These closures will allow the students of Bluewell and Brushfork Elementary Schools to attend a new facility which will house pre-k-5 students and will offer sufficient instructional space for general education and special education classrooms.  The construction of a new school and the closure of the two existing schools will provide the students in Mercer County an improved, safer learning environment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Based upon the information provided, it is recommended that the closures of Bluewell Elementary School and Brushfork Elementary School be approved and the two schools consolidated into a new elementary school.

 

 

 

 

 

 

B.

Policy 5202, Minimum Requirements for the Licensure of Professional/ Paraprofessional Personnel and Advanced Salary Classifications - (Action)

Attachment G-1

Attachment G-2

 

 

 

Michele Blatt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Policy 5202 has been revised to clarify language to ensure the intent of the policy, incorporate additional flexibilities for the licensure/certification of educators and school personnel, and align with current state code.  On January 8, 2020, the policy was placed on public comment for a period of 30 days.  During the comment period, 27 comments were received. As a result of the comments received, five sections were modified. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is recommended and a motion is requested that Policy 5202, as amended, be approved and effective 30 days from filing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

C.

WVBE Personnel Matters Inclusive of Matters Related to the State Superintendent of Schools Search - (Action)

Attachment H

 

 

 

David G. Perry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[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.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is recommended and a motion is requested to approve WVBE personnel matters found in the attachment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motion(s) may be considered regarding matters related to the State Superintendent of Schools search.

 

 

 

 

 

 

D.

Special Circumstance Review of Guyan Valley Middle School (Lincoln County) - (Action)

 

 

 

 

Michele Blatt and Matt Hicks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The WVDE conducted a Special Circumstance Review of Guyan Valley Middle School in Lincoln County at the direction of the State Superintendent.  The on-site review and exit conferences were conducted in accordance with W. Va. Code §18‑2E-5 and Policy 2322, West Virginia System of Support and Accountability.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Discussion of this report may involve an Executive Session as provided in W. Va. Code §6-9A-4(b)(2)(A) [personnel exception] and/or §6-9A-4(b)(6), [privacy exception].  The Board majority must vote to have an Executive Session.]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is recommended and a motion is requested for approval of the Special Circumstance Review Report prepared for Guyan Valley Middle School.

 

 

 

 

VIII.

Overview of Personalized Education Plan (PEP) - (Information)

 

 

 

Jan Barth and Stephanie Hayes

 

 

 

 

IX.

Legislative Update - (Information)

 

 

 

Sarah Stewart

 

 

 

 

X.

Superintendent Report - (Information)

 

 

 

 

XI.

WVBE Member and WVBE Resource Committee Updates - (Information)

 

 

 

 

XII.

Items for Future Meetings - (Information)

 

 

 

David G. Perry

 

 

 

XIII.

Future Meetings - (Information)

 

 

 

David G. Perry

 

 

 

 

The next regular meeting of the WVBE will be held April 8, 2020, in Charleston, West Virginia.  The meeting will continue April 9, 2020, if the agenda is not completed on April 8, 2020.

 

 

XIV.

Adjournment - (Action)