AGENDA

WEST VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION

Capitol Building 6, Room 353

1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East

Charleston, West Virginia

April 10, 2019 - 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 and House/Senate Education - (Information)

 

 

 

David G. Perry

 

 

 

 

IV.

Remarks from Education Stakeholder Associations and Organizations - (Information)    

 

 

 

David G. Perry

 

 

 

 

V.

Delegation(s)

 

 

 

 

 

VI.

Recognition(s)

 

 

 

David G. Perry

 

 

 

 

 

VII.

Arts Alive 2019 - (Information)

 

 

 

Jan Barth and Joey Wiseman

 

 

 

 

 

Arts Alive is the WVDE’s annual event to showcase outstanding arts education and performance programs of public school students.  Arts Alive will be held in Charleston on April 12, 2019, at the Municipal Auditorium.

 

 

 

 

VIII.

Consent Agenda - (Action)

 

 

 

 

 

A.

Approval of Minutes - (Action)

Attachment A

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is recommended that the minutes of the March 13, 2019, meeting of the WVBE be approved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

B.

Routine Business

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.

WVDE Personnel Matters - (Information)

Attachment B

 

 

 

 

Steven L. Paine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.

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

Attachment C-1,

 C-2, C-3, C-4

 

 

 

 

Carla Warren

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jefferson County Schools (Waiver #1397) requests the continuation of a waiver of Policy 8200, Purchasing Procedures for Local Educational Agencies, and Policy 1224.1, Accounting Procedures Manual for the Public Schools in the State of West Virginia.  The waiver allows the school to have a purchasing card in the name of the school instead of in the name of individual cardholders and allows the school to pay their purchasing card invoice via an ACH payment instead of by check.

 

The waiver has been reviewed by WVDE staff to ensure WVBE waiver criteria have been met and is recommended for approval.

 

Cabell County Schools (Waiver #1406) and Jackson County Schools (Waiver #1407) request a waiver of Policy 2510, Assuring the Quality of Education, Regulations for Education Programs, Section 5.4, High School Programming, to approve the addition of a Financial Algebra course in place of Algebra II.

 

The waivers have been reviewed by WVDE staff to ensure WVBE waiver criteria have been met and are recommended for approval for one year.

 

Randolph County Schools (Waiver #1410) requests a waiver of Policy 2445.40, Adoption, Use, and Groupings of Instructional Resources for Grades Pre-K through Grade 12.  The waiver will allow all Pre-K teachers to continue using HighScope curriculum for the 2019-2020 school year and delay the adoption of materials for Pre-K for one year.

 

The waiver has been reviewed by WVDE staff to ensure WVBE waiver criteria have been met and is recommended for approval for one year.

 

Monongalia County Schools (Waiver #1413) requests a waiver of Policy 2520.4, West Virginia College and Career-Readiness Standards for Social Studies.  The waiver allows students the opportunity to address the content of US Studies through multiple venues as well as the Contemporary Studies and Civics courses. 

 

The waiver has been reviewed by WVDE staff to ensure WVBE waiver criteria have been met and is recommended for approval for one year and that all future cohorts take the US Comprehensive Course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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), as of March 18, 2019, affidavits have been received and submitted to the Consolidated Public Retirement Board from Greenbrier, Logan, and Wood County Schools.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.

Amendment/Facility Improvement - Barbour County Board of Education Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan (CEFP) - (Action)

Attachment D

 

 

 

 

Tommy Young

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Barbour County Board of Education respectfully requests approval of an amendment to their 2010-2020 CEFP for the addition of a "security portal" entrance at Philippi Elementary School.  In order to meet current safe school guidelines, entrances to schools should have a mantrap so that visitors can be clearly identified prior to being admitted into the school. While this facility already has an electronic lock entry system, visitors must wait on the exterior of the building prior to being admitted. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Based upon the information provided, the WVDE recommends that the amendment be approved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.

Amendment/Facility Improvement - Roane-Jackson Technical Center Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan (CEFP) - (Action)

Attachment E

 

 

 

 

Tommy Young

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Roane-Jackson Technical Center respectfully requests approval of an amendment to their 2010-2020 CEFP for the replacement of the school's original plumbing fixtures that date back to 1973; work is set to take place in Buildings A, B, and C. The Roane-Jackson Administrative Council approved the amendment on March 19, 2019, during their monthly meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Based upon the information provided, the WVDE recommends that the amendment be approved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.

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

Attachment F

 

 

 

 

Michele Blatt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The West Virginia CTE Endorsement and Testing Manual, located on the WVDE website, provides the required wage-earning experience, licensure exams and industry credentials for educator certification with completion requirements for the WVBE approved CTE programs, adult licenses and adult permits.  Revisions include:  the addition of endorsements for 7225 Drone Ground and Flight Training and FANUC Operator eligibility criteria and, clarification that applicants hold an overall cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above to receive the endorsement of Adult Education (grades AD-AD).  This action will provide students with appropriately certified instructors who will prepare them for vital career paths and provide school districts with enhanced flexibility to recruit and retain the most qualified teachers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The WVDE recommends that the West Virginia CTE Endorsement and Testing Manual be approved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.

West Virginia Licensure Testing Directory - (Action)

Attachment G

 

 

 

 

Michele Blatt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The WVBE required licensure exams for educator certification and completion of WVBE approved programs leading to West Virginia licensure directory is maintained on the WVDE website.  Additional test and/or scores have been changed to reflect updates in policy and exams. The validity period for the previously listed test and/or score shall be one year from the effective date of the new test and/or score. Exception: tests and/or scores shall remain valid for twelve months after completion of an approved program for licensure where the applicant was continuously enrolled even if the test and/or score has changed. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The WVDE recommends that the Licensure Testing Directory be approved.

 

 

 

 

IX.

New Business

 

 

 

 

 

A.

Mercer County Schools - Closure of Memorial Elementary School and Whitethorn Primary School - (Action)

Attachment H

 

 

 

Tommy Young and Deborah Akers, Superintendent, Mercer County Schools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mercer County Board of Education respectfully requests approval for the closures of Memorial Elementary School and Whitethorn Primary School at the conclusion of the 2019-2020 school year.

 

The closing of the schools will allow those students to attend a new facility which will house Pre-K-2 and which offers educational programing that meets West Virginia's content standards.  Memorial Elementary and Whitethorn Primary will form a new elementary school which will be constructed beside Bluefield High School, Bluefield, West Virginia.  The anticipated opening date is August of 2020.

 

Hearings were held on February 19, 2019 and February 21, 2019, respectively.  The Mercer County Board of Education voted to close both schools on February 26, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Based upon the information provided, the WVDE recommends that the closure of Memorial Elementary School and Whitethorn Primary School be approved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motion(s) may be considered regarding the proposed closures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

B.

State-wide Waiver for Financial Algebra - (Action)

Attachment I

 

 

 

Jan Barth and Joey Wiseman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Information will be provided in support of a state-wide waiver to allow Financial Algebra to be offered as a fourth course option in mathematics.  To date, several counties have been granted waivers to utilize Financial Algebra as one of Policy 2510’s fourth course options in the area of mathematics, and ten additional counties have contacted the WVDE to begin the waiver process.  The WVDE has received multiple requests from counties requesting that a state-wide waiver be proposed to the WVBE until Policy 2510 is revised (late fall 2019) to include appropriate language that will alleviate the need for future waivers. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The WVDE recommends that a state-wide waiver allowing Financial Algebra as a fourth course option in mathematics be approved for school year 2019-2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motion(s) may be considered regarding the state-wide waiver.

 

 

 

 

 

 

C.

Policy 2420, Adult Education Programs - (Action)

Attachment J

 

 

 

Kathy D’Antoni

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Policy 2420 has been amended to provide updated guidance for the operation of adult education programs.  The policy expands the purpose of adult education to prepare individuals with skills and knowledge needed to succeed in postsecondary education and the workforce; reinforces support to prepare adults who are English language learners for, and place them in, unsubsidized employment in in-demand industries and occupations that lead to economic self‑sufficiency and to integrate with the local workforce; and ensures that resources support activities to better prepare adult students for postsecondary and career success.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The WVDE recommends that Policy 2420 be placed on public comment for 30 days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Motion(s) may be considered regarding Policy 2420.

 

 

 

 

 

 

D.

WVBE Personnel Matters - (Action)

Attachment K

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

X.

Educator Survey Results - (Information)

 

 

 

Michele Blatt

 

 

 

 

XI.

Education Forums Report - (Information)

(This item will be taken up at 2:00 p.m.)

 

 

 

Steven L. Paine and Stacie Smith, Consensus Building Institute

 

 

 

 

XII.

WVBE Constitutional Authority - (Information)

(This item will be taken up following the Education Forums Report.)

 

 

 

Kelli D. Talbott, Senior Deputy Attorney General, Office of the West Virginia  Attorney General

 

 

 

 

XIII.

Superintendent Report - (Information)

 

 

 

 

XIV.

WVBE Member and Ex Officio Updates - (Information)

 

 

 

 

XV.

Items for Future Meetings - (Information)

 

 

 

David G. Perry

 

 

 

 

XVI.

Future Meetings - (Information)

 

 

 

David G. Perry

 

 

 

 

The next regular meeting of the WVBE will be held May 8, 2019, in Morgan County, West Virginia.

 

 

XVII.

Adjournment - (Action)