Board members approved legislative priorities in specific areas: changes to ensure maximum instructional time for students, safe schools concerns, teacher availability and recruitment, and improvement packages.
“The West Virginia Board of Education will be working cooperatively with legislators to continue improvement in our state’s schools,” said State Board President Cleo P. Mathews. “The areas addressed by the Board today will help to make schools safer, while ensuring maximum instructional time for students.”
Priorities identified by the Board include: funding technology to allow teachers to communicate with school offices from their classrooms; funding additional school counselors, nurses, or other personnel; and providing matching funds for federal grant programs.
In other business, the Board received a report about technical assistance provided to Lincoln County schools, and approved Policy 5202, Minimum Requirements for the Licensure of Professional/Paraprofessional and Advanced Salary Classifications.