W.Va. Board of Education Seeks Public Comment

June 09, 2008

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The West Virginia Board of Education has approved policy updates and voted to place several other proposed policies on public comment for 30 days.


Board members at their June meeting approved revisions to Policy 2510, Assuring the Quality of Education: Regulations for Education Programs. The changes provide counties and schools greater local flexibility in implementing the 21st century curriculum. The revisions allow students enrolled in the Skilled Pathway concentration to substitute career/technical courses that reflect creative arts content for the required arts credit for graduation. Such courses include illustration, graphic design, digital imagining, drafting and floriculture.


The board also is seeking public comment Policy 4336, West Virginia School Bus Transportation Policy and Procedures Manual. Proposed changes include allowing chiropractors to perform required driver physical examinations. Revisions also prohibit the use of cellular phones and other electronic devices by drivers while operating their buses. The policy is on comment for 30 days.


Updates to Policy 4150, Student Driver Eligibility Certificate, incorporates legislative changes that require students to maintain satisfactory academic progress to keep a driver’s license. The policy is on comment for 30 days.


Policy 6200, Handbook on Planning School Facilities updates codes, standards and regulatory requirement for future school construction as well as provides the basis of strategic facilities planning county school systems. The policy is on comment for 30 days.


Policy 5202, Minimum Requirements for the Licensure of Professional/Paraprofessional Personnel and Advanced Salary Classifications, incorporates the state minimum salary supplement and reimbursement of educational expenses to school psychologists and school nurses. The policy is on comment for 30 days.


Educators, parents and community members are encouraged to review the proposed changes and make suggestions. The policies can be viewed on the West Virginia Department of Education Web site at http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies.


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