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State Board Asks for Input: Public Forums Begin Monday, October 16

October 15, 2000

To give the public an opportunity to provide input about the future direction of education in the Mountain State, the West Virginia Board of Education will hold a series of eight forums during a two-week period beginning Monday, October 16.  

“We are inviting the public to participate in forums aimed at strengthening the public schools of West Virginia,” said State Board President J. D. Morris. “Held at locations throughout the Mountain State, these forums will be community-level discussions involving all stakeholders in the area.”  

According to Morris, the forums will be held:  

Monday, October 16 Elkins High School Elkins  

Tuesday, October 17 Musselman High School Martinsburg  

Wednesday, October 18 Morgantown High School Morgantown  

Thursday, October 19 Wheeling Park High School Wheeling  

Monday, October 23 Mineral Wells Elementary Parkersburg  

Tuesday, October 24 Cabell-Midland High School Huntington  

Wednesday, October 25 Woodrow Wilson High School Beckley  

Thursday, October 26 Riverside High School Charleston  

Each forum will begin with registration starting at 6 p.m., followed by an opening session at 6:30 p.m., small group sessions from 6:45 to 8 p.m. and a session from 8 to 8:30 p.m. to report findings.  

“We planned these forums so that they are conveniently located to everyone in the Mountain State,” Morris explained. “We want public input in this process as we examine three essential questions about public education.”  

According to the State Board President, the questions to be discussed by forum participants are:  

1) What should be the purpose of public education?  

2) How can we know if these purposes are being achieved?  

3) What changes need to be made to achieve these purposes?  

“These structured forums will focus on these three vital questions –- not on side issues related to particular schools or individual school systems,” Morris explained. “As a result, we plan to come away from these forums with a good idea about what West Virginians expect from their public schools, how they want to measure results and what changes they believe need to be made to improve schools in our state.”  

Morris said that people planning to attend the forums may register online at http://wvde.state.wv.us/forums/ People may also register by calling 1-304-558-2699 and asking for “Forum Information.”  

At the forum’s website, interested persons may participate in online polls gauging the public’s views about education in the Mountain State.  

“The results of these polls will be available online and at the forums, and the results will be provided to members of the State Board of Education,” Morris noted. “We welcome and value the public’s input as we examine the future of education in West Virginia.”

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