W.Va. Board Seeks Comment Proposed Policy Revisions

September 12, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education is seeking comment on changes to state policy governing Local School Improvement Councils.  

Board members on Wednesday voted to place proposed updates to Policy 2200, Local School Improvement Councils (LSICs); Engaging Parents, Families, Students, Business and Community in Education on a 30-day comment period.

The changes reflect the role of LSICs in supporting schools, school improvement and innovations. The revisions would repeal the existing policy and replace it with new language that supports the board’s belief that education is a shared responsibility that benefits children. The intent of the policy is to provide guidelines for establishing effective LSICs that help develop and promote the school and system vision for excellence by being a catalyst for innovation.

The West Virginia Legislature recognized the importance of community and parent input about 20 years ago when it created Local School Improvement Councils. West Virginia Code §18-5A, the same state code article that established faculty senates, school curriculum teams and school of excellence awards, outlines rules and responsibilities of LSICs . The intent of the legislation is to encourage the involvement of the total school community, including teachers, service personnel, parents, students, parents, business leaders and community organizations in the operation of local schools to promote innovations and improvements in the environment for teaching and learning.

One way LSICs engage parents and other interested parties in an interactive dialogue is through annual meetings with their county boards and the community. Information from such meetings is included in the LSIC’s annual report.  

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 website at http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.

--The West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) are committed to ensuring all students in the state are college and career ready when they graduate from a public school. What West Virginia students are learning in school exceeds national and international standards. Through the WVDE’s 21st century learning plan called Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it.,” West Virginia is seeing better student performance on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2); the SAT and the ACT college entrance exams; the job skills assessment called Work Keys given to career and technical education students; and in a high school graduation rate that exceeds the national average. 

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