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W.Va. Board Seeks Comment on Policy Revisions

February 20, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education placed several proposed policy updates on public comment for 30 days.

During their February meeting, board members voted to repeal Policy 8210, Emergency Purchasing Procedures because the requirements now are incorporated in Policy 8200. Repeal will eliminate redundancy and clarify steps to follow to purchase goods and services during an emergency.

The board also is seeking comment on revisions to Policy 5301, College Hours or Comparable Training in a Vocational School. The policy had not been updated for 10 years. Updates include removing the names of regional accrediting agencies and the national faith-based accrediting organizations and instead refer to them in general terms because of the changing nature of accrediting agencies. In addition, language has been added to clarify a common question related to comparable credit in a trade or vocations school being counted toward an employee’s annual professional development requirements.

Policy 5314.01 Autism Mentor also is being revised. The policy establishes standards for the autism mentor classification under W. Va. Code §18A-4-8.  The revisions address state code and provide direction regarding the autism mentor classification. The changes also specify procedures and criteria for an aide to meet the standards and qualifications of an autism mentor and designate the county board of the West Virginia Department of Education as responsible for verifying whether the standards have been met.

Proposed updates to Policy 4336, West Virginia School Bus Transportation Policy and Procedures Manual incorporates the intent of W. Va. Code §18A-4-8e. State code establishes a School Bus Operator Review Panel to make recommendations to the superintendent on hearing the suspension of, denial for cause, revocation or imposition of conditions on a school bus operator certificate. Other changes have been made to update this current policy to reflect recent policy and statutory changes.

The proposed changes will be on public comment for 30 days. Educators, parents and community members are encouraged to review the proposed changes and make suggestions. The policy 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 Communication at (304) 558-2699.

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