W.Va. Board Approves Policy Revisions

June 18, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education approved several policy updates to better serve students and schools.

The board adopted revisions to Policy 2444.4, Issuance of the State of West Virginia General Education Development (GED) Diploma to allow Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy to become an Option Pathway Program. The change will allow students to complete their high school equivalency and earn a diploma from their high school of origin. Changes also would allow students age 16 in state correctional or residential facilities to complete the option pathway and earn their high school diploma if a long-term education plan is in place.

The board also approved the format for meetings as required by the passage of House Bill 2940. The legislation passed earlier this year requires all county superintendents of schools and members of county boards belonging to the same Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) meet to identify administrative, coordinating and other county level services and functions that may be shared. The statute directs the West Virginia School Boards Association to conduct these meetings and for the state Board of Education to approve the format of the meetings in advance.

The board also approved school calendars for the Office of Adult Institutional Education Programs and authorized the associate state superintendent to approve minor amendments as needed.

The policies can be viewed on the West Virginia Department of Education website no later than Monday, June 17 at http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies. For more information, contact the Office of Communication at 304-558-2699.

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