WEST VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION
Scott High School Media Center
#1 Skyhawk Place
Madison, West Virginia
April 9, 2008
I. Call to Order
President Delores W. Cook called the meeting of the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) to order at 12:37 p.m. on April 9, 2008, in the Media Center at Scott High School, #1 Skyhawk Place, Madison, West Virginia.
The following members were present: President Cook, Vice President Priscilla M. Haden, Secretary Ronald B. Spencer, Robert W. Dunlevy, Barbara N. Fish, Lowell E. Johnson, Gayle C. Manchin, and Jenny N. Phillips, and ex officio Steven L. Paine, State Superintendent of Schools. Members absent were Burma Hatfield and ex officios Brian E. Noland, Chancellor, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, and James L. Skidmore, Chancellor, West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education. Also absent was student representative Stephen Stolzenberg. Mr. Jordan Roberts, student at Scott High School, served as student representative during the meeting.
Mr. Steve Pauley, Superintendent of Boone County Schools, welcomed the Board and introduced Boone County board members, staff and honored guests. Mr. Pauley announced that the meeting would be broadcast via the World Wide Web and available in the archives at www.shermanhigh.com. The Scott High School chorus performed a number of musical selections.
The Board recognized Ms. Kelsie Marple (eighth grade student at Doddridge County Middle School, Doddridge County) and Mr. Eric Yurko (junior at Bridgeport High School, Harrison County) winners of the 2008 Prudential Spirit of Community Award, and Ms. Sandra Wiseman, library media specialist at Woodsdale Elementary (Ohio County), recipient of the 2008 Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming.
Ms. Artist Taylor of Cottageville, West Virginia, addressed the Board.
V. Approval of Agenda
Upon motion by Mr. Dunlevy, seconded by Ms. Phillips, the Board unanimously approved the agenda.
VI. Draft Education Performance Audit Reports for the
Doddridge County Central Office, Doddridge County Elementary School,
Doddridge County Middle School, and Doddridge County High School,
Dr. Kenna R. Seal, Director, Office of Education Performance Audits (OEPA), reported that announced on-site reviews were conducted at the Doddridge County Central Office; Doddridge County Elementary School; and Doddridge County Middle School February 4–7, 2008 and Doddridge County High School March 20, 2008.
Upon the recommendation of Dr. Seal and a motion by Dr. Johnson, seconded by Mr. Dunlevy, the Board unanimously issued Doddridge County Elementary School and Doddridge County High School Full Accreditation status, Doddridge County Middle School Conditional Accreditation status, and continued the Full Approval status of the Doddridge County School District with direction that the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) continue their involvement with the county and that the county and schools be given until the next accreditation cycle to correct deficiencies noted in the report. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment A.)
VII. Draft Individual School Education Performance Audit Reports
for Chapmanville Regional High School and
Logan Senior High School, Logan County
Dr. Seal reported that announced on-site reviews were conducted at Chapmanville Regional High School and Logan Senior High School February 19–20, 2008.
Upon the recommendation of Dr. Seal and a motion by Mrs. Manchin, seconded by Ms. Haden, the Board unanimously issued Chapmanville Regional High School and Logan Senior High School Full Accreditation status, continued the Full Approval status of the Logan County School District and gave the schools and county until the next accreditation cycle to correct deficiencies noted in the report. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment B.)
VIII. Pilot Draft Education Performance Audit Report for
Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) VIII
Dr. Seal provided the results of a pilot on-site review that was conducted at RESA VIII January 15, 2008. The WVBE specifically directed the OEPA to conduct two pilot on-site reviews in accordance with Policy 3233 and Policy 2320. The refinement of the implementation standards for RESAs will be accomplished following the pilot reviews. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment C.)
IX. Draft Multi-County Career-Technical Center Education Performance Audit
Report for South Branch Career and Technical Center – Administered by
the South Branch Career and Technical Center Administrative Council
for Grant, Pendleton, and Hardy Counties
Dr. Seal (distributed information) reported that an announced on-site review was conducted at South Branch Career and Technical Center February 21, 2008 and the school was revisited March 6, 2008. The OEPA conducted the reviews which were comprehensive regarding the standards relating to career technical centers.
Dr. Seal recommended that the Board invoke W. Va. Code §18-2B-2 and rescind its delegation of the operation and maintenance of the South Branch Career and Technical Center from the South Branch Career and Technical Center Administrative Council and delegate it to the State Superintendent of Schools and his assistants. Discussion ensued regarding the code citation and a request was made that all multi-county career and technical center administrative councils provide periodic updates to the Board as is done by the regional education service agencies.
Superintendent Paine indicated that there was a need for an executive session to deal with personnel matters at the South Branch Career and Technical Center. Ms. Haden moved, and Mrs. Manchin seconded, that the Board move into executive session in accordance with W. Va. Code §6-9A-3 (matters involving attorney-client privilege) and §6‑9A-4(b)(2)(A) (personnel exception). The motion was unanimously carried and the Board, after a brief break, entered into executive session at 2:40 p.m.
X. Return from Executive Session
The Board returned from executive session at 3:32 p.m. and President Cook reported that no decisions were made or action taken. President Cook invited Mr. Ronald V. Whetzel, Superintendent, Hardy County Schools, Dr. Marsha Carr-Lambert, Superintendent, Grant County Schools, and Mr. Douglas S. Lambert, Superintendent, Pendleton County Schools, to address the Board regarding the OEPA report. Mr. Whetzel advised the Board that the South Branch Career and Technical Center Administrative Council met on April 8, 2008 and endorsed the report and recommendations presented by Dr. Seal.
President Cook called for a motion in the South Branch Career and Technical Center matter. Ms. Haden moved that the Board rescind the delegation of operating and maintaining the South Branch Career and Technical Center from the South Branch Career and Technical Center Administrative Council and delegate it instead to the State Superintendent of Schools who shall have the authority to correct the deficiencies noted in the OEPA report (and any other deficiencies that may be found at the Center); that the State Superintendent’s authority shall include, but not be limited to, appointing a monitor for the Center who shall: 1) work at the direction of the State Superintendent in overseeing and administering all functions of the Center, 2) make recommendations to the State Superintendent as to how any deficiencies at the Center may best be addressed, 3) be responsible for overseeing the evaluation of personnel and developing improvement plans where necessary, and 4) perform other tasks as assigned; and that the State Superintendent make regular reports to the WVBE regarding the status and operation of the Center. Dr. Johnson seconded the motion and it was carried unanimously. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment D and addendum.)
XI. Special Recognition
President Cook, with the assistance of Mr. Spencer and Mr. Dunlevy, recognized Mr. Jordan Roberts, student at Scott High School, who received the 2008 West Virginia Kennedy Award for his involvement with sports.
XII. Status Report on WVDE Technical Assistance for
OEPA‑Identified Low Performing Schools
Mr. Richard Lawrence, Executive Director, WVDE Office of Title II – School and School System Improvement, provided a status report of WVBE technical assistance being provided for those schools designated by OEPA as low performing. This report provided information regarding technical assistance that has been provided to date, as well as the work that remains to be done. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment E.)
XIII. SEEDS Program Update
Dr. Hazel Palmer, President/CEO, The Education Alliance, provided an update regarding the SEEDS program.
XIV. Globaloria WV Program
Dr. Jorea Marple, Assistant State Superintendent, Division of Curriculum and Instructional Services, introduced Dr. Lee Kraus, Program Manager of Globaloria-WV, who provided an overview of the program. In July 2007, the Office of Governor Joe Manchin III invited the World Wide Workshop Foundation to partner with the State of West Virginia and the Benedum Foundation to launch Globaloria. The Globaloria program, established in 2006 by the World Wide Workshop Foundation, uses the latest World Wide Web and social media technology to empower young people to learn how to create interactive games and simulations, collaborate online and solve problems together. Its activities help students sharpen their communication and critical-thinking skills for leadership online and offline, bringing them closer to the participatory and collaborative nature of work in the 21st century.
President Cook called for a break at 4:20 p.m.
XVI. Call to Order
President Cook called the meeting back to order at 4:35 p.m.
XVII. Five Year State Plan for Programs Funded under the
Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006
Dr. Stanley Hopkins, Assistant State Superintendent, Division of Technical and Adult Education Services, presented the Five Year State Plan for Programs Funded under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 for the Board’s information. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment F.)
XVIII. Policy 2515, Uniform Grading
Dr. Marple presented Policy 2515 for the Board’s consideration and reported that, as directed at the March meeting, the WVDE researched the possibility of adding a testing facet (for Advanced Placement courses) to the policy and does not recommend adding such a requirement at this time due to fiscal responsibilities that must be addressed prior to adding such a requirement. (Copy appended to the Official Minutes of April 10, 2008 at Attachment G.)
XIX. Policy 4110, Attendance
Mr. Jacob Green, Assistant Director, WVDE Office of Institutional Education Programs, presented Policy 4110 for the Board’s consideration. (Copy appended to the Official Minutes of April 10, 2008 at Attachment H.)
XX. Future Meetings
The next regular meeting of the Board will be held April 10, 2008 in Boone County, West Virginia.
Upon motion by Dr. Johnson, seconded by Mrs. Manchin and unanimously carried, the Board adjourned at 5:05 p.m.
Minutes approved by the Board on May 15, 2008.
Delores W. Cook, President
Ronald B. Spencer, Secretary
Minutes were recorded by
Virginia M. Harris
Executive Secretary to the Board.