AGENDA

WEST VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION

Capitol Building 6, Room 353

1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East

Charleston, West Virginia

August 24, 2017 - 10:00 a.m.

 

 

I.

Welcome - Pledge of Allegiance - Introductions - Call to Order

 

 

 

Thomas W. Campbell, President

 

 

 

 

II.

Delegation(s)

 

 

 

 

III.

Approval of Agenda - (Action)

 

 

 

Thomas W. Campbell

 

 

 

 

 

IV.

West Virginia's Every Student Succeeds Act Plan - (Information/Discussion)

 

 

Steven L. Paine

 

 

Link to ESSA Plan

http://wvde.state.wv.us/essa/WV-ESSA-Plan_Public_Draft_FINAL.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

V.

WVBE/WVDE Strategic Plan Update - (Information)

 

 

 

Frank Vitale and Steven L. Paine

 

 

 

 

 

VI.

Policy 4110, Attendance - (Action)

Attachment A

 

 

Michele Blatt

 

 

 

 

 

This revision will align Policy 4110 with state law due to the passage of HB 2702. The three day letter for unexcused absences will now be optional. A time frame will be set to submit documentation relating to school absences - three days after the return to school. There will be an update to illness in the family as it pertains to an excused absence. Extra-curricular activities will be added to the list of excused absences. Attendance directors will now have flexibility in deciding to file complaint in the case of ten unexcused absences. Five day conferences will be required to be held with the "principal, administrative head, or other chief administrator of the school." "School‑approved or county approved curricular or extra-curricular activities" will be added to the list of excused absences. Out-of-school suspensions for Level 1-3 offenses will be removed from the allowable deductions. Districts will post local attendance policies to their website. The revisions will require students and parents to provide documentation related to absences within a reasonable time to encourage student attendance. This revision also gives attendance directors discretion on a case-by-case basis to make a complaint within magistrate court. Ten comments were received during the comment period resulting in no changes to the policy.

 

 

 

 

 

The WVDE recommends that Policy 4110 be approved.

 

 

 

 

 

Motion(s) may be considered regarding Policy 4110.

 

 

 

 

VII.

Policy 4373, Expected Behavior in Safe and Supportive Schools - (Action)

Attachment B

 

 

Michele Blatt

 

 

 

 

 

The School and Community Social Skills have been removed from this policy and embedded into the 2520 series as part of the academic standards to further emphasize the importance of these skills in increasing academic achievement. Changes were also necessary due to the passage of legislation. W. Va. Code 18-2C-2, 18-2C-3, and 49‑2-803d-e change the requirements for training employees and reporting child abuse and neglect; and, W. Va. Code 61-7-11a was amended in relation to the possession of deadly weapons on premises of educational facilities and events. Two comments were received during the comment period resulting in no changes in the policy.

 

 

 

 

 

The WVDE recommends that Policy 4373 be approved.

 

 

 

 

 

Motion(s) may be considered regarding Policy 4373.

 

 

 

 

VIII.

Litigation Update in Board of Education of the County of Nicholas v. West Virginia Board of Education, et al. - (Action)

 

 

 

Thomas W. Campbell

 

 

 

 

 

[Litigation update will involve an Executive Session as provided in W. Va. Code 6-9A-4 [matters involving attorney‑client privilege per Peters v. County Commission, 205 W. Va. 481 (1999)]. The Board majority must vote to have an Executive Session. (No action will be taken in Executive Session.)]

 

 

 

 

IX.

Items for Future Meetings - (Information)

 

 

 

Thomas W. Campbell

 

 

 

 

X.

Future Meetings - (Information)

 

 

 

Thomas W. Campbell

 

 

 

 

 

The next regular meeting of the WVBE will be held September 7, 2017, in Morgantown, West Virginia. The meeting will continue on September 8, 2017, if the agenda is not completed on September 7, 2017.

 

 

 

 

XI.

Adjournment - (Action)