October 24, 2017 - Volume 37 Issue 11



  • The West Virginia School Board Association (WVSBA) will hold its annual The November Meeting Saturday, November 4. The meeting will be held at Stonewall Resort, Roanoke, W. Va. The program includes a review of recent legal/judicial actions that affect county boards as well as presentations by a representative (representatives) of the state Association of School Administrators who will discuss WVASA initiatives. Legislative staff representatives also have been invited to present as well as a representative of the state Board of Education staff. Finally, the program will include a round-table discussions of policy-related trends or issues impacting boards of education.
  • WVSBA has sponsored nine regional meetings beginning this summer. The remaining association regional meeting will be held November 9 in Beckley. Based on WVSBA records 191 persons have attended the nine sessions, including 159 county boards of education members, 29 county schools superintendents as well as assistant county superintendents, Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) Executive Directors and other local educational officials. The programs have featured a review of state Board of Education policies recently-enacted by the State Board or policies pending WVBE action. Presenters have included various state Department of Education representatives. “The programs have been well-received, allowing county board members to learn about policies facing their districts, especially policies that will require local board implementation. Additionally, we worked with the State Superintendent of Schools to use this format to build a better communications bridge between the association and State Department,” according to WVSBA Executive Director Howard M. O’Cull, Ed.D.
  • County board “performance appraisal” documents are being forwarded. Once county boards receive results, the WVSBA staff will provide various resource documents to address findings in outlined in the performance appraisal report.
  • County boards of education members will receive a report of their training credit hours early next week. Records are current as of October 19. Members whose terms expire June 30, 2018, are required by law to receive the required seven clock hours training by December 31, 2017. Individual training requests will be considered at a meeting of the County Board Member Training Standards Review Committee (TSRC). WVSBA President Parsons is working with the state Board of Education TSRC representatives to schedule that meeting.

2017-2018 DEADLINES/IMPORTANT DATES FOR COUNTY BOARDS OF EDUCATION.  The FY18 version  of this document has been placed on the WVSBA website:  http://www.wvsba.org/resources/2017-2018-deadlinesimportant-dates

WVSBA Future Meeting Schedule. The following includes scheduled WVSBA meetings:

  • WVSBA November Meeting ‘17
    • November 4, 2017
    • Stonewall Resort, Roanoke
  • WVSBA Region 1 Meeting
    • November 9, 2017
    • Tamarack Conference Center, Beckley
  • WVSBA Winter Conference
    • February 16/17, 2018
    • Charleston Marriott Town Center, Charleston
  • WVSBA Orientation ‘18
    • June 25-27, 2018
    • Marriott at Waterfront Place, Morgantown


Three people who had been active in West Virginia’s public education community passed away in recent weeks. They included a former county school board member, a former county superintendent and a former staff member of the West Virginia School Board Association.

A funeral service was held October 3 at the North United Methodist Church in Ravenswood for Jackson County Board of Education member Jack D. Wiseman of Ravenswood followed by burial at the Ravenswood Cemetery. He was still a member of the board when he died on September 29. He was first elected to the board in 2000 and served as board president from 2002 to 2004.

His educational career included teaching and coaching at Ravenswood High School and serving as principal of Ripley High School from 1981 to 1998. After retiring from Ripley High School, Wiseman served as the executive director of West Virginia Partnerships to Assure Student Success (WVPASS) in the Governor's Office of Education and the Arts. Additionally, he served as an adjunct professor at Marshall University Graduate College. In 1993, he was awarded a national Milken Award. During his time as a principal, he served multiple terms on the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission Board of Appeals.

Wiseman’s family suggests donations in memory of him should be made to the “Judy Wiseman Scholarship Fund for Prospective Teachers” at WesBanco in Ravenswood. That’s a fund he established after his wife’s death in 2016.

A funeral service was held September 9 at Morris Funeral Home in Cowen for Matthew David Dotson, Ed.D., who had served as superintendent of the Hardy County schools. He died unexpectedly on September 6 at his home in Moorefield. He was born on February 28, 1971.

Dotson earned his doctorate from Walden University. He received a bachelor’s degree from Fairmont State College and later earned a master’s degree in educational leadership and special education. Prior to becoming superintendent in Hardy County, he worked for the West Virginia Department of Education for six years.

During high school, Dotson was the starting fullback and leading rusher in the North-South Annual All-Star Classic. He played football at West Virginia University but then transferred to West Virginia Wesleyan College, where he was a two-year starter at linebacker for the Bobcats.

His family suggests donations be made to the Duffy Methodist Church, 100 N. Elm Street, Moorefield, WV 26836 or Stand Up To Cancer charity at standuptocancer.org.

A funeral service was held in Charleston on August 7 for Wanda M. Lytle followed by burial at Floral Hills Garden of Memories at Pocatalico. She died on August 4. She was born on March 18, 1929.

From the mid-1980s until her retirement in 1991, Lytle served as a member of the staff of the West Virginia School Board Association. She was a lifelong resident of Kanawha County.