State Board

February 4, 2011 - Volume 31 Issue 7

State Board / State Department of Education News


Monongalia County Superintendent Frank Devono, West Virginia’s 2011 Superintendent of the Year, was honored for his achievements during a dinner in his honor hosted by West Virginia University President James Clements.

Devono was nominated for the award by his fellow county superintendents and then chosen by a panel of colleagues. One superintendent is chosen from all 50 states and the District of Columbia every year for the prestigious award given annually by the American Association of School Administrators. Devono and the other state winners will be honored at the national conference later this month. The national winner will be named at the conference from four finalists from South Carolina, Washington, California and Kansas.

“Frank Devono is an outstanding representative of West Virginia's superintendents,” state Supt. Ted Mattern said. “As a teacher, principal and district administrator for nearly four decades, he has demonstrated a steadfast dedication to improving the educational opportunities available to students in the classrooms, schools and county school districts in which he has served. His leadership abilities, administrative expertise and broad-based professional knowledge have earned the respect of his subordinates, peers and members of the educational community statewide.”

The annual Superintendent of the Year program is open to all U.S., Canadian, and international school superintendents. The applicants must demonstrate: 

  • Leadership for learning – creativity in successfully meeting the needs of students in the school system.
  • Communication – strength in both personal and organizational communication.
  • Professionalism – constant improvement of administrative knowledge and skills, while providing professional development opportunities and motivation to others on the education team.
  • Community involvement – active participation in local community activities and an understanding of regional, national and international issues.

For more information, contact the West Virginia Association of School Administrators at 304-765-2126, or the Office of Communications at 304-558-2699.


Members of the West Virginia Board of Education will visit the Preston County Board of Education, 731 Preston Drive, Kingwood, on Monday, Feb. 14, at 10:00 a.m. The purpose of this visit is to receive a progress report and participate in a tour of Preston County High School.  

According to board President Priscilla Haden (Kanawha), the board will meet with various takeover county boards as a means to increase communications between the state board and local elected education officials. The idea was proposed as a part of a West Virginia School Board Association Conference ’10 program, held in September in Charleston that Haden attended.

Meno Consulting representatives conducted the September presentation.

A second such session with takeover county boards is slated for the WVSBA’s Winter Conference to be held February 25-26, in Charleston.

Meno Consulting is located in Star City. Its website address is:


Priscilla Haden, president of the West Virginia Board of Education, has been selected as a member of the National Association of State Boards of Education’s (NASBE) Governmental Affairs Committee. The group develops federal education policy recommendations and communicates with Congress and federal officials about education priorities of state boards of education from across the nation.

 As a member of the 19-member panel, Haden will meet with other state education leaders, national policymakers, federal lawmakers and education experts during a yearlong series of meetings, events and communications to share their state’s experiences and perspective, analyze federal education initiatives, promote state board of education priorities, and serve as a state education resource, according to a state Department of Education press release. 

“In this time when many education budgets remain unstable and there has been substantial turnover in political leadership, it is critical that lawmakers in Washington and at the state level understand the vital and sustained role of state boards of education,” NASBE Executive Director Brenda Welburn said.

According to its website, NASBE “exists to strengthen State Boards as the preeminent educational policymaking bodies for students and citizens.”  -


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