February 3, 2012 - Volume 32 Issue 7



Hoppy Kercheval of the MetroNews radio network will broadcast his “Talkline” program on Friday, Feb. 17, from the Marriott Town Center Hotel in Charleston. West Virginia School Board Association Executive Director Howard M. O’Cull, Ed.D., said the broadcast will precede the association’s Winter Conference.

Kercheval will address conference participants that evening in an “open format,” which is designed to receive “Kercheval’s observations regarding public education,” O’Cull said. “Through extensive interviews on ‘Talkline’ and news reporting, Hoppy has a vast array of observations about public education – and he may throw in some opinions of his own.”

In addition to training sessions, the Winter Conference features “Capitol Visitations” which allow members to see legislators and other state officials that Friday morning. O’Cull said additional information regarding “Capitol Visitations” will be forthcoming.

Finally, the association’s FY13 Annual Business Meeting will be held in conjunction with the conference. That session will convene at 8:00 a.m., Saturday, Feb 18. The WVSBA staff will provide additional information this week regarding that session, O’Cull said.



Friday, February 17, 2011

1:00 p.m. The Hon. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin
2:15 p.m. Jorea Marple, Ed.D., W. Va. Superintendent of Schools
3:15 p.m. Truancy – Initiating and Expanding Truancy Courts
  • Hon. Alan D. Moats – 19th Judicial Circuit (Barbour and Taylor Counties)
  • Hon. Robin Jean Davis,  West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals Justice
7:00 p.m. Open Forum - Public Education/Hoppy Kercheval - West Virginia MetroNews “Talkline”
9:15 p.m. Adjournment


Saturday, February 18, 2012

9:00 a.m. Presentation  Concerning Public Education Efficiency Audit
  • Skip Archibald, Ed.D., Senior Consultant – MGT of America Inc.
  • Marion Reitz, Chief Operating Officer – Public works LLC
10:45 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m.

Workshops (Please Select One)

  • Recent Direction, Scope and Policies – School Building Authority of West Virginia
  • Policy 2200, Local School Improvement Councils: Engaging Parents, Families, Students, Business and Community in Education
  • Meeting of Members of County Boards of Education Subject to State Board of Education Intervention – Next Steps for Group (Confirmed)
  • Meeting of Association Committee for Developing Standards for High-Functioning County Boards
Noon Adjournment

For more information regarding the program, please contact Howard O’Cull or conference registrar Shirley Davidson. Their preferred contact information is or The association’s telephone number is 304-346-0571. O’Cull’s mobile telephone number is 304-549-9463.



County board members in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties will participate in a training session slated for mid- to late April, according to West Virginia School Board Association Executive Director Howard M. O’Cull, Ed.D. He said members in these counties would be polled about the training topic(s).

The session likely will be held at Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) 8 offices.

“This is the first in a series of regional meetings the association expects to sponsor,” O’Cull said. “Board members from these three counties have asked WVSBA to conduct the training session which, in my estimation, will focus on their individual needs, including issues relating to increasing student enrollment numbers.”

Further, he said, “Members should alert us as to programmatic content when we conduct the needs assessment.”

O’Cull added the training session would be open to board members throughout the region and state.

Registration materials will be forwarded in late March.



The West Virginia School Boards Association’s Orientation ’12 will be held June 25-27, 2012, at theWaterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown.

The Orientation program will be presented to the County Board Member Training Standards Review Committee for its consideration on April 12.

According to WVSBA Executive Director Howard O’Cull, Orientation ’12 is the 11th such program scheduled since legislation requiring this training was required by the passage of Senate Bill 1 in 1990.

“We have one of the most comprehensive orientation programs in the nation and the only one in which members must receive orientation to be seated in office,” he said.

O’Cull said the program likely will be based on past orientations, including training relating to school law, school finance, school board procedural issues, leadership and governance. Veteran members and county superintendents are encouraged to attend the program, he said.

“We always have a good-sized contingent of veteran members and superintendents who attend,” O’Cull said. “They give good dimension and depth to the program.”

The WVSBA will develop a model policy for local orientation – a matter discussed in the recent education efficiency audit of Harrison County Schools, he said.

“This finding is prescient for all counties,” O’Cull said.

The education audit, findings of which were released earlier in the week, was conducted at the behest of the Tomblin administration by contractors. Practices and procedures of the Harrison, Taylor and Wyoming county boards were reviewed for efficiencies and effectiveness.



The following are the W. Va. School Board Association’s legislative recommendations for the 2012 Regular Session:

  • Statewide Education Audit. The Association will actively consider the importance and relevance of findings of the education efficiency audit spearheaded by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, especially proposed legislation that may pertain to county boards of education, including central office staffing configurations, the effectiveness of service provision via Regional Education Service Agencies (RESAs), and a likely review of educational edits, rules and regulations that may impact upon local educational initiatives.
  • School Dropout Prevention. WVSBA lauds efforts of the Legislature, state Board of Education, judicial officials and others, including county boards, who are working to address issues relative to high school completion, truancy, and college readiness. Accordingly, WVSBA promotes continued initiatives in these areas particularly as involving county and citizen organizations locally.
  • School Innovation Zones. The Association supports continued initiatives to promote School Innovation Zones (IZs), especially initiatives that will result in recognition of the need to provide greater flexibility to schools and school districts.
  • Compensation for County Boards of Education Members. WVSBA supports a modest increase in the per-meeting compensation for county boards of education members, increasing the compensation from $160 to $200 per meeting. Additionally, the organization supports county boards of education members receiving $200 “per day” for participating in training sessions as required by W. Va. Code §18-5-1a. Additionally, members would receive $200 in compensation for participating in meetings such as Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) sessions. No state funds will be expended in provision of this compensation increase. It should be noted county boards of education members last received an increase in compensation in 2001 – more than a decade ago. The legislation is contained in House Bill 4073 and Senate Bill 328. Here is are links to the those bills: (the House Bill) and