September 21, 2012 - Volume 32 Issue 23




The West Virginia School Board Association’s 2012 Education Forum will be devoted to the Education Efficiency Audit of West Virginia’s Primary and Secondary Education System.

The forum will be held Saturday, October 27, at Stonewall Resort and Conference Center near Roanoke. The forum will begin at 10:00 a.m. and conclude at noon. WVSBA Executive Director Howard M. O’Cull, Ed.D., said various state officials and representatives of public education constituency groups are invited to the forum.

“We are building the forum around broad-based discussions of the education efficiency audit and hope various parties will participate,” he said. “We are inviting the state superintendent of schools, who has discussed the audit with our members in the past, as well as other officials, including representatives of the state board of education, and public education advocacy groups.”

O’Cull said county board members will receive additional details early next week.

In a related development, he said, the association is preparing a presentation relating to the audit, which is to be shared at the West Virginia Legislature’s December interim committee meetings.

In terms of other programming, the October 27 meeting includes the annual “School Law Update” and other county board member training presentations. 

County board registration information has been forwarded to association members. For more information, please contact O’Cull. His preferred contact information is or you may telephone 304-346-0571 or use his mobile number – 304-549-9463.



A joint committee of the West Virginia School Board Association and the West Virginia Association of School Administrators will meet in late October to discuss the county superintendent evaluation process, including statutory and state board of education directives.

 The committee, which will include five members from both state associations, is expected to complete its work in March 2013. A representative of the state board of education also will be asked to serve on the committee.

The current county superintendent evaluation process is based in legislation adopted by the Legislature in 2003.

WVSBA Executive Director Howard M. O’Cull, Ed.D., said, “During the ensuing nine years – the policy was adopted in part as a response to the emerging federal No Child Left Behind Act – we have received several requests to simplify the process to address what some county board members and superintendents see as a cumbersome process or to update some of the related state board of education policy logistics.”

Rick Hicks, executive director of the West Virginia Association of School Administrators, and Barbara L. Parsons, Ed.D., liaison to the WVSBA Executive Board, will join O’Cull in staffing the committee. Committee representatives will be named shortly.

The issue was discussed in a joint WVSBA/WVASA meeting Friday, September 14, as part of the West Virginia School Board Association’s Fall Conference ’12 program in Charleston.



Mercer County Board of Education member Ted Gillespie was elected to serve as the West Virginia School Board Association’s representative to the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission’s Board of Directors at a meeting held September 15 in Charleston.

Gillespie will serve a one-year, non-renewable term, which will end September 30, 2013. He is ineligible for consideration for further WVSSAC service as an association representative and will complete the unexpired term of Perry Cook, a former member of the Wyoming County Board of Education. Cook was defeated for reelection in the 2012 primary election. The position had been filled by Jim Crawford, WVSBA Vice President and a member of the Kanawha County Board of Education.

Gillespie, a graduate of Princeton High School, has a bachelor’s degree from Concord College.  Having served 21 years as a school principal, Gillespie has master’s degrees from the University of Charleston and Marshall University.  A 36-year veteran educator, Gillespie is former principal at Princeton and Bluefield high schools. Additionally, he taught and coached at Giles High School in Pearisburg, Virginia, Lakeview High School in Winter Garden, Florida, and Princeton High School, as well as Bluefield State College and Concord State College. He also was principal of a Virginia Department of Corrections school in Bland,Virginia.  

Gillespie was co-captain of the Concord University football  team in 1966 and was awarded an All West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference award in football that year as well. Princeton High School was named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence when he was principal in 1996. He and his wife, Deborah, have two grown children.

Gillespie’s email address is:  His telephone number is 304-425-4930.