January 4, 2013 - Volume 33 Issue 1




The West Virginia School Board Association Executive Board will meet tomorrow (January 5) in Charleston to receive a presentation from state Superintendent of Schools James B. Phares, Ed.D., as well as to formulate the organization’s response to the Education Efficiency Audit of West Virginia’s Primary and Secondary Education System.

Phares, West Virginia’s 28th superintendent of schools, will discuss his vision for public education, especially how he views the roles of county boards of education and the West Virginia School Board Association. A few state school board members also have indicated they plan to attend the meeting, which will be held at the Kanawha County Board of Education Central Office.

Other attendees include: Rick Hicks, executive director of the West Virginia School Administrators Association; Dave Mohr, counsel for the House Education Committee; and WVBA counsel Howard E. Seufer, Jr., Esq.,  of Bowles Rice LLP.

Greg Prudich (Mercer), who heads the team drafting WVSBA’s audit response, will facilitate those discussions.

Other  members of the team include Region 3 Co-director Robin Rector (Kanawha); Region 7 Co-director the Rev. Bob Wilkins (Barbour); Barbara L. Parsons, Ed.D. (Monongalia); Membership Liaison to the WVSBA Executive Board Bob “Digger” O’Dell (Nicholas); and Howard M. O’Cull, Ed.D, executive director of the WVSBA. The group’s initial meeting was held December 28 in Charleston.

Once the report is approved, specifics will be shared with the membership, according to WVSBA President Jimmy Wyatt (Tyler) who appointed the committee.

Prudich will provide the group’s report to a legislative interim committee, which is scheduled to meet January 8 in Charleston.


The County Board Member Training Standards Review Committee (TSRCO) will meet January 15 in Charleston.

At that meeting, the committee will determine programming for the West Virginia School Boards Association’s 2013 Winter Conference which will be held March 8 and 9 in Charleston at the Marriott Town Center Hotel.

State Board of Education Vice President Gayle Manchin is TSRC chair.

Proposed revisions to the committee’s regulations will be reviewed at the West Virginia Board of Education’s January 9 meeting in Charleston.