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February 22, 2013 - Volume 33 Issue 5

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About 250 persons have registered for the West Virginia School Board Association’s 2013 Winter Conference, which will be held March 8 and 9 in Charleston at the Marriott Town Center Hotel.

State Superintendent of Schools James B. “Jim” Phares, Ed.D., has been invited to provide opening remarks at the Friday, March 8, session.

Other programming will be about: career-technical education, including newly-proposed state board of education policies and programming; “communications” as a key to effective board/superintendent relations; a review of 2013 regular session legislative efforts regarding the Education Efficiency Audit of West Virginia’s Primary and Secondary Education System and several workshops.

The “communications” program will feature interactive exercises.

“The program is being revised. With the momentum provided through Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s State of the State address, the state Board of Education’s decisive response to the State of the State address and the education audit as well as the work of our organization, we are revising the program and may drop some of the previously-noted presentations.

“County board members need to hear from key state policymakers about the audit and audit-related information,” according to West Virginia School Board Association Executive Director Howard M. O’Cull, Ed.D., who is in charge of conference programming.

He said, however, these changes would require the approval of the County Board Member Training Standards Review Committee (TSRC). “I will present these changes by the end of next week,” O’Cull said. “We cannot have county board members come to Charleston without knowing the latest details about legislation or policy initiatives that will affect each board,” O’Cull said.

He said the primary program “adaption” will occur in terms of workshops on Friday evening.

For more information regarding conference programmatic considerations, please contact O’Cull. His preferred contact information is hocull@wvsba.org, or you may telephone him at 304-346-0571 or use his mobile telephone number, which is 304-549-9463.

You should contact conference registrar Shirley Davidson for information regarding lodging and related logistics. Her preferred contact information is sdavidson@wvsba.org or telephone 304-346-0571.

The program had been approved by the County Board Member Training Standards Review Committee (TSRC) which met January 15, in Charleston. State Board of Education Vice President Gayle Manchin chairs that committee.


 

A revised county board self-evaluation instrument will be forwarded to the WVSBA membership in late March 2013. The instrument has been developed specifically for implementation of §18-5-1c which requires boards to conduct a self-appraisal annually.

The instrument will be based on the “Standards for High-Functioning County Boards,” which the state board of education adopted in 2012.

Unlike the appraisal document used in FY12, the standards-based instrument has been streamlined and features far fewer “questions” or evaluative items, according to West Virginia School Board Association Executive Director Howard M. O’Cull, Ed.D.

The evaluation is to be completed online and members will receive one (1) approved training credit for completing the instrument.

For more information, contact O’Cull. His preferred contact information is hocull@wvsba.org, or you may telephone 304-346-0571 or use his mobile telephone number, which is 304-549-9463.