November 24, 2014 - Volume 34 Issue 22





West Virginia School Board Association president Jim Crawford (Kanawha) has written a letter to all county board of education members regarding the West Virginia Board of Education’s Commission on School District Governance and Administration report.

That report has been placed on public comment until December 11, 2014.

In his letter, Crawford states,

“Please note the association itself will comment on the Report. On behalf of the WVSBA Executive Board, we urge each county board member to at least the read the report once. We suggest that you, then, read the report again a day or two later prior to commenting.  There are several reasons I cite this approach, namely that various versions of the report – versions that no longer are included in the report – apparently were leaked to county superintendents and Regional Education Service Agency (RESA) executive directors. Moreover, we are aware some of those “bootleg” copies were provided to county board members and other educational interests. To be fair to the report, please review the extant document that is listed on the WVBE website.

“In terms of procedure, several county boards have expressed the desire to be listed as an endorsee of WVSBA’S Commission comments regarding the report.”

According to Association Executive Director Howard M. O’Cull, Ed.D., WVSBA’s response will be made available to interested county boards by December 1, 2014 or shortly thereafter.

He said county boards should have time to determine whether or not to be included as endorsing WVSBA’s Commission response.

O’Cull said the association’s response will be confined to “seven general observations. We will not go into great detail. That was the will of the WVSBA Executive Board, namely to provide formative comments only.”

Here is the West Virginia Department of Education link for the report itself:

The WVDE link for commenting on the report is:



Meeting November 7, the West Virginia School Board Association Executive Board appointed a Committee on Legislation.

According to Association President Jim Crawford (Kanawha), the Committee will coordinate WVSBA’s legislative efforts during the 2015 regular session.

As articulated by Crawford, the Committee will seek broad membership involvement.

Members of the Committee include:

  • Chairman – Crawford.
  • Co-Chairman -  WVSBA Vice President Sam Sentelle, Ed.D., (Putnam).
  • Members -  WVSBA Financial Officer Barbara L. Parsons (Monongalia)
  • Ryan White, a member of the Kanawha County Board of Education. 
  • Suzanne Oxley (Cabell),  president of the Cabell County Board of Education, and
  • Scotty Miley, president of the Grant County Board of Education.

WVSBA Executive Director Howard M. O’Cull, Ed.D., will serve as an ex officio member, according to Crawford.
Crawford will provide more information regarding Committee activity and work in early December.



The West Virginia School Board Association Strategic Planning Committee held a brief meeting following WVSBA’s The November Training Session.

The Committee meet November 8 at Stonewall Resort.

Based on that meeting, WVSBA members will be receiving a communication from Gary M. Kable (Jefferson) concerning input and involvement regarding strategic planning committee initiatives.

Committee members who attended in addition to Kable included:

  • Barbara L. Parsons, Ed.D. (Monongalia), WVSBA Financial Officer, who will serve as vice chair.
  • Suzanne Oxley, Cabell County Board of Education President.
  • Kathy McNeill, Preston County Board of Education President.
  • Nancy Walker, Monongalia County Board of Education Vice President.
  • Janet Preston, Tucker County Board of Education President (representing Committee member Marvin E. “Bud” Parsons, Tucker County Board of Education Vice President.)

WVSBA Staff members Howard M. O’Cull, Ed.D., executive director, and Shirley Davidson, administrative assistant, also attended the session.

Other Committee members include:

  • Kanawha County Board of Education President Robin Rector
  • Pleasants County Board of Education member Jim McKnight
  • Grant County Board of Education President Scotty Miley
  • Dr. Heather Straight, Pleasants County Board of Education President.
  • Wyoming County Board of Education Member Morgan K. “Mike” Davis.

The four initiatives identified by the committee include:

  • Advocacy
  • Education
  • Communications
  • Resources

For a copy of the “Strategic Planning Retreat Report,” please contact WVSBA Executive Director Howard M. O’Cull, Ed.D.



WVSBA Winter Conference
February 20/21, 2015
Marriott Hotel, Charleston


Virginia School Boards Association / WVSBA Hot Topics Conference
March 27, 2015
Wytheville Meeting Center, Wytheville, Virginia


WVSBA Fall Conference
September 11/12, 2015
Marriott Hotel, Charleston


WVSBA Legislative Workshop
May 16, 2015
Days Inn, Flatwoods


WVSBA November Workshop
November 7, 2015
Stonewall Resort, Roanoke, WV