March 13, 2015 - Volume 35 Issue 17



The West Virginia School Board Association’s 2015 post-legislative conference will be held Saturday, May 16, at the Days Hotel at Flatwoods.  

“Programming will be centered on actions taken during the 2015 regular session of the West Virginia Legislature,” WVSBA Executive Director Howard M. O’Cull, Ed.D., said.  

Programming will focus on legislation adopted, particularly that relating to county boards, he said, and a portion of the program will be devoted to discussing emerging issues facing county boards of education.  

The conference program will be forwarded to the County Board Member Training Standards Review Committee, which will meet April 9 in Charleston.  

Registration information will be forwarded to county board central offices next week, according to Shirley Davidson, WVSBA Conference registrar.  

Beth Thomasson of Charleston died Saturday, March 7, after a brief illness. Thomasson, executive officer and lobbyist for the West Virginia Homebuilders Association, was a former educator for the Texas school system, having earned a B.S. in business education from East Texas State University. The West Virginia School Board Association has leased office space from the Homebuilders Association since 2008 and has shared some cooperative job-sharing agreements.  

Thomasson was a founding member of the United Disciples of Christ Church in Charleston, where she served as treasurer for many years. Among survivors are her husband, Pat, a brother, four daughters and their families, including 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.