January 20, 2017 - Volume 37 Issue 1



West Virginia School Boards Association Executive Director Howard M. O’Cull, Ed.D., is working to finalize the program for the’s organization’s Winter Conference.

The Conference will be held February 24/25 in Charleston (Charleston Marriott Town Center).

The program commences at 1:00 p.m., Friday, February 24 and will conclude by Noon Saturday, February 25.

Programming will include reviews of strategies to enhance effectiveness of local decision-making as well as topical considerations and a major session regarding county superintendent recommendations as a prerequisite to county board decision-making.


By visiting the West Virginia School Boards Association’s website, county board members and county superintendents will be able to access an expanded “Resources” section which will include periodic placement of model policies as well as expanded general legal advice.

The first model policy posted relates to “meetings.”

The legal advice section – dubbed “Legalities” – includes information regarding county superintendent recommendations, including those required in terms of school personnel matters, as well as discretion county board members may have in terms of superintendent recommendations.

The Resources section also includes research, information about the state Board of Education’s “A-F School Accountability System” and various other reports, including those relating to Regional Education Service Agencies (RESAs) as conducted by the Legislative Auditor’s Office and WVSBA (House Bill 2940 meetings held during summer 2016).


A West Virginia School Board Association online training initiative, which would include a platform for county boards of education members to review training credit hours status, will be previewed  at WVSBA’s February 23 Executive Board meeting which will be held in Charleston.

The online training platform also will include a  feature members may use to access various training modules, including interactive training based on a video format, including videotaped segments of association programming at conferences as well as programming provided by the National School Boards Association or affiliate NSBA state association. The platform also will be designed to include “static” modules that include a “T/F” or similar format.

A final segment will include some modules citizens may access, especially in terms of basic county board roles and functions and general public education matters.

If approved by the Executive Board the online-based training programs would be launched in FY18.

In terms of members reviewing training credits, each county board member would be provided a username and password.

County superintendents and county board executive secretaries would be able to access training records as well.

Omni Strategic Technologies is coordinating the online training initiative - http://www.omniperforms.com/

“This type initiative has been a long-time goal of the association. It will prove of especial value not only for general membership training but also will aid members who have difficulty in participating in various venues due to health or other reasons,” said Howard M. O’Cull, Ed.D., association executive director.

He said once the initial presentation is provided to the executive board a small committee of county board members and a representative of county superintendents would be appointed to perfect the online training initiative.


As directed by state law, county boards of education members (and county boards collectively) are required to “…assess (their) own performance…”

The assessment instrument, based on that used in 2016, will be forwarded to each county board member by March 15.

Completion is to be done in an online format.

The instrument is based on various aspects of county board service, including an assessment of corporate board effectiveness, board decision-making, county board/county superintendent relations, goal-setting, monitoring and oversight and similar considerations.

Assessment results will be compiled through use of a firm external to the association.

All responses are anonymous with only aggregated responses provided to a county board.

Members will receive training credits for completing the assessment instrument.

The Code requirement is included in §18-5-1c.