February 10, 2017 - Volume 37 Issue 2



Phil Lurie, program officer at the Kettering Foundation (Washington, DC Office) is the keynote speaker for the West Virginia School Board Association Winter Conference which will be held Feb. 24 and 25 in Charleston.

Lurie’s presentation focuses around how people, in communities, come to see themselves as responsible for the education of youth in the places where they live.

Given this context, Lurie states, “Our question for school boards, then, is how they could relate to education being understood as a community endeavor (as opposed to being just a challenge for schools, educators, and administrators.)”

Lurie will present at the conference plenary session slated for 1:00 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24.

The presentation will include responses by several state and local education leaders.

For more information regarding Lurie refer to https://www.kettering.org/people/phillip-lurie-program-officer

To learn more about Kettering Foundation refer to https://www.kettering.org/

Other conference presentations relate to county boards of education decision-making in terms of recommendations made by county superintendents, particularly personnel matters. That session, to be presented by Bowles Rice LLP attorneys, is slated for Saturday, Feb. 25.

Conference programming for Friday evening relates to increasing county board effectiveness in times of change, retrenchment and fiscal uncertainty.

This is an interactive session which will involve case studies, analysis of various fiscal statistics and an emphasis on creative or innovative problem-solving.

Several presenters and table group leaders will lead sessions.

FY18 Annual Business Meeting

The association’s FY18 Annual Business Meeting will be held at 8:00 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 25.

A major items of business is election of association officers.

A tentative conference program will be forwarded early next week.


Executive Director's Update Month In Review 

Editor’s Note:  This West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission “EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S UPDATE / MONTH IN REVIEW / January 2017” is presented Jim Crawford (Kanawha) who represents County Boards of Education as a member of the WVSSAC Board of Directors. Crawford is a West Virginia School Board Association Past President.

Forwarded to county boards of education members by Jim Crawford Sr. (Kanawha) who serves on the WVSSAC Board of Directors. Mr. Crawford is immediate past president of the state School Boards Association. He is president of the Kanawha County Board of Education. 


The Cabell County Board of Education, Huntington, W. Va., is seeking applications for Cabell County Schools Superintendent. Contact the West Virginia School Board Association, requesting a Notice of Position Vacancy, which describes the online application process - www.wvsba.org (Under ‘At-A-Glance’).  The Notice will be available Monday, February 13, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. Deadline to apply is 4:00 p. m. Wednesday, March 15, 2017. The superintendent’s term commences July 1, 2017. Visit the Cabell County Board’s official website http://boe.cabe.k12.wv.us/