January 31, 2020 - Volume 40 Issue 4


Based on West Virginia School Board Association (WVSBA) records, 236 candidates – incumbents and newcomers – have filed for election to county boards of education during the May Primary Election at which county boards of education members are elected.

As specified by state law, two county board member positions are to be voted upon during the county board election held in conjunction with the state’s May Primary Election need date: (Due to deaths, resignations, changes in employment and similar factors, 116 positions are to be filled in this year’s county board election.)

WVSBA’s records which were largely derived from the West Virginia Secretary of State’s website “2020 Election Candidate Listing: WV Secretary of State – Online Data Services (https://services.sos.wv.gov/apps/elections/candidate-search/)

WVSBA records show:

Of the 236 persons seeking election to county boards of education 116 positions, 93 are incumbents.

Based on WVSBA figures, 4-9 candidates have filed for reelection or election in most counties, although two candidates are vying for election in five of the state’s 55 counties. Additionally, two counties have 11 candidates seeking reelection or election to board positions.

2016 Figures

Based on WVSBA reporting from 2016 – a year when two county board positions were determined at the state’s May 10, 2016 Primary Election – 256 persons sought election to county boards with 113 positions filled in that election.

Of those filing, 75 of the individuals were incumbents.

One county board had a single individual seeking election to the county board with 13 candidates seeking election as a county board member in one county and 10 individuals in another county.

Willard R. “Bill” Daggett, Ed.D., founder and Chairman, International Center for Leadership in Education, will be keynote presenter at the West Virginia School Board Association’s (WVSBA) Winter Conference which will be held February 21/22 in Charleston (Marriott Town Center Hotel).

Daggett, is considered one of the nation’s foremost school improvement specialists, according to Howard M. O’Cull, Ed.D., WVSBA Executive Director.

Daggett's System for Effective Instruction and Rigor/Relevance Framework are the cornerstones of many school improvement efforts throughout the United States.

According to Daggett’s website, “Thousands of school districts have sought Daggett’s guidance for planning and implementing systemic change.”

In his presentation to WVSBA members, Daggett will focus on county boards of education accountability for student achievement – the central focus of 2019 public education reform legislation in West Virginia.

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A second conference program segment will include a plenary session in which various demographic trends having an impact on public schools, especially in the next few years.

John Deskins, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Outreach and Engagement, and Director of the Bureau of Business & Economic Research at West Virginia University, will coordinate this conference session.

“We will use ‘today’s’ statistics in order to forecast future county and regional population trends, including aging, as well as economic considerations, and schooling,” according to O’Cull.


O’Cull said this conference presentation will familiarize conference participants with the concepts of organizational culture and climate, helping county board members and county superintendents determine the type educational culture counties “may have” relative to the educational culture a county school system “may need.”

Steve Gruenert, a professor at Indiana State University, will present this program segment. He has studied organizational culture and climate for more than 20 years and continues to learn and collaborate with other researchers as these concepts evolve.

Gruenert is the coauthor of School Culture Rewired: How to Define, Assess, and Transform It (ASCD) and Minds Unleashed: How Principals Can Lead the Right-Brained Way (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers).

O’Cull said Grunert’s presentation would usually be aimed at public school educators. He said, however, “we will introduce this topic in such a way county board members will see schools as complex and, to a lesser degree, how community values affect school culture and state-level school reforms.”

View the 2020 Winter Conference Agenda


The Virginia School Board Association's (VSBA) "Hot Topic Conference" will be held March 18th at the Wytheville Meeting Center, Wytheville, Va.

Please see the link following link for the brochure relating to conference specifics:

View Brochure

If you are interested in attending, the registration is to be completed online through the Virginia School Board Association.

If interested in attending this meeting, please contact Jessica Blythe VSBA Assistant Director of Membership Services and Communications, jessica@vsba.org or 1.800.446.8722

For information regarding training hours credits which may be available for participating in the “Hot Topic” Conference, please contact the WVSBA office.