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G-FYI™: Reminder from State Superintendent to Schools Boards and Superintendents

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Dear West Virginia County Board Members, Superintendents and Chief School Business Officials, As county boards of education work on their budgets for the upcoming school year, I wanted to take this opportunity to stress the importance of making sound financial decisions on behalf of the county boards of education that you represent. During these times of decreasing student enrollment and declining revenue, it is very important that county boards of education make the necessary adjustments to their budgets in order to keep the school system financially solvent. 

The West Virginia Department of Education has historically recommended that every county board of education have a general current expense unrestricted fund balance of at least three to five percent of the county’s approved budget.  The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)  recommends a carryover balance of two months of operating revenues or expenditures which equates to a 16.67% carryover balance.    As of June 30,  2016, only 10 county boards of education in West Virginia met the national recommended carryover percentage.  Without sufficient carryover reserves, county boards of education would be unable to react in the event of an emergency. 

As student enrollment declines, county boards of education are funded for fewer positions through the state aid funding formula.  It is important that county boards of education monitor their staffing levels to ensure that they are in line with available resources and funding sources.   On average,  personnel related costs comprise approximately 80% of a county’s overall budget.  County boards of education that do not adjust their staffing levels can therefore quickly find themselves in financial distress, as there are very few non-personnel cuts that can be made to absorb declines in revenue.  I recognize that eliminating positions is very difficult, as it is never easy to make decisions that will negatively impact the lives of our valued employees.  Unfortunately,  in our current financial climate,  making such difficult decisions has become a necessity for most county boards of education. 

As State Superintendent of Schools,  I am charged under West Virginia Code §18-9B-7 and §18-9B-8 to review the budgets of county boards of education to ensure that they will maintain the educational program of the county as well as meet the county’s financial obligations.  If a budget does not meet the criteria set forth in statute, I have the authority to direct the county board to make certain adjustments to the budget.    While I take this charge very seriously,  it is my hope that all local county boards of education make these difficult decisions on their own.

Please be reminded that West Virginia Code §11-8-26 indicates that county boards of education should not expend funds in excess of those available. As you have been taught by the West Virginia School Board Association, under West Virginia Code §11-8-29, county board members can be held personally liable for the amount illegally expended and under §11-8-31, county board members can even be held criminally liable for such overspending. While it is rare that these statutory provisions are utilized, the potential consequences for overspending are significant and not to be taken lightly.

My staff in the Office of School Finance stands ready to assist all county boards of education with financial questions.  That office already maintains a Financial Watch List where monthly budget to actual analysis is performed for 13 county boards of education that have been identified as being financially at-risk.  However, just because a county may not currently be on the Financial Watch List does not mean that a county shouldn’t be closely monitoring their own finances and making the necessary adjustments to their spending. If you have financial questions regarding your county board of education,  please do not hesitate to contact Amy Willard,  Executive Director of School Finance at 304.558.6300 or at

Thank you for your commitment to ensuring the financial stability of your county board of education in order to best serve the students of West Virginia.

Sincerely,
Steven L Paine, Ed. D.
State Superintendent of Schools


04.24.2017
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G-FYI™: TOWN OF SAND FORK COUNCIL ANNOUNCEMENT

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THE TOWN OF SAND FORK COUNCIL REGRETS TO ANNOUNCE THAT DUE TO DELAYS WITH SHIPPING , THE DEDICATION CEREMONY ORIGINALLY PLANNED FOR NOVEMBER FOR THE FOURTH VETERAN’S PLAQUES HAS BEEN POSTPONED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED FOR EARLY SPRING 2017.


WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE DELAY AND ARE VERY DISAPPOINTED FOR OUR VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES. 


If you have questions, contact any Town Council Member.

G-FYI™: Gilmer County Schools Press Release 2015-2016

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During the 2015-2106 school year, Gilmer County Schools have been busy with promoting our mission statement: learning, leading, and life skills. Under the leadership of Gabriel Devono, our school system has embraced many successful endeavors in education for students, staff, and the community of Gilmer County. Looking back, here are some things that we have to be proud of in our school district for this year.

The Gilmer County FFA competed in the Central Region Scholastics contests on December 17, 2015 and had the following results:

    •  Parliamentary Procedure- 3rd Place GCHS Team

    •  Prepared Public Speaking- Ashlee White 3rd Place

    •  Extemporaneous public speaking- Lucas Tanner 3rd Place

    •  Freshman Creed Speaking- Marshall Cottrill 1st Place

    •  Cottrill gets to represent the Central Region at the state contest

The GCHS Band had an outstanding performance at the Cabell-Midland Band Festival held   on September 19, 2015.  The band received the following awards:  3rd Place Drum Major, 2nd Place Color Guard,1st Place Percussion, and 2nd Place Band.

The Gilmer County High School marching band placed 1st in parade, 1st in color guard,

1st in drum major and 1st in overall band during the Grand Parade at the Black Walnut Festival in Spencer, WV on October 10, 2015.  Congratulations to Ms. Blankenship and the band for their fine work in proudly representing GCHS at many competitions this fall.

In terms of awards that Gilmer County Schools have received, we have many honors granted for the 2015-2016 school year.

Gilmer County and Barbour County were the only two districts in West Virginia to be awarded the LIREC Grant (Literacy Innovations in Rural Educational Communities) which builds local, community, and individual educator capacity to provide, improve, or expand services that develop high levels of preschool through grade 3 literacy achievement in rural areas. Rural education provides unique challenges that require a targeted approach rooted in deep understanding of rural communities. This project addresses the needs of all stakeholders of the local education agency (LEA), that is, the students, educators, families, community members within the school target area. The combined grant totals over $300,000 for both districts over the course of 2015-2017. We are proudly implementing the grant and have had several positive family events and efforts surrounding literacy such as our Art and Ice Cream Social, Titan Tailgate, Community Dialogue Circles, Local Read Aloud Efforts with Glenville State College Athletes, and a well-established practice of “Eat and Read” baskets at six of our local restaurants to promote literacy and access to books for children and families.

Our Gilmer County Literacy Coach, Miss Cherri West, was able to attend the National Council of Teachers of English Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota from November 19th through 21st. Miss West was also able to present our community progress to the Rural Trust Foundation on December 6, 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina. With both travels, Miss West has been able to provide great professional development, resources, and support for our classroom teachers.

In addition to our LIREC grant, Gilmer County has been selected for a Blended Learning Study for early literacy in the classroom. Within this initiative, the National Council of Teachers of English have donated 100 Amazon Kindle Fire Kid’s Edition devices to be utilized in this study in our Preschool through 2nd grade classrooms. We are also actively working toward audio books for school bus rides to be implemented in late Spring 2016 in conjunction with out LIREC Grant.
The 3rd Annual Gingerbread House Contest sponsored by First Neighborhood Bank was held at the Blennerhassett Hotel in Parkersburg on December 12, 2015.  Sixty houses were entered and displayed in the contest.  There were seven divisions and $7,000 in awards. Analysse “Annie” Petty placed first in the school division.  A $200 check was awarded to Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center and her class will receive a pizza party to celebrate her accomplishment. Annie attends the ProStart/Culinary Arts and Health Occupations programs at the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center. She is a TASC completer through the Option Pathway and will be a 2016 graduate of Gilmer County High School in May.

Glenville Elementary received a $500 grant from ExxonMobil for Math or Science programs in the school.  Mountaineer Mart of Glenville nominated Glenville Elementary.  Examples of projects that can be funded are special guest speakers, field trips to science centers, student volunteer programs, science fairs, parent/student events, educational tools, and so on.

While GCHS students were enjoying Thanksgiving break, the Stuart McMunn Company was continuing their work on the GCHS HVAC replacement project.  The $750,000 project, funded as a Major Improvement Project (MIP) by the School Building Authority, provided for new HVAC on the East and West Wings of the building.  On Saturday, Nov. 21, all subcontractors were on-site to place the roof-top units on the East and West Wings. The project was substantially completed on December 23, 2015 on both wings.

Also, we are very proud to announce that our intercounty elementary with Lewis, Leading Creek, opened in 2015-2016 school year. Gilmer County Elementary, the SBA funded consolidated elementary in our county, will open in 2016-2017 school year. Both facilities will provide students in Gilmer with an excellent educational experience in grades PreK through 6th. Our local CEFP committee is seeking an Amendment to our Comprehensive Facilities Plan to establish a 6-8 Middle School Model. The CEFP committee requested the transition of Phase II from an addition to be built on to the PreK-6 facility to instead utilize the existing Glenville Elementary School for a 6-8 Middle School educational facility.

Gilmer County Schools are proud to announce that Ms. Toni Bishop will be the Principal of Gilmer County Elementary. Ms. Bishop has been an employee with Gilmer County Schools since 1984 with a total of 31 years of experience in education. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from GSC in K-8, a Master’s Degree from Marshall University in Elementary Ed. with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction, and an Administrative Degree from WVU. Ms. Bishop began in 1984 as a Library Aide at Sand Fork Elementary, then Kindergarten Aide at Glenville, Preschool Handicap Aide, Payroll Clerk, and then Accounts Payable Clerk. She worked these jobs as she was pursuing her elementary teaching degree from GSC. Ms. Bishop taught second grade for 2 years at Troy Elementary. She then taught sixth grade for 10 years at Sand Fork Elementary. Ms. Bishop has been the principal at Glenville Elementary School since August 2003, and this is her 13th year acting as principal.

Gilmer County Schools places a monthly newsletter in our local Glenville Democrat to provide parents and community a frequent update on events and accolades for our county. We are very proud of the accomplishments thus far this school year and are looking forward to 2016-2017.


02.10.2016
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G-FYI™: Changes Made in Way Judges, Magistrates Are Elected

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A big change is in store for voters who head to the polls in May. The Primary Election, to be held on Tuesday, May 10, has traditionally been about political parties choosing their party nominees to face off in the November General Election.

For many offices this is still the case, but it is no longer true when it comes to the election of our judges from the State Supreme Court of Appeals to local magistrates.

As a result of changes in the state code enacted by the West Virginia Legislature last year, all judicial seats are now non-partisan. That is one big change in that it means that our judges will be elected in May as opposed to November.

Another change that resulted from the legislation is that circuit judges and magistrates will be elected by division. In Gilmer County one circuit judge will be elected from division one and one from division two. The same is true with magistrates, one will be elected in division one and another in division two.  A division is not a geographical district but is a position.

Traditionally multiple candidates might have run for these positions and the top vote getters from the group would be elected to the positions. This is no longer the case. With two circuit court divisions and two magistrate court divisions in Gilmer County the candidate with the top vote in each division will be elected.

Based on the filings for the office of circuit judge, both Judge Richard Facemire in division one and Judge Jack Alsop in division two will be re-elected as neither has any opposition. The same is true of Magistrate Carol L. Wolfe. No one filed to run against her in division one and as such she is running unopposed.

Incumbent Magistrate Alton L. Skinner II is being challenged for the division two position by Clarissa G. Ferrell and Pam Cutlip. The division two winner for magistrate will be the top vote getter in the race between Skinner, Ferrell and Cutlip.


02.09.2016
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Challenge West Virginia

Challenge West Virginia is a statewide organization of parents, educators and other West Virginians committed to maintaining and improving small community schools. Their goal is to reform education in the Mountain State so that citizens have a voice in policy decisions and every child has the opportunity to receive a first-class education and the promise of a bright future.


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G-FYI™: WVDE Audit

The Gilmer Free Press

The audit by the Legislative Post Audit Division released to lawmakers Sunday determined that the state Department of Education made $73.3 million in funding errors from fiscal year 2009 through 2015. “The errors included 36 counties being underfunded approximately $51.7 million, and 19 counties being overfunded approximately $21.6 million,” the audit reported.


Click H E R E for the WVDE Audit, WVDE Response and Auditor’s Response.

The findings show certain counties were underpaid their formula monies by over 30 million!

Gilmer was shorted over $800,000.00.


APPENDIX D AUDITOR’S RESPONSE TO MANAGEMENT

While the WVDE states in their response that, “The new funding formula calculations have been utilized since that time [Fiscal Year 2013], so any misinterpretation of how the changes should have been phased-in is not ongoing.”, this is not reflective of the fact that the errors made in prior years due to this misinterpretation still have a significant impact on the funding formula in current years. An example is the fact that the WVDE still uses the erroneous Allowance for Professional Student Support Personnel amount in each year subsequent to 2013 and this erroneous amount is also used other steps of the calculation.

The WVDE also states in their response that no county board questioned the funding amounts or calculations made by the WVDE during years 2009 through 2015. It is important to note that these same county boards were instructed on how to perform these calculations by the WVDE in a conference specifically covering the State Aid formula changes per the amendments noted in this report. The methods that county boards were instructed on by the WVDE were the same methods that the Legislative Auditor found to be in error.

The WVDE sites a summary of House Bill 4588 as their justification for the phase-in method they employed. This summary cited in their response is part of the Major Provisions section of HB 4588 and is not the actual WV Code. The actual code that lists the phase-in requirements in detail is located in WV Code §18-9A-3a, also included in Appendix B of our report. While this summary may generalize the intent, the intent is not what should have been used by the WVDE, rather the actual WV Code detailing the phase-in method.

The WVDE States in their response that, “Although the audit report does not indicate what differences in funding for this step would be under the two scenarios, the WVDE believes that any differences would be insignificant for the entire audit period.” This is misleading in the fact that this is the error that has the most effect moving forward into years 2014 and 2015 after the phase-in was repealed. This is due to the fact that for years 2009 through 2013 the WVDE calculated this allowance in error. These errors also flow through the formula producing errors in other steps of the calculation. In 2013 the erroneously calculated Allowance for Professional Student Support personnel was the allowance amount used for years 2014, 2015, and all subsequent years. The combined effect of these errors are therefore significant to our audit period and subsequent periods.

G-FYI™: ONE MILLION DOLLARS QZAB Debt for Gilmer County! Why?

The Gilmer Free Press

The following is on the West Virginia Board of Education Agenda for September 08-09, 2015:

C.  Resolution on Behalf of Gilmer County Board of Education Approving a Lease Purchase Agreement with United Bank as a Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB) in the Amount of $1,000,000 - (Action) -
Heather Hutchens

The proceeds from the bond will be used to equip Gilmer County Elementary School.  United Bank will hold the title to the equipment.

It is recommended and a motion is requested that the West Virginia Board of Education, acting on behalf of the Gilmer County Board of Education, approve the Lease Purchase Agreement with United Bank, and the related issuance of the Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB), and to authorize Dr. Michael J. Martirano to execute all documents hereafter.

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G-FYI™: Office GCBOE Lease Document

Special Thanks to Gilmer County Health Center Operations for Providing This Document when asked for.
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WayBackWhen™:  OEPA Report & Takeover of Gilmer County Schools

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America is on a “Hot War Footing”: House Legislation Paves the Way for War with Russia

The Gilmer Free Press

America is on a war footing.  While, a World War Three Scenario has been on the drawing board of the Pentagon for more than ten years, military action against Russia is now contemplated at an “operational level”. Similarly, both the Senate and the House have introduced enabling legislation which provides legitimacy to the conduct of a war against Russia.

We are not dealing with a “Cold War”. None of the safeguards of the Cold War era prevail. 

There has been a breakdown in East-West diplomacy coupled with extensive war propaganda. In turn the United Nations has turned a blind eye to extensive war crimes committed by the Western military alliance.  

The adoption of a major piece of legislation by the U.S. House of Representatives on December 4th (H. Res. 758)  would provide (pending a vote in the Senate) a de facto green light to the U.S. president and commander in chief to initiate –without congressional approval– a process of military confrontation with Russia.  

Global security is at stake. This historic vote –which potentially could affect the lives of hundreds of millions of people Worldwide– has received virtually no media coverage. A total media blackout prevails.   

The World is at a dangerous crossroads. Moscow has responded to U.S.-NATO threats. Its borders are threatened. 

On December 03, the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation announced the inauguration of a new military-political entity which would take over in the case of war. 

Russia is launching a new national defense facility, which is meant to monitor threats to national security in peacetime, but would take control of the entire country in case of war. RT, December 03, 2014)

Timeline of War Preparations

In May 2014, the  Russian Aggression Prevention Act (RAPA) was  introduced in the U.S. Senate (S 2277), calling for the militarization of Eastern Europe and the Baltic States and the stationing of U.S. and NATO troops on Russia’s doorstep:

S.2277 – Russian Aggression Prevention Act of 2014

Directs the President to: (1) implement a plan for increasing U.S. and NATO support for the armed forces of Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia, and other NATO member-states; and (2) direct the U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO to seek consideration for permanently basing NATO forces in such countries.

Directs the President to submit a plan to Congress for accelerating NATO and European missile defense efforts.

While The S 2277 resolution was sent to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for review, its essential premises are already in the process of being implemented.  In mid-July, NATO’s Europe commander General Philip Breedlove in consultation with the Pentagon and Britain’s Ministry of Defence, called for:

 “stockpiling a base in Poland with enough weapons, ammunition and other supplies to support a rapid deployment of thousands of troops against Russia”.(RT, July 24, 2014).

According to General Breedlove, NATO needs “pre-positioned supplies, pre-positioned capabilities and a basing area ready to rapidly accept follow-on forces”:

“He plans to recommend placing supplies — weapons, ammunition and ration packs — at the headquarters to enable a sudden influx of thousands of Nato troops” (Times, August 22, 2014, emphasis added)

Breedlove’s “Blitzkrieg scenario” –which could potentially lead to military escalation– was reaffirmed at the September NATO Summit in Wales.  A so-called NATO action plan directed against the Russian Federation was decided upon.  The Wales Summit had given the “green light”.

Barely a month later, in October,  U.S.-NATO military drills were held in the Baltic States. In early November, a second round of drills was held in both the Baltic States and Eastern Europe.

As part of this broader endeavour, NATO’s Iron Sword 2014 military exercises –involving the participation of nine member countries of the Atlantic Alliance– were launched in Lithuania in early November:

 ”U.S. tanks rolled in to Lithuania earlier this month is a show of force to Russia that it’s not welcome in the region.”

The military exercises were explicitly directed against Russia. According to Moscow, they consisted in “increasing operation readiness” as well the transfer of NATO “military infrastructure to the Russian borders”.

In response to NATO deployments on Russia’s borders,  the Russian Federation also conducted in early November extensive  war games in the sea of Barent.  The Russian drills consisted in testing “its entire nuclear triad consisting of strategic bombers; submarines” and the “silo-based Topol-M intercontinental ballistic missile  launched from Plesetsk in Arkhangelsk Oblast” on November 1st.

The U.S. House of Representatives H.Res. 758 Resolution

On 18 November,  a major resolution H. Res. 758 was introduced in the House of Representatives. Its main thrust consists in portraying Russia as an “Aggressor Nation”, which has invaded Ukraine and calling for military action directed against Russia:

You can watch Rep. Kinzinger’s floor speech on the legislation

H.RES.758 — Whereas upon entering office in 2009, President Barack Obama announced his intention to `reset’ relations with the Russian Federation, which was described by former United States Ambassador… (Introduced in House – IH)

HRES 758 IH

113th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. RES. 758

Strongly condemning the actions of the Russian Federation, under President Vladimir Putin, which has carried out a policy of aggression against neighboring countries aimed at political and economic domination.

(The full text of H. RES. 758 is contained in annex to this article)

H. Res. 758 not only accuses Russia of having invaded Ukraine, it also invokes article 5 of the Washington Treaty, namely NATO’s  doctrine of collective security.

An attack on one member of the Atlantic alliance is an attack on all members of the Alliance.

The underlying narrative is supported by a string of baseless accusations directed against the Russian Federation. It accuses Russia of having invaded Ukraine. It states without evidence that Russia was behind the downing of Malaysian Airlines MH17,  it accuses Russia of military aggression.

Ironically, it also accuses the Russian Federation of having imposed economic sanctions not only on Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova but also on several unnamed member states of the European Union.  The resolution accuses the Russian Federation of having used “the supply of energy for political and economic coercion.”

In essence, House Resolution 758 were it to become law would provide a de facto green light to the President  of the United States to declare war on the Russian Federation, without the formal permission of the U.S. Congress.

In this regard, it could be interpreted as “mildly unconstitutional” in that it contravenes the substance of Article 1, Section 8, of the U.S. Constitution which  vests in the Congress “the Power to declare war…”

The resolution urges the President of the United States in consultation with the U.S. Congress to:

“conduct a review of the force posture, readiness, and responsibilities of the United States Armed Forces and the forces of other members of NATO to determine if the contributions and actions of each is sufficient to meet the obligations of collective self defence under article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty and to specify the measures needed to remedy any deficiencies” .

What the above paragraph suggests is that the U.S. is contemplating the use of NATO’s collective security doctrine under article 5 with a views to triggering a process of military confrontation with the Russian Federation.

The structure of military alliances is of crucial significance. Washington’s intent is to isolate Russia. Article 5 is a convenient mechanism imposed by the U.S. on Western Europe. It forces NATO member states, most of which are members of the European Union, to act wage war on Washington’s behalf.

Moreover, a referendum on Ukraine’s membership in NATO is contemplated.  In case Ukraine becomes a member of NATO and/or redefines its security agreement with NATO, article 5 could be invoked as a justification to wage a NATO sponsored war on Russia.

“Fast Legislation”

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The speed at which this legislation was adopted is unusual in U.S. Congressional history.   House resolution 758 was introduced on November 18th, it was rushed off to the Foreign Affairs Committee and rushed back to the plenary of the House for debate and adoption.

Two weeks (16 days) after it was first introduced by Rep. Kinzinger (Illinois) on November 18, it was adopted by 411-10 in an almost unanimous vote on the morning of December 4th.

Members of Congress are puppets. Their vote is controlled by Washington’s lobby groups. For the defence contractors, Wall Street and the Texas oil giants, “war is good for business”.

In the words of Dennis Kucinich in an open letter published on December 02:

The resolution demands Russia to be isolated …  In other words, ‘let’s get ready for war with Russia.’

This is exactly the type of sabre rattling which led to the initiation and escalation of the Cold War. It is time we demanded that the U.S. employ diplomacy, not more military expenditures, in the quest for international order.

Media Blackout

One would expect that this historic decision would has been the object of extensive news coverage.

In fact what happened was a total news blackout.

The nation’s media failed to provide coverage of the debate in House of Representatives and the adoption of H Res 758 on December 04.

The mainstream media had been instructed not to cover the Congressional decision.

Nobody dared to raise its dramatic implications.  its impacts on “global security”.  ”World War III is not front page news.”

And without mainstream news concerning U.S.-NATO war preparations, the broader public remains unaware of the importance of the Congressional decision. .

In Annex to this article is the google news feed for H. Rep. 758  (7 PM ET prior to the publication of this article). We suggest that readers check the news feed on online search engines as well as print media.

 

The Vote in the House of Representatives took place in the morning of December 04, 2014, ET.

 

 

Bill Text

113th Congress (2013-2014)

H.RES.758.IH

 

 

H.RES.758 — Whereas upon entering office in 2009, President Barack Obama announced his intention to `reset’ relations with the Russian Federation, which was described by former United States Ambassador… (Introduced in House – IH)

 

HRES 758 IH

 

113th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. RES. 758
Strongly condemning the actions of the Russian Federation, under President Vladimir Putin, which has carried out a policy of aggression against neighboring countries aimed at political and economic domination.

 

 

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
November 18, 2014
Mr. KINZINGER of Illinois submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affair

 


 

RESOLUTION
Strongly condemning the actions of the Russian Federation, under President Vladimir Putin, which has carried out a policy of aggression against neighboring countries aimed at political and economic domination.

 

Whereas upon entering office in 2009, President Barack Obama announced his intention to `reset’ relations with the Russian Federation, which was described by former United States Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul as a policy to `engage with Russia to seek agreement on common interests’, which included the negotiation of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) in which the United States agreed to major reductions in its nuclear forces;

Whereas the Russian Federation has responded to this policy with openly anti-American rhetoric and actions and with armed aggression against United States allies and partner countries, including Ukraine and the Republic of Georgia;

Whereas the Russian Federation has subjected Ukraine to a campaign of political, economic, and military aggression for the purpose of establishing its domination over the country and progressively erasing its independence;

Whereas the Russian Federation’s invasion of, and military operations on, Ukrainian territory represent gross violations of Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity and a violation of international law, including the Russian Federation’s obligations under the United Nations Charter;

Whereas the Russian Federation’s forcible occupation and illegal annexation of Crimea and its continuing support for separatist and paramilitary forces in eastern Ukraine are violations of its obligations under the 1994 Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances, in which it pledged to respect the independence and sovereignty and the existing borders of Ukraine and to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine;

Whereas the Russian Federation has provided military equipment, training, and other assistance to separatist and paramilitary forces in eastern Ukraine that has resulted in over 4,000 civilian deaths, hundreds of thousands of civilian refugees, and widespread destruction;

Whereas the Ukrainian military remains at a significant disadvantage compared to the armed forces of the Russian Federation in terms of size and technological sophistication;

Whereas the United States strongly supports efforts to assist Ukraine to defend its territory and sovereignty against military aggression by the Russian Federation and by separatist forces;

Whereas the terms of the ceasefire specified in the Minsk Protocol that was signed on September 05, 2014, by representatives of the Government of Ukraine, the Russian Federation, and the Russian-backed separatists in the eastern area of the Ukraine have been repeatedly violated by the Russian Federation and the separatist forces it supports;

Whereas separatist forces in areas they controlled in eastern Ukraine prevented the holding of elections on May 25, 2014, for a new President of Ukraine and on October 26, 2014, for a new Rada, thereby preventing the people of eastern Ukraine from exercising their democratic right to select their candidates for office in free and fair elections;

Whereas, on November 2, 2014, separatist forces in eastern Ukraine held fraudulent and illegal elections in areas they controlled for the supposed purpose of choosing leaders of the illegitimate local political entities they have declared;

Whereas the Russian Federation has recognized the results of the illegal elections and continues to provide the military, political, and economic support without which the separatist forces could not continue to maintain their areas of control;

Whereas the reestablishment of peace and security in Ukraine requires the full withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukrainian territory, the resumption of the government’s control over all of the country’s international borders, the disarming of the separatist and paramilitary forces in the east, an end to Russia’s use of its energy exports and trade barriers to apply economic and political pressure, and an end to Russian interference in Ukraine’s internal affairs;

Whereas Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, a civilian airliner, was destroyed by a Russian-made missile provided by the Russian Federation to separatist forces in eastern Ukraine, resulting in the loss of 298 innocent lives;

Whereas the Russian Federation has used and is continuing to use coercive economic measures, including the manipulation of energy prices and supplies, as well as trade restrictions, to place political and economic pressure on Ukraine;

Whereas military forces of the Russian Federation and of the separatists it controls have repeatedly violated the terms of the ceasefire agreement announced on September 5, 2014;

Whereas the Russian Federation invaded the Republic of Georgia in August 2008, continues to station military forces in the regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and is implementing measures intended to progressively integrate these regions into the Russian Federation;

Whereas the Russian Federation continues to subject the Republic of Georgia to political and military intimidation, economic coercion, and other forms of aggression in an effort to establish its control of the country and to prevent Georgia from establishing closer relations with the European Union and the United States;

Whereas the Russian Federation continues to station military forces in the Transniestria region of Moldova;

Whereas the Russian Federation continues to provide support to the illegal separatist regime in the Transniestria region of Moldova;

Whereas the Russian Federation continues to subject Moldova to political and military intimidation, economic coercion, and other forms of aggression in an effort to establish its control of the countries and to prevent efforts by Moldova to establish closer relations with the European Union and the United States;

Whereas under the terms of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), a flight-test or deployment of any INF-banned weapon delivery vehicle by the Russian Federation constitutes a violation of the INF Treaty;

Whereas, on July 29, 2014, the United States Department of State released its report on the Adherence to and Compliance with Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments, as required by Section 403 of the Arms Control and Disarmament Act, for calendar year 2013, which found that, `[t]he United States has determined that the Russian Federation is in violation of its obligations under the INF Treaty not to possess, produce, or flight-test a ground-launched cruise missile (GLCM) with a range capability of 500 km to 5,500 km, or to possess or produce launchers of such missiles’;

Whereas according to reports, the Government of the Russian Federation has repeatedly engaged in the infiltration of, and attacks on, computer networks of the United States Government, as well as individuals and private entities, for the purpose of illicitly acquiring information and disrupting operations, including by supporting Russian individuals and entities engaged in these actions;

Whereas the political, military, and economic aggression against Ukraine and other countries by the Russian Federation underscores the enduring importance of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) as the cornerstone of collective Euro-Atlantic defense;

Whereas the United States reaffirms its obligations under the North Atlantic Treaty, especially Article 5 which states that `an armed attack against one or more’ of the treaty signatories `shall be considered an attack against them all’;

Whereas the Russian Federation is continuing to use its supply of energy as a means of political and economic coercion against Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, and other European countries;

Whereas the United States strongly supports energy diversification initiatives in Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, and other European countries to reduce the ability of the Russian Federation to use its supply of energy for political and economic coercion, including the development of domestic sources of energy, increased efficiency, and substituting Russian energy resources with imports from other countries;

Whereas the Russian Federation continues to conduct an aggressive propaganda effort in Ukraine in which false information is used to subvert the authority of the legitimate national government, undermine stability, promote ethnic dissension, and incite violence;

Whereas the Russian Federation has expanded the presence of its state-sponsored media in national languages across central and western Europe with the intent of using news and information to distort public opinion and obscure Russian political and economic influence in Europe;

Whereas expanded efforts by United States international broadcasting across all media in the Russian and Ukrainian languages are needed to counter Russian propaganda and to provide the people of Ukraine and the surrounding regions with access to credible and balanced information;

Whereas the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), Incorporated continue to represent a minority market share in Ukraine and other regional states with significant ethno-linguistic Russian populations who increasingly obtain their local and international news from Russian state-sponsored media outlets;

Whereas the United States International Programming to Ukraine and Neighboring Regions Act of 2014 (Public Law 113-96) requires the Voice of America and RFE/RL, Incorporated to provide programming content to target populations in Ukraine and Moldova 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including at least 8 weekly hours of total original video and television content and 14 weekly hours of total audio content while expanding cooperation with local media outlets and deploying greater content through multimedia platforms and mobile devices; and

Whereas Vladimir Putin has established an increasingly authoritarian regime in the Russian Federation through fraudulent elections, the persecution and jailing of political opponents, the elimination of independent media, the seizure of key sectors of the economy and enabling supporters to enrich themselves through widespread corruption, and implementing a strident propaganda campaign to justify Russian aggression against other countries and repression in Russia, among other actions: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved,

    That the House of Representatives–
      (1) strongly supports the efforts by President Poroshenko and the people of Ukraine to establish a lasting peace in their country that includes the full withdrawal of Russian forces from its territory, full control of its international borders, the disarming of separatist and paramilitary forces eastern Ukraine, the adoption of policies to reduce the ability of the Russian Federation to use energy exports and trade barriers as weapons to apply economic and political pressure, and an end to interference by the Russian Federation in the internal affairs of Ukraine;
      (2) affirms the right of Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, and all countries to exercise their sovereign rights within their internationally recognized borders free from outside intervention and to conduct their foreign policy in accordance with their determination of the best interests of their peoples;
      (3) condemns the continuing political, economic, and military aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova and the continuing violation of their sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity;
      (4) states that the military intervention by the Russian Federation in Ukraine–
        (A) is in breach of its obligations under the United Nations Charter;
        (B) is in violation of the 1994 Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances in which it pledged to respect the independence, sovereignty, and existing borders of Ukraine and to refrain from the threat of the use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine; and
        (C) poses a threat to international peace and security;
      (5) calls on the Russian Federation to reverse its illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula, to end its support of the separatist forces in Crimea, and to remove its military forces from that region other than those operating in strict accordance with its 1997 agreement on the Status and Conditions of the Black Sea Fleet Stationing on the Territory of Ukraine;
      (6) calls on the President to cooperate with United States allies and partners in Europe and other countries around the world to refuse to recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation;
      (7) calls on the Russian Federation to remove its military forces and military equipment from the territory of Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova, and to end its political, military, and economic support of separatist forces;
      (8) calls on the Russian Federation and the separatist forces it controls in Ukraine to end their violations of the ceasefire announced in Minsk on September 05, 2014;
      (9) calls on the President to cooperate with United States allies and partners in Europe and other countries around the world to impose visa bans, targeted asset freezes, sectoral sanctions, and other measures on the Russian Federation and its leadership with the goal of compelling it to end its violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, to remove its military forces and equipment from Ukrainian territory, and to end its support of separatist and paramilitary forces;
      (10) calls on the President to provide the Government of Ukraine with defense articles, services, and training required to effectively defend its territory and sovereignty;
      (11) calls on the President to provide the Government of Ukraine with appropriate intelligence and other relevant information to assist the Government of Ukraine to defend its territory and sovereignty;
      (12) calls on North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies and United States partners in Europe and other nations around the world to suspend all military cooperation with Russia, including prohibiting the sale to the Russian Government of lethal and non-lethal military equipment;
      (13) reaffirms the commitment of the United States to its obligations under the North Atlantic Treaty, especially Article 5, and calls on all Alliance member states to provide their full share of the resources needed to ensure their collective defense;
      (14) urges the President, in consultation with Congress, to conduct a review of the force posture, readiness, and responsibilities of United States Armed Forces and the forces of other members of NATO to determine if the contributions and actions of each are sufficient to meet the obligations of collective self-defense under Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty and to specify the measures needed to remedy any deficiencies;
      (15) urges the President to hold the Russian Federation accountable for violations of its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty and to take action to bring the Russian Federation back into compliance with the Treaty;
      (16) urges the President to conduct a review of the utility of the INF Treaty in securing United States interests and the consequences for the United States of withdrawing from the Treaty if the Russian Federation does not return to compliance with its provisions;
      (17) calls on Ukraine, the European Union, and other countries in Europe to support energy diversification initiatives to reduce the ability of the Russian Federation to use its supply of energy as a means of applying political and economic pressure on other countries, including by promoting increased natural gas and other energy exports from the United States and other countries;
      (18) urges the President to expedite the United States Department of Energy’s approval of liquefied natural gas exports to Ukraine and other European countries;
      (19) calls on the President and the United States Department of State to develop a strategy for multilateral coordination to produce or otherwise procure and distribute news and information in the Russian language to countries with significant Russian-speaking populations which maximizes the use of existing platforms for content delivery such as the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), Incorporated, leverages indigenous public-private partnerships for content production, and seeks in-kind contributions from regional state governments;
        (20) calls on the United States Department of State to identify positions at key diplomatic posts in Europe to evaluate the political, economic, and cultural influence of Russia and Russian state-sponsored media and to coordinate with host governments on appropriate responses;
        (21) calls upon the Russian Federation to seek a mutually beneficial relationship with the United States that is based on respect for the independence and sovereignty of all countries and their right to freely determine their future, including their relationship with other nations and international organizations, without interference, intimidation, or coercion by other countries; and

(22) calls for the reestablishment of a close and cooperative relationship between the people of the United States and the Russian people based on the shared pursuit of democracy, human rights, and peace among all nations.-

https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-resolution/758

G-FYI™ MOU between WV Board of Education/Gilmer County and Lewis County

The Gilmer Free Press

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

BETWEEN

THE WEST VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION ACTING ON BEHALF OF THE

GILMER COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION,

AND

THE LEWIS COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

RE: GOVERNANCE AND OPERATION OF INTERCQUNTY SCHOOL

    This agreement is entered into between the West Virginia Board of Education (hereafter, WVBGE) acting on behalf of the Gilmer County Board of Education(GCBOE), sending county, pursuant to W. Va. Code §18-2E-5, and the Lewis County Board of Education {hereafter, LCBOE), receiving county.

    The GCBOE superintendent, WVBOE, and LCBOE each recognize that the education and welfare of students In Gilmer and Lewis Counties will be enhanced by the establishment of a school in the location of Linn, WV, on or near the Gilmer and Lewis County line. The counties have identified tie establishment of this school as their priority needs project and have jointly made a request to the West Virginia School Building Authority (SBA) for funds to be used in constructing the school The purpose of this agreement is to memorialize the agreement of the parties as to the establishment, operation and management of the intercounty school. The agreement shall be in full force and effect and. honored by ail parties, now and in the future, unless and until all parties agree to any changes which shall be memorialized in writing.


1.    Establishment and Operation

    The establishment, operation and management of the intercounty school shall be governed by W.Va, Code §18-5-11, §18-9A-14, and §18A~4-8i and other applicable portions of West Virginia Code and WVBOE Policy. Because the tax assessment the property on which the school will be built is determined by and payable to Lewis County, the title of the school shall be held in the name of the Lewis County Board of Education which shall be vested with the control and management of the school. The cost for acquisition of the property. shall be apportioned between the GCBOE and the LCBOE on an equal basis as follows:

•  GCBOE will pay one half of the total cost toward the purchase of approximately twenty (20) acres of property located at Linn, West Virginia, to be used as the site for the proposed intercounty elementary school. 'A description of the property is found in the deed attached at Appendix A.

•  LCBOE will pay one half of the total cost toward the purchase of approximately twenty acres of property located at located at Linn, West Virginia, to be used as the site for the proposed intercounty elementary school.

    Gilmer County Schools will be responsible for procurement of all architectural services related to this project, Invoices for architectural and engineering services will be submitted to the GCBOE, requisitions will be sent to the S8A by GCBOE, and SBA will render payment directly to the architect for architectural and engineering services. All other requisitions associated with this project shall be submitted to the LCBOE.

    West Virginia Code §18-9A-14 will govern the transfer of money via the state aid formula to LCBOE as a result of the transfer of students from GCBOE.

    Except.as-set-forth above regarding property acquisition and payment for architectural and engineering services, the GCBOE shall not be otherwise responsible for expenses incurred in the operation of the new school.


2.    Advisory Council Composition

    An Advisory Council shall be created and shall be in place and active no later than 12 months prior to the opening of the intercounty school. The Council shall be comprised of the receiving and sending county superintendents, ex-officio; one receiving and one sending county Board of Education Member elected for two-year terms; the LSIC Chair Person; the principal of the intercounty school once selected; and the PTA president (During the school planning process, the LSIC Chair Person and PTA President from both Troy and Alum Bridge elementary schools shall serve on the council. Once the school is complete and ready to open, the Joint LSIC and PTA will elect one Chair Person and one president, respectively, to represent the new school.)


3.    Advisory Council Role

    The parties agree that the Advisory Council shall make recommendations to the LCBOE regarding the general operation of the intercounty school, including but not limited to the following:

a. Personnel

    All personnel issues shall be brought before the Advisory Council which shall make recommendations on a!i personnel issues arising at the intercounty school after discussion and review with input from both county superintendents. The LCBOE superintendent shall forward the recommendations of the council to the LCBOE for action.

    In accordance with §18A-4-8i, professional educators and service personnel whose names appear on the certified list of employees created pursuant to the provisions of subsection (c) of the section and who are hired by the county board of the receiving county shall accrue seniority in both the sending and the receiving counties during the time in which they continue to be employed by the county board of the receiving county. This means that the employees of the sending county (GCBOE) will retain their years of service/seniority without interruption when they transfer to the receiving county (LCBOE). This seniority Is not limited to use solely at the intercounty school.

b. Policy

The LCBOE will govern the new intercounty school with the guidance and recommendations of the Advisory Council. The LCBOE superintendent shall forward the recommendations of the Council to the LCBOE for action.

c. Transportation Routes

Each county will be responsible for transporting Its own students to the new intercounty school. The Advisory Council may make recommendations regarding ways
to save transportation time and cost regarding students attending the school. The LCBOE superintendent shall forward the recommendations of the council to the LCBOE for action.

d. Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan (CEFP) Revisions

    CEFP revisions will be the responsibility of the receiving county (LCBOE). The Advisory Council may make recommendations to the LCBOE regarding facilities planning. The LCBOE superintendent shad forward the recommendations of the council to the LCBOE for action.

e. School Funds

    Any unexpended funds remaining In the Troy and Alum Bridge school accounts, including faculty senate funds, will be transferred to the intercounty school once it is opened. All financial obligations and debts incurred by the respective schools (Troy and Alum Bridge) shall be satisfied prior to the opening of the new school.

    The Advisory Council may make recommendations regarding support organizations and fundraising ideas for the intercounty school. All school support organizations must be officially approved by the LCBOE. The LCBOE superintendent shall forward the recommendations of the council to the intercounty school principal and/or LCBOE for action as appropriate.


4.    Planning Committed

    The entire LSIC at Troy and Alum Bridge elementary schools, as well as such additional members as may be designated by the superintendents of GCBOE and LCBOE, will comprise a planning committee to exist for the duration of the intercounty school construction. The committee shall have the responsibility for development of educational specifications as designated in SBA policy. The planning committee shall also have responsibilities for determining the intercounty school name, mascot, colors, etc.


5.    Advisory Council Meetings

    All meetings shall be properly noticed pursuant to the West Virginia Open Meetings Act. The parties agree that the Advisory Council shall meet at least monthly and alternate the meeting location between counties until the intercounty school is completed. After the school is completed, Advisory Council Meetings shall occur at the school. The Advisory Council shall meet at least quarterly with the sending county (GCBOE) and at least monthly with the receiving county (LCBOE). Special meetings shall be held as necessary and the meetings noticed accordingly.

    The first meeting of the Advisory Council shall be announced jointly by the superintendents of GCBOE and LCBOE. At this meeting, a chairperson snail be elected. Prior to the election of a chairperson, the meeting shall be jointly chaired by the superintendents of GCBOE and LCBOE. Thereafter, the chairperson shall conduct elections for the offices of vice-chair and secretary. All offices shall have terms of one year.


6.    Conflicts

Nothing In this agreement shall contravene the duties and rights of the parties as set forth in West Virginia law. If any provision herein is found to conflict with controlling law, that portion of the agreement shall be rendered null and void without invalidating the remaining provisions in the agreement


7.    Agreement and Signature

The parties agree to the provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding as evidenced by the signatures, below. This Memorandum of Understanding shad be executed in three duplicate originals.

West Virginia Board of Education acting on behalf of the Gilmer County Board of Education:

The Gilmer Free Press


****** End of MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING Document ******


Summary of HB 3160: Pilot Initiative on Governance of Schools Jointly Established

1. Counties involved in a jointly established school are now required to enter into a formal agreement about how the counties will share costs.

2. This amendment allows participating county boards to decide control and management of the jointly established school if so desired.

3. Unless otherwise provided in agreement, operating costs are the responsibility of the county in which the joint school is located.

4. If a county sends students to another county and provides transportation or contributes support services or instructional programs, the sending county net enrollment is increased at .15 times the number of full-time equivalent county students enrolled in the joint school.

5. In the absence of a well-defined governance structure for joint established schools, HB 3160 provided a pilot initiative for a jointly governing partnership board.

6. The pilot initiative applies where two elementary schools have signed a MOU on the governance and operation of the school, and must include certain features:

• A jointly established board which meets monthly or at the call of its chair.

• The board will consist of 5-members; both superintendents, both board presidents, and a designee from the WVDE.

• The chair is elected by the joint governing partnership board for a two-year term.

• Board meeting must be held at the school once opened.

7. The joint governing partnership board may exercise certain governing authority of the school in four areas:

• Personnel (recommending personnel to employing county).

• Curriculum (formulating/executing school’s strategic improvement and technology plans to meet school performance and progress).

• Finances (controlling the expenditure of all funds allocated).

• Facilities (controlling the use from both counties)

• Adopt policies different from both counties

8. On or before November 1, 2013, the superintendents and board presidents that have a MOU in effect on July 16, 2013, must make a report to the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education.

9. Joint governing boards must remain in effect for five years, unless initiative is repealed.

10. At the end of five years, the joint governing board must make a recommendation on the viability of the partnership to the Legislative Oversight Commission.

11. The joint governing board may vote to continue the partnership arrangement after five years.





§18-5-11. Joint establishment of schools.

    (a) The boards of two or more adjoining counties may jointly establish and maintain schools. The title to the school shall be vested in the board of the county in which the school is located. The agreement by which the school is established shall be reduced to writing and entered of record in the minutes of each board.

    (b) The boards pf the several districts shall determine the site of the proposed school and the amount to be expended for its establishment and equipment.

        (1) The participating counties shall enter a formal agreement regarding the manner in which the cost for the acquisition of the property and equipment shall be apportioned.

        (2) The board in the district in which the building is located shall be vested with the control and management of the school, except as may otherwise be provided in the agreement between the counties.

    (c) The annual operating costs shall be the responsibility of the county in which the joint school is located and subject to the allowance transfer set forth in section fourteen, article nine-a of this chapter unless otherwise provided in the agreement between the counties.

    (d) For a county board that sends students to a jointly established school in another county and that provides transportation for those students or that otherwise contributes to the support services or instructional program of the school, the net enrollment of the county for the purposes of calculating its basic foundation program as provided in article nine-a of this chapter, only, shall be increased by fifteen one hundredths multiplied by the number of full-time equivalent students from the county who are enrolled in the jointly established school.


§18-5-11a. Joint governing partnership board pilot initiative.

    (a) The Legislature finds that many examples exist across the state of students who reside in one county, but who attend the public schools in an adjoining county.

        (1) These arrangements have been accommodated by the boards of the adjoining counties and applicable statutes to serve best the interests of the students by enabling them to attend a school closer to their homes.

        (2) Typically, these arrangements have evolved because school closures or construction of new schools in the student’s county of residence have made a cross-county transfer to an existing school in an adjoining county a more convenient, practical and educationally sound option.

    (b) The Legislature further finds that as population changes continue to occur, the boards of adjoining counties may best serve the interests of their students and families by establishing a new school in partnership to be attended by students residing in each of the counties. Particularly in the case of elementary grade level schools established in partnership between adjoining counties, the Legislature finds that each of the county boards, as well as the parents of students from each of the counties attending the school, have an interest in the operation of the school and the preparation of the students for success as they transition to the higher grade levels in the other schools of their respective home counties. Therefore, in the absence of a well defined governance structure that accommodates these interests, the purpose of this section is to provide for a joint governing partnership board pilot initiative.

    (c) The pilot initiative is limited to the joint establishment by two adjoining counties of a school including elementary grade levels for which a memorandum of understanding on the governance and operation of the school has been signed. The pilot initiative is subject to amendment of the agreement as may be necessary to incorporate at least the following features of a joint governing partnership board:

        (1) The joint governing partnership board is comprised of the county superintendent of each county, the president of the county board of each county or his or her designee, and a designee of the state superintendent;

        (2) The board shall elect a chair from among its membership for a two-year term and may meet monthly or at the call of the chair.

            (A) Meetings of the board are subject to the open governmental proceedings laws applicable to county boards.

            (B) The boards of the respective counties are responsible for the expenses of its members and shall apportion other operational expenses of the board upon mutual agreement.

            (C) Once the jointly established school is opened, the meetings of the board shall be held at the school;

        (3) All provisions of law applicable to the establishment, operation and management of an inter-county school including, but not limited to, section eleven, article five and section fourteen, article nine-a of this chapter and article eight-i, article four, chapter eighteen-a of this code apply, except that the joint governing partnership board may exercise governing authority for operation and management of the school in the following areas:

(A) Personnel.

    (1) Within the applicable laws for employment, evaluation, mentoring, professional development, suspension and dismissal, the powers and duties of the county superintendent are vested in the joint governing partnership board with respect to the employees employed by the county in which the school is located or assigned to the school from the partner county.

    (2) The employees are the employees of the employing county board and the partnership board may make recommendations concerning these employment matters to the employing board it considers necessary and appropriate;

(B) Curriculum.

    (1) The joint governing partnership board is responsible for the formulation and execution of the school’s strategic improvement plan and technology plan to meet the goals for student and school performance and progress.

    (2) In its formulation of these plans, the partnership board shall consider the curriculum and plans of the respective county boards to ensure preparation of the students at the school for their successful transition into the higher grade level schools of the respective counties;

(C) Finances.

The joint governing partnership board shall control and may approve the expenditure of all funds allocated to the school for the school budget from either county and may solicit and receive donations, apply for and receive grants and conduct fund raisers to supplement the budget; and

(D) Facilities.

Consistent with the policies hi effect concerning liability insurance coverage, maintenance and appropriate uses of school facilities for the schools of the county in which the school is located, the joint governing partnership board governs the use of the school facility and ensures equitable opportunities for access and use by organizations and groups from both counties.

    (b) The joint governing partnership board may adopt policies for the school that are separate from the policies of the respective counties and, working in concert with its local school improvement council, may propose alternatives to the operation of the school which require the request of a waiver of policy, interpretation or statute from either or both county boards, the state board or the Legislature as appropriate.

    (c) The superintendents and presidents of county boards of adjoining counties that have in effect on the effective date of this section a memorandum of understanding on the governance and operation of a jointly established school shall report to the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability on or before November 1,2013, on the status of implementation of this section.

        (1) Once established, the joint governing partnership board established under this pilot initiative shall remain in effect for five consecutive school years unless authority for the pilot initiative is repealed.

        (2) The Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability may request the superintendents and the presidents of the county boards to provide periodic updates on this pilot initiative.  Also, at the conclusion of the five-year pilot initiative, they shall report their recommendations on the viability of the joint governing partnership board approach and any recommended changes to the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability.

    (A) When the five-year period is concluded, by affirmative vote of both boards, the joint governing partnership board shall remain in effect; or

    (B) The agreement between the boards for the governance and operation of the school shall revert to the terms in effect on the effective date of this section, subject to amendment by agreement of the boards.


§ 18-5A-2a. Local school improvement council modification for certain jointly established and across county schools.

    (a) For the purposes of this section, “parent” or “parents” means the person or persons who have legal responsibility for a student, including parents, guardians or custodians.

    (b) Jointly established schools —

        (1) In the case of a school that is jointly established by two or more adjoining counties as provided in section eleven, article five of this chapter, the school’s local school improvement council shall be modified to include a composition of parents and at-large members in its membership as follows, notwithstanding subdivisions (4) and (5), subsection (a), section two of this article:

            (A) Five parents of students enrolled at the school elected by the parent members of the school’s parent teacher organization. If there is no parent teacher organization, the parent members shall be elected by the parents of students enrolled at the school in such manner as may be determined by the principal. No more than three parents may be residents of the same county; and

            (B) Four at-large members appointed by the principal:

                (i) Two shall reside in the school’s attendance area, but may not be from the same county, and

                (ii) Two shall represent business or industry and may not be from the same county.

            (C) None of the at-large members is eligible for membership under any of the other elected classes of members.

        (2) The local school improvement council shall meet at least once each year with the advisory council as established in the memorandum of understanding or with the joint governing partnership board for the jointly established school as applicable.

        (3) Prior to commencing an authorized action under section three of this article for the purpose of proposing alternatives to the operation of the school and for the purpose of requesting a waiver of policy, interpretation or statute if needed to implement the alternative, the local school improvement council shall seek advice from the jointly established school’s advisory council or joint governing partnership board.

    (c) In the case of a school that is not a jointly established school as provided in section eleven, article five of this chapter, but whose net enrollment includes at least one hundred fifty students whose parents are residents of an adjoining county, upon a petition signed by a majority of the parents of the students who are enrolled at the school, but who reside in an adjoining county, the local school improvement council of the school shall be modified as provided in subdivisions (1) and (2), subsection (a) of this section.

    (d) For local school improvement councils under this section who are proposing alternatives to the operation of the school which require the request of a waiver of policy, interpretation or statute under the authority and procedures as set forth in section three of this article, the terms “appropriate board” and “affected board” as used in section three, mean the board or the multiple boards from whom a waiver is necessary for the proposal to be implemented.




9/13/2014. WV Code 7A

§18A-4-7a. Employment, promotion and transfer of professional personnel; seniority.

    (a) A county board of education shall make decisions affecting the filling of vacancies in professional positions of employment on the basis of the applicant with the highest qualifications: Provided, That the county superintendent shall be hired under separate criteria pursuant to section two, article four, chapter eighteen of this code,

    (b) In judging qualifications for the filling of vacancies of professional positions of employment, consideration shall be given to each of the following:

        (1) Appropriate certification, licensure or both;

        (2) Amount of experience relevant to the position or, in the case of a classroom teaching position, the amount of teaching experience in the required certification area;

        (3) The amount of course work, degree level or both in the relevant field and degree level generally;

        (4) Academic achievement;

        (5) In the case of a classroom teaching position or the position of principal, certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards;

        (6) Specialized training relevant to the performance of the duties of the job;

        (7) Past performance evaluations conducted pursuant to section twelve, article two of this chapter and section two, article three-c of this chapter or, in the case of a classroom teacher, past evaluations of the applicant’s performance in the teaching profession;

        (8) Seniority;

        (9) Other measures or indicators upon which the relative qualifications of the applicant may fairly be judged;

        (10) In the case of a classroom teaching position, the recommendation of the principal of the school at which the applicant will be performing a majority of his or her duties; and

        (11) in the case of a classroom teaching position, the recommendation, if any, resulting from the process established pursuant to the provisions of section five, article five-a, chapter eighteen of this code by the faculty senate of the school at which the employee will be performing a majority of his or her duties,

    (c) in considering the filling of a vacancy pursuant to this section, a county board is entitled to determine the appropriate weight to apply to each of the criterion when assessing an applicant’s qualifications: Provided, That if one or more permanently employed instructional personnel apply for a classroom teaching position and meet the standards set forth in the job posting, each criterion under subsection (b) of this section shall be given equal weight except that the criterion in subdivisions (10) and (11) shall each be double weighted.

    (d) Fora classroom teaching position, if the recommendations resulting from the operations of subdivisions (10) and (11), subsection (b) of this section are for the same applicant, and the superintendent concurs with that recommendation, then the other provisions of subsections (b) and (c) of this section do not apply and the county board shall appoint that applicant notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary.

    (e) The state board shall promulgate a rule, including an emergency rule if necessary, in accordance with the provisions of article three-b, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code to implement and interpret the provisions of this section, including provisions that may provide for the compensation based on the appropriate daily rate of a classroom teacher who directly participates in making recommendations pursuant to this section for periods beyond his or her individual contract.

    (f) Recommendations made pursuant to subdivisions (10) and (11), subsection (b) of this section shall be made based on a determination as to which of the applicants is the highest qualified for the position: Provided, That nothing in this subsection shall require principals or faculty senates to assign any amount of weight to any factor in making a recommendation.

    (g) With the exception of guidance counselors, the seniority of classroom teachers, as defined in section one, article one of this chapter, shall be determined on the basis of the length of time the employee has been employed as a regular full-time certified and/or licensed professional educator by the county board of education and shall be granted in all areas that the employee is certified, licensed or both.

    (h) Upon completion of one hundred thirty-three days of employment in any one school year, substitute teachers, except retired teachers and other retired professional educators employed as substitutes, shall accrue seniority exclusively for the purpose of applying for employment as a permanent, full-time professional employee. One hundred thirty-three days or more of said employment shall be prorated and shall vest as a fraction of the school year worked by the permanent, full-time teacher.

    (i) Guidance counselors and all other professional employees, as defined in section one, article one of this chapter, except classroom teachers, shall gain seniority in their nonteaching area of professional employment on the basis of the length of time the employee has been employed by the county board of education in that area: Provided, That if an employee is certified as a classroom teacher, the employee accrues classroom teaching seniority for the time that that employee is employed in another professional area. For the purposes of accruing seniority under this paragraph, employment as principal, supervisor or central office administrator, as defined in section one, article one of this chapter, shall be considered one area of employment.

    (j) Employment for a full employment term shall equal one year of seniority, but no employee may accrue more than one year of seniority during any given fiscal year. Employment for less than the full employment term shall be prorated. A random selection system established by the employees and approved by the board shall be used to determine the priority if two or more employees accumulate identical seniority: Provided, That when two or more principals have accumulated identical seniority, decisions on reductions in force shall be based on qualifications.

    (k) Whenever a county board is required to reduce the number of professional personnel in its employment, the employee with the least amount of seniority shall be property notified and released from employment pursuant to the provisions of section two, article two of this chapter. The provisions of this subsection are subject to the following:

        (1) All persons employed in a certification area to be reduced who are employed under a temporary permit shall be properly notified and released before a fully certified employee in such a position is subject to release;

        (2) Notwithstanding any provision of this code to the contrary, all employees subject to release shall be considered applicants for any vacancy in an established, existing or newly created position that, on or before February 15, is known to exist for the ensuing school year, and for which they are qualified, and, upon recommendation of the superintendent, the board shall appoint the successful applicant from among them before posting such vacancies for application by other
persons;

        (3) An employee subject to release shall be employed in any other professional position where the employee is certified and was previously employed or to any lateral area for which the employee is certified, licensed or both, if the employee’s seniority is greater than the seniority of any other employee in that area of certification, licensure or both;

        (4) If an employee subject to release holds certification, licensure or both in more than one lateral area and if the employee’s seniority is greater than the seniority of any other employee in one or more of those areas of certification, licensure or both, the employee subject to release shall be employed in the professional position held by the employee with the least seniority in any of those areas of certification, licensure or both; and

        (5) If, prior to August 1 of the year a reduction in force is approved, the reason for any particular reduction in force no longer exists as determined by the county board in its sole and exclusive judgment, the board shall rescind the reduction in force or transfer and shall notify the released employee in writing of his or her right to be restored to his or her position of employment. Within five days of being so notified, the released employee shall notify the board, in writing, of his or her intent to resume his or her position of employment or the right to be restored shall terminate. Notwithstanding any other provision of this subdivision, if there is another employee on the preferred recall list with proper certification and higher seniority, that person shall be placed in the position restored as a result of the reduction in force being rescinded.

    (I) For the purpose of this article, all positions which meet the definition of “classroom teacher” as defined in section one, article one of this chapter shall be lateral positions. For all other professional positions, the county board of education shall adopt a policy by October 31, 1993, and may modify the policy thereafter as necessary, which defines which positions shall be lateral positions. The board shall submit a copy of its policy to the state board within thirty days of adoption or any modification, and the state board shall compile a report and submit the report to the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability by December 31, 1993, and by that date in any succeeding year in which any county board submits a modification of its policy relating to lateral positions. In adopting the policy, the board shall give consideration to the rank of each position in terms of title; nature of responsibilities; salary level; certification, licensure or both; and days in the period of employment.

    (m) After the twentieth day prior to the beginning of the instructional term, no person employed and assigned to a professional position may transfer to another professional position in the county during that instructional term unless the person holding that position does not have valid certification. The provisions of this subsection are subject to the following:

        (1) The person may apply for any posted, vacant positions with the successful applicant assuming the position at the beginning of the next instructional term;

        (2) Professional personnel who have been on an approved leave of absence may fill these vacancies upon their return from the approved leave of absence;

        (3) The county board, upon recommendation of the superintendent may fill a position before the next instructional term when it is determined to be in the best interest of the students. The county superintendent shall notify the state board of each transfer of a person employed in a professional position to another professional position after the twentieth day prior to the beginning of the instructional term;

        (4) The provisions of this subsection do not apply to the filling of a position vacated because of resignation or retirement that became effective on or before the twentieth day prior to the beginning of the instructional term, but not posted until after that date; and

        (5) The Legislature finds that it is not in the best interest of the students particularly in the elementary grades to have multiple teachers for any one grade level or course during the instructional term. It is the intent of the Legislature that the filling of positions through transfers of personnel from one professional position to another after the twentieth day prior to the beginning of the instructional term should be kept to a minimum.

    (n) All professional personnel whose seniority with the county board is insufficient to allow their retention by the county board during a reduction in work force shall be placed upon a preferred recall list. As to any professional position opening within the area where they had previously been employed or to any lateral area for which they have certification, licensure or both, the employee shali be recalled on the basis of seniority if no regular, full-time professional personnel, or those returning from leaves of absence with greater seniority, are qualified, apply for and accept the position.

    (o) Before position openings that are known or expected to extend for twenty consecutive employment days or longer for professional personnel may be filled by the board, the board shall be required to notify all qualified professional personnel on the preferred list and give them an opportunity to apply, but failure to apply shall not cause the employee to forfeit any right to recall. The notice shall be sent by certified mail to the last known address of the employee, and it shall be the duty of each professional personnel to notify the board of continued availability annually, of any change in address or of any change in certification, licensure or both.

    (p) Openings in established, existing or newly created positions shall be processed as follows:

        (1) Boards shall be required to post and date notices of each opening at least once. At their discretion, boards may post an opening for a position other than classroom teacher more than once in order to attract more qualified applicants. At their discretion, boards may post an opening for a classroom teacher one additional time after the first posting in order to attract more qualified applicants only if fewer than three individuals apply during the first posting subject to the following:

            (A) Each notice shall be posted in conspicuous working places for ail professional personnel to observe for at least five working days;

            (B) At least one notice shall be posted within twenty working days of the position openings and shall include the job description;

            (C) Any special criteria or skills that are required by the position shall be specifically stated in the job description and directly related to the performance of the job;

            (D) Postings for vacancies made pursuant to this section shall be written so as to ensure that the largest possible pool of qualified applicants may apply; and

            (E) Job postings may not require criteria which are not necessary for the successful performance of the job and may not be written with the intent to favor a specific applicant;

        (2) No vacancy shall be filled until after the five-day minimum posting period of the most recent posted notice of the vacancy;

        (3) if one or more applicants under all the postings for a vacancy meets the qualifications listed in the job posting, the successful applicant to fill the vacancy shall be selected by the board within thirty working days of the end of the first posting period;

        (4) A position held by a teacher who is certified, licensed or both, who has been issued a permit for full-time employment and is working toward certification in the permit area shall not be subject to posting if the certificate is awarded within five years; and

        (5) Nothing provided herein shall prevent the county board of education from eliminating a position due to lack of need.

    (q) Notwithstanding any other provision of the code to the contrary, where the total number of classroom teaching positions in an elementary school does not increase from one school year to the next, but there exists in that school a need to realign the number of teachers in one or more grade levels, kindergarten through six, teachers at the school may be reassigned to grade levels for which they are certified without that position being posted: Provided, That the employee and the county board mutually agree to the reassignment.

    (r) Reductions in classroom teaching positions in elementary schools shall be processed as follows:

        (1) When the total number of classroom teaching positions in an elementary school needs to be reduced, the reduction shall be made on the basis of seniority with the least senior classroom teacher being recommended for transfer; and

        (2) When a specified grade level needs to be reduced and the least senior employee in the school is not in that grade level, the least senior classroom teacher in the grade level that needs to be reduced shall be reassigned to the position
made vacant by the transfer of the least senior classroom teacher in the school without that position being posted: Provided, That the employee is certified, licensed or both and agrees to the reassignment.

    (s) Any board failing to comply with the provisions of this article may be compelled to do so by mandamus and shall be liable to any party prevailing against the board for court costs and reasonable attorney fees as determined and established by the court. Further, employees denied promotion or employment in violation of this section shall be awarded the job, pay and any applicable benefits retroactive to the date of the violation and payable entirely from local funds. Further, the board shall be liable to any party prevailing against the board for any court reporter costs including copies of transcripts.

    (t) The county board shall compile, update annually on July 1 and make available by electronic or other means to all employees a list of all professional personnel employed by the county, their areas of certification and their seniority.

    (u) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, upon recommendation of the principal and approval by the classroom teacher and county board, a classroom teacher assigned to the school may at any time be assigned to a new or existing classroom teacher position at the school without the position being posted.

    (v) The amendments to this section during the 2013 regular session of the Legislature shall be effective for school years
beginning on or after July 1, 2013, and the provisions of this section immediately prior to those amendments remain in effect until July 1, 2013. Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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126CSR126

TITLE 126
LEGISLATIVE RULE
BOARD OF EDUCATION

SERIES 126
Procedures for Designated Hiring and Transfer of School Personnel (5000)

§126-126-1. General.

    1.1. Scope. - This legislative rule sets forth general hiring criteria for classroom teachers, establishes processes that a faculty senate may adopt when making hiring recommendations for classroom teachers, clarifies certain transfer procedures, and outlines the roles of the principal, county superintendent, and county board of education in the limited hiring and transfer procedures set forth herein.

    1.2. Authority.  -  W. Va. Constitution, Article XII, §2 and W: Va. Code §§18-2-5, 18-5A-5, 18A-2-1, 18A-2-7, and 18A-4-7a.

    1.3. Filing Date. - August 16, 2013.

    1.4. Effective Date. - September 16, 2013.

    1.5. Repeal of Former Rule.  -  This legislative rule amends W. Va. 126CSR126, West Virginia Board of Education Policy 5000, Procedures for Designated Hiring and Transfer of School Personnel, filed July 17,2013, and effective July 17, 2013.


§126-126-2. Purpose.    2.1 The purpose of this rule is to set forth general hiring criteria for classroom teachers, establish processes that a faculty senate may adopt when making hiring recommendations for classroom teachers, clarify certain transfer procedures, and outline the roles of the principal, county superintendent, and county board of education in the limited hiring and transfer procedures set forth herein. Utilization of these processes and procedures will provide teachers and principals with the ability to have a significant voice in determining the makeup of their school communities and will provide counties with flexibility in staffing schools to meet changing needs and enrollment.


§126-126-3. Application.

    3.1. These regulations apply to the filling of vacancies for classroom teachers and the transfers of employees by county boards of education in the limited instances set forth herein and is not a comprehensive hiring manual for all public school employees.


§126-126-4. Definitions.

    4.1. County board of education - Pursuant to W. Va. Code §18-5-1, the body charged with the supervision and control of a county board school district, which is composed of five members, nominated and elected by the voters of the respective county.

    4.2. Classroom teacher - A professional educator who has a direct instructional or counseling relationship with students and who spends the majority of his or her time in this capacity.

    4.3. Classroom teaching position - A position posted pursuant to W. Va. Code §18A-4-7a to fill a vacancy for a professional educator who has a direct instructional or counseling relationship with students and who spends the majority of his or her time in this capacity.

    4.4. Faculty senate - As provided by W. Va. Code §18-5A-5, a faculty senate consists of all permanent, full-time professional educators employed at the school.

    4.5. Permanently employed instructional personnel - Professional educators who are employed by a county board of education under either a probationary or continuing contract of employment and who, as part of their employment, have instructional duties.

    4.6. Principal - A professional educator employed pursuant to W. Va. Code §18A-2-9 who has administrative and instructional supervisory responsibility for the planning, management, operation and evaluation of the total educational program of the school or schools to which he or she is assigned.

    4.7. Service employee - Service person, service personnel, or service employee means any nonteaching school employee who is not included in the meaning of teacher as defined W. Va. Code §18-1-1 and who serves the school or schools as a whole in a nonprofessional capacity including such areas as secretarial, custodial, maintenance, transportation, school lunch and aides.


§126-126-5. Roles and Responsibilities.

    5.1. Among the other roles and responsibilities assigned to the following individuals and entities by operation of statute or West Virginia Board of Education [WVDE] policy, for purposes of this policy, the following individuals and entities shall exercise the roles and responsibilities set forth below.

    5.1.a. West Virginia Department of Education [WVDE] - The WVDE shall designate or approve an interview training tool(s) which shall be completed by a faculty senate member and principal prior to his or her participation in an interview. The targeted duration of the training is one hour.

    5.1 .b. County Board of Education - The county board of education shall make decisions affecting the filling of vacancies in professional positions of employment other than the county superintendent on the basis of the applicant with the highest qualifications as set forth in statute and in this policy.

    5.I.e. Superintendent - The superintendent shall receive hiring recommendations for classroom teaching positions from principals and faculty senates and shall nominate and recommend applicants to the county board of education. The superintendent may, at his or her discretion, conduct interviews of applicants for vacancies in addition to any interview conducted by the principal and faculty senate hiring committee, single designee, or faculty senate chair.

    5.1 .d. Principal - The principal shall submit recommendations to the superintendent regarding the appointment, assignment, promotion, transfer and dismissal of all personnel assigned to the school or schools under said principal’s control. Such recommendation shall be submitted in writing as prescribed by the superintendent. Additionally, the principal shall receive hiring recommendations from the faculty senate at his or her school as provided in this policy and shall submit those recommendations in writing as prescribed by the superintendent. In the event that a principal is unable to submit hiring recommendations or receive hiring recommendations from the faculty senate as set forth in this policy due to illness or absence, the assistant principal shall submit hiring recommendations. If there is no assistant principal, the superintendent shall assign a designee to carry out the role of the principal. In the event that a principal is unable to submit hiring recommendations or receive hiring recommendations from the faculty senate due to a conflict as set forth in W. Va. Code §18A-2-l(a)(2), the superintendent shall assign a designee from the central office to carry out the role of the principal. Whenever possible, the designee from the central office shall be a coordinator in the same programmatic level as the position to be filled. If it is not possible or practical to designate a coordinator from the same programmatic level, the recommendation of the designee shall not be invalidated or be the basis for objection by any prospective employee or any other person. If a principal or his or her designated replacement does not participate in the hiring process as set forth in this policy for a particular vacancy, the right of the principal to submit recommendations regarding employment is forfeited for that vacancy. However, if a principal or his or her designated replacement does not participate in the hiring process as set forth in this policy, the principal or his or her designee must still receive any hiring recommendation made by the faculty senate and transmit that recommendation to the superintendent. A forfeiture of the principal’s right to submit a hiring recommendation shall not be the basis for objection by any prospective employee or any other person.

    5.1 .e. Faculty Senates - Faculty senates may choose one of the options set forth in this policy as a mechanism by which to make hiring recommendations to the school principal. If a faculty senate does not participate in the hiring process as set forth in this policy for a particular vacancy, the right of the faculty senate to submit recommendations regarding employment is forfeited for that vacancy. A forfeiture of the faculty senate’s right to submit a hiring recommendation shall not be the basis for objection by any prospective employee or any other person.


§126-126-6. Criteria for Hiring Classroom Teachers.

    6.1. A county board of education shall make decisions affecting the filling of vacancies for classroom teachers on the basis of the applicant with the highest qualifications.

    6.2. In judging qualifications for the filling of vacancies for classroom teachers, consideration shall be given to each of the following:

        6.2.a. Appropriate certification, licensure or both;

        6.2.b. Amount of experience relevant to the position or, in the case of a classroom teaching position, the amount of teaching experience in the required certification area;

        6.2.c. The amount of course work, degree level or both in the relevant field and degree level generally;

        6.2.d. Academic achievement;

        6.2.e. In the case of a classroom teaching position or the position of principal, certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards;

        6.2.f. Specialized training relevant to the performance of the duties of the job;

        6.2.g. Past performance evaluations conducted pursuant to W. Va. Code §§18A-2-12 and 18A-3C-2 or, in the case of a classroom teacher, past evaluations of the applicant’s performance in the teaching profession as a certified educator;

        6.2.h. Seniority;

        6.2.i. Other measures or indicators upon which the relative qualifications of the applicant may fairly be judged;

        6.2.J. The recommendation, if any, of the principal of the school at which the applicant will be performing a majority of his or her duties; and

        6.2.k. The recommendation, if any, resulting from the process established by the faculty senate of the school at which the employee will be performing a majority of his or her duties.

    6.3. If one or more permanently employed instructional personnel apply for a classroom teaching position and meet the standards set forth in the job posting, each criterion under section 6.2 shall be given equal weight except that the criterion in subdivisions 6.2 j and 6.2.k shall each be double weighted. This shall apply when the faculty senate and the principal do not agree on a recommendation, when either the faculty senate or principal forfeit or cannot make a recommendation, or when the superintendent does not concur with the recommendation of the principal and the faculty senate.

    6.4. For a classroom teaching position, if the recommendations resulting from the operations of sections 6.2.J and 6.2.k are for the same applicant, and the superintendent concurs with that recommendation, then the other provisions of sections 6.2 and 6.3 do not apply and the county board shall appoint that applicant notwithstanding any other provision of this policy to the contrary.

    6.5. Recommendations made pursuant to sections 6.2.J and 6.2.k shall be made based on a determination as to which of the applicants is the highest qualified for the position.  When making recommendations, principals and faculty senates shall consider each criterion listed in sections 6.2.a. through 6.2.i. Neither principals nor faculty senates are required to assign any amount of weight to any factor. Principals and faculty senate chairs or single designees shall complete the applicable hiring recommendation forms (See Appendices A and B) and shall submit a completed form as documentation of the recommendation. Other than the recommendation form, no other matrix or documentation of the selection shall be required.

    6.6. Any professional educator who is employed within the public school system of this state shall hold a valid teaching certificate licensing him or her to teach in the specializations and grade levels shown on the certificate for the period of his or her employment.

    6.7. As provided in W. Va. Code §18-5A-5(b)(2), the processes and procedures set forth in this policy are designed to be effective and consistent among schools and counties and are designed to avoid litigation or grievance. To that end, this policy is designed to allow teachers to be meaningfully involved in the hiring recommendation process in an open and honest manner without fear of reprisal, retaliation or coercion and to minimize lost instructional time and classroom disruption.

    6.8. These criteria shall be utilized in making hiring decisions for any classroom teacher hired on or after July 1,2013.



§126-126-7. Faculty Senate Recommendation Process.

    7.1. A faculty senate may establish a process for members to interview or otherwise obtain information regarding applicants for classroom teaching vacancies that will enable the faculty senate to submit recommendations regarding employment to the principal. A faculty senate wishing to submit hiring recommendations to the principal shall utilize one of the processes set forth below. These processes and procedures are designed to be effective and consistent among schools and counties and are designed to avoid litigation or grievance. At the conclusion of each school semester a faculty senate may vote to change its adopted process for the next ensuing semester. Additionally, if a faculty senate desires to make hiring recommendations over the summer break, it may use the process then in place, if any, or it may vote to adopt a different process to be used only during the summer break. Nothing herein shall be construed to require a faculty senate to participate in the recommendation process, however, failure to participate as provided below will cause the right of the faculty senate to make employment recommendations to be forfeited.

        7.1.a. Hiring Committee

            7.1.a.1. The majority of the faculty senate may elect a committee, including a committee chair, which will be responsible for making hiring recommendations regarding classroom teachers. Committees and chairs shall be elected by the faculty senate according to one of the following models:

                7. 1.a.1.A. Three individuals, which shall include a chair, elected by the majority of the members of the faculty senate; or

                7.1.a.1.B. Not less than seven nor more than eleven individuals, which shall include a chair, elected by a majority of the faculty senate.

                    7.1.a.1.B.1. When electing the committee members the faculty senate should give consideration to selecting individuals who represent the spectrum of curriculum and content areas taught at the school, provided that the failure of the faculty senate to select individuals who represent the spectrum of curriculum and content areas at the school shall not invalidate their election or any subsequent recommendation they render.

                    7.1.a.1.B.2. When utilizing this option, the committee chair shall select three members from the larger committee to form a panel which will make a recommendation for each classroom teacher to be hired. The selection of the three members shall be based, as far as is practical, on the subject matter to be taught by the teacher to be hired as determined on a case by case basis. The failure of the committee chair to select three members based on the subject matter to be taught by the new teacher will not invalidate the faculty senate’s selection or be the basis for objection by any prospective employee or any other person. The committee chair shall be responsible for ensuring that the hiring recommendation made by the three person panel is delivered to the principal in a timely manner.

        7.1.b. Single Designee

            7.1.b.1. The majority of the faculty senate may elect a single designee who will be responsible for making hiring recommendations regarding classroom teachers. In choosing the single designee model, the faculty senate shall select one of the following options:

                7.1.b.1.A. The single designee shall have the discretion to ask up to two other faculty senate members to assist him or her in reviewing relevant application materials or interviewing applicants at his or her discretion. The selection of assistants by the single designee shall be based, as far as is practical, on the subject matter to be taught by the teacher to be hired as determined on a case by case basis. The additional faculty senate members must have completed the WVBE designated or approved interview training prior to assisting the single designee. Failure of the single designee to select additional faculty senate members to assist him or her in rendering a recommendation will not invalidate the designee’s recommendation or be the basis for objection by any prospective employee or any other person. The single designee shall be responsible for ensuring that the recommendation is delivered to the principal in a timely manner.

                7.1.b.1.B. The single designee shall ask up to two other faculty senate members to assist in reviewing relevant application materials or interviewing applicants at the designee’s discretion. The selection of assistants by the single designee shall be based, as far as is practical, on the subject matter to be taught by the teacher to be hired as determined on a case by case basis. The additional faculty senate members must have completed the WVBE designated or approved interview training prior to assisting the single designee. Failure of the single designee to select additional faculty senate members to assist him or her in rendering a recommendation shall invalidate the designee’s recommendation. The single designee shall be responsible for ensuring that the recommendation is delivered to the principal in a timely manner.

    7.2. For purposes of considering and making hiring recommendations, the following rules shall apply to faculty senates:

        7.2.a. The principal will notify the chair of the hiring committee or the single designee in writing when the list of candidates meeting the minimum qualifications listed in the job posting for a classroom teaching position is final and will provide the chair of the hiring committee or the single designee with a list of the candidates and relevant application materials. A faculty senate may, but is not required, to adopt a policy permitting the superintendent or his or her designee to narrow the pool of qualified applicants to no fewer than three qualified applicants, unless fewer than three qualified individuals apply, who appear to be the most qualified based on an examination of the factors set forth in W. Va. Code §18A-4-7a(b)(l) through (9). Within twenty-four hours of such notice, the hiring committee chair or single designee will notify the principal in writing if an interview of candidates is requested. For purposes of this section, electronic mail communications shall satisfy the requirement of providing written notification. Further, for purposes of this section and this policy, interviews shall be permitted to occur in-person or via telephone, teleconference or other virtual means.

        7.2.b. A faculty senate hiring committee or single designee may consider and make recommendations after reviewing the application materials provided without participation in an interview. All application materials shall be maintained confidentially by all parties and shall not be disclosed or discussed in any manner with individuals who are not part of the hiring/recommendation process for an individual teacher. All application materials shall be returned to the principal by the hiring committee chair or single designee at the time the recommendation is delivered to the principal.

        7.2.c. If a request for an interview is made, then a faculty senate hiring committee or single designee may consider and make recommendations after participating in interviews of candidates for classroom teaching positions, subject to the following:

            7.2.c.1. Prior to participating in interviews or otherwise participating in the recommendation process, a faculty senate member must complete interview training as designated or approved by the West Virginia Department of Education. Once a faculty senate member has completed the designated interview training, additional training shall not be required unless the WVBE or superintendent determines that additional training shall occur.

            7.2.c.2. The principal will notify the hiring committee members or single designee in writing of the time and place that the interview will be conducted. For purposes of this section, electronic mail communications shall satisfy the requirement of providing written notification. In determining when and where interviews will occur, consideration shall be given to accommodating die time and travel needs of the applicants and the faculty senate members. Interviews shall be scheduled in such a way that faculty senate members can participate while also minimizing classroom disruption to the greatest extent possible. Whenever possible, interviews shall be conducted at the school where the applicant will spend the majority of his or her instructional time. However, the superintendent or his or her designee shall have the authority to conduct interviews at alternate locations if necessary.

            7.2.c.3. Interviews of applicants will be conducted jointly with the principal, however, hiring committee members or single designees shall have the authority to deliberate and make their hiring selections separate and apart from the principal.

            7.2.c.4. hi asking questions during an interview, each applicant shall be asked an identical set of initial questions. The questions to be asked may be determined jointly by the principal and the hiring committee or single designee or, in the alternative, the principal and the hiring committee or single designee may prepare questions independently of one another. Provided, that nothing herein shall prohibit the asking of unique follow-up questions to each applicant based on his or her responses to the uniform set of initial questions. The asking of unique follow-up questions to each applicant based on his or her responses to the uniform set of initial questions will not invalidate the recommendation or selection of the applicant by either the superintendent, principal, hiring committee, single designee, or faculty senate chair and shall not be the basis for objection by any prospective employee or any other person so long as those questions do not violate federal or state employment laws.

        7.2.d. A hiring committee chair or a single designee must submit a recommendation to the principal within the following timelines:

            7.2.d.1. Where no interview is requested by the hiring committee or single designee, three days after receipt of application materials.

            7.2.d.2. Where an interview is requested and conducted, within two days of the completion of interviews for a position.

            7.2.d.3. The timelines set forth above may be shortened by the superintendent if necessary to comply with the timelines for filling positions set forth in W. Va. Code §18A-4-7a. The timelines may also be shortened to meet other hiring needs of the county school system with the approval of the hiring committee chair or single designee.

        7.2.e. Nothing in this policy or in statute requires that any applicant be interviewed prior to being recommended or selected to fill a vacancy and nothing requires that every applicant meeting the minimum qualifications of a posting be interviewed prior to being recommended or selected to fill a vacancy. However, the superintendent, principal, hiring committee, or single designee, as applicable, shall each have the authority to interview qualified job applicants at their discretion. A faculty senate may, but is not required, to adopt a policy permitting the superintendent or his or her designee to narrow the pool of qualified applicants to no fewer than three qualified applicants, unless fewer than three qualified individuals apply, who appear to be the most qualified based on an examination of the factors set forth in W. Va. Code §18A-4-7a(b)(l) through (9).

    7.3. Classroom teachers who directly participate in making recommendations for filling classroom teaching positions pursuant to the options set forth in this policy for periods beyond his or her individual contract shall be compensated based on his or her daily rate of pay, prorated to an hourly rate. The principal shall require that the participating teachers keep time sheets documenting the actual time spent on the recommendation process and shall verify that the time sheets are accurate before submitting them for payment.  In no event shall a teacher be entitled to payment for more than two hours per position. However, if there are more than four qualified applicants for a single classroom teacher position who are selected for an interview by the hiring committee chair or single designee, the faculty senate members participating in the interviews may be compensated for an additional hour for actual time spent on the interview process for that position.

    7.4. For purposes of this policy, an itinerant teacher shall be considered to be assigned to the school where he or she spends the majority of his or her instructional time. If an itinerant teacher does not spend the majority of his or her instructional time hi any one school the itinerant teacher shall be considered to be assigned to a school as designated by the county superintendent.

    7.5. The West Virginia Ethics Act prohibits public school employees from participating in any hiring decisions involving relatives or cohabitating sexual partners.  “Relatives” are defined as individuals who are related to the employee as father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, spouse, grandmother, grandfather, grandchild,  mother-in-law,  father-in-law,  sister-in law,  brother-in-law,  son-in-law or daughter-in-law.  If a faculty senate representative must recuse himself or herself for this reason, an alternate member may be appointed by the committee chair or the single designee.


§126-126-8. Training for Faculty Senates and Principals.

    8.1. Prior to participating in an interview or otherwise making any hiring recommendations pursuant to this policy, faculty senate hiring committees, single designees, any other faculty senate participants, and principals must complete interview training as designated or approved by the WVBE. Once a faculty senate member or principal has completed the designated interview training, additional training shall not be required unless the WVDE or superintendent determines that additional training shall occur.

    8.2. Compensation for participation in training shall be based on the daily rate of pay for the participating classroom teacher who directly participated in the training for periods beyond bis or her individual contract. Compensation for training shall not exceed one hour.

    8.3. For the 2013-2014 school year only, principals have until September 1 to complete the interview training designated or approved by the WVBE.


§126-126-9.  Reassignment of Surplus Personnel Without Posting Based on Pupil-Teacher Ratio and Class Size Rules.

    9.1. When actual student enrollment in a grade level or program, unforeseen before March 1 of the preceding school year, permits the assignment of fewer teachers or service personnel to or within a school under any pupil-teacher ratio, class size or caseload standard established in W. Va. Code §18-5-18a or any policy of the WVBE, the county superintendent, with board approval, may reassign the surplus personnel to another school or to another grade level or program within the school if needed there to comply with any such pupil-teacher ratio, class size or caseload standard.

        9.1.a. Before any reassignment may occur pursuant to this subsection, written notice shall be provided to the employee via certified mail or hand delivery at least 10 days prior and the employee shall be provided an opportunity to appear before the county board to state the reasons for his or her objections, if any, prior to the board voting on the reassignment. The opportunity to be heard shall not be a hearing with the right to present witnesses, rather, it is an opportunity for the employee to concisely state his or her objections to the board. The reassignment may be made without following the notice and hearing provisions of W. Va. Code §18A-2-7(a) and (b) and may occur at any time during the school year when the conditions in section 9.1 are met. However, reassignments may not occur after the last day of the second school month.

        9.1.b. A professional employee reassigned under this subsection shall be the least senior of the surplus professional personnel who holds certification or licensure to perform the duties at the other school or at the grade level or program within the school.

        9. 1.c. A service employee reassigned under this subsection shall be the least senior of the surplus personnel who holds the same classification or multiclassification needed to perform the duties at the other school or at the grade level or program within the same school. In considering whether an aide is a surplus employee, the county shall consider each classification and/or multiclassification held by him or her and shall not be limited only to the current program or assignment held by the surplus aide.

        9.1.d. No school employee’s annual contract term, compensation or benefits shall be changed as a result of a reassignment under this subsection.


§126-126-10. Reassigning Classroom Teachers Within a School Without Posting.

    10.1. Notwithstanding any other provision of W. Va. Code to the contrary, upon recommendation of the principal and approval by the classroom teacher, county superintendent, and county board, a classroom teacher assigned to the school may at an time during the school year be assigned to a new or existing classroom teacher position at the school during that school year without the position being posted. This provision shall not apply to vacancies that will occur in the ensuing year or other future years.

    10.2. Transfers made under these provisions are not subject to the limitation on transfers found in W.Va.Code§18A-4-7a(m).

    10.3. For purposes of this section, an itinerant teacher shall be considered to be assigned to the school where he or she spends the majority of his or her instructional time. If an itinerant teacher does not spend the majority of his or her instructional time in any one school the itinerant teacher shall be considered to be assigned to a school as designated by the county superintendent.


§126-126-11. Reposting of Professional Vacancies.

    11.1. Boards shall be required to post and date notices of each opening at least once. At their discretion, boards may post an opening for a position other man classroom teacher more than once in order to attract more qualified applicants. At their discretion, boards may post an opening for a classroom teacher one additional time after the first posting in order to attract more qualified applicants only if fewer than three qualified individuals apply during the first posting.

    11.2. If no applicant meets the qualifications set forth in the job posting, a board may continue to post or repost as set forth hi section 11.1 without limitation.

    11.3. The county superintendent of schools shall have the authority to determine whether a professional position will be reposted.

    11.4. These provisions shall apply to both professional positions and extra-curricular positions.


§126-126-12. Reserving Vacancies for Individuals Subject to Release.

    12.1. All employees subject to release shall be considered applicants for any vacancy in an established, existing or newly created position that, on or before February 15, is known to exist for the next ensuing school year, and for which they are qualified, and, upon recommendation of the superintendent, the board shall appoint the successful applicant from among them before posting such vacancies for application by other persons. This provision shall not preclude a county board of education from posting and filling vacancies that exist in the current school year nor shall it supersede or alter the operation of W. Va. Code §18A-4-8f or W. Va. Code §18A-4-8i.

    12.2. An employee shall be considered subject to release if the superintendent would recommend the individual to the board for release but for the availability of the known position.

    12.3. A vacancy for a position that will exist on the first day of the next ensuing school year will be known to exist when the person holding the position has submitted his or her resignation or retirement to the board, in writing, and the resignation or retirement has been accepted by the board.

    12.4. Newly created positions will not be considered to be known to exist until the county board has voted to approve their creation.

    12.5. For purposes of this section, an individual will be considered to be qualified for a known vacancy if he or she fully meets the qualifications for the vacancy.

    12.6. If more than one individual subject to release is qualified for a known vacancy, die successful candidate shall be selected based on application of the factors set forth in W. Va. Code §18A-4-7a(b)(l) through (9), weighted equally.

    12.7. This provision shall apply to vacancies and newly created positions known to exist on or before February 15,2014, and in subsequent school years.


§126-126-13. Severability.

    13.1. If any provision of this rule or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of this rule.



Appendix A

The following form shall be completed by the principal and shall be submitted as set forth in section 6.6. of WVBE Policy 5000 and according to timelines as determined by the county superintendent.

Principal Recommendation:

In accordance with section 6.2 of WVBE Policy 5000, the undersigned certifies that the qualifications of the selected applicants meeting the minimum qualifications/requirements set forth in the job posting for the position of _______________________________ have been reviewed.

In determining which of the applicants is the highest qualified for the position, the following factors set forth in sections 6.2.a. through 6.2.i. of WVBE Policy 5000 have been considered:

        a. Appropriate certification, licensure or both;

        b. Amount of experience relevant to the position or, in the case of a classroom teaching position, the amount of teaching experience in the required certification area;

        c. The amount of course work, degree level or both in the relevant field and degree level generally;

        d. Academic achievement;

        e. In the case of a classroom teaching position or the position of principal, certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards;

        f. Specialized training relevant to the performance of the duties of the job;

        g. Past performance evaluations conducted pursuant to W. Va. Code §§18A-2-12and 18A-3C-2 or, in the case of a classroom teacher, past evaluations of the applicant’s performance in the teaching profession as a certified educator;

        h. Seniority;

        i. Other measures or indicators upon which the relative qualifications of the applicant may fairly be judged;

I recognize that no amount of weight is required to be assigned to any factor in making a recommendation and further recognize that a factor may be assigned no weight at all.

Other than this recommendation form, no other matrix or documentation of my recommendation shall be required.

Pursuant to this review as principal or designated representative of the principal of the school at which the applicant will be performing a majority of his or her duties, I hereby recommend _______________________ for the above-referenced position.

Date: _________________________


_____________________________________
Principal / Designee



Appendix B

The following form shall be completed by the faculty senate hiring committee chair or single designee and shall be submitted as set forth in sections 6.6. and 7.2.d. of WVBE Policy 5000.

Faculty Senate Recommendation:

In accordance with section 6.2 of WVBE Policy 5000, the undersigned certify that the qualifications of the selected applicants meeting the minimum qualifications/requirements set forth in the job posting for the position of _______________________ have been reviewed.

In determining which of the applicants is the highest qualified for the position, the following factors set forth in sections 6.2.a. through 6.2.i. of WVBE Policy 5000 have been considered:

        a. Appropriate certification, licensure or both;

        b. Amount of experience relevant to the position or, in the case of a classroom teaching position, the amount of teaching experience in the required certification area;

        c. The amount of course work, degree level or both in the relevant field and degree level generally;

        d. Academic achievement;

        e. In the case of a classroom teaching position or the position of principal, certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards;

        f. Specialized training relevant to the performance of the duties of the job;

        g. Past performance evaluations conducted pursuant to W. Va. Code §§ 18A-2-12 and 18A-3C-2 or, in the case of a classroom teacher, past evaluations of the applicant’s performance in the teaching profession as a certified educator;

        h. Seniority;

        i. Other measures or indicators upon which the relative qualifications of the applicant may fairly be judged;

I/we recognize that no amount of weight is required to be assigned to any factor in making a recommendation and further recognize that a factor may be assigned no weight at all.

Other than this recommendation form, no other matrix or documentation of this recommendation shall be required.

Pursuant to this review, the faculty senate of the school at which the applicant will be performing a majority of his or her duties has recommended _____________________________ for the above-referenced position. This recommendation is based on the majority vote of those members participating in the recommendation process or on the recommendation of the single designee.

Date: _________________________


____________________________________________
Faculty Senate Hiring Committee Chair or Single Designee

____________________________________________
Faculty Senate Representative (if applicable)

____________________________________________
Faculty Senate Representative (if applicable)

G-FYI™: It’s Official, Women Are the Decision-Makers Even When It Comes to Roofs

The Gilmer Free Press

What do shoes have to do with choosing the perfect shingles for your roof?

If you have to ask, then you haven’t been paying attention to the seismic shift going on when it comes to marketing to women.  For a while now, we’ve been told that females make more than 80 percent of purchasing decisions. But it’s only relatively recently that companies across the spectrum have begun embracing—no, bear hugging—women consumers in ways that show they actually “get” the societal changes behind that stat.

Cadillac just released its first-ever commercial depicting a CEOish-looking woman behind the wheel of one of its luxury vehicles, for example, while American Express is out with a new no-fee rewards card targeted to “busy moms.“ Heck, even the NFL now has a line of sleek, fitted team jerseys that the Seattle Seahawks’ Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch couldn’t even get over his neck. 

“Women in the fall are thinking about football as much as the guys are,“ one executive told Adweek magazine.

Which brings us back to those shoes—and what may actually go down as one of the most eye-opening nods to women’s clout.

Females, according to She-Conomy, now make “the majority of home renovation decisions.“ (Relax, guys. They’re still even less likely than you to want to undertake do-it-yourself projects.)

And so GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer—yes, roofs—now features a “Style Guide” on its website (www.gaf.com) that couldn’t be more female-friendly if Eve had designed it herself while Adam was off dozing.

“Women are extremely important decision-makers, and therefore we’re focusing on providing them solutions that not only perform but also provide the sophistication and style to match their personal taste,“ says Emily Videtto, vice president of shingles and new product development at GAF, which has won the Women’s Choice Award for America’s Best Roofing Brand for the past three years based on input from general contractors and female customers.

HGTV’s design expert Carter Oosterhouse takes a mostly straightforward approach to walking users through the process of picking the right shingles for the desired effect. But GAF apparently realizes that women share a secret (or not so secret) vice that’s foreign to most men: a love of shoes.

And so users get to have some fun by matching their fave shoe style to the corresponding shingle type. High heels your thing? “Explore Monaco Shingles,“ they’re told. More the sneakers type? “Explore Timberline Lifetime Shingles.“

Now that’s getting it.

G-FYI™: A New Prescription for Finding the Right Doctor

The Gilmer Free Press

Finding the right doctor can mean living a healthier life, or it can be the difference between life and death.

Yet until now, consumers traditionally haven’t accessed information that would enable them to find the right doctor for their individual needs. Americans have typically found their physician by word of mouth—either from friends, family members, their doctor or their insurance list. And the problem is that these references are not subjective and only give a snapshot of a particular doctor—one who may or may not be the best fit for your needs.

“The Internet has dramatically changed how people get important information and make connections. Just look at the popularity of sites like Zillow and TripAdvisor.com. But unlike shopping for a house or vacation, detailed information about physicians and hospitals hasn’t been easy to use for decision-making,“ says Roger Holstein, CEO, Healthgrades.

But that’s about to change. For the first time, consumers can search for doctors based on information that physicians themselves agree are most important: the doctor’s experience, the clinical outcomes of the hospital where they practice and the satisfaction of their patients. The new search experience is available free at Healthgrades.com.

The in-depth search capability addresses an important gap—90% of consumers have said they could make a better choice when selecting a physician if they knew more about the physicians in their insurance plans, according to a Harris Interactive study conducted for Healthgrades.

“Knowing if a doctor diagnoses a particular condition or performs a procedure is critical to understanding their experience in treating patients like you—which can influence the quality of care you receive,“ says Archelle Georgiou, MD, a healthcare advisor.  “If you are searching for a doctor, Healthgrades should be your first stop.“ 

To find the right doctor for you, visit www.healthgrades.com.

G-FYI™: On The WV State BOE Agenda for Meeting on 11.12.14

The Gilmer Free Press

New Business:

A. Consideration of Approval of the Sale, by the Board of Education of Gilmer County, the Property Known as the Site for the Cedar Creek Elementary School - (Action)

Consideration for approval of the sale of the property known as the “Cedar Creek Site” sold at public auction on October 23, 2014 to Waco Oil and Gas Company, Inc., for the sum of $400,000. The property description is attached.

This matter may involve an Executive Session as provided in W. Va. Code §6-9A-4(b)(9), To consider matters involving or affecting the purchase, sale or lease of property, advance construction planning, the investment of public funds.  The Board majority must vote to have an Executive Session.  (No action will be taken in Executive Session.)

It is recommended and a motion is requested to approve the sale of the Cedar Creek property, as contained in the attached property description, to Waco Oil and Gas Company incorporated for the sum of four hundred thousand dollars ($400,000).
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B. Consideration of Approval of the Purchase of Property by Gilmer County Board of Education (Grantee) from the Morris Foundation (Grantor) - (Action)

Consideration for approval of the purchase of property by Gilmer County Board of Education (Grantee) from the Morris Foundation (Grantor) for the sum of Ten Dollars ($10.00).  The deed from Morris to Gilmer, which has a signature line for the State Superintendent, as WVBE designee, to signify acceptance, is attached.

[This matter may involve an Executive Session as provided in W. Va. Code §6-9A-4(b)(9), To consider matters involving or affecting the purchase, sale or lease of property, advance construction planning, the investment of public funds.  The Board majority must vote to have an Executive Session.  (No action will be taken in Executive Session.)]

It is recommended and a motion is requested to approve the purchase of the property in the Hayes City Addition to the City of Glenville, by the Gilmer County Board of Education for the sum of ten dollars ($10.00) from the Morris Foundation.

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