House Bill 2940 History
H. B. 2940
(By Delegates M. Poling, Stowers, Pasdon,
Moye and Perry)
[Introduced March 14, 2013; referred to the
Committee on Education.]
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by
adding thereto a new section, designated §18-2-26a, relating
to regional meetings among certain officials of county boards
of education; establishing purposes and limitation; requiring
notice; setting forth the responsibilities of county and state
education officials; soliciting input from organizations
having an interest in education; requiring certain reports;
and providing a process for approval of training.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended
by adding thereto a new section, designated §18-2-26a, to read as
ARTICLE 2. STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION.
§18-2-26a. Regional meetings; attendance; training; reports.
__________(a) During the months of July and August, 2013, and thereafter biennially within two months following the organizational meetings
of county boards required by section one-c, article five of this
chapter, all county superintendents of schools and members of
county boards belonging to the same regional educational service
agency shall meet together to identify administrative, coordinating
and other county level services and functions that may be shared
between or among the county boards, especially when resignations,
retirements, staffing realignments or similar events may occur.
The meeting shall be a special meeting of each participating county
board, to be called pursuant to section four, article five of this
chapter solely for the purposes set forth in this section.
__________(b) As soon as each meeting is scheduled, the West Virginia
School Board Association shall notify the state superintendent in
writing of the time, place and date of the meeting. The
association shall conduct the meetings and for that purpose may
consult with the regional educational service agencies. The format
of the meetings shall be approved by the state board in advance.
__________(c) Prior to seeking the approval of the state board for the
format of the meetings, the association shall solicit input from
statewide organizations that have an interest in public education,
including organizations representing the interests of parents,
business and industry, public school administrators, teachers and
__________(d) By October 1, following the meetings required by this section, the West Virginia School Board Association shall provide
a report of the meetings to the state board and the Legislative
Oversight Commission on Education Accountability. The report shall
include, but is not limited to, the following items:
__________(1) Identification of the administrative, coordinating and
other county level services and functions that may be shared
between or among the county boards;
__________(2) An analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of sharing
services in each instance; and
__________(3) A process for implementing recommended changes.
__________(e) Subject to state board approval, the county board member
training standards review committee established by section one-a,
article five of this chapter may determine that the attendance of
a county board member at the meeting required by subsection (a) of
this section shall be approved as training related to boardsmanship
and governance effectiveness.
__________(f) Nothing in this section requires the elimination or
consolidation of county school districts.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to
require regional meetings
among certain officials of county boards of education. The bill
establishes purposes and limitation. The bill requires notice. The
bill sets forth the responsibilities of county and state education
officials. The bill solicits input from organizations having an
interest in education. The bill requires certain reports. The bill
provides a process for approval of training.
This section is new; therefore, it has been completely underscored.