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ENGROSSED

H. B. 4024


(By Delegates Mezzatesta and Williams)

[Introduced January 11, 2002 ; referred to the

Committee on Education then Finance.]





A BILL to amend and reenact section twenty-three-a, article two, chapter eighteen of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended; to amend and reenact sections one, three and four, article two-i of said chapter; to amend and reenact sections one and two-c, article three, chapter eighteen-a of said code; and to amend and reenact sections one, two and two-b, article three-a of said chapter, all relating to improving the quality, coordination and efficiency of professional staff development in the public schools; changing the process, parties and time frame for state board establishment of professional staff development goals and master plan for professional staff development; establishing first priority for goals; changing purpose of state and regional professional staff development councils; changing membership of West Virginia professional staff development advisory council, making it an advisory council to the center for professional development and requiring the center to reimburse member expenses; revising functions of West Virginia professional staff development advisory council; providing for secretary of education and the arts to represent certain interests in the education and certification of professional educators; providing that standards approved by the state board for the education and certification of professional educators shall provide for the department to determine additional knowledge and skills needed by certified teachers for additional endorsements; requiring establishment of process and specifying certain considerations and limitations; modifying requirements for completion of training and professional development through the principals academy; limiting times when training and professional development through principals academy may be required and requiring use of alternative methods of instructional delivery and scheduling; expanding general mission of center for professional development; changing composition, officers and appointment of center for professional development board and providing for transition; limiting consecutive terms of elected and appointed members; requiring employment of executive director of center, specifying certain duties and employment status; requiring center to be located in offices of department of education; requiring center to implement training and professional development for principals academy in accordance with standards established by state board; authorizing state board to establish certain fees which may be charged by center and removing requirement that fees be assessed; requiring center to provide professional staff development programs, subject to state board approval, that satisfy some or all of the criteria necessary for currently certified professional educators to meet the requirements for an additional endorsement in an area of certification and for certification to teach in a middle school; and eliminating the requirement that the center include intensive summer institutes in the principals academy.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section twenty-three-a, article two, chapter eighteen of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be amended and reenacted; that sections one, three and four, article two-i of said chapter be amended and reenacted; that sections one and two-c, article three, chapter eighteen-a of said code be amended and reenacted; and that sections one, two and two-b, article three-a of said chapter be amended and reenacted, all to read as follows:
CHAPTER 18. EDUCATION.
ARTICLE 2. STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION.

§18-2-23a. Annual professional staff development goals established by state board; coordination of professional development programs; program development, approval and evaluation.

(a) The intent of this section is to provide for the coordination of professional development programs by the state board and to promote high quality instructional delivery and management practices for a thorough and efficient system of schools. The state board annually shall establish goals for professional staff development in the public schools of the state. The state board shall submit the goals to the state department of education, the center for professional development, the regional educational service agencies, the state college and university systems higher education policy commission and the legislative oversight commission on education accountability on or before the first day of October fifteenth day of January, each year. The goals shall include measures by which the effectiveness of the professional staff development programs will be evaluated. The professional staff development goals may include separate goals for teachers, principals, paraprofessional service personnel and classroom aides and others in the public schools. In establishing the goals, the state board shall review reports that may indicate a need for professional staff development including, but not limited to, the report of the At a minimum in establishing the goals for professional development, the state board shall consider the report of the staff development advisory council set forth in section four, article two-i, chapter eighteen center for professional development created in article three-a, chapter eighteen-a of this code, student test scores on the statewide student assessment program, the measures of student and school performance for accreditation purposes, school and school district report cards, and its plans for the use of funds in the strategic staff development fund pursuant to section thirty-two, article two, chapter eighteen of this code. As a first priority, the state board shall require adequate and appropriate professional staff development to ensure high quality teaching that will enable students to achieve the content standards established for the required curriculum in the public schools, including professional staff development which shall be considered in determining the qualifications of certified teachers to obtain an endorsement to teach in additional areas for which there is a critical need and shortage and to teach in the middle school grades.
(b) The center for professional development and the regional educational service agencies shall each shall design a proposed professional staff development program plan to achieve the goals of the state board which are within their purview pursuant to provisions set forth in this code and rules of the state board: Provided, That the state board may establish as a goal for the center for professional development, the delivery of a localized professional development program to address school, county or regional problems. The center for professional development and the regional educational service agencies shall each submit their respective proposed plans and shall submit the proposed plan to the state board on or before the fifteenth day of November, for approval as soon as possible following receipt the state board goals each year. The proposed plans plan shall include a plan for evaluating the effectiveness of the professional staff development programs delivered through the program under the plan and a cost estimate. A copy of each proposed plan shall also be submitted by the respective agencies to the legislative oversight commission on education accountability. The state board shall review the proposed plans and shall return the proposed plans plan and return it to the center for professional development to the respective agencies on or before the first day of January, each year, noting whether the proposed plan is approved or is not approved, in whole or in part. If a proposed plan is not approved in whole, the state board shall note its objections to the proposed plan or to the parts of the proposed plan not approved and may suggest improvements or specific modifications, additions or deletions to more fully address the goals or eliminate duplication. An agency whose If the proposed plan is not wholly approved, the center for professional development shall revise the plan to satisfy the objections of the state board. or state the reasons why revisions cannot be made to satisfy any or all of the objections and resubmit the proposal to the state board as soon as possible State board approval of the professional staff development plan plans of the center for professional development and the regional educational service agencies is required prior to implementation of the plans plan.
(c) The state board approval of the proposed professional staff development plan shall establish a master plan for professional staff development which shall be submitted by the state board to the affected agencies and submit a proposed master plan for professional development to the legislative oversight commission on education accountability. center for professional development and the regional educational on the first day of February, each year The proposed master plan shall include the state board approved plans for professional staff development by of the state department of education, the center for professional development, the state institutions of higher education and the regional educational service agencies to meet the professional staff development goals of the state board. The proposed master plan also shall include a plan for evaluating the effectiveness of the professional staff development delivered through the programs, and a cost estimate. a description of any proposals pending approval of the state board and any reasons why a goal or goals of the state board will not be met
(d) An approved master plan for professional development shall be established by the state board not later than the fifteenth day of March, each year. The approved master plan shall include the state board approved professional development plans of the state department of education, the center for professional development and the regional educational service agencies. The approved master plan shall serve as a guide for the delivery of coordinated professional staff development programs by the state department of education, the center for professional development, the state institutions of higher education and the regional educational service agencies beginning on the first day of June in the year in which the master plan was approved through the thirtieth day of May in the following year: Provided, That nothing in this section shall prohibit changes in the master plan, subject to state board approval, to address staff development needs identified after the master plan was approved.
ARTICLE 2I. PROFESSIONAL STAFF DEVELOPMENT COUNCILS.
§18-2I-1. Legislative purpose.
The purpose of this article is to create the West Virginia professional staff development advisory council and eight regional professional staff development councils to coordinate the delivery of staff development programs for professional education in West Virginia advise and assist the center for professional development created in article three-a, chapter eighteen-a of this code with ensuring the coordination and quality of professional staff development programs that address locally identified needs for professional staff development and meet the goals for professional staff development established by the state board.
§18-2I-3. Creation of West Virginia professional staff development advisory council; members; and functions.

(a) There shall be a West Virginia professional staff development advisory council which shall consist of the following members:
(1) The chairpersons of each of the eight regional staff development councils established in section five of this article;
(2) The coordinators of each of the eight regional educational service agency staff development councils; and
(3) The associate superintendent for the division of research, technology and professional services of the state department of education;
(4) The assistant superintendent for the division of instructional and student services of the state department of education;
(5) The assistant superintendent for the division of technical and adult education services of the state department of education;
(6) The assistant superintendent for the division of administrative services of the state department of education;
(7) The secretary of education and the arts or his or her designee;
(8) The chancellor of the university system of West Virginia or his or her designee;
(9) The chancellor of the state college system of West Virginia or his or her designee;
(10) The executive director of the West Virginia education fund or his or her designee;
(11) (3) The executive director of the West Virginia center for professional development who shall be the chair of the advisory council. or his or her designee;
(12) The president of the West Virginia education association or his or her designee;
(13) The president of the West Virginia federation of teachers or his or her designee;
(14) The president of the West Virginia professional educators or his or her designee;
(15) The president of the West Virginia association of school administrators or his or her designee;
(16) The president of the West Virginia association of elementary and middle school principals or his or her designee; and
(17) The president of the West Virginia association of secondary school principals or his or her designee
(b) Any member of the advisory council may be reimbursed by his or her employing agency the center for professional development for the cost of reasonable and necessary expenses actually incurred in the performance of their duties under this article. as determined by the employing agency
§18-2I-4. Functions of the West Virginia professional staff development advisory council.

The council shall advise and assist the center for professional development created in article three-a, chapter eighteen-a of this code to:
(a) Identify and prioritize statewide Report to the state board on the professional staff development needs identified by the public schools within the respective regions;
(b) Identify Recommend effective professional staff development programs to meet identified needs;
(c) Provide local input on the center's proposed professional staff development program plan designed to achieve the professional staff development goals of the state board;
(c) (d) Communicate professional staff development information and findings to the regional and county staff development councils; and the state board and the legislative oversight commission on education accountability by the first day of September of each year (d) Convene regular meetings on a semiannual basis to effectuate the requirements in subsections (a), (b) and (c) of this section; and
(e) Elect a chairman who shall serve two years.
(e) Advance the coordination and quality of professional staff development programs in the public schools of West Virginia.

CHAPTER 18A. SCHOOL PERSONNEL.
ARTICLE 3. TRAINING, CERTIFICATION, LICENSING, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.

§18A-3-1. Teacher preparation programs; program approval and standards; authority to issue teaching certificates.

(a) The education of professional educators in the state shall be under the general direction and control of the state board of education after consultation with the secretary of education and the arts, who shall represent the board of directors of the state college system and the board of trustees of the university of West Virginia system interests of teacher preparation programs within the institutions of higher education in this state as those institutions are defined in section two, article one, chapter eighteen-b of this code. The education of professional educators in the state includes all programs leading to certification to teach or serve in the public schools including: (1) Those programs in all institutions of higher education, including student teaching in the public schools; (2) beginning teacher internship programs; (3) the granting of West Virginia certification to persons who received their preparation to teach outside the boundaries of this state; (4) any alternative preparation programs in this state leading to certification, including programs established pursuant to the provisions of section one-a of this article and programs which are in effect on the effective date of this section; and (5) any continuing professional education, professional development and in-service training programs for professional educators employed in the public schools in the state.
(b) The state board of education, after consultation with the secretary of education and the arts, who shall represent the board of directors of the state college system and the board of trustees of the university of West Virginia system interests of teacher preparation programs within the institutions of higher education in this state as those institutions are defined in section two, article one, chapter eighteen-b of this code, shall adopt standards for the education of professional educators in the state and for the awarding of certificates valid in the public schools of this state subject to the following conditions:
(1) The standards approved by the board for teacher preparation shall include a provision for the study of multicultural education. As used in this section, multicultural education means the study of the pluralistic nature of American society including its values, institutions, organizations, groups, status positions and social roles.
(2) Effective the first day of January, one thousand nine hundred ninety-three, the standards approved by the board shall also include a provision for the study of classroom management techniques and shall include methods of effective management of disruptive behavior which shall include societal factors and their impact on student behavior.
(3) Effective the first day of January, two thousand three, the standards approved by the state board shall provide for the determination by the state department of education of the additional knowledge and skills needed by certified teachers to qualify for an endorsement to teach in an additional area of certification. The determination shall include the consideration of all applicable college credit course work, professional development and practical classroom teaching experience successfully completed by the applicant. The standards shall further provide a process for the review of the existing credentials of the applicant and for certifying to the applicant all additional credentials needed to qualify for the additional endorsement. The additional credentials that may be required may include credentials gained through the completion of college course work taken at any institution of higher education approved by the state board, professional staff development approved by the state board or supervised teaching experience, or any combination. If supervised teaching experience is required to gain an additional credential, it shall be an experience designed to the extent practical to minimize the disruption of the teacher's conditions of employment and may not constitute a full program of preservice student teaching.
(b) (c) To give prospective teachers the teaching experience needed to demonstrate competence as a prerequisite to certification, the state board of education may enter into an agreement with county boards of education for the use of the public schools. Such agreement shall recognize student teaching as a joint responsibility of the teacher preparation institution and the cooperating public schools and shall include: (1) The minimum qualifications for the employment of public school teachers selected as supervising teachers; (2) the remuneration to be paid public school teachers by the state board, in addition to their contractual salaries, for supervising student teachers; and (3) minimum standards to guarantee the adequacy of the facilities and program of the public school selected for student teaching. The student teacher, under the direction and supervision of the supervising teacher, shall exercise the authority of a substitute teacher.
(c) (d) The state superintendent of schools may issue certificates to graduates of teacher education programs and alternative teacher education programs approved by the state board of education and in accordance with rules adopted by the state board after consultation with the secretary of education and the arts. who shall represent the board of directors of the state college system and the board of trustees of the university of West Virginia system A certificate to teach shall not be granted to any person who is not a citizen of the United States, is not of good moral character and physically, mentally and emotionally qualified to perform the duties of a teacher and who has not attained the age of eighteen years on or before the first day of October of the year in which his of her certificate is issued; except that an exchange teacher from a foreign country, or an alien person who meets the requirements to teach, may be granted a permit to teach within the public schools of the state.
(d) (e) In consultation with the secretary of education and the arts, who shall represent the board of directors of the state college system and the board of trustees of the university of West Virginia system, institutions of higher education approved for teacher preparation may cooperate with each other, with the center for professional development and with one or more county boards of education in the organization and operation of centers to provide selected phases of the teacher preparation program such as student teaching, beginning teacher internship programs, instruction in methodology and seminar programs for college students, teachers with provisional certification, professional support team members and supervising teachers.
Such The institutions of higher education, the center for professional development and county boards of education may by mutual agreement budget and expend funds for the operation of such the centers through payments to the appropriate fiscal office of the participating institutions, the center for professional development and the county boards.
(f) The provisions of this section shall not be construed to require the discontinuation of an existing student teacher training center or school which meets the standards of the state board of education.
(g) All institutions of higher education approved for teacher preparation in the school year of one thousand nine hundred sixty-two--sixty-three shall continue to hold that distinction so long as they meet the minimum standards for teacher preparation. Nothing contained herein shall infringe upon the rights granted to any institution by charter given according to law previous to the adoption of this code.
§18A-3-2c. Training through the principals academy.

(a) Principal training and professional development required. -- After the first day of January, one thousand nine hundred ninety-seven, effective date of this section and subject to the provisions of subsection (c) of this section, every principal shall complete a training program and professional development through the principals academy at least once every four years as provided in subsection (b) of this section.
(b) Admission to Principal training and professional development through the academy. -- The academy and the persons attending such required to complete training and professional development through the academy shall adhere to the following guidelines: for admission to the academy
(1) All persons assigned as a principal for the first time in a West Virginia school after the first day of March, one thousand nine hundred ninety-six July, two thousand two, shall complete specialized training and professional development for newly appointed principals through the academy within the first twelve months following said assignment; Provided, That if training through the academy is scheduled to begin within ninety days from the date of assignment, such person may complete the next scheduled training through the academy
(2) All principals of schools which have received from the state board temporary or conditional accreditation status or whose schools have been designated as seriously impaired, in accordance with section five, article two-e, chapter eighteen of this code, shall complete the next regularly scheduled specialized training and professional development through the academy specifically designed to assist the principal to improve school performance
commencing as soon as practical following receipt of the designation. If a monitor is appointed for the seriously impaired school pursuant to said section five, the specialized training and professional development shall be coordinated through the monitor; following the date of such designation: Provided, That if training through the academy is scheduled to begin within thirty days from the date of such designation, such principal may complete the next scheduled training through the academy: Provided, however, That principals whose schools have received conditional accreditation status, whose plan for correcting the deficiency which resulted in conditional accreditation status exceeds one year and whose schools are meeting the requirements of the plan, shall not be required to attend the academy in each successive year
(3) All principals who are subject to an improvement plan, in accordance with section twelve, article two of this chapter, shall complete the next regularly scheduled specialized training and professional development through the academy specifically designed for principals subject to an improvement plan. The specialized training and professional development shall be completed within twelve months from the date that the principal is first subject to the improvement plan; Provided, That if training through the academy is scheduled to begin within thirty days from the date the principal is first subject to the improvement plan, then such principal may complete the next scheduled training through the academy
(4) All principals of schools which have received temporary or conditional accreditation status from the state board in accordance with section five, article two-e, chapter eighteen of this code, shall complete the next regularly scheduled training and professional development through the academy specifically designed for principals whose schools have received temporary or conditional accreditation status: Provided, That if training through the academy is scheduled to begin within thirty days from the date that the status was received, the principal may complete the next scheduled training through the academy: Provided, however, That principals whose schools have received conditional accreditation status, whose plan for correcting the deficiency which resulted in conditional accreditation status exceeds one year and whose schools are meeting the requirements of the plan, shall not be required to attend the academy in each successive year;
(4) (5) All principals who transfer to a school with a significantly different grade configuration shall complete the next regularly scheduled specialized training and professional development for principals in schools with the grade configuration to which they transferred through the academy within the first twelve months following said transfer; and Provided, That if training through the academy is scheduled to begin within ninety days from the date such principal is transferred, then such principal may complete the next scheduled training through the academy
(5) (6) All persons serving as school principals who are not described in subdivisions (1) through (4) of this subsection shall complete training and professional development through the academy designed to build the qualities, proficiencies and skills required of all principals as determined by the state board. at least once every four years from and after the first day of January, one thousand nine hundred ninety-seven
(c) Academy and attendance requirements to complete training and professional development subject to funding. -- The requirement that principals attend complete training and professional development through the academy shall be subject to the availability of funds for the principals academy from legislative appropriation or and from other sources. If such these funds are insufficient to provide for the total cost of admission to the academy for those required to complete training the training and professional development required by subsection (b) of this section, then the academy shall admit provide training and professional development for the persons described in subdivisions (1) through (5), (6) of said subsection (b) of this section according to the priority in which the subdivisions appear in said subsection. If such funds are insufficient to provide for the admission training and professional development of all the persons described in one or more of subdivisions (1) through (5) (6), subsection (b) of this section, the academy is authorized to determine which persons described within the said subdivision or subdivisions shall be admitted and which shall not be admitted: Provided, That the principals academy shall make every effort to ensure that all principals attend receive training and professional development through the academy at least once every four six years from and after the first day of January, one thousand nine hundred ninety-seven July, two thousand two: Provided, however, That nothing in this section shall be construed to require any specific level of funding by the Legislature.
(d) Principals standards advisory council. -- To assist the state board in the performance of the duties described in subsection (e) of this section, there is hereby created a "Principals Standards Advisory Council," which shall consist of nine seven persons, as follows: The executive director or designee, of the center for professional development, who shall serve as the ex officio chair; three principals, one from an elementary school and one from a middle school or a junior high school selected by the West Virginia association of elementary and middle school principals, and one from a high school selected by the West Virginia association of secondary school principals; and one county school superintendent selected by the West Virginia association of school administrators; nominated by the state board and appointed by the governor; and two representatives from higher education who teach in principal preparation programs selected by the teacher education advisory council. nominated by the chancellor of the state university system and appointed by the governor; and two citizen representatives who are knowledgeable on issues addressed in this section, appointed by the governor. Of the initial appointments, three of the members appointed shall serve for a term of three years, three members shall serve for a term of two years, and two members shall serve for a term of one year. All successive appointments shall be for a term of three years Members of the principals standards advisory council who are public employees shall be granted release time from their employment for attending meetings of the council. Members may be reimbursed for reasonable and necessary expenses actually incurred in the performance of their official duties by the center for professional development. The terms of all members appointed to the principals standards advisory council under the prior enactment of this section shall terminate on the thirty-first day of August, two thousand two. The principals standards advisory council as amended on the effective date of this section shall become effective on the first day of September, two thousand two.
(e) Establishment of standards. -- On or before the first day of October, one thousand nine hundred ninety-six, the state board shall approve and promulgate rules regarding the minimum qualities, proficiencies and skills that will be required of principals after the first day of January, one thousand nine hundred ninety-seven. The state board shall promulgate and may from time to time amend such rules after consultation with the principals standards advisory council created in subsection (d) of this section. The rule developed rules promulgated by the state board shall address at least the following:
(1) Staff relations, including, but not limited to, the development and use of skills necessary to make a positive use of faculty senates, to manage faculty and staff with courtesy and mutual respect, coach and motivate employees, and to build consensus as a means of management;
(2) School community leadership qualities, including, but not limited to, the ability to organize and leverage community initiative, communicate effectively, work effectively with local school improvement councils, manage change, resolve conflict and reflect the highest personal values;
(3) Educational proficiencies, including, but not limited to, knowledge of curriculum, instructional techniques, student learning styles, student assessment criteria, school personnel performance, evaluation skills and family issues; and
(4) Administrative skills, including, but not limited to, organizational, fiscal, public policy and total quality management skills and techniques.
(f) Waivers. -- Any person desiring to be relieved of the requirements of all or any part of this section may apply in writing to the state board for a waiver. Upon a showing of reasonable cause why relief should be granted, the state board may grant a waiver, upon such terms and conditions as the state board shall determine proper, as to all or any part of this section.
(g) Failure to comply. -- Any person who fails or refuses to complete training and professional development through the academy, as required by the provisions of this section, and who fails to obtain a waiver, as described in subsection (f) of this section, shall be ineligible to be employed as, or serve in the capacity of, a principal.
(h) Tracking of requirement. -- On or before the first day of January, one thousand nine hundred ninety-seven, the state board shall establish a system to track the progress of each person required to complete training through the academy and shall regularly advise such persons of their progress.
(i) Payment of reasonable and necessary expenses and stipends. -- The center for professional development may shall reimburse persons attending the academy for reasonable and necessary expenses. Additionally, any person whose attendance occurs outside his or her employment term, as defined in section fifteen, article five, chapter eighteen of this code, may be entitled to a stipend to be determined by and paid by the center for professional development. A person may not be required to complete training and professional development through the principals academy before the fifteenth day of September and after the first day of June of the school year. The center for professional development shall utilize alternative methods of instructional delivery and scheduling, including electronic delivery, as deemed appropriate to minimize the amount of time principals completing training and professional development through the academy are required to be away from their school duties. Provided, That Nothing in this section shall be construed to require any specific level of funding by the Legislature.
ARTICLE 3A. CENTER FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.
§18A-3A-1. Center for professional development established; intent and mission; principals academy curriculum and expenses; authorization to charge fees.

(a) Teaching is a profession that directly correlates to the social and economic well-being of a society and its citizens. Superior teaching is essential to a well educated and productive populace. Strong academic leadership provided by principals and administrators skilled in modern management principles is also essential. The intent of this article is to recognize the value of professional involvement by experienced educators, principals and administrators in building and maintaining a superior force of professional educators and to establish avenues for applying such involvement.
(b) The general mission of the center is to study matters relating to advance the quality of teaching and management in the schools of West Virginia and to promote through (1) the implementation primarily of statewide training, professional staff development and technical assistance programs and practices as recommended by the state board to assure the highest quality in of teaching and management; and (2) the provision of technical and other assistance and support to regional and local education agencies in identifying and providing high quality professional staff development and training programs and implementing practices to meet their locally identified needs. The center also may implement local programs if the state board, in its agenda set master plan for professional staff development established pursuant to section twenty-three-a, article two, chapter eighteen of this code, determines that there is a specific local need for the programs. Additionally, the center shall perform such duties as are assigned to it by law.
Nothing in this article shall be construed to require any specific level of funding by the Legislature.
(b) (c) On the thirty-first day of August, two thousand two, the center for professional development board in existence under the prior enactment of this section is abolished. Title to all property vested in the center for professional development board under the prior enactment of this section and each valid agreement, obligation, order, resolution and rule are hereby transferred to and shall be vested in the center for professional development board created in subsection (d) of this section. All full-time employees of the center for professional development on the thirty-first day of August, two thousand two, shall become full-time employees of the center for professional development under the center board created in subsection (d) of this section at the same level of compensation, benefits and seniority.
(d) Effective the first day of September, two thousand two, the center for professional development board shall consist of eleven persons as follows: The secretary of education and the arts, ex officio, and the state superintendent of schools, ex officio, both of whom shall be entitled to vote and who shall serve as the cochairs of the center board; three members one member of the state board, elected by the state board; three six experienced educators in the public schools of this state, of whom two three shall be working classroom teachers, one each from the elementary, middle and high school levels, and one three of whom shall be a school or county administrator administrators, all of whom shall be experienced educators who have achieved recognition for their superior knowledge, ability and performance in teaching or management, as applicable, pursuant to criteria and processes established by the state board, appointed by the state board; appointed by the governor by and with the advice and consent of the Senate; the chair of the teacher education advisory council, ex officio, who shall be entitled to vote; and an assistant state superintendent who is responsible for curriculum and student services, ex officio, who shall be entitled to vote. and three citizens of the state who are knowledgeable in matters relevant to the issues addressed by the center, including, but not limited to, professional development and management principles, appointed by the governor by and with the advice and consent of the Senate Not more than two experienced educators appointed to the board appointees shall be residents within the same congressional district. The center board shall elect a board chair.
Of the initial members from the state board, one shall be elected for a term of one year and two shall be elected for terms of two years. All successive elections shall be for two-year terms. The member elected from the state board shall serve for a term of two years and may not serve more than two consecutive two-year terms. The state board shall elect another member to fill the unexpired term of any person so elected who subsequently vacates state board membership. Of the initial experienced educators appointed to the board, appointed members, three shall be appointed for one-year terms and three shall be appointed for two-year terms. All successive appointments shall be for two-year terms. An experienced educator may not serve more than two consecutive two-year terms. The governor state board shall appoint a new member to fill the unexpired term of any vacancy in the appointed membership.
(e) The center for professional development board shall meet at least quarterly and the appointed members shall be reimbursed for reasonable and necessary expenses actually incurred in the performance of their official duties from funds appropriated or otherwise made available for such purposes upon submission of an itemized statement therefor.
(f) The center board, The board chair, with the advice of the center board, from appropriations to the center for professional development, may shall employ and fix the compensation of an executive director with knowledge and experience in professional development and management principles and such other persons as may be necessary to carry out the mission and duties of the center. The executive director shall serve at the will and pleasure of the center board. The executive director of the center shall also serve as the chair of the West Virginia staff development advisory council created in article two-i, chapter eighteen of this code, and as the chair of the principals standards advisory council created in section two-c, article three of this chapter, and shall convene regular meetings of these councils to effectuate the purposes of these councils. When practical, personnel employed by state higher education agencies and state, regional and county public education agencies shall be made available to the center to assist in the operation of projects of limited duration. The center for professional development shall be located within the offices of the state department of education.
(g) The center shall assist in the delivery of programs and activities pursuant to this article to meet statewide, and if needed as determined by the goals and master plan for professional staff development established set by the state board pursuant to section twenty-three-a, article two, chapter eighteen of this code, the local professional development needs of teachers, principals and administrators and may contract with existing agencies or agencies created after the effective date of this section or others to provide training programs in the most efficient manner. Existing programs currently based in agencies of the state shall be continued in the agency of their origin unless the center establishes a compelling need to transfer or cancel the existing program. The center shall recommend to the governor the transfer of funds to the providing agency, if needed, to provide programs approved by the center.
Pursuant to the provisions of article ten, chapter four of this code, the center for professional development board shall continue to exist until the first day of July, two thousand one.
(c) On or before the first day of January, one thousand nine hundred ninety-eight,
(h)
The center for professional development shall develop and communicate to the state board implement training and professional development programs for the principals academy a curriculum for the principals academy. The curriculum shall be based upon the minimum qualities, proficiencies and skills necessary for principals and recommended by the state board, in accordance with the standards established by the state board pursuant to the terms of section two-c, article three of this chapter.
(d) (i) In accordance with section two-c, article three of this chapter, the center shall be responsible for paying reasonable and necessary expenses for persons attending the principals academy: Provided, That nothing in this section shall be construed to require any specific level of funding by the Legislature.
(e) (j) The state board may establish fees which may be charged by the center for professional development for persons attending the professional development offerings of the center and such other courses and services as shall be offered by the center for professional development, except the principals academy. shall be assessed fees which shall be less than the full cost of attendance There is hereby created in the state treasury a special revenue account known as the "center for professional development fund". All moneys collected by the center shall be deposited in the fund for expenditure by the center board for the purposes specified in this section. Moneys remaining in the fund at the end of the fiscal year are subject to reappropriation by the Legislature.
§18A-3A-2. Professional development project.

Subject to the provisions of section twenty-three-a, article two, chapter eighteen of this code, through this project the center shall:
(1) Identify, coordinate, arrange and otherwise assist in the delivery of professional development programs and activities that help professional educators acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes, practices and other such pertinent complements deemed essential for an individual to demonstrate appropriate performance as a professional personnel in the public schools of West Virginia. The basis for such performance shall be the laws, policies and regulations adopted for the public schools of West Virginia, and amendments thereto. The center also may permit and encourage school personnel such as classroom aides, higher education teacher education faculty and higher education faculty in programs such as articulated tech prep associate degree and other programs to participate in appropriate professional development programs and activities with public school professional educators;
(2) Identify, coordinate, arrange and otherwise assist in the delivery of professional development programs and activities that help principals and administrators acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes and practices in academic leadership and management principles for principals and administrators and such other pertinent complements deemed essential for principals and administrators to demonstrate appropriate performance in the public schools of West Virginia. The basis for such performance shall be the laws, policies and regulations adopted for the public schools of West Virginia, and amendments thereto;
(3) Serve in a coordinating capacity to assure that the knowledge, skills, attitude and other pertinent complements of appropriate professional performance which evolve over time in the public school environment are appropriately reflected in the programs approved for the education of professional personnel, including, but not limited to, advising the teacher education programs of major statutory and policy changes in the public schools which affect the job performance requirements of professional educators, including principals and administrators;
(4) Provide for the routine updating of professional skills of professional educators, including principals and administrators, through in-service and other programs. Such routine updating may be provided by the center through statewide or regional institutes which may require a registration fee; and
(5) Provide consultation and assistance to county staff development councils established under the provisions of section eight, article three of this chapter in planning, designing, coordinating, arranging for and delivering professional development programs to meet the needs of the professional educators of their district. From legislative appropriations to the center for professional development, exclusive of such amounts required for the expenses of the principals academy, the center shall, unless otherwise directed by the Legislature, provide assistance in the delivery of programs and activities to meet the expressed needs of the school districts for professional development to help teachers, principals and administrators demonstrate appropriate performance based on the laws, policies and regulations adopted for the public schools of West Virginia; and
(6) Provide professional staff development programs, subject to state board approval, that satisfy some or all of the criteria necessary for currently certified professional educators to meet the requirements for an additional endorsement in an area of certification and for certification to teach in the middle school grades.
§18A-3A-2b. The principals academy.
There is hereby established within the center for professional development the "Principals Academy". Training through the principals academy shall include at least the following:
(a) Training designed to build within principals the minimum qualities, proficiencies and skills that will be required of all principals pursuant to the rules of the state board;
(b) Intensive summer training institutes; and
(c) (b) Specialized training and professional development programs for all principals, with special programs for the following principals ; and
(c) Specialized training and professional development programs for the following principals:

(1) Newly appointed principals;
(2) Principals of schools which have received from the state board temporary or conditional accreditation status or whose schools have been designated as seriously impaired, which programs shall commence as soon as practical following the designation;
(3) Principals subject to improvement plans; and
(4) Principals of schools which have received from the state board temporary or conditional accreditation status; and
(4) (5) Principals of schools with significantly different grade level configurations.
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