Senate
House
Joint
Bill Status
WV Code
Audits/ Reports
Educational
Contact
home
home

Introduced Version - Originating in Committee House Concurrent Resolution 158 History

   |  Email


CR

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 158

(By Delegates M. Poling, Stowers, Barill, Campbell, Fragale, Lawrence, Perry, Pethtel, Tomblin, Walker, Westfall, Williams, Young, Pasdon, Ambler, Butler, Cooper, Espinosa, Evans, Hamrick, Rowan and Sumner )

 

[Originating in the Committee on Education]

 

(April 11, 2013)

 

 

Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to conduct a study on how the governance of Regional Education Service Agencies can be best aligned, focused and directed to assist county boards in achieving administrative and purchasing efficiencies, meeting the professional development needs identified by schools and school systems within the RESA membership, providing specialized services that are otherwise financially difficult or impractical for any one county of the RESA to provide, and developing programs or services that the county school systems consider beneficial to their goals and that can be more efficiently provided at the RESA level.

    Whereas, Regional Education Service Agencies were established in 1972 to consolidate and more effectively administer existing regional education programs, equalize and extend educational opportunities and provide educational services to the county school systems; and

    Whereas, Regional Education Service Agencies have been the subject of considerable legislative attention, particularly in the late 1980s and early 1990 when additional state determined duties were added to the charge of the RESAs and were funded through a step in the school aid formula; and

    Whereas, Regional Education Service Agency funding has been capped and reduced for many years and RESA governance was restructured through the passage of legislation in 2002 which established agency governance and oversight with the state Board of Education, including employment of the RESA directors; and

    Whereas, The Governor’s Education Efficiency Audit of West Virginia’s Primary and Secondary Education System found that RESAs have become entrepreneurial in providing programs and services not related to their basic mission and the state should make much better use of the RESAs for improving operational efficiency; and

    Whereas, County Boards of Education and county school superintendents, among other policy officials, question the efficacy of the current Regional Education Service Agency governance structure, contending that it effectively distances RESAs from the very county boards of education, county schools superintendents, school administrators and school personnel they are to serve; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to conduct a study on how the governance of Regional Education Service Agencies can be best aligned, focused and directed to assist county boards in achieving administrative and purchasing efficiencies, meeting the professional development needs identified by schools and school systems within the RESA membership, providing specialized services that are otherwise financially difficult or impractical for any one county of the RESA to provide, and developing programs or services that the county school systems consider beneficial to their goals and that can be more efficiently provided at the RESA level; and be it

    Further Resolved, That county school officials, including county boards of education members, county schools superintendents and other persons, be called upon to provide information and testimony for this study; and be it

    Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is requested to report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2014, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and be it

    Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and draft necessary legislation are requested to be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.

This Web site is maintained by the West Virginia Legislature's Office of Reference & Information.  |  Terms of Use  |   Web Administrator   |   © 2014 West Virginia Legislature ***