Senate Bill No. 344
(By Senator Plymale)
[Originating in the Committee on Education;
reported March 1, 2013.]
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 follows:
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 service personnel.
(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.