Senate Bill No. 344
(By Senator Plymale)
[Introduced February 21, 2013; referred to the Committee on
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by
adding thereto a new section, designated §18-2-26a, relating
to requiring meetings among certain officials of county boards
of education belonging to the same regional educational
service agency; establishing what those meetings are to
accomplish; requiring notice; setting forth the
responsibilities of county and state education officials;
permitting input from organizations having an interest in
education; requiring reports; approving training; and
providing a limitation.
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. Meetings of multicounty regional educational service
agencies; 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 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 might be shared between or
among the county boards, especially when resignations, retirements,
staffing realignments or similar events might 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 subsection.
(b) As soon as each meeting is scheduled, the West Virginia
School Board Association shall, in writing, notify the state
superintendent of the time, place and date of the meeting. The
association shall conduct the meetings and may, for that purpose,
consult with the regional educational service agencies. The format
of the meetings shall be approved, in advance, by the state board.
(c) Prior to seeking the approval by the state board for the
format of the meetings, the association shall invite 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 the first day of October following the meetings
required by this section, the West Virginia School Board
Association shall present and submit a report of the meetings to
the state board and the Legislative Oversight Commission on
Education Accountability. The report shall identify the
administrative, coordinating and other county level services and
functions that might be shared between or among the county boards,
and the advantages and disadvantages of doing so, together with
recommendations for implementation.
(e) Subject to state board approval, the county board member
training standards review committee established under section one-
a, article five of this chapter may determine that a county board
member's attendance at the meeting required by subsection (a) of
this section shall be approved as training related to boardsmanship
and governance effectiveness.
(f) This section may not be construed as requiring the
elimination or consolidation of county school districts.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to requiring meetings among
certain officials of county boards of education belonging to the
same regional educational service agency. The bill establishes
what those meetings are to accomplish. The bill sets forth the
responsibilities of county and state education officials. The bill
requires notice. The bill permits input from organizations having an interest in education. The bill requires reports and approves
training. The bill also provides a limitation.
This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and
underscoring have been omitted.