CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) accepted school closures and consolidations in Hampshire and Lincoln counties throughout its month-to-month assembly in Charleston at this time.
Hampshire County will shut John J. Cornwell forward of schedule on account of accelerated enrollment decreases, security issues and required instructional wants. The school is one of 5 elementary colleges earmarked to shut after the county handed a school building bond in 2020, which is able to outcome in the development of three new consolidated colleges. Students might be reassigned from the closed school to Romney or Slanesville elementary colleges in the interim.
The Board additionally accepted the closure and consolidation of Duval Pre-Okay – 8 and Midway Elementary in Lincoln County. Students from Duval have been reassigned to different areas on account of structural issues that closed the power in July 2021. Lincoln County plans to construct a brand new consolidated school that may home each Duval and Midway and has submitted an utility for West Virginia School Building Authority funding.
Additionally, the Board accepted the 2020-2021 County Board of Education Accountability Report. Based on 11 effectivity indicators, the report addresses county board of schooling progress on offering an intensive and environment friendly schooling for college students.
County standing is reviewed and decided primarily based on measures of scholar efficiency and county operational effectivity. However, on account of COVID-19 and the shortage of the West Virginia General Summative Assessment knowledge used for accountability measures in the course of the 2019-20 school 12 months, Balanced Scorecard outcomes should not mirrored in the report.
Counties with recognized deficiencies are actively working with West Virginia Department of Education workplaces to deal with these points and might be moved to approval standing if progress is maintained. To view the report, go to https://wvde.us/accountability/accountability-services/.
State Superintendent of Schools W. Clayton Burch additionally reported the official 2021-2022 licensed enrollment knowledge to the Board. There are at the moment 250,899 college students enrolled in public colleges in the state. This is down 1,458 from the 252,357 college students enrolled final 12 months. While knowledge evaluation continues, vital inhabitants loss in the state and the influence of the pandemic look like the drivers of the lower in scholar inhabitants.
Finally, the Board positioned the next insurance policies on public remark till December 13, 2021:
Policy 2315, Comprehensive School Counseling Program might be repealed and changed to replace content material to align with present terminology in the West Virginia School Counseling Model and W.Va. Code §18 5 18b.
Policy 2322, West Virginia System of Support and Accountability has been revised to make clear accountability necessities for all public colleges. It will even embed necessities for county board of schooling member-training at the moment outlined in Policy 3235, Definition of Good Cause Failure to Receive School Board Training, which might be repealed. Additionally, it’s going to embed West Virginia Report Card necessities at the moment outlined in Policy 7300, Better Schools Accountability: School, School Districts, and Statewide School Report Cards, which will even be repealed.
Policy 5100, Approval of Educator Preparation Programs has been revised for the aim of including clarifying language.
The subsequent scheduled WVBE assembly is December 8, 2021, Suite 600, Building 6, of the West Virginia Capitol Complex, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Charleston, WV 25305.