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WV School Board Discusses School Safety and Legislative Cooperation

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Charleston, W. Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) welcomed Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Rob Cunningham of the Department of Homeland Security (WVDHS) to its September meeting on Tuesday to update on the state’s school safety efforts. I was. WVDHS has worked with the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) and other state agencies to support school safety and address challenges that may exist.

The Department of Homeland Security and WVDE began working more closely shortly after the May 2022 shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Gov. Jim Justice directed WVDHS to investigate state education leaders and local public safety officials to determine the situation at schools. Safety plans and how to best implement statewide school safety initiatives.

WVDE supports school health by focusing on the social and emotional well-being of students and staff. This includes building relationships inside and outside the school to provide a safe learning environment. The Department of Education is also working with her WVDHS, which works directly with emergency responders and school safety officers, to ensure a seamless and robust infrastructure to protect schools and deal with potential situations. increase.

WVBE President L. Paul Hardesty urges Deputy Secretary Cunningham to attend future board meetings regularly as a standing item to discuss school security and update commitments to school safety initiatives Did.

“School safety is too important to be an afterthought,” said President Hardesty. “Having a permanent agenda allows us to hear from Homeland Security officials on a regular basis. will provide.”

“We have developed strong working relationships with WVDE, state Departments of Health and Human Services, and other partners,” said Cunningham. “We know this level of cooperation is essential to continue to improve school safety. This is a top priority for the governor and this office.”

“Student safety and academic performance go hand in hand,” said State Superintendent David L. Roach. “From my experience, I know that safe schools provide the most productive learning environments. We fully support any efforts to

In other Board news, West Virginia Senator Craig Blair attended the September meeting to share his goal of working with WVBE, WVDE and the larger education community to improve public education Did. He discussed the direct link between educational progress and economic development.

“Without a solid public education system, it is impossible to grow the state’s population and economy,” Senator Blair said. Because it leads to growth and profitability.”

Senator Blair hailed a future solutions-driven debate to remove obstacles that could impede academic progress. “We have a lot of work to do. Nothing is siled,” he said. “We move beyond the ‘us vs. them’ mentality because if anyone has an idea, I want to hear what they have to say.”

“On the first day, I said that one of my top priorities was to repair the relationship between the State Board of Education and the Legislature. rice field. “Without the luxury of time to improve our students’ academic performance and school performance, there is too much to do.

The Board also voted to reorganize the Finance Committee. This commission promulgates ideas for submission to the Legislature and amends the school aid formula to better meet the needs of students and the county’s school system. Committee members include WVBE Vice President Nancy White (Chair). WVBE Member F. Scott Rotruck (Vice Chair); WVDE School Operations Officer Sam Pauley; WVDE Special Education Services Director Sheila Paitsel; County Superintendent Deirdre Cline (Wyoming); Thomas Williams (Kanawa). County Treasurer Jim Butts (Berkeley), Karen Cummings (Wirt). Jeff Davis (Tyler); JP Mowery (Pendelton); David McClure (Greenbrier) and Drew Rottgen (Cabell).

Finally, the following policy revisions were discussed and public review was recommended.

West Virginia Secondary School Activities Committee (WVSSAC) Series 2 amended in Section 14.4.g. Series 3 has been amended in Section 6.4.c to bring the rules into compliance with W.Va. Code §18-2-25a(d)(6). To align rules with Policy 5202, Minimum Requirements for Licenses for Professional/Paraprofessional Personnel, and Advanced Salary Classification.

Glossary term scrimmage Modified to comply with other sections of the Regulations. preview It has been modified to comply with current practice.

The WVSSAC Series 2 and 3 amendments are posted to the WVBE Policy section of the WVDE website and open for public comment for 30 days.

The next regular WVBE meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at 9:00 am at Building 6, Room 600, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East Charleston, West Virginia.