August 14, 2018

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) will convene a two-day professional learning session for its members this month to broaden their knowledge and understanding of key areas of board governance. The training, scheduled for August 27- 28, in the WVBE Board Room (Building 6, room 353 of the State Capitol Complex), is the first of its kind in recent years, and will provide background information and insight in areas such as ethics law, school finance and policy procedures among others.

Because there are several new members of the WVBE, Board President David Perry believed it was important to dedicate time for professional development and training for all members.

“County boards of education have been doing this for years because they are required to complete seven hours of professional learning each year,” Perry said. “This Board has been exceptional in its commitment to our state, and this session is a way of supporting members as they continue to pursue and execute critical business on behalf of our education system,” he said.

Sessions will be led by WVDE staff experts, as well as those from other governmental agencies, and Robert Hull, executive vice president of the National Association of State Boards of Education.

West Virginia is one of approximately 20 states that require county boards of education to complete specific training relevant to their service and obligations as board members, and the WVBE’s session aligns consistently with what is already occurring locally. Training will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, August 27, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, August 28.