SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 90
May 17, 1996
|FROM:||William C. Bosher, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Superintendent's Advisory Council|
The Superintendent's Advisory Council meets monthly. It is composed of the chairmen of the eight regional study groups, plus the VASS officers and executive director, the executive director of the VSBA, and a representative of the Virginia Council for Private Education. We will distribute the minutes of each monthly meeting by means of a Superintendent's Memorandum. The minutes of the meeting of May 10, 1996, are attached. If you have questions regarding this information, please contact Ken Magill at (804) 225-2073. Thank you. WCBJr/jd Attachment: This memo and its attachment will be sent to the superintendent's office SUPERINTENDENT'S ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING Friday, May 10, 1996 Richmond, Virginia Present: Superintendent's Group - Germaine S. Fauntleroy, S. Dawn Goldstine, Jane Massey-Wilson, David M. Gangel, Raymond C. Dingledine, III, Martin Loughlin (for N. Wayne Tripp), Oliver A. McBride, James G. Blevins, Arthur W. Gosling, James M. Anderson, Jr., Alfred R. Butler, IV, Vincent C. Cibbarelli, executive director, and Andy C. Stamp, assistant executive director, VASS, David Blount, governmental relations office, Virginia School Boards Association, and George J. McVey, president, Virginia Council for Private Education. Department of Education - William C. Bosher, Jr., M. Kenneth Magill, Dewey T. Oakley, Doris Redfield, Ida J. Hill, Catherine L. Clark, Jo Lynne DeMary, Lin Corbin-Howerton, Patty S. Pitts, and Harry L. Smith Dr. Bosher opened the meeting by presenting framed certificates to Dr. Fauntleroy, Dr. Cibbarelli, and Dr. Jim Graham (not present) expressing appreciation for their service as members of the Superintendent's Advisory Council. The state superintendent also introduced Ken Tilley, executive director of the Virginia High School League (VHSL), who gave an award to Dr. Magill in appreciation for his work on the VHSL's executive committee and as the Department of Education's liaison with the league. Mr. Tilley reported briefly on litigation brought by two school divisions against the VHSL. Mr. Tilley responded to questions about the litigation involving Wise County and Suffolk City and requested the superintendents' support for the school divisions to have the authority to determine high school sports seasons for girls. The Council then turned to its agenda, which included the following items: Superintendents' Issues - Dr. Bosher informed the Council of his decision to accept the position as superintendent of schools in Chesterfield County, effective July 1, and expressed his appreciation for the Council's support during his tenure as state superintendent. In response to a question, Dr. Bosher said he had no idea who will be named to succeed him. Dr. Bosher also called attention to the teleconference scheduled for June 13 from 10:00 a.m. until noon for new school board members and new school division superintendents. The conference is sponsored by the Board of Education, the Department of Education, and the Virginia Association of School Superintendents. The purpose of the teleconference, Dr. Bosher noted, is to provide an opportunity for members of the Board of Education, Department of Education personnel, VASS representatives, and new local school board members and superintendents to discuss issues in public education and the roles of the various groups involved. Dr. Blevins asked if a school division may purchase computers for public schools with state funding if software is "free loaded" by the supplier. Dr. Bosher explained the financial provisions for purchasing technology equipment, including state bond funds to be used to buy hardware. Offhand, he said, his answer to Dr. Blevins' question was affirmative, but he promised to get more information for superintendents. Turning to another matter, Dr. Bosher reported that President Clinton had signed legislation permitting school divisions to seek Goals 2000 funding directly from the federal government with the approval of the Board of Education. He said an extension has been requested from the May 17 federal deadline for applying for Goals 2000 bypass funds. This issue will be discussed by the Board of Education when it meets on May 23. Assessment Update - Information prepared for the Council meeting included data on the proposed state assessment to measure students' achievement in complying with new Standards of Learning. Dr. Bosher pointed out that a Request for Proposals will be distributed soon for assessment materials for students in grades 3, 5, 8, and 11. Several superintendents expressed concern about the eleventh grade barrier test which, Dr. Bosher explained, will not be implemented until the year 2001. The next big issue, the superintendent said, is to see what results are received from test publishers in response to the RFP. Dr. Redfield explained that the Board of Education favors the use of multiple choice, machine scorable tests. Dr. Dingledine stated that superintendents need answers on the assessment program, including the future of the Literacy Passport Test. Dr. Bosher pointed out that the LPT is included in state law and any action by the Board of Education must coincide with legal requirements. Standards of Quality/Standards of Accreditation - Ms. Corbin-Howerton reported that the Board of Education has begun discussing revisions in the accreditation standards for public schools. This discussion will be continued when the Board meets on May 23, she added. Information regarding the accreditation standards, including current considerations, was distributed to the Council. Legislative Studies - Ms. Corbin-Howerton told the Council that final information on the recent legislative session will be distributed to superintendents very soon, probably within a week. ABTEL Endorsements/Teacher Licensure - Ms. Pitts reviewed briefly current efforts of the Advisory Board on Teacher Education and Licensure to reduce the number of teaching endorsements and make other changes in teacher education and licensing requirements. In a report to go to the Board of Education on May 23, she said, ABTEL is recommending that the current 104 endorsements be reduced to 47. Other Items - Ms. Corbin-Howerton reported that a legislative committee studying remedial summer schools wants to hear from superintendents regarding remedial programs for students during the school year. Superintendents should get in touch with Ms. Corbin-Howerton. Dr. Bosher told the Council that the Board of Education had passed a resolution clarifying its intent regarding opt-out provisions of the recently adopted School Guidance and Counseling Regulations. A copy of the resolution was distributed to members of the Council. At the conclusion of the meeting, the members of the Council expressed appreciation to Dr. Bosher for his leadership for public education and wished him success in his new position in Chesterfield County. In the absence of other business, the meeting was adjourned.