SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 111
May 21, 1999
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Superintendent's Leadership Council|
The Superintendent's Leadership Council meets regularly. It is composed of the chairmen of the eight regional study groups, plus the VASS officers. We will distribute the minutes of each meeting by means of a Superintendent's Memorandum. The minutes of the meeting of May 7, 1999, are attached. If you have questions regarding this information, please contact Richard Layman at (804) 225-2024. Thank you. PDS/pg Attachment: A hard copy of this memo and its attach- ment will be sent to the superintendent's office. Meeting of the Superintendent's Leadership Council Friday, May 7, 1999 Present: Superintendents - Deanna Gordon, Philip L. Worrell, Martin J. Loughlin, Howard E. Wainwright, Mark A. Edwards, Wayne K. White, Steven R. Staples, Dennis W. Kellison, Harry Ward (for Russell L. Watson), Oliver A. McBride, and Alfred R. Butler, executive director, VASS. Department of Education - Paul D. Stapleton, M. Kenneth Magill, Richard W. Layman, Daniel S. Timberlake, Marsha O. Hubbard, M. Jo Bunce, Shelley Loving-Ryder, Diane T. Atkinson, Cynthia Cave, and Harry L. Smith. Special Guests - Dr. Dewey G. Cornell, associate professor, University of Virginia Department of Human Services, and Ken Tilley, executive director, Virginia High School League. Mr. Stapleton introduced Dr. Cornell, who is a nationally recognized expert on public school violence. Dr. Cornell gave a visual presentation that included data on incidents of school violence, profiles of children who have the potential for trouble, and the influence of family, peers, and TV, movies, video games, etc. on students. Dr. Cornell, who has devoted more than 15 years to studying violence in public schools, presented data from 1992-1998 on homicides in U.S. public schools, discussed three profiles of violent youth, risk factors that move children closer to violence, methods of assessing a potentially violent youth, and methods of interacting with an angry youth. He urged superintendents not to ignore signs of trouble in students, and he said conflict mediation efforts have been successful in preventing violence in schools. Following his presentation, Dr. Cornell responded to questions. A copy of a paper titled, "What Works in Youth Violence Prevention" was distributed to the superintendents. Marsha Hubbard, specialist for school violence prevention, thanked Dr. Cornell for the assistance she has received from him in efforts to promote school safety, and reported that teachers are being recruited to attend the annual school safety institute. She said she is working with officials at the Department of Criminal Justice Services on standards for security personnel in public schools. She also noted that training is continuing for School Resource Officers, and encouraged school administrators to attend the training sessions. Ken Tilley reported that the Virginia High School League had a good year and he reviewed the league's new initiatives. He also brought the superintendents up to date on a Title IV case in federal court involving the league. He said the league plans to hire a person to be in charge of student services. He presented Mr. Stapleton with a plaque for his contributions to the VHSL. Dan Timberlake, assistant superintendent for finance in the Department of Education, noted that his office is providing training for school divisions' staff members on the annual school report evaluation. Shelley Loving-Ryder, director of Assessment and Reporting, gave an update on the school report card. She said the spring SOL testing program appears to be going smoothly. She called attention to a superintendent's memo regarding the summer administration of the SOL tests. Mr. Stapleton thanked Mrs. Loving-Ryder for the work that she has done on the SOL tests as Cam Harris's assistant and commended her for her ability to work with school divisions. The state superintendent called attention to the need for research personnel in the Department of Education, and he said he has asked Governor Gilmore to approve his request for a division of research, evaluation, and reporting. He also asked the superintendents to make sure schools possess infrastructure needed to have them online with the Department of Education within two years. Margaret Roberts, executive assistant for board relations, reported on the recent meeting of the Board of Education in Charlottesville. She said the board got off to a good start in its effort to decide what schools need to do if they fail to meet state accreditation standards. A videotape of the meeting is being prepared and will be sent to superintendents. Mr. Stapleton called attention to public hearings scheduled by the board to deal with consequences, incentives, and rewards for schools as part of the accreditation process. He emphasized that the board is willing to listen to their concerns and suggestions and that the state is "not taking over the schools." Framed resolutions were presented to the following superintendents who completed their terms as members of the Superintendent's Leadership Council this spring: Howard E. Wainwright, Russell L. Watson, Dennis W. Kellison, Wayne K. White, Martin J. Loughlin, Oliver A. McBride, and Deanna W. Gordon.