SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 199
October 22, 1999
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Superintendent's Leadership Advisory Council|
The Superintendent's Leadership Advisory 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 October 8, 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 attachment will be sent to the superintendent's office. Meeting of the Superintendent's Leadership Advisory Council Friday, October 8, 1999 Present: Superintendents - -Mark A. Edwards, Jane T. York, Harry Ward, Edgar B. Hatrick, III, John H. Kidd, J. David Martin, James B. Scott, Philip L. Worrell, and Alfred R. Butler, executive director, VASS. Department of Education - -Paul D. Stapleton, M. Kenneth Magill, Richard W. Layman, Cam Harris, M. Jo Bunce, Thomas Shortt, Shelley Loving-Ryder, Charles Finley, Cynthia Cave, Anne Wescott, and Dennis Weiss. Special Guests - -Ursula Kennedy and Melvin Baker, senior investigators, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, and Andy Stamp, Associate Executive Director, Virginia Association of School Superintendents. Mr. Stapleton began the meeting by welcoming the new and returning council members and sharing his appreciation for their continuing support and assistance. He turned the meeting over to Richard Layman who introduced Mrs. Ursula Kennedy and Mr. Melvin Baker, senior investigators for the Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education. A discussion followed regarding assistance that the U.S. Office might provide to local school divisions in preventing hate crimes and harassment. It was recommended that the U.S. Office work in cooperation with the professional associations for elementary, middle, and secondary principals to offer workshops at annual statewide conferences. Dr. Magill reported that the recent informational superintendents' memorandum number 174, Annual Report on Discipline, Crime, and Violence: 1999-2000, was being reviewed by Department of Education staff to see if some of the requested data could be eliminated. He noted that the report was an effort by the department to consolidate four federal and state reports into one report. A second memorandum will be mailed soon clarifying reporting language and identifying data that schools can provide on a voluntary basis. Dennis Weiss provided an update on the state's Y2K initiative and reminded superintendents to continue reporting their school division status through December 2000. Dr. Shortt reviewed proposed changes in the Standards of Accreditation being considered by the Board of Education. Mark Edwards suggested that the terms elementary, middle, and high school be used throughout the document to clarify which standards apply to which schools. Under the proposed standards, it was announced that schools would be permitted to move from a warning rating to provisional rating if they demonstrated improvement. A number of superintendents were concerned that the proposed standards may require low-achieving schools to select and implement a school improvement model from an approved list. Dr. Shortt noted that the process for the adoption of the proposed standards included public hearings in November and final adoption by the board in January. Ed Hatrick proposed that all members of the Board of Education should be present at every public hearing. Mr. Stapleton encouraged all superintendents to attend and speak at the hearings. Mrs. Harris provided a brief SOL assessment and School Performance Report Card update. Al Butler questioned the practice of including the Algebra I end-of-course scores in the middle school totals. John Kent suggested that the middle school Algebra I scores be added to the high school scores and the eighth grade math scores remain with middle schools' scores. Mr. Stapleton concluded the meeting by sharing proposed teacher licensure changes. These changes were developed by the Advisory Board for Teacher Education and Licensure in an effort to help school divisions deal with the need for teachers. .