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December 2020 Stand-Alone Recorded County Board Member Training Modules

As West Virginia School Board Association (WVSBA) president I would like to introduce our first series of stand-alone county board of education members training session modules.

The modules address the following content:

The Religious Freedom Bill

The Religious Freedom Bill – 30-minute session would provide board members with an understanding of that the bill does and arm them with a list of “dos” and “don’ts” under the Religious Freedom Bill.  We will discuss the Equal Access Act and its application in a public school setting. Presenter: Howard E. Seufer Jr., Bowles Rice LLP Partner / WVSBA Counsel

Grooming Abuse-Related Provision in West Virginia Code

Grooming Abuse-Related Provision in West Virginia Code –30 minute session devoted to a discussion of recent legislation regarding employee grooming and its effect on employment and licensure.  Presenter – Heather Hutchens, Esq., General Counsel West Virginia Department of Education Legal Services, moderated by Trey Morrone, Bowles Rice LLP Special Counsel  

Title IX and Transgender Students and Employees

Available for training-session purposes.

Title IX and Transgender Students and Employees – 30 minute-session will provide a road map for board members by explaining a little bit about the new regulations and cases and then directing them to OCR’s training materials (or incorporating the OCR training materials in the videotaped portion.  Here is a link to U.S. Office of Civil Rights (OCR) blog and training materials, which are quite good, with a brief introduction by Kayla Cook, Bowles Rice LLP Partner. 

States of Emergency and Local Boards

States of Emergency and Local Boards – 30-minute session focuses on the authority of local boards, the state board, and the governor in relation to school closures and states of emergency.  West Virginia University  Law Professor Joshua Weishart, J.D. Professor Weishart’s research centers on education law and policy with a particular focus on education rights and the constitutional demands of adequacy and equity. This format is Q & A


I want to thank the many persons who made these training modules possible, including Mr. Seufer, Ms. Hutchens, Professor Weishart, Ms. Cook, Mr. Morrone and Kimberly S. Croyle, Bowles Rice LLP Partner

Once county board members have had the opportunity to participate in completion of these training modules, we will evaluate the format and approach.

Thank you for participating in these training sessions.

Patrick H. “Pat” Murphy (Berkeley), WVSBA President