She has developed a plan to include a number of stakeholders, the community, legislators and others in the effort to modernize the programs and facilities at the school in an effort to offset the cost to the public.
Also at Thursday's meeting, the Board of Education approved revisions to two policies.
* Revisions to the medication administration policy will allow local school systems to adopt local policy that allows schools to keep a stock of epinephrine -- the drug used to treat extreme allergic reactions in emergency situations -- on hand at schools.
Becky King, a coordinator in the Office of Healthy Schools, said this has become especially important in recent years, as health care professionals have seen a surge in the number of allergic reactions in kids.
"In many instances a lot of kids and staff have no idea there is an allergic reaction," she said. "And in rural West Virginia this is huge because by the time we get emergency personnel to respond it can be too late."
* Revisions to the state policy on school calendars, made in response to legislation passed earlier this year, will offer local school boards more flexibility as they plan their school calendar. They will now have a 38-week window within which to plan their calendar, instead of the current 34-week model.
Local boards are now also required to have a policy outlining a plan for dealing instructional days lost due to inclement weather. All school systems must offer 180 instructional days.
Both policies are out on public comment for 30 days. To leave a comment, visit the Board of Education website at http://wvde.state.wv.us.
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.