His school won't need many new hires this year, but he likes to post positions and try to fill spots as soon as they become available.
That could mean hiring under two different sets of criteria this summer.
"Until we have those policies made by the state board, we really don't know how the role of the faculty senate is going to be played out," Stowers said.
"Any time when you have drastic change in education policy, there's always some growing pains; there's always a steep learning curve," he continued.
He hopes the state education department does a good job of spreading the word on the eventual rules.
Union chiefs Lee and Campbell both said they've tried to communicate with the department about the rules for months. Tuesday's meeting was the first time either was directly involved in the rule-making process, they said.
Campbell said State School Superintendent Jim Phares, Board President Wade Linger, board member Lloyd Jackson, department attorney Heather Deskins, and board director of operations Donna Peduto attended the meeting.
She said they went through a department draft of the rules, and she called them a step in the right direction. There will be changes once everyone has a chance to provide input.
"It looks like they're trying to give teachers a voice and make it possible for everybody to do that, be involved," Campbell said.
Campbell said questions remain about who will be on the interview committees of the faculty senates and how they will be trained.
Schools may be given options for forming their committees, and training could be in the form of webinars or online programs, Campbell said.
Some counties already have begun to form interview committees, Campbell said. She brought those examples to the department as part of her suggestions for the rule-making process.
Putnam Superintendent Chuck Hatfield said his county already was using faculty senate input in hiring. While his county already has hired some teachers for next year using current standards, Hatfield doesn't think the transition will be too difficult.
"Our plan right now is we're using the current hiring procedures that were already in place and then as changes come, we'll adapt to that," Hatfield said.
Hatfield is a member of the West Virginia Association of School Administrators. He said he was scheduled to meet with the department at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Campbell said she expects to meet with the department and members of other education groups again before the June 12 state board meeting.
Contact writer Dave Boucher at 304-348-4843 or david.boucher @dailymail.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/Dave_Boucher1.
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