WV Board of Education Holds Public Comment on Policy 2419

A draft revision of West Virginia Policy 2419, Regulations for the Education of Students with Exceptionalities,  is currently on comment on the West Virginia Department of Education website until May 16, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. The link to the document and online comment form can be found at http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/


In order to meet the federal obligation to provide public hearings to collect feedback and answer questions regarding the policy or the proposed changes to the policy, details of scheduled public hearings follow:


May 2nd 6pm-8pm at Woodrow Wilson High School Auditorium, 400 Stanaford Road, Beckley, WV


May 3, 2022 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. is the  Musselman Middle School Auditorium, 105 Pride Ave, Bunker Hill, WV 25413


May 4th 6pm-8pmM at Wood County Technical Center 1515 Blizzard Drive, Parkersburg


We help all children to shine bright

IEP Program

Procedural Safeguards

Pendleton County Schools provides many services & programs
to assist children in reaching their full potential!

We proudly offer the following services for children ready to succeed:

  • Gifted Services

  • Special Classes for Learning Disabled Students

  • Classes for Intellectually Disabled Students

  • Psychological Testing

  • Speech Therapy 

  • Individual Counseling

  • Health Services

  • Homebound Instruction

  • Adult Education

  • Hearing & Vision Screening

  • Vocational Assessment

  • Special Classes for Students with Behavior Disorders

For children already in school, referrals for specialized services can be made by teachers, counselors, principals & parents. Parents may request services by contacting Nicole Hevener, Director of Special Services at (304) 358-7065 ext 122. 

Title I Teachers provide supplemental education in reading & math to those elementary level students who need assistance. At the middle school & elementary schools, gifted programs allow exceptional students to engage in challenging educational experiences. There is also a school-to-work program, providing education opportunities for students to formulate employment goals through job shadowing. 


The Individual Education Program (IEP)

The Individual Education Program (IEP) is the heart of the planning process for the special education student. It is a plan that is developed by you & other members of the IEP team to address your child's strengths & needs.

Related services are specific support services provided for students with disabilities to help them benefit and be successful in their special education instructional program.

If you would like more information on services for exceptional students through Pendleton County Schools you can contact your principal at your local school; call Diana Smith at the Parent-Educator Resource Center 358-7072 or contact Don Bucher at the Central Office 358-7065.

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PUBLIC NOTICE: The Pendleton County Schools Department of Special Education will be destroying the confidential records that have been maintained for students that were tested to determine their eligibility to receive services as exceptional students. Records will continue to be kept on all students who are now in school. All confidential records of students placed in Special Education Programs are maintained for six (6) years after the student exits the school system. We are currently destroying records on students who graduated in 2010 through 2019. 

Federal and state laws require that we provide public notification of our intent to destroy these records and that we provide the opportunity for students and their parents/guardians to review these records prior to their destruction. We will begin this process on May 1, 2020. If you have any questions or wish to review/receive records, please contact Malynda Selmon at (304)358-7065 ext. 126. 


WV Parent Training & Information (WVPTI)

A non-profit parent organization committed to improving the lives and education of ALL children through a special emphasis on children and youth with all disabilities and special healthcare needs.

WVPTI is the state's designated Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) and receives funding from the federal Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). They serve parents and families of a child or youth from birth to age twenty-six with special needs.

WVPTI, Inc. affirms the right of all individuals, from all backgrounds and cultures, with or without disabilities, to appropriate education and other needed services

Brenda Lamkin, Executive Director
Phone: (304) 472-5697
Email: brendalwvpti@aol.com


WV Developmental Disabilities Council (WV DDC)

A state agency that provides resources, training, and advocacy for children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Steve Wiseman, Executive Director

Phone: (304) 558-0416
Email: Steve.A.Wiseman@wv.gov


WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities (WVUCED)

The mission of the West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities is to improve the lives of West Virginians with disabilities by supporting more diverse, inclusive communities.

As a federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), we are part of a national network of similar centers across the country and serve as a resource to the community in the areas of education, research and service as it relates to the needs of people with disabilities.

Lori C. Heginbotham, Program Manager
Phone: (304) 293-4692
Email: lori.heginbotham@hsc.wvu.edu


WV Parent Teacher Association (WVPTA)

In addition to their vast parent resources, the WVPTA provides a free toolkit that helps make sense of an often confusing system and educates families of newly diagnosed children with special needs on how to get the best special education, services and resources available to them.

The WV PTA continues to campaign to include families of diversity including those with children who have special needs. Additional information is here.

Ginnie Molnar, Diversity Manager
Phone: (304) 420-9576
Email: diversity@westvirginiapta.org


WV Family Engagement Center (WVFEC)

The WVFEC provides training and resources for educators and families that build effective family-school relationships, encourage parents to participate in learning, and helps parents build their capacity to support learning at home.

Dr. Meaghan Cochran, Assistant Director
Phone: (304) 296-9021
Email: mcochran@edvgroup.org