UPDATE: Dates, times announced for WVDE forums

Robert C. Byrd will host a forum on April 1st promptly at 6 p.m.

Other forums will be held at the following high schools: March 19 at Mount View, March 20 at Capital, March 21 at Woodrow Wilson, April 2 at Wheeling Park, and April 3 at Berkeley Springs.

Each forum will begin at 6 p.m.

The West Virginia Department of Education will be hosting seven public forums across the state to discuss education improvement.

According to officials, each of the forums will be hosted by an experienced facilitator and will consist of a presentation and roundtable discussions.

"These small group discussions will seek input on the core issues surrounding education and bring together a range of perspectives and viewpoints from across the state," officials stated in a press release.

According to officials, the department will report back to Governor Justice and members of the state legislature regarding research-based strategies to improve student achievement.

“As the state’s lead education agency, we have an obligation to facilitate input from all stakeholders concerning education betterment,” Paine said. “We have received full support from Governor Justice and legislative leadership to solicit stakeholder input statewide.”

All are invited to participate in the forums, but preregistration is required. Registration forms will be available at wvde.us.

Later this week, the department will also put up three online surveys– one for parents and community members, one for students and one for educators.

The first of the forums will take place on March 18th at Cabell Midland High School in Cabell County. Other forums will take place at Capital High School in Kanawha County, Woodrow Wilson High School in Raleigh County, Robert C. Byrd High School in Harrison County, Wheeling Park High School in Ohio County, Berkeley Springs High School in Morgan County and Mount View High School in McDowell County. The dates and times for those forums will be announced at a later date.