The Resource Records of the Virginia Office of the Secretary of Education

Records of the Virginia Office of the Secretary of Education

Label
Records of the Virginia Office of the Secretary of Education, 1998-2006
Title
Records of the Virginia Office of the Secretary of Education
Inclusive dates
1998-2006
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Contributor
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Language
eng
Summary
  • The Secretary of Education, Records, are housed in one hundred fifty (150) boxes. The collection is arranged into six (6) series. Series have been designated for: I. Cabinet Meeting Records, 2002-2005; II. Correspondence and Supporting Documentation-Assigned State Agencies, 1998-2005; III. Constituent Correspondence, 2002-2005; IV. Office of the Secretary, 2002-2006; V. Planning and Budget Files, 2001-2005; and VI. Special Projects and Governor's Initiatives, 2001-2006. These records include agendas, agreements, articles, briefings, correspondence, e-mails, grants, handouts, legislation, lists, memorandums, minutes, notes, presentations, press releases, reports, resumes, speeches, studies, surveys and files by subject. These records document the work of the Secretary of Education under Governor Mark R. Warner. The most significant and voluminous material documents the development and implementation of the various educational initiatives of the Warner Administration including: Governor's Advisory Commission on Higher Education Board Appointments, Governor's Higher Education Summit, expanding College and University Research, Higher Education Restructuring, Education for a Lifetime Initiative (Early Childhood Initiative, Path to Industry Certification, Career and Technical Education, and School Efficiency Reviews), Governor's Partnership for Achieving Successful Schools (PASS), Commission to Review, Study, and Reform Educational Leadership, and High School Reform
  • Series I. Cabinet Meeting Records, 2002-2005, is housed in 2 boxes and is arranged chronologically. Series contains agendas, handwritten meeting notes, and materials collected and/or presented at the governor's cabinet meetings by the Secretary of Education (Dr. Belle S. Wheelan, 2002-2005 and Peter Blake, 2005) and any annotations to the material made by the Secretary. There are not extant notes for every cabinet meeting. See Governor Mark R. Warner, Executive Office, Cabinet Meeting Journals for additional cabinet meeting information (accession 42621). (Extent: 0.70 cubic feet)
  • Series II. Correspondence and Supporting Documentation: Assigned State Agencies, 1998-2005, is housed in 32 boxes and is arranged into four subseries. Subseries have been designated for: A. Board Appointments; B. Community Colleges, Universities and State Agencies; C. Continuity of Operation Planning; and D. SWAM. This series documents the correspondence sent and received by the office to and from state agencies assigned to the Secretary of Education, including colleges and universities. The series consists of agendas, agreements, correspondence, handouts, memorandum, notes, presentations, reports, and resumes. (Extent: 11.03 cubic feet)
  • Series III. Constituent Correspondence, 2002-2005, is housed in 34 archival boxes and is arranged roughly by chronological order by last action taken. This series documents constituent correspondence received by the Office of the Secretary of Education during Governor Mark Warner's administration. This series contains correspondence from various constituents to Governor Mark W. Warner, along with a copy of Belle Wheelan's (2002-2005) or Peter Blake's (2005-2006) letter in response, and a page from the people summary database which includes the name, address, and phone number of the correspondent. Each letter in this series contains a unique tracking number assigned by the Governor's Office Constituent Services. Records are arranged by outgoing tracking number. Some of the notable correspondence in this series relates to the following topics: No Child Left Behind, Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG) program, education funding, Standards of Learning (SOL), budget cuts in state aid to public libraries, college tuition increases, teacher salaries, consolidating the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind, school vouchers, PASS initiative, in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, Virginia Tech admission policies, University of Virginia parking garage, Virginia Tech's admission to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Mary Washington College name change, and proposal for a new university in the Martinsville-Henry County region. (Extent: 11.90 cubic feet)
  • Series IV. Office of the Superintendent, 2001-2006, is housed in 24 archival boxes and is arranged into two subseries. Subseries have been designated for: A. Correspondence of Secretary Belle Wheelan (2002-2005) and Secretary Peter Blake (2005-2006), 2002-2006; and B. Files of Sarah Finley, Deputy Secretary of Education. This series documents the Office of the Secretary's response to primarily constituent correspondence. This series contains correspondence from Belle Wheelan's (2002-2005) or Peter Blake's (2005-2006) as well as the files of Sarah Finley. (Extent: 8.40 cubic feet)
  • Series V. Planning and Budget Files, 2001-2005 is housed in eight archival boxes and is subdivided by: 2003 General Assembly Session (2002-2004 Budget); 2004 General Assembly Session (2004-2005 Budget); 2006-08 Budget Development (Fall 2005; and Miscellaneous, 2001-2005. This series contains documents related to the development of the 2002-2004, 2004-2006 and 2006-2008 state budgets for state education agencies as well as related legislation. This series contains budget documents, correspondence, e-mail, briefings, legislation, notes, presentations, press releases and reports. (Extent: 2.90 cubic feet)
  • Series VI. Special Projects and Governor's Initiatives, 2001-2006 is arranged into six subseries and is housed in 49 archival boxes. Subseries have been designated for: A. Higher Education; B. Education for a Lifetime; C. Partnership for Achieving Successful Schools (PASS); D. Commission to Review, Study and Reform Educational Leadership; E. Teachers; F. High School Reform; and G. Healthy Virginians. This series documents the Warner Administration's extensive educational initiatives. The series consists of agendas, agreements, articles, background materials, briefing books, correspondence, e-mail, grants, handouts, legislation, lists, memorandum, notes, presentations, reports, resumes, studies, and surveys. (Extent: 17.20 cubic feet)
Note
Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia Secretary of Education. (Search Virginia Secretary of Education as author).
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Action
  • Accessioned
  • Described
  • Accessioned
  • Described
  • Merged 42333 and 423999
Biographical or historical data
  • In 1970, the Governor's Management Commission Study recommended the creation of six "Deputy Governors" assist the Chief Executive in his managerial duties, compatible functions of government were grouped under these administrative heads, who would serve as the Governor's top management team or "secretariats," as they are called now. The General Assembly in 1972 created six Secretariats positions initially. As government reorganized, that number fluctuated when government agencies expanded or consolidated.
  • The Secretary of Education assists the Governor in the development and implementation of the state's education policy. The secretary provides guidance to 16 colleges and universities, the Virginia Community College System, five higher education and research centers, the Department of Education, the state-supported museums, and other agencies in the Education Secretariat. All secretaries are appointed by the governor and serve at his will.
  • During the Administration of Governor Mark R. Warner (2002-2006) the Secretary of Education directed policy for education programs that involved multiple agencies including: Department of Education, Library of Virginia, Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia, Gunston Hall, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Science Museum of Virginia and Virginia Commission for the Arts. While Virginia's Colleges and Universities are semi-autonomous, the Secretary of Education also plays a role in directing state policy for: Virginia Community Colleges, Christopher Newport University, George Mason University, James Madison University, Longwood University, Mary Washington University, Norfolk State University, Old Dominion University, Radford University, Richard Bland College, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Military Institute, Virginia State University, Virginia Tech, College of William and Mary, Roanoke Higher Education Center, Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, and State Council of Higher Education.
  • Some of Governor Warner's education initiatives were: Higher Education restructuring, Education for a Lifetime, and Partnership for Achieving Successful Schools (PASS).
  • On 17 December 2002, Governor-elect Mark R. Warner named Dr. Belle S. Wheelan as Secretary of Education. Since 1998 Wheelan had served as President of Northern Virginia Community College. Previously, Wheelen served as President of Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg, Provost of the Portsmouth campus of Tidewater Community College, Dean of Student Services at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, and Director of Developmental Education and Director of Academic Support Services at San Antonio College in Texas. Wheelan served until June 2005 when she became president of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. She was succeeded by her deputy, Peter Blake. Blake served until the end of the Warner administration in January 2006.
Cataloging source
VIC
Citation source
Salmon, John S., comp. A GUIDE TO STATE RECORDS IN THE ARCHIVES BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES. Richmond: Virginia State Library, 1985
Label
Records of the Virginia Office of the Secretary of Education
Link
http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaead/published/lva/vi00972.xml.frame
Note
  • Dates of record creation: 1998-2006
  • Dates of record-keeping activity: 2002-2006
  • Record Group 26 (Secretary of Education)
  • Accessions 42333 and 42399 were combined into one body of records under Accession 43510 on 2 November 2007
Arrangement
Arranged alphabetically or chronolocially depending on the series.
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  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
  • Inventory
  • Inventory
Extent
52.08
Governing access note
Privacy protected and confidential information is restricted from public access for 75 years per Code of Virginia 42.1-78. If redaction was not an option, the entire document was sealed, but not removed from the collection. Sealed information may include, but is not limited to: attorney-client privileged documents, medical information, social security numbers, and official student records. Attorney-client privileged documents are closed indefinitely
Immediate source of acquisition
  • Kendall Tyree, Office of the Secretary of Education
  • Kendall Tyree, Office of the Secretary of Education
  • Roger Christman, Library of Virginia
Organization method
Organized into the following series: I. Cabinet Meeting Records, 2002-2005; II. Correspondence and Supporting Documentation - Assigned State Agencies, 1998-2005; III. Constituent Correspondence, 2002-2005; IV. Office of the Secretary, 2001-2006; V. Planning and Budget Files, 2001-2005; and VI. Special Projects and Governor's Initiatives, 2001-2006.
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001602561
Terms governing use
There are no use restrictions.
Type of unit
cu. ft. (150 boxes)

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