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Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Receives $51K in Grants for 09-10 School Year

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Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center serves high school students from both Calhoun Middle High School and Gilmer County High School along with adults from the area continuing their education.  Nine programs of study (Automotive Technology, Building Construction, Business Education, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Environmental Technology, Health Occupations, Networking Technologies and Welding) are available to high school and post graduate students. Also, two Alternative Learning Centers serve high school students in need of credit recovery, and Adult Basic Education is provided which includes GED classes and testing.
 
Since opening in 1975, there has been a decrease in funding for the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center.  Instructors have taken it upon themselves, with no extra pay, to secure funding through grant writing.  The West Virginia Department of Education, Division of Adult and Technical Education annually awards Program Modernization Grants of up to $20,000 for new technology and equipment to keep programs current with industry.  This spring seven instructors from C-GCC submitted grant proposals for the 2010 fiscal year, and a record four were awarded totaling $51,000.
 
Instructor Mike Jackson requested funding of a firearms simulator and homeland security lab to address the newly approved Content Standards and Objectives (CSO’s) for his classes.  Similar to the training at the West Virginia State Police Academy, students will learn proper weapon use in simulated situations.  The modernization grant for the Criminal Justice program was $17,000.

A grant of $16,000 was awarded to Networking Technologies.  New student workstations, a server with software and network security, and a fiber optical installation kit were requested by instructor Zane Gherke.  To hone their 21st century skills the thinking and reasoning, students will utilized this new equipment and be prepared for the workplace.

With President Barack Obama’s call for computerized heath and medication records, instructor Karen Blankenship requested five new classroom computers and software for the Health Occupations lab.  The medical record software is similar to that used at Minnie Hamilton Health Center to provided training to students in this program of study.  The modernization grant awarded to Health Occupations totaled $10,000.

An $8,000 modernization grant was awarded to the Environmental Technology program.  A class set of 10 global positioning system (GPS) handheld units, geographic information system (GIS) software, and two new classroom computers were requested by instructor Kris Snyder.  With the GIS software students will be able to combine known data with spatial relationships and determine the use of natural resources.

Modernization grant proposals emphasizing innovative thinking and 21st century skills are given most favorable consideration.  These grants cannot be used to fund personnel or facilities.
~~  By Bryan Sterns - C-GCC Director   ~~

Evenings Set for Parents to Activate Edline Accounts at GCHS

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Gilmer County High School has set aside three evenings for parents to activate Edline accounts.  The Media Center Computer Lab will be open from 4:00 to 6:00 PM on Tuesday, September 15 and Monday, September 21, 2009 and on Parent Teacher Conference evening, Monday, September 28, 2009 from 5:00 to 6:30 PM.  Parents must call in to reserve a time slot for any of three of sessions being offered so that the activation codes can be ready for parents.

Edline is an easy way for parents to keep-up-to-date online. Once a parent has activated his account, and GCHS has posted information, a parent can use Edline to check your child’s latest grades, receive email alerts when new grades are posted, receive emails with school or class information, see what homework is not turned in and read notes from your child’s teachers, view team and club activities, verify attendance, view “combined calendar”  to see all the events from the school calendar and your own child’s classes and activities, read daily announcements, lunch menus, school policies and classroom news.  A parent can access this secure information from any computer that has Internet access.

Gilmer County High School was the pilot school for Gilmer County last year. Since Edline became operational last year, the parents who have activated accounts have given Edline high marks.  This year, Edline is available in all Gilmer County schools.

“The response to Edline has been extremely positive,” said GCHS Principal Mrs. Nasia P. Butcher.  “Seventy-five of the parents activated Edline accounts at 7th grade orientation last week.  We have set aside these three evenings to help parents activate accounts.  While the process takes less than 10 minutes, the benefits of knowing how your child is academically progressing is timeless. This is an excellent tool for everyone—teachers, students, and parents.”

To schedule an time slot for Edline activation, please call the GCHS office at 304.462.7960.

WV Trappers Association Convention

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The West Virginia Trappers Association will have their 2009 convention at the Gilmer County Recreation Center in Glenville, Friday - Sunday, September 18 - 20, 2009.

A root auction will be on Saturday, September 19,2009, and demonstrations for trapping, snaring, skinning and fleshing will occur.

In addition, vendors will be selling trapping supplies.

There will be a seminar on small game cooking on Friday, September 18, 2009.

For more information, call Scott at 304.462.7270 or Janet at 304.772.5586 or visit www.wvtrappers.com .

More WV Schools Are Adding Gender Specific Classrooms

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More West Virginia schools are adding gender specific classrooms, all girls in one class and all boys in another class.

Doctor Leonard Sax with the National Association of Single Sex Public Education says parents should be given the option of putting their kids in those classrooms.  He says there’s proof such a splitting of the sexes works, helping students learn better, especially at the elementary school and middle school levels.

“There’s lots of variations among girls.  There’s lot of variations among boys,“ Doctor Sax said on Thursday’s MetroNews Talkline.

“A coed format works fine for some girls and some boys but, clearly, some girls learn better in the all girls format.  Some boys learn better in the all boys format.  So, why not make that format available?“

Doctor Sax was in West Virginia recently to talk about same sex public education at schools in Wood County, Raleigh County and Kanawha County.  Already, several West Virginia schools have gender specific classes.

“We live in a sexist society, a society that says art and poetry are for girls and computers and cars are for boys.“  Sax says the gender specific classes change that, if teachers are trained properly to teach all boys or all girls.

“With just a little bit of training, you can help teachers to use this format to bring down gender stereotypes and you can have the girls write stories about hunting and have the boys write stories about babysitting.“

Some argue that students grow up to live in a coed world, but Doctor Sax says the real world is nothing like middle school.

“In the real world, what’s important is, ‘Are you competent?  Do you know what you’re doing?  Do you show up for work on time?‘  That’s more important, 99.9% of jobs, that’s more important than whether or not you’re pretty,“ he says.

“But in the coed classroom, what’s really important is ‘Are you pretty?  Are you cute?‘ and not whether or not you know what you’re talking about.“

You can find out more about Sax’s organization at www.singlesexschools.org.

Outdoor Youth Challenge at National Hunting and Fishing Days Celebration‏

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Changes in the format of the annual Outdoor Youth Challenge will allow more participation from youngsters to test their skills in hunting, fishing, and other activities, according to Division of Natural Resources Director Frank Jezioro. The Outdoor Youth Challenge is part of West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Days, scheduled for September 26 and 27, 2009 at Stonewall Resort State Park in Lewis County.

“This celebration is one of the best outdoor recreation events held in West Virginia, with hands-on learning and instructional opportunities for youth and the entire family in celebrating West Virginia’s wildlife and outdoor heritage,” said Jezioro.

A major change instituted last year and continuing this year involves removing the competition factor in all the Outdoor Youth Challenge events, unless a youth requests to be competitively scored.  Last year the result was more than 350 youngsters over the two-day weekend participating in approximately 20 different events, up substantially from previous years.

Any youth between 6 and 18 years of age may participate in the Outdoor Youth Challenge events.  However, those youths 11-18 years of age who would like to compete will still be able to do so, with five scored competitive events which include casting for accuracy, archery, .22 rifle, muzzleloader and skeet shooting.

All youths who wish to participate must complete a free, on-site registration.  They will be given a color-coded registration card with map showing the Outdoor Youth Challenge events.  The Outdoor Youth Challenge will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.  There will be approximately 25 events and each youth must complete at least 10 events to be eligible for prize drawings.  Upon completion of each event, the youth’s registration card will be validated by the official overseeing that event.

Two types of registration will be offered for the Outdoor Youth Challenge.  The first will be for those youths 6 to 18 years of age who would like to participate in the Youth Challenge event just for the fun and experience, but do not wish to compete.  The second type of registration will be for youths 11-14 and 15-18 years of age who wish to compete in the scored events.  The numerical score for the five scored competitive events will be recorded on the youth’s registration card.  These youths, in addition to completing the scored events, must also complete at least five of the un-scored Youth Challenge events.

Again this year, the grand prizes are two lifetime hunting and fishing licenses.  For those youths who want to compete in the five scored competitive events, a Junior Conservation Camp Scholarship (junior group ages 11-14) and a state Conservation Camp Scholarship (senior group ages 15-18) will be awarded each day.  Many other quality prizes, dealing with hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation activities, will also be given away each day.

For more Outdoor Youth Challenge information call Shawn Head at 304.637.0245

GSC Training Tomorrow’s Nonprofit Leaders

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In an effort to meet the ever-increasing need for nonprofit professionals and volunteers and to encourage involvement in community service, the Glenville State College Business Department is now offering a minor in Nonprofit Leadership and Management. This twenty credit hour program includes: Principles of Accounting, Applied Business Communications, Dimensions in Professional Development, Business Law, Human Resource Management, Principles of Marketing, Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations, and Nonprofit Practices and Procedures.

In addition, Glenville State College is also offering the American Humanics Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. American Humanics (AH) is a national alliance of colleges, universities, and nonprofits dedicated to educating, preparing, and certifying professionals to lead nonprofit organizations. AH was founded in 1948 by H. Roe Bartle, a thirty-year professional in the Boy Scouts of America, who was concerned about the lack of educational opportunities available to young people desiring careers in the service community. The American Humanics Program is now offered on over sixty campuses across the country. Glenville State College will be the only college or university in West Virginia to offer this program for at least the next five years.

“The addition of the Nonprofit Leadership and Management minor and the American Humanics Certification to our curriculum at Glenville State College will broaden our students’ options for employment in both the profit and nonprofit sectors,” said Dr. Sherry Jones, GSC Professor of Business Education and Department Chair.

Any student of Glenville State College, regardless of major, is eligible to take the new minor and/or earn the American Humanics Certification. Non-degree seeking students are also welcome to enroll in the American Humanics Certification Program which takes approximately one year to complete. All students who want to earn AH Certification must also complete a three-hundred hour internship in the nonprofit sector.

Meredith Gillett is the GSC American Humanics Coordinator. “Students who earn American Humanics Certification increase their marketability. The required internship will provide valuable real-life field experience. Many nonprofit organizations seek and recruit AH students. The link that AH has with over sixty institutions results in great networking opportunities,” she said. American Humanics trains professionals for many of the country’s most respected nonprofits including: the American Red Cross, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America, Boy Scouts of America, The Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Camp Fire USA, Feeding America, Girls Incorporated, Girl Scouts of the USA, The Humane Society of the United States, Junior Achievement, March of Dimes, National Urban League, United Way of America, Volunteers of America, and YMCA of the USA.

Gillett relocated to her native West Virginia from California to head the AH program. She has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector beginning in Girl Scouts as an active member then became Program Director at a summer camp in Kansas City, Missouri. She completed an internship with the national office of Camp Fire USA, and following her AH Certification and Bachelor’s degree, she became an Exploring Executive for the Boy Scouts of America in Little Rock, Arkansas. Gillett will be starting a Student Association for those involved in the AH program and those interested in community service.

The first nonprofit class, NPLM 101 – Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations will be taught at Glenville State College during the Spring 2010 semester. Among other topics, this class will focus on the following: mission and role of the nonprofit organization; board and committee development; and program planning, implementation, and evaluation. A second class, NPLM 201 – Nonprofit Practices and Procedures will likely be taught in the Fall 2010 semester and will focus on the following: fundraising and grant writing; public relations; and effective risk and crisis management.

The Glenville State Robert F. Kidd Library is building its collection of books and periodicals in the nonprofit area to support learning about nonprofit organizations.

In working with many nonprofit organization executives over the years, Glenville State College President, Dr. Peter Barr, realized the need for trained nonprofit professional in a vastly expanding industry. “Glenville State College will now be educating the nonprofit leaders of the future. The practical knowledge and experience that students will gain from these programs will better prepare them to meet the needs of the nonprofit sector,” he said.

Nonprofit organizations interested in taking advantage of the Glenville State College American Humanics intern program or seminars that will be available are invited to contact Gillett for more information.

Individuals interesting in taking one or more nonprofit classes or for more information about the GSC Nonprofit Leadership and Management minor contact Gillett at 304.462.6260 or “meredith.gillett@glenville.edu”.
~~  Bob Edwards - GSC Public Relations Department Assistant   ~~

Flatwoods Days Spaghetti Dinner

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The Flatwoods Days Spaghetti Dinner will be held Friday, September 4, 2009 from 4:30 PM to 6:45 PM at the Flatwoods Community Building.
The menu is Spaghetti, Salad, Roll, Dessert and Drink.
The cost is $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for children 10 and under.
This is sponsored by Flatwoods Park and Recreation.
Contact Paul Beatty at 304.765.5568 for tickets.

WV’s Judicial Reform Hearings Set

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Three public hearings on possible judicial reforms in West Virginia will be held over the next month.

The first hearing from Governor Joe Manchin’s Independent Commission on Judicial Reform will come Friday at Marshall University’s Memorial Student Center in Huntington.  The focus of the hearing will be on campaign finance.

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Conner, Honorary Chair of the Independent Commission, is scheduled to attend the hearing on Monday, September 21, 2009 at West Virginia University’s College of Law where the topic will be judicial selection.

The final hearing, focused on judicial organization, will be held on Monday, September 29, 2009 in the Governor’s Press Conference Room at the State Capitol in Charleston.

The Independent Commission has until Sunday, November 15, 2009 to present its findings to Governor Manchin.

For more information, go to www.judicialreform.wv.gov .

Movie: Box Office 08.30.09

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TWLWTitleWOC
1NThe Final Destination1
21Inglourious Basterds2
3NHalloween II (2009)1
42District 93
53G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra4
65Julie & Julia4
74The Time Traveler's Wife3
86Shorts2
9NTaking Woodstock1
107G-Force6

TW = This Week     LW = Last Week   WOC = Weeks On Chart

Braxton County’s 911 in New Building

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Work crews continue to get the former Lyons Equipment Building in Flatwoods ready for Braxton County emergency services to move in.

County Commission approved the lease-purchase agreement July 17, 2009 but employees have only been in the building two weeks.

The goal is to eventually have all the county’s emergency services at the building. In the past they were at three different locations.

The county is expected to purchase the building January first for $600,000.

GSC vs UT-Chattanooga Tickets Available

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There are a limited number of tickets available for the Thursday, September 3, 2009 contest in Chattanooga, TN.

The cost for these tickets and sitting in the Glenville State section at the stadium will be $5 per ticket.

Game time is 7:00 PM local time.

For more information, or to reserve these seats, please contact Brent Walters at “brent.walters@glenville.edu” or 304.462.6223.

Michigan Players Allege NCAA Violations

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Ask University of Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez about Mike Barwis, and the superlatives will flow.

“He’s my guy,‘’ Rodriguez told the Detroit Free Press in the summer of 2008. “I won’t go anywhere without him.‘’

Barwis has been Rodriguez’s strength and conditioning coach for six years - four at West Virginia University, two at Michigan. The 46-year-old Rodriguez, entering his second season at Michigan, has said Barwis might be even more important than Rodriguez’s assistant coaches because of all the time Barwis spends working with players.

But how much time is too much?

The NCAA, which governs college athletics, has strict limits on how much time coaches can require players to spend on their sport. But Rodriguez’s team has routinely broken the rules since he took over in January 2008, people inside the program told the Free Press.

Numerous players on the 2008 and 2009 teams said the program far exceeded limits intended to protect athletes from coaching excesses and to ensure fair competition.

Two players called Michigan’s offseason requirements “ridiculous.‘’ The players described the coaches’ expectations as an ongoing concern among many teammates. Parents of several players agreed.

The players and parents agreed to talk only if they were not identified because they said they feared repercussions from the coaching staff.

The Free Press outlined the allegations to U-M officials on Friday and requested responses from Rodriguez, Barwis, compliance director Judy Van Horn, athletic director Bill Martin and President Mary Sue Coleman. U-M issued brief written statements from Rodriguez and Van Horn.

Rodriguez said, “We know the practice and offseason rules, and we stay within the guidelines. We follow the rules and have always been completely committed to being compliant with all NCAA rules.‘’

Van Horn said, “Compliance and administrative staff conduct in-person spot checks of practice during the academic year and summer. We have not had any reason to self-report any violations in this area with any of our sports.‘’

Officials said Martin and Coleman were unavailable. Athletic Department spokesman Bruce Madej said Barwis would not comment because Rodriguez speaks for the football program.

‘It was mandatory’

In the past two offseasons, players said, the Wolverines were expected to spend two to three times more than the eight hours allowed for required workouts each week. Players are free to exceed the limit, but it must be truly voluntary.

The players said the offseason work was clearly required. Several of them said players who failed to do all the strength and conditioning were forced to come back to finish or were punished with additional work.

“It was mandatory,‘’ one player said. “They’d tell you it wasn’t, but it really was. If you didn’t show up, there was punishment. I just felt for the guys that did miss a workout and had to go through the personal hell they would go through.‘’

In addition, the players cited these practices within the program:

Players spent at least nine hours on football activities on Sundays after games last fall. NCAA rules mandate a daily 4 -hour limit. The Wolverines also exceeded the weekly limit of 20 hours, the athletes said.

Players said members of Rodriguez’s quality-control staff often watched seven-on-seven offseason scrimmages. The non-contact drills, in which an offense runs plays against a defense, are supposed to be voluntary and player-run. They are held at U-M’s football facilities. NCAA rules allow only training staff - not quality-control staffers - to attend as a safety precaution. Quality-control staffers provide administrative and other support for the coaches but are not allowed to interact directly with players during games, practices or workouts.

If the NCAA investigates and concludes that U-M willfully and repeatedly violated the rules, the NCAA could find the football program guilty of major violations for the first time in the football program’s history.

For this report, the Free Press interviewed 10 current or former players and the parents of four others. In separate interviews, five players gave almost identical accounts of how the program is run, and a sixth player confirmed most of the descriptions. Other players, as well as parents of additional players, discussed the conditions in general. Several players declined to be interviewed at length but did not dispute the allegations when asked specifically about them.

‘All the rules are . . . clear’

At U-M’s football media day last week, two of Rodriguez’s freshmen talked freely about the tough training regimen for the Wolverines, saying they spent many hours in workouts during the offseason.

Those freshmen apparently were unaware of the NCAA’s time-commitment rules. But some veteran players who came in under previous coach Lloyd Carr said they were familiar with the rules, and Carr’s staff followed them.

One veteran player said the Wolverines talk to each other about the excessive hours under Rodriguez “all the time, but there is nothing we can do about it.‘’

Chuck Wynne, director of Communications Strategy for the NCAA, said the time limits went “to one of the central tenets of the NCAA, which is: We’re all about student-athlete well-being. We recognize that student-athletes need a balance in their lives.‘’

Wynne was commenting generally, not about the specifics of the U-M players’ accounts. Former coaches at other schools, also speaking generally, said the rules were important and, they believed, widely followed.

“All the rules are pretty clear,‘’ said former Baylor University coach Grant Teaff, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association since 1994. “Rules are rules. Some carry greater penalties than others. The rules are to be adhered to, period. You’re not partially married. You’re either married or you’re not married. ...

“If you’re my neighbor, and I see you’re breaking the rules, my responsibility if I want to criticize you for breaking the rule is turn you in. It’s not to turn around and start breaking the rule because you are doing it.‘’

Teaff said most of these rules were instituted in the last 20 years for the health and safety of players.

The coaches association is often consulted by the NCAA and sometimes proposes rules changes. Rodriguez has been on the AFCA’s Board of Trustees since 2005.

One player, echoing the words of others, said the workouts in the past two offseasons at Michigan “affected people’s grades. People were falling asleep in class.‘’

One parent said: “It’s very difficult for kids that take the programs seriously. They’re exhausted. According to the coaches, what they’ve told our kids is, ‘This is permitted.‘“

The players said they had not personally reported their concerns to the athletic department’s Compliance Services Office - and, in fact, had signed forms stating that rules had been followed.

“They were making us sign those - you’d get in trouble if you didn’t sign,‘’ one player on the 2008 team said. “We signed that and joked about that: ‘We work out way more than this.‘ We can’t do anything. We were trying to play.‘’

‘Wow, this is absurd’

In December 2007, Rodriguez and Barwis walked into the weight room at Schembechler Hall, home to the football program, and immediately declared it inadequate. At their request, athletic director Bill Martin spent more than $1 million upgrading it.

Martin also authorized the expansion of the football staff. Carr, before retiring, had three people on his quality-control staff; Rodriguez has five. Barwis has seven full-time assistants (some work with other U-M teams), one part-time assistant and 10 interns - a significant increase over Barwis’ predecessor, Mike Gittleson.

Barwis received a $190,000 salary last year, school records show. The only members of the football program who were paid more were Rodriguez - who makes $2.5 million annually and whose contract runs through 2013 - and his offensive and defensive coordinators.

Barwis has been praised in some corners for his advanced workout techniques and for getting players into the best shape of their lives.

Earlier this month, he told fan Web site GoBlueWolverine.com: “In reality, the work that they do, the commitment that they have and things they are put through, they are not going to be put through it at any other level, at any other time in their lives. The NFL guys we have back think, ‘Wow, this is absurd the amount of work they are putting in.‘“

In 2006, when Barwis and Rodriguez were at West Virginia, Barwis described the Mountaineers’ offseason workout regimen to the Associated Press: On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the players did Olympic and conventional lifts, functional and balance training, injury prevention, core training, plyometrics and explosive training, functional flexibility and conditioning. Tuesdays and Thursday were for speed, agility and flexibility training.

Barwis runs the same program at U-M.

Several players said that on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the past two offseasons, they were expected to be in the weight room for three to four hours, followed by a run of 45 minutes to an hour.

Players said that on Tuesdays and Thursdays, they were expected to spend two to three hours working on speed and agility. That brings the total time commitment to 15 to 21 hours a week - more than the NCAA’s weekly 8-hour limit, which includes time spent watching film.

On top of the strength and conditioning, many players are expected to participate in seven-on-seven scrimmages five days a week, for about 45 minutes a day, during much of the offseason.

Why do Barwis’ workouts take so long? The volume of weight-lifting sets and exercises is only part of the explanation.

By Michael Rosenberg and Mark Snyder

Detroit Free Press

DETROIT - Ask University of Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez about Mike Barwis, and the superlatives will flow.

“He’s my guy,‘’ Rodriguez told the Detroit Free Press in the summer of 2008. “I won’t go anywhere without him.‘’

Barwis has been Rodriguez’s strength and conditioning coach for six years - four at West Virginia University, two at Michigan. The 46-year-old Rodriguez, entering his second season at Michigan, has said Barwis might be even more important than Rodriguez’s assistant coaches because of all the time Barwis spends working with players.

But how much time is too much?

The NCAA, which governs college athletics, has strict limits on how much time coaches can require players to spend on their sport. But Rodriguez’s team has routinely broken the rules since he took over in January 2008, people inside the program told the Free Press.

Numerous players on the 2008 and 2009 teams said the program far exceeded limits intended to protect athletes from coaching excesses and to ensure fair competition.

Two players called Michigan’s offseason requirements “ridiculous.‘’ The players described the coaches’ expectations as an ongoing concern among many teammates. Parents of several players agreed.

The players and parents agreed to talk only if they were not identified because they said they feared repercussions from the coaching staff.

The Free Press outlined the allegations to U-M officials on Friday and requested responses from Rodriguez, Barwis, compliance director Judy Van Horn, athletic director Bill Martin and President Mary Sue Coleman. U-M issued brief written statements from Rodriguez and Van Horn.

Rodriguez said, “We know the practice and offseason rules, and we stay within the guidelines. We follow the rules and have always been completely committed to being compliant with all NCAA rules.‘’

Van Horn said, “Compliance and administrative staff conduct in-person spot checks of practice during the academic year and summer. We have not had any reason to self-report any violations in this area with any of our sports.‘’

Officials said Martin and Coleman were unavailable. Athletic Department spokesman Bruce Madej said Barwis would not comment because Rodriguez speaks for the football program.

‘It was mandatory’

In the past two offseasons, players said, the Wolverines were expected to spend two to three times more than the eight hours allowed for required workouts each week. Players are free to exceed the limit, but it must be truly voluntary.

The players said the offseason work was clearly required. Several of them said players who failed to do all the strength and conditioning were forced to come back to finish or were punished with additional work.

“It was mandatory,‘’ one player said. “They’d tell you it wasn’t, but it really was. If you didn’t show up, there was punishment. I just felt for the guys that did miss a workout and had to go through the personal hell they would go through.‘’

In addition, the players cited these practices within the program:

Players spent at least nine hours on football activities on Sundays after games last fall. NCAA rules mandate a daily 4 -hour limit. The Wolverines also exceeded the weekly limit of 20 hours, the athletes said.

Players said members of Rodriguez’s quality-control staff often watched seven-on-seven offseason scrimmages. The non-contact drills, in which an offense runs plays against a defense, are supposed to be voluntary and player-run. They are held at U-M’s football facilities. NCAA rules allow only training staff - not quality-control staffers - to attend as a safety precaution. Quality-control staffers provide administrative and other support for the coaches but are not allowed to interact directly with players during games, practices or workouts.

If the NCAA investigates and concludes that U-M willfully and repeatedly violated the rules, the NCAA could find the football program guilty of major violations for the first time in the football program’s history.

For this report, the Free Press interviewed 10 current or former players and the parents of four others. In separate interviews, five players gave almost identical accounts of how the program is run, and a sixth player confirmed most of the descriptions. Other players, as well as parents of additional players, discussed the conditions in general. Several players declined to be interviewed at length but did not dispute the allegations when asked specifically about them.

‘All the rules are . . . clear’

At U-M’s football media day last week, two of Rodriguez’s freshmen talked freely about the tough training regimen for the Wolverines, saying they spent many hours in workouts during the offseason.

Those freshmen apparently were unaware of the NCAA’s time-commitment rules. But some veteran players who came in under previous coach Lloyd Carr said they were familiar with the rules, and Carr’s staff followed them.

One veteran player said the Wolverines talk to each other about the excessive hours under Rodriguez “all the time, but there is nothing we can do about it.‘’

Chuck Wynne, director of Communications Strategy for the NCAA, said the time limits went “to one of the central tenets of the NCAA, which is: We’re all about student-athlete well-being. We recognize that student-athletes need a balance in their lives.‘’

Wynne was commenting generally, not about the specifics of the U-M players’ accounts. Former coaches at other schools, also speaking generally, said the rules were important and, they believed, widely followed.

“All the rules are pretty clear,‘’ said former Baylor University coach Grant Teaff, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association since 1994. “Rules are rules. Some carry greater penalties than others. The rules are to be adhered to, period. You’re not partially married. You’re either married or you’re not married. ...

“If you’re my neighbor, and I see you’re breaking the rules, my responsibility if I want to criticize you for breaking the rule is turn you in. It’s not to turn around and start breaking the rule because you are doing it.‘’

Teaff said most of these rules were instituted in the last 20 years for the health and safety of players.

The coaches association is often consulted by the NCAA and sometimes proposes rules changes. Rodriguez has been on the AFCA’s Board of Trustees since 2005.

One player, echoing the words of others, said the workouts in the past two offseasons at Michigan “affected people’s grades. People were falling asleep in class.‘’

One parent said: “It’s very difficult for kids that take the programs seriously. They’re exhausted. According to the coaches, what they’ve told our kids is, ‘This is permitted.‘“

The players said they had not personally reported their concerns to the athletic department’s Compliance Services Office - and, in fact, had signed forms stating that rules had been followed.

“They were making us sign those - you’d get in trouble if you didn’t sign,‘’ one player on the 2008 team said. “We signed that and joked about that: ‘We work out way more than this.‘ We can’t do anything. We were trying to play.‘’

‘Wow, this is absurd’

In December 2007, Rodriguez and Barwis walked into the weight room at Schembechler Hall, home to the football program, and immediately declared it inadequate. At their request, athletic director Bill Martin spent more than $1 million upgrading it.

Martin also authorized the expansion of the football staff. Carr, before retiring, had three people on his quality-control staff; Rodriguez has five. Barwis has seven full-time assistants (some work with other U-M teams), one part-time assistant and 10 interns - a significant increase over Barwis’ predecessor, Mike Gittleson.

Barwis received a $190,000 salary last year, school records show. The only members of the football program who were paid more were Rodriguez - who makes $2.5 million annually and whose contract runs through 2013 - and his offensive and defensive coordinators.

Barwis has been praised in some corners for his advanced workout techniques and for getting players into the best shape of their lives.

Earlier this month, he told fan Web site GoBlueWolverine.com: “In reality, the work that they do, the commitment that they have and things they are put through, they are not going to be put through it at any other level, at any other time in their lives. The NFL guys we have back think, ‘Wow, this is absurd the amount of work they are putting in.‘“

In 2006, when Barwis and Rodriguez were at West Virginia, Barwis described the Mountaineers’ offseason workout regimen to the Associated Press: On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the players did Olympic and conventional lifts, functional and balance training, injury prevention, core training, plyometrics and explosive training, functional flexibility and conditioning. Tuesdays and Thursday were for speed, agility and flexibility training.

Barwis runs the same program at U-M.

Several players said that on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the past two offseasons, they were expected to be in the weight room for three to four hours, followed by a run of 45 minutes to an hour.

Players said that on Tuesdays and Thursdays, they were expected to spend two to three hours working on speed and agility. That brings the total time commitment to 15 to 21 hours a week - more than the NCAA’s weekly 8-hour limit, which includes time spent watching film.

On top of the strength and conditioning, many players are expected to participate in seven-on-seven scrimmages five days a week, for about 45 minutes a day, during much of the offseason.

Why do Barwis’ workouts take so long? The volume of weight-lifting sets and exercises is only part of the explanation.

Barwis assigns players to groups of eight or 10. Every player in a group must complete a weight-lifting set before any of them can move on to the next task. Barwis and his assistants work with them.

At the school’s news media day, the Free Press asked freshman Brandin Hawthorne what winter conditioning was like. Hawthorne, a linebacker from Pahokee, Fla., enrolled in January.

“It’s crazy,‘’ said Hawthorne, who was not complaining about his coaches and was apparently unaware of the time-limit rules. “I work out at 8. We’ll work out from, like, 8 to 10:30. We come back later, have one-on-ones, seven-on-sevens, a little passing. Then I’ll go watch a little film.‘’

The Free Press also asked freshman receiver Je’Ron Stokes about Michigan’s offseason program. Stokes, from Philadelphia, arrived at the Ann Arbor campus in June.

“Hooooo!‘’ Stokes said. “A typical week is working from 8 a.m. in the morning to 6 or 7 at night, Monday through Saturday.‘’

And that was starting in June?

“Yes, sir,‘’ Stokes said. “We do the weight room at least three times a week, and seven-on-sevens and one-on-ones. Speed and agility on the other days. Every day we have something new to get ready for the season. The coaches have done a great job of stressing the importance of getting us ready for the big season that we’re about to have.‘’

Stokes was not complaining. Like Hawthorne, he apparently was unaware of the rules.

On top of the regular workout schedule, every Tuesday during winter term, a few players on the team are required to spend additional hours at Schembechler Hall for what they call Torture Tuesdays. Players say Rodriguez created Torture Tuesdays to maintain school discipline and class attendance.

Those players must show up before dawn on Tuesday for a series of rigorous physical tasks: Army crawls, barrel rolls, long piggyback rides, wheelbarrow races back and forth across the field. Sometimes the players have to move every dumbbell in the weight room to the other side in a few minutes.

Players have been known to get physically ill on Torture Tuesdays because of the workouts. But they are still expected to complete their two to three hours of speed and agility work later that day.

‘We work hard’

Barwis is the first to say he is demanding.

“Occasionally, some people do go the other way when it’s a little too much work for them,‘’ Barwis told the Free Press in January 2008, his first month on the job. “Regardless, it’s a system where we work, we work hard, we expect to outwork the opponent, we will outwork the opponent. ...

“When you’re tired and don’t feel like doing it, you’re going to do it anyway. It’s a pretty simple process.‘’

Several players said the offseason hours contributed to the program’s high attrition rate - more than 20 players have left the program early since Rodriguez was hired. They said that Michigan coaches have a saying: “Workouts aren’t mandatory, but neither is playing time.‘’

This echoes the words of Rodriguez’s All-America center at West Virginia, Dan Mozes. In the summer of 2006, Mozes told the Associated Press: “The way I say it is, ‘The workouts aren’t mandatory, but neither is your playing time.‘“

Six months ago, Rodriguez and Barwis hired Mozes as a part-time assistant strength coach.

According to NCAA rules, coaches must do more than just declare weight-room workouts as “voluntary.‘’ If attendance is kept or an athletic department staffer relays information about the activity to the coaches, the activity is mandatory.

Michigan players said their offseason conditioning was done at the direction of Rodriguez’s staff.

“They know the rules,‘’ one player said. “Of course they know the rules. There was a time when the offensive line coach [Greg Frey] told me, ‘You’re not doing nothing different than anybody else in the country is.‘“

But veteran players told the Free Press that Carr and his director of weight training and conditioning, Gittleson, strictly followed the NCAA rules. Players were expected to spend up to eight hours a week pushing themselves in the weight room during the offseason, but anything beyond that was truly voluntary. They also were encouraged to fit their workouts around their class schedules.

Players said that offseason workouts are not the only dramatic change under Rodriguez.

Under Carr, offseason seven-on-seven drills were run by players, without coaches or staff members present, players said. The only staffer there would be a trainer, in case anybody got injured, as allowed under NCAA rules.

Several players said Rodriguez’s coaches were more likely to insist they participate in seven-on-seven scrimmages, which have become more frequent. They also said that members of the program’s quality-control staff frequently watched seven-on-sevens.

“They usually just watched and would write down who wasn’t there,‘’ one player on the 2008 team said.

Another said graduate assistants would track them down.

“The phone would ring: ‘Where you at? ... You gotta come.‘ ‘I’m in class.‘“

Quality-control staffers are not allowed to attend voluntary drills, according to the NCAA.

Players also said members of the coaching staff sometimes lingered nearby to watch seven-on-seven scrimmages. Players said the coaches were not physically coaching them, but their presence made it apparent that attendance was being noted and their performances were being evaluated. NCAA rules require such scrimmages to be voluntary.

And when the season started, every week began with a violation.

‘Sundays were miserable’

The 2008 Wolverines were shocked by how much Rodriguez required on fall Sundays.

Rodriguez required his players to arrive at Schembechler Hall by noon the day after games. They would then go through a full weight-lifting session, followed by individual position meetings and a full-team meeting. Then, at night, they would hold a full practice. Often, they would not leave the practice facility until after 10 p.m.

In September 2008, three weeks into Rodriguez’s first season, senior defensive tackle Terrance Taylor talked about his previous Sunday.

“It was, like, 10 hours,‘’ Taylor said. “Everybody was like, ‘Where were you at?‘ ‘I was at practice all day.‘ My parents were still here. They were like, ‘Where were you at?‘ I was like, ‘I was at the building all day.‘“

The NCAA limit is 4 hours a day for required activities.

“The Sundays were miserable,‘’ one player said. “I could never get healthy. You’d go through a game and then go through a hard workout. Sundays would just kill you.‘’

The NCAA also limits teams to 20 hours a week, and Rodriguez apparently exceeded that limit as well.

The NCAA counts competition days - usually Saturday for U-M football - as 3 hours against the weekly limit, even though players at all programs actually devote six or seven hours to football on those days, not counting travel.

With three hours on Saturday and a full day on Sunday, players tallied about 12 hours on those two days. They were off Monday. Players said they would spend an additional three to four hours with the team on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, bringing the weekly total to 21- 24 hours.

They also had to work out on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. There was a walk-through of the plays for at least an hour on Fridays.

‘I wish I had more time’

As he prepares for his second season, Rodriguez has said he is pleased by how hard his players are working, especially in the weight room.

Rodriguez has posted a big sign above the entrance to the team’s weight room that says, “Through these doors walks the best conditioned, most disciplined, and hardest working football team in America.‘’

If that’s true, it did not show on the field last fall. For the season, the Wolverines were outscored, 166-157, in the first half - and 181-86 in the second half, when conditioning is crucial.

Michigan finished with a 3-9 record. The low point came in October, when the Wolverines lost at home to Toledo.

Two days after that loss, Rodriguez was asked if there were anything he would have done differently in his short tenure.

“The only thing I wish I would have had in the last seven, eight months, is I wish I had more time to spend with the players,‘’ Rodriguez said. “You have NCAA rules. We can’t go over the time limits, all that.‘’
~~  By Michael Rosenberg and Mark Snyder - Detroit Free Press - AP   ~~

Copen School Reunion

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The annual Copen School reunion is set for Saturday, September 5, 2009.
We had a wonderful time last year and will use the same format this year.
Bring a covered dish and a lawn chair.
Please don’t put off coming, as we are aware that several students and two teachers have passed away since our first reunion.
Any questions, call 304.853.2396

Flashlight Tour of the Monster Landing

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The flashlight tour of the monster landing will be Friday, September 4, 2009 at 9:00 PM.
The cost is $5.00.
Participants will meet in front of Granddad’s Store, Flatwoods. Contact Steve Smith at 304.765.3194 to purchase advance tickets or for more information.

Daily Prayer: 08.31.09

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The whole child concept is admirable, but with GCHS grads being behind in proficiency for academic subjects we need to make changes to drastically improve learning to enable our kids to compete in the highly competitive modern world.

Our being the 52nd worse off among 55 WV counties for college remediation rates is undeniable proof.

Administrators must determine legitimate causes of our bottom ranking for use in improving learning instead of applying usual low payoff tinkering to be passed off as progress.

By B. K. Brooks on 12.15.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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That’s the #### dems new ploy, they can’t win on policy so they charge sexual harassment.

By The Silent Majority on 12.15.2017

From the entry: 'Meet the Miss USA Contestant from Gilmer County, WV Accusing Trump of Sexual Misconduct'.

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Why was there no outrage like this when Billy Boy was doing his deed in the White House? and other places?

Oh, I forgot.  He was the media’s boy?

By HOW COME NOW ? on 12.14.2017

From the entry: 'Meet the Miss USA Contestant from Gilmer County, WV Accusing Trump of Sexual Misconduct'.

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Wanna bet that in green counties when results sag there is no hesitancy to make administrative changes when needed? In Gilmer County the approach has been to hide facts and to manufacture rosy ones to report to citizens.

By Moore on 12.11.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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This is basically the process for an improvement plan. A school board specifies student achievement standards and it assigns a superintendent to work with central office staff and school administrators to produce a comprehensive plan for making needed changes. After putting a plan in place results are closely monitored by a school board while holding a superintendent personally accountable for achieving the standards.

By School Board Member In A Top Performing County on 12.10.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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Did I miss the County Commission Agenda for the December meeting?  The GFP site is displaying a little differently and I can’t seem to find it.  Do they still meet on First and Third Fridays??

By Searching on 12.10.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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The no excuse rate for Gilmer County is 59% and there are only three other WV counties worse off. This alarming information flags dire need for the County’s school board to do its job by implementing an improvement plan.

By Gilmer Students Ripped Off on 12.08.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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“We’re going to see a sea change in American agriculture as the next generation gets on the land,“

Yeah, right.  That will last about as long as it takes to discover exactly how hard farming is, and the amount of work it takes to make even a minimal living.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 11.30.2017

From the entry: 'A Growing Number Of Young Americans Are Leaving Desk Jobs To Farm'.

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I always thought a Harvard education was something special.  Well, I guess it is.  Just a week ago they had ‘sex week’.  One of the course offerings was analsex101.  That’s right.  Google it.  Plenty of coverage. True story.

By Harvard 'taint what it used to be? on 11.23.2017

From the entry: 'Feds Threaten To Sue Harvard Over Asian-American Admissions'.

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This is nothing new.  It has been happening for years and no attempt to stop it.  Just quiet it down when word leaks out.  The court system thumbs their noses and laughs at ‘their hillbillies’.

Remember the hub-bub about $100,000.00 bathrooms in the Capitol building a few months ago?

Think they have them all remodeled so those whom you elected can krap in style the next legislative session?  lol

By Web on 11.18.2017

From the entry: 'Legislators Turn Focus on Supreme Court Spending Following Report on Luxury Purchases'.

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The justices are part of the aristocracy. Does anybody think that they care what the peons think?

By Skip Beyer on 11.18.2017

From the entry: 'Legislators Turn Focus on Supreme Court Spending Following Report on Luxury Purchases'.

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Why are Gilmer’s voters kept in the dark about activities of the two LSICs in the County? No published agendas before meetings, no published meeting minutes, and plans with details for school improvements are not disclosed. Violation of WV’s open meeting laws? To top it off memberships of LSIC’s and who selected the individuals are kept secret from voters.

By Gilmer Voter on 11.16.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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LSIC plans are short on specifics for measurable academic improvements to be achieved. That way no matter what happens extraordinary successes can be proclaimed. The strategy is designed to make meaningful accountability impossible for school system administrators.

By More Of Same For WV Schools on 11.15.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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A food pantry opens at Marshall University?

For students I can understand.
But its also for faculty and staff?

Really now?  Their salaries are that poor they need access to a food pantry?

Times area really tough in West Virginia.  Really are.

By Tough Times at Marshall University on 11.14.2017

From the entry: 'West Virginia News'.

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LSIC=Local School Improvement Council. Each WV school has one. Google to learn what each one is supposed to do to improve a school. Ask for plans for your schools.

By POGO on 11.13.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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What is this “LSIC” commenter speaks about?
Who and what is that all about?

By reader on 11.12.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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Fellow West Virginian’s.  What is being seen here is Paine’s return to ‘power’ and the continued 20 years charade by the WVBOE.

They spend your tax dollars.  They do their best to cover their failed efforts.  They cheat our children of a good education. 

They play (think manipulate) with the grading system every couple years, making it impossible to follow students upward or downward progressions.

Don’t expect any good, any progress, any improvement to happen in West Virginia.  It’s not in the cards.  Well, that is not in the ‘administrators’.

By 20 years of WVBOE 'playing' school on 11.12.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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All high schools in WV have ACT Profile Reports for each graduating class.

The only performance information typically cited in school districts is average ACT scores for graduating classes.

If you can get copies of Reports for your high schools read them to independently evaluate testing results for career and college readiness, science, technology engineering and math (STEM), and other categories.

Chances are that your local administrators gloated that average ACT scores for graduating classes are commendable to give your high schools passing marks, but other testing outcomes in the Reports may show otherwise.

It is doubtful if LSIC members for your high schools know about the Reports to be grounds for demanding academic improvement plans. Check Reports for high schools in your school district to make up your own minds.

By WVDOE Fact Checker on 11.11.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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Policy 2510 is an admission by the West Virginia Board of Education of their own failure.

Dumb down the standards in order that students can get a passing grade.

You grand pooh-bahs in Charleston BOE should be ashamed of yourselves!  But you have no shame. Obviously so.

Steve Paine, leading the failure of education in West Virginia.

By # 2510 policy--WVBOE ADMITS OWN FAILURE on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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With a deal like this—WHY—are we selling road bonds and—WHY—were all the motor vehicle fees INCREASED on West Virginia’s citizens?  WHY ! ?

Thanks for nothing Jim Justice and the WV legislators.

By WEST VIRGINIA TAXPAYER on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'WV Signes $84 Billion Shale Gas Deal with China Energy'.

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The Rosie Bell will be a nice addition to the Park !

A thank you to Donna Waddell and her leadership and the FRN for making the Park happen !

By Thank America's Rosie's ! on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'What This Bell Means to Gilmer County'.

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Aren’t they supposed to have agendas AND minutes for each and every meeting, by law?  They put it right there on the agendas that there were None. And months’ go by without even Seeing an Agenda.  It’s a citizen’s right to go in and ask to see them ALL.  Someone needs to look into this.  Especially with all the speculation that goes on around legal issues in the county!

By GilmerCountyCommission? on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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The grade 7 spike in math in comparison to lowered performances in higher grades begs the question about reasons. What is being done to ensure that math skills will not drop by graduation time? Has anyone looked at adverse effects of block scheduling and other factors?

By Answers Needed on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'SEEING MATH IN NEW WAYS'.

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We’ll.  It’s a step forward to see the Commission AGENDA - but what about the minutes?  The last two agendas have said “ Approve County Commission Minutes-None”      Aren’t there supposed to legally be minutes for the public to read?????  This makes NO sense unless things are going on that the Commission doesn’t want the public to know.  Obviously.  SHOW THE MINUTES Jean Butcher, do your job!

By 304 More Issues on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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This posting is very informative and it documents what can be done with innovative approaches to teaching math. For too long we were fed the party line that all was well in our schools for math and everything else. That myth prevailed because facts were hidden to hold down the County’s demands for accountability. Hats are off to Kelly Barr and Traci DeWall.

During intervention it was commonly known that school board members made repeated requests for all kinds of student progress information, but it was kept from them. That era has ended and the County’s school board is expected to focus on its top priority responsibility that is to continually improve student learning in our schools. Our kids can perform if they are given the chance.

By Gilmer County Parents on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'SEEING MATH IN NEW WAYS'.

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Gilmer look at this Did You Know. If you look at the State’s data on Zoom Dashboard to review changes in mastery of math and reading for the GCHS’s 11th grade for the 2011 and 2017 testing years it is clear the you have a problem with your math program. In 2011 the math pass rate was 36.92 compared to 37.29% in 2017. Progress with reading was truly commendable. The pass rate went from 26.98 in 2011 to 64.41% in 2017. Why the lack of progress for math? We know that your school board members are trying to get information about plans for improvements for math and science, but is full disclosure of details any better than it was under intervention? Let us know.

By B. Cummings on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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Lots to learn kids. By the way,  How’s the Commission coming along with the September meeting minutes?

By 304 on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'GSC Criminal Justice Students Take Part in Scenario-Based Training with RJA'.

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Most of America lives in denial of toll the government approved ‘life-style’ that is shortening everyone’s lives.

We are living in an era where the government has been lobbied (think bought) in approval of many, many things that are destructive to life.

This article shows the result of a cumulative toll effect that vaccines, pesticides, GMO foods, chemtrails, and other poisons are taking on the American population.

This is likely the globalists dream of “depopulation” coming true.  Enjoy what time you, your children, and grandchildren have left.

By Your Government Taking Care of You on 10.25.2017

From the entry: 'Americans Are Retiring Later, Dying Sooner and Sicker In-Between'.

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I don’t care Who or What he killed.  He shouldn’t be doing it in a West Virginia Police hat.  It sends a bad message to do it with a Police hat on.

By Hunter on 10.24.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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Your outrage is misplaced Hunter. He killed Bambi, who will no longer will frolic through the forest.

By Democrats Against Deer Hunting on 10.23.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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It doesn’t seem like Gilmer County Law Officials seem to care about the murders in the area. In my opinion. We don’t hear anything from the law on Any of the pertinent local situations.  Why IS that?  We know MUCH more about national news that we know about the goings on in Gilmer. Crimes, drug busts, investigations and Answers to those investigations.  Why don’t we Ever hear any news from the Sheriff’s Department??  Still wondering why Deputy Wheeler was reassigned to school patrol officer and who took over his murder investigative duties.  Can’t get anyone to pick up the phone or an answer when I call.  Maybe someone on the Gilmer Free Press can shed some light?

By Where is the Law? on 10.23.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice, DOT Sec. Smith Announce First GARVEE Bond Sale for Roads, Bridges'.

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“We should welcome refugees and immigrants to the United States because it’s good for our society, for our economy, and for our nation.“

WRONG - Diversity in populations has been proven to be, not helpful to society, but harmful.  Immigrant groups who refuse to assimilate are a problem not a benefit, and will remain a problem until they do assimilate.

It’s understood that not all Muslims are terrorists, but for practical purposes all terrorists are Muslims.  And please spare me the Timothy McVey arguments.  McVey and his ilk were loners.  Muslim terrorists are part of an organized movement.

I think almost all immigration should cease until the present immigrant population can be dealt with, through assimilation or otherwise.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.22.2017

From the entry: 'Trump’s Muslim Bans Impoverish Us All'.

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Will the persons involved in Poor Fred’s murder ever be held accountable?  Ever?  Yet they walk among us every day?

Did not realize it has been 7 years since poor ol’ Willard met his fate?  There is plenty dirt kicked around there to cover the wrong doings too?

By Poor Fred is Dead on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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Hold on Gub’ner Justiss….
The juery stil’ be outs on yer barrering’ game….

Ways to er’ly ta be countin’ hens an roosters….

By no chickens yet... on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice, DOT Sec. Smith Announce First GARVEE Bond Sale for Roads, Bridges'.

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Wanna get votes for the school levy? Simply get truth out about where the County stands with low reading, math, and science scores and publicize a rational plan for fixing problems.

By Truth Will Win Levy Votes on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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I get it that it’s a pose for the camera, but should he Really be wearing a Police hat for hunting?

By Hunter on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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Nice to see the Gilmer County Commission finally reveal their meeting minutes after long lapses of no information.  Can’t help but wonder if this was posted specifically because of the topic -  Sheriff Gerwig being assigned to another estate case before closing out others. Memories of Willard F. Cottrill today. d. 10/20/10 R.I.P.  The minutes should be interesting.  Let freedom ring.

By MC on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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From WV Zoom Dash Board. GCES 6th grade student proficiency rate=20% for math and 31% for reading. Gilmer County demands a K-12 improvement plan everyone can understand and promote!!! We have had enough of the everything is just fine claims.

By School Kids Are Cheated on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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It is a common occurrence for school administrators to carefully select one small piece of information to purposely give a school a rosy performance rating for student learning and to hide unflattering information from an LSIC and a local BOE. The way to prevent the censorship is for superintendents to routinely provide access to all testing results so performance evaluations for a school can be based on a full set of facts.

By WVDOE Employee For Complete Transparency on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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The community has observed that there is an improved way of doing business by the GCBOE and the new superintendent after the State pulled out. One problem to solve after the State’s neglect for six years of intervention is low student success at the GCHS for math and science. There is documentation on the ZoomWV Dashboard kept by the WV Education Department. The pass rate for GCHS students for M & S is in the 30s. What is the HS’s LSIC group doing to improve those scores? Does it have a detailed improvement plan for the school and if it does it should be disclosed. M and S under achievement underscores why it is important to know what the County’s LSICs are doing to improve our schools academically.

By Gilmer Business Executive on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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Should not have to get LSIC membership from principals. The information should be published for the public record for all interested citizens including taxpayers to know. Gilmer’s secrecy has been a long time tool used to undermine accountability and it must stop!

By Stop Secrecy! on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Is it true the GC Board of Education sold this to 4H for one dollar?  I should hope so!

This community has always supported our children and their 4H works.

Very good of our Board of Education to do this!
Thank all you board members!
Doing what you were elected to do!
Take care of the kids and community!

By WONDERFULL USE OF TRAILER on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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We 4-H supporters wish to express our appreciation to Mrs. Hurley and the other board of Education members with the 100% vote to hold and sell this trailer for 4-H use/utilization.  This new office space for the very nominal fee is much appreciated.

Kudos to Hurley for staying in contact with the past 4-H director and making sure all was well and agenda requirements were met.  We had heard we were not going to get the trailer.  Thanks goodness the fake news was totally wrong.

Moving out of the old infirmary building will be a real blessing.  The group has learned a valuable lesson.

Do not take the word of ANY others about what the Board of Ed tries to do for each and every community in Gilmer County.  Go to the source.

By Thanks Mz. Hurley & Board of Ed ! on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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smile It’s no secret that the Gilmer Board of Ed sets up a public meeting with the LSIC of each school presenting every year agenda and all. Always have.
 
If you want to know who’s on it or when it meets call your school Principal.  That’s who sets up this internal governance committee per code and will probably be glad to talk with you about it.

By Just Takes a Phone Call on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Why the secrecy in not disclosing names of those on the County’s LSIC councils and when they meet with published agendas and official meeting minutes?

By Transparency Suffering on 10.16.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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This information is generally unknown in Gilmer County. Google WVDOE LSIC and chick on the item for frequently asked questions about local school improvement councils. Details covers how individuals are selected to serve on councils and what councils are supposed to do to continually improve our schools with keen focus on student learning.

By How Gilmer's LSICs Should Work on 10.16.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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I love the picture of Kenny because that is a true reflection of him.  I never saw him without a smile on his face.  Even when we would speak on the phone sharing our cancer struggles, Kenny would be laughing.  He always brightened my day when times were hard for me.  Linda, God bless you for what wonderful care you took of Kenny.  When we spoke he was always eager to tell me all you had done for him & how loved & cared about that made him feel.  He always said he could never have made it without you.  God bless you & May God bring you the peace, comfort, & happiness Kenny would want you to have.  My prayers are with you.

By Sue Holvey on 10.15.2017

From the entry: 'Kenneth Jackson Foglesong'.

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Still keeping up on Gilmer County after ending of your intervention. Been reading your test score information too. Your Local School Improvement Councils are responsible for defining specific approaches for improving student performances. The WV Statute covering roles of councils is 18-5a-2. The Department of Eduction has details on its web site for how councils are selected, their responsibilities, and how elected school boards fit in. Too often the problem has been that detailed results for student performance testing were withheld from councils and their members do not know that there are student performance problems in critical need of correcting. The solution is to ensure that all council members are fully advised of testing results and the full range of their official responsibilities.

By WVDOE Observer on 10.14.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Look at the WVDOE’s Zoom Dashboard. The State’s official results for 2017 testing are alarming. Eleventh graders tested out to be 37% proficient in math compared to 36% in science for 10th graders. Our kids can do much better than this. When will an improvement plan for the high school be developed for application with meaningful built in accountability?

By Fix GCHS' Science And Math Problems on 10.14.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Don’t believe all the Liberal propaganda being printed as facts….fake news from the left is an epidemic…if we cared so much about pollution and respiratory illnesses, we’d have outlawed cigarettes decades ago…don’t kill West Virginia’s economy over a few objectors.

By Truth?? on 10.13.2017

From the entry: 'Health Consequences from Carbon Pollution Rollback'.

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My child graduated from the GCHS with a high GPA and an ACT exceeding 30. Sounded good at first. At WVU the child was deficient in science and math and dual credit classes taken at the HS didn’t measure up. What is the GCBOE doing to make academic improvements at the HS and when will parents and taxpayers in general be informed of the details?

By GCHS Science and Math Programs Suffering on 10.12.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Here’s a prediction for you:

Half the money will be wasted on environmental impact statements, feasibility studies and the like.

Of the remaining half, most will go to wages and salaries, and damned few roads or bridges will be repaired.

Anyone want to dispute that?

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.10.2017

From the entry: 'Politics Aside, Voters Say, They Want WV’s Roads Fixed'.

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What a scoop!  One county gets 18% of pie!

Mon County wins!  Everyone else looses.

By nepotism will rule the day! on 10.09.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Issues Statement on Passage of Roads to Prosperity Bond Referendum'.

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There have been repeated pleas for a detailed accounting for all the County’s education money spent on facilities and everything associated with them during State control. Why has nothing been done to verify how public money was spent? With use of modern computer records it should be relatively simple to do detailed accounting. Without one and the continuing secrecy lid suspicions are worsened. Didn’t the County have a seizable surplus before intervention and now we face going into the red?

By Where Did Gilmer's School Money Go? on 10.07.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Positive press out of GSC is always good for the community and the College.

What is not good for the community and GSC is the ongoing telephone scam GSC has nothing to do with.

The phone will ring, there is a GSC entry on caller ID, and a 304-462 number is given. If you answer thinking that it is a legitimate GSC call you get surprised.

The caller, usually with a strange accent, will make a pitch for money and it is obviously a scam.

It is common for the caller to try to convince a person that a grand child or another relative is in bad trouble and thousands of dollars are needed quickly for a lawyer or some other expense.

When the 304 number is called back there is nothing there. It would help if GSC officials would alert the public to the cruel scam and to involve high level law enforcement to stop the nuisance calls.

By Fed Up Glenville Resident on 10.05.2017

From the entry: 'GSC History Book Authors to be on hand for Signing'.

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So sorry.  You and your family have my thoughts and prayers. Butch, you may not remember me but you did such a wonderful job at my farm in Lewis County, dozing, ditching, etc. etc.  a few years ago.  I so appreciated your work. God Bless you and your family during this difficult time.

By Betty Woofter on 10.03.2017

From the entry: 'Florence Marie Hall'.

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West Virginia has 55 counties.

Mon County will get almost 20% of the highway money.  Actually about 1/8th.

Does that seem lop-sided to anyone? 

One county gets one-fifth.  Who gets the ‘payola’ ?

By watcher on 10.01.2017

From the entry: 'Latest Numbers on Road Bond Vote'.

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Nice letter and thought Senator Manchin.

Maybe now a letter to Milan corp, requesting Heather Bresch requesting a epi-pen price roll back?

By How About it Mr. Manchin? on 09.29.2017

From the entry: 'Manchin Letter Urges for Patient Access to Non-Opioid Painkillers'.

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That is the standard operating procedure for the Charleston Board of Ed and their mismanagement style. 

Is it any wonder the state has financial issues?

By truth seeker's answer on 09.28.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Apparently the 5 year, GC school news embargo, by the West Virginia Board of Education has been lifted ?  Hope so.

By will we get more news? on 09.28.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes'.

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We want investigative accounting for all the County’s school money spent on facilities during intervention. We are entitled to details for planning money, money paid out to architects, all money sent on Leading Creek, everything spent on the Arbuckle land plan and Cedar Creek, what was spent to get us at the new GCES, and a complete list for all money paid out for no bid work from start to where we are today.

By Citizens Deserve Facts on 09.28.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Can someone explain to me why in Gilmer County schools projects were given to certain companies without any bid? Even when these companies kept screwing up, they kept getting paid for fixing their own screw ups? A good example is our supposed to be brand new elementary school. I hear these all the time. What is the real truth?

By truth seeker on 09.27.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Where are all the Obama and Clinton haters now? Why aren’t they comment about the state of the country and the world now?

By wondering on 09.27.2017

From the entry: 'National News'.

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Most likely this road bond deal, will make millionaires of elected officials, families, friends.

The WVDOT has a proven track record on spending.  One not to brag about?

The ‘assisted’ suicide of the former DOT manager has been hushed too?

By reader6 on 09.25.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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The posting about Boone is a wake up call for the Governor’s road vote coming up.

WV has a bad reputation for graft and corruption when public funds are involved. With the amount of money involved for the road building program with bond money there would be vast opportunities for waste and mismanagement.

Just look at wasted money in County school systems under WVDOE intervention while local control was eliminated. 

Governor Justice should inform voters what he would do to ensure that the new road money would be spent wisely with iron clad accountability for every penny spent.

By Money To Burn on 09.25.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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There is an epidemic of misuse of County school funds in WV. We read about it all the time. That is what happens when finances are purposely packaged in ways to make it too complicated for board members to track and proper local level oversight cannot occur. This problem is one for Governor to solve.

By Boone Is Not Unique on 09.25.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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The same is being asked of the commission.  Meeting minutes and videos used to be available until fall of last year.  Now we hardly ever see even the agenda, let alone ever seeing the follow up minutes.  WHY DID THIS INFORMATION STOP?? Is someone hiding something because it surely would seem so.  We need to know what’s going on in this town and the Free Press is one of the few ways we can do it.  PLEASE bring back the public meetings videos!!

By Watcher on 09.11.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Commission Meeting - 09.01.17'.

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Appreciation is given to the City for posting meeting minutes on the GFP to be an example of good government by keeping citizens informed.

Why can’t the same be done with school board meeting minutes? Everyone knows that during intervention what got on agendas was censored and what happened during meetings was kept to a minimum to avoid information getting into the public record.

With the State out of here a request is made to the school board to exercise its authority to ensure that citizens are kept informed.

By Why Continuing Secrecy? on 09.11.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Commission Meeting - 09.01.17'.

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Interesting.  Deputy Clerk is the same one who tells people that come with an issue - that they should “go to church” if they’re angry This discrimination issue didn’t just happen once.  This is Gilmer County.

By Fact on 09.07.2017

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: WV Same-Sex Couple'.

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With the uproar about the excess levy passing again, it does not have a chance unless it is proven that a much better job will be done in managing the County’s school money than occurred during intervention.

For an example, why was new playground equipment purchased for the new GCES when perfectly good equipment at abandoned schools could have been used?

By Concerned Voter on 09.07.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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So nice to read of this hometown hero story!

So many stories like this have likely been lost to time.

By GFP reader on 09.06.2017

From the entry: 'Rosie the Riveter Ruby Coberly from Glenville Tells Her Story'.

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So sorry to hear of the death of Karol. I was to Ill to come to funeral, but. My thoughts and prayers was with the family. Classmate 1956.

By Nancy (Rose) Westfall on 09.03.2017

From the entry: 'Leota Karol Hatmaker'.

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Read the Sept 1st Gazette article about four WV school systems with major noteworthy gains in student proficiency in mastering subjects.

The Counties were Doddridge, Mingo, Taylor and Wayne. The proficiency increases were related to factors including curriculum changes, improved planning targeted to achieving specific goals,and use of modern tracking procedures to monitor results.

If other counties can do it Gilmer can too with the smallest school system in WV. For starters our administrators should learn what the four counties did and to adapt the practices to our school system.

It was insulting for some officials to claim that Gilmer’s citizens do not understand what is going on in our school system, they do not care, and nothing can be done about it anyway because of our poverty.

Citizens know more than they are given credit for and if the excess levy gains a chance of passing changes for the better must be demonstrated to voters.

By No More Excuses Accepted on 09.01.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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This is why Gilmer County must go on its own way by setting high standards, deciding on ways to achieve them for all children regardless of their pedigrees and family net worth. Part of it must include real time, unambiguous progress reports to establish accountability for school system administrators and the County’s school board.

A-F was a hoax. A WV school could get failing grades for student learning to end up with an overall A or B. Any wonder that we were stuck at 50th place with that brand of State cover-up?

By Gilmer--Go It Alone on 08.31.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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Yes, and in another year or two the grading system will change again.

And again and again and again.

The WV Board of Ed has played this gave for years, in order to ‘look’ accountable, but to escape any long term accountability.  Just keep changing the game.

By ~the people know~ on 08.31.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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