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Doddridge County: Kermit VanScoy Invitational Results

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Day 1 – Tuesday - 12.29.09

Gilmer County 59,  Calhoun County 29

Doddridge County 51,  Ritchie County 50

Day 2 – Wednesday - 12.30.09

Doddridge County 45,  Gilmer County 40 (OT)
Doddridge County scored the first seven points of overtime and defeated Gilmer County 45-40 in the championship game.

Doddridge County’s Jamie Barr hit a 3-pointer with 7.9 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into the extra session tied at 37.

Samantha Bailey led Doddridge County (3-2) with nine points, while Barr and Hunter Holland each finished with eight points.

Maggie Lilly led Gilmer County (2-3) with 12 points.


Ritchie County 54, Calhoun County 28
Leandra Villers poured in 17 points to lead Ritchie County (5-3) past Calhoun County 54-28 in the consolation game.

Calhoun County, led by Savannah Church’s 13 points, trailed 26-15 before Ritchie County outscored the Red Devils 16-5 in the third to pull away.

2010: We Are Headed Into A Deep Freeze

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The National Weather Service is calling for much colder than normal temperatures for next week.

NWS in Charleston sums it up like this:  “Very cold, windy with scattered snow showers.“

The jet stream isn’t working in our favor as it blows in that cold Canadian air.

“That has dropped well south into the United States. That’s allowing all this Arctic air to come down with it.“

So what can we expect for our New Year’s Weekend?  NWS says no matter where you are in the state; you’ll need your warmest coat along with a hat and gloves.

“We’re looking for temperatures not getting out of the 20s for highs and lows well down into the teens.  There will be on and off snow showers that could lay down some minor accumulations at any time.“

In the lowlands of West Virginia, that could add up to three inches by the end of the weekend, but the mountains will see even more.

“It’s going to be colder and windier and they’re going to have more snow. By the end of the weekend, they could have anywhere from 6 to 12 inches of snow on the ground by Monday morning.“

NWS says don’t expect to see the mercury to hit above the freezing mark until late next week.

Gator Bowl: West Virginia vs. Florida State

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West Virginia (9-3)  vs. Florida State (6-6)

WHEN: 1:00 PM EST on Friday.

WHERE: Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, Jacksonville.

TV: CBS (Verne Lundquist will do play-by-play, with Gary Danielson as the analyst).

THE LINE: West Virginia by 2.5.

RECORDS VS. BOWL TEAMS: Florida State 2-6, West Virginia 5-3.

NCAA SCHEDULE STRENGTH: Florida State 8th, West Virginia 37th.

BCS RANKINGS: Florida State unranked, West Virginia 16th.

OFFICIALS: A crew from the Big Ten.

COACHES: Florida State - Bobby Bowden (21-10-1 in bowls); West Virginia - Bill Stewart (2-0 in bowls).

WHY YOU SHOULD WATCH: This is the final game in Bowden’s legendary career. Can his players send him out a winner? He has had just one losing season at FSU his first.

KEY STAT: West Virginia ranks eighth in the nation in net punting, while Florida State’s Greg Reid leads the nation in punt-return average.

KEEP AN EYE ON: West Virginia RB Noel Devine often comes up big in the Mountaineers’ biggest games, so don’t be surprised if he has a huge performance. He’s the type of breakaway threat who could cause all kinds of problems for Florida State’s leaky defense. FSU likely will spend much of the day running the ball behind G Rodney Hudson, who won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the ACC’s top offensive lineman this season. Hudson missed Florida State’s final two regular-season games with a knee sprain, but he is expected to play in the Gator Bowl.

WHO GETS THE EDGE?
Florida State rush offense vs. West Virginia rush defense:
Florida State’s running attack struggled a bit early in the season before coming on late. Jermaine Thomas has rushed for 711 yards and seven touchdowns, and he reached the 100-yard mark in three consecutive games during a late-season stretch against North Carolina State, Clemson and Wake Forest. Freshmen Lonnie Pryor and Chris Thompson also have shown flashes. The Seminoles’ running attack could get a boost from the anticipated return of All-America G Rodney Hudson, who missed the last two regular-season games with a knee sprain. West Virginia ranks 29th in the nation in run defense and has given up 3.6 yards per carry, but the Mountaineers have allowed Cincinnati’s Isaiah Pead to rush for 175 yards and Pittsburgh’s Dion Lewis to gain 155 yards in two of their past three games.
Edge: Florida State

Florida State pass offense vs. West Virginia pass defense: E.J. Manuel led Florida State to back-to-back victories over Wake Forest and Maryland in his first two starts after replacing an injured Christian Ponder, but he had all kinds of problems in a 37-10 loss to Florida. Manuel has thrown six interceptions with only two touchdown passes in his three starts. West Virginia ranks 26th in the nation in pass efficiency defense. Manuel’s mobility makes him a similar type of quarterback as USF’s B.J. Daniels, who threw three touchdown passes without an interception in the Bulls’ 30-19 victory over West Virginia. But Daniels is a bit more polished than Manuel at this point in their careers, though Manuel undoubtedly learned quite a bit in that loss to Florida.
Edge: West Virginia

West Virginia rush offense vs. Florida State rush defense: Florida State fans figured they had a shot at signing Noel Devine because former Seminoles great Deion Sanders mentored him through the recruiting process. The Seminoles sure would love to have him on their side in this game. Devine has rushed for 1,297 yards and 12 touchdowns. He rushed for 220 yards in a nationally televised Thursday night win over Colorado and gained 134 yards in a victory over Pittsburgh. Devine has rushed for 100 yards in only one of his past five games, but he could be poised for a big game against a Florida State defense that ranks 108th in the nation against the run. Devine and mobile QB Jarrett Brown could wreak havoc all day.
Edge: West Virginia

West Virginia pass offense vs. Florida State pass defense: Brown has thrown only 11 touchdown passes and has passed for 200 yards in only one of his past seven games, but he still might end up having a big day against FSU’s dreadful pass defense. The Seminoles have a way of making even average quarterbacks look outstanding, and Brown is better than average. Florida State has given up 26 touchdown passes and ranks 113th in the nation the lowest of any team from one of the six major conferences in pass efficiency defense.
Edge: West Virginia

Florida State special teams vs. West Virginia special teams: FSU freshman K Dustin Hopkins is 15-of-22 on field-goal attempts and 7-for-13 from at least 40 yards, though he also has missed four extra-point attempts. West Virginia’s Tyler Bitancurt has gone 13-of-14 on field-goal attempts and made a game-winning 43-yarder on the final play against Pitt. West Virginia ranks eighth and Florida State is 53rd in net punting. West Virginia must watch out for FSU freshman Greg Reid, who leads the nation with an average of 18.4 yards per punt return.
Edge: West Virginia

Florida State coaching staff vs. West Virginia coaching staff: Florida State’s staff certainly has the edge in experience. This marks Bobby Bowden’s 33rd and final season at Florida State, while Bill Stewart is in his second full season at West Virginia. Bowden has a reputation as one of college football’s greatest coaches in bowl games, but Stewart also has delivered in the postseason. Stewart got this job part in large part for his ability to bring West Virginia together and lead the Mountaineers to a Fiesta Bowl upset of Oklahoma as an interim coach, and he beat North Carolina in the Meineke Car Care Bowl last season. Florida State didn’t have a whole lot of cohesiveness on its coaching staff this year. Now that Bowden has announced he is stepping down and offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher has begun putting together his own staff for the 2010 season, perhaps things will be a little more settled.
Edge: Florida State

X-factor: The records certainly suggest West Virginia is better than Florida State, but this is one bowl in which statistics might not matter. This marks the last game of Bowden’s legendary career. He is coaching in his home state in front of a sellout crowd. Do the Seminoles really want to send their coach out with his first losing season since 1976? Or do they want to carry Bowden on their shoulders after giving him one final victory? FSU should enter this game intent on delivering an inspired effort. If the Seminoles can take an early lead, that emotion could sustain them all day long.

Florida State will win if: The Seminoles have to run the ball effectively to control the clock and keep their vulnerable defense on the sideline as long as possible.

West Virginia will win if: The Mountaineers need to take an early lead to take the crowd out of the game. They also need to get the ball in the hands of their playmakers as often as possible. WVU has a big-play offense that is facing a defense that has given up far too many big plays this season.

EXPERT PICKS
Olin Buchanan: West Virginia 38, Florida State 31
Tom Dienhart: West Virginia 32, Florida State 29
David Fox: Florida State 31, West Virginia 30
Mike Huguenin: West Virginia 38, Florida State 34
Steve Megargee: Florida State 34, West Virginia 31
~~  AP – rivals.com   ~~

GCHS Boys Basketball Results

Varsity

Gilmer County (3-0) defeated Roane County 74-64 on Wednesday night.

Ryan Hough led Gilmer County with 19 points, while James pitched in 18 points.

Cam Kinder finished with 13 points.

Ian Morris scored in double digits with 12 points.

Scoring in double figures for Roane County (0-3) were Alex Mace with 19 points and Colter Taylor with 16 points.

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Varsity Scoring Summary

No. Player Points
20 James, Cody 18
44 Radcliff, William 0
1 Morris, Ian 12
3 Hough, Ryan 19
32 Roberts, Joel 6
4 Kinder, Cam 13
15 Bell, Nathan 1
Dennis, Devon 0
24 Aviles, Anthony 4
34 Dennison, Samuel 1
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Junior Varsity

Gilmer County JV 53     Roane County JV 60

Junior Varsity Scoring Summary

Player Points
Aviles, Anthony 19
Dennis, Devon 10
Bell, Nathan 10
Dennison, Samuel 3
Harkleroad, Torri 2
Roberts, Nick 0
Hickman, Mitchell 1
Roberts, Wayne 6
Waters, Josh 0
Ratliff, Reed 2

~~  Report and Photos by Emily Ramezan   ~~

Braxton County: Special Olympics Meeting

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Braxton County Special Olympics will be meeting with a representative from the State Special Olympics office to discuss the future of Special Olympics in Braxton County on Wednesday, January 6, 2009 at 6:00 PM. at Sutton Elementary School.

All Special Olympic athletes, coaches, family members and anyone else interested in Special Olympics are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Upcoming Movies: 01.01.10

No New First Run Movies Will Be Opening on January 1, 2010

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Nine
Runtime: 1 hr. 50 min.
PG-13  - Sexual content and smoking

Famous film director Guido Contini (Daniel Day-Lewis) grapples with epic crises in his personal and professional life. At the same time, he must strike a balance among the demands of the numerous women in his life, including his wife (Marion Cotillard), his mistress (Penélope Cruz), and his confidant (Judi Dench) .

Cast:   Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman
Director:   Rob Marshall
Genres:   Musical Drama, Musical

UPCOMING RELEASES (Dates Subject to Change; Not All Films in All Areas)  
January 8:   Daybreakers, The Last Song , Leap Year. Youth in Revolt
January 15:   Lovely Bones, Book of Eli, Spy Next Door, Hoodwinked Too: Hood v Evil
January 22:   Legion, Tooth Fairy
January 29:   Edge of Darkness, When in Rome
February 5:   From Paris With Love, Dear John
February 12:   Valentine’s Day, The Wolfman
February 19:   Shutter Island
February 26: Cop Out, The Crazies, Defendor, The Yellow Handkerchief
Release dates subject to change; not all films will play in every market and/or every theatre.

WV: 21st Century Education

In 1999, the West Virginia Securities Commission, which is a division of the State Auditor’s Office, launched a comprehensive financial literacy program in partnership with county schools systems, state and federal agencies.

On this edition of the State Dollar, State Auditor Glen B. Gainer III and his guest, State Schools Superintendent Dr. Steven L. Paine, will discuss financial literacy in the West Virginia classroom.

The Securities Commission was interested in bringing an Investor Education Program to citizens to help teachers and students stem the tide of investor fraud while offering educational tools for the West Virginia classroom.

Finance University, begun in 2002, is dedicated to increasing the financial knowledge of our educators by bringing in many of those original financial experts for a free week-long institute offering educators university credit.

The second program called Money Matters has become the school classroom aspect of our investor education program. It brings an investor education expert to classrooms of all sizes and grade levels for discussions on personal finance as well as an exciting and interactive stock market game.

AAA: WV Gasoline Prices Up 2 Cents Per Gallon

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West Virginia motorists will pay an extra two cents for a gallon of gas this week. The average price for regular, unleaded is $2.662 per gallon.

According to the AAA Fuel Gauge, oil prices ended Monday, December 28 up 64 cents to close at $78.69 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Looking back at retail fuel prices in 2009, prices climbed gradually throughout the year and were marked by long periods of stability. The slow, gradual climb in retail gasoline prices for 2009 stands in stark contrast to the rollercoaster in prices witnessed in 2008. Befitting of this trend, the year’s lowest average price for a gallon of self serve regular was recorded on January 1st at $1.62. The year’s highest average recorded price for a gallon of self serve regular for 2009 occurred on October 30th, at $2.695. Interestingly, the national average price for self serve regular never broached $2.70 per gallon – something quite notable given that prices had climbed above $4.00 per gallon in 2008.

The speed and vigor of the economic recovery will have a major influence on retail gasoline prices and market oil prices in 2010.

Despite the erratic changes in market oil prices, retail gasoline prices have managed to stay steady for the past week. As of Monday, the national average retail price for a gallon of self serve regular stood at $2.603. This is only about a penny higher than the average price one week ago.

This week’s average prices: West Virginia Average =  $2.662
Average price during the week of December 22, 2009 =  $2.645
Average price during the week of December 30, 2008 =  $1.680

13 WV Water Systems to Share $48 Million

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Braxton and Lewis Counties are among 13 West Virginia communities to share more than $48 million in federal stimulus funds to improve public drinking water.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau for Public Health, announced funding commitments Tuesday that also include money from the Drinking Water Treatment Revolving Fund.

City of Fairmont will receive $8.9 million to upgrade its water treatment plant, which has been the source of numerous boil water advisories and supply shortages.

City of Morgantown will receive $9.4 million to install a 2 million gallon storage tank and other upgrades.

Other beneficiaries include water systems in Fayette, Grant, Harrison, Jefferson, McDowell, Morgan, Putnam and Randolph counties.

Happy New Year

Gilmer County Court House Hours

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The Gilmer County Court House will be open unit 12:00 Noon today.

Court House will be closed on Friday 01.01.10 – New Year’s Day.

Blue Moon to Shine on New Year’s Eve

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It happens only once in a blue moon—and scientists say a blue moon is exactly what we’ll see in the skies this New Year’s Eve.

Don’t expect an azure glow over our lunar satellite, however. The term “blue moon” simply refers to the second full moon in a calendar month, something that hasn’t happened on a New Year’s Eve for nearly 20 years, NASA says.

“December 1990 ended with a blue moon, and many New Year’s Eve parties were themed by the event,“ said Professor Philip Hiscock of the department of folklore at Memorial University of Newfoundland, in Canada. “It was a lot of fun.“

Most months have just one full moon, because the 29.5-day cycle of the moon matches up pretty well with the length of calendar months. Occasionally, there will be two full moons in a month, something that happens about every 2½ years, NASA says.

But a blue moon on December 31 is rare.

Elvis Presley crooned about it when he sang the old Rodgers and Hart song “Blue Moon,“ in which he stood alone without a dream in his heart or a love of his own.

He struck a more hopeful tone in another tune, singing about his love returning to his arms “When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again.“ He also covered Bill Monroe’s bluegrass classic, “Blue Moon of Kentucky.“

It is possible for the moon to have a cerulean hue, NASA says, but that’s sometimes caused by fine dirt circulating in the Earth’s atmosphere or the dark blue tone of the sky.

A blue moon hasn’t always meant the second full moon in a month. Hundreds of years ago, it simply meant “never” or “absurd,“ Hiscock said.

“The phrase ‘blue moon’ has been around a long time, well over 400 years, but during that time its meaning has shifted,“ he said. “I have counted six different meanings which have been carried by the term, and at least four of them are still current today. That makes discussion of the term a little complicated.“

When the Indonesian volcano Krakatoa erupted in 1883, it put so much dust in the atmosphere that the moon actually appeared blue—an event so unusual that the term “once in a blue moon” was coined, according to NASA’s National Space Science Data Center. The effect lasted for almost two years, Hiscock said.

Full moons used to have 12 names, one for each month, such as “harvest moon,“ NASA said. The term “blue moon” referred to the 13th full moon in a year.

The term acquired its current meaning in the 1940s, after the Farmer’s Almanac of Maine offered an astronomical definition of a blue moon “so convoluted that even professional astronomers struggled to understand it,“ NASA wrote on its Web site.

A writer at Sky and Telescope magazine in the late 1940s tried to explain the almanac’s definition by saying it referred to the second full moon in a month.

“That was not correct, but at least it could be understood,“ NASA wrote. “And thus the modern blue moon was born.“
~~ CNN   ~~

MOON MONIKERS
The Farmers’ Almanac lists these Algonquin Indian names for the full moon of each month:
•  January: Wolf Moon
•  February: Snow Moon
•  March: Worm Moon
•  April: Pink Moon
•  May: Flower Moon
•  June: Strawberry Moon
•  July: Buck Moon
•  August: Sturgeon Moon
•  September: Corn Moon
•  October: Harvest Moon
•  November: Beaver Moon
•  December: Cold Moon

NWS: Slick Roads, Bridges, Overpasses

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Issued by The National Weather Service
Charleston, WV
1:48 AM EST, Thursday, December 31, 2009

imageHERE IS A SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE…image

MIXED PRECIPITATION WILL MOVE SOUTHWEST TO NORTHEAST ACROSS THE AREA DURING THE PREDAWN HOURS EARLY THIS MORNING. WHILE THE PRECIPITATION WILL BEGIN AS A LIGHT RAIN FOR MUCH OF THE AREA…

IT WILL SWITCH TO WET SNOW OR SLEET. THIS WILL RESULT IN A SLUSHY ACCUMULATION OF UP TO AN INCH IN THE LOWLANDS…

AND UP TO TWO INCHES FOR THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS. MUCH OF THE WET SNOW OR SLEET IN THE LOWLANDS WILL MELT…

BUT SLICK SPOTS ARE STILL POSSIBLE FOR UNTREATED ROADWAYS…

ESPECIALLY BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES.

THE LIGHT SLUSHY ACCUMULATION WILL MELT LATER THIS MORNING.

Bon Appétit: SAUSAGE STUFFING WITH APPLES AND SAGE

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Ingredients:
6 tablespoons butter
2 small red onions, finely diced
4 celery sticks, finely diced
4 to 5 ounces dried apples, cut into thin strips
1 pound sweet or spicy Italian sausage
3 cups chicken broth, divided
14-ounce bag herb stuffing mix
15 fresh sage leaves, lightly chopped
Salt and ground black pepper, to taste

Direction:
Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a large sauté pan over medium-high, melt the butter.
Add the onion and celery, then sauté for about 3 minutes, or until the onions are translucent.
Add the apples and cook for about 2 minutes.
Remove the sausage from the casings and add to the pan.
Sauté until the sausage is fully cooked, about 5 to 7 minutes.
Add 2-1/2 cups of the broth and the herbed stuffing mix.
Mix well.
Add the sage and toss well.
Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray, then pour in the remaining 1/2 cup of broth.
Spoon the stuffing into the casserole dish, then bake for about 10 to 15 minutes.

servings: 12.

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Good to see this program return after having it gone missing under the state appointed superintendent.

It was reported there was no place for it to take place.

Thank you Gilmer County Board of Education for making it happen.

By Some remember on 05.21.2018

From the entry: 'FREE breakfast and lunch this summer for Gilmer County Kids'.

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Pam,
Sorry to read of your mom’s passing. I remember may times spent in your home with your parents and brothers. Sending love and prayers to you and your brothers.
Sherry Broggi

By Sherry Straley Broggi and Rita Straley on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'Lora Faye Tomblin'.

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Really cool project to all who volunteered and those helping financially as well!

Where’s DR? He never misses these events?

By Very nice project - great volunteers! on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'CommunityImprovement™: Pavilion'.

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The GSC retention post must relate to those beginning in 2014 who planned for 4 year degrees and they dropped out. There probably were students who began in 2014 and they earned 2 year degrees before 2018 so they were not drop outs.

By GSC RETENTION? on 05.15.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Congratulations kids!  Setting up a scholarship fund is a GREAT idea! Where can we get information on who to contact and what local needs are?

By Reader on 05.14.2018

From the entry: 'Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Celebrates Seniors'.

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How large was GSC’s graduating class of 2018 last week and what was its original size the fall of 2014?

Accurate information should be available to indicate retention. One news source reported that 100 graduated in the class of 2018.

By Alumni on 05.13.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Some interesting results.  Should shake the trees a little.

By Spring cleaning! on 05.09.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Local Election Results - May 2018'.

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So sorry for your loss.  Prayers.

By Betty Woofter on 05.07.2018

From the entry: 'Ina Mae (Foster) Clem'.

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Anyone interested in facts for graduation rates after four years of college can access information on WV’s Education Policy Commission web site.

The last time information was reported WV State was listed at 13.6% compared to WVU’s at 35.9%. GSC was at 25.1%.

Comments submitted so far flag a serious problem in WV. Student achievement information is scattered all over with it being reported by the State, the federal government, and testing organizations including ACT.

Because WV lacks an effective State clearing house to sort through the information and to interpret it for practical application in improving our pubic school systems, too much important quality control material is neglected.

When citizens take initiative to obtain the information and they cite it they are often berated to be a form of “attack the messenger”.

Then too there are the perennial apologists who say that everything is “just fine” to help confuse the issue even more to detract from school improvements.

By WVDE Career Employees on 05.06.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Too often students have to go an extra year or longer to graduate from college with under graduate degrees because they were not prepared when they got there to enable them to complete on time.

The 35% graduation rate includes incoming freshmen who do not finish in four years, and it is factual that some of our public colleges have worse records than others.

WVU does above average, but it has large numbers of-out-of state better prepared students.

By R. Page on 05.06.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Rex Page claims we have a college graduation rate of approximately 35%.

In essence that is a FAILURE rate of 65% !

Think of how many dollars are wasted, and how many students are burdened with student loans, that basically will do them little good in life.

Oh yes.  It does pump money into the flawed system.

By Wv Has a FLAWED educational system ! on 05.05.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Even with enrolling in colleges where acceptance is noncompetitive, meaning that all applicants with at least C averages are accepted, the graduation rate to get a degree is around 35%.

This fact is more evidence for WV’s failed public education system and solid proof that a major top to bottom over haul is needed.

If we accept the often cited excuse that there is a problem with kids and their families to cause under achievement in school that line of reasoning suggests that West Virginians are inherently flawed. This is untrue and the problem lies with WV’s under performing education system.

By Rex Page on 05.03.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Disgraceful that WV lacks a top quality education system to prepare more high school graduates to be eligible for acceptance into the best colleges where there is competition for acceptance.

The deficiency forces students to attend lower tier places where everyone is accepted.

Why does WV fail to make improvements? It is because education delivery in our State is designed to be void of meaningful accountability for administrators.

By WVDE Watcher on 05.03.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Little doubt the block schedule system at the high school gives GC lower scores.

This has been proven over and over in other school systems.

Its an out dated and antiquated system.  Our board of education needs to get rid of it.

Gilmer County Board of Education….are you up to the job?

By Block Schedule Supported By Blockheads on 05.02.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Hopefully this is the beginning of doing better with getting out school news to Gilmer. It is far better to read timely news than to have to go to the Cornerstone to get it.

We wish Mr. Shuff the best in improving learning results at the HS. If he tackles problems like he engaged in athletics the HS will be put on the map for academic excellence.

When he gets his school improvement plan together everyone in the County will pitch in to help him succeed. Thank you GCBOE.

By Pleased Parents on 05.02.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education News'.

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Mr. Williams has it nailed down.  Solid.

America’s entire education system is a farce.
Education administrators worry about their job than worry about the children.

Youth is our future.
By creating dummies, do not expect much of a future.

The children are being short changed, robbed.
America is being short changed, robbed.

But the failed administrators keep their jobs.

By Time To Clean the Education House! on 05.01.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Is this article some sort of a joke ?
Certainly would seem so!

We are almost daily bombarded with chemical spraying from above.
We rarely actually have that clear, deep blue sky that God gave us.

If it happens we do get a clear(?) day, we will have the light blue, almost whispy white cloud sky.

Set a white bowl out in the rains.  Check to see what color the water is after a rain.  You will be
surprised.  Color will vary depending what is being sprayed on a given day.

If it were winter, I’d tell you to look at the snowflakes.  No more are all snowflakes different.  Watch what falls on your clothing, you will see 1,000’s of flakes all the same shape.  Again, depends what toxic material we are being blasted with.

Asthma attacks, ER visits are on the rise.
Do some web searching, plenty of websites report this travesty.  You tax dollars at ‘work’.

By WHERE ARE THE ENVIRONMENTALISTS ? ? on 05.01.2018

From the entry: 'Air Quality Awareness Week is April 30 – May 04'.

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Fraud is not only rampant in education, it consumes Gilmer County..  Those who Have want to keep it any and all costs, and those that don’t, want.  Gilmer needs a good house cleaning of court and legal ‘authorities’ as well if anything is Ever going to change.

By Spring cleaning! on 05.01.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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Fraud is committed in Gilmer County when citizens are told that our high school grads are prepared to be highly competitive for entry into the modern world.

The misinformation conflicts with verification that our grads lag when it comes to being college and career ready.

By being disadvantaged academically too many students drop out of college when they cannot compete and they often must go an extra year at a greater expense to catch-up.

There is another type of fraud not pointed out in the posting. It relates to bragging about the “fine” ACT test scores made by students at the GCHS.

For the ACT the average GCHS score as touted by school officials is close to 20. This may be slightly higher than average State scores, but here is the rub.

Our kids could not get accepted into top quality colleges and universities with stringent academic requirements to include those for ACT scores higher than most made at the GCHS.

What do they do? They attend institutions with relaxed acceptance criteria with some not having any basic requirements for ACT or SAT scores.

As a parent with a son at the Career Center I know that there must be remedial instruction in math and English for success in chosen career fields. It is called embedded instruction.

Because teachers must be hired at the Center for the catch-up it means that tax payers are paying twice (more fraud) for instruction that should have been done at the GCHS!

What can we do? Gilmer County must determine what must be done in our schools to make necessary improvements for the better to enable our kids to be the best they can be after HS. Simple isn’t it?

By We Want Better Schools on 04.30.2018

From the entry: 'Education system perpetuates fraud at every level'.

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It is easy to see through the motive for avoiding application of the same assessment approach in all of WV’s school systems.

The powerful in control do not want to make achievement results available for voters to compare academic results among districts!

That way opportunities for more accountability in ways school systems are administered will be nipped in the bud.

Interesting isn’t it that for sports minute attention is paid to comparing performances of all kinds of teams throughout WV.

Unfortunately the strategy will be to keep voters keenly focused on sports so they will not ask questions about education spending and how children are doing in mastering subjects in our school systems.

By WVDOE Disgusted on 04.20.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: State might let counties switch standardized test from SAT to ACT'.

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The West Virginia State Board of Education has operated as a “pin the tail on the donkey” bureaucratic nightmare for over a generation.

Currently, it is hard to envision any positive change in their SOP?

Try this, try that.  Change this, change that.
Continual evidence that all is being run as an experiment?
The WVBOE has no real clue what to actually do, in order to fix anything.

Money wasted. Children cheated of a good education.
Parents and taxpayers cheated.  Opportunities missed.

This is the WVBOE legacy.

By State BOE - dysfunctional is an understatement? on 04.16.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: State might let counties switch standardized test from SAT to ACT'.

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Maybe Jimmy can pay some of his tax bills now?

By Justice, pay your tax bills! on 04.15.2018

From the entry: 'City to purchase club owned by the governor’s company'.

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Reread the article and see what a wonderful set of excuses have been set forward.

Taxpayers give the state the funds for education.  It is then properly squandered leaving students with substandard educations.

These people have the audacity to blame the teachers on top of it.

State BOE, suck it up, fix the problem you and your previous board members have created. 

Make President Truman’s desk saying your motto:  “The buck stops here.“

That is, if you are up to it.

By Kanawha Reader on 04.15.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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West Virginia made national news again with its spending per student to be in the top third among the 55 states.

We spend more than $11,000 on average per pupil in our public schools. For comparison Utah spends about $6,500 per pupil and it ranks in the top third for the quality of its education system.

It would be interesting to know how much Gilmer County spends per pupil counting total funding from all sources.

WV is certainly no way near the top third with getting students college, career, and jobs ready right out of high school. Where is all our money going? What could we learn from rural states similar to Utah?

The worst culprit seems to be too many high paid people on WV payrolls who are non-contributers to making better lives for our kids.

By Economist on 04.14.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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Those of us who keep close tabs on student achievement want to know reasons for unacceptable reading, science, and math scores in Gilmer County and what is being done to correct them. For something this important the problems and solutions surely have been looked into.

By R. A. Beasley on 04.14.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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HaHaHaHaHaHaHa!

By Don't bring them to Gilmer! on 04.13.2018

From the entry: 'NEW “ALMOST HEAVEN” CAMPAIGN'.

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No matter what is going on in the State our concern is Gilmer County. The State reports on Zoom that 10th graders at the GCHS perform at the 35.9% proficiency rate for science.

Proficiency for 11th graders is 37% in math and it is commendable that the rate for them for reading is 64%.

What is being done to make improvements for science and math when students are about ready to graduate from HS? We hope that scores for reading hold up and even improve.

Why do we fail to receive updates for plans for proficiency improvements in the County’s schools?

In other WV counties superintendents provide that type of information on a routine basis.

By GCHS Parents on 04.12.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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This well written article makes is clear what actually a businessman can do.

Businessman turned politician.  Can actually make an entire state look like idiots.  Idiots for electing him at the minimum.

Looks like we have to find the patience to tolerate this bs two more years…...and hope he turns into a one term disaster.

Congratulations to the WV state employees giving him a good lesson. Nice job folks.

By Makin Arch Look Good on 04.09.2018

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: A 'billionaire' should be embarrassed to let schools, local governments, vendor bills'.

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Why is important school system improvement news of the type addressed in the other comment not on the County’s school system’s web site?

Someone in the board office should be assigned to write up news to keep citizens informed.

We are expected to vote in more tax money to run the schools and we deserve to be informed of positive improvements being made with our money instead of taking our support for granted. It works both ways.

By R. Curry on 04.06.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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This is a suggestion for getting breaking news out to the community concerning important new improvements in the County’s school system.

We hear that improvements are being made to increase student performances in mathematics, reading, and other areas. The changes include getting back to basics for math teaching to eliminate achievement gaps.

Would someone write up something to explain the new changes to keep the community informed? One improvement I know is that progress reports come home regularly so families can track how kids are doing.

There is nothing wrong with positive news getting out to demonstrate that Gilmer County is positioning itself to become a leader in public education. The County deserves all the positive press it can get.

By Appreciative Parent on 04.05.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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The Governors and the elected Legislators made the time ripe for the “educators revolt”.

The past 20 years, state employees, all who work outside the ‘capitol complex’ have been dissed.

Put off.  Put down.  Worked around.
That was clearly understood by our state employees.

That dissention was completely ignored by our failed state leadership.

Clearly it was time for action.  Social media was a major player….for the good.

The Governor, the Legislators, have now been put on notice to not ignore state issues, while they feather their own nests.

Now, lets see social media swing into action,  straighten out the Public Service Commission, and their gross failure to hold Frontier Communications lack of customer service to the fore. Some leader needs to step forward and make it happen.

We see what can happen with some leadership.  Social media is the citizens friend.  The election is just a few weeks away.  Its time to build a fire under the Public Service Commission.  Governor Justice you might even give it a shot to fire them…...up?

By J.P. on 03.30.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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We want the County to become WV’s star performer known throughout the State for producing the highest achievement students.

How can this be done? Simple. Establish goals for math, science, and other subjects and aggressively manage the school system accordingly.

This will require establishment of a clearly written, professionally done holistic plan containing specific goals to achieve, establishment of personal accountability at different levels in the school system, accurate and timely reporting of achievement results as we proceed, and applying improved approaches when necessary to keep the plan on track.

We have heard for too long that everything is “just fine” in the County, and we continue to hear it today from some quarters.

Folks, things are not ‘just fine’ when too many of our students leave high school unprepared for college and careers. Where we go from here is the primary responsibility of the elected school board.

Teachers and staffs are more than ready to deal with obstacles confronting them and all they need is to be enabled to do their jobs.

The time is over for continuing to be hampered with lame excuses for why major improvements cannot be made i.e., Gilmer County is too poor, too many kids lack family support they deserve, and keen focus on public education is foreign to the community’s culture.

By Gilmer County Teacher on 03.30.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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Public Service Commission is a joke.  Sorry.

They are the regulatory agency that is basically letting FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS run unregulated for all landline customers.

Frontier customers wait days and days for landline service.  Many in our state live where there is no cell coverage, so no other choice for service.

Our elected reps need to pressure the Public Service Commission to get their chit together, do their job, and stop giving in to the Frontier lobby crew.

West Virginians deserve better!

By West Virginia resident on 03.30.2018

From the entry: 'PSC and GHSP Join Forces to Emphasize Seat Belt Safety Message'.

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Nice information. I think CANADA is also a very good place to live.

By Rahul on 03.22.2018

From the entry: 'The 10 Best Cities to Live In on Planet Earth'.

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I am so sorry and shocked to learn of Mike’s passing.  I think he would have liked he words printed here about him. Always a good man with a smile on his face and it didn’t take much to tickle him. West Virginia lost another good one. RIP Mike.

By Marlea Cottrill on 03.19.2018

From the entry: 'John Michael “Mike” Peters'.

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Yes, it would appear that Gayle M. has lost some of her ‘luster’ ?

The question now.  Will she pop back up somewhere else like that Whack-a-Mole game?

By Charleston Reader on 03.18.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Brian and Montie send their condolences to Gary’s family, especially to Nancy and Sharon for the death of a husband and father.  Nothing can really prepare us for such a loss as this. We are thinking about you at this sad time.

By Brian and Montie VanNostrand on 03.17.2018

From the entry: 'Gary Don Williams'.

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The centerpiece of nationally reported fake news pertained to Gayle Manchin’s plan for making WV’s southern coal field area a model for school system turn-a-rounds.

After the intense trail of high profile TV appearances to tout Manchin’s plan and pouring in money down there, nothing worked out as promised. 

The lesson from this sad saga is to focus on facts instead of what politicians try to pull over on voters.

The chronic problem in WV is that facts are routinely hidden by some politicians to keep voters misinformed.

By Bill Williams on 03.16.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Gilmer County has long memories. We recall the hill crest fund raiser out along Mineral Road to raise money for the Manchin political machine.

That was followed by Gayle’s insulting rant against the County leading to the damage of our school system and outlying communities during the State’s six years of iron rule intervention.

The good news is that Gayle is gone along with all other members of the WV State Board of Education responsible for our County’s intervention and the waste and mismanagement it wrought. Karma is alive and well WV!

By B. Jones on 03.16.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Brad got it all mixed up.
Gayle Manchin’s *resignation*....?

T-V, radio, newspapers across the state and beyond, even national news sources, all reported
that Governor Justice FIRED Gayle Manchin.

Brad, your effort to smooth that puts you squarely in concert with the rest of the BS fake news world.

By Brad got it mixed on 03.15.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Interesting.  Yet not so long ago, Gilmer local police weren’t interested when informed an out of state convicted felon was in possession of a trunk full of stolen guns.

By BangBang on 02.14.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County man sentenced for illegal possession of a firearm'.

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Great guy, who would do anything to help you. He would have probably got a kick out of having some strange woman’s face plaistered on his obituary. He would have had something smart to say about it I’m sure. smile

He had a great sense of humor. I saw him a little while back. I stopped by his house and visited with him a couple hours and as I went in I told him I stopped by to see if I could borrow his fancy car parked out front, expecting to meet with some resistance to that idea. Without missing a beat he said “Sure, just don’t let any of my kids drive it!“ We had a really nice visit that day - talking about cars and reminscing.

Our prayers are with the family.

By Connie Turner on 02.10.2018

From the entry: 'Kenneth Lee Page Jr.'.

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Justice, do you lay awake at night thinking up this stuff?

Can’t we West Virginian’s have some woodland that has not been molested by humans?

Keep the saws out of our state forests!

West Virginians are being raped once again.  The new generation of robber barons have bought off the governor and elected.

By Another Clueless Politician's Scheme on 02.10.2018

From the entry: 'Former Administrator: State Park Logging Plan Numbers Don’t Add Up'.

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so sorry to hear this news.  He took over Steve Grossmann’s mail route and we sure did appreciate his getting the mail delivered in all kinds of weather.  Slipping and sliding all the way. I loved his little dog that would look for snakes in the Normantown P.O.

By Cookie Setty on 02.09.2018

From the entry: 'Kenneth Lee Page Jr.'.

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Would it be possible for our new college president to involve Mr. Gallagher and student Evan Merical to attempt a revival of the defunct GSC Main Street Small Business Center? 

The community sure could benefit from it.  New management might just be what it needs?

By Question for Pres. Pellett on 02.07.2018

From the entry: 'GSC Student Speaks at One Stop Business Center Grand Opening'.

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Not surprised the Board of Ed supporting employees for raises and insurance. These people show they care about good employees over and over.
Just after they got our school system out from under state control they stood unanimously against the state appointed superintendent and his hand picked lawyer who tried to take away jobs from 8 professionals including Teachers and 4 service personnel. Can’t even count the number of transfers.  Gilmer’s Board of Ed just said no to that hit list. They stand up for this county and the kids..

By And we Appreciate It on 02.02.2018

From the entry: 'ATTENTION ALL EMPLOYEES OF THE GILMER COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM'.

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The state of WV overall has a dismal record of salaries and finance.

The jail system has issues.  Has for years.
The highway department.  Yup, them too.
The school system.  Ditto.

One per cent per year for 5 years?  That’s a real insult to any employee.

Teachers.  If you don’t get something that’s good, wait until warmer weather and strike.  Stand your ground !

The legislature and governor seem to have plenty $$$ to spread around Kanawha County.  Make sure they spread some towards teachers and staff salaries!!

By Give 'em some $$$ ! on 02.01.2018

From the entry: 'ATTENTION ALL EMPLOYEES OF THE GILMER COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM'.

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Rumor mill is saying that teachers and possibly other state employees will have to wear a wrist bracelet to track their lifestyles? 

Or pay higher insurance premiums?

True/false?

By is it true? on 02.01.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Sorry to hear. He was a classmate at Sutton High School class of 1956.

By Nancy Rose Westfall on 01.31.2018

From the entry: 'Franklin D. “Frank” Conley'.

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A call to all candidates for all seats:  You can submit the information about yourself to us and it will be published at NO COST.

By Free Press on 01.31.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County: List of Candidates for 2018 Election'.

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Long list of candidates for the School Board. It would help voters decide if each candidate would publish a write-up of their personal backgrounds to include special qualifications for serving on the school board, and to include detailed goals for what they would like to achieve as a board member. The information would be far more useful to voters than signs plastered all over the County.

By Active Voter on 01.31.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County: List of Candidates for 2018 Election'.

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How about the new superintendent of Gilmer’s schools giving a progress report on her accomplishments so far in improving the quality of our schools to produce better prepared HS graduates for college and careers, plans for continual upgrading of academic achievements by our students, and how results will be accurately measured and reported to be convincing that our County is moving ahead? Doesn’t sound too much to ask for by bill paying citizens.

By Gilmer Parents For Accountability on 01.29.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Gilmer County must set its own standards for student learning and to do what is necessary to achieve them with full involvement of highly motivated teachers.

We know that major improvements are needed to make our kids more competitive, but we have not heard details for what is planned in our school system to make critically needed changes.

Ignore what the State does with is long history of failure and let’s go ahead on our own.

Top down management in education has never worked in WV with its crippling grip of politics to emphasize the importance of making improvements through local initiatives.

By Glenville Teachers on 01.29.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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This is just another failure by the West Virginia State Board of Education!

It does NOTHING to improve education!

Just one more attempt to make everything “look nice”.

The State Board members are too far removed from the classroom.

That board needs populated with 4 or 5 of our better teachers who are not afraid to speak up.

By Troy Parent on 01.28.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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The question for the County’s sitting School Board is what is being done with corrective actions to get the County’s HS graduates out of the worst prepared bottom group for college and career preparedness as the State has reported?

Because more students graduate it does not mean that they mastered key subjects to promote success in the modern work place. Can anyone say grade inflation?

By B. Beckett on 01.26.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Reduce requirements.
Lower teacher standards.

Produce less educated students.
Continue WV’s downward education spiral.

The current State Board of Education is less prepared to lead than back in the Gayle Manchin
days of failure.

Do not fool yourselves. Realize Paine is pain.
Do not expect WV educational leaders to improve education.

They have been showing us for years that goal is
out of their reach.

By Failed State BOE on 01.18.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Does anyone know the County’s plan for getting us out of the State’s bottom group for college and trades ready after high school?

What are the causes for our being at the bottom for being ready and what is being done to solve them?

Causes never cease by themselves and the only solution is top quality leadership pushing a highly focused corrective program.

By Rusty Moore on 01.16.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Example of a yes/but situation. Just because kids are pushed through does not mean that they are college and career ready. Read past comments about Gilmer’s being in the failing category for academic preparation. The way WV info is reported allows selective use of results to bloat up claims of how well a high school does in preparing students for the real world.

By R. Wells on 01.16.2018

From the entry: 'WEST VIRGINIA HIGH SCHOOLS RECOGNIZED FOR EXEMPLARY GRADUATION RATES'.

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Sunday’s Charleston Gazette-Mail had a warning that just because a high school has a high graduation rate that does not mean that its students are college ready. Gilmer County is one of them to put us in the State’s bottom category for readiness, but you won’t hear about it locally. Kids call it dumbing down.

By Give Citizens The Facts on 01.14.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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What about all the septic in the hollers that is draining into the creeks??

By Ugly on 01.10.2018

From the entry: 'PSC Investigates Impact of New Corporate Tax Law on Utilities'.

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This point should be kept in mind i.e. “The Commission has directed all privately owned electric, gas, water, sewer and solid waste facilities to track the tax savings resulting from the 2017 Federal Tax Act on a monthly basis beginning January 01, 2018. “.

By Michell J. Hill on 01.07.2018

From the entry: 'PSC Investigates Impact of New Corporate Tax Law on Utilities'.

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Troyan advocates for competition among schools with survival of the top performers. Her point is that the lack of accountability for county school system administrators must change to be similar to the way corporate America functions. Failure must have consequences!

By Accountabilty Needed on 01.03.2018

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

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Gilmer singled out again in article by Jessi Troyan for our being at the bottom for preparing high school grads for college. We know we have a serious problem. We await on top school system leadership to devise a workable remedial plan for the County. Denial of having problems cannot be used anymore to cover up

By B. Post on 01.02.2018

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

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You were in my life for what seemed like a short time but will be in my heart forever. I’ll see you at the family reunion one day again.

By Dana Linger on 12.29.2017

From the entry: 'Kathern Fay (Cogar) Linger'.

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Concerns about urgent need to upgrade student learning have persisted for too long in the County. 

We are tired of hearing lame excuses that under-achievement is caused by uncaring parents who do not emphasize the importance of education.

Parents are keenly important for contributing to student learning, but they cannot compensate for school “culture” deficiencies linked to leadership short comings.

By Parents For Better Leadership on 12.29.2017

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

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Those who go to college perform down at the bottom in comparison to high school graduates in other WV counties. This evidence suggests that Gilmer’s students who don’t go to college are short changed too. Immediate leadership changes to straighten out under achievement are in order!

By E. Moore on 12.28.2017

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

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Jeanette,
I am so sorry for your loss.

By Margie Shook on 12.18.2017

From the entry: 'Warren Curtis Pierce'.

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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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