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Glenville State College Ranked a Top Ten Regional College

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Glenville State College has improved its ranking among the top regional colleges for 2019 according to U.S. News and World Report Best College Rankings for their southern region.

GSC ranked #10 (tie) in Top Public Schools Regional Colleges South and #52 (tie) in Regional Colleges South in the 2019 assessment. The previous year GSC was ranked #13 in the South for public colleges and #57 for all colleges.

According to U.S. News and World Report, the schools listed in the Best Regional Colleges assessment focus almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts and in fields such as business, nursing, and education.

“I take great pride in being able to lead a college that is of the quality of Glenville State,” said GSC President Dr. Tracy Pellett. “The College has shown up on a number of national and regional college rankings, putting GSC at the top of some very impressive lists. These accolades are a true testament to our outstanding faculty and staff as well as the talents of our phenomenal students. Also, this year’s ranking recognizes the forward movement that Glenville State College is making,” Pellett continued. “Within just the past year, the institution has made modest but meaningful gains in terms of enrollment, retention, campus improvements, and faculty and staff salaries – among many others. This acknowledgement is appreciated and a great testament of our improvement in quality, efficiency, and value for students.”

Dr. Victor Vega, new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at GSC stated, “I expect to see GSC’s ranking improve even further over time based on an increased focus on student international experiences, undergraduate research, and service learning opportunities. Our enhancement of the learning experience and acute focus on student success is only improving and expanding. Thus, I am confident that our quality and value will only continue to be recognized by U.S. News and World Report and others in the future.”

WV Last Again in Business Ranking

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For the third year in a row, West Virginia ranked at the bottom of Forbes’ list of the “Best States for Business.”

West Virginia’s ranking was the result of multiple factors, according to Forbes senior editor Kurt Badenhausen, including the worst population growth rate in the United States and the lowest college attainment rate in the country at 19.6 percent.

“Labor market data firm EMSI projects the state’s employment growth to be the worst in the U.S. at a 0.2% annual rate over the next five years,” Badenhausen added.

Other reasons mentioned include a poorly ranked legal climate in terms of business friendless.

The state ranks at or near the bottom in the categories of labor supply, regulatory environment, economic climate, growth prospects and quality of life. Two positives noted about West Virginia was the declining corporate net income tax between 2007 and 2014 and the low cost of living, which is 11 percent below the national average.

North Carolina was ranked as the top state for business by the business publication, followed by Texas, Utah, Nebraska and Virginia.

Business news channel CNBC ranked West Virginia last in its rankings released in July, with factors including the inability to adapt to dwindling coal production, the highest overdose death rate in the United States and the least-educated workforce in the country.

New Poll: Most Want to Keep Politics Out of T-Day Table Talk

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Thanksgiving is associated with bringing family together and a majority of Americans say they don’t want that spoiled by political talk over the dinner table.

Of people planning to celebrate the holiday Thursday, 58 percent told pollsters they dread talking about politics on Thanksgiving, with only 31 percent eager to engage on the topic.

Retired American studies professor Chris Lewis says even though the country seems very divided right now, Thanksgiving should remind us that we’re all part of a larger, national community.

“If you asked Americans what was the most important holiday for them throughout the year, the one that means the most to them is Thanksgiving,” he points out. “Why? Because Thanksgiving brings family and community together. Believe it or not, it still seems to hold and stand for national values.“

The survey by NPR, PBS and the Marist Poll group found that two-thirds of the Democrats polled and half of the Republicans said politics should not be dished up with the turkey on Thanksgiving.

The poll also found that 67 percent of survey respondents believe the tone and level of civility in Washington has gotten worse since President Donald Trump was elected in 2016.

Predictably, 79 percent of Democrats think so, but 60 percent of Republicans also agree.

Lewis contends America currently is lacking politicians who can unite the country.

“We don’t really have leaders with the stature of someone like Roosevelt or, of course, Lincoln to stand and call Americans together once again,“ he points out.

The survey found that Americans are much less pessimistic on the home front – with the majority saying the level of discourse in their local community is not worse since the 2016 election.

Lewis says that optimism is what Thanksgiving has traditionally been known for.

“It’s about sitting down and celebrating family and community and the year’s successes and failures and knowing that we are stronger as families and communities because we as Americans need that to keep going, to keep trying to make our society a better society,“ he states.

Both Republicans and Democrats agreed by a large margin that attacks by both political parties have crossed the line since the 2016 election and gone beyond acceptable boundaries.

~~  Dan Heyman ~~

Lowest Support for Death Penalty in Decades

The number of Americans who favor the death penalty continues to drop, with a new Gallup poll finding the level of support is at its lowest point since 1972.

The survey, which recorded 60 percent in favor of capital punishment last year, found support had declined to 55 percent this year, with that number dropping to 39 percent among Democrats. Kristin Collins, associate director of public information at the Center for Death Penalty Litigation, said society is beginning to understand that a death sentence isn’t always the worst punishment.

“Being against the death penalty doesn’t mean you’re against punishment for people who commit murder,” Collins said. “It means that you see that there are other equally effective - maybe more effective - ways to keep our society safe and to punish the worst crimes.“

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West Virginia is one of a handful of states without the death penalty.
Support for capital punishment is at its lowest point since 1972.


West Virginia does not have the death penalty, but legislation is introduced each year to change that.

Critics of capital punishment point to examples of wrongful convictions and instances of mishandling of evidence. Supporters say it’s justified for the most heinous crimes.

According to the Death Penalty Information Center, death penalty cases cost almost twice as much as those where it is not sought. Collins said people are beginning to understand the cost of the death penalty to the criminal justice system in the form of time and money.

“There really couldn’t be a more inefficient way to punish crime,” she said. “Death penalty cases go through years, sometimes decades of appeals and we need those appeals because we have to make sure we don’t execute an innocent person.“

Collins added that with life without parole, the automatic appeals process isn’t triggered by the same mandates in the system that go with a death sentence, and there are fewer attorneys involved in the process - reducing the demand on the system.

~~  Dan Heyman ~~

Glenville State College Ranked Among Best Southern Regional and Online Colleges

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Glenville State College has been ranked as one of the top 13 regional colleges in the South according to U.S. News and World Report Best College Rankings. GSC was among only four other West Virginia higher education institutions ranked in the southern region.

According to U.S. News and World Report, the schools listed in the Best Regional Colleges assessment focus almost entirely on the undergraduate experience and offer a broad range of programs in the liberal arts and in fields such as business, nursing, and education.

Additionally, OnlineColleges.com ranked Glenville State College as 10th in online institutions in West Virginia. The ranking focused on many factors including the availability of online programs.

“We are constantly looking for ways to improve the campus, our course offerings, and the overall way we operate here at Glenville State College. Some of these ranking are indicators of our progressing improvements and others show us that we can still do more. We acknowledge our position in these rankings and also recognize the big things that are happening at Glenville State,” said GSC President Dr. Tracy L. Pellett. “This institution is home to very talented faculty and dedicated staff and a knowledgeable student body who are pursuing and achieving their own American dream. Here at Glenville State, we aim to prepare students for their next step. Whether that next step is obtaining a graduate-level degree, entering the workforce, starting a family, or serving their country or community, we know – and our alumni know – that there is no better place to start and achieve than at GSC.”

West Virginia’s Fiscal Condition Ranks 42nd in Nation

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The Mercatus Center at George Mason University recently released the findings from its 2017 state fiscal rankings study, ranking West Virginia 42nd in the nation for financial health based on five separate categories.

Eileen Norcross, author of the 2017 study and director for the state and local policy project at Mercatus Center at George Mason University, said she examined each state’s audited financial reports by looking at cash solvency, the ability to cover short-term bills; budget solvency, the ability to cover fiscal year spending with current revenues; long-run solvency, the ability to meet long term commitments and the ability to absorb a potential recession; service level solvency, the amount of “fiscal slack” available for additional citizen services; and trust fund solvency, the amount of unfunded pension and healthcare liabilities.

Norcross ranked West Virginia 28th in the nation strongest in terms of budget solvency, or the ability to cover current fiscal year spending with current revenues. This is the state’s biggest financial strength, according to the study.

“Revenues exceed expenses by 3 percent, and net position improved by $221 per capita in FY 2015,” the study said.

However, West Virginia ranks 46th in service-level solvency because state spending and revenues are relatively high compared with the percent of relative income of state residents, according to Norcross.

“Total primary government debt is $2.08 billion, or 3.1 percent of state personal income,” said Norcross in the study. “West Virginia has a relatively high level of revenues and expenses as a percent of state personal income.”

Norcross said the study could be helpful for state policy makers, and it could be a helpful tool while crafting future budgets.

Analyzing the numbers, Norcross said West Virginia needs to build up its rainy day fund.

“Although there was a healthy level in the past, there doesn’t appear to be a lot there currently,” Norcross said. “(Rainy day funds) should only drop down when there is a true emergency. States should make sure they have the discipline to put aside rainy day funds and only use it when needed.”

However, Norcross said West Virginia is relatively well off in the short term with a supportable level of current spending. She said the state performs better than average in terms of unfunded healthcare pensions and liabilities as well.

“The lessons from this year’s study demonstrate that policy makers should take stock of both their short- and long term fiscal health before making public policy decisions. The quality of financial reporting also plays a large role in what is known about the states’ fiscal health,” Norcross said. “These metrics, when used alongside other information, are intended to help policy makers identify trends in state finances and respond with policies to ensure short-run solvency and long-run fiscal stability.”

In its fourth year, the study composed by Norcross and Olivia Gonzalez, research associate of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, examines each state’s comprehensive annual financial report. Florida is currently ranked number one for national financial health, and New Jersey is ranked lowest.

“The authors’ goal is to shed light on a topic that matters to all of us, but which we are all too often in the dark on. This project is unique among them–an impartial, fully academic comparison of the financial numbers every state must report each year. Those numbers are typically useless to non-budget experts without being put in the right context. For example, with this report, West Virginia’s lower rank can give us policy direction for improving the fiscal condition of the state,” said Abbey Lovett, media relations associate at Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

West Virginia Ranks as Worst State for Business by CNBC

Business news channel CNBC released its ratings of the “top states for business” for this year, placing West Virginia at the bottom of the list.

The Mountain State ranked 50th for the first time in CNBC’s 11-year ranking system. Across 10 different categories, West Virginia ranked worse than 40th in six groups. This includes economy, where it placed last.

“The state is 1 of only 7 whose economies shrank in 2016,” journalist Scott Cohn said. “The decline in state GDP of 0.9 percent for the year was not the biggest in the nation, but West Virginia did not have much to lose.”

The rankings were determined by factors including economic output, infrastructure, economic growth, livability and educational opportunity and success. West Virginia scored 942 out of a possible 2,500 points.

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Cohn said poor forecasts of coal mining hurt West Virginia’s ranking, adding the state is not ready to adapt to a dwindling coal production. He also noted how the Mountain State has the highest overdose death rate and the least-educated workforce in the United States

One report Cohn mentioned is from the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics. The analysis, “Coal Production in West Virginia: 2017-2040,” said coal production would increase over the next three years before declining to 80 million tons by 2030.

“The state is 1 of only 4 that lost jobs last year, down by nearly 1 percent,” Cohn said. “Once again, the clear culprit is coal. Mining employment is down 40 percent in just the past five years, with some parts of the state losing as many as 70 percent of their coal mining jobs.”

He also noted how the West Virginia Legislature passed a budget with higher education cuts, including 8 percent ($3.9 million) at Marshall University and more than 6 percent ($7.4 percent) at West Virginia University.

“Whether it provides a path for West Virginia out of the depths of our rankings remains to be seen,” Cohn wrote.

The legislative budget went into effect July 1 without the signature of Gov. Jim Justice.

“The West Virginia Legislature keeps twiddling their thumbs while our state continues to stay locked in an ‘economic death spiral,‘” Justice said in a statement.

“I had a real plan, a drug epidemic solution, and a pathway to hope and prosperity. Our Legislature did nothing except pass terrible pain and despair on to the backs of the poor, the disabled, and our middle class. The entire world gets it. WHY DON’T THEY?” (emphasis not added)

The top-five ranked states are Washington, Georgia, Minnesota, Texas and North Carolina. Washington had 1621 points, around 72 percent higher than West Virginia’s score.

~~  Alex Thomas ~~

Health Study Shows WV Ranks 50th For Eighth Year In A Row

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For eight years in a row, West Virginia has ranked 50th in a national health study from Gallup and Healthways.

That study reviews well-being in a holistic manner. Holistic healing and care has been the base of Dr. Clay Marsh’s message from West Virginia University where he is the vice president and academic dean of health sciences.

“If you want to keep people younger older so we have a healthier population, it turns out in every longevity study, it’s about connection. It’s about purpose and it’s about seeing your life with gratitude and with abundance and feeling that you can do what you want,” Marsh said in Charleston Tuesday for WVU Day at the Capitol.

The 2016 health study observed the feeling of purpose, social relationships, economic stress and security, community pride and actual physical health among residents.

“We gotta love the people in our state. We gotta help them. We can’t just go away when it gets a little tough because there are tough things that people are dealing with,” Marsh told Metronews “Talkline” host Hoppy Kercheval. “But, hope, I think is part of our nature. And love and safety I think are the two keys for us. It’s going to happen a family, a community at a time.”

A 2015 Gallup and Healthways report listed West Virginia as one of two states with the highest prevalence of diabetes.

The same group determined West Virginia was among states with the highest obesity rate every year from 2008 to 2014.

Last month, the Center for Disease Control reported the highest prevalence of heart disease across the nation is in West Virginia.

Marsh explained how WVU can have a role in improvement in those areas.

“We believe our role here is to bring any resource that is needed by a community to help them on their quest toward hope, connections and purpose and a better life. But, we can’t create that for them.”

For example, former WVU student body president and primary care physician Dr. Dino Beckett returned to his home community of Williamson where he has help further success of a diabetes clinic, started a community garden and initiated walking clubs.

Those are the healthy movements Marsh said WVU can support.

“When people want help, when they’re ready to flip, when they’re ready to change their mindset, there are so many things we can do. We love our state. We love the people in our state. We want better for them. But, we need to have them want better for themselves. I think that’s key.”

Health List in West Virginia

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Jefferson County, Putnam County and Monongalia County again lead West Virginia in terms of overall health while Wyoming County, Mingo County and McDowell County remain at the bottom in the latest County Health Rankings report.

On Wednesday, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute released the 2017 health numbers, based on 30 factors, for almost every county in the United States.

“We see the County Health Rankings as an annual checkup and we see it as an opportunity to begin a conversation in communities about the solutions, the things that we can do to help improve our health,” said Shawna Davie, program associate for the RWJF.

In West Virginia, the counties currently considered the healthiest for health outcomes, meaning how long people live and how they feel, were as follows:
1. Jefferson
2. Putnam
3. Monongalia
4. Upshur
5. Marshall

The counties considered the unhealthiest for health outcomes were the following:
51. Mercer
52. Logan
53. Wyoming
54. Mingo
55. McDowell

See the full list HERE.

At the top and bottom, there were few changes from 2016 when Pleasants County was No. 4, Tucker County No. 5, Mingo County No. 53 and Wyoming County No. 54.

In Jefferson County, the healthiest, the report found about 18 percent of people are considered to be in poor to fair health. The adult smoking rate is 21 percent while adult obesity is at 33 percent.

In McDowell County, the unhealthiest, 30 percent of people are considered in poor to fair health. The adult smoking rate is 29 percent while adult obesity is at 42 percent.

Statewide, 24 percent of people are considered in poor to fair health, double the rate in the top performing U.S. counties. The adult smoking rate in West Virginia is 26 percent while adult obesity is at 35 percent, according to the report.

Davie noted, though, there are good things happening for health even in counties rated the lowest in the report, which are largely those in southern West Virginia.

“For McDowell County, for instance, the adult obesity rate continues to increase and that’s something that we don’t want to see, but the high school graduation rate is very high and near the top performers, both in West Virginia and in the U.S.,” Davie said.

“For Jefferson County, the high school graduation rate is also very high, but the children in poverty rate is not where we want it to be.”

Davie said it showed every community has positives for health along with places that need improvement.

This year, researchers focused on increasing trends in premature death rates among younger people, ages 15 to 44, across the U.S. and in West Virginia.

The climbing numbers in that demographic were largely blamed on the opioid epidemic in the report.

“Rural areas, in particular, have higher rates of premature death than other areas and, in terms of drug overdoses, that is absolutely a crisis that has affected all community types, but we have most certainly seen an accelerated rate in suburban and smaller metro counties,” Davie explained.

In those suburban counties nationally, she said premature deaths due to drug overdoses have jumped from the lowest rate to the highest rate in the past decade.

“Overdose deaths are entirely preventable and so we don’t have to have these premature deaths take place,” said Davie.

In West Virginia, lower rates of premature deaths, meaning deaths before age 75, were reported in seven counties between 1997 to 2014. Those counties were Ohio, Morgan, Monongalia, Mineral, Jefferson, Gilmer and Berkeley.

Increases in premature death rates were recorded in 21 other counties, with McDowell, Mingo and Wyoming again among the worst along with other counties in southern West Virginia.

Among the factors used to determine overall county health were poverty, education, transportation, housing and jobs in the rankings which have been released annually for the past eight years.

“The County Health Rankings show us that where we live matters to our health and the rankings give us a snapshot of how well and how long we’re living,” Davie said.

G-ICYMI™: WV’s Broadband Ranking

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WV RANKS 48 IN REAL BROADBAND ACCESS IN USA

Frontier Communications and cable companies like Suddenlink are opposing the West Virginia Legislature’s latest attempt to improve high-speed internet across the state.

At a public hearing Friday, lobbyists for Frontier and the cable industry skewered parts of a bill (HB3093) that would authorize a pilot project in which three cities or counties would band together to build a broadband network and offer internet service to customers.

The industry lobbyists said legislation should target areas without high-speed internet — not places that already have service.

“When you spend taxpayer dollars and resources to focus on areas that already have broadband just so you can have a third or fourth choice, you are denying and depriving service to those who have none,” said Kathy Cosco, a Frontier executive and lobbyist.

Frontier and cable internet providers also oppose a section of the bill that would allow 20 or more families or businesses to form nonprofit co-ops that would provide internet service in rural areas.

Mark Polen, who represents the cable industry, said the bill should be changed to “make it clear these pilot projects and co-ops can’t be deployed where there’s already service.”

“That would be critical to the protection of our investment,” Polen said. “Anything that’s going to result in public subsidies being given to those that are going to overbuild private investment is not the proper policy. Let’s focus on the unserved areas and not allow this program to turn into an overbuilding initiative.”

Smaller internet providers like Bridgeport-based Citynet support the legislation. Citynet CEO Jim Martin told lawmakers that Frontier and the cable industry want to shut out competitors and protect their stranglehold on broadband service across the state.

“There is a reason they’re opposed to it, and that’s because this bill is going to enable competition,” Martin said.

Frontier, which is the largest internet provider in the state, also opposes a section of the bill that bars companies from advertising maximum or “up to” speeds. That measure aims to block firms from advertising internet speeds that they seldom — or never — deliver to customers.

Cosco said the measure unfairly stops companies from touting improved service. Frontier stopped advertising an “up to” speed in 2014, she said.

“If providers aren’t allowed to promote the service that’s available, it would be detrimental to the state’s economic development,” Cosco said.

Martin said his company would have no problem whatsoever with the ban on deceptive advertising. Internet providers would still be able to advertise minimum download and upload speeds available to customers.

“If you have a network and you’re comfortable with it, you should be able to advertise your minimum speed, and then stick with it,” Martin said. “It’s fantastic we aren’t going to allow for false advertising and representations of an ‘up to’ speed.”

Speakers at the public hearing also praised the bill for establishing procedures that would give internet providers quicker access to telephone poles used to hang fiber cable. Smaller firms said they sometimes have to wait months or years to use the poles.

But Cosco said the proposed changes conflict with Federal Communication Commission rules. And a leader of a union that represents Frontier technicians said the proposed pole procedures pose a safety risk.

“It would allow unqualified personnel from third-party contractors to transfer equipment on a utility pole to make room for a new provider’s equipment,” said Elaine Harris, who represents the Communications Workers of America in West Virginia.

ORIGINAL STORY 03.16.2017 – West Virginia lawmakers unveiled comprehensive broadband legislation Thursday that aims to spur competition among internet providers in rural areas and stop deceptive advertising about internet speeds.

House Bill 3093 would allow up to three cities or counties to start a pilot project by banding together and building a broadband network that provides high-speed internet service. Twenty or more families or businesses in rural communities also could form nonprofit co-ops that would qualify for federal grants to expand internet service, according to the bill.

“This is superb,” said Ron Pearson, a retired federal bankruptcy judge and broadband expansion advocate. “We’ve got to have competition in providing internet and other services that travel over fiber to households and businesses or we’re going to be stuck in the dark ages of competition in West Virginia.”

Lobbyists for Frontier Communications and cable internet providers already are raising objections to the legislation. The bill will face tough sledding in the Senate. Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, also works as Frontier’s sales director in West Virginia.

“We believe connecting West Virginia citizens is vital to our shared success, and any legislative proposal should focus on reaching the unserved and rural markets of our state,” Frontier spokesman Andy Malinoski said. “We are, however, concerned that House Bill 3093 may not accomplish that goal.”

Delegate Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, gave a 30-minute overview of the broadband legislation Thursday in the House chamber. Lawmakers have been working on the bill for months.

One of the bill’s key selling points: It requires no state funding — welcome news as lawmakers grapple with a $500 million budget deficit.

“We need revenue-neutral solutions to problems,” Hanshaw told lobbyists and fellow lawmakers who attended his presentation. “This is such a bill.”

In addition to broadband co-ops, the legislation would forbid internet companies from falsely advertising maximum download speeds — also referred to as “up to” speeds — while providing significantly slower speeds to customers. The internet firms could still advertise minimum internet service speeds.

Frontier, West Virginia’s largest internet provider, faces a class-action lawsuit over false advertising. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey also has taken the company to task over internet speeds.

“This [section of the bill] protects consumers from deceptive advertising,” Hanshaw said.

The legislation also expands the powers of the state Broadband Enhancement Council.

The 13-member panel would be responsible for collecting data about internet speeds and broadband service across the state — and publishing the “mapping” information. Data would be collected voluntarily from internet providers and consumers.

West Virginia ranks 48th in the nation for broadband accessibility.

“More data is always better,” Hanshaw said. “It gives businesses looking to locate here a definitive tool they can use to make decisions on where to locate a facility.

” Also under the bill:

The broadband council would collect and distribute grant money. The council also would act as a “think tank” and make recommendations to the Legislature.

Internet providers could string fiber-optic cable in shallow “micro-trenches,” which are less expensive to dig than traditional utility trenches.

Companies wanting to expand broadband could place their fiber on telephone poles more quickly under new, expedited procedures.

A program would allow landowners to voluntarily grant easements for fiber lines.

~~  Eric Eyre Gazette-Mail ~~

National Student Survey Rates GSC, Other Schools

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The 2016 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) results are in, and Glenville State College was highly ranked in several categories.

Both first-year and senior students ranked GSC higher than peer institutions in terms of student-faculty interaction. Students also reported positive academic interactions through high-impact practices, such as service-learning projects, research with faculty, community service, internships, and senior capstone experiences.

Glenville State CollegeGSC previously participated in a NSSE survey in 2011 and this year GSC seniors again ranked the institution with a higher favorable image than similar schools; 83% said they would choose Glenville State College again if they could start their college careers over. Additionally, 85% of seniors rated their overall experience with GSC as ‘excellent’ or ‘good.’

Overall, Glenville State received high marks across the board from first-year and senior students when asked about the nature and quality of their experiences at GSC. Seniors also felt they were able to acquire job/work related knowledge and skills and learned to work effectively with others during their time at GSC.

The survey also provides insights into areas in which the college can improve student perception. Those include challenging students to do their best work, providing opportunities for multicultural interaction, and urging students to spend more time preparing for classes.

“I am extremely proud of our faculty for their positive student-faculty interactions and use of high-impact practices. These activities are essential for engaging students in active learning and it is encouraging to know that students realize and appreciate the unique opportunities provided at GSC,” said Glenville State College Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Milan Vavrek.

NSSE is conducted by Indiana University. The student survey annually collects information at hundreds of four-year colleges and universities about student participation in programs and activities that institutions provide for their learning and personal development. The results provide an estimate of how undergraduates spend their time and what they gain from attending college. The results also reflect behaviors by students and institutions that are associated with desired outcomes of college and point to areas where colleges and universities are performing well and aspects of the undergraduate experience that could be improved.

For more information about GSC, visit www.glenville.edu or call the GSC Admissions Office at 304.462.6130 or toll-free at 800.924.2010.

Poll: Trump Voters Strongly Favor Renewables, Clean Energy

President-elect Donald Trump’s position on renewables and clean energy is worrying environmentalists - but according to a new national poll, his voters strongly favor them.

The post-election survey found that nearly 90 percent pf all voters support more government action to speed up the shift to clean energy. Mark Pischea, executive director of the Conservative Energy Network, which commissioned the survey, said that includes 2-to-1 support by conservatives. He said the Republican Party shouldn’t ignore these results.

“For the GOP to be competitive in future elections, it must develop messages that have greater appeal to millennials, college-educated voters, minorities,“ he said. “Clean energy represents an opportunity to build a bridge while appealing to our conservative base.“

Coal and oil companies have argued that policies supporting renewables will raise the cost of energy and hurt the economy. However, the survey found conservatives favor those policies specifically because renewables are growing and rapidly adding jobs.

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Trump’s selection of a climate skeptic to head the Environmental Protection Agency suggests the incoming administration may try to undo President Obama’s attempts to cut the carbon emissions that cause climate change. Pischea said conservative groups are working to help transform the nation’s energy supply, but they’ve been more focused on state and local policies. He said they will work in Washington.

“Urge Congress and urge the Trump administration to take a proactive platform on clean energy,“ he said, “but most of the important work to move the ball is really happening at the state level.“

Pischea said the survey found clean-air rules and support for economic development in energy transformation both tested off the charts. He said the poll found strong support for energy efficiency, and far more negative opinions about coal and nuclear energy. Pischea said the idea of government action aimed specifically at slowing climate change still is politically charged for conservatives, but added that he sees growing consensus on energy policies in general.

“The encouraging part about the increasing support on the right,“ he said, “is, we hope that it can lead to a de-politicized policy environment, where the accelerated growth of clean energy can thrive.“

Pollster Public Opinion Strategies talked to 1,000 U.S. voters. More information about the poll is online at conservativeenergynetwork.org.

Playoff Seeds Officially Set with the Final WVSSAC Ratings

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The official final WVSSAC high school football playoff ratings. Dates and times will be announced on Sunday.

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CLASS AAA
Rank School Rating Won Lost Tied Scored Allowed Points Bonus
1 MARTINSBURG 15.6 10 0 0 529 99 117 39
2 SPRING VALLEY 14.5 9 1 0 432 113 108 37
3 MUSSELMAN 12.2 8 2 0 395 185 96 26
4 MORGANTOWN 11.7 8 2 0 362 136 93 24
5 UNIVERSITY 11.6 8 2 0 297 165 96 20
6 CAPITAL 11.3 7 3 0 332 185 84 29
7 HUNTINGTON 11 7 3 0 290 190 84 26
8 GEORGE WASHINGTON 10.4 7 3 0 326 171 81 23
9 WHEELING PARK 9.2 7 3 0 305 237 84 8
10 SOUTH CHARLESTON 9 6 4 0 260 219 72 18
11 CABELL MIDLAND 8.9 6 4 0 359 215 69 20
12 HURRICANE 8.4 6 4 0 258 234 69 15
13 SPRING MILLS 8.1 6 4 0 307 279 69 12
14 JEFFERSON 7.6 5 5 0 308 311 57 19
15 BUCKHANNON-UPSHUR 7.44 5 4 0 195 212 54 13
16 HEDGESVILLE 6.6 5 5 0 238 325 60 6
—QUALIFIED FOR PLAYOFFS—
17 PARKERSBURG SOUTH 6.5 5 5 0 279 224 57 8
18 PRINCETON 6 5 5 0 234 277 48 12
19 GREENBRIER EAST 5.2 4 6 0 195 309 45 7
20 RIPLEY 5.1 4 6 0 277 242 39 12
21 RIVERSIDE 5 4 6 0 174 297 45 5
22 PARKERSBURG 4.9 4 6 0 289 314 45 4
23 BROOKE 2.6 2 8 0 139 373 21 5
24 HAMPSHIRE 2.5 2 8 0 189 330 21 4
25 JOHN MARSHALL 2.3 2 8 0 171 311 18 5
26 PRESTON 1.3 1 9 0 101 370 12 1
26 WOODROW WILSON 1.3 1 9 0 111 406 9 4
28 ST. ALBANS 1 1 9 0 212 470 9 1
29 WASHINGTON 0 0 10 0 150 527 0 0
CLASS AA
Rank School Rating Won Lost Tied Scored Allowed Points Bonus
1 BRIDGEPORT 15 10 0 0 323 95 93 57
2 MINGO CENTRAL 13.2 10 0 0 487 118 87 45
3 POINT PLEASANT 12.6 10 0 0 469 132 96 30
4 SISSONVILLE 11.6 9 1 0 366 209 81 35
5 FAIRMONT SENIOR 11.44 7 2 0 305 116 69 34
6 JAMES MONROE 11.3 9 1 0 326 89 87 26
7 NICHOLAS COUNTY 10.5 9 1 0 381 80 72 33
8 LINCOLN 10.1 8 2 0 373 191 72 29
9 INDEPENDENCE 9.6 8 2 0 343 111 66 30
10 KEYSER 8.9 7 3 0 353 146 69 20
11 WINFIELD 8.7 7 3 0 343 265 60 27
12 HERBERT HOOVER 8.2 7 3 0 280 189 63 19
13 WEIR 7.8 7 3 0 272 100 60 18
14 NORTH MARION 7.7 6 4 0 330 226 60 17
15 LIBERTY (Harrison) 7.5 7 3 0 299 252 57 18
16 ROANE COUNTY 6.6 6 4 0 263 210 48 18
—QUALIFIED FOR PLAYOFFS—
17 PETERSBURG 6.3 6 4 0 265 387 45 18
18 LEWIS COUNTY 5.8 5 5 0 241 247 48 10
19 CHAPMANVILLE 5.7 5 5 0 281 223 45 12
20 ELKINS 5.6 5 5 0 271 219 48 8
20 MAN 5.6 5 5 0 211 240 39 17
22 LOGAN 5.3 5 5 0 305 236 45 8
23 ROBERT C. BYRD 5.2 4 6 0 183 306 36 16
24 BLUEFIELD 5 4 6 0 311 310 39 11
25 CLAY COUNTY 4.9 5 5 0 147 210 36 13
26 BRAXTON COUNTY 4.8 4 6 0 193 250 36 12
27 FRANKFORT 4.7 4 6 0 239 289 39 8
28 WAYNE 4.2 4 6 0 276 297 36 6
28 WESTSIDE 4.2 4 6 0 230 182 36 6
30 EAST FAIRMONT 3.6 3 7 0 121 269 30 6
30 GRAFTON 3.6 4 6 0 171 216 30 6
32 WYOMING EAST 3.3 3 7 0 151 390 27 6
33 SCOTT 3.2 3 7 0 255 270 27 5
33 SHADY SPRING 3.2 3 7 0 181 354 27 5
35 LIBERTY (Raleigh) 3.1 3 7 0 228 348 27 4
36 BERKELEY SPRINGS 2.4 3 7 0 211 360 21 3
37 LINCOLN COUNTY 2.2 2 8 0 121 282 18 4
38 PIKEVIEW 2.1 2 8 0 132 347 18 3
39 OAK GLEN 1.7 2 8 0 89 329 15 2
40 RIVER VIEW 1.6 2 8 0 151 297 12 4
41 NITRO 0.9 1 9 0 153 444 9 0
42 OAK HILL 0 0 10 0 90 462 0 0
42 PHILIP BARBOUR 0 0 10 0 90 260 0 0
42 POCA 0 0 10 0 97 470 0 0
CLASS A
Rank School Rating Won Lost Tied Scored Allowed Points Bonus
1 EAST HARDY 10.7 10 0 0 534 101 75 32
2 ST. MARYS 10 10 0 0 486 109 63 37
3 FAYETTEVILLE 9.9 10 0 0 454 133 72 27
4 TOLSIA 9.67 7 2 0 210 158 57 30
5 CAMERON 9.3 10 0 0 441 175 60 33
6 WHEELING CENTRAL 8.78 8 1 0 331 136 48 31
7 GILMER COUNTY 8.7 10 0 0 413 64 60 27
8 WILLIAMSTOWN 8.6 8 2 0 371 190 48 38
9 SOUTH HARRISON 8.2 9 1 0 465 153 57 25
10 SUMMERS COUNTY 8.2 8 2 0 406 146 57 25
11 SHERMAN 7.3 8 2 0 343 179 54 19
12 PENDLETON COUNTY 7.2 8 2 0 401 198 51 21
13 TUG VALLEY 6.8 7 3 0 303 170 48 20
14 VAN 6.56 6 3 0 262 210 36 23
15 BUFFALO 6.4 7 3 0 427 163 45 19
16 TYLER CONSOLIDATED 5.3 6 4 0 329 187 36 17
—QUALIFIED FOR PLAYOFFS—
17 CLAY-BATTELLE 5.1 7 3 0 405 236 42 9
18 BISHOP DONAHUE 4.5 6 4 0 267 207 36 9
18 MOUNT VIEW 4.5 5 5 0 311 278 39 6
20 DODDRIDGE COUNTY 4.4 6 4 0 208 182 36 8
20 MOOREFIELD 4.4 4 6 0 169 339 30 14
22 WEBSTER COUNTY 4.3 6 4 0 224 159 36 7
23 MIDLAND TRAIL 4.1 5 5 0 223 272 33 8
24 POCAHONTAS COUNTY 3.9 5 5 0 269 189 30 9
25 RAVENSWOOD 3.7 4 6 0 234 344 24 13
26 NOTRE DAME 3 3 7 0 201 350 21 9
27 GREENBRIER WEST 2.7 3 7 0 138 283 18 9
28 TUCKER COUNTY 2.5 3 7 0 210 278 21 4
29 MADONNA 2.2 2 8 0 200 352 12 10
30 PARKERSBURG CATHOLIC 2.1 3 7 0 210 264 18 3
31 MAGNOLIA 1.7 2 8 0 222 352 12 5
32 WAHAMA 1.6 2 8 0 128 355 12 4
33 MONTCALM 1.56 2 7 0 131 263 12 2
34 VALLEY (Wetzel) 1.5 2 8 0 141 329 12 3
35 PADEN CITY 1.4 2 8 0 222 353 12 2
36 HANNAN 1.33 2 7 0 140 336 12 0
37 TYGARTS VALLEY 0.8 1 9 0 221 496 6 2
38 MEADOW BRIDGE 0.7 1 9 0 76 448 6 1
38 WIRT COUNTY 0.7 1 9 0 106 501 6 1
40 CALHOUN COUNTY 0.6 1 9 0 52 391 6 0
40 VALLEY (Fayette) 0.6 1 9 0 102 292 6 0
42 HUNDRED 0 0 9 0 50 507 0 0
42 RICHWOOD 0 0 10 0 163 393 0 0
42 RITCHIE COUNTY 0 0 10 0 120 405 0 0

West Virginia Ranks 37th on National Science Assessment

The Free Press WV

West Virginia students who took the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) science exam in 2015 showed improvement according to data released today by the National Center for Educational Statistics. Both fourth- and eighth-grade students in West Virginia ranked 37th out of the 47 jurisdictions who participated.

Overall average scale scores increased for both fourth- and eighth-grade test takers, with fourth-grade scores increasing from 148 in 2009 to 151 in 2015 and eighth-grade scores increased from 145 in 2009 to 150 in 2015. The percent of students at or above proficient increased from 28.08% to 31.35% in grade four and 22.10% to 26.61% in grade eight. West Virginia’s scores followed the national trend which also showed improvement.

“I am pleased to see our students are moving in the right direction,” said State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Michael Martirano. “In order to ensure our students are prepared for the 21st century world of work, we must focus on the development of critical thinking skills in the areas of math and science which the jobs of the future are going to require.”

NAEP, often referred to as “The Nation’s Report Card,” is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students in the United States know and can do in various subject areas. The 2015 science assessment was given between January and March, with more than 115,000 fourth-graders and nearly 111,000 eighth-graders participating nationally, representing both public and private schools.

Nationally, nearly all racial/ethnic groups made gains, and the White-Black and White-Hispanic achievement gaps have narrowed in grades four and eight since 2009. Additionally, there was no statistically significant difference in average scores between boys and girls.

NAEP is a congressionally authorized project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Full results for the nation and states are available online at www.nationsreportcard.gov.

West Virginia Ranked Fourth In States Least Vulnerable To Identify Theft

The Free Press WV

West Virginia ranked fourth in states least vulnerable to identify theft, according to a recent survey.

The Mountain State ranked low in employment fraud complaints per capita and bank fraud complaints per capita, coming in fourth least in both, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center’s Data Breach Report.

Key findings in the survey found:

  • In 2015 the most common identity fraud complaint in West Virginia was government documents/benefits fraud. Other types of fraud, including credit card fraud and bank fraud, were reported at a much lower rate than the national average.

  • There were just 80 identity theft complaints per 100,000 residents in West Virginia in 2015. This includes 41 government documents/benefits fraud complaints and 11 credit card fraud complaints per 100,000 residents.

The economics of West Virginia may help explain the ranking. Employment fraud could rank low because the state has the lowest civilian workforce population rate and one of the highest jobless benefit claims in the United States.

A large number of West Virginians also do not have either a banking or credit union account. In a 2013 report, The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy found 791 out of every 1,000 West Virginians are either unbanked or underbanked.

West Virginia’s high ranking on government documents/benefits fraud should not come as a surprise. Per capita, West Virginia has some of the highest levels of citizens receiving government assistance, from Social Security disability benefits to food stamps, according to the Social Security Administration.

Overall, West Virginia ranked above Kentucky and below Maine, the Identity Theft Resource Center’s Data Breach Report survey found.

South Dakota was the least vulnerable to identity theft, and the District of Columbia the most vulnerable, the survey found.

The survey did offer a few tips to avoid identity theft and fraud.

The first is to emphasize email security. This can be achieved by creating strong passwords for all financial accounts. Also, use established two-step verification on accounts.

Second, sign up for credit monitoring. This is the best way to keep tabs on credit reports.

Third, leverage account alerts and update contact information. Set up online management for all financial accounts, including loans, IRS, Social Security and credit cards. Keeping your email address, phone number and street address updated makes identity theft harder for hackers.

Finally, exercise common sense online. Suggestions include: Don’t open emails from unrecognized addresses, don’t send account numbers and passwords via email or instant messenger, and don’t enter financial and personal information into websites that lack the “http” prefix.

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During intervention the State had dictatorial control of our school system to include all decisions related to the GCES.

One result is that the GCES was built too small.

An investigation is needed to determine who was responsible for the bad decision, and what role the no-bid architectural firm had in designing and constructing the school.

Something major happened to cause the GCES to be built too small. Was something dropped at the expense of adequate class room space as a result of having to spend extra money because a poor site was selected?

Minimally, gross incompetency on the State’s part is the explanation for the disaster foisted onto the County.

A question pertains to the new gym. Lots of effort was taken by the State to try to convince the public that a competition gym instead of a regular gym was needed.

Did the competition gym cost extra money at the expense of needed classroom space? If the answer is affirmative who was responsible for deciding on the more expensive gym?

What about the enormous pit at the GCES? Was money spent on it at the expense of classrooms because something was wrong with the school’s site that was selected by the State?

Nothing similar to the pit has been seen at other sites where new WV schools were built.

Why has there been a failure for a thorough investigation to have occurred to expose the facts?

The obvious explanation is that powerful elitists in control do not want tracks leading to them, and they have veto power over a meaningful investigation including one done by a leading newspaper.

By GCES Built Too Small Scandal on 01.15.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Pat McGroyne is spot on.
High speed internet is simply another failure of WV state government.

If the elected in our state, were doing the job expected by voters….we should have very few problems or issues?

By Gilmer resident on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Muddling has another distinct symptom. It is the tendency for administrators in control to emphasize processes and procedures while avoiding disclosure of progress, or the lack thereof, in achieving learning results.

The purpose is another way to avoid personal accountability for school system failures.

By Muddling Epidemic In WV School Systems on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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West Virginia is number one!
Our politicians are the best that can be had.
They are also the lobbyers dream come true.
No one—-can out-muddle our elected reps !

By we know it on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Suggestion after reading strategic plans for the GCHS and the GCES.

How about the school board requiring that for each school an informative executive summary be written to include——where each school stands on reading, math, and science proficiency, what the term proficiency means to eliminate the confusion, student proficiency goals for the two school, target time to expect goals to be achieved, and a statement to commit to keeping the public informed of progress in achieving the goals at designated intervals (e.g. quarterly) during a school year.

Omit confusing abbreviations and technical terms understood only by a select few in the education field, and written for comprehension by reasonable persons.

Leave it up to the County’s professional educators to determine how to get the job done with continual laser-like focus on getting results.

By Student Learning at GCHS and GCES on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Muddling infects federal, state, and local government entities where personal accountability for top officials to get measurable results rarely exists.

Muddling practitioners are famous for passing off information unrelated to measurable proof that effective problem-solving has occurred. A common example is emphasizing how much public money is being spent to attempt to convince tax payers that magnitudes of expenditures are always directly correlated to levels of problem-solving successes.

Muddling by an organization is characterized by the existence of thick planning documents replete with vagueness and lack of clarity, undefined technical terms, and mysterious acronyms.

Muddling thrives on intentional ambiguity and confusion designed to protect muddlers and their organizations.

By Muddling 101 on 01.11.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Gilmer County is not the only place in the USA that has been faced with its students failing to meet proficiency standards for science, reading, and math.

The difference here is that evidence is lacking to conclusively demonstrate that Gilmer County’s officials in control have exerted proper efforts to profit form powerful lessons learned elsewhere to use that knowledge to help solve learning deficiencies in our schools.

In fact, a convincing argument could be made that the approach in the County has been the one professional planners designate as muddling through.

Classic symptoms of muddling through include failure to thoroughly analyze categories of causes contributing to problems followed up by using the information to develop a comprehensive plan to do the most good in getting better results by treating key causes instead of symptoms.

Muddling typically involves officials assigning blame for lack of progress to outside forces e.g., the “culture”, the State did it to us, and poverty. Haven’t we heard plenty of that?

Muddling must be eliminated if we want progress in solving non-performance problems within the County’s school system. Does anyone disagree?

By End School System Muddling on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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It is unclear after reading school board meeting minutes what progress if any is being made by GCHS and GCES principals in improving student proficiency in reading, math and science.

Why not allocate a few sentences in the minutes to summarize what the two principals reported to the school board?

All it would take to get the critical information out to citizens would be for the new school board to act on this.

Does anyone have a problem with the suggested change to keep Gilmer’s bill paying public informed?

By Need Specifics For Principal's Reports on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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“High speed broadband – a necessity for today’s homes, businesses and other institutions – remains a huge unmet need for rural residents, despite promises by a succession of Governors from both parties (a contributing factor in why we’re losing population at a rate higher than any other state).“

I disagree with much of what Mr.Boggs believes.  That said, high-speed broadband is the single most important step the State of WV could take to improve the business climate and provide more opportunities for its citizens.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Conversation at local eatery.
Shortly after election.
Individuals were educators.

‘You think we have school problems now, wait until these new folks take the steering wheel’.

‘Students, parents, staff are all going to be in the soup’.

Sounds as if Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving vacation-deer season times have all taken a big hit.  If that is true, the union teachers need to come together, stand their ground, along with parents, and hold this new board accountable.

Have a local strike if need be.
Request resignations.
Vote of no confidence.

Schools employees can win.
You have done it before.
Just stick together.

By overheard conversation on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Scholarship must be the most important focus in Gilmer County’s schools.

Brought up the ZOOMWV Data Dashboard site to review the most recent State achievement test results for GCHS’s 11th grade.

Folks, Gilmer is in serious trouble. Proficiency for math=24%, reading=41%, and science=24%.

On an A through F grading scales the GCHS gets an F for all three subject areas.

What does the new school board have to show for inroads it has made since last July to make critically needed proficiency improvements at the HS? Citizens deserve answers to the question.

By ZOOMWV Data Dashboard on 01.07.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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A thorough accounting for where all the public money went could be easily achieved by a competent accountant.

Isn’t there a special account at the County’s school board office for expenditures related to all bills paid and who got the money?

Following the money trail always gets results along with verification of means, motives, and access.

By Let An Accountant Dig It Out on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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If central office financial records for all public money paid out for everything from site planning, site studies and development, and everything else to get to completion of the GCES and the LES—- what is the reason?

It is known that money was spent on the Arbuckle site and Cedar Creek, and public money was paid out for the LES too.

Were County records for the spending purged and if that happened who ordered the action? The records are either in the County’s central office or they aren’t.

By End Financial Secrecy on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Hasn’t the time come to finally start naming names and making people accountable?

By Get It Done on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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How about the “BIG WV WINDFALL”....?

For 3 or 4 months now we keep hearing about the millions of dollars of tax revenue collected.

Millions and millions above ‘estimates’.  Were those ‘estimates’ honest, or fudged to begin with, so as to request higher tax rates?

Well, Justice and the Legislature now have our dollars, what will become of this windfall? Will we see tax rates lowered?  Doubt full, but we should.

Likely this windfall, created by “over-taxation”, will simply create a “party atmosphere” of legislative spending. Watch the Charleston ‘gangsters’ get their wish lists ready this coming session.

By taxpayers always lose on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Yes.  The blame Does seem to fall to ‘local’ people. In small places like Gilmer County, it’s just a poker game, boys, and the deep pockets win.  Money speaks volumes where ‘officials’ stay silent.  Go ask for the records, see what they’ve got.

By CheatersNeverWin on 11.20.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Teachers and staff knew from the beginning that the GCES was going to be too small. They were ordered by the State to keep quiet about the shortfall and other serious concerns too.

A sixth grader could understood how many rooms were needed by dividing total student numbers to attend the school by how many students should be in a classroom.

Under sizing was the State’s fault and it cannot be rationalized any other way including to assign the blame to local people. Same applies to the over sized LCES.

By Corrupt State Intervention on 11.19.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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There will never be a full, public accounting of the gross mishandling of tax dollars during WVDOE intervention.
Too many local jobs and too many embarrassments of both elected and appointed bureaucrats.
These types cover dirt for each other.

Any local whistle blowers?  Doubtful.

One school built short 4 classrooms and another built with 5 too many.  Can it get more stupid than that?
Mr. Degree and Ms. Common Sense seldom travel together.

By Full accounting will never be revealed. Never. on 11.18.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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GCBOE when the two principals give reports at board meeting could the gist of what they said be summarized in minutes to keep the County informed?

It was a welcomed development by the Board to require principals to give reports particularly if there are required updates on progress designed to improve student learning for reading, math, and other subjects.

We still have not been informed about the status of science proficiency at the GCHS based on the latest testing. Why has the State failed to release the data? Were results too dismal?

By More Specifics For Principal's Reports on 11.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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If it is going to cost extra money to eliminate over crowding at the GCES the financial information referenced by Do It Ourselves should be presented to Charleston and the press too.

That would help frame a solid case that crowding problems were not caused by Gilmer County because all decisions related to facilities were dictated by officials over whom the County had no oversight authority during the State’s intervention.

By Follow The Money on 11.16.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It is assumed that all records for spending to include money paid out for the LCES, dropped Arbuckle site, dropped Cedar Creek site, and all bills for the GCES are in the Gilmer Schools central office.

The new GCBOE has authority to get to the truth by demanding a thorough accounting for all the spending.

Afterwards the financial officer in the central office could easily access existing computerized records and to use the information for a report to the GCBOE and the public.

By Do It Ourselves on 11.15.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Notice that most of the ‘officials’ in Gilmer County also hold regular day jobs - sometimes working on more than one paying ‘job’ at a time in the same office space. This common practice is concerning for many reasons, and it needs to be talked about when so many go without.

By QuestionablePractice on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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There are two views in the County related to the under built GCES. Although the State built the school with inadequate classrooms one group believes that we should move on to let go of the past.

Isn’t this a form of advocacy for a coverup to prevent accountability for the State’s incompetence and mismanagement?

The other group believes that there should be a full accounting for all public money spent up to the time the GCES was completed to include disclosure of recipients of the public money. 

The accounting should be done for all public money spent at the LCES, the Arbuckle site, Cedar Creek, and finally the GCES.

Reasons for the under built GCES should be fully disclosed too. When the State was in control this information was kept secret from the public with loud claims that there was adequate space at the GCES.

Now it is known that there is inadequate space at the GCES and the problem is left to Gilmer County to fix. Only in WV!

By Citizens For Financial Disclosure on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Unprofessional issues,rude commentsand rolling eyes at the high school has become an issue. Being on cell phone talking to boyfriends,when parents etc.going into the office. Since the teachers were ask not to be on them while students in the classroom. The one in the office should not be allowed to talk personal to her boyfriend, or whoever. Also, I hope this is corrected, the personal days, etc that the board provides to staff shouldn’t be allowed to use to work or operate a second job. Let’s get the priorities straight.

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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GULMER COUNTY BOE. It is time for me to let you know some issues that is going on at the High school.  I’m hoping this will be addressed at the next board meeting. 1. It should not matter if an employee has a second job or run a business. The priority job is for the board. One should not be allowed to use any time from the board to run your business. There is going on
If they want to run your business than go but not on the boards time. I would like for all employees be treated the equal. They should not be allowed to use the time the board gives them for other jobs.

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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While at it there should be an investigation of why the LES was build with too many classrooms and the GCES was built with too few. At the very least what happened is a WV horror story example of the State’s waste and mismanagement.

By Where Is The Investigation? on 11.11.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It is obvious that the GCES has a major space problem.

What options for dealing with the State’s mismanagement to cause the serious blunder are being considered by the Board of Education?

Could the original architectural design for the dropped Cedar Creek site be compared to what resulted at the GCES to accurately determine the extent of classroom space alterations?

If the architectural design at the GCES is different than the original plan for Cedar Creek the next step should be to determine reasons for the changes and where the money originally planned for needed classrooms went.

By INFO REQUEST TO GCBOE on 11.09.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It’s long been known that Justice doesn’t happen in Gilmer County “because it all comes down to money”. And for those in charge of handling it and making decisions, it comes down to being competent to do the job,  keep accurate books and accounts and I’m sorry to say, that is seriously lacking in Gilmer County.

By Follow the Paycheck(s) on 11.06.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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What is GSC’s BOG’s plan for getting money for the next payment on the $38,000,000 bond loan the Gilmer County Commission approved?

Will the State pay or will the money come from private donations?

Money will have to come from somewhere to avoid a default.

By Where Is The Money? on 11.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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So sorry to hear of Kendall’s passing. I have fond memories of him at Uncle Paul’s store and the family reunions. I’m sure he will be missed greatly by those closest to him.
Please accept condolences from me and my family.

By Steve Lewis on 11.04.2018

From the entry: 'Kendall Goodwin'.

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GSC’s present plight is no secret and its future existence is in question.

Instead of expressing attitudes that GSC is being picked on could the Blue Ribbon Commission reveal why the College “tested out” as it did to fail to get more State money?

Was the “grading system” based on student enrollment trends, retention, time taken to get a degree, academic reputation, inept governance and administration, and other factors to block more funding? Informative specifics were not disclosed.

Teachers know that concerned students who want to do better always seek advice on what needs to be done to get better grades.

Similar to concerned students GSC’s supporters should be informed of what needs to be done to position the College for improved chances for survival to include eligibility for more State funding.

Saying that GSC is being picked on does nothing to help solve its nagging problems.

By What Was The Grading System? on 10.30.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Well thank you, Details Please,  for asking!  So many problems in Gilmer and education is just one.  Look at the town, take a good look around.  Remember who runs unopposed at election time.  Vote.  Make a difference.  Hold authority figures responsible.  Allow videos, minutes and more to be shared on GFP again, for transparency.  Know your neighbors, help a friend.  Be good to each other. Amen.

By Reader7 on 10.29.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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I will truly miss my Uncle Stephen.  Telling me so much information about from gardening to canning. Just to listening to him talk with such passion for everything that he does… he had a sense of humor that always warms my heart.. listening to him play the banjo sometimes even when he didn’t feel good. he is always willing to share his recipes and his ways of doing things… his solar information he was always studying something ... I’m remember one time we asked him where he got his blackberries when it wasn’t Blackberry season and he go there’s a store down the road it’s called Walmart they have everything… He was so funny.  I love you.. xoxo.

By Robin Nunez on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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Sorry for your loss. He sure did look like his father.

By Buck Edwards on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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Reader 7, please give details for your suggested solutions to the County’s concerns you addressed.

The information would be helpful for consideration by school system administrators and the general public.

By Details Please on 10.26.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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There is speculation that the plan is for GSC to convert to an education center for low risk federal inmates. Is this something the County and central WV needs?

By GSC's New Mission? on 10.26.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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Dr. Pellett’s commentary in the 10/26/2018 issue of the Gazette includes a statement that GSC is responsible for injecting $28,000,000 into the local economy.

If GSC were to close loss of the money would cause the County to have more severe poverty than it has now.

The pressing challenge is for GSC’s administrators including its Board of Governors to exercise effective leadership to prevent closure.

Why can’t GSC take action on the long standing suggestion for it to be an innovator by establishing a five year teacher education program to enable students to earn a masters degree by graduation time?

Something must be done in WV to deal with the 700 positions for which certified teachers including those for math, science and special education are not in the classrooms.

Dr. Pellett and GSC’s Board of Governors why is a new teacher education program at the College not a viable option? Nothing else seems to be working.

The need exists, a similar program of excellence does not exist anywhere in the State, and GSC’s status would be elevated by having a masters degree program.

By GSC Alumni on 10.26.2018

From the entry: 'Paine: Plan to improve math scores to focus on algebra where a third of teachers aren’t certified'.

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GSC could make a valuable contribution to WV by doing a study to report on how grade and elementary schools with excellent results in math and reading did it.

Then, other schools could use the information as guidance instead of going it alone to reinvent the wheel.

With the Ed.D. expertise at GSC it would be a natural to take on the assignment. Dr. Pellett, would you back the initiative?

By Opportunity for GSC on 10.23.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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There is reference to signing an agreement with the State for math4life for all WV school districts. What has Gilmer County agreed to do to fix our problems?

By Agreements Matter on 10.22.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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This important news has potential for making significant progress in improving math and reading outcomes in WV.

It hinges on how quickly advantage can be taken from lessons learned in schools that excelled.

The WVBE could do an analysis of reasons for excelling and to quickly provide guidance information to other schools.

That is the way the private sector approaches problem-solving because chronic failures have consequences and the unfit are weeded out.

Dr. O’Cull could help if the WVBE is not responsive. There could be panels of individuals from excelling schools to make presentations at WV School Board Association meetings to explain what their schools did to make the achievements.

By Why Reinvent The Wheel? on 10.22.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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A characteristic of a good strategic plan is to simplify language to enable a clear understanding of all its details.

Regarding the comment about abbreviations, a simple fix for them and terms (e.g. lexile) would be to insert an asterisk or a footnote symbol the first time one of them is used to refer readers to a section at the end of the documents where the entries are defined.

This comment is not intended to be a criticism. All specialty fields have a language of their own including the teaching profession.

Suggested clarity improvements in the plans would not be time consuming for principals at the County’s two schools.

By Clarity Is Always Good on 10.18.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Looked at the strategic plan for the GCES. It is a major achievement for the new GCBE to provide the information to the public.

Suggestion. Could the GCBOE post a meaning of all abbreviations in the plan? Doing that would make it far easier for readers to understand details in the plan.

By Help Understanding on 10.17.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Thanks Mrs. Lowther and the BOE for providing meeting minutes for the public to read.

Those of us who voted for the levy would appreciate receiving specific information for what is being done at the grade school and the high school to make needed improvements for college and career readiness.

Could a current overview and updates throughout the school year be provided to the public?

Why not put the details on websites of the two schools to give the principals a chance to shine?

By Levy Supporter on 10.16.2018

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

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“engage in pedantic colloquy?“

No Bill.

By WEKNOWYOU on 10.14.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Correct.  I do not wish to engage in back and forth useless ‘banter’ with big words and no results.  What I AM interested in is Gilmer County, in all it’s ways.  Education, Food, Law and Transparency.  Fancy words are often used to hide, divide, and distract..  Plain words speaking truth for the safety and well being of the people is what I’m looking for..  Gilmer is suffering… I want it to stop. I want to see the citizens healthy, educated and strong. I want to see more jobs instead of food banks.  I want Committee meetings for all to see. I want the law to do what it should, when it should.  Plain english would work fine.  Thanks for asking.

By Reader7 on 10.14.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Lol 7, you do not wish to engage in a pedantic colloquy?

By Smart Feller on 10.13.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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All nice but a small request? Can we simplify some of the language?  Don’t mean to be rude, but fancy works aren’t needed for the Truth.

By Reader7 on 10.12.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Stop living the delusion the state will fix education.
They have caused the problem.
Remember, for them, job one IS job protection.

Rare in history, that the cause of a problem, has come forth with a solution to what they have caused. They keep resetting testing standards so as not have any ‘yardstick’ they can be measured against.  Apparently people just don’t get it?  And the WVBOE is so happy about that.

By it-ain't-a-gonna-happen. period. on 10.12.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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There is a continuum for sophistication regarding what is done with data.

Collecting and compiling it is at the low end of sophistication.

Synthesis is at the high end.

This means using results and other information to make specific recommendations for making improvements.

The State took its typical easy way out by failing to go beyond the data compilation stage.

By Easy Way Out on 10.10.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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The comment about need to find out what was done at high performance schools to determine what we could do in Gilmer County to get the same results merits a comment.

The comment flags what is wrong with the State BOE in failing to provide effective leadership.

Does anyone recall a single instance, after tens of millions of dollars were spent on amassing data, when the State BOE did anything to effectively address lessons learned at high performance schools for application at other schools?

Of course not! It is the easy way out for those in high income brackets in Charleston to collect data instead of using it to the maximum to take full advantage of lessons learned.

Could the WV School Board Association help fill the gap?

By Lost Opportunity on 10.07.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Harry, So sorry to hear of the passing of your wife.  I’m also sorry that I never got to know her because if she was anything like you, I’m sure she was pretty special.  Please know that you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.  May God’s love be with you my friend.

By Greg Garvin on 10.04.2018

From the entry: 'Judith “Judy” Carolyn Buckley Rich'.

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What is the BOE’s proficiency goal for English and mathematics and what is the time frame for achieving the goal? That is news citizens want.

Then too, how can citizens at large get involved to honor and to encourage students who improve, and what of a similar nature could be done to give special recognition to outstanding teachers who contribute to improved learning for English and math?

By Positive Changes Made By New BOE on 10.04.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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The BOE and Mrs Lowther deserve high praise for disclosing proficiency information to the public.

It is the first time since 2011 anything like this has happened.

We still do not know about results for science, and it is understood that Charleston is still “working” on it.

Now we know our serious shortcomings in math and English and there is new hope for burrowing out of the mess with everyone in Gilmer working together.

By Thanks Gilmer BOE on 10.03.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Well, dear citizen… sometimes the local ‘law’ gets it wrong.  #truth #JusticeForGilmer

By Transparency matters on 09.30.2018

From the entry: '33 charged in methamphetamine distribution operations in Harrison, Marion, and Monongalia Counties'.

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Soooo…...why do we never see a big drug bust in Gilmer?
With the college and others, there are plenty sources.
Seems strange?

By citizen 3 on 09.23.2018

From the entry: '33 charged in methamphetamine distribution operations in Harrison, Marion, and Monongalia Counties'.

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If you access http://www.mywvschool.com it is evident that some schools outpace others for math and English.

For examples look at data for Lizemore Elementary in Clay County, Alum Creek Elementary in Kanawha County, Rock Branch Elementary in Putnam county, and Greenmont Elementary in Wood County.

Gilmer BOE why not assign someone to evaluate what is being done at those school and others to make them State standouts and to apply lessons learned to our elementary schools?

The same applies to learning from others regarding how to get high marks at GCHS.

By Learn What Works From Others on 09.23.2018

From the entry: 'WV and Area Counties Balanced Scorecard for School Year 2017-2018'.

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I have not read anyone blaming our teachers.  Quite the contrary.
There have been some well thought out comments submitted too.
I am old enough to remember when we had few issues about quality education.

Forget Charleston? Better not.
Believe we are still in their “probation” period.
You better check out just what that means.

By GC--still on state probation? on 09.22.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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Why not go for it on our own and use the tried and widely accepted Iowa Test of Basic Skills to evaluate learning proficiency of our children?

It is the longest running test in America and it goes back to 1936.

One outcome of using the test is that each grade would be evaluated and compared to performances to schools in other parts of America.

We would probably have to go through hoop jumps of the State’s everchanging testing too.

By Iowa Test For Gilmer on 09.21.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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To compound complexity of the issue, Gilmer is different from McDowell and both are different than Monongahela.

The implication is that getting out of the crisis must be county-specific and there is no one size that will fit all of WV’s 55 school systems.

Each county is on its own and ones with the best planning, local boards of education, and administrators will shine. Forget about Charleston!

By County-Specific on 09.21.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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Similar to most complex problems there are several categories contributing to WV’s dismal failure in improving education results in our grade and high schools.

Information in referred journal is beginning to show up. Some of the categories include curriculum issues in high schools, block scheduling failures in high schools, inordinate emphasis on sports at the expense of academics, inadequate prep of grade schoolers to ensure that they get firm foundations in math and English Language Arts, failure to instill need for life long learning at early ages, failure for school systems to fund continuing education of teachers to prepare them for newly emerged practices for enhanced student learning, cultural impediments including failure of some families to encourage children and to give them extra learning help at home, dysfunctional families for children to grow up in caused by drug and alcohol abuse and chronic unemployment, grade inflation characterized by too many As and Bs and attitudes that nobody fails so pass them along, failure of school boards to hire the best qualified superintendents and teachers because of local emphasis on favoring “home grow” individuals, failure of school boards to define performance expectations for superintendents to make effective accountability impossible, constantly changing types of State mandated testing to cause chaos and morale problems, poor compensation of teachers necessary to attract and keep the best and the brightest, etc.

To blame all problems on teachers is a cruel travesty.

One of the weakest links contributing to a lack of progress in improving WV schools is that instead of analyzing the full spectrum of contributing problems and focusing on ones with the biggest payoff potential, the trend in Charleston is to constantly apply band aid approaches with hopes that “cures” will be stumbled on accidentally.

By Do Not Blame It All On Our Teachers on 09.21.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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The problem with preK-12 education in WV is that a holistic and and technically defensible evaluation of contributing factors to cause WV’s problems and how to deal with them has not occurred.

Instead, under direction of clueless politicians ineffective muddling prevails while selling what is done at a particular time as the definitive solution.

How many times have we witnessed muddling over the past 20-30 Years? It still goes on in Charleston.

Why not obtain a grant to have qualified experts analyze success stories around the Nation and use findings to craft a demonstration project in Gilmer County to improve our school system?

Regardless of what we do there must be open minds in seeking out what to do in homes, schools,  teacher education programs in our institutions of higher learning, continuing education for classroom teachers, and to involve various factions in our community to achieve acceptable results. Everyone must band together as a unified team to make it work.

One trap is over emphasis of sports. If the same magnitude of attention and importance were to be focused on solving preK-12 education problems in WV, great strides could be made to benefit deserving children.

By Muddling on 09.19.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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Our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Mr. Ron. I too know this pain of losing a beloved father. Both of these men were taken way too soon. Praying maybe Mr.Ron, my Dad, and all the former Westinghouse employees in heaven are getting together. Love and prayers from, Adrienne and family.

By Adrienne (Trimper) Johnson on 09.19.2018

From the entry: 'Ronald J. Vanskiver'.

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West Virginia’s educational failures is NOT because of classroom teachers.

It IS because of the WV Board of Education’s failures of the past 20-30 years.

That 9 member, lopsided governor board is a crime against children and education in WV as a whole.

It needs 3 teachers, 3 general public parent members, and 3 governor appointees.

Until that governors click gang is broken up, you simply see repeats of the past.  NO progress in education.

It will take the legislature to fix it, but they are too busy with the legislature created court system failure, while trying to line pockets with gas and oil money.

By Tell It Like It Is ! on 09.19.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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What is the plausible rationale for Gilmer not disclosing detailed facts similar to what Superintendent Hosaflook did?

Wood County reported 11,176 students in its 27 schools for the full FY 2018 school year.

In comparison Gilmer had 734 reported students in our two schools for the full FY 2018 school year.

Wood County had 15 times more students than Gilmer and it is reasonable to assume that it was 15 times more demanding to administer with its 27 schools.

If Wood County could get detailed facts out to the public with its significantly higher work load what keeps tiny Gilmer from doing the same?

By Why Gilmer BOE? on 09.18.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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We have not had a responsible, functioning, WVBE for 20 years.
Not one that would accept any responsibility.

They just keep changing ‘score keeping’ so there can be no accurate tracking of student progress.

State ranks 48th or 49th on educational outcomes. Still.
Colleges still have to give remedial classes.

The ONLY thing that changes are the names of the governor appointed players.
And just look at the ‘cost-per-pupil’ spending!
We are about the highest in the nation.

West Virginia State Board of Education = complete failure.  Nothing less.

By just more smoke and mirrors on 09.16.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released for Public Schools in West Virginia'.

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Never could figure out why working people, retirees, volunteers are picking up trash left by adults?

Not when we have the numbers of bored prisoners we have locked up doing nothing??

By No solution here- on 09.16.2018

From the entry: 'Adopt-A-Highway Fall Statewide Cleanup Set for September 29'.

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Go to http://www.mywvschool.org to access more official State information about Gilmer’s schools. There are serious red flags in need of immediate corrective attention.

If you access Lewis County schools on the same web site you can review info for LES. Look at the red flags there. Worse than GES.

Instead of using the info to criticize it can be useful in seeking out opportunities for making immediate improvements.

For those who take apologetic stands that Gilmer is doing as well as some other WV counties and everything is fine, it does not mean that inferior educations for our children are acceptable.

By Look At Red Flags on 09.16.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Superintendent Set Her Goals for School Year'.

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Who is responsible for Gilmer’s oversight of the LES?

If you access the State’s website you will learn that math and reading is red flagged for the LCES to be as bad as it can get.

Why is it that nothing is reported in Gilmer County about how that school is doing when we know that our sixth grade finishers from over there will go to the GCHS to finish their educations? 

It is like our students who attend LCES are forgotten about. Someone needs to be watching out for them.

By Who Minds The Store on 09.15.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Superintendent Set Her Goals for School Year'.

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The really sad stories are left out.
The students who accrue debt and for whatever reasons, drop out of school after a year or two.

They have little hope of improving incomes, but still have debt.
More of them than you think.

By More sad ones to be told. on 09.14.2018

From the entry: 'Student-Loan Debts a "Loss of Freedom" for Some in WV'.

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Information made ‘public’ forces accountability.
Do not hold your breath lest you turn blue.

‘They’ want elected. Get their place at the trough.
Then discover ‘exposure’ makes their work more difficult.

Informed citizens make informed decisions.
Why do we see the same names being elected over and over and over?

By WHEN we're allowed to see it......? on 09.14.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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Lots of work to be done with schools in Gilmer County. 2017-2018 Summative Assessments out today for student achievement.

Gilmer County High School.

For Math
*Exceed or Meet Standards=40% of Students.
*Fail to Meet Standards=60% of Students

For Reading
*Exceed or Meet Standards=36% of Students
*Fail to Meet Standards=64%

The scores speak volumes. What was done to accurately determine causes of failures and what will be done about it? BOE, the public has a right to know answers.

By Public Demands Answers on 09.13.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Superintendent Set Her Goals for School Year'.

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The Founding Fathers screwed up, we should not have to work and pay our bills. Let that man behind the tree work and pay for it all.
Free education should be a right.
Free food should be a right.
Free healthcare should be a right. 
Free transportation should be a right.
Free entertainment should be a right.

By Smart Feller on 09.13.2018

From the entry: 'Student-Loan Debts a "Loss of Freedom" for Some in WV'.

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Thank you BOE members and Mrs. Lowther. Let’s work together at all community levels to make Gilmer County an educational power house in West Virginia. We can do it as an effective team and provision of information will be the key to success.

By Better Times On The Way on 09.12.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Superintendent Set Her Goals for School Year'.

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Accountability - good point - and across Gilmer County.  We’ve seen glimpses and pieces of news WHEN we’re allowed to see it, mere mortals that we are. But never any follow up.  And the information come in bits and pieces (remember when we actually got to SEE what the Gilmer County Commission was up to?)  My question is, why do we never see the accountability or repercussion for actions of current Gilmer ‘elite’??

By Transparency matters on 09.12.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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Encouraging news that the superintendent will present her goals for Gilmer Schools on 9/10.

We assume that there will be a commitment for specific goals to achieve, measurable outcomes, completion dates for different steps and final goal achievement, and a meaningful monitoring program to determine if we are on track or there is need for mid-course fine tuning.

If any of this is missing there will not be meaningful accountability. Excellent business plans have all the components addressed above.

By Waiting To See on 09.09.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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