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GSC to Host Appalachian Studies Conference

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Glenville State College will host the 2018 Appalachian Studies Conference on Thursday, November 15. The conference will take place at The Pioneer Stage (10 East Main Street, Downtown Glenville) and will begin at 8:00 a.m. Community members are invited to the conference to view presentations from students and to hear the keynote address from Jessica Lilly, host of West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Inside Appalachia.

The Appalachian Studies Conference gives current students the opportunity to present their own work in the field of Appalachian studies, including creative projects and academic work. According to conference organizer and GSC Assistant Professor of English Dr. Amanda Chapman, “GSC students will, among other things, present research on topics such as the mine wars and Appalachian folklore, display and discuss Appalachian-inspired art, and play traditional Appalachian music. Refreshments will be served, and the doors will be open to the community as well as to students, faculty, and staff. The conference will be the culmination of the series of events funded by the West Virginia Humanities Council grant, titled ‘We, too, are Appalachia: An Exploration of Identity and Place.‘ Given that Appalachia has been the subject of so much national media coverage in the last few years, we believe that it is important for Appalachians to reflect on their own home and identity, to have a voice in representing this diverse region.“

For more information, contact Dr. Chapman at or call 304.462.6328.

GCHS Teacher Make Presentation in Nashville, TN

A team of four teachers from Gilmer County High School made a presentation at the SREB’s High Schools That Work Conference in Nashville, TN, on July 14, 2017.  Traci DeWall (Technology Integration Specialist), Brittany Duelly (Math 11-12), Kelly Barr (Math 7) and McKinley Buckley (Social Studies 11-12)  led “Blending at Its Best: Engaging and Differentiating for the 21st Century”.  In their presentation, the GCHS panel explained the data that was derived from student surveys about internet connectivity at home, the types of devices they have, and how they best learn, while teachers were surveyed on their comfort and mastery of using technology in the classroom.  The participants were actively engaged in the exploration of free- or low-cost websites that enhance instruction and learning. Time was spent on the development of key tools, and the participants left with something they could immediately integrate into their classroom.

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(Pictured standing L to R): Traci DeWall (Technology Integration Specialist), Brittany Duelly (Math 11-12),
Kelly Barr (Math 7) and McKinley Buckley (Social Studies 11-12)


“That was the goal of presentation,“ said Mrs. Nasia Butcher, principal, “to ensure that participants left with tools that they could immediately use in their classroom.  Based on the feedback from teachers and administrations, we achieved our goal.  I am very proud to showcase Gilmer County High School and the excellent work our teachers do. I believe that our technology integration is at an appropriate ratio with direct instruction.  Technology was never intended to supplant instruction, it was intended to augment good instruction.  Students still want teacher led instruction, but the integration of technology allows students to do so much more.  I believe we have that balance.“  Other teachers attending the conference were Mrs. Lora Chapman (Computer Applications) and Mr. Jacob Yocum (Social Studies 9-10).

The Southern Regional Education Board works with states to improve public education at every level, from early childhood through doctoral education. SREB helps policymakers make informed decisions by providing independent, accurate data and recommendations. They help educators strengthen student learning with professional development, proven practices and curricula. And they help policymakers, institutions and educators share scarce resources to accomplish more together than they could alone.

SREB is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Atlanta. SREB’s 16 member states are Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Their work is funded by member appropriations, as well as by contracts and grants from foundations and from local, state and federal agencies.

Special Agent Lecea to Host Presentation at GSC

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Special Agent Julie Lecea from the Air Force Office of Special Investigations will be hosting a presentation at Glenville State College on Wednesday, October 12 at 1:00 p.m. in the Mollohan Campus Community Center room 315. Her presentation will focus on careers in the United States Air Force and in forensic science.

Special Agent Julie A. Lecea is a Criminal Investigations and Forensic Sciences specialist at HQ, Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), Quantico, VA.  She currently chairs a number of Defense Criminal Investigative Organization (DCIO) working groups focused on improving interoperability and finding efficiencies within the forensics and biometrics disciplines.  Lecea was born in Flint, MI and after graduating high school, she entered the United States Air Force Academy, where she graduated in 1997 with military distinction and earned a bachelor of science degree in behavioral sciences.  Lecea was selected for duty with AFOSI and graduated from the AF Special Investigations Academy in December 1997.  She has fulfilled AFOSI responsibilities at several organizational levels, including a tour as a Forensic Sciences Consultant during which she provided forensic expertise on major violent crime cases to 23 AFOSI offices located in the south central United States.  She earned a Master of Forensic Science degree from George Washington University in 2002, and has been active in multiple national level policy working groups related to forensic sciences and sexual assault investigations.  She separated from the military after honorably serving for eleven years, and was hired by AFOSI as a civilian federal agent in September, 2004.  Lecea has served in multiple leadership roles, including as the Special Agent in Charge at Luke AFB, AZ from 2007-2010, and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom on a joint leadership assignment for six months in 2009.

For more information about the presentation contact Marisha Lecea at or 304.462.6288.

GSC Land Resources Department Hosting Presentations

Gary Kent, Director of Surveying at The Schneider Corporation will visit Glenville State College to give presentations on Wednesday, October 12 at 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. in Waco Center room 227/228.

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The first presentation, ‘GIS and Real Property Boundaries – Why Don’t They Fit,’ will discuss problems related to showing accurate boundaries in a geographic information systems (GIS) and what it takes to have a GIS parcel fabric that has some integrity.

The second presentation, titled ‘Elements of Risk Management for Surveyors,’ will help surveyors understand the realities of liability in their practices.

Both presentations are free and open to the public. For more information about the presentations contact the GSC Land Resources Department at 304.462.4135.

Gilmer County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Minutes for July 12, 2016

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Attending: Karen Kinney, Barb McKown, Jessica Greenlief, Benton Huffman, Dr. Carol Mangone, Brook Michael.

Call to Order- In Chair Kristan Ramey’s absence, Jessica Greenlief called the meeting to order at 1:34 PM.


      I. Guest speaker Dr. Carol Mangone from Region 4 Project SUCCESS presented the results of the CRA interviews.  The process used to identify survey respondents was reviewed.  Key results indicated that Gilmer County is in Stage 2 (Denial/Resistance) in terms of community readiness to address the County’s substance abuse issues.  This is in line with the Coalition’s own observations that many in the community want to deny there is an issue.  Coalition members discussed ways in which we could address this including:

              a. Working with the local press to highlight the issue and the actions of the SAP Coalition.

              b. Meeting with the local magistrates, judges, other law enforcement and County leadership to highlight some of the solutions available in the community.  It was suggested to have Carol Wolfe help convene this meeting and to also meet with the LEPL coalition.

              c. Continue to use social media to highlight the issue and the work of the SAP Coalition.

              d. Find ways to involve others in Gilmer County communities other than Glenville.

     
      II. Old Business

              a. Prescription Drug Drop Box- Need continuing publicity and promotion.

              b. Statement of Work

                    1. Round Robin Clinics:  Group looked at the possibility of holding a Softball Clinic on August 20th for 8 to 15 year-olds at the Sue Morris Complex from 10AM to 4 or 5PM.  McDonalds has offered to sponsor.  Potentially could charge $30.00 and offer a t-shirt.  Benton Huffman will continue to work on this.

                    2. Day of Hope:  Karen, Benton, Kristen and Jessica met on 7/20 and came up with the following: Work with the Students Against Substance Abuse Coalition to hold a candlelight vigil in the Town Park on Saturday, September 17 at 8PM.  Next meeting has been set for Tuesday, August 23rd at 10AM to finalize details.

                    3. Power Point – This has not been developed.  Jessica will approach Patrick Montgomery at the Library to see if the Teen volunteers would like to be involved.  Karen suggested looking at a Prezi format. 

              c. Students Against Substance Abuse – The will pick up at the middle/high school after school starts on August 15.  Jessica will work with the principal of Gilmer County Elementary School to begin a group there.  Barb also knows the guidance counselor.

              d. Chasing the Dragon – Due to weather and the fact that the FBI did not attend, the video could not be fully shown and attendance was low, however the discussion was good.


      III. New Business

              a. Community meetings have not been well attended and as a result the decision was made to move them to a Thursday evening.  The next one is on July 21.

              b. Circle of Parents will meet on Tuesday, July 19 at 6PM in Cedar Creek to see if this draws more people out.

              c. Summer Feeding- The program has only attracted two families that are more in need of socialization than food.  The FRN board will be discussing this at their next meeting.

              d. Fundraising Ideas – Other ideas included a pulled pork dinner and a Walk Against Heroin.


Next Meeting- August 09 at Noon at the FRN office.

Free Workshop on Rebuilding or Repairing Flood-Damaged Homes

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As West Virginians repair or rebuild their homes damaged by last month’s storms, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the ACE Hardware store in Rainelle have teamed up to provide free information, tips and literature on making homes stronger and safer.

FEMA mitigation specialists will be on hand this week to answer questions and offer home improvement tips along with proven methods to prevent and lessen damage from future disasters. A variety of free workshops for storm-impacted homeowners on such topics as repairing or installing flooring and what to do with rain-soaked drywall will be presented daily. Most of the information is geared for do-it-yourselfers and general contractors.

FEMA advisors will be at ACE Hardware, 326 Main St, Rainelle, WV 25962, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., through Saturday, August 30.

Free reference booklets, in English and Spanish, with information on protecting your home from flood damage, will be available at all locations. More information about strengthening property can be found at www.fema.gov/what-mitigation

West Virginians who have questions about their flood insurance policies and coverage should contact the National Flood Insurance Program call center at 800.621.3362 (Option 2) between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.

Specialists can help with service claims, provide general information regarding policies, and offer technical assistance to aid in recovery.

Additional information on West Virginia’s disaster recovery can be found by visiting www.fema.gov/disaster/4273​​

Sixth Annual Student Success Summit

PK-12, higher education leaders
to discuss future of education in WV
during Sixth Annual Student Success Summit

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Summit to focus on collaboration, action to improve state’s education systems

MORGANTOWN, WV – Nearly 500 education administrators, teachers, students, military leaders and community group members will join forces this week to find better ways to support students and increase educational achievement in the Mountain State.

The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and the West Virginia Department of Education will host the sixth annual statewide Student Success Summit on Wednesday, July 27 and Thursday, July 28 at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel and Conference Center in Morgantown.  The Summit focuses on encouraging collaboration across the full length of the education pipeline. Representatives ranging from pre-school teachers to college presidents to student leaders are expected to be in attendance.

The conference will kick off with a panel discussion among education leaders to address the challenges and opportunities within the state’s education systems. Dr. Paul Hill, Chancellor of the Commission; Dr. Sarah Tucker, Chancellor of the state’s Community and Technical College System; Dr. Michael Martirano, State Superintendent of Schools; Michael Green, President of the State Board of Education and Dr. Kathy D’Antoni, Chief Career and Technical Education Officer for the West Virginia Department of Education will participate in the panel. The discussion will be moderated by Scott Finn, the CEO and Executive Director of West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

“This Summit offers a unique opportunity to fuel collaboration and innovation across the full education spectrum in West Virginia. From early learning through higher education and beyond, we have to ensure that our students are prepared to take the next step in their educations or careers — and succeed,” Dr. Hill said. “Increasing the number of students who are graduating with a high school diploma and earning a postsecondary certificate or degree is going to be a critical component in moving our economy forward and reinvigorating our communities. ”

This year’s conference theme is “Excellence in Action.” The event will feature more than 60 sessions that focus on sharing practical ideas that can have an immediate impact in classrooms and on campuses across the state.

“There is no other more important metric that validates our progress than our graduation rate,” said Dr. Michael Martirano. “We know a growing number of jobs of the future in West Virginia are going to require education beyond high school, so a focus on pursuing education postsecondary is critical. When more young people achieve and graduate, our entire state becomes stronger.”

Five high schools — Berkeley Springs, Paw Paw, Riverside, Spring Valley, Tolsia and Wayne County — will send teams of students to participate in a focused Youth Summit track of the conference. Students will learn leadership skills and strategies to build and strengthen a college-going culture in their communities. They will present what they have learned during the morning plenary session on July 28.

The Summit is sponsored by the Commission and the Department of Education, with support from the West Virginia Community and Technical College System, the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts and the State’s military service units. Registration is free and open to the public. To learn more, visit www.cfwv.com.

City of Glenville Meeting Minutes - 06.06.19

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GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
June 06, 2016
7:00 p.m.

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick with Council members: Fisher, Wiant, Walters, Taylor and Huffman present. 


Pledge of Allegiance


I. Call to Order


Public Comments

No public comments


A. Approval of Minutes – May 02, 2016

The minutes from the May 2, 2016, meeting were reviewed.  One correction was noted and minutes were placed on file for audit.
 
II. Reports


Financial

The budget is currently at 93.70% of the fiscal year.  The final budget revisions for this fiscal year must be submitted by June 17 for approval.  The book keeper requested $6000 be moved from the Police Dept with $2000 to the Street Dept and and $4000 to City Hall and $275 from Contingency fund with $125 to 410 City Council and $150 to 411 Recorder line items.

440 - City Hall $4000

750 - Street Dept $2000

410 - City Council $125

411 - Recorder $150

Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to approve these adjustments in the budget.  Councilman Walters seconded the motion.  Motion passed.

Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to approve the financial report as presented.  Councilman Walters seconded the motion.  Motion passed.


Street Report

Mayor Fitzpatrick noted that 812 tons of black top were used to pave the city streets.  Not all streets were paved that were in need, but the worst streets were repaired at a total cost of $74,239. 


Police Report

Chief Huffman provided the police report to council.  He requested executive session to discuss personnel matters.  Council will move into executive session later in meeting.


Glenville Utility

Mayor Fitzpatrick noted there was no utility meeting in April, but attended the meeting in May.  There was a 3”water line leak on Elm Street, replaced a pump and flushed hydrants.  No leaks or problems on the sewer side.  June Evans’ term on the board will expire June 30.  The utility board requested council approve June Evans’ reappointment for another term.

Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to reappoint June Evans for another term. Councilwoman Taylor seconded the motion.  Motion passed.

Councilwoman Huffman complimented the water department for their time and assistance with a water leak in her home late one night.


Recorder

Nothing to report at this time.


Mayor Comments

- Reschedule July meeting to July 11 at 7:00 p.m.  Council Meeting rescheduled to July 11 due to holiday.

- Paving: Update provided earlier in meeting

- Citywide Yard Sale June 17-18: Citywide Yard Sale is scheduled for June 17-18, 2016.  Participants need to submit their advertisements to City Office by June 13 in order to publish in newspaper.  Councilwoman Huffman will advertise on Facebook.

- Folk Festival part time workers: Requested two part-time workers to assist the Street Dept. to work Folk Festival at 30 hours each for a total of $525.00.  Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to approve the two part-time workers for Folk Festival for 30 hours each totaling $525.00.  Councilman Walters seconded the motion.  Motion passed.

Councilwoman Huffman made a motion for council to move into executive session at 7:19 p.m.  Councilwoman Taylor seconded the motion.  Motion passed.

Councilwoman Huffman made a motion for council to come out of executive session at 7:48 p.m.  Councilwoman Taylor seconded the motion.  Motion passed.

Councilman Fisher made a motion to hire a part time parking officer at 20 hours per week at $9 per hour.


III. Unfinished Business

None


IV. New Business

None


V. Other Business to come before Council
Councilman Wiant asked about the bonfire by the river event during Folk Festival.  Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to allow the bonfire along the Little Kanawha River with the Fire Dept. on hand for control.  Councilman Fisher seconded the motion.  Motion passed.


VI. Next City Council Meeting

The next council meeting will be July 11, at 7:00 p.m.


VII. Adjourn

Meeting adjourned at 7:51 p.m.

“Wings of Wonder - Birds of Prey” program featured at 14 West Virginia State Parks in 2016

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SOUTH CHARLESTON, WV - The “Wings of Wonder - Birds of Prey” program series will be featured at 14 state parks in 2016. Ron and Wendy Perrone of Three Rivers Avian Center will present the birds and information about each species. The presentation includes information about the incredible abilities of raptors, their differences, and how birds are connected with their ecosystems.

“We feature the program every year, and every year it is wonderful,“ says Cheryle Boggs, seasonal naturalist at Watoga State Park. “Birds, and particularly raptors, are fascinating.“

Three Rivers Avian Center is scheduled to present “Wings of Wonder - Birds of Prey” at these West Virginia state parks and forests. Location and presentation times are posted on each park’s events website, or call the park for times.

Special summer programs and a variety of daily activities are conducted at West Virginia state parks and are open to the public at no charge. Times vary and should be confirmed with individual parks. For more information about special programs, click on Park Programs at www.wvstateparks.com.


Why outdoor education works

Three Rivers Avian Center started presenting programs in West Virginia State Parks in 1993. Its popularity and response has been outstanding. “People are genuinely interested in raptors, conservation of birds and visiting a state park and being outdoors,“ says Sissie Summers, programming coordinator for West Virginia State Parks.

“In June 2000, we presented a program at an area that is well known for its great fishing opportunities,“ Center Executive Director Wendy Perrone says.  “Part of the program focused on the effects on wildlife from abandoned tangles of fishing line left hanging in trees, brush and in the water. Some of the injuries seen here are from fishing line entanglements and many have been horrific. A few of the stories and some involving the death of birds were shared with the audience. At the end of the program, as we were talking with visitors and local residents,  a little girl broke away from the crowd and ran over to a nearby tree that was leaning out over the water. She returned, came up to me and triumphantly handed me a piece of tangled fishing line, complete with bobber that had been hanging in the tree. She announced that she and her friends would be collecting fishing line ‘from now on!‘ We still have that bobber in the TRAC van.“


About: Three Rivers Avian Center

Three Rivers Avian Center is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to wild bird conservation and to educating and involving people in ecosystem stewardship.  Founded in 1990, the 103 acre facility is located in the southern portion of the New River Gorge National River, between Sandstone and Hinton in Summers County, West Virginia. Executive Director Wendy Perrone is a graduate of Guilford College and currently serves as the New River Gorge Peregrine Restoration Coordinator, a five-year effort to reestablish peregrine falcon populations in their native southern Appalachian haunts. Education Director Ron Perrone is a graduate of West Virginia University. The Perrones are involved in many interpretative based organizations, wildlife rehabilitation organizations and assist conservation agencies as appropriate.

The public is invited to public tour days at Three Rivers Avian Center, held the first Saturday of each month May – October from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Other tours are scheduled by appointment only. The center is near Bluestone and Pipestem Resort state parks. For more information about Three Rivers Avian Center, call 304.466.4683 or visit www.tracwv.org.

GSC Biology Professor to Present about African Violets

GLENVILLE, WV - Glenville State College Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Jeremy Keene will be one of two guest speakers at this year’s annual Spring Flower Swap that is being held at Little Birch Elementary in Braxton County, West Virginia on Saturday, May 07, 2016. His presentation will focus on how to grow and propagate gesneriads, the best known of which is the African violet.

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GSC Assistant Biology Professor Dr. Jeremy Keene will speak at the
15th Annual Flower Swap, being held in Braxton County, on the topic of African violets;
he is pictured here with dried plant specimens


Keene, who is originally from southwest Missouri, has been an avid horticulturist and botanist for several years. He started growing plants, including African violets and orchids, as a child. The curious nature of those plants led him toward researching them and sharing that knowledge with others. His research focuses on the events that lead to speciation in several relatives of African violets from around the world. The close of the spring semester will mark the end of his first year of teaching at GSC.

“I am very happy to have been invited to the Flower Swap and look forward to this hands-on workshop. I will be teaching common methods to start seed and cuttings of African violets and their relatives,” said Keene.

This marks the fifteenth year of the swap, which is open to the public. Organizers note that the only rules for the event are that no money be exchanged, attendees bring at least one potted flower, vegetable plant, tree, shrub, seed, bulb, annual, house plant, or perennial to swap, and that any exchanges not begin before the official time. The Swap runs from 9:00-11:00 a.m. and Keene’s presentation is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.

For more information about the Spring Flower Swap, contact 304.765.2994. For more information about Keene’s research or biology programs at Glenville State College, contact 304.462.6313.

GSC’s Alumni Weekend Scheduled; Graduates to be Honored Announced

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Glenville, WV – Alumni and friends of Glenville State College are invited to campus for Alumni Weekend on Thursday, April 21 through Saturday, April 23.

Several activities are planned for the weekend; culminating with the popular evening alumni awards banquet. Alumni banquet attendees also may gather in the third floor pre-function area of the Mollohan Campus Community Center from 5:00-6:00 p.m. for a social hour prior to dinner in the ballroom. Activities earlier in the day will allow everyone to socialize, reminisce, and re-establish contact with fellow alums and friends of Glenville State College who might not have seen one another in a while.

The Alumni Center, open from 1:00-4:30 p.m., will serve as headquarters for the day’s activities. (A full schedule of activities and registration form can be found at www.glenville.edu.)

The evening’s banquet spotlight will be on the Alumni Association’s guests of honor:

    •  Alumnus of the Year Gary Ray ‘71

    •  Alumni Achievement Award Recipient Dr. David M. Gillespie ’64

    •  Community Service Award Honoree Ken Davis ‘72

    •  Outstanding Public School Educator Award Recipient Leigh Dawn (Bailey) McGinnis ‘91

    •  Outstanding Young Alumna Jamie (Hickman) Weaver ‘06

    •  Outstanding Young Alumnus Dr. Freddie Persinger ‘06

The Alumni Center will be open for social time following the banquet.

Banquet/Social Hour tickets are $20.00 each and reservations are required. Contact the Alumni Office at 304.462.4110, 866.239.0285 toll free, or via e-mail at for more information and to make your banquet reservations.

G-Eye™: Gilmer County Commission Regular Meeting Report - 04.01.16

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GILMER COUNTY COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING REPORT
April 01, 2016 @ 9:00 AM
Gilmer County Courthouse – Commission Office
10 Howard Street, Glenville, WV

The Gilmer County Commission met on Friday, April 01, 2016. Commission President Larry Chapman as well as Commissioners Brian Kennedy and John Bennett and County Clerk Jean Butcher were present.


Here is a summary of the meeting (please watch the VIDEO for more details. The summary is in order the meeting was conducted):

  1. There were not any Exonerations and/or Consolidations to approve.

  2. There were not any Estate Qualifications and Estate Settlements for the commission to approve either.

  3. There were no Board Appointments and/or Resignations to approve. However there are board seats open for the Unsafe Buildings & Lands Enforcement Agency - DeKalb/Troy & Glenville Corporation.

  4. Angel Ball, the commission’s finiacial deputy clerk presented the commission with several budget revisions which were basically moving funds between accounts. The commission approved the revisions.

  5. County Commission Minutes for past three meetings were approved.

  6. The commission achknowledged the receipt of the following boards minutes (The minutes are available at the County Clerk’s Office for review.):

    • Gilmer County Board of Health minutes-February 16, 2016

    • WesMonTy RC& D Board minutes- February 16, 2016

    • Region VI LEO Board minutes-December 2015

    • Gilmer County Public Service District minutes-February 08, 2016


  7. President Chapman indicated that he like to have a sitdown meeting regarding the Court Security Fund Grant-WV Supreme Court Floor Plan. He asked the Clerk to try to schedule a meeting with them for the April 15th meeting.

  8. There is still a need for representative for the Red Cross to represent Gilmer County. There has been some interest but no commitments. The issue of the Laptop which was purchased for Red Cross use was brought up. After purchase last year, a program needed for Red Cross use could not be installed on the laptop. The laptop was sent to Todd Wine (Red Cross) immediately and it has not been returned yet. County Clerk is to check on this matter.

  9. The Commission did not have any new business scheduled in this meeting.

  10. Under other business West Virginia Risk Pool Proposal-Coverage was discussed. Clerk Butcher explained the breakdown of the insurance. The workman Compensation portion of the insurance is payable quarterly and the rest is paid in one payment. The total was about $6,165.25.

  11. Jessica Greenlief from Gilmer FRN presented the commission with Proclamation for Child Abuse Prevention & Alcohol Awareness. She asked for commissioners’ signature. All the commissioners signed the Proclamations.

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  13. Pam Starsick from HOPE Inc. asked the commission to declare April the Sexual Assault Awareness month. Commissioners signed the document.

  14. The commission approved Invoices for Payment totaling $48,031.50. An invoice for Animal Cruelty for the amount near $600 was questioned. The invoice was for Horse Abuse. The Clerk indicated once the commission pays the invoice they will be re-imbursed by the Magistrate Court.

  15. Question was asked about the WVDEP Tire Clean Up. The answer: nothing has been planned at this time. Needless to say there nothing scheduled for junk or electronic collection either. <

  16. Next meeting is scheduled for April 15, 2016 at 9:00 AM.

  17. There will be a meeting on April 19, 2016 at 9:00 AM for the Levy.

G-Eye™: Gilmer County Commission Regular Meeting Report - 03.18.16

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GILMER COUNTY COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING
March 18, 2016 @ 9:00 AM
Gilmer County Courthouse – Commission Office
10 Howard Street, Glenville, WV


The Gilmer County Commission met on Friday, March 18, 2016 at 9:00 AM. Commissioners Larry Chapman, John Bennett, and Brian Kennedy were present.  County Clerk Jean Butcher as well as Angel Ball, the accounting deputy were also present.  Following is the summary of the meeting:

  1. There was not any Exonorations and/or Cosolidations to approve.

  2. Estate Qualifications and Estate Settlements were approved.

  3. There was not any Board Appointments and/or Resignations to approve. However, there are opening on the following board: Unsafe Buildings & Lands Enforcement Agency - DeKalb/Troy & Glenville Corporation.

  4. The Commission approved invoices for payment totaling $118,055.31.

  5. Clark Persinger was at the meeting regarding Personal Property Taxes. He was asking for help to pay his ~$400 past due personal property taxes. He said he was out of state and his mother had not paid the taxes since 2011. The tax was on a mobile recreation trailer which he claimed to be in real bad shape. Assessor Gary Wolfe said the trailer is assessed for $1,800.00. Persinger said he does not have any job and his wife is on social security. He wants to register his vehicle, but he cannot because there are past due taxes. Since this property is personal it could not be used in tax sales. He asked the commission to do whatever they could to help. After good bit of discussions the commissioners exonarated the taxes from 2008-2015 and asked Persinger to pay only the 2007 tax in the amount of $43.42.

  6. The commission achknowledged the receipt of totals from Lewis-Gilmer E911. The document is available for review at county Clerks office.

  7. Pitney Bowes Lease Agreement: There is no lease or maintenance agreement on the equipments currently. The commission decided to leave it the same due to financial hardship.

  8. Agreement between the Records Management and Preservation Board and the Gilmer County Commission for $12,347 grant award was signed. The amount will be used at the Clerk’s Office.

  9. Commission received the Gilmer County Extension Office 2017 FY Budget Memorandum. Since the amount is set and it all goes to the Extension Office and commission does does not handle their budget and expeditures anymore, the commission did not have to worry about this. Also the commission does have to worry about any carryovers.

  10. Court Security Fund Grant – WV Supreme Court Floor Plan: This grant is to be done by April 01, 2016. This leaves the commission with not enough time to act. The grant required budget information for next fiscal year which is not done yet. At this time the commission tabled this grant.

  11. Assessor’s Certificate of Valuation: Accoding to County assessor Gary Wolfe, the valuation is just a little more that last year. Real Estate has been consistant, but the oil and gas down. Wolfe said, next year the valuation should be better since there are a lot of construction going on. Oil and gas is projected to be the same for next four years. It was noted that Calhoun County’s valuation is down. After some discussion, the commissioners accepted the valuation.

  12. Commission approved State Mileage Reimbursement Rate .54/mile effective January 01, 2016.

  13. Abandonment and Re-designation of Highway:  The CR 119/3 – Hiney Hill Road beginning at a point being .95 mile east of the junction of CR 119/3 and US Hwy 33; thence easterly a distance of 0.40 mile to mile point 1.35 and ending was abandoned by WVDOH. Total length to be abandoned is 0.40 mile with new length of CR 119/3 to be 0.95 mile and right-of-way width of 30 feet. The partial redesignation of CR 119/3 begins at a pont on CR 26, said point being 0.66 mile north of the junction of CR 26 and CR 28; thence westerly a distance of 1.05 miles and ending. Total length to be redesignated is 1.05 miles and it is assigned CR 26/3 with right-of-way of 30 feet. The commission approved this request from WVDOH.

  14. Property Tax Levy Rates and Taxes Levy 2016-2017 FY: The maximum rate of 14.3% was approved. The maximum rate that a county can afford is set by State Auditors Office.

  15. Gilmer County Parks and Recreation Center wanted the commission to ask the E-911 to put up the sigh for the Recreation Center. It was taken down and never put up.

  16. Gilmer County Parks and Recreation Center has not been able to get anyone to bid on their audit. Commission suggested contacting the State Auditors Office since they can do the audit.

  17. Finally the Commission had a workshop on the budget for the upcoming fiscal year with the elected offices.

U.S. Department of State Diplomat in Residence to Visit GSC

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GLENVILLE, WV - Elise Kleinwaks, Diplomat in Residence for the DC Metro region, will be at Glenville State College speaking to students and other guests regarding careers and internships with the U.S. Department of State.

Kleinwaks will be on campus Wednesday, March 16 in Mollohan Campus Community Center room 315 at 1:00 p.m. for an open information session with students and members of the community. She will also meet with GSC students enrolled in Assistant Professor of Political Science Dr. Marisha Lecea’s American National Government and Comparative Government courses during their scheduled class times.

She has been with the Department of State for 28 years and has worked in Hanoi on the team that helped reestablish diplomatic relations with Vietnam, monitored refugee processing programs in Africa, and spent time with programs that removed landmines in Nicaragua. She speaks Vietnamese, Spanish, Bosnian, and some Hebrew.

Previously, Kleinwaks served as an International Trade Officer for the Commerce Department and as a Budget and Finance Assistant at Harper and Row Publishers.

Diplomats in Residence are career Foreign Service Officers and Specialists located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice on careers, internships, and fellowships to students and professionals in the communities they serve. They make themselves available to answer questions and share insight with those interested in Foreign and Civil Service careers, internships, and fellowships.

The Foreign Service and its employees represent America and respond to the needs of American citizens in other countries. Employees can serve stateside or be sent to any embassy, consulate, or other diplomatic mission in the world.

The open information session is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 304.462.6270.

G-Eye™: Gilmer County Commission Report for March 04, 2016 Meeting

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GILMER COUNTY COMMISSION REGULAR MEETING REPORT
Friday, March 04, 2016 @ 9:00 AM
Gilmer County Courthouse - Commission Office
10 Howard Street, Glenville, WV

 


The Gilmer County Commission meeting was called to order by commission President Larry Chapman. Commissioner John Bennett was present. Commissioner Brian Kennedy was absent. Angel Ball was present in place of County Clerk Jean Butcher who was recovering from a surgery.


Following is the summary of the meeting:

  1. Estate Qualifications and Estate Settlements were approved.

  2. Jack Heater, the Gilmer County OEM presented his busget for the upcoming year. The budget has only a $265 increase. He said application for a grant was submitted. He also disconnected the unused faxline. 

  3. Two(2) Budget Revision presented by Angel Ball were approved.

  4. The minutes for the County Commission meeting on February 19, 2016 was approved.

  5. The receipt of the minutes from Gilmer County Board of Health minutes-December 21, 2015 & January 26, 2016 as well WesMonTy RC & D Board of Directors minutes-January 19, 2016 were achknowledged. These minutes are available for review at county Clerk’s Office.

  6. WV Risk Pool Insurance Proposal for FY2016-2017 was approved. The insurance is about $12/$10,000. The insurance for the Holt house is $359.00/year for $300,000.00 coverage. Overall no changes were made and everything stayed the same.

  7. Sharon Kesselring, the Executive Director from The American Red Cross had a presentation explaining the services the organization provides to the community. She explained the Chapters in WV (video). She is looking for two(2) representatives from Gilmer County. Commissioner Chapman asked for this to be put on next meeting’s agenda. Kesselring spoke about the program “Save A Life Saturdays.” This program provides up to three(3) smoke detectors plus installations for any house which asks for them. All one needs to do is call 1.844.216.8286. Please see below for more information. Please watch her presention on the video as well for more services. Pillow Case Project is one of them. 68 students so far in Gilmer County have been presented with this project. At the time of the meeting 62 homes in Gilmer County had received Fire Alarm/Smoke Detectors.

  8. Commission approved payment of invoices totaling $76,982.25.

  9. The Commission approved and signed the Lease Agreement with Gilmer County Historical Society for The Holt House.

  10. Commission approved and signed Letter of Agreement E-911 and Dispatch Services 2016-2017 FY-Lewis County and Gilmer County. The agreement has not changed. Gilmer County pays $35,000/year to Lewis County for the service.

  11. Poll workers for Republicans, Democrats, County Commission and Alternate for the May election were approved.

  12. Commissioner Chapman asked whether they needed to approve the ballots before printing.  He was told that the poll workers and County Clerk Butcher had approved them which puzzled Commissioners Chapman and Bennett. Commissioner Bennett asked about poll workers for early voting. He was told the poll workers were the same ones as before.

  13. Early voting starts on April 27, 2016 including Saturdays through the Saturday before May 11, 2016 Primary.

  14. The Request from Rosedale Senior Citizen Center Inc. for financial assistance will be placed with budget requests for next fiscal year.

  15. The Board of Review and Equalization was closed. There were not any showings in this years sessions. County Assessor Gary Wolfe said, all the issues were mostly related to oil and gas interest in which people could not understand. Issues were all resolved and no one had to come before the commission.

  16. After seeing a handicap person wanting to go to Circuit Court, Commissioner Chapman commented on the accessibility problem at the courthouse. He asked whether the county had heard from the Supreme Court regarding solution to this issue. The answer was “NO”.

  17. Question was asked about the warranty on the boiler pump which was installed and the invoice was up for payment for the amount of $2100. Assessor Wolfe checked with the installer and was told the warranty was for one(1) year from the installation date. The installer also took back the old one to see whether it could be repaired for backup.

  18. Commission signed the proclamation for “March Is The Red Cross Month”.

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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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