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15th Annual Small Farm Conference to Begin February 13th

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The 15th annual West Virginia Small Farm Conference is set to begin Wednesday, February 13th at the Charleston Coliseum and Conference Center in Charleston, WV.

The Small Farm Conference is hosted by West Virginia University Extension Services, in conjunction with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) and various partners.

“West Virginia agriculture is unique to what we typically think of when it comes to farming in the United States. We do not have numerous large farming operations as we lead the nation in small, family-owned farms,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “Given our topography, our farmers have to be looking for new, cutting edge innovations and ideas in order to grow their operations.”

This year, the WVDA Regulatory and Environmental Affairs Division will be presenting on new regulations for farmers markets and their vendors, as well as holding trainings on the changes to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). In addition, producers have the opportunity to take the Better Process Control School, as well as hear presentations on expected changes from the 2018 Farm Bill. The WVDA will have a table set up during the Small Farm Conference for anyone that wants to register their farmers market, register as a vendor, ask questions about their product or registration or join the West Virginia Grown program. 

“If we are to expand the impact of West Virginia agriculture, it will start with entrepreneurs. This conference allows folks to meet and discuss best practices, as well as obtain trainings and certifications. If you have any interest in agriculture, this is the conference for you,” Leonhardt said.

In addition to WVDA sponsored activities, conference attendees will hear from topic experts speak on issues including: animal production, specialty crops, valued-added products, Farm to School, agritourism and marketing opportunities.

In conjunction with the Small Farm Conference, the Winter Blues Farmers Market will take place on Saturday, February 16, 1-5 p.m. at the Charleston Coliseum and Conference Center. In past years, vendors have sold everything from just-bottled maple syrup to heirloom popcorn, farm-fresh eggs to goats’ milk soap. Producers will also sell fresh vegetables grown in greenhouses and high tunnels in the middle of winter.

For more information, please contact Lisa Jones at 304.293.2715 or ‘Lisa.Lagana@mail.wvu.edu’.

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.

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Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting - 03.25.19

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AGENDA
REGULAR MEETING
Gilmer County Board of Education
Central Office
Monday, March 25, 2019 – 5:00 PM

I. CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL


II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE


III. DELEGATIONS


IV. CONSENT AGENDA

A. Minutes: March 11, 2019

B. Student Transfers

C. Field Trips (out-of-state)

D. Volunteers NONE

E. Treasurer’s Report

F. Professional Leave Requests (out-of-state)


V. REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW UP (INFORMATION)

A. Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center, 03.18.19 – D. Ramezan

B. Principal Updates – S. Shuff, T. Bishop


VI NEW BUSINESS (ACTION)

A. Mowing Bids (Review)

B. Approve 2019-2020 Calendar Adjustment

C. Approve WVU Extension Service MOU

D. Approve Gilmer County Health Dept. MOU

E. Approve Policy 2160

F. Place Policy 3022 on 30-day review

G. Place Policy 4107 on 30-day review

H. Set Proposed Levy Rates

I. Approve NTID Plan

J. Approve Social Studies/Early Childhood Publishers


VII. OLD BUSINESS


VIII. PERSONNEL


IX. SUPERINTENDENT’S INFORMATION

A. Field Trips


X. BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS


XI. ADJOURN


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West Fork Conservation District Supervisors Public Meeting in Salem – April 02, 2019

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The West Fork Conservation District will hold a public meeting for the Salem Fork Watershed Dams on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 at the Salem City Building, Salem WV.

The meeting starts at 6:30 PM.

Please if you have questions contact Robin Ward, District Manager for the West Fork Conservation District at 304.627.2160 x 3730.

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The West Fork Conservation District will hold a public meeting for the Polk Creek Watershed Dams on Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 at the Pricetown VFD, Pricetown WV.

The meeting starts at 6:30 PM.

Please if you have questions contact Robin Ward, District Manager for the West Fork Conservation District at 304.627.2160 x 3730.

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Lifeguard Certification Classes Scheduled at Glenville State

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Individuals interested in earning or renewing certification as a Red Cross lifeguard should make plans to sign up for one of two classes being offered at Glenville State College’s Pool.

Certification classes are being organized for February 16, 17, 23, 24 and May 04, 05, 11, 12.

The classes last from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and take place at the GSC Pool which is located in the Health and Physical Education Building.

Cost for the certification is $225 per person.

Participants, who should be at least 15 years old by the last day of the class, must pass a swim test at the first session.

The test consists of a 300-meter continuous swim using either the front crawl or breaststroke, treading water, hands-free, for two minutes in the deep end of the pool, and completing a brick retrieval within one minute forty seconds.

For more information and to request a registration form, contact GSC Director of Aquatics and Recreation Kathy Gilbert at ‘Kathy.Gilbert@glenville.edu’ or by calling 304.462.6441.

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Progress is being made with writing up school board meeting minutes to keep citizens better informed.

For too long the State’s information embargo kept citizens in the dark because information releases of all types were sketchy by design to prevent accountability for officials in charge.

Because more information is being released to citizens there will be enhanced community support for activities in the County’s schools to get our kids career and college ready.

Thank you Gilmer County School Board members. Keep up your good work with making information access improvements.

By Kudos To School Board on 03.21.2019

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

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Thanks Mr. Boggs for bringing attention to the Rt 5 roller-coaster just west of Burnsville.
At least someone finally made an attempt to smooth it up a bit!  Good job that time.

By Gilmer on 03.21.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Big In-Justice Jim and his “roads to prosperity” program is high grade bs.
You all stole our money.  Fed us bs and lies.

Now Injustice Jim wants to repeat the deal he got away with once all ready!!??  That takes a lot of gall.

And the best is…..30% of road repair funds were not spent last year!!  Shame on the legislature for not being a watchdog.

Shame on Whopper Teller Jim too…for wanting more money!
Shame, shame, shame on Charleston inept management and politics.

By WV are tired of having the wool pulled over our ey on 03.21.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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“All of the research tells us that the formerly incarcerated do not commit violent crimes, or more workplace-related crimes, than people who have no criminal background,” he said.“

This is a patently false statement.  Heyman does this frequently.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 03.19.2019

From the entry: 'In Tight Labor Market, Some Major Companies to Drop Criminal Check'.

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So sorry Jerry. Would love to see you.  I am now at family farm.  Please stop by

By Phyllis Grove on 03.18.2019

From the entry: 'Doris “Geneva” Case'.

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We keep hearing exciting news about GSC’s opportunity for starting a new teacher education academy to train WV’s teachers.

The unique program would provide state-of-the-art preparation for classroom challenges WV’s teachers face.

Based on reported information the prestigious program would be designed to be a WV show piece and graduates would earn a master degrees after five years.

The program would be an Appalachian trend setter to benefit the College, Gilmer County, Central WV, the State, gifted students selected for the program, and most of all the State’s children.

What do you say GSC’s Board of Governors? Citizens want to hear from you. What does the College have to lose?

By GSC Teacher Ed. Academy Needed on 03.18.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Improving teacher quality in West Virginia'.

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After the ipads were purchased what measurable benefits resulted from having them at the GCHS to improve student learning? Does anyone know?

Was a formal plan followed to maximize benefits from the equipment to include provisions for measuring before-and-after results to evaluate if the equipment did any good?

Another case of throwing money at a problem and after spending it taxpayers have no idea if there were any meaningful benefits for students?

More than likely competitive bidding was not used to purchase the ipads to add another wrinkle.

By Did The ipads Improve Learning Results? on 03.13.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Where oh where did the 200 Gilmer County I-pads go?
Were they bought with federal money?
Attorney General Morrisey are you looking into this?
Someone should get the ball rolling?

By where oh where? on 03.12.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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They is not no flood plane there the water dont get up there i know i catch musk rats in the river

By THE TRUTH WATCHER on 03.08.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Gilmer County’s school board has full authority to demand a comprehensive accounting for every dime spent on everything leading up to site selection and construction of the LCES and the GCES.

Where did the money go and who got it to include naming names and companies on the receiving end?

Stop hiding behind the excuse that the State “did it to us” and assemble the true facts for taxpayers!

What is the defensible rational for failure of the school board to follow up on this?

By Disclose Financial Facts on 03.07.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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What was in the school board’s 451 resolution? As important as education is more effort should be taken to flesh out what actually happens at school board meeting. Bare minimum information and lack of transparency skirt accountability. Who is responsible for writing up the minutes?

By Transparency and Accountability Needed on 03.07.2019

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

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The new Gilmer County Elementary school was built
in a flood plane.  Education fail.

By YOU FORGET on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Roads are a mess.
Population continues the 50+ year decrease.

But for deep gas, no new employment.

Education system total failure.
Legislature impotent.

Grand finale in Charleston.
We have a brawl in the Capitol Building.

That out-of-control delegate needs to resign!

By WV continues the slow death on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Major Broadband Investment in West Virginia'.

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Broadband coming?  Think we heard this before?
How many times?  I’ve lost count.  You remember?

This will be like JimmyBoys “roads to prosperity” program?
Take the citizens money?  Give ‘em nothing.

Republicans. Democrats. All the same political bs from both.
Voters believe them.  Keep bringing back the old mules so they can give us a repeat performance.

By Just More Dog n Pony Show 4 U on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Major Broadband Investment in West Virginia'.

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Jimmy D, Gilmer County needs a full accounting for every dime spent on school site planning and studies, site preparation, all school construction work, and purchases while the State had us intervened.

For one example of many we do not have an itemized accounting for how our funds were spent on the botched LCES project.

How much more was wasted on the auction barn site, the dropped Cedar Creek site, and the GCES in comparison to what could have been done with our money with full transparency, competent planning, competitive bidding, and proper project oversight?

The fact that the GCES was built too small and the LCES was built too large is one facet of the waste and mismanagement that occurred.

Do not expect valid investigations because WV’s standard approach is cover up when the State is involved.

By Jimmy D--Don't Expect Sunshine on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Saw the GFP video (citizens refer to it as the ambush video) at the school board meeting at which the pitch was made for the new computers.

The GCHS principal and staff talked about wonders to expect if the 200 computers would be purchased.

Promises were made that if the kids got them they would learn to do advanced math and to make other marvelous learning advances. Any evidence of the promises being kept?

Were the computers purchased through competitive biding? Wanna bet that they were not?

Is this another example of throwing money at technology with no meaningful plan for how to use the equipment to maximize learning benefits without evidence of any before-and-after testing to accurately determine if they did any good?

Could the 200 computers be located and what condition are they in if they could be found?

The new school board is encouraged to check on the issues and to report on the findings.

By Accountability For New GCHS Computers on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Since the local prosecutor is good for nothing, why doesn’t the federal prosecutors look into all the theft by Gabe DeVano and his buddies during the time Gilmer county was under state control? They stole money, equipment from schools which closed, as well as technology equipment. for example where did the 200 iPads go which gilmer county paid for?

By Jimmy D on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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A major cause of WV’s dismal record with K-12 education is the lack of choice regarding a parent’s right to decide on the school for a child to attend.

The elite get around that by using private schools for their kids.

Under existing conditions what chance do the rest of us have? The answer is none!

Our kids are victimized because competition and accountability do not exist and that is exactly what WV’s entrenched education establishment and the unions want.

By Save WV's School Children on 03.02.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: iTeam Investigation: West Virginia's 55-county education system'.

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Pennybaker is correct.
WV educators keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

Whats the definition of insanity?

By Gilmer on 03.02.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: iTeam Investigation: West Virginia's 55-county education system'.

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An off grid system works great if you want to live like a hippie. One can cover their entire roof and it will barely power your lighting and a few electronics, let alone our transportation and industrial needs. The humaniacs now complain that the giant windmill blades kill the little birdies, and they have never solved the overpass problem in putting windmills on out autos.

By Vern Windsong on 03.01.2019

From the entry: 'Need for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Falls'.

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It amazes me that the so-called “experts” think more and more centralization will improve anything.  Public school education is in terrible condition and doing more consolidation will only make it worse and more expensive.  With all the technology today, there is NO reason for busing children for miles and miles, spending more and more hours under the control of public schools.  The idea that parents are not capable of deciding how to educate their children is insulting.  There was never any good reason for governments to get involved in education.

By Karen Pennebaker on 02.28.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: iTeam Investigation: West Virginia's 55-county education system'.

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Pat, your information is outdated. Solar and wind are increasingly outcompeting fossil fuels, despite the heavy subsidies fossil fuels (and nuclear power) get. They also are getting steadily cheaper, while fossil fuels can be expected to rise as supply diminishes—the pipelines are going in so fast because of the NEED of the gas companies to get their product out to where they HOPE to find better prices—the drillers have been steadily losing money for the whole decade of the fracking “miracle.“ Wall Street is becoming skeptical. The thing about solar and wind is that once they’re built, the fuel keeps arriving, free. Of course, there isn’t much of a wind resource in our area. But there is in the mountain heights, and off the Virginia coast. And solar works fine here—I’ve had an off-grid system for ten years, works great.

By Mary Wildfire on 02.28.2019

From the entry: 'Need for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Falls'.

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Yes, West Virginia spends a LOT of money on education.
But where does it go?  Is it wasted?  Down the drain hole of bureaucracy?

We spend 7th highest per student and what to show for it?
Being 49th or 50th in ratings?

By where does the money go? on 02.27.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: iTeam Investigation: West Virginia's 55-county education system'.

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Seeing the president of the WV AFT shaking his raised clinched fist in disrespect for the WV legislature tells it all.

WV’s teacher unions are allowed to function as separate branches of government with veto power over WV’s elected officials and their only role is to get more benefits for their members.

Where is the evidence that unions have done anything recently in any WV school system to help create an educational show piece? Can anyone cite an example?

Furthermore what have unions done to develop innovative plans for moving the State’s k-12 education system forward to pry us off our bottom rung rankings? The answer is—nothing exists. 

Conditions will not change for the better until the day our legislators quit pandering to unions to end k-12 decision-making driven by mob rule and raw emotions.

By Unions Failed WV's Children on 02.26.2019

From the entry: 'In West Virginia, the Politicians Fail, and the Teachers Rise'.

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The principal reason for opposition to 451 is fear by union chiefs that public charter schools could outshine performances of non-participating schools to embarrass WV’s entrenched K-12 education establishment.

To attempt to scare the public, there were claims that the underlying motive for opposition to charter schools is the sinister plan to privatize them to permit the rich and powerful to make money off education at the expense of WV’s children.

It is alarming that unions failed to propose comprehensive plans, inclusive of meaningful accountability mechanisms, designed to improve WV’s schools.

Their objective seems to be to protect the status quo instead of being effective partners in improving education for the State’s children.

There are examples in the USA where charter schools resulted in significant K-12 education improvements. Of course some failed.

Why is it irrational to establish a limited few charter schools in WV as demonstration projects to incorporate approaches applied in highly successful charter schools while avoiding mistakes of the schools that failed?

Nothing else has worked in getting WV out of being near the bottom with K-12 education quality—-so why continue with business as usual while expecting better outcomes?

By Unions Failed WV Education on 02.21.2019

From the entry: 'In West Virginia, the Politicians Fail, and the Teachers Rise'.

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If passed when will this take effect? I’m a single mother who has a drug felony from another state. I can’t get food stamps to help me because I a drug felon. I work so my income is to much for one person. I have a son whom him and I barley survive. Cause of my record. I’ve held the job I am at now for 5 years. But since they can’t use me. They use my income. But not me and doing it that way I make to much money.

By Kayla on 02.21.2019

From the entry: 'Bill to Let Drug Felons Get Food Stamps Passes WV Senate'.

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John & Family,  Sorry to hear of Nyla’s passing!  GOD will take care of you!!  GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU IN THIS SAD TIME !!!  RIP Nyla !

By Anita L. Adams - New Concord, Ohio on 02.15.2019

From the entry: 'Nyla Leah Frymier Poole'.

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“But Cathy Kunkel, an energy analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, said utility filings in those states now show the outlook has changed dramatically - in part because of competition from cheap, renewable energy.“

That is utter rubbish.  There is no “cheap, renewable energy.“  Solar and wind are more expensive, even taking subsidies into consideration.  Hydro is more expensive, nuclear is more expensive.

Claiming otherwise is at best fake news, and at worst deliberate misdirection and lying.  Merely claiming renewable energy is less expensive doesn’t make it so.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 02.15.2019

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It was brought to my attention there was an article published in the Gilmer Free Press under Reader’s Comments dated 2-11-19.
This was written by Tammy White which many think it was me (Tammy Foster).  Twenty years (or more) “White” was my last name.
My son does take daily medication at the high school (which somehow this is quite a coincidence).  I want to clarify that I DID NOT write that article!
Now that I have straighten this out….. please read what I have say about this situation at Gilmer County High School:
The secretary or secretaries that were mentioned have never been rude to me or my son in person or by phone.  It is actually the opposite!  They are kind, caring, professional and thorough with distributing my son’s meds.
Not only do they make sure he gets the correct dosage daily but they keep a close inventory on the meds and call me when I need to restock them.
It broke my heart to read the negative article written last week and I was appalled my (old) name was on it.
My son and I trust and depend on these wonderful ladies.  We would like to take this opportunity to THANK them for taking excellent responsibility and care of our child and other students.

By Tammy Foster (not White) on 02.13.2019

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

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I’m sorry for your loss.

By Danny Nicholson on 02.12.2019

From the entry: 'Vera Marlene Lyons'.

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There is some issues going on at GCHS. I’m starting here in Hope’s that it will be addressed and corrected.  The secretary was rude when I turned in medicine for my son to be taken on a daily basis. Nor is it her business why he takes it, or how often. Anyway, is she certified in giving meds out.  I thought that the school employed a nurse. Maybe she should answer the phone or should I say message on her cell. She had no idea how many I handed in she didnt count them. Talks about her co workers. Then she gets upset nobody talks to her. She is 2 face. Talking about them is very unprofessional.
I hope this is taken care of or my next step is to the state department. Your choice

By Tammy white on 02.11.2019

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

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It is welcomed news as reported in the Democrat that Gilmer’s GCES students are making progress in learning math and English Learning Arts.

The principal, teachers, and all staff deserve high praise for the progress. Let’s not forget efforts of students too plus their parents who encourage them at home.

In addition to rates of increase for learning progress it would be helpful to be informed of percentages of students in the different grades who are at grade level for math and ELA.

Nothing was reported about learning progress at the GCHS and the LCES bi-county school. When are reports for those schools going to be given?

By Positive School News on 02.08.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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The lights are up at the Linn school.
Often flashing nights and weekends when NO ONE is on school property.

And you expect lights to work….???
when the WVDE, the WVBE built the school with FIVE TOO MANY CLASSROOMS !!??

*** The WVBE is incapable of meaningful education.
Why do you think the WV Legislature created the current ‘education overhaul’ bill without consulting the WV State Board of Ed? ***

By you are joking I guess? on 02.07.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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“The Environmental Protection Agency issued regular updates for about 100 water pollutants almost four years ago ... “

That would have been the Obama EPA, and the intention wasn’t to provide better water, it was an attempt to control business activity through the use of regulation.

In other words, a power-grab by a politician obsessed with it.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pay McGroyne on 02.06.2019

From the entry: 'One Charleston Manufacturer Pressing for Delay of Water Rules'.

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Would the County’s school board take action to help improve safety conditions at the LCES?

The way it is now it can be uncertain if children are present at the school to require a reduction of speed to 15 mph while on Rt. 33.

It would eliminate uncertainty if a flashing lights system were to be installed so the lights could be turned on when children are present.

By LCES Safety Concern on 01.31.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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Why is it that on Gilmer County’s school system web site biographical information including education backgrounds for all school board members and their pictures are not posted?

Other counties have the information. Why not us?

By School Board Member Backgrounds? on 01.23.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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The only reason for our not using a version of the goal-driven Kentucky method would be a veto by controlling elitists opposed to establishing meaningful accountability for Gilmer County’s school system.

Without using the method it would be easier to continue to pawn off information that cannot be used to accurately document progress with student proficiencies for reading, math, science, and college and career readiness.

By School System Accountability Needed on 01.20.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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The KY approach would be valuable to Gilmer County for use in disclosing progress of our two schools in contributing to better lives for our children.

For goals for which progress would be off schedule, the tracking approach would be an objective basis for making mid-course adjustments in our school system to get better results.

By using the approach school board members could be more effective with goal-driven governing, and getting results would be the responsibility of the County’s Superintendent of Schools and school principals.

Overall,the approach would establish meaningful accountability which is sorely lacking in WV’s school systems.

By Establish School System Accountability on 01.18.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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Accomplished communicators have a knack for reducing complex information to its simplest form for effectiveness in getting messages across.

WV’s convoluted strategic plans for schools must follow the State’s rigid guidelines. The plans are confusing and inadequately designed for establishing accountability for getting results.

Kentucky is making progress with improving K-12 education outcomes and one reason is the clarity of specific goals for its schools and the job being done with tracking results.

Google—-2018 Prichard Committee Update to glean what is being done in Kentucky. The approach could be used for Gilmer’s two schools with a single sheet of paper for each school.

The beauty of the Prichard approach is that instead of relying on confusing and lengthy written out material with undefined abbreviations, technical jargon, and head scratching generalities, specific goals and annual results in achieving them are presented graphically.

Perfect real world example of a picture being worth a thousand words.

Board of Education members why couldn’t the Prichard approach be used for Gilmer County? It would be inexpensive, it could be updated easily on an annual basis, and everyone in the County would know how the school system is being administered to achieve measurable results.

Perhaps Mr. David Ramezan could post Prichard material on the GFP to show its simplicity.

By Advocate For Clarity on 01.17.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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The scandal of the too small school?
Don’t forget…
The scandal of the too big school is half of the whole state intervention mess.  FIVE rooms more than needed at the Linn, Lewis County school.

Results are from nepotism, cronyism, and educational stupidity….as well as scoffing at those who attempted to sound the alarm.

Bloated egos was the frosting on the Litter Box Cake Mix.

By School Truth is in the Litter Box on 01.17.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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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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