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Girls Go CyberStart

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Registration for a new cyber security training program for high school girls in West Virginia begins Monday.

Girls in grades 9 to 12 are eligible to sign up for the Girls Go CyberStart program through February 16.

It’s a free online game that provides girls the tools to learn basic cyber security skills and test their cyber aptitude. The program is a partnership between the State of West Virginia and the SANS Institute.

“It gives them a good insight into that area of expertise in hopes that it will peak their interest and get them involved, so that’s maybe something they want to pursue later in life,” said Cindy Smith, deputy chief technology officer of the West Virginia Office of Technology.

The program will run from February 20-25. Girls may play alone or in teams of up to four people. No prior experience with IT or security is needed.

Danielle Cox, cyber security manager for audits and compliance for the state Office of Technology, said girls will learn a number of skills in the areas of problem solving, marketing, tech, business and more.

“They’ll really test their decision making skills, they’ll learn about programming, coding, forensics,” she said.

Cox said they want to allow young women to see how many opportunities there are in the cyber security field.

“Traditionally, women have not participated in cyber security like our men counter parts have and this program is particularly targeting girls getting ready to make life changing decisions with their college/careers,” she said.

The girls will have the opportunity to win prizes, including the grand prize of an all-expense paid trip to the Women in CyberSecurity Conference in Chicago.
Students may participate from home or school, a computer and internet connection are the only tools required. The three schools in West Virginia that have the most participants will win awards of $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000.

The program has been implemented in a number of states including Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Texas, Vermont and Wyoming.

To register for the program, CLICK HERE.

~~  Carrie Hodousek ~~

State Youth Environmental Conference Full of Fun and Learning

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Members of West Virginia’s Youth Environmental Program will tour some of the state’s most beautiful areas, participate in workshops and activities that focus on preserving our natural resources and learn about science from the experts during this year’s state Youth Environmental Conference.

The 41st annual event, sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, is scheduled for September 30 through October 02 at Canaan Valley Resort State Park. A limited number of scholarships are provided to members of the DEP’s Youth Environmental Program, for youth ages 14-18, on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Among the activities scheduled for this year’s conference is a recycling workshop, which will include a craft project; a presentation on wetlands from Alyssa Hanna of the Canaan Valley Institute; and an additional presentation on wind energy turbine technology from Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College.

Tours are scheduled for the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area, Seneca Rocks Discovery Center and Smoke Hole Caverns. Conference attendees can also participate in a recycled art project, as well as an environmental project idea swap with other Youth Environmental Program members. A dance is planned for Saturday night.

For information on how your youth group can become a member of the state Youth Environmental Program and take part in the Youth Environmental Conference, please contact Diana Haid at 304.926.0499 x 1114 or email by September 12, 2016.

Gilmer County Schools 2016-17 School Year Important Date

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WVU Extension Service Extends Deadline To Gilmer County Organizations

WVU Extension Service Extends Deadline To
Gilmer County Organizations Interested In Promoting Healthier Communities

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The West Virginia University Extension Service will help organizations in Gilmer County support healthier environments in their communities with grants offered through the West Virginia Healthy Children Project. The new application deadline is September 01, 2016.

Competitive one-time mini-grants will be offered to organizations to promote healthy environments and impactful educational activities for young children (ages 2 to 5) and families in Barbour, Gilmer and Pleasants counties. Grants are funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention through the WVU Extension Service’s West Virginia Healthy Children Project.

Organizations may receive funding ranging from $500 to $4,000. Projects must be completed between November 2016 and September 2017. Only one application per organization is permitted. They will be prioritized and funded based on the availability of funds. Projects that show community collaboration, creativity and sustainability will be given priority. The total number of funded projects will depend on the requested amounts and the strengths of the proposals. Applicants should contact their local WVU Extension Service office, which can be found online at bit.ly/ExtCountyOffices. Completed applications must be emailed by the deadline, and must comply with all guidelines and procedures.

Organizations in Gilmer County that are interested in applying, partnering or looking for suggestions for local improvement should contact WVU Extension Service Gilmer County agent Lisa Montgomery at or 304.462.7061.

GSC Invites Community to Help Welcome Incoming Students

GLENVILLE, WV – On Friday, August 19, new students will be welcomed to Glenville State College (GSC) for the 2016-2017 academic school year. Students will use Friday and the weekend to become acquainted with the school and community before classes begin on Monday, August 22.

To help the new students learn about the Glenville community—including local businesses, churches, and other groups that might interest them—GSC is hosting a Community and Campus Organization Fair.

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Students attending last year’s Community and Campus Organization Fair


The event will take place on Saturday, August 20 beginning at 11:30 a.m. on the lawn near GSC’s Clark Hall. Representatives from community businesses, churches, and organizations are invited to set up displays to introduce themselves to the new students through the use of coupons, gift certificates, free samples, and information. The annual event is an opportunity to show new GSC Pioneers what the community has to offer them. Incoming students can also learn more about the campus student organizations that are available to them, as those groups will be on hand at the event as well.

“This is a very exciting time in the lives of these students, and we are giving local residents the chance to introduce themselves and their organizations to them. We are more than excited to be a part of such a wonderful community that’s so willingly gives back to those in the area,” said GSC Director of Student Activities Jodi Walters.

Anyone interested in participating should reserve a table by Tuesday, August 09. To make reservations or for additional information, contact Walters at or 304.462.6416.

 

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Brushy Fork Annual Institute: WEST VIRGINIA SCHOLARSHIPS

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WEST VIRGINIA SCHOLARSHIPS

The West Virginia program is made available through grant funds administered by the West Virginia Development Office with support from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

This scholarship program is available to high school youth and their adult mentors and chaperones.

To be eligible, applicants must reside within one of the following counties: Calhoun, Clay, Gilmer, Lincoln, McDowell, Roane, Summers, or Webster.

Scholarships allow youth participants to participate in a youth leadership development workshop along with a cohort of Kentucky high school youth.

The program is also hopeful that it will be able to coordinate the participation of a youth cohort from Mississippi. Last year, 20 Kentucky students attended this session, which received rave reviews from all who participated.

Program guidelines and online application forms are available at www.berea.edu/brushy-fork-annual-institute/scholarships/.

Community Foundation Makes National Top 100 Ranking

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The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) has earned a spot on one of three prestigious CF Insights Top 100 Lists that were released last week.  CF Insights assessed more than 700 community foundations in the United States; of these, the PACF placed 99th on the list of the most active grantmakers by volume.

In 2015, the PACF awarded over $2.87 million in the form of grant and scholarship support from over 340 charitable funds to benefit students and nonprofit organizations in the Foundation’s service area.  The Foundation also received 1,525 donor gifts and eleven new permanent charitable funds were created.

“This benchmarking report shows that the PACF is processing more gifts and grants than some larger community foundations across the country,” said Judy Sjostedt, the PACF’s Executive Director.  “The Foundation exists because of the generosity of the people of this region, and the investments these people make go right back into their community.  There’s much more work to be done, and many needs unmet in our region.  But it’s exciting to see so many local citizens involved giving through the Foundation and I believe as more people learn about how we can help them make a real difference in the lives of people now and in future generations, we’ll keep rising on the list.”

The Top 100 Lists were released by CF Insights which compiles and distributes data and information on finances, operations and best practices for community foundations nationwide. CF Insights was established by FSG Social Advisors, which consults foundations on how to accelerate their social impact, and the national association Council on Foundations.

The PACF works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or nonprofit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of our community.  The PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages more than 340 charitable funds with nearly $34 million in assets.  The PACF works in partnership with its local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area.  Since 1963, the PACF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways.

DHHR Announces Extended Reporting Period for SNAP Replacement

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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) Cabinet Secretary Karen L. Bowling today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) granted a waiver of the 10 day reporting requirement for households requesting replacement SNAP benefits lost in the mass flooding and mud slides that occurred on June 23, 2016.  The waiver extends the reporting period until July 22, 2016, in 21 counties.

Counties approved under the waiver are Boone, Braxton, Calhoun, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo, Monroe, McDowell, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Raleigh, Roane, Summers, Wayne and Webster.

“Receiving this extension assists families who are facing devastating losses and challenging circumstances,” said Nancy Exline, Commissioner of the Bureau for Children and Families. “I am thankful for the USDA’s support during this difficult time.”

Households in the above-listed counties must request and complete a DFA-SNAP-36 form at a DHHR office by the close of business on July 22, 2016.  The replacement benefit is for food that was purchased with June SNAP benefits received by the household.  The replacement will not affect SNAP benefit allocations for July.

Replacement SNAP benefits for households affected by the June 23 flooding and mud slide that are not in one of the above-listed counties must request and complete the DFA-SNAP-36 form at a DHHR office by the close of business on July 05, 2016.

School Clothing Allowance Applications Accepted July 01-31, 2016

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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, Division of Family Assistance will begin accepting school clothing allowance applications July 1, 2016, for eligible children enrolled in West Virginia schools.

“Clothing and shoes are important and necessary back-to-school supplies for growing children,” said Nancy Exline, Commissioner of the Bureau for Children and Families. “The school clothing allowance program enables eligible West Virginia children to have access to needed items and begin a new school year with comfort and confidence.”

Families with school-aged children currently receiving WV WORKS cash assistance, as well as those providing foster care, will automatically receive school clothing allowance vouchers for each school-age child in the home by mid-July 2016.

Families who received school clothing allowance vouchers in 2015 and currently receive Medicaid or SNAP benefits from DHHR should have received an application by mail in June 2016.  To ensure prompt delivery of the vouchers, mailing address updates should be made to the Customer Services Center at 1.877.716.1212 or online at www.wvinroads.org
Each eligible child will receive a $200 voucher that may be used toward the purchase of appropriate school clothing or piece goods for families who sew clothing for their children.  Vouchers must be used at participating stores by October 31, 2016.

Others may be eligible for school clothing vouchers, but the monthly income for a family of four may not exceed $2,025.

To learn more about eligibility guidelines, or to apply, contact your local DHHR office, apply online at www.wvinroads.org or call 1.877.716.1212.  Verification of income for the month of July must be submitted with the application.

Applications must be received in the local DHHR office by July 31, 2016.

ST. JOSEPH’S HOSPITAL WELCOMES PETER POWER, MD TO THE STAFF OF THE PHYSICIANS OF ST. JOSEPH’S

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BUCKHANNON, WV – St. Joseph’s Hospital is pleased to welcome Peter Power, MD to the staff of The Physiciansof St. Joseph’s.  Dr. Power practices Obstetrics and Gynecology and is now accepting appointments for the beginning of July.

“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Power to our physicians’group here at St. Joseph’s Hospital,” said Skip Gjolberg, Administrator.  “He will be joining our team at the Center for Women’s Health,  providing the best in healthcare to our community so there is no need to travel elsewhere.” 

Dr. Power earned his Doctor of Medicine from the Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska and his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. He performed his residency at the Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, West Virginia.  He has also performed research in Obstetrics and Gynecology while at the Charleston Area Medical Center.

Dr. Power’s office will be located on the second floor of St. Joseph’s Medical Office Building at 100 West Main Street.  He will be providing services in obstetrics, gynecology & infertility.  Appointments with Dr. Power can be scheduled by calling 304.473.2300.

Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center Offers Direct Scheduling

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Clarksburg, WV – On Monday, June 27, 2016 Veterans who are enrolled at Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center can begin making appointments with their local VA Audiology and Optometry clinics without seeing their VA Primary Care physician first. This is a significant change to doing business at VA because previously, enrolled Veterans had to visit their Primary Care Physician for a referral, even if they had no other health care issues.

The idea for this process improvement came from interviews with employees throughout the country who felt that this change would save time for Veterans and free up Primary Care clinical time. Research confirmed that valuable Primary Care access was partially being used for routine Audiology and Optometry referrals, while demand for Primary Care services was outgrowing the capacity of the Primary Care clinics. Direct Scheduling will save time for the Veterans and free up clinical time for Primary Care doctors.

This change is part of a nation-wide VA rollout of Direct Scheduling to Audiology and Optometry clinics, which VA expects to complete by the end of 2016. LAJVAMC has been selected to participate in the first phase of the VA nation-wide rollout of Direct Scheduling of Audiology and Optometry services.

“Direct Scheduling across all Audiology and Optometry clinics has the potential to decrease facility wait times by alleviating the case flow to Primary Care physicians, and would thereby improve the Veteran experience and access to services,” said Dr. Glenn R. Snider, Medical Center Director, “We are honored to be a leader in this effort. Taking the lead in efforts like Direct Scheduling affirms the VA’s commitment to fostering a Veteran-centric culture of care which honors Veterans’ service and empowers Veterans to achieve optimum health and well-being.”

For more information on Audiology and Optometry Direct Scheduling at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, contact the Scheduling Department at 304.623.3461x7676. If you would like to enroll with the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center, please visit www.clarksburg.va.gov or contact the Enrollment Department at 304.623.3461x3332.

Summer Safety for Children

Bridgeport, WV - As summer approaches, parents must take all the necessary safety precautions to ensure their child’s wellbeing. Hot weather provides opportunities for children to enjoy the outdoors; however, they may fall, crash, slip and tumble during summertime fun activities. 

“Parents must remember that summer should be a time of enjoyment for their children,” said Mary-Ann Kroll, MD, pediatrician at Pediatric Associates in Bridgeport.  “While they need to let their kids play outdoors, parents must at the same time be careful to take a common-sense approach with safety.”

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Dr. Kroll says that summer is a time where we face several safety hazards.  Parents will need to know what steps they can take to prevent an emergency. It is important to be on the lookout for risks ranging from water safety, to how to deal with potentially deadly insects.


SWIMMING

Swimming and other water activities are excellent ways for your child to get the physical activity and health benefits needed,” said Dr. Kroll. “However, drownings are the leading cause of injury or deaths for children between the ages of one to four years of age in the United States.”
There are some simple preventative measures that parents can take.  If a parent can swim, they should also teach their child to do so. Both the YMCA and Red Cross provide swimming lessons in most areas.
If for some reason you are unable to ensure your child receives swimming lessons, make sure he or she wears some sort of flotation device when in or around water. “The average adult has trouble sustaining their breath for 30 seconds, that average is even lower for young children,” said Dr. Kroll. “Taking your eye off your child for just a second around a body of water could lead to the unthinkable. When taking your children around water, please, take the necessary precautions to ensure their safety.”

Dr. Kroll also wants to help prevent you and your family from getting a recreational water illness. “This is an illness caused by germs and chemicals found in the water in which we swim,” said Dr. Kroll.  “I recommend that you take frequent bathroom breaks and check diapers hourly, as to avoid an accident in water. This tip will help to keep germs out.”


HEAT AND SUN

Dr. Kroll says that heat and sun can be very dangerous to children and even adults.  Children and adults exposed to too much sun can face serious heat exhaustion and sunburns. The first steps in prevention are staying well hydrated and wearing light, loose fitted clothing. A sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher should be applied periodically throughout the day.


TICKS AND MOSQUITOS

“Ticks and Mosquitos are on the rise each year,” said Dr. Kroll. “ We must take preventative measures to stop the spread of the Zika virus, West Nile virus, and Lyme disease.”

Parents should keep their lawn cut short and reduce the time their children spend near wooded locations. These are areas where ticks and mosquitos often hide. Spraying down with insect repellent or putting on long articles of clothing before venturing outdoors will greatly reduce the number of bug bites received by both ticks and mosquitos.
Playgrounds and Recreation

“Playgrounds and recreational activities are responsible for more than 200,000 emergency department (ED) visits annually by children 14 and younger,” said Dr. Kroll. “Parents need to analyze each playground for faulty structures before allowing their children to play on them.”

It is important to ensure that a playground is well maintained and that each part is working as it should. Children must always wear the proper equipment before ever participating in any sports or recreational activity.


POISON IVY

“Your children need to be aware of the plant-related dangers around them when playing outdoors,” said Dr. Kroll. “In fact nearly 85 percent of people are allergic to poison ivy, and it affects as many as 50 million Americans each year.” Poison ivy can be found in every state in the United States except for Hawaii, Alaska, and some deserts in Nevada.

The best way parents can keep their children from having to deal with this plant is by teaching them what the plant looks like. If you are not an outdoorsmen you can simply search online at Redcross.org to find images of poison ivy, as well as where it is most likely found.

You will also find how to treat the infected area if you believe you have touched poison ivy. You must first wash the area thoroughly with soap and water. Next you will want to wash any clothing or equipment that may have rubbed against the plant that day.

“Accidents will happen, but by being aware and educated about any potential risk, you can reduce your child’s chance of being affected,” said Dr. Kroll. If you have further questions concerning these summertime safety tips or other medical questions concerning your child, call Dr. Mary-Ann Kroll at 304.842.5777.

Dr. Richard Cain Coming to Minnie Hamilton Health System

Grantsville, WV— Minnie Hamilton Health System’s new Chief of Staff, Jason Fincham, D.O. is proud to announce the addition of Richard Cain, M.D. to our medical staff.  Dr. Cain will begin seeing patients starting September 13, 2016.  Appointments for Dr. Cain or any of our providers at Minnie Hamilton Health System, Grantsville can be made by calling 304.354.9244.

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Dr. Cain is a 1980 graduate of Calhoun County High School; Potomac State College in 1982 where he received the William E. Michaels and McPherson awards; West Virginia University in 1984 with a B. A. Degree in Biology.  Dr. Cain attended Medical School at Marshall University School of Medicine graduating in 1988 receiving the Edwin Black Award; residency at United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, WV from July, 1988 to 1991, where he served as Chief Resident from July 1990 to June 1991.

Dr. Cain has worked at and had affiliations with United Hospital Center; Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital; St. Joseph’s Hospital (Buchanan); Calhoun General Hospital; VAMC (Clarksburg); Minnie Hamilton Health System, St. Joseph’s Hospital (Parkersburg); Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, Cornerstone Health Care; Selby General Hospital; and most recently at Marietta Health Care Physicians, Inc.

“The addition of Dr. Cain to our medical staff is another important part of Minnie Hamilton Health System’s commitment to deliver the best quality health care to our communities.  We continue to work on recruiting and retaining a medical staff that will provide long term patient/provider relationships to better serve our area.” said Stephen Whited, CEO.

For additional information on Dr. Cain and all the other providers you can find at Minnie Hamilton Health System, please go to www.mhhcc.com.

G-FYI™: Check Presentation for GCS

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On Monday, June 06, 2016 at 10:00 AM at the new Gilmer County Elementary School, the Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) and the WV Department of Agriculture will be presenting checks to Gilmer County Elementary School for a high tunnel (green house that is on top of the ground).

Also, there may be another agency, Highmark, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, may be in attendance to present their check for the irrigation, seeds, and hand tools.

The high tunnel grant that was received was from the NRCS for $5,000 and the WV Dept of Agriculture is pitching in $4,000 to finish out the cost of the high tunnel.

Senator Leonhardt to Honor Robert D. Taylor of Troy, WV with Bridge

Senator Kent Leonhardt and the Gilmer County High School Class of 1981 invite the pubic to attend a bridge dedication in memory of U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Robert D. Taylor, “Taylor” in Troy, WV on Friday, June 17 at 15:00 hours or 3:00 PM.  Taylor grew up in Troy, WV and was a 1981 graduate of Gilmer County High School and went on to serve in the U.S. Army.

U.S. Army BG General Charles Veit will be on hand with the Class of 1981 and Senator Leonhardt for the dedication to honor Taylor for his 8 years of service in the U.S. Army.  Officer Taylor was aboard an AH-1 Cobra Helicopter assigned to the 5th Bn, 501st Aviation Regiment U.S. Army patrolling the Korean demilitarized zone between South and North Korea and was killed on November 13, 1991 in a helicopter accident.

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The bridge being dedicated to his memory crosses Leading Creek served as the state road access to the community where the Taylor family lived. The bridge to be dedicated is just east of the community of Troy on US 47 on the road formerly known as Spruce Run Road now named as Hemlock Run Road. When Taylor lived on “Spruce Run” the West Virginia Department of Highways bridge was a steel truss bridge. The bridge was replaced in 2010 with a new concrete span that meets today engineering and safety standards and was designed by Tim Hermansdorfer and constructed by Kenton Meadows Construction from Gassaway, WV.

Senator Leonhardt said “I am honored for the opportunity to recognize Robert Taylor’s service to our country.  We must remember those who sacrificed and died in our nation’s service, so we can enjoy our freedom.  We must not take our freedom for granted”.  Taylor is remembered by his classmates and friends as someone who loved his community and country with big dreams of flying.

The bridge dedication ceremony will be held on the bridge on Friday, June 17, 2016 at 3:00 PM.  Everyone is invited to attend, the fellowship with family and friends and honor Robert D. Taylor for his ultimate sacrifice.  For more information, call 304.482.6135


Directions:

Take US119/US33 West for 17 miles. (From Weston)
Turn Right onto WV-47 at Linn
Travel 2 miles towards Troy.
Turn left onto Hemlock “Spruce” Run Road
Parking in field next to bridge.


Take US119/US33 East for 10 miles. (From Glenville)
Turn Left onto WV-47 at Linn
Travel 2 miles towards Troy.
Turn left onto Hemlock “Spruce” Run Road
Parking in field next to bridge.

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The lipstick comment deserves special attention. The State’s testing results verifies that too many students are not proficient in science, reading, and math. WV remains in the lower 10th among the 50 states for those areas.

Google WVZOOM Dashboard and look at State assessment scores for the GCHS. According to reports a decision was made to hire one more math teacher over there to help improve future results.

Nothing is known about what is being done to help Gilmer’s HS students with reading and science. The new Board president must get detailed information out to the public.

Assurances that everything is OK won’t work anymore. There has been too much of that type of hokum. The public knows how to access achievement information from the Internet to impose increasing accountability for our school system.

By R. J. Myers on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Maybe it is a case of not seeing the forest for the trees. GSC is designated responsibility for serving seven counties in central WV.

SAT scores for students entering GSC are the lowest in the State with large numbers of students coming from the seven counties. This suggests that education needs to be upgraded in the counties.

Why not focus on using the College to train teachers for central WV and to do what is necessary to improve pre-K-12 education in the seven counties?

Looks to be a natural winner for GSC. What about it Dr. Pellett and GSC’s Board of Governors?

By Watching Alumni on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Thanks you for honest comments, Mr. Boggs.

Its a sad state when volunteers can be credited with a better job than paid WV employees.

No wonder we have financial, legislative, highway, issues at every turn in the road. 

And to think, that the governor has to burden the National Guard with administration of a flood recovery program? 

Obvious we have incompetent individuals in many positions throughout the state bureaucracy. Are there ever, ever any state employees actually fired, for unacceptable job performance or plain incompetence?

Look at route 5 west of I-79 for a wonderful example of DOH failure.  The DOH county office is a mile from the ‘rollercoaster’ ride. All those state employees have to ride it 10, maybe 20 times a week just doing their jobs.  How can they not see it?

This rollercoaster is the ‘welcome center’ to Braxton and Gilmer county.
Its been a mess for over 20 years.  The rough, bumpy railroad tracks too.

Yes, that’s what the Gilmer Federal Prison employees who commute deal with.  It’s a great welcome, great first look, for prospective Glenville State College students and staff as well.

By A failed state of the state report. on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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What a glowing report.

Just because you say or print something, doesn’t make it true.

With a report like this, you would think WV had moved up the list from 47th in outcomes.

A few people don’t have the wool down over their eyes.

By wasted lipstick on the pig. on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Wiseman’s suggestion is an opportunity for the new School Board officers, Mr. Cottril and Mr. Shakleford.

Both members campaigned on improvements they would make if elected. The most important improvement would be outstanding results with student learning outcomes in the County.

Quarterly progress reports from Mr. Cottril and Mr. Shackleford are requested.

By Voters For Accountability on 07.16.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Excellent meeting minutes I wish we could see more local news like this..  Where can I find information on the recent lawsuit between the Gilmer County Commission and Prosecutor Hough?  I understand Judge Alsop issued a decision?

By Reader on 07.14.2018

From the entry: 'GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES'.

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Praises go to Governor Justice, Dr. Paine, and the entire State Board for producing this outstanding report.

For the first time in memory comprehensive information is included in one source for the public and it is written in an understandable
style.

A request is made to the Gilmer County Board of Education and Superintendent Lowther to produce a similar report by this fall for the specific status of our school system.

We could celebrate achievements for which we excel and we could profit from our weak points as opportunities for corrective measures to take.

Forget about what other counties are doing—we are competing against ourselves.

The often cited excuse that we are just as good as other counties with WV ranking near bottom should no longer be tolerated.

By fall results of recent SAT testing would be available to Superintendent Lowther and the County Board to include in the report.

One advantage of the suggested County report and ones in successive years would be a basis for the public to use to judge effectiveness of Gilmer’s Board of Education and Superintendent Lowther.

The GFP is applauded for its role in being a leader in WV for making education news accessible on the Internet.

By Frank Wiseman on 07.14.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Dr. Pellett, you attacked accuracy of the NCHEMS report in your Gazette article today.

It would be informative for you to give an Internet link to the report to permit it to be read and for you to publish a detailed critique of errors in it with backup evidence as proof.

By GSC EMPLOYEE on 07.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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A basic truism for a highly successful start up business is to offer a new top quality product in high demand at a price consumers can afford.

Why do Dr. Pellett and GSC’s Board of Governors reject the concept? Specifically, as printed in the Democrat there is a proposal to establish a premiere five year teacher education program at the College with grads to receive a masters degree in teaching. A program of that type is desperately needed in WV and it is not offered elsewhere.

Word circulating is that Dr. Pellet, the Board of Governors, and dominant members of the County’s elite have summarily rejected the idea.

One excuse heard is that local power brokers do not want WVU involved with the College. Yet, in the Democrat Dr. Pellett is quoted saying that he is working on a new nursing program with WVU’s involvement.

Is the true reason of veto of the innovative teacher education program because Dr. Pellet and the Board of Governors were not originators of the idea to automatically cause its rejection?

Dr. Pellett is invited to explain to the public and concerned alumni why the program would not be in GSC’s long term best interests.

By Why Dr. Pellet and GSC BOG? on 07.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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The Glenville mayor is doing an excellent job and the town is lucky to have him on the job. Getting old houses torn down was a kept promise and the town looks much better at those places. Let’s have more of it.

By Citizen on 07.11.2018

From the entry: 'GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES'.

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Why is it that when tax dollars were spent on the higher education reorganization study by the Colorado NCHEMS group it is being keep secret from the public? Mr. Boggs how about helping out by informing voters how to get a copy of the report to read and decide for themselves?

By Voters Watching on 07.10.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Oops! Bay of Pigs not Figs. Shows that college profs are not immune to embarrassing gaffs.

By WVU Prof. on 07.09.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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There are two examples in Janis’ book regarding the Kennedy presidency. The first one deals with the group think Bay Of Figs disaster.

Those in Washington associated with invasion decisions considered themselves to be infallible world class thinkers. That mistake prevented critical and constructive review from anyone outside that tight group of political operatives.

The other example covers the Cuban Missile Crisis as an example of masterful diplomacy and planning to prevent a nuclear holocaust. President Kennedy deserved credit because he avoided group think traps from Bay Of Pigs lessons learned.

Higher education decisions in WV are made by individual tight knit Boards of Governors with excessive autonomy and no meaningful oversight.

Also, board members are there through political appointments at local levels. Governors traditionally rubber stamp the recommended appointments.

When serious group think mistakes occur at colleges and universities Boards are conditioned to assume that State bail outs will cover damages.

If private businesses are group think practitioners they never last unless they change strategies to avoid brutal market place penalties.

By WVU Political Scientist on 07.08.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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“Governance Changes Needed at GSC” is 100% correct.

Basically GSC Board of Governors and other leadership positions, have been a result of nepotism and crony friend choices.

Those two ‘tools’ rarely, if ever, give the best persons available to whatever the position requires.

Incest often produces less than desired outcomes as well.

By PAST Time for change @ GSC on 07.08.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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Advice for GSC’s president is to read Janis’book entitled Victims of Group Think.

The theme for the book is that alike thinkers of a group of elites in control can have colossal failures because they believe that their decision-making processes are unworthy of outside scrutiny.

Think about it. Did the airport to accommodate jet traffic at the mouth of Cedar Creek work out and did the federal prison result in economic prosperity with a hefty upsurge with GSC’s
enrollment?

What about the millions of dollars of new construction at GSC? Did it result in healthy enrollments as promised.

Some elites associated with GSC were strong advocates for the ill fated ventures.

GSC has been controlled too long by members of the same families. With the undeniable track record of declining conditions a few resignations would be a positive step.

The nagging governance problem affecting GSC has been shielding elite individuals from personal accountability without penalties for bad decisions.

By Governance Changes Needed At GSC on 07.06.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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Bigger is better? Rarely.

Everyone knows that school consolidation has resulted in failed outcomes.

This is laying the ground work, for an ego driven power grab.  The big institutions have no limit to their desire for money.

Stay small, and if failure occurs, fewer people are impacted.  Too large, and management of that soon turns into a problem.

By Its just planned failure. on 07.05.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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This information including details in the referenced full Report helps put GSC’s precarious standing in perspective. More information can be accessed at http://www.collegesimply.com.

That web site provides SAT student information for WV institutions of higher learning and GSC has the lowest scores.

Inferences from the scores and material in the report are that because GSC gets a large percentage of students from poor counties including Gilmer County, school systems there need improving.

Also, with employers becoming more sophisticated in hiring the best qualified graduates they access information of the type published on the web site given above.

The reason is that institutions with the best prepared students have more rigorous academic programs and they do not have to expend valuable time on remediation.

Provision of this comment is not intended to be a slam at GSC. The purpose is to encourage Dr. Pellett and the Board of Governors to devise a viable strategy for making the College a center of excellence to improve its standing in WV. It is that simple for guaranteed survival in the future.

By GSC GRAD on 07.05.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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We must be wary of how County K-12 achievement information is presented.

From the outset the new school board should focus on exactly how well our students are performing with mastering subjects, and not to fall victim to news unrelated to demonstrated student learning.

For one example the GCHS was awarded for its high graduation rate, but it ranked in the bottom 10% among WV high schools for college and career readiness of seniors.

This is not to say that graduation rates are unimportant, but they cannot be interpreted as fact of a direct relationship with how well students are prepared for college and careers.

For some schools an unusually high graduation rate could be a function of enforced “everyone passes” policy.

The point is that there is need for vigilance when student performance information is disclosed to the public so school board get all of it out so voters can decide where the County’s school system really stands.

By Give All Facts on 07.03.2018

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Announces Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education'.

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Word is that officers on the County’s school board have changed with Doug Cottrill becoming the new president and Shackleford the VP.

Voters request to know what the new board’s plans are for improving the County’s standing with the quality of K-12 education for math, reading, science, and other subjects, and correcting remaining problems at the new grade school contractors have not fixed.

Why not publishing monthly progress reports to cover the new board’s accomplishments? That job would be a good assignment for the new president.

By Voters Watching on 07.03.2018

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Announces Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education'.

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There is no mention of the facts Jumpin Jim defaulted on a 9 million dollar loan, poor record of paying taxes, nor the mess of the RISE flood funds handling. 

No wonder the poor score.  Anyone think it was ‘earned’?

By Jumpin Jim Nose Dives on 07.03.2018

From the entry: 'Low favorable marks for Manchin, Morrisey, Justice in latest PPP poll'.

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This news has great implications for GSC and Gilmer County. The College could form a partnership with the County’s school system to close the K-12 achievement gap.

For years while under State intervention it was denied that a gap existed, and the mantra was that the County was doing as well as the State as a whole.

That was like saying that we are OK with the State being ranked near the bottom for the quality of its K-12 education system and we should be content to wallow at the bottom too.

Ms. Patty Lowther, the new superintendent of schools, states that we must close the K-12 achievement gap and it is within the County’s capabilities.

She and her staff including Shelly Mason the new curriculum expert, principals, and the County’s teachers are actively involved with devising solutions to eliminate problems.

Regarding GSC, Dr. Pellett is on record with definite innovations to improve the College’s standing.

He has an unique opportunity to guide the College to contribute to Gilmer County having the best school system in WV as a model to emulate throughout the State and Appalachia.

In the past the typical Charleston trap has been to collect achievement data without expending successful efforts to interpret its meaning for use in solving under-achievement.

Dr. Pellett, Ms. Lowther, and Shelly Mason, with the help of other professionals in our schools can jettison that long standing road block to make Gilmer County a K-12 education standout.

Dr. Pellett in particular has an unparalleled opportunity to make his mark on guiding the College to improve K-12 education in the County and to let successes spread as examples throughout Appalachia.

There would not be a better way to justify the necessity of the College’s continuing existence for Gilmer County, central WV, and the entire State.

By Good News For WV on 06.29.2018

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Announces Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education'.

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If you can’t trust judges to do the right thing…. is there any reason to trust our whole system of government?  One has to wonder.

Now we are reading a judge likely to be impeached as well as the legislature is considering impeaching the governor?

Are the any honest people running for offices?

By crooks everywhere? on 06.27.2018

From the entry: 'Auditors Seek Answers on State Supreme Court Spending'.

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This does not rise to the level of impeachment. “Slick Willy” got a head job in the peoples oval office, and dripped semen on the peoples carpet then lied about it, and according to the democrats back then, that did not rise to the level of impeachment.

By The Silent Majority on 06.21.2018

From the entry: 'Senate and House Democratic Leaders Renew Call for Immediate Legislative Action on Justice Loughry'.

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Something happening is good.
That building has been empty far too long.

Now we shall see if it workable.
Hope for all involved, that their efforts work out for GC and GSC.

By Good on 06.21.2018

From the entry: 'GSC Bluegrass Music Education Center to hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony'.

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Numbers of new businesses is not the important factor. It is how many new jobs were created for local employees. Politicians like to cite meaningless numbers to crow about and they get by with it too often. Empty store fronts on Main Street have not diminished in numbers. Where are the jobs and what do they pay?

By New Jobs? on 06.20.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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Similar to EDA if Gilmer’s SAT results were rosy the news would be out in banner headlines. Elites see to it to keep peasants at bay.

By SAT Checker on 06.19.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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Straddlin Joe had a chance to embrace conservatism and convert to Republican, as Governor Justice and much of the state has done. Politics in the state are no longer ruled by mine union bosses. It’s time we send him back to Marion County, as we did with Natalie Tennant.

By The Silent Majority on 06.18.2018

From the entry: 'Joe Manchin: Political games would cost West Virginians with pre-existing conditions'.

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If the so called business creation were true?
Wouldn’t the EDA be having all sorts of news releases?
You would think so.

EDA used to have monthly public meetings.
Now only four times a year?

Business things that slim nothing to discuss?
Or maybe secret meetings by the insiders?

By Gilmer EDA...private club ? on 06.15.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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If we can ask Jeff Campbell questions as a Gilmer County official why can’t we get timely information from other officials too?

For an example how did the County do with recent SAT testing?

Superintendents have the information so when is it going to be made public?

Hopefully the newly elected school board will take it on as a priority to get accurate student achievement information to the public with specific plans to make improvements where needed.

By End Public Information Embargo on 06.13.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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If true, this would be great news!

The Gilmer County Economic Development Association should be telling us in press releases who/what/where those new businesses are?

How about it GCEDA President Jeff Campbell?

Lets hear from you.

By reader6 on 06.11.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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Interesting chart.

But….it shows 4 new businesses in Gilmer…..in each of the past 3 months.
That…..is TWELVE new businesses!

BUT, BUT, where are they?

By Where are they? on 06.08.2018

From the entry: '866 New Businesses in West Virginia for May 2018'.

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You will find most ticks down low on grass blades along well traveled trails, where the unfed adults and even larvae and eggs are brushed off by a passing varmint. Another myth is that ticks will jump on you, of the thousands of ticks I have picked off grass blades and dropped in a cup of gasoline, I have never had one jump at me.

By Trespasser Will on 06.08.2018

From the entry: 'Insect-related illnesses are trending up'.

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Ticks don’t go, they are carried there by host animals. They are best controlled by controlling the host varmints in your back yard. As bad as Lyme disease is, from personal experience, believe me you don’t want Rocky Mountain spotted fever either.

By Trespasser Will on 06.07.2018

From the entry: 'Insect-related illnesses are trending up'.

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NEWS FLASH !
Rural West Virginia is STILL WAITING for that high speed internet that these two have been promising for 20 years!

By Rural WV still waiting.... on 06.06.2018

From the entry: 'U.S. Senators Manchin, Capito announce funding for rural communities'.

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Dilapidated buildings seem to make the news on a regular basis.

Dilapidated buildings are nothing more than an great indicator of a ‘dilapidated’ economy.

By WV's dilapidated economy on 06.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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I don’t know how the state can say that, male bears have been known to attack for unknown reasons, and of course females will attack if they perceive their cub is in danger. The best thing to do is shut the #### up and don’t be posting on Facebook what you have done.

By Tresspasser Will on 06.03.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia man accused of wrongfully shooting bear'.

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Steve and John,
My deepest heartfelt sympathy to you at this most difficult time.
I will miss your mother, my best friend, immensely! We laughed hard together and we cried together, only as two close cousins could do! We spent many hours on the phone chatting either catching up or talking about cooking, any hour day or night,it never mattered to us.

Our words to each other every time we spoke, “I love you sweet cousin of mine”

God’s Speed until we meet again!💞💓
Rest In Peace for eternity💓

Love you dearly,

Cousin, Jo Ann xoxoxo

By Jo Ann Emrick on 06.01.2018

From the entry: 'Catherine Ann Umanetz'.

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The loss of money at Cedar Creek was only part of it. Money spent on Leading Creek, more money to fill the huge hole at GCES, money to fix land slide at GCES because of poor site design work, money spent to fix various other botches that should have been done right to begin with, uncalled for huge pay raises to select central office staff to buy them off, money for playground equipment when existing equipment could have been used, money for an unneeded payroll clerk at the central office, money for a principal at Troy when the individual did not do the work, and more to include building GCES too small and Leading Creek too large with public funds. Will anything be done about it? Of course not except to continue the cover-up. Money trail too hot to handle.

By Etched Memory on 05.31.2018

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

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Many kudos to both the PACF people as well as their supporters!

Hard to believe how much good they are doing for so many, in just a few short years!

Keep up the good works!

By many kudos ! on 05.31.2018

From the entry: 'Grants Support Area Charities (Little Kanawha Area)'.

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Minney was just another ‘enabler’ for the blatant, bold faced, incompetent, corruption during the West Virginia State Board of Education overthrow of the Gilmer County School System.

Thousands of dollars wasted.  Do not forget the Cedar Creek property chosen by State Appointed Superintendent Blankenship in coercion with the former, ousted, GSC President Simmons.  The money spent clearing forest, the money spent bulldozing a road, until it finally became clear, they were on a ‘fools errand’.

Then to get out of that mess, Blankenship and Simmons,  trade that property, so a school could be built in a flood plain?

‘Education’ and common sense do not always go hand in hand.

If only people were as smart as they think they are.

By Another black eye for state intervention ! on 05.30.2018

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

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All this Minney stuff brings up at least 2 questions:

WHY did state appointed super Devano hire Minney?

Why did the Doddridge folks hire Minney when he doesn’t have the required financial ‘credentials’ to be a district treasurer?

Either poor hiring practices or someone pulling strings.

By questions but no answers ? on 05.30.2018

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

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And to think that OUR own little Gilmer County Library ranks in the top ten of libraries in the whole state!

By WOW--WOW--WOW ! ! ! on 05.30.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia Libraries Rock Out with Summer Reading Programs'.

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Didn’t Mr. Minney approve paying select employees on payroll, for the days they did not work without board or superintendent’s knowledge or approval? Fortunately, he got caught by the board.

By Ridiculous on 05.30.2018

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

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If you follow the money, you can easily see where all the money went in construction of Gilmer Elementary, why the school has so many physical issues and why there have been problems to get them fixed. Thanks the board for choosing a different auditor.

By FTM on 05.30.2018

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

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There were a lot of corruptions under state control and superintendent Devano. They mismanaged funds and paid off several employees to keep their mouth shut. When the local controlled board chose a different auditor from the norm, they got caught. I think the remaining paid off employees need to talk the facts, quit, or get prosecuted.

By They were bad on 05.30.2018

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

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That was far from the first time Mr. DM had gotten into trouble with the auditors. In previous years, findings for mismanagement of funds were issued against him in connection with other work places leading to dismissal.
The audit which is available on state DOE site couldn’t find any justification of board approval for payments, and mismanagement of funds.

By Don LK on 05.30.2018

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

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He got caught of mismanagement of public funds.

By Jeremy D on 05.30.2018

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

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I hear Gilmer schools treasurer Dan Minney is leaving. Why?

By Just Curious on 05.30.2018

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

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

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

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

By Some remember on 05.21.2018

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

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

By Sherry Straley Broggi and Rita Straley on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'Lora Faye Tomblin'.

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

Where’s DR? He never misses these events?

By Very nice project - great volunteers! on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'CommunityImprovement™: Pavilion'.

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

By GSC RETENTION? on 05.15.2018

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

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

By Reader on 05.14.2018

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

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

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

By Alumni on 05.13.2018

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

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Some interesting results.  Should shake the trees a little.

By Spring cleaning! on 05.09.2018

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

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So sorry for your loss.  Prayers.

By Betty Woofter on 05.07.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WVDE Career Employees on 05.06.2018

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

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

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

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

By R. Page on 05.06.2018

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

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

In essence that is a FAILURE rate of 65% !

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

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

By Wv Has a FLAWED educational system ! on 05.05.2018

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

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

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

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

By Rex Page on 05.03.2018

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

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

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

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

By WVDE Watcher on 05.03.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Block Schedule Supported By Blockheads on 05.02.2018

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

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

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

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

By Pleased Parents on 05.02.2018

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

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Mr. Williams has it nailed down.  Solid.

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

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

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

But the failed administrators keep their jobs.

By Time To Clean the Education House! on 05.01.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WHERE ARE THE ENVIRONMENTALISTS ? ? on 05.01.2018

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

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

By Spring cleaning! on 05.01.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By We Want Better Schools on 04.30.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WVDOE Disgusted on 04.20.2018

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

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

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

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

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

This is the WVBOE legacy.

By State BOE - dysfunctional is an understatement? on 04.16.2018

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

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Maybe Jimmy can pay some of his tax bills now?

By Justice, pay your tax bills! on 04.15.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

That is, if you are up to it.

By Kanawha Reader on 04.15.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Economist on 04.14.2018

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

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

By R. A. Beasley on 04.14.2018

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

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HaHaHaHaHaHaHa!

By Don't bring them to Gilmer! on 04.13.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By GCHS Parents on 04.12.2018

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

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