It is about time that Charleston came out with clear language about seriousness of school boards and individuals on them being legally liable for overspending.
Nothing like it went to the public during intervention while the GCBOE was stripped of all its power.
No wonder now why all along some GCBOE members have asked probing questions about finances and they were not answered. More power to those conscientious individuals who tried hard to do their jobs and we support them 100%.
There must be a full accounting of every dollar spent during intervention with no local oversight and no accountability at all for State-appointed superintendents.
We need a complete accounting of spending for the Linn school, the loss of public money at the top of the hill on Arbuckle property, spending at Cedar Creek, unplanned spending at the GCES, the BOE office move to the Minnie Hamilton building, the scandal from the new GCES being built too small, and much more. Citizens have tracked the waste and mismanagement for years and we are outraged.
Unless a full accounting is done for public disclosure another excess levy will never pass in the County although we understand that there will be a major reset on July 1.
Thank you GFP for getting Paine’s letter out to Gilmer County.
The fix could be simple. First, everyone pay 10 percent federal, 3 percent state, and 1 percent local taxes on all income. Straight forward, no arguments, taken from pay checks and paid to the proper authorities (that is if we can get good ones elected that will use the money properly for education, infrastructure, defense, aid for the true disabled/welfare, etc). Second, there are no deductions(sorry accountants). Third, no taxes on corporations so they are free to reinvest into their business and hire more people to work(that is if you can find qualified people not on drugs these days). Fourth, get people off government support that don’t belong there(sorry again druggies and lazies). Now if you find someone taking advantage of the current tax laws, don’t blame them for wanting to keep their own money. That’s correct, their money, not yours. We have elected the people and keep doing that who make these laws. The Clinton’s and the Bush’s and the Kennedy’s, life long politicians. If you get rich being a politician, then you need to go. At least Trump got rich first and then became a politician. Sort of did it backwards didn’t he. Each and every person that wants Trump to produce his tax returns, it is time for all of them to produce theirs. The world is full of them. Me, I can care less what he makes. Good for him. Good for me. Get over it, the left lost the election, just like the right did 8 years ago. The reason Trump is president is because the last 8 years the left didn’t get it done and Clinton was a horrible candidate. Too much baggage and ran a horrible campaign also. I think she thought she couldn’t lose but she did. Now the left is acting like babies that they can be at times and it doesn’t look good. Instead of trying to run Trump(who used to be a democrat) down, why not give him a bit of support so our country will come back stronger. It seems the media is completely against Trump, all we see is negative articles. Never positive articles so the media is losing support from the people. Sorry for the long post but it is what it is. Thanks.
What a deal we have to badger our elected representatives to do what is good and right for West Virginia! Isn’t it a no brainer to be doing the right thing for your state? Obvious money means more to our legislators than the voice of the people!
Here is another way the WV School Building Authority is failing Gilmer County by refusing to provide proper oversight.
There could be ways to use available space at the new GCES more efficiently to avoid the necessity of sending students to other locations.
By failing to get involved the SBA is not contributing to solving the crowing problem to eliminate need to use hall ways at the new school for instruction space.
This is a disgrace after spending $14,000,000 of public money, and the complete story of waste, mismanagement, and abuse of authority during intervention and its aftermath would make a great story for the New York Times to print.
Those in Gilmer County who care about the education of ALL children have said this over and over. It comes as no surprise that more and more the research backs how consolidation fails them. There is no democratic governance over education here. It is simply a matter of who matters to garner support for political campaigns. Many Gilmer students have been a poster child for rural education success over the years. (At least until intervention strictly for the purpose of consolidation reared its ugly head.)Will the legislature have enough back bone to get what needs be done? Or will the Senate let all the House of Delegates and the Governor’s hard work die in committee?
Members of the Board of Governors are GSC’s ultimate leaders. They set the agenda for the President to carry out.
What happened at GSC to get it in trouble tracks to the BOG and there is no way around it.
When openings occur on the BOG the top criterion for selecting replacements has been to favor those who will run with the herd to be unwavering participants in the group think trap.
No new ideas tolerated, never seek outside critical review of organizational approaches to continually strive for improved ways of doing business, always claim that all is well while the ship is sinking, and above all else never admit that problems exist and if ones become known to the public always blame outside forces.
I just bought a new car. I signed a contract saying that I’d pay for it but paying for it is holding me back from other things that I want to do. Could we please add my car payments to your debt-forgiveness plan? If that doesn’t work out, could we get somebody else to pay for it for me? Seriously, many/most of the students who made these OBLIGATIONS, did so they could make more money, generally for doing less labor-intensive work and at the behest of the EDUCATION INDUSTRY which sold them a bill of goods that a college education guarantees success. The same colleges that charge exorbitant fees, which constantly rise at a rate greater than the cost of living increase or the rate of inflation. The same institutions that pay their administrators exorbitant salaries and that pay their athletics directors and coaches obscene salaries. The same colleges and universities that have brilliant minds in economics but who can’t manage to keep college costs and tuitions from skyrocketing. The same colleges that churn out students getting degrees that don’t have any or minimal real-world value. Of course it’s easier to blame the situation on the greedy, heartless conservatives than for people to take their individual responsibility because it’s not THEIR fault; it’s somebody else’s fault. IT’s ALWAYS somebody else’s fault.
G-Eye™: Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting - 01.17.17
Here is the video of the Gilmer County Board of Education Meeting on January 17, 2017.
In this meeting there were fabulous presentations by Gilmer County Elementary School students which you should watch.
At this meeting nominations were held to fill two Board Member vacancies due to resignations per WV Code 18-5-2. After due consideration the following nominations passed by unanimous vote of the Gilmer County Board: Mike Triplett and G. Dave Ramezan
Other topics were: Available programs through Gilmer County Extension Service, Use of Normantown Elementary School, Possible Purchase of one of Outdoor Buildings in Normantown and .....
Roll Call was conducted by Superintendent Devono. Board members Norma Hurley, Dr. Carl Armour, Bob Minigh, Tom Ratliff, and Dr. Bill Simmons were present.
II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Devano called for pledge of allegiance.
Following the pledge Devano read the duties of each office. Superintendent was asked about the source of the information for each office. He was hesitant to say, but he admitted the source was himself.
Superintendent announced there could not be any delegation in this meeting, although the item was on the agenda!
IV. ELECTION OF OFFICERS
A. President (two-year term): Bob Minigh was nominated by Norma Hurley and Bill Simmons by Tom Ratliff. After the vote Bob Minigh was elected as the president of the board.
B. Vice President (two-year term): Norma Hurley was elected as Vice-President
IV. APPOINTMENT OF COMMITTEE AND REPRESENTATIVES
After discussion the following members were chosen for the committees:
A. RESA VII: Norma Hurley
B. Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center: Dr. Carl Armour
C. Extension Service: Tom Ratliff
D. Committee of 55 Representatives: Dr. Bill Simmons was asked to be the representative for this committee. He declined. He said he had provided a letter of resignation effective at the end of this meeting. After discussion Norma Hurley was nominated to be the representative.
E. Safety: Bob Minigh
F. Inter County Planning: Bob Minigh
V. ESTABLISH SCHEDULE OF REGULAR MONTHLY MEETINGS
The following schedule was presented by the superintendent for approval. The schedule calls for one meeting per month. Board member Hurley suggested having two meetings per month (like before takeover). Superintendent DeVano said the idea can be put on the next agenda. She then asked the president.
July 18, 2016; August 15, 2016; September 19, 2016; October 17, 2016; November 14, 2016; December 19, 2016; January 17, 2017; February 20, 2017; March 20, 2017; April 17, 2017; May 15, 2017; and June 19, 2017.
The next regular board meeting will be July 18, 2016 at 6:00 PM at the Central Office.
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):
There were not any Exonerations and/or Consolidations to approve.
There were not any Estate Qualifications and Estate Settlements for the commission to approve either.
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.
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.
County Commission Minutes for past three meetings were approved.
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
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.
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.
The Commission did not have any new business scheduled in this meeting.
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.
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.
Pam Starsick from HOPE Inc. asked the commission to declare April the Sexual Assault Awareness month. Commissioners signed the document.
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.
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. <
Next meeting is scheduled for April 15, 2016 at 9:00 AM.
There will be a meeting on April 19, 2016 at 9:00 AM for the Levy.