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GSC Volleyball 2014: Lady Pioneers Fall to Charleston

The Gilmer Free Press

The Glenville State Lady Pioneer Volleyball team fell on the road Tuesday night to the University of Charleston Golden Eagles in three sets, 0-3.

Charleston would win all three sets by a large margin. In the first set GSC lost 25-9, they lost in the second set 25-15, and lost the third set 25-10.

Stefanie Gladders led the Lady Pioneers in kills with three on the night. Kaci Sullivan had four assists while Jazmin Gordon finished with a team high 10 digs.

Charleston was led by Clairissa Larry as she had a game high 17 kills.

Lady Pioneer Volleyball Team Beats Salem International 3-2

The Gilmer Free Press

The GSC Lady Pioneer volleyball team defeated the Salem International Tigers in their home opener at the newly constructed Waco Center in five set, 3-2.

New GSC Head Coach Katie Avery picked up her first coaching victory as a Pioneer.

GSC would take the first two sets 25-17 and 25-21. However Salem would rally and they would take the next two sets 25-19 and 25-17 as they knotted it up at 2-2. In the fifth and final set GSC would get up early and never look back as they took set five, 15-9.

For the Lady Pioneers Kayla Lowers finished the night eight kills and had one serve ace. Freshman Tahje Houston also finished with eight kills on the night.

Kaci Sullivan paced GSC with a team high 20 assists while Rachel Morris finished with a game high 13 digs. Freshman Lauren Wheatley finished with four solo blocks.

Salem was led by Rachel Hess as she had a game high 10 kills while Brittney Nebitt finished with 27 assists.

Volleyball Box Score:

         Salem Int. vs Glenville State (September 11, 2014 at Glenville, WV)


   Salem Int.             |     ATTACK      |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF|  BLOCK |GEN
## Name                 GP|  K   E  TA   PCT|  A| SA  SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE
—————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
3  Brittney Nesbitt….  0|  4   4  13  .000| 27|  0   1|  0|  2| 0  0  3|  1
6  Rachel Hess…......  0| 10   3  29  .241|  0|  2   3|  0|  1| 0  0  1|  0
15 Gitana Cafasso…...  5|  0   0   0  .000| 10|  1   0|  0|  0| 0  0  0|  1
21 Alessandra Marquez..  5|  3   2  14  .071|  0|  0   3|  0|  2| 1  0  4|  0
50 Ciaran Ashman…....  5|  8   1  14  .500|  0|  0   0|  0|  0| 3  3  2|  0
1  Katie Chryssofos….  0|  0   0   1  .000|  0|  0   0|  0|  0| 0  0  0|  0
4  Colleen McTier…...  0|  0   0   1  .000|  0|  0   0|  0|  1| 0  0  0|  0
5  Jennifer Foreman….  0|  0   0   1  .000|  0|  0   0|  0|  5| 0  0  1|  0
8  S. Estrada….......  2|  0   1   4 -.250|  0|  0   0|  0|  0| 0  0  0|  0
9  Jen Martinez….....  5|  0   1   3 -.333|  0|  0   0|  1|  9| 0  0  0|  2
20 Janae Harris….....  5|  2   1   5  .200|  0|  0   0|  1|  0| 5  1  1|  1
24 Megan Maafala-Maiva.  5| 11   2  28  .321|  0|  0   0|  1|  1| 1  2  1|  1
—————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
   Totals…...........  5| 38  15 113  .204| 37|  3   7|  3| 21|10  6 13|  6

 TEAM ATTACK PER GAME                               TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 13.0
 Game  K  E  TA   Pct
   1   9  3  30  .200   GAME SCORES               1  2  3  4  5  TEAM RECORDS
   2   7  7  26  .000   Salem Int…........ (2) 17 21 25 25  9
   3   9  2  24  .292   Glenville State….. (3) 25 25 19 17 15  1-4
   4  10  0  21  .476
   5   3  3  12  .000

   Glenville State        |     ATTACK      |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF|  BLOCK |GEN
## Name                 GP|  K   E  TA   PCT|  A| SA  SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE
—————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
3  Stefanie Gladders…  5|  0   0   0  .000| 18|  1   1|  0|  5| 0  0  0|  1
4  Kaylee Dickerson….  5|  6   0   9  .667|  0|  0   0|  0|  0| 0  0  0|  0
7  Lauren Wheatley…..  5|  6   4  19  .105|  0|  0   0|  0|  0| 4  2  3|  0
8  Shyanne Loftin…...  5|  7   4  25  .120|  0|  1   2|  1| 11| 1  1  3|  3
13 Madison Smith…....  5|  5   0  11  .455|  0|  0   2|  0|  1| 2  1  5|  0
16 Kayla Lowers….....  5|  8   3  23  .217|  0|  1   0|  0|  7| 1  0  1|  0
1  Kaci Sullivan…....  5|  0   0   1  .000| 20|  0   1|  0|  1| 0  0  0|  2
6  Rachel Morris…....  5|  0   1   3 -.333|  2|  0   2|  1| 13| 0  0  0|  2
9  Tahje Houston…....  5|  8   4   2 2.000|  0|  0   0|  1|  1| 0  1  3|  0
—————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
   Totals…...........  5| 40  16  93  .258| 40|  3   8|  3| 39| 8  5 15|  8

 TEAM ATTACK PER GAME                               TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 10.5
 Game  K  E  TA   Pct
   1   9  3  23  .261   Site: Glenville, WV (Waco Center)
   2  10  1  24  .375   Date: September 11, 2014   Attend: 126   Time: 2 hours
   3   5  6  17 -.059   Referees:
   4  10  4  19  .316
   5   6  2  10  .400

                           Volleyball Detailed Stats
         Salem Int. vs Glenville State (September 11, 2014 at Glenville, WV)


   Salem Int.             |     ATTACK      |     ASSIST      |      SERVE      |       | BLOCKING  |    RECEPT   |
## Name                 GP|  K   E  TA   Pct|  A   E  TA   Pct| SA  SE  TA   Pct|DIG BHE| BS  BA  BE|  0  RE   Pct|
———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
3  Brittney Nesbitt….  0|  4   4  13  .000| 27   0   0  .000|  0   1   0  .000|  2   1|  0   0   3|  0   0  .000|
6  Rachel Hess…......  0| 10   3  29  .241|  0   0   0  .000|  2   3   0  .000|  1   0|  0   0   1|  0   0  .000|
15 Gitana Cafasso…...  5|  0   0   0  .000| 10   0   0  .000|  1   0   0  .000|  0   1|  0   0   0|  0   0  .000|
21 Alessandra Marquez..  5|  3   2  14  .071|  0   0   0  .000|  0   3   0  .000|  2   0|  1   0   4|  0   0  .000|
50 Ciaran Ashman…....  5|  8   1  14  .500|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0|  3   3   2|  0   0  .000|
1  Katie Chryssofos….  0|  0   0   1  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0|  0   0   0|  0   0  .000|
4  Colleen McTier…...  0|  0   0   1  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  1   0|  0   0   0|  0   0  .000|
5  Jennifer Foreman….  0|  0   0   1  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  5   0|  0   0   1|  0   0  .000|
8  S. Estrada….......  2|  0   1   4 -.250|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0|  0   0   0|  0   0  .000|
9  Jen Martinez….....  5|  0   1   3 -.333|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  9   2|  0   0   0|  0   1  .000|
20 Janae Harris….....  5|  2   1   5  .200|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  0   1|  5   1   1|  0   1  .000|
24 Megan Maafala-Maiva.  5| 11   2  28  .321|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  1   1|  1   2   1|  0   1  .000|
   Totals…...........  5| 38  15 113  .204| 37   0   0  .000|  3   7   0  .000| 21   6| 10   6  13|  0   3  .000|

  TEAM ATTACK PER GAME                                TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 13.0
  Game  K  E  TA   Pct
    1   9  3  30  .200    GAME SCORES               1  2  3  4  5  TEAM RECORDS
    2   7  7  26  .000    Salem Int…........ (2) 17 21 25 25  9
    3   9  2  24  .292    Glenville State….. (3) 25 25 19 17 15  1-4
    4  10  0  21  .476
    5   3  3  12  .000

   Glenville State        |     ATTACK      |     ASSIST      |      SERVE      |       | BLOCKING  |    RECEPT   |
## Name                 GP|  K   E  TA   Pct|  A   E  TA   Pct| SA  SE  TA   Pct|DIG BHE| BS  BA  BE|  0  RE   Pct|
———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————
3  Stefanie Gladders…  5|  0   0   0  .000| 18   0   0  .000|  1   1   0  .000|  5   1|  0   0   0|  0   0  .000|
4  Kaylee Dickerson….  5|  6   0   9  .667|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0|  0   0   0|  0   0  .000|
7  Lauren Wheatley…..  5|  6   4  19  .105|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0|  4   2   3|  0   0  .000|
8  Shyanne Loftin…...  5|  7   4  25  .120|  0   0   0  .000|  1   2   0  .000| 11   3|  1   1   3|  0   1  .000|
13 Madison Smith…....  5|  5   0  11  .455|  0   0   0  .000|  0   2   0  .000|  1   0|  2   1   5|  0   0  .000|
16 Kayla Lowers….....  5|  8   3  23  .217|  0   0   0  .000|  1   0   0  .000|  7   0|  1   0   1|  0   0  .000|
1  Kaci Sullivan…....  5|  0   0   1  .000| 20   0   0  .000|  0   1   0  .000|  1   2|  0   0   0|  0   0  .000|
6  Rachel Morris…....  5|  0   1   3 -.333|  2   0   0  .000|  0   2   0  .000| 13   2|  0   0   0|  0   1  .000|
9  Tahje Houston…....  5|  8   4   2 2.000|  0   0   0  .000|  0   0   0  .000|  1   0|  0   1   3|  0   1  .000|
   Totals…...........  5| 40  16  93  .258| 40   0   0  .000|  3   8   0  .000| 39   8|  8   5  15|  0   3  .000|


  TEAM ATTACK PER GAME                                TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 10.5
  Game  K  E  TA   Pct
    1   9  3  23  .261    Site: Glenville, WV (Waco Center)
    2  10  1  24  .375    Date: September 11 2014   Attend: 126   Time: 2 hours
    3   5  6  17 -.059    Referees:
    4  10  4  19  .316
    5   6  2  10  .400

 

GSC Volleyball Falls in Season Opener to California, PA

The Gilmer Free Press

The Glenville State Lady Pioneer volleyball team fell in their 2014 season opener on the road at the Lock Haven Invitational to California PA, 0-3.

California PA took set one by a score of 25-15. California PA would then take set two by a score of 25-14 and won set three by a score of 25-8.

Senior Stefanie Gladders finished with 4 kills on 14 attacks, she also had 7 assist, and 3 digs. Kaylee Dickerson, Shyanne Loftin, and Kayla Lowers all finished the game with 4 kills each.

Rachel Morris finished with a team high 9 digs and Madison Smith finished with 2 solo blocks.

California PA was led by Laurel Miller as she finished with 6 kills and 7 digs.  Danielle Mayes finished with 5 kills on the day.

Taylor Solo finished with a team high 16 assists for California PA.

MEC Volleyball 2014

The Gilmer Free Press

Wheeling Jesuit was overwhelmingly picked to repeat as Mountain East Conference champion in volleyball in a vote conducted by the league’s coaches.

The Cardinals received a maximum of 121 points that included 11 first-place votes. WJU went 38-6 and advanced to the NCAA Semifinals where it lost to the eventual national champion Concordia. Makenzie Ripley, a first team All-MEC performer last season, returns along with the league’s Freshman of the Year Haley Kindall and Kayce Krucki, a second team All-MEC performer. WJU is ranked 17th in the initial American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll.

Fairmont State was picked to finish second with 108 points and received the other first-place vote. The Falcons graduated two first team all-conference selections, but bring back two others in libero Tiff Smathers and setter Tabbie Bias. FSU was runner-up to Wheeling Jesuit in the regular season and at the conference tournament in 2013.

Charleston, under first year head coach Jenna Brown, finished third with 93 points, followed by West Virginia Wesleyan (89) and Shepherd (85). Concord checked in at sixth with 61 points, in front of West Liberty (59) and West Virginia State (51). Urbana was ninth with 48 points, Notre Dame and UVa-Wise tied for 10th with 31 points, and Glenville State completed the poll with 15 points.

The 2014 regular season gets underway on Thursday, September 04. 

2014 MEC Volleyball Preseason Poll
1. Wheeling Jesuit (11) 121
2. Fairmont State (1) 108
3. Charleston 93
4. West Virginia Wesleyan 89
5. Shepherd 85
6. Concord 61
7. West Liberty 59
8. West Virginia State 51
9. Urbana 48
10. (t) UVa-Wise 31
10. (t) Notre Dame 31
12. Glenville State 15
() Indicates first place votes * Coaches not able to vote for own team

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Auxiliary JV/Varsity Volleyball Coach - GCHS

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Title:
Auxiliary JV/Varsity Volleyball Coach

Grade Level:
High School

Description:
To assist with participating student to achieve a high level of skill, an appreciation for the values of discipline and an increased level of self-esteem.

Job Location or School Name:
Gilmer County High School

City:
Glenville

County:
Gilmer

Qualifications:

* Hold or qualify for West Virginia Certificate as required under State Board Policy 5202 

* Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out responsibilities of the position. 

Salary:
County Supplement-$1

Closing Date:
2014.08.14

Comments:

SEND LETTER OF APPLICATION AND RESUME TO
 
Judith A. Stalnaker 
Personnel Director 
Gilmer County Schools 
201 North Court Street 
Glenville, WV 26351  
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Apply to:
Judith A. Stalnaker, Personnel Director 
Gilmer County Schools 
201 N. Court Street 
Glenville, WV 26351 
 
Fax: 304.462.5103

County Contact Email:

 

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Assistant Varsity Football Coach - GCHS

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POSITION: Assistant Varsity Football Coach - Gilmer County High School  


JOB DESCRIPTION:

FOR THE POSITION OF: ASSISTANT ATHLETIC COACH

REPORTS TO: Principal/Athletic Director/Head Coach

JOB GOAL: To assist with participating student to achieve a high level of skill, an appreciation for the values of discipline and an increased level of self-esteem.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Professional and Interpersonal Relations,

1. cooperates with building principal,

2. cooperates with athletic director,

3. develops rapport with coaching staff within the school,

4. organizes coaching staff,

5. develops positive relationship with participants,

6. develops positive relationship with student body,

7. develops positive relationship with faculty,

8. develops positive relationship with parents and community,

9. develops positive relationship with game officials,

10. develops positive relationship with news media,

11. develops positive relationship with opponents,

12. employs appropriate conduct during games,

13. employs appropriate conduct during practices,

14. attends league, conference and WVSSAC meetings as required

15. participates in activities that foster professional growth and development,

16. motivates staff and players toward desired goals, and commands respect by example in appearance, manners, behavior and language.


Coaching and Related Areas:

17. develops high caliber and quality instruction,

18. teaches fundamental skills,

19. handles athletic injuries,

20. cares for equipment,

21. supervises participants and disciplines team appropriately,

22. designs quality organization of practice sessions,

23. designs pre-season planning,

24. supervises managers and other support personnel,

25. manages budget,

26. follows purchasing procedures,

27. initiates game organizational skills,

28. follows board of education, league, conference, and WVSSAC policies,

29. devotes time and energy to coaching duties,

30. follows end of season procedures,

31.  performs other duties as assigned by principal/athletic director.

EMPLOYMENT TERM: 2014-2015 Season


QUALIFICATIONS:

* Hold or qualify for West Virginia Certificate as required under State Board Policy 5202

* Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out responsibilities of the position.


SALARY: $2,000.00


SUBMIT:

Application for employment; Copy of WV Coaching Certificate; Current employees submit Extra Curricular Bid Sheet (located on the county website)

Incomplete application packets will not be considered.


Send these documents to:

                Judith A. Stalnaker
                Personnel Director
                Gilmer County Schools
                201 North Court Street
                Glenville, WV 26351


MUST BE RECEIVED BY:   Tuesday, July 29, 2014 – 3:00 PM.


As required by federal laws and regulations, the Gilmer County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, marital status, disability, age and national origin in employment and in the administration of any of its education programs or activities.  Inquires may be directed to Title IX Coordinator, Gilmer County Board of Education, 201 N. Court Street, Glenville, WV 26351, phone 304.462.7386; to the Elimination of Sex Discrimination Program Coordinator, 304.558.7864; or the U.S. Department of Education’s Director of the Office of Civil Rights, 215.596.6795.


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Posted: 07.22.14

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Head Mini Titan Volleyball Coach

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Title:
Head Mini Titan Volleyball Coach

Grade Level:
Middle

Description:
To assist with participating student to achieve a high level of skill, an appreciation for the values of discipline and an increased level of self-esteem.

Job Location or School Name:
Gilmer County High School

City:
Glenville

County:
Gilmer

Qualifications:
* Hold or qualify for West Virginia Certificate as required under State Board Policy 5202 
* Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out responsibilities of the position. 
 
Salary:
As per adopted salary schedule

Closing Date:
2014.07.24

Comments:
:  Application for employment; Copy of WV Coaching Certificate; Current employees submit Extra Curricular Bid Sheet (located on the county website) Incomplete application packets will not be considered. 
E15-501-3

Apply to:
Judith A. Stalnaker, Personnel Director 
Gilmer County Schools 
201 N. Court Street 
Glenville, WV 26351 
 
Fax: 304.462.5103

County Contact Email:

WVSSAC Works to Improve Athlete Safety

The Gilmer Free Press

The WVSSAC Sports Medicine Committee is continuing discussions on health and safety related issues for student athletes in member high and middle schools. The committee, consisting of medical doctors, certified athletic trainers, physical therapist and chiropractors meets several times each year.

The WVSSAC has been a national leader in developing the return-to-play protocol for athletes who have been identified with signs or symptoms of a concussion. The committee has turned its attention to developing a template for schools to review their emergency action plans during interscholastic activities.

This emergency action plan would include sudden cardiac arrest awareness and the use of AED’s.  Dr. Greg Elkins of Hamlin, a member of the National Federation of High School State Associations Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, as well as the WVSSAC Sports Medicine Committee, said, “The development and implementation of emergency action plans (EAPs) for interscholastic practices and games is extremely important for us in West Virginia where very few schools have athletic trainers for all sports. Understanding and practicing what to do in an emergency can decrease the time before treatment is started which has been proven to save lives.”

Gary Ray, SSAC Executive Director said, “We need to provide the leadership to ensure that our student athletes and fans attending the games are as safe as possible. This committee is invaluable in researching and recommending the necessary direction to provide a safe environment. Any activity has inherent risks but with the assistance of these medical professionals we hope to minimize that risk”.

Recently the Sports Medicine Committee developed guidelines for heat and hydration and reviewed the annual physical exam forms to include information to parents about concussions. The committee is studying the impact of the new program implemented by U.S.A. Youth Football, “Heads Up Football,” which hopes to change coaching techniques, as well as player and parent attitudes towards football safety at all youth levels.

Dr. Dan Martin, Professor of Exercise Science and Athletic Training at West Virginia Wesleyan College, annually collects data from member schools to examine the nature and severity of interscholastic related injuries during competition and practice. This information helps the committee to discuss potential high risk behaviors and recommend changes to the rules governing sports activities.

Ray said, “This may well be the most important committee that serves the WVSSAC. Without their leadership and dedication, we could not be able to provide coaches, officials, school administrators, athletes and parents the most updated information regarding sports related health and safety issues”.

Katie Avery Named GSC Head Volleyball Coach

Glenville State College has announced the hiring of Katie Avery as the new Head Lady Pioneer Volleyball Coach.

Coach Avery comes to GSC from Charleston, West Virginia where she has spent the last year working as a personal trainer at a Nautilus Fitness Center.

Avery graduated from West Virginia State University in 2013 with a degree in Sport Studies.

While at WVSU she was a four year starter for their volleyball team from 2009-2012, were she also served as captain of the team.

The Gilmer Free Press
Glenville State College has announced the hiring of
Katie Avery as the new Head Lady Pioneer Volleyball Coach


In 2013 she spent the season on the sidelines as a student assistant for the Yellow Jackets.

She is a 2009 graduate of Winfield High School where she helped win a State Championship in 2006.

“I am honored and blessed for Glenville State giving me this great opportunity. I am excited and ready to take the Lady Pioneers Volleyball program to the next level,” stated Avery.

“Coach Avery has been around the Mountain East Conference (MEC) and has worked under good leadership. I’m confident that she is ready to lead our volleyball program and to help the Lady Pioneers excel,” said GSC Athletic Director Janet Bailey.

She replaces former head coach Camai Roberson who left the program in March of 2014.

Avery resides in Glenville.

For more information about Pioneer Athletics at Glenville State College, contact 304.462.6238.

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Head Varsity Football Coach - GCHS

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Title:
Head Varsity Football Coach

Grade Level:
High School

Description:
Professional and Interpersonal Relations 
 
1.cooperates with building principal, 
 
2.cooperates with athletic director, 
 
3.develops rapport with coaching staff within the school, 
 
4.organizes coaching staff, 
 
5.develops positive relationship with participants, 
 
6. develops positive relationship with student body, 
 
7.develops positive relationship with faculty, 
 
8.develops positive relationship with parents and community, 
 
9.develops positive relationship with game officials, 
 
10.develops positive relationship with news media, 
 
11.develops positive relationship with opponents, 
 
12.employs appropriate conduct during games, 
 
13.employs appropriate conduct during practices, 
 
14.attends league, conference and WVSSAC, 
 
15.participates in activities that foster professional growth and development, 
 
16.motivates staff and players toward desired goals, and commands respect by example in appearance, manners, behavior and language. 
 
Coaching and Related Areas 
 
17.develops high caliber and quality instruction, 
 
18.teaches fundamental skills, 
 
19.handles athletic injuries, 
 
20.cares for equipment, 
 
21.supervises participants and disciplines team appropriately, 
 
22.designs quality organization of practice sessions, 
 
23.designs pre-season planning, 
 
24.supervises managers and other support personnel, 
 
25.manages budget, 
 
26.follows purchasing procedures, 
 
27.initiates game organizational skills, 
 
28.follows board of education, league, conference, and WVSSAC policies, 
 
29.devotes time and energy to coaching duties, 
 
30.follows end of season procedures, 
 
31.performs other duties as assigned by principal/athletic director. 
 

Job Location or School Name:
Gilmer County High School

City:
Glenville

County:
Gilmer

Qualifications:

* Hold or qualify for West Virginia Certificate as required under State Board Policy 5202 
 
* Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out responsibilities of the position. 

Salary:
Per State Adopted Salary Schedule

Closing Date:
2014.07.10

Comments:

SUBMIT:  Application for employment; Copy of WV Coaching Certificate; Current employees submit Extra Curricular Bid Sheet (located on the county website) Incomplete application packets will not be considered. 
 
E15-501-02

Apply to:
Judith A. Stalnaker, Personnel Director 
Gilmer County Schools 
201 N. Court Street 
Glenville, WV 26351 
 
Fax: 304.462.5103

County Contact Email:
“jstalnaker@k12.wv.us”

Lauren Wheatley to Play Volleyball at GSC

The Gilmer Free Press

Glenville State College is happy to announce Lauren Wheatley as the latest addition to the Pioneers volleyball program.

Wheatley was a standout performer at T.R. Robinson High School where she played under head coach Christen Garcia.

Wheatley was a three year starter at Robinson where she played the position of middle hitter.

As a senior, Wheatley played a key role in the Robinson volleyball team winning its third straight district title also earning the team’s first Regional Championship and State Semi-Final berth since 1978.

The Knights finished 6-0 in division 5A district 9 play.

“It was the 3rd District championship for Lauren and our senior class, who also won as sophomores,” Coach Garcia said.

“Their leadership has been essential to our success.”

Robinson ended up finishing the regular season with a 14-14 overall record.

Lauren enjoyed a strong senior year as she tallied 177 kills, 46 blocks, 20 digs and 40 aces.

Lauren was named as the Robinson Offensive Player of the Year and received an All-County Team honorable mention.

Lauren Wheatley to Play Volleyball for GSC Lady Pioneers

The Gilmer Free Press

Glenville State College is happy to announce Lauren Wheatley as the latest addition to the Pioneers volleyball program.

Wheatley was a standout performer at T.R. Robinson High School where she played under head coach Christen Garcia.

Wheatley was a three year starter at Robinson where she played the position of middle hitter.

As a senior, Wheatley played a key role in the Robinson volleyball team winning its third straight district title also earning the team’s first Regional Championship and State Semi-Final berth since 1978.

The Knights finished 6-0 in division 5A district 9 play.

“It was the 3rd District championship for Lauren and our senior class, who also won as sophomores,” Coach Garcia said. “Their leadership has been essential to our success.”

Robinson ended up finishing the regular season with a 14-14 overall record.

Lauren enjoyed a strong senior year as she tallied 177 kills, 46 blocks, 20 digs and 40 aces.

Lauren was named as the Robinson Offensive Player of the Year and received an All-County Team honorable mention.

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Head Mini Titan Volleyball Coach - GCHS

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POSITION: Head Mini Titan Volleyball Coach - Gilmer County High School

JOB DESCRIPTION:

FOR THE POSITION OF: Head Mini Titan Volleyball Coach

REPORTS TO: Principal/Athletic Director

JOB GOAL: To assist with participating student to achieve a high level of skill, an appreciation for the values of discipline and an increased level of self-esteem.


Professional and Interpersonal Relations,

1. cooperates with building principal,

2. cooperates with athletic director,

3. develops rapport with coaching staff within the school,

4. organizes coaching staff,

5. develops positive relationship with participants,

6. develops positive relationship with student body,

7. develops positive relationship with faculty,

8. develops positive relationship with parents and community,

9. develops positive relationship with game officials,

10. develops positive relationship with news media,

11. develops positive relationship with opponents,

12. employs appropriate conduct during games,

13. employs appropriate conduct during practices,

14. attends league, conference and WVSSAC meetings as required

15. participates in activities that foster professional growth and development,

16. motivates staff and players toward desired goals, and commands respect by example in appearance, manners, behavior and language.


Coaching and Related Areas,

17. develops high caliber and quality instruction,

18. teaches fundamental skills,

19. handles athletic injuries,

20. cares for equipment,

21. supervises participants and disciplines team appropriately,

22. designs quality organization of practice sessions,

23. designs pre-season planning,

24. supervises managers and other support personnel,

25. manages budget,

26. follows purchasing procedures,

27. initiates game organizational skills,

28. follows board of education, league, conference, and WVSSAC policies,

29. devotes time and energy to coaching duties,

30. follows end of season procedures,

31.  performs other duties as assigned by principal/athletic director.


EMPLOYMENT TERM: 2014-2015 season

QUALIFICATIONS:

* Hold or qualify for West Virginia Certificate as required under State Board Policy 5202

* Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out responsibilities of the position.


SALARY: As per adopted salary schedule.

SUBMIT:

-Application for employment; Copy of WV Coaching Certificate;

-Current employees submit Extracurricular Bid Sheet (located on the county website)

- Incomplete application packets will not be considered.


SEND LETTER OF APPLICATION AND RESUME TO:

            Judith A. Stalnaker
            Personnel Director
            Gilmer County Schools
            201 North Court Street
            Glenville, WV 26351


MUST BE RECEIVED BY:  Friday, May 16, 2014 – 3:00 PM

As required by federal laws and regulations, the Gilmer County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, marital status, disability, age and national origin in employment and in the administration of any of its education programs or activities.  Inquires may be directed to Title IX Coordinator, Gilmer County Board of Education, 201 N. Court Street, Glenville, WV 26351, phone 304-462-7386; to the Elimination of Sex Discrimination Program Coordinator, 304.558.7864; or the US Department of Education’s Director of the Office of Civil Rights, 215.596.6795.

E14-501-20
Posted: 05.05.14

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Auxiliary Varsity Volleyball Coach - GCHS

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POSITION: Auxiliary Varsity Volleyball Coach - Gilmer County High School

JOB DESCRIPTION:

FOR THE POSITION OF: Auxiliary Varsity Volleyball Coach

REPORTS TO: Principal/Athletic Director/Head Coach

JOB GOAL: To assist with participating student to achieve a high level of skill, an appreciation for the values of discipline and an increased level of self-esteem.


Professional and Interpersonal Relations,

1. cooperates with building principal,

2. cooperates with athletic director,

3. develops rapport with coaching staff within the school,

4. organizes coaching staff,

5. develops positive relationship with participants,

6. develops positive relationship with student body,

7. develops positive relationship with faculty,

8. develops positive relationship with parents and community,

9. develops positive relationship with game officials,

10. develops positive relationship with news media,

11. develops positive relationship with opponents,

12. employs appropriate conduct during games,

13. employs appropriate conduct during practices,

14. attends league, conference and WVSSAC meetings as required

15. participates in activities that foster professional growth and development,

16. motivates staff and players toward desired goals, and commands respect by example in appearance, manners, behavior and language.


Coaching and Related Areas,

17. develops high caliber and quality instruction,

18. teaches fundamental skills,

19. handles athletic injuries,

20. cares for equipment,

21. supervises participants and disciplines team appropriately,

22. designs quality organization of practice sessions,

23. designs pre-season planning,

24. supervises managers and other support personnel,

25. manages budget,

26. follows purchasing procedures,

27. initiates game organizational skills,

28. follows board of education, league, conference, and WVSSAC policies,

29. devotes time and energy to coaching duties,

30. follows end of season procedures,

31.  performs other duties as assigned by principal/athletic director.


EMPLOYMENT TERM: 2014-2015 season

QUALIFICATIONS:

* Hold or qualify for West Virginia Certificate as required under State Board Policy 5202

* Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out responsibilities of the position.


SALARY: County Supplement - $1

SUBMIT:

-Application for employment; Copy of WV Coaching Certificate;

-Current employees submit Extracurricular Bid Sheet (located on the county website)

- Incomplete application packets will not be considered.


SEND LETTER OF APPLICATION AND RESUME TO:

            Judith A. Stalnaker
            Personnel Director
            Gilmer County Schools
            201 North Court Street
            Glenville, WV 26351


MUST BE RECEIVED BY:  Friday, May 16, 2014 – 3:00 PM

As required by federal laws and regulations, the Gilmer County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, marital status, disability, age and national origin in employment and in the administration of any of its education programs or activities.  Inquires may be directed to Title IX Coordinator, Gilmer County Board of Education, 201 N. Court Street, Glenville, WV 26351, phone 304-462-7386; to the Elimination of Sex Discrimination Program Coordinator, 304.558.7864; or the US Department of Education’s Director of the Office of Civil Rights, 215.596.6795.

E14-501-19
Posted: 05.05.14

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Head Varsity Volleyball Coach - GCHS

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POSITION: Head Varsity Volleyball Coach - Gilmer County High School

JOB DESCRIPTION:

FOR THE POSITION OF: Head Varsity Volleyball Coach

REPORTS TO: Principal/Athletic Director

JOB GOAL: To assist with participating student to achieve a high level of skill, an appreciation for the values of discipline and an increased level of self-esteem.


Professional and Interpersonal Relations,

1. cooperates with building principal,

2. cooperates with athletic director,

3. develops rapport with coaching staff within the school,

4. organizes coaching staff,

5. develops positive relationship with participants,

6. develops positive relationship with student body,

7. develops positive relationship with faculty,

8. develops positive relationship with parents and community,

9. develops positive relationship with game officials,

10. develops positive relationship with news media,

11. develops positive relationship with opponents,

12. employs appropriate conduct during games,

13. employs appropriate conduct during practices,

14. attends league, conference and WVSSAC meetings as required

15. participates in activities that foster professional growth and development,

16. motivates staff and players toward desired goals, and commands respect by example in appearance, manners, behavior and language.


Coaching and Related Areas,

17. develops high caliber and quality instruction,

18. teaches fundamental skills,

19. handles athletic injuries,

20. cares for equipment,

21. supervises participants and disciplines team appropriately,

22. designs quality organization of practice sessions,

23. designs pre-season planning,

24. supervises managers and other support personnel,

25. manages budget,

26. follows purchasing procedures,

27. initiates game organizational skills,

28. follows board of education, league, conference, and WVSSAC policies,

29. devotes time and energy to coaching duties,

30. follows end of season procedures,

31.  performs other duties as assigned by principal/athletic director.


EMPLOYMENT TERM: 2014-2015 season

QUALIFICATIONS:

* Hold or qualify for West Virginia Certificate as required under State Board Policy 5202

* Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out responsibilities of the position.


SALARY: As per adopted salary schedule

SUBMIT:

-Application for employment; Copy of WV Coaching Certificate;

-Current employees submit Extracurricular Bid Sheet (located on the county website)

- Incomplete application packets will not be considered.


SEND LETTER OF APPLICATION AND RESUME TO:

            Judith A. Stalnaker
            Personnel Director
            Gilmer County Schools
            201 North Court Street
            Glenville, WV 26351


MUST BE RECEIVED BY:  Friday, May 16, 2014 – 3:00 PM

As required by federal laws and regulations, the Gilmer County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, marital status, disability, age and national origin in employment and in the administration of any of its education programs or activities.  Inquires may be directed to Title IX Coordinator, Gilmer County Board of Education, 201 N. Court Street, Glenville, WV 26351, phone 304-462-7386; to the Elimination of Sex Discrimination Program Coordinator, 304.558.7864; or the US Department of Education’s Director of the Office of Civil Rights, 215.596.6795.

E14-501-17
Posted: 05.05.14

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

One result is that the GCES was built too small.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By GCES Built Too Small Scandal on 01.15.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

By Gilmer resident on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

By Muddling Epidemic In WV School Systems on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

By we know it on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

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

By Student Learning at GCHS and GCES on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

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

By Muddling 101 on 01.11.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By End School System Muddling on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

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

By Need Specifics For Principal's Reports on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By overheard conversation on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

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

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

By ZOOMWV Data Dashboard on 01.07.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

By Let An Accountant Dig It Out on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By End Financial Secrecy on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Get It Done on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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How about the “BIG WV WINDFALL”....?

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

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

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

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

By taxpayers always lose on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By CheatersNeverWin on 11.20.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By Corrupt State Intervention on 11.19.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

Any local whistle blowers?  Doubtful.

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

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

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By More Specifics For Principal's Reports on 11.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

By Follow The Money on 11.16.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By Do It Ourselves on 11.15.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By QuestionablePractice on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Citizens For Financial Disclosure on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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

By Where Is The Investigation? on 11.11.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

By INFO REQUEST TO GCBOE on 11.09.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Follow the Paycheck(s) on 11.06.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By Where Is The Money? on 11.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Steve Lewis on 11.04.2018

From the entry: 'Kendall Goodwin'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By What Was The Grading System? on 10.30.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Reader7 on 10.29.2018

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

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

By Robin Nunez on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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

By Buck Edwards on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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

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

By Details Please on 10.26.2018

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

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

By GSC's New Mission? on 10.26.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By GSC Alumni on 10.26.2018

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

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

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

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

By Opportunity for GSC on 10.23.2018

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

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

By Agreements Matter on 10.22.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Why Reinvent The Wheel? on 10.22.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Clarity Is Always Good on 10.18.2018

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

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

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

By Help Understanding on 10.17.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Levy Supporter on 10.16.2018

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

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“engage in pedantic colloquy?“

No Bill.

By WEKNOWYOU on 10.14.2018

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

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

By Reader7 on 10.14.2018

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

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

By Smart Feller on 10.13.2018

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

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

By Reader7 on 10.12.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Synthesis is at the high end.

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

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

By Easy Way Out on 10.10.2018

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

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

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

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

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

Could the WV School Board Association help fill the gap?

By Lost Opportunity on 10.07.2018

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

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

By Greg Garvin on 10.04.2018

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

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

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

By Positive Changes Made By New BOE on 10.04.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Thanks Gilmer BOE on 10.03.2018

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

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

By Transparency matters on 09.30.2018

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

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

By citizen 3 on 09.23.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Learn What Works From Others on 09.23.2018

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

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

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

By GC--still on state probation? on 09.22.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Iowa Test For Gilmer on 09.21.2018

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

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

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

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

By County-Specific on 09.21.2018

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

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

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

To blame all problems on teachers is a cruel travesty.

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

By Do Not Blame It All On Our Teachers on 09.21.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Muddling on 09.19.2018

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

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

By Adrienne (Trimper) Johnson on 09.19.2018

From the entry: 'Ronald J. Vanskiver'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Tell It Like It Is ! on 09.19.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Why Gilmer BOE? on 09.18.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By just more smoke and mirrors on 09.16.2018

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

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

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

By No solution here- on 09.16.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Look At Red Flags on 09.16.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Who Minds The Store on 09.15.2018

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

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

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

By More sad ones to be told. on 09.14.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gilmer County High School.

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

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

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

By Public Demands Answers on 09.13.2018

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

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

By Smart Feller on 09.13.2018

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

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

By Better Times On The Way on 09.12.2018

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

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

By Transparency matters on 09.12.2018

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

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

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

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

By Waiting To See on 09.09.2018

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

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