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Gilmer County Democratic Meet Your Candidate Dinner - 04.27.14 - Sunday

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Gilmer County Democratic Meet Your Candidate Dinner - 04.27.14

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Gilmer County Democratic Meet Your Candidate Dinner - 04.27.14

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G-Hype™: Re-Elect Gary Wolfe for Gilmer County Assessor – 11.0612

The Gilmer Free Press

I Gary L. Wolfe am seeking your support in the upcoming election.

I have enjoyed serving and working with the citizens of Gilmer County and would appreciate the opportunity to continue doing so.

I really appreciate all the support over the years and getting to know the people of this great county.

G-Hype™: Darren Feit, Candidate for Gilmer County Commission – 11.06.12

The Gilmer Free Press

Gilmer County is a great place to live. That doesn’t mean that things couldn’t be better. As a county commissioner I will bring another set of skills and abilities to the office. As a firefighter I know how important bringing 911 back is to improve service.

I will serve all of the people to address their problems. While I support holding public meetings such as the ones on the 911 center to keep people informed and get their input, I believe in working with people to get their ideas and input every day.

There are many things that can be done to further Gilmer County. I have the grant writing skills to ensure that Gilmer County gets its share of the monies available. Gilmer County has a lot of resources and talent. Working together can make a positive difference for the County and everyone living here.

If you have any questions give me a call at 304.462.4704. Your vote is important for the future. Your support is appreciated.

G-Hype™: Rosenburg for Magistrate - 11.06.12

The Gilmer Free Press

I am a recent December 2011 graduate of Glenville State College with a Bachelor’s of Behavioral Science Degree in Psychology/Sociology, with a minor in Criminal Justice – Cum Laude (with Honors). I have been a resident of Gilmer County since 2004 when my husband Jason and I purchased our home here in Troy, WV. I have been a West Virginia Notary Public since 2005. I have one son Cary Barlow, a promise scholarship recipient who currently attends Glenville State College (junior), who was recently accepted into the Teaching program at Glenville State College and is a member and Historian for their Education Academic Honor Fraternity Kappa Delta Pi and a mentor for both the Hidden Promise Scholar Program and at Glenville Elementary. My husband Jason has two children who live in Montana, Amber Rosenburg-Sipes who was married this summer and Jason David II who is a senior and football player at Manhattan High School; he plans to attend GSC next fall.

I am dual certified in both Corrections and Law Enforcement in the State of Florida and worked as a Correctional Officer for the Florida Department of Corrections. I also worked as an armed guard for the Wackenhut Corporation in Florida as well as in California and was on a global response team which gave me the opportunity to work at NASA in Florida after the 9/11 tragedy, guarding the Kennedy Space Center.

I had a Class A CDL and most recently worked as a contractor driving fuel tankers for the US Military forces in Fallujah, Iraq with my Husband Jason from November of 2007 until I was injured and had to return home in June of 2008. This summer I had major back surgery to repair the damage caused by my injury in Iraq and now feel like a new person; ready for the challenge at hand. My husband Jason, who has been working in Iraq since 2006, is currently based in Baghdad at the US Embassy and takes classes at GSC part time (online). He will soon return home in mid December and we look forward to his safe arrival. Jason supports me 100% in my choice to run for Magistrate and we together will pay all costs incurred for my campaign; we will not accept any donations or hold any fundraisers.

I would describe myself as “just a normal down to earth citizen of Gilmer County with no hidden agendas. I have been interested in The Criminal Justice System and how it works for many years, as a matter of fact when that dreaded letter comes in the mail that says “Jury Duty” most people frown, well I get excited. I have spent many hours sitting in on different trials just because I find it so fascinating. I have a passion for working within the Criminal Justice System, and I feel that holding the office of Magistrate of Gilmer County would be the most awesome experience of a lifetime and a job that I’m 100% suited for.

I am looking forward to running for Magistrate in this 2012 Election, because Justice and Equality in the Criminal Justice system are two things I feel are most important especially when it concerns our citizens. I promise to be “Firm, Fair, and Consistent; without Favoritism.” I feel that all of these things are essential when you are working for the people; the taxpayers and citizens. I would be honored if Gilmer County Citizens allowed me this opportunity to serve them in this important office and vow to follow the laws of our County and State with a level headed and honest approach.

G-Hype™: Skinner for Magistrate – 11.06.12

The Gilmer Free Press

Hello Gilmer Countians.

My name is Alton Skinner and this spring you selected me as your Democratic candidate for Magistrate of Gilmer County.

I live in the Sand Fork area and am a lifetime resident of Gilmer County. Many of you have known me from childhood and know what makes up my character. I grew up in Stouts Mill and attended Sand Fork Elementary, Gilmer County High School and then Glenville State College where I met my wonderful wife Teresa Kinder. We married in 1984 and have two sons, Seth, a junior at GCHS and Caleb who is in 7th grade also at GCHS.

We enjoy hunting, fishing, 4-H activities and attending many school sporting events together. I have helped coach pee wee football one year and helped coach or manage Little League and Babe Ruth Baseball numerous years.

We are members of the Sand Fork Church of God of Prophecy where I have a variety of duties. I am also a member of the WV Beekeepers Association and the Gilmer County Beekeepers Association.

I have been an elected public official for 7 1/2 years, during which time I attended many Continuing Education classes thru these years of service. Due to these classes I became well versed in State Code, State and Federal policies and their application and enforcement, and helped in the formation and implementation of County codes and policies.

For 18+ years I have been self-employed and am very familiar with the term “hard work”.

I ask everyone in Gilmer County to trust in the fact that I am hard working and well qualified.

I will diligently seek the correct response to all matters brought before the magistrate system.

Last but not least I will be dedicated to the preservation of the integrity of this office.

Thank you for your support.

Please, vote for ALTON SKINNER Magistrate of Gilmer County on November 06, 2012.

G-Hype™: Wolfe Seeking Re-election as Magistrate - 11.06.12

The Gilmer Free Press

Gilmer County Magistrate and lifelong county resident, Carol Reed Wolfe, is seeking re-election in the November 06, 2012 General Election. Wolfe is running as one of two nominees of the Democrat Party for one of two Magistrate positions.

Magistrate Wolfe, who serves as Chief Gilmer County Magistrate, is one of West Virginia’s longest serving Magistrates, having first been elected in 1978.

She is a 1974 graduate of Gilmer County High School, earned her B.S. degree in Social Work from Glenville State College in 1978, and was awarded a Master’s degree in counseling from Marshall University in 1999.

She has undergone extensive training and testing throughout her career by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, and was twice selected by the Supreme Court to attend training courses at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada.

During her term as Magistrate, she was appointed as Juvenile Referee and served a term as the Magistrate member of the Judicial Inquiry Commission. Wolfe has also served on several special committees formed by the West Virginia Supreme Court and West Virginia Legislature to explore such topics as juvenile justice, domestic violence, sexual harassment, court facilities and racial disparity.

Her work has also taken her to other counties to serve on special cases by appointment of the Supreme Court and she has been called upon by the Court to help train newly appointed and elected Magistrates.

Over the years she has been active in the West Virginia Magistrates Association, where her peers across the state have chosen her to serve in leadership capacities including the offices of President, Vice President and Secretary. She currently serves as Secretary of the statewide organization.

In 2005, she was honored by her Alma Mater, Glenville State College when she was selected for the college Pioneer Profile Series, with her profile and photo featured in the hallway of the Administration Building.

Magistrate Wolfe is also active in church and civic organizations. She currently serves as President of the Kanawha Drive CEOS, is active in the Gilmer County Democrat Women’s organization, has served as a Weight Watcher instructor for the Glenville area for twenty years and is a member of the First Baptist Church in Glenville.

Magistrate Wolfe resides in Glenville with her husband of 35 years, John, a news reporter for The Weston Democrat.

The Wolfe’s are the parents of one son, Jeremy, who resides in Ripley with his wife Ashley and two year-old son Brooks.

She enjoys spending time with her family, being a grandmother, gardening, making baskets and crafting, and trying to keep up with her golden retriever, Beau.

Magistrate Wolfe seeks the support of Gilmer County voters in her quest for reelection saying, “It has been an honor and privilege to serve the people of Gilmer County where I have lived my entire life. If elected, I will continue to work to ensure that all people are treated fairly before the law.”

Will Joe Manchin Vote For Romney-Ryan Ticket?

The Gilmer Free Press

Manchin Need To Come Clean With West Virginia Voters

Despite the fact that he was his number one cheerleader and endorsed him in 2008, Joe Manchin has steadfastly refused to tell West Virginians if he will vote for President Barack Obama in November.

Manchin, the consummate inside the beltway politician who will say or do anything to get elected, isn’t even going to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC out of fear West Virginians will remember the role he played in putting Barack Obama in the White House four years ago.

At the 2008 convention Manchin cast his vote as a super delegate for Obama even though his opponent Hillary Clinton won West Virginia’s primary by an astonishing 41 points.

Fast forward four years and Joe Manchin is running as far away from his friend Barack Obama, as fast as humanly possible.

This weekend Republican nominee Mitt Romney gave Manchin another opportunity to come clean with his constituents when he picked Congressman Paul Ryan to be his running mate.

So the question is: since Joe Manchin refuses to say if he will vote for Barack Obama again in 2012, does that mean he will vote for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan?

Ryan has crafted a budget plan that would put our nation back on the track to fiscal sanity and help save entitlements. Joe Manchin’s Democrats never miss an opportunity to demonize and distort Ryan’s budget plan in an effort to scare seniors.

“I know Senator Manchin thinks it is ‘embarrassing’ when his constituents ask questions of him and hold him accountable, but his sense of entitlement won’t deter us from holding his feet to the flame,” Raese for Senate spokesman Josh Sowards said. “Sen. Manchin was eager to make clear he supported Barack Obama in 2008 and we would just respectfully request he be as forthright in 2012 as he was four years ago.”

Even if Manchin continues to stonewall, West Virginia voters are fortunate enough to have Manchin’s record to tell them where he stands.

Manchin has perfected the art of talking out of both sides of his mouth. He has claimed he opposes the Ryan budget while also claiming to be opposed to Barack Obama’s budget. The problem is, this type of ineffective leadership is what has gotten our nation into the mess we are in right now.

Exhibit A: Joe Manchin and his fellow Democrat’s who run the Senate have FAILED TO DO THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY, going more than three years without passing a budget.

“We need people in Washington who will stop kicking the can down the road,” Sowards continued. “Joe Manchin and every other career politician have abdicated their responsibility. It’s time for the people to take their government back.”

Manchin likes to claim the contrary, but a quick look at his record tells the real story; Manchin has repeatedly voted with Barack Obama since going to Washington:

  • Voted against repealing Obamacare.
  • Voted supported Barack Obama’s failed $700 billion stimulus.
  • Voted to let Bush tax cuts expire and raise taxes on everyone and every small business in West Virginia.
  • Voted against cutting off funding for Planned Parenthood.
  • Voted to raise energy taxes.
  • Manchin has voted with his party nearly 90% of the time since he has been in Washington.

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Manchin Voted Against Repealing The Health Care Law

In February 2011, Manchin Voted Against Repeal Of The Health Care Law.“McConnell, R-Ky., motion to waive the Budget Act and budget resolutions with respect to the Conrad, D-N.D., point of order against the McConnell amendment no. 13 that would repeal the 2010 health care overhaul law, which requires most individuals to buy health insurance by 2014, makes changes to government health care programs and sets new requirements for health insurers. The amendment would restore the provisions of law amended or repealed by the health care overhaul, and repeal certain provisions of the health care reconciliation law.” (S. 223, CQ Vote #9: Motion rejected 47-51: R 47-0; D 0-50; I 0-1, 2/2/11, Manchin Voted Nay)

Manchin On The Stimulus

Before The Inauguration, Manchin Said Obama’s Plan For A Stimulus Package Would Jumpstart The Economy

In December 2008, Manchin Said Obama’s Plan For An Economic Stimulus Package With Funding For Infrastructure Projects Would Jumpstart The U.S. Economy Immediately By Creating Jobs And Demand For Construction Materials. “After meetings with President-elect Barack Obama on Monday and Tuesday, Gov. Joe Manchin said he is convinced Obama will move quickly on economic stimulus packages for the states. Manchin said federal funding for highway construction and other infrastructure projects would jump-start the U.S. economy by immediately creating jobs and demand for construction materials. ‘With infrastructure projects, these jobs are ready to go tomorrow,’ Manchin said Tuesday afternoon, after Obama met with the Democratic Governors Association Monday evening and the National Governors Association Tuesday morning in Philadelphia.” (Phil Kabler, “Obama Will Help, Manchin Says,” The Charleston [WV] Gazette, 12/3/08)


Manchin Opposed A Bill Permanently Extending The Bush Tax Cuts, And Repealing The Estate Tax

Manchin Voted Against A Bill That Would Have Permanently Extended The Republican Tax Cuts For All Income Levels, And Permanently Repealed The Estate Tax. “DeMint, R-S.C., motion to suspend Rule 22 to permit the consideration of a DeMint substitute amendment no. 4804 that would permanently extend 2001 and 2003 tax rates for all income levels. It also would provide for the permanent higher exemptions from the alternative minimum tax and permanent repeal of the estate tax.”(H.R. 4853, CQ Vote #274: Motion rejected 37-63: R 36-6; D 1-55; I 0-2, 12/15/10, Manchin Voted Nay)


Manchin Voted Against Cutting Off Federal Funding For Planned Parenthood

In 2011, Manchin Voted Against A Resolution That Would Have Stripped Government Funding From Planned Parenthood. “Adoption of the concurrent resolution that would direct the House clerk to make a correction in the enrollment of a bill (HR 1473) to provide $1.055 trillion in discretionary funding for fiscal 2011, and insert a section that would bar the use of funds made available in the bill to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc. or its affiliates.” (H. Con. Res. 36, CQ Vote #60: Rejected 42-58: R 42-5; D 0-51; I 0-2, 4/14/11, Manchin Voted Nay)


Manchin Voted To Raise Energy Taxes

Manchin Voted To Raise Taxes On Oil Companies. “Reid, D-Nev., motion to proceed to consideration of the bill that would repeal various tax provisions for oil companies that have gross annual receipts of more than $1 billion and that produce an average 500,000 barrels or more each day.” (S. 940, CQ Vote #72: Motion rejected 52-48: R 2-45; D 48-3; I 2-0, 5/17/11, Manchin Voted Yea)

G-Hype™: West Virginia Governor’s Race Has Obama Focus

The Gilmer Free Press

The TV ads aired so far in the West Virginia’s governor’s race have one thing in common: President Barack Obama.

The Republican Governors Association continues the trend with its new spot attacking the Democratic incumbent, Governor Earl Ray Tombin. The RGA ad that debuted last week compares the federal health care overhaul with legislation championed by Tomblin that tackles public retiree costs.

The GOP candidate, Bill Maloney, does not even mention Tomblin in either of his first two ads. One instead asks voters to “send a message to Obama.“ The other opens declaring, “Barack Obama promised our children change, but the change he promised has darkened,“ and has Maloney pledging to “repeal Obamacare” if elected.

But Tomblin is taking on his fellow Democrat as well. His pair of ads either decries federal spending or boast of fighting the Obama administration in court over coal.

“I won’t let anyone push us around,“ Tomblin intones in that ad.

With Obama’s lack of popularity in West Virginia well-documented, Tomblin’s effort to separate his campaign from the president makes sense, said pollster Rex Repass. His firm’s recent survey for the Charleston Daily Mail found former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney well ahead of Obama in the state. But that poll also found Tomblin leading Maloney.

“It does not appear that there is a coattail effect with Romney in the state,“ Repass said Friday. “There is not an alignment with Governor Tomblin and the Obama administration, at least at this point in time.“

The West Virginia Coal Association appears to agree. It endorsed Tomblin over Maloney last week, with President Bill Raney citing Tomblin’s career-long support of the industry. Raney said Tomblin, a former veteran lawmaker and state Senate president, has also helped coal through tough times such as the recent market downturn.

Raney also specifically rejected repeated attempts by Republicans, including Maloney, to link Tomblin to Obama on coal issues. The industry and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency remain sharply at odds over attempts to pursue water protection standards and the handling of mining-related permits. One of Tomblin’s ads refers to West Virginia’s lawsuit that led a federal judge to conclude in July that EPA overstepped its powers.

“There’s no common ground between the Tomblin administration and the Obama administration as it regards coal,“ Raney said.

The RGA ad seeks to Obama-ize another West Virginia issue: the health benefits promised public employees once they retire. Part of Tomblin’s legislative agenda this year, the relevant new law embraces a plan to close a funding gap between on-hand assets and the expected cost of these non-pension benefits.

As part of that plan, the legislation outlined a dozen ways that the Public Employees Insurance Agency, which oversees the health benefits, can cut costs. Those include increasing the percentage of prescriptions filled with the generic versions of drugs, coordinating care of enrollees with multiple chronic illnesses, and reducing “excessive use of emergency room visits, imaging services and other drivers of the agency’s medical rate of inflation.“

“Tomblin’s plan puts bureaucrats in charge of seniors’ health care, lets them ration health care,“ the RGA ad says. “Sound familiar?“

Critics of the health care law have long alleged that it includes rationing. Besides the now-debunked assertion that “death panels” lurk in its recesses, these foes have invoked the Independent Payment Advisory Board. The overhaul allows this yet-to-be-created panel to force Medicare cuts if costs rise beyond certain levels and Congress fails to act. But the law explicitly prohibits IPAB from rationing care, shifting costs to retirees, restricting benefits or raising the Medicare eligibility age.

Jason Haught, chief financial officer of the Public Employees Insurance Agency, does not consider the cost-saving provision of the retiree benefits law to be rationing.

“It didn’t really specify anything regarding rationing or how the health care plan is run,“ Haught said Friday. He added, “With or without this legislation, our agency is always watching for the over-utilization of the ER. It’s an efficient use of the limited resources that the plan has.“

As for Maloney’s vow to “repeal Obamacare,“ the Republican was referring to efforts to undo the federal law by seeking Obama’s defeat in November, campaign manager Seth Wimer said. Maloney also would have blocked any attempt to carry out the law in West Virginia, Wimer said.

Both Wimer and Tomblin campaign spokesman Chris Stadelman declined to comment specifically on future TV spots. Wimer promised a “fully-funded campaign” targeting Tomblin and touting Maloney’s proposals, while Stadelman said the governor’s ads will contrast the two candidates.

Tomblin narrowly defeated Maloney in a special election last year for an unexpired term. The office is up in November for a full, four-year term.

~~  Lawrence Messina ~~

G-Hype™: Candidate for Gilmer County Magistrate - Bill Stalnaker - Democrat - 2012

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Bill Stalnaker is running for Gilmer County Magistrate.

He moved back to Gilmer County in 2003 after being employed in Nicholas County for 16 years.

He is the son of Bill and Betty Stalnaker of Baldwin.  He is married to Debbie Stalnaker, wife of 30 years.  They have two children, both residing in Gilmer County. Niki Ramezan, branch manager of United Bank and husband Jonathan; and Cody Stalnaker, field sales representative for Weatherford International and wife Kristin.  They have two grandchildren Greyson Ramezan and Mason Stalnaker and one more on the way.

He is self-employed as owner/operator of Stalnaker Oil & Gas LLC.  He has been a small business owner for 18 years.

He is a member of the Glenville First Baptist Church where he serves on the board of trustees.  He is also an active participant with the FBC Cancer Fund for Gilmer County.

In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, being a grandpa, golfing, hunting, fishing and just being outdoors.

Bill would like the opportunity to serve the people of Gilmer County.  He feels the citizens of this county deserve to be treated fairly.

“I will not be accepting any campaign contributions.  I will not be affiliated with any special interest groups, therefore if elected I will be able to treat each individual the same.  He is an honest, ethical hardworking citizen of the county and look forward to having the opportunity to serve you.”

“I would appreciate your vote for Bill Stalnaker as Gilmer County Magistrate.  Thank You.“

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G-Hype™: John Moss for Gilmer County Commission -2012

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Hello, I am John Moss and I am running for the office of the Gilmer County Commission.  I was raised in Gilmer County all my life and currently reside on Spruce Run off of Cedar Creek. I am married to Pamela Hickman Moss and we have two children together. My daughter,  Ashley, graduated from Glenville State College and currently works at Gil-Co Faith Pharmacy. My son, Travis, works in the Oil and Gas Industry.

I have been serving Gilmer County for the last twenty-three years in law enforcement and I am currently the Police Chief for the City of Glenville. The best part of my present job is meeting and talking with the public and assist them when they need help.  Therefore, my primary goal at being in the office of County Commission is to work with the people in our community and give them a voice for what could be done to improve Gilmer County.

Over the years, Gilmer County has developed a bad name and its about time we change it to bring back its good name. To do this, the office of County Commission needs to let the public know the decisions being made and the subjects that are up for review.

Also, our present County Commission has started a project of starting our own 911 center here in Gilmer County. Not only will this allow for better service, it will provide more available jobs for the people of our community. If elected to the office of the County Commission, I will continue to help the elderly, by helping the senior citizens, the EMS and all the Fire departments located in Gilmer County.

In conclusion, the primary reason why I am running for the office of County Commission is because I was raised here, and I want it to be a good place for my future grandchildren to be raised. I want the public to have a voice of what should or could be done to improve Gilmer County and bring back its good name.

Thank you for your support.

John Wm. Moss

Election 2012: Carol Wolfe Candidate for Gilmer County Magistrate

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G-Hype™: Norma Hurley – Candidate for Gilmer County Commission - 2012

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If I have learned anything from recent events it is this.

“The world is a dangerous place. Not because of the people who are evil;
but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.
    Albert Einstein


Hello, this is Norma Hurley.  As candidate from Center District I seek a seat on the Gilmer County Commission where I will always be available to make your voices heard on matters of public importance.  I hope to shake off public apathy and assist the people in becoming part of their local government once more.

I would start with efforts to increase public knowledge when it comes to actions involving tax dollars.  I encourage and support every effort toward greater transparency and accountability in all matters coming before the Commission or any public body.  I feel if you accept the credit when things are good you must take the responsibility when (being human) things go bad.  We must not pass the buck.

This would be an exciting opportunity to put people before politics and work within the Commission and with our Legislature to consider the effect of any action, at the county wide level, every time.  Without the people Gilmer County would not exist.  You are important.  We are laboring under a weak economy as the population shrinks and economic growth is stagnant.  Every decision sets a precedent, becomes a blueprint of this county’s future. I do not want to see the lines on the map blurred.  I do not want us to lose our identity as Gilmer County.

If elected I will encourage communication and making public information more readily available prior to decisions so that all concerned Gilmer County Citizens can be more aware and informed. I will always be ready to search out or guide you to the answer to any question.  People must feel free to express any concern, contribute ideas and feel confident they are included in the process whose purpose is to serve the greater good.  I would like to be part of making that happen.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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