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City of Glenville Police Report

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City of Glenville, WV Police Report
Crime/Ordinance Violation
Officer
Disposition
Location
MVC Huffman/Braniff Vehicles left the area prior to our arrival N. Lewis Street
Assist another agency Huffman/Braniff Assisted WVSP and CPS  on a removal Normantown
Dog Bite Huffman Dog was quarantined and owner was able to provide verification that the dog was up to date on shots Pine Street
Suicidal Threats Huffman Spoke to the subject she advised that she was in bed and made no threats and had no intentions of harming herself or anyone else College Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning Mineral Road
Speeding Jenkins Warning Mineral Road
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning Mineral Road
Defective Equipment Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warnings for speeding and No Operators carried N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warnings for speeding and No Operators carried N. Lewis Street
Left of Center Jenkins Warning for Left of center and Cited for Possession of Marijuana  Mineral Road
Speeding Jenkins Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning for Speeding and Cited for Driving while Suspended  N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning for Speeding and cited for No Proof of Registration and No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning for Speeding and Cited for No seatbelt  Mineral Road
Assist another agency Huffman/Braniff Assisted GCSD, WVSP,  and CPS on a child removal 4 subjects arrested Normantown
Football game Huffman/Braniff Provided extra security for High School football game Football field 
Fans throwing things Huffman/Braniff Students throwing bottles and candy at other fans principal dealing with the issue Football Field
Juvenile in Possession of Tobacco Huffman/Braniff Juvenile escorted from the game and turned over care custody and control to his mother juvenile petitions filed and 1 female cited for juvenile in possession of tobacco Football Field
Loud Party Huffman Called to a party that turned into several people fighting in the street, all subjects had left prior to my arrival Walnut Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and No Insurance and warning for expired MVI W. Main Street
Stop Sign violation Huffman Warning x2 High Street
Suspicious Person Huffman/Braniff Subject was waiting on a ride I advised him that he had to stay off of other people’s property W. Main Street
Vehicle unlock Huffman Vehicle unlocked Go Mart
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding and expired registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding and no proof of registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding, unsigned registration, and no proof of insurance N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding and unsigned registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding and unsigned registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding and no proof of insurance N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding and failure to change address N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning for Speeding and cited for no Proof of insurance N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding, unsigned registration, and no proof of insurance W. Main Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning Mineral Road
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning Mineral Road
Speeding Jenkins Cited Mineral Road
Assist another agency Huffman/Braniff Assisted Drug Task force serve a search warrant E. Main Street
Custodial Transport Huffman/Braniff 1 male subject transported to DPS office E. Main Street
Courtesy Transport Huffman/Braniff Transported 1 female back to Glenville for WVSP WVSP office
Custodial transport Huffman/Braniff Transported 1 male subject to magistrate court then to CRJ Glenville
Assist another agency Huffman Assisted WVSP attempting to locate a vehicle negative contact US HWY 33 E
Suspicious person Huffman Attempted to locate a suspicious person on Walnut Street no one matching the description was given Walnut Street
Possible domestic Huffman Spoke to subjects in the home both parties advised there was no domestic Kanawha Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and warnings issued for no proof of registration and failure to carry operators College Street
Speeding Huffman Cited  N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for No Proof of insurance and warning for Speeding N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Cell phone violation Huffman Cited for Cell phone violation and No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Cell phone violation Huffman Cited for Cell phone violation and Defective Equipment N. Lewis Street
Leaving the scene of an accident Huffman/Braniff Stop Sign ran over by a tractor trailer unable to locate the vehicle, contacted DOH to repair the sign Hay city intersection
Speeding Jenkins Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for speeding and warnings issued for no proof of registration and no proof of insurance W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings issued for speeding and unsigned registration W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Defective equipment Huffman Warnings issued for Defective equipment x3 and unsigned registration N. Lewis Street
No taillights  Huffman Warnings issued for No Taillights and unsigned registration S. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited S. Lewis Street
Alarm investigation Huffman All the doors were secure unable to make contact with a key holder Advanced Auto
Neighbor dispute Huffman Both parties advised to leave each other alone W. Main Street
Welfare check Huffman Negative contact with that subject N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding and Unsigned registration W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and Warning for Unsigned registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding  Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Assist another agency Huffman Assisted GCSD and WVSP with an altercation with weapons one subject arrested Sliding Run
Animal cruelty Complaint Braniff Owner put a do box out for the dog River Street
Assist EMS Huffman Assisted EMS with lifting assistance Johnson Street
Drug Class Huffman/Braniff Taught a drug class at the high school Gilmer Co High
Juvenile in possession of tobacco Huffman/Braniff Cited for possession of tobacco High School
Speeding Jenkins Warnings for Speeding and No Proof of insurance Mineral  Road
Expired registration Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Unsecure Load Jenkins  Warning for Unsecure load Cited for Driving while Suspended WV HWY 5 E
Permitting unlicensed Driver Jenkins Cited WV HWY 5 E
Defective equipment Jenkins Warning
Speeding Jenkins Warnings Issued for Speeding, No Proof of Insurance, no Proof of registration and expired Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning for Speeding and Cited for cell Phone violation N. Lewis Street
Left of center Jenkins Warning for Left of center and Cited for Possession of marijuana <15 Mineral Road
MVC Huffman Accident report completed Walnut Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street
No Seatbelt Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warnings for Speeding, no Operators Carried, and no proof of insurance N. Lewis Street
MVC Huffman Accident report completed N. Lewis Street
Alarm investigation Huffman/Braniff All doors were secure Advanced Auto
Citizen Assist Huffman/Braniff Attempted to get a cat out of the engine block of a car W. Main Street
Assist another agency Huffman/Braniff Assisted GCSD 1 female arrested on multiple charges Dollar General
Speeding Huffman/Braniff Cited  N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman/Braniff Cited for Speeding and warning for unsigned registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and warning for no proof of registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and warning for unsigned registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited  N. Lewis Street
Improper backing Huffman Cited for improper backing and one way street violation E. Main Street.
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding and no proof of insurance N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for Speeding and unsigned registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Dog bite Huffman/Braniff Victim had left prior to our arrival and the owner was advised to keep the dog quarantined for 10 days  S. Lewis Street
Funeral detail Huffman Funeral detail for officer Gary Smarr Ellyson’s
Funeral detail Huffman/Braniff Funeral detail for Bill Cottrill Ellyson’s
Funeral detail Huffman/Braniff Funeral detail for Rose Ball Ellyson’s
Wrestling tournament Huffman Provided security for a wrestling tournament Waco Center
Speeding Huffman Warnings issued for speeding and failure to change address W. Main Street
Defective equipment Huffman Warnings issued for Defective equipment and unsigned registration S. Lewis Street
Defective equipment Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective equipment Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective equipment Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Possible intoxicated driver Huffman Made contact with vehicle.  Driver was not intoxicated N. Lewis Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle unlocked US HWY 33 E

 

Glenville City Council Meeting Minutes

The Free Press WV
GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
November 05, 2018
7:00 p.m.

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick with Council-members Fisher, Wiant, Bone, Dean and Taylor present.


Pledge of Allegiance


I. Call to Order


Public Comments

Dave Corcoran expressed gratitude for the City’s participation in the Veterans Ceremony, Mayor Fitzpatrick for the Welcome message, Chief Huffman for closing the streets, and Morgan Dolly for playing trumpet. Plan to make this event bigger and better in the future.


A. Approval of Minutes – October 01, 2018

The minutes from the October 01, 2018, meeting were reviewed. No corrections were noted and minutes were placed on file for audit.


II. Reports


Financial

Budget is currently at 35.07% for the fiscal year with revenue at 53.62% and expenditures at 31.40%. Councilwoman Dean made a motion to approve the financial report as presented. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed.


Street Report

This month’s street report will be provided at next month’s meeting.


Police Report

Chief Huffman provided the police report to council. He will be attending the annual Traffic Safety Meeting in Bridgeport on November 16. Captain Jeremy Jenkins is a rehire as part-time officer on weekend dayshift. Chief Huffman would like to hire a certified full-time police officer for evening shift. He will work with Mayor Fitzpatrick on this and keep council informed.


Glenville Utility

Mayor Fitzpatrick attended the utility meeting on Sept. 24. There were three service line leaks that were repaired near City Hall, James Street, and Norris Street. Nothing to report on sewer side.


Recorder

The Special Levy election has been scheduled for Saturday, February 9. The current levy will expire on June 30, 2019. Still need to finalize the bank signature cards and will let everyone know when they are ready.


Mayor Comments


* Rehire of Jeremy Jenkins (part-time)

Councilwoman Dean made a motion to hire Jeremy Jenkins as part-time officer. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed.


* Free parking for the month of December (courtesy)

The City annually provides free parking for the month of December as a courtesy to our citizens. Councilman Fisher made a motion to approve free parking for the month of December. Councilwoman Taylor seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Mayor will try to have parking permits proposal in writing at next meeting for approval. Hope to start this program the first of the year.


* Christmas Lights

Would like to purchase new Christmas lights for streets. He asked for approval up to $1500 and will ask GSC to match to purchase the new lights, possibly to string across the street. He would also would like to put up a Christmas tree and will work with Pioneer Stage on this. Councilman Fisher made a motion to allow Mayor Fitzpatrick to spend up to $1500 as our share for the Christmas decorations. Councilwoman Dean seconded the motion. Motion passed.


* Resolution (Civility)

Mayor Fitzpatrick noted that with such discourse in the world today, the WV Municipal League developed a resolution supporting reviving Civility. He read the resolution to council. It was adopted and signed on November 5.


* Veteran Day Parade Update

This was a very successful event with a great speaker and nice turnout.


* Reminder – Get Out and Vote

Reminder that it everyone’s civic duty to vote. Polls are open 630 a.m. – 730 p.m.


* Mayor Fitzpatrick visited the Senor Patron restaurant and they indicated they should open this week.


III. Other Business to come before Council

Chief Huffman noted that he continues to work to get our new patrolman, Jacob Braniff, accepted into the Academy.


IV. Next City Council Meeting

The next council meeting will be December 03, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.


V. Adjourn

Meeting adjourned at 7:16 p.m.

Gilmer County Board of Education Meeting Minutes

The Free Press WV
MINUTES
SPECIAL MEETING
The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer
Wednesday, November 07, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.
Central Office

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL

The meeting was called to order by Doug Cottrill, President at 5:00 p.m. Members present: Tammy Stewart, Devin Shackleford, Dave Ramezan and Patricia Lowther, Secretary. R.W. Minigh, absent.

Others present: Steve Shuff, Kelly Yoak and Rick Brewer.


STUDENT EXPLUSION HEARING

Upon a motion by Tammy Stewart and a second by Devin Shackleford, the board entered into executive session at 5:01 p.m. 4-0

Upon a motion by Tammy Stewart and a second by Dave Ramezan, the board returned from executive session at 5:29 p.m. 4-0.

Doug Cottrill made a motion to support the recommendation of Mr. Shuff, Principal at GCHS, for a 365 day expulsion with ALC placement. Tammy Stewart seconded. 4-0


ADJOURN

The meeting was adjourned at 5:30 p.m. on a motion by Devin Shackleford and a second by Tammy Stewart. 4-0




MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING
The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 – 6:00 p.m.
Central Office


CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL

The meeting was called to order by Doug Cottrill, President, at 6:00 pm. Members present: Tammy Stewart, Dave Ramezan, Devin Shackleford and Secretary, Patricia A. Lowther. R.W. Minigh, Absent.

Others present: Joe Frashure, Warren Chesser and Toni Bishop.


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Tammy Stewart led the Pledge of Allegiance.


DELEGATIONS

None


CONSENT AGENDA

Minutes: The minutes of the October 22, 2018 meeting were approved on a motion by Dave Ramezan and seconded by Devin Shackleford. Motion passed 4-0.


STUDENT TRANSFERS

There were no student transfers.


FIELD TRIPS (OUT-OF-STATE)

There were no out-of-state field trips.


VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers were approved on a motion by Doug Cottrill seconded by Tammy Stewart. Motion passed 4-0.


TREASURER’S REPORT

Mr. Chesser appeared before the board and gave financial information. The report was approved on a motion by Dave Ramezan, seconded by Doug Cottrill. Motion passed 4-0.


PROFESSIONAL LEAVE REQUESTS (OUT-OF-STATE)

There were no out-of-state professional leave requests.


REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW UP (INFORMATION)

Mrs. Bishop reported about the activities that had taken place at Gilmer County Elementary School.


NEW BUSINESS

Devin Shackleford moved that the board enter into executive session at 6:13 p.m. Motion seconded by Doug Cottrill. 4-0. No action taken.

The board returned at 6:28 pm on a motion by Davin Shackleford seconded by Dave Ramezan. 4-0


APPROVAL OF POLICY 2010

Approved on motion by Tammy Stewart seconded by Devin Shackleford, 4-0


APPROVAL OF POLICY 2080

Approved on motion by Tammy Stewart seconded by Devin Shackleford, 4-0


APPROVAL FOR PRIOR SERVICE CREDIT FORM

Approved on motion by Tammy Stewart seconded by Devin Shackleford, 4-0


APPROVAL FOR 6TH GRADERS TO ‘MOVE UP’ TO M.T. CHEERLEADING

Approved on motion by Doug Cottrill seconded by Dave Ramezan, 4-0


OLD BUSINESS

PURCHASE OF VAN

Doug Cottrill moved to approve the purchase of a 2019 Van from Weston Ford for $31,000 and to write a check for said purchase. Motion seconded by Tammy Stewart, 4-0.


PERSONNEL

PROFESSIONAL PERSONNEL

The following was approved on a motion by Devin Shackleford, seconded by Doug Cottrill, 4-0:

Allison Denelsbeck, Sub Teacher, GC Schools, 2018-2019

Superintendent Lowther stated, “At this time, I am rescinding my recommendation for service personnel.

Doug Cottrill made a motion to accept the Superintendent’s request to rescind seconded by Devin Shackleford, 4-0

Doug Cottrill moved to approve the extracurricular portion, seconded by Devin Shackleford. 4-0.


EXTRACURRICULAR

Amanda Williams, Mini Titan Girls & Boys Track Coach, GCHS, 2018-2019

Adrian Duelley, Aux. Varsity Boys Basketball Coac, GCHS, 2018-2019h

Tina Foster, Resignation, 5/6 Basketball Coach, GCES


SUPERINTENDENT’S INFORMATION

Ms. Lowther shared local field trip information with the board. She also discussed releasing employees Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018 at noon and to extend the holiday until November 26, 2018, giving Friday Nov. 23, 2018 as a holiday also. The board supported her decision.


BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS

Board members requested a plan be developed to address overcrowding at the elementary school.


ADJOURN

The meeting was adjourned at 6:46 p.m. on a motion by Tammy Stewart seconded by Devin Shackleford. Motion passed 4-0.




MINUTES
SPECIAL MEETING
The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer
Thursday, November 15, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.
Central Office

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL

The meeting was called to order by Devin Shackleford, Vice- President at 5:00 p.m. Members present: Tammy Stewart, R.W. Minigh, Dave Ramezan and Patricia Lowther, Secretary. Doug Cottrill, absent.

Others present: None


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

The pledge was led by R.W. Minigh.


PERSONNEL

A motion was made by R.W. Minigh and seconded by Dave Ramezan to accept the Superintendent’s recommendation for the following personnel:

Matthew Peery, Head Mini Titan Boys Basketball Coach, GCHS, 2018-2019

Motion passed 4-0.

R.W. Minigh moved and Tammy Stewart seconded to adjourn the meeting at 5:01 p.m. 4-0.

Conservative think tank survey: State on wrong track, will lack future job opportunities

70% of West Virginians are Not Confident there will be Adequate Job Opportunities in the next 15 Years

24% believe that the Natural Gas Industry has the greatest potential to create jobs
The Free Press WV

The Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy released the third installment in its 2018 “State of the Mountain State” poll in which it examines statewide attitudes on general economic outlook in West Virginia.

The poll found that 51% of West Virginians believe that the state is headed in the wrong direction while 42% believe it is on the right track. In addition to this finding, 70% of respondents were not confident that there would be adequate job opportunities in the state in the next 15 years.

“I think it’s pretty clear from the survey that West Virginians are uneasy about our state’s long-term economic prospects, and why wouldn’t they be given the state’s economic history,” said Garrett Ballengee, executive director of the Cardinal Institute. “If we’re going to achieve a West Virginia economic miracle, we need to continue the good work that’s been done over the last few years but also reform critical institutions such as our K-12 education system,” Ballengee continued.

Respondents were further asked questions regarding specific economic issues important to them and policies that they believed could improve the state’s economic outlook. 21% of respondents stated that improving the states K-12 education system would have the most impact while only 6% thought spending more tax dollars to promote tourism in the Mountain State would have the most positive impact on West Virginia’s job market and economy.

Additionally, 24% of those surveyed believe that the natural gas industry has the greatest potential to create jobs in the state within the next 5 to 10 years.

To schedule an interview, contact Amanda Kieffer at 304.541.9551 or ‘amanda@cardinalinstitute.com’.


About the Cardinal Institute

The Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy, Inc. is a 501c(3) non-profit founded in 2014 dedicated to research, develop and communicate effective free market economic public policies for West Virginia.


General Economic Outlook Questions:


Do you believe things in West Virginia are headed in the right direction or do you believe things have gotten off on the wrong track?

(42%) Right Track
(51%) Wrong Direction
(6%) Dk/Na/Rf (DNR)


I’d like to read a list of economic issues that some people have said are important for their government leaders in West Virginia to deal with, please tell me which of these issues is most important to you in determining who you would vote for.

(6%) Lowering Taxes
(31%) Creating Jobs
(15%) Stopping drug abuse
(16%) Improving West Virginia roads and infrastructure
(8%) Improving education
(4%) Raising taxes on the wealthy
(5%) Eliminating the income tax on all West Virginia workers
(7%) Controlling government spending
(4%) Protecting the environment
(4%) Other
(2%) Unsure


Thinking specifically about the state’s economy, which of the following measures do you believe would have the most positive impact on our job market and economy?

(13%) Reforming the state tax code
(29%) Improving the state’s roads, highways, and other infrastructure
(12%) Reducing the number of government regulations on businesses
(21%) Improving the state’s K-12 education system
(16%) Increasing government funding for small and start up business grants and loans
(6%) Spending more tax dollars to promote tourism in West Virginia
(3)% Dk/Na/Rf (DNR)


How confident are you that children in West Virginia will have adequate job opportunities in the state during the next 15 years or so?

(5%) Very confident
(25%) Somewhat confident
(43%) Not very confident
(27%) Not at all confident
(1%) Dk/Na/Rf (DNR)


Of the following industries, which do you believe has the greatest potential to create jobs in our state during the next 5 to 10 years or so?

(11%) The Tourism Industry
(24%) The Natural Gas Industry
(14%) The Coal Industry
(2%) The Automotive Industry
(2%) State and local governments
(17%) The High Tech Industry
(16%) Manufacturing
(5%) Agricultural and Farming
(4%) Other
(5%) Dk/Na/Rf (DNR)

Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes

The Free Press WV
MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING
The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer                                              
Monday, October 22, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.
Central Office

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL

The meeting was called to order by Devin Shackleford, Vice- President, at 5:02 pm.  Members present: Tammy Stewart, Dave Ramezan, R.W. Minigh and Secretary, Patricia A. Lowther. Doug Cottrill, Absent.  Others present: Joe Frashure, Warren Chesser, and Myra Miller.


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Tammy Stewart led the Pledge of Allegiance.


DELEGATIONS

None


CONSENT AGENDA

Minutes: The minutes of the October 8, 2018 meeting were approved on a motion by Tammy Stewart and seconded by R.W. Minigh.  Motion passed 4-0.


STUDENT TRANSFERS

There were no student transfers.


FIELD TRIPS (OUT-OF-STATE)

There were no out-of-state field trips.


VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers were approved on a motion by Dave Ramezan seconded by R.W. Minigh. Motion passed 4-0.


TREASURER’S REPORT

Mr. Chesser appeared before the board and gave financial information.  The report was approved on a motion by Dave Ramezan, seconded by R.W. Minigh. Motion passed 4-0.


PROFESSIONAL LEAVE REQUESTS (OUT-OF-STATE)

There were no out-of-state professional leave requests.


REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW UP (INFORMATION)

Mr. Ramezan gave the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Report of October 16, 2018.


NEW BUSINESS

There was no new business.


OLD BUSINESS

There was no old business. 


PERSONNEL
R.W. Minigh moved to approve the professional portion of the agenda.  Dave Ramezan seconded the motion and motion passed 4-0.


PROFESSIONAL PERSONNEL

Kaitlyn Frymier, School Psychologist, Maternity leave eff. 11.16.18 for approx. 6 weeks,      Brett M. Rinehart, Sub Teacher, GC Schools, 2018-2019

R.W. Minigh left the room at 5:19 p.m. and a motion was made by Dave Ramezan seconded by Tammy Stewart to approve the following with motion passing 3-0. Mr. Minigh returned at 5:20 p.m.

Christina M. Minigh, Sp. Ed Classroom/Trans. Aide, GCES, 2018-2019

At 5:21 p.m. a motion to go into executive session for personnel reasons was made by Devin Shackleford and seconded by Tammy Stewart.  Motion passed 4-0.    A motion was made by Tammy Stewart, seconded by Dave Ramezan, to return from executive session at 5:52 p.m. No action was taken in executive session.    Tammy Stewart made a motion to table the hiring of a substitute bus operator until the November 7th board meeting.  Motion was seconded by Dave Ramezan.  Motion passed 4-0.    Tammy Stewart moved to approve the service portion of the agenda.  Devin Shackleford seconded.  Motion passed 4-0.


SERVICE PERSONNEL

Jennifer Cottrill, Sub Classroom/Trans. Aide, GC Schools, 2018-2019         Randy Volek, Sub Custodian, GC Schools, 2018-2019

Dave Ramezan moved to approve the extracurricular portion, seconded by R.W. Minigh. Motion passed 4-0.


EXTRACURRICULAR

Chad Drennen, Aux. Mini Titan Girls Basketball Coach, GCHS, 2018-2019


BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS

Mr. Ramezan distributed information to the other board members concerning additional space for instruction at Gilmer Co. Elementary.  The board will discuss this information further at the next board meeting.


ADJOURN

The meeting was adjourned at 6:04 p.m. on a motion by R.W. Minigh seconded by Tammy Stewart. Motion passed 4-0.

Glenville City Council Monthly Meeting Report

The Free Press WV
GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
October 01, 2018
7:00 p.m.

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick with Council members Fisher, Wiant, Bone, Dean and Taylor present. 


Pledge of Allegiance


I. Call to Order


Public Comments

None


A. Approval of Minutes – September 03, 2018

The minutes from the September 3, 2018 meeting were reviewed.  No corrections were noted and minutes were placed on file for audit.


II. Reports


Financial

The financial statements for August and September were reviewed.  The budget is currently at 25.48% for fiscal year 2018-19 with revenue at 37.22 and expenditures at 24.03%.


Street Report

Dave Kennedy was hired as the full time street department worker and is doing a good job.  Burt Hart has been hired as the part-time worker.


Police Report

Chief Huffman provided the police report to council.  Jacob Braniff was introduced as the new city officer.


Glenville Utility

There were two minor water leaks that were repaired and nothing to report on the sewer side.


Recorder

The recorder noted that new signature cards for United National Bank would be ready at the November meeting to include Councilman Lloyd Bone who was appointed to serve the remainder of Councilwoman Tammy Stewart’s term.  The following members will need to sign the signature card:


Mayor Comments


- Requested council approval to cover expenses to attend the annual required Municipal Clerk/Municipal Judge training.

Councilman Wiant made a motion to cover travel expenses for the mayor and clerk to attend training.  Councilman Fisher seconded the motion.  Motion passed.


- Set date and time for Trick or Treat

Councilwoman Dean made a motion to schedule Trick or Treat on Wednesday, October 31, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Councilman Bone seconded the motion.  Motion passed.


- Resolution – Support Home Rule for Municipal League

Mayor Fitzpatrick read the Support Home Rule Resolution to council.  Council adopted the resolution and mayor signed.


- Christian Heritage Week November 18-24, 2018 proclaimed by Governor Jim Justice

Mayor proclaimed Christian Heritage Week to be November 18-24, 2018 in the City of Glenville.


- Reminder:  Breast and Cervical Cancer Awareness, October 9th from 10:00 to 2:00 (Bras across the park)

Breast and Cervical Cancer Awareness is scheduled at the City Park on October 9.  Bras will be displayed around the park.


- Reminder:  Paint the Town Red on October 12th at 5:00 (Martin Hess)

Citizens are encouraged to come out and support our Fire Department.  Street closings will be the alley at Café and Main Street.


- Reminder:

GSC Parade, October 13th, Streets roped off at 8:00; parade line up at 9:00 and the parade will officially begin at 10:00-12:00. Parade route will begin at College Street.


- Reminder: 

Fall Festival and Resource Fair at the Thomas Center in Sand Fork; 5:00-7:00 everyone invited, free community event with games, vendors and other activities.


- Request from the Fire Department to hold the annual Christmas Parade on December 01 at 5:00 p.m. 

Parade route will be from College Street to Stoplight.  Councilman Fisher made a motion to approve the Christmas Parade on December 01 at 5:00 pm.  Councilman Bone seconded the motion.  Motion passed.


III. Other Business to come before Council

None


IV. Next City Council Meeting

The next council meeting will be November 5th, at 7:00 p.m.


V. Adjourn

Meeting adjourned at 7:16 p.m.

Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes

The Free Press WV
MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING
The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer
Monday, September 24, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.
Central Office

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL

The meeting was called to order by Doug Cottrill, President, at 5:00 pm. Members present: Devin Shackleford, Tammy Stewart, Dave Ramezan and Secretary, Patricia A. Lowther. R.W. Minigh, Absent. Others present: Joe Frashure, Warren Chesser, Toni Bishop, Steve Shuff, Terri Stalnaker, Shelly Mason and Myra Miller.


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Doug Cottrill led the Pledge of Allegiance.


DELEGATIONS

None - At this time, Mr. Shuff and Mrs. Bishop shared information with the board concerning activities since the beginning of the new school year.


CONSENT AGENDA


Minutes:

The minutes of the September 4th and September 10th, 2018 were approved on a motion by Dave Ramezan and seconded by Tammy Stewart. Motion passed 4-0.


Student Transfers:

Transfers were approved on a motion by Doug Cottrill, seconded by Devin Shackleford. Motion passed 4-0. Field Trips (Out-of-state): There were no out-of-state field trips.


Volunteers:

Volunteers were approved on a motion by Dave Ramezan seconded by Doug Cottrill. Motion passed 4-0.


Treasurer’s Report:

Mr. Chesser appeared before the board and gave information on the balance sheets. The report was approved on a motion by Tammy Stewart, seconded by Devin Shackleford. Motion passed 4-0.


Professional Leave Requests (Out-of-state):

There were no out-of-state leave requests.


NEW BUSINESS


Policy 2120 was approved

Policy 2010 and 2080 was placed on a 30-day review and on a motion by Doug Cottrill, seconded by Tammy Stewart with motion passing 4-0.


Van purchase:

The board gave permission for Mr. Frashure to check options for a new Van purchase and to bring the information back to the board at the next meeting. The motion that was made by Doug Cottrill, seconded by Dave Ramezan, passed 4-0.


Driver’s Education Car:

Superintendent Lowther was given permission to pursue information for the lease/purchase of a driver’s education car, to share with the board at the next meeting, on a motion by Doug Cottrill, seconded by Tammy Stewart. Motion passed 4-0.


OLD BUSINESS

None


Executive Session:

At 5:39 p.m. a motion to go into executive session was made by Doug Cottilll and seconded by Tammy Stewart. Motion passed 4-0.  At 7:00 p.m. the board returned from executive session on a motion Tammy Stewart seconded by Doug Cottrill. Motion passed 4-0.


PERSONNEL

A motion was made by Doug Cottrill, seconded by Devin Shackleford to approve the following personnel agenda, with motion passing 4-0:


SERVICE PERSONNEL

Terri Stalnaker Classroom/Transportation Aide, GCES, 2018-2019.  Caitlyn Walker Rescission of Termination and acceptance of resignation.  At 7:00 p.m, Dave Ramezan left the room and Tammy Stewart moved that the following extracurricular position be approved. Motion was seconded by Devin Shackleford. Motion passed 3-0. Mr. Ramezan returned to the meeting at 7:01 pm.


EXTRACURRICULAR

Janette Ramezan After-School Tutor, GCHS, 2018-2019


ADJOURN

The meeting was adjourned at 7:07 pm on a motion by Devin Shackleford seconded by Tammy Stewart . Motion passed 4-0.

Glenville City Council Meeting Minutes

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GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
September 03, 2018
7:00 p.m.

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick with Council members Fisher, Wiant, Bone and Taylor present. Councilwoman Dean was absent.


Pledge of Allegiance


I. Call to Order


Public Comments

None


A. Approval of Minutes – August 06, 2018

The minutes from the August 6, 2018, meeting were reviewed. No corrections were noted and minutes were placed on file for audit.


II. Reports


Financial

Due to the holiday, the financial report will be presented at the October meeting.


Street Report

Glenville Utility has an older dump truck that possibly needs an engine and was recently donated to the City. After looking at the engine, it is believed the truck might only need a cam and lifters at an approximate cost of $1000. Mayor Fitzpatrick stated the Street Department needed a stamper which is used for pothole repairs at a cost of approximately $650. Councilman Wiant made a motion to approve the purchase of the stamper. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed.


Police Report

Chief Huffman reviewed the police report with council. He requested Executive Session regarding a personnel matter. Councilman Wiant made a motion to move into executive session at 7:03 p.m. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed. Councilman Wiant made a motion to move out of executive session at 7:10 p.m. Councilwoman Taylor seconded the motion. Motion passed. Councilman Wiant made a motion to hire Jacob Braniff as new officer in the police department to begin working the next Monday. Councilman Bone seconded the motion. Motion passed. Chief Huffman noted that Captain Joey Garrett had submitted his letter of resignation as police officer for the City of Glenville to accept a position with the WV State Police. Mayor Fitzpatrick accepted his letter of resignation with regret.


Glenville Utility

Mayor Fitzpatrick noted there were two leaks that were repaired on the water side, one on Walnut Street and the other on River Street. Nothing to report on the sewer side.


Recorder

Nothing to report.


Mayor Comments


* Utility Dump Truck (gift)

Discussed earlier under Street Department


* GCHS Homecoming Parade

The GCHS Homecoming Parade is scheduled for Friday, September 21. Councilman Wiant made a motion to approve the GCHS Homecoming Parade on Main Street. Councilwoman Taylor seconded the motion. Motion passed.


* Pioneer Stage (Sept 22nd, 10:00-6:00); need to block streets

Pioneer Stage Grand Opening is scheduled for Saturday, September 22. Councilman Bone mentioned some of the events scheduled including jam sessions and lectures. Councilman Fisher made a motion to approve the Pioneer Stage Grand Opening Event on September 22. Councilman Wiant seconded the motion. Motion passed.


* Thank you National Night & Back to School Bash

Mayor Fitzpatrick provided a public Thank You to all those who assisted with National Night Out and Back to School Bash. This event went well and was well attended.


* Glenville Elementary Ice Cream Social (City Square 4:00-7:30) Sept 20th

Gilmer Elementary plans to hold an Ice Cream Social at the City Park from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 20.


* Parking Permits (meters)

Mayor Fitzpatrick suggested selling yearly parking meter passes for downtown. He has talked with several business owners and they are in favor of this idea. The passes would sell for $150 per year to park at a meter but not a specific reserved space and possibly from the farthest block including the church block. These passes would be a hang tag and be registered for a specific vehicle. The City is also looking at providing passes to High Street which would run through Glenville State College. GSC Campus Security would sell and monitor these spaces for the City. Mayor Fitzpatrick will continue working on this idea.


* Municipal Fees going out in September

Municipal Fees statements will be mailed soon.


* Stamper for Street Department

Discussed earlier under Street Department


III. Other Business to come before Council

None


IV. Next City Council Meeting

The next council meeting will be October 01, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.


V. Adjourn

Meeting adjourned at 7:23 p.m.

Report: Policies to Help Young Families Good for WV

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West Virginia and the nation are missing opportunities by not focusing on the needs of young parents and their children, according to new research.

The Annie E. Casey Kids Count report says more than two-thirds of U.S. children with young parents live in low-income homes.

And Rosa Maria Castaneda, a senior associate with the Casey Foundation, says in West Virginia the number is closer to 75 percent.

She says policies that target these families can help reduce the often stubborn poverty in many parts of the country.

“There are still 6 million young adult parents and their children and very high rates of low-income status, very high rates of poverty for this population that we need to pay attention to if we want to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty,“ she states.

The report highlights the importance of making education affordable for these parents. It notes that a single mother with a bachelor’s degree has lifetime earnings that average $300,000 more than one with just a high school diploma.

The report also recommends better child care and policies that help parents with employment. And it recommends specific changes that can dramatically improve the financial stability of low-income households.

Castaneda says the Earned Income Tax Credit should be expanded at the federal and state level, because it is often important temporary help for young parents at a crucial time in their lives.

“They’re facing the challenges of transitioning to adulthood, moving into employment, getting a good job, trying to get an education,” she points out. “And it’s in our interest to help them be successful as both emerging workers, and to help their young children thrive.“

The report also highlights policies to teach child development and healthy parenting.

It recommends changes to foster care support that can help keep families together. And it argues that family planning and reproductive care can reduce unplanned pregnancies.

~~  Dan Heyman ~~

Glenville City Council Meeting Minutes

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GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
August 06, 2018
7:00 p.m.

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick with Council members Fisher, Wiant, and Taylor present. Councilwoman Dean was absent.


Pledge of Allegiance

Swearing in of Lloyd Bone as Representative for Ward 4: Mayor Fitzpatrick swore in Lloyd Bone to serve as Council member for Ward 4 for the remainder of Councilwoman Stewart-Huffman’s term.


I. Call to Order


Public Comments

None


A. Approval of Minutes – July0 2, 2018

The minutes from the July 02, 2108 meeting were reviewed. No corrections were noted and minutes were placed on file for audit.


II. Reports


Financial

Mayor Fitzpatrick reviewed the financial report with Council. The City is currently at 10.13% of the fiscal year budget with revenue at 4.78% and expenditures at 10.03%. Deposits were not up to date of the meeting in Revenue due to office computer crashing. Councilman Wiant made a motion to approve the financial report as presented. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed.


Street Report

Mayor Fitzpatrick reviewed the street report with council. We currently do not have a street department worker.


Police Report

Due to computer problems, Chief Huffman will provide the police report at next month’s meeting.


Glenville Utility

Mayor Fitzpatrick attended the board meeting on July 27, 2018. No problems to report on water or sewer side.


Recorder

Nothing to report.


Mayor Comments


* GSC Student activity request

Adrian Duelley, GSC Student Activities Director, requested permission to hold a bonfire and music on Move-In Day at GSC. Noise Ordinance requires noise ceases at 10:00 p.m. Council approved.


* Reminder: National Night Out will be August 7th (5:00-8:00)

National Night Out and Back to School Bash will be tomorrow evening from 5-8 pm. Mayor Fitzpatrick invited council to attend.


* Officer Gadney’s Resignation (Military full time)

Officer Gadney submitted his letter of resignation with the City police department effective August 2 pending military orders resulting in relocation.


* Street Department

Requested Executive Session at end of meeting to discuss a personnel matter.


- Repairs to Turkey Run on Walnut Street

Chief Huffman took a vacation day to work on repairs to Turkey Run on Walnut Street by the Leggett residence. He straightened the creek to avoid erosion along the road.


* Reminder: 5K run on the 25th (Alzheimer’s Awareness)

The event starts at nursing home going up VanHorn Drive beginning at 9:00 a.m. The City will provide safety as runners cross the street.


* Council Members: Please take note of areas in your ward which require attention.

This includes potholes in the road, street light outages, etc. There was a hole on Powell Street that was filled in. Councilwoman Taylor made a motion to move into Executive Session at 7:09 p.m. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed. Councilman Fisher made a motion for council to move out of executive session at 7:15 p.m. Councilman Wiant seconded the motion. Motion passed. Councilman Wiant made a motion to hire Eric Cain as the new street worker at $14.00/hour. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed.


III. Other Business to come before Council

Dickey Barrett noted a problem with one of the electric poles on South Lewis Street. When the right of way was cut, some vines were left on the power lines catching on fire. Mayor Fitzpatrick contacted First Energy and they will have someone from their forestry division to look at this.


IV. Next City Council Meeting

Mayor Fitzpatrick polled council regarding the next scheduled meeting date since it falls on a holiday. The next council meeting will be September 03, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.


V. Adjourn

Meeting adjourned at 7:18 p.m.

GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

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GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
July 02, 2018
7:00 p.m.

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick with Council members Huffman, Wiant, and Dean present. Council members Taylor and Fisher were absent.

Pledge of Allegiance


I. Call to Order


II. Public Comments

None.


A. Approval of Minutes – June 04, 2018

The minutes from the June 04, 2018 meeting were reviewed. No corrections were noted and minutes were placed on file for audit.


III. Reports

Financial

Mayor Fitzpatrick reviewed the financial report with council. The budget is currently at 100% for the fiscal year with both expenditures and revenue at 100%. Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to approve the financial report as presented. Councilman Wiant seconded the motion. Motion passed.


Street Report

There was no Street Report this month.


Police Report

Mayor Fitzpatrick reviewed the police report with council.


Glenville Utility

Mayor Fitzpatrick requested council reappoint Butch Drake for another three-year term to the Utility Commission. Councilman Wiant made a motion to reappoint Butch Drake to another three-year term on the Utility Commission. Councilwoman Huffman seconded the motion. Motion passed.

There were two water leaks that were repaired, a 3 inch line on Beverly Drive and a 10 inch line at Foodland. A Boil Water Advisory was issued for the leak at Foodland and was lifted following good test results. On the sewer side, made a new road bore and installed 400 feet of line at 706 Mineral Road. The pump was repaired at the Woodford lift station totaling $16,000.


Recorder

Nothing to report.


Mayor Comments

* Resolution: Region VII Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Region VII resolution regarding multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan that all municipalities across West Virginia are going to resolve. This resolution partners the City of Glenville with Region VII and was adopted in 2012 with renewal every five years. Mayor Fitzpatrick read the resolution to council, adopted and signed.

 

* Update: Mayor’s Meeting Attended the Board of Directors meeting for the WV Municipal League and the Flood Plain Management meeting.

 

* Reminder: Absolutely NO fireworks are allowed to be set off in the city limits, tickets will be issued if a complaint is received. Requested a public notice be printed in the local newspaper. -Several Breaking and Entering incidents have occurred around our community. Reminded the public to keep an eye out for their neighbors and report any suspicious activity.

 

* Council Members: Please take note of areas in your ward which require attention such as high grass/weeds, potholes, streetlights, loose dogs, excessive trash, etc. It’s important to report any issues in a timely manner. Requested that Council members contact the City office to report any issues in their Wards.

 

* Reappoint Butch Drake to Utility Commission Approved earlier in meeting.


IV. Other Business to come before Council

Mayor Fitzpatrick received a letter of resignation from Councilwoman Tammy Stewart-Huffman from City Council due to moving outside the city limits and her recent election to the Gilmer County Board of Education. Her resignation is effective July 01, 2018. Mayor Fitzpatrick expressed gratitude for her hard work for the City of Glenville and her friendship over the years.


V. Next City Council Meeting

The next council meeting will be August 6th, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.


VI. Adjourn

Meeting adjourned at 7:13 p.m.

GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

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GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
June 04, 2018
7:00 p.m.

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick with Council members Dean, Wiant, and Taylor present. Council members Fisher and Huffman were absent.


Pledge of Allegiance


I. Call to Order


Public Comments

None


A. Approval of Minutes – May 7th, 2018

The minutes from the May 07, 2018 meeting were reviewed. No corrections were noted and minutes were placed on file for audit.

 

II. Reports


Financial

We are currently at 92.88% of the fiscal year budget with revenue at 100% and expenditures at 95.08%. Councilwoman Dean made a motion to approve the financial statement as presented. Councilwoman Taylor seconded the motion. Motion passed.


Street Report

The current Street Dept. Supervisor has resigned to take another job. Mayor Fitzpatrick noted that he had just hired a new street worker, Scott McCullough, at $9 per hour and Scott will be on probation status for 90 days. The hourly wage will increase to $10 per hour following the satisfactory probationary period.


Police Report

Chief Huffman was absent. Mayor Fitzpatrick reviewed the police report with council. Mayor Fitzpatrick will follow up with city police regarding procedure for pulling over vehicles along road for safety concerns.


Glenville Utility

A three-inch water line leak was repaired on Beverly Drive. A recent water plant inspection was completed with no violations. There was a sewer leak on a service line on Mineral Road that was corrected.


Recorder

Nothing to report.


Mayor Comments

 

* 5K Run


Mayor Fitzpatrick noted that FRN has requested permission to hold a 5K run on August 25 beginning at 9:00 a.m. The City will help patrol this event.


* Folk Festival – Street Closure


The Folk Festival Committee submitted a letter requesting street closures throughout the week for the annual Folk Festival. The City will close Court Street from Main Street to back of United Bank on Monday for construction of the platform for square dancing, close Main Street at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday and 3:00 p.m. on Friday with street closure all day on Saturday. The parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. The Folk Festival Committee will pay $150 for use of the City Park to cover electricity and water. Mayor Fitzpatrick reminded council that he will be traveling to Weirton to attend a WV Municipal League quarterly meeting and will attend the annual training meeting for Flood Plain Management on June 11. Council has already approved his travel reimbursement for expenses.


* Part-time workers for Festival (3)


Requested approval to hire three (3) part-time workers at minimum wage for approximately 30 hours each to work during Folk Festival. Councilwoman Taylor made a motion to hire three part-time workers at minimum wage for approximately 30 hours each for Folk Festival. Councilwoman Dean seconded the motion. Motion passed.


* Ribbon cutting for the Pioneer Stage Blue Grass building on the 20 th/6 p m.


GSC President Pellett requested Mayor Fitzpatrick attend the upcoming ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Bluegrass building (the old Midland Building) on Wednesday, June 20.


* Parade 23rd at 11:00


The Folk Festival Parade will be held on Saturday, June 23, at 11:00 a.m.


* Gadney returning in June


Officer Gadney will return to duty the 18th of June following additional military training.


* Bullet Proof Vest Approval


Chief Huffman has requested the purchase of a new bullet proof vest at a total cost of $1340 to replace his current one. Councilwoman Dean made a motion to approve the purchase of a new bullet-proof vest for Chief Huffman. Councilman Wiant seconded the motion. Motion passed.


* Reed double wide


Burk Reed would like to place a double wide trailor near his garage on Walnut Street following the purchase of his current property for the new round-about location. Councilwoman Dean made a motion to approve the placement of a double wide home at this new location. Councilman Wiant seconded the motion. Motion passed.


Mayor Fitzpatrick requested Councilman Wiant send him the pole number for the street light that is currently out so he can follow up on this for repair.


III. Unfinished Business

None


IV. New Business

None


V. Other Business to come before Council

None


VI. Next City Council Meeting

The next council meeting will be July 02, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.


VII. Adjourn

Meeting adjourned at 7:13 p.m.

Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards

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Citing declining enrollment, and increasing reliance on that enrollment rather than the state Legislature for funding, plus competition for students from West Virginia and Marshall universities, a report recommends merging the governing boards of Bluefield State College, Concord University, Glenville State College and West Virginia State University.

The document, from the Colorado-based nonprofit National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, labels those four schools “Medium Risk to High Risk” in sustainability, saying they’re “sustainable in the short-term, but their futures are uncertain.”

The REPORT recommends this move, in the short-term for Bluefield and Concord and in the long-term for Glenville and WVSU, and suggests “initially” retaining the separate boards of governors for Fairmont State, Shepherd and West Liberty universities, “but with additional powers regarding governance of institutions explicitly delegated” to the state Higher Education Policy Commission.

The recommendations include “leaving open” that Concord and Bluefield “could become a single accredited institution” and “the potential of including New River Community and Technical College within the new structure while retaining its unique mission as a community college.”

The report, which includes several other recommendations, also lists negative effects of the state government’s decisions to separate community colleges from public 4-year schools, weaken the power of the HEPC, decentralize governance and cut higher education funding.

And at a time when the presidents of WVU, Marshall and Concord are to co-chair Gov. Jim Justice’s newly formed group to study the funding and sustainability of higher education (the HEPC was already studying a possible funding formula), the report notes that a “major obstacle to collaboration with West Virginia University or Marshall University is a fear that the larger institutions will collaborate only out of their self-interest to stifle competition or ultimately take over the smaller institutions.”

“With West Virginia University admitting more than 35 percent of high school graduates in 22 counties, it seems improbable that all these students would have been the top-performing students in their counties,” the report states. “The more selective institutions are dipping deeper into their applicant pools to the detriment of the regional institutions. ... In the absence of some external forces, this predation will continue.”

“We have not previously seen the report, so we can’t react in detail,” WVU Communications Office Senior Executive Director John Bolt said after being sent the report late Tuesday afternoon. “Nevertheless, I can say without equivocation that West Virginia University is not predatory.”

“It is not appropriate to comment until I have had an opportunity to read and thoroughly review the report,” said Bluefield President Marsha Krotseng, to whom the Gazette-Mail also sent the report late Tuesday.

In a statement, Concord President Kendra Boggess suggested that the data in the report are accurate, but said a Bluefield/Concord consolidation is “only one potential option that should be considered.”

The report says that, “in the longer-term, as suggested by the Consolidated Financial Index, all the regional institutions are at risk of failure. However, that risk varies significantly.”

The report defines “regional institutions” as all public four-year schools but WVU, Marshall, their branch campuses and the School of Osteopathic Medicine, in Lewisburg.

“NCHEMS’ observation is that for the institutions at highest risk, Bluefield State College and Concord University, the challenges are so serious that only a major restructuring will preserve postsecondary education opportunity for students in Southern West Virginia,” the report states. “Implementing this restructuring will require external pressure, leadership, and on-going facilitation to mandate and implement a consolidation of academic, student and administrative capacity of the two institutions.

“Nevertheless, forces at both institutions continue to resist needed changes,” the report states. “Bluefield State College continues to pursue construction of a residence hall, with partial support from a local foundation, with hopes that this will enable the institution to recruit and retain more students. This while Concord has empty dormitory space.”

The report goes on to state that, “Without immediate action to mandate that these two institutions pursue an integrated approach to their future, each institution will continue on its downward trajectory.”

The report, dated April 3, is labeled draft and was obtained from the HEPC by the Gazette-Mail through an open records request.

Neither NCHEMS Vice President Brian Prescott nor HEPC Communications Director Shelli Dronsfield said they’re anticipating any changes to the report. Dronsfield said it hasn’t been released because the HEPC staff is still developing an executive summary and response to the report, planned to be presented alongside the report to the HEPC board in August.

~~  Ryan Quinn ~~

City of Glenville Police Report

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City of Glenville, WV Police Report
Crime/Ordinance Violation
Officer
Disposition
Location
Stolen property Huffman Victim refused to file charges Brooklyn Drive
Assist another Agency Huffman Assisted GCSD with a car accident with entrapment WV WY 5E
Vehicle unlock Huffman Vehicle unlocked Walnut Street
Reckless Driver Huffman Located subjects and advised them of the complaint and informed them that if we continued to get complaints we would file criminal charges on them N. Lewis Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Foodland plaza
Suspicious Vehicle Huffman Vehicle left the area prior to my arrival Dolliver Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warnings for Defective Equipment, No Proof of Operators, and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for Speeding and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Senior Center
Assist another Agency Huffman Assisted GCSD with a multiple car accident with multiple injuries WV HWY 5 E
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Brooklyn Drive
Walk through Huffman Mayor and I completed a walkthrough of a property that belongs to the city College Street
Trespassing Huffman Subject left the area College Street
Trespassing Huffman Victim refused to file charges College Street
Threats Huffman No Threats were made a third person involved was advising the victim of what she had been told Walnut Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Senior Center
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle unlocked Brooklyn Drive
Unruly Person Garrett Juvenile snuck out of the house located her and returned her home Walnut Street
Remove Subject Garrett Subjects removed from residence College Street
Speeding Garrett Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned registration College Street
Illegal Lighting Huffman Warnings for Illegal Lighting,  Defective Equipment, Unsigned Registration, No Proof of Insurance, No Operators Carried River Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for No Seat belt and Warning for Speeding W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding, No Proof of insurance and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings issued for Speeding and No Proof of Insurance W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warnings Issued for Defective equipment and Unsigned registration N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Illegal Lighting Garrett Warnings Issued for Illegal Lighting, and Obstructed Plates N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Assist another agency Huffman Assisted GCSD with MVC WV HWY 5W
Rowdy crowd Huffman Asked to attend baseball game do to parents and players getting out of control Complex
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and Warnings Issued for Expired MVI and No Proof of Registration W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding,  No Proof of Insurance, Unsigned Registration,  and Defective Equipment W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Huffman Warnings Issued for Defective Equipment , Unsigned registration, and No Proof of insurance W. Main Street
Destruction of Property Huffman Warrants Issued Mountaineer Mart
Assist another agency Garrett Assisted WVSP with serving warrants Lower Big Run
Defective Equipment Garrett Warnings Issued for Defective Equipment and Failure to carry Operators College Street
Speeding Garrett Cited College Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Mineral Road
Speeding Huffman Warnings issued for Speeding, unsigned registration, and failure to carry operators W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for speeding and warnings Issued for No Proof of Registration and No Proof of Insurance W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Expired Registration Huffman Warnings Issued for No Proof of Registration, Improper Registration, and Failure to Carry Operators, Cited for No Insurance Foodland Plaza
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding,  and Warnings Issued for Unsigned Registration, Failure to Change address, and No Proof of Insurance W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Shoplifting Huffman Suspect attempted to steal multiple flowers and was unsuccessful due to being stopped in the parking lot by an employee. Unable to identify suspect Foodland
Possible stolen property Huffman Subject arrested for Entering without breaking Charles Street
Transport Garrett Transported one subject to CRJ Magistrates office
Speeding Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Escort Huffman Assisted with Escorting High School Track team to county line for States Glenville
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle unlocked Foodland Plaza
Identify Stolen Property Huffman Escorted victim to identify stolen property Charles Street
Worthless Check Huffman CI started for Uttering Foodland
Assist another agency Huffman Assisted WVSP with altercation involving knives Kanawha Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning S. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
ATV on Roadway Huffman Warning WV WY 5 E
Counterfeit bill Huffman CI Started Rich
MVC Huffman Accident Report completed and citation issued for improper backing High Street
Suspicious Vehicle Huffman Vehicle was gone prior to my arrival Brooklyn Drive
Reckless Driver Huffman Unable to locate Complex
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning S. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Suicide attempt Garrett Subject didn’t cut herself.  She was checked by EMS and signed a refusal for treatment River Street
Sexual Assault Garrett CI started Sycamore Road

 

GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES

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GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
May 07, 2018
7:00 p.m.

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick with Council members Fisher, Wiant, and Huffman present. Council members Dean and Taylor were absent.


Pledge of Allegiance


I. Call to Order


Public Comments

None

A. Approval of Minutes – April 02, 2018

The minutes from the April 2 council meeting and April 17 Budget meeting were reviewed. One spelling correction was noted and minutes were placed on file for audit.

II. Reports

Financial

The book keeper was absent. Mayor Fitzpatrick reviewed the financial summary with council. The fiscal year budget is currently at 85.21% with revenue at 100% and expenditures at 84.39%. A request was made to transfer funds within line items as end of year adjustments. Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to move $500 from line item 433 - Camp Workers to 411 -Recorders Office; $5000 from line item 700 – Police Dept. to 440 – City Hall; and $200 from 442 – Audit to 703 – Canine Unit. Councilman Wiant seconded the motion. Motion passed. Councilman Fisher made a motion to approve the financial summary as presented. Councilman Wiant seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Street Report

Mayor Fitzpatrick provided the street report to council noting the City is making progress in tearing down the third house on College Street and demolition should begin within the next two weeks.

Police Report

Chief Huffman was absent. Mayor Fitzpatrick reviewed the police report with council. He noted that Chief Huffman has requested a new copier for the office on a 60 month lease at a monthly cost of $99. The monthly fee on the current copier is $83. Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to allow the police department to move forward with the contract on the new copier. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Glenville Utility

Mayor Fitzpatrick provided the Utility report to council. There was a 1 ½ inch meter problem behind the laundromat that was repaired. Nothing to report on the sewer side.

Recorder

Nothing to report.

Mayor Comments

* Executive Session

Requested executive session at the end of the meeting. Mayor Fitzpatrick noted the Gilmer County Public Library has been rated number 7 in the State.

* Audit (4,000.00)

The audit has been finalized with the report signed and sent back with the best rating we can get. He received a letter regarding the audits for those in the Class IV Municipality stating only one state audit will occur every 3 years with students auditing in alternate years. The fee will be reduced to $2000.

* Updates: Safety Committee Meeting, Spring Cleanup, Rosie the Riveter

* The annual safety committee meeting was held.

* Completed the Spring cleanup around the City.

* Our Rosie the Riveter event went well and was well attended. Gary Coberly did a good job on this project.

* Noise Ordinance

A request was received regarding the City’s noise ordinance The Pub would like to have a band on June 22nd of the Folk Festival. Mayor Fitzpatrick provided written permission for The Pub to hold this event with no speakers or band outside. - Mon Power has a planned power outage on Saturday, May 19, from 800-200 but should only affect the stop light downtown. Councilman Wiant made a motion for council to move into executive session at 7:12 p.m. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed. Councilwoman Huffman made a motion for council to come out of executive session at 7:18 p.m. Councilman Wiant seconded the motion. Motion passed. Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to promote Dusty Rhoades to Street Dept. Supervisor and increase the hourly wage to $14 per hour effective July 01, 2018. Councilman Wiant seconded the motion. Motion passed. Mayor Fitzpatrick requested permission to attend two upcoming meetings and approval for travel reimbursement. He will be attending the WV Municipal League Board of Directors meeting on June 05 in Weirton and the WV Municipal League meeting in Charleston on June 30. Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to approve the mayor to attend the two meetings with reimbursement of travel expenses. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed.

III. Next City Council Meeting

The next council meeting will be June 04, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.

IV. Adjourn

Meeting adjourned at 7:21 p.m.

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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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