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WVSSAC Works to Improve Athlete Safety

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WV State High School Wrestling Tournament Results: Finals

The Gilmer Free Press

CLASS AAA

Team Standings:

1. Huntington 188 points. 2. Parkersburg 151 points. 3. Parkersburg South 132 points. 4. George Washington 110.5 points. 5. Wheeling Park 110 points. 6. Point Pleasant 107 points. 7. Buckhannon-Upshur 94.5 points. 8. Washington 67 points. 9. Ripley 65 points. 10. Cabell Midland 64 points. 11. University 61.5 points. 12. Lewis County 60 points. 13. Musselman 52 points. 14. John Marshall 41 points. 15. St Albans 32 points. 15. (tie) Winfield 32 points. 16. (tie) Woodrow Wilson 32 points. 18. Greenbrier East 30 points. 19. Preston 29 points. 20. Shady Spring 23 points. 21. Brooke 22 points. 22. Spring Valley 21 points. 22. (tie) Oak Hill 21 points. 24. Nitro 19 points. 25. Morgantown 16 points. 26. Capital 14 points. 27. Riverside 9 points. 28. Hedgesville 7 points. 29. Hampshire 4 points. 30. Hurricane 3 points. 30. (tie) Martinsburg 3 points. 31. (tie) South Charleston 3 points. 33. Spring Mills 2.5 points.

Individual results:

Championship

106
Logan Grass, Huntington M-Dec Jared Donahue, Parkersburg, 9-1

113
Brandon Tenney, Buckhannon-Upshur Dec Austin Spears, Parkersburg, 4-2

120
Jordan Allen, Huntington Dec Dallas Baciak, Wheeling Park, 6-1

126
Lucas Simpkins, Ripley Dec Johnathan Spence, Huntington, 6-5 OT

132
Bryce Humphreys, Winfield Dec Chase Childers, Huntington, 14-9

138
Jenson Lorea, George Washington Dec Cody Hamlin, University, 4-3

145
Dylan Taylor, Wheeling Park Dec Dylan Richards, Parkersburg, 6-4

152
Trapper Hays, Parkersburg Fall Jake Martin, Ripley, 5:00

160
Seth Cutright, Buckhannon-Upshur Dec Eric Banks, Wheeling Park, 2:27

170
Kyle Rogers, Lewis County Dec Hunter Jones, George Washington, 3-2

182
Justin Allman, Parkersburg South Fall Zane Bradbury, Washington, 4:43

195
Ryan Carson, Lewis County Fall Tannor Hill, Point Pleasant, 3:04

220
Terrance Fanning, Preston M-Dec Cullen Ebbert, John Marshall, 8-0

285
David Smith, George Washington Fall Nigale Cabell, Huntington, 1:38


Consolation - Semifinals.

106
Phillip Sharp, George Washington, dec. Levi McCormick, Cabell Midland, 3-1 Hunter Cline, Parkersburg South, dec. Kinneson Leslie, Point Pleasant, 6-1.

113
Logan Adkins, Cabell Midland, dec. Jasiel Kinder, Greenbrier East, 2-0 Sam Moore, George Washington, dec. Alex Haddox, Huntington, 6-4 OT.

Weight: 120
Micah Crewdson, St Albans, maj. dec. Joey Butcher, Parkersburg, 10-0 Bradley DeRito, Musselman, maj. dec. Leland Swafford, Woodrow Wilson, 8-0.

126
Tyler Sigler, Washington tech. fall Raymond Davila, Parkersburg, 15-0 Guy Fisher, Point Pleasant tech. fall Austin Harris, Parkersburg South, 17-2.

132
Isiaih Hood, University, dec. Josh Gilger, Woodrow Wilson, 13-6 John Raike, Point Pleasant, maj. dec. Nick Johnson, Parkersburg, 12-1.

138
Dakota Linger, Buckhannon-Upshur, dec. Bobby Mitchell, Cabell Midland, 4-2 Dylan Hall, John Marshall, dec. Trey Harman, St Albans, 8-2.

145
Matt Fair, Buckhannon-Upshur, dec. Jarod Jones, Washington, 2-1 Zach Gwinn, Spring Valley, dec. Paden Christian, Huntington, 4-3.

152
Ryan Lopez, University, fall Dylan Alexander, Parkersburg South, 2:23 Jonny Davis, Wheeling Park, dec. Dakota Miller, Oak Hill, 5-1.

160
Preston Martin, Ripley, dec. Danny Arndt, Musselman, 3-1 Josiah Solak, Greenbrier East, dec. Marc Williams, Oak Hill, 3-1.

170
Carter Capehart, Huntington, dec. Codie Barrows, Parkersburg, 2-0 Mark Becraft, Washington, fall Tim Blake, Cabell Midland, 3:35.

182
Jon Peterson, Point Pleasant, dec. Logan Wotring, Morgantown, 2-1 Stefan Gibbs, Huntington, dec. Ryan Walters, Nitro, 3-0.

195
Max Chefren, Parkersburg, dec. RJ Wilson, Washington, 1-0 Tyler Newhart-Koreski, Parkersburg South, dec. Ryan Mills, Huntington, 3-1 OT.

220
Geremy Paige, Wheeling Park, dec. Logan Dilliner, Parkersburg South, 3-1 Jacob Duncan, Point Pleasant, fall Hunter Skeens, Nitro, 2:36.

285
Thomas Hall, Parkersburg South, dec. Preston Wise, Brooke, 2-1 James Walton, Capital, dec. Daniel Nolte, Buckhannon-Upshur, 5-4; .


Third Place

106
Phillip Sharp, George Washington Dec Hunter Cline, Parkersburg South, 2-1

113
Logan Adkins, Cabell Midland Dec Sam Moore, George Washington, 3-2

120
Bradley DeRito, Musselman Dec Micah Crewdson, St Albans, 5-2

126
Tyler Sigler, Washington Dec Guy Fisher, Point Pleasant, 4-2

132
John Raike, Point Pleasant Dec Isiaih Hood, University, 9-5

138
Dakota Linger, Buckhannon-Upshur Dec Dylan Hall, John Marshall, 5-0

145
Matt Fair, Buckhannon-Upshur Dec Zach Gwinn, Spring Valley, 3-1

152
Ryan Lopez, University Dec Jonny Davis, Wheeling Park, 5-3

160
Preston Martin, Ripley Dec Josiah Solak, Greenbrier East, 7-2

170
Carter Capehart, Huntington Fall Mark Becraft, Washington, 4:09

182
Jon Peterson, Point Pleasant Dec Stefan Gibbs, Huntington, 3-2

195
Max Chefren, Parkersburg Dec Tyler Newhart-Koreski, Parkersburg South, 4-0

220
Geremy Paige, Wheeling Park Dec Jacob Duncan, Point Pleasant, 3-2

285
Thomas Hall, Parkersburg South Dec James Walton, Capital, 4-3


5th Place

106
Kinneson Leslie, Point Pleasant Dec Levi McCormick, Cabell

113
Alex Haddox, Huntington Dec Jasiel Kinder, Greenbrier East, 4-0

120
Leland Swafford, Woodrow Wilson M-Dec Joey Butcher, Parkersburg, 11-0

126
Austin Harris, Parkersburg South M-Dec Raymond Davila, Parkersburg, 13-3

132
Nick Johnson, Parkersburg Dec Josh Gilger, Woodrow Wilson, 9-4

138
Trey Harman, St Albans Dec Bobby Mitchell, Cabell Midland, 2-0

145
Paden Christian, Huntington Dflt Jarod Jones, Washington

152
Dylan Alexander, Parkersburg South Fall Dakota Miller, Oak Hill, 4:26

160
Danny Arndt, Musselman Dec Marc Williams, Oak Hill, 10-3

170
Codie Barrows, Parkersburg Dec Tim Blake, Cabell Midland, 9-3

182
Logan Wotring, Morgantown Dec Ryan Walters, Nitro, 1-0

195
Ryan Mills, Huntington M-Dec RJ Wilson, Washington, 12-1

220
Logan Dilliner, Parkersburg South Fall Hunter Skeens, Nitro, 1:33

285
Preston Wise, Brooke Fall Daniel Nolte, Buckhannon-Upshur, 1:39


CLASS AA-A


Team Standings:

1. Independence 181 points. 2. Oak Glen 118.5 points. 3. Greenbrier West 118 points. 4. Clay County 98.5 points. 5. Fairmont Senior 95.5 points. 5. (tie) Calhoun County 95.5 points. 7. North Marion 84 points. 8. Roane County 81 points. 9. Williamstown 72.5 points. 10. Keyser 70 points. 11. East Fairmont 64 points. 12. Wahama 61 points. 13. Herbert Hoover 49.5 points. 14. St. Marys 48.5 points. 15. Nicholas County 48 points. 15. (tie) Grafton 48 points. 17. Braxton County 28 points. 18. Cameron 26 points. 18. (tie) Wirt County 26 points. 20. Magnolia 25 points. 20. (tie) Ritchie County 25 points. 22. Bridgeport 22 points. 22. (tie) Berkeley Springs 22 points. 24. Philip Barbour 18 points. 24. (tie) Petersburg 18 points. 26. Moorefield 16 points. 27. Doddridge County 15 points. 27. (tie) Fayetteville 15 points. 29. Bluefield 14 points. 30. Frankfort 13 points. 31. Lincoln 12.5 points. 32. Sissonvile 12 points. 33. Clay-Battelle 9 points. 33. (tie) Buffalo 9 points. 35. Wyoming East 8 points. 36. Liberty Harrison 7 points. 37. Robert C Byrd 6 points. 38. Ravenswood 5 points. 39. Webster County 3 points. 39. (tie) Midland Trail 3 points. 40. (tie) Richwood 3 points. 41. (tie) Liberty Raleigh 3 points.


Individual results:


Championship

106
Jack Cummings, Clay County Fall Alen Metheney, Calhoun County, :55

113
Cam Moore, Roane County Dec Logan Robertson, Greenbrier West, 2-1

120
Ryan Elliott, North Marion M-Dec Jacob Monn, Ritchie County, 10-1

126
Jacob Hart, Independence Dec Cody Goff, Grafton, 2-1

132
Dalton George, Williamstown Dec Dustin Yoakum, Greenbrier West, 5-4

138
Dalton Michael, East Fairmont M-Dec Austin Stanley, North Marion, 11-0

145
Anthony Alvaro, Fairmont Senior M-Dec Cody Clifton, Independence, 11-2

152
Noah Adams, Independence Dflt Hayden Stewart, East Fairmont

160
Malik Boatwright, Greenbrier West Dec Dustin Justice, Independence, 4-2

170
Marquis Frazier, Greenbrier West Dec Alex Daniels, Independence, 8-7

182
Tyler Stewart, Clay County Dec Jake Tyler, Nicholas County, 7-6

195
David Hastings, Williamstown Dec Jeremy Pratt, St. Marys, 7-2

220
Vincent Delligatti, Fairmont Senior Dec Zane Weese, Herbert Hoover, 2-1

285
Brent Barber, Fairmont Senior Dec Caije Nichols, Roane County, 3-2 OT


Consolation - Semifinals:

106
Jacob Spencer, Roane County, maj. dec. Chase Stover, Herbert Hoover, 12-0 Hunter Riffle, Doddridge County, dec. Ryan Debee, Oak Glen, 5-4 OT.

113
Danny Wyke, Oak Glen, fall Ryan Keckley, Sissonvile, 3:33 Teddy Stover, Independence, dec. Dalton Wilt, Keyser, 4-2.

120
Houstin McCune, Calhoun County, dec. Will Cox, Independence, 6-2 Corey Secrist, Petersburg, dec. Caleb Currence, Greenbrier West, 6-1.

126
Josh Cornell, Oak Glen, dec. Chris Goad, Calhoun County, 5-3 Bailey Bowles, Fayetteville, maj. dec. Jacob Bennett, Wahama, 16-2.

132
Randale Robie, Wahama, dec. Avery Flowers, Oak Glen, 7-3 Brody Nesslerotte, East Fairmont, dec. Kyle Elliott, North Marion l, 8-4.

138
Brent Wyne, Fairmont Senior, dec. Colton Ward, Independence, 2-1 OT Nick Tice, Oak Glen, dec. Cody Ferguson, Wirt County, 5-3 OT.

145
Garrett Crites, Keyser, fall CJ Capps, Berkeley Springs, 2:20 Cole Ritchie, Calhoun County, maj. dec. Austin Raines, Williamstown, 10-0.

152
Alex Shuman, Oak Glen, fall Jake Tracewell, Williamstown, 2:04 Tyler Moore, Grafton, fall Jordan Tincher, Greenbrier West, 2:35.

160
Jacob Mellott, Keyser, dec. Levi Jarvis, Braxton County, 7-4 James Bell, Philip Barbour, fall Luke Scott, Roane County, 4:07.

170
Cody Rodeheaver, Keyser, fall Bryson Dennison, Braxton County, 2:08 Kane Roush, Wahama, fall Cole Boatright, Calhoun County, 1:16.

182
Caleb Nice, Magnolia, maj. dec. Waylon Miller, Cameron, 11-2 Will Schoonover, Moorefield, dec. Thomas Williams, Independence, 2-0.

195
Trey Williams, Independence, dec. Ethan Lucas, Grafton, 4-2 Brandon White, Clay County, dec. Mark Sutton, Bluefield, 4-0.

220
Wyatt Dawson, Clay County, fall Cody Loudermilk, Greenbrier West, 1:52 Dylan Pickrell, Wirt County, dec. Drew Hicks, Nicholas County, 5-2.

285
Noah Mills, Oak Glen, fall Ryan Moore, Liberty Harrison, 2:24 Noah Markley, Bridgeport, dec. Tyler Davis, St. Marys, 5-4;


Third Place:

106
Jacob Spencer, Roane County, dec. Hunter Riffle, Doddridge County, 7-4;

113
Danny Wyke, Oak Glen, fall Teddy Stover, Independence, 4:37;

120
Houstin McCune, Calhoun County, maj. dec. Corey Secrist, Petersburg, 13-4;

126
Josh Cornell, Oak Glen, dec. Bailey Bowles, Fayetteville, 3-2;

132
Randale Robie, Wahama, fall Brody Nesslerotte, East Fairmont High ; School, 2:58;

138
Nick Tice, Oak Glen, dec. Brent Wyne, Fairmont Senior, 3-1;

145
Cole Ritchie, Calhoun County, dec. Garrett Crites, Keyser, 7-0;

152
Tyler Moore, Grafton, dec. Alex Shuman, Oak Glen, 3-0;

160
Jacob Mellott, Keyser, dec. James Bell, Philip Barbour, 5-1;

170
Kane Roush, Wahama, dec. Cody Rodeheaver, Keyser, 9-6;

182
Will Schoonover, Moorefield, dec. Caleb Nice, Magnolia, 3-2;

195
Brandon White, Clay County, dec. Trey Williams, Independence, 2-0;

220
Wyatt Dawson, Clay County, fall Dylan Pickrell, Wirt County, 2:41;

285
Noah Markley, Bridgeport, fall Noah Mills, Oak Glen, 2:49; .


5th Place:

106
Chase Stover, Herbert Hoover Dec Ryan Debee, Oak Glen, 2-0

113
Dalton Wilt, Keyser Fall Ryan Keckley, Sissonvile, 4:04

120
Will Cox, Independence Fall Caleb Currence, Greenbrier West, 3:43

126
Jacob Bennett, Wahama Fall Chris Goad, Calhoun County, 1:22

132
Avery Flowers, Oak Glen Dec Kyle Elliott, North Marion

138
Colton Ward, Independence Dec Cody Ferguson, Wirt County, 3-1 OT

145
CJ Capps, Berkeley Springs Dec Austin Raines, Williamstown, 2-0

152
Jake Tracewell, Williamstown Dec Jordan Tincher, Greenbrier West, 3-0

160
Levi Jarvis, Braxton County Fall Luke Scott, Roane County, 3:36

170
Cole Boatright, Calhoun County Dec Bryson Dennison, Braxton County, 6-5

182
Thomas Williams, Independence Dec Waylon Miller, Cameron, 7-1

195
Mark Sutton, Bluefield M-Dec Ethan Lucas, Grafton, 11-3

220
Drew Hicks, Nicholas County Fall Cody Loudermilk, Greenbrier West, 2:24

285
Tyler Davis, St. Marys Fall Ryan Moore, Liberty Harrison, 2:03

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WEST VIRGINIA STATE WRESTLING MEET - DAY 2


Friday’s final Results from the Class AAA high school wrestling tournament at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena:


CLASS AAA


Team Standings

1. Huntington 156 points. 2. Parkersburg 134 points. 3. Parkersburg South 98 points. 4. Wheeling Park 94 points. 5. George Washington 88.5 points. 6. Point Pleasant 76.5 points. 7. Buckhannon-Upshur 72.5 points. 8. Cabell Midland 57 points. 9. Ripley 54 points. 10. Washington 51.5 points. 11. Lewis County 50 points. 12. University 47.5 points. 13. Musselman 42 points. 14. John Marshall 36 points. 15. Woodrow Wilson 29 points. 16. Winfield 28 points. 17. Greenbrier East 25 points. 18. St Albans 24 points. 18. (tie) Preston 24 points. 20. Shady Spring 23 points. 21. Oak Hill 21 points. 22. Nitro 19 points. 23. Brooke 18 points. 24. Spring Valley 16 points. 25. Morgantown 14 points. 26. Riverside 9 points. 26. (tie) Capital 9 points. 28. Hedgesville 7 points. 29. Hampshire 4 points. 30. Hurricane 3 points. 30. (tie) Martinsburg 3 points. 31. (tie) South Charleston 3 points. 33. Spring Mills 2.5 points. 34. Lincoln Co. 34. (tie) Logan. 35. (tie) Elkins. 36. (tie) Jefferson.


Individual results


Championship - Semifinals

106 lbs.
Jared Donahue, Parkersburg, fall Levi McCormick, Cabell ; Midland, 2:40; Logan Grass, Huntington, fall Hunter Cline, Parkersburg South, ; 1:27.

113 lbs.
Austin Spears, Parkersburg, maj. dec. Logan Adkins, Cabell ; Midland, 12-4; Brandon Tenney, Buckhannon-Upshur, dec. Alex Haddox, ; Huntington, 6-2.

120 lbs.
Dallas Baciak, Wheeling Park, dec. Micah Crewdson, St Albans, 8-1; Jordan Allen, Huntington, dec. Bradley DeRito, Musselman, 9-3.

126 lbs.
Johnathan Spence, Huntington, dec. Tyler Sigler, Washington, 7-3; Lucas Simpkins, Ripley, dec. Guy Fisher, Point Pleasant, 3-2.

132 lbs.
Bryce Humphreys, Winfield, maj. dec. Isiaih Hood, University, 20-7; Chase Childers, Huntington, dec. John Raike, Point Pleasant, 6-4.

138 lbs.
Jenson Lorea, George Wahsington, dec. Bobby Mitchell, Cabell ; Midland, 4-0; Cody Hamlin, University, dec. Trey Harman, St Albans, 3-0.

145 lbs.
Dylan Taylor, Wheeling Park, dec. Jarod Jones, Washington, 8-3; Dylan Richards, Parkersburg, dec. Zach Gwinn, Spring Valley, 5-2.

152 lbs.
Trapper Hays, Parkersburg, maj. dec. Dylan Alexander, Parkersburg ; South, 12-0; Jake Martin, Ripley, dec. Jonny Davis, Wheeling Park, 9-3.

160 lbs.
Eric Banks, Wheeling Park, dec. Danny Arndt, Musselman, 3-2; Seth Cutright, Buckhannon-Upshur tech. fall Marc Williams, Oak ; Hill, 17-2.

170 lbs.
Kyle Rogers, Lewis County, fall Codie Barrows, Parkersburg, 3:26; Hunter Jones, George Wahsington, dec. Mark Becraft, Washington, ; 12-10 OT.

182 lbs.
Justin Allman, Parkersburg South, dec. Jon Peterson, Point ; Pleasant, 3-2 OT; Zane Bradbury, Washington, dec. Stefan Gibbs, Huntington, 2-1.

195 lbs.
Tannor Hill, Point Pleasant, maj. dec. RJ Wilson, Washington, 11-0; Ryan Carson, Lewis County, dec. Ryan Mills, Huntington, 7-2.

220 lbs.
Terrance Fanning, Preston, maj. dec. Logan Dilliner, Parkersburg ; South, 10-0; Cullen Ebbert, John Marshall, fall Hunter Skeens, Nitro, 2:45.

285 lbs.
Nigale Cabell, Huntington, dec. Thomas Hall, Parkersburg South, ; 3-2 OT; David Smith, George Wahsington, dec. Daniel Nolte, ; Buckhannon-Upshur, 1-0.


Championship - Quarterfinals.

106 lbs.
Jared Donahue, Parkersburg, fall Kinneson Leslie, Point ; Pleasant, 1:55; Levi McCormick, Cabell Midland, fall Camerin Rawlings, ; Musselman, 3:32; Hunter Cline, Parkersburg South, dec. Phillip Sharp, George ; Wahsington, 3-1; Logan Grass, Huntington, fall Corey Thompson, Lewis County, 1:07.

113 lbs.
Austin Spears, Parkersburg, maj. dec. PJ Dolan, Musselman, 13-2; Logan Adkins, Cabell Midland, dec. Sam Moore, George ; Wahsington, 3-2 OT; Brandon Tenney, Buckhannon-Upshur, maj. dec. Brandon Bertrand, John ; Marshall, 8-0; Alex Haddox, Huntington, dec. Jasiel Kinder, Greenbrier East, 7-2.

120 lbs.
Dallas Baciak, Wheeling Park tech. fall Chris Cochran, Winfield, 15-0; Micah Crewdson, St Albans, dec. David Pancake, George ; Wahsington, 1-0; Jordan Allen, Huntington tech. fall Joey Butcher, Parkersburg, 19-4; Bradley DeRito, Musselman, fall Tristan Radcliff, Parkersburg ; South, 2:36.

126 lbs.
Johnathan Spence, Huntington, dec. Austin Harris, Parkersburg ; South, 3-2; Tyler Sigler, Washington, dec. Adam Whitmore, Cabell Midland, 9-2; Lucas Simpkins, Ripley, fall Jonathan Skeens, Wheeling Park, 1:04; Guy Fisher, Point Pleasant, maj. dec. Raymond Davila, Parkersburg, 14-5.

132 lbs.
Isiaih Hood, University, fall Vince Hunt, Riverside, 4:24; Bryce Humphreys, Winfield, maj. dec. Chase Demoss, Shady Spring, 16-4; Chase Childers, Huntington, fall Todd Williams, Musselman, 5:27; John Raike, Point Pleasant, dec. Josh Gilger, Woodrow Wilson, 7-4.

138 lbs.
Bobby Mitchell, Cabell Midland, dec. Dylan Hall, John Marshall, 5-2; Jenson Lorea, George Wahsington, dec. Kody Kernan, Musselman, 5-4; Trey Harman, St Albans, dec. Tyler Gilger, Woodrow Wilson, 1-0; Cody Hamlin, University, dec. Dakota Linger, Buckhannon-Upshur, ; 4-1 OT.

145 lbs.
Dylan Taylor, Wheeling Park, dec. Micheal Milam, St Albans, 10-4; Jarod Jones, Washington, dec. Paden Christian, Huntington, 3-2; Dylan Richards, Parkersburg, dec. Chris Shumaker, Oak Hill, 3-1 OT; Zach Gwinn, Spring Valley, dec. Matt Fair, Buckhannon-Upshur, 7-6.

152 lbs.
Trapper Hays, Parkersburg, fall Cody Richmond, Shady Spring, 1:19; Dylan Alexander, Parkersburg South, maj. dec. Dakota Miller, Oak ; Hill, 11-0; Jonny Davis, Wheeling Park, fall Chance Stalnaker, Lewis ; County, 1:34; Jake Martin, Ripley, dec. Ryan Lopez, University, 12-6.

160 lbs.
Eric Banks, Wheeling Park, dec. Justin Leggett, Cabell Midland, 8-3; Danny Arndt, Musselman, dec. Josiah Solak, Greenbrier East, 4-3; Marc Williams, Oak Hill, dec. Hunter White, Point Pleasant, 8-6 OT; Seth Cutright, Buckhannon-Upshur, fall Preston Martin, Ripley, 3:11.

170 lbs.
Codie Barrows, Parkersburg, dec. Keeten Asbury, Shady Spring, 11-6; Kyle Rogers, Lewis County, maj. dec. Tim Blake, Cabell Midland, 10-0; Hunter Jones, George Wahsington, dec. Matthew Dixon, Parkersburg ; South, 3-1; Mark Becraft, Washington, dec. Carter Capehart, Huntington, 13-12.

182 lbs.
Justin Allman, Parkersburg South, dec. David Stas, Musselman, 4-2 OT; Jon Peterson, Point Pleasant, fall Chris Worley, Woodrow ; Wilson, 5:51; Zane Bradbury, Washington, maj. dec. Logan Wotring, Morgantown, 10-0; Stefan Gibbs, Huntington, dec. Charles Withrow, Greenbrier ; East, 2-1 OT.

195 lbs.
Tannor Hill, Point Pleasant, dec. Tyler Newhart-Koreski, ; Parkersburg South, 3-2 RIDEOUT; RJ Wilson, Washington, dec. Casey Munger, Brooke, 2-1 OT; Ryan Mills, Huntington, fall Max Chefren, Parkersburg, 5:12; Ryan Carson, Lewis County, dec. Isaiah Meyers, Wheeling Park, 9-4.

220 lbs.
Terrance Fanning, Preston, fall Jacob Duncan, Point Pleasant, 0:23; Logan Dilliner, Parkersburg South, dec. Austin Budd, ; Huntington, 11-10; Cullen Ebbert, John Marshall, fall Noah Julian, Winfield, 2:29; Hunter Skeens, Nitro, fall Geremy Paige, Wheeling Park, 1:33.

285 lbs.
Thomas Hall, Parkersburg South, fall Freddy Roush, Ripley, 5:21; Nigale Cabell, Huntington, dec. James Walton, Capital, 3-1 OT; Daniel Nolte, Buckhannon-Upshur, dec. Preston Wise, Brooke, 2-1; David Smith, George Wahsington, fall Nathan Jefferson, Cabell ; Midland, :32

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Friday’s final Results from the Class AAA high school wrestling tournament at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena:


CLASS AA-A


Team Standings

153 Independence. points. 2. Greenbrier West 110 points. 3. North Mariol 79 points. 4. Fairmont Seniol 77.5 points. 4. (tie) Oak Glen 77.5 points. 5. (tie) Calhoun County 77.5 points. 7. Clay County 70.5 points. 8. Roane County 69 points. 9. Williamstown 62.5 points. 10. East Fairmont 54 points. 11. Herbert Hoover 47.5 points. 12. Keyser 46 points. 13. St. Marys 44.5 points. 14. Nicholas County 44 points. 15. Grafton 39 points. 15. (tie) Wahama 39 points. 17. Cameron 26 points. 18. Ritchie County 25 points. 19. Braxton County 24 points. 20. Wirt County 21 points. 21. Berkeley Springs 20 points. 22. Magnolia 19 points. 23. Frankfort 13 points. 23. (tie) Bridgeport 13 points. 24. (tie) Petersburg 13 points. 26. Lincoln 12.5 points. 27. Sissonvile 12 points. 28. Philip Barbour 11 points. 28. (tie) Bluefield 11 points. 30. Doddridge County 10 points. 31. Clay-Battelle 9 points. 31. (tie) Fayetteville 9 points. 32. (tie) Buffalo 9 points. 33. (tie) Moorefield 9 points. 35. Wyoming East 8 points. 36. Liberty Harrison 7 points. 37. Robert C Byrd 6 points. 38. Ravenswood 5 points. 39. Webster County 3 points. 39. (tie) Midland Trail 3 points. 40. (tie) Richwood 3 points. 41. (tie) Liberty Raleigh 3 points. 43. Madonna. 43. (tie) Tyler Consolidated. 44. (tie) Weir High. 45. (tie) Poca.


Individual results


Championship - Semifinals.

106 lbs.
Jack Cummings, Clay County, fall Jacob Spencer, Roane County, :53; Alen Metheney, Calhoun County, dec. Ryan Debee, Oak Glen, 9-4.

113 lbs.
Cam Moore, Roane County, maj. dec. Danny Wyke, Oak Glen, 13-0; Logan Robertson, Greenbrier West, dec. Dalton Wilt, Keyser, 5-3.
Weight: 120; Ryan Elliott, North Marion, dec. Will Cox, ; Independence, 10-6; Jacob Monn, Ritchie County, maj. dec. Caleb Currence, Greenbrier ; West, 9-0.

126 lbs.
Cody Goff, Grafton, dec. Josh Cornell, Oak Glen, 7-2; Jacob Hart, Independence, fall Jacob Bennett, Wahama, 5:20.

132 lbs.
Dalton George, Williamstown, dec. Avery Flowers, Oak Glen, 8-1; Dustin Yoakum, Greenbrier West, dec. Kyle Elliott, North Marion, 5-2.

138 lbs.
Dalton Michael, East Fairmont, dec. Colton Ward, ; Independence, 5-1; Austin Stanley, North Marion, maj. dec. Nick Tice, Oak ; Glen, 13-5.

145 lbs.
Anthony Alvaro, Fairmont Senior, maj. dec. Garrett Crites ;, Keyser, 11-0; Cody Clifton, Independence, dec. Cole Ritchie, Calhoun County, 3-2.

152 lbs.
Hayden Stewart, East Fairmont, maj. dec. Jake Tracewell ;, Williamstown, 10-1; Noah Adams, Independence, dec. Tyler Moore, Grafton, 5-1.

160 lbs.
Malik Boatwright, Greenbrier West, fall Levi Jarvis, Braxton ; County, 2:31; Dustin Justice, Independence, dec. Luke Scott, Roane County, 6-5 OT.

170 lbs.
Alex Daniels, Independence, dec. Cody Rodeheaver, Keyser, 5-3; Marquis Frazier, Greenbrier West, dec. Kane Roush, Wahama, 4-3.

182 lbs.
Tyler Stewart, Clay County, dec. Caleb Nice, Magnolia, 3-0; Jake Tyler, Nicholas County, dec. Will Schoonover, Moorefield, 7-1.

195 lbs.
Jeremy Pratt, St. Marys, dec. Trey Williams, Independence, 7-4 OT; David Hastings, Williamstown, fall Mark Sutton, Bluefield, :43.

220 lbs.
Vincent Delligatti, Fairmont Senior, fall Wyatt Dawson ;, Clay County, :51; Zane Weese, Herbert Hoover, dec. Drew Hicks, Nicholas County, 6-3.

285 lbs.
Caije Nichols, Roane County, dec. Ryan Moore, Liberty Harrison, 2-1; Brent Barber, Fairmont Senior, dec. Noah Markley, ; Bridgeport, 6-2.


Championship - Quarterfinals

106 lbs.
Jacob Spencer, Roane County, dec. Hunter Riffle, Doddridge ; County, 3-0; Jack Cummings, Clay County tech. fall Jeremiah Gerhard, Frankfort, ; 18-2; Ryan Debee, Oak Glen, fall Chase Stover, Herbert Hoover, 4:57; Alen Metheney, Calhoun County, fall Joe Efaw, North Marion High ; School, 5:23.

113 lbs.
Danny Wyke, Oak Glen tech. fall Alex Davis, Berkeley Springs, 16-0; Cam Moore, Roane County, dec. Teddy Stover, Independence, 4-1; Dalton Wilt, Keyser, fall Riley Nice, Magnolia, 1:25; Logan Robertson, Greenbrier West, dec. Ryan Keckley, Sissonvile, 7-0.
Weight: 120; Ryan Elliott, North Marion, dec. Riley White, Roane ; County, 9-4; Will Cox, Independence, fall Corey Secrist, Petersburg, 2:55; Jacob Monn, Ritchie County, dec. Houstin McCune, Calhoun County, 4-2; Caleb Currence, Greenbrier West, dec. Ethen Whitlock, Keyser, 6-2.

126 lbs.
Josh Cornell, Oak Glen, dec. Ben Alderson, Greenbrier West, 3-1 OT; Cody Goff, Grafton, dec. Bailey Bowles, Fayetteville, 8-4; Jacob Hart, Independence, dec. Caleb Kuhn, North Marion High ; School, 2-0; Jacob Bennett, Wahama tech. fall Trent Borror, Petersburg, 18-3.

132 lbs.
Avery Flowers, Oak Glen tech. fall Billy Wilson, Berkeley Springs, ; 15-0; Dalton George, Williamstown, fall Jacob Cooper, Independence, 1:23; Kyle Elliott, North Marion, maj. dec. Alex West, ; Lincoln, 12-3; Dustin Yoakum, Greenbrier West, dec. Randale Robie, Wahama, 6-4.

138 lbs.
Dalton Michael, East Fairmont, dec. Cody Ferguson, ; Wirt County, 8-6; Colton Ward, Independence, maj. dec. Robert Pritt, Clay County, 16-6; Nick Tice, Oak Glen, dec. Casey Ritchie, Calhoun County, 3-2; Austin Stanley, North Marion, maj. dec. Brandon Weaver, ; Lincoln, 8-0.

145 lbs.
Anthony Alvaro, Fairmont Senior, fall Matt Moore, ; Nicholas County, :36; Garrett Crites, Keyser, fall Austin Raines, Williamstown, 4:23; Cody Clifton, Independence, dec. Ryan Arnett, North Marion High ; School, 6-2; Cole Ritchie, Calhoun County, fall CJ Capps, Berkeley Springs, :50.

152 lbs.
Hayden Stewart, East Fairmont, maj. dec. Jordan Tincher ;, Greenbrier West, 14-4; Jake Tracewell, Williamstown, dec. Logan Brown, Richwood, 5-1; Tyler Moore, Grafton, dec. Alex Shuman, Oak Glen, 3-0; Noah Adams, Independence, maj. dec. Andrew Lewis, North Marion High ; School, 17-5.

160 lbs.
Levi Jarvis, Braxton County, fall Hunter Haines, Cameron, 4:32; Malik Boatwright, Greenbrier West, dec. James Bell, Philip ; Barbour, 8-4; Luke Scott, Roane County, maj. dec. Paden McConaughey, Magnolia, 14-3; Dustin Justice, Independence, dec. Jacob Mellott, Keyser, 4-3.

170 lbs.
Alex Daniels, Independence, maj. dec. Cam Stewart, East Fairmont, 17-5; Cody Rodeheaver, Keyser, dec. Cole Boatright, Calhoun County, 13-6; Marquis Frazier, Greenbrier West won by forfeit over Mikey Houser, St. Marys; Kane Roush, Wahama tech. fall Bryson Dennison, Braxton County, 21-2.

182 lbs.
Caleb Nice, Magnolia, dec. Thomas Williams, Independence, 8-1; Tyler Stewart, Clay County, dec. Jacob Summe, Wyoming East, 6-1; Will Schoonover, Moorefield, dec. Waylon Miller, Cameron, 6-3; Jake Tyler, Nicholas County, fall Walker Siers, Wirt County, 1:25.

195 lbs.
Jeremy Pratt, St. Marys, dec. Demetrius Serevicz, Wahama, 5-3 OT; Trey Williams, Independence, dec. Brandon White, Clay County, 4-2; David Hastings, Williamstown, dec. Tyler Arnett, North Marion, 4-3; Mark Sutton, Bluefield, fall Braxton Lewis, Frankfort, 5:31.

220 lbs.
Vincent Delligatti, Fairmont Senior, dec. Dylan Pickrell ;, Wirt County, 3-1; Wyatt Dawson, Clay County, dec. Travis Pomp, Philip Barbour, 7-5; Drew Hicks, Nicholas County, maj. dec. Josh Hart, Ritchie County, 9-1; Zane Weese, Herbert Hoover, fall Corey Stewart, St. Marys, 5:55.

285 lbs.
Ryan Moore, Liberty Harrison, dec. Tyler Davis, St. Marys, 3-0; Caije Nichols, Roane County, fall Anthony Murdock, Midland ; Trail, 5:14; Noah Markley, Bridgeport, dec. Noah Mills, Oak Glen, 4-1; Brent Barber, Fairmont Senior, fall Thorton Hall, ; Nicholas County, 5:57

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

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

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

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

By R. J. Myers on 07.17.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Watching Alumni on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Thanks you for honest comments, Mr. Boggs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By A failed state of the state report. on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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What a glowing report.

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

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

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

By wasted lipstick on the pig. on 07.17.2018

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

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

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

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

By Voters For Accountability on 07.16.2018

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

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

By Reader on 07.14.2018

From the entry: 'GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Frank Wiseman on 07.14.2018

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

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

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

By GSC EMPLOYEE on 07.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Why Dr. Pellet and GSC BOG? on 07.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Citizen on 07.11.2018

From the entry: 'GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES'.

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

By Voters Watching on 07.10.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By WVU Prof. on 07.09.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WVU Political Scientist on 07.08.2018

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

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

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

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

Incest often produces less than desired outcomes as well.

By PAST Time for change @ GSC on 07.08.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Governance Changes Needed At GSC on 07.06.2018

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

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Bigger is better? Rarely.

Everyone knows that school consolidation has resulted in failed outcomes.

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

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

By Its just planned failure. on 07.05.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By GSC GRAD on 07.05.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Give All Facts on 07.03.2018

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

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

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

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

By Voters Watching on 07.03.2018

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

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

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

By Jumpin Jim Nose Dives on 07.03.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Good News For WV on 06.29.2018

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

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

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

Are the any honest people running for offices?

By crooks everywhere? on 06.27.2018

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

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

By The Silent Majority on 06.21.2018

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

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

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

By Good on 06.21.2018

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

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

By New Jobs? on 06.20.2018

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

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

By SAT Checker on 06.19.2018

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

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

By The Silent Majority on 06.18.2018

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

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

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

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

By Gilmer EDA...private club ? on 06.15.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By End Public Information Embargo on 06.13.2018

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

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If true, this would be great news!

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

How about it GCEDA President Jeff Campbell?

Lets hear from you.

By reader6 on 06.11.2018

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

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Interesting chart.

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

BUT, BUT, where are they?

By Where are they? on 06.08.2018

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

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

By Trespasser Will on 06.08.2018

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

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

By Trespasser Will on 06.07.2018

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

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

By Rural WV still waiting.... on 06.06.2018

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

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

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

By WV's dilapidated economy on 06.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Tresspasser Will on 06.03.2018

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

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

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

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

Love you dearly,

Cousin, Jo Ann xoxoxo

By Jo Ann Emrick on 06.01.2018

From the entry: 'Catherine Ann Umanetz'.

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

By Etched Memory on 05.31.2018

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

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

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

Keep up the good works!

By many kudos ! on 05.31.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Another black eye for state intervention ! on 05.30.2018

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

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All this Minney stuff brings up at least 2 questions:

WHY did state appointed super Devano hire Minney?

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

Either poor hiring practices or someone pulling strings.

By questions but no answers ? on 05.30.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Ridiculous on 05.30.2018

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

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

By FTM on 05.30.2018

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

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

By They were bad on 05.30.2018

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

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

By Don LK on 05.30.2018

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

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He got caught of mismanagement of public funds.

By Jeremy D on 05.30.2018

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

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

By Just Curious on 05.30.2018

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

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

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

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

By Some remember on 05.21.2018

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

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

By Sherry Straley Broggi and Rita Straley on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'Lora Faye Tomblin'.

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

Where’s DR? He never misses these events?

By Very nice project - great volunteers! on 05.17.2018

From the entry: 'CommunityImprovement™: Pavilion'.

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

By GSC RETENTION? on 05.15.2018

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

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

By Reader on 05.14.2018

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

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

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

By Alumni on 05.13.2018

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

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Some interesting results.  Should shake the trees a little.

By Spring cleaning! on 05.09.2018

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

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So sorry for your loss.  Prayers.

By Betty Woofter on 05.07.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WVDE Career Employees on 05.06.2018

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

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

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

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

By R. Page on 05.06.2018

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

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

In essence that is a FAILURE rate of 65% !

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

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

By Wv Has a FLAWED educational system ! on 05.05.2018

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

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

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

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

By Rex Page on 05.03.2018

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

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

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

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

By WVDE Watcher on 05.03.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Block Schedule Supported By Blockheads on 05.02.2018

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

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

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

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

By Pleased Parents on 05.02.2018

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

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Mr. Williams has it nailed down.  Solid.

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

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

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

But the failed administrators keep their jobs.

By Time To Clean the Education House! on 05.01.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WHERE ARE THE ENVIRONMENTALISTS ? ? on 05.01.2018

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

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

By Spring cleaning! on 05.01.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By We Want Better Schools on 04.30.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By WVDOE Disgusted on 04.20.2018

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

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

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

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

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

This is the WVBOE legacy.

By State BOE - dysfunctional is an understatement? on 04.16.2018

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

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Maybe Jimmy can pay some of his tax bills now?

By Justice, pay your tax bills! on 04.15.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

That is, if you are up to it.

By Kanawha Reader on 04.15.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Economist on 04.14.2018

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

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

By R. A. Beasley on 04.14.2018

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

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HaHaHaHaHaHaHa!

By Don't bring them to Gilmer! on 04.13.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By GCHS Parents on 04.12.2018

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

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