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Troy Elementary School’s Cinco de Mayo Event – 05.05.15-2

On May 05, 2015 Troy Elementary School students in grades Pre-K, Kindergarten, First, and Second celebrated Cinco de Mayo.
The photos show the piñatas students made in art class.

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Troy Elementary School’s Cinco de Mayo Event – 05.05.15-3

On May 05, 2015 Troy Elementary School students in grades Pre-K, Kindergarten, First, and Second celebrated Cinco de Mayo.
The photos show the piñatas students made in art class.

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Troy Elementary School’s Cinco de Mayo Event – 05.05.15-4

On May 05, 2015 Troy Elementary School students in grades Pre-K, Kindergarten, First, and Second celebrated Cinco de Mayo.
The photos show the piñatas students made in art class.
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GSC Class of 2015 Receives Their Diplomas; Facemire Delivers Keynote Address

GLENVILLE, WV – Glenville State College’s 141st Commencement Ceremony took place on Saturday, May 09, 2015 in the college’s Waco Center.

The Glenville State College Class of 2015 includes graduates who completed requirements for an Associate or Bachelor’s Degree in a variety of academic areas including business, criminal justice, teacher education, and natural resource management among others. The GSC Class of 2015 is made up of nearly 120 students who completed their degree requirements in May 2015. The grads hail from throughout West Virginia, seven other states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, and Serbia.

Keynote speaker and West Virginia Senator Doug Facemire delivered an address to graduates and guests. Facemire, a Gassaway, West Virginia native, serves West Virginia’s Twelfth District as part of his political duties, is the owner of Facemire Foods, and was recognized with an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service degree from GSC in 2012.

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Madison Martin (L), a Lady Pioneer Basketball team member, management student,
and Hidden Promise Scholar, poses for a photo after the 141st GSC Commencement Ceremony


Retiring business professor Cinda Echard was bestowed with the title of Faculty Emerita at the event. Additionally, 23 members of the GSC Class of 1965 were honored as fifty year graduates. Recognizing the fifty year graduates has become a tradition at GSC’s Commencement Ceremony.

Individual awards also were presented during the ceremony to an outstanding faculty member and graduate. Associate Professor of English Dr. Jonathan Minton received the 2015 Faculty Award of Excellence while the 2015 Student Leadership Award was given to graduating senior education student Kayleigh Huck of Delaware, Ohio.

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GSC grads John Royce (R) and Daniel Dykema (L)
snap a post-ceremony photo using Royce’s GoPro and a selfie stick


“Each of you should take great pride in your success. You should leave this occasion proudly and ready—or nearly ready—to take your places in the world. At Glenville State, you have committed your time, your energies, and your passions in the successful pursuit of the knowledge and skills to be productive citizens,“ said Glenville State College President Dr. Peter Barr in comments to the graduates.

Fall classes at GSC will begin on Monday, August 17, 2015.

For information on enrolling and beginning your journey as a GSC Pioneer, contact the Glenville State College Office of Admissions at www.glenville.edu or 304.462,4128.

NEARLY $10 MILLION FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS IN WEST VIRGINIA

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Washington, D.C. –U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced that four West Virginia health centers will receive a total of $9,968,539 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The funding will be used to help the health centers continue providing comprehensive primary and preventive health care to local residents.

“It’s so important that our families can get the preventive and primary care that will keep them healthy,” Senator Manchin said. “This funding will help these facilities provide the best possible preventive care, treatment and health services, especially to our children, veterans and seniors.”

“All West Virginians should have access to quality care. I am glad to join with Senator Manchin to announce this important funding, which will help these facilities provide needed medical services, and protect the health and well-being of our people and our state,” said Senator Capito.

The individual award amounts are below:

·    $5,769,614 – Valley Health Systems – Huntington, WV

·    $1,543,987 – Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center – Grantsville, WV

·    $1,482,710 – Preston-Taylor Community Health Centers – Grafton, WV

·    $1,172,228 – Bluestone Health Association – Princeton, WV

City of Glenville Police Report - April 2015

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City of Glenville, WV Police Report - April 2015
Crime/Ordinance Violation
Officer
Disposition
Location
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked High School
Reckless Driver Jenkins Spoke to suspect N. Lewis Street
Reckless Driver Huffman/Jenkins Negative Contact W. Main Street
Stop Sign Violation Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Jenkins Warnings Issued for Defective Equipment and Expired MVI N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning Mineral Road
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street.
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street.
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street.
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street.
Stop Sign Violation Garrett Warnings Issued for Stop Sign violation and No Proof of Registration
Driving without headlights Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Vehicle unlock Jenkins Vehicle Unlocked Dollar General
Alarm investigation Huffman Everything ok Beverly Drive
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and Failure to Signal Warning issued for unsigned registration N. Lewis Street
Failure to yield right of way Jenkins Warning Mineral Road
Speeding Huffman Warning Walnut Street
Speeding Jenkins Warnings Issued for Speeding, Left of Center, and Expired Registration Mineral Road
Speeding Jenkins Warnings Issued for Speeding and Left of Center Mineral Road
Defective Equipment Jenkins Warning W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Jenkins Warning Issued for Defective Equipment Cited for No Proof of Insurance E. Main Street
Talking on Phone While Driving Jenkins Cited for No Proof of Insurance and Driving while Suspended N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Cited Mineral Road.
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Jenkins Cited N. Lewis Street.
Speak to an officer Huffman Spoke to subject about trespassing complaint Brooklyn Dr.
Theft Huffman Criminal Investigation Started Glenville State College
Search Warrant Huffman/Jenkins Search Warrant Served Stolen Property Recovered Goodwin Hall
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Courthouse Parking Lot
Warrant Service Huffman Suspect Arrested for Petit Larceny x25 Goodwin Hall
Assist another Agency Jenkins Assisted GSC on an investigation Goodwin Hall
DUI Jenkins Subject arrested for DUI and driving on a Revoked Operators Whiting Ave.
Assist another Agency Jenkins Assisted Braxton County on Pursuit Braxton County
Left of Center Garrett Cited for Driving Suspended 2nd offense N. Lewis Street
Juvenile Possession of Tobacco Huffman Cited x2, Juvenile Petitions filed for Minor in Possession of Tobacco, Contributing to a Minor High School
Speeding Jenkins Warnings Issued for Speeding, Unsigned Registration S. Lewis Street.
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street.
Expired MVI Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Jenkins Warning Issued for Defective Equipment and Cited for No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street.
Active Shooter Drill Huffman Assisted GSC with Active Shooter Drill GSC
Assist another Agency with Car Accident Huffman Assisted GSC with MVC Waco Center
Speak to an officer Huffman Spoke to subject about stolen property suspect returned property so victim refused to file charges High School
Assist another Agency on Traffic stop Huffman K9 deployment Vanhorn Drive
Speeding Jenkins Warning Mineral Road
Speeding Jenkins Warning Mineral Road
Stop Sign Violation Garrett Warning Lynn Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning Mineral Road
Disabled motorist Huffman Vehicle moved from roadway N. Lewis Street
Reckless Driver Huffman Negative Contact Church Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning S. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning S. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Jenkins Warnings issued for defective Equipment and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Cited N. Lewis Street
Suspicious Activity Garrett Unable to Locate subject Advanced Auto
Assist EMS Garrett Assisted EMS on medical call N. Lewis Street
Speak to an officer Huffman Subject wanted to file stolen vehicle complaint vehicle wasn’t stolen it was at a local garage getting damage fixed N. Lewis Street
Motor vehicle Accident Huffman Accident Report Filed Foodland Parking Lot
Speeding Jenkins Warnings Issued for Speeding and Failure to Carry operators Mineral Road
Alarm investigation Huffman Everything ok managers security code wasn’t working Advanced Auto
Speeding Huffman Warning Issued for Unsigned Registration and Cited for Speeding W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Active Domestic Huffman All Verbal no Domestic WVSP arrested one for Possession of Heroin Conrad Court
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning S. Lewis Street



New Cases# 32 -  Previous Month   New Cases # 23 - Up 9

Petit Larceny x25 (Subject arrested)

DUI (Subject arrested)

Driving Revoked (Subject arrested)

Driving Suspended 2nd offense (Cited)

Minor in Possession of Tobacco x2 (Cited)

Minor in Possession of Tobacco (Juvenile Petition Filed)

Contributing to a Minor (Juvenile Petition Filed)

Citations Issued # 11 -  Previous Month   Citations# 41 -  Down 30

Warnings Issued # 52 -  Previous Month Warnings# 118 -  Down 66

Traffic Stops # 49 -  Previous Month Traffic Stops# 100 -  Down 51

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report - 04.29.15

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On Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by Judge Jack Alsop was in Gilmer County Circuit Court.


•  Six juvenile hearings were held.


Three sentencings and a probation revocation were heard and dealt with as follows:

•  State of West Virginia vs. Tyler Sutphin

He was previously found guilty by a jury of 2 felonies and 3 misdemeanors had his sentencing deferred and was sent to Anthony Center for Youthful Offenders for not less than 6 months nor more than 2 years.

He was represented by Brian Bailey of Buckhannon.


•  State of West Virginia vs. John Puffenbarger

He was represented by David Karickhoff of Sutton was sentenced to the penitentiary for not less than 5 nor more than 15 years for 2 counts of incest, making his total to serve of not less than 10 nor more than 30 years in the penitentiary.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Christopher Puffenbarger

He was represented by Chris Moffatt of Charleston had his sentencing deferred and was sent to Anthony Center for Youthful Offenders for not less than 6 months nor more than 2 years for his 1 count plea to incest.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Evan Tingler

He was before the Court for a preliminary hearing involving revocation of his probation.

He waived his preliminary, made admissions and asked to be sentenced immediately.

Judge Alsop revoked Tingler’s probation and sentenced him to 12 months in Central Regional Jail for petit larceny, 3 months in Central Regional Jail for entering without breaking of an automobile (a misdemeanor) and 1-10 years in the penitentiary for entering without breaking (a felony).

Previously Tingler had served enough time to kill his 2 Central Regional Jail sentences thus he only has to serve the 1-10 after he completes his Wood County sentence.

He was represented by Clinton Bischoff of Summersville.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Laura Cottrill

She was before the Court for reduction of her bond.

Judge Alsop lowered her bond to $50,000.00 good and sufficient surety to be approved by the Clerk.

WV Eighth Graders Receive Golden Horseshoe Award on Friday, May 01, 2015

CHARLESTON, WV – Knowledge of the Mountain State really paid off for a group of eighth graders who were honored with a prestigious award at the Culture Center Friday.

On Friday, 233 eighth grade students from across the state received the award for their knowledge of history and culture.

State Superintendent Michael Martirano inducted the students from all 55 counties as Knights of the Golden Horseshoe Society during a pinning ceremony at the Culture Center in Charleston. The award is considered one of the greatest honors bestowed upon students in West Virginia.

“The Golden Horseshoe is coveted by many in the state, but received by very few,“ said Martirano. “It is an honor that these students can be proud of for years to come.“

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The Golden Horseshoe test has been administered in West Virginia each year since 1931 and is the longest running program of its kind in the United States. The top-scoring students in each county receive the prestigious award. Each county has at least two winners. The exam tests student knowledge on West Virginia citizenship, civics and government, economics, geography, history and current events.

The Golden Horseshoe originated in the early 1700s in Virginia when then-Governor Alexander Spotswood saw the need for exploration of the land west of the Allegheny Mountains, most of which is now West Virginia. Spotswood organized a party of about 50 men to explore the frontier. At the end of the exploration, he presented each member of the party with a golden horseshoe.

Translated from Latin, the inscription on each horseshoe read, “Thus it was decided to cross the mountains.“ On the other side was written, “Order of the Golden Horseshoe.“ Because of this, the recipients became known as ‘The Knights of the Golden Horseshoe.‘“

Those who Received Golden Horseshoe Award in the Region Are:

 

Barbour
Ariel Jones
Gage Poling
Anna Ruf

Braxton
Brady Bender
Garrett Perkins
Sydney Skidmore

Calhoun
Jeremy Parsons
Destiny Wager

Clay
Oliva Legg
Heather Sears
James Summers

Doddridge
Andrew McKinney
Jamila Wright

Gilmer
Logan Phares
Kaylene Snyder

Harrison
Hailie Davis
Brooke Driscoll
Alanna Lowther
Tristan Nolte
Vincent Pinti
Gunnar Webb

Lewis
Brice Johnston
Ryan Overton
Makenna Spangler

Nicholas
Kate Belmont
Hannah Dorsey
Brayden Hornsby
Madison Spencer

Ritchie
Haley Mitchel
Michael Sammons
Samuel Summers

Roane
Dylan Hammack
Carley Jarrell
Jeffrey Proctor-Kinsley

Tyler
Dylan Seckman
Noah Smith
Alaina Thompson

Upshur
Anthony Cutlip
Tyler Sikarskie
Seth Warner

Webster
Andrew Holcomb
Parker Stout
ShaiAnne Williams

Wetzel
Cameron Melott
Jordan Stackpole
Noah Wade

Wirt
Bradley Hall
Sophia Steigleder

Wood
Benjamin Barbarito
Phillip Essenmacher
Jackson Hudkins
Andrew Larsen
Bryce Moore
Hunter Tate
Nathan Winger
Kathy Williams - Honorary Winner

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MOST WV SCHOOLS HAVE HIGH TRUANCY RATE

MOST WV SCHOOLS HAVE HIGH TRUANCY RATE
Calhoun’s Truancy Rate Unavailable, Gilmer School’s Truancy Rate 50%

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WV state school board member Wade Linger recently said that in some counties teachers are missing more days than their students.

State education officials acknowledge there may be a problem but couldn’t provide any firm numbers to support the Linger’s allegation.

Thirty-nine of West Virginia’s 55 counties had more than a quarter of their students truant last school year. Twenty-four out of 55 had more than a third truant.

Four counties — Gilmer, Lewis, McDowell and Wyoming — had more than half their students truant.

Calhoun school superintendent Tim Woodyard did not respond to a public information request regarding the rate of Calhoun student absenteeism.

Woodward also declined to comment on the teacher rate of absenteeism.

Last year, Calhoun Schools said significant progress had been made in reducing student truancy, but the truancy rate is not available.

Students are considered truant when they have five or more absences.

The Kanawha school board unanimously voted to revise its employee attendance policy to add the requirement that teachers and other workers show proof of a doctor’s appointment within five days once they return to work.

In 2013, legislators pushed a bill to address the alleged problem, then-state schools Superintendent Jim Phares said informal data showed Linger’s assertion was true for most counties.

The state Department of Education doesn’t have teacher absenteeism data that’s comparable statewide, said spokeswoman Liza Cordeiro.

“There is not a standardized mechanism for reporting from county to county,” Cordeiro said. “We are currently working with a team to develop standardized reporting categories and should have concrete numbers by this summer.”

Dale Lee, president of the West Virginia Education Association teachers union said, “I think there may be individual instances where it is being abused… and those individuals should be dealt with themselves. But as a whole, I don’t think it’s a problem.”

Less than six months later, The Kanawha school board unanimously voted to revise its employee attendance policy to add the requirement that teachers and other workers show proof of a doctor’s appointment within five days once they return to work.

“What we found was happening was that once people started getting letters warning them of their six unexcused absences, they started piling up the doctors’ excuses, which created a lot of hassles,” said the Kanawha school board’s lawyer, Jim Withrow.

Kanawha Schools Superintendent Ron Duerring said that Kanawha County faces issues with having to pay for substitutes to cover for employees who start off a school year, use all 15 sick days and then quit before school gets out.

Duerring said, “When things like this come up, it’s really deflecting away from the real issues and the problems that we’re having.”

~~  Bob Weaver - Challenge WV ~~

WVSBDC celebrates National Small Business Week

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CHARLESTON, WV — In honor of entrepreneurs during National Small Business Week May 04 - 08, the West Virginia Small Business Development Center will offer workshops for startup businesses at no cost.

The standard rate for the Business Fundamental workshop is $35. Led by WVSBDC business coaches, the workshops are designed for those who are thinking of starting, or have had a business for one year or less.

Workshop attendees should still register for workshops so WVSBDC business coaches can supply materials for all participants.

“More than 95 percent of West Virginia businesses are small businesses,” said Kristina Oliver, state director, West Virginia Small Business Development Center (WVSBDC). “Our mission is to not only encourage entrepreneurs to start businesses, but to continue to help them succeed and grow.”

The WVSBDC has scheduled several workshops during National Small Business Week. The roster of workshops held across the state year round can be found on the agency’s website www.wvsbdc.org by clicking the training calendar.

May 05
- Harrisville, 6 – 9 PM, 217 West Main Street. Contact: Marsa C. Myers,
304.926.4169

- Berkeley Springs, 9 AM – Noon, The Pines Opportunity Center, 109 War Memorial Drive. Contact: Mary Hott,
304.380.3279

- Wheeling, 9 AM – Noon, WVNCC B&O Building Room 418, 1704 Market Street. Contact: Donna Schramm,
304.214.8973

- Welch, 10 AM – 1 PM, 90 Howard St, Welch.  Contact: Harold Patterson,
304.767.0532

- Grantsville, 6 – 9 PM, Commons Area, Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center, 5260 East Little Kanawha Highway. Contact: Marsa C. Myers,
304.926.4169    

- Williamson, 9 AM – Noon, 1100 East 4th Avenue. Contact: Dreama Wolfingbarger,
304.957.2083

- Winfield, 9 AM – Noon, 5664 State Route 34. Contact:, Bryan Shaw, 304.528.5617

May 07
- Martinsburg, 9 AM – Noon, 5550 Winchester Avenue. Contact: Mary Hott, 304.380.3279

- Bluefield, 1 – 4 PM, 219 Rock Street, Mahood Hall, Paul Cole School of Business. Contact: Harold Patterson,
304.767.0532      

- Moorefield, 6 – 8:30 PM, Ste. 2, 151 Robert C Byrd Industrial Park Road. Contact: Beth Ludewig,
304.530.4964

- Buckhannon, 10 AM – 1 PM, Upshur County Economic Development Authority, 30 East Main Street. Susie Higgins,
304.472.1757

- Beckley, 1 – 4 PM, WorkForce West Virginia building , 299 New River Drive. Contact: Joe Carlucci,
304.767.8127

- Charleston, 9 AM – Noon, 1116 Smith Street. Dreama Wolfingbarger, 304.957.2083

May 08
- Huntington, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI ) Building, 1050 Fourth Avenue, briefing room. Contact: Amber Wilson,
304.528.5616

The workshops are the second step in the WVSBDC Three Step Jump Start.

Step 1: Watch the online video on the WVSBDC website www.wvsbdc.org. The video explains available WVSBDC services available to new and established entrepreneurs.

Step 2: Attend a workshop led by a WVSBDC business coach. The training, designed for startup and new (1 year or less) companies, covers business fundamentals. Typically, workshops are offered at a minimum cost. This year, the cost is waived during Small Business Week.

Step 3: Make an appointment with a WVSBDC business coach. The coach works with the business owner as an advisor and guide. Coaches can help with business plan development, financial statement preparation, cash flow analysis and other services. There is no cost for WVSBDC’s confidential one-on-one coaching services.

The WVSBDC is part of the West Virginia Development Office and creates economic impact through offering entrepreneurs and small businesses cost-effective business coaching and technical assistance. The West Virginia SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The WVSBDC is an Accredited Member of America’s SBDC network.

G-Eye™: Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting Report - 04.20.15

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REGULAR MEETING REPORT
Gilmer County Board of Education
Gilmer County High School
Monday, April 20, 2015 – 6:00 PM

I. CALL TO ORDER - Roll Call by President


II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE


III. DELEGATIONS


IV. CONSENT AGENDA

        A. Minutes: March 16, 2015 (Regular & Special)

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MINUTES REGULAR MEETING

The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer Monday, March 16, 2015 - 6:00 PM Gilmer County High School

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 PM by President, Dr. Williams Simmons.

ROLL CALL

Members present: Misty Pritt, Tom Ratliff, William Simmons, Carl Armour, Norma Hurley and Gabriel J. Devono, Secretary.

Others Present: Rick Kinder, Cheryl Strother, Nasia Butcher, Dave Ramezan, Kyre-Anna Minney, Bob Hardman, Michelle Raines and Kim Bonnett.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Tom Ratliff led the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance.

DELEGATIONS

Rick Kinder
Michelle Raines
Dave Ramezan
Kim Bonnett (on behalf of WVEAJ)

CONSENT AGENDA

Misty Pritt moved to approve all consent agenda and new business items and Tom Ratliff seconded. Motion passed 5-0.

REVIEW 7 CONSIDER REVISIONS OF DELEGATION POLICY

Norma Hurley moved to table item and Carl Armour seconded. Motion passed 5-0.

MASONIC CORNERSTONE - GILMER COUNTY ELEMENTARY

Carl Armour made a motion to have no action on the item because the Board does not have any authority for new facilities and should the State decide to place the cornerstone, the state or the Masons should assume all financial responsibilities. Norma Hurley seconded the motion. Motion passed 5-0.

SUPERINTENDENTS INFORMATION

A. Spring break and calendar-Misty Pritt moved to approve the third option voted on by employees which is observing Good Friday and Monday as Spring Break and to utilize April 7-10 as instructional days. Tom Ratliff seconded. Motion passed 5-0.

B. Request for Purchase Technology-Mr. Devono read the following recommendation to the Board:

Gilmer County Board of Education: I am proposing for the Gilmer County Board of Education to approve the purchase of approximately 215 HP touch screen laptops, as indicated in your packet, for Gilmer County High School. Increasing one-to-one student to computer became goal #5 in our strategic plan for 2014-2015 as you know from previous presentations and sessions for our strategic plan. I met with the GCHS technology committee. The high school technology committee requested for all 7th and 8th graders to have one-to-one devices. The technology committee also indicated a need for providing both GCHS 9-12 Math teachers one-to-one instructional devices and a need to provide the 11th and 12th grade Science teacher one-to-one devices.
In the state board of education standards, our classroom teachers are required to teach standards for student technology use. Within WVDE policy 2520.14, you will find standards for grades 5-8 and 9-12 that specifically outline objectives, skills, and outcomes for technology applications in ALL core subject classrooms that cannot be met unless students have access to devices.
It is a right and responsibility of a superintendent to research and identify the need and resources to accomplish shared goals for improving the educational process. I am proposing for the Gilmer County Board of Education to approve the purchase of approximately 215 HP touch screen laptops through state approved AEPA (Association for Educational Purchasing Agencies) consortium for Gilmer County High School. The funding has been secured out of STEP 7b which is directly provided for technology integration within our school district.

Carl Armour made a motion to deny the Superintendent’s request. Motion died for lack of a second. Misty Pritt made a motion to accept the recommendation of the Superintendent on proposed technology. Tom Ratliff seconded. Motion passed 4-1. Carl Armour opposed.

C.  LIREC Grant and Policy 2512.

BOARD REPORTS

Dr. Armour reported on the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center meeting of February 26, 2015.

Dr. Simmons reported on RESA 7 and Leading Creek Elementary and HB2755.

The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will be March 16 2015, 6:00 pm. at Gilmer County High School.

ADJOURNMENT

Carl Armour moved and Tom Ratliff seconded that the meeting adjourn at 7:53 PM. Motion carried unanimously.

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MINUTES SPECIAL MEETING

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:30 PM by President, Dr. William Simmons.

ROLL CALL

Members present: Carl Armour, Misty Pritt, Tom Ratliff, William Simmons, Norma Hurley and Gabriel Devono, Secretary.

Others Present: Kyre-Anna Minney, Nasia Butcher and Dave Ramezan.

APPROVE LEVY RATES

Superintendent distributed the levy schedule to board members.

RECESS

Norma Hurley moved and Misty Pritt seconded that the meeting be recessed until April 21, 2015 at 8:00 AM at the Gilmer County Board of Education Office. Motion passed unanimously.


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        B. Budget Supplements & Transfers

        C.  Financial Statement/Treasurer’s Report

        D.  Accounts Payable

        E.  Student Transfers

        F.  School Volunteers

        G.  Field Trips

We apologize for lack of report. We have asked for this information in person, in meetings, and in writing multiple times, but still we are not getting the information ALL previous Superintendents provided. Instead, we receive several blank pages with heading for each line items.


V. NEW BUSINESS

        A.  WV School Board Assoc. Membership Fees

        B.  Adopt Embedded Credit Policy

        C.  Approve 2015-2016 School Calendar

        D.  Adopt Textbooks for Health, Reading Language Arts

        E.  Affordable Care Act


VI. Nasia Butcher, Principal, Gilmer County High School


VII. SUPERINTENDENT’S INFORMATION/ACTION
        A.  LSIC Meeting Updates

VIII. REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW-UP ACTION

        A.  CGCC-  Dr. Carl Armour – March 17, 2015

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Calhoun-Gilmer Administrative Council Official Minutes March 17, 2015

Members Present:
Mr. Timothy Woodward, Presiding
Mr. Gabriel Devono, Gilrner Supt.
Mrs. Jenna Jett, Calhoun Absent:
Dr. Carl Armour, Gilmer
Mr. Bryan P. Sterns, Secretary

Others Present:
Lisa Moore
Mr. Jason Hughes

ITEM I-Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Mr. Woodward at 11:00 AM.

ITEM II - Agenda Adjustments

None

ITEM III - Delegations

None

ITEM IV - Approval of Minutes

The minutes of January 26, 2015 were presented for approval. Dr. Armour moved to approve the minutes as presented; second by Mrs. Jett. Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous.

ITEM V-Reports

Mr. Sterns and Mr. Woodward both reported that the OEPA exit interview was very positive. The official report will be out in May or June.

Mr. Sterns presented the Council with a Power Point of the Simulated Workplace. He also informed members that Mr. Jackson with Law and Public Safety and Mr. McCormick with Networking and Computer Repair will be participating in Pilot programs next school year and they are both attending a training on April 24 at United Technical Center.

ITEM VI - New Business

Financial Matters: The list of bills, the financial report, a budget supplement and transfers, and the CGCC Individual School Financial Report for February were presented for approval.  Dr. Armour moved to approve the financial matters as presented; second by Mr. Devono.  Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous.

Personnel: There were no personnel matters.

Workbase Placement: Mr. Sterns presented two MOUs for approval. Mrs. Jett moved to approve the list as presented; second by Dr. Armour.  Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous.

Embedded Credit: Mr. Sterns presented two Memorandums of Understanding between Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center and Calhoun County and Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center and Gilmer County to provide students an opportunity to earn Embedded English Credit. Each county board is responsible for developing their own policy. Dr. Armour moved to accept the MOUs as presented and Mrs. Jett seconded the motion. After some discussion, Mrs. Jett moved to rescind the motion, seconded by Dr. Armour. Dr. Armour moved to accept the MOUs pending Gilmer’s Board Approval of an embedded credit policy. Mr. Devono seconded the motion. Motion carried. Vote: unanimous.

LEA: Mr. Sterns presented the council with a draft of the LEA plan. Dr. Armour moved to accept the LEA as presented, seconded by Mr. Devono. Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous.

General Discussion:

Mr. Sterns reported that Dr. D’Antoni will be visiting on April 29, 2015. This is a rescheduled visit. She will be meeting with staff and students.

Council was very complimentary of the Joint LSIC meeting. Several members spoke of how impressed they were with the students who presented that evening.

Mr. Sterns expressed concern over scheduling issues for the SY2015-16. Due to the inclement weather, Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Instructors are just now completing their presentations at GCHS and the Eighth and Tenth grade visits are not scheduled until next week. As schedules are being developed for students for the next school year, Mr. Sterns expressed that he is in hopes that students will be given the opportunity to adjust their schedules if they express an interest in attending the Career Center. Also, Mr. Devono asked Mr. Sterns if presentations could be done at various times at the High Schools not only at just one particular time. The discussion of also opening up visits with the Elementary age students was addressed as well.

It was brought to council’s attention that we are currently unable to contact Bus Driver Colin Hartshorn with our current radio. Mr. Sterns would like to contact Joe Frashure, Transportation Director in Gilmer County to see if we would be able to correct that.
Several adjustments in the School Calendar were noted regarding Early Dismissal dates and Spring Break dates. Gilmer County will be out of session on April 03 and April 06 and will be converting April 07-10th as instructional days. CGCC will follow the Gilmer County Calendar as voted on previously by this council.
ITEM VI - Adjournment and Scheduling of Next Meeting

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Calhoun-Gilmer Administrative Council will be held on April 21, 2015 at 11:00 AM. With no further business, the meeting adjourned on motion of Mrs. Jett; second by Mr. Devono. Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous.
Mr. Timothy Woodward, Presiding Mr. Bryan P. Sterns, Secretary

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IX. ADJOURNMENT


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GLENVILLE EMERGENCY HORN MOVED TO BETTER SITE

WANT TO SEE THE OLD TOWN EMERGENCY HORN – Look no farther, the heavy noisemaking machine is pictured above, at its final resting place, after it was taken down on last Wed evening, April 15 from its longtime perch on the Gilmer County Courthouse’s roof. Gilmer Co. OEM Deputy Director Eric Squires who also serves as Gilmer County Fire Department Board Member arranged the move of the siren. A large forklift donated by Mr. I.L. Morris was used to get the nearly 600 pound siren off the roof.

The siren has been the center of controversy for some time. Area residents have had mixed feelings about the siren being active, while some enjoy knowing when an emergency is taking place, others find it disruptive and loud especially in the middle of the night, but several years ago, it wore out and was no longer working. As a result, The Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department had it completely re-worked and ready to be put back in operational order, once again. However, while at the Courthouse residence in downtown Glenville, Brooklyn, and River Street areas were the only people able to hear the siren clearly.

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Deputy Director Squires now relays that it will be placed on top of the College hill beside of the Glenville Utilities water tank. The purpose of the move was to make the siren useful but avoid direct disturbance to the Court house / annex daily functions as well as the college students residing on Glenville State’s campus. It will be positioned so that area residence in Hay City, Vanhorn Drive, Camden Flats, Mineral Road, River Street, and Downtown Glenville area will all benefit from the activation of the siren. The siren serves only 2 purposes at this time, No. 1 is to let people know that an emergency is taking place and they should use caution and expect Fire Trucks and personnel to be traveling from one destination to another with lights and sirens, and No. 2 is to assist with notification of our local firefighters. Often times a firefighter will step out of the vehicle or be outside their residences working and not have a radio/pager to hear an emergency toned out. After hearing the siren activated the fireman becomes alert and goes to the radio to listen for more details and prepares their response to help others.

Squires also stated that the siren will have a timer on it and will not activate between 10pm and 6am.  Many years ago the older residents may remember that the type of emergency taking place determined how many times the “fire whistle” would blow. Unfortunately, in the future we will not have this option due to funding availability for the project, the number of times the “fire whistle” blows will NOT indicate what type of fire activity is taking place in the community but only that one is in progress.

~~  Eric Squires ~~

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report - 04.27.15

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On Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Judge Jack Alsop appeared by video conference for a juvenile matter.


On Monday, April 27, 2015 Chief Judge Facemire presided over his regular monthly motion day.

•  He heard 4 juvenile cases, renewed a capias for Roseann Shelton and took 2 pleas as follows:


•  State of West Virginia vs. Kyle Britner

He pled to conspiracy and the other counts of the indictment were dismissed with prejudice to the State of West Virginia.

He was represented by Clinton Bischoff of Summersville.

After a presentence investigation is done by Mike Haley, probation officer, he will be sentenced at 10:00 AM on Monday, June 22, 2015.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Desirae Miller

She had a misdemeanor information filed against her for possession of a controlled substance (Cocaine).

Judge Facemrie conditionally accepted said plea and took the motion to dismiss her 7 count indictment under advisement wanting to review it.

Judge Facemire did permit her to post a $5,000.00 PR bond and released her from jail with random weekly drug and alcohol testing.

She was represented by Bryan Hinkle of Buckhannon.

She will be sentenced on Monday, June 22, 2015 at 9:50 AM.

She is not to have ANY contact with any of her co-defendants.

Gilmer County Family Court Report - 04.22.15

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Gilmer County Family Court Judge Larry Whited took the following actions Wednesday, April 15, 2015:

•  Dismissed 2 domestic violence petitions.

•  Dismissed 2 divorces because the parties did not appear to pursue the divorce.

•  One divorce was reset for Wednesday, May 13, 2015.



On Wednesday, April 22, 2015 Family Court Judge granted 3 divorces as follows:

•  Thomas Henline Jr. (47) of Glenville, WV divorced Joan C. Henline (49) of Troy, WV.

•  Stephen Holloway ((56) of Glenville, WV divorced Lesley Holloway (50) of Memphis, TN.

•  Karisa Singleton (24) address undisclosed divorced Joshua Singleton (28) of Madison,WV.

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