It is about time that Charleston came out with clear language about seriousness of school boards and individuals on them being legally liable for overspending.
Nothing like it went to the public during intervention while the GCBOE was stripped of all its power.
No wonder now why all along some GCBOE members have asked probing questions about finances and they were not answered. More power to those conscientious individuals who tried hard to do their jobs and we support them 100%.
There must be a full accounting of every dollar spent during intervention with no local oversight and no accountability at all for State-appointed superintendents.
We need a complete accounting of spending for the Linn school, the loss of public money at the top of the hill on Arbuckle property, spending at Cedar Creek, unplanned spending at the GCES, the BOE office move to the Minnie Hamilton building, the scandal from the new GCES being built too small, and much more. Citizens have tracked the waste and mismanagement for years and we are outraged.
Unless a full accounting is done for public disclosure another excess levy will never pass in the County although we understand that there will be a major reset on July 1.
Thank you GFP for getting Paine’s letter out to Gilmer County.
The fix could be simple. First, everyone pay 10 percent federal, 3 percent state, and 1 percent local taxes on all income. Straight forward, no arguments, taken from pay checks and paid to the proper authorities (that is if we can get good ones elected that will use the money properly for education, infrastructure, defense, aid for the true disabled/welfare, etc). Second, there are no deductions(sorry accountants). Third, no taxes on corporations so they are free to reinvest into their business and hire more people to work(that is if you can find qualified people not on drugs these days). Fourth, get people off government support that don’t belong there(sorry again druggies and lazies). Now if you find someone taking advantage of the current tax laws, don’t blame them for wanting to keep their own money. That’s correct, their money, not yours. We have elected the people and keep doing that who make these laws. The Clinton’s and the Bush’s and the Kennedy’s, life long politicians. If you get rich being a politician, then you need to go. At least Trump got rich first and then became a politician. Sort of did it backwards didn’t he. Each and every person that wants Trump to produce his tax returns, it is time for all of them to produce theirs. The world is full of them. Me, I can care less what he makes. Good for him. Good for me. Get over it, the left lost the election, just like the right did 8 years ago. The reason Trump is president is because the last 8 years the left didn’t get it done and Clinton was a horrible candidate. Too much baggage and ran a horrible campaign also. I think she thought she couldn’t lose but she did. Now the left is acting like babies that they can be at times and it doesn’t look good. Instead of trying to run Trump(who used to be a democrat) down, why not give him a bit of support so our country will come back stronger. It seems the media is completely against Trump, all we see is negative articles. Never positive articles so the media is losing support from the people. Sorry for the long post but it is what it is. Thanks.
What a deal we have to badger our elected representatives to do what is good and right for West Virginia! Isn’t it a no brainer to be doing the right thing for your state? Obvious money means more to our legislators than the voice of the people!
Here is another way the WV School Building Authority is failing Gilmer County by refusing to provide proper oversight.
There could be ways to use available space at the new GCES more efficiently to avoid the necessity of sending students to other locations.
By failing to get involved the SBA is not contributing to solving the crowing problem to eliminate need to use hall ways at the new school for instruction space.
This is a disgrace after spending $14,000,000 of public money, and the complete story of waste, mismanagement, and abuse of authority during intervention and its aftermath would make a great story for the New York Times to print.
Those in Gilmer County who care about the education of ALL children have said this over and over. It comes as no surprise that more and more the research backs how consolidation fails them. There is no democratic governance over education here. It is simply a matter of who matters to garner support for political campaigns. Many Gilmer students have been a poster child for rural education success over the years. (At least until intervention strictly for the purpose of consolidation reared its ugly head.)Will the legislature have enough back bone to get what needs be done? Or will the Senate let all the House of Delegates and the Governor’s hard work die in committee?
Members of the Board of Governors are GSC’s ultimate leaders. They set the agenda for the President to carry out.
What happened at GSC to get it in trouble tracks to the BOG and there is no way around it.
When openings occur on the BOG the top criterion for selecting replacements has been to favor those who will run with the herd to be unwavering participants in the group think trap.
No new ideas tolerated, never seek outside critical review of organizational approaches to continually strive for improved ways of doing business, always claim that all is well while the ship is sinking, and above all else never admit that problems exist and if ones become known to the public always blame outside forces.
I just bought a new car. I signed a contract saying that I’d pay for it but paying for it is holding me back from other things that I want to do. Could we please add my car payments to your debt-forgiveness plan? If that doesn’t work out, could we get somebody else to pay for it for me? Seriously, many/most of the students who made these OBLIGATIONS, did so they could make more money, generally for doing less labor-intensive work and at the behest of the EDUCATION INDUSTRY which sold them a bill of goods that a college education guarantees success. The same colleges that charge exorbitant fees, which constantly rise at a rate greater than the cost of living increase or the rate of inflation. The same institutions that pay their administrators exorbitant salaries and that pay their athletics directors and coaches obscene salaries. The same colleges and universities that have brilliant minds in economics but who can’t manage to keep college costs and tuitions from skyrocketing. The same colleges that churn out students getting degrees that don’t have any or minimal real-world value. Of course it’s easier to blame the situation on the greedy, heartless conservatives than for people to take their individual responsibility because it’s not THEIR fault; it’s somebody else’s fault. IT’s ALWAYS somebody else’s fault.
Members of Glenville State College’s Chamber Singers group have been invited to perform a choral concert at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, New York. Their performance is scheduled to take place on June 01, 2017.
The performance was arranged after Assistant Professor of Music and Choir Director Teresa Dody submitted an application for the group to perform at the historic cathedral. This included sending a photo of the group along with a recording and information about the ensemble. The recordings are then screened to choose the groups to be invited. St. Patrick’s has a history of fine musical performances and GSC’s Chamber Singers will be appearing as part of their Guest Choir Concert Series. The GSC Choir is also featured on St. Patrick’s Cathedral’s website.
Members of GSC’s Chamber Singers (l-r) with statue Jordan Pierson, Derrick Lowe, Dravin Gibson; middle Clayton Swisher, Travis Myers, Erica Taylor, Trevor Wood, Lindsey Travis, Zaon Starseed, Scott Barber, Christian Bryant; front Sarah Brunty, Breanna Bennet, Faith Smith
“Our students are looking forward to the honor of performing such a concert series in one of our country’s most beautiful cathedrals,” said Dody. “Some are hoping to see a Broadway show, visit the National 9/11 Memorial, Statue of Liberty, and experience a vibrant, adventure-filled city! I formerly lived in NYC and have performed there as a soloist many times so for me, it is exciting to show them my old home.”
The Chamber Singers are currently fundraising to help to cover the costs associated with the trip. Anyone interested in helping with the fundraiser can contact Dody by e-mail at
, by calling her office at 304.462.6345, or the Fine Arts Department at 304.462.6340.
New Jazz and Commercial Music Studies Program to Be Offered at GSC
Glenville State College will soon be home to a new concentration of study in its Fine Arts Department. The Jazz and Commercial Music Studies program is being designed for the student musician who also has a desire to study the business aspects of the music industry. In addition to the core music curriculum, students will be immersed in the study of jazz and American popular music history and theory. Additionally, students will be trained to improvise in a variety of styles including swing, bop, blues, fusion, and R&B.
Glenville State College students showcasing their musical skills during a Jazz Band performance
Creativity and musical individuality will be explored through courses in composition and arranging. These skills will be on display as students perform in various jazz ensembles throughout the semester.
Along with the performance aspect in this concentration, students will also learn about the performance industry through various courses in music business, music technology, and recording/engineering.
“Whether students are looking to enhance their performance skills or if they’re interested in operating effectively within the music business, the Jazz and Commercial Music Studies concentration is designed to develop creative, well-rounded student musicians,” said GSC Fine Arts Department Chair Dr. Lloyd Bone.
The program should be available beginning in the fall of 2017.
For more information about any of the programs of study in the Fine Arts Department at Glenville State College, contact 304.462.6340.
GSC Jazz Band to hold Third Annual Christmas Concert
The Glenville State College Department of Fine Arts announces the third annual Jazz Band Christmas Concert on Friday, December 02 at 7:00 p.m. in the GSC Fine Arts Center Auditorium.
This year’s performance consists of two sets. The first set will include classic jazz band and swing music such as Count Basie, Glenn Miller, and even more contemporary groups like Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band. After a brief intermission, the concert will resume with a set of Christmas classics played in a jazz style. There will be swing, latin, rock - a little something for everybody. Several of GSC’s talented student soloists will be featured, including vocalist Chelsea Hicks. This concert is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit.
“The purpose of this concert is to expose our little part of West Virginia to a uniquely American musical idiom in the live performance of jazz music,” said GSC Assistant Professor of Music and Jazz Band Director Jason Barr. “At the same time, we want the community to come together to celebrate another great American tradition - enjoying the holiday season!”
The concert is open to the public. Admission is by donation and all proceeds from the concert will help support the jazz ensembles at GSC. Funds from last year’s Christmas concert allowed members of the band to perform and recruit at high schools in the Putnam and Cabell County areas. New band stand fronts, which helps increase the visibility of both GSC and the Jazz Band, were also able to be purchased.
For more information, contact the GSC Fine Arts Department at 304.462.6340.
Glenville State College junior music major Lindsey Travis will perform a chamber recital on Monday, October 10 at 5:00 p.m. in the GSC Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.
She will perform six selections with various ensembles including the Woodwind Trio, Woodwind Quintet, Flute Trio, Flute and Brass Trio, and a flute and saxophone duet. Derrick Lowe, a fellow music student, arranged a flute, trombone, and tuba trio for the recital.
Travis is from New Milton, West Virginia and is the daughter of Robin and Smokey Travis.
The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, call 304.462.6340.
Chevron Appalachia to Sponsor Donna Ulisse Workshop
Chevron Appalachia, LLC is sponsoring five time IBMA Songwriter of the Year nominee Donna Ulisse and her Songwriting Escape teaching team to teach a three hour workshop in Moundsville, West Virginia on Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Grand Vue Park Event Center at 250 Trail Drive, Moundsville, WV. The focus of the workshop will be what Ulisse calls the “nuts and bolts of songwriting.“
The workshop was coordinated by Moundsville songwriter Jerry Andrews who attended Donna’s workshop in Glenville, WV earlier this year. He found it to be so beneficial that he wanted to bring the workshop to his own town and make it affordable for students to attend. He approached Chevron Appalachia and they were eager to be involved.
The workshop is normally $125.00 per person but because of the generosity of Chevron Appalachia it will be only $75.00 per adult and $25.00 per student. (middle school through college) Writers of all levels are welcome.
Ulisse’s team will consist of herself, Rick Stanley, Greg Davis with a new addition of Kathy Anderson who will focus on the basics of publishing and copyright which is always a major focus in the question and answer period. Between Donna Ulisse & Rick Stanley they have had songs recorded by Del McCoury Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Claire Lynch, Larry Stephenson Band, Volume Five, Don Rigsby, Ralph Stanley, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Nu-Blue, The Bankesters as well as many of Donna’s top radio successes she has recorded. Donna Ulisse is also the author of the book The Songwriter in Me: Snapshots of My Creative Process.
The day will be capped off with a community concert in Grand Vue Park Event Center by Donna Ulisse and her band The Poor Mountain Boys. Tickets for the show are only $10.00 thanks to the Chevron Appalachia sponsorship of the whole day of events.
To register for the workshop or buy advance tickets for the concert call Jerry Andrews at 304.281.5776. Visit www.DonnaUlisse.com for additional information.
Prince Wrote a Song About Donald Trump and It’s a Real Doozy
Prince was famously prolific, writing possibly thousands of songs that were never released and penning tons of music for other artists. That includes a recently remembered track called Donald Trump (Black Version), which was recorded by the Time, R&B legends in their own right.
As Buzzfeed notes, Prince biographer Matt Thorne cited the song as originally intended for the Time’s unreleased Corporate World album, which had “the theme of a black rewrite of Wall Street.” When that album was shelved by the label, Donald Trump (Black Version) was instead included on the group’s 1990 album Pandemonium.
The song is a syrupy ballad that falls somewhere between quiet storm and parody, which is fitting, since the Time straddled comedy with real musical chops. In any case, Time singer Morris Day’s over-the-top persona is a perfect match for Donald Trump, and it wouldn’t be hard to imagine he might say some of these lines if he were your love-ah, which, gross.
Have a listen to the song, below, then check out the lyrics beneath.
Honey baby, you truly know it. You truly know it.
You look good. Tryin’ your best to show it.
If I were you, I would. True love and affection.
These are nice, so nice but when a money man walks in the room, girl, you look more than twice.
You look once, you look twice. Can I rap to you sugar tonight?
Donald Trump (black version), maybe that’s what you need.
A man that fulfills your every wish, your every dream.
Donald Trump (black version), come on take a chance.
A 1990’s love affair, the real romance.
Honey baby, you are the finest. I have seen.
And your disposition’s so kind you’re never mean.
Girl, you’re to good to be true. But last night when you were asleep, you slipped big time.
I heard you. You said your favorite color was green.
So guess what?
Now look here baby. I ain’t tryin’ to be 90 proof.
But a super strong woman. She needs a super strong dude.
Sweet words of love are helpful.
But what goes a lot farther than that?
A hundred dollar dinner at Adriano’s?
A brand new coat or a brand new hat?
Yes, I can do this!
... Donald Trump (black version), maybe that’s what you need.
Come on, come on take a chance.
.... A man that fulfills your every wish, your every dream.
I can fill your every dream, baby.
.... Donald Trump (black version), come on take a chance.
GSC Concert Band Spring Performance Scheduled for Friday
Glenville WV – Members of the Glenville State College Concert Band will be performing their spring concert on Friday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the GSC Fine Arts Center Auditorium.
“The concert will feature a night of band standards and Hollywood favorites,” said Dr. Lloyd Bone, GSC Fine Arts Department Chair, Concert Band Director, and Assistant Professor of Music. “We decided to dedicate a large portion of the concert to Hollywood as the past year was one of the more notable in Hollywood history due to the records that the new installment of the Star Wars franchise set and the popularity of Jurassic World.”
Works will include Gustav Holst’s Second Suite in F for Military Band, Percy Grainger’s Irish Tune from County Derry, and music from episodes IV, V, and VI of the Star Wars saga. The concert also will feature a large collection of blockbuster movie melodies and popular music and television tunes from the 1990s.
The concert is in conjunction with the 8th Annual GSC Honor Band and is attended by a very large number of high school and middle school students from around West Virginia.
Admission for GSC students will be free with IDs, and general admission will be by donation. For more information, contact Sheri Skidmore in the GSC Fine Arts Department at
Christmas Jazz Concert Returning to GSC for Second Year - Tonight
GLENVILLE, WV — The Glenville State College Department of Fine Arts is proud to announce its second annual Jazz Band Christmas Concert on Friday, December 04 at 7:00 p.m. in the GSC Fine Arts Center Auditorium.
This year’s concert will feature the ‘Big Band’ jazz ensemble that will begin the night with a wide array of jazz styles, including rock, latin, waltz, and tradition swing music. The second half of the show will ring in the holiday cheer with jazz influenced Christmas favorites.
“We did this for the first time last year and got a great response so we have decided to make the GSC Jazz Band Christmas Concert a Glenville tradition,” said GSC Assistant Professor of Music and Jazz Band Director Jason Barr.
This concert is open to the public. Admission is by donation and all proceeds from the concert will help support the jazz ensembles at GSC. For more information contact GSC Fine Arts Department Secretary Sheri Skidmore at
GLENVILLE, WV — Glenville State College music major Benjamin Neal will be performing his senior recital on Friday, November 06, 2015 in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.
Neal is the son of Timothy and Trish Neal from Mount Nebo (Nicholas County), West Virginia. He will be performing on the alto saxophone.
“I couldn’t be more thankful to have chosen Glenville to further my education. GSC is like a family to me. All the faculty and staff here are very helpful and want what is best for us as students. I couldn’t have asked for a better college to go to,” said Neal.