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Youth Football Teams and Cheer Squads Donate to the UHC Cancer Center to Make an Impact

Bridgeport, WV — Team members from each Bridgeport youth football team and cheer squad visited the Cecil B. Highland & Barbara B. Highland Cancer Center at United Hospital Center recently to donate $500 in support of breast cancer programs at the hospital. 

“We wanted to shed a different light on breast cancer by making an impact on a life that is fighting the disease,“ said Lisa Hinzman, Bridgeport Youth Football Fundraising Coordinator.  “This is really hitting home with many of us on the team as most know somebody affected by cancer.“ 

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Players raised funds through t-shirt sales, old team jersey sales, spirit shop sales at games and very giving parents.  The fund raising project was to help make an impact on those affected with breast cancer, as well as a way to educate the team about the disease. 

Each team also showed their support this season by wearing a pink ribbon on their helmets. The pink ribbon is the nationally-recognized symbol of breast cancer awareness.

“We are incredibly proud of these Bridgeport youngsters and the great partnership they have created with the cancer center,“ said Peggy Johnson, RN, BSN, navigator for breast health.  “Together we are making a difference with the funds they have raised to enhance and expand the navigational services offered at UHC.”

Cheerleader Remembers Normantown’s 1945 Run to Title

As high school state basketball tournament action heats up in Charleston, 87-year-old Morgantown resident and former Normantown High School cheerleader Betty Cross recalls her school’s memorable run to the state title 70 years ago.

In 1945, Normantown High School, a small high school in Gilmer County that only had a little more than 100 students at the time, had a Cinderella season en route to an improbable state title in hoops. Cross, whose maiden name was Betty Jean Whitesel, was one of only two cheerleaders at the school. She fondly recalls her neighbor and one of the players on the team predicting a state tournament victory before the season.

“One of the players who left next to me and I lived in Gilmer County close to the school, and he said to me, Betty Jean, we’re going to win this tournament,” she recalled this week when speaking with MetroNews.

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Much like Hickory High in the famous movie “Hoosiers”, Normantown beat several larger schools on their way to capturing a championship which at that time was played in Morgantown. Cross remembers how large the crowds were that showed up to watch the games, despite a premium on gasoline at the time.

“The gymnasium was filled to overflowing in Glenville when they played the sectional. The same thing in Clarksburg when they played WI in the regional,” Cross said. “And I think they had more people in the fieldhouse in Morgantown at that time for the tournament than there had ever been before.”

The Vikings won three games in Morgantown including two in the same day with the championship coming over Logan.

How was such a tiny school able to pull off a run to a state championship? Cross said that the Normantown Vikings team that year was known for their slow deliberate style of play and cool demeanor on the court.

“They were very stable in their play,” she recalled. “They never went wild or anything, they just contained. They played that slow, controlled type of basketball. And I can’t remember a time where they were flustered.”

Cross said she has fond memories of the championship season, which was her junior year at Normantown. She noted that, remarkably, herself, 9 of the 11 players on the team, the manager, and the other cheerleader, Jean Robert Pitts, were all members of the junior class.

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Elementary Cheerleading Coach - All Schools

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AVAILABLE POSITIONS:
Elementary Cheerleading Coach
Glenville Elementary School
Sand Fork Elementary School
Normantown Elementary School
Troy Elementary School

JOB DESCRIPTION:

FOR THE POSITION OF: HEAD ATHLETIC COACH

REPORTS TO: Principal/Athletic Director

JOB GOAL: To assist with participating student to achieve a high level of skill, an appreciation for the values of discipline and an increased level of self-esteem


RESPONSIBILITIES:

Professional and Interpersonal Relations

1. cooperates with building principal,

2. cooperates with athletic director,

3. develops rapport with coaching staff within the school,

4. organizes coaching staff,

5. develops positive relationship with participants,

6. develops positive relationship with student body,

7. develops positive relationship with faculty,

8. develops positive relationship with parents and community,

9. develops positive relationship with game officials,

10. develops positive relationship with news media,

11. develops positive relationship with opponents,

12. employs appropriate conduct during games,

13. employs appropriate conduct during practices,

14. attends league, conference and WVSSAC,

15. participates in activities that foster professional growth and development,

16. motivates staff and players toward desired goals, and commands respect by example in appearance, manners, behavior and language.

Coaching and Related Areas

17. develops high caliber and quality instruction,

18. teaches fundamental skills,

19. handles athletic injuries,

20. cares for equipment,

21. supervises participants and disciplines team appropriately,

22. designs quality organization of practice sessions,

23. designs pre-season planning,

24. supervises managers and other support personnel,

25. manages budget,

26. follows purchasing procedures,

27. initiates game organizational skills,

28. follows board of education, league, conference, and WVSSAC policies,

29. devotes time and energy to coaching duties,

30. follows end of season procedures,

31.  performs other duties as assigned by principal/athletic director.


EMPLOYMENT TERM: 2014-2015 season


QUALIFICATIONS:

* Hold or qualify for West Virginia Certificate as required under State Board Policy 5202

* Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out responsibilities of the position.


SALARY: County Supplement - $600


SUBMIT: Application for employment; Copy of WV Coaching Certificate; Current employees submit Extra Curricular Bid Sheet (located on the county website) Incomplete application packets will not be considered.


Send these documents to:
                                  Judith Stalnaker, Personnel Director
                                  Gilmer County Schools
                                  201 North Court Street
                                  Glenville, WV 26351


CLOSING DATE:  Wednesday, October 01, 2014 - 3:00 PM


As required by federal laws and regulations, the Gilmer County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, marital status, disability, age and national origin in employment and in the administration of any of its education programs or activities.  Inquires may be directed to Title IX Coordinator, Gilmer County Board of Education, 201 N. Court Street, Glenville, WV 26351, phone 304.462.7386; to the Elimination of Sex Discrimination Program Coordinator, 304.558.7864; or the U.S. Department of Education’s Director of the Office of Civil Rights, 215.596.6795.


E15-001-07
Posted: 09-24-14

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Elementary Cheerleading Basketball Coach

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AVAILABLE POSITIONS:
                                Elementary Cheerleading Basketball Coach
                                    Glenville Elementary School
                                    Sand Fork Elementary School
                                    Normantown Elementary School
                                    Troy Elementary School

JOB DESCRIPTION:

FOR THE POSITION OF: HEAD ATHLETIC COACH

REPORTS TO: Principal/Athletic Director

JOB GOAL: To assist with participating student to achieve a high level of skill, an appreciation for the values of discipline and an increased level of self-esteem.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Professional and Interpersonal Relations

1. cooperates with building principal,

2. cooperates with athletic director,

3. develops rapport with coaching staff within the school,

4. organizes coaching staff,

5. develops positive relationship with participants,

6. develops positive relationship with student body,

7. develops positive relationship with faculty,

8. develops positive relationship with parents and community,

9. develops positive relationship with game officials,

10. develops positive relationship with news media,

11. develops positive relationship with opponents,

12. employs appropriate conduct during games,

13. employs appropriate conduct during practices,

14. attends league, conference and WVSSAC,

15. participates in activities that foster professional growth and development,

16. motivates staff and players toward desired goals, and commands respect by example in appearance, manners, behavior and language.

Coaching and Related Areas

17. develops high caliber and quality instruction,

18. teaches fundamental skills,

19. handles athletic injuries,

20. cares for equipment,

21. supervises participants and disciplines team appropriately,

22. designs quality organization of practice sessions,

23. designs pre-season planning,

24. supervises managers and other support personnel,

25. manages budget,

26. follows purchasing procedures,

27. initiates game organizational skills,

28. follows board of education, league, conference, and WVSSAC policies,

29. devotes time and energy to coaching duties,

30. follows end of season procedures,

31.  performs other duties as assigned by principal/athletic director.

EMPLOYMENT TERM: 2014-2015 season

QUALIFICATIONS:
* Hold or qualify for West Virginia Certificate as required under State Board Policy 5202
* Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out responsibilities of the position.

SALARY: County Supplement - $600

SUBMIT:  Application for employment; Copy of WV Coaching Certificate; Current employees submit Extra Curricular Bid Sheet (located on the county website) Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

Send these documents to:
                                  Judith Stalnaker, Personnel Director
                                  Gilmer County Schools
                                  201 North Court Street
                                  Glenville, WV 26351

CLOSING DATE: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 -  3:00 PM


As required by federal laws and regulations, the Gilmer County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, marital status, disability, age and national origin in employment and in the administration of any of its education programs or activities.  Inquires may be directed to Title IX Coordinator, Gilmer County Board of Education, 201 N. Court Street, Glenville, WV 26351, phone 304.462.7386; to the Elimination of Sex Discrimination Program Coordinator, 304.558.7864; or the US Department of Education’s Director of the Office of Civil Rights, 215.596.6795.

E15-001-04
Posted: 09.16.14

GCHS Varsity Cheer Tryouts - 08.04.2014 - 08.06.2014 - Starting Today

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GCHS Varsity Cheer Tryouts will be held Monday, August 04, 2014 - Wednesday, August 06. 2004 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon in the high school gym.

Any student in grades 9-12 wishing to tryout must have at least a 2.0 GPA from last school year and a new physical (after June 01, 2014).

For questions or concerns, please contact Coach Duelley at 304.904.2993.

GCHS Varsity Cheer Tryouts - 08.04.2014 - 08.06.2014

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GCHS Varsity Cheer Tryouts will be held Monday, August 04, 2014 - Wednesday, August 06. 2004 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon in the high school gym.

Any student in grades 9-12 wishing to tryout must have at least a 2.0 GPA from last school year and a new physical (after June 01, 2014).

For questions or concerns, please contact Coach Duelley at 304.904.2993.

Sports Brief - 07.29.14

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►  GCHS VARSITY CHEER TRYOUTS:  GCHS Varsity Cheer Tryouts will be held Monday, August 04, 2014 - Wednesday, August 06. 2004 from 10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon in the high school gym.

Any student in grades 9-12 wishing to tryout must have at least a 2.0 GPA from last school year and a new physical (after June 01, 2014).

For questions or concerns, please contact Coach Duelley at 304.904.2993.

 



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►  MARSHALL-GROOMS DISMISSED:  Marshall has dismissed running back Kevin Grooms following his arrest.

The Marshall athletic department issued a statement saying Grooms was dismissed Saturday for a violation of team rules and policies. The department said it would have no further comment.

Western Regional Jail records show Grooms was charged with domestic assault, burglary, petit larceny and fleeing on foot. Jail records didn’t indicate whether he has an attorney.

Last November, Grooms was arrested on domestic battery and obstruction charges and was suspended from the team indefinitely.

Grooms led Marshall as a freshman in 2012 with 737 rushing yards. He ran for 503 yards during an injury-plagued season in 2013.

 



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►  VIKINGS’ RUDOLPH SIGNS EXTENSION:  The Minnesota Vikings signed tight end Kyle Rudolph to a contract extension on Sunday night.

The 24-year-old Rudolph caught 30 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns in 2013.

“I’m extremely excited to get this extension completed and continue my career with the Minnesota Vikings. I’ve said all along I wanted to stay in Minnesota. I love the fans, the community and, most importantly, I’m excited about where this team is going. I’m looking forward to the 2014 season and helping this organization reach our ultimate goal,“ Rudolph said.

The 2012 Pro-Bowl MVP has already racked up 15 scores, ranking him fifth in Vikings history for tight ends.


►  BROWNS’ PINKSTON NOT MEDICALLY CLEARED:  Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Jason Pinkston has not been medically cleared for training camp.

The Browns and Pinkston’s agents released a joint statement Monday, but did not include details about the fourth-year veteran’s condition.

“Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Jason Pinkston has not been medically cleared to participate in football activities,“ the statement read. “The team has been in communication with Jason and his representatives and will respect their wishes to not provide any further details at this time.“

Pinkston started 16 games as a rookie in 2011, then battled a blood clot in his lung the following year and played just six games. He sustained a significant ankle sprain during the 2013 preseason and played just three games upon his return in November.


►  REDSKINS SIGN LB BROWN:  The Washington Redskins signed linebacker Everette Brown to an undisclosed deal on Monday.

Brown was originally selected by the Carolina Panthers in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft and has since appeared in 38 career games with three starts for the Panthers (2009-11), San Diego Chargers (2011-12) and Dallas Cowboys (2013).

Brown, who also spent time on the rosters of the Detroit Lions (2012) and Philadelphia Eagles (2013), has recorded 59 tackles (42 solo) with seven sacks, four forced fumbles, three passes defensed and an interception.

Last season, he appeared in seven games for the Cowboys and notched a sack in his season debut versus Minnesota in Week 9.


►  RAIDERS SIGN DEERING:  The Oakland Raiders signed safety Jeremy Deering on Monday.

Deering was originally signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in May before being waived later in the month.

In four seasons at Rutgers, he played in 48 games, seeing action at running back, wide receiver, kick returner and safety. He finished his collegiate career with 130 rushes for 578 yards and two touchdowns, 21 receptions for 415 yards and one touchdown, 41 kickoff returns for 1,100 yards and one touchdown and 45 tackles (28 solo), one interception and one pass defensed.


►  PANTHERS’ WHARTON TO ANNOUNCE RETIREMENT:  Offensive lineman Travelle Wharton will announce his retirement in a press conference at Carolina Panthers training camp on Tuesday.

Wharton was drafted by the Panthers in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He was a starter for the Panthers for eight seasons before signing with the Cincinnati Bengals prior to the 2012 season.

The 33-year-old blew out his knee in the preseason and did not appear in a regular season game for the Bengals that year.

Wharton returned to the Panthers last season and started 12 games. For his career, Wharton started 111 of 115 games.

 



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►  JUDGE RULES AGAINST DONALD STERLING:  Judge Michael Levanas ruled against Donald Sterling on Monday in his attempt to prevent the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

The Los Angeles Superior Court Judge favored with Donald Sterling’s estranged wife Shelly Sterling on all counts in the tentative ruling, upholding the removal of her husband as trustee of the Sterling Family Trust, which owns the Clippers, on grounds of mental incapacitation.

“We are pleased that the court has affirmed Shelly Sterling’s right to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer. We look forward to the transaction closing as soon as possible,“ the NBA said in a statement.

Shelly Sterling negotiated the sale of the team after the 80-year-old Donald Sterling was banned for life from the NBA and fined $2.5 million for making offensive racial remarks about African-Americans.

She got authority to remove her husband from the trust that owned the franchise when doctors found out that he had signs of Alzheimer’s disease and was unable to manage his affairs.

Donald Sterling claimed his wife deceived him about the medical examination.

The Donald Sterling ban came after an audio recording in April by TMZ.com surfaced of Sterling scolding his young girlfriend for bringing black men to Clippers games.


►  LAKERS HIRE BYRON SCOTT AS THEIR NEW COACH:  The Los Angeles Lakers officially signed Byron Scott to a multi-year contract as head coach on Monday.

The former Lakers guard has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $17 million deal to replace Mike D’Antoni in Los Angeles.

“After an extensive and thorough search, we’re proud to welcome Byron back to the Lakers family as our next head coach,“ said Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak. “Byron has proven himself at the highest levels of the game as both a player and a coach in his almost 30 years of NBA experience. His leadership skills and track record for success make him the ideal person to lead this franchise forward.“

Scott was fired in April 2013 at the end of his third season as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

He has also coached the Nets and Hornets since a 14-year playing career that included three NBA title runs with the Lakers in the 1980s. Scott has a coaching record of 416-521.

D’Antoni resigned as Lakers coach in April after one of the worst seasons in franchise history and less than 18 months after he was brought in to replace Mike Brown early in the 2012-13 season.

Kobe Bryant’s rookie season came with Scott on the floor in his final NBA season with the Lakers. Now, Scott has a chance to coach Bryant.

“I am ecstatic to once again be a Laker and to have the opportunity to work alongside Mitch and the Buss family,“ said Scott. “I know firsthand what it takes to bring a championship to this city, and as someone who both grew up in L.A. and played the majority of my career here, I know how passionate and dedicated our fans are. I will give everything I have to fulfill the championship expectations that our supporters have for us, and that we have for ourselves.“


►  LAKERS SIGN WESLEY JOHNSON:  The Los Angeles Lakers re-signed forward Wesley Johnson on Monday.

General manager Mitch Kupchak made the announcement. Terms of the agreement were not released, although multiple reports have it at just under $1 million for one year.

“I’m happy to welcome Wesley back to our team and am excited to see him develop further after taking such great strides last season,“ Kupchak said.

Johnson, like many other young Lakers last season, had a breakout year playing under former head coach Mike D’Antoni. Johnson averaged career highs with 9.1 points and 4.4 rebounds per game while appearing in a team-high 79 contests.

A four-year vet out of Syracuse, Johnson spent his first two seasons with the Timberwolves after they made him the fourth pick in the 2010 NBA draft, and a year with the Suns before signing with Los Angeles last offseason.

 



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►  PADRES SHELVE QUENTIN, ACTIVATE GYORKO:  The San Diego Padres have placed outfielder Carlos Quentin on the 15-day disabled list and activated infielder Jedd Gyorko from the DL.

Quentin has a sore left knee and last played Saturday against Atlanta. He has struggled mightily in 50 games this season after starting the year on the DL because of a bruised knee, batting just .177 with four homers and 18 runs batted in.

Gyorko had been sidelined since June 6 with plantar fasciitis in his left foot. He missed 44 games because of the injury and hit .294 in six games of a rehab stint with Triple-A El Paso after batting just .162 in 56 games for the Padres.

San Diego also optioned infielder Brooks Conrad to El Paso to make room on the 25-man roster for pitcher Jason Lane, who was scheduled to start Monday against the Braves in place of Ian Kennedy. Kennedy has a sore left oblique.

Lane, a former outfielder with the Houston Astros, will make his first big league start as a pitcher. The 37-year-old lefty was 6-8 with a 4.67 ERA in 19 starts for El Paso and made two relief appearances for the Padres in June, surrendering just one hit in 4 1/3 innings.


►  ORIOLES PLACE MCFARLAND ON BEREAVEMENT LIST:  The Baltimore Orioles placed relief pitcher T.J. McFarland on the bereavement list and recalled pitcher Preston Guilmet from Triple-A Norfolk.

McFarland, a lefty, has gone 4-2 with a 3.07 ERA in 23 games for the Orioles this season.

The right-handed Guilmet has posted a 5.23 ERA in 10 games with the Orioles this season, striking out 12 batters and walking two in 10 1/3 innings.


►  CUBS TRADE BARNEY TO DODGERS:  The Chicago Cubs have traded infielder Darwin Barney and cash considerations to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named later.

Barney was designated for assignment on July 22 after batting .230 with 10 doubles, two home runs and 16 RBI in 72 games for the Cubs this season.

The 28-year-old Barney has a career batting average of .244 with 88 doubles, 18 home runs and 146 RBI in 542 games with the Cubs. He won the 2012 National League Gold Glove after tying a major league single-season record with 141- consecutive errorless games at second base.


►  PHILS RELEASE OF GWYNN:  The Philadelphia Phillies released outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. on Monday.

Gwynn had been designated for assignment last Monday.

The 31-year-old hit just .163 with three RBI in 67 games as a reserve outfielder.

His father, Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn, passed away on June 16.


►  D-BACKS ACTIVATE PACHECO:  The Arizona Diamondbacks reinstated infielder/catcher Jordan Pacheco from the 15-day disabled list and placed infielder/outfielder Nick Evans on unconditional release waivers.

Pacheco is hitting .375 (3-for-8) with a double and two runs scored in eight games for the D-backs since being claimed off waivers from the Rockies on June 12. In 30 games this season between the Rockies and Diamondbacks, he is batting .250 with seven doubles and eight RBI.

Evans hit .273 (6-for-22) with two doubles, two home runs and seven RBI in 18 games for the D-backs this season.


►  RAYS ACTIVATE PERALTA:  The Tampa Bay Rays activated reliever Joel Peralta from the 15-day disabled list and designated left-hander Erik Bedard for assignment on Monday.

Peralta missed nine games because of an illness. The right-hander is 2-3 with a 4.15 ERA in 43 games this season.

Bedard went 4-6 with a 4.76 ERA in 17 games (15 starts) for the Rays this season. He was dropped from the rotation in early July.


►  A’S PLACE GENTRY ON DL:  The Oakland Athletics placed outfielder Craig Gentry on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right hand on Monday.

Gentry was batting .264 with 10 RBI and 18 stolen bases over 80 games with the A’s this season. This is Gentry’s second stint on the DL as a lower back strain put him on the shelf at the beginning of the season.

To take Gentry’s spot on the roster, Oakland selected outfielder Billy Burns from Double-A Midland. The A’s will make a move to clear a spot for Burns on the 40-man roster later Monday.


►  CISHEK, DEGROM SHARE NL WEEKLY HONORS:  Miami Marlins reliever Steve Cishek and New York Mets starter Jacob deGrom have been named co-National League Players of the Week for the period ending July 27.

In five appearances last week, Cishek converted a major league-best five save opportunities. The 28-year-old right-hander fanned eight in five innings of work and allowed just two hits while tying for the major league lead in pitching appearances.

The rookie deGrom tied for the National League lead in wins and innings pitched last week, going 2-0 with a 0.68 ERA, allowing one run on 13 1/3 innings with 11 strikeouts and three walks over two outings.


►  SANTANA EARNS AL PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS:  Cleveland Indians infielder and designated hitter Carlos Santana was named the American League Player of the Week on Monday.

Santana batted .556 (15-for-27) with three doubles, six homers and 10 RBI on his way to his first career Player of the Week honor and second straight for the Indians—Jason Kipnis won the award last week.

Santana led all hitters in batting average, homers, hits, runs scored (8), total bases (36) and slugging percentage (1.333) for the week

The 28-year-old slugger became the first player this season to hit five home runs in a single series when the Indians lost three out of four games to the Kansas City Royals to end the week.

Houston’s Jose Altuve, Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes, Chris Sale of the White Sox, Boston’s David Ortiz and Zach Britton of the Orioles were all considered for the award.


►  YANKEES RECALL ALMONTE, DFA FRANCIS:  Before Monday’s game against the Texas Rangers, the New York Yankees recalled outfielder Zoilo Almonte from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and designated pitcher Jeff Francis for assignment.

Almonte has appeared in 10 games for the Yankees this season, going 4-for-25 with one homer.

The Yankees had acquired Francis from the Oakland Athletics earlier this month. The left-hander went 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA in two relief appearances for New York.


►  ROYALS ACQUIRE KRATZ, HENDRIKS FROM BLUE JAYS FOR VALENCIA:  The Kansas City Royals have acquired catcher Erik Kratz and pitcher Liam Hendriks from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for infielder Danny Valencia.

Valencia hit .282 with two homers and 11 RBI in 36 games for the Royals this season.

Kratz has split time between Toronto and Triple-A Buffalo this season. In 34 games for the Jays this year, he hit .198 with three homers and 10 RBI. He was traded to Toronto this offseason from the Phillies’ organization, where he spent three years.

Hendriks made 16 starts for Buffalo this season, going 8-1 with a 2.33 ERA. The young righty went 1-0 with a 6.08 ERA in three starts for Toronto this year.

The Royals will recall infielder Christian Colon from Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday. Catcher Brett Hayes was designated for assignment.

 



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►  MOORE, LATTA NAMED WNBA PLAYERS OF WEEK:  Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore earned her third straight WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week award, the league announced Monday.

Washington Mystics guard Ivory Latta was named the Eastern Conference’s best performer for the past week.

Moore averaged 25.7 points and 8.3 rebounds, helping the Lynx go 3-0 and clinch a playoff berth. In a 112-108 double-overtime win over the Atlanta Dream, Moore scored 48 points, the second-highest total in a game in league history.

Latta averaged 20.3 points in three wins for the Mystics. She also led the East with 5.3 assists per game.

 



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►  BLUE JACKETS RE-SIGN TYRELL:  The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed forward Dana Tyrell to a one-year, two-way contract.

Tyrell was acquired from Tampa Bay in a March 5 trade and has yet to suit up for Columbus. He spent most of the 2013-14 season in the American Hockey League and appeared in seven games for the Lightning.

The 25-year-old Alberta native has seven goals and 17 assists for 24 points in 132 NHL games, all with the Lightning.


►  RED WINGS SIGN TATAR TO 3-YEAR DEAL:  The Detroit Red Wings signed forward Tomas Tatar to a three-year contract on Monday.

Tatar, 23, had 19 goals and 20 assists in 73 games for the Red Wings last season. He ranked second on the team in goals and third with a plus-12 rating.

In 100 career games, all with Detroit, the Slovakian has registered 24 goals and 47 points.


►  MAPLE LEAFS BRING IN WINNIK:  The Maple Leafs signed Toronto native Daniel Winnik to a one-year contract on Monday.

The 29-year-old forward set career highs in assists (24) and points (30) while playing 76 games for the Anaheim Ducks last season.

For his career, Winnik has totaled 49 goals and 101 assists in 490 games with Phoenix, Colorado, San Jose and Anaheim.

 



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►  CLARK MOVES INSIDE TOP 100 OF WORLD RANKINGS:  Tim Clark earned his first victory in four years at the Canadian Open on Sunday, and that win moved him inside the top 100 of this week’s world rankings.

Clark birdied five of his last eight holes to rally past third-round leader Jim Furyk and earn his second career win on the PGA Tour. His first win came at the 2010 Players Championship.

With that victory, Clark vaulted 78 places up the rankings from 153rd to 75th.

The top five players in the rankings remained the same, with Adam Scott maintaining the top spot ahead of Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia.

Furyk’s third runner-up finish of the season jumped him up two spots to eighth, causing Jason Day and Tiger Woods to each drop a place and they sit at ninth and 10th, respectively.

Jordan Spieth, Martin Kaymer, Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson maintained their positions from 11th through 14th.

Hideki Matsuyama moved up a pair of slots to 15th, while Dustin Johnson and Graeme McDowell both fell a spot to 16th and 17th. Rickie Fowler, Jimmy Walker and Steve Stricker all held firm to round out the top 20.


►  NOT MUCH CHANGE IN WOMEN’S WORLD RANKINGS THIS WEEK:  With the International Crown in action last week, there was barely any change to this week’s women’s world rankings.

Stacy Lewis, who was a member of the United States team that was eliminated after the third round of the International Crown, remains in the No. 1 slot, followed by Lydia Ko and Korean team member Inbee Park.

Suzann Pettersen remained at No. 4, Lexi Thompson is still No. 5 and this year’s U.S. Women’s Open champion Michelle Wie stayed put at No. 6. Karrie Webb, Shanshan Feng, So Yeon Ryu and Cristie Kerr rounded out the top 10.

Anna Nordqvist, Paula Creamer, Angela Stanford, Lizette Salas, Amy Yang, Jessica Korda and Catriona Matthew are 11 through 17 respectively, the same spots they were in last week.

The first change in the top 20 was at 18 and 19. Sun Ju Ahn and Na Yeon Choi swapped spots with Ahn taking over at No. 18 and Choi dropping a spot to No. 19. Rounding out the top 20 is Azahara Munoz, who is No. 20 for another week.

Julie Greciet, who earned her first LET victory at the Sberbank Golf Masters in the Czech Republic on Sunday, jumped 163 spots from No. 346 to No. 183.

 



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►  PAUL MILLSAP ADDED TO U.S. TEAM:  Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap was added to the men’s national team on Sunday.

USA Basketball made the announcement a day before the team begins preparations for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Las Vegas.

Millsap was added after star forwards Kevin Love and Blake Griffin recently withdrew.

 



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►  GINEPRI ADVANCES IN D.C.:  Veteran American Robby Ginepri was an easy first-round winner Monday at the $1.4 million Citi Open tennis event.

The qualifier and 31-year-old Florida native got past Colombian Alejandro Falla 6-4, 6-2 on the hardcourts at FitzGerald Tennis Center.

The one-time world No. 15 Ginepri is rewarded with a match against top-seeded Czech star Tomas Berdych.

An all-American affair saw Tim Smyczek douse qualifier Alex Kuznetsov 6-3, 6-0, while France’s Benoit Paire took out Canadian Frank Dancevic 6-4, 6-0.

In another all-American matchup, Rajeev Ram outlasted Jared Donaldson by a 6-7 (1-7), 6-4, 7-5 score. American Donald Young moved on with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win over Yuichi Sugita of Japan.

Other first-round wins came from Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri, Slovak Lukas Lacko, Russian Evgeny Donskoy and Australians Bernard Tomic and Marinko Matosevic.

Three-time champion Juan Martin del Potro, who is not defending his title this year, beat two-time runner-up John Isner in last year’s D.C. finale.

The top seeds this week are the former Wimbledon runner-up Berdych and rising Canadian Milos Raonic.

This week’s U.S. Open Series winner will earn $316,400.


►  KUZNETSOVA WINS D.C. OPENER:  Former top-five star Svetlana Kuznetsova was an easy first-round winner Monday at the Citi Open, a U.S. Open Series tennis event.

The sixth-seeded Russian and two-time Grand Slam champion routed Slovenian Polona Hercog 6-3, 6-2 on the hardcourts at FitzGerald Tennis Center.

Third-seeded Alize Cornet of France was upset by American wild card Shelby Rogers 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, and seventh-seeded American Madison Keys was also an early casualty on Monday as she suffered a 7-5, 6-3 defeat at the hands of Japan’s Kurumi Nara.

In the last match of the evening, eighth-seeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea outlasted Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

Meanwhile, American Vania King drubbed Canadian wild card Francoise Abanda 6-2, 6-0.

American qualifier Taylor Townsend bounced back from a first-set loss to nab a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over German Julia Goerges, and Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas cruised to a 6-4, 6-0 win over American qualifier Tornado Alicia Black.

Japanese qualifier Hiroko Kuwata whipped American Alison Riske 6-0, 7-5.

Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova beat German Andrea Petkovic in last year’s finale to capture her second straight title in the nation’s capital.

The top seed this week is Czech Lucie Safarova.

The 2014 D.C. champion will claim $43,000.


►  AUSTRIA’S THIEM ADVANCES ON HOME SOIL:  Heavy Austrian crowd favorite Dominic Thiem was a hard-fought opening-round winner Monday at the Kitzbuhel Cup tennis event.

The fifth-seeded 20-year-old outlasted Brazilian qualifier Joao Souza 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 7-5 in 2 hours, 40 minutes on the red clay at Kitzbuhel Tennis Stadium. Heavy rain delayed play for about an hour after the second set.

In the second game of the match, Souza walked off the court after being warned by the chair umpire for taking too much time between serves.

Souza sat on his chair for several minutes, but decided to continue after the umpire refused to call the supervisor.

Meanwhile, Argentine qualifier Maximo Gonzalez upset eighth-seeded rising Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.

Also on Day 1, Spaniard Pere Riba handled German Dustin Brown 7-6 (8-6), 7-5; Austria’s Andreas Haider-Maurer topped wild card fellow countryman Gerald Melzer 6-2, 7-6 (7-1); Spanish qualifier Albert Ramos-Vinolas overcame Croatian qualifier Viktor Galovic 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 6-2; and Czech Jiri Vesely dismissed German Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 6-4.

The top seeds in Kitzbuhel are German 2012 runner-up Philipp Kohlschreiber and Spaniard Marcel Granollers, who is the reigning champion. Granollers beat Argentine former champion Juan Monaco in last year’s finale.

This week’s winner will claim $104,000.

 



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►  NINE SET TO GO IN WEST VIRGINIA DERBY:  Louisiana Derby winner Vicar’s in Trouble heads a field of nine 3-year-olds for Saturday’s 45th running of the 1 1/8- mile, $750,000 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Park.

Owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Vicar’s in Trouble will start from post 4 with Alan Garcia aboard the colt for the first time.

Vicar’s in Trouble, trained by Mike Maker, comes into Saturday’s race off a third-place finish behind Jessica’s Star in the Iowa Derby on May 31. The colt began the year by winning the Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds followed by a third in the track’s Risen Star Stakes.

After his victory in the Louisiana Derby, Vicar’s in Trouble finished last in the 19-horse Kentucky Derby. He has three wins and three thirds in seven lifetime starts for $813,900.

Candy Boy, trained by John Sadler, has drawn the outside post in the nine- horse field with Corey Nakatani back to ride the colt for the first time since the debut start more than 11 months ago.

Owned by C R K Stable, Candy Boy was second to Shared Belief four weeks ago in the Los Alamitos Derby. The colt won the Robert B. Lewis Stakes to begin the year and was third behind California Chrome in the Santa Anita Derby. Candy Boy was sent off at 9-1 but could do no better than 13th in the Kentucky Derby.

Candy Boy has two wins and three seconds in nine career starts for $525,600.

Here is the field for the West Virginia Derby from the rail out: Key for Success, Rex Stakes; For Goodness Sake. Brian Hernandez Jr.; Classic Giacnroll, Kendrick Carmouche; Vicar’s in Trouble, Alan Garcia; Tapiture, Rosie Napravnik; Gold Appointment, Rex Stokes; Divine View, Kerwin Clark; Only I Know, Christian Pilares and Candy Boy, Corey Nakatani.


►  PALACE MALICE LEADS POLL HEADING INTO WHITNEY:  Palace Malice, undefeated in four starts this season, tops the NTRA Thoroughbred Poll going into Saturday’s Whitney Invitational at Saratoga.

Owned by Dogwood Stable, Palace Malice received 32 first-place votes from the 38 cast and has 373 points for a 50-point lead. The 4-year-old colt, trained by Todd Pletcher, is expected to be favored for the 1 1/8-mile Whitney.

“It’s a huge race,“ Pletcher said. “The horse is doing fantastic. He’s off to a great start this year, and we’re just hoping for more of the same from him. He’s been super consistent and impressive. We know he likes Saratoga from the way he ran here the last two years, so we’re excited about the Whitney.“

Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan is back in training at Saratoga and is probable to start in the coming weeks. Trained by Charlie LoPresti for Morton Fink, Wise Dan has five top votes and 323 points for second behind Palace Malice.

“I’m not trying to set him down to make the Fourstardave,“ said LoPresti. “If he just jumps up and is dragging us around and acting like he has to run, we’ll run. If he doesn’t run in the Fourstardave (Aug. 9), maybe he’ll run in the Bernard Baruch (Aug. 30). He’s been through a lot. I’m sure there will be people that say, ‘That wasn’t one of his blistering works, he’s not the old Wise Dan.‘ He had colic surgery nine weeks ago; I wouldn’t want him to do something like that, and I wouldn’t make him do something like that.“

Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome is third with a single first-place vote and 283 points.

Leading older female Close Hatches is fourth with 200 points followed by Game On Dude (132), Haskell winner Bayern (126), Shared Belief (109), Jim Dandy champ Wicked Strong (98), 3-year-old filly Untapable (85) and Lea (71).

The National Poll continues through the Breeders’ Cup on November 01.

 

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TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2014


Major League Baseball - National League
Philadelphia at NY Mets, 7:10 PM - CSN-Philadelphia, SNY, DSS
Arizona at Cincinnati, 7:10 PM - FS-Arizona, Ohio, DSS
Washington at Miami, 7:10 PM - MASN2, FS-Florida, DSS
Colorado at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 PM - ROOT-Rocky Mountain, WGN (America), DSS
Atlanta at Los Angeles, 10:10 PM - SportSouth, SportsNet LA, MLB Network, DSS
St. Louis at San Diego, 10:10 PM - FS-Midwest, San Diego, DSS
Pittsburgh at San Francisco, 10:15 PM - ROOT-Pittsburgh, CSN-Bay, MLB Net, DSS


American League
LA Angels at Baltimore, 7:05 PM - FS-West, MASN, DSS
Seattle at Cleveland, 7:05 PM - ROOT-Northwest, SportsTime Ohio, DSS
Chicago WSox at Detroit, 7:08 PM - CSN-Chicago, FS-Detroit, DSS
Toronto at Boston, 7:10 PM - SNET, NESN, DSS
NY Yankees at Texas, 8:05 PM - FS1
Oakland at Houston, 8:10 PM - CSN-California, Houston, DSS
Minnesota at Kansas City, 8:10 PM - FS-North, Kansas City, DSS


Interleague
Milwaukee at Tampa Bay, 7:10 PM - FS-Wisconsin, SunSports, DSS


WNBA
Connecticut at Atlanta, 12:00 PM - SportSouth, NBA TV
Washington at New York, 7:00 PM - MSG, NBA TV
Chicago at San Antonio, 8:00 PM - ESPN 2
Seattle at Tulsa, 8:00 PM - No scheduled television
Los Angeles at Phoenix, 10:00 PM - ESPN 2


International Soccer
EuroAmerican Cup: Universidad Catolica vs. Valencia CF, 7:55 PM - beIN Sport

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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”.

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During intervention the State had dictatorial control of our school system to include all decisions related to the GCES.

One result is that the GCES was built too small.

An investigation is needed to determine who was responsible for the bad decision, and what role the no-bid architectural firm had in designing and constructing the school.

Something major happened to cause the GCES to be built too small. Was something dropped at the expense of adequate class room space as a result of having to spend extra money because a poor site was selected?

Minimally, gross incompetency on the State’s part is the explanation for the disaster foisted onto the County.

A question pertains to the new gym. Lots of effort was taken by the State to try to convince the public that a competition gym instead of a regular gym was needed.

Did the competition gym cost extra money at the expense of needed classroom space? If the answer is affirmative who was responsible for deciding on the more expensive gym?

What about the enormous pit at the GCES? Was money spent on it at the expense of classrooms because something was wrong with the school’s site that was selected by the State?

Nothing similar to the pit has been seen at other sites where new WV schools were built.

Why has there been a failure for a thorough investigation to have occurred to expose the facts?

The obvious explanation is that powerful elitists in control do not want tracks leading to them, and they have veto power over a meaningful investigation including one done by a leading newspaper.

By GCES Built Too Small Scandal on 01.15.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Pat McGroyne is spot on.
High speed internet is simply another failure of WV state government.

If the elected in our state, were doing the job expected by voters….we should have very few problems or issues?

By Gilmer resident on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Muddling has another distinct symptom. It is the tendency for administrators in control to emphasize processes and procedures while avoiding disclosure of progress, or the lack thereof, in achieving learning results.

The purpose is another way to avoid personal accountability for school system failures.

By Muddling Epidemic In WV School Systems on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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West Virginia is number one!
Our politicians are the best that can be had.
They are also the lobbyers dream come true.
No one—-can out-muddle our elected reps !

By we know it on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Suggestion after reading strategic plans for the GCHS and the GCES.

How about the school board requiring that for each school an informative executive summary be written to include——where each school stands on reading, math, and science proficiency, what the term proficiency means to eliminate the confusion, student proficiency goals for the two school, target time to expect goals to be achieved, and a statement to commit to keeping the public informed of progress in achieving the goals at designated intervals (e.g. quarterly) during a school year.

Omit confusing abbreviations and technical terms understood only by a select few in the education field, and written for comprehension by reasonable persons.

Leave it up to the County’s professional educators to determine how to get the job done with continual laser-like focus on getting results.

By Student Learning at GCHS and GCES on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Muddling infects federal, state, and local government entities where personal accountability for top officials to get measurable results rarely exists.

Muddling practitioners are famous for passing off information unrelated to measurable proof that effective problem-solving has occurred. A common example is emphasizing how much public money is being spent to attempt to convince tax payers that magnitudes of expenditures are always directly correlated to levels of problem-solving successes.

Muddling by an organization is characterized by the existence of thick planning documents replete with vagueness and lack of clarity, undefined technical terms, and mysterious acronyms.

Muddling thrives on intentional ambiguity and confusion designed to protect muddlers and their organizations.

By Muddling 101 on 01.11.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Gilmer County is not the only place in the USA that has been faced with its students failing to meet proficiency standards for science, reading, and math.

The difference here is that evidence is lacking to conclusively demonstrate that Gilmer County’s officials in control have exerted proper efforts to profit form powerful lessons learned elsewhere to use that knowledge to help solve learning deficiencies in our schools.

In fact, a convincing argument could be made that the approach in the County has been the one professional planners designate as muddling through.

Classic symptoms of muddling through include failure to thoroughly analyze categories of causes contributing to problems followed up by using the information to develop a comprehensive plan to do the most good in getting better results by treating key causes instead of symptoms.

Muddling typically involves officials assigning blame for lack of progress to outside forces e.g., the “culture”, the State did it to us, and poverty. Haven’t we heard plenty of that?

Muddling must be eliminated if we want progress in solving non-performance problems within the County’s school system. Does anyone disagree?

By End School System Muddling on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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It is unclear after reading school board meeting minutes what progress if any is being made by GCHS and GCES principals in improving student proficiency in reading, math and science.

Why not allocate a few sentences in the minutes to summarize what the two principals reported to the school board?

All it would take to get the critical information out to citizens would be for the new school board to act on this.

Does anyone have a problem with the suggested change to keep Gilmer’s bill paying public informed?

By Need Specifics For Principal's Reports on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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“High speed broadband – a necessity for today’s homes, businesses and other institutions – remains a huge unmet need for rural residents, despite promises by a succession of Governors from both parties (a contributing factor in why we’re losing population at a rate higher than any other state).“

I disagree with much of what Mr.Boggs believes.  That said, high-speed broadband is the single most important step the State of WV could take to improve the business climate and provide more opportunities for its citizens.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Conversation at local eatery.
Shortly after election.
Individuals were educators.

‘You think we have school problems now, wait until these new folks take the steering wheel’.

‘Students, parents, staff are all going to be in the soup’.

Sounds as if Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving vacation-deer season times have all taken a big hit.  If that is true, the union teachers need to come together, stand their ground, along with parents, and hold this new board accountable.

Have a local strike if need be.
Request resignations.
Vote of no confidence.

Schools employees can win.
You have done it before.
Just stick together.

By overheard conversation on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Scholarship must be the most important focus in Gilmer County’s schools.

Brought up the ZOOMWV Data Dashboard site to review the most recent State achievement test results for GCHS’s 11th grade.

Folks, Gilmer is in serious trouble. Proficiency for math=24%, reading=41%, and science=24%.

On an A through F grading scales the GCHS gets an F for all three subject areas.

What does the new school board have to show for inroads it has made since last July to make critically needed proficiency improvements at the HS? Citizens deserve answers to the question.

By ZOOMWV Data Dashboard on 01.07.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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A thorough accounting for where all the public money went could be easily achieved by a competent accountant.

Isn’t there a special account at the County’s school board office for expenditures related to all bills paid and who got the money?

Following the money trail always gets results along with verification of means, motives, and access.

By Let An Accountant Dig It Out on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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If central office financial records for all public money paid out for everything from site planning, site studies and development, and everything else to get to completion of the GCES and the LES—- what is the reason?

It is known that money was spent on the Arbuckle site and Cedar Creek, and public money was paid out for the LES too.

Were County records for the spending purged and if that happened who ordered the action? The records are either in the County’s central office or they aren’t.

By End Financial Secrecy on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Hasn’t the time come to finally start naming names and making people accountable?

By Get It Done on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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How about the “BIG WV WINDFALL”....?

For 3 or 4 months now we keep hearing about the millions of dollars of tax revenue collected.

Millions and millions above ‘estimates’.  Were those ‘estimates’ honest, or fudged to begin with, so as to request higher tax rates?

Well, Justice and the Legislature now have our dollars, what will become of this windfall? Will we see tax rates lowered?  Doubt full, but we should.

Likely this windfall, created by “over-taxation”, will simply create a “party atmosphere” of legislative spending. Watch the Charleston ‘gangsters’ get their wish lists ready this coming session.

By taxpayers always lose on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Yes.  The blame Does seem to fall to ‘local’ people. In small places like Gilmer County, it’s just a poker game, boys, and the deep pockets win.  Money speaks volumes where ‘officials’ stay silent.  Go ask for the records, see what they’ve got.

By CheatersNeverWin on 11.20.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Teachers and staff knew from the beginning that the GCES was going to be too small. They were ordered by the State to keep quiet about the shortfall and other serious concerns too.

A sixth grader could understood how many rooms were needed by dividing total student numbers to attend the school by how many students should be in a classroom.

Under sizing was the State’s fault and it cannot be rationalized any other way including to assign the blame to local people. Same applies to the over sized LCES.

By Corrupt State Intervention on 11.19.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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There will never be a full, public accounting of the gross mishandling of tax dollars during WVDOE intervention.
Too many local jobs and too many embarrassments of both elected and appointed bureaucrats.
These types cover dirt for each other.

Any local whistle blowers?  Doubtful.

One school built short 4 classrooms and another built with 5 too many.  Can it get more stupid than that?
Mr. Degree and Ms. Common Sense seldom travel together.

By Full accounting will never be revealed. Never. on 11.18.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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GCBOE when the two principals give reports at board meeting could the gist of what they said be summarized in minutes to keep the County informed?

It was a welcomed development by the Board to require principals to give reports particularly if there are required updates on progress designed to improve student learning for reading, math, and other subjects.

We still have not been informed about the status of science proficiency at the GCHS based on the latest testing. Why has the State failed to release the data? Were results too dismal?

By More Specifics For Principal's Reports on 11.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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If it is going to cost extra money to eliminate over crowding at the GCES the financial information referenced by Do It Ourselves should be presented to Charleston and the press too.

That would help frame a solid case that crowding problems were not caused by Gilmer County because all decisions related to facilities were dictated by officials over whom the County had no oversight authority during the State’s intervention.

By Follow The Money on 11.16.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It is assumed that all records for spending to include money paid out for the LCES, dropped Arbuckle site, dropped Cedar Creek site, and all bills for the GCES are in the Gilmer Schools central office.

The new GCBOE has authority to get to the truth by demanding a thorough accounting for all the spending.

Afterwards the financial officer in the central office could easily access existing computerized records and to use the information for a report to the GCBOE and the public.

By Do It Ourselves on 11.15.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Notice that most of the ‘officials’ in Gilmer County also hold regular day jobs - sometimes working on more than one paying ‘job’ at a time in the same office space. This common practice is concerning for many reasons, and it needs to be talked about when so many go without.

By QuestionablePractice on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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There are two views in the County related to the under built GCES. Although the State built the school with inadequate classrooms one group believes that we should move on to let go of the past.

Isn’t this a form of advocacy for a coverup to prevent accountability for the State’s incompetence and mismanagement?

The other group believes that there should be a full accounting for all public money spent up to the time the GCES was completed to include disclosure of recipients of the public money. 

The accounting should be done for all public money spent at the LCES, the Arbuckle site, Cedar Creek, and finally the GCES.

Reasons for the under built GCES should be fully disclosed too. When the State was in control this information was kept secret from the public with loud claims that there was adequate space at the GCES.

Now it is known that there is inadequate space at the GCES and the problem is left to Gilmer County to fix. Only in WV!

By Citizens For Financial Disclosure on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Unprofessional issues,rude commentsand rolling eyes at the high school has become an issue. Being on cell phone talking to boyfriends,when parents etc.going into the office. Since the teachers were ask not to be on them while students in the classroom. The one in the office should not be allowed to talk personal to her boyfriend, or whoever. Also, I hope this is corrected, the personal days, etc that the board provides to staff shouldn’t be allowed to use to work or operate a second job. Let’s get the priorities straight.

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes'.

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GULMER COUNTY BOE. It is time for me to let you know some issues that is going on at the High school.  I’m hoping this will be addressed at the next board meeting. 1. It should not matter if an employee has a second job or run a business. The priority job is for the board. One should not be allowed to use any time from the board to run your business. There is going on
If they want to run your business than go but not on the boards time. I would like for all employees be treated the equal. They should not be allowed to use the time the board gives them for other jobs.

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes'.

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While at it there should be an investigation of why the LES was build with too many classrooms and the GCES was built with too few. At the very least what happened is a WV horror story example of the State’s waste and mismanagement.

By Where Is The Investigation? on 11.11.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It is obvious that the GCES has a major space problem.

What options for dealing with the State’s mismanagement to cause the serious blunder are being considered by the Board of Education?

Could the original architectural design for the dropped Cedar Creek site be compared to what resulted at the GCES to accurately determine the extent of classroom space alterations?

If the architectural design at the GCES is different than the original plan for Cedar Creek the next step should be to determine reasons for the changes and where the money originally planned for needed classrooms went.

By INFO REQUEST TO GCBOE on 11.09.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It’s long been known that Justice doesn’t happen in Gilmer County “because it all comes down to money”. And for those in charge of handling it and making decisions, it comes down to being competent to do the job,  keep accurate books and accounts and I’m sorry to say, that is seriously lacking in Gilmer County.

By Follow the Paycheck(s) on 11.06.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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What is GSC’s BOG’s plan for getting money for the next payment on the $38,000,000 bond loan the Gilmer County Commission approved?

Will the State pay or will the money come from private donations?

Money will have to come from somewhere to avoid a default.

By Where Is The Money? on 11.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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So sorry to hear of Kendall’s passing. I have fond memories of him at Uncle Paul’s store and the family reunions. I’m sure he will be missed greatly by those closest to him.
Please accept condolences from me and my family.

By Steve Lewis on 11.04.2018

From the entry: 'Kendall Goodwin'.

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GSC’s present plight is no secret and its future existence is in question.

Instead of expressing attitudes that GSC is being picked on could the Blue Ribbon Commission reveal why the College “tested out” as it did to fail to get more State money?

Was the “grading system” based on student enrollment trends, retention, time taken to get a degree, academic reputation, inept governance and administration, and other factors to block more funding? Informative specifics were not disclosed.

Teachers know that concerned students who want to do better always seek advice on what needs to be done to get better grades.

Similar to concerned students GSC’s supporters should be informed of what needs to be done to position the College for improved chances for survival to include eligibility for more State funding.

Saying that GSC is being picked on does nothing to help solve its nagging problems.

By What Was The Grading System? on 10.30.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Well thank you, Details Please,  for asking!  So many problems in Gilmer and education is just one.  Look at the town, take a good look around.  Remember who runs unopposed at election time.  Vote.  Make a difference.  Hold authority figures responsible.  Allow videos, minutes and more to be shared on GFP again, for transparency.  Know your neighbors, help a friend.  Be good to each other. Amen.

By Reader7 on 10.29.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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I will truly miss my Uncle Stephen.  Telling me so much information about from gardening to canning. Just to listening to him talk with such passion for everything that he does… he had a sense of humor that always warms my heart.. listening to him play the banjo sometimes even when he didn’t feel good. he is always willing to share his recipes and his ways of doing things… his solar information he was always studying something ... I’m remember one time we asked him where he got his blackberries when it wasn’t Blackberry season and he go there’s a store down the road it’s called Walmart they have everything… He was so funny.  I love you.. xoxo.

By Robin Nunez on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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Sorry for your loss. He sure did look like his father.

By Buck Edwards on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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Reader 7, please give details for your suggested solutions to the County’s concerns you addressed.

The information would be helpful for consideration by school system administrators and the general public.

By Details Please on 10.26.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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There is speculation that the plan is for GSC to convert to an education center for low risk federal inmates. Is this something the County and central WV needs?

By GSC's New Mission? on 10.26.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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Dr. Pellett’s commentary in the 10/26/2018 issue of the Gazette includes a statement that GSC is responsible for injecting $28,000,000 into the local economy.

If GSC were to close loss of the money would cause the County to have more severe poverty than it has now.

The pressing challenge is for GSC’s administrators including its Board of Governors to exercise effective leadership to prevent closure.

Why can’t GSC take action on the long standing suggestion for it to be an innovator by establishing a five year teacher education program to enable students to earn a masters degree by graduation time?

Something must be done in WV to deal with the 700 positions for which certified teachers including those for math, science and special education are not in the classrooms.

Dr. Pellett and GSC’s Board of Governors why is a new teacher education program at the College not a viable option? Nothing else seems to be working.

The need exists, a similar program of excellence does not exist anywhere in the State, and GSC’s status would be elevated by having a masters degree program.

By GSC Alumni on 10.26.2018

From the entry: 'Paine: Plan to improve math scores to focus on algebra where a third of teachers aren’t certified'.

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GSC could make a valuable contribution to WV by doing a study to report on how grade and elementary schools with excellent results in math and reading did it.

Then, other schools could use the information as guidance instead of going it alone to reinvent the wheel.

With the Ed.D. expertise at GSC it would be a natural to take on the assignment. Dr. Pellett, would you back the initiative?

By Opportunity for GSC on 10.23.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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There is reference to signing an agreement with the State for math4life for all WV school districts. What has Gilmer County agreed to do to fix our problems?

By Agreements Matter on 10.22.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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This important news has potential for making significant progress in improving math and reading outcomes in WV.

It hinges on how quickly advantage can be taken from lessons learned in schools that excelled.

The WVBE could do an analysis of reasons for excelling and to quickly provide guidance information to other schools.

That is the way the private sector approaches problem-solving because chronic failures have consequences and the unfit are weeded out.

Dr. O’Cull could help if the WVBE is not responsive. There could be panels of individuals from excelling schools to make presentations at WV School Board Association meetings to explain what their schools did to make the achievements.

By Why Reinvent The Wheel? on 10.22.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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A characteristic of a good strategic plan is to simplify language to enable a clear understanding of all its details.

Regarding the comment about abbreviations, a simple fix for them and terms (e.g. lexile) would be to insert an asterisk or a footnote symbol the first time one of them is used to refer readers to a section at the end of the documents where the entries are defined.

This comment is not intended to be a criticism. All specialty fields have a language of their own including the teaching profession.

Suggested clarity improvements in the plans would not be time consuming for principals at the County’s two schools.

By Clarity Is Always Good on 10.18.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Looked at the strategic plan for the GCES. It is a major achievement for the new GCBE to provide the information to the public.

Suggestion. Could the GCBOE post a meaning of all abbreviations in the plan? Doing that would make it far easier for readers to understand details in the plan.

By Help Understanding on 10.17.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Thanks Mrs. Lowther and the BOE for providing meeting minutes for the public to read.

Those of us who voted for the levy would appreciate receiving specific information for what is being done at the grade school and the high school to make needed improvements for college and career readiness.

Could a current overview and updates throughout the school year be provided to the public?

Why not put the details on websites of the two schools to give the principals a chance to shine?

By Levy Supporter on 10.16.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes'.

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“engage in pedantic colloquy?“

No Bill.

By WEKNOWYOU on 10.14.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Correct.  I do not wish to engage in back and forth useless ‘banter’ with big words and no results.  What I AM interested in is Gilmer County, in all it’s ways.  Education, Food, Law and Transparency.  Fancy words are often used to hide, divide, and distract..  Plain words speaking truth for the safety and well being of the people is what I’m looking for..  Gilmer is suffering… I want it to stop. I want to see the citizens healthy, educated and strong. I want to see more jobs instead of food banks.  I want Committee meetings for all to see. I want the law to do what it should, when it should.  Plain english would work fine.  Thanks for asking.

By Reader7 on 10.14.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Lol 7, you do not wish to engage in a pedantic colloquy?

By Smart Feller on 10.13.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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All nice but a small request? Can we simplify some of the language?  Don’t mean to be rude, but fancy works aren’t needed for the Truth.

By Reader7 on 10.12.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Stop living the delusion the state will fix education.
They have caused the problem.
Remember, for them, job one IS job protection.

Rare in history, that the cause of a problem, has come forth with a solution to what they have caused. They keep resetting testing standards so as not have any ‘yardstick’ they can be measured against.  Apparently people just don’t get it?  And the WVBOE is so happy about that.

By it-ain't-a-gonna-happen. period. on 10.12.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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There is a continuum for sophistication regarding what is done with data.

Collecting and compiling it is at the low end of sophistication.

Synthesis is at the high end.

This means using results and other information to make specific recommendations for making improvements.

The State took its typical easy way out by failing to go beyond the data compilation stage.

By Easy Way Out on 10.10.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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The comment about need to find out what was done at high performance schools to determine what we could do in Gilmer County to get the same results merits a comment.

The comment flags what is wrong with the State BOE in failing to provide effective leadership.

Does anyone recall a single instance, after tens of millions of dollars were spent on amassing data, when the State BOE did anything to effectively address lessons learned at high performance schools for application at other schools?

Of course not! It is the easy way out for those in high income brackets in Charleston to collect data instead of using it to the maximum to take full advantage of lessons learned.

Could the WV School Board Association help fill the gap?

By Lost Opportunity on 10.07.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Harry, So sorry to hear of the passing of your wife.  I’m also sorry that I never got to know her because if she was anything like you, I’m sure she was pretty special.  Please know that you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.  May God’s love be with you my friend.

By Greg Garvin on 10.04.2018

From the entry: 'Judith “Judy” Carolyn Buckley Rich'.

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What is the BOE’s proficiency goal for English and mathematics and what is the time frame for achieving the goal? That is news citizens want.

Then too, how can citizens at large get involved to honor and to encourage students who improve, and what of a similar nature could be done to give special recognition to outstanding teachers who contribute to improved learning for English and math?

By Positive Changes Made By New BOE on 10.04.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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The BOE and Mrs Lowther deserve high praise for disclosing proficiency information to the public.

It is the first time since 2011 anything like this has happened.

We still do not know about results for science, and it is understood that Charleston is still “working” on it.

Now we know our serious shortcomings in math and English and there is new hope for burrowing out of the mess with everyone in Gilmer working together.

By Thanks Gilmer BOE on 10.03.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Well, dear citizen… sometimes the local ‘law’ gets it wrong.  #truth #JusticeForGilmer

By Transparency matters on 09.30.2018

From the entry: '33 charged in methamphetamine distribution operations in Harrison, Marion, and Monongalia Counties'.

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Soooo…...why do we never see a big drug bust in Gilmer?
With the college and others, there are plenty sources.
Seems strange?

By citizen 3 on 09.23.2018

From the entry: '33 charged in methamphetamine distribution operations in Harrison, Marion, and Monongalia Counties'.

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If you access http://www.mywvschool.com it is evident that some schools outpace others for math and English.

For examples look at data for Lizemore Elementary in Clay County, Alum Creek Elementary in Kanawha County, Rock Branch Elementary in Putnam county, and Greenmont Elementary in Wood County.

Gilmer BOE why not assign someone to evaluate what is being done at those school and others to make them State standouts and to apply lessons learned to our elementary schools?

The same applies to learning from others regarding how to get high marks at GCHS.

By Learn What Works From Others on 09.23.2018

From the entry: 'WV and Area Counties Balanced Scorecard for School Year 2017-2018'.

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I have not read anyone blaming our teachers.  Quite the contrary.
There have been some well thought out comments submitted too.
I am old enough to remember when we had few issues about quality education.

Forget Charleston? Better not.
Believe we are still in their “probation” period.
You better check out just what that means.

By GC--still on state probation? on 09.22.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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Why not go for it on our own and use the tried and widely accepted Iowa Test of Basic Skills to evaluate learning proficiency of our children?

It is the longest running test in America and it goes back to 1936.

One outcome of using the test is that each grade would be evaluated and compared to performances to schools in other parts of America.

We would probably have to go through hoop jumps of the State’s everchanging testing too.

By Iowa Test For Gilmer on 09.21.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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To compound complexity of the issue, Gilmer is different from McDowell and both are different than Monongahela.

The implication is that getting out of the crisis must be county-specific and there is no one size that will fit all of WV’s 55 school systems.

Each county is on its own and ones with the best planning, local boards of education, and administrators will shine. Forget about Charleston!

By County-Specific on 09.21.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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Similar to most complex problems there are several categories contributing to WV’s dismal failure in improving education results in our grade and high schools.

Information in referred journal is beginning to show up. Some of the categories include curriculum issues in high schools, block scheduling failures in high schools, inordinate emphasis on sports at the expense of academics, inadequate prep of grade schoolers to ensure that they get firm foundations in math and English Language Arts, failure to instill need for life long learning at early ages, failure for school systems to fund continuing education of teachers to prepare them for newly emerged practices for enhanced student learning, cultural impediments including failure of some families to encourage children and to give them extra learning help at home, dysfunctional families for children to grow up in caused by drug and alcohol abuse and chronic unemployment, grade inflation characterized by too many As and Bs and attitudes that nobody fails so pass them along, failure of school boards to hire the best qualified superintendents and teachers because of local emphasis on favoring “home grow” individuals, failure of school boards to define performance expectations for superintendents to make effective accountability impossible, constantly changing types of State mandated testing to cause chaos and morale problems, poor compensation of teachers necessary to attract and keep the best and the brightest, etc.

To blame all problems on teachers is a cruel travesty.

One of the weakest links contributing to a lack of progress in improving WV schools is that instead of analyzing the full spectrum of contributing problems and focusing on ones with the biggest payoff potential, the trend in Charleston is to constantly apply band aid approaches with hopes that “cures” will be stumbled on accidentally.

By Do Not Blame It All On Our Teachers on 09.21.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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The problem with preK-12 education in WV is that a holistic and and technically defensible evaluation of contributing factors to cause WV’s problems and how to deal with them has not occurred.

Instead, under direction of clueless politicians ineffective muddling prevails while selling what is done at a particular time as the definitive solution.

How many times have we witnessed muddling over the past 20-30 Years? It still goes on in Charleston.

Why not obtain a grant to have qualified experts analyze success stories around the Nation and use findings to craft a demonstration project in Gilmer County to improve our school system?

Regardless of what we do there must be open minds in seeking out what to do in homes, schools,  teacher education programs in our institutions of higher learning, continuing education for classroom teachers, and to involve various factions in our community to achieve acceptable results. Everyone must band together as a unified team to make it work.

One trap is over emphasis of sports. If the same magnitude of attention and importance were to be focused on solving preK-12 education problems in WV, great strides could be made to benefit deserving children.

By Muddling on 09.19.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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Our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Mr. Ron. I too know this pain of losing a beloved father. Both of these men were taken way too soon. Praying maybe Mr.Ron, my Dad, and all the former Westinghouse employees in heaven are getting together. Love and prayers from, Adrienne and family.

By Adrienne (Trimper) Johnson on 09.19.2018

From the entry: 'Ronald J. Vanskiver'.

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West Virginia’s educational failures is NOT because of classroom teachers.

It IS because of the WV Board of Education’s failures of the past 20-30 years.

That 9 member, lopsided governor board is a crime against children and education in WV as a whole.

It needs 3 teachers, 3 general public parent members, and 3 governor appointees.

Until that governors click gang is broken up, you simply see repeats of the past.  NO progress in education.

It will take the legislature to fix it, but they are too busy with the legislature created court system failure, while trying to line pockets with gas and oil money.

By Tell It Like It Is ! on 09.19.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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What is the plausible rationale for Gilmer not disclosing detailed facts similar to what Superintendent Hosaflook did?

Wood County reported 11,176 students in its 27 schools for the full FY 2018 school year.

In comparison Gilmer had 734 reported students in our two schools for the full FY 2018 school year.

Wood County had 15 times more students than Gilmer and it is reasonable to assume that it was 15 times more demanding to administer with its 27 schools.

If Wood County could get detailed facts out to the public with its significantly higher work load what keeps tiny Gilmer from doing the same?

By Why Gilmer BOE? on 09.18.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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We have not had a responsible, functioning, WVBE for 20 years.
Not one that would accept any responsibility.

They just keep changing ‘score keeping’ so there can be no accurate tracking of student progress.

State ranks 48th or 49th on educational outcomes. Still.
Colleges still have to give remedial classes.

The ONLY thing that changes are the names of the governor appointed players.
And just look at the ‘cost-per-pupil’ spending!
We are about the highest in the nation.

West Virginia State Board of Education = complete failure.  Nothing less.

By just more smoke and mirrors on 09.16.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released for Public Schools in West Virginia'.

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Never could figure out why working people, retirees, volunteers are picking up trash left by adults?

Not when we have the numbers of bored prisoners we have locked up doing nothing??

By No solution here- on 09.16.2018

From the entry: 'Adopt-A-Highway Fall Statewide Cleanup Set for September 29'.

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Go to http://www.mywvschool.org to access more official State information about Gilmer’s schools. There are serious red flags in need of immediate corrective attention.

If you access Lewis County schools on the same web site you can review info for LES. Look at the red flags there. Worse than GES.

Instead of using the info to criticize it can be useful in seeking out opportunities for making immediate improvements.

For those who take apologetic stands that Gilmer is doing as well as some other WV counties and everything is fine, it does not mean that inferior educations for our children are acceptable.

By Look At Red Flags on 09.16.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Superintendent Set Her Goals for School Year'.

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Who is responsible for Gilmer’s oversight of the LES?

If you access the State’s website you will learn that math and reading is red flagged for the LCES to be as bad as it can get.

Why is it that nothing is reported in Gilmer County about how that school is doing when we know that our sixth grade finishers from over there will go to the GCHS to finish their educations? 

It is like our students who attend LCES are forgotten about. Someone needs to be watching out for them.

By Who Minds The Store on 09.15.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Superintendent Set Her Goals for School Year'.

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The really sad stories are left out.
The students who accrue debt and for whatever reasons, drop out of school after a year or two.

They have little hope of improving incomes, but still have debt.
More of them than you think.

By More sad ones to be told. on 09.14.2018

From the entry: 'Student-Loan Debts a "Loss of Freedom" for Some in WV'.

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Information made ‘public’ forces accountability.
Do not hold your breath lest you turn blue.

‘They’ want elected. Get their place at the trough.
Then discover ‘exposure’ makes their work more difficult.

Informed citizens make informed decisions.
Why do we see the same names being elected over and over and over?

By WHEN we're allowed to see it......? on 09.14.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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Lots of work to be done with schools in Gilmer County. 2017-2018 Summative Assessments out today for student achievement.

Gilmer County High School.

For Math
*Exceed or Meet Standards=40% of Students.
*Fail to Meet Standards=60% of Students

For Reading
*Exceed or Meet Standards=36% of Students
*Fail to Meet Standards=64%

The scores speak volumes. What was done to accurately determine causes of failures and what will be done about it? BOE, the public has a right to know answers.

By Public Demands Answers on 09.13.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Superintendent Set Her Goals for School Year'.

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The Founding Fathers screwed up, we should not have to work and pay our bills. Let that man behind the tree work and pay for it all.
Free education should be a right.
Free food should be a right.
Free healthcare should be a right. 
Free transportation should be a right.
Free entertainment should be a right.

By Smart Feller on 09.13.2018

From the entry: 'Student-Loan Debts a "Loss of Freedom" for Some in WV'.

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Thank you BOE members and Mrs. Lowther. Let’s work together at all community levels to make Gilmer County an educational power house in West Virginia. We can do it as an effective team and provision of information will be the key to success.

By Better Times On The Way on 09.12.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Superintendent Set Her Goals for School Year'.

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Accountability - good point - and across Gilmer County.  We’ve seen glimpses and pieces of news WHEN we’re allowed to see it, mere mortals that we are. But never any follow up.  And the information come in bits and pieces (remember when we actually got to SEE what the Gilmer County Commission was up to?)  My question is, why do we never see the accountability or repercussion for actions of current Gilmer ‘elite’??

By Transparency matters on 09.12.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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Encouraging news that the superintendent will present her goals for Gilmer Schools on 9/10.

We assume that there will be a commitment for specific goals to achieve, measurable outcomes, completion dates for different steps and final goal achievement, and a meaningful monitoring program to determine if we are on track or there is need for mid-course fine tuning.

If any of this is missing there will not be meaningful accountability. Excellent business plans have all the components addressed above.

By Waiting To See on 09.09.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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