G-Eye™: Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting Report - 03.16.15

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

I. CALL TO ORDER - Roll Call by President




      A. Minutes: February 25, 2015

      B. Budget Supplements & Transfers

      C.  Financial Statement/Treasurer’s Report

      D.  Accounts Payable

      E.  Student Transfers

      F.  School Volunteers

      G.  Field Trips

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




      A. 2015 Spring Break & Calendar

      B.  Request for Purchase-Technology

      C.  LIREC Grant AND Policy 2512


      A.  C-GCC - Dr. Carl Armour – February 26, 2015

      B. RESA 7- Dr. William Simmons


Video of 04.20.15 Meeting will be published on Thursday

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Only the kids who have a computer at home can go home and finish what they started.  How many families have it at home is the real question? The school doesn’t pay for them to have internet or a computer.

By Pscilla  on  04.28.2015

Right out of the gate Mr Devono’s person can’t or won’t tell how the tax collections compare to last year? Doesn’t know? Is she kidding? No doubt you already went and found out for yourself Mrs. Hurley, they’re down.  Watching this gives little hope Gilmer won’t wind up in the red by the end of this year just like the Commission. Why is it that board can’t get an answer to any questions?  Seems a small thing but a prime example that you have a Superintendent with no experience. He should have been ready with the answer to that question. How on earth can they do a good budget without it? No board member should have to struggle the way Gilmers people do for the even the most basic information.

By Sam K Clarksburg  on  04.28.2015

= The state board of education has known for years they are a failure.
= Parents also know the Manchin led educators have failed West Virginia children.
= The Governor knows it because he requested the audit that shows it.
= Seemingly the elected legislature is well aware.

= Obvious in this meeting the board cannot obtain information, even something as simple and basic as an equipment inventory.
= Pretty obvious that state superpuppet dances and gyrates when direct questions are asked, giving meaningless responses.

= We are watching the continued unraveling of the Charleston board of education.  This is what happens when politics takes control.  Can we expect the problem to have the solution?

By reader5  on  04.28.2015

The information available is that about 50% of Gilmer County families with school children have Internet.

By Ray Prichard  on  04.28.2015

We don’t know how many computers we have in Gilmer County’s schools, we don’t know where there are for sure, we don’t know what condition they are in, but we are buying 225 more of them?

Mr. Devono had already put bids out for the computers when the local board voted to purchase them and all the members knew that, and Mr. Devono prevented a local business from bidding on the computers to have a chance to save the County money?

Where I am wrong.

By James J. Trace  on  04.28.2015

Does anyone have the time-date-place for the new home schooling group meeting?

By Troy parent  on  04.28.2015

Mr. Simmons says IBM and other companies will not hire graduates because they can’t write but at the same time he’s all for getting the laptops. By putting a computer in the students hands that takes away from the time they learn to write. Being a former English professor that should be the last thing he wants.

By Jr.73  on  04.28.2015

Who is running this meeting? Certainly not the president! The way this meeting is conducted is in violation of parliamentary procedures and Robert’s Rules of Order.

By who is in charge?  on  04.28.2015

This meeting with this superintendent gives meaning to the ‘emperor has no clothes’.

You see total lack of WVBOE oversight, lack of meeting decorum, lack of board president ability to conduct a meeting.

You see the board members struggle for basic information.  Legitimate questions unanswered.  Round robin answers.  Appears the 4 board members want what’s right, but obviously no support from the Charleston Crony president.

I could vote for any of those 4 board members again.  GCBOE - You need a new board president.

By JK  on  04.28.2015

Given all the competing needs for scarce money in our school system from pre K on up, citizens deserve to know how it was determined that purchasing more computers for the GCHS was the top priority need in the County to benefit all our children the most.

Reminds me of Nancy Pelosi when she said let’s pass Obama Care and then we can see what is in it. You see what that kind of reasoning got us.

Who got the contract for the computers? Someone wired in with Charleston?

By B. P. Moore  on  04.28.2015

Mrs. Hurley, keep asking your probing questions about finances and don’t let the State wear you down. It wasn’t successful with Mrs. Starkey.

When voters see you being attacked at meetings we know that you are onto something big to make the State very nervous.

All of us smell a rat when the State keeps financial information and other details secret while it treats Gilmer County people with disrespect.

We don’t know of a single verified category where the County is any better off now than it was before intervention. Anyone disagree?

We do know that we are out of lots of money, there is more strife, and our kids must go to a new school where there are serious health and safety concerns.

By E. Cosner  on  04.28.2015

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Glenville to Kick Off Abandoned Building Revitalization Program With Community Meeting - Tonight

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A community-wide informational meeting on April 28, 2015 to discuss a new effort to tackle vacant, abandoned, and dilapidated buildings throughout town.

The Gilmer County Economic Development Association and the City of Glenville received a $10,000 technical assistance grant through the Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center’s BAD (Brownfields, Abandoned, Dilapidated) Buildings to address barriers to the reuse and redevelopment of abandoned and dilapidated buildings in Glenville.

The meeting will be held at the Gilmer County Recreation Center Dining Hall on April 28, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

All members of the community are encouraged to attend and discuss the challenges and opportunities Glenville is facing due to problem properties.

The meeting will kick-off the larger BAD Buildings Project, which is a yearlong effort to identify, prioritize, and begin revitalizing these properties which have been abandoned and become severely dilapidated.
Luke Elser, BAD Buildings Program Manager says, “The BAD Buildings model provides an initial stepping stone for revitalization efforts by initiating redevelopment progress and spurring community involvement.  This community kick-off meeting is to get the word out about this program and start to build interest and involvement from local volunteers.  This kind of community development work relies, almost entirely, on a community working together to collaboratively solve the problem.”

Glenville was one of only 9 projects awarded statewide to receive a 2015 BAD Buildings Program technical assistance grant.

The BAD Buildings Program is funded through a grant from the Benedum Foundation through the WVU Foundation, a private non-profit corporation that generates, receives and administers private gifts for West Virginia University.

Information about the BAD Buildings Program can be found at

The Northern WV Brownfields Assistance Center is a program of the West Virginia Water Research Institute, located at WVU’s National Research Center for Coal & Energy.

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GSC Observes Sexual Assault Awareness Month

GLENVILLE, WV – Students, staff, and administrators at Glenville State College teamed again this year to raise awareness about the issue of sexual assault.

Members of GSC’s Army ROTC program, various student organizations, individual students, and several GSC offices partnered with the college’s Human Resources Department Director during Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), which occurs throughout April, to educate and inform the campus as a whole about the issue.

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Some of students, staff, and administrators who took part
in the walking relay pose for a group photo

The main SAAM event, a mile-long relay walking race, included many participants in boots; emphasizing the theme of ‘stomping out violence.‘ The event, which took place at the Waco Center’s indoor walking track, highlighted relay racers walking to show their support for victims of sexual abuse.

“Glenville State is committed to raising awareness to the issue of sexual violence on college campuses,“ said GSC Title IX Coordinator and Chief Human Resources Officer Krystal Smith. “Our goal for these awareness events is to ensure institutional commitment towards maintaining a campus atmosphere for all students to learn and develop free of discrimination and harassment.“

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A student adds her signature to the ‘Stomp Out Violence’ board
while other participants wait for the relay to begin

Sexual violence is a serious public health problem that affects millions. In the United States one in five women are rape survivors and one in two women and one in five men have experienced some form of sexual violence in their lives; most occurring before the victim is 25.

For more information about SAAM events at Glenville State College, contact Smith at or 304.462.4101.

Victims of sexual assault should contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.4673 for resources and information.

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Participants of the SAAM walking relay complete a lap at the Waco Center

G-Eye™: Sutton Lake and Dam Cleanup

Glenville State College Science Department Students
Helping with Cleanup at Sutton Lake and Dam
Saturday, April 26, 2015

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White Senior Recital Planned - 04.25.15 - Tonight

GLENVILLE, WV—Glenville State College music major Joshua White will perform his senior recital on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 3:00 PM in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

He will be performing his recital on the tuba.

“I am proud to say that without a doubt I am graduating from the finest music department in West Virginia,” said White.

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While attending GSC, White has performed in the concert band, marching band, choir, chamber singers, jazz band, brass ensemble, brass quintet, trombone choir, and tuba euphonium ensemble/quartet. He also performed with GSC’s tuba euphonium ensemble at the 2014 International Tuba Euphonium Conference. White is the son of Dan and Jennifer White, both of whom are former GSC students, and is from Parkersburg (Wood County), West Virginia.

After graduation White intends to pursue a master’s degree in tuba performance from either Ohio University or the University of Tennessee. He has already been accepted to both.

For more information call 304.462.6340.

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Band and Choir Concerts; Honor Band/Choir Returning to GSC - Tonight

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GLENVILLE, WV—Students and faculty in the Glenville State College Department of Fine Arts are preparing for their annual Band and Choir Concerts on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 7:00 PM in the GSC Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

Additionally, the GSC Honor Band and Honor Choir weekend for high school students will take place the 24th and 25th, culminating with that event’s concert on Saturday at 7:00 PM also in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

The Friday concert will feature GSC’s Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Teresa Dody, and GSC’s Concert Band, under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music and Fine Arts Department Chair Lloyd Bone. The Seventh Annual GSC Honor Band and First Annual GSC Honor Choir will take place throughout Friday and Saturday. High school students from throughout the Mountain State will be in attendance vying for a performance spot in one of the honor groups.

“These two events over two days are a great opportunity to represent and recruit for GSC. Last year we had nearly 125 students from around the state on campus! Our concert is one of the main events of the weekend for the honor students,“ said Bone.

Both concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sheri Skidmore in the GSC Fine Arts Department at or 304.462.6340.

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5K for Autism Awareness Raises Nearly $2,000

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GLENVILLE, WV - Glenville State College student organization Pioneers for a Cause held their ‘Color a World Without Autism’ 5K run/walk on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

Approximately 160 GSC students, faculty, staff, and community members of all ages were in attendance.

“Pioneers for a Cause was blown away by the support and encouragement of everyone who got involved - without them the success of the race wouldn’t have been possible. In total, we raised nearly $2,000 for autism research! My organization decided in the beginning that since we are the only group like this in West Virginia, we wanted the proceeds to stay in the state. With that idea taken into consideration, we will be donating the money to the Autism Society of WV,“ said GSC student Jade Spencer who served as one of the event coordinators.

The group teamed up with GSC’s Student Government Association for the color run/walk who helped cover some of the costs. Glenville Foodland and Smith Land Surveying also donated all of the bottled water for the race. “We would like to thank everyone who made donations, helped throw the color, and the law enforcement for keeping everyone safe throughout the race route. Overall, the race was a huge success and made a big impact on the GSC campus. We are already looking forward to planning another one for next year,“ continued Spencer.

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~~  Photos by GSC Student Quentin Murphy ~~

For more information about student organizations and activities at Glenville State College, contact Director of Student Activities Jodi Ocheltree at or 304.462.6416.

Glenville State Annual Spring Football Game - Today

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Glenville, WV – For the now the fifth year in a row the Glenville State College Pioneer Football team is partnering with the Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department (GCVFD) for the Annual Blue vs. White Spring Football Game which will be played Thursday, April 23 at 6:00 PM at I.L. & Sue Morris Stadium.

The game will feature the 2015 GSC Pioneer Offense against the GSC Pioneer Defense.

“The Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department provides vital services to our community through the efforts of their volunteers. These members regularly risk their lives and take time away from their families for the benefit of our community. We wanted to take this opportunity to show them our appreciation for their dedication, and to help raise needed funds for them, over the last four years this has been a great event and we will for it to be even better this year for the GCVFD,” said GSC Head Football Coach David Hutchison.

“It’s a really great fundraiser, we really appreciate them raising money and donating to us. We are always excited about the event because it’s a lot of fun and it shows how close the college and athletics are to the community,” Martin Hess.

The spring game is free to the public, but the Glenville State College Football team will be collecting donations at the game which will benefit the Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department.

The spring game represents the culmination of spring practice. The Pioneers return 10 starters on offense and 5 on defense from last year’s squad. In 2015 the Pioneers look to improve on the 5-6 mark of a year ago.

The Pioneers will open preseason camp on Thursday, August 10th in preparation for the 2015 season. GSC opens the 2015 season on Saturday, September 5th when they travel to MEC Conference foe Urbana. Their first home contest of the 2015 season will be on Thursday, September 10th under the lights at I.L. & Sue Morris Stadium against West Virginia Wesleyan.

Anyone who cannot attend the spring game but would like to donate to the GCVFD may contact Coach Hutchison at or 304.462.6230.

Gilmer County Pony League Slow Pitch Tournament‏

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GSC Students Present at Undergraduate Research Day

Glenville, WV — The 12th annual Undergraduate Research Day was held in the West Virginia State Capitol rotunda on Wednesday, March 04, 2015.

Undergraduate Research Day is sponsored by the Higher Education Policy Commission Division of Science and Research and the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts.

Four GSC students, Samuel Canfield, Emily Ramezan, Jonathan Rhodes, and Randy Smith, were among the approximately one-hundred students from fifteen colleges and universities throughout West Virginia who were selected to present seventy-five undergraduate research projects to members of the state legislature and other visitors.

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Emily Ramezan, Samuel Canfield, Randy Smith, Jonathan Rhodes,
and Dr. Ross Conover at Undergraduate Research Day in Charleston

The event helps state lawmakers understand the importance of undergraduate research by talking directly with the students whom these programs impact.

Canfield presented his research on the behavioral variation of pocket gophers in different habitats.

Ramezan presented her research on the effect of temperature-induced coral bleaching on genes in sea anemones.

Rhodes’ research related to the assessment of carbon storage among different forest succession stages.

Finally, Smith’s research explored the regulation of cancer cell multiplication by a specific hydrocarbon receptor.

The research that these students presented was a combination of studies that were completed on campus and in other lab environments.

All four researchers were aided by an academic advisor at GSC.

For more information about these research projects and programs of study in the Department Science and Mathematics at Glenville State College, call 304.462.4126.

GSC Financial Aid Workers Complete Training

GLENVILLE, WV – Two employees of Glenville State College’s Office of Financial Aid, Mary Jones and Stephany Harper, recently were certified in several nationally-recognized programs.

After attending two days of financial aid training and taking ten separate tests, the pair received certification in: federal methodology, cost of attendance, student eligibility, return of Title IV funds, verification, campus-based programs, professional judgment, direct loans, packaging and notification of awards, and the application process.

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The certifications took place through the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators credentialed training program.

“Mary and Stephany’s dedication to the work of GSC’s Financial Aid Office is very much appreciated and recognized.  They demonstrate commitment to the needs of our students and work tirelessly to answer questions and solve problems to assist them in their quest for a college education,“ said Financial Aid Director Karen Lay.

Both received Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degrees with emphasis in accounting and management from Glenville State College; Jones in 2009 and Harper in 2012. They both began their employment in the Financial Aid Office as part time workers before being promoted in 2011 and 2014, respectively.

For more information about financial aid at Glenville State College, call 304.462.4103.

Singleton’s Senior Art Show to Be on Display - Beginning Today

GLENVILLLE, WV—Glenville State College senior studio art major Ryan Singleton from Burnsville, West Virginia is getting ready for his senior art show.

The exhibition will begin with an opening reception on Monday, April 20, 2015 at 5:00 PM and will be on display until Friday, May 01, 2015.

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“Life is just a collage of moments in the end and that is what I have created, a collage of moments for interpretation - moments taken from my life that standout or have influenced me in some way. The biggest influence on our souls is the interactions that we have with others and this is what I hope to reflect in the people I paint,” said Singleton.

The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM and one hour before all Fine Arts Department musical performances.

For more information contact Associate Professor of Art Liza Brenner at or call 304.462.6346.

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Pioneer Football Team Presents FREE Kids Camp - This Sunday

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Glenville, WV – The Glenville State Pioneer football team along with head football coach David Hutchison would like to announce that they will be hosting a FREE kid’s camp on Sunday, April 19, 2015.

The instructional camp is free to age’s pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade and will be held at the I.L. & Sue Morris Stadium. The camp will run from 2:00 PM till 4:00 PM.

It will be a fun filled afternoon with GSC football players and coaches. We hope to see you there!

Annual GSC Literary Magazine Reading Slated for Friday, April 17, 2015 - Today

GLENVILLE, WV – Students, faculty, and staff in the Glenville State College Department of Language and Literature are celebrating the recent completion of the 2015 Trillium with the 12th Annual Trillium Reading to be held on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 4:00 PM in the Mollohan Campus Community Center Multipurpose Room (315A).

The reading, which will give the writers, poets, and artists a chance to bring their works to life in a spoken-word format, also will include an open microphone session to allow members of the audience to present poems, songs, or other literary works. The event is free and open to the public.

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Cover of the 2015 Trillium featuring photography by
GSC graduate Ashley Smallwood

The Trillium, Glenville State College’s student literary magazine since 1979, contains poetry, fiction, photographs, and drawings from GSC students, faculty, staff, and the general public. Free copies of the 2015 Trillium will be available at the reading, in the Department of Language and Literature located in the Heflin Administration Building, and other various locations around campus.

For more information about the Trillium reading, contact faculty advisor Dr. Jonathan Minton at or 304.462.6322.

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Work on the Sink Hole in Downtown Glenville, WV
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Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries - 04.16.15




The administration of the estates(s) of the following deceased is pending before the Clerk of the County Commission of Gilmer County, 10 Howard Street, Glenville WV 26351.

The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below.

Notice is hereby given that the estate(s) of the following has been opened for probate.  Any interested person objecting to the validity of the will, the qualifications of the personal representative or the venue or jurisdiction of the court, shall file notice of an objection with the County Commission within ninety days after the date of the first publication or within 30 days of service of notice, whichever is later.  If an objection is not timely filed, the objection is forever barred.

All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before July 15, 2015  otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s).  All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.

Claims against the estate must be filed in accordance with West Virginia Code 44-1-14a.


Kenneth Pennebaker Karen Pennebaker 228 Ivy Run Road
Troy, WV 26443
Martha Hiney Lauretta Joan Massey 5775 Lotz Road
Canton, MI 48187
Joyce Elkin John Edward Elkin 69 Parsonage Avenue
Cedarville, WV 26611
Catherine Ball Carlston Timothy B. Butcher PO Box 100
Glenville, WV 26351

Clerk of Gilmer County Commission
Jean Butcher
10 Howard Street
Glenville, WV 26351

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : April 16, 2015

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