G-FYI™: Gilmer County’s Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB) in the Amount of $1,000,000
CHARLESTON, WV - The West Virginia Board of Education will meet to conduct routine business on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., in Capitol Building 6, Room 353 (Board Conference Room), 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Charleston, West Virginia.
The meeting will continue on Thursday, October 15, 2015, at 9:00 a.m., in Capitol Building 6, Room 353 (Board Conference Room), 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Charleston, West Virginia, if the meeting is not completed on October 14, 2015.
You can also click H E R E to see the minutes of previous meeting which is on the agenda for approval.
The following is the part regarding the Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB) in the amount of $1,000,000 which was borrowed on behave of Gilmer County Board of Education:
Resolution on Behalf of Gilmer County Board of Education Approving a Lease Purchase Agreement with United Bank as a Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB) in the Amount of $1,000,000
Ms. Heather Hutchens, General Counsel to the WVDE, presented a Resolution on behalf of Gilmer County Board of Education approving a lease purchase agreement with United Bank as a Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB) in the amount of $1,000,000 for the Board’s consideration.
The proceeds from the bond will be used to equip Gilmer County Elementary School; United Bank will hold the title to the equipment.
Mrs. Manchin moved that the Resolution on behalf of Gilmer County Board of Education approving a lease purchase agreement with United Bank as a Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB) in the amount of $1,000,000 for the Board’s consideration be approved.
Dr. Wilson seconded the motion and upon the call for the question the motion was carried unanimously.
This development is a perfect example of WVDOE/WVBOE taxation without representation.
Citizens who had no say in approving the bond will be ones to pay it off.
This is not to say that the money will not be used for a good purpose, but without any information being provided who knows?
Common courtesy would have been to give local citizens information before the deal was cut.
Isn’t local level involvement one of the topics Dr. Martirano’s preaches for his new way of doing business? Gilmer County must be outside his service area.
Not even common courtesy and respect to inform Gilmer’s citizens why the extra money was needed and what it would be spent for when the State said that by going to Hays City all the financial problems were solved to give the County a world class facility.
With the way this loan was pulled off secretly without local approval will the next step be for it to be spent non bid? Probably.
Did the elected school board have advance details about the loan? Probably not as a continuation of the WVDOE/WVBOE’s secrecy and its rough shod dictatorial treatment.
We know that financial details about the MH move were not provided to the County so this deal is more of the same.
By Anti Taxation Without Representation on 10.09.2015
The WVDOE and the WVBOE function as if they have the right to dictatorship in intervention counties, but there is no valid reason not to keep citizens in those counties fully informed.
By maintaining strict secrecy and citizens having to learn after-the-fact the effect is contempt and disrespect for the WVDOE and the WVBOE.
WVDOE and WVBOE you doomed common core and A-F is next because of your arrogant felling of superiority with outright disrespect for WV’s citizens.
By Fayette Will Hold on 10.09.2015
United holds title to the equipment. What equipment are we talking about?
Bankers do not deal in generic terms. WVDOE/WVBOE why the secrecy when the debt was obligated to Gilmer County’s citizens?
The bankers have access to the details while the information is kept from citizens who pay the bills. Democracy is over in Gilmer County with full credit to the WVDOE/EVBOE!
By Information Clamp by WVDOE/WVBOE on 10.09.2015
Forced Gilmer to pay for Lewis County’s new elementary AND Crooked Run/Cedar Creek Architect fees to the tune of at least a million dollars, handed Gilmer students to Lewis County which cost Gilmer who knows how much money, Gilmer had to pay $113,000 for half of the Leading Creek slip,state Dept of Ed shorted Gilmer $800,000 in school aid formula, Governor cut Gilmer budget $60,000 and now you put Gilmer BOE a million in debt?
By Thanks WVBOE Thanks M Martirano, Thanks Gabe D on 10.09.2015
Doman to Hold Senior Bluegrass Recital and Photography Exhibit - Tonight
GLENVILLE, WV – Glenville State College Bluegrass Music Major Toni Doman will be holding her Bluegrass Senior Recital on Friday, October 09, 2015. Following the recital will be a reception for her photography exhibit.
The recital will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the GSC Fine Arts Center Auditorium and will feature Doman singing and playing guitar and a small assortment of other instruments. Immediately following the recital will be the reception to her Bluegrass Photography Exhibit. The exhibit will feature and highlight Doman’s journey through bluegrass music during her time at GSC. Her photos will focus on the roots of bluegrass as well as the emotion, culture, and history of bluegrass music. The show will run from Friday, September 11 until Friday, October 09.
Doman is the daughter of Curt Doman and the granddaughter of Helen Doman from Cameron, West Virginia and will graduate this fall from Glenville State College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Bluegrass Music, an Associate of Science Degree in Business, and a minor in Graphics and Digital Media.
During her time at GSC, Doman has been involved with the Art Club and played an important role in bringing collegiate FFA to GSC. After completing her work at GSC, she plans to continue her education at graduate school.
“I would not have been given the incredible opportunities I have had as a student at Glenville State College had I enrolled in any other school. Glenville is a unique, special place and I am truly privileged to be a student,” said Doman.
[x] shows the order meeting was conducted. This help with watching the video.
 I. CALL TO ORDER : The meeting was called to order by President Larry Chapman. Commissioners John Bennett and Brian Kennedy were present. Jean Butcher, the County Clerk was also present.
 II. PLEDGE of ALLEGIANCE TO THE U.S. FLAG
 III. PUBLIC COMMENTS: There was not any public comments.
 9:30 Proclamation for Breast Cancer Awareness Month was present to the Commission by Laura Self. Commission signed the proclamation. [Video]
 9:45 Terry Myers-Potesta and Associates-Small Cities Block Grant : Mr. Myers presented the new Gilmer County Public District’s water project, The Tanner-Newberne Water System. He discussed the pass for the pipeline citing it was the most cost effective way. This project will cost $8.7M serving 170 families. He said the Cedarville area was also looked at. Since GCPSD is applying for the Block-Grant it needs one sponsor. The commission approved the project. In addition to Larry Myers, William Stalnaker-GCPSD President, Sallie Mathess-GCPSD Board Member, Jack McCartney-GCPSD Board Member, John Moore-GCPSD, and Stan Whitehair from Region VII PDC were present. [Video]
V. ROUTINE BUSINESS:
 1) Exonerations and/or Consolidations were approved.
 2) The Commission approved Estate Qualifications and Estate Settlements.
 4) Budget Revisions: Angel Ball presented several revisions. They were approved.
5) Budget Control Report – None
  6) Invoices for Payment - Invoices for the total amount of $128,651.24 were approved. There was a saving about $2000 in Regional Jail bill as the result of efforts by Jean Butcher, Karen Elkin-Circuit Court, Linda James-Magistrate Court to check the Jail’s Statement accuracy against the actual Jail usage.
 7) County Commission Minutes for September 18, 2015 meeting was approved.
 8) Receipt of County Board Minutes:
a) Gilmer County Parks & Recreation Board Inc. minutes-August 18, 2015
b) WesMonTy RC &D Board of Directors Minutes-August 25, 2015
VI. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
 1. USERRA-Uniformed Service employment Re-Employment Right Act Claim - The Commission approved the settlement agreement for the amount of $1,500.00.
VII. NEW BUSINESS:
  1. Willard Cottrill Estate-Final Settlement: The commission had received the official letter from the Circuit Court Judge requesting the Commission to either approve or disapprove the Willard Estate so the Judge could continue with the pending lawsuit against the County Commission. Commissioners wanted to talk with Prosecutor Gerry Hough, but he could not come at that moment. However, he advised the Commission to either approve or disapprove it. County Clerk was asked by the Commission whether there were any objections for the Commission to approve the estate. Jean Butcher said, only Marleah may object, the other three are OK with it. At this point Gerry Hough showed up. Kennedy immediately called for executive session. After the executive session Chapman said, no action was taken in the executive session. At this point the Commission approvedDID NOT APPROVE the estate.
 2. Progress Report-2015 SERC Grant - Martin Hess, Fire Chief and the Chairman of the LEPC had signed the document to return the unused portion of the grant for the amount of $750.00 to SERC.
VIII. OTHER BUSINESS
 IX. EXECUTIVE SESSION AS NEEDED: Kennedy called for executive session to discuss the Cottrill’s Estate with Gerry Hough.
GLENVILLE, WV - In partnership with the New Vision Renewable Energy program, Glenville State College will be the site of a free ‘Glolympics’ night on Monday, October 05, 2015.
Registration will take place at Morris Stadium at 6:30 p.m. and the games will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Event organizers indicate that the fun is open to anyone aged 8 to 80.
The games, which are purposefully scheduled after dark, include soccer, disc golf, volleyball, corn hole, and more. As a highlight of the program, the field will be lit with the same solar lights that New Vision helps construct and share with schoolchildren in developing countries.
Plans are already underway to incorporate construction of the solar light kits in the elementary education science courses at GSC. Students in those classes will learn how to assemble the lights and then develop a teaching unit around it culminating with a hands-on lesson in the Gilmer County elementary schools.
To help implement that plan, a fundraising goal of $6,000 has been set. That would purchase 40 light kits which could then be assembled by students here in the Mountain State before they’re shared with students in areas like Ghana and Haiti.
In the event of inclement weather, the games will be held in the Lilly Gymnasium on the main campus.
For more information about the free ‘Glolympics’ event or to find out how to purchase a light kit, contact Dr. Joe Evans at
or 304.462.6314 or Dr. Kevin Evans at
WVSBA Rejection of Fayette County’s Plan Brings Up Many Questions in Gilmer County
Charleston excels at advising to let the past go when it blunders. That concept is inappropriate for State Government which is accountable to the people.
The WV Legislature is urged to commission a full investigation of what led to the decision for constructing the new grade school in Gilmer County.
The investigation should address the following CommunityConcerns™:
• Why did the WVBOE approve purchase of the Crooked Run site when it was begged not to pay the huge amount of money for it?
• Who signed checks for the site’s purchase and all other expenses associated with it until the project was abandoned?
• Who was responsible for the project’s budget tracking blunder from the time money began to be billed against the Crooked Run project?
• What is the full accounting for how each penny was spent leading up to the Crooked Run abandonment to include all recipients of money.
• How did the architect, CEFP committee, WVBOE and WVDOE officials fit in, and where are all the official records for all the CEFP committee’s meetings leading up to the decision for Crooked Run and the move to Hays City?
• How much more money will be required for the change to Hays City from the stopping point of Crooked Run when the WVDOE guaranteed that there would not be any extra costs for the site change with assurances that the Hays City school will be a world class faculty.
• Related to the concern immediately above why is it necessary for the WVDOE and the WVBOE to put the County in debt for borrowing $1,000,000 of QZAB funds as an example of taxation without representation?
• Why has the SBA failed to fund a professionally done and approved Emergency Preparedness Plan for the new school while there still may be time for precautionary alterations to ensure the safety of the County’s children should a sudden flash flood occur after the school is occupied?
• Did qualified and independent specialists conduct all pre-construction studies, including those to address the presence of dangerous substances, to ensure that technical shortchanging did not occur to affect the accuracy of conclusions?
• Who performed the technical studies, how much did they cost, who administered them, and why were the results not made available for timely peer and public review and comment?
• Who is responsible for assuring Gilmer County’s citizens that laws, regulations etc., will not be violated by the long to-and-from daily bus rides by the youngest children to the new school from outer reaches of the County?
Although it is unheard of in WV State government, after the full investigation is completed all individuals responsible for the fiasco, including those in the WVBOE, WVDOE and the WVSBA should be held fully accountable even if that should mean prosecution for crimes and any other appropriate punitive measures.
Nothing like this outrage should ever happen again against West Virginia’s children.
Each penny of money wasted by the WVBOE, WVDOE, and the WVSBA could have gone to improve their educations.
Ryan Quinn(Education Reporter) Reported on Fayette County on September 28, 2015:
School Building Authority shoots down Fayette consolidation plan
The state School Building Authority on Monday shot down Fayette County Schools’ latest plan to consolidate schools.
This attempt would’ve combined four high schools—Fayetteville, Meadow Bridge, Midland Trail and Oak Hill—into a new one, and allowed students in the dilapidated Collins Middle to move into the current Oak Hill High.
Monday’s divided voice vote to deny Fayette’s request to amend its current building plan, which would’ve allowed it to compete with other counties for SBA funding for the estimated over $50 million new high school, came after several SBA board members raised issues with the proposed consolidation.
The West Virginia Board of Education approved the amendment 6-3 earlier this month, despite attempts by some state school board members to stop the planned closure of Meadow Bridge High, which had the fewest high schoolers in the county last year, but has a loyal group of supporters who consistently travel to meetings in Charleston to speak against closing the school.
Peter Markham, the SBA board chairman and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s general counsel, said he only counted three people among the 11-member board who voted to approve Fayette’s requested amendment: State Schools Superintendent Michael Martirano; state school bo ard member Tina Combs, who joined Monday’s meeting by telephone; and Robert Holroyd. As chairman, Markham said, he votes only to break ties.
SBA members Steve Burton, Tom Campbell, Victor Gabriel, Tom Lange, Eric Lewis and Chris Morris voted against the Fayette plan. It was unclear how Wade Linger, who also joined the meeting by teleconference, voted. Like Combs, Linger is a state school board member who previously voted for the amended plan, but said it was the hardest vote in his seven years on the board, and he hoped there was still some way to save Meadow Bridge High.
SBA board members raised objections Monday over forcing Fayette schools to consolidate despite county voters rejecting a school building and renovation bond that would’ve consolidated schools differently but also closed Meadow Bridge High. That bond, which would’ve raised property taxes, received support from only 38 percent of the roughly 25 percent of registered Fayette voters who voted in June’s special election. Fayette voters haven’t approved a school bond in more than 40 years.
SBA board members expressed concern that neither Fayette’s residents nor its locally elected school board voted for the new consolidation plan.
“Nobody approved this. Not the local board, not the taxpayers. But wait a minute, the state board approved it,” said Gabriel, of Harrison County. “… This is not a dictator board, this is America and this is West Virginia, by gosh.”
“The folks in Fayette County, I don’t believe, are ever going to agree to a plan,” Combs said before the SBA vote.
The state school board took control of Fayette schools in 2010, after a state report said the local board was “unwilling to deal with the very small high schools and support a plan to combine some and improve severe facility deficiencies, limited curriculum, and poorly achieving schools.”
Terry George, Fayette’s new state-appointed superintendent, created the new consolidation plan in the wake of the June bond’s failure, and Martirano, who appointed George, signed off on it.
“There will be no decision, or any impact that is going to impact kids in a positive way in the near future,” Martirano said when asked about Monday’s vote. He said George and others in Fayette need to “regroup,” though he didn’t yet have specific details about how he plans to move forward.
“My chagrin is based upon the fact that the process stopped today,” Martirano said. “So I’m going to continue to be optimistic as the conversations occur, but the urgency was there to do something sooner than later, and I am disappointed that the process ended today.”
Martirano ordered the closure of Collins Middle’s seventh- and eighth-grade building in January because of structural issues, sending about 400 students to county high schools. With the SBA’s vote Monday, it’s unclear where those students will end up.
Monday’s vote only concerned whether to approve amending Fayette’s building plan to allow it to compete with other counties for SBA grants for its proposed consolidated high school. The SBA distributes dollars raised from both state general revenue and lottery funds.
Burton, of Wayne County, and Lewis, of Jefferson County, both suggested the board should vote against to plan so as not to give Fayette “false hope” that members would approve funding in December.
“I just think it behooves us to be honest and upfront with folks,” Burton said.
Campbell, a Greenbrier County resident and a state school board member who previously voted against the amended plan, got into a tense discussion with George about the plan, which he argued was rushed following George’s appointment as superintendent.
“This is too critical of an issue to rush something through like this,” Campbell said. “You’re changing kids’ lives for generations.”
Campbell also asked Martirano why the state Department of Education isn’t allowing Meadow Bridge High supporters to get a second opinion on the condemnation of the high school’s second floor. Martirano declined to discuss the issue, citing a lawsuit Meadow Bridge supporters have filed over the issue.
George has estimated the planned new high school—which would have about 1,500 to 1,600 students and be built next to New River Elementary, Oak Hill High and the Fayette Institute of Technology—would cost $52 million to $58 million. On Monday, he said Fayette would only need about $13 million annually from the SBA over the next three years, with the county providing about $17 million in local funding, including $11 million from a lease-purchase attempt.
“Our plans are to go back and re-evaluate our situation and begin doing the best we can for the students who are being educated in sub-par facilities,” George said after the vote.
He said it’s “too premature” to discuss whether the county will try passing another bond, though he said the SBA’s message Monday was that it wouldn’t fund any projects not supported by a bond. He said he thinks Fayette residents are “not going to tax themselves for anything.”
“It’s the students who lost here today,” he said.
Also Monday, SBA board members approved policy and job description changes meant to improve SBA employees’ oversight of funded projects, according to Scott Raines, the SBA’s architectural services director.
He said the personnel changes relate to something the SBA has already begun: getting staff involved in reviewing counties’ proposed projects before they submit them for possible funding, in order to ensure the projects meet the considerations, like student travel time, that state law requires the SBA to evaluate when deciding which projects to support. The SBA board voted to explore whether employees’ salaries need to be adjusted, and Raines said SBA staff plan to compare workers’ salaries with pay in other state agencies, and compensation for similar positions in other states, without using an outside firm.
He said a policy change approved Monday will also allow the SBA to hire construction management firms to oversee projects that are relatively complex or expensive or are located in counties where the local school system may not have the ability to adequately supervise the project.
Raines has said architects—paid directly by the counties, not the SBA—have in the past designed school buildings that are thousands of square feet larger than the SBA agreed to fund. He said the construction managers will look out for the SBA’s interests and be involved in projects from early in the design process through construction completion. They’ll work to ensure better coordination among contractors working on different issues, like plumbing and air conditioning, and keep projects within time and budget. Raines expects they’ll pay for their own fees through cost savings.
That M Martirano would insist on going forward before the issue was resolved in court is so typical.He definitely consumed the manchin Kool-Aid Push it through, get it done, care about nothing and no one, get what we want. We are the State BOE.
By Move On Martirano on 09.30.2015
Dr. Cindy Daniel who was unaware of the extent of the SBA’s, WVDOE’s and WVBOE’s scandal in Gilmer county will get her eyes opened from this information.
Chuck Hatfield, the superintendent from Putnam County who claims he is coming to Gilmer to help us out should learn some things too. We wonder what instructions his school board gave for his mission of mercy? Are they paying for his services to Gilmer County?
If Daniel and Hatfield were instructed to come to Gilmer to preach for citizens to simply get over abuses from the WVDOE, WVBOE, and the WVSBA they have more learning to do. The sleeping giant has awakened to become a bulldog until all the truth gets out.
Mr. Ryan Quinn deserves a medal for being courageous to begin to get the truth out to WV people. We must dig out of 47th place. Let us hope that he does not get a contract taken out on him.
The Gazette-Mail will increase its circulation with this new way of reporting. WV must be cleaned up and the way to get a start is to have informed citizens who will pressure timid politicians.
Key politicians up to Governor Tomblin knew about Gilmer’s intervention problems and not one of them came to our aid. The Governor presides over the WVSBA.
Once again thank you Mr. David Ramezan and the GFP.
By Ed. Combs on 09.30.2015
According to Metro News this am WVBOE President Mike Green wants the Governor to stop the School Building Authority from denying Fayette County Superintendent George’s request for money to consolidate their High Schools. The letter Mr. Green sent says in part that the SBA exceeded their authority by denying the request on merit, not procedure. Merit being the key word.
The SBA receives requests for over 200 million dollars in projects each year. Why is Fayette consolidation under intervention to be given top priority? It can only be to get it done before their suit against the WVBOE can be tried in court. A suit brought forth to prevent condemnation of the entire Meadow Bridge building base on the condition of one room.
Given the SBA’s limited funding how can legal proceedings be ignored pushing aside other projects that are willing and ready to go? Governor are you really willing to openly deny Fayette County citizens their right to due process?
We can see that Mr. Green is operating under the Manchin rule. Nothing has changed. How is it wrong to stop the process and send it back to the people? Is Mike Green saying the wants of the WVBOE are more important than the needs of the children of Fayette County? So it would seem.
It is the same position they took on Gilmer County.
Governor Tomblin, if the WV School Building Authority under your leadership is simply there to follow the state board’s instruction then you have the opportunity to save a lot of money. Eliminate the whole SBA as an entity and let the WVBOE handle it. Statistics prove how well they have handled the education of WV children thus far. Based on that, how does Mr. Green’s position merit consideration?
By Stop Forced Intervention Tactics on 09.30.2015
Why would you want to over rule the professional, knowledgeable, School Building Authority?
They are the ones who understand, hopefully, the financial situation, in place to be checks and balances to the State Board of Education.
The whole state knows the West Virginia Board of Education and the Department of Education is in DESPERATE need of checks and balances!
Look how their flawed decision making has taken West Virginia to 47th in education.
If there were proper checks and balances on the WVBOE maybe Leading Creek School would have used our abundant natural gas, have proper play grounds, and not be sitting on a played out coal mine. You know, that Model School, Bill Simmons talks about.
Just maybe if the SBA checks and balances had been working, the Crooked Run State BOE Cabal, would not have resulted in landing the under construction, Hays City school on a landfill, in the 100 year flood plain.
Thank you School Building Authority Board for your stand! You show leadership!
By need more checks & balances on 09.30.2015
The Charleston Gazette with Ryan Quinn as education reporter is doing a wonderful job.
The very first sentence is correct. Lets stop and elaborate on it a little though.
I quote “ Fayette County Schools’ latest plan to consolidate”. This is very misleading.
That plan was created by the state appointed superintendent. We in Fayette have had very little opportunity to give any input. Basically that plan is right out of the State Board of Education. It has been pushed now for years. The prior state appointed superintendent pushed it, now Mr. George is as well.
Mrs. Combs says Fayette will ‘won’t accept any plan’. Really. Never had a plan presented that would include a high school in the Meadow Bridge area have we?
By Fayette Will Stand Firm on 09.30.2015
“Nobody approved this. Not the local board, not the taxpayers. But wait a minute, the state board approved it,”
You could be talking about Gilmer County. Too bad we didn’t have WVBE and SBA board members that would show any compassion for our children.
By We Are Glad For Fayette's Sake on 10.01.2015
Everbody say flood it don’t flood there no dump I know what im talking about you say somebody told you hippies lie then they spit on you when you come back from Viet Nam then Rosedale takes up for them.
By The truth watcher on 10.01.2015
The original picture of the Hays City School did NOT show a second floor.
Now we see a second floor added. What gives?
Ask our local elected school board and the response goes something like….we have not been told anything.
Is it designed for high water/flood safe zone for students and staff alike? A place to send rescue boats or helicopter?
Being there is not enough students to populate the Lewis County Leading Creek school, why has this school been enlarged? Or is this just another state board of education error?
By whats happening? on 10.01.2015
Not telling us about the changes at Hays City is one more example of the WVDOE’s arrogance and lack of consideration for Gilmer’s citizens.
You better bet that the local cabal gets briefed on everything on a split second basis.
We hear that the WVDOE fouled up by underestimating numbers of students for the Leading Creek school. What else was fouled up to add to the long list?
How the elected school board puts up with the WVDOE’s treatment is beyond comprehension.
By Murph on 10.02.2015
It sounds as if Truth Watcher has had some experiences with no account hippies and back landers as well.
By Retired Ed on 10.02.2015
To date any interaction from Charleston with intervention Boards of Ed has been disingenuous and contrived.
By Honest CHange is Doubted on 10.02.2015
One benefit of the bloated WVDOE in Charleston is to confine its bureaucrats to one location during working hours to keep them from the general population.
What more can be said when the WVDOE’s botched brand of leadership plunged WV to the bottom for the quality of its k-12 education system while its spending is near the top?
Better get your rubrics out WVDOE to help reconcile the disparity. Was rubrics coined from Rubicon? WV certainly passed the point of no return with its WVDOE crew and house cleaning is essential.
By WVDOE Rubicon on 10.02.2015
The upper echelon bureaucrats of Charleston use their positions as social stepping stones. They have no interest in the effect their job performance has on West Virginia’s children. Evidence of the same attitude has been witnessed right here in Gilmer.
Just agree with Charleston to be considered important and relevant under intervention. Kids don’t matter.
Political posturing has hurt this county. When the BOE President starts publicly trashing members in the bank and post office who are known not to be on his go along page it’s time for new leadership.
By BS Has Failed Us on 10.03.2015
Why doesn’t someone do a sophisticated study of your past and present intervened counties to determine results of the WVDOE and the WVBOE in running WV’s county school systems.
The single most factor to evaluate should be whether or not academic achievement of your students improved with use of before and after results.
It sounds as if success for the WVDOE and the WVBOE is defined by how much of the public’s money was spent to line pockets, the degree of usurping authority at local levels, and securing high paying jobs for hacks and cronies in the poorest state in America.
By D. Johnson---Iowa on 10.03.2015
Would anything prevent a vote of confidence or no confidence for Gabe Devono and BS to settle the leadership question?
We see Cindy Daniels’ name more. Could she help you out on this or is her job to do what is necessary to gain “go along” support for everything the WVDOE and the WVBOE did to your county?
Let us know how Chuck Hatfield is working out for you. We still wonder why he became involved in your county when there is serious work to be done in Putnam.
By Putnam Watches on 10.03.2015
Those of us who have suffered through intervention know that the WVDOE and WVBOE appointed superintendents are there for one reason and it is to protect the two organizations.
That is why there is strong resistance to being open with information and to do everything possible to sabotage what elected boards are supposed to do to work for better school systems.
Questions can be asked until board members are blue in the face to be confronted with them being totally ignored, pretending that questions are not understood, attacking those with questions, answering the wrong question and responding with political talking points, saying Charleston has not gotten back yet, saying that “we” are working on it, saying that a board is not entitled to receive the information, claiming that the answer was already provided and the questioner did not understand or does not remember, all the records were lost———-.
When government withholds information for schools or anything else, except for vital national security reasons, to purposely protect itself a democracy is in trouble.
WV is and has been in deep trouble in intervention counties with the WVDOE and the WVBOE in total control while local levels have been kept from having any say.
By Intervention Tyranny on 10.03.2015
You think you’ve been BS’d? Wait till you find out what a mess your governance board is in. Don’t believe what you’re told if the hand was put on a stack of Bibles. What a bunch of suckers we were.
By Lewis County Disgusted on 10.03.2015
Ex-GSC Prez threatens to quit all the time. Only one question, when will he find guts to do it and put us out of our misery?
By The Ville Is Waiting on 10.03.2015
The WVDOE is taking a severe beating from all quarters. Citizens do not realize that most of us care about WV’s children just as much as any parent because the majority of us are parents too.
We cannot help it if there is incompetence at the top of the WVDOE and in the WVBOE, and that some of those who are there are out to protect themselves and their jobs instead of doing what is best for the State’s children.
We are just as angry as anyone that WV is down at the bottom for the quality of its education system. Everyone is justified to be angry!
There is something Gilmer County should know. The flap about you losing the little bit of authority you had for finances had nothing to do with the WVDOE.
The recommendation for your punishment came after your board asked financial questions about the MH move. The recommendation originated from the Office of Education Performance Audits (OEPA).
That is the same office from which the recommendation came for your intervention because of the claim that your school board was dysfunctional.
Two points to consider. Who communicated with the OEPA from Gilmer County to cause your punishment? Check it out. The other point is that the OEPA is a branch of the WVBOE headed by Mr. Green.
By WVDOE STAFFER on 10.03.2015
All of the problems the WVBOE are dealing with, are self created.
They continue to look inside their small, closed circle for the solutions. They find none. It is because it does not exist in their small world.
The definition of insanity, as we all know.
Repeating the same thing over and over, expecting a different outcome.
By Harrison County on 10.03.2015
The OEPA Director works at the will and pleasure of the WVBOE. Consideration will be given in due time to each and every person who kneels at their altar. Sitting silent and complicit with every illegal, unethical and immoral act against intervention counties.
Gilmer knows the appointed Superintendent and his in the pocket Board President went to see the BOE under Ms. Manchin’s leadership leading to the vote to usurp what little authority the board had. The yea votes are well documented.
Every intervention county and every county that gets a six month improvement plan finds their board accused of dysfunction. It is the cookie cutter excuse of the OEPA. Surely knees must be getting so tired some will crawl on their belly like a snake.
By But Not All on 10.03.2015
Voted no confidence then, no confidence now.
By GSC Remembers on 10.03.2015
Mere mea culpa from the WVDOE can resolve what the state has done using intervention as a tool of terrorism against our duly elected officials put in office to watch over our school system.
By Corrective Action, Not Words on 10.03.2015
A tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny.
At the end of the day, are the children better off after education intervention? The answer from facts known must be no. How much worse off they are based on what is being hidden from the public can only be imagined.
Every year a different test, a different program with new baselines and now no achievement results put out. The tests were given for Smarter Balanced. Why would the state board of education hiding the scores?
By D. Francis on 10.04.2015
Promises to “give back control” after intervention are nothing more than a charade, after the fact, being orchestrated by the officials of the Department of Education and the State Board of Education to fool the Legislature and the citizen taxpayers and parents of West Virginia after being called out for not doing their due diligence and not involving the people of our state in the decision to radically change the philosophy and goals of our public education system. It is time to hold them accountable to the laws of West Virginia.
Any county that must keep a state appointed Superintendent on the payroll does not control. Nothing will change.
We the people of West Virginia call for a thorough/transparent and unbiased review by sources, institutions and people who are not vested in the successful continuation of the status quo regardless of the harm to the children of West Virginia and the fiscal stability of our state.
By The Farce of Return on 10.04.2015
Silence is Golden. Sometimes. But. Also….
Silence is very telling. But also….
Think the CUBES have gone into hiding…
By No CUBE T-shirts to be seen on 10.04.2015
No news is good news. That’s the old saying.
Well, when the WVBE is involved, that’s not true.
IF the WVBE had ANY good news, they would be calling the t-v stations and all the state’s newspapers.
The fact they are holding test results can only mean that there is bad news in Gotham they cannot risk publishing.
So, Dr. Martirano, President Green and the WVBE Board, what are you covering up now?
By Resident2 on 10.05.2015
This is to the Resistance Movement. To whom does Gabe Devono report in Charleston? Is it Daniel, Martirano, or Green and his WVBOE cadre?
The line of authority is fuzzy with Martirano ordering Dr. Cindy Daniel into the fray.
Why is Chuck Hatfield coming to Gilmer County to learn the deepest private details about the strife?
What business is it of Putnam County’s school board or Hatfield’s? In Hatfield’s position he is obligated to look out for the WVDOE, WVBOE, and Devono.
The questions can be answered by using usual channels in the County for those without Internet access.
When the line of authority is known efforts from throughout WV can be focused more effectively to include Putnam County.
By Message to Resistance Movement on 10.05.2015
General Martirano ordered Sgt. Daniel and Col. Hatfield into action for several reasons.
-cover his butt
-make it appear he is doing something
-now he has somewhere else to place blame
-he didn’t know what else to do
-neither does Hatfield or Daniel
-called ‘play nice’ parties once a month in Gilmer
-send the big boys a letter how well its working
-give a glowing report of the meeting even before the meeting is held
The solution is quite simply, but that is above WVBOE understanding.
Just tell their overpaid underling superintendents in intervention counties-
-to be honest
-work willingly with the peoples elected school boards
-provide any and all information the boards request
-obey state policy and codes
By Damage Control & Distraction Attempt on 10.05.2015
Dearest: Message to Resistance
OJT— Mr. Devano answers to no one.
He’s rogue. Unfettered. Watch the videos.
No one with any sense of management would tolerate such actions in an employee.
GSC Graduate to Display Artwork during Homecoming Week
GLENVILLE, WV - Glenville State College alumnus Joseph Pettit will be presenting several of his oil paintings in front of the Robert F. Kidd Library on Friday, September 25 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. as part of this year’s Homecoming Week festivities.
Before graduating from GSC in 1976, Pettit spent two years in the United States Army. He then taught school for 10 years, worked 25 years in the saw mill industry, and is now retired. He is a native of Braxton County, West Virginia and resides in Sutton.
Again this year, he is providing one original painting for a drawing. Everyone is welcome to stop by the library, view the paintings, and enter their name in the drawing which will be held at 3:45 p.m.
In the event of adverse weather, his artwork will be on display inside the RFK Library on first floor.
Larisa Gordon from Glenville, West Virginia is the 2015 Homecoming Queen. Larisa is a mathematics education major who plans to relocate to Pennsylvania and work in a middle or high school after graduation. She is a member of the GSC Honors Program, serves the Student Government Association as Vice President, is the treasurer of Chi Beta Phi, serves as historian for Pioneers for a Cause, and is a member of Kappa Delta Pi. Larisa studied abroad this summer in England and she hopes to continue traveling in the future. She is the daughter of Daniel and Vicki Gordon. Her nomination was sponsored by Pioneers for a Cause. Quentin Murphy from Grantsville, West Virginia in Calhoun County is the 2015 Homecoming King. Quentin is a studio art major who, during his time at GSC, has been involved in Pioneers for a Cause, worked as a Resident Assistant, and is currently the Public Relations Executive for GSC’s Student Government Association and the West Virginia Association of Student Governments. After graduation he plans on obtaining a master’s in advertising and communications and working in higher education for a few years before applying for a Director of Art position with Nike. Quentin is the son of Debbie and Jim Murphy. His nomination was sponsored by Pioneers for a Cause.
SENIOR PRINCESSES & PRINCES
Rachel Morris from Gallipolis, Ohio is one of this year’s senior princesses. Rachel is an early and elementary education major who aims to pursue a Master’s Degree and obtain a teaching job in West Virginia after graduation. During her time at GSC she has been a member of the Pioneer Volleyball Team, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, and the Early Education Student Group. Rachel is the daughter of Bill and Kendi Morris. Her nomination was sponsored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Ezekiel Bonnett from Cox’s Mills, West Virginia is one of this year’s senior princes. Ezekiel is majoring in studio art and digital media and plans to work on a Master’s Degree in art after graduation. Through the GSC Art Club he assisted with the Glenville bench repainting project a few years ago. He would also like to visit Finland. Ezekiel is the son of Heather and Danny Bonnett. His nomination was sponsored by the GSC Art Club, Alpha Rho Tau.
Jonna Strickland of Cairo, West Virginia in Ritchie County is one of this year’s senior princesses. Jonna is a criminal justice major who plans to obtain a Master’s Degree while pursuing a career in private investigating after graduation. She has been actively involved in the Sigma Pi Xi criminal justice organization, Pioneers for a Cause, and Relay for Life during her time at GSC. When she was 17, Jonna started a cake baking business; she now has hundreds of customers and has greatly enjoyed the experience. She is the daughter of Johnnie and Lynn Strickland. Her nomination was sponsored by Sigma Pi Xi.
Derrick Woods of Elkins, West Virginia in Randolph County is one of this year’s senior princes. Derrick is a criminal justice major who aims to get a job as a police officer back in his hometown after graduation. He is also getting married in July. During his time at GSC, Derrick has been a member of the Alpha Xi Omega fraternity. He is the son of Arthur and Leah Woods. He was an independent homecoming court nominee.
Kennedy Cochran, who hails from Clifftop, West Virginia in Fayette County, is an elementary and special education major at GSC. After graduation she plans to get a Master’s Degree from WVU in gifted education and return to her home county to teach. Kennedy is involved in the Chi Zeta Pi sorority, Kappa Delta Pi honor society, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Baptist Campus Ministry. She also tutors other students in math and is a student worker in the Fine Arts Department. Kennedy is the daughter of Clinton and Lisa Cochran. Her nomination was sponsored by Chi Zeta Pi.
Brod Boswell is from Birmingham, Alabama. Brod is a behavioral science major who plans to work with deaf children and become a sign language interpreter after graduation. He says Glenville State has friendly professors and staff and cites it as being the place where he met his fiancée. Brod is the son of Deangela Boswell. His nomination was sponsored by GSC Activities.
Raven Fatool is from Sunbury, Pennsylvania. Raven is an accounting major who aims to obtain CPA certification and work for an accounting firm after graduation. Raven earned an All-Mountain East Conference Honorable Mention in 2014-15 for being an outstanding golfer. She also participates in the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and Phi Beta Lambda. Additionally, Raven has a black belt in ti jitsu. She is the daughter of Gary and Joan Fatool. Her nomination was sponsored by Chi Zeta Pi.
Travis Hammack is from Spencer, West Virginia in Roane County. Travis is an English education major who plans to teach English and coach wrestling after graduation. He is a member of the GSC Honors Program, participates in theater, and is an ROTC cadet. Travis also serves as alumni coordinator for the Sigma Omega Beta fraternity and will be the editor for the Spring 2016 issue of GSC’s literary magazine the Trillium. He is the son of Fred and Mary Hammack. His nomination was sponsored by Sigma Omega Beta.
Kaylee Howard is from Hartford, West Virginia in Mason County. Kaylee is a criminal justice major and she hopes to attend the criminal justice study abroad trip to London this coming summer. Kaylee currently serves as the secretary of Delta Xi Rho and works part time in the Robert F. Kidd Library. Her sorority recently completed community service projects with the local nursing home and at the Glenville Presbyterian Church Band Bash. She is the daughter of Tracy and James Howard. Her nomination was sponsored by Delta Xi Rho.
Toby Crawford is from Augusta, West Virginia in Hampshire County. Toby is a biology major who plans to become a pediatrician. He is involved in the Pioneer Shooting Club and the Fishing Club on campus. Toby notes that Glenville feels like his hometown, partly because of the similar rural setting. He is the son of Mary and Randy Crawford. His nomination was sponsored by the Pioneer Shooting Club.
Grace Adams is the eight-year-old daughter of Matthew and Rachel Adams of Glenville. Grace is a third grader who is active in the Cedarville Centurions 4-H Club. She also participates in acrobatics and tumbling classes that are offered through the GSC Acrobatics and Tumbling Team. Grace is learning how to play the guitar and looks forward to becoming a teacher or doctor when she grows up. Grace’s mother is a GSC graduate and works in the Registrar’s Office. Her grandfather Tim Marks also works at GSC as the Physical Plant Manager. JP Barr is the five-year-old son of Jason and Kelly Barr of Glenville. He enjoys playing flag football for the Little Pioneers, watching Star Wars and cartoons, and playing baseball. JP attends kindergarten at Glenville Elementary. His father teaches in the Fine Arts Department at GSC and his grandfather, Dr. Peter Barr, serves as president of the institution. Jobe Carter is the four-year-old son of Jeremy and Brittney Carter of Glenville. He enjoys collecting superheroes, learning new dance moves, and honing his near-perfect ninja fighting skills. He has also drawn numerous pictures for his father’s office on campus. Though he was born in South Carolina, he is a West Virginia native at heart; his mother is from Mason County and his father is from Mercer County. Jobe’s father is a Hidden Promise Scholar Coordinator at GSC. Ava Lamb is the three-year-old daughter of Matthew and Amanda Lamb of Glenville. Ava loves attending GSC football and basketball games so she can dance with the band and cheer on the Pioneers. She enjoys singing, dancing, swimming, and playing with her two puppies. Ava attends Watch Me Grow Daycare and is part of the youth group at Rock Grove Baptist Church. Ava’s parents are both GSC grads and her mother works in the Robert F. Kidd Library.
Town Hall Meeting on K-12 Education Standards Planned at GSC - 09.24.15 - Today
GLENVILLE, WV - The public is invited to take part in a town hall meeting to learn about and discuss West Virginia’s academic standards and related topics. The meeting will take place on Thursday, September 24 at 6:30 p.m. in Glenville State College’s Mollohan Campus Community Center Room 315.
Glenville State College professors Dr. Melody Wise (English), Dr. Marjorie Stewart (English), Dr. Shelly Ratliff (teacher education), and Joseph Wood (mathematics/mathematics education) will all serve as panelists for the meeting. It is anticipated that a local area teacher and a local area school superintendent recruited by the West Virginia Department of Education will also serve as panelists.
Upon arrival and during the power point presentation, attendees will be encouraged to write down any questions they have concerning the standards on index cards. During the panel session, the moderator will then direct the questions to the panel member(s) who would be in the best position to respond. The State Department of Education will answer any questions that have not been responded to by the conclusion of the forum on the FAQ page of its Academic Spotlight webpage.
The town hall meeting is part of the West Virginia Department of Education’s Academic Spotlight: A Community Evaluation of Our Standards initiative which is an effort to solicit actionable feedback on the WV Next Generation standards, which are the current set of educational standards in grades K-12 in the Mountain State.
In addition to attending the meeting, community members can evaluate the standards online at www.wvacademicspotlight.statestandards.org. The site will remain open until September 30, 2015 in order to maximize the amount of high-quality feedback received. State residents are being asked to share their input on the standards as they are currently implemented. The goal is to receive feedback from all perspectives in order to understand which standards are working and what improvements should be made.
Once a person visits the website, they will be asked for a small amount of demographic information. Then, participants can immediately start reading and commenting on standards. Citizens will have the option to read and review any (or all) standards in English language arts or math by grade level by simply clicking on areas they are interested in providing feedback. The website also has the capability for people to leave the site and come back to continue commenting on standards at a later time.
The event at GSC follows similar meetings at other colleges and universities around the state.
Gazette-Mail: Alleged Arson Attempt in Gilmer School Spawns Controversy
An alleged arson attempt at a Gilmer County elementary school has fed continuing disagreement between the county’s state-appointed superintendent and some members of its locally elected school board.
Deputy State Fire Marshal Jason Baltic said investigators with the state fire marshal’s office inspected an abandoned section of Normantown Elementary
August 21. Principal Faye Chambers said the school’s roughly 130 students occupy
trailer classrooms and buildings outside the mostly vacant main building,
though they still use a gym attached to, but sealed off from, the abandoned
portion. The students are set to move to a consolidated elementary school next
Baltic said “ordinary combustibles,” defined as materials like paper that
one could find in a home, “were placed in a manner throughout the building that
would indicate that somebody was attempting to set fire to it.” He said
investigators believe the materials had been in the building for some time
before their discovery, though he didn’t know exactly how long. He declined to
reveal much further information because the office is still investigating and
he doesn’t want possible suspects — of which the office currently has none — to
know how much info he already has.
Controversy has arisen over allegedly conflicting statements Gabe Devono has
made about the building’s contents, which he said appeared more to be an act of
vandalism than arson.
Devono — who last year was named superintendent of the Gilmer school
district, which has the state’s lowest enrollment at about 900 students — told
the Gazette-Mail on Monday that a custodian who wanted to get a desk from the
abandoned section asked a local firefighter to go inside. Devono said the
firefighter discovered “a bunch of paper” in the structure, and the superintendent
said he was informed of the situation and called a local fire marshal the next
day, August 14, a Friday. The following Tuesday, he and Gilmer County Schools
Facilities Director Joe Frashure went through the building.
“It was just paper towels rolled around, there was no continuation of paper
towels, some were thrown on the cement steps, some were wrapped around the
banister, some of them were soaking wet, some of them had bat feces on them, so
they’d been in there for a while,” Devono said. He said there were no fire
accelerants, like lighter fluid, added to the paper and no evidence of attempts
to actually ignite it.
After a school board meeting last month, Devono gave board members
information about the situation and showed them pictures from inside the
structure, but disagreement has followed over what, exactly, he told them. Dave
Ramezan, editor of the Web-based Gilmer Free Press, said he was at the meeting
and heard Devono’s conversation with board members. He said he emailed the
superintendent with general questions about the alleged arson, but Devono never
replied. Devono denies ever receiving such an email.
On Septtmber 03, after the meeting and sending the email, Ramezan published a post to his website titled “Why is the West Virginia Department of
Education Keeping Intended Torching of the Normantown School Secret?” It
included a list of questions about the incident that he said came from six
“Within past weeks a serious crime attempt was committed at Normantown,” the
post began under the words “top secret” in red, all capital letters. “The old
brick school was entered and elaborate preparations were made to burn it down.
Based on reports from well placed sources the perpetrator(s) used an elaborate
wicking system to go from the ground floor to locations throughout the building
so a match could start a fast moving flash fire.”
The post also included allegations about other issues.
Devono accused Ramezan on Monday of never publishing a news release he wrote
to rebut the post, though the release
is on the site through a link in another post, dated Sept. 8.
“To be clear, we did not instruct anyone not to talk about this incident or
to keep it secret,” reads the news release, which also announced an upcoming
informational meeting on the issue to be held at the elementary school. “The
incident was in no respect ‘top secret.’”
But during that September 10 meeting — according to a video of
the meeting that Ramezan recorded — Devono said he had asked board members to
keep the incident confidential. Board member Carl Armour, who sat in the small
audience, said Devono had told the board that the building contained a “column”
that was “so big that if he put his arms around it he probably couldn’t touch
his fingers, and he had on his cell phones pictures of appendages going off of
that column to different places in the building.”
Norma Hurley, a fellow board member, said she agreed with Armour.
“I felt very, very insulted when it was reported that no one had been told
just not to say anything because I would have certainly answered any question
any parent in this county asked me,” Hurley said in the meeting. “Let alone
Also during the meeting, Frashure, the facilities director, said the
building contained a “single strand” of paper heading up a stairwell that was
broken in several places but went “down the hallways of the different floors of
“The superintendent reported one thing that the pictures shown previously
did not support,” Hurley told the Gazette-Mail. Baltic said he couldn’t provide
photos to the Gazette-Mail, citing the investigation.
Hurley said board members have not been allowed to walk through school
buildings, and have been denied other rights given to school boards that are
free of state control. She said there’s a feeling of mistrust fed by the
state’s handling of the county.
“The boards of education [in takeover counties] are totally at the mercy of
state-appointed superintendents,” Hurley said.
Department of Education spokeswoman Kristin Anderson said the state took
over the district in 2011 and still controls finance, personnel and facilities
decisions there. Before the takeover, the state Office of Education Performance
Audits had found that board members were in discord, meetings were unproductive
and the board wasn’t following state law or state school board policy.
A video Ramezan posted of a June 01, 2015, board meeting shows dissension predates the alleged arson. Devono
and board members Tom Ratliff and Bill Simmons wanted to enter a closed session
to discuss property, but Hurley and Armour objected and Devono urged Simmons to
move on, refusing to discuss the situation in open session. Members began
“Carl, I’m tired of your inclinations towards me,” Devono eventually says to
Armour, before the meeting adjourns as members still argue and Devono asks
Ramezan to turn his camera off.
Devono said Monday he did tell board members that the firefighter had called
it a “wicking system,” though he said the arson investigators haven’t called it
“If it looked professionally done, I wouldn’t have those kids over there,
and if it was hazardous to my kids I wouldn’t have them over there, or my
teachers or my staff,” he said. He said the building has been boarded up, and a
local fire department is planning to remove the paper.
Simmons, a former president of Glenville State College, said the
superintendent was “forthright” with board members about the situation. He also
said the main building catching fire would’ve endangered the surrounding
buildings where students are.
“This is not a political football,” Simmons said. “This is a serious
business and we need to find out what actually the situation was and not run
out and speculate. Because often people speculate — and they speculate wrong.”
Baltic said those with information can call the arson hot line at
1.800.233.3473; there’s a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to
the arrest or conviction of an arsonist.
We find it odd that Superintendent Devono now speaks of “local fire marshal” involvement but never referred to as anyone other than a “local volunteer fireman” previously.
The question remains as to who that might be since Mr. Quinn verified the date of inspection given the Gazette by the State Fire Marshal Investigative Division to be the same reported by local Gilmer County Board of Education member Hurley as August 21, 2015 at the Normantown Town Hall meeting which was denied vehemently by Mr. Devono. If you have followed the GFP report it becomes clear Mr. DeVano’s story changes with each passing day!
GFP readers, intelligent and informed will draw their own conclusion but we would be remiss in not pointing out one very important thing that Mr. Quinn’s article is lacking. It is proper investigation of the WVBOE excuse for the immediate intervention into the Gilmer County School System. Oh the standard excuse is provided but it does not explain why Gilmer County was the ONLY intervention county that did not receive six months to improve or eliminate any of the state “reasons”. What he gives is the same paragraph you can read in every takeover county OEPA report. It is the SOP of the WVBOE.
No research is done to determine why every intervention county running a bond was permitted multiple attempts to get it passed. Not Gilmer County, only one chance to fail and requests to rerun were ignored or denied. In no other intervention county but Gilmer did the OEPA report they went on the street to get input from undisclosed sources. No other intervention county but Gilmer was given only a weekend to respond to allegations made by the OEPA.
The WVBOE and WVDE needs to understand that Gilmer County citizens are wise enough not to judge a book by its cover. If that were so, there is a plain black book with a single word title and no pictures that would never have been opened by billions.
Seems Gabe Devono can’t keep his story straight from one day to the next. Charleston are you reading this? Do you feel the pain of another big black eye your own man just inflicted on the state board?
Now he’s saying he brought the State Fire Marshal in to investigate vandalism after he brought a local fire marshal who must have thought it looked like arson or why call the State Fire Marshal at all???
Now Devono says he didn’t even go to the school to LOOK at what was there until the following Tuesday? Five days later? It’s plain our board members knew EXACTLY what they were talking about in that meeting. It’s plain there was a feeble attempt to cover up a crime.
There’s so much to pick apart here it’s hard to know where to start. Pick a document, pick a video. You’ll find plenty of twists to the state’s story.
If not for the Gilmer Free Press people here would have had to take the State Superintendent’s word. That’s not worth much is it? This Gazette article just supports what’s already known, Gilmer County is fortunate to have such an excellent web based news service as the GFP!
Only one question, Mike Martirano can you hear us now?
By Stop The Nonsense of Forced Intervention on 09.24.2015
Is there any doubt that an arson prep crime was committed at Normantown? Are we dealing with a cover up crime to go all the way to the WVDOE in Charleston?
BS backs Gabe and the WVDOE all the way. That has not been secret for a long time.
Why not GFP to post copies of Gabe’s cell phone photos he showed board members with others standing around?
Even if the photos were erased they remain on a server. This is Gilmer’s version of hllary gate.
By Gilmer's Hillary Gate on 09.24.2015
Bill you and your pocket vote didn’t even care enough to come to the meeting at the school so why would you put your fence riding two cents in?????
Nobody can say nothing about something better, we’ll give you that.Stay on the porch.
By Mike Martirano Are You Following This? on 09.24.2015
Martirano, Daniel, O’Brien, Chuck Hatfield, Green and and O’Brien will back Devono all the way no matter what the evidence is.
To do other wise would an admission of severe WVBOE and WVDOE blunders in hiring Devono and renewing his contract.
Your only hope for justice is the power of the pen and use of the social media. The WVDOE’s bureaucrats are going crazy because they can’t control the social media.
There are some serious top level WVDOE meetings in Charleston to plot strategies for getting out of this major mess.
By WVDOE Mole on 09.24.2015
The way I see it is Mr S feels that he alone IS the Board of Education. Because he was mistakenly picked for the job of Superintendent, causing the takeover and subsequently fired, he acts as though he is Devono’s peer, not a Board member. Nobody cares what he did 20 years ago except the people who can not forget the reign of terror at GSC.
Come May he’ll learn that corn meal won’t buy the vote of us down home peons and he can’t lubricate enough support with shine.
Next time Gilmer BOE, put somebody in as Board President that wants to work with you for the good of the kids as part of a team, not against you for personal glory to strut political friendships. Not a soul out here that hasn’t heard his opinion of us loud and clear. That can’t be erased or glossed over. We may be getting older but we are not deaf, blind or stupid.
By Center District Is Awake on 09.24.2015
Did you see-read State Appointed Superintendent claim the Normantown Elementary Building was protected with a ‘fire suppression system’? lmao
By need liar supression system on 09.24.2015
Will the WV Board of Education blindly accept the embarrassment caused through the exposure of public deception on their behalf by its own appointee?
Unless Michael Martirano is cut from a different cloth the answer will be yes. It requires a man with courage enough to admit mistakes to do differently. That isn’t the kind of man Charleston usually hires for high level positions.
By Wondering on 09.24.2015
The easiest and fastest way for the negative social media comments about the Charleston WV Hillbilly Educators to cease….would for them to simply obey the laws and do their job right.
By clearn up their game on 09.24.2015
On top of the intervention cabal, Gilmer County schools have a pair of individuals in charge, with serious god complex.
The school meeting videos are irrefutable proof.
By aah-2 shills-ahh-2 lyres on 09.24.2015
Having a head administrator willing to play fast and loose with the truth must give Gilmer BOE members who take their position and duties seriously many a sleepless night.
Better be letting the state know where you stand before you are hung out to dry when all the layers of deceit are stripped away.
By Can You Say Pending Litigation? on 09.24.2015
The way the WVDOE handled the Normantown arson issue is beyond comprehension. It changed stories, tried to back fit to make the WVDOE look good, attacked the press, attacked school board members, and it gave our false information.
What were the motives? Why didn’t the WVDOE get a proper investigation going immediately, simply report what happened, stick with that and to say that an investigation was underway for the facts to come out? That is all it needed to do.
Now, citizens do not know what to think including if a proper investigation is occurring with the proper timing and involvement of qualified arson experts and if the crime scene was tampered with to make it impossible to have a legitimate investigation.
With the way the issue was handled people who have been neutral or who supported the WVBOE have serious doubts about its honesty and they wonder how much more has been misreported and mismanaged in the County by the WVBOE.
One major development for the better is that the Gazette-Mail no longer has Gilmer County off limits for reporting and we hope that more of the WVDOE’s wrongdoing will be exposed.
By WVDOE's Motive? on 09.25.2015
Under Item XII attachment Q-1 of the Current WVBOE Agenda Meeting 9 September 2015
Dr. Daniel reports to the State Board on Gilmer County: You will find the following excerpt is a quote from the meeting report with the Gilmer BOE, G Devono, C Daniel and C Hatfield in attendance:
…” A follow up workshop was held the evening of September 3 with the superintendent and board with the topic of trust and relationships as the focus.”…
We can not “trust” the WVDE under WVBOE guidance to properly appropriate our taxes to the school districts. We can not “trust” oversight of a state appointed superintendent causing him to fully and correctly inform the parents, tax payers and all duly elected board members on any matter.
By How Do We Trust You Ms. Daniel? on 09.25.2015
Webster: cred-i-ble \kred-e-bel\ :capable of being believed : deserving of being believed
With all of the Normantown, arson, crime scene lies, by a person of trust or in high position, all credibility has vanished.
The individual that promotes, lives, dies by a lie, destroys their own credibility, as well as any credibility their employer may have.
The longer a liars employment continues, it becomes well understood then, that the act of lying is action, accepted, yea, condoned by the employer.
Therefore, one liar, can vanquish all credibility of their employer.
Any opportunity, any possibility, of regaining “credibility” by the employer, requires swift and immediate action by their management.
By Kanawha Watcher on 09.25.2015
The difference with use of social media in full swing throughout WV is that Martirano, O’Brien, Daniel, Chuck Hatfield, and Green are in the public spotlight while they determine how to repair the WVDOE’s and VWBOE’s intervention mismanagement damage in Gilmer County.
Their most recent challenges is what to do about belief that WVDOE cover up occurred to worsen the Normantown CIS issue.
By Ball In VWDOE & WVBOE Court on 09.25.2015
Finally located a video of the March 2015 “ambush” meeting and I called a Glenville school system employee for the skinny.
Was told that Devono put the item on the agenda and he and BS allegedly had prior knowledge of its contents and what was going to happen.
If that is not true does it make sense that Devono would simply list the principal’s name on the agenda without knowing what the topic was going to be?
Was Devono a party to a principal making a long personal attack against a sitting board member? That conduct in most places would be grounds for strong disciplinary action for both individuals.
If BS was involved too what are the implications of that for a board president who is supposed to work for board harmony?
This is another item for Ms. Daniel and Mr. Hatfield to review to determine if alleged misconduct of the type described is permissible under WVBOE intervention policy. Martirano should look at it too.
By Erick Waters on 09.25.2015
Following is on video record by Gilmer Free Press.
Simmons admits to asking Dr. Armour for statistics.
The question was raised: ‘who requested this info’?
Dr. Armour indicated Board President Simmons did.
Which Simmons reply confirmed.
Pretty much of the dissention in Gilmer County would settle down if Simmons stayed home and Devano got out of Gilmer.
Can you expect ‘board harmony’ to be had? Why the no confidence vote prior to Bill Simmons leaving Glenville State College.
If you watch the videos closely it is not difficult to see the BS by BS and I Gabriel Devano coordinated mission. When they need and extra amen, one x-man will always toot a break in his silence.
Plainly there are only two board members really interested in working for the betterment of the children.
By E. Waters is 100% correct on 09.25.2015
It will always be the easier path to take the money and don’t rock the boat. Anyone believing otherwise could never have experienced public office or known anyone who had. Whether by luck or good sense it seems we always manage to find one or two willing to stand up what’s right, especially so when it comes to our children. The kind of people who really don’t publish their presence unless it is important, but we, the people, know those names.
It took from August 13th until August 18th before, by self admission, the Superintendent of Gilmer County Schools took the time to personally investigate a situation with very serious implications. Yet all the state comes up with in Mr. Quinn’s article is well we took you over in 2011??? Oh, you had a disagreement at a meeting??? Really?? Do you speak English WVDE??? Do you suffer from poor reading comprehension??? What is the subject of the article you responded to??? What in the world does that have to do with taking chances and poor judgment when it came to the safety of GILMER COUNTY CHILDREN?! Diversion is a political tactic.
There can be only one of two explanations as to why it would take from discovery on Thursday 8/13 until Tuesday 8/18, for Devono to go to NES. Either he was not in town before Monday night or he did not care. Which was it? We know the Board meeting was Monday night the 17th and the Board was shown email pictures after the meeting. If out of town and notified by phone, any dedicated Superintendent would have said, “Notify the parents and send the children home quietly, stay out of the building, call the Police and Fire Dept to take a look, I will be there as soon as possible.” THAT is what an in charge, professional, child focused leader would have calmly done. The children would have been more important than a vacation. It did not happen. He did not find the time for personal inspection. He was not available.
Poor judgment with no remorse is not acceptable. These are GILMER COUNTY’s CHILDREN. We, the people, did not expect the last board nor the current to break the law in order to force consolidation using illegal transportation times to not meet the needs of our children. We, the people, do not expect the WVBOE to find a complete lack of transparency, accountability and now dishonesty and irresponsibility from their own appointees acceptable to meet the needs of our children.
By Return Local Control, A Grandmother on 09.25.2015
Check the WVDE website. The September 8 current agenda of the WVBOE was posted on September 2nd. The letter from Dr Daniel about the September 3rd meeting with the Gilmer BOE was already attached.
By Another Foregone Conclusion? on 09.26.2015
When the community gets constant reports of BS making runs to Charleston to deal with school issues does he speak for the entire school board or himself?
He likes to drop names of high level WV politicians and WVDOE officials he speaks with to give the impression that he is the County’s official spokesperson for K-12 education.
Did BS go the the WVBOE meeting with Gabe when the final authority for finances was recently withdrawn by the WVBOE and did he speak with any officials in Charleston before the punitive action was taken?
The WVBOE’s decision for punishment occurred after school board members asked questions about how much money the MH move would cost and how the move would benefit the County’s children.
By Normantown Coalition on 09.27.2015
Citizens hear that the WVDOE forbids the school board to get topics on monthly meeting agendas.
This is another State-sponsored way to impose tight censorship over Gilmer County.
For one example, for the early June meeting lawyers hired by Devono were there to report results of title searches for school property.
They did not give their report and nothing has been heard since. There is a video tape on which Devono said that the lawyers were not there although they were on video tape. Very strange.
This is a question for Dr. Daniel, Ms. O’Obrien, Dr. Martirano, and Mr. Green. How much did Gilmer County pay the lawyers and what were the results of the title search?
This question does not seem unreasonable in what is supposed to be a democracy.
What motive does the WVDOE have by keeping the information secret other than to prove its power over Gilmer’s citizens?
By WVDOE END YOUR CENSORSHIP! on 09.27.2015
When questioned as to why he does not contact other board members before going to outside meetings and does not notify them before attending such meetings, the response was he feels no need to communicate with the rest of the board. After all his years of experience in education he does not feel he would make any wrong decisions.
By Narcissism Does Not Serve on 09.27.2015
The WVDOE does not want Gilmer’s citizens to know the full range of student achievement information so it can release selected material designed to make it look good. Secrecy applies across the board with the WVDOE’s intervention.
In the ambush video tape it was mentioned more ACT information would be provided. Where are the details Mr. Devono?
If the full details were glowing the news would be plastered on the front page of the Democrat.
We smell a rat WVDOE. Daniel and Martirano and Governor Tomblin and Green this is another issue for you and more will be on the way.
By Tape Watcher on 09.27.2015
Support for Gilmer grows daily as more of us learn about your mistreatment by the WVDOE and we inform others who inform others.
Do not be mislead by what the WVDOE says it will do for positive change. It has earned the same reputation as North Korea when it comes to believably.
By Fayette Parent on 09.27.2015
Examine the list of WVBOE, cheated, underfunded counties.
There are some glaring coincidences.
We see counties, like us here in Fayette, that are, or have been under state intervention with building and facility problems.
Fayette could have used the over TWO million dollars we were shorted for building repairs. But if you do not have the funds for repairs, and buildings fall into disrepair, not the WVBOE has the excuse to shove their consolidation agenda down our throat.
Next look at Gilmer. They were cheated out of over $800,000. in order to keep buildings from being repaired, in order to force them into a combined-consolidated school with Lewis county.
This is not all coincidence. This is careful, behind the scenes planning by a corrupt, politically appointed, board employees simply looking to feed at the government trough.
It is our hope that the our people of Fayette will stand together and stand strong.
We deserve better than what we have been handed.
By Fayette Will Stand Firm on 09.27.2015
Leading Creek Elementary School a Failure?
Before Opening Day? Seemingly.
Leading Creek Elementary has been touted over and over as a ‘model school’. Model of what? Model of mismanagement and failure?
Model of poor playground layout? Model of paying a bloated, potentially illegal price? Maybe some kickback scheme.
Allegedly built over a closed coal mine? Model of how to build where the side hill behind it will slip? Model building a total electric school in a natural gas laden location?
Something is truly amiss with the building of the Leading Creek Elementary School.
The state’s School Building Authority headed by Dr. Sneed, guidelines clearly state ‘no school shall be constructed with an occupancy rate of under of 85%‘.
The Leading Creek School in Lewis County was built to house 240 students, but first day enrollment was less than 160 students. That is over 40% under the minimum of 85% required rate.
Who pulled what strings to make this happen? Or is this just another of the state BOE blunders? Something is really broken in our state education system.
If Leading Creek Elementary School is supposed to be a model school….what then the model? Model of West Virginia Board of Education failure? You decide.
By Leading Creek - Another WVBOE Failure? on 09.27.2015
This is the job description for an ideal school board member in an intervened county as defined by the WVDOE. Does nothing except attend meetings to collect a pay check, does not exhibit evidence that the meeting packet was reviewed prior to board meetings, never takes issue with or asks penetrating questions about anything an appointed State super wants to do, votes yea on all controversial issues the WVDOE pushes without understanding or taking time and effort to learn consequences of an action, appears to always perform in a WVDOE pre programmed manner, always says that everything is perfect including how a State appointed super performs and how a school system functions under intervention, in tight with a county’s masters to serve as a dependable information conduit and puppet, gets special assignments from the State’s super because it is known in advance that the official party line will be protected, behind the scenes critical of other board members who think for themselves for not being cooperative with the WVDOE all the time,if requested to report on something complex he/she refuses to do it because it takes time and effort, prone to talk about selfless serving on the board to help children because someone has to do the job, and never takes initiative to do anything substantial which requires extra time and effort. Look around you. There may be one of these WVDOE beloved types in each WV county which was or is under intervention.
By Disgusted WVDOE MOLE 3 on 09.28.2015
Model schools can’t be forced. They happen when there is community collaboration toward a common goal. It does not happen under state intervention. The Leading Creek school was not placed to meet the needs of more than a few Gilmer County students living in the region. Lewis County Superintendent replaced one elementary school he closed.
By We'll Stay In Gilmer on 09.28.2015
An obvious lack at the WVDOE to cause successive rashes of blunders is that the department does not have a competent planning group staffed with qualified professionals.
When an issue arises they grasp onto ideas without applying modern and rigorous problem-solving approaches used in successful organizations.
When blunders occur afterwards the WVDOE’s standard procedure is to leap to the next problem to repeat the same mistakes over and over.
Professional planners disignate the WVDOE’s approach as limited successive or muddling through.
The WVDOE by dragging WV to bottom place and keeping it there is an unequaled world class muddling champion.
WV’s children cannot survive the WVDOE’s incompetency any longer. WV Legislators including Senator Robert Ashley where are you when WV needs you?
By Roane County Voter on 09.28.2015
The June 1 meeting should be titled:
“How Not to Conduct a BOE Meeting”
The September 10 meeting title would read:
By these are must watch on 09.28.2015
American cousins, I stumbled onto the GFP’s Internet site to read what happened to your schools.
It is bloody bad that something like that happened in America.
When I saw world-wide representation by those who accessed the site I thought why not make an appeal for legal defense funds?
You would be swamped with funds if people everywhere would be informed where and how to send them.
A story would be necessary to explain what happened in a rural American state famous for its depressed economy because of over reliance on the coal mining industry.