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Gilmer County Residents Graduate from GSC

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Three students from Gilmer County were awarded degrees during the Glenville State College December Commencement Ceremony held on Saturday, December 08, 2018.

  • Amanda Lamb of Normantown, WV graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Education (PreK-K), Elementary Education (K-6), and Multi-Categorical Special Education (K-6).

  • Samantha McCune of Linn, WV received a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science with a minor in Social Work.

  • Carissa Wood of Shock, WV graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science with a minor in Music.

Founded in 1872, Glenville State College is a public liberal arts college located in Glenville, West Virginia.

The college offers a variety of four-year degree programs and several NCAA Division II athletic teams.

 

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City of Glenville Police Report

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City of Glenville, WV Police Report
Crime/Ordinance Violation
Officer
Disposition
Location
MVC Huffman/Braniff Vehicles left the area prior to our arrival N. Lewis Street
Assist another agency Huffman/Braniff Assisted WVSP and CPS  on a removal Normantown
Dog Bite Huffman Dog was quarantined and owner was able to provide verification that the dog was up to date on shots Pine Street
Suicidal Threats Huffman Spoke to the subject she advised that she was in bed and made no threats and had no intentions of harming herself or anyone else College Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning Mineral Road
Speeding Jenkins Warning Mineral Road
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning Mineral Road
Defective Equipment Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warnings for speeding and No Operators carried N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warnings for speeding and No Operators carried N. Lewis Street
Left of Center Jenkins Warning for Left of center and Cited for Possession of Marijuana  Mineral Road
Speeding Jenkins Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning for Speeding and Cited for Driving while Suspended  N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning for Speeding and cited for No Proof of Registration and No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning for Speeding and Cited for No seatbelt  Mineral Road
Assist another agency Huffman/Braniff Assisted GCSD, WVSP,  and CPS on a child removal 4 subjects arrested Normantown
Football game Huffman/Braniff Provided extra security for High School football game Football field 
Fans throwing things Huffman/Braniff Students throwing bottles and candy at other fans principal dealing with the issue Football Field
Juvenile in Possession of Tobacco Huffman/Braniff Juvenile escorted from the game and turned over care custody and control to his mother juvenile petitions filed and 1 female cited for juvenile in possession of tobacco Football Field
Loud Party Huffman Called to a party that turned into several people fighting in the street, all subjects had left prior to my arrival Walnut Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and No Insurance and warning for expired MVI W. Main Street
Stop Sign violation Huffman Warning x2 High Street
Suspicious Person Huffman/Braniff Subject was waiting on a ride I advised him that he had to stay off of other people’s property W. Main Street
Vehicle unlock Huffman Vehicle unlocked Go Mart
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding and expired registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding and no proof of registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding, unsigned registration, and no proof of insurance N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding and unsigned registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding and unsigned registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding and no proof of insurance N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding and failure to change address N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning for Speeding and cited for no Proof of insurance N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding, unsigned registration, and no proof of insurance W. Main Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning Mineral Road
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning Mineral Road
Speeding Jenkins Cited Mineral Road
Assist another agency Huffman/Braniff Assisted Drug Task force serve a search warrant E. Main Street
Custodial Transport Huffman/Braniff 1 male subject transported to DPS office E. Main Street
Courtesy Transport Huffman/Braniff Transported 1 female back to Glenville for WVSP WVSP office
Custodial transport Huffman/Braniff Transported 1 male subject to magistrate court then to CRJ Glenville
Assist another agency Huffman Assisted WVSP attempting to locate a vehicle negative contact US HWY 33 E
Suspicious person Huffman Attempted to locate a suspicious person on Walnut Street no one matching the description was given Walnut Street
Possible domestic Huffman Spoke to subjects in the home both parties advised there was no domestic Kanawha Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and warnings issued for no proof of registration and failure to carry operators College Street
Speeding Huffman Cited  N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for No Proof of insurance and warning for Speeding N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Cell phone violation Huffman Cited for Cell phone violation and No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Cell phone violation Huffman Cited for Cell phone violation and Defective Equipment N. Lewis Street
Leaving the scene of an accident Huffman/Braniff Stop Sign ran over by a tractor trailer unable to locate the vehicle, contacted DOH to repair the sign Hay city intersection
Speeding Jenkins Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for speeding and warnings issued for no proof of registration and no proof of insurance W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings issued for speeding and unsigned registration W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Defective equipment Huffman Warnings issued for Defective equipment x3 and unsigned registration N. Lewis Street
No taillights  Huffman Warnings issued for No Taillights and unsigned registration S. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited S. Lewis Street
Alarm investigation Huffman All the doors were secure unable to make contact with a key holder Advanced Auto
Neighbor dispute Huffman Both parties advised to leave each other alone W. Main Street
Welfare check Huffman Negative contact with that subject N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding and Unsigned registration W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and Warning for Unsigned registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding  Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Assist another agency Huffman Assisted GCSD and WVSP with an altercation with weapons one subject arrested Sliding Run
Animal cruelty Complaint Braniff Owner put a do box out for the dog River Street
Assist EMS Huffman Assisted EMS with lifting assistance Johnson Street
Drug Class Huffman/Braniff Taught a drug class at the high school Gilmer Co High
Juvenile in possession of tobacco Huffman/Braniff Cited for possession of tobacco High School
Speeding Jenkins Warnings for Speeding and No Proof of insurance Mineral  Road
Expired registration Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Unsecure Load Jenkins  Warning for Unsecure load Cited for Driving while Suspended WV HWY 5 E
Permitting unlicensed Driver Jenkins Cited WV HWY 5 E
Defective equipment Jenkins Warning
Speeding Jenkins Warnings Issued for Speeding, No Proof of Insurance, no Proof of registration and expired Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning for Speeding and Cited for cell Phone violation N. Lewis Street
Left of center Jenkins Warning for Left of center and Cited for Possession of marijuana <15 Mineral Road
MVC Huffman Accident report completed Walnut Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street
No Seatbelt Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warnings for Speeding, no Operators Carried, and no proof of insurance N. Lewis Street
MVC Huffman Accident report completed N. Lewis Street
Alarm investigation Huffman/Braniff All doors were secure Advanced Auto
Citizen Assist Huffman/Braniff Attempted to get a cat out of the engine block of a car W. Main Street
Assist another agency Huffman/Braniff Assisted GCSD 1 female arrested on multiple charges Dollar General
Speeding Huffman/Braniff Cited  N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman/Braniff Cited for Speeding and warning for unsigned registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and warning for no proof of registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and warning for unsigned registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited  N. Lewis Street
Improper backing Huffman Cited for improper backing and one way street violation E. Main Street.
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding and no proof of insurance N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for Speeding and unsigned registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Dog bite Huffman/Braniff Victim had left prior to our arrival and the owner was advised to keep the dog quarantined for 10 days  S. Lewis Street
Funeral detail Huffman Funeral detail for officer Gary Smarr Ellyson’s
Funeral detail Huffman/Braniff Funeral detail for Bill Cottrill Ellyson’s
Funeral detail Huffman/Braniff Funeral detail for Rose Ball Ellyson’s
Wrestling tournament Huffman Provided security for a wrestling tournament Waco Center
Speeding Huffman Warnings issued for speeding and failure to change address W. Main Street
Defective equipment Huffman Warnings issued for Defective equipment and unsigned registration S. Lewis Street
Defective equipment Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective equipment Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective equipment Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Possible intoxicated driver Huffman Made contact with vehicle.  Driver was not intoxicated N. Lewis Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle unlocked US HWY 33 E

 

Registration Open for Two-Week Winter Term at GSC

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Glenville State College will be offering a variety of courses during the upcoming winter term to accommodate students who might wish to repeat a course or who just want to speed up their degree progression. The courses are delivered both online and in person. All of the classes, which are part of the accelerated two-week winter term, will begin on Thursday, January 3 and run through Wednesday, January 16.

Class offerings include: Computer Skills for Education (online), Introduction to Fine Arts (online), Physical Geography (Monday-Friday 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.), Lifetime Fitness/Wellness (online), ST&P: Practice CORE Math Prep (Monday-Friday 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.), Music Theory I (Monday-Friday 8:00 - 12:00 p.m.), Music Theory I Lab (Monday-Friday 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.), Survey of Music (Monday-Friday 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.), First Aid and Safety (Monday-Friday 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.), American National Government (online), and ST&P: Introduction to Behavior Modification (online).

“This is the first time in recent College history that Glenville State College has offered a winter term, which was implemented because we believe it can benefit our students by helping them reduce their time to graduation. It can also help reduce the course load in a given semester for students that need this relief. Students should also be aware that financial aid can be applied toward courses taken during the winter term. Moving forward we would like to see more courses offered during the winter term, that other opportunities be made available to our students such as offering courses abroad for credit, and that opportunities for professional development to be made available to the community at large. The Office of Academic Affairs will be monitoring what does and doesn’t work this term and making changes accordingly moving forward,” read a statement from the Office of Academic Affairs.

Tuition for GSC’s winter term is a $300 flat rate per credit hour with no extra fees. On campus students will be able to reside in the residence halls during winter term for free with arrangements for food at a discounted price through meal tickets from local restaurants.

The last day to sign up is Friday, January 04, 2019.

Current students who wish to enroll in these courses should contact the Academic Success Center or their academic advisor. New students who are interested should contact the Office of Admissions at or 304.462.4128.

Former Pioneer signed a contract to continue his football career in Canadian Football League

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It has been two years since former Glenville State Pioneer standout wide receiver Dante Absher has put on a football jersey, however that all changed in early November 2018.

Absher has signed a contract to continue his football career in the CFL (Canadian Football League) with the Montreal Alouettes.

A native of Sterling, Virginia, Absher was a four-year member of the Pioneer football team. He was an All-MEC First Team member and ranks 4th at GSC in Career Pass Receptions Leaders with 214 in his career while also ranking 5th in GSC history in Career Receiving Yards with 2,669.

It has been a long two years for the former GSC standout. In 2017, he trained in Southern California at Stars to prepare for his pro day and the NFL combine. Shortly after, he was invited to the Arizona Cardinals rookie minicamp, however he was not able to attend due to a slight tear in his meniscus.

After recovering from the injury, his dream of playing football at the next level never faded. He was pushing for another shot in the NFL. “Coming from a small DII school, it was harder for me to get an opportunity and the NFL season was already underway,“ stated Absher.

He ended up not receiving a call the rest of the year (2017) from any NFL teams. He did have some overseas opportunities, but nothing panned out. In 2018, he had a few workout opportunities with three different teams. During that time, he was back home in Virginia at Mase training with his trainer and life coach Eddie Mason and Chase Dixon.

“These two gentlemen simply turned me into a monster physically and mentally. The types of training they put me through; there was no question they were going to bring the dog out of me,“ said Absher. “Although I was in tip-top shape, I still didn’t receive any calls back from the three teams.“

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During this whole process, Absher says he was doing everything right except for one thing - putting football over God. “Eddie began changing my life as a life coach. I was blessed to have him baptize me back in April at the Capital Community Church. I knew from this point on my faith was going to be tested,“ stated Dante.

After staying strong, he began to break down in October and was about to give up his dream of playing football. “I felt like I had done everything and maybe it wasn’t meant to be,“ he said. But that all changed in November.

On November 10, 2018 Shelly Ellison from Rockland Sports Management contacted Absher and wanted to represent him as an athlete. On November 11 he signed with Rockland Sports Management and on November 12 his dream became reality as he signed with the Montreal Alouettes in the CFL.

“I am thankful for everyone who has been a part of my journey and didn’t leave my side. My family has been so supportive of me chasing my dream to play professional football. To all my athletes at Glenville State College and around the world, if you want something bad enough you need to do whatever it takes to get there and have faith in God,“ he said.

The Montreal Alouettes was founded in 1946, the team has folded and been revived twice. They compete in the East Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and last won the Gray Cup Championship in 2010. The original Alouettes team (1946-1981) won four Grey Cups and were particularly dominant in the 1970’s. The current Alouettes franchise was established in 1996 by the owners of the Baltimore Stallions. The Stallions were disbanded at the same time as the Alouettes’ re-establishment after having been the most successful of the CFL’s American expansion franchises, culminating in a Gray Cup championship in 1995. However, the CFL considers all clubs that have played in Montreal as one franchise dating to 1946, and considers the Alouettes to have suspended operations in 1987 before returning in 1996.

In 2018 the Alouettes finished 3rd in the East Division and finished with a 4-4 division record. The Head Coach of Montreal in Mike Sherman, he is formerly the Head Coach of the Green Bay Packers of the NFL. The Alouettes are owned by American investment banker Robert Wetenhall.

GSC PBL Students Attend New York Conference

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Three Glenville State College students and their advisor attended Phi Beta Lambda’s first annual PBL Career Connections conference in late October. PBL members Mackenzie Ammerman, Leslee Coffman, Seth Stover attended along with Associate Professor of Business and PBL advisor Kandas Queen.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) is the largest career student business organization in the world. Each year, FBLA-PBL helps over 230,000 members prepare for careers in business. They also organize conferences for members and advisors that are designed to help members develop their business leadership, networking, career development, and social skills.

Being in New York for the conference gave the group the opportunity to tour Bloomburg headquarters and the New York City branch of Closerlook Inc., a national marketing agency. During the tours the students were able to ask questions about the two companies and discuss what it takes to work in the NYC atmosphere.

“I really enjoyed being able to go on the business tours. We got to see how what we learn in class applies in the real world. The tour was so interesting and the staff were incredibly nice. I loved Closerlook too because they showed the ins and outs of the business and how they functioned at their New York City branch,“ said Ammerman.

“I loved both businesses that we toured. It was almost like a dream to walk into Bloomberg headquarters…you see this place on TV and in the news all the time, but this time we actually got to go visit. Closerlook, the second business we visited, was very interesting as well. I learned a lot of new information from both of these places,“ said Coffman.

“The Bloomberg office was almost like a space station straight out of a sci-fi film - all of the walls were made of glass including the office spaces. It was neat to learn that Bloomberg himself has the same size office as every other worker in the building. I really liked Closerlook too because they are a business that I didn’t know could exist. They said they were interested in students who are part of PBL, which gave us a boost of confidence,” said Stover.

The students also had a chance to see the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Grand Central Station, Battery Park, the 9/11 Memorial, Central Park, Times Square, and the NYC Public Library during their trip to New York City.

Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries

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CLERK OF THE COUNTY COMMISSION OF GILMER COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND BENEFICIARIES

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 February 11, 2019  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.

 

DECENDENT NAME PER.REP/NAME REPER.REP/ADDRESS
Colleen Hamric Fay Hamric 1283 Sand Fork Road
Sand Fork, WV 26430
Virginia Beatrice Yeager Charles Scott Yeager 945 Mineral Road
Glenville, WV 26351
Bonnie Drake Harry Drake 4732 US Hwy 33E
Glenville, WV 26351
Dessie Louise Wolfe Gary Lloyd Wolfe PO Box 353
Glenville, WV 26351
Goldie M. Holmes Frankie Tomblin Jr. 242 Ridgeway Drive
Bridgeport, WV 26330
Carol E. Kimble Elizabeth C. Dorsey
Janet L. Beach
4865 Sourth Ridge Rd, Wise, VA 24293
8496 75th Court, Vero Beach, FL 32967
Herman F. Nutter Lillian Onidee Nutter 4648 WV Hwy 5W
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 : December 13, 2018

Equipment Grant to help GSC Land Resources Students

Glenville State College has received an instrumentation grant from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission Division of Science and Research. The Division of Science and Research grants monies to institutions for the improvement of undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education in West Virginia.

Funding from the grant will be used by the Department of Land Resources to integrate mobile geographic information system (GIS) technology in forestry, land surveying, and natural resource management programs at GSC. The equipment, drones and hand-held data collectors with GPS, will be used within the department to improve the hands-on learning experiences of students, enhance learning with internet-based mapping, and aid with the visualization of geospatial data through the application of mobile GIS technology.

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Photo attached shows a DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone, one of the tools to be
purchased with the instrumentation grant received by Glenville State College’s Dr. Rico Gazal


Foresters, land surveyors and others in natural resource management occupations have historically used conventional mapping methods. With the advent and popularization of drones, we can now benefit from automated mapping, easier identification of boundaries, increased accuracy, and safer data collection.

“The Department of Land Resources at Glenville State College is fortunate to be awarded this grant from WV HEPC Division of Science and Research. We will be enhancing student knowledge in visualization and processing of geospatial data through the use of drone and GPS technology that allows teaching and learning to extend beyond the traditional classroom and field settings,” said Grant PI and Professor of Forestry Dr. Rico Gazal.

“Currently Dr. Gazal is Glenville State College’s most prolific grant writer and deserves recognition for his consistent success at receiving grants that support both his research and the education of our students. This grant is yet another example of Dr. Gazal’s commitment to keeping Glenville State College relevant in the field of Natural Resource Management, and for this we praise him,” read a statement from GSC’s Office of Academic Affairs.

Students enrolled in the Glenville State College Land Resources program may choose from concentrations in criminal justice, energy and land management, environmental science, forest technology, and land surveying technology. For more information about the grant and the program, contact Gazal at ‘Rico.Gazal@glenville.edu’ or .304.462.6372.

Glenville City Council Meeting Minutes

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GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
November 05, 2018
7:00 p.m.

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick with Council-members Fisher, Wiant, Bone, Dean and Taylor present.


Pledge of Allegiance


I. Call to Order


Public Comments

Dave Corcoran expressed gratitude for the City’s participation in the Veterans Ceremony, Mayor Fitzpatrick for the Welcome message, Chief Huffman for closing the streets, and Morgan Dolly for playing trumpet. Plan to make this event bigger and better in the future.


A. Approval of Minutes – October 01, 2018

The minutes from the October 01, 2018, meeting were reviewed. No corrections were noted and minutes were placed on file for audit.


II. Reports


Financial

Budget is currently at 35.07% for the fiscal year with revenue at 53.62% and expenditures at 31.40%. Councilwoman Dean made a motion to approve the financial report as presented. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed.


Street Report

This month’s street report will be provided at next month’s meeting.


Police Report

Chief Huffman provided the police report to council. He will be attending the annual Traffic Safety Meeting in Bridgeport on November 16. Captain Jeremy Jenkins is a rehire as part-time officer on weekend dayshift. Chief Huffman would like to hire a certified full-time police officer for evening shift. He will work with Mayor Fitzpatrick on this and keep council informed.


Glenville Utility

Mayor Fitzpatrick attended the utility meeting on Sept. 24. There were three service line leaks that were repaired near City Hall, James Street, and Norris Street. Nothing to report on sewer side.


Recorder

The Special Levy election has been scheduled for Saturday, February 9. The current levy will expire on June 30, 2019. Still need to finalize the bank signature cards and will let everyone know when they are ready.


Mayor Comments


* Rehire of Jeremy Jenkins (part-time)

Councilwoman Dean made a motion to hire Jeremy Jenkins as part-time officer. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed.


* Free parking for the month of December (courtesy)

The City annually provides free parking for the month of December as a courtesy to our citizens. Councilman Fisher made a motion to approve free parking for the month of December. Councilwoman Taylor seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Mayor will try to have parking permits proposal in writing at next meeting for approval. Hope to start this program the first of the year.


* Christmas Lights

Would like to purchase new Christmas lights for streets. He asked for approval up to $1500 and will ask GSC to match to purchase the new lights, possibly to string across the street. He would also would like to put up a Christmas tree and will work with Pioneer Stage on this. Councilman Fisher made a motion to allow Mayor Fitzpatrick to spend up to $1500 as our share for the Christmas decorations. Councilwoman Dean seconded the motion. Motion passed.


* Resolution (Civility)

Mayor Fitzpatrick noted that with such discourse in the world today, the WV Municipal League developed a resolution supporting reviving Civility. He read the resolution to council. It was adopted and signed on November 5.


* Veteran Day Parade Update

This was a very successful event with a great speaker and nice turnout.


* Reminder – Get Out and Vote

Reminder that it everyone’s civic duty to vote. Polls are open 630 a.m. – 730 p.m.


* Mayor Fitzpatrick visited the Senor Patron restaurant and they indicated they should open this week.


III. Other Business to come before Council

Chief Huffman noted that he continues to work to get our new patrolman, Jacob Braniff, accepted into the Academy.


IV. Next City Council Meeting

The next council meeting will be December 03, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.


V. Adjourn

Meeting adjourned at 7:16 p.m.

Glenville State’s Dominic Cizauskas has earned another honor for his outstanding play this season

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Glenville State’s Dominic Cizauskas has earned another honor for his outstanding play this season.

On Tuesday morning he was named to the 2018 AFCA Division II Coaches’ All-America Second Team Defense.

The junior native of Mukwonago, Wisconsin, led the MEC and Pioneers in tackles this season racking up 134 total. Dominic also came just three tackles shy of breaking GSC’s Single Season Tackle record.

The All-MEC First Teamer and D2CCA All-Super Region 1 Second Team selection averaged 12.2 tackles a contest while leading the league in forced fumbles.

He finished 2nd in Division II in Total Tackles and finished 2nd in the country in Solo Tackles with 85 on the season.

Congratulations to Dominic Cizauskas on a great 2018 season and for being honored by the American Football Coaches Association.

The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best — the coaches themselves.

Team Background: The five teams now chosen for each AFCA division evolved from a single 11-player squad in 1945. From 1945 until 1967, only one team was chosen. From 1967 through 1971, two teams – University Division and College Division – were selected. In 1972, the College Division was split into College I and College II. In 1979, the University Division was split into two teams — FBS and FCS. In 1996, the College I and College II teams were renamed Division II and Division III, respectively. In 2006, the AFCA started selecting an NAIA-only team.

From 1965-81, a 22-player (11 offensive, 11 defensive) team was chosen. In 1982, a punter and placekicker were added to the team. In 1997, a return specialist was added, giving us the current 25-player team. The return specialist position was replaced by an all-purpose player in 2006. In 2016, the AFCA added a second team All-America.

Selection Process: The AFCA’s Division II All-America Selection Committee is made up of three head coaches from each of the AFCA’s seven districts, one of whom serves as a district chairman, along with another head coach who serves as the chairman of the selection committee. The coaches in each district are responsible for ranking the top players in their respective districts prior to a conference call between the district chairmen and the committee chairman on which the teams are chosen.

The Award: Members of the AFCA Coaches’ All-America First Team will receive a plaque commemorating their selection to the team, while members of the Second Team will receive a certificate.

Consecutive Years: Texas A&M-Kingsville had at least one player named to the AFCA Division II Coaches’ All-America Team for 18 straight seasons, from 1986 to 2003, the longest streak by any team in Division II. Northwest Missouri State is second, having had 16 straight selections from 1996 to 2011. Pittsburg State has the third longest streak at nine straight selections from 1988 to 1996. Texas A&M-Commerce has the longest active streak with six straight selections from 2013 to today.

Top Teams: Texas A&M-Kingsville has been represented a total of 34 times by 30 players on the AFCA Division II Coaches’ All-America Team, to lead all schools. Trailing Texas A&M-Kingsville is Texas A&M-Commerce (23/21), Northwest Missouri State (22/17), Ferris State (21/17), Pittsburg State (20/16), Indiana (Pa.) (19/17), Ashland (16/15), Carson-Newman (16/15), Grand Valley State (16/15), Mississippi College (15/14), New Haven (14/14), American International (14/13), Valdosta State (14/12), Angelo State (13/11), Colorado Mesa (13/11), Catawba (13/10), Indianapolis (12/12), Saginaw Valley State (12/12), Slippery Rock (12/10), West Chester (11/11), West Georgia (11/11), Central Missouri (11/10), Central Washington (11/10), Sioux Falls (11/10), California (Pa.) (11/9), Eastern New Mexico (11/9), Glenville State (11/9), LIU-Post (11/9), Mars Hill (11/9), Minnesota State (11/8), Chadron State (10/10), West Texas A&M (10/10), Winston-Salem State (10/10), St. Cloud State (10/9) and Central State (10/8).

Back-to-Back: Angelo State defensive lineman Markus Jones, Gannon running back Marcus Jones, Southern Arkansas defensive lineman Davondrick Lison and Assumption all-purpose player Deonte Harris are the four players who earned AFCA Division II Coaches’ All-America honors for the second consecutive season in 2018. Ouachita Baptist kicker Cole Antley earned his second AFCA All-America honor after being named to the team in 2016.

Three-peat: Catawba linebacker Kyle Kitchens became the fourth player in Division II history to be named to three straight AFCA All-America Teams. Kitchens was a first-team selection in 2015 and 2017, and a second-team selection in 2016. He joins Brandon Williams, a defensive lineman from Missouri Southern State (2010-12), running back Jonas Randolph from Mars Hill (2009-11) and Tywan Mitchell, a wide receiver from Minnesota State (1996-98).

Yearly Leader: Texas A&M-Commerce (2017-OL Jared Machorro, QB Luis Perez and DB Yusef Sterling-Lowe) became the first school to have more than two players named to the AFCA Division II Coaches’ All-America Team in one year.

Repeat After Me:  Texas A&M-Kingsville’s Johnny Bailey is the only Division II player to earn AFCA All-America honors in four consecutive years. Bailey was a four-year pick at running back in 1986-87-88-89.

Two Players, Two Schools: Punter Mark Bounds and placekicker Greg Zuerlein are the only players to earn AFCA All-America honors at two different schools. Bounds was named to the AFCA College Division I team in 1990 while playing for West Texas A&M. He transferred to Texas Tech after West Texas dropped football and earned I-A All-America honors as a Red Raider in 1991. Zuerlein was named to the Division II Coaches’ All-America Team in 2009 while playing for Nebraska-Omaha. He transferred to Missouri Western State after Nebraska-Omaha dropped its football program and earned Division II honors in 2011 as a Griffon.

Class Distinction: This year’s Division II Coaches’ All-America Team is made up of 31 seniors, 13 juniors, three sophomores, two freshman and one graduate student.

It’s Been A While: All-purpose player Lyrics Klugh from Fairmont State has earned AFCA Coaches’ All-America Team honors for his school for the first time since 1988.

First Time’s A Charm: Notre Dame running back Jaleel McLaughlin, Chowan offensive lineman Donald Boone, Miles linebacker Austin Stephens, Limestone defensive back Joshua Simmons, Davenport defensive back Brian Williams, Lock Haven tight end Jalen Jackson, Benedict defensive back Traviontae Brown and North Carolina-Pembroke punter Isaac Parks earned honors for their schools for the first time in AFCA Division II Coaches’ All-America Team history.

ICYMI™: GLENVILLE STATE TURMOIL: BOARD, OFFICIALS BLOCK NO CONFIDENCE VOTE IN PRESIDENT

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Glenville State College’s provost has suggested full-time faculty seeking to do an official no-confidence vote in college President Tracy Pellett could be considered insubordinate and fired for doing so.

Provost Victor Vega and Glenville Board of Governors Vice Chairman Tim Butcher, with the possible support of other college leaders, have twice stopped Faculty Senate attempts to hold such a vote, which Faculty Senate Vice President Kevin Evans said is merely an expression of a lack of support in a president and doesn’t force the president out.

Vega and Butcher say the Faculty Senate must include others beyond full-time faculty in their vote.

Faculty Senate President Timothy Henline has been working against the rest of the Faculty Senate on this issue, emails received through a Gazette-Mail open records request show.

The earliest email received requesting that all those with “faculty status” vote was a request sent by Henline to Butcher and Board of Governors Chairman Greg Smith.

“I want to make sure that I am following your will in this process,“ Henline wrote to them after the Faculty Senate unanimously voted to hold a no-confidence vote, which Henline did not participate in.

“As Faculty Senate President I want to make sure that all faculty voices are heard.“

At one point, Evans emailed Corley Dennison, the state Higher Education Policy Commission’s vice chancellor for academic affairs, asking whether the Board of Governors or administration could stop the vote.

Dennison advised Evans to work through Henline and Larry Baker, the faculty’s representative on the Board of Governors. Dennison also quickly forwarded Evans’ email to Baker, then Baker sent it to Henline, then Henline sent it to Vega, the provost.

“It has been expressed to me that faculty believe I am advocating for administration and not faculty,“ Henline wrote in a letter to faculty last week, after he sent these other emails. “Devoid of emotion and speculation, I rely on facts, research and evidence. I have stated many times that I remain neutral; I have no vote. I mediate between the Faculty Senate and administration.“

Butcher wrote to Baker and Henline saying, according to the college’s faculty handbook, he wasn’t sure a no-confidence vote could be held without approval from Pellett or Vega.

“I would caution you and Tim to proceed very carefully here in a friendly way even though I have no involvement in Faculty Senate matters,“ Butcher wrote. “I think you two are doing just that. Your idea of getting the HEPC involved or, at least, getting legal advice before going forward is an excellent idea.“

Butcher also suggested they recommend to Evans that he get legal advice before proceeding.

“Please know that none of the foregoing constitutes a threat from me,“ Butcher wrote. “I am merely pointing [out] that there are some legalities involved here and none of us should go off ‘half-cocked.‘“ Aside from Evans, none of these men agreed to interview requests or answered emailed questions.

The Board of Governors has offered Pellett a one-year contract extension. The board hired Pellett last year.

The HEPC, the state’s four-year college oversight board, has yet to take action on the contract extension. Gov. Jim Justice’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education, which college presidents lead, is currently considering recommending eliminating the HEPC regulation power.

“It is critical to present a united front during the continued work of the [Blue Ribbon Commission], our accreditation process and the upcoming legislative session, which will include budget appropriations for higher education,“ Smith told faculty in a letter explaining why the Board of Governors kept Pellett. “Dr. Pellett needs to have time to continue the work he has started, which includes prudent financial management and building relationships in Charleston.“ Tension preceded contract vote

At an October 24 Board of Governors meeting, three retired professors expressed “grave concerns about retaining Dr. Tracy Pellett,“ according to a letter seeking advice from the American Association of University Professors.

The letter was provided by a couple of the four retired professors who are signing it. At least a couple still work for the college in certain ways.

On October 30, the letter says, the Faculty Senate unanimously voted to send a survey to all full-time faculty.

“The President of the Institution must grant permission for Campus-wide emails to be distributed to all members of the faculty,“ the letter says. “The President denied the request stating that the Survey had not been reviewed by the Institutional Research Board.“

The letter says the Board of Governors did step in then, allowing the survey to proceed.

On the morning of October 31, according to a meeting notice on the Secretary of State’s Office website, the Board of Governors held an “emergency” meeting “to discuss the President’s contract and compensation package.“

Because the survey wasn’t done at this point, the Faculty Senate “voted electronically” to release to the board results of a poll done in a Faculty Senate closed session.

The poll showed 86 percent of senators “feel that the morale of the college has declined over the last three years,“ 80 percent “feel that President Pellett is deceitful in his interactions with faculty, staff, students and community,“ and 60 percent “are intimidated or fearful for their job.“

Evans, the Faculty Senate vice president, said he approached 45 of the school’s 58 full-time faculty in the limited time before the next Board of Governors meeting on November 7, also dubbed an “emergency” and also regarding Pellett.

Evans said of those 45, 35 signed a statement that “if the vote was taken today, I have no confidence in the leadership by President Tracy Pellett.” Evans said he told Board of Governors members about the 35 signatures, but he didn’t share the signatures with them and declined to share them publicly.

“With half the faculty not having tenure they’re afraid of that letter being seen,” he said.

On November0 7, the Board of Governors voted 7-4 to extend Pellett’s contract.

Evans said the group then voted unanimously—with 15 of 18 members attending—on November 13 to have an official no-confidence vote November 15 and November 16.

On November 14, Henline, the Faculty Senate president, wrote to Smith and Butcher, the Board of Governors chairman and vice chairman, saying he’d gotten a call from a concerned department head.

Henline requested that all those with “faculty status” have a say. In a later email, Henline defined faculty status as “essentially anyone who has taught a class this year.“

“If the Faculty really wants a voice, I think it imperative that all faculty be able to participate in that voice,“ Butcher replied. “Only then, can their voice be meaningful.“ Butcher later wrote that Smith agreed “all faculty must have the right to vote,“ including volunteers, and Butcher said no vote should occur until Henline authorizes it.

“It came to my attention that there were concerns that all faculty are not getting a voice in the vote,“ Henline wrote to faculty the morning the vote was to start, November 15. “After conferring with the [Board of Governors] chair and Vice Chair—I have been so directed that all faculty and those so designated with faculty status be included in such a vote. Thus, a more complete list of all faculty will need to be created before an official vote occurs.“

Henline didn’t mention then that he’d personally reached out to the board leaders with concerns. A professor later asked Henline whether he initiated the contact and whether there was “any attempt” to hold a Faculty Senate meeting before stopping the no-confidence vote; Henline forwarded the email to Vega, the provost, saying he didn’t plan to respond until later.

Evans responded to Henline and other faculty November 15 that he planned to continue with the vote. “If the Board of Governors wish to convene another vote that includes all personnel that have faculty rank then they can convene a second vote,“ Evans wrote.

Evans argues it’s clear the Faculty Senate represents full-time faculty, but Butcher and Henline dispute this in emails. Vega replied to Evans’ intention to proceed.

“Any vote should be delayed until the list [of all those with faculty status] is provided by the HR office,“ Vega wrote.

Evans replied that he still planned to continue, saying the “Faculty Senate does not directly report to the Board of Governors” and “the Board of Governors is not our boss.“

“As the Chief Academic Officer, I report to the Board of Governors and as such, the faculty reports to me,“ Vega replied. “Until I heard [sic] differently from the Board of Governors, the Vote is to be delayed.“ Evans emailed Vega and Pellett, asking whether he could be considered insubordinate if he moved forward with the vote. There’s no email reply, but Evans said Vega said he could be.

Evans said that last week, the Faculty Senate unanimously voted [again, with 15 members there] to do a no-confidence vote, this time specifying full-time faculty only.

Vega then wrote to Henline that, “I reiterate that the Board of Governors has directed me to communicate that any vote of confidence include all faculty including adjunct and those with faculty status.“

Vega also wrote that “I also might add that section 18.12 section 12.1.3 of Policy 18 details the procedure for refusal to abide by legitimate reasonable directions of administrators. Please be sure this message is passed along to the full faculty senate.“

That section is titled “Dismissal.“

~~  Ryan Quinn - Gazette-Mail ~~

GSC and Gilmer County Schools Commit to Connected K-16 Education in Central WV

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Representatives from Glenville State College and Gilmer County Schools met recently to discuss developing closer partnerships and ways to enhance and expand the ways they can work together in the future.

Gilmer County Schools Superintendent Patty Lowther, members of the Gilmer County Board of Education, and local school staffers joined Glenville State President Dr. Tracy Pellett and staff and faculty from GSC in a wide-ranging discussion of everything from student preparedness and dual credit courses to facilities usage and scholarships.

“Dr. Pellett and I have been meeting to discuss how we can connect our systems to provide a continuum of support and services that would benefit all students. This meeting brought our vision of collaboration to the forefront,” stated Superintendent Lowther. “I believe that this meeting and future meetings will provide the opportunity to strengthen and expand our partnership with Glenville State College.”

“We want to renew our promise to the Gilmer County Board of Education and local community that Glenville State College will be a strong and engaged partner to the students and faculty of Gilmer County,” said Pellett. “I believe that we all can be more flexible and adaptable to make a more intentional, connected, and meaningful K-16 relationship. Both systems have much to offer each other and we will be stronger together.”

Among other plans, Glenville State and Gilmer County Schools are working on ways to enhance student reading performance in the lower grades, improved teaching methods with GSC students, technology integration into the classroom, and increasing the use and lowering the cost of using GSC facilities.

Gilmer County Board of Education Meeting Minutes

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MINUTES
SPECIAL MEETING
The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer
Wednesday, November 07, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.
Central Office

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL

The meeting was called to order by Doug Cottrill, President at 5:00 p.m. Members present: Tammy Stewart, Devin Shackleford, Dave Ramezan and Patricia Lowther, Secretary. R.W. Minigh, absent.

Others present: Steve Shuff, Kelly Yoak and Rick Brewer.


STUDENT EXPLUSION HEARING

Upon a motion by Tammy Stewart and a second by Devin Shackleford, the board entered into executive session at 5:01 p.m. 4-0

Upon a motion by Tammy Stewart and a second by Dave Ramezan, the board returned from executive session at 5:29 p.m. 4-0.

Doug Cottrill made a motion to support the recommendation of Mr. Shuff, Principal at GCHS, for a 365 day expulsion with ALC placement. Tammy Stewart seconded. 4-0


ADJOURN

The meeting was adjourned at 5:30 p.m. on a motion by Devin Shackleford and a second by Tammy Stewart. 4-0




MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING
The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 – 6:00 p.m.
Central Office


CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL

The meeting was called to order by Doug Cottrill, President, at 6:00 pm. Members present: Tammy Stewart, Dave Ramezan, Devin Shackleford and Secretary, Patricia A. Lowther. R.W. Minigh, Absent.

Others present: Joe Frashure, Warren Chesser and Toni Bishop.


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Tammy Stewart led the Pledge of Allegiance.


DELEGATIONS

None


CONSENT AGENDA

Minutes: The minutes of the October 22, 2018 meeting were approved on a motion by Dave Ramezan and seconded by Devin Shackleford. Motion passed 4-0.


STUDENT TRANSFERS

There were no student transfers.


FIELD TRIPS (OUT-OF-STATE)

There were no out-of-state field trips.


VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers were approved on a motion by Doug Cottrill seconded by Tammy Stewart. Motion passed 4-0.


TREASURER’S REPORT

Mr. Chesser appeared before the board and gave financial information. The report was approved on a motion by Dave Ramezan, seconded by Doug Cottrill. Motion passed 4-0.


PROFESSIONAL LEAVE REQUESTS (OUT-OF-STATE)

There were no out-of-state professional leave requests.


REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW UP (INFORMATION)

Mrs. Bishop reported about the activities that had taken place at Gilmer County Elementary School.


NEW BUSINESS

Devin Shackleford moved that the board enter into executive session at 6:13 p.m. Motion seconded by Doug Cottrill. 4-0. No action taken.

The board returned at 6:28 pm on a motion by Davin Shackleford seconded by Dave Ramezan. 4-0


APPROVAL OF POLICY 2010

Approved on motion by Tammy Stewart seconded by Devin Shackleford, 4-0


APPROVAL OF POLICY 2080

Approved on motion by Tammy Stewart seconded by Devin Shackleford, 4-0


APPROVAL FOR PRIOR SERVICE CREDIT FORM

Approved on motion by Tammy Stewart seconded by Devin Shackleford, 4-0


APPROVAL FOR 6TH GRADERS TO ‘MOVE UP’ TO M.T. CHEERLEADING

Approved on motion by Doug Cottrill seconded by Dave Ramezan, 4-0


OLD BUSINESS

PURCHASE OF VAN

Doug Cottrill moved to approve the purchase of a 2019 Van from Weston Ford for $31,000 and to write a check for said purchase. Motion seconded by Tammy Stewart, 4-0.


PERSONNEL

PROFESSIONAL PERSONNEL

The following was approved on a motion by Devin Shackleford, seconded by Doug Cottrill, 4-0:

Allison Denelsbeck, Sub Teacher, GC Schools, 2018-2019

Superintendent Lowther stated, “At this time, I am rescinding my recommendation for service personnel.

Doug Cottrill made a motion to accept the Superintendent’s request to rescind seconded by Devin Shackleford, 4-0

Doug Cottrill moved to approve the extracurricular portion, seconded by Devin Shackleford. 4-0.


EXTRACURRICULAR

Amanda Williams, Mini Titan Girls & Boys Track Coach, GCHS, 2018-2019

Adrian Duelley, Aux. Varsity Boys Basketball Coac, GCHS, 2018-2019h

Tina Foster, Resignation, 5/6 Basketball Coach, GCES


SUPERINTENDENT’S INFORMATION

Ms. Lowther shared local field trip information with the board. She also discussed releasing employees Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018 at noon and to extend the holiday until November 26, 2018, giving Friday Nov. 23, 2018 as a holiday also. The board supported her decision.


BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS

Board members requested a plan be developed to address overcrowding at the elementary school.


ADJOURN

The meeting was adjourned at 6:46 p.m. on a motion by Tammy Stewart seconded by Devin Shackleford. Motion passed 4-0.




MINUTES
SPECIAL MEETING
The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer
Thursday, November 15, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.
Central Office

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL

The meeting was called to order by Devin Shackleford, Vice- President at 5:00 p.m. Members present: Tammy Stewart, R.W. Minigh, Dave Ramezan and Patricia Lowther, Secretary. Doug Cottrill, absent.

Others present: None


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

The pledge was led by R.W. Minigh.


PERSONNEL

A motion was made by R.W. Minigh and seconded by Dave Ramezan to accept the Superintendent’s recommendation for the following personnel:

Matthew Peery, Head Mini Titan Boys Basketball Coach, GCHS, 2018-2019

Motion passed 4-0.

R.W. Minigh moved and Tammy Stewart seconded to adjourn the meeting at 5:01 p.m. 4-0.

Gilmer County Courthouse Closed on Wednesday

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Governor Justice has declared Wednesday, December 05, 2018 as a state holiday, in remembrance of the late President George Bush,  and the courthouse will be closed.

Grants Support Area Charities

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The Doddridge County Community Foundation, the Ritchie County Community Foundation, and the Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation affiliates of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) recently announced their fall grants to support charitable organizations in their service areas.

Doddridge County Community Foundation awarded $1,000 to the following organizations:

  • Mountaineer Food Bank - $500  from the Doddridge County Grantmaking Fund to assist with the purchase of a scissor lift for use in the Food Bank’s warehouse; the Food Bank provides support to food pantries and feeding programs in Doddridge County.
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities - $500 from the Doddridge County Grantmaking Fund to support lodging costs for Doddridge County families through the Hoss Lodging Fund.

Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation awarded $3,500 to the following organizations:

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Doddridge County Community Foundation (DCCF) representatives and grantees.
(left to right) Megan Skubovius of Ronald McDonald House Charities, Rick Oyler – DCCF Advisory Board Chair, Gabri Bonazzo and Becky Conrad of Mountaineer Food Banks, and Zona Hutson – DCCF Advisory Board Member.

  • Calhoun County Committee on Aging - $2,000 from the Little Kanawha Grantmaking Fund  for computer upgrades, enabling the organization to better serve clients and meet reporting needs from funding sources.
  • Pleasant Hill Elementary School - $1,050 from the Little Kanawha Area Grantmaking Fund and the Edna Yoak Robinson Fund for lighting the quarter-mile track at the school used by students for physical education classes and by the public for fitness.
  • Gilmer Public Library - $450 from Gilmer Support Fund to replace carpeting in the library’s main rooms.

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(left to right) Sarah Tingler and Amy Nichols of Pleasant Hill Elementary School, Robin Spencer of Gilmer Public Library, and Brenda Sisson of Calhoun County Committee on Aging.

Ritchie County Community Foundation awarded $6,200 in grants to the following organizations:

  • Harrisville Woman’s Club - $2,000 from the Harrisville Civic Club Community Improvement Fund and the Ritchie County Grantmaking Fund to purchase a new commercial refrigerator.
  • Regeneration/Packs of Plenty - $1,200 from the Ritchie County Grantmaking Fund to support the purchase of nutritious food to provide to Ritchie County students in need for weekends and school holidays.
  • Ritchie County Primary Care Association - $3,000 from the Ritchie County Grantmaking Fund for the renovation of the school-based health center at Ritchie County Middle/High School.

The Foundation’s affiliates held a reception at Doddridge County Park on Wednesday, November 27, to announce grants and present the awards to recipients. At the reception, the PACF also announced additional grant awards to many of the projects supported by its affiliates. The PACF awards include the following amounts:

  • Mountaineer Food Bank - $7,000
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities - $4,500
  • Calhoun County Committee on Aging - $5,990
  • Pleasant Hill Elementary School - $3,974
  • Gilmer Public Library - $2,000
  • Regeneration/Packs of Plenty - $5,000
  • Ritchie County Primary Care Association - $7,500

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Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation (LKACF) grantees.
Ritchie County Community Foundation (RCCF) representatives and grantees.
(left to right) Jean Freeland and Sheryll Jameson – RCCF Advisory Board Members, Alan Haught – RCCF Advisory Board Chair, Adam Straight of Ritchie County Primary Care Association, Marian McElroy and Arlene Mossor of Harrisville Woman’s Club, and Gail Holleron of Regeneration/Packs of Plenty.

Piano Recital Featuring Anita White Planned at GSC Tonight

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Anita White, Glenville State College Adjunct Instructor of Piano and Department Accompanist will hold a piano recital in the GSC Fine Arts Center Auditorium on Monday, December 03 at 7:00 p.m. The recital, featuring Christmas music and hymns, is free and open to the public.

“I’ll be playing favorites such as Carol of the Bells, Joy to the World, Angels from the Realms of Glory, and a few songs that some people won’t know, such as the beautiful Austrian carol Still, Still, Still. There are so many wonderful Christmas tunes to choose from and I love them all,” said White.

White earned her bachelor’s degree from the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music. She has many years of experience as a piano recitalist, organ recitalist, and a teacher of music theory, voice, piano, organ, and related subjects. White has taught, directed, and been accompanist at numerous churches and public schools. The Gassaway, West Virginia native also has been involved in the planning and performing of many community and church cantatas and oratorios.

For more information, contact the GSC Department of Fine Arts at 304.462.6340.

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The Free Press WVAge 80, of Sutton, WV passed away on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at United Hospital Center, Bridgeport. She was born September 12, 1938 in Webster Springs, WV, the daughter of the late Agreat Cogar & Madelyn Smith Cogar Jenkins [ .... ]  Read More

Herman Frederick Nutter

The Free Press WVAge 94 of Glenville, WV (Kanawha Drive Community) graduated to heaven at 1:03 PM; Thursday, October 04, 2018 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV; following an extended illness. He was born October 25, 1923 in the Leopards Run Community of Braxton County, WV; son of the late Arthur and Carrie Gerwig Nutter [ .... ]  Read More
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Jo Ann Skidmore

The Free Press WVAge 63 of Tanner, WV; departed this life peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV; following a brief illness. She was born on November 25, 1954 in Lorraine, OH; daughter of the late Walter and Mary Boggs Skidmore [ .... ]  Read More

Judith “Judy” Carolyn Buckley Rich

The Free Press WVAge 79, of Glenville, West Virginia passed peacefully at her home on September 27, 2018, with Harry, her husband of 54 years, by her side. She was born in Ashland, Kentucky, on December 22, 1938, the daughter of Samuel and Mary Musen Buckley [ .... ]  Read More

Rondall Joe Miller

The Free Press WV Age 74 of Normantown, WV passed away at 3:00 PM on Friday, September 21, 2018 in Morgantown. Rondall was born in Doddridge County, WV, on February 24, 1944, a son of Joseph Avender Stout and Delena Miller [....]  Read More

Irene Webster

The Free Press WV Age 92, of Parkersburg, WV passed away September 22, 2018 at Camden Clark Medical Center. She was born November 19, 1925 at Tanner, WV to the late Roscoe and Olive Gainer Webster [....]  Read More

Nyal “Jeff” Hay’s Jeffries

The Free Press WVBorn May 03, 1929 passed away September 18, 2018 at his residence. He was the son of Dorsey and Irma (Collins) Jeffries [ .... ]  Read More

Edwin “Ed” Paul Ellyson

The Free Press WVAge 60, of Washington, WV, went to be with his Lord and Savior September 09, 2018, surrounded by his family at Camden Clark Medical Center. He was born September 13, 1957, in Weston, WV, a son of the late Ralph C. Ellyson and Boneva “Bea” (Davis) Ellyson [ .... ]  Read More

Artenis “John” Johnson

The Free Press WV88 years old, of Frametown, WV, passed away after a short illness on September 05, 2018 at United Hospital Center in Clarksburg, WV. John was born at Williams River, WV to Charlie and Olive Johnson on June 01, 1930 [ .... ]  Read More

Bonnie M. Drake

The Free Press WVAge 96, of Glenville, WV, passed away September 06, 2018, at the Glenville Health Care Center, Glenville, after complications of Alzheimer’s disease. She was born April 15, 1922, at Walton, WV, the daughter of the late Preston Murphy “Pat” and Lessie Virginia Starcher Larch [ .... ]  Read More

Robin Carol Wade

The Free Press WVAge 66, of Christiansburg, VA, departed this life Wednesday morning, August 22, 2018 in the care of Heritage Hall in Blacksburg, WV. Born in Nashville, TN on August 20, 1952, she was a daughter of the late Robert Dean and Janet Carolyn Hull Arnold [ .... ]  Read More

Billy Joe “Bill” “Pops” Reaser

The Free Press WVAge 80 years, a local businessman and a resident of Elkins, WV departed this life Wednesday afternoon, August 15, 2018 at Mon Health Systems at Morgantown WV. He was born Tuesday, November 09, 1937 at Glenville, WV a son of the late Cecil Sherman Reaser, Sr. and Idra Orvilla Adams Reaser [ .... ]  Read More

Claude S. “Bud” White Jr.

The Free Press WVAge 83, of Parkersburg, WV passed away on Friday, August 03, 2018 at his residence. He was born February 24, 1935, in Baldwin, WV, a son of the late Claude S. White Sr. and Mae Brady White [ .... ]  Read More

Nancy Jean Carter

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Nelson “Tinker” Reed

The Free Press WVof Glenville, WV, a hopeless flirt, avid hunter (he particularly loved stalking game from the front seat of his car or the plastic chair in the back yard), unwilling farmer, mealconnoisseur, expert hugger, questionable dresser, accomplished recliner rider, devotee of The Western Channel and RDTV, lover of bluegrass and old-time music, and all-around cantankerous old fart, went to that Great Coon Hunt in the sky on July 26, 2018 [ .... ]  Read More

Gene Carter

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Hoy Creed Barton

The Free Press WV Age 100 of Glenville, WV; (Kanawha Drive Community) departed this life in the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston, WV. He was born October 08, 1917 in Gilmer County,  WV, son of the late Willie and Maude Radabaugh Barton [....]  Read More

Constance Cecilia “Connie” Ables

The Free Press WVAge70 of Jakes Run Road, Glenville WV; she went to join her beloved husband Jearl (Cussy) Lee Ables on July 10, 2018 at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown following an extended illness [ .... ]  Read More

Leon Minney

The Free Press WV Age 80 of Glenville, WV departed this life on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV; following an extended illness. Born January 17, 1938 in Glenville, WV, Leon is the son of the late Ezra and Josephine Stull Minney [....]  Read More

Norma Ruth Burns-Boone

The Free Press WVof Glenville, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior on July 11, 2018 at age 84.  She was born to the late Jack Carl Burns and Mae Minney-Burns on March 30, 1934 [ .... ]  Read More

Philip David Skidmore

The Free Press WVAge 59, of the Little Bull Run community of Glenville, WV passed on June 29, 2018 surrounded by his loved ones after a battle with cancer.  He was born to Mary Helen McLaughlin Skidmore and Scott Skidmore at Kessler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi and grew up in the Cedarville/Copen Communities [ .... ]  Read More

Ray A. Watts Sr.

The Free Press WV Age 79, of Haddox’s Run, Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Tuesday, July 03, 2018 in Parkersburg, WV. He was born on Tuesday, March 21, 1939, in Lincoln County, WV, a son of the late Samuel and Pearl Watts [....]  Read More

Donna Lou Duelley

The Free Press WV Age 52 of Grass Run Road, Normantown, WV; departed this life at 12:17 PM; Tuesday, July 03, 2018 at the Select Specialty Hospital in Charleston, WV; following an extended illness. She was born on October 19, 1965 in Gassaway, WV; daughter of the late Paul and Virginia Burns Jenkins [....]  Read More

Linda Marie Carder

The Free Press WV Age 64 of Glenville, WV departed this life suddenly on the morning of Saturday, June 30, 2018 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston. Born November 17, 1953 in Glenville, Linda is the daughter of the late Luther and Hallie Lynch Heater [....]  Read More

Cecilia “Nicole” Jackson Smarr

The Free Press WVAge 28 of Glenville, WV; departed this life suddenly in the early morning hours of Thursday, June 28, 2018 at the Minnie Hamilton Health Center in Grantsville, WV; following a short illness. She was born July 26, 1989 in Braxton County, WV, a daughter of Dennis and Kimmy Miller Jackson [ .... ]  Read More

Donald Vincent Reaser

The Free Press WV Age 91 departed this life at the Genesis Health Care Glenville Center on June 25, 2018 after a long illness. Born October 10, 1926 in Gilmer County, WV, Donald is the son of the late Dorsey Lee and Mamie Alice Langford Reaser [....]  Read More

Clarice Evelyn Roberts

The Free Press WV Age 91, of Belpre, OH passed away June 12, 2018 at Belpre Landing Nursing & Rehab Center. She was born on August 03, 1926 in Glenville, WV a daughter of the late Ulysses and Estie (Pagg) Sandy [....]  Read More

Roland “Sam” Miller

The Free Press WV Age 82, of Little Hocking, OH passed away June 12, 2018 at Heartland Of Marietta. He was born on October 05, 1935 in Glenville, WV and was the son of the late William and Inez (Powell) Miller [....]  Read More

Raymond Clyde Golden

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Klines Run Road, Alum Bridge, WV passed away on Friday, June 08, 2018 at Glenville Center following a brief illness. He was born in Beech Bottom, WV on September 25, 1929: son of the late Scott Samuel Golden and Nellie Gray (Ables) Golden [ .... ]  Read More

James “Pag” Watson Conrad

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Danny Eugene Laxton

The Free Press WVAge 71, of Grantsville, WV passed away June 05, 2018 at home. He was born June 11, 1946 at Elkview, WV, a son of the late Ulysses McKinley and Cora May King Laxton [ .... ]  Read More

Price Powell Rush

The Free Press WV Age 78, of Normantown, WV passed away at his home on May 22, 2018. He was born February 03, 1940 in Milborn, AK, a son of the late Amos and Lorain Jones Rush [....]  Read More

Arlene Carol Sprouse Harper

The Free Press WVAge 78 of Glenville, WV; formerly of Normantown, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV. Born January 23, 1940 at Lockney, WV, Carol is the daughter of the late Edgar Lytle and Hazel Grimes Sprouse [ .... ]  Read More

David Charles Pritt

The Free Press WVAge 71 of Sand Fork, WV, went to be with the lord in the early morning hours of Friday, May 18, 2018 at the Genesis Health Care, Glenville Center following an extended illness. Born April 19, 1947 in Glenville, WV, David is the son of the late Ralph and Ruby Lamb Pritt [ .... ]  Read More

Teressa Ann (Jenkins) Stump

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Readers' Recent Comments

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

One result is that the GCES was built too small.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By GCES Built Too Small Scandal on 01.15.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

By Gilmer resident on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

By Muddling Epidemic In WV School Systems on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

By we know it on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

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

By Student Learning at GCHS and GCES on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

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

By Muddling 101 on 01.11.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By End School System Muddling on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

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

By Need Specifics For Principal's Reports on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By overheard conversation on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

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

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

By ZOOMWV Data Dashboard on 01.07.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

By Let An Accountant Dig It Out on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By End Financial Secrecy on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Get It Done on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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How about the “BIG WV WINDFALL”....?

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

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

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

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

By taxpayers always lose on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By CheatersNeverWin on 11.20.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By Corrupt State Intervention on 11.19.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

Any local whistle blowers?  Doubtful.

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

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

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By More Specifics For Principal's Reports on 11.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

By Follow The Money on 11.16.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By Do It Ourselves on 11.15.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By QuestionablePractice on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Citizens For Financial Disclosure on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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

By Where Is The Investigation? on 11.11.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

By INFO REQUEST TO GCBOE on 11.09.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Follow the Paycheck(s) on 11.06.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By Where Is The Money? on 11.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Steve Lewis on 11.04.2018

From the entry: 'Kendall Goodwin'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By What Was The Grading System? on 10.30.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Reader7 on 10.29.2018

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

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

By Robin Nunez on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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

By Buck Edwards on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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

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

By Details Please on 10.26.2018

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

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

By GSC's New Mission? on 10.26.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By GSC Alumni on 10.26.2018

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

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

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

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

By Opportunity for GSC on 10.23.2018

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

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

By Agreements Matter on 10.22.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Why Reinvent The Wheel? on 10.22.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Clarity Is Always Good on 10.18.2018

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

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

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

By Help Understanding on 10.17.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Levy Supporter on 10.16.2018

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

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“engage in pedantic colloquy?“

No Bill.

By WEKNOWYOU on 10.14.2018

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

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

By Reader7 on 10.14.2018

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

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

By Smart Feller on 10.13.2018

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

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

By Reader7 on 10.12.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Synthesis is at the high end.

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

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

By Easy Way Out on 10.10.2018

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

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

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

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

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

Could the WV School Board Association help fill the gap?

By Lost Opportunity on 10.07.2018

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

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

By Greg Garvin on 10.04.2018

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

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

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

By Positive Changes Made By New BOE on 10.04.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Thanks Gilmer BOE on 10.03.2018

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

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

By Transparency matters on 09.30.2018

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

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

By citizen 3 on 09.23.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Learn What Works From Others on 09.23.2018

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

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

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

By GC--still on state probation? on 09.22.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Iowa Test For Gilmer on 09.21.2018

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

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

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

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

By County-Specific on 09.21.2018

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

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

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

To blame all problems on teachers is a cruel travesty.

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

By Do Not Blame It All On Our Teachers on 09.21.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Muddling on 09.19.2018

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

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

By Adrienne (Trimper) Johnson on 09.19.2018

From the entry: 'Ronald J. Vanskiver'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Tell It Like It Is ! on 09.19.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Why Gilmer BOE? on 09.18.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By just more smoke and mirrors on 09.16.2018

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

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

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

By No solution here- on 09.16.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Look At Red Flags on 09.16.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Who Minds The Store on 09.15.2018

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

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

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

By More sad ones to be told. on 09.14.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gilmer County High School.

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

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

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

By Public Demands Answers on 09.13.2018

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

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

By Smart Feller on 09.13.2018

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

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

By Better Times On The Way on 09.12.2018

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

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

By Transparency matters on 09.12.2018

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

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

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

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

By Waiting To See on 09.09.2018

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

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