B. Policy Approval- Substitutes in Areas of Critical Need and Shortage
A. CGCC –June 21, 2016 - Dr. Carl Armour
B. RESA 7 – June, 2016 - Dr. William Simmons
F. Dr. William Simmons Rescinds Resignation
G. Dr. Gary Smith – Non Profit Organization
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Fall enrollment at GSC doesn’t even close until the end of August and Simmons hasn’t paid a bill at GSC since he stepped down as President in 1998.
Given these facts, how in the name of all that is right could he speak to GSC problems or even insinuate he has current, accurate information? Who authorized this nonsense? Being old buddies with Mike Queen means nothing in the scheme of life in central West Virginia. Letting this man ramble and publicly report information made up in his own head is detrimental to Gilmer County, the college and education overall. This is deliberate and should be ignored as it is nothing but a personal attack against the community out of spite. Using old titles to garner attention and personal glory is one more reason WV stays in a race to the bottom of national education statistics reporting.
By Nonsense on 07.18.2016
Slipped in a snide little comment about colleges building facilities they can not afford. Always take another shot at Glenville State. No credit for working to update facilities and increase enrollment. Lack of modern conveniences would not improve marketability. It’s been a major problem for the county in recent years but don’t fix it, just let what amounts to a state board run things? Guess is Bill would want to sit on that central board?
By Shame on 07.18.2016
Watching videotapes suggests that GD, BS, and one board member team up against your other board members.
It appears that the triage plots in advance to try to railroad what is done.
That behavior raises suspicions about puppet masters directing them behind the scenes.
You should file a complaint with the WV Ethics Commission to end the corruption.
Judging by the available evidence, leadership in the WVDOE and the WVBOE has done nothing to end what is going on in your County. They seem to like it that way to keep control.
Dr. Daniel is GD’s immediate supervisor, and shouldn’t she be held personally accountable for not correcting your administrative problems?
Mr. Robert Minigh has a special challenge to impose proper board meeting order and to aid in running your school system as it should be done in a democratic way with local control.
If anyone can do it he can and that is recognized in Charleston because Mr. Minigh is a highly respected WV icon.
By Dr. Daniel Needs To Act on 07.22.2016
you say: Dr. Daniel needs to act?
Isn’t she running the mirrors and smoke machine for MM and MG and the majority of the rest of the WVBOE jokers?
By staff on 07.23.2016
This is a fair question. What changes were implemented by Dr. Cindy Daniel, Dr. Martirano, and Mr. M. Green to improve treatment of Gilmer County with the State in control?
How about a progress report Charleston so citizens could comment?
Dr. Daniel said that important changes would be forthcoming. Did we miss something?
By Daniel, Martirano, & Green-- Response? on 07.24.2016
The controversial news heating up in the County is that the State is going to put an uniformed cop in the County’s new grade school.
This decision is something citizens should have been involved with from the beginning instead of hearing about it as a done deal.
Many think that the real reason for the State’s decision is that the new grade school is in a bad location, and a cop needs to be hired to direct traffic when buses go in and out.
Why can’t existing cops on the local payroll go out there two times a day to direct traffic?
Hiring a cop seems to be another annual cost for the State’s bad decision for the school’s location.
Up to $50,000 a year for the cop’s total compensation package is what we hear.
What would the cop do after traffic directing is completed in the morning?
Spend the day roaming halls to handle discipline problems, and to get little grade school kids to spy for local law enforcement?
Like it or not WVDOE, these are among questions citizens have.
What have been experiences at other places where cops are on duty in grade schools?
What do the County’s teachers think if they would be permitted to give their opinions?
Have teachers and their unions endorsed hiring a cop for the new school, or would they prefer for the County’s school money to be spent on other purposes? Let’s hear from them.
This is another issue for Dr. Cindy Daniel to handle. Isn’t the WVDOE involved in approving all new positions?
By Cop In New Grade School? on 07.24.2016
Another issue for Dr. Cindy Daniel to handle. ROTFLMAO
You mean like the arson attempt of Normantown Elementary School?
The one she and Devano covered up so well?
By Gilmer County on 07.25.2016
Yes, it was captured on pictures to be a sophisticated wick system at Normantown set up to make a fire spread throughout the building in a flash.
The WVDOE’s cover up made it out that it was only a few paper towels on the floor! No wick at all!!!!!!
Dr. Cindy Daniel was at the Normantown meeting at which the issue was talked about. Numerous citizens were there.
She promised changes to bring in honesty, stopping censorship of information, and to have openness in what occurs with the State in charge of intervention.
Didn’t happen, and the WVDOE needs to get out of here to let Gilmer County run its schools the right way.
We have had enough of State botch, botch, and more botch. They are masters at it, and the evidence is the bottom place ranking of WV’s schools.
By Couldn't Make It Up on 07.25.2016
To his credit when Dr. Simmons saw pictures of evidence of the arson prep set up structure at Normantown he said that it was evidence of a professionally done job.
GD had pictures he took on his cell phone.
Correct me if I am wrong in saying that GD showed the pictures to other school board members.
Give them a call to find out for yourself.
By WVDOE Normantown Cover UP on 07.25.2016
Google—studies of police officers in grade schools to get information to use to make up your own minds.
For one example from studies, a nationally known criminologist at the U. of Maryland concluded from studies that it “increases the number of behavior problems that are referred to the police, pushing kids into the criminal system.“
The same expert concluded that there is no evidence that officers in schools improves safety.
The WVDOE’s push for law enforcement at our new grade school, as usual, is based on reliance on personal opinion and emotion instead of defensible facts.
By Careful Look At Cops In Schools on 07.25.2016
Given the State’s history of profligate spending of the County’s money why haven’t our deserving teachers and service personnel received raises?
GD gave generous raises to selected employees in the central office. Was that information revealed to the public?
Didn’t he get raises too from the County’s money when his contract was renewed by Charleston?
We know about the unnecessary added expenses for moving the central office to the Minnie Hamilton location.
We hear now that GD got money from somewhere to fill in the deep pit at the new school.
How can that extra expense be explained when what was done there should have been done right the first time? No accountability.
Money outlays are always about priorities. How can anyone defend what has happened to meet
priority needs of our children?
It is evident why the WVDOE keeps finances, facilities, personnel decisions, and everything else secret to cover its tracks.
By WVDOE Hides Evidence on 07.25.2016
What meeting were you at? Did you attend the Normantown meeting where Devono denied the pictures and denied that it was a possible arson while letters from and conversations with the WV Fire Marshall say it was being investigated as an arson? Simmons didn’t say any different than the state appointed superintendent did. Don’t make up tales. Talk to the board members who did take the time to attend and ask questions and called both the local fire department and state fire marshall’s office if you want to know the truth. From what I saw there it was Carl Armour and Norma Hurley .
G. Devono tried to deny the citizens public access to that meeting. He changed the meeting time without notifying the public so the fire chief, prosecuting attorney and 20 more people who showed up and wanted to attend weren’t notified and could not stay and wait two more hours more for it to start because of prior committments.
Devono told anyone who wasn’t a parent of a child in that school they had to leave. Cindy Daniels did put a stop to that.
What about the fires at the career center and Sand Fork elementary.What about the break in and theft at Troy elementary? Some said there was an attempt at a fire there. Where was Simmons then? What happened to his and G Devono’s reports on those investigations?
We better figure out who tells us the facts whether we like it or not. Sugar coated lies are killing this county. Best thing ever happened was Simmons resigning. To bad he didn’t have the courage of his convictions to follow through.
By Normantown Grandparents on 07.25.2016
Bill S has not told the truth for so long doubt he can even spell the word. He has castigated rural children and families as poverty stricken, drug addicted, ignorant and uninformed over and over. Does Devono really thinks Simmons supports him by saying if he (Simmons) had the job he could would clear out the BOE Central Office and run it from his front porch? By saying he wouldn’t read more than a one page finance report and voted for no one else to see it? Watch the videos. Simmons reported many times how Ted Mattern told Gilmer’s Board to just hold hands with the State Board and dance. Smiled when he said it. Man isn’t smart enough to understand while he is doing a poor imitation of two step the State is doing the twist with Gilmer County’s money.
Bill says if you tell a lie often enough the majority will believe it.
By He's Good At That on 07.25.2016
What meeting were you at? What 20 people had a more important prior commitment than the safety of their children or grandchildren? From watching the video, it was clear that almost half of the participants were rabble rousers from Glenville.
By Just The Facts Ma'am on 07.25.2016
Educators know that the best way to get a point across is to make something simple as possible instead of making it more complicated than necessary.
What could possibly be more symbolic of the State’s dictatorial control over our school system than what goes on with meeting agendas and minutes for school board meetings?
It is evident that the County’s elected school board is not allowed to get important items on agendas and meeting minutes are heavily censored by the State.
There is even failure when someone is scheduled to speak to inform the public what the topic is with only a listing of a speaker’s name.
Looked at the agenda when Dr. Cindy Daniel was here as an example. Just her name and nothing more.
When something like that happens how would members of the community know if they want to attend a meeting?
The State does not want regular community members to attend meetings so it can say that citizens are not interested in what goes on and they had their chance to speak out.
When a citizen says somethings at meetings the State will not allow as little as a one sentence summary of what they said to go into minutes.
That shows that what regular citizens say is unworthy of consideration so the attitude is why waste time by going to meetings to speak out?
When something comes up the State does not like to hear, disliked speakers are shut down abruptly and those the State likes are allowed to ramble at length without being shut down.
Dr. Cindy Daniel knows what is happening.
Dr. Martirano knows what is happening.
Michael Green of the WVBOE knows.
Their failure to take corrective action for something as basic as meeting agendas and minutes proves in a nutshell their overall approval of the State’s dictatorial control of Gilmer County’s schools, and their obvious disrespect and contempt for our citizens.
By E. Hahn on 07.26.2016
Did it get in the minutes that the Cedar Creek project was recommended against to the WVBOE at no use because there was not enough money to complete it because of inept State planning, corruption, and mismanagement? No!
Did it get in the minutes who made money off the dropped Cedar Creek project and how much they got? No!
Did it get in the minutes how much money was wasted for everything leading up to dropping the Cedar Creek project? No!
Did it get in the minutes that the Leading Creek School was going to be overbuilt because of not enough students so scarce school money would be wasted? No!
Did it get in the minutes to disclose the total amount of the County’s money spent on the failed Leading Creek school project? No!
Did it get in the minutes that there were concerns about sweet heart no bid contracts? No!
Did it get in the minutes that there were concerns about constructing the new grade school in a flood zone vulnerable to destruction like WV had recently to wipe our Richwood? No!
Did it get in the minutes that the new County school did not have enough classrooms to handle all the students properly? No?
Did it get in the minutes to disclose what the WV fire marshal found out about arson prep at Normantown Elementary? No!
Did it get in the minutes to disclose names of the select few elites GD assigned to secretly determine the future of K-12 education in the County? No!
Did it get in the minutes those in the County’s central office who were singled out for hefty pay raises by GD and how much they got? No!
Many more examples could be cited as examples the State does not want to disclose. Enough said.
By W. Mosley on 07.26.2016
The meeting that was supposed to start at 4 but was put off to after 6. Now Glenville people are rabble rousers too? Guess anybody who disagrees fits the description?
G Devono said there was only a little toilet paper on the floor at the Normantown School meeting. Even his Transpotation Director was unwilling to support that much of a fabrication.
By Facts Are Facts on 07.26.2016
It’s simple to solve. Go watch the 9-10-15 Normantown town hall meeting video to hear the superintendent change his tune and hear his transporation director not back that up.
Read the Charleston Gazette article September 24 posted on the GFP along with multiple discussions on the Hur and GFP reporting.
BTW, would not imply imagined gender of a poster. It doesn’t work.
By Watch & Read on 07.26.2016
Wow, a lot of us showed up at 4 o’clock to find out the meeting was changed to 6 o’clock. There was a football game if you remember. Had to get there for the kids, could not stay till 6. Glenville people showed up to support Normantown. What was wrong with that? Seems a lot of “meetings” are scheduled to conflict with other events these days.
By Seems A Shame on 07.26.2016
Do not forget that Cedar Creek—Crooked Run site was chosen entirely by two men.
State appointed Superintendent Ronald Blankenship and self anointed Gilmer Board President Simmons with no input from any others.
Messed that one up so bad it had to be dumped.
Don’t forget the failed attempt at the old auction barn site as well.
Do you remember the first site chosen for the Lewis County Linn School and how badly that fizzled out too?
But state Board of Education and the Mark Manchin School Building authority gave the “OKAY” to build in the GC flood zone? lol
By again, not in the minutes on 07.26.2016
My board including our highly respected superintendent uses Gilmer County’s taped meetings for instructional purposes to learn what to avoid in running our school system.
We see your State-appointed superintendent micro managing your meetings, giving orders to your elected president, interfering with delegations, and even cutting in when board members want to speak to limit what they are allowed to say.
We observe extreme censorship to result in what gets on agendas and what gets into your meeting minutes.
Our superintendent comes to meetings fully prepared. When he has a slot on an agenda he provides in-depth information we have complete confidence in, and he answers all our questions when asked.
Our superintendent serves as the secretary to document what occurs during board meetings and we have excellent minutes for later reference.
All of us work together as a highly dedicated and coordinated team while exhibiting mutual respect to one another while we do our County’s business.
In three years not one word of anger has occurred against our superintendent or any board member.
Do we have spirited discussions. You bet.
Through them we learn from one another to enable us to make better decisions we can support after votes are cast.
When we watch what happens in Gilmer County we abhor the repressive treatment of your board, and we attribute your obvious leadership deficiencies to the WVBOE and the WVDOE.
Have you thought about selling your video tapes for instructional purposes? Hard to tell how much money you could make for your school system.
By How Not To Run A School System on 07.26.2016
There is State-wide attention focused on how Gilmer County continues to be mistreated by the WVBOE and the WVDOE.
Dr. Cindy Daniel’s name comes up often. Don’t expect any help from her.
The WV Association of School Administrators, comprised of school system superintendents, will go after her to protect one of its own if she gets out of line.
The WV School Board Association won’t help Gilmer County because that organization is strapped for cash to make it increasingly dependent on WVDOE money.
That renders the WVSBA toothless as an effective advocate for intervened counties.
WV’s politicians sent to Charleston won’t help because they are afraid of their shadows and cutting off of oil and gas money to keep them in office.
Things have become so bad within the WVSBA that at a recent meeting one of its officers leaped over to the WVBOE’s side as if that individual is focusing on upward mobility opportunities.
Dr. Martirano referred to high minded morality and ethics when he was involved with the Boone County intervention threat, but what have you seen him doing in Gilmer County to indicate that he practices what he preaches?
With all the impediments going against Gilmer County something admirable has happened as a result of news getting out in WV.
It is that the WVBOE’s reputation has been severely damaged from adverse attention it has garnered from its dictatorial and inept intervention policies and practices.
The growing adverse publicity has long run potential to help remove the WVBOE’s destructive strangle hold on K-12 education in WV.
For all the State’s children, thank you Gilmer County for standing up to Goliath.
You don’t have to rely on a sling shot, but you have something more powerful.
It is effective use of social media and the Internet to get truthful information to WV’s people to influence public opinion.
By Gilmer Smacks Goliath on 07.27.2016
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