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Gilmer County Commission Special Meeting Report - 09.23.16

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GILMER COUNTY COMMISSION
SPECIAL MEETING REPORT
September 23, 2016 @ 9:00 AM
Gilmer County Courthouse
Commission Office
10 Howard Street, Glenville, WV

I. CALL TO ORDER

The special meeting of the Gilmer County Commission was called to order by the Commission President Larry Chapman. Commissioner John Bennett as well as the Gilmer County Clerk Jean Butcher were present. Commissioner Brian Kennedy was absent.


II. PLEDGE of ALLEGIANCE TO THE U.S. FLAG


III. PUBLIC COMMENTS

There was not any public comment.


IV. APPOINTMENTS

There was not any appointment scheduled for this meeting.


V. ROUTINE BUSINESS:

        Discussion and/or action on:

                1) Exonerations and/or Consolidations

The commission approved one Exoneration.


                2) Approve Estate Qualifications and Estate Settlements

Several Estate Qualifications and Estate Settlements were approved.


                3) Board Appointments and/or Resignations:

                        a) Board Seats open on the:

                                i. Unsafe Buildings & Lands Enforcement Agency - DeKalb/Troy & Glenville Corporation

                                ii. Gilmer County Recreation Center-DeKalb District

Above positions are still open for the Unsafe Buildings & Land Enforcement Agency and the Gilmer County Recreation Center.


                4) Budget Revisions

None

                5) Budget Control Report-None

None

                6) Approve Invoices for Payment

None

                7) Approve County Commission Minutes

None

                8) Receipt of County Board Minutes:

None


VI. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

None


VII. NEW BUSINESS:

        Discussion and/or action on:

                a) Letter sent to Supreme Court for rent for Family Court utilizing space

A letter was sent to the State Supreme Court regarding rent payment for the use of the Courthouse Annex Building. The Supreme Court stopped paying rent in July citing the court did not have enough room and the space was not sufficient. The commission indicated in the letter to the Supreme Court that now they have all the space in the building since the County Board of Education has moved and the court need to pay the county taxpayers for the use of the space. Needless to say that the issue of handicap elevator is being addressed and an engineer has studied several possibilities.


                b) Proposal from Camel Technologies for equipment damaged by water in bottom floor of Annex Building

The proposal provided several options for the payment totaling $4,412.00. The county decided to take advantage of 10% discount by paying the total in one payment.


                c) Sheriff and Assessor’s supplemental checks

Farm and AG report from the WV Department of Agriculture indicated the County Assessor Gary Wolfe has successfully completed the Farm Assessment Program and he should be compensated $4,224.00. Also Sheriff Larry Gerwig was to be paid $9,591.00 as well. It was noted that this amount is part of Sheriff’s salary. Commissioners Chapman and Bennett approved both amounts.


                d) Assessor to borrow money for Assessor Valuation Fund

The Assessor’s Valuation Fund is 2% of valuations/taxes collected. Since taxes are not paid all at the same time and /or upfront, the Assessor has found himself short of this fund at this time. The Commission approved to transfer $20,000.00 to this fund which will be paid back when all the taxes are collected.


                e) Update on the wheel chair ramp in the court room

The Engineering Company still working on finishing the design for the wheelchair and handicap accessibility which includes three of them. The total engineering fee for this design will be about $7,000.00. At that point the Engineering Company will ask for bids. Currently the design of the smallest part of the project is finished. Commission decided to go ahead and bid this part locally.


                f) Intent to change polling place-Precinct 18

The building which has been used in Stouts Mills for Precinct 18 is in the process of being sold. As the result the County Clerk requested the Commission to approve an alternate site for this precinct. The Building is located in the Gilmer County Industrial Park which is owned by Waco Oil & Gas (previously owned by Rick Frame). The request was approved.


                g) Steam line to boiler in jail building leaking

Commission approved to contact the company which installed the boiler system (Reynold’s) for fixing this issue as well as doing a complete inspection.


VIII. OTHER BUSINESS

Commission thought the Courthouse building needed to be checked for asbestos before any repairs. Also some of the plasters on the walls are coming off which need to be repaired. These repairs will be part of the Courthouse Improvement Grant. This Grant will pay for 80% of the cost if the amount is below $100,000.00. If total is above $100,000.00 the grant will pay for only 70% of it. Also the sewer issue and smell at the Old Jailhouse Building was mentioned.


At the end of the meeting the Governor’s representative who represents Harrison, Lewis, Gilmer, Ritchie, and Tylor Counties showed up asking the commission about any issues the county may have. The commission noted the biggest issue for Gilmer County is the Regional Jail Bill which is costing the county over quarter million dollars annually. It should be noted that Gilmer County is current with payment of this bill.


IX. EXECUTIVE SESSION AS NEEDED

None


X. ADJOURNMENT


NEXT MEETING: October 07, 2016

Bureau of Prisons at Gilmer Inmate Pleads Guilty to Assault

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Robert Fleming, age 30, currently incarcerated at Federal Correctional Institution Gilmer, pled guilty today to assaulting a correctional officer, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

In June 2014, Fleming intentionally assaulted a correctional officer with the intent to inflict bodily harm. Fleming pled guilty today to one count of “Assaulting, Resisting, and Impeding Certain Officers or Employees.” He faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner prosecuted the case on behalf of the government. The Federal Bureau of Prisons Special Investigations Services Unit investigated.

U.S. District Judge Irene M. Keeley presided.

Gilmer County Family Court Report

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On Wednesday, September 21, 2016 several Gilmer County Family Court cases were heard by Judge Larry Whited.


•  A temporary order was entered in a divorce case.


•  One divorce was granted wherein Ashley Maxwell (32) of Cox’s Mills, WV divorced Jason Maxwell (33) of Glenville, WV.


•  One divorce was dismissed.


•  One domestic violence petition was denied and dismissed.


•  One allocation petition was reset for October 19th.


•  Two domestic violence petitions were granted.

Hannah Moore Receives Larry D. & Margaret D. Brown Scholarship

Hannah Moore was named recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from the Larry D. & Margaret D. Brown Scholarship Fund.  A 2016 graduate of Gilmer County High School, Moore is attending Glenville State College to pursue a degree in Health Promotions.

The Larry D. & Margaret D. Brown Scholarship Fund was created at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) in 2008.  Since its inception, it has provided scholarship support to six other area students.

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Larry D. & Margaret D. Brown Scholarship Details:

•  Awarded to a graduating high school senior who resides in Lewis, Gilmer, Braxton, Upshur, Harrison, Randolph, or Ritchie Counties in WV, with preference to Gilmer or Lewis County residents.

•  Student must be planning to attend an accredited institution of higher education or vocational studies full-time.

•  Selection is based on financial need; this award not intended for a student already receiving other significant scholarship support.

•  Preference may be given to a student who is a dependent of an employee associated with Wes-Jak, Inc.

•  Recipients may apply annually for renewal consideration for up to four years.

Mr. and Mrs. Brown worked side-by-side for many years as co-owners of Weston Transfer and Jack’s Septic Service of Weston, West Virginia.  Both are known throughout the community for their deep commitment to each other, to their families and their employees – whom they considered as family – and for their support of many local church, community and civic projects.

Married for 50 years, Mrs. Brown passed away in June 2015. In creating this scholarship, Mr. and Mrs. Brown sought to express their appreciation to their employees, as well as to those families served by their companies by providing a way to help the area’s students with higher education costs. They hope to see their scholarship awarded to students who are hard-working and who strive to improve their lives through training or education.

“We commend Larry and Margie for their foresight and generosity in establishing this significant scholarship award and providing opportunities for local young people,” said PACF’s Executive Director, Judy Sjostedt.  “As each new scholarship is presented to a student, the Browns are helping students to improve their potential for future success.  At the same time, Mrs. Brown will be fondly remembered by many people for her dedication to the betterment of her community, its students and their educational needs through this important annual award.”

To learn more about this important scholarship and other scholarships available through the PACF, please visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304.428.4438.


About Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates:

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or nonprofit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of our community. PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages more than 340 charitable funds with nearly $34 million in assets. PACF works in partnership with its local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area. Since 1963, PACF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways. For more information about PACF, visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304.428.4438.

Gilmer County Commission Special Meeting - 09.23.16 - Today

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GILMER COUNTY COMMISSION
AGENDA for SPECIAL MEETING
September 23, 2016 @ 9:00 AM
Gilmer County Courthouse
Commission Office
10 Howard Street, Glenville, WV

I. CALL TO ORDER


II. PLEDGE of ALLEGIANCE TO THE U.S. FLAG


III. PUBLIC COMMENTS


IV. APPOINTMENTS


V. ROUTINE BUSINESS:

        Discussion and/or action on:

                1) Exonerations and/or Consolidations

                2) Approve Estate Qualifications and Estate Settlements

                3) Board Appointments and/or Resignations:

                        a) Board Seats open on the:

                                i. Unsafe Buildings & Lands Enforcement Agency - DeKalb/Troy & Glenville Corporation

                                ii. Gilmer County Recreation Center-DeKalb District

                4) Budget Revisions

                5) Budget Control Report-None

                6) Approve Invoices for Payment

                7) Approve County Commission Minutes

                8) Receipt of County Board Minutes:


VI. UNFINISHED BUSINESS


VII. NEW BUSINESS:

        Discussion and/or action on:

                a) Letter sent to Supreme Court for rent for Family Court utilizing space

                b) Proposal from Camel Technologies for equipment damaged by water in bottom floor of Annex Building

                c) Sheriff and Assessor’s supplemental checks

                d) Assessor to borrow money for Assessor Valuation Fund

                e) Update on the wheel chair ramp in the court room

                f) Intent to change polling place-Precinct 18

                g) Steam line to boiler in jail building leaking


VIII. OTHER BUSINESS


IX. EXECUTIVE SESSION AS NEEDED


X. ADJOURNMENT


NEXT MEETING: October 07, 2016

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report

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On Friday, September 16, 2016 Chief Judge Jack Alsop held Court in Gilmer County.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Stefano Pecci

He had his case dismissed without prejudice after being in Central Regional Jail since February.

He was represented by Christopher Moffatt of Charleston.


•  State of West Virginia vs. Charles Collins

He had pretrial motions heard in it and his trial remains on the docket for Wednesday, October 12, 2016.

He is represented by Joseph Spano of Charleston.


•  State of West Virginia vs. William Hardman

He was before the Court for sentencing and Judge Alsop suspended his sentence and placed him in Anthony Correctional Center for 6 months to 2 years after which he will be sentenced.

Clinton Bischoff of Summersville is Hardman’s attorney.

Gilmer County Commission Regular Meeting Report - 09.16.16

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GILMER COUNTY COMMISSION  
REGULAR MEETING REPORT
September 16, 2016 @ 9:00 AM
Gilmer County Courthouse
Commission Office
10 Howard Street, Glenville, WV

I. CALL TO ORDER

Meeting was called to order by Commission President Larry Chapman. Commissioners John Bennett and Brian Kennedy as well as the County Clerk Jean Butcher were present.


II.  PLEDGE of ALLEGIANCE TO THE U.S. FLAG


III. PUBLIC COMMENTS

There were not any public comments.


IV. APPOINTMENTS

              a)  9:00 -Bridgett Haney-Colonial Life

She explained about their supplemental insurance programs which the employees have option to choose. If an employee decides to use this option, there will be a payroll deduction on their check. Commission approved that she can talk to employees to see whether they are interested. Haney is to make arrangement with the County Clerk for the meeting.

              b)  9:15-Sharon Radabaugh-Proclamation for West Virginia Retired Teachers Service Week-September 26-30, 2016

She explained about West Virginia (Gilmer County) Retired Teachers and their programs including assistance in form of scholarship for Gilmer County High School seniors as well as food assistance and community services.

She read the proclamation and the commission approved it:

WVARSE WEEK PROCLAMATION

Gilmer County Commission proclaims the week of September 26-30, 2016 as West Virginia and Gilmer County Associations of Retired School Employees Week. WVARSE and GCARSE are organizations of retired teachers, school service personnel, administrators, and college personnel. WVARSE is the only state organization that represents all retired school employees.

The members of GCARSE set up and contribute to a scholarship fund to assist qualifying Gilmer County graduating seniors with college expenses. Two GCHS students are awarded GCARSE scholarships during the Senior Assembly each spring. GCARSE also supports and contributes to several community projects. School supplies for the Marthas and Marys campaign and canned foods for AARP’s “Blizzard Boxes” are donated annually through GCARSE. Dedicated GCARSE members provide many volunteer hours of community service each year.

Members plan to deliver fruit for school personnel at each school in Gilmer County during WVARSE week.

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              c) 9:30-Bob Hardman-Glenville State College-Tefra Hearing-2009-2011 Series Bond for Glenville State College Housing Corporation

This appointment was a No-Show!


V. ROUTINE BUSINESS:

      Discussion and/or action on:

1) Exonerations and/or Consolidations

The commission approved several Exonerations and/or Consolidations.

              2) Approve Estate Qualifications and Estate Settlements

There were not any Estate Qualifications and Estate Settlements for approval.

              3)  Board Appointments and/or Resignations:

                    a)  Board Seats open on the:

                          i. Unsafe Buildings & Lands Enforcement Agency - DeKalb/Troy & Glenville Corporation

                          ii. Gilmer County Recreation Center-DeKalb District

                          iii. Appoint Don Bailey to Gilmer County Recreation Center Board-3 year term

It was moved and approved to have Don Bailey to serve on the Gilmer County Parks and Recreation Board for 3 years.

              4)  Budget Revisions

A budget revision was presented by Angel Ball. County received the wireless 911 fees. The commission approved the revision.

              5)  Budget Control Report

None

              6)  Approve Invoices for Payment

The commission approved invoices for payment totaling $149,085.21 of which the Regional Jail bill for one month was $23,787.25.


              7)  Approve County Commission Minutes

Minutes of September 02, 2016 meeting was approved.


              8)  Receipt of County Board Minutes: 

                    a)  Lewis-Gilmer E-911 Yearly totals for dispatched calls

Acknowledged the receipt of the minutes. They are available at the Clerk’s Office for review.


VI. UNFINISHED BUSINESS


VII. NEW BUSINESS:

      Discussion and/or action on:

a) Resolution for Courthouse Facilities Improvement Grant

Plans are to fix the water damaged areas in the courthouse. Engineers have been in the Courthouse to review the issues for the grant. If there are any other repairs beside this one, the county has few weeks to address them for this grant. Handicap accessibility was also discussed.

Commissioner Bennett read the resolution for approval and it was approved.

The grant is 80/20 if the total cost is below $100,000. If it is more than $100,000 it will be 75/25.


              b)  Approve poll workers for the November 08, 2016, General Election

The list of poll workers for general election was presented by the County Clerk for approval.


VIII. OTHER BUSINESS

1) It was mentioned that gutters need fixed so the water drains properly. Also a rubber wedge needs added to windows for proper drainage of the water. The list of the problem was given to Troy, the Custodian and Maintenance person at the Courthouse to see how much of the work can be done by him.

2) County Clerk has spoken to Mr. DeVano for use of the schools and it was okayed. County Clerk Butcher said the county needs to look for new places because the schools will not be available in the future.

3) Chief Tax Deputy Kim Jenkins from Sheriff’s Office reported Sheriff settlements report is completed and it matches the data on the system. She presented the report to the commissioners for review. She explained that she has set up the system so moving forward she can provide settlement on monthly basis looking forward.


IX. EXECUTIVE SESSION AS NEEDED

None


X.    ADJOURNMENT


NEXT MEETING:
October 07, 2016

Gilmer County Family Court Report

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Family Court Judge Larry Whited heard cases in Family Court in Gilmer County on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.

Two divorces were granted as follows:


•  Max Groves Jr. (51) of Glenville, WV divorced Travis Groves (45) of Sutton, WV


•  Billie Jo Ferguson (45) of Glenville, WV divorced Jason Ferguson (40) of Big Springs, WV


•  Another divorce was heard but no final order was entered.


•  One domestic violence case was continued.

New Members to be Inducted into GSC Athletic Hall of Fame

Glenville State College’s Hall of Fame Weekend will take place on Saturday, October 1 and will culminate with the Curtis Elam Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Banquet that evening. The Curtis Elam Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 2001 through the generosity of the late Curtis Elam, a 1949 GSC graduate.

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Seven new members will be added to the Hall of Fame this year, including Ike and Sue (Bartlett) Morris (Class of 1965), Ralph Ledbetter (Class of 1978), Dave Walker (Class of 1988), Nikki Cale (Class of 1994), Steve Shuff (Class of 1996), and Rachel (Redick) Wickline (Class of 2008).

With kickoff scheduled at 1:00 p.m., the Glenville State Pioneers will take on the Falcons of Notre Dame College (South Euclid, OH) earlier that same day at Morris Stadium. The 2016 Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized at halftime.

The induction banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Waco Center Sports Arena and the public is invited to attend. Call 304.462.6100 for ticket information and 304.462.4102 for more information about GSC Athletics.

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I believe our local, long time community supporter, Jim Bailey should be nominated for induction into the GSC Elam Hall of Fame.

How many GSC graduates can claim a record similar to Mr. Bailey?

I believe Mr. Bailey is a GSC grad, but its apparent that is not a requirement?

Keep that running going Jim Bailey!  Congrats!!

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Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting - 09.19.16 - Today

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AGENDA
REGULAR MEETING
Gilmer County Board of Education
Central Office
Monday, September 19, 2016 – 6:00 PM

I. CALL TO ORDER - Roll Call by President

II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

III. DELEGATIONS

IV. CONSENT AGENDA - Board Action

          A.  Minutes: August 15, 2016

          B.  Student Transfers

          C.  Field Trips

          D.  Volunteers


V. REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW UP (INFORMATION)

          A.  CGCC – August 16, 2016, August 29, 2016 - Dr. Carl Armour

          B. RESA 7 – August, 2016 -  Norma Hurley


VI. PERSONNEL


VII. SUPERINTENDENT’S INFORMATION
          A. Treasurer’s Report

          B. Financial Statement

          C. Check Register

          D. Field Trips

          E. Reports

                  1. WVDE Intervention Update/Progress Report

                  2. Other Reports


The next Regular Board Meeting is Monday, October 17, 2016.


VIII. ADJOURNMENT

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This meeting will be just another repeat of the past.

Our local board will be given lies and worthless information.

No meaningful, honest financial numbers from WVBE Super Devano.

Five years of track record now.

By no name please  on  09.19.2016

There is considerable anger in the County about the upcoming excess levy vote for schools.

It will not pass if the WVBOE remains in control of finances and everything else.

The County had a surplus when the WVBOE swooped in. We understand that we are so bad off financially under WVBOE control that Charleston has us on a special financial watch.

That occurred after concern that we will go into deficit spending from over five years of the WVBOE’s absolute say over the County’s finances.

There were numerous reports of wasted money and for a recent example, citizens understand from teachers that the WVBOE spent close to $10,000 on a single appearance of a motivational speaker at the GES.

How can a spending excess like that be justified when there are numerous outstanding free speakers we could have invited? Dr. Peter Barr and Dr. Michael Martirano are just two examples.

If we cannot have any say over how our money is spent and anything else in our school system, let the the WVBOE come up with the money to pay all the bills.

There has been enough dictatorial rule and oppression by the WVBOE to include taxation without representation. Gilmer’s taxpayers are not going to take it anymore!

The WVBOE needs to leave to let us salvage the mess for the benefit of our victimized children.

By More WVBOE Waste  on  09.20.2016

We know the disappointing scores for reading and math for the GCHS. The scores are one more black mark against the WVBOE’s brand of management over the long years of intervention.

The GCHS’s principal and the teachers had to follow the WVBOE’s orders to be powerless to do anything about getting the scores up to where they should be.

Had the principal and teachers been given a choice they would have come up with something better than a 10K motivational speaker from Texas to put on an entertaining show.

A better choice would have been to get Faye Chambers to talk for free about what she and her staff did at Normantown to make that school one of the best performers in WV. 

The wasted 10K of public money is the tip of the iceberg for the County’s money thrown down the drain by the WVBOE and citizens know it.

At voting time don’t beg us for tax money to pay for more of the same with the incompetent WVBOE in total control of our schools while harming our children.

By Another WVBOE Failure  on  09.21.2016

More WVBOE wasted money. $2,000,000 surplus before intervention, down to us being on a special watch for risk of overspending, $803,000 lost because of WVBOE’s accounting error, WVBOE took out a $1,000,000 loan without County’s approval for our citizens to pay off, at least $1,000,000 wasted on LES, auction barn site and the abandoned Cedar Creek project, and GES being built too small. Totals up to about $5,000,000 give or take a little thanks to Charleston’s WVBOE common core math wizards.

If a County had done something like this the WVBOE would have taken it over pronto with charges of dysfunction of epic proportions. WV is a show piece of double standards with the WVBOE leading the parade.

By WVBOE Leads Waste Parade  on  09.21.2016

Here are more gems for citizens to ponder. There are secret WVBOE meeting to discuss making the old Glenville elementary school into a middle school.

The true reason is to take care of surplus students at the new crowded GCES where some classes have close to 40 students in them.

If the WVBOE puts in a middle school to cover its tracks for incompetent planning, think of the money it will cost to get the old elementary building up to safe schools standards and costs of having two sets of administrators, lunchroom facilities, extra costs for utilities etc. What is the grand total to add to wasted money?

The million dollar taxation without representation loan the WVBOE took out for citizens to pay off was not followed with any explanations of where that money went.

The same is true for the annual $1,000,000 excess levy money we voted in for our school system. How much excess levy money was collected during intervention for the WVBOE to spend without any local say? Close to $5,000,000?

Anywhere else in the USA someone would have been fired or jailed. What do we have? The WVBOE is still bankrupting us while it escapes accountability of any kind. Oh yes, what happened was for our children as said by the WVBOE. Really?

By More WVBOE Common Core Math  on  09.21.2016

No WVBOE in total give back of our school system to local control to include a replacement superintendent who would report to Gilmer County=defeat of excess levy vote.

Money wasted, going from five schools to two, children lost to Lewis County, no accurate information on how the excess levy money was and would be spent—- what good would more tax money do for our children?

People are tired of their hard earned money going down rat holes.

No more excess levy =a financial crisis & when Devono goes it would be questionable if any highly competent % experienced person with excellent interpersonal skills and other job options would apply for his job.

How many votes did the levy pass by the last time? Forty votes or so? Do the math.

By Excess Levy Doomed For Now  on  09.22.2016

People on Vanhorn Dr. saw what they believed to be re roofing at the old grade school.

How does the State justify that expense when the school was shut down?

Another example of no bid work being awarded by the State besides more wasteful spending?

The State needs to do some explaining.

By Why Reroofing at Old GES?  on  09.22.2016

Devano is STILL pushing to turn Glenville elementary into a Middle School.
Many people know that Cindy Daniel says that will not got on the WVBE agenda.

Devano though, still hallucinates that he can make it happen.  He is suckering a select few along into believing him.

WVBE stated GC cannot afford another school.  Especially with the continuing decline in enrollment.  For which there is NO speculation to see any turnaround.  Remember WV is actually in a population decline.

Plenty capacity in the HS to take a few kiddies without maintaining another building along with all the administrative costs and added utilities.

Devano lives in a fantasy world, denying reality.  Some people will do anything to suck up to local elites. 

And about a school levy.  That’s a big no!  Actually its a loud ‘ell no!!.  The WVBE has wasted enough money.  But even wasting money is beside the point.

You possibly could have made the case for an excess levy with five schools.  Now that FOUR schools have been shuttered, there can be NO justification of the need for a levy to be passed.

On top of that, if the WVBE has THEIR chosen superintendent in place, then there is NO financial control locally of your tax dollars. The WVBE will just see to it that the levy money pays another $10,000.00 speaker as well as find other ways to foolishly spend the kiddies money.

Don’t get suckered into passing an excess school levy ever again.  It is NOT needed.  But you know government,  if they have it they will spend it!

By aren't you smarter than that?  on  09.22.2016

Wasting money on a motivational speaker was insulting to teachers. There is not a more highly motivated profession in America.

Paying an outsider to tell us that we needed an attitudinal adjustment was preposterous.

Putting up with politically driven intervention is a testament to our unwavering commitment to Gilmer County’s children regardless of abuses of power and meddling by the WVBOE.

Wasting $10,000 on a motivational speaker when the WVBOE did not care enough to arrange for Energy Express to feed hungry children tells it all about misaligned priorities.

Who originated the idea for a motivational speaker and who approved spending the $10,000?

This new controversy is another example of what happens when the WVBOE removes local oversight over finances and other functions from an elected school board.

By WVBOE Insulted Gilmer's Teachers  on  09.23.2016

People in the County resent hearing the State’s
personal attacks against school board members we elected.

The State’s personal attacks are unprofessional and unethical. Nothing goes unnoticed or unreported in the County.

Underline nothing down to what is said in the central board office or at “secret” meetings with the elite ruling class in attendance. 

When personal attacks occur Gilmer County bands together like any normal family to protect its own. WVBOE do you hear us?

By Resentful Citizens  on  09.23.2016

When Dr. Gary Smith came in front of the Gilmer County Board of Education to talk about finding a path to use the old Normantown Elementary for community purposes he left saying he had never experienced a more professional board. State Board member, ex County-Superintendent-long experienced Principal,Beverly Kingery came to talk with Gilmer County Board of Education around the first of the month.  She said the Board asked very intelligent questions and made a point that the Board was more than capable of running the system. Dr. Cindy Daniel appeared before the Gilmer County Board of Education speaking on behalf of herself as Assistant State Superintendent and Mr. Martirano State Superintendent of Schools. She made it very clear that the Gilmer Board of Education was well prepared to have their authority returned and it was time to return Gilmer County. She further said that the State Board felt they should return control over our school facilities to the local board. That disposal actions as to real and personal property owned by the Gilmer County Board of Education should most only happen through the elected representatives of the communities. Every word was positive.

Will the OEPA Director Susan O’Brian and the WV State Board of Education do the right thing by Gilmer County? It is time to right this ship, work with the local Board of Education and return full authority back to the citizens.

By Gilmer Needs a Real Superintendent  on  09.23.2016

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