CommunityConcerns™: Gilmer County’s Summer Energy Express Program

WVDOE Withholds Summer Feeding and Reading Program
From Gilmer County’s Disadvantaged Children

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Citizens are outraged about the failure of the WVDOE to ensure that our disadvantaged children will be fed and given the opportunity to improve their reading skills during the summer. In previous years the County participated in the Energy Express’ program. The highly successful program is administered by WVU’s extension service. Its purpose is to feed disadvantaged children and to improve their reading skills.

Everyone in Gilmer County knows that some of our children are vulnerable because of poor nutrition. In information related to Energy Express’ program it is stated “When the school bell rings for the final time each June it signals the beginning of summer months. But, for many West Virginia children, it also signals the end of the security of having two meals served to them each weekday.” There is no acceptable excuse for failing to feed the County’s hungry children when Energy Express is available to them.

Reading is something else.  Although the State is prone to keep the information secret from citizens, 50% or more of our children are not proficient in reading.  Reading is the gateway to success in high school and college, learning a trade in our high tech world, and being prepared for life in general. If a child lags in reading at an early age chances for escaping poverty are glum. Without access to Energy Express’ summer program for which reading improvement, in addition to a nutrition program, is emphasized the County’s disadvantaged children have become innocent victims.

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What caused cancellation of Energy Express’ program in the County? It is understood that the State’s excuse was that a facility for the program was unavailable this year. Who in their right mind believes the truthfulness of that claim? Some checking exposed the State’s flimsy position that because deteriorated steps at the high school will be repaired when the program would have been offered, that facility could not be used for Energy Express. That was insulting nonsense because children could have entered back and side doors to avoid need to use the front steps. Besides, there would have been space at other facilities owned by the County’s school system, something could have been worked out at the recreation center or the College, or the I. L. Morris family, known for its long history of generous caring for the County’s children, would have prevented the disaster.

The reprehensible failure to feed and to help enhance reading skills of Gilmer County’s disadvantaged children is another example of broken State government. In particular it represents a shameful failure of Dr. Martirano’s WVDOE and Mr. Green’s WVBOE to provide effective oversight for how the County’s school system has functioned during intervention. The State’s administrative failure occurred because of its dictatorial elimination of all checks and balances by the County’s elected school board.

Incompetence, waste, and mismanagement from five years of the WVBOE’s intervention are horrible enough, but abuse of the County’s disadvantaged children by eliminating their access to Energy Express demonstrates a much higher degree of broken State government.

What can be done to deal with this latest atrocity? The answer is that citizens must begin to speak out to officials they elect to send to Charleston. If citizens fail to speak out nothing will be done to help our disadvantaged children and they will continue to suffer because of Gilmer County’s enabling complacency.

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This latest fiasco affecting our needy children is another example of what happens when local control is taken over by the WVBOE.

Something is horribly wrong. When contacts in the WVDOE are asked why something of this sort happens they blame Devono with the claim that he will not take direction.

If that is true isn’t it insubordination to merit firing?

Devono says that he does exactly as told by Charleston. Both sides cannot be correct.

Devono needs to go so the County can have a fresh start. Things are not working and it is a mystery why the WVBOE permits that to happen.

By B. Short  on  05.31.2016

Energy Express is a program under the leadership of WVU Extension Service’s 4-H Youth Development program. This AmeriCorps program is funded, in part, by grants from the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts and Volunteer West Virginia. Volunteer West Virginia encourages West Virginians of all ages and abilities to be involved in service to their communities.

Two family style meals a day, reading and arts programs, family interaction, that’s what our children will miss this year.  Gabe Devono decided there was no space and offered no transportation for the 35-45 students who attended every year.

Our college students will not see the Americorp payment for their service as those considering Teaching careers lose valuable experience.

Gilmer County BOE still owns 4 buildings plus the High School.  There were options but seems it was more important to patch a roof at the closed GES on Devono’s timeline rather than use it for the children and patch it later.

Our Extension Service would have provided for Gilmer County to receive Energy Express as they always have if the state appointed Superintendent had shown BOE interest and assistance for this program.

Is the reason he didn’t want to do it because of ancillary costs?  Is the money there to provide transportation and keep the A/C on for the summer?
No money there for either a regular or pre-k playground at the new school.

By No Energy Express For Gilmer  on  05.31.2016

Is Devano the blame?  Yes and no. Devano is nothing more than a puppet of Charleston educators.

This is simply another example of failure of the WVBOE to serve the children, parents, taxpayers and voters of West Virginia.

Failing at something as basic and necessary to childrens well being as this, shows how the WVBOE under the direction of Dr. Michael Martirano, disregard their employment responsibilities.  There can be NO acceptable excuse for this.

Essentially the entire WVBOE under the leadership of Michael Green, board president, has failed Gilmer County once again.

By more WVBOE failure  on  05.31.2016

Energy Express had some money to reimburse parents for transportation if they could bring their kids in. Of course kids whose parent used the car for work couldn’t get in so less children get the service if no bus is provided. The application time for the grant started back in November.  Devono said there was no place but a site had to have some place to make or get the meals delivered. It was his choice, under his control whether or not any one of the schools could be used.  It’s the same reason less will get summer tutoring this year, no summer school.  Some don’t want the state to send people to their house but will let their child get on the bus.

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Gilmer County Parks and Recreation Center the Recipient of a John Deere Gator Cart

The Gilmer County Parks and Recreation Center was lucky enough to be the recipient of a Gator dump cart from the Glenville Golf Club last week.

The recreation center has been in need of a cart like this for sometime now with all of the remodeling that has and will be going on to make our facility one that family’s will come to and enjoy for years to come.

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(L-R) Reed Radcliff golf course employee, Darrel Ramsey Director,
Keith Wenner golf course employee

We want to thank Lance Woodford and his board of directors at the Glenville Golf Course for this great donation .

Thank you !!
Darrel Ramsey - Director
Gilmer County Recreation Center

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report

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•  Gilmer County’s Circuit Karen Elkin attended the annual Circuit Clerk’s Meeting in Bridgeport, WV from Sunday through Wednesday, May 25, 2016.

On Monday, May 23, 2016 Judge Richard Facemire heard cases in Gilmer County before going on to the Judge’s conference.

•  Two fugitives waived to return to their home states, namely, Randy Dixon waived to return to Pennsylvania and Leslie Gould waived to return to Oklahoma.

Both were represented by Brian Bailey of Buckhannon and authorities in their states have until 4:00 PM on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 to pick them up or Central Regional Jail will release them.

•  Three juvenile matters were heard.

•  State of West Virginia vs. Adam Couch

He had motions heard in his case.

•  One expungement hearing was cancelled.

•  One name change was gratned.

Gilmer County Family Court Report

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Due to the flooding of the Court House Annex building, all Family Court matters were cancelled for Wednesday, May 25, 2015.

Did You Know?

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The hot water heater upstairs at the annex malfunctioned?? And after the water ran all night long destroyed most of the magistrate court area including their computers, files and took ceilings down?


Apparently a Gilmer County Schools bus driver has been very interested in female employees of the system. Reportedly complaint has been made to Gilmer County officials which have been ignored for some excuse or another. Even last Friday at the Gilmer County Employee Recognition Breakfast at GSC, the alleged bus drive ran over and kissed a young female employee on the lips!


The children in Gilmer County will not be receiving energy express or a summer school setting this year! WVU was told there was no space for the energy express so the needy children do not get the two meals a day and Education. If a parent wants summer school help they have to sign up for a tutor to come to their home?


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CommunityConcerns™: Does This Make Sense?

WVBOE’s Excess Compensation of Intervention Superintendent
Takes Money Away From Our Children!!!!

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The Gazette-Mail printed an article on May 25, 2016 containing coverage of Kanawha County’s budget for the next fiscal year. That county has 64 public schools with approximately 28,000 students (33 times more than Gilmer County’s 850 students). Kanawha’s budget is $233,800,000 for next fiscal year. In contrast Gilmer County with the State’s smallest school system will have a budget of $8,131,676 next year for two schools. It is reasonable to conclude that Kanawha County’s superintendent has vastly more administrative responsibilities in administering that school system than what we have here.

Some individuals may ask so what after considering the facts. The reason for alarm is compensation the State pays its intervention superintendent in Gilmer County. Let’s consider the evidence. Kanawha County pays its superintendent about $160,000 a year. Let us assume that the individual’s total compensation package is $170,000. Compare that to what Gilmer’s intervention superintendent gets for administering our tiny school system with only two schools and 850 students. Although financial details are kept secret from citizens it is estimated that counting everything, compensation approximates $150,000 a year with vastly less responsibilities compared to Kanawha County’s superintendent.

If compensation in Kanawha County were to be based on numbers of schools administered, at the rate our County’s State-appointed superintendent will be paid for two schools, Kanawha County’s superintendent would be paid about 32 times more to equate to $4,800,000 annually! Obviously that amount would be preposterous.

The preceding information is provided to the community as argument to suggest that Gilmer County’s intervention superintendent is grossly overpaid. The only way inflated pay could be eliminated in our County, which is one of the poorest in America, would be for the WVBOE to restore all authority for finances back to the local elected school board where it belongs.

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This over compensation revelation is nothing less than disgusting. It proves what has been said all along about the State taking care of its connected good ole boys.

Over and over on video tapes unanswered questions about the County’s school system’s finances have come up to be ignored.

The bottom line is that the State keeps the secrecy lid on to prevent citizens from knowing where its money is going.

Citizens on the street hear that the State is going to spend 100K or more on roof repairs for the condemned Gilmer Elementary School. Where is that money coming from and why is it being spent?

What about playground equipment for the new school? We hear that 250K of new money is needed from citizens? Why?

What we have with intervention is a sorry example of misaligned spending priorities by the wasteful State.

Many times it has been said that all you need to do is to track the money. It is a complex spider web, but sooner or later the details will be dug out.

This posting should be on the desk of each legislator in Charleston to represent the tip of the ice berg for waste and mismanagement in State government to demonstrate dire need for major spending cuts.

By Keep Digging To Hit Pay Dirt  on  05.29.2016

The Governor and Legislature are telling a tale of woe because of loss of income.  Which is true.

But the REAL PROBLEM in Charleston is the state’s addiction issue.  The problem is the Capitol Gang has an addiction to SPENDING.  Money brings power and influence and our politicians are addicted to spending just as a junkie is addicted to their drugs.

Anyone with normal intelligence knows, if you have a loss of income, you tighten your belt and spend less.  You go from steak to hamburg to beans and cornbread until you get where you are able to live within your means.

The current budget discussion is all about more taxes.  Any discussion of spending cuts is shaped in the form of threats.  There is a lot of “fat” in WV education, the WVBE administration is bloated like a pot belly pig.

WV government is number 3 in SPENDING PER PERSON of 50 states.  There are plenty of places to cut spending, but that would interrupt the good ole boy system of nepotism. 

Income is not the problem.  Over spending by the bureaucrats IS the problem.

By WV addicted to spending $$$  on  05.29.2016

Keep Digging says - ‘over compensation is disgusting’.  Agree, though it reveals the much deeper problem.

That is the exposure of the fiscal irresponsibility that is embedded in WV State Government as a whole.

Too many employees doing too little work being paid too much.  Not all for certain, but way too much.

Watching the machinations of the WV Buffoon Legislature the past two week special session is your proof.

By Reg. Dem.  on  05.29.2016

I get in from tapes that there are people on the school board who never ask questions about finances or much of anything else.

This suggests that they always go along without having any idea of what they are doing.

The community expects questions to be asked to contribute to better decisions.

It is bad enough with the State in control, but silence from board members makes it worse.

There is more to being a board member than showing up at meeting, sitting there silently to be spring loaded to rubber stamp,and to be sure of getting a paycheck for doing nothing.

By A. J. Fornash  on  05.31.2016

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Glenville: Gilmer County Farmers’ Market - Today

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The Gilmer County Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Gilmer County Senior Citizens pavilion in Glenville, WV.

Lots of vendors are set up with plants and some vegetables are now available,  baked goods, honey, jelly and jams, fresh farm eggs, and much more.

Come out and see what our Farmers Market has to offer.

Gilmer County Schools May/Summer 2016 Newsletter: Glenville Elementary

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Glenville Elementary Character Trait Recognition for Leadership

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The character trait for April was Leadership.

The following students were recognized by their teachers for exemplary leadership skills:

PK:  Jadeyn Montgomery

K (P):  Evan White

K (M):  Kenzy Jenkins

1:  Airiana Hoard

2 (C):  Gypsy Hulse

2 (D):  Marelly Medrano

3 (F):  Allie Ellyson

3 (S):  Avianna Ringgold

4 (M):  Christopher Junkins

4 (F):  Alena Gray

5:  Cassi Drennen

6 (Frymier):  Justin Liu

6 (Frashure):  Amiah Stewart

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Glenville Elementary PAWS Winners

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“Positive Attitudes Will Succeed” is a positive behavior program implemented to recognize students who are trying to reach school-wide expectations, showing good manners, and displaying positive approaches to their school work and relationships.

The following students were chosen by their teachers, for the last nine weeks, as students who exemplify those traits:

PK:  Ava Bush

K:  Kenzy Jenkins

1:  Paiden Felegie

2:  Leah Poole

3:  Allie Ellyson

4:  Stevie Starsick

5:  Morgan Smith

6:  Autumn Moyers

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GES Kindergarten’s Chicks!!!

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Mrs. Perrin and Mrs. Moyers’ Kindergarten Classes at Glenville Elementary School are proud to announce that the chicks weigh in at approximately 3 ounces and are 2 and ½ inches tall.

After, twenty-one days of patiently waiting, twenty-two chicks hatched over a course of three days.

There were three kinds of chicks: Turkens, Cuckoo Marans, and Wellsummer. 

The children loved to interact with the chicks and both classes had various lessons about the life cycle of a chick and the different types of animals that lay eggs.

The chicks currently reside on Perrin’s Farm where they will live out their happy, corn-filled lives.

Glenville Elementary’s Academic Banquet 

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Students in grades 4-6 who obtained honor roll status for the entire year, were invited to an Academic Banquet held on Thursday, May 19th at the Senior Citizens’ Center.

The Local School Improvement Council sponsored the event and the theme was “The Last Prowl.“

Students, staff, and parents listened to Ms. Bishop speak on behalf of Glenville Elementary’s 40 years in operation by reading aloud her recollections of GES.

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Then, retired staff and associated staff, read and sang two poems that recapped the many years.

Students were involved in one poem by showing letters that began the poem’s verses.

A bountiful dinner was enjoyed by all, then awards were given to the students.

Congratulations to all of the students for maintaining honor roll status.

Keep up the good habits and work next year!  


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Glenville Elementary’s Closing-of-School BASH!!!

On Thursday, May 26th from 8:30-11:00, Glenville Elementary will be celebrating and highlighting its’ 40 years in operation.

Inflatable rides, such as the Rock Wall Climb, the Tropical Slide, Basketball, Parachute Tower, and a Bounce House will be available for students to enjoy.

There will be bluegrass music playing in the cafeteria, a slideshow commemorating events throughout the years, cake, and drinks available to visitors.

We welcome the parents, families, and community to come to the school to take part in closing the school!

Glenville Elementary’s PAWS $100 Gift Card Winners

If students do not get an office referral for a week, they put a “PAWS” coupon in the basket for a drawing at the end of the 9 weeks.


The more coupons you have in the basket, the better chance you have of winning!

The 3rd nine weeks winners were:

Kindergartener:  Taylor Dennison

Sixth Grader:  Alex White

GES Character Trait Award Winners:  Citizenship

PK:  Caleb Montgomery

K (P):  Lilly Cottrell

K (M):  Oliver Hulse

1:  Nicholas Clowser

2 (C):  Kinley Minigh

2 (D):  Jenna Smith

3 (F):  Layna Moyers

3 (S):  Gracie Jenkins

4 (M):  Sierra Moss

4 (F):  Angel Austin

5:  Meloney Adkins

6 (Fry):  Liz Black

6 (Fra):  Jailyne Rice

Riley Crowell


....To be Continued with Other Schools….

Gilmer County Clerk: 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 July 18, 2016  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.


Janice E. Yeakley William Baird Ohlinger 15058 US Hwy 33W
Normantown, WV 25267
John J. McCullough Angela Dawn Carder 92033 Right Ellis Road
Linn, WV 26384

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

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : May 19, 2016

Gilmer’s Nathan Stout Won the State Class A Boys Shot Put

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Gilmer County’s Nathan Stout won the Class A boys shot put with a heave of 59 feet, 8 1/4 inches.

Nathan Stout didn’t get exactly what he wanted Saturday, but he got what he needed.

Stout, the decorated senior weight thrower from Gilmer County, added another award to his bundle, setting a record in the boys Class A shot put with a heave of 59 feet, 8 1/4 inches, shattering his own mark by more than 6 1/2 feet.

However, he fell short of the state meet’s all-time effort of 61-7 set by former St. Albans star and Olympic champion Randy Barnes in the 1984 Class AAA event. And Stout wound up just 3 3/4 inches shy of joining Barnes and Poca’s Christian Buckley as the only 60-foot shot putters ever at the state meet in any class.

“First of all, everything I do comes from God,’’ Stout said, “and I’ve trained a whole lot for this. I’m happy with the distance — I broke the state record five times today — but I’m just a little bit disappointed I didn’t get 61-7.’’

Stout’s win on Saturday allowed him to sweep both the shot and discus for a second straight year at the state meet, and marked his fifth overall title (he led the shot as a sophomore).

His performance was commendable considering there was an inch of water in the shot put circle by meet’s end, owing to persistent weekend rains at University of Charleston Stadium.

“After it stopped raining, it wasn’t that bad,’’ Stout said, “but while it was raining, the shot was wet and I couldn’t keep it on my neck. Everything was kind of slippery and I could hardly see. But it was fine after it stopped and I was able to get good traction.’’

Stout’s final toss was his longest, and it came with a serenade of rhythmic clapping by fans watching the event. They let out a whoop when the iron ball landed close to the 60-foot mark, but followed with a groan when officials informed them of the exact distance.

“I’ve done that probably my last three meets,’’ Stout said of the support, “and it seems to put an extra few feet on my throw. It gives you some adrenaline.’’

Stout, who’s headed to Southern Illinois to continue competition, figures his high school career was a successful one. He set an overall state mark of 62-3 1/2 during the regular season this year and also captured a National Junior Olympics title in 2013.

“I met my expectations,’’ he said. “I think I went farther than I thought I was ever going to be. Everybody always says, ‘Nathan, you’re not that big,’ and everything, but I thought maybe I might get 60 feet. I ended up going 62 this year, so I’m really happy with my final year in high school.’’

~~  Derek Taylor and Rick Ryan - Gazette-Mail ~~

GSC Instructor Travels to Mexico for COIL Class

GLENVILLE, WV - Glenville State College Web Technology Specialist and adjunct professor Leslie Ward recently traveled to Puebla, Mexico for two days to speak to faculty and administration at Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP) about Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL). COIL is different from online learning because the focus of COIL is cultural exchange, whereas online courses and massive open online courses (sometimes simply referred to as MOOCs) focus solely on course content and students interact very little, if at all. Under COIL, the original course content remains wholly or partially unchanged, and the partner teachers work together to develop collaborative modules that help meet the goals of the individual courses while enriching cultural awareness of the students enrolled in the courses.

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Ward (center) with her certificate of Reconocimiento along with faculty and
members of the Internationalization staff at BUAP

On the first day of her trip, Ward met with the faculty of the Public Accounting department and gave a presentation on COIL and how she and her partner teacher Lety Poblano integrated COIL modules into their Web Design (at GSC) and Business English (at BUAP) courses. She discussed the challenges they faced, what they considered their successes, and their ‘lessons learned.’

Next, Ward met with about forty students, many who were involved in the Business English COIL course, and spoke to them about the culture of West Virginia, Gilmer County, and Glenville State College. She shared photographs with them and distributed items that exemplified West Virginia culture. The items included copies of the local and campus newspaper, GSC’s literary magazine, a lump of coal from the Beckley Exhibition Coal mine, pens and lanyards from GSC, American candies, and more. “I was greeted warmly and the students listened attentively and engaged in a lively question and answer session afterwards,” Ward said. “I felt sort of like a celebrity, posing for dozens of ‘selfies’ with the students.”

Some of the Business English students shared handwritten notes and small gifts of locally crafted jewelry and pottery to be delivered to their American peers at GSC. “This is really what COIL is about, in a nutshell,” remarked Ward. “Breaking barriers, making new friends, and forging alliances across cultural and geographic differences.”

On the second day of her trip, Ward conducted a master class which was attended by faculty representatives from various departments across BUAP’s campus. This master class also was attended by representatives from the university’s internationalization staff. Again, the focus was COIL and how she and Poblano implemented COIL in their own classrooms. Faculty and staff alike were excited about COIL and asked questions about how to locate partner teachers and adapt their courses into a successful COIL experience. The faculty and staff also received shirts, candies, and GSC Bluegrass Band CDs from Ward. In turn, she was presented with a certificate of ‘Reconocimiento por su participación como professor visitante’ – a certificate of recognition for her participation as a visiting professor.

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BUAP students who attended a lecture on the culture of West Virginia,
Gilmer County, and Glenville State College with GSC’s Leslie Ward

“It was such an honor to be able to travel to Puebla and represent Glenville State College,” Ward said. “The COIL class was a lot of hard work, but the students, my partner teacher Lety, and I have reaped benefits far surpassing our expectations. It was exciting to be able to share all that with other educators while strengthening the partnership between GSC and BUAP.”

Glenville State College has coordinated several COILed courses over the past few semesters. Additionally, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Director of International Programs Dr. Megan Gibbons has been selected as a Fulbright scholar through the internationally recognized Fulbright Program. She will travel to the University of Oviedo in Asturias, Spain during the spring 2017 semester to conduct research on the COIL process.

For more information about COIL courses at GSC, contact Gibbons at or 304.462.6328.

Local Author Comes to Glenville for Book Signing - Today

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A local man seems to have found a new calling, writing. Growing up and spending his whole life living in the Flatwoods area, the town is buzzing about his new book, The Janitor.

The Janitor, written by Tim Cogar, is easy to read, even for those that don’t read much.  It’s fast paced enough to keep people that don’t like to read, wanting to start the next chapter.

It’s a simple fiction book with a slant toward the Christian side, but don’t let that fool you, as most everybody will identify with the books characters.

The story is set in a small town, much like many in central West Virginia, and follows a small town preacher and some of his colorful members. 

Tim will be at the Gil Co Faith Pharmacy on Monday, May 23rd from 3 to 5 PM to talk with people and sign books.

For more information go to his website:

GSC Receives Invitation to Participate in U.S. Department of Education Dual Enrollment Experiment

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GLENVILLE, WV - The U.S. Department of Education is inviting Glenville State College and 43 other postsecondary institutions across the nation to participate in an experiment that, for the first time, allows students taking college-credit courses to access Federal Pell Grants as early as high school. As part of this experiment, an estimated 10,000 high school students will have the opportunity to access approximately $20 million in Federal Pell Grants to take dual enrollment courses provided by colleges and high schools throughout the nation. GSC is the only higher education institution in West Virginia invited to participate.

Dual enrollment, in which students enroll in postsecondary coursework while also enrolled in high school, is a promising approach to improve academic outcomes for students, particularly those from low-income backgrounds. Selected experimental sites are required to ensure Pell-eligible students are not responsible for any charges for postsecondary coursework after applying Pell Grants, public and institutional aid, and other sources of funding.

“Glenville State College is thrilled to be a part of this program which builds on efforts to make college-going more affordable for students and their families. Our Off-Campus Programming Office already has a network of area high schools where students can participate in dual enrollment courses and this will only expand our efforts. Glenville State’s participation in this program was a natural fit because much of what the Department of Education is now focusing on involves stronger partnerships between higher education and K-12 – something that we’ve already been working to do on this campus for the past several years,” said Glenville State College President Dr. Peter Barr.

According to information from the U.S. Department of Education, during the 2010-2011 school year, more than 1.4 million high school students took courses offered by a college or university for credit through dual enrollment. A growing body of research suggests that participation in dual enrollment can lead to improved academic outcomes, especially for students from low-income backgrounds and first-generation college students. Research suggests participation in dual enrollment can lead to better grades in high school, increased enrollment in college following high school, higher rates of persistence in college, greater credit accumulation, and increased rates of credential attainment.

“Dual enrollment programs are powerful ways to introduce rigorous coursework to students and show these students that they are smart enough, talented enough, and prepared enough to tackle higher education. Dual enrollment programs are game changers for all students – especially those who are first-generation or from low-income families,” said U.S. Department of Education Under Secretary Ted Mitchell. “Through this experiment, we hope to learn how the availability of Pell Grants affects student participation and success in dual enrollment programs.”

While dual enrollment models have shown promising academic outcomes for students, cost can be a barrier; at nearly half of institutions with dual enrollment programs, most students pay out of pocket to attend. Through this experiment, the Department of Education hopes to learn about the impact of providing earlier access to financial aid on low-income students’ college access, participation, and success. The effectiveness of statutory and regulatory flexibility for postsecondary institutions that participate in the Federal student aid programs will be tested and, as such, existing financial aid rules that prohibit high school students from accessing Federal Pell Grants will be waived.

Many of the institutions invited to participate in this experiment proposed dual enrollment arrangements that share some key features designed to make students successful in college and career including academic preparation and credit accumulation, advising and other support services, pathways to further their studies, and providing a teaching foundation for STEM and alignment with workforce needs.

Gilmer County Commission Regular Meeting - 05.20.16 - Today

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May 20, 2016 @ 9:00 AM
Gilmer County Courthouse – Commission Office
10 Howard Street, Glenville, WV





                    9:15 –Ken Townsend-Tanner Board would like to run electric to the pavilion

                    9:30-Jim Bailey-Duck Run Bridge &Historic Landmarks Commission Bank Account

                    9:45-Rick Sypolt-Update on current complaints


          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

                    4)  Budget Revisions

                    5)  Budget Control Report

                    6)  Approve Invoices for Payment

                    7)  Approve County Commission Minutes

                    8)  Receipt of County Board Minutes: 

                              a)  Lewis-Gilmer E-911 Yearly Totals for Dispatched calls

                              b)  Gilmer County Parks & Recreation Board Inc. minutes-April 18, 2016

                              c)  WesMonTy RC & D Board of Directors minutes-April 19, 2016



          Discussion and/or action on:

                    a) Certify Election Results for May 10, 2016 Primary Election




NEXT MEETING:  June 03, 2016

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