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Gilmer County C.E.O.S. Enjoyes a “Safe Tea” presentation

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On Thursday, June 09, 2016 the Gilmer County C.E.O.S. enjoyed a “Safe Tea” presentation at Genesis HealthCare, Glenville Center in honor of Safety month.

The presentation included a formal tea service,  offering attendees the opportunity to taste a variety of different teas and dine on traditional tea cakes and cucumber sandwiches.

Brittany Murdoch, LSP and Therapy Manger for the Glenville Center provided the group with tips and tricks on staying safe in the home.

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A few of those tips included the use of bathmats or adhesive decals in the bathtub, grab rails, and using a grabber to reach items on high shelves.

Mary Oldaker won the door prize! A special Thank you to Genesis HealthCare and Staff for inviting the Gilmer County CEOS to their Tea!

For more information about the Gilmer County CEOS or how to join please contact Lisa Montgomery, Extension Agent at the Gilmer County Extension Office: Phone: 304.462.7061 or Email:

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City of Glenville Meeting Minutes - 06.06.19

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GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
June 06, 2016
7:00 p.m.

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


Pledge of Allegiance


I. Call to Order


Public Comments

No public comments


A. Approval of Minutes – May 02, 2016

The minutes from the May 2, 2016, meeting were reviewed.  One correction was noted and minutes were placed on file for audit.
 
II. Reports


Financial

The budget is currently at 93.70% of the fiscal year.  The final budget revisions for this fiscal year must be submitted by June 17 for approval.  The book keeper requested $6000 be moved from the Police Dept with $2000 to the Street Dept and and $4000 to City Hall and $275 from Contingency fund with $125 to 410 City Council and $150 to 411 Recorder line items.

440 - City Hall $4000

750 - Street Dept $2000

410 - City Council $125

411 - Recorder $150

Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to approve these adjustments in the budget.  Councilman Walters seconded the motion.  Motion passed.

Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to approve the financial report as presented.  Councilman Walters seconded the motion.  Motion passed.


Street Report

Mayor Fitzpatrick noted that 812 tons of black top were used to pave the city streets.  Not all streets were paved that were in need, but the worst streets were repaired at a total cost of $74,239. 


Police Report

Chief Huffman provided the police report to council.  He requested executive session to discuss personnel matters.  Council will move into executive session later in meeting.


Glenville Utility

Mayor Fitzpatrick noted there was no utility meeting in April, but attended the meeting in May.  There was a 3”water line leak on Elm Street, replaced a pump and flushed hydrants.  No leaks or problems on the sewer side.  June Evans’ term on the board will expire June 30.  The utility board requested council approve June Evans’ reappointment for another term.

Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to reappoint June Evans for another term. Councilwoman Taylor seconded the motion.  Motion passed.

Councilwoman Huffman complimented the water department for their time and assistance with a water leak in her home late one night.


Recorder

Nothing to report at this time.


Mayor Comments

- Reschedule July meeting to July 11 at 7:00 p.m.  Council Meeting rescheduled to July 11 due to holiday.

- Paving: Update provided earlier in meeting

- Citywide Yard Sale June 17-18: Citywide Yard Sale is scheduled for June 17-18, 2016.  Participants need to submit their advertisements to City Office by June 13 in order to publish in newspaper.  Councilwoman Huffman will advertise on Facebook.

- Folk Festival part time workers: Requested two part-time workers to assist the Street Dept. to work Folk Festival at 30 hours each for a total of $525.00.  Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to approve the two part-time workers for Folk Festival for 30 hours each totaling $525.00.  Councilman Walters seconded the motion.  Motion passed.

Councilwoman Huffman made a motion for council to move into executive session at 7:19 p.m.  Councilwoman Taylor seconded the motion.  Motion passed.

Councilwoman Huffman made a motion for council to come out of executive session at 7:48 p.m.  Councilwoman Taylor seconded the motion.  Motion passed.

Councilman Fisher made a motion to hire a part time parking officer at 20 hours per week at $9 per hour.


III. Unfinished Business

None


IV. New Business

None


V. Other Business to come before Council
Councilman Wiant asked about the bonfire by the river event during Folk Festival.  Councilwoman Huffman made a motion to allow the bonfire along the Little Kanawha River with the Fire Dept. on hand for control.  Councilman Fisher seconded the motion.  Motion passed.


VI. Next City Council Meeting

The next council meeting will be July 11, at 7:00 p.m.


VII. Adjourn

Meeting adjourned at 7:51 p.m.

Congressman McKinley Meets with Mayor Fitzpatrick in Glenville

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Last week, Congressman McKinley traveled to Glenville in Gilmer County and met with Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick to discuss local infrastructure projects, the economy, and how best to combat opioid abuse and drug addiction.

He had a good conversation with Mayor Fitzpatrick.

He looks forward to visiting Glenville again soon.

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WVU Extension Service Extends Deadline To Gilmer County Organizations

WVU Extension Service Extends Deadline To
Gilmer County Organizations Interested In Promoting Healthier Communities

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The West Virginia University Extension Service will help organizations in Gilmer County support healthier environments in their communities with grants offered through the West Virginia Healthy Children Project. The new application deadline is September 01, 2016.

Competitive one-time mini-grants will be offered to organizations to promote healthy environments and impactful educational activities for young children (ages 2 to 5) and families in Barbour, Gilmer and Pleasants counties. Grants are funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention through the WVU Extension Service’s West Virginia Healthy Children Project.

Organizations may receive funding ranging from $500 to $4,000. Projects must be completed between November 2016 and September 2017. Only one application per organization is permitted. They will be prioritized and funded based on the availability of funds. Projects that show community collaboration, creativity and sustainability will be given priority. The total number of funded projects will depend on the requested amounts and the strengths of the proposals. Applicants should contact their local WVU Extension Service office, which can be found online at bit.ly/ExtCountyOffices. Completed applications must be emailed by the deadline, and must comply with all guidelines and procedures.

Organizations in Gilmer County that are interested in applying, partnering or looking for suggestions for local improvement should contact WVU Extension Service Gilmer County agent Lisa Montgomery at or 304.462.7061.

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WVU Extension Grants Seek Gilmer County Organizations Interested In Promoting Healthier Communities

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The West Virginia University Extension Service will help organizations in Gilmer County support healthier environments in their communities with grants offered through the West Virginia Healthy Children Project.

Earlier this year, eight organizations in three West Virginia counties were awarded funding. Competitive one-time mini-grants will be offered once again to organizations that wish to promote healthy environments and impactful educational activities for young children (ages 2 to 5) and families in Barbour, Gilmer and Pleasants counties. Grants are funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention through the WVU Extension Service’s West Virginia Healthy Children Project.

The deadline to apply is Monday, August 01. Organizations may receive funding ranging from $500 to $4,000. Projects must be completed between October 2016 and September 2017. Previous county projects include walking trails, playground enhancements, water fountains, healthy lifestyle events and other community improvements.

According to WVU Extension Health Promotion Specialist Dr. Elaine Bowen, organizations interested in applying can choose creative new ideas, or to partner with past grant recipients to enhance project effectiveness, and leverage resources and community collaboration. “Whether it’s an extension of a walking trail or another project, it’s a great way to build off of a completed initiative and reap the benefits of a true community partnership,” said Bowen. Only one application per organization is permitted. They will be prioritized and funded based on the availability of funds. Projects that show community collaboration, creativity and sustainability will be given priority. The total number of funded projects will depend on the requested amounts and the strengths of the proposals. Applicants interested in applying for a grant or partnering with previous recipients should contact their local WVU Extension Service office, which can be found online at bit.ly/ExtCountyOffices. Completed applications must be emailed by the deadline, and they must comply with all guidelines and procedures.

Organizations in Gilmer County that are interested in applying, partnering or looking for suggestions for local improvement should contact WVU Extension Service Gilmer County agent Lisa Montgomery at or 304.462.7061.

The WVU Extension Service is a primary outreach division of West Virginia University. With offices in each of the state’s 55 counties, Extension faculty and staff develop and deliver programs in leadership, rural and community-based economic development, youth development, workforce development and health education.

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GSC Well Represented at Upcoming Art Exhibit   GLENVILLE, WV - Several Glenville State College art

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GLENVILLE, WV - Several Glenville State College artists are taking part in an upcoming exhibit that features participants who have been affected by mental health issues, either personally or through close friends and family members. The show, which is titled ‘Different Voices and Common Experiences,’ will be on display at the Monongalia Arts Center’s (MAC) Benedum Gallery from August 05-27, 2016.

Current GSC student Heather Coleman was chosen as the feature artist for the show. “This show offers a positive expressive outlet for artists who know first-hand the challenges of acclimating to a norm that ignores mental health issues. As the daughter of an artist who lived with paranoid schizophrenia and ultimately succumbed through suicide, I value the lives and experiences of those who suffer with and alongside of loved ones with unique struggles,” said Coleman. “This exhibit is fascinating to me, particularly as a behavioral science major. It really shows the connection between the arts and social sciences and makes me even more interested in the topic of art therapy,” she continued.

In addition to her studies at GSC, Coleman serves the campus as an employee in the Academic Center where she helps other students with career readiness, facilitates student employment on campus, coordinates tutoring services, and proctors tests for Disability Services. She enjoys decorating and creating art in her spare time and has had her artwork featured in GSC’s literary magazine several times. Her featured mixed media piece at the MAC exhibit is entitled ‘Bluebird’ and features collage, ink, and metallic pigment.

Other Glenville State College participants include current students Danielle Shepherd and Ezekiel Bonnett, 2013 graduate Sarah Normant, and Assistant Professor of English Dr. Marjorie Stewart.

An opening public reception is planned for Friday, August 5 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the MAC, which is located on High Street in Morgantown, West Virginia.

For more information on studio art or other programs of study in the Fine Arts Department at Glenville State College, contact 304.462.6340.

GSC Invites Community to Help Welcome Incoming Students

GLENVILLE, WV – On Friday, August 19, new students will be welcomed to Glenville State College (GSC) for the 2016-2017 academic school year. Students will use Friday and the weekend to become acquainted with the school and community before classes begin on Monday, August 22.

To help the new students learn about the Glenville community—including local businesses, churches, and other groups that might interest them—GSC is hosting a Community and Campus Organization Fair.

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Students attending last year’s Community and Campus Organization Fair


The event will take place on Saturday, August 20 beginning at 11:30 a.m. on the lawn near GSC’s Clark Hall. Representatives from community businesses, churches, and organizations are invited to set up displays to introduce themselves to the new students through the use of coupons, gift certificates, free samples, and information. The annual event is an opportunity to show new GSC Pioneers what the community has to offer them. Incoming students can also learn more about the campus student organizations that are available to them, as those groups will be on hand at the event as well.

“This is a very exciting time in the lives of these students, and we are giving local residents the chance to introduce themselves and their organizations to them. We are more than excited to be a part of such a wonderful community that’s so willingly gives back to those in the area,” said GSC Director of Student Activities Jodi Walters.

Anyone interested in participating should reserve a table by Tuesday, August 09. To make reservations or for additional information, contact Walters at or 304.462.6416.

 

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Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting - 07.18.16 - Today

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AGENDA
REGULAR MEETING
Gilmer County Board of Education
Central Office
Monday, July 18, 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: June 21, 2016 and July 05, 2016

            B.  Student Transfers


V. NEW BUSINESS

            A. Vendor Approvals

            B. Policy Approval- Substitutes in Areas of Critical Need and Shortage  


VI. REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW UP (INFORMATION)

            A.  CGCC –June 21, 2016 - Dr. Carl Armour

            B. RESA 7 – June, 2016 - Dr. William Simmons


VII. PERSONNEL


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

            B. Financial Statement

            C. Check Register

            D. Additional Board Meetings

            E. Update on Gilmer County Elementary School

            F. Dr. William Simmons Rescinds Resignation

            G. Dr. Gary Smith – Non Profit Organization


The next Regular Board Meeting is Monday, August 15, 2016.


IX. ADJOURNMENT

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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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