Gilmer County Board of Education Meeting Monday - 02.20.17 - Today

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Gilmer County Board of Education
Central Office
Monday, February 20, 2017 – 5:30 PM

I. CALL TO ORDER - Roll Call by President







        West Virginia School Board Association Executive Director

        General discussion regarding procedures for conducting a county superintendent search


        A. Minutes: January 17, 2017

        B. Student Transfers

        C. Field Trips

        D. Volunteers

        E. Treasurer’s Report

        F. Policies ATTACHMENT VIII.F


        A. CGCC – January 17, 2017 - Dr. Carl Armour

        B. RESA 7 – January, 2017 - Norma Hurley



        A. Appointment of Extension Service Representative

        B. Elevator Contract


        A. Field Trips

        B. Reports

        C. Academic Reports

The next Regular Board Meeting is Monday, March 20, 2017.


Gilmer County Commission Regular Meeting - 02.17.17 - Today

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February 17, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
Gilmer County Courthouse
Commission Office
10 Howard Street, Glenville, WV





              9:15- Rick Sypolt- Unsafe Buildings and Lands Commission

              9:30-John Moss-Grant for Vehicles


      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. Two members for Board Members for Gilmer County Medical Center Board of Trustees

                          ii. Region VII Private Sector Member

              4) Budget Revisions

              5) Budget Control Report - None

              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 Public Service District Minutes-December 12, 2016

                    c) WesMonTy RC & D minutes-November 15, 2016 & December 12, 2016



      Discussion and/or action on:

              a) Contract with Camel Technologies

              b) Expired Emergency Management Contract – Renewal

              c) Circuit Clerk-Lease Agreement for a copy machine with Hart Office Solutions


              a) A &S Recovery-Registered with the Motor Carrier Section of the West Virginia Public Service Commission



  Special Session-February 22, 2017-1:30 PM

WEST FORK CONSERVATION DISTRICT Education Programs and Scholarship Opportunities

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The West Fork Conservation District has a busy schedule already planned for educational events to take place in 2017.

Eligible students from grades K-12 are encouraged to look at some of these programs, and see if they may be of interest to them. Information about these programs will be going out to Principals, Guidance Counselors, and select science teachers in schools located in Lewis, Doddridge, Gilmer and Harrison Counties.

Included in this news release is a list of the various programs to take part in, and a brief description of each along with their deadlines and dates to remember!

Please call the WFCD office at 304.627.2160 x 4, for additional information on our programs.

  1. Scholarship Opportunity for Seniors:  The West Virginia Association of Conservation Districts awards nine $500 college scholarships to graduating high school seniors who plan on majoring in an agriculture related field. Students must submit applications to their Conservation District Office by March 6th, 2017. The recipients will be notified in May. Applications are available at your Guidance Counselor’s office or the WFCD office.

  2. Grassland Evaluation Contest: All high school 4-H and FFA students may compete at the Grassland Contest. It is held in conjunction with the Beef Expo on April 7th, 2017 at Jackson’s Mills. The contest covers the topics of grassland condition, soil interpretation, wildlife habitation and plant identification. Scholarships are awarded to top winners. The registration form can be found at

  3. Sixth Grade Conservation Field Day: Gilmer County holds a special field day for all sixth grade students. It is scheduled for April 25th, 2017 at Cedar Creek State Park. Stations are set up covering soils, forests, wildlife, oil and gas environmental concerns, beekeeping, streams, etc. It is a full day of learning for students. If your school is interested in having a conservation field day, contact the WFCD for more information.

  4. Samara Exam: The Samara Exam is a test that measures the knowledge students have attained about the environment up through the 6th grade. The test is administered in March or April at the teacher’s convenience. Teachers, if you are interested in conducting this fun activity, you can use the links found on our website at, under the education programs tab, or contact the WFCD for more information. It’s fun, educational and free!

  5. Envirothon Training Day:  This workshop is for teams of 9th-12th grade students to explore current environmental and earth sciences within the framework of five disciplines: aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife and a current environmental topic. The contest will be held at the Doddridge County Park and will help teams prepare for the field competition to be held on April 20th & 21st, 2017 at Camp Caesar at Cowen, WV. The team with the highest score from the field competition will become the state champion and will represent West Virginia in the NCF Envirothon. You will find all needed information and can register your team at under the education tab or contact the WFCD office.

  6. Forestry Contest: The Upper Ohio, Little Kanawha and West Fork Conservation Districts in conjunction with the West Virginia Division of Forestry will again be holding their annual Forestry Contest. This year it will be held in the Upper Ohio Conservation District area. It will be based on WV career development events for forestry. FFA teachers will receive announcements in the near future detailing the contest.

  7. Tri District Land Judging: Land judging is a program to help students learn about the different types of soils and their characteristics and how to judge depth, erosion, slope and permeability. They learn how to use these factors to classify land and learn some of the conservation practices needed to maintain or improve lands. The winning regional Vo-Ag teams will advance to the State Vo-Ag contest. The winning local 4-H groups attend the State 4-H contest. The winning teams from the State Vo-Ag and State 4-H contests are eligible to participate in the National Land Judging Contest in Oklahoma the following Spring. The District Contest is scheduled for May 11th, 2017. Information will be forthcoming to Tri-District Extension Agents, FFA Instructors and Conservation Districts regarding the dates, locations and times.

City of Glenville Police Report

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City of Glenville, WV Police Report
Crime/Ordinance Violation
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Stop Sign Violation Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Elm Street
Fraudulent Check Huffman CI Started Foodland
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Foodland
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and No Proof of Insurance Warning Issued for Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Assist another agency Huffman Assisted Gilmer County Sheriff with active domestic two females arrested Hemlock Road
Unknown medical Huffman Arrived on scene subject had cut his head open he was taken to hospital by EMS College Street
Welfare Check Garrett Everything ok advised caller couldn’t force someone to go to hospital Powell Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warnings issued for Defective Equipment and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Disabled motorist Huffman Vehicle Towed Mineral Road
Child porn/Sexual Abuse Huffman CI Started Glenville
Assist Another Agency with warrant Service Garrett Subject arrested and transported to CRJ Perkins Ridge
Assist another Agency Huffman Assisted GCSD with processing for a DUI Courthouse
Dog Bite Garrett Dog Catcher picked up dog for 10 day quarantine owner cited for harboring a vicious dog S. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning WV Hwy 5 E
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Loud Exhaust Garrett Cited for Loud Exhaust and Spinning Tires Walnut Street
Animal Cruelty Huffman Negative Contact with owners Mineral Road
Animal Cruelty Huffman Negative Contact with owners South Street
Assist another Agency Huffman Assisted GCSD with a possible domestic Alice Road
Unruly Juvenile Huffman Juvenile returned to her mother S. Lewis Street/US HWY 33W
Serve Warrants Huffman Subject Arrested Jackson Street
Remove a person Huffman Advised both parties it was a civil matter and they needed to speak to an attorney River Street
Speak to an officer Huffman Spoke to subject advised her that she would have to file a civil suit for possession Powell Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
No Seatbelt Huffman Cited for No Seatbelt and Warning issued for Unsigned Registration E. Main Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Stop Sign Violation Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding, Expired Registration, Unsigned Registration, and No Proof of Insurance W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding, and Failure to change Address W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Stop Sign Violation Garrett Warning Walnut Street
Speeding Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Battery Garrett/Huffman Juvenile reported a battery at Gilmer County High School Suspect arrested Gilmer Co High School
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Stolen Vehicle Huffman CI started Walnut Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Speak to an officer Garrett Spoke to subject everything ok S. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for No Proof of Insurance and Warnings Issued for Speeding and No Proof of Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for No Proof of Insurance and Warnings Issued for Speeding and No Proof of Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Remove a person Huffman Removed subject from property and advised him that if he came back onto the property he would be arrested for trespassing Rite Aid
Dog bite Huffman Male subject bitten by a pitbull no one knew who the owner of the dog was and the dog wasn’t in the area when I arrived Conrad Court
Speeding Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Cited N. Lewis Street
Child Chased by a dog Garrett Owner picked up dog and child was fine Whiting Ave
Active Domestic Garrett Everything was ok no domestic Alice Road
Domestic Garrett Female subject taken to hospital for injuries S. Lewis Street
Search warrant/Serve Warrants Huffman/Garrett/ Executed a search warrant for a crime scene and one male subject arrested on multiple charges S. Lewis Street
Prohibited person with firearm Huffman Subject arrested S. Lewis Street
Noise complaint Huffman No one in the area Pub
Altercation Huffman Subjects involved in altercation had already left the area 1 male subject arrested for fleeing in a vehicle and driving while revoked Hunter Street
Inactive Domestic Huffman 1 female subject arrested and transported to CRJ Howard Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings issued for Speeding and No Proof of Registration W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warnings issued for Defective Equipment x2 N. Lewis Street
Serve DVPO Huffman DVPO was served Magistrate Court
Suspicious Activity Huffman Odor could be smelled throughout the building unable to locate where it was coming from Glenville Gardens
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Senior center
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning College Street
Speeding Garrett Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning Mineral Road

Employers Invited to Attend Annual GSC Career Fair

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The annual Glenville State College Career Fair is scheduled for Tuesday, February 21, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in the Mollohan Campus Community Center Ballroom.

The GSC Career Fair provides area business representatives with opportunities to meet many talented students who will be graduating in May and other recent college graduates who are ready to begin their careers. All prospective employers who provide students with employment opportunities upon graduation, summer employment, or internship positions are invited to participate. Many GSC students always attend the fair, and they look forward to learning about possible employment opportunities.

For more information about the 2017 GSC Career Fair or to reserve space for businesses, government agencies, universities, non-profit entities, or other organizations, contact 304.462.6155.

Free Income Tax Preparation Assistance at GSC

Free assistance is being offered again through a partnership between the Internal Revenue Service and the Glenville State College accounting program to help students, faculty, staff, and local residents file their basic federal and West Virginia income tax returns. Two options are available to qualifying taxpayers – ‘MyFreeTaxes’ and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Free File.

GSC students, Moriah CreelFox, Robert (Simeon) Kees, and Tyler Wood, who are IRS-certified and enrolled in GSC’s Accounting 399 course, are available to assist qualifying taxpayers who need help preparing their basic Federal and West Virginia income tax returns. The students are under the supervision of Site Coordinator and GSC Associate Professor of Business and Accounting Cheryl McKinney, CPA, MPA, CGMA. McKinney also serves as the chair for the Department of Business. Creelfox is from Orma, Kees is from Oak Hill, and Wood is from Weston; all three are accounting majors.

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GSC student income tax volunteers
(standing L-R) Tyler Wood, Simeon Kees, and Moriah Creelfox
with VITA Site Coordinator Cheryl McKinney

Available again this year is ‘MyFreeTaxes,’ which is an easy, fast, and secure federal and state tax filing site provided through the United Way and powered by H&R Block software. The online tool allows eligible taxpayers with household adjusted gross incomes up to $64,000 annually to self-prepare and electronically file both federal and state returns free of charge by visiting and following the easy steps.

Taxpayers who prefer to have a trained volunteer assist in the tax filing process or have questions about using MyFreeTaxes can go to Room 309B of the Administration Building (the Ernie Smith Computer Lab). The volunteers will be available now through April 18 on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 3:00-6:30 p.m. with no appointment necessary. Note that no one will be available March 21 or 23 because of GSC’s Spring Break.

Participants seeking assistance at the GSC VITA site may choose the TurboTax Freedom Edition (Intuit), Second Story Tax Act, On-Line Taxes (OLT), or H&R Block Free File programs based upon eligibility criteria. Once an account is created at the GSC location, it may be accessed from anywhere.

Those who wish to receive this free tax assistance should bring: a copy of their 2015 tax return, Wage and Earnings Statements (Form W-2) from all employers, Interest and Dividend Statements (Form 1099), any additional relevant information or forms relating to income and expenses, as well as bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit/direct payment, if desired.

Students who received financial aid and/or paid tuition and fees should also bring a copy of their Tuition Statement (Form 1098-T) provided by the school that lists tuition and fees paid and scholarships received.

For more information, contact McKinney at or 304.462.6263.

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report

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On Monday, February 13, 2017 Judge Jack Alsop spent the day in Gilmer County hearing cases.

•  Seven juvenile matters were heard.

•  One fugitive from justice was reset to Wednesday, February 15, 2017 prior to the jury trials beginning.

No transport order was signed for Central Regional Jail to transport the defendant.

•  State of West Virginia vs. Joshua Bohn

He was supposed to appear at 9:00 AM for a hearing, but the Court was made aware that he was presently incarcerated elsewhere and reset that matter for Wednesday also.

•  One adoption was heard.

•  State of West Virginia vs. Charles Collins

This case was continued to the March, 2017 term.

His attorney is Joseph Spano.

•  State of West Virginia vs. Richard Williams Jr.

He was before the Court for modification of bond, which was denied.

His attorney was David Karickhoff.

•  State of West Virginia vs. Christopher DeBarr

He was supposed to be in Court for revocation of probation, however his whereabouts are unknown and a bench warrant was issued with no bond set.

His attorney is Christopher Moffatt of Charleston.

•  State of West Virginia vs. Dale Carr

His drug case remains dismissed.

His other criminal case was continued to the March term as well.

David Karickhoff also represents him.

Judge Alsop will begin a jury trial on February 15, 2017.

GCHS in WVU Honor Band Concert

Five students from Gilmer County High School auditioned and were selected to participate in the WVU Honor Band Concert on February 10-11, 2017.

Congratulations to the young musicans and to Ms. Jennifer Sager, band director, for her work in preparing them for the two-day event.

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Selected were:

  • Hannah Sanders, daughter of Stacey and Leon Butler of Glenville
  • Naomy Brodeur, daughter of Brook and David Finely of Glenville
  • Logan Bossert, daughter of Hope and James Bossert of Glenville
  • Rhea Finley, daughter of Brook and David Finley of Glenville
  • Morgan Bossert, daughter of Hope and James Bossert of Glenville
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Glenville City Council Meeting Minutes

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January 02, 2017
7:00 p.m.


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

Pledge of Allegiance

I. Call to Order

II. Public



A. Approval of Minutes – December 05, 2016


Minutes for the December 05, 2016, meeting were reviewed and placed on file for audit.

III. Reports

B. Financial


The budget is currently at 50.96% of fiscal year with revenue at 61.38% and expenditures at 49.06%. 


The book keeper suggested council consider moving money to the City Hall and Street Dept. line items and possibly Parks and Recreation and the Library fund at the February council meeting. 


The bookkeeper mentioned the outstanding invoice for $643.40 to work on one of the city trucks. 


Council tabled approval of this invoice until next month.


The financial summary was approved and filed for audit.

C. Street report


The street report was provided to council for review.

D. Police


Chief Huffman provided the police report to council.

He requested approval to purchase new tires at an approximate cost of $600 for the Explorer at Glenville Auto.

Councilwoman Taylor made a motion to approve the purchase of new tires.  Councilman Fisher seconded the motion.  Motion passed.

E.  Glenville Utility


The Recorder provided the summary from the Utility meeting as provided by Mayor Fitzpatrick.

F.  Recorder


Nothing to report.

G.  Mayors Comments


Councilwoman Huffman noted that Mayor Fitzpatrick was in the hospital and is doing well following surgery.


- Update Municipal Ordinance Penalty Phase (delayed until February)


- City will assist town residents with disposal of live Christmas Trees


If the city residents have live Christmas Trees to dispose of, please put them outside on Tuesday for pick up.


- Reminder to council to report any street lights out in their wards


Reminder to get pole numbers of any street light issues to the Mayor or Chief Huffman so they can get the work order in for repair.


- Approval of invoice $643.40


Tabled until February Council Meeting

IV. Unfinished Business



V. New Business


Councilwoman Huffman read the Proclamation recognizing the week of January 22-28, 2017, as the City of Glenville’s School Choice Week.

VI. Other Business to come before Council



VII. Next council meeting


February 06, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

VIII. Adjourn


Meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.

West Virginia High Schools Recognized for Exemplary Graduation Rates

Seventy West Virginia high schools were recognized for achieving exemplary graduation rates of 90 percent or greater during the 2015-16 school year. Schools were honored by Governor Jim Justice’s Chief of Staff, Nick Casey, State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano and the West Virginia Board of Education.

“Our state becomes stronger with each student that graduates high school,” Martirano said. “The high schools here today deserve the praise they are receiving for achieving a 90 percent or higher graduation rate. Our schools see the potential that a high school graduate holds for our state and they, along with the Department of Education and Board of Education, have made it a top priority to ensure our students show up, work hard, and earn a diploma.”

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Gilmer County Superintendent Mr. Devono and GCHS Principal Mrs. Butcher
receiving a plaque in Charleston during a recognition ceremony.

Recent data show more students in West Virginia are graduating from high school when compared to previous years. Several statewide initiatives contributed to the steady increase in the graduation rate. Most notably the creation of the state’s Early Warning System, which tracks 45 different indicators – the most important being attendance, behavior and grades – to identify students at risk of dropping out.

West Virginia’s graduation rate has continued to rise throughout the last several years. Data from the U.S. Department of Education placed West Virginia among the top 20 states for graduation rates in 2014-15, with a rate of 86.5 percent. The average graduation rate in the Mountain State for the 2015-16 school year increased even more to 89.81 percent.

Of the 70 schools recognized, four schools achieved a graduation rate of 100 percent. Those schools include; Union Educational Complex, Harman High School, Pickens High School and Paden City High School.

The 70 schools recognized represent 60.3 percent of the 116 high schools in West Virginia. The overall graduation rate for all West Virginia high schools was 89.81 percent.


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It would be very interesting to see how these higher attaining schools compare in size, student population.  What is the correlation in school size to graduation rates?  Anyone know?

By Johnny R.  on  02.13.2017

Johnny, another good question would be how did the schools do with student proficiency in math and reading?

Pressures can be brought to bear by administrators to keep kids in school to increase graduation rates and that is common knowledge.

If students cannot read and do math by the time they graduate they are highly disadvantaged so diplomas do not tell the full story.

Your GCHS got a B from add on bonus points in the A-F grading system.

If you look at reading and math proficiency alone the school got what was equivalent to an F grade.

This shows the misleading nature of A-F grading and it is a major reason Governor Justice wants to do something else. WV’s teachers think the same way.

By WVDE Employees Against A-F  on  02.13.2017

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Final Presidential Candidates Announced for Glenville State College

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The Glenville State College Presidential Search Committee is pleased to announce that three final candidates have been selected for campus interviews. Each candidate is scheduled for two day visits and will meet with various constituent groups during the visits. The candidates will have the exact schedule, but on different days. Please note that there are designated open sessions for the following constituent groups: faculty, staff, students, community, and alumni.

Individuals attending the open sessions will be asked to provide feedback by completing evaluations for each candidate. The evaluation feedback forms will be made available at each session. The feedback forms will be compiled for presentation to the Search Committee to assist them in their final selection of the next President of Glenville State College. These feedback forms will not be edited or redacted in any way. The Search Committee will see all comments and written concerns in full. Honesty and civility are requested in your evaluations.

Dr. Andrew Egan Biography

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My academic and organizational leadership career has been one of expanding professional responsibilities and experiences, evolving from research/teaching faculty to college dean and executive director of a federally and state-funded institute.

Prior to my current position as Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer at Penn State Greater Allegheny, I was Dean of the School of Forestry and Natural Resources at Paul Smith’s College, Executive Director of the New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute, and Dean of the Faculty of Science at Brandon University.  I have been a tenured professor at the University of Maine and Laval University (Quebec) and served on the forestry faculties at West Virginia University and Paul Smith’s College.

My experiences in academic administration have provided me with the opportunity to collaboratively develop and lead academic programming at the certificate, two-year, baccalaureate and graduate levels, as well as to reach out to develop successful partnerships with communities, businesses and organizations external to the university. 

These efforts have resulted in a number of tangible outcomes, including a shared faculty position with another university; over $1.25 million in lab equipment and student scholarships; hundreds of thousands of dollars in sole source contracting with public agencies; and privately funded student assistance for international education.  I have also developed productive relationships with US Senators, Congressmen and state legislators, resulting in state and federal appropriations to sustain and grow a watershed institute that engaged in applied research, education, and community outreach.  I have worked with partners from the private and public sectors, including elected officials – from mayors and county commissioners to federal and state representatives – to develop synergies for local economic development. 

I have worked internationally, including as a Fulbright Scholar in Nepal and, more recently, during each of the past eight years in the Dominican Republic with USAID.  These relationships have led to MOUs and rticulation agreements between institutions in Nepal and the Dominican Republic and several colleges and universities in the US.  In addition, I have worked closely and developed partnerships with Aboriginal communities in the US, particularly among Navajo bands in New Mexico, to develop training and education programs that have helped to stimulate economic growth and job development in watershed restoration. I have developed curricula in watershed restoration, forest engineering, sustainability studies, and environmental science, the latter for the Escuela Ambiental in Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic. 

I have authored over 100 scientific and technical papers, most published in peer-reviewed journals, including Ecological Restoration, Journal of Forestry, Plant Disease, International Journal of Forest Engineering, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, and Society and Natural Resources.  I have given over 40 university guest lectures and research presentations at both national and international conferences.  My work has focused on the interactions between silviculture and the forest environment, as well as on the socio-economic and ecological dimensions of watershed restoration. 

In my current position as a Penn State University Chancellor, I am responsible for all phases of the management of a very diverse campus of some 600 students, including business operations, enrollment management, academic and student affairs, and development.  Nearly half of our students are first-generation and a third or more are low-income.  As Chancellor and as a campus, we have embraced the challenge of making a Penn State education accessible to all students and connecting with the communities that we serve.

Dr. Mary Katherine Butler Donley Biography

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Dr.  Kathy   Donley   is   a   native   West   Virginian.  Graduating from Ripley High School,  she began her college education at Glenville State College in Fall 1972.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Social Studies from Glenville State College in addition to a Masters of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education and Doctorate of Education degree from West Virginia University   in   Curriculum   and   Instruction   and   Early Childhood Education.

After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Glenville State College in December 1975, she began her teaching career in Wood County Schools where she taught for ten years in kindergarten and first grade.  In addition to her public school experience,  she holds permanent West Virginia teaching certification.

In 1989, Dr. Donley joined the faculty at Glenville State College as an Assistant Professor of Education but soon began serving the College in a number of administrative capacities as well.  While maintaining her role as teaching faculty,  she also served as Director of the Child Learning Center and Director of Field Experiences.  In 1998,  she became Interim Dean of Teacher Education and later Dean of Teacher Education.    In 2000,  Dr.  Donley was promoted to full Professor and,  expanding her role,  she became Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs in 2000,  leading the College in preparations for its successful 2003 Higher Learning Commission accreditation visit.    Dr.  Donley went on to serve as the Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs (2003)  and in 2004 became the Senior Academic Vice President and Provost at Glenville State College. 

In 2010, Dr. Donley left Glenville State College to serve as the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission which oversees all public higher education in West Virginia.  She served as Vice Chancellor at the Higher Education Policy Commission from 2010 to 2014.  Wanting to spend more time with family, she stepped down from the Vice Chancellor position but continued to provide informal assistance to the Academic Affairs Office.

After living a year in Florida,  Dr.  Donley has returned to West Virginia where she resides with her husband,  Dr.  Jeffery Donley,  in Normantown.  She is the mother of three married children and grandmother of six grandchildren.

Dr. Tracy Pellett Biography

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Dr. Tracy L. Pellett is finishing his 29th year as an educator, teacher educator, professor, and academic administrator and currently serves as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the College of Coastal Georgia. While at Coastal, he also served as the Interim Vice President for Advancement. Dr. Pellett came to Coastal Georgia from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington, where he served as the Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Education and then Associate Provost for Academic & Student Life from 2007-2015. Prior to that, he served as the Executive Director of University Assessment and also the Director of Clinical and Field Experiences within the College of Education at Minnesota State University and was a professor of education.  Dr. Pellett served as an Assistant Dean of Education at the University of Arkansas-Monticello and as an Assistant Professor at Northern Illinois University.

While Dr. Pellett began his career as a middle school health teacher, he has assumed significant leadership roles in higher education over the past 25 years.  He has led academic program development and review efforts, institutional strategic planning, assessment, accreditation, and department, college, and university-wide continuous improvement efforts.  He has developed and led multiple industry-university based partnerships and a professional development schools based partnership with multiple public school districts.  He has established articulation initiatives with other college and universities to assist in transfer and been a supporter for nhancing teaching effectiveness through the development of Centers for Teaching & Learning.  He has been a champion for student access by supporting infrastructure and faculty development to enhance online offerings, dual enrollment, and competency based instruction. He has been instrumental in encouraging enrollment through a variety of creative partnership and recruitment initiatives and obtained numerous grants and contracts to enhance instructional delivery, programming, and institutional capacity. 

He has also led entrepreneurial efforts related to off-campus Centers and Continuing Education. Since his arrival at Coastal, the College has seen growth in many areas. The College was recently ranked as one of the best state colleges in the South by U.S. News and World Report and one of the most affordable public regional colleges in the country.  The campus has also been ranked 14th among the most beautiful and affordable in the country. The Military Times also named the College of Coastal Georgia one of the most military friendly campuses in the nation. This inspiring growth has resulted in an increased enrollment rate of approximately 16% in the last two years.

In addition, retention of current students is improving through various initiatives that enhance registration completion, milestone achievement, support service enhancement, and co-curricular enrichment through undergraduate research and service learning. Also, as a result of several cost-saving initiatives through curriculum streamlining, electronic text-book development, and cutting fees, student cost of attendance has decreased more than 10% in the last two years. While educated in Florida, Dr. Pellett earned his Ed.D. in education from Brigham Young University, his Masters from Ball State University, and his BA in health and physical education from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. 

Dr. Pellett has successfully progressed through the tenure and promotion process at multiple institutions, honored with the Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSU) Presidential Teaching Scholar Fellow Award, and published and presented numerous professional articles, two books and various multi-media over the span of 25 years.  He is active in the community as evidenced by his appointments to the Mankato Area Youth Athletic Association Board of Directors, Ellensburg Parks and Recreation commission, and more recently, the Golden Isles United Way Board of Directors in Brunswick, GA.

Final Candidates and Campus Visit Dates

  • February 13-14, 2017 – Dr. Andrew F. Egan
  • February 16-17, 2017 – Dr. Mary Katherine Butler Donley
  • February 20-21, 2017 – Dr. Tracy L. Pellett

  • Open Meetings Schedules:

    February 13, 16, & 20, 2017 – 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Meeting with Students, Community, and Alumni @ *MCCC, Multi-Purpose Room

    February 14, 17, & 21, 2017 – 9:15 am – 10:15 am
    Meeting with Staff @ *MCCC, Multi-Purpose Room

    February 14, 17, & 21, 2017 – 10:30 am – 11:30 am
    Meeting with Faculty @ *MCCC, Multi-Purpose Room

    *Mollohan Campus Community Center (MCCC)

Gilmer County FRN Second Step Training

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On February 03, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM the Gilmer County FRN coordinated with Region 4 Project SUCCESS to provide training to Gilmer Elementary School educators and staff on the evidence-based curriculum Second Step.

Training was located at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Glenville.

Pre-school curriculum learners will benefit more from preschool and be better prepared for kindergarten with self-regulation and executive-function skills that help them pay attention, remember directions, and control their behavior.

Students in Grades K–3 continue developing their social-emotional skills—including making friends, managing emotions, and solving problems—to set them on the path for social success and academic readiness.

The Gilmer County FRN was able to coordinate this training through the Substance Abuse Prevention Grant received through Region 4 Project SUCCESS.

For more information about the Second Step Curriculum, please visit

Gilmer County Family Court Report

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On Wednesday, February 08, 2017 Family Court Judge Steve Jones held Family Court in the Court House Annex.

•  One domestic violence petition was denied.

Two divorces were granted wherein:

•  Debra Doolittle (50) of Weston, WV divorced Orville Jack Doolittle (58) of Mt. Olive, WV.

•  Matthew D. Fisher (25) of Cedarville, WV divorced Tracey Fisher (24) of Paden City, WV.

•  One divorce was continued.

•  A guardian ad litem was appointed in a modification case and it was continued.

•  Another modification had no order entered in it yet due to attorneys being involved and they will prepare the order and submit it for signature to the FCJ.

Gilmer County Circuit Court Report

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•  On Wednesday, February 08, 2017 Judge Jack Alsop heard a juvenile matter in Gilmer County.

•  After he recessed his hearing, Chief Judge Richard A. Facemire heard a juvenile by video conference from Braxton County.

Unfortunately the Circuit Court equipment was not working and all parties had to use the Magistrate Court Room to participate in the video conference.

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