Scholarships Available for Area Students

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The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) has launched its 2018 Consolidated Scholarship Application!  The Foundation administers more than 140 scholarship funds for the benefit of students in its 11-county service area (Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood counties in West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio).

Through the Foundation’s online scholarship application, students are given the opportunity to apply for multiple scholarships through one easy application.  To apply, students must visit the Foundation’s website,  This application must be completed and submitted online by midnight on March 01, 2018.

During the PACF’s 2017 scholarship application process, the Foundation awarded over $319,000 to our region’s students.  These awards were made possible by many generous donors who established scholarship funds with the Foundation to help our local students fulfill their educational goals.  Each year, more than 200 community volunteers residing throughout the PACF’s service area assist the Foundation in reviewing the submitted scholarship applications.

“With hundreds of applications, we are very grateful for the volunteer support that we receive each scholarship season,” said the PACF’s Regional Scholarship Coordinator, Rachel Brezler.  “It is awe-inspiring to work with donors who are passionate about our region’s next generation and helping them achieve their post-secondary education goals.”

To learn more about the 2018 scholarship application process, please contact the Foundation office by calling 304.428.4438 or by emailing .

Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17

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The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer
Monday, November 27, 2017 – 6:00 PM
Central Office


The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by President, R.W. Minigh.


Members present: Norma Hurley, David Ramezan, Mike Triplett, Carl Armour, R.W. Minigh and Patricia Lowther, Secretary.  Others present: Becky Minigh, Dan Minney, Joe Frashure, Shelly Mason, Toni Bishop, Nasia Butcher, Patty Montgomery and Kayla Montgomery.


R.W. Minigh led the Pledge of Allegiance.




Norma Hurley moved that the Minutes of November 13, 2017, be approved. Dave Ramezan seconded. Motion passed 5-0.

Student Transfers


Out-of-State Field Trips

There were no Out-of-State Field Trips.


Volunteer, Terri Beverage, was approved on a motion by Norma Hurley Seconded by Mike Triplett 5-0.

Financial Report

After discussion and questions answered by the Treasure, Norma Hurley moved to approve the Financial Report. Carl Armour seconded the motion, 5-0.

Professional Leave Requests

There were no Professional Leave Requests.


Dr. Armour gave the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center report including the Simulated Workplace updates, Security program’s process of installation, Personal finance class concerns which included no credit for taking the course, Drug testing for students, the Small Housing project, and the fish huts to be build at Cedar Creek State Park with a memorandum of understanding with the State..

There was no RESA 7 meeting this month.


The Air Quality Testing was discussed and Mr. Frashure distributed a quote from Pinnacle for testing samples in the amount of $3250. The board requested that Mr. Frashure obtain additional quotes from the State. This item was postponed until the next regular board meeting.


Activity Bus Costs were discussed and it was agreed that $45,000 be added to the levy call to cover the costs needed to provide transportation for students after school for tutoring, extra-curricular activities, etc.


The board decided to add $40,000 to the levy call to supplement a 3 year-old program for the 2018-2019 school year.


Levy funding was also discussed to supplement Energy Express in the amount of $10,000.


A walk-through was conducted at Gilmer County Elementary on July 15, 2017 and again during the Thanksgiving break to address any concerns for repairs still needed at the school. There are still four concerns that need addressed and City Construction is sending someone to make the repairs on November 30th or December 1st. The board will be updated at the next meeting.


Williams & Shriver Invoice- Dave Ramezan made a motion that this invoice should still not be paid at this time until all problems at Gilmer County Elementary School are addressed and fixed/repaired. The board is waiting on details of the invoice from Wiliams & Shriver. Mike Triplett seconded the motion. Motion passed 5-0.


At 7:20 p.m. Dave Ramezan moved that the Board enter into executive session to discuss personnel matters. Norma Hurley seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.


The Board returned from executive session at 7:40 p.m.on a motion by Norma Hurley, seconded by R.W. Minigh, 5-0.


Dave Ramezan moved to approve the personnel agenda as presented by the Superintendent with the exception of posting the 4th grade position at GCES. The Superintendent will explore reassignment of teachers for this position. R.W. Minigh seconded. Motion passed 5-0.


Patty Montgomery, 5th grade Teacher, GCES for the remainder of 2017-2018, Amanda Williams, Substitute Teacher, 2017-2018, Resignation of Bethany Frymier, 4th grade Teacher, GCES, effective 12.22.17, Maternity leave request for Julie Perrin effective 12.28.17 for 8 weeks, Dendra Miller, Secretary III, GCES, 2017-2018.


Mrs. Shelly Mason gave a power point presentation on the STAR Assessment Data which the board enjoyed tremendously followed by information on the ‘Whole Child’ by Mrs. Toni Bishop.



The meeting was adjourned at 8:32 p.m. on a motion by Norma Hurley seconded by Dave Ramezan, 5-0.


The next Regular Meeting of the Board will be December 11, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

James Moore Selected as Dean of the Faculty at WVWC

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West Virginia Wesleyan College has named James H. Moore, Ph.D. as Dean of the Faculty. Dr. Moore, who currently serves as the Director of the School of Fine Arts and Humanities, Director of Jazz Ensembles, and Chair of the Music Department, will begin his new duties on January 02, 2018.

“Dr. Moore has shown exceptional leadership as Faculty Chair and Director of the School of Fine Arts and Humanities,” stated President Joel Thierstein, J.D., Ph.D. “His enthusiasm for education, passion for Wesleyan, tireless work ethic, and drive for excellence will serve him well as the College’s new Dean of the Faculty.”

Dr. Moore joined the faculty at Wesleyan in 2006 as a member of the Department of Music, serving in various capacities including Instructor of Trumpet, Director of Jazz Ensembles, and Director of the School of Fine Arts and Humanities.

Since 2011, he has served as chairperson of the Music Department, working to build one of the most vibrant collegiate jazz programs in the region. During his tenure at Wesleyan, Dr. Moore has served as Faculty Chair, Faculty Representative to Community Council, and Chair of the Think Tank on Enrollment Challenges. Additionally, he was a member of the Faculty Staff Compensation Committee, Vice President for Academic Affairs Search Committee, Marketing Steering Committee, Faculty Senate, and Curriculum Council.

He has secured over $27,000 in funding for Wesleyan’s jazz ensembles from the West Virginia Wine and Jazz Festival’s “Music in the Schools” grant program, as well as $675,000 from the West Virginia State Department of Education to host the Governor’s School for the Arts on Wesleyan’s campus each summer from 2014-2016.

A trained musician, Dr. Moore has conducted numerous Wesleyan ensembles, including Big Band I, Little Big Band, Small Jazz Ensembles, Concert Band, Brass Ensemble, and Trumpet Ensemble. Prior to his work at Wesleyan, he served as a graduate student assistant to the Director of the University of Pittsburgh International Jazz Archives and William R. Robinson Digital Recording Studio and Adjunct Lecturer and Interim Director of Jazz Studies at West Virginia University.

Dr. Moore is an active member of the Pittsburgh jazz community where he is a member of RH Factor – the Roger Humphries Quintet, the 21st Century Swing Band, and leads his own quartet. In addition to his work in Pittsburgh, he performs regularly with the Norman David Eleventet in Philadelphia as well as many over collaborative ventures in that city. He has performed with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, the Bob Mintzer Big Band, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Ahmad Jamal, Sheryl Bailey, Tim Warfield, and the Lars Halle Jazz Orchestra, and appeared on Bob Mintzer’s GRAMMY nominated album For the Moment. In 2015, Dr. Moore shared the stage as a featured soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, members of the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, and NEA Jazz Master Phil Woods for the reprisal of the famous Charlie Parker with Strings material and the equally notable Clifford Brown with Strings repertoire. This was the final performance of Master Woods’ career.  Dr. Moore also appears regularly as a conference performer, adjudicator, clinician, and guest lecturer.

Dr. Moore holds an M.M. from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

GSC Professors Travel to Roane County for Literature Fair

Earlier this semester, Glenville State College faculty members Dr. Matthew Thiele and Jennifer St. Clair traveled to Roane County, West Virginia to serve as judges for literacy projects prepared by first through eighth grade students.

The students were judged by an oral presentation and a display which they prepared with specific information about their chosen book and its author. The countywide competition included students from four schools in Roane County who were vying for the chance to move on to the next stage of competition.

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Roane County students discuss their literary presentations with judges, among them is GSC’s Jennifer St. Clair (right)

“I really enjoyed talking to the students about their books. It was fun to see the kinds of books the students chose. Some of them wore costumes related to the books they were presenting - one student was dressed as Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series and another was dressed as a character from the film Frozen. Students were awarded points for not relying on notes, and many of the students had an impressive grasp on the details of the books they presented,” Thiele said.

A teacher from Geary Elementary/Middle School invited St. Clair and Thiele to be judges for the competition, an invitation that they both “delightfully volunteered to participate in.” They judged the presentations alongside of two school administrators from Parkersburg.

Gilmer County Natives Complete Student Teaching for GSC

Two Gilmer County natives have recently completed their student teaching internships for Glenville State College.

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Morgan Allen of Normantown completed her student teaching in Elementary Education (K-6) and General Math-Algebra I (5-9) at Gilmer County Elementary and Gilmer County High School with Kim Cottrill and Kelly Barr. Don Sheets and Joseph Wood were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Glen and Kay Allen of Normantown.

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Tonya Lyons of Sand Fork completed her student teaching in English Education (5-adult) at Lewis County High School and Robert L. Bland Middle School with Doug Seckman and Sarah Lough. Dr. Shara Curry and Dr. Melody Wise were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of David and Roseanna Lyons of Sand Fork.

Senior teacher education students take part in an internship during their final semester at GSC. At the conclusion of their internship students must complete a presentation illustrating their mastery of the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards as well as the standards of their particular area of study.

These students participated in GSC’s December Commencement ceremony on Saturday, December 09.

For more information about the Teacher Education Program at Glenville State College, contact 304.462.4119.

All I want for Christmas…

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I’m on vacation next week and we have a couple of family get-togethers planned. I hope we can avoid talking politics.

I love politics and make a living talking about it, but it’s time for a break, especially because the discourse feels more acrimonious now than any time I can remember.

Maybe our family will avoid politics altogether, and that would be fine.  Many Americans are doing that this year.  A Reuters Poll found that nearly one-third of those questioned will avoid political conversations with family and friends during the holidays.

“People appear to be more interested in talking about religion, or even their personal finances, with cousins and in-laws than they are in discussing hot-button issues such as tax cuts, Obamacare and the Russian investigation,” Reuters reports.

Imagine that; we would rather reveal personal financial information to crazy Uncle Louie than even try to have a civil conversation about the top political stories.

You do have a choice if politics does come up.  Go ahead and have the discussion. It can’t possibly be worse that what we hear in media and read on social media… can it? Therapist Tamar Chansky advises us to give loved ones a wide berth.

“If we can’t change other people, we can make the move and adjust and adapt what we expect of them,” says Chansky.  That doesn’t mean you let your brother off the hook during your argument about Trump, but it does mean you probably knew what you were in for before the argument began.  Try not to take it personally.

But if you want to avoid the political discussion, just start your own smaller conversation. Miss Manners advises that to avoid getting trapped by a lecturing guest, feel free to start a separate conversation with another nearby person.

I have my own proven method for avoiding uncomfortable discussions. Before politics or religion or finances or Russia or—insert controversy here—comes up, I try to get family talking about “the old days.”

That’s a great way to relive the family history, even if it gets a little distorted over time.  It’s personal and often funny. Even if the story is sad, such as the passage of a loved one, it can be an intimate experience that strengthens the family bonds, rather than shredding them.

So I’m going to try to pass on politics during holiday time. If I run into you next week and you bring up the latest controversy in Washington or Charleston, don’t be surprised if I smile and change the subject.

Consider it my way of wishing you an enjoyable Christmas season.  There will be plenty to argue about when I get back.

More college-going students in WV need remedial classes

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A growing percentage of high school graduates in West Virginia who attend the state’s public colleges need to take remedial classes to be ready for entry-level college classes. That’s according to a new report presented Thursday to the board that oversees West Virginia’s two-year colleges.

About 31 percent of college-going students who graduated in the spring of 2016 had test scores low enough that required them to enroll in a remedial class when they went to college, the report showed. That rate is double in a handful of the state’s most southern counties.
“What you’re seeing is, socioeconomic conditions that students face are a strong predictor of college success,” said Chris Treadway, the interim director of research and analysis who completed the report.

He was referring to a series of maps that show low-income areas largely coincide with counties that have graduate students needing remedial classes.

The report doesn’t take into account students who went to school out of the state, nor students who went to the state’s private colleges.

Two-thirds of college-going students in some Southern West Virginia counties needed remedial classes, the report shows. In eight counties, more than half of the college-going students needed remedial classes. Those counties were Calhoun, Fayette, Gilmer, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo, McDowell and Wayne.

College-going students from North Central West Virginia and each of the panhandles had the lowest need for remedial classes. In only one county, Monongalia, were there fewer than 10 percent of college-going students needing such classes.

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The report was presented Thursday morning at a meeting of the Council for Community and Technical College Education. It includes students who graduated in the spring of 2016 and went on to study at one of the state’s public colleges within a year. It includes students who went to public and private high schools, and breaks down the need for remedial education by county and most individual schools.

“There’s been a real disconnect,” said Bob Brown, chairman of the council. “For a lot of years, public education has thought, ‘We know exactly what we need to get the kids prepared for to get them into college.’ But that isn’t necessarily the case. It’s just a lack of communication right now. We live in two separate worlds, and we need to figure out how to live in one world.”
Education quality coming into spotlight

State schools Superintendent Steve Paine said at a meeting earlier this week that he expects West Virginia’s 89.4 percent four-year public high school graduation rate for last school year to keep the state among the highest in the nation, by that measure.

“But we need to focus on quality instruction,” Paine said. “Even though we’re graduating a lot of kids, I have concerns about the quality of what we’re doing.”

Sen. Corey Palumbo, D-Kanawha, questioned Paine during a legislative interim meeting Monday on whether credit-recovery programs provided students with enough instruction to make sure they learn core material. Those programs, which Paine said are used in most school systems across the state, often allow students to take a shortened, online program to make up for classes they’ve failed.

“We’ve got to stop making it easy to get a high school education requirement,” said Delegate George Ambler, R-Greenbrier. “There’s a lot of reasons why graduation statistics went up, and I’d venture to say it wasn’t because of the quality of education that kids were getting, it was the programs that were offered.

“Education should have a meaning to it. That high school diploma should not be cheapened, and it seems to me . . . we’re cheapening it.”

In Kanawha County, where 759 students from the class of 2016 went on to study at a public college in West Virginia, about 35 percent enrolled in some sort of remedial class. About 28 percent enrolled in remedial math, and almost 18 percent enrolled in remedial English.

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Kanawha County Schools spokeswoman Briana Warner said she hadn’t seen this data Thursday and was reluctant to answer questions. In an emailed statement, she said the county school system is dedicated to making sure students are college- and career-ready.

“Specific to students who may need a bit of additional academic help, we’re proud of the individual programs that each high school has developed to support those students,” Warner wrote. As one such example of a program, she pointed to “Warrior Time” at Riverside High, where students get one period a day to make up class work or focus on areas of need.

Students at Riverside had the highest rate of needing remedial classes of any public high school in the county. Nearly 51 percent of Riverside’s college-going students needed some sort of remedial classes, with 45 percent needing remedial math and 23 percent needing remedial English.

Valery Harper, the former principal of Riverside who recently was hired to lead the county’s virtual-schools program, said in an emailed statement after reading the report that she worked continuously while at Riverside to improve the school’s performance and believes the school is in “good hands” with the new principal, Jane Kennedy.

Harper did not specify what changes should be made, and Kennedy did not return a request for comment.

Graduates of South Charleston High had the second-highest rate in the county for needing remedial classes. The principal of that school, Michael Arbogast, said test scores alone shouldn’t be used to determine if a student should take remedial education. He suggested other facts, like a student’s GPA and recommendations from teachers, should count toward the determination.

“I’m just telling you, some kids have to work harder than others,” Arbogast said. “I have kids here who’ve been inducted into our honors program that maybe aren’t the highest-achieving academic kids but have busted their tails and worked their rear ends off to get in there. They get in there and they maintain a high grade point average. But when it comes down to the ACT, they don’t score real well.”

College-going students of George Washington High School had the lowest rate of needing remedial classes, with a nearly 24 percent rate. The principal of that school did not return a request for comment.

Changing attitudes to remedial classes

A statewide policy dictates which students are eligible to enter college math, English and reading courses and which students need remedial education. Students can qualify for entry-level college courses only through standardized test scores, like the ACT and SAT.

Students needs to take remedial math if they score below 19 on the math section of the ACT or below 500 on the math section of the SAT. A student who scores below 18 on the English section of the ACT or below 480 on the English section of the SAT needs to take a remedial course in English.

The West Virginia Department of Education recently selected the SAT as the new statewide assessment for high school juniors.

The ACT, which historically has been the most common college entrance exam students in the Mountain State take, has higher standards for what it sees as a student ready for college math. Under that standard, a student should earn a 22 in its math section.

Only 40 percent of students included in the study met the ACT’s benchmark. About 46 percent of students going to a four-year college did so, compared to only 12 percent who go to a two-year school.

In previous years, students taking remedial classes were enrolled in a class without credit, meaning that, although they had to complete class work and exams, how they performed in the class didn’t count to their overall credits to earn a degree. As a result, many students didn’t finish the remedial course.

The state’s public colleges have largely redesigned this system in the past four years, opting to call it developmental education, instead of remedial classes. Corley Dennison, vice chancellor for academic affairs at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, said community colleges pushed in 2013 for a change, to make sure every student needing remedial classes got that remediation in a credit-bearing course.

In practice, this means professors squeeze remedial education into an entry-level course.

“The downside is, if you’re spending time on developmental courses, you’re not spending the time you could be on regular higher education courses,” Brown said.

All of West Virginia’s public two-year colleges have implemented the co-requisite model, Dennison said, save for a handful of cases where students need extreme remediation. About 55 percent of all community college students need some sort of developmental education, the report shows.

In four-year colleges, the change hasn’t been as swift. The HEPC, which oversees four-year schools, set a goal to get 80 percent of all students needing remedial education into a co-requisite class by fall 2018. Dennison said the four-year colleges are on track to meet that goal next year, but he didn’t know Thursday afternoon exactly how close they are.

“In the long-run, the colleges actually spend less time, because they had so many students that were dropping out of the developmental course because they were getting behind or they weren’t going to pass it,” Dennison said. “Then they had to repeat the course. The success numbers with this program are so much higher, because they’re having fewer students repeating the course.”
Staff writer contributed to this report.

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The no excuse rate for Gilmer County is 59% and there are only three other WV counties worse off. This alarming information flags dire need for the County’s school board to do its job by implementing an improvement plan.

By Gilmer Students Ripped Off  on  12.08.2017

Did I miss the County Commission Agenda for the December meeting?  The GFP site is displaying a little differently and I can’t seem to find it.  Do they still meet on First and Third Fridays??

By Searching  on  12.10.2017

This is basically the process for an improvement plan. A school board specifies student achievement standards and it assigns a superintendent to work with central office staff and school administrators to produce a comprehensive plan for making needed changes. After putting a plan in place results are closely monitored by a school board while holding a superintendent personally accountable for achieving the standards.

By School Board Member In A Top Performing County  on  12.10.2017

Wanna bet that in green counties when results sag there is no hesitancy to make administrative changes when needed? In Gilmer County the approach has been to hide facts and to manufacture rosy ones to report to citizens.

By Moore  on  12.11.2017

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Chi Beta Phi National Conference held at GSC, Three Students Take Awards

Glenville State College recently hosted the 70th annual Chi Beta Phi National Conference on campus. Chi Beta Phi is an interdisciplinary scientific honorary for undergraduate students and is an affiliate society of The American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Chi Beta Phi Presentation Award recipients in the Chemistry, Physics, and Biochemistry Session (l-r) Second Place, Kimberley McFarland (Kappa Sigma Chapter), First Place, Kelly Weaver (Alpha Iota Chapter), Third Place, Mathew Tovar (Kappa Sigma Chapter)

“One thing that is unique about Chi Beta Phi is that it is interdisciplinary. We encourage and welcome students from all scientific disciplines and in order to be a member, you must excel in all those courses related to your scientific disciplinary because science today is very interdisciplinary,” said President of the National Board of Chi Beta Phi Bill Pohley.

In addition to hearing reports from national officers, attendees also listened to a guest lecture from Dr. Ross Conover who discussed sparrows in the Colorado Rockies and his research at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in the Colorado Rockies. However, the primary focus of the meeting was to allow students from the different chapters to present their research, some of which was facilitated through Chi Beta Phi grants.

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Chi Beta Phi Presentation Award recipients in the Biology Session (l-r) Second Place, Michael Pracht (Alpha Iota Chapter), First Place, Carrie Huffman (Alpha Iota Chapter), Third Place, Michelle Russell (Rho Chapter)

The 18 presentations were divided into two sessions. Glenville State College senior biology major Carrie Huffman of Tioga, West Virginia took first place in session one, senior environmental science major Michael Pracht of Paw Paw, West Virginia took second place in session one, and senior biology major Kelly Weaver of Weston, West Virginia took second place in the second session.

Glenville State College’s Alpha Iota Chapter of Chi Beta Phi has been active since 1964. Chi Beta Phi was originally organized in 1916 by students at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia.

Business Student Advances to Semi-Finals in WVSCBPC

Glenville State College student Brady Tritapoe advanced to the semi-final round in the twelfth annual West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition (WVSCBPC). His was one of the top 30 entries, 10 in each of the three categories, which moved forward in the competition from an initial pool of over 290. Tritapoe is a sophomore management major from Great Cacapon, West Virginia.

His business plan entry was for ‘Triple G: Gym, Gear, and Gifts’ – one of nine total entries from GSC this year. There was fierce competition in the Lifestyle and Innovation Category in which he submitted his business plan. Out of the 292 total entries, 185 were in the Lifestyle and Innovation Category. The semi-final round took place on November 10 at WV Wesleyan College.

GSC Assistant Professor of Business Timothy Henline and GSC Associate Professor of Business and Accounting and Department Chair Cheryl McKinney, CPA, MPA, CGMA act as campus liaisons for the WVSCBPC.

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Brady Tritapoe

“GSC has been actively involved in this wonderful competition annually since its inception twelve years ago. In addition to congratulating Brady on advancing to the semi-finals, I’d also like to offer special thanks to all those who entered, to Mr. Henline, who works closely with all of our entrants, and to the faculty and staff who continue to support the Business Plan Competition and our students as they explore their inner entrepreneur,” said McKinney.

“As Brady’s professor and mentor for the competition, I am extremely proud of his accomplishments this year. He entered the business plan competition last year and his plan was not selected. He didn’t give up, and although it wasn’t a requirement, he created an entirely new business with the accompanying business plan and feasibility study and was selected as a semi-finalist. Although we recently learned that Brady’s business plan wasn’t selected for the final round of competition, he presented his business plan to the judges and to an audience of over 200 people at the Semi-Finals and I found his presentation to be excellent and well-received,” said Henline.

Henline continued, “I am proud of each of our students for taking the time to enter this important competition. I am continually amazed by the business plans and the resulting innovations presented by those who submit their plans. As our society and business environments continue an unprecedented technological transformation, innovative ideas are needed now more than ever.”

The WV Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition gives participants a unique opportunity to bring a business idea to life with the support of business professionals and other resources. Winners are named in three different categories: lifestyle and innovation, hospitality and tourism, and STEM/technology. Top finishers receive a $10,000 prize, accounting and legal assistance, and virtual or physical incubator space for their endeavor. In addition to Glenville State College, the semi-finalists come from five other state higher education institutions.

For more information about the competition or Tritapoe’s business plan idea, contact Henline at or 304.462.6257 or McKinney at or 304.462.6263.

WV students are earning higher grade point averages

WV students are earning higher grade point averages,
successfully completing first year of college thanks to text messaging service

Rural students benefit from college counseling via “Txt 4 Success” initiative

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Like many college juniors, Chelsea Goins is well-versed in juggling responsibilities. Not only is she a student at Concord University, but she also has three on-campus jobs, participates in cheerleading and teaches dance classes in her community. Her busy schedule makes it easy to forget about college deadlines. Luckily, she receives reminders directly on her cellphone.

The College Foundation of West Virginia’s (CFWV’s) “Txt 4 Success” initiative works to send timely information regarding state financial aid deadlines and general college reminders to high school seniors and college freshmen. In addition, students can text the service at any time to receive assistance with college matters, from registration deadlines to how to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Piloted in select West Virginia “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)” high schools during the 2013-14 academic year, students from around the state can now opt in to receive text messages. The service, which is coordinated by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) with funding from the Kresge Foundation, sent reminders to more than 22,000 students in 2017.

Students who opt in to receive text messages can select one of the initiative’s eight in-state partner institutions to receive texts specific to their institution. Alongside these messages, CFWV sends general financial aid reminders along with encouragement to persist in high school, college and beyond.

As a recipient of text messages from both CFWV and Concord University, Chelsea expresses the benefits she received from opting in to the service during her senior year of high school.

“As a first-generation college student, I had never heard of the FAFSA or considered a payment plan until I received information about them through text messaging,” she explains. “The text messages helped by providing links for the information I need to be successful along with who to contact at Concord for assistance.”

Dr. Paul L. Hill, Chancellor of the HEPC, notes that students tend to hesitate less to send a text than to call or find someone on campus, which is why a text message campaign is a perfect fit for many students.

“The Txt 4 Success initiative has been wonderful in helping us get relevant information out there to students who are usually glued to their phones,” Hill said. “The outcomes of this study show that retention rates and attempted credit hours increase among students who receive text messages. Furthermore, students know that receiving college help is just a text away, making reaching out for help less intimidating. Implementing a medium students are already using to capture their attention and remind them about important deadlines has proven to be an effective way to open up a door for conversation.”

These reminders are proving to be successful, particularly among rural students. A recent study conducted by Dr. Ben Castleman and Katharine Meyer from the University of Virginia examines outcomes of students who participated in the project from 2013-2015. The study reports that West Virginia students who receive college counseling via text message are 6 to 6.7 percentage points more likely to persist through their first year of college. This number jumps to 7.6 percentage points among students from rural areas in the state.

Meyer notes that the topics covered by the text messages are helpful to rural students who may be on their own for the first time as college freshmen.

“The transition from high school to college is difficult for almost all students as they arrive in a new location without the family and friends they’re accustomed to having nearby for support,” said Meyer. “Not only are students adjusting to a new community, they also need to keep on top of several financial aid and academic tasks without the assistance they may have had in high school from family members and counselors to manage. This study suggests that a few well-timed and focused messages can help students navigate the challenging first-year transition and encourage college persistence.”

The report largely attributes the success of the initiative both to the timing of message delivery and to the breaking down of important information into smaller chunks of guidance. The program sends text messages about deadlines and other college reminders to students who are typically on their phones, the report states, so that the messages capture students’ attention spans more effectively than other communication methods, such as email. The response rate among students is attributed to the ease of simply texting a college counselor to receive assistance.

In the case of Chelsea Goins, a double major of Business Education and Business Administration, the texts also serve as an extra layer of support in her educational journey.

“The text messages not only reminded me of what I needed to be doing and/or have completed, but they also made me feel like I matter to Concord University. The text messages are a free incentive to ensure students are well-prepared for college,” she said.

As a first-generation college student from a rural area, Chelsea notes that relying on the text messaging service helped ease her transition to college.

“As a freshman, it was hard to grasp the fact that college students are held to the same level of responsibility as adults. Any break from stress was appreciated, which is exactly what the text messaging service provided. Knowing I have the texting service to depend on for sending updates and deadlines is still a comforting feeling for me.”

CFWV and the Kresge Foundation want to help more students like Chelsea across the country enroll and succeed in postsecondary programs. To accomplish this, they partnered to create a toolkit to help other college access institutions implement a text messaging program. The Txt 4 Success toolkit, which is available for free online, walks users through the research behind college counseling via text messaging, how to build a text messaging team, how to develop a text messaging schedule and other key steps in implementing a similar program.

The text message campaign for the class of 2018 began in October of 2017 and will conclude in 2019 following students’ freshman year of college. Bluefield State College, Concord University, Fairmont State University, Marshall University, Shepherd University, Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, West Virginia Northern Community College and West Virginia State University are partners in the project.

More information on the Txt 4 Success project can be found online at Any student who is planning to attend college for this first time in the fall of 2018 can sign up to receive the alerts by visiting the state’s free college-planning resource,


Culinary Arts lab at the Calhoun Gilmer Career Center: Gingerbread Houses

The week before Thanksgiving break has become a time that students look forward to in the Culinary Arts lab at the Calhoun Gilmer Career Center.

That’s because it has traditionally become known as the week the Center Café shuts down and gingerbread houses are made for the Christmas season.

“This is a nice way to introduce students to some of the more artistic things that can be done with food”, Chef Benson has said. “I set out several patterns for the houses and categorize them by difficulty levels so that students can choose something they will feel comfortable making. I then give a small demonstration on how to roll out the dough and cut out the pattern pieces. Finally, I show them how to put those pieces together and I give students ideas on how to decorate their houses.”

Some of the students teamed up in pairs of two to make more complicated houses and others decided to make a house on their own. “The students are very proud of what they have been able to accomplish and create during this week.”

All the houses get placed in the commons area at the end of the week so that the students from other labs and visitors to the career center can see their work.

The houses will be on display until December 22nd.

The public is welcome to stop by and see the houses.

More Tuition Decreases Coming at Glenville State College

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Glenville State College today boldly announced its pledge to again cut tuition for the 2018-19 academic year by at least 2% with the condition that GSC’s state appropriation does not decrease. Glenville State College President Dr. Tracy Pellett was joined at the state capitol by lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to make the announcement.

Pellett also stated that Glenville State would be dropping its summer 2018 tuition rate by an unprecedented 25%, regardless of any ongoing budgetary discussions. The move is part of an overall effort at GSC to support families financially, focus on student degree completion, and be mindful stewards of taxpayer dollars.

“The only way to create a more educated workforce and more prosperous West Virginia is through higher education attainment,” Pellett stated. “Past state budget reductions have resulted in substantial institutional tuition increases. State and federal aid covers less costs associated with attendance while West Virginia’s student debt and loan default rate now lead the nation. Glenville State has decided to provide the leadership and collaboration with legislators necessary to improve higher education attainment,” said Pellett. 

“We are able to make these bold steps for three reasons: we have tightened our belts and are becoming more efficient in all facets of our operations, we are anticipating more students taking classes and living on campus, and we believe we can work with legislators to make college affordable again,” Pellett said. “I’m encouraged by the bipartisan support that we’ve received so far and look forward to continuing discussions about the importance of properly funding our institutions of higher education,” he continued.

Tuesday’s announcement comes after Glenville State’s declaration in August that it would not raise tuition for the 2017-18 academic year, the only four-year college or university in the Mountain State to hold the line on tuition.

GSC Takes Part in International Education Week

The Glenville State College Office of International Programs in conjunction with the Department of Business, recently held events celebrating International Education Week. The week included presentations by students, alumni, dignitaries, and study abroad institutions.

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GSC Assistant Professor of Business Kandas Queen (left) with Justin and Darlin Brown

West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner, who serves as the state’s chief business overseer, spoke to students about the importance of understanding the business and governmental practices of other countries and how global business can help provide for a healthier economy. GSC business students held presentations on how to get a job and conduct business in counties such as China, Japan, Spain, Jordan, and others. The students based their presentations around these countries because GSC has students with international ties to these countries. Justin Brown, co-owner of Aroma of the Andes and recent GSC alumnus, conducted a session about this family’s specialty coffee company that has operations in Columbia and West Virginia. He provided students with samples of their products, discussed employee compensation in South America, and stressed the importance of proper managerial accountability and accounting. A representative from London South Bank University spoke about various study abroad opportunities that are available to students. Students also heard from a representative from the Knowledge Exchange Institute (KEI) to learn more about their services.

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(l-r) Malcom Davidson, Ray Bates, Dr. Megan Gibbons, and Gracen Samples

“Given that one out of every five jobs in the U.S. is linked to global trade, it is imperative for GSC graduates to be knowledgeable of other cultures and to be able to demonstrate that they possess the skills needed to work effectively as part of a multicultural team. International Education Week affords us all the opportunity to spotlight the many ways in which local and global communities are academically, economically, and culturally connected,” said GSC Associate Professor of Spanish and Director of International Programs Dr. Megan Gibbons.

“Students who attended these sessions were provided with helpful insights on the cultures of other countries including things we take for granted like how to properly shake hands or professional dress expectations to possible barriers to entry, the importance of learning a foreign language, and more. Those in attendance noted that they significantly expanded their knowledge about the cultural and business practices of these countries,” said GSC Assistant Professor of Business Kandas Queen.

Four international movie titles were also made available to students through the campus Pioneer Media streaming service. For more information about international education at GSC, contact Gibbons at or 304.462.6321.

Gilmer County Elementary High Tunnel Progress

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Students at Gilmer County Elementary are continuing to grow vegetables in the high tunnel.

They just harvested lettuce which was eaten in the school’s cafeteria two days last week.

They are also growing cabbage and carrots to pick and eat in the cafeteria at a later date.

Students will be planting vegetables throughout the year.

The high tunnel was purchased through a grant received through the West Fork Conservation district grant and the WV Department of Agriculture donation.

Other grants have been received to enhance its operation.

Great job students!

EQT Students of Excellence Scholarship Program honoring West Virginia’s exceptional students

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The EQT Students of Excellence Scholarship Program is truly a showcase of West Virginia’s best and brightest high school students.  

Each of the 65 recipients are truly exceptional. They all excel in the classroom, and perhaps more importantly, they contribute both time and talents to improving their local communities.

These accomplished students come from both large and small schools and even one who is home schooled. They live in larger cities and rural towns.   The students all have different stories, with different experiences and different aspirations, but they share one thing in common — each student is designing his or her path toward educational and career goals through higher education.

The EQT Students of Excellence Scholarship Program would not be possible without the generous vision and support of EQT Corporation. EQT has several offices in West Virginia and is dedicated to enriching the communities where its employees live and work. As an integrated energy company with an emphasis on Appalachian-area natural gas production, gathering, transmission and distribution, EQT is pleased to support West Virginia students by sponsoring the Students of Excellence Scholarship program.

Since 2009, EQT has offered six four-year scholarships, each up to $18,000 per year, to students interested in studying engineering, geology, computer science/information technology, energy or land management and environmental or safety science.  The six recipients this year are:  

  • Ethan Meighen from Robert C. Byrd High School in Harrison County
  • Jack Stryker from Wheeling Central Catholic High School in Ohio County
  • Alec Kuskey from John Marshall High School in Marshall County
  • Joel Scarbro from Shady Spring High School in Raleigh County
  • Katie Payne from Clay County High School in Clay County
  • Jalen Wayt from Ravenswood High School in Jackson County.

EQT also provides $1,000 scholarships for students in every West Virginia county, as well as five at-large $1,000 scholarships scattered throughout the state. 

The scholarship recipients were chosen by an independent panel of four judges who generously volunteered their time to select this year’s winners. The criteria the judges looked for included students who showed good academic aptitude, a dedication to their communities and involvement in extracurricular activities.

The 2017 judges were: Dr. Amelia Courts and Derek Vance from The Education Alliance; Sara McDowell from Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central West Virginia; and Beth Casey with Girl Scouts Black Diamond Council.

Following are the recipients in our area:


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Hunter Mullens - Barbour County

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Tayton Stout - Braxton County

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Tyler Cain - Calhoun County

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Alexis Heflin - Doddridge County

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Jeremiah Ritter - Harrison County

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Christian Palmer - Harrison County
At-Large EQT Scholarship Winner

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Alexandra Garrett - Gilmer County

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Nicholas Gould - Lewis County

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Andrew Cook - Nicholas County
At-Large EQT Scholarship Winner

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Felicia Seabolt - Nicholas County

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Andrea Watson - Pleasants County

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Ashley Cox - Ritchie County

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Brandon Morris - Roane County

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Eli Henthorn - Tyler County

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Amy Perrine - Webster County

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Dalton Tenney - Upshur County

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Jahnvi Duncan - Wetzel County

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Addie Bailey - Wirt County

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Mitchell Clowes - Wood County

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Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting

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Why was there no outrage like this when Billy Boy was doing his deed in the White House? and other places?

Oh, I forgot.  He was the media’s boy?

By HOW COME NOW ? on 12.14.2017

From the entry: 'Meet the Miss USA Contestant from Gilmer County, WV Accusing Trump of Sexual Misconduct'.

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Wanna bet that in green counties when results sag there is no hesitancy to make administrative changes when needed? In Gilmer County the approach has been to hide facts and to manufacture rosy ones to report to citizens.

By Moore on 12.11.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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This is basically the process for an improvement plan. A school board specifies student achievement standards and it assigns a superintendent to work with central office staff and school administrators to produce a comprehensive plan for making needed changes. After putting a plan in place results are closely monitored by a school board while holding a superintendent personally accountable for achieving the standards.

By School Board Member In A Top Performing County on 12.10.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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Did I miss the County Commission Agenda for the December meeting?  The GFP site is displaying a little differently and I can’t seem to find it.  Do they still meet on First and Third Fridays??

By Searching on 12.10.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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The no excuse rate for Gilmer County is 59% and there are only three other WV counties worse off. This alarming information flags dire need for the County’s school board to do its job by implementing an improvement plan.

By Gilmer Students Ripped Off on 12.08.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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“We’re going to see a sea change in American agriculture as the next generation gets on the land,“

Yeah, right.  That will last about as long as it takes to discover exactly how hard farming is, and the amount of work it takes to make even a minimal living.


Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 11.30.2017

From the entry: 'A Growing Number Of Young Americans Are Leaving Desk Jobs To Farm'.

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I always thought a Harvard education was something special.  Well, I guess it is.  Just a week ago they had ‘sex week’.  One of the course offerings was analsex101.  That’s right.  Google it.  Plenty of coverage. True story.

By Harvard 'taint what it used to be? on 11.23.2017

From the entry: 'Feds Threaten To Sue Harvard Over Asian-American Admissions'.

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This is nothing new.  It has been happening for years and no attempt to stop it.  Just quiet it down when word leaks out.  The court system thumbs their noses and laughs at ‘their hillbillies’.

Remember the hub-bub about $100,000.00 bathrooms in the Capitol building a few months ago?

Think they have them all remodeled so those whom you elected can krap in style the next legislative session?  lol

By Web on 11.18.2017

From the entry: 'Legislators Turn Focus on Supreme Court Spending Following Report on Luxury Purchases'.

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The justices are part of the aristocracy. Does anybody think that they care what the peons think?

By Skip Beyer on 11.18.2017

From the entry: 'Legislators Turn Focus on Supreme Court Spending Following Report on Luxury Purchases'.

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Why are Gilmer’s voters kept in the dark about activities of the two LSICs in the County? No published agendas before meetings, no published meeting minutes, and plans with details for school improvements are not disclosed. Violation of WV’s open meeting laws? To top it off memberships of LSIC’s and who selected the individuals are kept secret from voters.

By Gilmer Voter on 11.16.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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LSIC plans are short on specifics for measurable academic improvements to be achieved. That way no matter what happens extraordinary successes can be proclaimed. The strategy is designed to make meaningful accountability impossible for school system administrators.

By More Of Same For WV Schools on 11.15.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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A food pantry opens at Marshall University?

For students I can understand.
But its also for faculty and staff?

Really now?  Their salaries are that poor they need access to a food pantry?

Times area really tough in West Virginia.  Really are.

By Tough Times at Marshall University on 11.14.2017

From the entry: 'West Virginia News'.

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LSIC=Local School Improvement Council. Each WV school has one. Google to learn what each one is supposed to do to improve a school. Ask for plans for your schools.

By POGO on 11.13.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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What is this “LSIC” commenter speaks about?
Who and what is that all about?

By reader on 11.12.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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Fellow West Virginian’s.  What is being seen here is Paine’s return to ‘power’ and the continued 20 years charade by the WVBOE.

They spend your tax dollars.  They do their best to cover their failed efforts.  They cheat our children of a good education. 

They play (think manipulate) with the grading system every couple years, making it impossible to follow students upward or downward progressions.

Don’t expect any good, any progress, any improvement to happen in West Virginia.  It’s not in the cards.  Well, that is not in the ‘administrators’.

By 20 years of WVBOE 'playing' school on 11.12.2017

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All high schools in WV have ACT Profile Reports for each graduating class.

The only performance information typically cited in school districts is average ACT scores for graduating classes.

If you can get copies of Reports for your high schools read them to independently evaluate testing results for career and college readiness, science, technology engineering and math (STEM), and other categories.

Chances are that your local administrators gloated that average ACT scores for graduating classes are commendable to give your high schools passing marks, but other testing outcomes in the Reports may show otherwise.

It is doubtful if LSIC members for your high schools know about the Reports to be grounds for demanding academic improvement plans. Check Reports for high schools in your school district to make up your own minds.

By WVDOE Fact Checker on 11.11.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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Policy 2510 is an admission by the West Virginia Board of Education of their own failure.

Dumb down the standards in order that students can get a passing grade.

You grand pooh-bahs in Charleston BOE should be ashamed of yourselves!  But you have no shame. Obviously so.

Steve Paine, leading the failure of education in West Virginia.

By # 2510 policy--WVBOE ADMITS OWN FAILURE on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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With a deal like this—WHY—are we selling road bonds and—WHY—were all the motor vehicle fees INCREASED on West Virginia’s citizens?  WHY ! ?

Thanks for nothing Jim Justice and the WV legislators.


From the entry: 'WV Signes $84 Billion Shale Gas Deal with China Energy'.

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The Rosie Bell will be a nice addition to the Park !

A thank you to Donna Waddell and her leadership and the FRN for making the Park happen !

By Thank America's Rosie's ! on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'What This Bell Means to Gilmer County'.

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Aren’t they supposed to have agendas AND minutes for each and every meeting, by law?  They put it right there on the agendas that there were None. And months’ go by without even Seeing an Agenda.  It’s a citizen’s right to go in and ask to see them ALL.  Someone needs to look into this.  Especially with all the speculation that goes on around legal issues in the county!

By GilmerCountyCommission? on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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The grade 7 spike in math in comparison to lowered performances in higher grades begs the question about reasons. What is being done to ensure that math skills will not drop by graduation time? Has anyone looked at adverse effects of block scheduling and other factors?

By Answers Needed on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'SEEING MATH IN NEW WAYS'.

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We’ll.  It’s a step forward to see the Commission AGENDA - but what about the minutes?  The last two agendas have said “ Approve County Commission Minutes-None”      Aren’t there supposed to legally be minutes for the public to read?????  This makes NO sense unless things are going on that the Commission doesn’t want the public to know.  Obviously.  SHOW THE MINUTES Jean Butcher, do your job!

By 304 More Issues on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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This posting is very informative and it documents what can be done with innovative approaches to teaching math. For too long we were fed the party line that all was well in our schools for math and everything else. That myth prevailed because facts were hidden to hold down the County’s demands for accountability. Hats are off to Kelly Barr and Traci DeWall.

During intervention it was commonly known that school board members made repeated requests for all kinds of student progress information, but it was kept from them. That era has ended and the County’s school board is expected to focus on its top priority responsibility that is to continually improve student learning in our schools. Our kids can perform if they are given the chance.

By Gilmer County Parents on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'SEEING MATH IN NEW WAYS'.

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Gilmer look at this Did You Know. If you look at the State’s data on Zoom Dashboard to review changes in mastery of math and reading for the GCHS’s 11th grade for the 2011 and 2017 testing years it is clear the you have a problem with your math program. In 2011 the math pass rate was 36.92 compared to 37.29% in 2017. Progress with reading was truly commendable. The pass rate went from 26.98 in 2011 to 64.41% in 2017. Why the lack of progress for math? We know that your school board members are trying to get information about plans for improvements for math and science, but is full disclosure of details any better than it was under intervention? Let us know.

By B. Cummings on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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Lots to learn kids. By the way,  How’s the Commission coming along with the September meeting minutes?

By 304 on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'GSC Criminal Justice Students Take Part in Scenario-Based Training with RJA'.

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Most of America lives in denial of toll the government approved ‘life-style’ that is shortening everyone’s lives.

We are living in an era where the government has been lobbied (think bought) in approval of many, many things that are destructive to life.

This article shows the result of a cumulative toll effect that vaccines, pesticides, GMO foods, chemtrails, and other poisons are taking on the American population.

This is likely the globalists dream of “depopulation” coming true.  Enjoy what time you, your children, and grandchildren have left.

By Your Government Taking Care of You on 10.25.2017

From the entry: 'Americans Are Retiring Later, Dying Sooner and Sicker In-Between'.

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I don’t care Who or What he killed.  He shouldn’t be doing it in a West Virginia Police hat.  It sends a bad message to do it with a Police hat on.

By Hunter on 10.24.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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Your outrage is misplaced Hunter. He killed Bambi, who will no longer will frolic through the forest.

By Democrats Against Deer Hunting on 10.23.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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It doesn’t seem like Gilmer County Law Officials seem to care about the murders in the area. In my opinion. We don’t hear anything from the law on Any of the pertinent local situations.  Why IS that?  We know MUCH more about national news that we know about the goings on in Gilmer. Crimes, drug busts, investigations and Answers to those investigations.  Why don’t we Ever hear any news from the Sheriff’s Department??  Still wondering why Deputy Wheeler was reassigned to school patrol officer and who took over his murder investigative duties.  Can’t get anyone to pick up the phone or an answer when I call.  Maybe someone on the Gilmer Free Press can shed some light?

By Where is the Law? on 10.23.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice, DOT Sec. Smith Announce First GARVEE Bond Sale for Roads, Bridges'.

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“We should welcome refugees and immigrants to the United States because it’s good for our society, for our economy, and for our nation.“

WRONG - Diversity in populations has been proven to be, not helpful to society, but harmful.  Immigrant groups who refuse to assimilate are a problem not a benefit, and will remain a problem until they do assimilate.

It’s understood that not all Muslims are terrorists, but for practical purposes all terrorists are Muslims.  And please spare me the Timothy McVey arguments.  McVey and his ilk were loners.  Muslim terrorists are part of an organized movement.

I think almost all immigration should cease until the present immigrant population can be dealt with, through assimilation or otherwise.


Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.22.2017

From the entry: 'Trump’s Muslim Bans Impoverish Us All'.

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Will the persons involved in Poor Fred’s murder ever be held accountable?  Ever?  Yet they walk among us every day?

Did not realize it has been 7 years since poor ol’ Willard met his fate?  There is plenty dirt kicked around there to cover the wrong doings too?

By Poor Fred is Dead on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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Hold on Gub’ner Justiss….
The juery stil’ be outs on yer barrering’ game….

Ways to er’ly ta be countin’ hens an roosters….

By no chickens yet... on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice, DOT Sec. Smith Announce First GARVEE Bond Sale for Roads, Bridges'.

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Wanna get votes for the school levy? Simply get truth out about where the County stands with low reading, math, and science scores and publicize a rational plan for fixing problems.

By Truth Will Win Levy Votes on 10.21.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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I get it that it’s a pose for the camera, but should he Really be wearing a Police hat for hunting?

By Hunter on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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Nice to see the Gilmer County Commission finally reveal their meeting minutes after long lapses of no information.  Can’t help but wonder if this was posted specifically because of the topic -  Sheriff Gerwig being assigned to another estate case before closing out others. Memories of Willard F. Cottrill today. d. 10/20/10 R.I.P.  The minutes should be interesting.  Let freedom ring.

By MC on 10.20.2017

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From WV Zoom Dash Board. GCES 6th grade student proficiency rate=20% for math and 31% for reading. Gilmer County demands a K-12 improvement plan everyone can understand and promote!!! We have had enough of the everything is just fine claims.

By School Kids Are Cheated on 10.20.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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It is a common occurrence for school administrators to carefully select one small piece of information to purposely give a school a rosy performance rating for student learning and to hide unflattering information from an LSIC and a local BOE. The way to prevent the censorship is for superintendents to routinely provide access to all testing results so performance evaluations for a school can be based on a full set of facts.

By WVDOE Employee For Complete Transparency on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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The community has observed that there is an improved way of doing business by the GCBOE and the new superintendent after the State pulled out. One problem to solve after the State’s neglect for six years of intervention is low student success at the GCHS for math and science. There is documentation on the ZoomWV Dashboard kept by the WV Education Department. The pass rate for GCHS students for M & S is in the 30s. What is the HS’s LSIC group doing to improve those scores? Does it have a detailed improvement plan for the school and if it does it should be disclosed. M and S under achievement underscores why it is important to know what the County’s LSICs are doing to improve our schools academically.

By Gilmer Business Executive on 10.19.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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Should not have to get LSIC membership from principals. The information should be published for the public record for all interested citizens including taxpayers to know. Gilmer’s secrecy has been a long time tool used to undermine accountability and it must stop!

By Stop Secrecy! on 10.19.2017

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Is it true the GC Board of Education sold this to 4H for one dollar?  I should hope so!

This community has always supported our children and their 4H works.

Very good of our Board of Education to do this!
Thank all you board members!
Doing what you were elected to do!
Take care of the kids and community!


From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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We 4-H supporters wish to express our appreciation to Mrs. Hurley and the other board of Education members with the 100% vote to hold and sell this trailer for 4-H use/utilization.  This new office space for the very nominal fee is much appreciated.

Kudos to Hurley for staying in contact with the past 4-H director and making sure all was well and agenda requirements were met.  We had heard we were not going to get the trailer.  Thanks goodness the fake news was totally wrong.

Moving out of the old infirmary building will be a real blessing.  The group has learned a valuable lesson.

Do not take the word of ANY others about what the Board of Ed tries to do for each and every community in Gilmer County.  Go to the source.

By Thanks Mz. Hurley & Board of Ed ! on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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smile It’s no secret that the Gilmer Board of Ed sets up a public meeting with the LSIC of each school presenting every year agenda and all. Always have.
If you want to know who’s on it or when it meets call your school Principal.  That’s who sets up this internal governance committee per code and will probably be glad to talk with you about it.

By Just Takes a Phone Call on 10.17.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Why the secrecy in not disclosing names of those on the County’s LSIC councils and when they meet with published agendas and official meeting minutes?

By Transparency Suffering on 10.16.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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This information is generally unknown in Gilmer County. Google WVDOE LSIC and chick on the item for frequently asked questions about local school improvement councils. Details covers how individuals are selected to serve on councils and what councils are supposed to do to continually improve our schools with keen focus on student learning.

By How Gilmer's LSICs Should Work on 10.16.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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I love the picture of Kenny because that is a true reflection of him.  I never saw him without a smile on his face.  Even when we would speak on the phone sharing our cancer struggles, Kenny would be laughing.  He always brightened my day when times were hard for me.  Linda, God bless you for what wonderful care you took of Kenny.  When we spoke he was always eager to tell me all you had done for him & how loved & cared about that made him feel.  He always said he could never have made it without you.  God bless you & May God bring you the peace, comfort, & happiness Kenny would want you to have.  My prayers are with you.

By Sue Holvey on 10.15.2017

From the entry: 'Kenneth Jackson Foglesong'.

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Still keeping up on Gilmer County after ending of your intervention. Been reading your test score information too. Your Local School Improvement Councils are responsible for defining specific approaches for improving student performances. The WV Statute covering roles of councils is 18-5a-2. The Department of Eduction has details on its web site for how councils are selected, their responsibilities, and how elected school boards fit in. Too often the problem has been that detailed results for student performance testing were withheld from councils and their members do not know that there are student performance problems in critical need of correcting. The solution is to ensure that all council members are fully advised of testing results and the full range of their official responsibilities.

By WVDOE Observer on 10.14.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Look at the WVDOE’s Zoom Dashboard. The State’s official results for 2017 testing are alarming. Eleventh graders tested out to be 37% proficient in math compared to 36% in science for 10th graders. Our kids can do much better than this. When will an improvement plan for the high school be developed for application with meaningful built in accountability?

By Fix GCHS' Science And Math Problems on 10.14.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Don’t believe all the Liberal propaganda being printed as facts….fake news from the left is an epidemic…if we cared so much about pollution and respiratory illnesses, we’d have outlawed cigarettes decades ago…don’t kill West Virginia’s economy over a few objectors.

By Truth?? on 10.13.2017

From the entry: 'Health Consequences from Carbon Pollution Rollback'.

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My child graduated from the GCHS with a high GPA and an ACT exceeding 30. Sounded good at first. At WVU the child was deficient in science and math and dual credit classes taken at the HS didn’t measure up. What is the GCBOE doing to make academic improvements at the HS and when will parents and taxpayers in general be informed of the details?

By GCHS Science and Math Programs Suffering on 10.12.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Here’s a prediction for you:

Half the money will be wasted on environmental impact statements, feasibility studies and the like.

Of the remaining half, most will go to wages and salaries, and damned few roads or bridges will be repaired.

Anyone want to dispute that?


Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 10.10.2017

From the entry: 'Politics Aside, Voters Say, They Want WV’s Roads Fixed'.

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What a scoop!  One county gets 18% of pie!

Mon County wins!  Everyone else looses.

By nepotism will rule the day! on 10.09.2017

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Issues Statement on Passage of Roads to Prosperity Bond Referendum'.

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There have been repeated pleas for a detailed accounting for all the County’s education money spent on facilities and everything associated with them during State control. Why has nothing been done to verify how public money was spent? With use of modern computer records it should be relatively simple to do detailed accounting. Without one and the continuing secrecy lid suspicions are worsened. Didn’t the County have a seizable surplus before intervention and now we face going into the red?

By Where Did Gilmer's School Money Go? on 10.07.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Positive press out of GSC is always good for the community and the College.

What is not good for the community and GSC is the ongoing telephone scam GSC has nothing to do with.

The phone will ring, there is a GSC entry on caller ID, and a 304-462 number is given. If you answer thinking that it is a legitimate GSC call you get surprised.

The caller, usually with a strange accent, will make a pitch for money and it is obviously a scam.

It is common for the caller to try to convince a person that a grand child or another relative is in bad trouble and thousands of dollars are needed quickly for a lawyer or some other expense.

When the 304 number is called back there is nothing there. It would help if GSC officials would alert the public to the cruel scam and to involve high level law enforcement to stop the nuisance calls.

By Fed Up Glenville Resident on 10.05.2017

From the entry: 'GSC History Book Authors to be on hand for Signing'.

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So sorry.  You and your family have my thoughts and prayers. Butch, you may not remember me but you did such a wonderful job at my farm in Lewis County, dozing, ditching, etc. etc.  a few years ago.  I so appreciated your work. God Bless you and your family during this difficult time.

By Betty Woofter on 10.03.2017

From the entry: 'Florence Marie Hall'.

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West Virginia has 55 counties.

Mon County will get almost 20% of the highway money.  Actually about 1/8th.

Does that seem lop-sided to anyone? 

One county gets one-fifth.  Who gets the ‘payola’ ?

By watcher on 10.01.2017

From the entry: 'Latest Numbers on Road Bond Vote'.

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Nice letter and thought Senator Manchin.

Maybe now a letter to Milan corp, requesting Heather Bresch requesting a epi-pen price roll back?

By How About it Mr. Manchin? on 09.29.2017

From the entry: 'Manchin Letter Urges for Patient Access to Non-Opioid Painkillers'.

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That is the standard operating procedure for the Charleston Board of Ed and their mismanagement style. 

Is it any wonder the state has financial issues?

By truth seeker's answer on 09.28.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Apparently the 5 year, GC school news embargo, by the West Virginia Board of Education has been lifted ?  Hope so.

By will we get more news? on 09.28.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes'.

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We want investigative accounting for all the County’s school money spent on facilities during intervention. We are entitled to details for planning money, money paid out to architects, all money sent on Leading Creek, everything spent on the Arbuckle land plan and Cedar Creek, what was spent to get us at the new GCES, and a complete list for all money paid out for no bid work from start to where we are today.

By Citizens Deserve Facts on 09.28.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Can someone explain to me why in Gilmer County schools projects were given to certain companies without any bid? Even when these companies kept screwing up, they kept getting paid for fixing their own screw ups? A good example is our supposed to be brand new elementary school. I hear these all the time. What is the real truth?

By truth seeker on 09.27.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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Where are all the Obama and Clinton haters now? Why aren’t they comment about the state of the country and the world now?

By wondering on 09.27.2017

From the entry: 'National News'.

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Most likely this road bond deal, will make millionaires of elected officials, families, friends.

The WVDOT has a proven track record on spending.  One not to brag about?

The ‘assisted’ suicide of the former DOT manager has been hushed too?

By reader6 on 09.25.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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The posting about Boone is a wake up call for the Governor’s road vote coming up.

WV has a bad reputation for graft and corruption when public funds are involved. With the amount of money involved for the road building program with bond money there would be vast opportunities for waste and mismanagement.

Just look at wasted money in County school systems under WVDOE intervention while local control was eliminated. 

Governor Justice should inform voters what he would do to ensure that the new road money would be spent wisely with iron clad accountability for every penny spent.

By Money To Burn on 09.25.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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There is an epidemic of misuse of County school funds in WV. We read about it all the time. That is what happens when finances are purposely packaged in ways to make it too complicated for board members to track and proper local level oversight cannot occur. This problem is one for Governor to solve.

By Boone Is Not Unique on 09.25.2017

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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The same is being asked of the commission.  Meeting minutes and videos used to be available until fall of last year.  Now we hardly ever see even the agenda, let alone ever seeing the follow up minutes.  WHY DID THIS INFORMATION STOP?? Is someone hiding something because it surely would seem so.  We need to know what’s going on in this town and the Free Press is one of the few ways we can do it.  PLEASE bring back the public meetings videos!!

By Watcher on 09.11.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Commission Meeting - 09.01.17'.

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Appreciation is given to the City for posting meeting minutes on the GFP to be an example of good government by keeping citizens informed.

Why can’t the same be done with school board meeting minutes? Everyone knows that during intervention what got on agendas was censored and what happened during meetings was kept to a minimum to avoid information getting into the public record.

With the State out of here a request is made to the school board to exercise its authority to ensure that citizens are kept informed.

By Why Continuing Secrecy? on 09.11.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Commission Meeting - 09.01.17'.

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Interesting.  Deputy Clerk is the same one who tells people that come with an issue - that they should “go to church” if they’re angry This discrimination issue didn’t just happen once.  This is Gilmer County.

By Fact on 09.07.2017

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: WV Same-Sex Couple'.

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With the uproar about the excess levy passing again, it does not have a chance unless it is proven that a much better job will be done in managing the County’s school money than occurred during intervention.

For an example, why was new playground equipment purchased for the new GCES when perfectly good equipment at abandoned schools could have been used?

By Concerned Voter on 09.07.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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So nice to read of this hometown hero story!

So many stories like this have likely been lost to time.

By GFP reader on 09.06.2017

From the entry: 'Rosie the Riveter Ruby Coberly from Glenville Tells Her Story'.

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So sorry to hear of the death of Karol. I was to Ill to come to funeral, but. My thoughts and prayers was with the family. Classmate 1956.

By Nancy (Rose) Westfall on 09.03.2017

From the entry: 'Leota Karol Hatmaker'.

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Read the Sept 1st Gazette article about four WV school systems with major noteworthy gains in student proficiency in mastering subjects.

The Counties were Doddridge, Mingo, Taylor and Wayne. The proficiency increases were related to factors including curriculum changes, improved planning targeted to achieving specific goals,and use of modern tracking procedures to monitor results.

If other counties can do it Gilmer can too with the smallest school system in WV. For starters our administrators should learn what the four counties did and to adapt the practices to our school system.

It was insulting for some officials to claim that Gilmer’s citizens do not understand what is going on in our school system, they do not care, and nothing can be done about it anyway because of our poverty.

Citizens know more than they are given credit for and if the excess levy gains a chance of passing changes for the better must be demonstrated to voters.

By No More Excuses Accepted on 09.01.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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This is why Gilmer County must go on its own way by setting high standards, deciding on ways to achieve them for all children regardless of their pedigrees and family net worth. Part of it must include real time, unambiguous progress reports to establish accountability for school system administrators and the County’s school board.

A-F was a hoax. A WV school could get failing grades for student learning to end up with an overall A or B. Any wonder that we were stuck at 50th place with that brand of State cover-up?

By Gilmer--Go It Alone on 08.31.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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Yes, and in another year or two the grading system will change again.

And again and again and again.

The WV Board of Ed has played this gave for years, in order to ‘look’ accountable, but to escape any long term accountability.  Just keep changing the game.

By ~the people know~ on 08.31.2017

From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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The past 2 legislative sessions, both parties have proven their incompetence equally.

Gov. Justice has frosted the cake the legislature baked.

By Kanawha Watcher on 08.30.2017

From the entry: 'GOP Leaders Predict House Departures'.

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Yeah,you’re worried about the rule of law but want the illegal aliens to be exempt from immigration laws. Makes perfect sense to me.

By Skip Beyer on 08.29.2017

From the entry: 'Don’t Let Arpaio’s Arizona Become Trump’s America'.

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