And now Mylan is reducing it’s workforce, “reducing redundancy” “by less than 10%“. I guess that somebody has to go to help offset Heather Bresch’s $16.5 million raise (between 2007 and 2015. I’m sure that she’s worth every penny.
~ more ways to blame failure.
~ more excuses to purchase software.
~ more reasons for ‘needing’ hardware funds.
~ the WV education failure will continue, educrats in Charleston will be able to sing their we ‘need more’ song….
Yes it can be said that Joe Manchin is still involved with the West Virginia school system. Roundabout way, but still.
His wife, Gayle, is still on that WVBOE board.
Her term expired a year ago, but Gov. Tomblin has not named a replacement so she likely is still collecting on that $70k annual salary?
That’s a nice perk, while budgets are being slashed across the state.
NEW ROOF vs. PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT
As a community volunteer how should I feel?
All are glad for the kiddies playground equipment, absolutely.
But why do I keep thinking we volunteers have been had? Yes, violated even?
School tax dollars being miss-spent?
Extra burden on all who helped raise the needed money? Can we say as a community that the state appointed superintendent has scammed us?
We certainly are glad for playground equipment, but the way tax dollars have been spent, is a real insult to our Gilmer community. This superintendent needs to GO, sooner than later.
What a disgraceful situation we have been placed in. Thank you Charleston state board of education.
The state board of education says: We are from the government and we are here to help you. Ship Devano out and show us. Do you have the necessary backbone or is Joe calling the game still?
By intervention is killing our community on 11.27.2016
let’s hope you are correct for the sake of our country. Let’s hope he changes the pattern when the country was left in real bad shape when every republican president let the office. History can speak for itself. Hasn’t Trump been backing out of all his fake promises during campaign season? Again, the time will tell….
Funny you should bring this up when Trump won….never would have seen this otherwise.
Trump is all for trimming the Dem-fat and draining this swamp, and now you ask if he will do anything.
Did Obama or Clinton do anything to alleviate the situation? NO.
So, don’t question the man that you were sure would lose, just because you can’t stand that fact.
The only thing an A school got Gilmer County was to be closed, consolidated, good Teachers run off, kids traveled another half an hour down the mountain and no investment in the community that supported it. All this done by State puppets.
By And They Wonder Why Kids Don't Try on 11.25.2016
Same crew that came in with City Construction to button up the new school roof right? Scuttlebutt says that leaked too. How they got in Gilmer to begin with? All the talk about tailgate parties with contractors and Gabe D sounds like political favors & kickbacks. More than one knows how that goes when it comes to state contracts.
G “the boss” Devono says his Mentor S Collins is not his boss, C Daniel Assistant Superintendent is not his boss, M Martirano State Superintendent is not his boss and the State Board of Education is not his boss. According to him, he has no boss. HE is a legend in his own mind who throws around the name of a certain Gilmer philanthropist like every other jerk who wants to play big shot.
Of course it is true. Check with an honest member of your local Board .
Better ask how he wound up paying the same company owner to do that roof work on GES who was the same one he advertised in your local paper to contact about the bid specs and was paid as a consultant.
While you’re at it, you might check to see what he’s up to with your closed buildings and how he disrespects non-profit community groups.
Points for reading and mathematics to contribute to a school’s A-F letter grade came from online smarter balance testing, and results for those two parts were assigned with use of a centralized computer program. Right?
What is not clear is how many points for a school’s letter grade came from self-grading at local levels.
Self-grading never works. WV must adopt an objective school grading procedure with no room for local tinkering. If it fails to do it letter grades will continue to be a hoax.
It would be good advice for boards of education to insist on receiving all documentation to look for changes made in schools and central offices to try to get extra points to add up for overall letter grades.
After the initial grades were assigned school systems were given an opportunity to appeal with revised information for the purpose of trying to get more points.
At the same time there was an embargo to keep local school boards from getting any information until the final grades came out.
50 years ago our teachers would tell us they were grading a test on a ‘curve’.
That was so those who happened to get the most correct answers got their ‘A’, the teacher, the school, the system looked good and was protected.
Nothing has changed. Except the ‘curve’ has morphed into a ‘snake’ to protect the bureaucrats in their ivory palaces.
By from a 'curve' to a 'snake', Mingo can see it. on 11.21.2016
If we rely on gazette reporting then “eighty-three percent of elementary and middle schools’ A-F grades are based on students’ scores, and their growth in those scores, on the math and English Smarter Balanced tests. The Smarter Balanced measures represent about 73 percent of high schools’ grades.“
“Other factors, like attendance, make up the remaining part of the A-F scoring rubric.“
Sometimes it seems if the WVDE reports more to the media than the counties impacted by their decisions. Local Board members in several districts say they were not included in the information pathway but read it in the papers like the rest of us.
Citizens working hard to raise funds for playground equipment for the new Gilmer Elementary School….... while at the same time Gabriel Devano has reportedly spent in excess of $100,000.00 having a new roof installed on the old Glenville Elementary School….. which the WV State Board of Education has officially CLOSED under intervention.
Something is rotten and stinks here. Rumors have it the bidding and awarding of the roofing contract was a backroom deal?
G-Eye™: Gilmer County Board of Education Monthly Meeting Report - 08.17.15
REGULAR MEETING REPORT
Gilmer County Board of Education
Gilmer County High School
Monday, August 17, 2015 – 6:00 PM
I. CALL TO ORDER - Roll Call by President
Meeting was called to order by President. All Members Plus Superintendent were present
II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Pledge of Allegiance was led by the President
Mr. David Dennison and his wife Mrs. Dennison(teacher) express dissatisfaction about a board member inquiry [Video]
IV. CONSENT AGENDA-Board Action
A. Minutes: July 20, 2015
The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer
Monday, July 20, 2015 - 6:00 p.m.
Gilmer County High School
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm by President, Dr. Williams Simmons.
Members present: Tom Ratliff, Dr. William Simmons, Carl Armour, Norma Hurley, Misty Pritt
and Gabriel J. Devono, Secretary.
Others Present: Nasia Butcher, Phyllis Starkey, David Dennison and David Ramezan.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Carl Armour led the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Phyllis Starkey, David Dennison
A motion was made by Tom Ratliff and seconded by Misty Pritt to approve all items on the consent agenda. Motion passed 5-0.
There was no new business.
Superintendent distributed information concerning Monthly Financial Report, Financial Statement, Accounts Payable, Curriculum and 2015-2016 board Meeting dates.
The next regular meeting of the Gilmer County Board of Education will be August 17, 2015.
A motion was made by Norma Hurley and seconded by Misty Pritt to adjourn the meeting at 6:53 p.m. Motion passed 5-0.
B. Student Transfers
Question was asked about number of students in each school. Superintendent promised he would have them by September meeting.
2 Kindergarten Students from Sand Fork Elementary to Glenville Elementary
1 First(1) grade Student from Sand Fork Elementary to Glenville Elementary
1 First(1) grade Student from Troy Elementary to Glenville Elementary
1 Third(3) grade Student from Normantown Elementary to Sand Fork Elementary
1 Third(3) grade Student from Normantown Elementary to Glenville Elementary
1 Third(3) grade Student from Sand Fork Elementary to Glenville Elementary
1 Third(3) grade Student from Troy Elementary to Sand Fork Elementary
1 Fourth(4) grade Student from Normantown Elementary to Glenville Elementary
1 Fourth(4) grade Student from Sand Fork Elementary to Glenville Elementary
1 Fourth(4) grade Student from Troy Elementary to Glenville Elementary
1 Fourth(4) grade Student from Glenville Elementary to Sand Fork Elementary
1 Six(6) grade Student from Troy Elementary to Sand Fork Elementary
C. School Volunteers
D. Field Trips
1) Cedar Creek State Park (K-6) 08.14.15
2) Gilmer County Farm Show at Recreation Center in Glenville (FFA Students) 09.09.15
V. NEW BUSINESS
VI. REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW UP (INFORMATION)
A. CGCC-Dr. Carl Armour – July 21, 2015
Dr. Armour reported on the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center [Video]
******************************************** Calhoun-Gilmer Administrative Council
Official Minutes July 21, 2015
Mr. Timothy Woodwarcj, Presiding
Mr. Jason Hughes, State Dept.
Mr. Gabriel Devono, GilmerSupt.
Dr. Carl Armour, Gilmer
Mr. Bryan P. Sterns, Secretary
Mrs. Lisa Moore
Mrs. Jenna Jett, Calhoun
ITEM I-Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by Mr. Woodward at 10:52 a.m.
ITEM II Agenda Adjustments
Mr. Gene Coulson, Executive Director of Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education was present to inform council of an opportunity they might be interested in pursuing. Schools can be recognized if they prove they provided entrepreneurship education to every student in the building within one school year. Funding from the grant will be expended helping distressed counties implement the program. Calhoun and Gilmer have been identified as such counties by ARC. The award is intended to make all students aware of entrepreneurial career opportunities.
ITEM IV- Re-Organization of Administrative Council
Mr. Devono called for nominations for Administrative Council President and Vice-President. Mr. Hughes moved President and Vice-President stay the same, seconded by Dr. Armour. Motion carried and vote was unanimous. Mr. Woodward remains President and Mr. Devono Vice President by vote of acclamation.
ITEM V - Approval of Minutes
The minutes of June 16, 2015 were presented for approval. Mr. Devono moved to approve the minutes as presented; second by Dr. Armour. Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous.
ITEM VI - Reports
1. Entrepreneurial Opportunities - See Delegations
2. Skilled and Professional Pathway
Mr. Sterns presented council a handout from Donna Burge-Tetrick regarding the discontinuation of the skilled and professional Pathway.
3. Acceptable Use Policy and Cyber Safety Training
Mr. Sterns let Council know that two CGCC Instructors would like to do the cyber safety training especially for all day Career Center Students. He felt that both schools would be supportive of this effort.
ITEM V- New Business
ABCD: Financial Matters: The list of bills, an additional list of bills, the financial statement, budget supplements, and the CGCC Individual School Financial Report for June were presented for approval. Mr. Hughes moved to approve all financial items A through D, Seconded by Mr. Devono. Motion carried and vote was unanimous.
Employment: Adult Basic Education Instructor - Linda Jones
Mr. Devono moved to approve the employment as recommended by Mr. Sterns; seconded by Mr. Hughes. Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous
Mr. Sterns informed council he had 4 applicants with two top choices. He stated that only one applicant was High School certified. He then discussed references with the council. After much discussion in regards to said applicant Dr. Armour moved to employ Kari Hamric as Math Instructor. Seconded by Mr. Hughes. Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous.
Substitute Lists Calhoun and Gilmer Counties
Mr. Hughes made a motion to allow CGCC to use the substitute lists from both counties for the 2015-16 School year. Seconded by Dr. Armour. Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous. (The lists are unavailable at this time)
Postings: Mr. Sterns presented Council with Postings for Substitute Custodian and Evening ALC Instructor. (See Attachment 7 and 8) Dr. Armour moved to approve the postings as recommended; seconded by Mr. Devono. Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous
Council also had before them postings for Building Construction Night Class Instructor, Welding night class Instructor, and Small Engine Repair Night Class Instructor. After some discussion, motion was made by Mr. Devono to post, pending adequate enrollment, at $18.00/hr. Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous.
F. General Discussion
Simulated Workplace Drug Testing Policy - The two Superintendents informed those present that they did not have a presentation from Dr. D’Antoni at their Superintendent’s Conference, nor did they have a chance to speak with her regarding the simulated drug place policy. After discussion, both felt they could get further information from other Superintendents with a policy already in place.
ALC Summer Support - Mr. Sterns mentioned the possibility of next summer employing an ALC Summer Support Instructor at an hourly rate to monitor those students working online throughout the summer.
Commercial Baking - Prostart Instructor, Annette Benson, is in the process of developing a new CTE Commercial Baking Program here at Calhoun Gilmer Career Center. Mr. Sterns informed Council members that this would be offered for 2nd year students.
NRM Modifications -Mr. Sterns discussed the SAE requirement and additional days for the Natural Resource Management Instructor. Five additional days were mentioned for the supervision and to monitor summer projects.
ITEM VI - Adjournment and Scheduling of Next Meeting
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Administrative Council will be Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. With no further business occurring, the meeting was adjourned.
Mr. Tim Woodward, Presiding
Mr. Bryan P. Sterns, Secretary
B. RESA 7- Dr. William Simmons
VII. SUPERINTENDENT’S INFORMATION [Video]
A. Monthly Financial Report
B. Financial Statement
C. Accounts Payable
D. Curriculum & Summer School
E. Strategic Plan Meeting
The next Regular Board Meeting is Monday, September 21, 2015.
Leading Creek the Inter-County Elementary School Opens as First of It’s Kind
LINN, WV — The first inter-county elementary school in state history opened their doors Thursday morning to greet around 160 students from Lewis County and Gilmer County.
Leading Creek Elementary has a majority of students from Lewis County, but some from Gilmer County as well following the closure of two elementary schools in the respective counties–Alum Bridge in Lewis and Troy Elementary in Gilmer.
“Well, of course, everybody was excited,” Leading Creek Elementary Principal Kim Freeland said. “We have been anticipating this day for a long time. The staff and everybody has worked really hard to get everything ready.”
The school can hold 240 students, but began today with around 160. Freeland said that number will need to go up.
“Our classes are pretty full, especially our second grade through sixth grade,” she said. “They’re all at the max.”
Pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade had slightly smaller numbers than hoped for, but Freeland said they’ll begin addressing that issue immediately.
Freeland said the first day has been unique for virtually everybody involved.
“On the first day of school, typically teachers know most of the kids because they’ve seen them the past few years,” she said. “But here we’ve got kids coming from two different schools, so there wasn’t that familiarity. Everyone wasn’t familiar with everyone as it is typically.”
“It certainly has had it’s unique aspects,” she said. “I’m dealing with two Boards of Education, and the school itself has it’s own governing board.”
Freeland thinks this could be a viable option for other county school systems that have similar situations near their county lines–particularly in dealing with younger students.
“When there’s only one elementary in a county and it’s located farther away, it could limit the bus ride for students,” she said. “It could allow communities to keep their school in a fairly short distance.”
Leading Creek Elementary Golden Eagles “Leading the Way”: Open House and Ribbon Cutting
Linn, WV —Leading Creek Elementary School is West Virginia’s first inter-county school to merge Troy Elementary School from Gilmer County and Alum Bridge Elementary School from Lewis County. (According to a historian there was another inter-county school in West Virginia back in 1940s. Union school which had students from both Summers and Raleigh counties.)
Lewis County and Gilmer County jointly undertook the task to build a state-of-the-art facility that would benefit the students and communities of both counties.
Leading Creek is designed for an enrollment of 240 students from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade and includes separate art and music classrooms.
The bright bold colors of the school’s interior were selected to help encourage the students to enjoy and appreciate the time they have as students at Leading Creek.
On Saturday, August 01, 2015 the public had the opportunity to check out the new school during a community open house, dedication, and ribbon cutting ceremony.
The School is built on Gilmer-Lewis county line in Linn, WV.
The total cost of the school was more than $10 million. West Virginia School Building Authority paid for building of the school after each county paid about $350,000 for the land.
• Kim Freeland, (Principal, Leading Creek Elementary)
• Dr. Joseph Mace - Superintendent, Lewis County Schools
• Dr. Mark Manchin - Superintendent, Harrison County Schools - Former SBA President
• Mr. Gabriel Devono - Superintendent, Gilmer County Schools
• Special Presentation - Mr. Dan Gum, Commander, Weston Post No. 4 of the American Legion
• Pledge of Allegiance - Led by (Dalton DeJarnette, Matilda Arnold, Lena Frymier, Cassie
Other officials present were Dennis Fitzpatrick, Glenville Mayor; Dr. Bill Simmons, GCBOE Presient; Tom Ratliff, GCBOE member; Lewis County State Delegate Peggy Donaldson Smith as well as all the members of Lewis county Board of Education.
No Internet for Leading Creek Elementary, Imagine That!
School Facing Delays
Possible delays are facing Leading Creek Elementary School from completing the first intercounty school in West Virginia. However, plans are being set to insure no delays stop the school from opening its doors.
These delays may be due to a miscommunication or misunderstanding of what was needed from service providers to finalize the school’s systems. “We have a delay because we do not have internet out there,“said L.D. Skarzinski, personnel director. “It’s in the building, it’s wired in but they are not set to go.“
The company used to provide the school with internet stated there would be working internet by June 26. That date came and went but still the system was not up and running although the building had the necessary equipment.
Not having the use of working internet is causing delays in getting many of the school’s faculty and systems working properly.
“We have a principal that has been working out there everyday trying to get our building ready without any internet access,“ noted Skarzinski, “to me that is beyond what she should have to do.“
Major systems are being delayed because their operation revolves around being web based. The HVAC (Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning), lighting, security cameras, communications and portions of the telephone system can not go through final settings checks without the internet being in place.
Officials for the Lewis County Board of Education were told at Monday night’s meeting that the internet should be working at Leading Creek Elementary by the end of business on Tuesday the 14th.
All other projects are said to be going smoothly and progressing well. Faculty has been at the location, as well as service personnel being transferred to keep the grounds.
Maintenance workers will move pieces from Alum Bridge Elementary needed for Leading Creek. There will be a quote for outside workers to move the playground equipment from Alum Bridge to Leading Creek as not to overload the current staff already working on other projects.
The fire department was taken on a walkthrough of the school last week, giving them an opportunity to see the building.
Final bus runs are being completed and drivers are moving to the routes they will run for the new school.
“We’re in that process, we’re getting the final touches down and completed,“ Skarzinski said, “we’re getting close there is no doubt about it I just wish we had the internet out there.“
In other other school renovation news, Jane Lew Elementary is also nearing the final days of completion. The front of the building is said to be completely unrecognizable from the old. The playground is set and ready for the beginning of the school year. Workers are in the renovated classrooms now getting the facilities ready to go.
Due to SBA regulations every project must now have a testing, adjusting and balancing contractor hired for each site. These contractors review the loads and participles that are involved in the HVAC systems.
All rooftop units or stand alone units outside are checked to ensure airflow is matched and balanced. During the meeting of the board Performance HVAC was selected to inspect the units at Jane Lew Elementary.
The lockers at the school will be painted this week using Hydrostatic paint. A painting process in which the paint is electrically charged and immediately adheres to metal. The process saves on over-spray, it is said to be cost saving because no material is wasted in the process.
“They will begin to tap for the new water line,“ said Skarzinski, “It’s running pretty well, we’re pleased with where we’re at progress wise at Jane Lew.“
Contractors tell officials of the Board of Education they will be going through the final punch-list around August 12 or 13, before the school year begins.
On a personal note, the Bill Ballard memorial pavilion is missing four picnic tables from the site. The board would like to express there want and need for all tables to be returned by the individuals that have them at this time.
The Ballard family, school and community donated money to honor the memory of a longtime educator.
The tables are urgently needed before the beginning of the school year.
LEADING CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: West Virginia’s First
The old order changeth, yielding place to new
And God fulfills himself in many ways,
Lest one good custom should corrupt the world.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
By statute H.B. 3160 and H.B. 2755, Leading Creek Elementary School is a pilot initiative managed by a Joint governance Committee consisting of the county Superintendents from Gilmer and Lewis, two Board Members and a representative of the State Board of Education. This pilot designation is for a five-year period with the option to extend such designation for additional five-year periods.
Since the Leading Creek Elementary School has already been given pilot or “special” designation, I would propose that the school further expand upon its special mission by creating a framework for a model curricular and teaching methodology to improve student outcomes and increase parental and community involvement. One goal could be to utilize both new and time-tested approaches to increase student outcomes at all grade levels.
This new school, shared by two counties, offers challenges and opportunities to the counties and the state to step forward in focusing on the needs of students as determined by the teachers, administrators, retired teachers and professionals from higher education. A wealth of valuable experience rests with many retired elementary teachers in the area whose success in the classroom is beyond question. Additionally, there are three institutions of higher education nearby with professional expertise that could be drawn upon for the benefit of the new school.
As a member of the Joint governance Board, I would ask the State Board of Education and our Legislative body to designate Leading Creek Elementary School as a model for change and allow the teachers, principal, retired teachers, professional educators and parents to design and implement approaches to teaching subjects at the school which would reflect proven methodologies from the past, and current innovations to make for improved student outcomes and generate increased public confidence in our schools. At all times it is necessary to freely communicate with the public, parents and the education community.
Should the school be given the flexibilities and opportunity to break the mold and change some patterns, I sincerely believe that the school will gain regional support, make the case for success of inter county and multi-county schools and demonstrate that the State is willing to entrust educators to use their best to move educational performance forward and off dead center. At the end of the first five-year pilot designation, i predict that the State Board, taxpayers, legislators and parents will be proud of the new school on the banks of Leading Creek in Gilmer and Lewis Counties.
Challenge the two county School Boards, the Inter County Governance committee, parents, and the professional educators to deliver a quality educational experience at all grade levels at West Virginia’s first inter county school.
Oh but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp
Or what’s a heaven for.
Robert Browning “Andrea del Sarto”
Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries - 05.14.15
CLERK OF THE COUNTY COMMISSION OF GILMER COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND BENEFICIARIES
The administration of the estates(s) of the following deceased is pending before the Clerk of the County Commission of Gilmer County, 10 Howard Street, Glenville WV 26351.
The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below.
Notice is hereby given that the estate(s) of the following has been opened for probate. Any interested person objecting to the validity of the will, the qualifications of the personal representative or the venue or jurisdiction of the court, shall file notice of an objection with the County Commission within ninety days after the date of the first publication or within 30 days of service of notice, whichever is later. If an objection is not timely filed, the objection is forever barred.
All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before August 12, 2015 otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s). All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.
Claims against the estate must be filed in accordance with West Virginia Code 44-1-14a.
Belinda Lee Settle
Robert E. Parsons
2152 Gassaway Road
Normantown, WV 25267
Kenton R,. Frymier
Kenton R. Frymier Jr.
3180 Newberne Road
Cox’s Mills, WV 26342
Thomas E. Jolliff
Margie L. Jolliff
43 Right Ellis Road
Linn, WV 26384
Lucy Ann West
406 Dolliver Street
Glenville, WV 26351
Naomi Ruth Down
Karl M Wagner, Jr.
6893 Harding Hwy
Mays Landing, NJ 08330
Clerk of Gilmer County Commission
10 Howard Street
Glenville, WV 26351
The date of the first publication of this Notice is : May 14, 2015