This posting is directed to Mr. Gabriel Devono, the WVBOE appointed superintendent of Gilmer County’s schools as we go into the 6th year of intervention.
Mr. Devono, when are you going to release test scores for Gilmer County in detail similar to what is in today’s Gazette for Kanawha County?
We hear town criers doing damage control to spread word that don’t be alarmed about the new scores because we are doing as well as neighboring counties.
Are we content to settle for our kids being unable to read and do well for other subjects as they should be able to do or are we going rise up to demand better educations for our kids? It is that simple.
Aunt Maxine was my favorite great aunt. I used to come from Akron Ohio and spend a few days with her when I was 14 and 15. I loved talking to her and Uncle Obed, riding around town with James and Jerry would come to Ohio and stay with my grandma (Aunt Allie) play games with me. I enjoyed her big breakfasts she made, and the well, and going to the cemetery behind her own house. She took us and my kids when they would come down to the Bubby hole, and she would make us laugh. She gave my kids a cat and she never ever felt sorry for her self. Such a strong willed lady. Will be missed. The Morelock Family, Allen, Debbie (Rose McBride) Wilma’s daughter) and family.
LOOKS LIKE WE WATCHED TWO DIFFERENT DEBATES. TRUMP SHOULD ASK FOR THE TAX RETURN FOR THE CLINTON FOUNDATION FUND. IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN FILED ON A 990 FORM WHICH SHOULD BE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC. HELLARY ALREADY HAS TRUMPS TAX RETURN. APPARENTLY SHE SEES SOMETHING THERE THAT SHE CAN TWIST AROUND TO MAKE DONALD LOOK BAD BUT SHE CAN NOT RELEASE IT UNTIL HE OFFICIALLY RELEASES HIS RETURN BECAUSE SHE WOULD PROVE THAT SHE COMMITTED ANOTHER CRIME.
Couple things are for sure.
One, the teachers are not to blame.
Two, the taxpayers are footing a big bill.
So the 47th in education failure responsibilities rests squarely with the West Virginia Board of Education, the Joe Manchin administration, the Earl Ray Tomblin administration and their appointees, and the failed Legislators.
IE: Charleston Losers Club
The only winners are the money pocketing elites.
By poor return on tax dollars invested on 09.24.2016
The problem goes well beyond the union problems. Many teachers in many areas join the union just for the insurance protection - Not health insurance, but insurance against being sued. Of course, the union then controls a lot more than their insurance. The major problem is bureaucratic control of education rather than parent/teacher control. Teachers in small schools that I’ve known all worked together as teams…as schools became larger and larger, and mandatory “reforms” and “strategies” were put into place, what teacher has time to do what teachers do best?? Personal contact with students counts for more than all the theoretical “educationese” ever will. Yes, the unions have restricted some reforms but the curriculum isn’t set by the unions. It is set by state/local/ and federal mandates, none of which have done anything at to improve the quality of education. Good teachers with good intentions and solid curriculum guidelines, rather than “pie in the sky” mandates, make education work. Blaming teachers for the mess education is in is like blaming silverware for obesity!
The author of this column is making the problem too hard, and not addressing the real issue. If teachers truly felt as the article suggests they would dissolve their union(s) and take charge of the curriculum. They haven’t and will not.
The unions, like it or not, are the public voice of the teachers. That i to say the the union(s) speak for the teachers. When the unions start prioritizing student education above teacher pay and benefits we might see some improvement in quality if education, but not until then.
When Dr. Gary Smith came in front of the Gilmer County Board of Education to talk about finding a path to use the old Normantown Elementary for community purposes he left saying he had never experienced a more professional board. State Board member, ex County-Superintendent-long experienced Principal,Beverly Kingery came to talk with Gilmer County Board of Education around the first of the month. She said the Board asked very intelligent questions and made a point that the Board was more than capable of running the system. Dr. Cindy Daniel appeared before the Gilmer County Board of Education speaking on behalf of herself as Assistant State Superintendent and Mr. Martirano State Superintendent of Schools. She made it very clear that the Gilmer Board of Education was well prepared to have their authority returned and it was time to return Gilmer County. She further said that the State Board felt they should return control over our school facilities to the local board. That disposal actions as to real and personal property owned by the Gilmer County Board of Education should most only happen through the elected representatives of the communities. Every word was positive.
Will the OEPA Director Susan O’Brian and the WV State Board of Education do the right thing by Gilmer County? It is time to right this ship, work with the local Board of Education and return full authority back to the citizens.
By Gilmer Needs a Real Superintendent on 09.23.2016
Devano is STILL pushing to turn Glenville elementary into a Middle School.
Many people know that Cindy Daniel says that will not got on the WVBE agenda.
Devano though, still hallucinates that he can make it happen. He is suckering a select few along into believing him.
WVBE stated GC cannot afford another school. Especially with the continuing decline in enrollment. For which there is NO speculation to see any turnaround. Remember WV is actually in a population decline.
Plenty capacity in the HS to take a few kiddies without maintaining another building along with all the administrative costs and added utilities.
Devano lives in a fantasy world, denying reality. Some people will do anything to suck up to local elites.
And about a school levy. That’s a big no! Actually its a loud ‘ell no!!. The WVBE has wasted enough money. But even wasting money is beside the point.
You possibly could have made the case for an excess levy with five schools. Now that FOUR schools have been shuttered, there can be NO justification of the need for a levy to be passed.
On top of that, if the WVBE has THEIR chosen superintendent in place, then there is NO financial control locally of your tax dollars. The WVBE will just see to it that the levy money pays another $10,000.00 speaker as well as find other ways to foolishly spend the kiddies money.
Don’t get suckered into passing an excess school levy ever again. It is NOT needed. But you know government, if they have it they will spend it!
No WVBOE in total give back of our school system to local control to include a replacement superintendent who would report to Gilmer County=defeat of excess levy vote.
Money wasted, going from five schools to two, children lost to Lewis County, no accurate information on how the excess levy money was and would be spent—- what good would more tax money do for our children?
People are tired of their hard earned money going down rat holes.
No more excess levy =a financial crisis & when Devono goes it would be questionable if any highly competent % experienced person with excellent interpersonal skills and other job options would apply for his job.
How many votes did the levy pass by the last time? Forty votes or so? Do the math.
Here are more gems for citizens to ponder. There are secret WVBOE meeting to discuss making the old Glenville elementary school into a middle school.
The true reason is to take care of surplus students at the new crowded GCES where some classes have close to 40 students in them.
If the WVBOE puts in a middle school to cover its tracks for incompetent planning, think of the money it will cost to get the old elementary building up to safe schools standards and costs of having two sets of administrators, lunchroom facilities, extra costs for utilities etc. What is the grand total to add to wasted money?
The million dollar taxation without representation loan the WVBOE took out for citizens to pay off was not followed with any explanations of where that money went.
The same is true for the annual $1,000,000 excess levy money we voted in for our school system. How much excess levy money was collected during intervention for the WVBOE to spend without any local say? Close to $5,000,000?
Anywhere else in the USA someone would have been fired or jailed. What do we have? The WVBOE is still bankrupting us while it escapes accountability of any kind. Oh yes, what happened was for our children as said by the WVBOE. Really?
More WVBOE wasted money. $2,000,000 surplus before intervention, down to us being on a special watch for risk of overspending, $803,000 lost because of WVBOE’s accounting error, WVBOE took out a $1,000,000 loan without County’s approval for our citizens to pay off, at least $1,000,000 wasted on LES, auction barn site and the abandoned Cedar Creek project, and GES being built too small. Totals up to about $5,000,000 give or take a little thanks to Charleston’s WVBOE common core math wizards.
If a County had done something like this the WVBOE would have taken it over pronto with charges of dysfunction of epic proportions. WV is a show piece of double standards with the WVBOE leading the parade.
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
G-Eye™: Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting Report - 04.20.15
REGULAR MEETING REPORT
Gilmer County Board of Education
Gilmer County High School
Monday, April 20, 2015 – 6:00 PM
I. CALL TO ORDER - Roll Call by President
II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
IV. CONSENT AGENDA
A. Minutes: March 16, 2015 (Regular & Special)
MINUTES REGULAR MEETING
The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer Monday, March 16, 2015 - 6:00 PM Gilmer County High School
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 6:00 PM by President, Dr. Williams Simmons.
Members present: Misty Pritt, Tom Ratliff, William Simmons, Carl Armour, Norma Hurley and Gabriel J. Devono, Secretary.
Others Present: Rick Kinder, Cheryl Strother, Nasia Butcher, Dave Ramezan, Kyre-Anna Minney, Bob Hardman, Michelle Raines and Kim Bonnett.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Tom Ratliff led the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Kim Bonnett (on behalf of WVEAJ)
Misty Pritt moved to approve all consent agenda and new business items and Tom Ratliff seconded. Motion passed 5-0.
REVIEW 7 CONSIDER REVISIONS OF DELEGATION POLICY
Norma Hurley moved to table item and Carl Armour seconded. Motion passed 5-0.
MASONIC CORNERSTONE - GILMER COUNTY ELEMENTARY
Carl Armour made a motion to have no action on the item because the Board does not have any authority for new facilities and should the State decide to place the cornerstone, the state or the Masons should assume all financial responsibilities. Norma Hurley seconded the motion. Motion passed 5-0.
A. Spring break and calendar-Misty Pritt moved to approve the third option voted on by employees which is observing Good Friday and Monday as Spring Break and to utilize April 7-10 as instructional days. Tom Ratliff seconded. Motion passed 5-0.
B. Request for Purchase Technology-Mr. Devono read the following recommendation to the Board:
Gilmer County Board of Education: I am proposing for the Gilmer County Board of Education to approve the purchase of approximately 215 HP touch screen laptops, as indicated in your packet, for Gilmer County High School. Increasing one-to-one student to computer became goal #5 in our strategic plan for 2014-2015 as you know from previous presentations and sessions for our strategic plan. I met with the GCHS technology committee. The high school technology committee requested for all 7th and 8th graders to have one-to-one devices. The technology committee also indicated a need for providing both GCHS 9-12 Math teachers one-to-one instructional devices and a need to provide the 11th and 12th grade Science teacher one-to-one devices.
In the state board of education standards, our classroom teachers are required to teach standards for student technology use. Within WVDE policy 2520.14, you will find standards for grades 5-8 and 9-12 that specifically outline objectives, skills, and outcomes for technology applications in ALL core subject classrooms that cannot be met unless students have access to devices.
It is a right and responsibility of a superintendent to research and identify the need and resources to accomplish shared goals for improving the educational process. I am proposing for the Gilmer County Board of Education to approve the purchase of approximately 215 HP touch screen laptops through state approved AEPA (Association for Educational Purchasing Agencies) consortium for Gilmer County High School. The funding has been secured out of STEP 7b which is directly provided for technology integration within our school district.
Carl Armour made a motion to deny the Superintendent’s request. Motion died for lack of a second. Misty Pritt made a motion to accept the recommendation of the Superintendent on proposed technology. Tom Ratliff seconded. Motion passed 4-1. Carl Armour opposed.
C. LIREC Grant and Policy 2512.
Dr. Armour reported on the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center meeting of February 26, 2015.
Dr. Simmons reported on RESA 7 and Leading Creek Elementary and HB2755.
The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will be March 16 2015, 6:00 pm. at Gilmer County High School.
Carl Armour moved and Tom Ratliff seconded that the meeting adjourn at 7:53 PM. Motion carried unanimously.
MINUTES SPECIAL MEETING
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 5:30 PM by President, Dr. William Simmons.
Members present: Carl Armour, Misty Pritt, Tom Ratliff, William Simmons, Norma Hurley and Gabriel Devono, Secretary.
Others Present: Kyre-Anna Minney, Nasia Butcher and Dave Ramezan.
APPROVE LEVY RATES
Superintendent distributed the levy schedule to board members.
Norma Hurley moved and Misty Pritt seconded that the meeting be recessed until April 21, 2015 at 8:00 AM at the Gilmer County Board of Education Office. Motion passed unanimously.
B. Budget Supplements & Transfers
C. Financial Statement/Treasurer’s Report
D. Accounts Payable
E. Student Transfers
F. School Volunteers
G. Field Trips
We apologize for lack of report. We have asked for this information in person, in meetings, and in writing multiple times, but still we are not getting the information ALL previous Superintendents provided. Instead, we receive several blank pages with heading for each line items.
V. NEW BUSINESS
A. WV School Board Assoc. Membership Fees
B. Adopt Embedded Credit Policy
C. Approve 2015-2016 School Calendar
D. Adopt Textbooks for Health, Reading Language Arts
E. Affordable Care Act
VI. Nasia Butcher, Principal, Gilmer County High School
VII. SUPERINTENDENT’S INFORMATION/ACTION
A. LSIC Meeting Updates
VIII. REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW-UP ACTION
A. CGCC- Dr. Carl Armour – March 17, 2015
Calhoun-Gilmer Administrative Council Official Minutes March 17, 2015
Mr. Timothy Woodward, Presiding
Mr. Gabriel Devono, Gilrner Supt.
Mrs. Jenna Jett, Calhoun Absent:
Dr. Carl Armour, Gilmer
Mr. Bryan P. Sterns, Secretary
Mr. Jason Hughes
ITEM I-Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by Mr. Woodward at 11:00 AM.
ITEM II - Agenda Adjustments
ITEM III - Delegations
ITEM IV - Approval of Minutes
The minutes of January 26, 2015 were presented for approval. Dr. Armour moved to approve the minutes as presented; second by Mrs. Jett. Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous.
Mr. Sterns and Mr. Woodward both reported that the OEPA exit interview was very positive. The official report will be out in May or June.
Mr. Sterns presented the Council with a Power Point of the Simulated Workplace. He also informed members that Mr. Jackson with Law and Public Safety and Mr. McCormick with Networking and Computer Repair will be participating in Pilot programs next school year and they are both attending a training on April 24 at United Technical Center.
ITEM VI - New Business
Financial Matters: The list of bills, the financial report, a budget supplement and transfers, and the CGCC Individual School Financial Report for February were presented for approval. Dr. Armour moved to approve the financial matters as presented; second by Mr. Devono. Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous.
Personnel: There were no personnel matters.
Workbase Placement: Mr. Sterns presented two MOUs for approval. Mrs. Jett moved to approve the list as presented; second by Dr. Armour. Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous.
Embedded Credit: Mr. Sterns presented two Memorandums of Understanding between Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center and Calhoun County and Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center and Gilmer County to provide students an opportunity to earn Embedded English Credit. Each county board is responsible for developing their own policy. Dr. Armour moved to accept the MOUs as presented and Mrs. Jett seconded the motion. After some discussion, Mrs. Jett moved to rescind the motion, seconded by Dr. Armour. Dr. Armour moved to accept the MOUs pending Gilmer’s Board Approval of an embedded credit policy. Mr. Devono seconded the motion. Motion carried. Vote: unanimous.
LEA: Mr. Sterns presented the council with a draft of the LEA plan. Dr. Armour moved to accept the LEA as presented, seconded by Mr. Devono. Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous.
Mr. Sterns reported that Dr. D’Antoni will be visiting on April 29, 2015. This is a rescheduled visit. She will be meeting with staff and students.
Council was very complimentary of the Joint LSIC meeting. Several members spoke of how impressed they were with the students who presented that evening.
Mr. Sterns expressed concern over scheduling issues for the SY2015-16. Due to the inclement weather, Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Instructors are just now completing their presentations at GCHS and the Eighth and Tenth grade visits are not scheduled until next week. As schedules are being developed for students for the next school year, Mr. Sterns expressed that he is in hopes that students will be given the opportunity to adjust their schedules if they express an interest in attending the Career Center. Also, Mr. Devono asked Mr. Sterns if presentations could be done at various times at the High Schools not only at just one particular time. The discussion of also opening up visits with the Elementary age students was addressed as well.
It was brought to council’s attention that we are currently unable to contact Bus Driver Colin Hartshorn with our current radio. Mr. Sterns would like to contact Joe Frashure, Transportation Director in Gilmer County to see if we would be able to correct that.
Several adjustments in the School Calendar were noted regarding Early Dismissal dates and Spring Break dates. Gilmer County will be out of session on April 03 and April 06 and will be converting April 07-10th as instructional days. CGCC will follow the Gilmer County Calendar as voted on previously by this council. ITEM VI - Adjournment and Scheduling of Next Meeting
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Calhoun-Gilmer Administrative Council will be held on April 21, 2015 at 11:00 AM. With no further business, the meeting adjourned on motion of Mrs. Jett; second by Mr. Devono. Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous.
Mr. Timothy Woodward, Presiding Mr. Bryan P. Sterns, Secretary