Here is another one for the books. Results of studies have shown that when kids are crowded into classrooms air quality can go down and learning drops off. Why? Kids become drowsy.
How does this relate to the new GCES? We were told that the ultra modern school had monitors in the class rooms to measure air quality and when needed the HVAC system would kick in to adjust levels to be OK for proper learning.
That claim for automatic air quality adjustments turns out to be untrue.
Who was responsible for the mistake?
Cramming 40 kids into a class room is uncalled for in the first place and air quality problems resulting from it are another community concern for the new $14,000,000 school.
Another one for “you couldn’t make it up” chalk ups under State control.
Sounds like there is a family cemetery on the James’ property and the deceased might have had a will clause to be buried there, but the James’said no way and the mortuary was just following the deceased family’s direction and never asked the James’. Just my opinion. I am sure there is more to this story.
The BO staff should cease its active PR campaign for what should be done to solve severe crowding at the GCES.
When the Cedar Creek school project was terminated after more of the County’s money was wasted, G. Devono informed the community that he, his BO staff, and Williams and Shriver had come up with plans for the GCES.
You see what that group got us to verify importance of the County’s school board to use its newly established full authority to decide on the best way out of the crowding quagmire.
It is to late obvious that if competent planning had occurred when the GCES was designed, kids out there would not be packed in like sardines, and teachers would not be facing the demoralizing conditions thrust on them.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, WV - Fall turkey hunters checked in 1,131 turkeys this fall from 33 open counties, according to Keith Krantz, wild turkey and upland game bird project leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR).
Leading the state, Randolph County hunters reported harvesting 114 birds, followed by Greenbrier (81), Preston (71), Nicholas (63) and Pocahontas (62) county hunters. Preston County hunters have a two-week season while the others in the top five counties had four-week seasons. The 14 “traditional” fall hunting counties accounted for 56 percent of the total fall harvest, which was very similar to previous years.
All six DNR districts were open to fall turkey hunting in 2015. District 3 led the state with a harvest of 371 birds, followed by District 4 (208), District 2 (196), District 1 (185), District 6 (109) and District 5 (62).
“Fall turkey harvests are driven by a number of factors, including hunter participation, recruitment of turkeys into the population, and availability of hard mast,” Krantz said. “Harvest is relatively low in many of our nontraditional counties because hunters there were likely bowhunting for deer and not fall turkey hunting. Harvest numbers, therefore, may not reflect relative abundance of turkeys in those counties.”
DNR’s annual Mast Survey Report found oak mast to be spotty at best. which likely concentrated birds at localized food sources in many traditional counties. The hunter outlook part of the Mast Survey accurately predicted a turkey harvest similar to the 956 taken in 2014.
Fall harvest of wild turkeys in West Virginia, 2011-2015
Deer Hunters in West Virginia Harvest 66,374 Bucks During the Buck Firearms Season
SOUTH CHARLESTON, WV - Preliminary data collected from the new electronic game checking system indicate deer hunters in West Virginia harvested 66,374 bucks during the two-week buck firearms season, which ran from November 23 through December 05, 2015, according to Paul Johansen, chief of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife Resources Section.
The 2015 buck harvest is up 77 percent from the 2014 harvest of 37,450. The top 10 counties for buck harvest were: Ritchie (2,273), Preston (2,242), Lewis (2,157), Hampshire (2,107), Jackson (2,094), Roane (2,087), Hardy (1,885), Greenbrier (1,884), Upshur (1,864) and Wood (1,802).
The buck harvest increased in all DNR districts. The largest percentage increases occurred in the western counties of the state where the harvest was double that of last year. Excellent weather conditions and the lack of acorns were the primary reasons for the increase in 2015.
“We are very pleased with how hunters adapted to the new electronic game checking system,” added Johansen. “We have received many positive comments about the ease of being able to check deer and other game using the telephone, Internet or by stopping at a license agent.”
Johansen reminds hunters that several days of deer hunting opportunity still remain for 2015, including the remainder of the muzzleloader season, which runs through Saturday, December 12,. The traditional antlerless deer season in selected counties on both public and private land opens Thursday, December 17, and runs through Saturday, December 19. The Youth, Class Q/QQ and Class XS deer season for antlerless deer will be open Saturday, December 26, and Monday, December 28, in any county with a firearms deer season. This will be followed by the reopening of Class N/NN antlerless deer season December 29-31 in specified counties or portions of counties (see 2015 - 2016 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary or visit the DNR website at www.wvdnr.gov for county and area listings).
West Virginia Buck Firearms Season Harvest, 2011-2015
Title I Programs are a very important aspect of a school system. Traditionally, Title I has held three guiding fundamentals nationally and in West Virginia Schools:
Accountability for results:
All students are expected to meet the State’s challenging standards, and students who experience difficulty mastering those standards are provided timely, effective, additional assistance. Teachers use information about student performance and share ways that instruction can be improved to meet a wide range of student needs. The school keeps parents informed of the achievement of individual students, and of the progress of the school in meeting its goals.
Schoolwide programs operate according to a plan that contains proven, research-based strategies designed to facilitate schoolwide reform and improvement. Professional development activities are based on practices proven to be successful in helping teachers improve the quality of their instruction.
School and community engagement:
Staff in schoolwide programs engage parents and the community in their work as planners, participants, and decision makers in the operation of the school. This collaboration is based on a shared vision of the school’s values and overall mission. These partnerships strengthen the school’s ability to meet the needs of all students and improve the school.
Specific Core Beliefs of Title I Programs include:
* Plan for comprehensive, long-term improvement;
* Serve all students with highly qualified teachers and paraprofessionals;
* Provide continuous learning for staff, parents, and the community;
* Use research-based practices to develop and implement enriched instruction for all students;
* Use inclusive approaches to strengthen the school’s organizational structure;
* Consolidate resources to achieve program goals; and
* Engage in continuous self-assessment and improvement
As Director of Curriculum and Federal Programs, I feel that the first and foremost aspect to addressing the components and implementing quality Title I programs, is to gain input from those who have a direct interest and impact on the quality of education that we provide in Gilmer County. We are the educators, the parents, the family members, the fans, the community, and the support factor for our students.
So….What do you think?
Please take time for our brief survey and give some
If you would prefer to fill out a paper copy of this survey, please call 304.462.7386 x 108 or contact your child’s school to receive one.
Respectfully submitted by: Kyre-Anna Minney,
Director of Curriculum and Federal Program
Gilmer County Schools
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.”