The cost of education goes up every year but quality of education remains stagnant or declines.
Why? Teachers unions whose concern is their own pay benefits and has nothing to do with quality of education or the children they teach.
DeVos has an opportunity to change that. I wish her luck. If she can break the strangle hold of the teachers unions she will have done more good “for the children” than the teachers unions have ever done.
Don’t believe there is any magic wand can be waved to fix six years of intervention. Devono will not play nice and give a board that worked to get rid of his money anything without a fight. When did he ever follow the orders of his state boss? When did he ever listen to his state mentor?
When the man is gone things will start improving.
The first priority for the school board should be to get finances under control.
Do you have enough money to continue operating the school system as is, are there no-bid awards for goods and services to be looked at for elimination, are there ways to be more efficient in using money to allocate greater amounts to educating children, is there waste and unnecessary expenses to eliminate, does tightening up need to be done in the central office to cut down on expenses, are salaries in the central office in line with work loads and responsibilities in the smallest school system in West Virginia with the lowest numbers of pre-K through 12 students and only two schools?
All of the above and more need to be looked at in minute detail including ways to allocate money better to aid teachers to do their difficult jobs.
Citizens are counting on the school board to get an accurate handle on finances quickly as possible after more than five years of information being kept secret by the State.
Look at the type of lumber used to construct a cheapbass guardrail! That will need replaced in 5 years if it doesn’t wash away or slip away first. Like the classroom doors in the new school that are falling off their hinges already.
Makes a lie out of the old saying…..you get what you pay for. Not in this Gilmer County school deal!
Gilmer County should sue the State and all responsible parties for making decisions causing the Leading Creek school and the under built GCES school fiascos plus all the other failures during intervention.
No matter how overcrowding at the GCES is solved it will cost Gilmer County extra money and worse yet our innocent children will be jacked around.
Remember the State hiring a principal for Troy and the individual did not show up for work yet pay and benefits were paid out for a year? That blunder was another one among many to add to the long list.
The series of blunders by the State are in the “you could not make them up” category. What better examples of broken State government could you come up with?
ABOUT TWO WEEKS AGO I RECEIVED A PHONE CALL THAT I HAD WON A FREE CARIBBEAN CRUISE AND I TOLD THEM THAT I DID NOT WANT TO GO TO ANY AIRPORT OR GO ON ANY CRUISE SHIP WHILE OBAMA WAS IN CHARGE BECAUSE OF THE MOSLIM TERRORIST. THAT MAY HAVE SEAMED A LITTLE ODD BUT IF WE HAD GONE ON THE TRIP WE WOULD HAVE BEEN AT THE FLORIDA AIRPORT WHEN THAT SHOOTING TOOKE PLACE.
My dear self-claimed lover,
Sorry for making you wait for response. I hope it does not jeopardize our relationship. I am still very puzzled with your logic and your inconsistency. I strongly believe in what is good for goose should also be good for gander. If you are a true American, you should be loyal to our great country rather than political interests. I find it upsetting when I see the people who are not going to gain anything when they keep supporting a party and falling for their untruthful promises. I hope you are not one of them because we will definitely have conflicts. I am going with your claim, giving Clinton era successes to Reagan because you say it takes time for policies to show results. If that is the case the who should be getting the credit in next 4-8 years if our country is successful? Should it be Obama or Trump? What if the results are bad? Be consistent now, dear!
How many watched Devono on Channel 12 last evening? He expressed intent to establish another school in the County.
He oversaw the failed Cedar Creek project and he pivoted to his lead role in building the too small GCES after the County’s money was wasted at Cedar Creek.
The mystery about the GCES is why didn’t Devono do a head count of students going to the school followed by use of simple math to determine how many classrooms would be needed before that project began?
To be fair to Devono his answers to clear up the space mystery would be appreciated. Was there miscalculation by a staff member or was Charleston responsible for the SNAFU?
The good news is that Mr. Minigh and his fellow board members finally have authority to reverse the way school business has been done to include ending secrecy with information.
Most likely you will never see those financial records. Devono’s Charleston handlers have all ready told him to chuck everything into the circular file. Remember Blankenship’s last days? Doubt even FOIA’s would get it.
Before we go any farther citizens want to see detailed financial itemization for all the County’s money spent on planning and everything else for Leading Creek, the dropped auction barn site, the dropped Cedar Creek site, and all the County’s money spent on the GCES.
In addition to the above we want to know where all money went for the $1,000,000 State borrowed bond money the County has to pay off and the name of the financial institution holding the debt.
There is more. We want detailed financial itemization for where all the County’s excess levy money went under State control.
Campaigning going on for renewal of the excess levy is a waste unless there is an accounting for every penny of it spent by the State and it would be still doubtful if the levy will ever pass again.
Why do we need to extend the $1,000,000 annual excess levy after going from five schools to two, and exactly how would future money be spent if we voted in another excess levy?
Do readers think that detailed financial accounting information talked about above is unreasonable to ask for when citizens are paying the bills in our poor county?
All the above concerns are turned over to the three surviving members of the County’s school board for them to get us truthful answers.
The WVBE appointed GC superintendent will ever learn?
Divide and Conquer management rarely wins for anyone?
At least it is public knowledge now, with video proof as well as OEPA state audit confirmation.
Teachers are told not to talk with each other.
Bus drivers are silenced.
Custodians worry about their employment.
All school staff have been warned, yea intimidated into silence.
Even school contractors have been ‘told’.
Seeing our local board members back in control, all the school employees know they can talk again.
G.D. You will need several truck loads of kitty litter.
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.”
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.