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Gilmer County Residents Graduate From GSC

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Five students from Gilmer County were awarded degrees during the Glenville State College December Commencement Ceremony held on Saturday, December 13, 2014.

The ceremony was made up of students who completed their degree requirements in July and December 2014.

Dakota L. Ellyson of Glenville received an Associate in Arts degree in General Studies.

Tara B. Grieco of Glenville graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Jennifer R. Hess of Glenville received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in Computer and Information Systems with a concentration in Programming and a minor in Studio Art.

Anthony M. Rock of Linn received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Global Studies.

Jason K. Taggart of Normantown received a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management degree with a concentration in Landman Technology and a minor in Business.

Founded in 1872, Glenville State College is a public liberal arts college located in Glenville, West Virginia.

The college offers a variety of four-year degree programs and 13 NCAA Division II athletic teams.​

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Kathleen Adams Sleeth

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Kathleen Adams Sleeth

Age 94 of Parkersburg, WV; departed this life Saturday, February 07, 2015 at the Care Haven of Pleasants in Belmont, WV; following an extended illness.

Born January 03, 1921 in Cox’s Mills, WV; daughter of the late Emery E. and Emily Elva Flesher Adams.

Kathleen attended Rock Grove Baptist Church before moving to Parkersburg and worked maintenance for the Gilmer County Board of Education.

After the birth of her special needs great-granddaughter,  Rachel Danielle Sleeth,  Kathleen dedicated her life to her care.

On December 30, 1939, she was united in marriage to Teddy Sleeth Sr.  who preceded her in death on July 22, 1997

Surviving is 1 daughter Karen Sleeth of Parkersburg, 2 sisters, Geneva Matheny of Paden City, WV; and Genelea Grose and husband Harry of Weston, WV.

There are 2 grandchildren,  Tamara Sleeth Westfall of Parkersburg, WV; and R. Sunshine Sleeth also of Parkersburg, WV;  2 great-grandchildren, and 2 great great-grandchildren also surviving.

Along with her husband and parents, Kathleen was preceded in death by 1 son, Teddy J. Sleeth Jr., 1 daughter-in-law, Catherine Sleeth, 1 granddaughter,  Denette Sleeth, and 5 siblings, Margurite Broadwater, Helen Bush, Raymond Adams, Denzil Adams,  and James Adams

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville WV; 26351 at 1:00 PM Saturday, February 14, 2015 with Rev Bill Hunt officiating.

Burial will follow in the Rock Grove Cemetery, in Linn, WV.

Friends and family may call from 5-8 PM Friday evening February 13, 2015 at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Kathleen Sleeth with arrangements.

Mildred Lucille Burkhammer

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Mildred Lucille Burkhammer

Age 91, of Glenville, West Virginia, departed this life early Saturday morning, February 07, 2015 at the Genesis Health Center following an extended illness.

Born June 10, 1923 in Gilmer County, WV daughter of the late Roy and Mary Marks Arbogast.

Lucille was a graduate of Sand Fork High School. She worked for several factories in Ohio and loved music. Lucille taught music lessons in Ohio and from her home in Gilmer County upon her return to the area. She could play several instruments including, guitar, trombone, Sax, French Horn and Piano.

Lucille’s passion was farming. She loved working with the animals and the peace and quiet of country living. She also loved taking care of her cats, Fozzy and Hissy. Mildred will be greatly missed by her caregivers Linda and Gerald.

On October 23, 1941 she was united in marriage to Henry Victor Burkhammer, who preceded her in death on March 03, 1987.

Surviving is one great niece, Linda McHenry and husband Gerald of Linn, WV. Mildred was also survived by several nieces ,nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

Along with her husband, Lucille was preceded in death by 7 brothers and sisters, Coy Miller, Crindy Butcher, Autive Miller, Dana Arbogast, Thelma Gum, Wendell Arbogast, Howard Arbogast, and Eddie Arbogast.

The family would like to take this opportunity to thank the Gilmer County Senior Center, Genesis Health Care, and Hospice Care of Burnsville for their kindness and compassion at the end of Lucille’s life.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV 26351 at 12:00 Noon Wednesday February 11, 2015 with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Burial will follow in the Sand Fork Cemetery, Sand Fork, WV.

Friends may call from 11:00 AM - 12:00 Noon, Wednesday at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Mildred Lucille Burkhammer with arrangements.

D. Breyer Mathess

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D. Breyer Mathess

Age 20, of Stone Lick Road, Jane Lew, WV passed away unexpectedly at 12:26 PM on Sunday January 25, 2015 in the Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown as a result of injuries sustained in an accident at his residence.

He was born in Clarksburg, WV on February 28, 1994 a son of Steven R. Mathess and Wendy Frashure Mathess of Jane Lew.

His quick wit and resourcefulness will be carried on by his family: one son, Brandson Reid Mathess of Jane Lew; fiance’, Taylor Wolfe of Buckhannon; maternal grandmother, Dottie S. Bush of Tanner; paternal grandparents: Larry and Vicki Mathess of Buckhannon; paternal great grandmother, Mary Lou Kane of Buckhannon; Paternal great grandfather, Clarence Mathess of Cox’s Mills; two aunts: Nikki Frashure of Jane Lew and Aimee Snyder and husband Mike of Morgantown; and the family dogs, who miss him dearly.

Breyer was a graduate of Lewis County High School and worked with his father in the family business, Gutter Express Inc. installing seamless gutters and downspouts. He and his fiance’ were looking forward to starting a new chapter in their lives as they planned their upcoming wedding and shopped for a new home. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially deer hunting with his dad, riding 4 wheelers, and he liked to watch military documentaries, westerns, and the history channel.

He attended the Sand Run Baptist Church in Buckhannon.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 5-8 PM on Thursday January 29, 2015.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 PM on Friday with Pastor Don Butcher officiating. Interment will follow in the Hiney Cemetery in Linn.

The family requests that flowers be omitted and donations be made to Miracles Happen 201 Edgington Lane Wheeling, WV 26003-1513.

Their program focuses on mental health and substance abuse recovery.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Breyer Mathess.

Arnold A. “Sam” Radcliff

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Arnold A. “Sam” Radcliff

A81, of Gee Lick Rd., Weston, WV passed away at 9:44 AM on Monday, January 05, 2015 in the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston following a brief illness.

He was born in Gilmer County, WV on November 11, 1933 a son of the late Herbert Radcliff and Hester Neal Radcliff.

On July 24, 1954 he married the former Billie Lea Frashure and they celebrated 60 years of marriage.

His kind-hearted, giving spirit will be carried on by his wife and their three children: Brenda Stout of Weston, Ronnie Radcliff of Weston, and Mark Radcliff and wife Kim of Buckhannon; six grandchildren: Mike and Mandy Stout, and Alicia, Olivia, Amie and Jamie Radcliff; 10 great grandchildren: Brody and Baylor Radcliff, Tyler and Kylie Smith, Kasen and Karcher Stout, and Dylan, Gracie, Memphis, and Emma Perry; three brothers: Lanta Radcliff and wife Mildred, Gary Radcliff and wife Lela, and Jay Radcliff and wife Margaret, all of Glenville; and one sister, Marie Sprouse of Freeman’s Creek.

Sam quietly entered his last journey to join family who had gone before. In addition to his parents, he will be joining his son, David Lee Radcliff, son-in-law Donnie Stout, three brother: Bob Radcliff and two infants, two sisters: Lizia Sprouse and an infant; and his beloved Labrador, Sally, who was his best friend for many years.

Sam worked at Hall’s Exxon for 10 years, then worked at the Weston State Hospital for 21 years, while owning and operating Radcliff Exxon in Weston for a total of 50 years. His tireless work ethic and dedication to serving the citizens of Lewis County was apparent as he assisted a countless number of people who visited his station over the years. He enjoyed watching college basketball, tinkering with his tractors, spending time with his grandchildren, and visiting with his four-legged grandchild, Zoe, a Yorkie who stole his heart.

Friends and family will gather at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Rd. in Jane Lew from 4 - 8 PM on Thursday, January 08, 2015.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM on Friday from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Kenneth Miller officiating.

Interment will follow in the Hiney Cemetery at Linn.

The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of Arnold Radcliff.

G-FYI™ MOU between WV Board of Education/Gilmer County and Lewis County

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MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

BETWEEN

THE WEST VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION ACTING ON BEHALF OF THE

GILMER COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION,

AND

THE LEWIS COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

RE: GOVERNANCE AND OPERATION OF INTERCQUNTY SCHOOL

    This agreement is entered into between the West Virginia Board of Education (hereafter, WVBGE) acting on behalf of the Gilmer County Board of Education(GCBOE), sending county, pursuant to W. Va. Code §18-2E-5, and the Lewis County Board of Education {hereafter, LCBOE), receiving county.

    The GCBOE superintendent, WVBOE, and LCBOE each recognize that the education and welfare of students In Gilmer and Lewis Counties will be enhanced by the establishment of a school in the location of Linn, WV, on or near the Gilmer and Lewis County line. The counties have identified tie establishment of this school as their priority needs project and have jointly made a request to the West Virginia School Building Authority (SBA) for funds to be used in constructing the school The purpose of this agreement is to memorialize the agreement of the parties as to the establishment, operation and management of the intercounty school. The agreement shall be in full force and effect and. honored by ail parties, now and in the future, unless and until all parties agree to any changes which shall be memorialized in writing.


1.    Establishment and Operation

    The establishment, operation and management of the intercounty school shall be governed by W.Va, Code §18-5-11, §18-9A-14, and §18A~4-8i and other applicable portions of West Virginia Code and WVBOE Policy. Because the tax assessment the property on which the school will be built is determined by and payable to Lewis County, the title of the school shall be held in the name of the Lewis County Board of Education which shall be vested with the control and management of the school. The cost for acquisition of the property. shall be apportioned between the GCBOE and the LCBOE on an equal basis as follows:

•  GCBOE will pay one half of the total cost toward the purchase of approximately twenty (20) acres of property located at Linn, West Virginia, to be used as the site for the proposed intercounty elementary school. 'A description of the property is found in the deed attached at Appendix A.

•  LCBOE will pay one half of the total cost toward the purchase of approximately twenty acres of property located at located at Linn, West Virginia, to be used as the site for the proposed intercounty elementary school.

    Gilmer County Schools will be responsible for procurement of all architectural services related to this project, Invoices for architectural and engineering services will be submitted to the GCBOE, requisitions will be sent to the S8A by GCBOE, and SBA will render payment directly to the architect for architectural and engineering services. All other requisitions associated with this project shall be submitted to the LCBOE.

    West Virginia Code §18-9A-14 will govern the transfer of money via the state aid formula to LCBOE as a result of the transfer of students from GCBOE.

    Except.as-set-forth above regarding property acquisition and payment for architectural and engineering services, the GCBOE shall not be otherwise responsible for expenses incurred in the operation of the new school.


2.    Advisory Council Composition

    An Advisory Council shall be created and shall be in place and active no later than 12 months prior to the opening of the intercounty school. The Council shall be comprised of the receiving and sending county superintendents, ex-officio; one receiving and one sending county Board of Education Member elected for two-year terms; the LSIC Chair Person; the principal of the intercounty school once selected; and the PTA president (During the school planning process, the LSIC Chair Person and PTA President from both Troy and Alum Bridge elementary schools shall serve on the council. Once the school is complete and ready to open, the Joint LSIC and PTA will elect one Chair Person and one president, respectively, to represent the new school.)


3.    Advisory Council Role

    The parties agree that the Advisory Council shall make recommendations to the LCBOE regarding the general operation of the intercounty school, including but not limited to the following:

a. Personnel

    All personnel issues shall be brought before the Advisory Council which shall make recommendations on a!i personnel issues arising at the intercounty school after discussion and review with input from both county superintendents. The LCBOE superintendent shall forward the recommendations of the council to the LCBOE for action.

    In accordance with §18A-4-8i, professional educators and service personnel whose names appear on the certified list of employees created pursuant to the provisions of subsection (c) of the section and who are hired by the county board of the receiving county shall accrue seniority in both the sending and the receiving counties during the time in which they continue to be employed by the county board of the receiving county. This means that the employees of the sending county (GCBOE) will retain their years of service/seniority without interruption when they transfer to the receiving county (LCBOE). This seniority Is not limited to use solely at the intercounty school.

b. Policy

The LCBOE will govern the new intercounty school with the guidance and recommendations of the Advisory Council. The LCBOE superintendent shall forward the recommendations of the Council to the LCBOE for action.

c. Transportation Routes

Each county will be responsible for transporting Its own students to the new intercounty school. The Advisory Council may make recommendations regarding ways
to save transportation time and cost regarding students attending the school. The LCBOE superintendent shall forward the recommendations of the council to the LCBOE for action.

d. Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan (CEFP) Revisions

    CEFP revisions will be the responsibility of the receiving county (LCBOE). The Advisory Council may make recommendations to the LCBOE regarding facilities planning. The LCBOE superintendent shad forward the recommendations of the council to the LCBOE for action.

e. School Funds

    Any unexpended funds remaining In the Troy and Alum Bridge school accounts, including faculty senate funds, will be transferred to the intercounty school once it is opened. All financial obligations and debts incurred by the respective schools (Troy and Alum Bridge) shall be satisfied prior to the opening of the new school.

    The Advisory Council may make recommendations regarding support organizations and fundraising ideas for the intercounty school. All school support organizations must be officially approved by the LCBOE. The LCBOE superintendent shall forward the recommendations of the council to the intercounty school principal and/or LCBOE for action as appropriate.


4.    Planning Committed

    The entire LSIC at Troy and Alum Bridge elementary schools, as well as such additional members as may be designated by the superintendents of GCBOE and LCBOE, will comprise a planning committee to exist for the duration of the intercounty school construction. The committee shall have the responsibility for development of educational specifications as designated in SBA policy. The planning committee shall also have responsibilities for determining the intercounty school name, mascot, colors, etc.


5.    Advisory Council Meetings

    All meetings shall be properly noticed pursuant to the West Virginia Open Meetings Act. The parties agree that the Advisory Council shall meet at least monthly and alternate the meeting location between counties until the intercounty school is completed. After the school is completed, Advisory Council Meetings shall occur at the school. The Advisory Council shall meet at least quarterly with the sending county (GCBOE) and at least monthly with the receiving county (LCBOE). Special meetings shall be held as necessary and the meetings noticed accordingly.

    The first meeting of the Advisory Council shall be announced jointly by the superintendents of GCBOE and LCBOE. At this meeting, a chairperson snail be elected. Prior to the election of a chairperson, the meeting shall be jointly chaired by the superintendents of GCBOE and LCBOE. Thereafter, the chairperson shall conduct elections for the offices of vice-chair and secretary. All offices shall have terms of one year.


6.    Conflicts

Nothing In this agreement shall contravene the duties and rights of the parties as set forth in West Virginia law. If any provision herein is found to conflict with controlling law, that portion of the agreement shall be rendered null and void without invalidating the remaining provisions in the agreement


7.    Agreement and Signature

The parties agree to the provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding as evidenced by the signatures, below. This Memorandum of Understanding shad be executed in three duplicate originals.

West Virginia Board of Education acting on behalf of the Gilmer County Board of Education:

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****** End of MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING Document ******


Summary of HB 3160: Pilot Initiative on Governance of Schools Jointly Established

1. Counties involved in a jointly established school are now required to enter into a formal agreement about how the counties will share costs.

2. This amendment allows participating county boards to decide control and management of the jointly established school if so desired.

3. Unless otherwise provided in agreement, operating costs are the responsibility of the county in which the joint school is located.

4. If a county sends students to another county and provides transportation or contributes support services or instructional programs, the sending county net enrollment is increased at .15 times the number of full-time equivalent county students enrolled in the joint school.

5. In the absence of a well-defined governance structure for joint established schools, HB 3160 provided a pilot initiative for a jointly governing partnership board.

6. The pilot initiative applies where two elementary schools have signed a MOU on the governance and operation of the school, and must include certain features:

• A jointly established board which meets monthly or at the call of its chair.

• The board will consist of 5-members; both superintendents, both board presidents, and a designee from the WVDE.

• The chair is elected by the joint governing partnership board for a two-year term.

• Board meeting must be held at the school once opened.

7. The joint governing partnership board may exercise certain governing authority of the school in four areas:

• Personnel (recommending personnel to employing county).

• Curriculum (formulating/executing school’s strategic improvement and technology plans to meet school performance and progress).

• Finances (controlling the expenditure of all funds allocated).

• Facilities (controlling the use from both counties)

• Adopt policies different from both counties

8. On or before November 1, 2013, the superintendents and board presidents that have a MOU in effect on July 16, 2013, must make a report to the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education.

9. Joint governing boards must remain in effect for five years, unless initiative is repealed.

10. At the end of five years, the joint governing board must make a recommendation on the viability of the partnership to the Legislative Oversight Commission.

11. The joint governing board may vote to continue the partnership arrangement after five years.





§18-5-11. Joint establishment of schools.

    (a) The boards of two or more adjoining counties may jointly establish and maintain schools. The title to the school shall be vested in the board of the county in which the school is located. The agreement by which the school is established shall be reduced to writing and entered of record in the minutes of each board.

    (b) The boards pf the several districts shall determine the site of the proposed school and the amount to be expended for its establishment and equipment.

        (1) The participating counties shall enter a formal agreement regarding the manner in which the cost for the acquisition of the property and equipment shall be apportioned.

        (2) The board in the district in which the building is located shall be vested with the control and management of the school, except as may otherwise be provided in the agreement between the counties.

    (c) The annual operating costs shall be the responsibility of the county in which the joint school is located and subject to the allowance transfer set forth in section fourteen, article nine-a of this chapter unless otherwise provided in the agreement between the counties.

    (d) For a county board that sends students to a jointly established school in another county and that provides transportation for those students or that otherwise contributes to the support services or instructional program of the school, the net enrollment of the county for the purposes of calculating its basic foundation program as provided in article nine-a of this chapter, only, shall be increased by fifteen one hundredths multiplied by the number of full-time equivalent students from the county who are enrolled in the jointly established school.


§18-5-11a. Joint governing partnership board pilot initiative.

    (a) The Legislature finds that many examples exist across the state of students who reside in one county, but who attend the public schools in an adjoining county.

        (1) These arrangements have been accommodated by the boards of the adjoining counties and applicable statutes to serve best the interests of the students by enabling them to attend a school closer to their homes.

        (2) Typically, these arrangements have evolved because school closures or construction of new schools in the student’s county of residence have made a cross-county transfer to an existing school in an adjoining county a more convenient, practical and educationally sound option.

    (b) The Legislature further finds that as population changes continue to occur, the boards of adjoining counties may best serve the interests of their students and families by establishing a new school in partnership to be attended by students residing in each of the counties. Particularly in the case of elementary grade level schools established in partnership between adjoining counties, the Legislature finds that each of the county boards, as well as the parents of students from each of the counties attending the school, have an interest in the operation of the school and the preparation of the students for success as they transition to the higher grade levels in the other schools of their respective home counties. Therefore, in the absence of a well defined governance structure that accommodates these interests, the purpose of this section is to provide for a joint governing partnership board pilot initiative.

    (c) The pilot initiative is limited to the joint establishment by two adjoining counties of a school including elementary grade levels for which a memorandum of understanding on the governance and operation of the school has been signed. The pilot initiative is subject to amendment of the agreement as may be necessary to incorporate at least the following features of a joint governing partnership board:

        (1) The joint governing partnership board is comprised of the county superintendent of each county, the president of the county board of each county or his or her designee, and a designee of the state superintendent;

        (2) The board shall elect a chair from among its membership for a two-year term and may meet monthly or at the call of the chair.

            (A) Meetings of the board are subject to the open governmental proceedings laws applicable to county boards.

            (B) The boards of the respective counties are responsible for the expenses of its members and shall apportion other operational expenses of the board upon mutual agreement.

            (C) Once the jointly established school is opened, the meetings of the board shall be held at the school;

        (3) All provisions of law applicable to the establishment, operation and management of an inter-county school including, but not limited to, section eleven, article five and section fourteen, article nine-a of this chapter and article eight-i, article four, chapter eighteen-a of this code apply, except that the joint governing partnership board may exercise governing authority for operation and management of the school in the following areas:

(A) Personnel.

    (1) Within the applicable laws for employment, evaluation, mentoring, professional development, suspension and dismissal, the powers and duties of the county superintendent are vested in the joint governing partnership board with respect to the employees employed by the county in which the school is located or assigned to the school from the partner county.

    (2) The employees are the employees of the employing county board and the partnership board may make recommendations concerning these employment matters to the employing board it considers necessary and appropriate;

(B) Curriculum.

    (1) The joint governing partnership board is responsible for the formulation and execution of the school’s strategic improvement plan and technology plan to meet the goals for student and school performance and progress.

    (2) In its formulation of these plans, the partnership board shall consider the curriculum and plans of the respective county boards to ensure preparation of the students at the school for their successful transition into the higher grade level schools of the respective counties;

(C) Finances.

The joint governing partnership board shall control and may approve the expenditure of all funds allocated to the school for the school budget from either county and may solicit and receive donations, apply for and receive grants and conduct fund raisers to supplement the budget; and

(D) Facilities.

Consistent with the policies hi effect concerning liability insurance coverage, maintenance and appropriate uses of school facilities for the schools of the county in which the school is located, the joint governing partnership board governs the use of the school facility and ensures equitable opportunities for access and use by organizations and groups from both counties.

    (b) The joint governing partnership board may adopt policies for the school that are separate from the policies of the respective counties and, working in concert with its local school improvement council, may propose alternatives to the operation of the school which require the request of a waiver of policy, interpretation or statute from either or both county boards, the state board or the Legislature as appropriate.

    (c) The superintendents and presidents of county boards of adjoining counties that have in effect on the effective date of this section a memorandum of understanding on the governance and operation of a jointly established school shall report to the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability on or before November 1,2013, on the status of implementation of this section.

        (1) Once established, the joint governing partnership board established under this pilot initiative shall remain in effect for five consecutive school years unless authority for the pilot initiative is repealed.

        (2) The Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability may request the superintendents and the presidents of the county boards to provide periodic updates on this pilot initiative.  Also, at the conclusion of the five-year pilot initiative, they shall report their recommendations on the viability of the joint governing partnership board approach and any recommended changes to the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability.

    (A) When the five-year period is concluded, by affirmative vote of both boards, the joint governing partnership board shall remain in effect; or

    (B) The agreement between the boards for the governance and operation of the school shall revert to the terms in effect on the effective date of this section, subject to amendment by agreement of the boards.


§ 18-5A-2a. Local school improvement council modification for certain jointly established and across county schools.

    (a) For the purposes of this section, “parent” or “parents” means the person or persons who have legal responsibility for a student, including parents, guardians or custodians.

    (b) Jointly established schools —

        (1) In the case of a school that is jointly established by two or more adjoining counties as provided in section eleven, article five of this chapter, the school’s local school improvement council shall be modified to include a composition of parents and at-large members in its membership as follows, notwithstanding subdivisions (4) and (5), subsection (a), section two of this article:

            (A) Five parents of students enrolled at the school elected by the parent members of the school’s parent teacher organization. If there is no parent teacher organization, the parent members shall be elected by the parents of students enrolled at the school in such manner as may be determined by the principal. No more than three parents may be residents of the same county; and

            (B) Four at-large members appointed by the principal:

                (i) Two shall reside in the school’s attendance area, but may not be from the same county, and

                (ii) Two shall represent business or industry and may not be from the same county.

            (C) None of the at-large members is eligible for membership under any of the other elected classes of members.

        (2) The local school improvement council shall meet at least once each year with the advisory council as established in the memorandum of understanding or with the joint governing partnership board for the jointly established school as applicable.

        (3) Prior to commencing an authorized action under section three of this article for the purpose of proposing alternatives to the operation of the school and for the purpose of requesting a waiver of policy, interpretation or statute if needed to implement the alternative, the local school improvement council shall seek advice from the jointly established school’s advisory council or joint governing partnership board.

    (c) In the case of a school that is not a jointly established school as provided in section eleven, article five of this chapter, but whose net enrollment includes at least one hundred fifty students whose parents are residents of an adjoining county, upon a petition signed by a majority of the parents of the students who are enrolled at the school, but who reside in an adjoining county, the local school improvement council of the school shall be modified as provided in subdivisions (1) and (2), subsection (a) of this section.

    (d) For local school improvement councils under this section who are proposing alternatives to the operation of the school which require the request of a waiver of policy, interpretation or statute under the authority and procedures as set forth in section three of this article, the terms “appropriate board” and “affected board” as used in section three, mean the board or the multiple boards from whom a waiver is necessary for the proposal to be implemented.




9/13/2014. WV Code 7A

§18A-4-7a. Employment, promotion and transfer of professional personnel; seniority.

    (a) A county board of education shall make decisions affecting the filling of vacancies in professional positions of employment on the basis of the applicant with the highest qualifications: Provided, That the county superintendent shall be hired under separate criteria pursuant to section two, article four, chapter eighteen of this code,

    (b) In judging qualifications for the filling of vacancies of professional positions of employment, consideration shall be given to each of the following:

        (1) Appropriate certification, licensure or both;

        (2) Amount of experience relevant to the position or, in the case of a classroom teaching position, the amount of teaching experience in the required certification area;

        (3) The amount of course work, degree level or both in the relevant field and degree level generally;

        (4) Academic achievement;

        (5) In the case of a classroom teaching position or the position of principal, certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards;

        (6) Specialized training relevant to the performance of the duties of the job;

        (7) Past performance evaluations conducted pursuant to section twelve, article two of this chapter and section two, article three-c of this chapter or, in the case of a classroom teacher, past evaluations of the applicant’s performance in the teaching profession;

        (8) Seniority;

        (9) Other measures or indicators upon which the relative qualifications of the applicant may fairly be judged;

        (10) In the case of a classroom teaching position, the recommendation of the principal of the school at which the applicant will be performing a majority of his or her duties; and

        (11) in the case of a classroom teaching position, the recommendation, if any, resulting from the process established pursuant to the provisions of section five, article five-a, chapter eighteen of this code by the faculty senate of the school at which the employee will be performing a majority of his or her duties,

    (c) in considering the filling of a vacancy pursuant to this section, a county board is entitled to determine the appropriate weight to apply to each of the criterion when assessing an applicant’s qualifications: Provided, That if one or more permanently employed instructional personnel apply for a classroom teaching position and meet the standards set forth in the job posting, each criterion under subsection (b) of this section shall be given equal weight except that the criterion in subdivisions (10) and (11) shall each be double weighted.

    (d) Fora classroom teaching position, if the recommendations resulting from the operations of subdivisions (10) and (11), subsection (b) of this section are for the same applicant, and the superintendent concurs with that recommendation, then the other provisions of subsections (b) and (c) of this section do not apply and the county board shall appoint that applicant notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary.

    (e) The state board shall promulgate a rule, including an emergency rule if necessary, in accordance with the provisions of article three-b, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code to implement and interpret the provisions of this section, including provisions that may provide for the compensation based on the appropriate daily rate of a classroom teacher who directly participates in making recommendations pursuant to this section for periods beyond his or her individual contract.

    (f) Recommendations made pursuant to subdivisions (10) and (11), subsection (b) of this section shall be made based on a determination as to which of the applicants is the highest qualified for the position: Provided, That nothing in this subsection shall require principals or faculty senates to assign any amount of weight to any factor in making a recommendation.

    (g) With the exception of guidance counselors, the seniority of classroom teachers, as defined in section one, article one of this chapter, shall be determined on the basis of the length of time the employee has been employed as a regular full-time certified and/or licensed professional educator by the county board of education and shall be granted in all areas that the employee is certified, licensed or both.

    (h) Upon completion of one hundred thirty-three days of employment in any one school year, substitute teachers, except retired teachers and other retired professional educators employed as substitutes, shall accrue seniority exclusively for the purpose of applying for employment as a permanent, full-time professional employee. One hundred thirty-three days or more of said employment shall be prorated and shall vest as a fraction of the school year worked by the permanent, full-time teacher.

    (i) Guidance counselors and all other professional employees, as defined in section one, article one of this chapter, except classroom teachers, shall gain seniority in their nonteaching area of professional employment on the basis of the length of time the employee has been employed by the county board of education in that area: Provided, That if an employee is certified as a classroom teacher, the employee accrues classroom teaching seniority for the time that that employee is employed in another professional area. For the purposes of accruing seniority under this paragraph, employment as principal, supervisor or central office administrator, as defined in section one, article one of this chapter, shall be considered one area of employment.

    (j) Employment for a full employment term shall equal one year of seniority, but no employee may accrue more than one year of seniority during any given fiscal year. Employment for less than the full employment term shall be prorated. A random selection system established by the employees and approved by the board shall be used to determine the priority if two or more employees accumulate identical seniority: Provided, That when two or more principals have accumulated identical seniority, decisions on reductions in force shall be based on qualifications.

    (k) Whenever a county board is required to reduce the number of professional personnel in its employment, the employee with the least amount of seniority shall be property notified and released from employment pursuant to the provisions of section two, article two of this chapter. The provisions of this subsection are subject to the following:

        (1) All persons employed in a certification area to be reduced who are employed under a temporary permit shall be properly notified and released before a fully certified employee in such a position is subject to release;

        (2) Notwithstanding any provision of this code to the contrary, all employees subject to release shall be considered applicants for any vacancy in an established, existing or newly created position that, on or before February 15, is known to exist for the ensuing school year, and for which they are qualified, and, upon recommendation of the superintendent, the board shall appoint the successful applicant from among them before posting such vacancies for application by other
persons;

        (3) An employee subject to release shall be employed in any other professional position where the employee is certified and was previously employed or to any lateral area for which the employee is certified, licensed or both, if the employee’s seniority is greater than the seniority of any other employee in that area of certification, licensure or both;

        (4) If an employee subject to release holds certification, licensure or both in more than one lateral area and if the employee’s seniority is greater than the seniority of any other employee in one or more of those areas of certification, licensure or both, the employee subject to release shall be employed in the professional position held by the employee with the least seniority in any of those areas of certification, licensure or both; and

        (5) If, prior to August 1 of the year a reduction in force is approved, the reason for any particular reduction in force no longer exists as determined by the county board in its sole and exclusive judgment, the board shall rescind the reduction in force or transfer and shall notify the released employee in writing of his or her right to be restored to his or her position of employment. Within five days of being so notified, the released employee shall notify the board, in writing, of his or her intent to resume his or her position of employment or the right to be restored shall terminate. Notwithstanding any other provision of this subdivision, if there is another employee on the preferred recall list with proper certification and higher seniority, that person shall be placed in the position restored as a result of the reduction in force being rescinded.

    (I) For the purpose of this article, all positions which meet the definition of “classroom teacher” as defined in section one, article one of this chapter shall be lateral positions. For all other professional positions, the county board of education shall adopt a policy by October 31, 1993, and may modify the policy thereafter as necessary, which defines which positions shall be lateral positions. The board shall submit a copy of its policy to the state board within thirty days of adoption or any modification, and the state board shall compile a report and submit the report to the Legislative Oversight Commission on Education Accountability by December 31, 1993, and by that date in any succeeding year in which any county board submits a modification of its policy relating to lateral positions. In adopting the policy, the board shall give consideration to the rank of each position in terms of title; nature of responsibilities; salary level; certification, licensure or both; and days in the period of employment.

    (m) After the twentieth day prior to the beginning of the instructional term, no person employed and assigned to a professional position may transfer to another professional position in the county during that instructional term unless the person holding that position does not have valid certification. The provisions of this subsection are subject to the following:

        (1) The person may apply for any posted, vacant positions with the successful applicant assuming the position at the beginning of the next instructional term;

        (2) Professional personnel who have been on an approved leave of absence may fill these vacancies upon their return from the approved leave of absence;

        (3) The county board, upon recommendation of the superintendent may fill a position before the next instructional term when it is determined to be in the best interest of the students. The county superintendent shall notify the state board of each transfer of a person employed in a professional position to another professional position after the twentieth day prior to the beginning of the instructional term;

        (4) The provisions of this subsection do not apply to the filling of a position vacated because of resignation or retirement that became effective on or before the twentieth day prior to the beginning of the instructional term, but not posted until after that date; and

        (5) The Legislature finds that it is not in the best interest of the students particularly in the elementary grades to have multiple teachers for any one grade level or course during the instructional term. It is the intent of the Legislature that the filling of positions through transfers of personnel from one professional position to another after the twentieth day prior to the beginning of the instructional term should be kept to a minimum.

    (n) All professional personnel whose seniority with the county board is insufficient to allow their retention by the county board during a reduction in work force shall be placed upon a preferred recall list. As to any professional position opening within the area where they had previously been employed or to any lateral area for which they have certification, licensure or both, the employee shali be recalled on the basis of seniority if no regular, full-time professional personnel, or those returning from leaves of absence with greater seniority, are qualified, apply for and accept the position.

    (o) Before position openings that are known or expected to extend for twenty consecutive employment days or longer for professional personnel may be filled by the board, the board shall be required to notify all qualified professional personnel on the preferred list and give them an opportunity to apply, but failure to apply shall not cause the employee to forfeit any right to recall. The notice shall be sent by certified mail to the last known address of the employee, and it shall be the duty of each professional personnel to notify the board of continued availability annually, of any change in address or of any change in certification, licensure or both.

    (p) Openings in established, existing or newly created positions shall be processed as follows:

        (1) Boards shall be required to post and date notices of each opening at least once. At their discretion, boards may post an opening for a position other than classroom teacher more than once in order to attract more qualified applicants. At their discretion, boards may post an opening for a classroom teacher one additional time after the first posting in order to attract more qualified applicants only if fewer than three individuals apply during the first posting subject to the following:

            (A) Each notice shall be posted in conspicuous working places for ail professional personnel to observe for at least five working days;

            (B) At least one notice shall be posted within twenty working days of the position openings and shall include the job description;

            (C) Any special criteria or skills that are required by the position shall be specifically stated in the job description and directly related to the performance of the job;

            (D) Postings for vacancies made pursuant to this section shall be written so as to ensure that the largest possible pool of qualified applicants may apply; and

            (E) Job postings may not require criteria which are not necessary for the successful performance of the job and may not be written with the intent to favor a specific applicant;

        (2) No vacancy shall be filled until after the five-day minimum posting period of the most recent posted notice of the vacancy;

        (3) if one or more applicants under all the postings for a vacancy meets the qualifications listed in the job posting, the successful applicant to fill the vacancy shall be selected by the board within thirty working days of the end of the first posting period;

        (4) A position held by a teacher who is certified, licensed or both, who has been issued a permit for full-time employment and is working toward certification in the permit area shall not be subject to posting if the certificate is awarded within five years; and

        (5) Nothing provided herein shall prevent the county board of education from eliminating a position due to lack of need.

    (q) Notwithstanding any other provision of the code to the contrary, where the total number of classroom teaching positions in an elementary school does not increase from one school year to the next, but there exists in that school a need to realign the number of teachers in one or more grade levels, kindergarten through six, teachers at the school may be reassigned to grade levels for which they are certified without that position being posted: Provided, That the employee and the county board mutually agree to the reassignment.

    (r) Reductions in classroom teaching positions in elementary schools shall be processed as follows:

        (1) When the total number of classroom teaching positions in an elementary school needs to be reduced, the reduction shall be made on the basis of seniority with the least senior classroom teacher being recommended for transfer; and

        (2) When a specified grade level needs to be reduced and the least senior employee in the school is not in that grade level, the least senior classroom teacher in the grade level that needs to be reduced shall be reassigned to the position
made vacant by the transfer of the least senior classroom teacher in the school without that position being posted: Provided, That the employee is certified, licensed or both and agrees to the reassignment.

    (s) Any board failing to comply with the provisions of this article may be compelled to do so by mandamus and shall be liable to any party prevailing against the board for court costs and reasonable attorney fees as determined and established by the court. Further, employees denied promotion or employment in violation of this section shall be awarded the job, pay and any applicable benefits retroactive to the date of the violation and payable entirely from local funds. Further, the board shall be liable to any party prevailing against the board for any court reporter costs including copies of transcripts.

    (t) The county board shall compile, update annually on July 1 and make available by electronic or other means to all employees a list of all professional personnel employed by the county, their areas of certification and their seniority.

    (u) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, upon recommendation of the principal and approval by the classroom teacher and county board, a classroom teacher assigned to the school may at any time be assigned to a new or existing classroom teacher position at the school without the position being posted.

    (v) The amendments to this section during the 2013 regular session of the Legislature shall be effective for school years
beginning on or after July 1, 2013, and the provisions of this section immediately prior to those amendments remain in effect until July 1, 2013. Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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126CSR126

TITLE 126
LEGISLATIVE RULE
BOARD OF EDUCATION

SERIES 126
Procedures for Designated Hiring and Transfer of School Personnel (5000)

§126-126-1. General.

    1.1. Scope. - This legislative rule sets forth general hiring criteria for classroom teachers, establishes processes that a faculty senate may adopt when making hiring recommendations for classroom teachers, clarifies certain transfer procedures, and outlines the roles of the principal, county superintendent, and county board of education in the limited hiring and transfer procedures set forth herein.

    1.2. Authority.  -  W. Va. Constitution, Article XII, §2 and W: Va. Code §§18-2-5, 18-5A-5, 18A-2-1, 18A-2-7, and 18A-4-7a.

    1.3. Filing Date. - August 16, 2013.

    1.4. Effective Date. - September 16, 2013.

    1.5. Repeal of Former Rule.  -  This legislative rule amends W. Va. 126CSR126, West Virginia Board of Education Policy 5000, Procedures for Designated Hiring and Transfer of School Personnel, filed July 17,2013, and effective July 17, 2013.


§126-126-2. Purpose.    2.1 The purpose of this rule is to set forth general hiring criteria for classroom teachers, establish processes that a faculty senate may adopt when making hiring recommendations for classroom teachers, clarify certain transfer procedures, and outline the roles of the principal, county superintendent, and county board of education in the limited hiring and transfer procedures set forth herein. Utilization of these processes and procedures will provide teachers and principals with the ability to have a significant voice in determining the makeup of their school communities and will provide counties with flexibility in staffing schools to meet changing needs and enrollment.


§126-126-3. Application.

    3.1. These regulations apply to the filling of vacancies for classroom teachers and the transfers of employees by county boards of education in the limited instances set forth herein and is not a comprehensive hiring manual for all public school employees.


§126-126-4. Definitions.

    4.1. County board of education - Pursuant to W. Va. Code §18-5-1, the body charged with the supervision and control of a county board school district, which is composed of five members, nominated and elected by the voters of the respective county.

    4.2. Classroom teacher - A professional educator who has a direct instructional or counseling relationship with students and who spends the majority of his or her time in this capacity.

    4.3. Classroom teaching position - A position posted pursuant to W. Va. Code §18A-4-7a to fill a vacancy for a professional educator who has a direct instructional or counseling relationship with students and who spends the majority of his or her time in this capacity.

    4.4. Faculty senate - As provided by W. Va. Code §18-5A-5, a faculty senate consists of all permanent, full-time professional educators employed at the school.

    4.5. Permanently employed instructional personnel - Professional educators who are employed by a county board of education under either a probationary or continuing contract of employment and who, as part of their employment, have instructional duties.

    4.6. Principal - A professional educator employed pursuant to W. Va. Code §18A-2-9 who has administrative and instructional supervisory responsibility for the planning, management, operation and evaluation of the total educational program of the school or schools to which he or she is assigned.

    4.7. Service employee - Service person, service personnel, or service employee means any nonteaching school employee who is not included in the meaning of teacher as defined W. Va. Code §18-1-1 and who serves the school or schools as a whole in a nonprofessional capacity including such areas as secretarial, custodial, maintenance, transportation, school lunch and aides.


§126-126-5. Roles and Responsibilities.

    5.1. Among the other roles and responsibilities assigned to the following individuals and entities by operation of statute or West Virginia Board of Education [WVDE] policy, for purposes of this policy, the following individuals and entities shall exercise the roles and responsibilities set forth below.

    5.1.a. West Virginia Department of Education [WVDE] - The WVDE shall designate or approve an interview training tool(s) which shall be completed by a faculty senate member and principal prior to his or her participation in an interview. The targeted duration of the training is one hour.

    5.1 .b. County Board of Education - The county board of education shall make decisions affecting the filling of vacancies in professional positions of employment other than the county superintendent on the basis of the applicant with the highest qualifications as set forth in statute and in this policy.

    5.I.e. Superintendent - The superintendent shall receive hiring recommendations for classroom teaching positions from principals and faculty senates and shall nominate and recommend applicants to the county board of education. The superintendent may, at his or her discretion, conduct interviews of applicants for vacancies in addition to any interview conducted by the principal and faculty senate hiring committee, single designee, or faculty senate chair.

    5.1 .d. Principal - The principal shall submit recommendations to the superintendent regarding the appointment, assignment, promotion, transfer and dismissal of all personnel assigned to the school or schools under said principal’s control. Such recommendation shall be submitted in writing as prescribed by the superintendent. Additionally, the principal shall receive hiring recommendations from the faculty senate at his or her school as provided in this policy and shall submit those recommendations in writing as prescribed by the superintendent. In the event that a principal is unable to submit hiring recommendations or receive hiring recommendations from the faculty senate as set forth in this policy due to illness or absence, the assistant principal shall submit hiring recommendations. If there is no assistant principal, the superintendent shall assign a designee to carry out the role of the principal. In the event that a principal is unable to submit hiring recommendations or receive hiring recommendations from the faculty senate due to a conflict as set forth in W. Va. Code §18A-2-l(a)(2), the superintendent shall assign a designee from the central office to carry out the role of the principal. Whenever possible, the designee from the central office shall be a coordinator in the same programmatic level as the position to be filled. If it is not possible or practical to designate a coordinator from the same programmatic level, the recommendation of the designee shall not be invalidated or be the basis for objection by any prospective employee or any other person. If a principal or his or her designated replacement does not participate in the hiring process as set forth in this policy for a particular vacancy, the right of the principal to submit recommendations regarding employment is forfeited for that vacancy. However, if a principal or his or her designated replacement does not participate in the hiring process as set forth in this policy, the principal or his or her designee must still receive any hiring recommendation made by the faculty senate and transmit that recommendation to the superintendent. A forfeiture of the principal’s right to submit a hiring recommendation shall not be the basis for objection by any prospective employee or any other person.

    5.1 .e. Faculty Senates - Faculty senates may choose one of the options set forth in this policy as a mechanism by which to make hiring recommendations to the school principal. If a faculty senate does not participate in the hiring process as set forth in this policy for a particular vacancy, the right of the faculty senate to submit recommendations regarding employment is forfeited for that vacancy. A forfeiture of the faculty senate’s right to submit a hiring recommendation shall not be the basis for objection by any prospective employee or any other person.


§126-126-6. Criteria for Hiring Classroom Teachers.

    6.1. A county board of education shall make decisions affecting the filling of vacancies for classroom teachers on the basis of the applicant with the highest qualifications.

    6.2. In judging qualifications for the filling of vacancies for classroom teachers, consideration shall be given to each of the following:

        6.2.a. Appropriate certification, licensure or both;

        6.2.b. Amount of experience relevant to the position or, in the case of a classroom teaching position, the amount of teaching experience in the required certification area;

        6.2.c. The amount of course work, degree level or both in the relevant field and degree level generally;

        6.2.d. Academic achievement;

        6.2.e. In the case of a classroom teaching position or the position of principal, certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards;

        6.2.f. Specialized training relevant to the performance of the duties of the job;

        6.2.g. Past performance evaluations conducted pursuant to W. Va. Code §§18A-2-12 and 18A-3C-2 or, in the case of a classroom teacher, past evaluations of the applicant’s performance in the teaching profession as a certified educator;

        6.2.h. Seniority;

        6.2.i. Other measures or indicators upon which the relative qualifications of the applicant may fairly be judged;

        6.2.J. The recommendation, if any, of the principal of the school at which the applicant will be performing a majority of his or her duties; and

        6.2.k. The recommendation, if any, resulting from the process established by the faculty senate of the school at which the employee will be performing a majority of his or her duties.

    6.3. If one or more permanently employed instructional personnel apply for a classroom teaching position and meet the standards set forth in the job posting, each criterion under section 6.2 shall be given equal weight except that the criterion in subdivisions 6.2 j and 6.2.k shall each be double weighted. This shall apply when the faculty senate and the principal do not agree on a recommendation, when either the faculty senate or principal forfeit or cannot make a recommendation, or when the superintendent does not concur with the recommendation of the principal and the faculty senate.

    6.4. For a classroom teaching position, if the recommendations resulting from the operations of sections 6.2.J and 6.2.k are for the same applicant, and the superintendent concurs with that recommendation, then the other provisions of sections 6.2 and 6.3 do not apply and the county board shall appoint that applicant notwithstanding any other provision of this policy to the contrary.

    6.5. Recommendations made pursuant to sections 6.2.J and 6.2.k shall be made based on a determination as to which of the applicants is the highest qualified for the position.  When making recommendations, principals and faculty senates shall consider each criterion listed in sections 6.2.a. through 6.2.i. Neither principals nor faculty senates are required to assign any amount of weight to any factor. Principals and faculty senate chairs or single designees shall complete the applicable hiring recommendation forms (See Appendices A and B) and shall submit a completed form as documentation of the recommendation. Other than the recommendation form, no other matrix or documentation of the selection shall be required.

    6.6. Any professional educator who is employed within the public school system of this state shall hold a valid teaching certificate licensing him or her to teach in the specializations and grade levels shown on the certificate for the period of his or her employment.

    6.7. As provided in W. Va. Code §18-5A-5(b)(2), the processes and procedures set forth in this policy are designed to be effective and consistent among schools and counties and are designed to avoid litigation or grievance. To that end, this policy is designed to allow teachers to be meaningfully involved in the hiring recommendation process in an open and honest manner without fear of reprisal, retaliation or coercion and to minimize lost instructional time and classroom disruption.

    6.8. These criteria shall be utilized in making hiring decisions for any classroom teacher hired on or after July 1,2013.



§126-126-7. Faculty Senate Recommendation Process.

    7.1. A faculty senate may establish a process for members to interview or otherwise obtain information regarding applicants for classroom teaching vacancies that will enable the faculty senate to submit recommendations regarding employment to the principal. A faculty senate wishing to submit hiring recommendations to the principal shall utilize one of the processes set forth below. These processes and procedures are designed to be effective and consistent among schools and counties and are designed to avoid litigation or grievance. At the conclusion of each school semester a faculty senate may vote to change its adopted process for the next ensuing semester. Additionally, if a faculty senate desires to make hiring recommendations over the summer break, it may use the process then in place, if any, or it may vote to adopt a different process to be used only during the summer break. Nothing herein shall be construed to require a faculty senate to participate in the recommendation process, however, failure to participate as provided below will cause the right of the faculty senate to make employment recommendations to be forfeited.

        7.1.a. Hiring Committee

            7.1.a.1. The majority of the faculty senate may elect a committee, including a committee chair, which will be responsible for making hiring recommendations regarding classroom teachers. Committees and chairs shall be elected by the faculty senate according to one of the following models:

                7. 1.a.1.A. Three individuals, which shall include a chair, elected by the majority of the members of the faculty senate; or

                7.1.a.1.B. Not less than seven nor more than eleven individuals, which shall include a chair, elected by a majority of the faculty senate.

                    7.1.a.1.B.1. When electing the committee members the faculty senate should give consideration to selecting individuals who represent the spectrum of curriculum and content areas taught at the school, provided that the failure of the faculty senate to select individuals who represent the spectrum of curriculum and content areas at the school shall not invalidate their election or any subsequent recommendation they render.

                    7.1.a.1.B.2. When utilizing this option, the committee chair shall select three members from the larger committee to form a panel which will make a recommendation for each classroom teacher to be hired. The selection of the three members shall be based, as far as is practical, on the subject matter to be taught by the teacher to be hired as determined on a case by case basis. The failure of the committee chair to select three members based on the subject matter to be taught by the new teacher will not invalidate the faculty senate’s selection or be the basis for objection by any prospective employee or any other person. The committee chair shall be responsible for ensuring that the hiring recommendation made by the three person panel is delivered to the principal in a timely manner.

        7.1.b. Single Designee

            7.1.b.1. The majority of the faculty senate may elect a single designee who will be responsible for making hiring recommendations regarding classroom teachers. In choosing the single designee model, the faculty senate shall select one of the following options:

                7.1.b.1.A. The single designee shall have the discretion to ask up to two other faculty senate members to assist him or her in reviewing relevant application materials or interviewing applicants at his or her discretion. The selection of assistants by the single designee shall be based, as far as is practical, on the subject matter to be taught by the teacher to be hired as determined on a case by case basis. The additional faculty senate members must have completed the WVBE designated or approved interview training prior to assisting the single designee. Failure of the single designee to select additional faculty senate members to assist him or her in rendering a recommendation will not invalidate the designee’s recommendation or be the basis for objection by any prospective employee or any other person. The single designee shall be responsible for ensuring that the recommendation is delivered to the principal in a timely manner.

                7.1.b.1.B. The single designee shall ask up to two other faculty senate members to assist in reviewing relevant application materials or interviewing applicants at the designee’s discretion. The selection of assistants by the single designee shall be based, as far as is practical, on the subject matter to be taught by the teacher to be hired as determined on a case by case basis. The additional faculty senate members must have completed the WVBE designated or approved interview training prior to assisting the single designee. Failure of the single designee to select additional faculty senate members to assist him or her in rendering a recommendation shall invalidate the designee’s recommendation. The single designee shall be responsible for ensuring that the recommendation is delivered to the principal in a timely manner.

    7.2. For purposes of considering and making hiring recommendations, the following rules shall apply to faculty senates:

        7.2.a. The principal will notify the chair of the hiring committee or the single designee in writing when the list of candidates meeting the minimum qualifications listed in the job posting for a classroom teaching position is final and will provide the chair of the hiring committee or the single designee with a list of the candidates and relevant application materials. A faculty senate may, but is not required, to adopt a policy permitting the superintendent or his or her designee to narrow the pool of qualified applicants to no fewer than three qualified applicants, unless fewer than three qualified individuals apply, who appear to be the most qualified based on an examination of the factors set forth in W. Va. Code §18A-4-7a(b)(l) through (9). Within twenty-four hours of such notice, the hiring committee chair or single designee will notify the principal in writing if an interview of candidates is requested. For purposes of this section, electronic mail communications shall satisfy the requirement of providing written notification. Further, for purposes of this section and this policy, interviews shall be permitted to occur in-person or via telephone, teleconference or other virtual means.

        7.2.b. A faculty senate hiring committee or single designee may consider and make recommendations after reviewing the application materials provided without participation in an interview. All application materials shall be maintained confidentially by all parties and shall not be disclosed or discussed in any manner with individuals who are not part of the hiring/recommendation process for an individual teacher. All application materials shall be returned to the principal by the hiring committee chair or single designee at the time the recommendation is delivered to the principal.

        7.2.c. If a request for an interview is made, then a faculty senate hiring committee or single designee may consider and make recommendations after participating in interviews of candidates for classroom teaching positions, subject to the following:

            7.2.c.1. Prior to participating in interviews or otherwise participating in the recommendation process, a faculty senate member must complete interview training as designated or approved by the West Virginia Department of Education. Once a faculty senate member has completed the designated interview training, additional training shall not be required unless the WVBE or superintendent determines that additional training shall occur.

            7.2.c.2. The principal will notify the hiring committee members or single designee in writing of the time and place that the interview will be conducted. For purposes of this section, electronic mail communications shall satisfy the requirement of providing written notification. In determining when and where interviews will occur, consideration shall be given to accommodating die time and travel needs of the applicants and the faculty senate members. Interviews shall be scheduled in such a way that faculty senate members can participate while also minimizing classroom disruption to the greatest extent possible. Whenever possible, interviews shall be conducted at the school where the applicant will spend the majority of his or her instructional time. However, the superintendent or his or her designee shall have the authority to conduct interviews at alternate locations if necessary.

            7.2.c.3. Interviews of applicants will be conducted jointly with the principal, however, hiring committee members or single designees shall have the authority to deliberate and make their hiring selections separate and apart from the principal.

            7.2.c.4. hi asking questions during an interview, each applicant shall be asked an identical set of initial questions. The questions to be asked may be determined jointly by the principal and the hiring committee or single designee or, in the alternative, the principal and the hiring committee or single designee may prepare questions independently of one another. Provided, that nothing herein shall prohibit the asking of unique follow-up questions to each applicant based on his or her responses to the uniform set of initial questions. The asking of unique follow-up questions to each applicant based on his or her responses to the uniform set of initial questions will not invalidate the recommendation or selection of the applicant by either the superintendent, principal, hiring committee, single designee, or faculty senate chair and shall not be the basis for objection by any prospective employee or any other person so long as those questions do not violate federal or state employment laws.

        7.2.d. A hiring committee chair or a single designee must submit a recommendation to the principal within the following timelines:

            7.2.d.1. Where no interview is requested by the hiring committee or single designee, three days after receipt of application materials.

            7.2.d.2. Where an interview is requested and conducted, within two days of the completion of interviews for a position.

            7.2.d.3. The timelines set forth above may be shortened by the superintendent if necessary to comply with the timelines for filling positions set forth in W. Va. Code §18A-4-7a. The timelines may also be shortened to meet other hiring needs of the county school system with the approval of the hiring committee chair or single designee.

        7.2.e. Nothing in this policy or in statute requires that any applicant be interviewed prior to being recommended or selected to fill a vacancy and nothing requires that every applicant meeting the minimum qualifications of a posting be interviewed prior to being recommended or selected to fill a vacancy. However, the superintendent, principal, hiring committee, or single designee, as applicable, shall each have the authority to interview qualified job applicants at their discretion. A faculty senate may, but is not required, to adopt a policy permitting the superintendent or his or her designee to narrow the pool of qualified applicants to no fewer than three qualified applicants, unless fewer than three qualified individuals apply, who appear to be the most qualified based on an examination of the factors set forth in W. Va. Code §18A-4-7a(b)(l) through (9).

    7.3. Classroom teachers who directly participate in making recommendations for filling classroom teaching positions pursuant to the options set forth in this policy for periods beyond his or her individual contract shall be compensated based on his or her daily rate of pay, prorated to an hourly rate. The principal shall require that the participating teachers keep time sheets documenting the actual time spent on the recommendation process and shall verify that the time sheets are accurate before submitting them for payment.  In no event shall a teacher be entitled to payment for more than two hours per position. However, if there are more than four qualified applicants for a single classroom teacher position who are selected for an interview by the hiring committee chair or single designee, the faculty senate members participating in the interviews may be compensated for an additional hour for actual time spent on the interview process for that position.

    7.4. For purposes of this policy, an itinerant teacher shall be considered to be assigned to the school where he or she spends the majority of his or her instructional time. If an itinerant teacher does not spend the majority of his or her instructional time hi any one school the itinerant teacher shall be considered to be assigned to a school as designated by the county superintendent.

    7.5. The West Virginia Ethics Act prohibits public school employees from participating in any hiring decisions involving relatives or cohabitating sexual partners.  “Relatives” are defined as individuals who are related to the employee as father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, spouse, grandmother, grandfather, grandchild,  mother-in-law,  father-in-law,  sister-in law,  brother-in-law,  son-in-law or daughter-in-law.  If a faculty senate representative must recuse himself or herself for this reason, an alternate member may be appointed by the committee chair or the single designee.


§126-126-8. Training for Faculty Senates and Principals.

    8.1. Prior to participating in an interview or otherwise making any hiring recommendations pursuant to this policy, faculty senate hiring committees, single designees, any other faculty senate participants, and principals must complete interview training as designated or approved by the WVBE. Once a faculty senate member or principal has completed the designated interview training, additional training shall not be required unless the WVDE or superintendent determines that additional training shall occur.

    8.2. Compensation for participation in training shall be based on the daily rate of pay for the participating classroom teacher who directly participated in the training for periods beyond bis or her individual contract. Compensation for training shall not exceed one hour.

    8.3. For the 2013-2014 school year only, principals have until September 1 to complete the interview training designated or approved by the WVBE.


§126-126-9.  Reassignment of Surplus Personnel Without Posting Based on Pupil-Teacher Ratio and Class Size Rules.

    9.1. When actual student enrollment in a grade level or program, unforeseen before March 1 of the preceding school year, permits the assignment of fewer teachers or service personnel to or within a school under any pupil-teacher ratio, class size or caseload standard established in W. Va. Code §18-5-18a or any policy of the WVBE, the county superintendent, with board approval, may reassign the surplus personnel to another school or to another grade level or program within the school if needed there to comply with any such pupil-teacher ratio, class size or caseload standard.

        9.1.a. Before any reassignment may occur pursuant to this subsection, written notice shall be provided to the employee via certified mail or hand delivery at least 10 days prior and the employee shall be provided an opportunity to appear before the county board to state the reasons for his or her objections, if any, prior to the board voting on the reassignment. The opportunity to be heard shall not be a hearing with the right to present witnesses, rather, it is an opportunity for the employee to concisely state his or her objections to the board. The reassignment may be made without following the notice and hearing provisions of W. Va. Code §18A-2-7(a) and (b) and may occur at any time during the school year when the conditions in section 9.1 are met. However, reassignments may not occur after the last day of the second school month.

        9.1.b. A professional employee reassigned under this subsection shall be the least senior of the surplus professional personnel who holds certification or licensure to perform the duties at the other school or at the grade level or program within the school.

        9. 1.c. A service employee reassigned under this subsection shall be the least senior of the surplus personnel who holds the same classification or multiclassification needed to perform the duties at the other school or at the grade level or program within the same school. In considering whether an aide is a surplus employee, the county shall consider each classification and/or multiclassification held by him or her and shall not be limited only to the current program or assignment held by the surplus aide.

        9.1.d. No school employee’s annual contract term, compensation or benefits shall be changed as a result of a reassignment under this subsection.


§126-126-10. Reassigning Classroom Teachers Within a School Without Posting.

    10.1. Notwithstanding any other provision of W. Va. Code to the contrary, upon recommendation of the principal and approval by the classroom teacher, county superintendent, and county board, a classroom teacher assigned to the school may at an time during the school year be assigned to a new or existing classroom teacher position at the school during that school year without the position being posted. This provision shall not apply to vacancies that will occur in the ensuing year or other future years.

    10.2. Transfers made under these provisions are not subject to the limitation on transfers found in W.Va.Code§18A-4-7a(m).

    10.3. For purposes of this section, an itinerant teacher shall be considered to be assigned to the school where he or she spends the majority of his or her instructional time. If an itinerant teacher does not spend the majority of his or her instructional time in any one school the itinerant teacher shall be considered to be assigned to a school as designated by the county superintendent.


§126-126-11. Reposting of Professional Vacancies.

    11.1. Boards shall be required to post and date notices of each opening at least once. At their discretion, boards may post an opening for a position other man classroom teacher more than once in order to attract more qualified applicants. At their discretion, boards may post an opening for a classroom teacher one additional time after the first posting in order to attract more qualified applicants only if fewer than three qualified individuals apply during the first posting.

    11.2. If no applicant meets the qualifications set forth in the job posting, a board may continue to post or repost as set forth hi section 11.1 without limitation.

    11.3. The county superintendent of schools shall have the authority to determine whether a professional position will be reposted.

    11.4. These provisions shall apply to both professional positions and extra-curricular positions.


§126-126-12. Reserving Vacancies for Individuals Subject to Release.

    12.1. All employees subject to release shall be considered applicants for any vacancy in an established, existing or newly created position that, on or before February 15, is known to exist for the next ensuing school year, and for which they are qualified, and, upon recommendation of the superintendent, the board shall appoint the successful applicant from among them before posting such vacancies for application by other persons. This provision shall not preclude a county board of education from posting and filling vacancies that exist in the current school year nor shall it supersede or alter the operation of W. Va. Code §18A-4-8f or W. Va. Code §18A-4-8i.

    12.2. An employee shall be considered subject to release if the superintendent would recommend the individual to the board for release but for the availability of the known position.

    12.3. A vacancy for a position that will exist on the first day of the next ensuing school year will be known to exist when the person holding the position has submitted his or her resignation or retirement to the board, in writing, and the resignation or retirement has been accepted by the board.

    12.4. Newly created positions will not be considered to be known to exist until the county board has voted to approve their creation.

    12.5. For purposes of this section, an individual will be considered to be qualified for a known vacancy if he or she fully meets the qualifications for the vacancy.

    12.6. If more than one individual subject to release is qualified for a known vacancy, die successful candidate shall be selected based on application of the factors set forth in W. Va. Code §18A-4-7a(b)(l) through (9), weighted equally.

    12.7. This provision shall apply to vacancies and newly created positions known to exist on or before February 15,2014, and in subsequent school years.


§126-126-13. Severability.

    13.1. If any provision of this rule or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of this rule.



Appendix A

The following form shall be completed by the principal and shall be submitted as set forth in section 6.6. of WVBE Policy 5000 and according to timelines as determined by the county superintendent.

Principal Recommendation:

In accordance with section 6.2 of WVBE Policy 5000, the undersigned certifies that the qualifications of the selected applicants meeting the minimum qualifications/requirements set forth in the job posting for the position of _______________________________ have been reviewed.

In determining which of the applicants is the highest qualified for the position, the following factors set forth in sections 6.2.a. through 6.2.i. of WVBE Policy 5000 have been considered:

        a. Appropriate certification, licensure or both;

        b. Amount of experience relevant to the position or, in the case of a classroom teaching position, the amount of teaching experience in the required certification area;

        c. The amount of course work, degree level or both in the relevant field and degree level generally;

        d. Academic achievement;

        e. In the case of a classroom teaching position or the position of principal, certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards;

        f. Specialized training relevant to the performance of the duties of the job;

        g. Past performance evaluations conducted pursuant to W. Va. Code §§18A-2-12and 18A-3C-2 or, in the case of a classroom teacher, past evaluations of the applicant’s performance in the teaching profession as a certified educator;

        h. Seniority;

        i. Other measures or indicators upon which the relative qualifications of the applicant may fairly be judged;

I recognize that no amount of weight is required to be assigned to any factor in making a recommendation and further recognize that a factor may be assigned no weight at all.

Other than this recommendation form, no other matrix or documentation of my recommendation shall be required.

Pursuant to this review as principal or designated representative of the principal of the school at which the applicant will be performing a majority of his or her duties, I hereby recommend _______________________ for the above-referenced position.

Date: _________________________


_____________________________________
Principal / Designee



Appendix B

The following form shall be completed by the faculty senate hiring committee chair or single designee and shall be submitted as set forth in sections 6.6. and 7.2.d. of WVBE Policy 5000.

Faculty Senate Recommendation:

In accordance with section 6.2 of WVBE Policy 5000, the undersigned certify that the qualifications of the selected applicants meeting the minimum qualifications/requirements set forth in the job posting for the position of _______________________ have been reviewed.

In determining which of the applicants is the highest qualified for the position, the following factors set forth in sections 6.2.a. through 6.2.i. of WVBE Policy 5000 have been considered:

        a. Appropriate certification, licensure or both;

        b. Amount of experience relevant to the position or, in the case of a classroom teaching position, the amount of teaching experience in the required certification area;

        c. The amount of course work, degree level or both in the relevant field and degree level generally;

        d. Academic achievement;

        e. In the case of a classroom teaching position or the position of principal, certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards;

        f. Specialized training relevant to the performance of the duties of the job;

        g. Past performance evaluations conducted pursuant to W. Va. Code §§ 18A-2-12 and 18A-3C-2 or, in the case of a classroom teacher, past evaluations of the applicant’s performance in the teaching profession as a certified educator;

        h. Seniority;

        i. Other measures or indicators upon which the relative qualifications of the applicant may fairly be judged;

I/we recognize that no amount of weight is required to be assigned to any factor in making a recommendation and further recognize that a factor may be assigned no weight at all.

Other than this recommendation form, no other matrix or documentation of this recommendation shall be required.

Pursuant to this review, the faculty senate of the school at which the applicant will be performing a majority of his or her duties has recommended _____________________________ for the above-referenced position. This recommendation is based on the majority vote of those members participating in the recommendation process or on the recommendation of the single designee.

Date: _________________________


____________________________________________
Faculty Senate Hiring Committee Chair or Single Designee

____________________________________________
Faculty Senate Representative (if applicable)

____________________________________________
Faculty Senate Representative (if applicable)

G-Eye™: Gilmer County Schools Community Meeting - 11.12.14

Gilmer County Schools held a Community Meeting at Gilmer County Senior Center on November 12, 2014.

Mr. DeVano, Superintendent of Gilmer County Schools explains the status of the proposed Gilmer County Elementary Schools as well as some information about the Leading Creek Elementary School at Linn, WV.

Please watch the video ….

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Patty Ann Hamric

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Patty Ann Hamric

Age 77 Of Glenville, West Virginia, departed this life just past midnight on Friday October 31, 2014 at the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital, Weston, following a sudden illness.

Born September 28, 1937 in Gilmer County, WV daughter of the late Wesley and Madge Robinson Hickman.

On December 24, 1956 she was united in marriage to Ermine Ray Hamric, who preceded her in death on July 28, 2007.

Patty was a graduate of Sand Fork High School, class of 1956. She worked most of her life in retail sales and office assistant positions. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her granddaughters and great-granddaughters.

Patty was a member of the Sand Fork Baptist Church and had lived the last 4 years with her daughter Debbie.

Surviving is 1 daughter, Debbie Skinner and husband Doug of Baldwin, West Virginia, 2 granddaughters, Amber Frashure and husband Joey of Baldwin, WV, and Amy Skinner also of Baldwin, and 3 sisters, Betty Stalnaker and husband Bill of Glenville, Rose Roberts and husband Reggie of Glenville, and Linda Dudley of Roanoke, Virginia.

There are also 2 great-grandchildren surviving, Bayley and Kendall Frashure of Baldwin.

Along with her parents and husband, Patty was preceded in death by 1 son, Ricky Ray Hamric.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville WV, 26351 at 11:00 AM Monday November 03, 2014 with Pastor Phil Wilson officiating.

Burial will follow in the Hiney Cemetery, Linn, West Virginia.

Friends may call from 5-8 PM Sunday evening at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Patty Ann Hamric with arrangements.

Gilmer County Family Court Report – 10.22.14

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On Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Family Court Judge Larry Whited held Family Court in Gilmer County.

•  He granted one divorce.


•  Tiffany Montgomery (24) of Linn, WV divorced Matthew S. Montgomery (25) of Sand Fork, WV.


•  One domestic was dismissed, one was continued.


•  Three other divorces were not finalized.

Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries - 10.16.14

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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 January 14, 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.

 

DECENDENT NAME PER.REP/NAME REPER.REP/ADDRESS ATTORNEYNAME
ADDRESS
FID./COMM.NAME
ADDRESS
Ova Bragg Alice Hickman
Lou Anna Richards
Lura M. Naylor
1104 Nobe Rd, Big Springs, WV 26137
250 Kenny Lane, Ruckersville, VA 22968
5107 US Hwy 220, Business South, Asheboro, NC 27205
None Required None Required
Rose Mary Byrd Michelle Shackleford 50 Hiney Hill Rd None Required None Required
Linn, WV 26384
Marcia Lee Lemons Connie Pritt 700 James Street None Required None Required
Glenville, WV 26351
Harold Thomas Sahffer Douglas James Morris 3517 Rosedale Rd None Required None Required
Normantown, WV 25267
Vinton Ray Robinson Debora J. Hern
Timothy R. Robinson
17 1st Ave, Ravenswood, WV 26164 None Required None Required
229 Turkey Lick Rd, Tanner, WV 26137
Lester Oral Messenger John Wayne Messenger 91 Beechwood Acres None Required None Required
Glenville, WV 26351


Clerk of Gilmer County Commission
Jean Butcher
10 Howard Street
Glenville, WV 26351

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : October 16, 2014

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Principal-Leading Creek Elementary School

Title”
Principal-Leading Creek Elementary School (Gilmer/Lewis Intercounty School)


Grade Level:

Elementary


Description:

•Demonstrates instructional leadership to enhance school effectiveness by improving instruction and augmenting student performance. 

•Provides purpose and direction for new Gilmer/Lewis Intercounty school. 

•Demonstrates cognitive skills to gather analyze and synthesize information to reach goals. 

•Manages group behaviors to achieve consensus. 

•Enhances quality of total school/county organization. 

•Organizes and delegates to accomplish goals.
 
•Communicates effectively. 

•Provides leadership in the implementation of technology standards.

 

Job Location or School Name:

Leading Creek Intercounty Elementary


City:

Linn


County:

Gilmer


Qualifications:

•Master’s Degree or Above in Education 

•WV Professional Administration Certificate as required under State Policy 5202 for principalship of grades PK-6 school 

•Successful experience as a teacher  

•Knowledge of Support for Personalized Learning (SPL) 

•Strong background in basic skills (3-R’s) 

•Knowledge of best practices relative to curriculum and instruction/school improvement 

•Excellent verbal and writing skills 

•Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with students, staff, parents and the public 

•Excellent interpersonal and organizational abilities 

•Knowledge and skills to utilize WVEIS 

•Outstanding work habits/attributes 

Salary:

Based on Lewis County Teachers and Supplemental Salary Schedules commensurate with degree level and experience

 

Closing Date:

2014.11.10

 

Comments:

•Application for employment; Copy of WV Teaching Certificate; Letter of Interest; Current transcripts for undergraduate and graduate work; Previous two evaluations    

•Incomplete application packets will not be considered. 
P15-001-12

Apply to:

Gabriel J. Devono 
Superintendent 
Gilmer County Schools 
201 N. Court Street 
Glenville, WV 26351 
 
Fax: 304.462.5103


County Contact Email:

Dale Gene Smith Sr.

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Dale Gene Smith Sr.

Age 67 of Linn, West Virginia, (Ellis Road Community), passed away and joined his Heavenly Father late evening Friday September 26, 2014. Dale passed peacefully at home after losing his battle to cancer.

Throughout his battle, Dale remained lively and joyous and used his gift to “gab” to anyone within hearing distance to spread the word of his love for God and lending comfort and peace whenever and wherever he could to those who needed that little extra to help them through their day.  Dale also enjoyed hunting, trapping, fishing, gardening, and wood working.  Mostly, Dale loved people..just saying hello and making someone smile was his special gift. Dale was an over the road truck driver for most of his working life. Recently, Dale completed the requirements and became an Ordained Minister.  He was a member of the Sand Fork Church of God of Prophecy.

Born March 29, 1947 in Lincoln County, West Virginia, son of the late Joseph Smith and Mabel Baisden Dorado, who survives in New Mexico.

On September 15, 1990, Dale was united in marriage to Dianna Wright Smith, who survives at their Ellis Road home.

Surviving are 5 children, Kellyjo Benn of Illinois, Donna Smith and Companion Jeff Nelson of Ohio, Dale “Boone” Smith Jr. and wife Vera of Ohio, Bobbie Andrews and husband Tellus of Ohio, Billie Gregory and husband David of Ohio, and 1 stepson, James Wright and wife Tina of Pennsylvania, 3 brothers Hubert Smith and wife Linda of Logan, West Virginia, Jack Smith of Florida, and John Smith and wife Pat of New Mexico.

There are 13 grandchildren surviving,  Samuel Smith, Michael Benn, Matthew Smith, Alexis Nelson, Samantha Smith, Destiny Smith, Nikki Smith, Savannah Smith, Ryan Kidder, Tellus Andrews Jr., Haley Andrews, Russell Gregory, and James Wright, and 3 great-grandchildren, Ashton Smith, Eleigh Benn, James Wright and one on the way.

Along with his father,  Dale was preceded in death by 1 grandson, Jacob Gregory

Visitation will be conducted at the Church of God of Prophecy, Sand Fork, West Virginia, on Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 4:00 - 7:00 PM.

At Dale’s request he will be cremated following visitation and a Memorial Service will be conducted at the Church of God of Prophecy at a later date with Pastor Bryan Groves officiating.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Dale Smith with arrangements.

G-Eye™: Leading Creek Elementary School Construction

Leading Creek Elementary School Construction
Lewis-Gilmer InterCounty Elementary School
To Replace Troy Elementary and Alum Bridge Elementary Schools

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~~  William Shakespeare ~~

Rose Mary Byrd

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Rose Mary Byrd

Age 61 of Glenville, West Virginia, departed this life at 12:44 PM, Thursday, September 11, 2014 at the United Hospital Center, Bridgeport, West Virginia, following an extended illness.

Born June 24, 1953 in Ritchie County, West Virginia, daughter of the late Burlin and Hazel Workman Byrd.

Rose was a homemaker and mail carrier for the United States Postal Service. She enjoyed Sewing, spending time with her family, and loved taking care of her grandchildren.

Surviving are 3 children, Mike Frymier and girlfriend Tina Godfrey of Glenville, WV; Michelle Shackleford and husband West of Linn, West Virginia, and Emary Frymier and wife Jessica of Cox’s Mills, West Virginia, 8 grandchildren, Autumn Frymier, Ally Frymier,  Amber Shackleford and boyfriend JD Duelley, West Shackleford and girlfriend Jodie Parsons, Beth Shaffer and husband Melvin, Monica Bush and husband Bryan, David Frymier, and Kaithlyn Frymier, and 5 great-grandchildren, Avarie Duelley, Gaige and Brystal Shaffer, and Richard and Ava Bush.

There are also 5 siblings surviving, Shirley Barnett, of Glenville, WV; Frank Byrd and wife Emma of Glenville, WV; Kathy Junkins and husband David of Barlet, Ohio, Betty Swanson of Marietta, Ohio, and Wilda Moore and husband Charlie of South Carolina.

Along with her parents, Rose was preceded in death by 2 brother, Burlin Byrd Jr., and Bud Byrd, and 2 sisters, Nancy Craig and Helen Smith.

At her request, Rose will be cremated and a Memorial Service will be conducted at 2:00 PM Sunday, September 21, 2014 at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc., 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV; 26351 with Rev. Kenny Fisher officiating.

Burial will follow in the Hazel Green Cemetery,  in Ritchie County.

Friends may call from 12:00 Noon - 2:00 PM Sunday at the Mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Rose Mary Byrd with arrangements.

Lester Oral “Sonny” Messenger

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Lester Oral “Sonny” Messenger

Age 93 of Eastpoint, Kentucky, formerly of Linn, West Virginia, departed this life Sunday, August 17, 2014 at the Riverview Health Care Center, Prestonsburg, Kentucky, following an extended illness.

Born May 21, 1921 in Gilmer County, West Virginia, son of the late Albert and Rosa Richards Messenger.

Lester was a mechanic for Dowell with 21 years experience. He was also a bull dozer operator and worked in construction. He loved camping, fishing, operating a bull dozer, and any heavy equipment be could.

He and his wife were also long term members of the Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Baldwin, West Virginia.

On May 23, 1942 he was united in marriage to Virginia M. “Kit” Simmons Messenger who preceded him in death on November 18, 2012.

Surviving are 2 children, John Messenger and wife Susan of Glenville, West Virginia, and Linda M. Woofter and husband David of Eastpoint, Kentucky. There are also 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren also surviving.

Along with his wife and parents, Lester was preceded in death by 1 son, Gary Messenger, 4 sisters, Nellie Collins, Stella Lowther, Gladys Messenger and Winnie Frye and 3 brothers, Everett Messenger, Virgil “Bud” Messenger, and Argil Messenger

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV, 26351 at 11:00 AM Friday August 22,2014 with Chaplin Nathan Thomas officiating.

Burial will follow in the Troy IOOF Cemetery with Full Military Honors provided by the Lewis County Honor Guard.

Friends may call from 6-8 PM Thursday evening at the mortuary.

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