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Gilmer County Residents Graduate from GSC

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Three students from Gilmer County were awarded degrees during the Glenville State College December Commencement Ceremony held on Saturday, December 08, 2018.

  • Amanda Lamb of Normantown, WV graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Education (PreK-K), Elementary Education (K-6), and Multi-Categorical Special Education (K-6).

  • Samantha McCune of Linn, WV received a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science with a minor in Social Work.

  • Carissa Wood of Shock, WV graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science with a minor in Music.

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 several NCAA Division II athletic teams.

 

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Damon West Award Winners Announced

The winners of the coveted Damon West Award for outstanding athletic performance throughtout the four years at GCHS were announced at the GCHS Varsity Sports banquet held on May 23. 

Kylie Shuff won the award for being the outstanding female athlete.  Kylie was named Girls Basketball First Team All-State and First Team All-LKC in 2017; Girls Basketball First Team All-LKC, Second Team All State, MVP Class A Girls Basketball State Championship game 2016. She scored 1,000 career points earned in four years of basketball; she never missed a practice or a game and started every game of her high school career. She has 10 earned letters (basketball, volleyball, softball and track).  two-time state qualifier in track in 2016, and 2nd Team All- LKC Volleyball in 2015. Kylie will be pursuing her academic and athletic careers at Concord University in Athens, WV.

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Trey Shuff was named Damon West Award for outstanding athletic male performance throughout four years at GCHS.  Trey was named First Team All-State Football 2016-17, First Team All-LKC Football 2016-17; All-LKC Basketball 2015-16, All-State Honorable Mention in football 2015-16; First Team All State Basketball 2017, three-time First Team All-LKC 2014-17; Honorable Mention All-LKC football 2015-16 and earned 1,000 career points in basketball. Trey shattered two school records in football, previously held by teammate Austin Ratliff,  in total yards in a single season and total touchdowns in a single season.  He has earned 8 letters and is a WV Promise Scholar.  Trey will continue his athletic and academic careers at Concord University in Athens, WV.

The Shuff twins are the children of Steve and Jesica Shuff of Glenville; grandchildren of Mike Triplett (and the late Kathy Triplett) of Glenville, and Sue Shuff (and the late Bill Shuff) of Ansted, WV.

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GCHS: Riley Fitzwater

Riley Fitzwater, a senior at Gilmer County High School, was honored at the Sports Banquet held on May 23 for being named the 2016-17 Little Kanawha Conference Player of the Year in girls basketball and awarded First Team All-State Girls Basketball honors for the 2016-17 season.

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She was also First Team All State Team Captain for the 2016 girls basketball championship team.

She reached the 1,000 points career mark in her senior season. 

Riley will continue her academic and athletic careers at Concord University in Athens, WV. 

She is the daughter of Wriston and Julia Fitzwater of Stouts Mills, WV.

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GSC Class of 2017 takes part in Commencement Ceremony

Glenville State College’s 143rd Commencement Ceremony took place on Saturday, May 06, 2017 in the college’s Waco Center.

The Glenville State College Class of 2017 includes graduates who completed requirements for an Associate or Bachelor’s Degree in a variety of academic areas including business, criminal justice, teacher education, and natural resource management among others. The GSC Class of 2017 is made up of approximately 110 students who hail from throughout West Virginia and nine other states.

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Glenville State College President Dr. Peter Barr delivers his keynote address


Retiring Glenville State College President Dr. Peter Barr delivered the keynote address to graduates and guests. Barr, who has been at the helm of the nearly 145 year old institution since 2006, is retiring at the end of the current academic year.

In his address Barr likened himself to the spring graduates, noting that he too is preparing to make a big adjustment in his life. “I, like you, will soon depart this campus for new adventures. I’ve come to respect and love the students and faculty who make this campus come to life,” he said. Barr also compared the junction in the graduate’s lives to the single traffic light in downtown Glenville; “We approach that single stoplight one more time and ask – ‘where do we go next?’ – this is a time for us to think ahead and move forward.” President Barr also repeated a favorite line in which encouraged the students to endeavor to “make the world a little better place.”

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President Barr with Faculty Award of Excellence recipient Dr. Lloyd Bone


The title of Faculty Emeritus was bestowed upon retiring professors Dr. Milan Vavrek and Wayne de Rosset. In addition to teaching in the Department of Land Resources, Vavrek has also served as the College’s Vice President for Academic Affairs since July 2015. de Rosset leaves the institution after 43 years of service in the Department of Language and Literature. The College’s Board of Governors also recognized Senior Vice President for Student & External Relations James W. Spears with Vice President Emeritus status and President Barr with President Emeritus status. Additionally, GSC Foundation Board Treasurer Mary Lee McPherson was presented with an honorary degree.

Eleven members of the GSC Class of 1967 returned to campus and were honored as fifty year graduates; seven of those participated in the official ceremony on Saturday. Recognizing the fifty year graduates has become a tradition at GSC’s Commencement Ceremony.

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President Barr with Student Leadership Award recipient Samuel Canfield of Cowen, West Virginia


Individual awards also were presented during the ceremony to an outstanding faculty member and graduate. Associate Professor of Music Dr. Lloyd Bone received the 2017 Faculty Award of Excellence and the 2017 Student Leadership Award was given to graduating senior biology and chemistry student Sam Canfield of Cowen, West Virginia.

“Each of you should take great pride in your success. You should leave this occasion proudly and ready—or nearly ready—to take your places in the world. At Glenville State, you have committed your time, your energies, and your passions in the successful pursuit of the knowledge and skills to be productive citizens,” said President Barr in closing comments to the graduates.

Fall classes at GSC will begin on Monday, August 14, 2017. For information on enrolling and beginning your journey as a GSC Pioneer, visit www.glenville.edu or contact the Glenville State College Office of Admissions at 304.462.4128.

GSC Holds December Commencement Ceremony

Glenville State College’s winter commencement ceremony took place on the morning of Saturday, December 10 in the college’s Waco Center.

The graduates, officially part of the Class of 2017, will complete requirements for an Associate or Bachelor’s Degree in a variety of academic areas including business, criminal justice, teacher education, and natural resource management, among others. The group is made up of approximately 90 students who have completed or will complete their degree requirements in July and December 2016. The students come from several counties throughout West Virginia as well as five other states (California, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia).

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Dr. Bill Webb, a 1973 Glenville State College graduate, delivers the keynote address


Dr. William “Bill” Webb, a 1973 Glenville State College graduate, delivered the keynote address and was awarded an honorary doctorate of public service from the institution. The honorary degree is one of higher education’s most significant accolades and it serves the dual purpose of recognizing extraordinary individuals and inspiring graduating students. It is awarded to distinguished individuals who merit special recognition for achievement and distinction. Webb is the founder and director of Oasis Behavioral Health Services in Barboursville, West Virginia. He was honored with the GSC Alumni Association’s Achievement Award in 2006. During his 40 year career, Webb has served as the executive director of both the Holistic Health Center and Area Psychiatric and Psychotherapy Group in Huntington, West Virginia.

Webb advised the students to be comfortable with who they are, make decisions to be happy, foster lifelong friendships, to never stop learning, practice kindness, and to keep a sense of humor.

During the ceremony a somber moment was observed as a posthumous honorary degree was presented to in memory of Dejana Ludoski, who was an international student from Belgrade, Serbia. Ludoski was on track to complete her degree requirements with the December graduating class when she tragically died in a September automobile accident.

Additionally, retiring education professor Janet K. Bailey was bestowed with the title of Faculty Emerita at the event.

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Glenville State College President Dr. Peter Barr concluded the ceremony by telling the graduates, “Each of you should take great pride in your success and leave this occasion proudly and ready, or nearly ready, to take your places in the world. Your family and friends and the faculty and staff of Glenville State College salute you.”

Spring semester classes at GSC will begin on Monday, January 09, 2017.

For information on enrolling and beginning your journey as a GSC Pioneer, contact the Glenville State College Office of Admissions at www.glenville.edu or 304.462.6130.

Hannah Moore Receives Larry D. & Margaret D. Brown Scholarship

Hannah Moore was named recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from the Larry D. & Margaret D. Brown Scholarship Fund.  A 2016 graduate of Gilmer County High School, Moore is attending Glenville State College to pursue a degree in Health Promotions.

The Larry D. & Margaret D. Brown Scholarship Fund was created at the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) in 2008.  Since its inception, it has provided scholarship support to six other area students.

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Hannah Moore


Larry D. & Margaret D. Brown Scholarship Details:

•  Awarded to a graduating high school senior who resides in Lewis, Gilmer, Braxton, Upshur, Harrison, Randolph, or Ritchie Counties in WV, with preference to Gilmer or Lewis County residents.

•  Student must be planning to attend an accredited institution of higher education or vocational studies full-time.

•  Selection is based on financial need; this award not intended for a student already receiving other significant scholarship support.

•  Preference may be given to a student who is a dependent of an employee associated with Wes-Jak, Inc.

•  Recipients may apply annually for renewal consideration for up to four years.

Mr. and Mrs. Brown worked side-by-side for many years as co-owners of Weston Transfer and Jack’s Septic Service of Weston, West Virginia.  Both are known throughout the community for their deep commitment to each other, to their families and their employees – whom they considered as family – and for their support of many local church, community and civic projects.

Married for 50 years, Mrs. Brown passed away in June 2015. In creating this scholarship, Mr. and Mrs. Brown sought to express their appreciation to their employees, as well as to those families served by their companies by providing a way to help the area’s students with higher education costs. They hope to see their scholarship awarded to students who are hard-working and who strive to improve their lives through training or education.

“We commend Larry and Margie for their foresight and generosity in establishing this significant scholarship award and providing opportunities for local young people,” said PACF’s Executive Director, Judy Sjostedt.  “As each new scholarship is presented to a student, the Browns are helping students to improve their potential for future success.  At the same time, Mrs. Brown will be fondly remembered by many people for her dedication to the betterment of her community, its students and their educational needs through this important annual award.”

To learn more about this important scholarship and other scholarships available through the PACF, please visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304.428.4438.


About Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates:

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or nonprofit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of our community. PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages more than 340 charitable funds with nearly $34 million in assets. PACF works in partnership with its local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area. Since 1963, PACF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways. For more information about PACF, visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304.428.4438.

Gilmer County Residents Graduated from GSC

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GLENVILLE, WV—Sixteen students from Gilmer County were awarded degrees during the Glenville State College Commencement Ceremony held on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

  • Hope L. Bossert of Glenville graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science with a minor in Criminal Justice.

  • Andrew B. Butcher of Glenville received an Associate in Science degree in Land Surveying Technology.

  • Elisabeth A. Coombs of Cedarville graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with minors in Health Promotion and Psychology.

  • David A. Finley of Glenville received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science with a minor in English.

  • Robert A. Hensley of Glenville received a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree in Math (5-adult).

  • Jeremy D. Jenkins of Glenville received an Associate in Science degree in Criminal Justice.

  • Camden L. Kinder of Glenville received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in Accounting.

  • Ian L. Morris of Glenville received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in Management.

  • Emily E. Ramezan of Sand Fork graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with minors in Nonprofit Leadership, Health Promotion, and Chemistry.

  • Annetta L. Snyder of Stouts Mills graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree in English (5-adult).

  • Taylor C. Somerville of Linn received a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree.

  • Valeri M. Sprouse of Glenville graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in Accounting and Management with a minor in Nonprofit Leadership.

  • Abigal L. Stalnaker of Glenville received a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree in Early Education (PreK-K) and Elementary Education (K-6).

  • Mistie R. Stracher of Tanner received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science in Psychology/Sociology with a minor in Mathematics.

  • Curtis R. Sutphin of Glenville graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree in Music (PreK-adult) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a concentration in Vocal Music.

  • Tyler N. Wilson of Glenville received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science with a minor in Military Science.

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 several NCAA Division II athletic teams.

GSC: A Special Graduation Ceremony

GLENVILLE, WV – Olive Smith’s graduation from Glenville State College this May will be a day that she remembers fondly for years to come. The 86 years young graduate was to receive her Regents Bachelor of Arts degree along with the rest of the Glenville State College spring graduating class. Smith, although still active, opted not to make the three hour trip to the GSC Waco Center for the ceremony.

Not wanting her to miss out on her graduation, the college asked Dennis Pounds, Vice President for College Advancement, to make the trip to Smith’s home in Groveport, Ohio and make a personal graduation ceremony for her the following Monday, May 9. Having brought the gown, mortar board, and tassel as well as the coveted diploma, all of the pomp, if not all of the circumstance was present.

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GSC’s Dennis Pounds presents Olive Smith with her diploma


The diploma presentation came about because Smith’s daughter, Cassie Kartman, inquired with GSC’s Registrar’s Office as to why her mother didn’t receive her diploma.

Glenville State College was offering classes in the 1980’s through Parkersburg Community College (PCC), as it was known at the time, and Smith was alternating between taking classes from GSC and PCC in those years. She left college in 1989, just hours short of the degree she was pursuing.

After some research, the Registrar’s Office staff determined that Smith was qualified for a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree and was eligible to participate in the May 7 Commencement Ceremony with the Class of 2016. The non-traditional RBA program is sponsored by West Virginia higher education institutions and examines academic background, life experiences, educational ambitions, career goals, and life objectives that are unique to each individual student.

“Education is important; the things I learned in college were lifesaving. It expanded my horizons and a lot of the courses that I took meant a lot to me,” said Smith.

“Glenville State College congratulates Mrs. Smith for receiving this degree and counts her among our many proud graduates. Betsy and I send our well wishes to Olive and her family and hope they enjoyed the personal ceremony that Mr. Pounds brought to Groveport,” said Glenville State College President Dr. Peter Barr.

Taylor Bridge Dedication in Troy, WV

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On Friday, June 17, Senator Kent Leonhardt, Delegate Roger Handshaw and U.S. Army Col John Hess dedicated the bridge crossing Leading Creek in Troy, WV in memory of U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Robert D. Taylor, “Taylor”.  Attending the ceremony were many of Taylor’s classmates, family, and friends.  All of his friends called him Taylor.

Taylor graduated from Gilmer County High School in 1981 and went on to enlist in the U.S. Army.  Taylor loved to go fast and fly high and he got to fulfill the dream by flying Cobra Helicopters for the U.S. Army. 

Officer Taylor was aboard an AH-1 Cobra Helicopter assigned to the 5th Bn, 501st Aviation Regiment U.S. Army patrolling the Korean demilitarized zone between South and North Korea and was killed on November 13, 1991. 

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The bridge being dedicated in his memory crosses Leading Creek served as the state road access to the community where the Taylor family lived. The bridge is just east of the community of Troy on WV Highway 47 on the road formerly known as Spruce Run Road now named as Hemlock Run Road.

When Taylor lived on “Spruce Run” there was an old steel truss bridge. The bridge was replaced in 2010 with a new concrete span that meets today engineering and safety standards and was designed by Tim Hermansdorfer, project managed by Chris Williams and Kelly Kees and Project Supervisor was Gary Butler of the WV Department of Highways.

Construction on the bridge was done by Kenton Meadows Construction of Gassaway, WV.

Delegate Handshaw talked about the quality work District 7 DOH employees had done in Gilmer County and the need for more resources to maintain the aging infrastructure.

“Safe roads and bridges are important to West Virginia’s economy and the State needs to continue to invest resources to address maintenance and improve road surfaces.” 

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Senator Leonhardt said “We had a great turn out of family, friends and classmates to help remember Taylor’s service to our country. I appreciate the Lewis County Honor Guard, students from Leading Creek School and others that participated in honoring Taylor.  It is important that we remember those that gave their lives for our freedom and those that are still serving and fighting to keep this world a safer place. We must not take our freedom for granted”.

Senator Leonhardt presented Robert Taylor’s mom, Alice Taylor, and brother, Richard, with a memorial sign and closed his remarks by saying, “Let this simple sign remind us of the sacrifice of the Taylor family, but all the families whose son and daughters gave their lives so that we may enjoy our freedoms.  We can never repay the this debt of sacrifice but we must try by being a country worthy of the sacrifice.” 

UHC School of Radiologic Technology Graduation

Bridgeport, WV — United Hospital Center School of Radiologic recently conducted Commencement Exercises for the 2016 graduates. Diplomas were presented to ten students from Program Director, Rose Trupo and Clinical Instructors, Jane Bray, B.S., R.T. and Lisa Knight, R.T. on Saturday, May 14 at the Bridgeport High School Auditorium. 

Ashley Vincent, R.T. (R) served as guest speaker for the Radiologic Technology commencement, while the class address was delivered by Kylie Plybon and Bethany Allman.  Special presentations included Radiography Clinical Excellence Award presented to graduate, Trevor Shepler; the Radiography Academic Excellence Award presented to graduate Allie Gregory and the Laurie D’Anselmi Technologist of the Year award to Micala Myers, R.T. (R), staff technologist at UHC.

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Rising senior radiologic technology students were recognized during the commencement and the recipients of two scholarships were also announced.  Micah Ford of Weston received the Marsha K. Snively Memorial Scholarship from Ed Snively.  Allison Lovins of Pineville, WV received the Robert M. Timmons Memorial Scholarship from the 2015 recipient, Katy Brugnoli.

Graduates of the School of Radiologic Technology include Bethany Allman, daughter of Mike and Melissa Allman of Clarksburg;  Katy Brugnoli of Richwood, daughter of Gary and Karen Brugnoli; Kristin Burnside, wife of Paul Burnside and daughter of Kevin and Terry Hutson, all of Salem; Alexandria Gregory of Simpson, daughter of Hollis and Liz Gregory;  Bridget McClain, daughter of Barry and Brenda McClain of Shinnston;  Kylie Plybon, daughter of Mark and Joanne Plybon of Mount Clare;  Trevor Shepler, son of Daryl and Alisa Shepler of Ritchie County; Katelyne Smith, daughter of Jody and Jennifer Smith of Middlebourne; and Shay Yonaley of Sistersville, daughter of Brad and Julie Yonaley.  All will be employed by United Hospital Center as (part-time) staff radiographers, while Brugnoli and McClain will be entering the UHC Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program, and Smith will continue her education at WVU Hospital Nuclear Imaging Program.

Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Celebrates Seniors

A Senior Appreciation Ceremony was held at Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center on May 12, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. A reception with cake and punch was held for the 2016 seniors, post graduates, high school equivalency graduates and their guests, prior to the awards program.

The Culinary Arts/ProStart program prepared the refreshments and the Networking Technologies along with Law & Public Safety students prepared a multimedia show for the reception. The theme for this year was “Humble and Kind”.

Bryan Sterns, director of the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center welcomed seniors and their guests. Jordyn Gregory, FBLA secretary, led the Pledge of Allegiance. Faculty Senate President and Welding instructor, Carl Collins introduced the faculty members and their students. Faculty members along with Brittany Stout of Pierpont Community & Technical College presented students with Tech Prep Honor Cords and CGCC souvenirs. 

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Adult Education Graduates
Instructor Linda Jones, Matthew McCumbers, Alec Richards


Linda Jones, Adult Education instructor, presented her 2016 high school equivalency graduates:  Tina Davis, Matthew McCumbers, Alec Richards and Jessica Stump.  Mrs. Jones announced the Adult Education Student of the Year was Matthew McCumbers.

Shirley Hupp, National Technical Honor Society advisor, and Administrative Council Member Dr. Carl Armour inducted the following students into NTHS: Karissa Bill, Austin Blystone, Tea Boatright, Alayna Butler, Andrea Frymier, Jordyn Gregory, Analysse Petty, Chris Thornton, Alya Young and Samantha Young.  New inductees were presented with their honor cords, tassels, pins and diploma seals. Also they received a packet with a certificate, letter of recommendation and scholarship information. Returning members were also recognized and they were: Jacob Frashure, Kassy Hickman, Makahla Morris, Ethan Settle and Skylar Summers.

Faithful and perfect attendance certificates were presented by Bryan Sterns, and Gilmer County High School Principal Nasia Butcher. The following students missed 5 or less days at the Career Center during the 2015-16 school year:  Tea Boatright, Austin Blystone, Christian Hash, Haley Knotts, Maranda King, Malachi McCumbers, Makahla Morris, Analysse Petty, Brody Springer, James Stump, Isaac Sprouse, Doug Wood and Jessica Smith. Michael Garcia and Alex White both received a perfect attendance certificate.

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National Technical Honor Society Induction
Front Row: Advisor Shirley Hupp, Andrea Frymier, Tea Boatright,
Jordyn Gregory, Ayla Young, Kassy Hickman
Back Row: Chris Thornton, Skylar Summers, Alayna Butler, Austin Blystone,
amantha Young, Makahla Morris, Jacob Frashure


The Ronald Blankenship Academic Achievement Awards are given to those students achieving platinum level on the WIN Career Readiness System.  Bryan Sterns and Calhoun County Schools Superintendent Timothy Woodward presented certificates of achievement to the following students:  Austin Blystone, Jayden Cantu, Thomas Eakle, Aubrey Freeby, Michael Garcia, Jordyn Gregory, Christian Hash, Maranda King, Brooklyn Knicely, Alexis Loudin, Malachi McCumbers, Mitchell McKown, Makahla Morris, Dakota Moss, Dylan Neal, Adrea Peggs, Analysse Petty, Amber Prusack, Erin Ramsey, Destiny Riccota, Alec Richards, Dylan Snider, Isaac Sprouse, Dustin Stump and Baylee Swisher.

The 886 Foundation, Chapter 4 of Grantsville sponsored a $500 scholarship this year for a Calhoun County senior completing the Health Occupations or Law & Public Safety program. This year’s recipient was Mitchell McKown, a two-completer of the Law & Public Safety program. 886 Foundation members Gary Knight, Graham Knight, Kayla and Lucas Morford presented the scholarship.

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Ronald Blankenship Academic Achievement Awards
L to R: Timothy Woodward, Amber Prusack, Jordyn Gregory, Jayden Cantu,
Austin Blystone, Baylee Swisher, Alexis Loudin, Isaac Sprouse, Erin Ramsey,
Michael Garcia, Malachi McCumbers, Destiny RIccota, Dylan Snider,
Mitchell McKown, Maranda King, Bryan Sterns


Mr. Mike Whipkey with the assistance of Mr. James Snyder, automotive technology instructor, presented the Micheal P. Whipkey, II Memorial Automotive Scholarship of a $250 Craftsman gift card for a tool set and certificate to Doug Allen Wood. Doug is the son of Doug and Kaira Wood of Normantown, WV.

Christian Kenneth Hash received the Melissa Gayle Oshoway Memorial Criminal Justice Scholarship for $1000. This scholarship was presented by Mr. and Mrs. John Oshoway, Mr. Rue Brannon, and Mrs. Patty Cain. Christian is the grandson of Timothy and Mary Templon of Grantsville, WV.

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Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center $100 Scholarship Award
Bryan Sterns, Alayna Butler, Lisa Moore


Each year the Career Center presents a $100 scholarship award to graduating students who plan to pursue a career in their field of study or continue their studies.  Bryan Sterns and CGCC Secretary, Lisa Moore recognized this year’s recipient:  Alayna Brooke Butler. Alayna is the daughter of Kim Butler of Glenville, WV. She has completed the patient care technician program in Health Occupations. Alayna plans to attend West Virginia University at Parkersburg and earn an Associate’s Degree in Nursing.

Brittany Stout of Peirpont Community & Technical College awarded a $1000 scholarship to Cassi Marie Dobbins for studies in nursing. Cassi is the daughter of Melinda Lamb of Grantsville, WV.

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886 Foundation $500 Scholarship
Gary Knight, Mitchell McKown, Kayla & Lucas Morford, Graham Knight


Outstanding CTE Students were announced and given a $100 award.  They were Phillip Michael Garcia, Automotive Technology; Tea Shae Boatright, Business Technology: Christopher Lee Thornton, Carpentry; Alexander Michael White, Networking Technologies; and postgraduate student, Jacob Travis Frashure, Networking Technologies. Also, Jacob was recognized for receiving a gold medal at the WV SkillsUSA Competition in Kingwood, WV in April. He will be traveling to Louisville, KY to compete in the National SkillsUSA Competition this June.

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Pierpont Community & Technical College $1000 Scholarship
Brittany Stout, Cassi Dobbins, Shirley Hupp


The Earl J. Gainer Career and Technical Education Student of the Year Award was established in 1990 to pay tribute to Mr. Gainer and to honor the student who best exemplifies career and technical excellence.  In selecting the recipient of this honor, the committee attempts to award an individual who demonstrates the same outstanding qualities possessed and utilized by Mr. Gainer. 

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Micheal P. Whipkey, II Memorial Automotive Scholarship
Jim Snyder, Mike Whipkey, Doug Wood




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Earl J. Gainer Career and Technical Student of the Year Award
Bryan Sterns, Analysse Petty


CGCC Director Bryan Sterns presented a certificate, commemorative clock, and $500 scholarship to Analysse Nikole Petty.  Annie is the niece of Danielle Cottrill of Normantown, WV.  She is a graduating senior from Gilmer County High School. While attending CGCC, Annie successfully completed the patient care technician program in Health Occupations, the ProStart/Culinary Arts program, and the Option Pathway program. Annie’s honors include: 4th place at WV SkillsUSA Competition in commercial baking and 1st place in the student division of the Blennerhassett Gingerbread House Contest. Annie plans to pursue her nursing career while in the US Navy.

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GSC Class of 2016 Receives Diplomas

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GLENVILLE, WV – Glenville State College’s 142nd Commencement Ceremony took place on Saturday, May 7 in the college’s Waco Center.

The Glenville State College Class of 2016 includes graduates who completed requirements for an Associate or Bachelor’s Degree in a variety of academic areas including business, criminal justice, teacher education, and natural resource management among others. The GSC Class of 2016 is made up of approximately 120 students who completed their degree requirements in May 2016. The grads hail from throughout West Virginia, ten other states, and Washington D.C.

Glenville State College graduate and longtime Professor of Physical Science Dr. J. Joe Evans delivered the keynote address to graduates and guests. Evans, who has been an instructor at his alma mater for 46 years, has elected to retire at the end of this academic year.

Evans and two other retiring professors, Dr. D. Charles ‘Chuck’ Batson and Dr. Nancy Zane, were bestowed with the title of Emeriti Faculty at the event. Additionally, 26 members of the GSC Class of 1966 returned to campus and were honored as fifty year graduates. Recognizing the fifty year graduates has become a tradition at GSC’s Commencement Ceremony.

Individual awards also were presented during the ceremony to an outstanding faculty member and graduate. Professor of English Dr. Nancy Zane received the 2016 Faculty Award of Excellence while the 2016 Student Leadership Award was given to graduating senior biology student Emily Ramezan of Glenville, West Virginia.

“Each of you should take great pride in your success. You should leave this occasion proudly and ready—or nearly ready—to take your places in the world. At Glenville State, you have committed your time, your energies, and your passions in the successful pursuit of the knowledge and skills to be productive citizens,” said Glenville State College President Dr. Peter Barr in comments to the graduates.

Fall classes at GSC will begin on Monday, August 22, 2016. For information on enrolling and beginning your journey as a GSC Pioneer, contact the Glenville State College Office of Admissions at www.glenville.edu or 304.462.4128.

Commencement Ceremony is May 07, 2016 at GSC

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GLENVILLE, WV – The 142nd Glenville State College Commencement Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 07 beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the college’s Waco Center.

The GSC class of 2016 will walk across the graduation stage to receive their degrees in a variety of programs including business, education, land resources, criminal justice, science, music, and more. The grads hail from throughout West Virginia, ten other states, Washington D.C., and Serbia.

Glenville State College graduate and longtime Professor of Physical Science Dr. J. Joe Evans will deliver the keynote address to graduates and guests. Evans, who has been an instructor at his alma mater for 46 years, has elected to retire at the end of this academic year.

In recognition of an ongoing tradition at Glenville State College, alumni who graduated fifty years ago have been invited back to campus to join the current graduates at the ceremony. Members of the class of 1966 will be recognized as ’50 Year Graduates’ during the event.

Graduates are permitted to bring as many guests with them as they like and no tickets are required. The GSC Bookstore will have a satellite location open at the Waco Center with a selection of items for sale before and after the ceremony.

For more information about the Commencement Ceremony, click here or contact 304.462.4115.

Spring Interns Complete Student Teaching for GSC

GLENVILLE, WV—Eighteen students have completed their student teaching internships for Glenville State College and are eligible to participate in GSC’s Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 07, 2016.

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Ben Neal, Casey Burdette, Robert Hensley, William Alderman, Ben Stingo, Chelsea Hines, Annetta Snyder, Curtis Sutphin,
Samantha Fulks, Joseph Overbaugh, Julia Stull, Cody Carnefix, Rachel Morris, Sarah Cody, Dancey Howes, Melissa Jones,
Abigail Stalnaker, Carlee Scott, Erica PerdueBen Neal, Casey Burdette, Robert Hensley, William Alderman, Ben Stingo,
Chelsea Hines, Annetta Snyder, Curtis Sutphin, Samantha Fulks, Joseph Overbaugh, Julia Stull, Cody Carnefix, Rachel Morris,
Sarah Cody, Dancey Howes, Melissa Jones, Abigail Stalnaker, Carlee Scott, Erica Perdue


William Alderman completed his student teaching in Math Education (5-adult) at Calhoun County Middle/High School and Gilmer County High School with Natalie White and Kelly Barr. Dr. Shara Curry, Dr. John Taylor, and Joseph Wood were his GSC supervisors. He is the son of Eric and Diane Alderman of Looneyville, West Virginia.


Casey Burdette completed his student teaching in Social Studies (5-adult) at Braxton County High School and Clay County Middle School with Jerry Frame and Brittany McGowen Dolly. Dr. Shara Curry was his GSC Supervisor. He is the son of Jimmy and Kristi Burdette of Clay, West Virginia and the grandson of Nancy and Jacke Cottrell of Newton, West Virginia.


Cody Carnefix completed his student teaching in English Education (5-adult) and Social Studies (5-adult) at Gilmer County High School with Michelle Raines and Lindsay Bush. Dr. Melody Wise and Donald Sheets were his GSC supervisors. He is the son of Darren and Allison Carnefix of Liberty, West Virginia.


Sarah Cody completed her student teaching in Early Education (PreK-K), Elementary Education (K-6), and Multi-Caterorial Education (K-6) at Sand Fork Elementary School and Glenville Elementary School with Leslie Campbell and Julie Perrin. Dr. Tara Cosco and Dr. Shelly Ratliff were her GSC Supervisors. She is the daughter of Kim and Joel Hypes of Summersville, West Virginia. She currently resides with her husband Johnathan in Summersville, West Virginia. Cody was also named Outstanding Student Teacher of the spring semester by the education honor society Kappa Delta Pi.


Samantha Fulks completed her student teaching in Math Education (5-adult) at Calhoun County Middle/High School and Gilmer County High School with Terry Jones and Rick Kinder. Dr. Shara Curry, Dr. John Taylor, and Joseph Wood were her GSC Supervisors. She is the daughter of Herald ‘Glen’ and Trevia Fulks (Jr.) of Millstone, West Virginia.


Robert Hensley completed his student teaching in Math Education (5-adult) at Gilmer County High School with Brittany Duelley and Tracy Ferguson. Don Sheets and Joseph Wood were his GSC Supervisors. He is the son of Carol Hensley of Dundalk, Maryland and currently resides with his wife Allegra in Glenville, West Virginia.


Chelsea Hines completed her student teaching in Health and Physical Education (PreK-adult) at Gilmer County High School and Glenville Elementary School with Amy Chapman and Diane Sharpes. Janet Bailey and Donald Sheets were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Tim and Leann Kerns of Jane Lew, West Virginia. She currently resides with her husband Robert and son Parker in Weston, West Virginia.


Dancey Howes completed her student teaching in Early Education (PreK-K), Elementary Education (K-6), and Multi-Categorical Education (K-6) at Leading Creek Elementary School with Lora Chapman and Melissa Wood. Dr. Shelly Ratliff and Dr. John Taylor were her GSC supervisors. She is the daughter of Mark and Kennetha Howes of Hacker Valley, West Virginia.


Melissa Jones completed her student teaching in English Education (5-adult) at Braxton County Middle School and Braxton County High School with Judith Boyce and Sharon Desper. Dr. Melody Wise and Frances Fry were her GSC Supervisors. She is the daughter of Roger Hypes and Marie Pierson of Summersville, West Virginia. She currently resides in Summersville, West Virginia with her significant other Allen Walton and her son Ben.


Benjamin Neal completed his student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Arnoldsburg Elementary School, Pleasant Hill Elementary School, and Liberty High School with John Bugby and Tom Day. Dr. Shara Curry, Dr. John Taylor, and Dr. David Lewis were his GSC Supervisors. He is the son of Timothy and Patricia Neal of Mount Nebo, West Virginia.


Rachel Morris completed her student teaching in Early Education (PreK-K) and Elementary Education (K-6) at Glenville Elementary School with Nicole Moyers and Tamera Moore. Connie Stout O’Dell and Don Sheets were her GSC Supervisors. She is the daughter of Bill and Kendi Morris of Bidwell, Ohio and is engaged to Aaron Parsons of Harrisville, West Virginia.


Joseph Overbaugh completed his student teaching in General Science (5-adult) at Braxton County High School and Braxton County Middle School with Shawn Crow and Jenny Miller. Dr. Shara Curry was his GSC Supervisor. He is the son of James and Ada Overbaugh of Mount Zion, West Virginia.


Erica Perdue completed her student teaching in Early Education (PreK-K) and Elementary Education (K-6) at Burnsville Elementary School with Patty Montgomery and Joyce Stump. Frances Fry was her GSC Supervisor. She is the daughter of Eric and Vicky Perdue of Clay, West Virginia. She currently resides in Burnsville, West Virginia with her fiancée Lucas Smith.


Annetta Snyder completed her student teaching in English Education (5-adult) at Braxton County Middle School and Braxton County High School with James King and Janis Collins. Her GSC Supervisors were Frances Fry and Dr. Melody Wise. She is the daughter of Mike and Charlene Snyder of Stouts Mills, West Virginia. She currently resides with her son Sebastian in Stouts Mills.


Abigail Stalnaker completed her student teaching in Early Education (PreK-K) and Elementary Education (K-6) at Glenville Elementary School with Leigh Kinder, Teresa Skinner, and Amber Frashure. Dr. Shelly Ratliff, Connie Stout O’Dell, and Don Sheets were her GSC Supervisors. She is the daughter of David and Judy Stalnaker of Glenville, West Virginia.


Benjamin Stingo completed his student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Calhoun County Middle/High School and Glenville, Sand Fork, and Normantown Elementary Schools with Logan Rhodes and Judy Leggett. Dr. Shara Curry and Dr. David Lewis were his GSC supervisors. He is the son of Kevin and Elizabeth Stingo of Buckhannon, West Virginia.


Julia Stull completed her student teaching in Early Education (PreK-K) and Elementary Education (K-6) at Summersville Elementary School with Jill Sweeney and Erin Thomas. Frances Fry was her GSC Supervisor. She is the daughter of Kenneth and Diana Barnett of Summersville, West Virginia. She currently resides with her children Bryer and Ellie Stull and Kenneth Sales Jr. in Summersville, West Virginia.


Curtis Sutphin completed his student teaching in Music Education (PreK-adult) at Buckhannon-Upshur High School, Roanoke Elementary School, and Leading Creek Elementary with Jermiah Smallridge, Garrett Friend, and Whitney Ballard. Dr. John Taylor and Dr. David Lewis were his GSC Supervisors. He is a native of Van, West Virginia. 


Senior teacher education students take part in an internship during their final semester at GSC. At the conclusion of their internship students must complete a presentation illustrating their mastery of the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards as well as the standards of their particular area of study.


For more information about the Teacher Education Program at Glenville State College, contact 304.462.4119.

Rev. Dr. Randy Flanagan ’76 to Present Baccalaureate Message

Rev. Dr. Randy Flanagan ’76 will present the message at the Baccalaureate ceremony during West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Commencement week.  The service will be at a new time this year, starting at 5 p.m. in Wesley Chapel on Friday, May 06, 2016.

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The Rev. Dr. Flanagan received his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and Bible and religion from Wesleyan in 1976, his Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 1979, and his Doctorate of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1986.  He has served as an appointed pastor for the past 43 years serving six rural churches in the Adrian Charge; at Palatine First United Methodist Church (UMC) in Palatine, IL; King’s Way UMC in Elkins, WV; Elkins Easy UM Charge in Elkins, WV; St. Mary’s UMC in Beckley, WV; and Simpson UMC in Moundsville, WV.

The Rev. Dr. Flanagan also served as the Director of Connectional Ministries for the West Virginia Annual Conference of the UMC, as well as lead pastor at both Christ Church UMC in Charleston, WV and Wesley UMC in Morgantown, WV, his current position.

He is married to wife Janet L. (McCloud) ’76, with whom he has a daughter, Kathryn.

For more information on this year’s Commencement, please visit www.wvwc.edu/alumni/commencement.

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Progress is being made with writing up school board meeting minutes to keep citizens better informed.

For too long the State’s information embargo kept citizens in the dark because information releases of all types were sketchy by design to prevent accountability for officials in charge.

Because more information is being released to citizens there will be enhanced community support for activities in the County’s schools to get our kids career and college ready.

Thank you Gilmer County School Board members. Keep up your good work with making information access improvements.

By Kudos To School Board on 03.21.2019

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Special & Regular Meeting Minutes'.

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Thanks Mr. Boggs for bringing attention to the Rt 5 roller-coaster just west of Burnsville.
At least someone finally made an attempt to smooth it up a bit!  Good job that time.

By Gilmer on 03.21.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Big In-Justice Jim and his “roads to prosperity” program is high grade bs.
You all stole our money.  Fed us bs and lies.

Now Injustice Jim wants to repeat the deal he got away with once all ready!!??  That takes a lot of gall.

And the best is…..30% of road repair funds were not spent last year!!  Shame on the legislature for not being a watchdog.

Shame on Whopper Teller Jim too…for wanting more money!
Shame, shame, shame on Charleston inept management and politics.

By WV are tired of having the wool pulled over our ey on 03.21.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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“All of the research tells us that the formerly incarcerated do not commit violent crimes, or more workplace-related crimes, than people who have no criminal background,” he said.“

This is a patently false statement.  Heyman does this frequently.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 03.19.2019

From the entry: 'In Tight Labor Market, Some Major Companies to Drop Criminal Check'.

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So sorry Jerry. Would love to see you.  I am now at family farm.  Please stop by

By Phyllis Grove on 03.18.2019

From the entry: 'Doris “Geneva” Case'.

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We keep hearing exciting news about GSC’s opportunity for starting a new teacher education academy to train WV’s teachers.

The unique program would provide state-of-the-art preparation for classroom challenges WV’s teachers face.

Based on reported information the prestigious program would be designed to be a WV show piece and graduates would earn a master degrees after five years.

The program would be an Appalachian trend setter to benefit the College, Gilmer County, Central WV, the State, gifted students selected for the program, and most of all the State’s children.

What do you say GSC’s Board of Governors? Citizens want to hear from you. What does the College have to lose?

By GSC Teacher Ed. Academy Needed on 03.18.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Improving teacher quality in West Virginia'.

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After the ipads were purchased what measurable benefits resulted from having them at the GCHS to improve student learning? Does anyone know?

Was a formal plan followed to maximize benefits from the equipment to include provisions for measuring before-and-after results to evaluate if the equipment did any good?

Another case of throwing money at a problem and after spending it taxpayers have no idea if there were any meaningful benefits for students?

More than likely competitive bidding was not used to purchase the ipads to add another wrinkle.

By Did The ipads Improve Learning Results? on 03.13.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Where oh where did the 200 Gilmer County I-pads go?
Were they bought with federal money?
Attorney General Morrisey are you looking into this?
Someone should get the ball rolling?

By where oh where? on 03.12.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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They is not no flood plane there the water dont get up there i know i catch musk rats in the river

By THE TRUTH WATCHER on 03.08.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Gilmer County’s school board has full authority to demand a comprehensive accounting for every dime spent on everything leading up to site selection and construction of the LCES and the GCES.

Where did the money go and who got it to include naming names and companies on the receiving end?

Stop hiding behind the excuse that the State “did it to us” and assemble the true facts for taxpayers!

What is the defensible rational for failure of the school board to follow up on this?

By Disclose Financial Facts on 03.07.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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What was in the school board’s 451 resolution? As important as education is more effort should be taken to flesh out what actually happens at school board meeting. Bare minimum information and lack of transparency skirt accountability. Who is responsible for writing up the minutes?

By Transparency and Accountability Needed on 03.07.2019

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes'.

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The new Gilmer County Elementary school was built
in a flood plane.  Education fail.

By YOU FORGET on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Roads are a mess.
Population continues the 50+ year decrease.

But for deep gas, no new employment.

Education system total failure.
Legislature impotent.

Grand finale in Charleston.
We have a brawl in the Capitol Building.

That out-of-control delegate needs to resign!

By WV continues the slow death on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Major Broadband Investment in West Virginia'.

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Broadband coming?  Think we heard this before?
How many times?  I’ve lost count.  You remember?

This will be like JimmyBoys “roads to prosperity” program?
Take the citizens money?  Give ‘em nothing.

Republicans. Democrats. All the same political bs from both.
Voters believe them.  Keep bringing back the old mules so they can give us a repeat performance.

By Just More Dog n Pony Show 4 U on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Major Broadband Investment in West Virginia'.

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Jimmy D, Gilmer County needs a full accounting for every dime spent on school site planning and studies, site preparation, all school construction work, and purchases while the State had us intervened.

For one example of many we do not have an itemized accounting for how our funds were spent on the botched LCES project.

How much more was wasted on the auction barn site, the dropped Cedar Creek site, and the GCES in comparison to what could have been done with our money with full transparency, competent planning, competitive bidding, and proper project oversight?

The fact that the GCES was built too small and the LCES was built too large is one facet of the waste and mismanagement that occurred.

Do not expect valid investigations because WV’s standard approach is cover up when the State is involved.

By Jimmy D--Don't Expect Sunshine on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Saw the GFP video (citizens refer to it as the ambush video) at the school board meeting at which the pitch was made for the new computers.

The GCHS principal and staff talked about wonders to expect if the 200 computers would be purchased.

Promises were made that if the kids got them they would learn to do advanced math and to make other marvelous learning advances. Any evidence of the promises being kept?

Were the computers purchased through competitive biding? Wanna bet that they were not?

Is this another example of throwing money at technology with no meaningful plan for how to use the equipment to maximize learning benefits without evidence of any before-and-after testing to accurately determine if they did any good?

Could the 200 computers be located and what condition are they in if they could be found?

The new school board is encouraged to check on the issues and to report on the findings.

By Accountability For New GCHS Computers on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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Since the local prosecutor is good for nothing, why doesn’t the federal prosecutors look into all the theft by Gabe DeVano and his buddies during the time Gilmer county was under state control? They stole money, equipment from schools which closed, as well as technology equipment. for example where did the 200 iPads go which gilmer county paid for?

By Jimmy D on 03.04.2019

From the entry: 'Former West Virginia school superintendent going to prison'.

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A major cause of WV’s dismal record with K-12 education is the lack of choice regarding a parent’s right to decide on the school for a child to attend.

The elite get around that by using private schools for their kids.

Under existing conditions what chance do the rest of us have? The answer is none!

Our kids are victimized because competition and accountability do not exist and that is exactly what WV’s entrenched education establishment and the unions want.

By Save WV's School Children on 03.02.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: iTeam Investigation: West Virginia's 55-county education system'.

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Pennybaker is correct.
WV educators keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

Whats the definition of insanity?

By Gilmer on 03.02.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: iTeam Investigation: West Virginia's 55-county education system'.

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An off grid system works great if you want to live like a hippie. One can cover their entire roof and it will barely power your lighting and a few electronics, let alone our transportation and industrial needs. The humaniacs now complain that the giant windmill blades kill the little birdies, and they have never solved the overpass problem in putting windmills on out autos.

By Vern Windsong on 03.01.2019

From the entry: 'Need for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Falls'.

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It amazes me that the so-called “experts” think more and more centralization will improve anything.  Public school education is in terrible condition and doing more consolidation will only make it worse and more expensive.  With all the technology today, there is NO reason for busing children for miles and miles, spending more and more hours under the control of public schools.  The idea that parents are not capable of deciding how to educate their children is insulting.  There was never any good reason for governments to get involved in education.

By Karen Pennebaker on 02.28.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: iTeam Investigation: West Virginia's 55-county education system'.

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Pat, your information is outdated. Solar and wind are increasingly outcompeting fossil fuels, despite the heavy subsidies fossil fuels (and nuclear power) get. They also are getting steadily cheaper, while fossil fuels can be expected to rise as supply diminishes—the pipelines are going in so fast because of the NEED of the gas companies to get their product out to where they HOPE to find better prices—the drillers have been steadily losing money for the whole decade of the fracking “miracle.“ Wall Street is becoming skeptical. The thing about solar and wind is that once they’re built, the fuel keeps arriving, free. Of course, there isn’t much of a wind resource in our area. But there is in the mountain heights, and off the Virginia coast. And solar works fine here—I’ve had an off-grid system for ten years, works great.

By Mary Wildfire on 02.28.2019

From the entry: 'Need for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Falls'.

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Yes, West Virginia spends a LOT of money on education.
But where does it go?  Is it wasted?  Down the drain hole of bureaucracy?

We spend 7th highest per student and what to show for it?
Being 49th or 50th in ratings?

By where does the money go? on 02.27.2019

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: iTeam Investigation: West Virginia's 55-county education system'.

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Seeing the president of the WV AFT shaking his raised clinched fist in disrespect for the WV legislature tells it all.

WV’s teacher unions are allowed to function as separate branches of government with veto power over WV’s elected officials and their only role is to get more benefits for their members.

Where is the evidence that unions have done anything recently in any WV school system to help create an educational show piece? Can anyone cite an example?

Furthermore what have unions done to develop innovative plans for moving the State’s k-12 education system forward to pry us off our bottom rung rankings? The answer is—nothing exists. 

Conditions will not change for the better until the day our legislators quit pandering to unions to end k-12 decision-making driven by mob rule and raw emotions.

By Unions Failed WV's Children on 02.26.2019

From the entry: 'In West Virginia, the Politicians Fail, and the Teachers Rise'.

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The principal reason for opposition to 451 is fear by union chiefs that public charter schools could outshine performances of non-participating schools to embarrass WV’s entrenched K-12 education establishment.

To attempt to scare the public, there were claims that the underlying motive for opposition to charter schools is the sinister plan to privatize them to permit the rich and powerful to make money off education at the expense of WV’s children.

It is alarming that unions failed to propose comprehensive plans, inclusive of meaningful accountability mechanisms, designed to improve WV’s schools.

Their objective seems to be to protect the status quo instead of being effective partners in improving education for the State’s children.

There are examples in the USA where charter schools resulted in significant K-12 education improvements. Of course some failed.

Why is it irrational to establish a limited few charter schools in WV as demonstration projects to incorporate approaches applied in highly successful charter schools while avoiding mistakes of the schools that failed?

Nothing else has worked in getting WV out of being near the bottom with K-12 education quality—-so why continue with business as usual while expecting better outcomes?

By Unions Failed WV Education on 02.21.2019

From the entry: 'In West Virginia, the Politicians Fail, and the Teachers Rise'.

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If passed when will this take effect? I’m a single mother who has a drug felony from another state. I can’t get food stamps to help me because I a drug felon. I work so my income is to much for one person. I have a son whom him and I barley survive. Cause of my record. I’ve held the job I am at now for 5 years. But since they can’t use me. They use my income. But not me and doing it that way I make to much money.

By Kayla on 02.21.2019

From the entry: 'Bill to Let Drug Felons Get Food Stamps Passes WV Senate'.

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John & Family,  Sorry to hear of Nyla’s passing!  GOD will take care of you!!  GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU IN THIS SAD TIME !!!  RIP Nyla !

By Anita L. Adams - New Concord, Ohio on 02.15.2019

From the entry: 'Nyla Leah Frymier Poole'.

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“But Cathy Kunkel, an energy analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, said utility filings in those states now show the outlook has changed dramatically - in part because of competition from cheap, renewable energy.“

That is utter rubbish.  There is no “cheap, renewable energy.“  Solar and wind are more expensive, even taking subsidies into consideration.  Hydro is more expensive, nuclear is more expensive.

Claiming otherwise is at best fake news, and at worst deliberate misdirection and lying.  Merely claiming renewable energy is less expensive doesn’t make it so.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 02.15.2019

From the entry: 'Need for Atlantic Coast Pipeline Falls'.

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It was brought to my attention there was an article published in the Gilmer Free Press under Reader’s Comments dated 2-11-19.
This was written by Tammy White which many think it was me (Tammy Foster).  Twenty years (or more) “White” was my last name.
My son does take daily medication at the high school (which somehow this is quite a coincidence).  I want to clarify that I DID NOT write that article!
Now that I have straighten this out….. please read what I have say about this situation at Gilmer County High School:
The secretary or secretaries that were mentioned have never been rude to me or my son in person or by phone.  It is actually the opposite!  They are kind, caring, professional and thorough with distributing my son’s meds.
Not only do they make sure he gets the correct dosage daily but they keep a close inventory on the meds and call me when I need to restock them.
It broke my heart to read the negative article written last week and I was appalled my (old) name was on it.
My son and I trust and depend on these wonderful ladies.  We would like to take this opportunity to THANK them for taking excellent responsibility and care of our child and other students.

By Tammy Foster (not White) on 02.13.2019

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes'.

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I’m sorry for your loss.

By Danny Nicholson on 02.12.2019

From the entry: 'Vera Marlene Lyons'.

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There is some issues going on at GCHS. I’m starting here in Hope’s that it will be addressed and corrected.  The secretary was rude when I turned in medicine for my son to be taken on a daily basis. Nor is it her business why he takes it, or how often. Anyway, is she certified in giving meds out.  I thought that the school employed a nurse. Maybe she should answer the phone or should I say message on her cell. She had no idea how many I handed in she didnt count them. Talks about her co workers. Then she gets upset nobody talks to her. She is 2 face. Talking about them is very unprofessional.
I hope this is taken care of or my next step is to the state department. Your choice

By Tammy white on 02.11.2019

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes'.

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It is welcomed news as reported in the Democrat that Gilmer’s GCES students are making progress in learning math and English Learning Arts.

The principal, teachers, and all staff deserve high praise for the progress. Let’s not forget efforts of students too plus their parents who encourage them at home.

In addition to rates of increase for learning progress it would be helpful to be informed of percentages of students in the different grades who are at grade level for math and ELA.

Nothing was reported about learning progress at the GCHS and the LCES bi-county school. When are reports for those schools going to be given?

By Positive School News on 02.08.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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The lights are up at the Linn school.
Often flashing nights and weekends when NO ONE is on school property.

And you expect lights to work….???
when the WVDE, the WVBE built the school with FIVE TOO MANY CLASSROOMS !!??

*** The WVBE is incapable of meaningful education.
Why do you think the WV Legislature created the current ‘education overhaul’ bill without consulting the WV State Board of Ed? ***

By you are joking I guess? on 02.07.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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“The Environmental Protection Agency issued regular updates for about 100 water pollutants almost four years ago ... “

That would have been the Obama EPA, and the intention wasn’t to provide better water, it was an attempt to control business activity through the use of regulation.

In other words, a power-grab by a politician obsessed with it.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pay McGroyne on 02.06.2019

From the entry: 'One Charleston Manufacturer Pressing for Delay of Water Rules'.

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Would the County’s school board take action to help improve safety conditions at the LCES?

The way it is now it can be uncertain if children are present at the school to require a reduction of speed to 15 mph while on Rt. 33.

It would eliminate uncertainty if a flashing lights system were to be installed so the lights could be turned on when children are present.

By LCES Safety Concern on 01.31.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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Why is it that on Gilmer County’s school system web site biographical information including education backgrounds for all school board members and their pictures are not posted?

Other counties have the information. Why not us?

By School Board Member Backgrounds? on 01.23.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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The only reason for our not using a version of the goal-driven Kentucky method would be a veto by controlling elitists opposed to establishing meaningful accountability for Gilmer County’s school system.

Without using the method it would be easier to continue to pawn off information that cannot be used to accurately document progress with student proficiencies for reading, math, science, and college and career readiness.

By School System Accountability Needed on 01.20.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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The KY approach would be valuable to Gilmer County for use in disclosing progress of our two schools in contributing to better lives for our children.

For goals for which progress would be off schedule, the tracking approach would be an objective basis for making mid-course adjustments in our school system to get better results.

By using the approach school board members could be more effective with goal-driven governing, and getting results would be the responsibility of the County’s Superintendent of Schools and school principals.

Overall,the approach would establish meaningful accountability which is sorely lacking in WV’s school systems.

By Establish School System Accountability on 01.18.2019

From the entry: 'Building A Path to Brighter Future'.

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Accomplished communicators have a knack for reducing complex information to its simplest form for effectiveness in getting messages across.

WV’s convoluted strategic plans for schools must follow the State’s rigid guidelines. The plans are confusing and inadequately designed for establishing accountability for getting results.

Kentucky is making progress with improving K-12 education outcomes and one reason is the clarity of specific goals for its schools and the job being done with tracking results.

Google—-2018 Prichard Committee Update to glean what is being done in Kentucky. The approach could be used for Gilmer’s two schools with a single sheet of paper for each school.

The beauty of the Prichard approach is that instead of relying on confusing and lengthy written out material with undefined abbreviations, technical jargon, and head scratching generalities, specific goals and annual results in achieving them are presented graphically.

Perfect real world example of a picture being worth a thousand words.

Board of Education members why couldn’t the Prichard approach be used for Gilmer County? It would be inexpensive, it could be updated easily on an annual basis, and everyone in the County would know how the school system is being administered to achieve measurable results.

Perhaps Mr. David Ramezan could post Prichard material on the GFP to show its simplicity.

By Advocate For Clarity on 01.17.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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The scandal of the too small school?
Don’t forget…
The scandal of the too big school is half of the whole state intervention mess.  FIVE rooms more than needed at the Linn, Lewis County school.

Results are from nepotism, cronyism, and educational stupidity….as well as scoffing at those who attempted to sound the alarm.

Bloated egos was the frosting on the Litter Box Cake Mix.

By School Truth is in the Litter Box on 01.17.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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During intervention the State had dictatorial control of our school system to include all decisions related to the GCES.

One result is that the GCES was built too small.

An investigation is needed to determine who was responsible for the bad decision, and what role the no-bid architectural firm had in designing and constructing the school.

Something major happened to cause the GCES to be built too small. Was something dropped at the expense of adequate class room space as a result of having to spend extra money because a poor site was selected?

Minimally, gross incompetency on the State’s part is the explanation for the disaster foisted onto the County.

A question pertains to the new gym. Lots of effort was taken by the State to try to convince the public that a competition gym instead of a regular gym was needed.

Did the competition gym cost extra money at the expense of needed classroom space? If the answer is affirmative who was responsible for deciding on the more expensive gym?

What about the enormous pit at the GCES? Was money spent on it at the expense of classrooms because something was wrong with the school’s site that was selected by the State?

Nothing similar to the pit has been seen at other sites where new WV schools were built.

Why has there been a failure for a thorough investigation to have occurred to expose the facts?

The obvious explanation is that powerful elitists in control do not want tracks leading to them, and they have veto power over a meaningful investigation including one done by a leading newspaper.

By GCES Built Too Small Scandal on 01.15.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Pat McGroyne is spot on.
High speed internet is simply another failure of WV state government.

If the elected in our state, were doing the job expected by voters….we should have very few problems or issues?

By Gilmer resident on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Muddling has another distinct symptom. It is the tendency for administrators in control to emphasize processes and procedures while avoiding disclosure of progress, or the lack thereof, in achieving learning results.

The purpose is another way to avoid personal accountability for school system failures.

By Muddling Epidemic In WV School Systems on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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West Virginia is number one!
Our politicians are the best that can be had.
They are also the lobbyers dream come true.
No one—-can out-muddle our elected reps !

By we know it on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Suggestion after reading strategic plans for the GCHS and the GCES.

How about the school board requiring that for each school an informative executive summary be written to include——where each school stands on reading, math, and science proficiency, what the term proficiency means to eliminate the confusion, student proficiency goals for the two school, target time to expect goals to be achieved, and a statement to commit to keeping the public informed of progress in achieving the goals at designated intervals (e.g. quarterly) during a school year.

Omit confusing abbreviations and technical terms understood only by a select few in the education field, and written for comprehension by reasonable persons.

Leave it up to the County’s professional educators to determine how to get the job done with continual laser-like focus on getting results.

By Student Learning at GCHS and GCES on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Muddling infects federal, state, and local government entities where personal accountability for top officials to get measurable results rarely exists.

Muddling practitioners are famous for passing off information unrelated to measurable proof that effective problem-solving has occurred. A common example is emphasizing how much public money is being spent to attempt to convince tax payers that magnitudes of expenditures are always directly correlated to levels of problem-solving successes.

Muddling by an organization is characterized by the existence of thick planning documents replete with vagueness and lack of clarity, undefined technical terms, and mysterious acronyms.

Muddling thrives on intentional ambiguity and confusion designed to protect muddlers and their organizations.

By Muddling 101 on 01.11.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Gilmer County is not the only place in the USA that has been faced with its students failing to meet proficiency standards for science, reading, and math.

The difference here is that evidence is lacking to conclusively demonstrate that Gilmer County’s officials in control have exerted proper efforts to profit form powerful lessons learned elsewhere to use that knowledge to help solve learning deficiencies in our schools.

In fact, a convincing argument could be made that the approach in the County has been the one professional planners designate as muddling through.

Classic symptoms of muddling through include failure to thoroughly analyze categories of causes contributing to problems followed up by using the information to develop a comprehensive plan to do the most good in getting better results by treating key causes instead of symptoms.

Muddling typically involves officials assigning blame for lack of progress to outside forces e.g., the “culture”, the State did it to us, and poverty. Haven’t we heard plenty of that?

Muddling must be eliminated if we want progress in solving non-performance problems within the County’s school system. Does anyone disagree?

By End School System Muddling on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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It is unclear after reading school board meeting minutes what progress if any is being made by GCHS and GCES principals in improving student proficiency in reading, math and science.

Why not allocate a few sentences in the minutes to summarize what the two principals reported to the school board?

All it would take to get the critical information out to citizens would be for the new school board to act on this.

Does anyone have a problem with the suggested change to keep Gilmer’s bill paying public informed?

By Need Specifics For Principal's Reports on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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“High speed broadband – a necessity for today’s homes, businesses and other institutions – remains a huge unmet need for rural residents, despite promises by a succession of Governors from both parties (a contributing factor in why we’re losing population at a rate higher than any other state).“

I disagree with much of what Mr.Boggs believes.  That said, high-speed broadband is the single most important step the State of WV could take to improve the business climate and provide more opportunities for its citizens.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Conversation at local eatery.
Shortly after election.
Individuals were educators.

‘You think we have school problems now, wait until these new folks take the steering wheel’.

‘Students, parents, staff are all going to be in the soup’.

Sounds as if Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving vacation-deer season times have all taken a big hit.  If that is true, the union teachers need to come together, stand their ground, along with parents, and hold this new board accountable.

Have a local strike if need be.
Request resignations.
Vote of no confidence.

Schools employees can win.
You have done it before.
Just stick together.

By overheard conversation on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Scholarship must be the most important focus in Gilmer County’s schools.

Brought up the ZOOMWV Data Dashboard site to review the most recent State achievement test results for GCHS’s 11th grade.

Folks, Gilmer is in serious trouble. Proficiency for math=24%, reading=41%, and science=24%.

On an A through F grading scales the GCHS gets an F for all three subject areas.

What does the new school board have to show for inroads it has made since last July to make critically needed proficiency improvements at the HS? Citizens deserve answers to the question.

By ZOOMWV Data Dashboard on 01.07.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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A thorough accounting for where all the public money went could be easily achieved by a competent accountant.

Isn’t there a special account at the County’s school board office for expenditures related to all bills paid and who got the money?

Following the money trail always gets results along with verification of means, motives, and access.

By Let An Accountant Dig It Out on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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If central office financial records for all public money paid out for everything from site planning, site studies and development, and everything else to get to completion of the GCES and the LES—- what is the reason?

It is known that money was spent on the Arbuckle site and Cedar Creek, and public money was paid out for the LES too.

Were County records for the spending purged and if that happened who ordered the action? The records are either in the County’s central office or they aren’t.

By End Financial Secrecy on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Hasn’t the time come to finally start naming names and making people accountable?

By Get It Done on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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How about the “BIG WV WINDFALL”....?

For 3 or 4 months now we keep hearing about the millions of dollars of tax revenue collected.

Millions and millions above ‘estimates’.  Were those ‘estimates’ honest, or fudged to begin with, so as to request higher tax rates?

Well, Justice and the Legislature now have our dollars, what will become of this windfall? Will we see tax rates lowered?  Doubt full, but we should.

Likely this windfall, created by “over-taxation”, will simply create a “party atmosphere” of legislative spending. Watch the Charleston ‘gangsters’ get their wish lists ready this coming session.

By taxpayers always lose on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Yes.  The blame Does seem to fall to ‘local’ people. In small places like Gilmer County, it’s just a poker game, boys, and the deep pockets win.  Money speaks volumes where ‘officials’ stay silent.  Go ask for the records, see what they’ve got.

By CheatersNeverWin on 11.20.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Teachers and staff knew from the beginning that the GCES was going to be too small. They were ordered by the State to keep quiet about the shortfall and other serious concerns too.

A sixth grader could understood how many rooms were needed by dividing total student numbers to attend the school by how many students should be in a classroom.

Under sizing was the State’s fault and it cannot be rationalized any other way including to assign the blame to local people. Same applies to the over sized LCES.

By Corrupt State Intervention on 11.19.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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There will never be a full, public accounting of the gross mishandling of tax dollars during WVDOE intervention.
Too many local jobs and too many embarrassments of both elected and appointed bureaucrats.
These types cover dirt for each other.

Any local whistle blowers?  Doubtful.

One school built short 4 classrooms and another built with 5 too many.  Can it get more stupid than that?
Mr. Degree and Ms. Common Sense seldom travel together.

By Full accounting will never be revealed. Never. on 11.18.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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GCBOE when the two principals give reports at board meeting could the gist of what they said be summarized in minutes to keep the County informed?

It was a welcomed development by the Board to require principals to give reports particularly if there are required updates on progress designed to improve student learning for reading, math, and other subjects.

We still have not been informed about the status of science proficiency at the GCHS based on the latest testing. Why has the State failed to release the data? Were results too dismal?

By More Specifics For Principal's Reports on 11.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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If it is going to cost extra money to eliminate over crowding at the GCES the financial information referenced by Do It Ourselves should be presented to Charleston and the press too.

That would help frame a solid case that crowding problems were not caused by Gilmer County because all decisions related to facilities were dictated by officials over whom the County had no oversight authority during the State’s intervention.

By Follow The Money on 11.16.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It is assumed that all records for spending to include money paid out for the LCES, dropped Arbuckle site, dropped Cedar Creek site, and all bills for the GCES are in the Gilmer Schools central office.

The new GCBOE has authority to get to the truth by demanding a thorough accounting for all the spending.

Afterwards the financial officer in the central office could easily access existing computerized records and to use the information for a report to the GCBOE and the public.

By Do It Ourselves on 11.15.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Notice that most of the ‘officials’ in Gilmer County also hold regular day jobs - sometimes working on more than one paying ‘job’ at a time in the same office space. This common practice is concerning for many reasons, and it needs to be talked about when so many go without.

By QuestionablePractice on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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There are two views in the County related to the under built GCES. Although the State built the school with inadequate classrooms one group believes that we should move on to let go of the past.

Isn’t this a form of advocacy for a coverup to prevent accountability for the State’s incompetence and mismanagement?

The other group believes that there should be a full accounting for all public money spent up to the time the GCES was completed to include disclosure of recipients of the public money. 

The accounting should be done for all public money spent at the LCES, the Arbuckle site, Cedar Creek, and finally the GCES.

Reasons for the under built GCES should be fully disclosed too. When the State was in control this information was kept secret from the public with loud claims that there was adequate space at the GCES.

Now it is known that there is inadequate space at the GCES and the problem is left to Gilmer County to fix. Only in WV!

By Citizens For Financial Disclosure on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Unprofessional issues,rude commentsand rolling eyes at the high school has become an issue. Being on cell phone talking to boyfriends,when parents etc.going into the office. Since the teachers were ask not to be on them while students in the classroom. The one in the office should not be allowed to talk personal to her boyfriend, or whoever. Also, I hope this is corrected, the personal days, etc that the board provides to staff shouldn’t be allowed to use to work or operate a second job. Let’s get the priorities straight.

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes'.

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GULMER COUNTY BOE. It is time for me to let you know some issues that is going on at the High school.  I’m hoping this will be addressed at the next board meeting. 1. It should not matter if an employee has a second job or run a business. The priority job is for the board. One should not be allowed to use any time from the board to run your business. There is going on
If they want to run your business than go but not on the boards time. I would like for all employees be treated the equal. They should not be allowed to use the time the board gives them for other jobs.

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes'.

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While at it there should be an investigation of why the LES was build with too many classrooms and the GCES was built with too few. At the very least what happened is a WV horror story example of the State’s waste and mismanagement.

By Where Is The Investigation? on 11.11.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It is obvious that the GCES has a major space problem.

What options for dealing with the State’s mismanagement to cause the serious blunder are being considered by the Board of Education?

Could the original architectural design for the dropped Cedar Creek site be compared to what resulted at the GCES to accurately determine the extent of classroom space alterations?

If the architectural design at the GCES is different than the original plan for Cedar Creek the next step should be to determine reasons for the changes and where the money originally planned for needed classrooms went.

By INFO REQUEST TO GCBOE on 11.09.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It’s long been known that Justice doesn’t happen in Gilmer County “because it all comes down to money”. And for those in charge of handling it and making decisions, it comes down to being competent to do the job,  keep accurate books and accounts and I’m sorry to say, that is seriously lacking in Gilmer County.

By Follow the Paycheck(s) on 11.06.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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What is GSC’s BOG’s plan for getting money for the next payment on the $38,000,000 bond loan the Gilmer County Commission approved?

Will the State pay or will the money come from private donations?

Money will have to come from somewhere to avoid a default.

By Where Is The Money? on 11.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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So sorry to hear of Kendall’s passing. I have fond memories of him at Uncle Paul’s store and the family reunions. I’m sure he will be missed greatly by those closest to him.
Please accept condolences from me and my family.

By Steve Lewis on 11.04.2018

From the entry: 'Kendall Goodwin'.

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GSC’s present plight is no secret and its future existence is in question.

Instead of expressing attitudes that GSC is being picked on could the Blue Ribbon Commission reveal why the College “tested out” as it did to fail to get more State money?

Was the “grading system” based on student enrollment trends, retention, time taken to get a degree, academic reputation, inept governance and administration, and other factors to block more funding? Informative specifics were not disclosed.

Teachers know that concerned students who want to do better always seek advice on what needs to be done to get better grades.

Similar to concerned students GSC’s supporters should be informed of what needs to be done to position the College for improved chances for survival to include eligibility for more State funding.

Saying that GSC is being picked on does nothing to help solve its nagging problems.

By What Was The Grading System? on 10.30.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Well thank you, Details Please,  for asking!  So many problems in Gilmer and education is just one.  Look at the town, take a good look around.  Remember who runs unopposed at election time.  Vote.  Make a difference.  Hold authority figures responsible.  Allow videos, minutes and more to be shared on GFP again, for transparency.  Know your neighbors, help a friend.  Be good to each other. Amen.

By Reader7 on 10.29.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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I will truly miss my Uncle Stephen.  Telling me so much information about from gardening to canning. Just to listening to him talk with such passion for everything that he does… he had a sense of humor that always warms my heart.. listening to him play the banjo sometimes even when he didn’t feel good. he is always willing to share his recipes and his ways of doing things… his solar information he was always studying something ... I’m remember one time we asked him where he got his blackberries when it wasn’t Blackberry season and he go there’s a store down the road it’s called Walmart they have everything… He was so funny.  I love you.. xoxo.

By Robin Nunez on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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Sorry for your loss. He sure did look like his father.

By Buck Edwards on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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Reader 7, please give details for your suggested solutions to the County’s concerns you addressed.

The information would be helpful for consideration by school system administrators and the general public.

By Details Please on 10.26.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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