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Stoller Sisters Making Historical Mark at Glenville State College

Sisters Abby and Emily Stoller are making a definitive historical mark at Glenville State College. The dynamic pair of young ladies are in their second season of playing together for the Lady Pioneers under legendary head coach Kim Stephens. During this time, the program is an amazing 53-4!

To say these young ladies are winners would be a tremendous understatement. Playing on teams with winning percentages over .900 is nothing new to the Fairmont natives. They have been integral parts of winning teams throughout their athletic career.

Growing up on Fairmont’s east side, the sisters attended East Park Elementary, then East Middle School. With Emily two years older, there were several years along the way in which the two were teammates. One such year was 2011, when the Stollers were teammates on a very strong East Middle squad. They rolled to a 17-0 league title, and big sister Emily was firmly planted as the top player in the area. Abby was on that team as a sixth grader.

After her successful middle school career, Emily and her family made a decision that lay the groundwork for her high school career…but also a decision that would rock the sports world of Marion County. Emily chose to transfer schools, and attend cross town rival Fairmont Senior, and play for their longtime head coach Corey Hines.


“I evaluated everything, and talked about it with my family. In the end, transferring over there was best for me personally,“ Emily said. “We knew Coach Hines and what kind of program he ran. Also, my brother had gone there. It was a good choice.“

Emily and Abby’s parents were mainstays throughout the youth events of the girls. Their Mother Cindy and their dad Robert were both very big role models in the process. Cindy was diagnosed with cancer when Emily was in second grade and Abby was in kindergarten. She was given 3-5 years to live by local doctors, and is still fighting her battle today after getting a second opinion at the MD Anderson Cancer Treatment Center.

Cindy has a twin sister, and together, they are the youngest of 17 siblings. She continues her treatments at MD Anderson.

Stoller was a starter in both volleyball and basketball as a freshman, and by her sophomore year, she was a Second Team All-State performer in basketball and the Polar Bears made the State semifinals. During this time, Abby was still enjoying a solid career at East Middle.

“I still had my teammates and friends on the East side, but in the community, there were people that were resentful about Emily transferring,“ Abby said. “Sometimes it felt like I was hated.“
Glenville State’s Strength and Conditioning Coach Nolan Harvath, who works with the Lady Pioneers, is a 2009 East Fairmont grad and remembers the transfer of each of the Stollers.

“As an East side guy, I can certainly remember how controversial it was at that time,“ Harvath said. “Not just at East, but throughout Marion County and throughout the Big 10 Conference.“

After a strong ninth grade year in both sports, Abby followed her sister to Fairmont Senior. She also produced an immediate impact, but unlike Emily, volleyball was her more dominant sport. The next two years were strong ones for the Polar Bears, with the Stollers as teammates in each sport. They again made it to the semifinals in the 2014 State Tournament, and Emily again made Second Team All-State.

It was during the 2014 basketball season, Emily’s junior year and Abby’s freshman year that their mom was battling a tough stretch with her cancer treatments. She spent six weeks in Houston as she underwent several surgeries. Her time away was difficult for her young daughters.  The work of survival and perseverance came natural for her. She lost her father at the age of four in the disaster of the Farmington #9 mine, an accident that claimed the lives of 78 in the small Marion County community.

“Even when we were little, we had gotten used to having her at all of our practices, all of our games…everything we did,“ Emily said. “It was really different not having her at our games that year. She was able to come home and was going through chemotherapy. She was able to surprise us and made it to our State Tournament games…that was really special, not just for us…the rest of the team loved her and it was really an uplifting thing for all of us.“

In 2015, another loaded squad made it to the AA Final. The team ended up 24-3, losing to a strong Sissonville squad, 50-47 in the title game. Emily was captain of the All-State team. She averaged 18.5 points per game as a senior, and 17.9 for her career. As a sophomore, Abby developed into one of the strongest rebounders and defenders in the area.

During their two years together as Polar Bears, the sisters worked very hard to elevate their game. Emily was a part of the SMAC Elite AAU squad out of Cleveland, and was able play with and against several high caliber players and teams in the summer. She traveled into Ohio twice a week for her sessions with SMAC, and had the privilege to play with them in several major tournaments.  She also attended regular yoga sessions and spent countless hours in the gym working on her shot as well as ball handling and passing drills.

“I have watched a lot of videos on Larry Bird, and a lot of my game developed in trying to pattern myself after him,“ Emily said. “Some of my shots are unorthodox, and sometimes my passes are considered too ‘fancy,‘ but that is what I know and how I play. To me it is just going out there and working hard to make plays.“

Emily was named the Times West Virginian Player of the Year in basketball all three years from 13-15.

It was also during this time that Abby was making her own reputation as an extremely physical presence on both ends of the court. She was a ball hawking defender, a tenacious rebounder, and gained the reputation of playing with a lot of emotion. There was never a loose ball that didn’t involve Abby on the floor grappling.

“That is all Abby,“ Emily conceded. “I wish I could be a little more like that, but that is her game.“

On top of the extra work outside of school, Coach Hines also garnered the reputation of pushing their fitness. It often payed off with strong second half runs by the Polar Bears.

“We used to meet at the stadium at Fairmont State, and park there. We would have to run from there to the high school for our warmup; that was about a mile and half,“ Abby said. “Then we would have to run back to the FSU after our practice. The warm up was not that bad because it was downhill, but running back up that hill after a hard practice. That was really tough, but it paid off for us.“

When all was said and done, Emily had three All-State plaques, and had played on some stellar Polar Bear teams. In all, the Stoller sisters played on some teams under Hines that included other stars such as Erica Bowles, Kelsey Morrone, Kaden Whaley, Jenny Bundy, Ty Horton, Anyssa Jordan, and Courtney Wilfong among others.

During the strong 2015 season, Emily was getting a great deal of college interest. While she spent time with her family going through a literal stack of letters and offers, she initially narrowed her choices to a handful of mid-majors; Cleveland State, East Carolina, Memphis and Radford. She did have interest from one Ivy (Princeton) and one Power Five school (Illinois). In the spring of ‘15, she committed to Cleveland State.

“I was familiar with the Cleveland area from my time playing AAU up there, so it was the decision I went with,“ Emily said. “It was very exciting to be recruited by the D-I programs.“
During the 2017-18 school year, it was the first year the Stoller sisters had been apart in some time. Abby continued her dominance on the volleyball court. She was Honorable Mention All-State and was named the Times West Virginian Player of the Year. In basketball Abby helped lead another standout Polar Bear unit all the way to the AA title game where they lost to Wyoming East.

Abby’s senior year was even more solid. She was once again named TWV Player of the Year in volleyball, and she earned Second Team All-State. With the basketball season looming, she was part of another Polar Bear team that was loaded with talent. Stoller was joined by other stars such as Bowles, Jordan, and Wilfong.

Unfortunately for the sisters and their family, the fall of 2016 proved to be another very trying time. The family’s home burned during Abby’s volleyball season, and much of the next six months were spent living in a hotel. Worse, there was another tough stretch for Cindy with her cancer battle, and she spent several stints in and out of hospitals during this period.

“We were dealing with a lot of adversity through that time period,“ Abby said. “I remember I still played in my volleyball game the night of the fire, and there was so much uncertainty afterward. Then mom was sick again, and it was even more difficult because Emily was up in Cleveland.“

In the midst of these trials, Abby was hoping to make her college decision. She was getting recruited by many schools in both sports. On November 30th, right after the volleyball regionals, Abby chose Glenville State and signed with the basketball program. Stories surrounding the signing noted her desire to play in the system of head coach Kim Stephens, and the recruiting work of former GSC assistant coach Cody Gilmore.  She chose Criminal Justice for her major.

“Cody was contacting me early on and that relationship made a big impact on my decision,“ Abby said. “He liked my aggressiveness and my versatility, and thought that I could contribute. He was really close with my family, and he was almost like a big brother. It got to the point where I started to feel guilty even talking to other schools…that is when I knew that Glenville was where I wanted to be, and that I just needed go ahead and sign.“

Just a month after Abby’s signing, another Stoller made the decision to enroll at Glenville State. At the winter semester break at Cleveland State, Emily decided to leave CSU and return to the Mountain State.  Her time at CSU included a redshirt year, and in total, appeared in seven games.

“With the fire and with what mom was dealing with, it was right thing for me to do at the time…to come home and be close to the family,“ Emily said. “With Abby committed to come here, I chose to come to GSC to be her teammate again.“

Emily had majored in Health Sciences at Cleveland State. She enrolled in GSC as a Biology major with a minor in Exercise Science.

But Abby still had work to do in Fairmont. And the aforementioned talented group of Polar Bears was again in the conversation for a State title. Adding to the closeness and resolve of the team, was passing of Hines’ longtime assistant coach “Boo” Marion Hilson. This time, they would not be denied. After five Final Four trips in six years and consecutive losses in the title game, Fairmont Senior won the Class AA title in ‘17, defeating a strong Bluefield team 54-42.

“Nothing was going to stop us that season,“ Abby said. “It was an amazing feeling to win the title, and I can never forget that night…I couldn’t stop crying.“

In the end, the sisters posted some amazing Polar Bear careers. Emily ended with over 1400 career points and over 500 career rebounds. She averaged 18.5 points per game as a senior. Abby was a very versatile player, closing her career with over 900 points and 700 rebounds. During the championship season of 2017, she averaged 12.6 ppg and 7.1 rpg.

“Both sisters are walking double-doubles and can play every position on the floor,“ Hines said. “They have great family support.  They have the strength of their mother who is a cancer survivor, and the will and drive of their father, who is a military veteran.  The contributions that they have made to our program have been truly a blessing and it is one that will never be forgotten.  They have helped make us one of the best girls’ basketball programs in the state of West Virginia because of their hard work and dedication.  These ladies are true difference makers; and for you to be a difference-maker you have to act different, think different, so that you truly can make a difference.“

Hines is in his ninth year at the helm of the girls program at Fairmont Senior. He has built one of the true powerhouse programs in West Virginia prep basketball.

The following fall, the 17-18 season began with the Stoller Sisters as temmates again. Just like the 2015 FSHS team, the wins far outnumbered the losses. They were a part of a very special and talented Lady Pioneer team led by All-American Paris McLeod.

Coach Stephens’ squad rolled to their second consecutive MEC title, a 31-2 record, and advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Division II Tournament. Emily was second on the team with a 10.1 scoring average, and was second on the team with 63 three-pointers. Abby averaged 4.9 ppg and was fourth on the team with a 5.5 rebound average. Both ladies played in all 33 games.
“It was a great feeling to be a part of a team like that,“ Emily said. “We had a lot of players who could do a lot of different things on the court.“

With seven of the top ten scorers from that title team gone to graduation, the 18-19 season was supposed to be a rebuilding year. Relying on many true freshmen among a stable of talented newcomers, there has been a learning curve for this edition of the Lady Pioneers.

However, Coach Stephens has again worked her magic…the wins have kept coming.

To date, the squad is 22-2, 17-1 in the MEC, and in contention to return to the NCAA Tournament. Last week, the team was ranked #3 in the Atlantic Region, and #19/23 in the nation. Emily is leading the team in scoring with an 18.9 average and has connected on 71 three-pointers. This has included a 44-point game at West Liberty and a 34-point effort against Shepherd.

Abby is currently averaging 5.5 points per game, and 4.1 rebounds. Her season high was a 19-point performance at West Virginia State, a night she drained five three-pointers in the first half.
Between their two seasons together with Coach Hines, and their two seasons together with Coach Stephens, the Stollers have been on squads that have posted a staggering 116-11 (middle school, high school, and college) record as teammates.

“It has been really fun coaching Emily and Abby,“ Stephens said. “The most important thing to know is that they are absolutely hilarious. There are a bunch of stories I can’t share, but watching them compete everyday (to the point to where they need separated) is fun. They are both absolute competitors and make each other better. I couldn’t pick out two opposite players, Abby is thunder, plays hard, bullies people, dives on the floor and Emily is lightning…flashy, makes the pretty play. They coach each other well and are a great support system for one another. They are also great teammates to everyone else, if anyone needed anything- they could go to these two for help.“

There remains work to be done this winter for the Stollers. The team has big goals and some major games down the stretch. Still, life revolves around family for the pair, their team, and their college town of Glenville.

“I get to play on a team with my best friend,“ Emily said. “I know I always have her in my corner.“

“We have 20-plus years that we have had that bond,“ Abby added.

“What I have loved about Glenville is that family atmosphere,“ Emily said. “I have an awareness that we are part of something great here. Every night you have to focus and be on your game, but as the wins keep coming, I have learned to live in the moment, and appreciate what we have going as a program.“

“This is a fun team to be around, and I also love the closeness of the community,“ Abby said. “I love it that I can walk in and sit down at the Cornerstone, and they know our orders by heart.“

With a pair of proven winners like Emily and Abby Stoller, Coach Stephens has a pair of versatile players helping lead her exciting team into the postseason.

40 anniverary of GCHS State Basketball Team

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Please welcome the 1978 – 79 GILMER County High School State Basketball team.

The Titans finished the regular season with a 16-4 record

The following were our tournament games:

In Tournament Play;


The Titans:

  • Defeated Calhoun 79-50 for the sectional championship

  • Defeated Williamstown 47-45 in the regional tournament semi-final

  • Defeated Braxton County 56-45 for the regional Championship and a berth into the 1979 State Tournament

  • The Titans qualified prior to the current state tournament format which includes 8 teams in Class AA, in 1979, there were only 4 teams that qualified. The is the FIRST GILMER COUNTY BASKETBALL TEAM TO QUALIFY FOR THE STATE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT AFTER THE CONSOLIDATION of the county schools, and this is the 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 78-79 TEAM

In the state Tournament, Your Gilmer County Titans met up with the North Fork Blue Demons who were on their way to a still-national record of 8 straight state championships stretching from 1974-81 They defeated us in what would be there closest state tournament contest 69-57. They were led by 6’6” Russell Todd who went on to become a four year starter at WVU.

Now – introducing the THE 1979 GILMER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL TITANS.


TEAM:

  • Guard 6’0 Sr 44 Brad McPherson

  • Forard 6’0 Sr 24 Jeff Furr

  • Center 6’2 Jr 34 Bruce Smith

  • Guard 5’9 Jr 10 Steve Carney

  • Guard 5’10 So 12 Scott Carney

  • Forward 5’11 Jr 32 Rick Smith

  • Forward 6’0 Jr 40 Dave Scott

  • Guard 5’10 So 20 Tim Moore

  • F/c 6’1 So 42 Jeff Campbell

  • Forward 5’10 Jr 30 Charles Greynolds

  • Forward 5’11 So 14 Rod Sommerville

  • Center 6’1 So 22 Mike Reaser

  • Forward 6’1” So 50 Todd Jolliff

  • Guard 5’9 So 52 Larry Somerville


Team Manager - Brett “Porter” Turner


Cheerleaders:

  • SR.:
    • Heather Wilson
  • JRS:
    • Julia Coffman
    • Sherrie McPherson
    • Donna Bumgardner
  • SO:
    • Sheri Gainer
    • Sandi Gainer
    • Jodi Now


Coaches: Head Coach Kent Kennedy Assistant- Jay Chambers


Gilmer County High School Principal Bill Piercy


Gilmer County Superintendent: Ron Welty


Also like to recognize and in the memory of; Athletic Director - Damon West and Cheerleader Sponsor Mrs. Jean Rhoades

Bruce Smith was 2nd Team All-State that year

Brad McPherson and Steve Carney were named to the State Tournament All-Tournament team

Four players went on to play College Basketball:

Bruce Smith and Steve Carney at Alderson-Broadus College

Rick Smith and Tim Moore at Glenville State College

Both coaches continued their coaching careers and Coach Chambers led several Gilmer County basketball teams to the State Tournament

All participants in this night would like to extend a sincere gratitude of thanks to GCHS principal Steve Shuff and teachers Nancy McVaney and Blair Fisher for going above and beyond the call of duty to provide us with a venue for this historic occasion and to sincerely make us feel at home!

Thank you to all of those who have and continue to represent Gilmer County High School in all areas of this county, the state and our nation.

This has been the voice of the 1979 Gilmer County High School Titan Basketball team Mr. Kenny Fisher

Elmore Named GSC Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach

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Glenville State Athletics and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Justin Caldwell are pleased to announce the hiring of Ot Elmore as the new assistant coach for the Pioneers.

“We are thrilled to have Ot Elmore join our Glenville family. Ot comes from a basketball-rich family and is the perfect addition for our staff. He brings a great basketball mind that will help shape our offense for years to come. Ot has played at the highest level and is very well known and connected throughout the state. He has a bright future in this business and I couldn’t be more excited to welcome him to Glenville State College,“ stated Caldwell.

Elmore, a native of Charleston, West Virginia, comes to Glenville State after playing for the Marshall University Thundering Herd. In his senior season, the Herd went 25-11 and 12-6 in conference play while winning the Conference USA (C-USA) Tournament Championship. Marshall also advanced to the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament.

He saw action in 11 games in 2017-18 while averaging 1.6 point per contest.

In his junior year he made six appearances averaging 1.0 points per game and 0.2 steals from 3.5 minutes per game. He also was named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and also holds a Master of Arts degree in Education.

Prior to Marshall, he averaged 2.7 points in 14.7 minutes over 20 games at Rio Grande Valley. The Edinburgh, Texas-based Vaqueros of the Western Athletic Conference went 8-22 in their first season. He also played at Fort Union Military Academy prior to Rio Grande Valley.

In high school Elmore played at South Charleston High from 2008-2012, averaging 16.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists as a senior. He averaged 10 points as a junior at South Charleston was All-MSAC as a junior and senior and AAA All-State as a senior.

He is son of Beth and Gay Elmore and is the oldest of four siblings.

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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Gilmer County Dethrones St. Joe

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CHARLESTON, WV – Gilmer County dethroned 7-time defending Class A girls basketball state champion St. Joseph Central 42-41 on Saturday afternoon, ending one of the most dominant dynasties in West Virginia high school basketball history.

St. Joe (21-4) was going for an eighth straight title, which would have tied the Northfork boys basketball team’s eight straight titles from 1974-1981.

It’s the first girls basketball state championship for Gilmer County (25-2).

“It feels awesome and I’ve had confidence in my team all year to do this,” said Gilmer County’s Kylie Shuff. “We’ve played together our whole lives to do this.”

Shuff finished with 20 points on 8 of 13 shooting, bringing the Titans back for a second half comeback.

St. Joe led 27-15 at the break, but Gilmer County outscored the Irish 18-7 in the third to cut St. Joe’s lead down to 35-34 heading to the fourth behind Shuff.

A layup from Riley Fitzwater at the 7:51 mark of the fourth gave the Titans a 35-34 advantage. The Irish, though, responded with six straight points to retake the lead at 40-35 and 5:59 left.

With 1:20 to go, a layup from Shuff pulled the Titans within two, 40-38. A 3 from Emile Jedamski at the 1:03 mark gave Gilmer County the 41-40 advantage.

After a made free throw for both teams, Alexis Hall’s potential game-winner for St. Joe in the closing seconds was off, sparking pandemonium on the floor and in the stands.

G-LtE™: When I Played Basketball for Coach Jim Justice….

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Dear Editor,

When I played basketball for coach Jim Justice, he had a way to tell us that it was time to step up our game a notch. He’d use a baseball metaphor all the time at practice when it’s the bottom of the ninth and the count is 3 balls and 2 strikes, winners always want the ball to be hit to them. During games, he would yell from the bench “The count is 3 and 2,“ and every player on the court knew exactly what he meant. It was time to step up and take control of the game.

Our state is at the point now where we need someone to step up for West Virginians, and that’s exactly what Jim Justice is doing right now. He is running for Governor because he wants to go to work and make West Virginia great. Jim is the best hope that our state has; because I know that no one will work harder than him to get results. I can’t ever remember him missing practice; he always stays busy, but the man knows how to get things done.

When I played for Jim, he was always encouraging us to do our best and telling us we could do anything we put our minds to. He wanted all of his players to do well in life, not just on the court. He always stressed getting good grades and having good character. I often draw from his many stories and life lessons.

I know Jim has put his mind to improving West Virginia, and if anyone can do it— it’s him. When I graduate from Glenville State, I want to be able to get a job in West Virginia and build a life here. I just want the opportunity to stay near my family and have a career. But, if the state continues on the direction it’s going, I might have to leave. I think that Jim will reverse the tide of the state. I think he’ll set the state back on track. It is the bottom of the of the ninth, the count is 3-2, and it’s time to give Jim Justice the ball.

~~  Tyler Canterbury - Glenville, WV ~~

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Cheerleader Remembers Normantown’s 1945 Run to Title

As high school state basketball tournament action heats up in Charleston, 87-year-old Morgantown resident and former Normantown High School cheerleader Betty Cross recalls her school’s memorable run to the state title 70 years ago.

In 1945, Normantown High School, a small high school in Gilmer County that only had a little more than 100 students at the time, had a Cinderella season en route to an improbable state title in hoops. Cross, whose maiden name was Betty Jean Whitesel, was one of only two cheerleaders at the school. She fondly recalls her neighbor and one of the players on the team predicting a state tournament victory before the season.

“One of the players who left next to me and I lived in Gilmer County close to the school, and he said to me, Betty Jean, we’re going to win this tournament,” she recalled this week when speaking with MetroNews.

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Much like Hickory High in the famous movie “Hoosiers”, Normantown beat several larger schools on their way to capturing a championship which at that time was played in Morgantown. Cross remembers how large the crowds were that showed up to watch the games, despite a premium on gasoline at the time.

“The gymnasium was filled to overflowing in Glenville when they played the sectional. The same thing in Clarksburg when they played WI in the regional,” Cross said. “And I think they had more people in the fieldhouse in Morgantown at that time for the tournament than there had ever been before.”

The Vikings won three games in Morgantown including two in the same day with the championship coming over Logan.

How was such a tiny school able to pull off a run to a state championship? Cross said that the Normantown Vikings team that year was known for their slow deliberate style of play and cool demeanor on the court.

“They were very stable in their play,” she recalled. “They never went wild or anything, they just contained. They played that slow, controlled type of basketball. And I can’t remember a time where they were flustered.”

Cross said she has fond memories of the championship season, which was her junior year at Normantown. She noted that, remarkably, herself, 9 of the 11 players on the team, the manager, and the other cheerleader, Jean Robert Pitts, were all members of the junior class.

Gilmer County High School Boys Basketball Regional Game - Today

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Gilmer County High School boys basketball team will play Charleston Catholic in Regional Tournament on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 7:00 PM in the GCHS gym.

Tickets are available for advance sale in the GCHS Office: $7 adults and $5 students.

All tickets will be $7 (including students) at the door on Thursday.

WVSSAC sanctioned pass will be the only pass that will be honored.

Doors for the event will open at 5:45 PM.

This game will be a white-out event, so wear your white shirts.

If GCHS wins on Thursday, then Gilmer County will be in the State Basketball Tournament.

GCHS is 32 minutes away from a state tourney appearance.

Please support your Titans!!!

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Pioneers Win MEC Tournament Championship with 65-58 Victory over Fairmont State

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Fifth-seeded Glenville State defeated second-seeded Fairmont State, 65-58, to take on home the 2015 Mountain East Conference men’s basketball tournament at the Charleston Civic Center.

The Pioneers (21-10) won their first conference tournament title since 1974. GSC and Fairmont State will await their NCAA Tournament fate tonight at 10:30 PM on NCAA.com.

Donte Morales, the MEC Tournament MVP, scored 21 points to lead GSC. Sedric Nady added 15 points and Brett Morris turned in a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Reggie Williams also chipped in 10 points.

Fairmont State (21-9) was led by 19 points and 10 rebounds from Thomas Wimbush. Nick Harney had 15 points to go with seven boards, and Jamel Morris contributed 12 points.

The Pioneers came into the game ranking near the bottom in the NCAA in rebounding margin at -5.7, but out-rebounded FSU 38-29. GSC had more rebounds than its opponent in each of its four tournament victories.

Fairmont State jumped out to an early 9-2 lead, but the Pioneers used a 17-3 run to get back into the game and surge ahead at 25-16 with 3:38 to go. GSC took a 31-26 lead into halftime.

The Falcons remained in the game and took the lead back at 37-36 after a Caleb Davis lay-in with at 12:52. The game was tied for the final time at 46-46 with 9:51, but a 9-3 run by the Pioneers would give them the lead for good and the MEC championship.


2015 MEC All-Tournament Team

Pat Moseh, Wheeling Jesuit

C.J. Hester, West Liberty

Thomas Wimbush, Fairmont State

Nick Harney, Fairmont State

Jamel Morris, Fairmont State

Sedric Nady, Glenville State

Reggie Williams, Glenville State

MVP - Donte Morales, Glenville State

Lady Pioneers Fall to Shepherd in MEC Quarterfinals 100-91‏

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Glenville State’s Keyanna Tate scored a game high 30 points and grabbed a game high 13 rebounds as she finished with a double-double but it wouldn’t be enough as the Lady Pioneers fell to the Shepherd University Lady Rams in the MEC Quarterfinals, 100-91.

In the first half of action the Shepherd University Lady Rams would get on the scoreboard first to take an early, 2-0 lead over Glenville State. Shepherd would then build an eight points lead, 10-2, with 16:14 left till halftime.

However the Lady Pioneers would then go on a 6-0 run at the 15:50 minute mark as they made it, 10-7. Again Shepherd would extend their lead back up to nine points, 29-20, with under 10:00 minutes till halftime. The Lady Rams would build a double digit lead several times in the first half, however Glenville State would go into halftime down by eight, 51-43.

In the second half Shepherd would come out strong and take a 17 point lead, 71-54, with 13:42 to play. Glenville State would continue to battle and cut it to eight, 75-67 at the 11:09 minute mark.

Again the Lady Rams would build their lead back up to 15 points, 86-71, with only 6:16 left to play in the game. However the Lady Pioneers would have one last chance and cut Shepherds lead to seven points, 94-87, with 1:50 left to play, but that as close as Glenville State would get as they fall to Shepherd, 100-91.

Shepherd shot 49 percent from the floor while Glenville State finished the game shooting 42 percent from the floor. The Lady Pioneers scored 19 second chance points to the Lady Rams 14 second chance points.

Keyanna Tate finished with a double-double scoring 30 points and pulling down 13 rebounds in her last game as a Lady Pioneer, fellow senior Katrina Salins scored 10 points. Freshmen Kayla Tibbs and Kristen DesRocher both scored nine points while Paige Tuttle dished out a team high four assists.

Shepherd was led by Gabby Flinchum as she scored a team high 26 points and had 10 rebounds for a double-double. Also for the Lady Rams Briana Vaden chipped in with 25 points.

The Lady Pioneers (15-13, 12-10) season now comes to an end, congratulations to the team and seniors for a great year.


Official Basketball Box Score
Glenville State vs. Shepherd
03.05.15  12:00 PM   at Charleston, WV - Charleston Civic Center
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VISITORS: Glenville State 15-13

                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
02 Paige Tuttle…..... *  1-8    0-5    3-4    0  1  1   3   5  4  1  1  1  18
04 Keyanna Tate…..... * 12-19   0-0    6-7    5  8 13   4  30  0  3  0  2  21
12 Kayla Tibbs…...... *  3-5    2-2    1-2    0  2  2   2   9  1  0  0  1  21
20 Briauna Nix…...... *  1-5    0-0    0-0    3  2  5   3   2  0  1  0  0  18
24 Madison Martin…... *  1-5    1-4    2-3    0  1  1   2   5  0  0  0  0  20
01 Katrina Salins…...    4-10   2-4    0-0    1  2  3   3  10  2  5  0  1  22
03 Tayana Stewart…...    2-4    1-2    0-0    1  0  1   0   5  1  1  0  0   9
10 Skyy Lewis….......    0-0    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   0   0  0  0  0  0  0+
21 Kristin DesRocher…    3-8    3-8    0-0    0  2  2   1   9  1  0  0  0  15
25 Briana Smythe…....    2-2    0-0    0-0    2  3  5   2   4  1  1  1  0  11
32 Brittany Jackson….    0-2    0-1    2-2    2  1  3   4   2  2  3  0  4  18
34 La’Shaughn Jones….    2-3    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   1   4  3  0  2  0   9
35 Julie Bishop….....    2-7    2-6    0-0    0  1  1   0   6  1  0  0  0  18
   TEAM….............                         1  1  2
   Totals…...........   33-78  11-32  14-18  17 24 41  25  91 16 15  4  9 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 16-38 42.1%   2nd Half: 17-40 42.5%   Game: 42.3%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  5-15 33.3%   2nd Half:  6-17 35.3%   Game: 34.4%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  6-9  66.7%   2nd Half:  8-9  88.9%   Game: 77.8%    3

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HOME TEAM: Shepherd 21-8

                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
00 Gabby Flinchum…... *  9-14   0-0    8-9    2  8 10   3  26  0  2  3  2  26
10 Cara Mason…....... *  2-5    0-0    2-2    1  0  1   0   6  2  1  0  0  11
11 Briana Vaden…..... *  6-13   2-5   11-12   0  3  3   2  25  7  3  0  2  30
14 Rachel Johnson…... *  7-12   3-4    0-1    2  6  8   3  17  4  2  1  1  39
35 Alex Weakland….... *  5-7    1-1    0-0    2  6  8   4  11  1  2  2  1  34
03 Morgan Arden….....    2-11   1-1    2-2    1  3  4   4   7  6  4  0  0  27
20 Liz Myers…........    2-5    0-0    1-2    3  0  3   2   5  2  0  0  3  22
21 Hailey Brown….....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  0  0  0  0+
22 Maggie McLoughlin…    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  1  0  0  0   3
24 Kristina Prange…..    1-2    0-0    1-2    0  2  2   0   3  0  0  0  0   7
32 Jazmyne Howard…...    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
   TEAM….............                         3  1  4
   Totals…...........   34-69   7-11  25-30  14 29 43  19 100 23 14  6  9 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 19-36 52.8%   2nd Half: 15-33 45.5%   Game: 49.3%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-5  60.0%   2nd Half:  4-6  66.7%   Game: 63.6%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 10-13 76.9%   2nd Half: 15-17 88.2%   Game: 83.3%    2

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Officials: Balster, Wilkinson, Link

Technical fouls: Glenville State-None. Shepherd-None.

Attendance:

Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Glenville State…............   43   48  -   91
Shepherd…...................   51   49  -  100

Mountain East Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal Game #1

Pioneers Down UVa-Wise 92-64

The Gilmer Free Press

The Glenville State men’s basketball team had six players score in double figures and shot red hot from the floor as they defeated the UVa-Wise Cavaliers by 28 points, 92-64, as they advance to the Second Round of the MEC Conference Tournament.

Glenville State and UVa-Wise would go back and fourth early however the Pioneers would go on a 14 point run at the 10:33 minute mark of the first half as they took a 19 point lead, 31-12. The Pioneers would head into halftime up big over the Cavaliers by 26 points, 46-20.

In the second half it would be all Glenville State as they had no problem with UVa-Wise as they went on to win big, 92-64.

The Pioneers never trailed in the game. Glenville State outscored UVa-Wise in the paint by 20 points, 40 to 20. The Pioneers bench outscored the Cavaliers bench, 37 to 14.

Donte Morales scored a game high 15 points for the Pioneers despite only playing 19 minutes. Sedric Nady scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds in the win while Brett Morris also scored 13 points for GSC.

Luke Campbell, Brien Winston, and Juwan Wells all chipped in with 10 point each on the night. Winston also dished out a game high four assists.

UVa-Wise was led by Tyler Maggard as he scored 14 points, hitting four three-pointers on the night.

Glenville State (19-10, 15-8) will advance to the Second Round of the MEC Conference Tournament as they will now play #4 Charleston on Friday, March 06, 2015 at the Charleston Civic Center with tip-off set for 8:15 PM.

Official Basketball Box Score
UVA-WISE vs. Glenville State
03.03.15   7:30 PM  at Glenville, WV (WACO Center)
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VISITORS: UVA-WISE 2-26 (1-22)

                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
01 Charles George…... *  2-4    1-2    2-2    1  1  2   1   7  0  2  0  0  24
02 Philip Owens II….. *  4-9    0-3    3-6    0  2  2   2  11  3  3  0  2  34
20 Tyler Maggard….... *  5-8    4-7    0-0    1  3  4   0  14  1  0  0  2  27
32 Brian Sydnor…..... *  5-10   1-4    2-2    0  3  3   2  13  2  2  1  0  27
33 Matt Day…......... *  2-9    1-5    0-0    0  4  4   3   5  0  1  0  0  23
03 Jordan Smith….....    2-6    1-5    0-0    0  1  1   4   5  1  0  0  0  21
14 Corey Dick….......    3-4    0-0    0-0    1  2  3   2   6  1  1  0  0  27
22 Oliver Thompson…..    1-6    1-6    0-0    1  1  2   1   3  0  0  0  1  17
   TEAM….............                         1  1  2             1
   Totals…...........   24-56   9-32   7-10   5 18 23  15  64  8 10  1  5 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  7-22 31.8%   2nd Half: 17-34 50.0%   Game: 42.9%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-14 21.4%   2nd Half:  6-18 33.3%   Game: 28.1%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  3-4  75.0%   2nd Half:  4-6  66.7%   Game: 70.0%    2

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HOME TEAM: Glenville State 19-10 (15-8)

                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
01 Sedric Nady…...... *  4-5    2-3    3-3    1  4  5   2  13  2  2  0  0  21
03 Donte Morales….... *  5-6    3-4    2-3    1  3  4   2  15  1  0  2  2  19
11 Reggie Williams….. *  1-4    0-3    2-2    0  2  2   2   4  2  2  1  0  17
12 Luke Campbell….... *  4-7    2-5    0-0    0  2  2   1  10  3  0  0  0  31
23 Brett Morris…..... *  4-7    2-3    3-3    0  2  2   1  13  3  0  1  1  22
00 Brien Winston…....    4-7    0-2    2-2    3  3  6   3  10  4  0  0  0  26
22 Hunter Given….....    2-4    0-1    0-0    0  1  1   0   4  0  1  0  1   8
32 Juwan Wells…......    4-10   2-5    0-0    2  4  6   1  10  0  0  0  2  22
33 Alonzo Molina…....    1-2    0-0    0-1    0  1  1   0   2  0  1  0  0  12
34 Kalleone Moret…...    1-3    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   1   2  0  1  0  0   9
50 ED Newell…........    3-3    1-1    2-2    2  1  3   2   9  0  0  0  0  13
   TEAM….............                            4  4
   Totals…...........   33-58  12-27  14-16   9 28 37  15  92 15  7  4  6 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 19-29 65.5%   2nd Half: 14-29 48.3%   Game: 56.9%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  6-11 54.5%   2nd Half:  6-16 37.5%   Game: 44.4%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  2-2  100 %   2nd Half: 12-14 85.7%   Game: 87.5%    0
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Officials: Brad Ross, Zach Tritt, Justin Qualls

Technical fouls: UVA-WISE-None. Glenville State-None.

Attendance: 901

Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
UVA-WISE…...................   20   44  -   64
Glenville State…............   46   46  -   92

Lady Pioneers Beat WV State 81-70 Advance to MEC Tournament Second Round‏

The Gilmer Free Press

Glenville State’s Keyanna Tate had a great game as she scored a game and career high 37 points as she helped lift the Lady Pioneers past West Virginia State in the First Round of the MEC Conference Tournament.

West Virginia State would get off to a hot start as they built a nine point lead over Glenville State, 13-4, with 15:24 left till halftime. However the Lady Pioneers would come back strong and tie the game up at 15 all at the 12:03 minute mark.

After that tie Glenville State would get on a roll and take an eight point lead into halftime, 41-33.

In the second half of action the Lady Pioneers would add to their lead as they extended it to 16 points, 49-33, with 15:55 left to play in the game. But West Virginia State would make a late run and cut Glenville State’s lead to five points, 64-59, with under 5:00 minute to play.

However the Lady Pioneers would weather the storm and hold off the late surge by West Virginia State as they went on to win by 11 points, 81-70.

There were three ties and two lead changes throughout the game.

The Lady Pioneers defense came up big in the game as they caused West Virginia State into 25 turnovers and converted them into 31 points. Glenville State also had the scoring advantage in the paint as they outscored West Virginia State 44 to 34 in the paint.

Glenville State was led by Keyanna Tate as she scored 37 points, going 14-for-20 from the floor, and grabbing a game high 10 rebounds finishing the night with a double-double.

Katrina Salins was the only other Lady Pioneer to score in double figures as she scored 16 points. Briauna Nix scored six points off the bench and grabbed seven rebounds in the win.

West Virginia State was led by Rachel Ward as she scored 21 points.

Glenville State (15-12, 13-10) will now advance to the Second Round of the MEC Conference Tournament. They will take on #2 Shepherd University on Thursday, March 05, 2015 (Today) at the Charleston Civic Center with game time set for 12:00 PM.

Official Basketball Box Score
West Virginia State vs. Glenville State
03.03.15   5:30 PM  at Glenville, WV (WACO Center)
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VISITORS: West Virginia St. 8-20 (6-17)

                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
00 Rachel Ward…...... *  4-10   2-7   11-12   0  4  4   0  21  0  2  0  0  33
11 Deyahnna Styles….. *  6-10   1-3    2-4    2  3  5   4  15  4 10  0  2  40
24 Alexus Hobbs…..... *  8-13   2-5    1-2    1  3  4   1  19  0  3  1  2  40
32 Ashley Current…... *  0-3    0-0    0-0    0  2  2   1   0  1  3  0  0  17
34 Shealyn Shafer…... *  3-7    0-0    1-4    4  5  9   4   7  1  4  0  1  31
14 Autumn Ringen…....    1-3    0-1    0-0    0  4  4   4   2  0  0  0  0  14
23 Montrail Roberts….    2-4    0-0    2-5    0  2  2   4   6  2  0  0  0  13
30 Trina Current…....    0-1    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   1   0  0  0  0  0   5
42 Aurreshae Hines…..    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   1   0  1  3  0  0   7
   TEAM….............                         2  3  5
   Totals…...........   24-51   5-16  17-27  10 28 38  20  70  9 25  1  5 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-26 46.2%   2nd Half: 12-25 48.0%   Game: 47.1%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-8  37.5%   2nd Half:  2-8  25.0%   Game: 31.3%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  6-10 60.0%   2nd Half: 11-17 64.7%   Game: 63.0%    4
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HOME TEAM: Glenville State 15-12 (13-10)

                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
01 Katrina Salins…... *  5-13   3-8    3-6    0  0  0   2  16  2  1  0  1  23
04 Keyanna Tate…..... * 14-20   0-0    9-14   5  5 10   3  37  0  4  0  0  20
12 Kayla Tibbs…...... *  0-6    0-4    0-0    1  2  3   1   0  0  0  0  0  20
25 Briana Smythe….... *  2-5    0-0    0-0    2  3  5   2   4  0  1  0  1  13
35 Julie Bishop…..... *  0-5    0-4    0-0    1  2  3   2   0  2  0  0  0  18
02 Paige Tuttle….....    2-2    1-1    0-2    0  1  1   1   5  1  1  0  2  18
03 Tayana Stewart…...    1-3    1-3    0-0    1  0  1   1   3  1  0  0  2  13
10 Skyy Lewis….......    1-2    0-0    0-0    2  0  2   0   2  1  0  0  3   5
13 Chanice Lee…......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  0  0  0   1
20 Briauna Nix…......    1-5    0-0    4-4    4  3  7   3   6  0  0  0  1  21
21 Kristin DesRocher…    0-2    0-2    2-2    0  0  0   0   2  0  0  0  1   6
24 Madison Martin…...    0-3    0-3    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  1  0  2  18
32 Brittany Jackson….    1-5    0-2    2-4    0  1  1   2   4  0  0  0  0  18
34 La’Shaughn Jones….    1-1    0-0    0-0    1  4  5   4   2  0  1  1  1   6
   TEAM….............                         4  2  6
   Totals…...........   28-72   5-27  20-32  21 23 44  23  81  7  9  1 14 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 17-44 38.6%   2nd Half: 11-28 39.3%   Game: 38.9%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  5-19 26.3%   2nd Half:  0-8   0.0%   Game: 18.5%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  2-6  33.3%   2nd Half: 18-26 69.2%   Game: 62.5%    7
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Officials: Eric Stakem, Todd Pressman, Joshua Howell

Technical fouls: West Virginia St.-None. Glenville State-La’Shaughn Jones.

Attendance: 908

Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
West Virginia St…...........   33   37  -   70
Glenville State…............   41   40  -   81

Gilmer County Boys Basketball Sectional Semi-Final Game‏

The Gilmer Free Press

The Gilmer County High School Boys Basketball team will play Calhoun County in the Sectional Semi-Final game on Tuesday, March 03, 2015 at the Gilmer County High School gymnasium.

Tip off is scheduled for 7:00 PM.; gate will open at 6:00 PM.

Since this is a sectional tournament,  admission is $5 each (includes all students, adults, senior citizens).

Since this is a very important game for GCHS, everyone is asked to wear a white.

Please support the GCHS Titans!

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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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There is speculation that the plan is for GSC to convert to an education center for low risk federal inmates. Is this something the County and central WV needs?

By GSC's New Mission? on 10.26.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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Dr. Pellett’s commentary in the 10/26/2018 issue of the Gazette includes a statement that GSC is responsible for injecting $28,000,000 into the local economy.

If GSC were to close loss of the money would cause the County to have more severe poverty than it has now.

The pressing challenge is for GSC’s administrators including its Board of Governors to exercise effective leadership to prevent closure.

Why can’t GSC take action on the long standing suggestion for it to be an innovator by establishing a five year teacher education program to enable students to earn a masters degree by graduation time?

Something must be done in WV to deal with the 700 positions for which certified teachers including those for math, science and special education are not in the classrooms.

Dr. Pellett and GSC’s Board of Governors why is a new teacher education program at the College not a viable option? Nothing else seems to be working.

The need exists, a similar program of excellence does not exist anywhere in the State, and GSC’s status would be elevated by having a masters degree program.

By GSC Alumni on 10.26.2018

From the entry: 'Paine: Plan to improve math scores to focus on algebra where a third of teachers aren’t certified'.

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GSC could make a valuable contribution to WV by doing a study to report on how grade and elementary schools with excellent results in math and reading did it.

Then, other schools could use the information as guidance instead of going it alone to reinvent the wheel.

With the Ed.D. expertise at GSC it would be a natural to take on the assignment. Dr. Pellett, would you back the initiative?

By Opportunity for GSC on 10.23.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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There is reference to signing an agreement with the State for math4life for all WV school districts. What has Gilmer County agreed to do to fix our problems?

By Agreements Matter on 10.22.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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This important news has potential for making significant progress in improving math and reading outcomes in WV.

It hinges on how quickly advantage can be taken from lessons learned in schools that excelled.

The WVBE could do an analysis of reasons for excelling and to quickly provide guidance information to other schools.

That is the way the private sector approaches problem-solving because chronic failures have consequences and the unfit are weeded out.

Dr. O’Cull could help if the WVBE is not responsive. There could be panels of individuals from excelling schools to make presentations at WV School Board Association meetings to explain what their schools did to make the achievements.

By Why Reinvent The Wheel? on 10.22.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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A characteristic of a good strategic plan is to simplify language to enable a clear understanding of all its details.

Regarding the comment about abbreviations, a simple fix for them and terms (e.g. lexile) would be to insert an asterisk or a footnote symbol the first time one of them is used to refer readers to a section at the end of the documents where the entries are defined.

This comment is not intended to be a criticism. All specialty fields have a language of their own including the teaching profession.

Suggested clarity improvements in the plans would not be time consuming for principals at the County’s two schools.

By Clarity Is Always Good on 10.18.2018

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

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