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Summer 2016 Jobs Available for Our Region’s Students

The Free Press WV

Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) announces that its online application for its Civic Leaders Fellowship summer employment program is open now for college-aged students in its eleven-county service region: Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt and Wood (WV), and Washington County (OH).

Students are encouraged to apply early as the process is competitive. PACF also seeks applications from employers - businesses, nonprofits and government agencies – interested in receiving an intern at no cost. Guidelines and Applications for students and employers are available at www.pacfwv.com/civic-leaders-fellowship-program. The first-year applicant deadline for students is February 26, 2016. The application deadline for hosts is March 31, 2016.

PACF introduced this Fellowship four years ago to improve access to employment for area students and to develop civic leadership capacity. In 2015, on Mondays through Thursdays for seven weeks, 29 students worked in career-related internships. On Fridays, first year students met at PACF headquarters for a program of personal, business and civic development; second year students worked in teams, visiting and evaluating Foundation grant sites, and making grants; and third year students worked on career networking skills to assist them in locating local post-graduation employment.

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Rachael Klimas, a 2015 1st Year Civic Leader from Parkersburg, WV, wrote, “I applied to the PACF’s Civic Leaders Fellowship Program because of the wonderful opportunity to learn valuable leadership skills while getting paid to gain experience in my career of interest.  The Program is exactly what I needed to strengthen and build my personal life skills as well as further my career goals while being a part of a project aimed toward improving our local community.”

Fellowships are supported by numerous public and private funders with major grants from PACF and the Benedum and McDonough Foundations. Students receive interest-related paid summer jobs in their hometowns with the opportunity to build networks and skills toward post-graduation employment. Employers—nonprofits, businesses and government—receive a summer intern at no cost except supervision in exchange for willingness to provide a meaningful experience. Students must be currently attending college and have successfully completed at least their first semester of freshman year to apply. Graduate level students may apply. Students still in high school are not eligible.

Previous internships have included: Camden Clark Hospital, Parkersburg Boys and Girls Club, Artsbridge, HealthSouth, Downtown PKB, YMCA, Parkersburg Art Center, Kayser Layne & Clark, the Arc, Wood County Library, Marietta Community Foundation, Roane General Hospital, Spencer Newspapers, WVU Extension-Jackson County, WV Forestry Association, Pleasant Valley Hospital, Ritchie County EDA, City of Parkersburg, Hyer & Littlepage, SDR Plastics, Valtronics, River Valley Health & Wellness, Mountain River Physical Therapy, and Vienna Public Library to name just a few. Professional Services of America contributes to the project as its contract employer.

Foundation Executive Director, Judy Sjostedt said, “The Civic Leaders Fellowship is a deliberate effort to engage and retain our educated youth. We were tired of seeing our talented young people graduate and be unable to find good jobs locally, so we’re working together to provide quality summer work experiences. We deeply appreciate everyone who makes this initiative possible, from our funders; to employers who offer meaningful work; to persons serving on our advisory panel, or providing training. The out-migration of our educated youth is something we can and should do something about. I urge others to work with us.” Sjostedt encourages interested potential funders or employers to contact the Foundation at , 304.428.4438.

G-BizBuzz™: Tudor’s to Open on October 19, 2015 in Glenville

Tudor’s Biscuit World Restaurant is Scheduled to Open on October 19, 2015 in Hay City area of Glenville, WV.
Katrina Rhodes will be the manager at Tudor’s.
The Restaurant Is Taking Applications for Employment.

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Starting June County School Systems Have another Option for Filling Teacher Vacancies

The Gilmer Free Press

MORGANTOWN, WV – The chair of the House Education Committee has a goal of possibly filling 100 teaching vacancies in West Virginia through the alternative teacher certification methods that will soon be permitted under state law.
House Education Chair Amanda Pasdon (R-Monongalia, 51)

Delegate Amanda Pasdon (R-Monongalia, 51) said student success depends on having qualified teachers.

“It comes right down to who they have in front of them, who’s giving them that quality education,” Pasdon said on MetroNews “Talkline.”

“I think it’s just a wonderful opportunity to expand our children’s horizons to, right now, what they may not be experiencing.”

The alternative teacher certification legislation lawmakers approved during the 2015 Regular Legislative Session will take effect on June 12, 2015.

Currently, Pasdon said there are more than 700 teaching vacancies in West Virginia which has the highest number of teachers instructing students outside of their fields of study. This law, she said, should reduce that number in critical need areas, either because of subject matter or geography.

“By opening the route to alternative certification, by allowing highly qualified individuals into the classroom that have these specific skills related to subject matter will ultimately make an immediate impact in our students’ lives, in their day-to-day education,” Pasdon said.

Critics of the alternative certification programs, though, had argued West Virginia could better fill its many teacher vacancies by offering more competitive salaries. Pasdon does not disagree, but her proposal for a multi-year teacher pay raise plan did not get legislative approval this year.

According to the law, to be eligible for an alternative program teacher certificate, a person will have to be 18 years old; have at least a bachelor’s degree; pass the same basic skills and subject matter tests required for traditional program candidates; be a U.S. citizen “of good moral character;” be “physically, mentally and emotionally qualified” to perform the duties of a teacher; receive a formal offer of employment in an area of critical need and shortage from a county superintendent; have relevant academic or occupational qualifications and clear a criminal history check.

The requirements are slightly different for those wanting to teach special education or in vocational and technical areas.

Teach for America, an example of one alternative teaching program, recruits recent college graduates and professionals of all backgrounds to teach for two years in urban or rural public schools.

The use of such programs will be up to county school officials.

“This isn’t really anything from us saying, ‘You have to do this.’ This is just saying, if you have an empty classroom, you have a need that you cannot fill, then we are going to give you an alternative means to do that and you use it to the best of your ability,” Pasdon said.

An alternative program teaching contract can be renewed as long as a teacher makes “satisfactory progress” in the alternative program which will have individualized requirements.

As written in the law, if counties have to reduce teacher numbers, the alternative teachers cannot displace professional educators.

~~  Shauna Johnson ~~

Community Job Fair - 04.13.15

The Gilmer Free Press

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Literacy Coach

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POSITION:    Literacy Coach
                                   
JOB DESCRIPTION:
                    1. Valid WV Teaching Certificate

                    2.  Three years acceptable teaching experience preferred

                    3.  Experience & success in designing and delivering staff Development in literacy strategies

                    4.  Knowledge of current trends and research that apply to literacy and instructional best practices

                    5.  Demonstrates skill in providing parent and staff development

                    6.  Ability to identify and impart relevant research and resources to assist schools with the LIREC grant and literacy program

                    7. Coordinate and Implement Summer Lab for LIREC Grant

                    8.  Experience in curricular planning

                    9.  Interpersonal skills to effectively share proven instructional approaches with parents, teachers, and administrators and provide advice and coaching

                    10.  Strong organizational and community outreach skills


REPORTS TO:      Superintendent or Designee


JOB GOAL:

To provide assistance to schools in core academic areas to sustain implementation of WVDE Policy 2512, 2525, and 2510. To develop, implement and evaluate the literacy program and design and deliver effective staff development, initiatives, or strategies to enhance the instructional skills of teachers while supporting community and parents with relevant resources.

EVALUATION: Performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the Board’s policy on Evaluation of Personnel.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

                    1.  Ensure alignment of the community and school initiatives around early literacy

                    2. Ensure alignment of LIREC project with other initiatives in the school system

                    3. Coordinate participating community based pre-school PD with school based PD

                    4. Coordinate the Local LIREC leadership team and run their quarterly meetings

                    5. Collect and report implementation data

                    6. Represent the site in the National Advisory Team (quarterly meetings held virtually)

                    7. Assist schools with assessment of current instructional practices and prioritizing areas of focus for curriculum enhancement.

                    8.  Engage COMMUNITY-BASED early childhood providers and other community partners in the dialog, community literacy planning, and book distribution processes

                    9.  Coordinate data gathering needed for dialogue circle process (e.g., what is the local access to books, other literacy assets)

                    10.  Coordinate the discussion circle process

                    11.  Coordinate the Community Literacy Action development

                    12.  Flexible work hours as needed for parent trainings and community outreach

                    12.  Other duties assigned by the Superintendent


SUBMIT:

• Application for employment; Copy of WV Teaching Certificate; Current transcripts for undergraduate and graduate work; previous two evaluations.

• Current employees submit Bid Sheet (located on the county website).

• Incomplete application packets will not be considered.


Send these documents to:
                                              Gabriel J. Devono, Superintendent
                                              Gilmer County Schools
                                              201 North Court Street
                                              Glenville, WV 26351

CLOSING DATE: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 – 3:00 PM


As required by federal laws and regulations, the Gilmer County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, marital status, disability, age and national origin in employment and in the administration of any of its education programs or activities.  Inquires may be directed to Title IX Coordinator, Gilmer County Board of Education, 201 N. Court Street, Glenville, WV 26351, phone 304.462.7386; to the Elimination of Sex Discrimination Program Coordinator, 304.558.7864; or the US Department of Education’s Director of the Office of Civil Rights, 215.596.6795.

E15-001-13
Posted: 03.12.15

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach - GCHS

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POSITION:
                                    Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach
                                    Gilmer County High School

JOB DESCRIPTION:

FOR THE POSITION OF: Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach

REPORTS TO: Principal/Athletic Director/Head Coach

JOB GOAL: To assist with participating student to achieve a high level of skill, an appreciation for the values of discipline and an increased level of self-esteem.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Professional and Interpersonal Relations,

1. cooperates with building principal,

2. cooperates with athletic director,

3. develops rapport with coaching staff within the school,

4. organizes coaching staff,

5. develops positive relationship with participants,

6. develops positive relationship with student body,

7. develops positive relationship with faculty,

8. develops positive relationship with parents and community,

9. develops positive relationship with game officials,

10. develops positive relationship with news media,

11. develops positive relationship with opponents,

12. employs appropriate conduct during games,

13. employs appropriate conduct during practices,

14. attends league, conference and WVSSAC meetings as required

15. participates in activities that foster professional growth and development,

16. motivates staff and players toward desired goals, and commands respect by example in appearance, manners, behavior and language.

Coaching and Related Areas,

17. develops high caliber and quality instruction,

18. teaches fundamental skills,

19. handles athletic injuries,

20. cares for equipment,

21. supervises participants and disciplines team appropriately,

22. designs quality organization of practice sessions,

23. designs pre-season planning,

24. supervises managers and other support personnel,

25. manages budget,

26. follows purchasing procedures,

27. initiates game organizational skills,

28. follows board of education, league, conference, and WVSSAC policies,

29. devotes time and energy to coaching duties,

30. follows end of season procedures,

31.  performs other duties as assigned by principal/athletic director.


EMPLOYMENT TERM: 2014-2015 season


QUALIFICATIONS:
                                                * Hold or qualify for West Virginia Certificate as required under State Board Policy 5202
                                                * Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out responsibilities of the position.


SALARY: County Supplement - $800.00


SUBMIT:

Application for employment; Copy of WV Coaching Certificate; Current employees submit Extra Curricular Bid Sheet (located on the county website)
Incomplete application packets will not be considered.


Send these documents to:
                                              Judith Stalnaker, Personnel Director
                                              Gilmer County Schools
                                              201 North Court Street
                                              Glenville, WV 26351

CLOSING DATE: Monday, February 15, 2015 – 3:00 PM


As required by federal laws and regulations, the Gilmer County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, marital status, disability, age and national origin in employment and in the administration of any of its education programs or activities.  Inquires may be directed to Title IX Coordinator, Gilmer County Board of Education, 201 N. Court Street, Glenville, WV 26351, phone 304.462.7386; to the Elimination of Sex Discrimination Program Coordinator, 304.558.7864; or the US Department of Education’s Director of the Office of Civil Rights, 215.596.6795.

E15-501-17
Posted: 02.09.15

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Auxiliary Varsity Girls Softball Coach - GCHS

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POSITION:  Auxiliary Varsity Girls Softball Coach, Gilmer County High School


JOB DESCRIPTION:


FOR THE POSITION OF AUXILIARY ATHLETIC COACH


REPORTS TO: Principal/Athletic Director/Head Coach


JOB GOAL: To assist with participating student to achieve a high level of skill, an appreciation for the values of discipline and an increased level of self-esteem.


RESPONSIBILITIES:

Professional and Interpersonal Relations,

1. cooperates with building principal,

2. cooperates with athletic director,

3. develops rapport with coaching staff within the school,

4. organizes coaching staff,

5. develops positive relationship with participants,

6. develops positive relationship with student body,

7. develops positive relationship with faculty,

8. develops positive relationship with parents and community,

9. develops positive relationship with game officials,

10. develops positive relationship with news media,

11. develops positive relationship with opponents,

12. employs appropriate conduct during games,

13. employs appropriate conduct during practices,

14. attends league, conference and WVSSAC meetings as required

15. participates in activities that foster professional growth and development,

16. motivates staff and players toward desired goals, and commands respect by example in appearance, manners, behavior and language.

Coaching and Related Areas,

17. develops high caliber and quality instruction,

18. teaches fundamental skills,

19. handles athletic injuries,

20. cares for equipment,

21. supervises participants and disciplines team appropriately,

22. designs quality organization of practice sessions,

23. designs pre-season planning,

24. supervises managers and other support personnel,

25. manages budget,

26. follows purchasing procedures,

27. initiates game organizational skills,

28. follows board of education, league, conference, and WVSSAC policies,

29. devotes time and energy to coaching duties,

30. follows end of season procedures,

31.  performs other duties as assigned by principal/athletic director.


EMPLOYMENT TERM: 2014-2015 season


QUALIFICATIONS:

* Hold or qualify for West Virginia Certificate as required under State Board Policy 5202

* Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out responsibilities of the position.


SALARY:  County Supplement - $1


CLOSING DATE:  February 05, 2015 - 3:00 PM


SEND LETTER OF APPLICATION AND RESUME TO:

Judith A. Stalnaker
Personnel Director
Gilmer County Schools
201 North Court Street
Glenville, WV 26351

As required by federal laws and regulations, the Gilmer County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, marital status, disability, age and national origin in employment and in the administration of any of its education programs or activities.  Inquires may be directed to Title IX Coordinator, Gilmer County Board of Education, 201 N. Court Street, Glenville, WV 26351, phone 304.462.7386; to the Elimination of Sex Discrimination Program Coordinator, 304.558.7864; or the U.S. Department of Education’s Director of the Office of Civil Rights, 215.596.6795.

E15-501-16
Posted:01.29.15

College Grads, Potential Employers Disagree

It turns out that college students are being well-prepared for their future careers—at least in their own minds.

Ask employers, and it’s a very different picture.

The Gilmer Free Press

 

Well-Prepared in Their Own Eyes

It turns out that college students are being well-prepared for their future careers—at least in their own minds. Ask employers, and it’s a very different picture.

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) asked groups of employers and college students a series of similar questions about career preparation. They could be scary reading for many students and the college educators who are trying to prepare them for careers. AACU is releasing the survey results today, in advance of the annual meeting at which the group will mark its centennial.

Consistent with past AACU surveys, this one found that employers are concerned about new graduates having a range of skills in areas like communication and team work—and that employers aren’t as obsessed as some governors with questions about students’ choice of major. This year, AACU did a companion survey of college students—613 students at public and private two-year and four-year colleges. The employer results come from 400 respondents whose organizations have at least 25 employees and report that 25% or more of their new hires hold either an associate degree from a two-year college or a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college.

As shown on the bar chart below from AACU, students consistently rank themselves as prepared in areas where employers do not agree. The area where students and employers are the closest to being aligned is in staying current with new technologies, where 37% of employers think students are well-prepared and 46% of students think that. But in a number of key areas (oral communication, written communication, critical thinking, being creative), students are more than twice as likely as employers to think that students are being well-prepared. And these are the kinds of qualities that many colleges say are hallmarks of a liberal education.

The Gilmer Free Press

“When it comes to the types of skills and knowledge that employers feel are most important to workplace success, large majorities of employers do NOT feel that recent college graduates are well prepared. This is particularly the case for applying knowledge and skills in real-world settings, critical thinking skills, and written and oral communication skills — areas in which fewer than three in 10 employers think that recent college graduates are well prepared. Yet even in the areas of ethical decision-making and working with others in teams, many employers do not give graduates high marks,“ the AACU report says.

Other parts of the employer survey may be more encouraging to many college educators, especially those who endorse the AACU view that there is more to college education than picking a major in a hot career field.

Employers were asked whether it was more important for new hires to have training in specific skills for a job, a “range of knowledge” or both specific skills and a range of knowledge. “Both” was the clear winner at 60%, followed by range of knowledge with 25% and specific skills at only 15%.

Further, the survey found that large majorities of employers at least somewhat agree with statements that suggest support for general education and a curriculum that extends beyond job training.

Employers Who Strongly or Somewhat Agree With These Statements

Statement Strongly Agree Somewhat Agree
All college students should have educational experiences that teach them how to solve problems with people whose views are different than their own. 59% 37%
All college students should gain an understanding of democratic institutions and values 32% 55%
Every college student should take courses that build the civil knowledge, skills and judgment essential for contributing to our democratic society. 33% 53%
Every college student should acquire broad knowledge of the liberal arts and sciences. 29% 49%
All college students should gain intercultural skills and an understanding of societies and countries outside the United States. 21% 57%

~~  Scott Jaschik ~~

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Mini Titan Boys Track Coach - GCHS

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POSITION:
                                    Mini Titan Boys Track Coach
                                    Gilmer County High School

JOB DESCRIPTION:

FOR THE POSITION OF: Mini Titan Boys Track Coach

REPORTS TO: Principal/Athletic Director

JOB GOAL: To assist with participating student to achieve a high level of skill, an appreciation for the values of discipline and an increased level of self-esteem.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Professional and Interpersonal Relations,

1. cooperates with building principal,

2. cooperates with athletic director,

3. develops rapport with coaching staff within the school,

4. organizes coaching staff,

5. develops positive relationship with participants,

6. develops positive relationship with student body,

7. develops positive relationship with faculty,

8. develops positive relationship with parents and community,

9. develops positive relationship with game officials,

10. develops positive relationship with news media,

11. develops positive relationship with opponents,

12. employs appropriate conduct during games,

13. employs appropriate conduct during practices,

14. attends league, conference and WVSSAC meetings as required

15. participates in activities that foster professional growth and development,

16. motivates staff and players toward desired goals, and commands respect by example in appearance, manners, behavior and language.

Coaching and Related Areas,

17. develops high caliber and quality instruction,

18. teaches fundamental skills,

19. handles athletic injuries,

20. cares for equipment,

21. supervises participants and disciplines team appropriately,

22. designs quality organization of practice sessions,

23. designs pre-season planning,

24. supervises managers and other support personnel,

25. manages budget,

26. follows purchasing procedures,

27. initiates game organizational skills,

28. follows board of education, league, conference, and WVSSAC policies,

29. devotes time and energy to coaching duties,

30. follows end of season procedures,

31.  performs other duties as assigned by principal/athletic director.


EMPLOYMENT TERM: 2014-2015 season


QUALIFICATIONS:
                                                * Hold or qualify for West Virginia Certificate as required under State Board Policy 5202
                                                * Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out responsibilities of the position.


SALARY: County Supplement - $600.00


SUBMIT:

Application for employment; Copy of WV Coaching Certificate; Current employees submit Extra Curricular Bid Sheet (located on the county website)
Incomplete application packets will not be considered.


Send these documents to:
                                              Judith Stalnaker, Personnel Director
                                              Gilmer County Schools
                                              201 North Court Street
                                              Glenville, WV 26351

CLOSING DATE: Until Filled


As required by federal laws and regulations, the Gilmer County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, marital status, disability, age and national origin in employment and in the administration of any of its education programs or activities.  Inquires may be directed to Title IX Coordinator, Gilmer County Board of Education, 201 N. Court Street, Glenville, WV 26351, phone 304.462.7386; to the Elimination of Sex Discrimination Program Coordinator, 304.558.7864; or the US Department of Education’s Director of the Office of Civil Rights, 215.596.6795.

E15-501-14(a)
Posted: 01.13.15

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Mini Titan Boys Track Coach - GCHS

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POSITION:
                                    Mini Titan Boys Track Coach
                                    Gilmer County High School

JOB DESCRIPTION:

FOR THE POSITION OF: Mini Titan Boys Track Coach

REPORTS TO: Principal/Athletic Director

JOB GOAL: To assist with participating student to achieve a high level of skill, an appreciation for the values of discipline and an increased level of self-esteem.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Professional and Interpersonal Relations,

1. cooperates with building principal,

2. cooperates with athletic director,

3. develops rapport with coaching staff within the school,

4. organizes coaching staff,

5. develops positive relationship with participants,

6. develops positive relationship with student body,

7. develops positive relationship with faculty,

8. develops positive relationship with parents and community,

9. develops positive relationship with game officials,

10. develops positive relationship with news media,

11. develops positive relationship with opponents,

12. employs appropriate conduct during games,

13. employs appropriate conduct during practices,

14. attends league, conference and WVSSAC meetings as required

15. participates in activities that foster professional growth and development,

16. motivates staff and players toward desired goals, and commands respect by example in appearance, manners, behavior and language.

Coaching and Related Areas,

17. develops high caliber and quality instruction,

18. teaches fundamental skills,

19. handles athletic injuries,

20. cares for equipment,

21. supervises participants and disciplines team appropriately,

22. designs quality organization of practice sessions,

23. designs pre-season planning,

24. supervises managers and other support personnel,

25. manages budget,

26. follows purchasing procedures,

27. initiates game organizational skills,

28. follows board of education, league, conference, and WVSSAC policies,

29. devotes time and energy to coaching duties,

30. follows end of season procedures,

31.  performs other duties as assigned by principal/athletic director.


EMPLOYMENT TERM: 2014-2015 season


QUALIFICATIONS:
                                                * Hold or qualify for West Virginia Certificate as required under State Board Policy 5202
                                                * Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out responsibilities of the position.


SALARY: County Supplement - $600.00


SUBMIT:

Application for employment; Copy of WV Coaching Certificate; Current employees submit Extra Curricular Bid Sheet (located on the county website)
Incomplete application packets will not be considered.


Send these documents to:
                                              Judith Stalnaker, Personnel Director
                                              Gilmer County Schools
                                              201 North Court Street
                                              Glenville, WV 26351

CLOSING DATE: Until Filled


As required by federal laws and regulations, the Gilmer County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, marital status, disability, age and national origin in employment and in the administration of any of its education programs or activities.  Inquires may be directed to Title IX Coordinator, Gilmer County Board of Education, 201 N. Court Street, Glenville, WV 26351, phone 304.462.7386; to the Elimination of Sex Discrimination Program Coordinator, 304.558.7864; or the US Department of Education’s Director of the Office of Civil Rights, 215.596.6795.

E15-501-14(a)
Posted: 01.13.15

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Mini Titan Girls Track Coach - GCHS

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POSITION:
                                    Mini Titan Girls Track Coach
                                    Gilmer County High School

JOB DESCRIPTION:

FOR THE POSITION OF: Mini Titan Girls Track Coach

REPORTS TO: Principal/Athletic Director

JOB GOAL: To assist with participating student to achieve a high level of skill, an appreciation for the values of discipline and an increased level of self-esteem.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Professional and Interpersonal Relations,

1. cooperates with building principal,

2. cooperates with athletic director,

3. develops rapport with coaching staff within the school,

4. organizes coaching staff,

5. develops positive relationship with participants,

6. develops positive relationship with student body,

7. develops positive relationship with faculty,

8. develops positive relationship with parents and community,

9. develops positive relationship with game officials,

10. develops positive relationship with news media,

11. develops positive relationship with opponents,

12. employs appropriate conduct during games,

13. employs appropriate conduct during practices,

14. attends league, conference and WVSSAC meetings as required

15. participates in activities that foster professional growth and development,

16. motivates staff and players toward desired goals, and commands respect by example in appearance, manners, behavior and language.

Coaching and Related Areas,

17. develops high caliber and quality instruction,

18. teaches fundamental skills,

19. handles athletic injuries,

20. cares for equipment,

21. supervises participants and disciplines team appropriately,

22. designs quality organization of practice sessions,

23. designs pre-season planning,

24. supervises managers and other support personnel,

25. manages budget,

26. follows purchasing procedures,

27. initiates game organizational skills,

28. follows board of education, league, conference, and WVSSAC policies,

29. devotes time and energy to coaching duties,

30. follows end of season procedures,

31.  performs other duties as assigned by principal/athletic director.


EMPLOYMENT TERM: 2014-2015 season


QUALIFICATIONS:
                                                * Hold or qualify for West Virginia Certificate as required under State Board Policy 5202
                                                * Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out responsibilities of the position.


SALARY: County Supplement - $600.00


SUBMIT:

Application for employment; Copy of WV Coaching Certificate; Current employees submit Extra Curricular Bid Sheet (located on the county website)
Incomplete application packets will not be considered.


Send these documents to:
                                              Judith Stalnaker, Personnel Director
                                              Gilmer County Schools
                                              201 North Court Street
                                              Glenville, WV 26351

CLOSING DATE: Until Filled


As required by federal laws and regulations, the Gilmer County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, marital status, disability, age and national origin in employment and in the administration of any of its education programs or activities.  Inquires may be directed to Title IX Coordinator, Gilmer County Board of Education, 201 N. Court Street, Glenville, WV 26351, phone 304.462.7386; to the Elimination of Sex Discrimination Program Coordinator, 304.558.7864; or the US Department of Education’s Director of the Office of Civil Rights, 215.596.6795.

E15-501-15(a)
Posted: 01.13.15

G-OB™: Help Wanted Line Cook

The Gilmer Free Press

Must have ability to work with a variety of kitchen equipment and be able to adhere to Pioneer Grille Culinary Guidelines.

One year of relevant cooking experience OR a combination of education and experience from which-comparable knowledge and skills are acquired.

Ability to interact and maintain positive relationships with guests, co-workers and management.

Pay rate based on experience.

Please apply at the restaurant, or call 304.462.8833 for any questions.

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Cook II – Gilmer County High School

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POSITION: Cook II – Gilmer County High School 5:30 AM to 1:00 PM daily


JOB DESCRIPTION:

FOR THE POSITION OF: COOK II

REPORTS TO: Building Principal and Cook III or Cafeteria Manager

JOB GOAL: To provide a nutritious meal that meets all state and federal standards.


GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: 

1. Prepares and serves meals which meet the state nutritional standards from a planned menu.

2. Provides support to the school and cares for the welfare of the children.

3.  Assists the principal and teachers in establishing good public relations.

4.  Be acquainted with the policies of the school and with duties assigned. See that stock room, kitchen area, and all equipment is clean.

5.  Be responsive to the suggestions of the principal and Director of Child Nutrition.

6.  Observes working hours and operating policies established by the principal and the county school lunch supervisor.

7.  Strives to work carefully and efficiently, observing all nutritional requirements and sanitary standards in the preparation and service of school lunches/breakfasts.

8.  Prepares and updates records and reports for inspection by authorized personnel.

9.  Attends county food service continuing education and in-service programs.

10.  Holds a valid food handlers’ card and meets all requirements of the state and local departments of health.

11.  Utilizes all food stocked to the fullest extent possible.

12.  Be physically fit to perform all duties related to the position.  The employee understands that he/she must be physically able to lift large kettles and/or serving pans containing food stuffs and carry them, if necessary, to serving tables or sink and be able to perform certain other duties involved in the work area of the kitchen that involve reaching, bending and pushing.

13.  Be neatly dressed in a washable dress or slacks, preferably a uniform. Wear a hairnet while performing the duties of school lunch cook, as well as substantial footwear.

14.  Fulfills the required 200 day working term and accounts for in-service days.

15.  Maintains positive work habits.

16.  Performs duties efficiently and productively.

17.  Maintains and/or upgrades skills.

18.  Performs other tasks required in the preparation and serving of food and in the general operation of the food service program.


QUALIFICATIONS:
• High School Diploma or GED
• Hold classification title in category of employment or meet the definition of the job title pursuant to WV Code 18-4-8c
• Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out responsibilities of the position.


REPORTS TO: Cook III, and Principal, GCHS


PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Interpret Menus
• Prepare and Serve Meals
• Help with reports and inventory
• Other duties as assigned by Supervisor


EMPLOYMENT TERM: 2014 – 2015 School Year – 200 Days


SALARY: Based on Gilmer County Salary Scale, commensurate with job classification and years of service

SEND LETTER OF APPLICATION AND RESUME TO:
                            Judith A. Stalnaker
                            Personnel Director
                            Gilmer County Board of Education
                            201 North Court St.
                            Glenville, WV 26351


MUST BE RECEIVED BY: Friday, January 09, 2015 – 3:00 PM


As required by federal law and regulations, the Gilmer County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, marital status, disability, age and national origin in employment and in the administration of any of its education programs or activities.  Inquiries may be referred to Title IX Coordinator, Gilmer County Board of Education, 201 North Court Street, Glenville, WV 26351, phone 304,462,7386; to the Elimination of Sex Discrimination Program Coordinator 304.558.7864; or the US Department of Education’s Director of the Office of Civil Rights 215.596,6795.


S15-501-05
Posted: 01.05.15

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Head Varsity Baseball Coach - GCHS

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Title:
Head Varsity Baseball Coach

Grade Level:
High School

Description:
To assist with participating student to achieve a high level of skill, an appreciation for the values of discipline and an increased level of self-esteem.

Job Location or School Name:
Gilmer County High School

City:
Glenville

County:
Gilmer

Qualifications:
* Hold or qualify for West Virginia Certificate as required under State Board Policy 5202 
* Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out responsibilities of the position. 

Salary:
$1500

Closing Date:
2015.01.09

Comments:

SUBMIT: Application for employment; Copy of Teaching or Coaching Certificate;      Previous two evaluations.   
Current employees submit Extracurricular Bid Sheet (located on the county website www.gilmercountyschools.org
E15-501-13  

Apply to:
Judith A. Stalnaker, Personnel Director 
Gilmer County Schools 
201 N. Court Street 
Glenville, WV 26351 
 
Fax: 304.462.5103

County Contact Email:
“jstalnaker@k12.wv.us”

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Bus Operator - NES

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POSITION: Bus Operator   (6:00 AM to 9:00 AM / 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM.)* Rosedale, Shock, Aunt Minnie’s Farm, Intersection 33/119, NES, Grass Run, NES. Includes student transportation from designated pick-up/drop-off stops to and from school.

*Times are approximate and may change depending on weather conditions and other factors beyond the control of the Board.  Routes are subject to reasonable changes based on the needs of students in the route area.


JOB DESCRIPTION: FOR THE POSITION OF BUS OPERATOR


REPORTS TO:  Transportation Director


JOB GOAL: To safely transport students to and from school


PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Becomes thoroughly familiar with the contents of the West Virginia Transportation Regulations for school bus operators.

2. Posts in the bus a copy of the Regulations for Pupils Transported in School Buses and a copy of the bus schedule.

3. Performs pre-trip inspections daily.

4. Prepares and keeps a list of students riding the bus.

5. Discharges students only at designated stops unless permission is granted by the principal or a note of permission from the parent or guardian.

6. Allows students who are not assigned to his/her bus to board only if permission has been granted by the principal or by a note of request from the parent or guardian.

7. Runs on a regular schedule and reports to the principal or supervisor any reasons for delay.

8. Maintains professional appearance and wears uniform.

9. Leaves school only after checking that all children are loaded.

10. Cleans thoroughly inside and outside of bus as directed by the transportation supervisor.

11. Does not allow students to extend any part of their body out of the bus windows.

12. Practices emergency unloading procedures at least twice per year.

13. Does not leave bus with motor running.  Has brake set any time when leaving the bus.

14. Makes sure all emergency equipment, such as first aid kits, fire extinguishers, chains, flares, axe, etc are on bus and in good condition.

15. Completes all required reports on date requested.

16. Follows the Gilmer County Discipline Policy.

17. Must be available for emergency school closings.

18. Reports any accident or damage to bus immediately to the transportation director.

19. Reports needed repairs to mechanic.

20. Follows railroad crossing procedures.

21. Maintains positive work habits.

22. Performs duties efficiently and productively.

23. Maintains and/or upgrades skills.

24. Performs other duties assigned by the transportation director.

25. Bus will remain parked at assigned location during and after school hours.


EMPLOYMENT TERM: 2014 –2015 School Year


QUALIFICATIONS:

• High School Graduate or GED

• Hold certification as a bus operator as required by WV
                           
• Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out the responsibilities of the position


SALARY: Based on Gilmer County Salary Scale, commensurate with job classification and years of service
   

APPLICATION SHOULD BE SENT TO:

                          Judy Stalnaker, Personnel Director
                          Gilmer County Board of Education
                          201 North Court Street
                          Glenville, WV 26351


MUST BE RECEIVED BY:  Friday, January 09, 2015 – 3:00 PM


As required by federal law and regulations, the Gilmer County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, marital status, disability, age and national origin in employment and in the administration of any of its education programs or activities.  Inquiries may be referred to Title IX Coordinator, Gilmer County Board of Education, 201 North Court Street, Glenville, WV 26351, phone 304.462.7386; to the Elimination of Sex Discrimination Program Coordinator 304.558.7864; or the US Department of Education’s Director of the Office of Civil Rights 215.596.6795.


S15-202-1
Posted: 01.05.2015

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It is easy to see through the motive for avoiding application of the same assessment approach in all of WV’s school systems.

The powerful in control do not want to make achievement results available for voters to compare academic results among districts!

That way opportunities for more accountability in ways school systems are administered will be nipped in the bud.

Interesting isn’t it that for sports minute attention is paid to comparing performances of all kinds of teams throughout WV.

Unfortunately the strategy will be to keep voters keenly focused on sports so they will not ask questions about education spending and how children are doing in mastering subjects in our school systems.

By WVDOE Disgusted on 04.20.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: State might let counties switch standardized test from SAT to ACT'.

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The West Virginia State Board of Education has operated as a “pin the tail on the donkey” bureaucratic nightmare for over a generation.

Currently, it is hard to envision any positive change in their SOP?

Try this, try that.  Change this, change that.
Continual evidence that all is being run as an experiment?
The WVBOE has no real clue what to actually do, in order to fix anything.

Money wasted. Children cheated of a good education.
Parents and taxpayers cheated.  Opportunities missed.

This is the WVBOE legacy.

By State BOE - dysfunctional is an understatement? on 04.16.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: State might let counties switch standardized test from SAT to ACT'.

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Maybe Jimmy can pay some of his tax bills now?

By Justice, pay your tax bills! on 04.15.2018

From the entry: 'City to purchase club owned by the governor’s company'.

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Reread the article and see what a wonderful set of excuses have been set forward.

Taxpayers give the state the funds for education.  It is then properly squandered leaving students with substandard educations.

These people have the audacity to blame the teachers on top of it.

State BOE, suck it up, fix the problem you and your previous board members have created. 

Make President Truman’s desk saying your motto:  “The buck stops here.“

That is, if you are up to it.

By Kanawha Reader on 04.15.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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West Virginia made national news again with its spending per student to be in the top third among the 55 states.

We spend more than $11,000 on average per pupil in our public schools. For comparison Utah spends about $6,500 per pupil and it ranks in the top third for the quality of its education system.

It would be interesting to know how much Gilmer County spends per pupil counting total funding from all sources.

WV is certainly no way near the top third with getting students college, career, and jobs ready right out of high school. Where is all our money going? What could we learn from rural states similar to Utah?

The worst culprit seems to be too many high paid people on WV payrolls who are non-contributers to making better lives for our kids.

By Economist on 04.14.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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Those of us who keep close tabs on student achievement want to know reasons for unacceptable reading, science, and math scores in Gilmer County and what is being done to correct them. For something this important the problems and solutions surely have been looked into.

By R. A. Beasley on 04.14.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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HaHaHaHaHaHaHa!

By Don't bring them to Gilmer! on 04.13.2018

From the entry: 'NEW “ALMOST HEAVEN” CAMPAIGN'.

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No matter what is going on in the State our concern is Gilmer County. The State reports on Zoom that 10th graders at the GCHS perform at the 35.9% proficiency rate for science.

Proficiency for 11th graders is 37% in math and it is commendable that the rate for them for reading is 64%.

What is being done to make improvements for science and math when students are about ready to graduate from HS? We hope that scores for reading hold up and even improve.

Why do we fail to receive updates for plans for proficiency improvements in the County’s schools?

In other WV counties superintendents provide that type of information on a routine basis.

By GCHS Parents on 04.12.2018

From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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This well written article makes is clear what actually a businessman can do.

Businessman turned politician.  Can actually make an entire state look like idiots.  Idiots for electing him at the minimum.

Looks like we have to find the patience to tolerate this bs two more years…...and hope he turns into a one term disaster.

Congratulations to the WV state employees giving him a good lesson. Nice job folks.

By Makin Arch Look Good on 04.09.2018

From the entry: 'ICYMI™: A 'billionaire' should be embarrassed to let schools, local governments, vendor bills'.

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Why is important school system improvement news of the type addressed in the other comment not on the County’s school system’s web site?

Someone in the board office should be assigned to write up news to keep citizens informed.

We are expected to vote in more tax money to run the schools and we deserve to be informed of positive improvements being made with our money instead of taking our support for granted. It works both ways.

By R. Curry on 04.06.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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This is a suggestion for getting breaking news out to the community concerning important new improvements in the County’s school system.

We hear that improvements are being made to increase student performances in mathematics, reading, and other areas. The changes include getting back to basics for math teaching to eliminate achievement gaps.

Would someone write up something to explain the new changes to keep the community informed? One improvement I know is that progress reports come home regularly so families can track how kids are doing.

There is nothing wrong with positive news getting out to demonstrate that Gilmer County is positioning itself to become a leader in public education. The County deserves all the positive press it can get.

By Appreciative Parent on 04.05.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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The Governors and the elected Legislators made the time ripe for the “educators revolt”.

The past 20 years, state employees, all who work outside the ‘capitol complex’ have been dissed.

Put off.  Put down.  Worked around.
That was clearly understood by our state employees.

That dissention was completely ignored by our failed state leadership.

Clearly it was time for action.  Social media was a major player….for the good.

The Governor, the Legislators, have now been put on notice to not ignore state issues, while they feather their own nests.

Now, lets see social media swing into action,  straighten out the Public Service Commission, and their gross failure to hold Frontier Communications lack of customer service to the fore. Some leader needs to step forward and make it happen.

We see what can happen with some leadership.  Social media is the citizens friend.  The election is just a few weeks away.  Its time to build a fire under the Public Service Commission.  Governor Justice you might even give it a shot to fire them…...up?

By J.P. on 03.30.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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We want the County to become WV’s star performer known throughout the State for producing the highest achievement students.

How can this be done? Simple. Establish goals for math, science, and other subjects and aggressively manage the school system accordingly.

This will require establishment of a clearly written, professionally done holistic plan containing specific goals to achieve, establishment of personal accountability at different levels in the school system, accurate and timely reporting of achievement results as we proceed, and applying improved approaches when necessary to keep the plan on track.

We have heard for too long that everything is “just fine” in the County, and we continue to hear it today from some quarters.

Folks, things are not ‘just fine’ when too many of our students leave high school unprepared for college and careers. Where we go from here is the primary responsibility of the elected school board.

Teachers and staffs are more than ready to deal with obstacles confronting them and all they need is to be enabled to do their jobs.

The time is over for continuing to be hampered with lame excuses for why major improvements cannot be made i.e., Gilmer County is too poor, too many kids lack family support they deserve, and keen focus on public education is foreign to the community’s culture.

By Gilmer County Teacher on 03.30.2018

From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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Public Service Commission is a joke.  Sorry.

They are the regulatory agency that is basically letting FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS run unregulated for all landline customers.

Frontier customers wait days and days for landline service.  Many in our state live where there is no cell coverage, so no other choice for service.

Our elected reps need to pressure the Public Service Commission to get their chit together, do their job, and stop giving in to the Frontier lobby crew.

West Virginians deserve better!

By West Virginia resident on 03.30.2018

From the entry: 'PSC and GHSP Join Forces to Emphasize Seat Belt Safety Message'.

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Nice information. I think CANADA is also a very good place to live.

By Rahul on 03.22.2018

From the entry: 'The 10 Best Cities to Live In on Planet Earth'.

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I am so sorry and shocked to learn of Mike’s passing.  I think he would have liked he words printed here about him. Always a good man with a smile on his face and it didn’t take much to tickle him. West Virginia lost another good one. RIP Mike.

By Marlea Cottrill on 03.19.2018

From the entry: 'John Michael “Mike” Peters'.

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Yes, it would appear that Gayle M. has lost some of her ‘luster’ ?

The question now.  Will she pop back up somewhere else like that Whack-a-Mole game?

By Charleston Reader on 03.18.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Brian and Montie send their condolences to Gary’s family, especially to Nancy and Sharon for the death of a husband and father.  Nothing can really prepare us for such a loss as this. We are thinking about you at this sad time.

By Brian and Montie VanNostrand on 03.17.2018

From the entry: 'Gary Don Williams'.

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The centerpiece of nationally reported fake news pertained to Gayle Manchin’s plan for making WV’s southern coal field area a model for school system turn-a-rounds.

After the intense trail of high profile TV appearances to tout Manchin’s plan and pouring in money down there, nothing worked out as promised. 

The lesson from this sad saga is to focus on facts instead of what politicians try to pull over on voters.

The chronic problem in WV is that facts are routinely hidden by some politicians to keep voters misinformed.

By Bill Williams on 03.16.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Gilmer County has long memories. We recall the hill crest fund raiser out along Mineral Road to raise money for the Manchin political machine.

That was followed by Gayle’s insulting rant against the County leading to the damage of our school system and outlying communities during the State’s six years of iron rule intervention.

The good news is that Gayle is gone along with all other members of the WV State Board of Education responsible for our County’s intervention and the waste and mismanagement it wrought. Karma is alive and well WV!

By B. Jones on 03.16.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Brad got it all mixed up.
Gayle Manchin’s *resignation*....?

T-V, radio, newspapers across the state and beyond, even national news sources, all reported
that Governor Justice FIRED Gayle Manchin.

Brad, your effort to smooth that puts you squarely in concert with the rest of the BS fake news world.

By Brad got it mixed on 03.15.2018

From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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Interesting.  Yet not so long ago, Gilmer local police weren’t interested when informed an out of state convicted felon was in possession of a trunk full of stolen guns.

By BangBang on 02.14.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County man sentenced for illegal possession of a firearm'.

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Great guy, who would do anything to help you. He would have probably got a kick out of having some strange woman’s face plaistered on his obituary. He would have had something smart to say about it I’m sure. smile

He had a great sense of humor. I saw him a little while back. I stopped by his house and visited with him a couple hours and as I went in I told him I stopped by to see if I could borrow his fancy car parked out front, expecting to meet with some resistance to that idea. Without missing a beat he said “Sure, just don’t let any of my kids drive it!“ We had a really nice visit that day - talking about cars and reminscing.

Our prayers are with the family.

By Connie Turner on 02.10.2018

From the entry: 'Kenneth Lee Page Jr.'.

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Justice, do you lay awake at night thinking up this stuff?

Can’t we West Virginian’s have some woodland that has not been molested by humans?

Keep the saws out of our state forests!

West Virginians are being raped once again.  The new generation of robber barons have bought off the governor and elected.

By Another Clueless Politician's Scheme on 02.10.2018

From the entry: 'Former Administrator: State Park Logging Plan Numbers Don’t Add Up'.

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so sorry to hear this news.  He took over Steve Grossmann’s mail route and we sure did appreciate his getting the mail delivered in all kinds of weather.  Slipping and sliding all the way. I loved his little dog that would look for snakes in the Normantown P.O.

By Cookie Setty on 02.09.2018

From the entry: 'Kenneth Lee Page Jr.'.

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Would it be possible for our new college president to involve Mr. Gallagher and student Evan Merical to attempt a revival of the defunct GSC Main Street Small Business Center? 

The community sure could benefit from it.  New management might just be what it needs?

By Question for Pres. Pellett on 02.07.2018

From the entry: 'GSC Student Speaks at One Stop Business Center Grand Opening'.

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Not surprised the Board of Ed supporting employees for raises and insurance. These people show they care about good employees over and over.
Just after they got our school system out from under state control they stood unanimously against the state appointed superintendent and his hand picked lawyer who tried to take away jobs from 8 professionals including Teachers and 4 service personnel. Can’t even count the number of transfers.  Gilmer’s Board of Ed just said no to that hit list. They stand up for this county and the kids..

By And we Appreciate It on 02.02.2018

From the entry: 'ATTENTION ALL EMPLOYEES OF THE GILMER COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM'.

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The state of WV overall has a dismal record of salaries and finance.

The jail system has issues.  Has for years.
The highway department.  Yup, them too.
The school system.  Ditto.

One per cent per year for 5 years?  That’s a real insult to any employee.

Teachers.  If you don’t get something that’s good, wait until warmer weather and strike.  Stand your ground !

The legislature and governor seem to have plenty $$$ to spread around Kanawha County.  Make sure they spread some towards teachers and staff salaries!!

By Give 'em some $$$ ! on 02.01.2018

From the entry: 'ATTENTION ALL EMPLOYEES OF THE GILMER COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM'.

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Rumor mill is saying that teachers and possibly other state employees will have to wear a wrist bracelet to track their lifestyles? 

Or pay higher insurance premiums?

True/false?

By is it true? on 02.01.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Sorry to hear. He was a classmate at Sutton High School class of 1956.

By Nancy Rose Westfall on 01.31.2018

From the entry: 'Franklin D. “Frank” Conley'.

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A call to all candidates for all seats:  You can submit the information about yourself to us and it will be published at NO COST.

By Free Press on 01.31.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County: List of Candidates for 2018 Election'.

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Long list of candidates for the School Board. It would help voters decide if each candidate would publish a write-up of their personal backgrounds to include special qualifications for serving on the school board, and to include detailed goals for what they would like to achieve as a board member. The information would be far more useful to voters than signs plastered all over the County.

By Active Voter on 01.31.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County: List of Candidates for 2018 Election'.

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How about the new superintendent of Gilmer’s schools giving a progress report on her accomplishments so far in improving the quality of our schools to produce better prepared HS graduates for college and careers, plans for continual upgrading of academic achievements by our students, and how results will be accurately measured and reported to be convincing that our County is moving ahead? Doesn’t sound too much to ask for by bill paying citizens.

By Gilmer Parents For Accountability on 01.29.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Gilmer County must set its own standards for student learning and to do what is necessary to achieve them with full involvement of highly motivated teachers.

We know that major improvements are needed to make our kids more competitive, but we have not heard details for what is planned in our school system to make critically needed changes.

Ignore what the State does with is long history of failure and let’s go ahead on our own.

Top down management in education has never worked in WV with its crippling grip of politics to emphasize the importance of making improvements through local initiatives.

By Glenville Teachers on 01.29.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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This is just another failure by the West Virginia State Board of Education!

It does NOTHING to improve education!

Just one more attempt to make everything “look nice”.

The State Board members are too far removed from the classroom.

That board needs populated with 4 or 5 of our better teachers who are not afraid to speak up.

By Troy Parent on 01.28.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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The question for the County’s sitting School Board is what is being done with corrective actions to get the County’s HS graduates out of the worst prepared bottom group for college and career preparedness as the State has reported?

Because more students graduate it does not mean that they mastered key subjects to promote success in the modern work place. Can anyone say grade inflation?

By B. Beckett on 01.26.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Reduce requirements.
Lower teacher standards.

Produce less educated students.
Continue WV’s downward education spiral.

The current State Board of Education is less prepared to lead than back in the Gayle Manchin
days of failure.

Do not fool yourselves. Realize Paine is pain.
Do not expect WV educational leaders to improve education.

They have been showing us for years that goal is
out of their reach.

By Failed State BOE on 01.18.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Does anyone know the County’s plan for getting us out of the State’s bottom group for college and trades ready after high school?

What are the causes for our being at the bottom for being ready and what is being done to solve them?

Causes never cease by themselves and the only solution is top quality leadership pushing a highly focused corrective program.

By Rusty Moore on 01.16.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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Example of a yes/but situation. Just because kids are pushed through does not mean that they are college and career ready. Read past comments about Gilmer’s being in the failing category for academic preparation. The way WV info is reported allows selective use of results to bloat up claims of how well a high school does in preparing students for the real world.

By R. Wells on 01.16.2018

From the entry: 'WEST VIRGINIA HIGH SCHOOLS RECOGNIZED FOR EXEMPLARY GRADUATION RATES'.

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Sunday’s Charleston Gazette-Mail had a warning that just because a high school has a high graduation rate that does not mean that its students are college ready. Gilmer County is one of them to put us in the State’s bottom category for readiness, but you won’t hear about it locally. Kids call it dumbing down.

By Give Citizens The Facts on 01.14.2018

From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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What about all the septic in the hollers that is draining into the creeks??

By Ugly on 01.10.2018

From the entry: 'PSC Investigates Impact of New Corporate Tax Law on Utilities'.

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This point should be kept in mind i.e. “The Commission has directed all privately owned electric, gas, water, sewer and solid waste facilities to track the tax savings resulting from the 2017 Federal Tax Act on a monthly basis beginning January 01, 2018. “.

By Michell J. Hill on 01.07.2018

From the entry: 'PSC Investigates Impact of New Corporate Tax Law on Utilities'.

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Troyan advocates for competition among schools with survival of the top performers. Her point is that the lack of accountability for county school system administrators must change to be similar to the way corporate America functions. Failure must have consequences!

By Accountabilty Needed on 01.03.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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Gilmer singled out again in article by Jessi Troyan for our being at the bottom for preparing high school grads for college. We know we have a serious problem. We await on top school system leadership to devise a workable remedial plan for the County. Denial of having problems cannot be used anymore to cover up

By B. Post on 01.02.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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You were in my life for what seemed like a short time but will be in my heart forever. I’ll see you at the family reunion one day again.

By Dana Linger on 12.29.2017

From the entry: 'Kathern Fay (Cogar) Linger'.

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Concerns about urgent need to upgrade student learning have persisted for too long in the County. 

We are tired of hearing lame excuses that under-achievement is caused by uncaring parents who do not emphasize the importance of education.

Parents are keenly important for contributing to student learning, but they cannot compensate for school “culture” deficiencies linked to leadership short comings.

By Parents For Better Leadership on 12.29.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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Those who go to college perform down at the bottom in comparison to high school graduates in other WV counties. This evidence suggests that Gilmer’s students who don’t go to college are short changed too. Immediate leadership changes to straighten out under achievement are in order!

By E. Moore on 12.28.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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Jeanette,
I am so sorry for your loss.

By Margie Shook on 12.18.2017

From the entry: 'Warren Curtis Pierce'.

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The whole child concept is admirable, but with GCHS grads being behind in proficiency for academic subjects we need to make changes to drastically improve learning to enable our kids to compete in the highly competitive modern world.

Our being the 52nd worse off among 55 WV counties for college remediation rates is undeniable proof.

Administrators must determine legitimate causes of our bottom ranking for use in improving learning instead of applying usual low payoff tinkering to be passed off as progress.

By B. K. Brooks on 12.15.2017

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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That’s the #### dems new ploy, they can’t win on policy so they charge sexual harassment.

By The Silent Majority on 12.15.2017

From the entry: 'Meet the Miss USA Contestant from Gilmer County, WV Accusing Trump of Sexual Misconduct'.

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Why was there no outrage like this when Billy Boy was doing his deed in the White House? and other places?

Oh, I forgot.  He was the media’s boy?

By HOW COME NOW ? on 12.14.2017

From the entry: 'Meet the Miss USA Contestant from Gilmer County, WV Accusing Trump of Sexual Misconduct'.

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Wanna bet that in green counties when results sag there is no hesitancy to make administrative changes when needed? In Gilmer County the approach has been to hide facts and to manufacture rosy ones to report to citizens.

By Moore on 12.11.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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This is basically the process for an improvement plan. A school board specifies student achievement standards and it assigns a superintendent to work with central office staff and school administrators to produce a comprehensive plan for making needed changes. After putting a plan in place results are closely monitored by a school board while holding a superintendent personally accountable for achieving the standards.

By School Board Member In A Top Performing County on 12.10.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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Did I miss the County Commission Agenda for the December meeting?  The GFP site is displaying a little differently and I can’t seem to find it.  Do they still meet on First and Third Fridays??

By Searching on 12.10.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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The no excuse rate for Gilmer County is 59% and there are only three other WV counties worse off. This alarming information flags dire need for the County’s school board to do its job by implementing an improvement plan.

By Gilmer Students Ripped Off on 12.08.2017

From the entry: 'More college-going students in WV need remedial classes'.

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“We’re going to see a sea change in American agriculture as the next generation gets on the land,“

Yeah, right.  That will last about as long as it takes to discover exactly how hard farming is, and the amount of work it takes to make even a minimal living.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 11.30.2017

From the entry: 'A Growing Number Of Young Americans Are Leaving Desk Jobs To Farm'.

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I always thought a Harvard education was something special.  Well, I guess it is.  Just a week ago they had ‘sex week’.  One of the course offerings was analsex101.  That’s right.  Google it.  Plenty of coverage. True story.

By Harvard 'taint what it used to be? on 11.23.2017

From the entry: 'Feds Threaten To Sue Harvard Over Asian-American Admissions'.

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This is nothing new.  It has been happening for years and no attempt to stop it.  Just quiet it down when word leaks out.  The court system thumbs their noses and laughs at ‘their hillbillies’.

Remember the hub-bub about $100,000.00 bathrooms in the Capitol building a few months ago?

Think they have them all remodeled so those whom you elected can krap in style the next legislative session?  lol

By Web on 11.18.2017

From the entry: 'Legislators Turn Focus on Supreme Court Spending Following Report on Luxury Purchases'.

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The justices are part of the aristocracy. Does anybody think that they care what the peons think?

By Skip Beyer on 11.18.2017

From the entry: 'Legislators Turn Focus on Supreme Court Spending Following Report on Luxury Purchases'.

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Why are Gilmer’s voters kept in the dark about activities of the two LSICs in the County? No published agendas before meetings, no published meeting minutes, and plans with details for school improvements are not disclosed. Violation of WV’s open meeting laws? To top it off memberships of LSIC’s and who selected the individuals are kept secret from voters.

By Gilmer Voter on 11.16.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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LSIC plans are short on specifics for measurable academic improvements to be achieved. That way no matter what happens extraordinary successes can be proclaimed. The strategy is designed to make meaningful accountability impossible for school system administrators.

By More Of Same For WV Schools on 11.15.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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A food pantry opens at Marshall University?

For students I can understand.
But its also for faculty and staff?

Really now?  Their salaries are that poor they need access to a food pantry?

Times area really tough in West Virginia.  Really are.

By Tough Times at Marshall University on 11.14.2017

From the entry: 'West Virginia News'.

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LSIC=Local School Improvement Council. Each WV school has one. Google to learn what each one is supposed to do to improve a school. Ask for plans for your schools.

By POGO on 11.13.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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What is this “LSIC” commenter speaks about?
Who and what is that all about?

By reader on 11.12.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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Fellow West Virginian’s.  What is being seen here is Paine’s return to ‘power’ and the continued 20 years charade by the WVBOE.

They spend your tax dollars.  They do their best to cover their failed efforts.  They cheat our children of a good education. 

They play (think manipulate) with the grading system every couple years, making it impossible to follow students upward or downward progressions.

Don’t expect any good, any progress, any improvement to happen in West Virginia.  It’s not in the cards.  Well, that is not in the ‘administrators’.

By 20 years of WVBOE 'playing' school on 11.12.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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All high schools in WV have ACT Profile Reports for each graduating class.

The only performance information typically cited in school districts is average ACT scores for graduating classes.

If you can get copies of Reports for your high schools read them to independently evaluate testing results for career and college readiness, science, technology engineering and math (STEM), and other categories.

Chances are that your local administrators gloated that average ACT scores for graduating classes are commendable to give your high schools passing marks, but other testing outcomes in the Reports may show otherwise.

It is doubtful if LSIC members for your high schools know about the Reports to be grounds for demanding academic improvement plans. Check Reports for high schools in your school district to make up your own minds.

By WVDOE Fact Checker on 11.11.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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Policy 2510 is an admission by the West Virginia Board of Education of their own failure.

Dumb down the standards in order that students can get a passing grade.

You grand pooh-bahs in Charleston BOE should be ashamed of yourselves!  But you have no shame. Obviously so.

Steve Paine, leading the failure of education in West Virginia.

By # 2510 policy--WVBOE ADMITS OWN FAILURE on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'Board of Education Takes Action on Policies to Provide Flexibility to Counties'.

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With a deal like this—WHY—are we selling road bonds and—WHY—were all the motor vehicle fees INCREASED on West Virginia’s citizens?  WHY ! ?

Thanks for nothing Jim Justice and the WV legislators.

By WEST VIRGINIA TAXPAYER on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'WV Signes $84 Billion Shale Gas Deal with China Energy'.

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The Rosie Bell will be a nice addition to the Park !

A thank you to Donna Waddell and her leadership and the FRN for making the Park happen !

By Thank America's Rosie's ! on 11.10.2017

From the entry: 'What This Bell Means to Gilmer County'.

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Aren’t they supposed to have agendas AND minutes for each and every meeting, by law?  They put it right there on the agendas that there were None. And months’ go by without even Seeing an Agenda.  It’s a citizen’s right to go in and ask to see them ALL.  Someone needs to look into this.  Especially with all the speculation that goes on around legal issues in the county!

By GilmerCountyCommission? on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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The grade 7 spike in math in comparison to lowered performances in higher grades begs the question about reasons. What is being done to ensure that math skills will not drop by graduation time? Has anyone looked at adverse effects of block scheduling and other factors?

By Answers Needed on 11.03.2017

From the entry: 'SEEING MATH IN NEW WAYS'.

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We’ll.  It’s a step forward to see the Commission AGENDA - but what about the minutes?  The last two agendas have said “ Approve County Commission Minutes-None”      Aren’t there supposed to legally be minutes for the public to read?????  This makes NO sense unless things are going on that the Commission doesn’t want the public to know.  Obviously.  SHOW THE MINUTES Jean Butcher, do your job!

By 304 More Issues on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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This posting is very informative and it documents what can be done with innovative approaches to teaching math. For too long we were fed the party line that all was well in our schools for math and everything else. That myth prevailed because facts were hidden to hold down the County’s demands for accountability. Hats are off to Kelly Barr and Traci DeWall.

During intervention it was commonly known that school board members made repeated requests for all kinds of student progress information, but it was kept from them. That era has ended and the County’s school board is expected to focus on its top priority responsibility that is to continually improve student learning in our schools. Our kids can perform if they are given the chance.

By Gilmer County Parents on 11.02.2017

From the entry: 'SEEING MATH IN NEW WAYS'.

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Gilmer look at this Did You Know. If you look at the State’s data on Zoom Dashboard to review changes in mastery of math and reading for the GCHS’s 11th grade for the 2011 and 2017 testing years it is clear the you have a problem with your math program. In 2011 the math pass rate was 36.92 compared to 37.29% in 2017. Progress with reading was truly commendable. The pass rate went from 26.98 in 2011 to 64.41% in 2017. Why the lack of progress for math? We know that your school board members are trying to get information about plans for improvements for math and science, but is full disclosure of details any better than it was under intervention? Let us know.

By B. Cummings on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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Lots to learn kids. By the way,  How’s the Commission coming along with the September meeting minutes?

By 304 on 10.30.2017

From the entry: 'GSC Criminal Justice Students Take Part in Scenario-Based Training with RJA'.

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