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How to Cut WV Poverty Rate? Pay Women More

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In a new report, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research compared incomes of women and men of the same ages and education levels, working the same number of hours.

It found for West Virginia, women would see their average earnings increase almost $6,500 a year if paid the same as men.

And, since women are now breadwinners in half of American families with young children, the report says 26 million children across the U.S. also would benefit from their moms making more.

So, study director Jessica Milli says closing the gender wage gap is much more than a women’s issue.

“The additional income that equal pay would add to family incomes would reduce the poverty rate among children by nearly half, and so that was also a really striking finding from our analysis,“ she states.

The report says closing the pay gap would reduce the poverty rate in West Virginia from 8.5 percent to 5.3 percent, and add about $2.5 billion annually to the state’s economy.

Now, on average, a woman would have to work 10 years longer than a man to close the pay gap.

Milli adds the gap isn’t always a result of intentional unfairness – it’s partly because more women work in jobs that have traditionally paid less.

She says states and Congress could do more to modernize pay-related laws.

“Legislation that prohibits employers from asking potential new hires for their salary histories when they’re thinking about making an offer to them would have a huge impact on pay equality between men and women,“ she states.

Milli notes closing the pay gap would boost the entire U.S. economy, adding $500 billion a year nationally.

For now, women earn about 80 cents for every dollar a man makes, which translates to a loss that tops $415,000 dollars over a 40-year career.

~~  Chris Thomas ~~


05.20.2017
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I just heard of a study done nationwide that states women are actually paid the same as men in similar jobs.  The difference is women are the birthers of children and often leave the workforce for a period of time or take part-time work or lesser paying jobs to be the nurturing parent of those children.
Has nothing to do with earning less at the same job.

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New Roof at Gilmer County Parks and Recreation Center

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The Gilmer County Parks and Recreation are so happy to have the help from this Glenville Boy Scout Troop.

They came and put on a new metal roof on a leaking building that needed attention badly.

Without there volunteering to do this I’m not sure when enough funds would have been raised to get it done.

It also helps one of the scout members to earn his Eagle Scout badge.

Thank you Glenville Scout Troop for all your hard word at the recreation center.

Thank you Darrel Ramsey / Director

City of Glenville Police Report

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City of Glenville, WV Police Report
Crime/Ordinance Violation
Officer
Disposition
Location
Overdose Garrett Subject transported to hospital Conrad Motel
Speeding Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning S. Lewis Street
Speeding Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Warning Issued for Defective Equipment and Cited for Expired Operators W. Main Street
Illegal Use of Horn Garrett Warnings Issued for Illegal use of horn and failure to change address W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Cited W. Main Street
Child Restraint Garrett Cited W. Main Street
Robbery Garrett Criminal Investigation Started W. Main Street
Cellphone Garrett Cited W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Warnings Issued for Speeding and Unsigned Registration W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings Issued for Speeding, No Proof of Registration, and no Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
No Plates Huffman No Proof of registration and No Plates on vehicle (driver stated plates had been stolen) N. Lewis Street
No Seatbelt Huffman Cited for No Seatbelt and Cell phone while driving N. Lewis Street
Trespassing Huffman Children removed from the property and informed if they returned they would be charged for trespassing Brooklyn
Speeding Garrett Cited W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Cited W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Cited W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Cited Powell Street
Speeding Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street
Assist another agency Huffman Assisted Sheriff Department with a missing persons Lick Run
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle unlocked Glenville Gardens
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and warning Issued for No Proof of Registration N. Lewis Street
Serve Capias Huffman/Garrett One Subject arrested and transported to Central Regional Jail Magistrate Court
Speeding Huffman 2 vehicles stopped for speeding 1st vehicle cited for speeding and no proof of insurance 2nd vehicle cited for speeding and driving on suspended 1st offense W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited W. Main Street
Improper Registration Garrett Warning E. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Passing in no passing zone Garrett Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Cited W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Cited W. Main Street
Defective Equipment Garrett Cited W. Main Street
Speeding Garrett Cited W. Main Street
Suspicious Person Huffman Located subject approximately an hour after initial call everything was ok I sent the individual back to his motel room and advised him that if I had anymore calls about him  I would take him to Central Regional Jail College Street

Glenville City Council Meeting Report

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GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
April 03, 2017
7:00 PM

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Dennis Fitzpatrick with Council members Fisher, Wiant, and Walters present. 

Councilmembers Taylor and Huffman were absent.


Pledge of Allegiance


I. Call to Order


Public Comments

Jessica Greenlief came before council with proclamations for Alcohol Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention. 

She noted the blue pinwheels is the national symbol for child abuse prevention and April is designated as Child Abuse Prevention month. 

Her daughter, Aurora Williams, gave each council member a blue pinwheel lapel pin representing Child Abuse Prevention. 

Many blue pinwheels have been placed around the city and they will have a brunch to honor grandparents for caring for many of the children in addition to many other activities. 

This is also Alcohol Awareness month. 

The proclamations for Child Abuse Prevention and Alcohol Awareness and were read and signed by Mayor Fitzpatrick. 


A. Approval of Minutes – January 04, 2016

The minutes from the March 06, 2017 meeting were reviewed. 

No corrections were noted and minutes were placed on file for audit.
 

II. Reports

Financial

We are currently at 75.61% if fiscal year budget with 86.39% revenue and 67.59% expenses. 

The new budget request was submitted to the state auditor’s office with confirmation of receipt. 

The payment for Gilmer Management will move to the Treasurer’s Office line item. 

Councilman Walters made a motion to approve the financial report as presented.  Councilman Fisher seconded the motion.  Motion passed.

Councilman Walters made a motion to approve a pay raise for the office assistant, Mindi Fitzpatrick, beginning July 01, 2017. 

Councilman Fisher seconded the motion.  Motion passed.


Street Report

Mayor Fitzpatrick provided the street report. 

The workers are very busy daily.


Police Report

Chief Huffman provided the police report to council. 

The new city officer will begin work on May 16 with his application to the Academy due by April 28 and will attend the academy on June 12.


Glenville Utility

Mayor attended the utility meeting on March 28. 

No leaks to report.

The Lift station pump installation is complete. 

Western Auto slip has been corrected.


Recorder

Nothing to report


Mayor Comments

- Enforce penalty phase in existing Municipal Fee Ordinance

Penalty phase still in progress

- Citywide clean up – April 08.

GSC football team will volunteer for this yearly activity.

- Lay the Levy – April 18th

Council meeting is scheduled for April 18, at 6:00 p.m. to Lay the Levy.

- 5:30 Paint the Town Blue (honoring our police officers) the 27th

A public event to honor our police officers is scheduled for April 27th at 5:30 p.m. at the City Park.

5K Run/Walk – April 07, 2017

Glenville State College student organization Pioneers for a Cause is planning the annual Relay for Life walk on April 07 from 6:00 p.m. to 1200 midnight and the annual Color the World without Autism 5K run/walk on April 11 beginning at 5:30 p.m. 


III. Unfinished Business

None


IV. New Business

Chief Huffman mentioned that the Gilmer County Pony League is planning 5K run/walk and he is working to set up route. 

They will request council approval in May.


V. Other Business to come before Council

Councilman Walters asked about paving the remaining streets this year. 

Councilman Fisher made a motion to approve Mayor Fitzpatrick secure estimates to pave the remaining streets in the city for 2017. 

Councilman Walters seconded the motion.  Motion passed.

*Chief Huffman asked about the schedule for the roundabout. 

Mayor Fitzpatrick noted that he had a letter from the state that they would be seeing some activity at the end of 2016 and hope to start actual work on roundabout end of 2017 or beginning of 2018.

Mayor Fitzpatrick has talked with McKenzie Murphy regarding the bridge repair on Sycamore.

They have corrected the engineering issues and are waiting on supplies to begin the bridge repair.


Next City Council Meeting

The next council meeting will be May 01, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.


VI. Adjourn

Meeting adjourned at 7:20 p.m.

8th Graders Honored For Golden Horseshoe Accomplishments

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More than 200 eighth-graders from across West Virginia were honored at the state Culture Center in the annual Golden Horseshoe ceremony.

The students earned the honor of Knights of the Golden Horseshoe for their knowledge of West Virginia history.

“I am proud of each student who earned this elite honor today,” state School Superintendent Dr. Steve Paine said. “The Golden Horseshoe recognizes students’ appreciation and understanding of West Virginia and promotes pride in our state.”

The Golden Horseshoe test has been given each year since 1931 in West Virginia. This year marks the 301st anniversary of the Golden Horseshoe tradition that began in the 1700’s when West Virginia was part of Virginia.

A complete list of 2017 winners can be found by visiting HERE.

Report: More Mountain State Students Pursuing Higher Education

Braxton, Doddridge and Clay counties lead the way in improving college-going rates

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More West Virginia high school graduates went on to pursue higher education last year, according to a report released by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC) and West Virginia Community and Technical College System (CTCS). The college-going rate increased for the second consecutive year, inching up by 0.3 percent — or 266 students — from 2015 to 2016.

“These gains, while subtle, represent a solid step in the right direction,” Dr. Paul Hill, HEPC Chancellor, said. “For several years, the impact of the 2008 recession led to wide variations in college-going rates, not only in West Virginia but across the nation. Now that the economy is beginning to stabilize, we’re more confident that the small strides we’re witnessing represent genuine progress in creating a college-going culture in West Virginia — a process that takes time and occurs student by student, community by community.”

Braxton, Doddridge and Clay counties led the state in achieving the highest rates of improvement in college-going rates from 2015 to 2016. Braxton County High School (Braxton), Magnolia High School (Wetzel) and Chapmanville Regional High School (Logan) showed the greatest gains at the school level. Ohio, Mineral and Monongalia counties had the highest rates overall. A complete list of rates by school and county is available at http://www.wvhepc.edu/resources/reports-and-publications/2016-college-going-rate/.

“West Virginia needs more college graduates to grow its economy and invigorate its workforce,” Dr. Sarah Tucker, CTCS Chancellor, said. “I commend those high schools and school districts that are putting a real focus on helping their students pursue some form of postsecondary education. The future prosperity of our state depends on getting more students into college and ensuring they succeed and graduate.”

The 2016 Higher Education Report Card, released last fall by HEPC and CTCS, also outlined gains in college retention and a record number of degrees awarded by the state’s public colleges and universities.

HEPC and CTCS are charged with developing and implementing a five-year statewide strategic plan for higher education that includes a strong focus on improving access to higher education and promoting college completion and success. As part of this process, the agencies have in recent years launched a number of strategies that are proving to have an impact on higher education attainment.

For example, the federally funded “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)” initiative provides college mentoring and planning services to middle and high school students in ten of the state’s most economically challenged counties. The statewide College Foundation of West Virginia (CFWV) initiative offers information, including text message counseling, to help students navigate the college application and enrollment processes. And recent policy changes overhauling the delivery of developmental education and encouraging students to enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours per semester are showing promising results toward raising college graduation rates.

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G-FYI™: Reminder from State Superintendent to Schools Boards and Superintendents

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Dear West Virginia County Board Members, Superintendents and Chief School Business Officials, As county boards of education work on their budgets for the upcoming school year, I wanted to take this opportunity to stress the importance of making sound financial decisions on behalf of the county boards of education that you represent. During these times of decreasing student enrollment and declining revenue, it is very important that county boards of education make the necessary adjustments to their budgets in order to keep the school system financially solvent. 

The West Virginia Department of Education has historically recommended that every county board of education have a general current expense unrestricted fund balance of at least three to five percent of the county’s approved budget.  The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)  recommends a carryover balance of two months of operating revenues or expenditures which equates to a 16.67% carryover balance.    As of June 30,  2016, only 10 county boards of education in West Virginia met the national recommended carryover percentage.  Without sufficient carryover reserves, county boards of education would be unable to react in the event of an emergency. 

As student enrollment declines, county boards of education are funded for fewer positions through the state aid funding formula.  It is important that county boards of education monitor their staffing levels to ensure that they are in line with available resources and funding sources.   On average,  personnel related costs comprise approximately 80% of a county’s overall budget.  County boards of education that do not adjust their staffing levels can therefore quickly find themselves in financial distress, as there are very few non-personnel cuts that can be made to absorb declines in revenue.  I recognize that eliminating positions is very difficult, as it is never easy to make decisions that will negatively impact the lives of our valued employees.  Unfortunately,  in our current financial climate,  making such difficult decisions has become a necessity for most county boards of education. 

As State Superintendent of Schools,  I am charged under West Virginia Code §18-9B-7 and §18-9B-8 to review the budgets of county boards of education to ensure that they will maintain the educational program of the county as well as meet the county’s financial obligations.  If a budget does not meet the criteria set forth in statute, I have the authority to direct the county board to make certain adjustments to the budget.    While I take this charge very seriously,  it is my hope that all local county boards of education make these difficult decisions on their own.

Please be reminded that West Virginia Code §11-8-26 indicates that county boards of education should not expend funds in excess of those available. As you have been taught by the West Virginia School Board Association, under West Virginia Code §11-8-29, county board members can be held personally liable for the amount illegally expended and under §11-8-31, county board members can even be held criminally liable for such overspending. While it is rare that these statutory provisions are utilized, the potential consequences for overspending are significant and not to be taken lightly.

My staff in the Office of School Finance stands ready to assist all county boards of education with financial questions.  That office already maintains a Financial Watch List where monthly budget to actual analysis is performed for 13 county boards of education that have been identified as being financially at-risk.  However, just because a county may not currently be on the Financial Watch List does not mean that a county shouldn’t be closely monitoring their own finances and making the necessary adjustments to their spending. If you have financial questions regarding your county board of education,  please do not hesitate to contact Amy Willard,  Executive Director of School Finance at 304.558.6300 or at

Thank you for your commitment to ensuring the financial stability of your county board of education in order to best serve the students of West Virginia.

Sincerely,
Steven L Paine, Ed. D.
State Superintendent of Schools


04.24.2017
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