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Glenville City Council Meeting Minutes

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GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
February 04, 2019
7:00 p.m.

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


Pledge of Allegiance


I. Call to Order


Public Comments

Mr. Corcoran addressed council inquiring about the City’s contract with the current trash service. He noted there continues to be a monthly fuel surcharge assessed even though fuel prices have dropped. Mayor Fitzpatrick will call MSW to check on this.

Mayor Fitzpatrick noted that according to Robert’s Rules of Order guidelines, it is not necessary to note who seconded on a motion for a small group meeting, so this will be omitted as we move forward.


A. Approval of Minutes – January 07, 2019

The minutes from the January 07, 2019, meeting were reviewed. No corrections were noted and minutes were placed on file for audit.


II. Reports


Financial

The City’s budget is currently at 60% of the fiscal year with 71.48% revenue and 54.44% expenditures. Councilman Bone made a motion to approve the financial report as presented. Motion passed.


Street Report

Mayor Fitzpatrick reviewed the street report with council. He noted that the City has been fortunate to have good street workers.


Police Report

Chief Huffman provided the police report to council. He noted the new police cruiser has been decaled with ghosted graphics. A quote has been received for new lights, radio, and complete installation of radar, cameras, etc. and will not exceed $7000. The estimated total for this new vehicle will be approx. $36000. Mayor Fitzpatrick added we will receive reimbursement of 35 percent of total cost from the USDA Grant.


Glenville Utility

Mayor Fitzpatrick attended the utility meeting on January 23. There were three small water leaks, 1 inch line on Rt 33, 2 inch on Spring Street, and 10 inch on Vanhorn Drive that goes to the tank. Nothing to report on sewer side.


Recorder

The recorder reminded council that Saturday, February 09, was the Special Levy election and stated that council would canvass this election on February 15, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.


Mayor Comments

* Decaled City Cruiser

* February 9th Election Day

* Canvas votes/ballots on the 15th of February

* Budget meeting

The first meeting to work on next year’s budget will be March 07 at 6:00 p.m. This meeting is open to the public. We must submit our budget to the State Auditors office by March 28.

* Reminder to council to look for street light outages in their wards and get the pole number if possible so repairs can be made. Councilman Bone noted that there is a street light out near the GSC Administration Building. Chief Huffman will get the pole number.


III. Other Business

None


IV. Next City Council Meeting

The next council meeting will be March 04, at 7:00 p.m.


V. Adjourn

Meeting adjourned at 7:14 p.m.

Gilmer County Board of Education Special Meeting Minutes

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SPECIAL MEETING
The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer
Monday, February 11, 2019 – 4:30 p.m.
Central Office

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL

The meeting was called to order at 4:34 by Doug Cottrill, President. Those present were R.W. Minigh, Dave Ramezan, Tammy Stewart and Patricia Lowther, Secretary. Devin Shackleford, absent.

Others present: June Nonnenberg, Joe Frashure, Myra Miller, Steve Shuff and Rob Smith.


DELEGATIONS

None


2019-2020 CALENDAR

Mr. Frashure presented the 2019-2020 calendar with explanations to the board.


ADJOURN

R.W. Minigh moved to adjourn the meeting at 4:45 p.m. Dave Ramezan seconded. Motion passed 4-0.


APPROVED: February 26, 2019

ST. JOSEPH’S HOSPITAL NAMED ONE OF THE TOP 100 CRITICAL ACCESS HOSPITALS IN THE NATION

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St. Joseph’s Hospital of Buckhannon, Inc. has been named one of the top 100 critical access hospitals in the nation and is the only hospital in the state of West Virginia to receive this award. The award is given by the Chartis Center for Rural Health. Regarded as one of the industry’s most significant designations of performance excellence, the annual Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals award is based upon the results of the Hospital Strength INDEX® from iVantage Health Analytics.

“We are very honored to receive this award,” said Skip Gjolberg, President, St. Joseph’s Hospital. “It is a testament to the staff of our hospital who strive to reach our vision of being the best small town hospital in West Virginia.”

Hospitals recognized as a Top 100 facility scored in the top 100 among all Critical Access Hospitals nationally. Now in its ninth year, the INDEX leverages 50 rural-relevant indicators across eight pillars of hospital strength (i.e. Inpatient Market Share, Outpatient Market Chare, Cost, Charge, Quality, Outcomes, Patient Perspective and Financial Stability) to determine an overall score for each hospital. Each of the INDEX’s 50 indicators is culled from publicly-available data sources.

“In an era of increased complexity and uncertainty, Top 100 hospitals have established themselves as a bellwether for rural provider performance,” said Michael Topchik, National Leader of The Chartis Center for Rural Health. “Top 100 status is a real indicator of how proactive these hospitals are when it comes to pushing for performance improvement in areas such as quality, outcomes, patient safety, market share and finance.”

To see the list of this year’s Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals, as well as the 2019 INDEX methodology, go to www.ivantageindex.com/top-performing-hospitals.

City of Glenville Police Report

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City of Glenville, WV Police Report
Crime/Ordinance Violation
Officer
Disposition
Location
Possible MVC Huffman Vehicles and drivers were gone prior to my arrival Mineral Road
Threats Huffman CI started on multiple juveniles Glenville
Forensic Interview Huffman Forensic interview of an autistic child for a criminal investigation Clarksburg
Speeding complaint on Walnut Street Huffman Set up to run traffic control Walnut Street
MVC Huffman Accident report completed E. Main Street
Parking complaint Huffman Unable to locate the vehicle owner and the vehicle was out of traffic lanes Walnut Street
Speeding Jenkins Cited for speeding and expired MVI N. Lewis Street
MVI Expired Jenkins Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warnings issued for Speeding and No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Alarm Investigation Huffman Building all secure Advanced Auto
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Foodland
Public service Request Huffman Spoke to an officer from Roane County about some locals that they will be obtaining warrants on Glenville
Vehicle complaint Huffman Referred to state police neither party lived within City Limits Vanhorn Dr.
Remove a subject Huffman Suspect was removed from the property then arrested by State Police for other charges Gilmer Elementary
Open Door Huffman Door had been left unlocked by staff everything was ok Walnut Street
Funeral detail Huffman Traffic control for a funeral Hay City
Alarm Investigation Huffman Alarm was going off because a transformer blew causing power outage Pine Street
MVC Huffman Accident Report Completed High school
MVC Huffman Accident report Completed Hay City intersection
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Walnut Street
Speeding Huffman Vehicle released with a verbal warning due to it being a fireman going on a vehicle fire Walnut Street
Speeding Huffman Vehicle released with a verbal warning due to it being a fireman going on a vehicle fire N. Lewis Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle Unlocked Walnut Street
Victim of an altercation Huffman Located subject and contacted EMS, Subject was transported to Stonewall Jackson for Injuries Walnut Street
MVC Huffman Vehicle and driver left the scene prior to my arrival and no damage noted to the building N. Court Street
MVC Huffman Accident Report completed N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding in a school zone Huffman Cited Walnut Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Obstructed Plate Jenkins Warning Mineral Road
New Cruiser to get decals Huffman/Braniff Dropped the cruiser off to get decals on it Weston
No seatbelt Huffman Cited for no seatbelt and Failure to change address and warning for unsigned registration Walnut Street
Speeding in a school zone Huffman Cited Walnut Street
Assist a business Huffman/Braniff Cut a lock off their dumpster due to the lock being broken Rite-Aid
Vehicle Unlock Huffman/Braniff Vehicle Unlocked Academy drive
Vehicle Unlock Braniff Vehicle Unlocked Rite-Aid
Evidence Pickup Huffman Picked up evidence from Crime Lab Charleston
Speeding in a school zone Huffman Cited for Speeding in a school zone and No Proof of Insurance Warning Issued for failure to carry operators Walnut Street
Trash Complaint Huffman No one answered the door N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and Expired Operators Warnings Issued for Unsigned Registration and failure to change address N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for Speeding and No Proof of Registration W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Trash Complaint Huffman/Braniff No one answered the door put a door hanger warning on the door N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and No Proof of Insurance warning issued for Unsigned Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding in a School Zone Huffman Cited for Speeding and Warnings Issued for Failure to Carry Operators, No Proof of Registration, and No Proof of Insurance Walnut Street
Parking complaint Braniff 2 parking citations issued Walnut Street
Forensic Interview Huffman Forensic interview for a child on an abuse case Clarksburg
MVC Huffman Accident Report completed Walnut Street
MVC Huffman Accident report Completed Stoplight
Panic Alarm Huffman/Braniff Doors were locked and no vehicles in the parking lot Courthouse
Funeral Detail Huffman/Braniff Escorted a Funeral service Ellysons
Possible DUI Huffman Located suspect he passed all field sobriety tests and a PBT was instructed he was not permitted back on Go Mart Property due to threats made towards employees Go Mart
Altercation Huffman Physical Altercation on Campus both parties refused to file charges. Subjects were separated LBH

Trump Admin Losing Enviro Fights in Court

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The Trump administration’s efforts to weaken public health and environmental regulations are being roundly defeated in the courts, according to a new report. Its findings show that the administration is unlikely to become “tired of winning” any time soon.

The law firm Earthjustice has filed 118 lawsuits challenging a multitude of deregulatory efforts, from opening Atlantic coast waters for offshore drilling to delaying the ban of a deadly pesticide. Attorney David Baron from the Earthjustice D.C. office said of the 17 lawsuits that have resulted in major court decisions so far, the administration has won only one.

“They’re just taking a ‘slash and burn’ approach to dismantling these legal protections - without analysis, without facts and without legal support,” Baron said. “And that’s why we have courts, to hold government officials accountable when they act irresponsibly and illegally. And that’s what’s been happening here.“

The administration has claimed in many of the cases that environmental regulations hinder industries such as coal mining. But federal figures show the retirement of coal-fired power plants has actually increased under President Donald Trump.

Among the challenges ahead is Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler’s proposal to weaken the Mercury and Air Toxics rule. Baron noted that the EPA itself estimated the rule would save 11,000 lives every year.

“Now these guys have come in and they’re trying, through the back door, to dismantle those protections,” he said. “It makes no sense, it’s not lawful. And we’re going to fight it all the way.“

Mercury emitted by coal-fired power plants travels far from the original source and is absorbed by fish that are eaten by consumers.

Baron predicted the administration’s losing streak will continue, because much of the policy is based on ideology, and often ignores science showing regulations are needed and are working.

“They’re trying to blind themselves from the very facts they need to make the decisions to protect ourselves and future generations,” Baron said. “And the courts are going to see that and they’re not going to let it go forward.“

More information is available at Earthjustice.org.

~~  Dan Heyman ~~

Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes

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MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING
The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer
Monday, December 17, 2018 – 5:00 PM
Central Office

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL

The meeting was called to order by Doug Cottrill, President, at 5:00 pm. Members present: R.W. Minigh, Tammy Stewart, Dave Ramezan, Devin Shackleford and Secretary, Patricia A. Lowther.

Others present: Warren Chesser, Toni Bishop, and Myra Miller.


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Dave Ramezan led the Pledge of Allegiance.


DELEGATIONS

None


CONSENT AGENDA

Minutes: The minutes of the November 26, 2018 were approved on a motion by Dave Ramezan and seconded by R.W, Minigh. Motion passed 5-0.


STUDENT TRANSFERS

There were no student transfers.


FIELD TRIPS (OUT-OF-STATE)

There were no out-of-state field trips.


VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers were approved on a motion by R.W. Minigh seconded by Tammy Stewart. Motion passed 5-0.


TREASURER’S REPORT

Mr. Chesser appeared before the board and gave financial information. The report was approved on a motion by Doug Cottrill, seconded by Tammy Stewart. Motion passed 5-0.


PROFESSIONAL LEAVE REQUESTS (OUT-OF-STATE)

Approval for one Out-of-state professional leave request was delayed on a motion by Dave Ramezan and seconded by R.W. Minigh. The Board is requesting a presentation by the employees prior to the decision on the trip. Motion passed 5-0.


REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW UP (INFORMATION)

Mrs. Bishop reported about the activities that had taken place at Gilmer County Elementary School concerning the Glenville State basketball game the 3-6th graders attended. She also informed the board about the 5/6 graders singing the National Anthem at the game. The Board wanted to commend them on their performance. She reported that they are still working on math fluencies and reporting data out on PLC meetings.


NEW BUSINESS

None


OLD BUSINESS

Approval of Current Personnel to Receive Prior Service Credit-The Superintendent recommended that the board remove this item from the agenda based on legal advice until all time can be verified and policy updated. Motion by Tammy Stewart made a motion to withdraw the item, based on the Superintendent’s recommendation, and Doug Cottrill seconded. Motion passed 5-0.


PERSONNEL

PROFESSIONAL PERSONNEL

The following was approved on a motion by Tammy Stewart, seconded by Devin Shackleford, 5-0:

Haley Wolff and Andrew Butcher, Substitute Teachers, GC Schools, 2018-2019

Tammy Stewart moved to approve the extracurricular portion of the agenda, seconded by Devin Shackleford. 4-0. R.W. Minigh noted he did not vote due to Hannah Moore being his granddaughter.

Julie Perrin, Resignation, After-School Tutor, GCES, eff. 12.21.18

Hannah Moore, Michaela Gumm & Elania Rhoades, Elem. Basketball Coaches, GCES, 2018-2019


EXTRACURRICULAR POSITION (TO POST)

Work Exploration Coach, GCHS, Funded by Special Ed.

Approved on a motion by Tammy Stwart, seconded by Devin Shackleford. Motion passed 5-0.


SUPERINTENDENT’S INFORMATION

Mrs. Lowther shared with the board that she was releasing employees with contracts over 200 days for an extended holiday. She presented a list of the new fees from Glenville State College for the facility usage. She also shared a new personalized learning pilot that will be used with the second graders at Gilmer County Elementary School. Lastly, she informed members that Gilmer County Schools did not receive any SBA funds for this year.


BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS

Tammy Stewart would like to have a safety meeting scheduled in the near future.


ADJOURN

The meeting was adjourned at 6:12 p.m. on a motion by Tammy Stewart seconded by R.W. Minigh. Motion passed 5-0.

City of Glenville Police Report

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City of Glenville, WV Police Report
Crime/Ordinance Violation
Officer
Disposition
Location
MVC Huffman/Braniff Vehicles left the area prior to our arrival N. Lewis Street
Assist another agency Huffman/Braniff Assisted WVSP and CPS  on a removal Normantown
Dog Bite Huffman Dog was quarantined and owner was able to provide verification that the dog was up to date on shots Pine Street
Suicidal Threats Huffman Spoke to the subject she advised that she was in bed and made no threats and had no intentions of harming herself or anyone else College Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning Mineral Road
Speeding Jenkins Warning Mineral Road
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning Mineral Road
Defective Equipment Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warnings for speeding and No Operators carried N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warnings for speeding and No Operators carried N. Lewis Street
Left of Center Jenkins Warning for Left of center and Cited for Possession of Marijuana  Mineral Road
Speeding Jenkins Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning for Speeding and Cited for Driving while Suspended  N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning for Speeding and cited for No Proof of Registration and No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning for Speeding and Cited for No seatbelt  Mineral Road
Assist another agency Huffman/Braniff Assisted GCSD, WVSP,  and CPS on a child removal 4 subjects arrested Normantown
Football game Huffman/Braniff Provided extra security for High School football game Football field 
Fans throwing things Huffman/Braniff Students throwing bottles and candy at other fans principal dealing with the issue Football Field
Juvenile in Possession of Tobacco Huffman/Braniff Juvenile escorted from the game and turned over care custody and control to his mother juvenile petitions filed and 1 female cited for juvenile in possession of tobacco Football Field
Loud Party Huffman Called to a party that turned into several people fighting in the street, all subjects had left prior to my arrival Walnut Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and No Insurance and warning for expired MVI W. Main Street
Stop Sign violation Huffman Warning x2 High Street
Suspicious Person Huffman/Braniff Subject was waiting on a ride I advised him that he had to stay off of other people’s property W. Main Street
Vehicle unlock Huffman Vehicle unlocked Go Mart
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding and expired registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding and no proof of registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding, unsigned registration, and no proof of insurance N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding and unsigned registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding and unsigned registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding and no proof of insurance N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding and failure to change address N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning for Speeding and cited for no Proof of insurance N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding, unsigned registration, and no proof of insurance W. Main Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning Mineral Road
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning Mineral Road
Speeding Jenkins Cited Mineral Road
Assist another agency Huffman/Braniff Assisted Drug Task force serve a search warrant E. Main Street
Custodial Transport Huffman/Braniff 1 male subject transported to DPS office E. Main Street
Courtesy Transport Huffman/Braniff Transported 1 female back to Glenville for WVSP WVSP office
Custodial transport Huffman/Braniff Transported 1 male subject to magistrate court then to CRJ Glenville
Assist another agency Huffman Assisted WVSP attempting to locate a vehicle negative contact US HWY 33 E
Suspicious person Huffman Attempted to locate a suspicious person on Walnut Street no one matching the description was given Walnut Street
Possible domestic Huffman Spoke to subjects in the home both parties advised there was no domestic Kanawha Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and warnings issued for no proof of registration and failure to carry operators College Street
Speeding Huffman Cited  N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for No Proof of insurance and warning for Speeding N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Cell phone violation Huffman Cited for Cell phone violation and No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Cell phone violation Huffman Cited for Cell phone violation and Defective Equipment N. Lewis Street
Leaving the scene of an accident Huffman/Braniff Stop Sign ran over by a tractor trailer unable to locate the vehicle, contacted DOH to repair the sign Hay city intersection
Speeding Jenkins Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for speeding and warnings issued for no proof of registration and no proof of insurance W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings issued for speeding and unsigned registration W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Defective equipment Huffman Warnings issued for Defective equipment x3 and unsigned registration N. Lewis Street
No taillights  Huffman Warnings issued for No Taillights and unsigned registration S. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited S. Lewis Street
Alarm investigation Huffman All the doors were secure unable to make contact with a key holder Advanced Auto
Neighbor dispute Huffman Both parties advised to leave each other alone W. Main Street
Welfare check Huffman Negative contact with that subject N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding and Unsigned registration W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and Warning for Unsigned registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding  Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Assist another agency Huffman Assisted GCSD and WVSP with an altercation with weapons one subject arrested Sliding Run
Animal cruelty Complaint Braniff Owner put a do box out for the dog River Street
Assist EMS Huffman Assisted EMS with lifting assistance Johnson Street
Drug Class Huffman/Braniff Taught a drug class at the high school Gilmer Co High
Juvenile in possession of tobacco Huffman/Braniff Cited for possession of tobacco High School
Speeding Jenkins Warnings for Speeding and No Proof of insurance Mineral  Road
Expired registration Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Unsecure Load Jenkins  Warning for Unsecure load Cited for Driving while Suspended WV HWY 5 E
Permitting unlicensed Driver Jenkins Cited WV HWY 5 E
Defective equipment Jenkins Warning
Speeding Jenkins Warnings Issued for Speeding, No Proof of Insurance, no Proof of registration and expired Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning for Speeding and Cited for cell Phone violation N. Lewis Street
Left of center Jenkins Warning for Left of center and Cited for Possession of marijuana <15 Mineral Road
MVC Huffman Accident report completed Walnut Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street
No Seatbelt Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warnings for Speeding, no Operators Carried, and no proof of insurance N. Lewis Street
MVC Huffman Accident report completed N. Lewis Street
Alarm investigation Huffman/Braniff All doors were secure Advanced Auto
Citizen Assist Huffman/Braniff Attempted to get a cat out of the engine block of a car W. Main Street
Assist another agency Huffman/Braniff Assisted GCSD 1 female arrested on multiple charges Dollar General
Speeding Huffman/Braniff Cited  N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman/Braniff Cited for Speeding and warning for unsigned registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and warning for no proof of registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and warning for unsigned registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited  N. Lewis Street
Improper backing Huffman Cited for improper backing and one way street violation E. Main Street.
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding and no proof of insurance N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for Speeding and unsigned registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Dog bite Huffman/Braniff Victim had left prior to our arrival and the owner was advised to keep the dog quarantined for 10 days  S. Lewis Street
Funeral detail Huffman Funeral detail for officer Gary Smarr Ellyson’s
Funeral detail Huffman/Braniff Funeral detail for Bill Cottrill Ellyson’s
Funeral detail Huffman/Braniff Funeral detail for Rose Ball Ellyson’s
Wrestling tournament Huffman Provided security for a wrestling tournament Waco Center
Speeding Huffman Warnings issued for speeding and failure to change address W. Main Street
Defective equipment Huffman Warnings issued for Defective equipment and unsigned registration S. Lewis Street
Defective equipment Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective equipment Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective equipment Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Possible intoxicated driver Huffman Made contact with vehicle.  Driver was not intoxicated N. Lewis Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle unlocked US HWY 33 E

 

Glenville City Council Meeting Minutes

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GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
November 05, 2018
7:00 p.m.

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


Pledge of Allegiance


I. Call to Order


Public Comments

Dave Corcoran expressed gratitude for the City’s participation in the Veterans Ceremony, Mayor Fitzpatrick for the Welcome message, Chief Huffman for closing the streets, and Morgan Dolly for playing trumpet. Plan to make this event bigger and better in the future.


A. Approval of Minutes – October 01, 2018

The minutes from the October 01, 2018, meeting were reviewed. No corrections were noted and minutes were placed on file for audit.


II. Reports


Financial

Budget is currently at 35.07% for the fiscal year with revenue at 53.62% and expenditures at 31.40%. Councilwoman Dean made a motion to approve the financial report as presented. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed.


Street Report

This month’s street report will be provided at next month’s meeting.


Police Report

Chief Huffman provided the police report to council. He will be attending the annual Traffic Safety Meeting in Bridgeport on November 16. Captain Jeremy Jenkins is a rehire as part-time officer on weekend dayshift. Chief Huffman would like to hire a certified full-time police officer for evening shift. He will work with Mayor Fitzpatrick on this and keep council informed.


Glenville Utility

Mayor Fitzpatrick attended the utility meeting on Sept. 24. There were three service line leaks that were repaired near City Hall, James Street, and Norris Street. Nothing to report on sewer side.


Recorder

The Special Levy election has been scheduled for Saturday, February 9. The current levy will expire on June 30, 2019. Still need to finalize the bank signature cards and will let everyone know when they are ready.


Mayor Comments


* Rehire of Jeremy Jenkins (part-time)

Councilwoman Dean made a motion to hire Jeremy Jenkins as part-time officer. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed.


* Free parking for the month of December (courtesy)

The City annually provides free parking for the month of December as a courtesy to our citizens. Councilman Fisher made a motion to approve free parking for the month of December. Councilwoman Taylor seconded the motion. Motion passed.

Mayor will try to have parking permits proposal in writing at next meeting for approval. Hope to start this program the first of the year.


* Christmas Lights

Would like to purchase new Christmas lights for streets. He asked for approval up to $1500 and will ask GSC to match to purchase the new lights, possibly to string across the street. He would also would like to put up a Christmas tree and will work with Pioneer Stage on this. Councilman Fisher made a motion to allow Mayor Fitzpatrick to spend up to $1500 as our share for the Christmas decorations. Councilwoman Dean seconded the motion. Motion passed.


* Resolution (Civility)

Mayor Fitzpatrick noted that with such discourse in the world today, the WV Municipal League developed a resolution supporting reviving Civility. He read the resolution to council. It was adopted and signed on November 5.


* Veteran Day Parade Update

This was a very successful event with a great speaker and nice turnout.


* Reminder – Get Out and Vote

Reminder that it everyone’s civic duty to vote. Polls are open 630 a.m. – 730 p.m.


* Mayor Fitzpatrick visited the Senor Patron restaurant and they indicated they should open this week.


III. Other Business to come before Council

Chief Huffman noted that he continues to work to get our new patrolman, Jacob Braniff, accepted into the Academy.


IV. Next City Council Meeting

The next council meeting will be December 03, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.


V. Adjourn

Meeting adjourned at 7:16 p.m.

ICYMI™: GLENVILLE STATE TURMOIL: BOARD, OFFICIALS BLOCK NO CONFIDENCE VOTE IN PRESIDENT

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Glenville State College’s provost has suggested full-time faculty seeking to do an official no-confidence vote in college President Tracy Pellett could be considered insubordinate and fired for doing so.

Provost Victor Vega and Glenville Board of Governors Vice Chairman Tim Butcher, with the possible support of other college leaders, have twice stopped Faculty Senate attempts to hold such a vote, which Faculty Senate Vice President Kevin Evans said is merely an expression of a lack of support in a president and doesn’t force the president out.

Vega and Butcher say the Faculty Senate must include others beyond full-time faculty in their vote.

Faculty Senate President Timothy Henline has been working against the rest of the Faculty Senate on this issue, emails received through a Gazette-Mail open records request show.

The earliest email received requesting that all those with “faculty status” vote was a request sent by Henline to Butcher and Board of Governors Chairman Greg Smith.

“I want to make sure that I am following your will in this process,“ Henline wrote to them after the Faculty Senate unanimously voted to hold a no-confidence vote, which Henline did not participate in.

“As Faculty Senate President I want to make sure that all faculty voices are heard.“

At one point, Evans emailed Corley Dennison, the state Higher Education Policy Commission’s vice chancellor for academic affairs, asking whether the Board of Governors or administration could stop the vote.

Dennison advised Evans to work through Henline and Larry Baker, the faculty’s representative on the Board of Governors. Dennison also quickly forwarded Evans’ email to Baker, then Baker sent it to Henline, then Henline sent it to Vega, the provost.

“It has been expressed to me that faculty believe I am advocating for administration and not faculty,“ Henline wrote in a letter to faculty last week, after he sent these other emails. “Devoid of emotion and speculation, I rely on facts, research and evidence. I have stated many times that I remain neutral; I have no vote. I mediate between the Faculty Senate and administration.“

Butcher wrote to Baker and Henline saying, according to the college’s faculty handbook, he wasn’t sure a no-confidence vote could be held without approval from Pellett or Vega.

“I would caution you and Tim to proceed very carefully here in a friendly way even though I have no involvement in Faculty Senate matters,“ Butcher wrote. “I think you two are doing just that. Your idea of getting the HEPC involved or, at least, getting legal advice before going forward is an excellent idea.“

Butcher also suggested they recommend to Evans that he get legal advice before proceeding.

“Please know that none of the foregoing constitutes a threat from me,“ Butcher wrote. “I am merely pointing [out] that there are some legalities involved here and none of us should go off ‘half-cocked.‘“ Aside from Evans, none of these men agreed to interview requests or answered emailed questions.

The Board of Governors has offered Pellett a one-year contract extension. The board hired Pellett last year.

The HEPC, the state’s four-year college oversight board, has yet to take action on the contract extension. Gov. Jim Justice’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education, which college presidents lead, is currently considering recommending eliminating the HEPC regulation power.

“It is critical to present a united front during the continued work of the [Blue Ribbon Commission], our accreditation process and the upcoming legislative session, which will include budget appropriations for higher education,“ Smith told faculty in a letter explaining why the Board of Governors kept Pellett. “Dr. Pellett needs to have time to continue the work he has started, which includes prudent financial management and building relationships in Charleston.“ Tension preceded contract vote

At an October 24 Board of Governors meeting, three retired professors expressed “grave concerns about retaining Dr. Tracy Pellett,“ according to a letter seeking advice from the American Association of University Professors.

The letter was provided by a couple of the four retired professors who are signing it. At least a couple still work for the college in certain ways.

On October 30, the letter says, the Faculty Senate unanimously voted to send a survey to all full-time faculty.

“The President of the Institution must grant permission for Campus-wide emails to be distributed to all members of the faculty,“ the letter says. “The President denied the request stating that the Survey had not been reviewed by the Institutional Research Board.“

The letter says the Board of Governors did step in then, allowing the survey to proceed.

On the morning of October 31, according to a meeting notice on the Secretary of State’s Office website, the Board of Governors held an “emergency” meeting “to discuss the President’s contract and compensation package.“

Because the survey wasn’t done at this point, the Faculty Senate “voted electronically” to release to the board results of a poll done in a Faculty Senate closed session.

The poll showed 86 percent of senators “feel that the morale of the college has declined over the last three years,“ 80 percent “feel that President Pellett is deceitful in his interactions with faculty, staff, students and community,“ and 60 percent “are intimidated or fearful for their job.“

Evans, the Faculty Senate vice president, said he approached 45 of the school’s 58 full-time faculty in the limited time before the next Board of Governors meeting on November 7, also dubbed an “emergency” and also regarding Pellett.

Evans said of those 45, 35 signed a statement that “if the vote was taken today, I have no confidence in the leadership by President Tracy Pellett.” Evans said he told Board of Governors members about the 35 signatures, but he didn’t share the signatures with them and declined to share them publicly.

“With half the faculty not having tenure they’re afraid of that letter being seen,” he said.

On November0 7, the Board of Governors voted 7-4 to extend Pellett’s contract.

Evans said the group then voted unanimously—with 15 of 18 members attending—on November 13 to have an official no-confidence vote November 15 and November 16.

On November 14, Henline, the Faculty Senate president, wrote to Smith and Butcher, the Board of Governors chairman and vice chairman, saying he’d gotten a call from a concerned department head.

Henline requested that all those with “faculty status” have a say. In a later email, Henline defined faculty status as “essentially anyone who has taught a class this year.“

“If the Faculty really wants a voice, I think it imperative that all faculty be able to participate in that voice,“ Butcher replied. “Only then, can their voice be meaningful.“ Butcher later wrote that Smith agreed “all faculty must have the right to vote,“ including volunteers, and Butcher said no vote should occur until Henline authorizes it.

“It came to my attention that there were concerns that all faculty are not getting a voice in the vote,“ Henline wrote to faculty the morning the vote was to start, November 15. “After conferring with the [Board of Governors] chair and Vice Chair—I have been so directed that all faculty and those so designated with faculty status be included in such a vote. Thus, a more complete list of all faculty will need to be created before an official vote occurs.“

Henline didn’t mention then that he’d personally reached out to the board leaders with concerns. A professor later asked Henline whether he initiated the contact and whether there was “any attempt” to hold a Faculty Senate meeting before stopping the no-confidence vote; Henline forwarded the email to Vega, the provost, saying he didn’t plan to respond until later.

Evans responded to Henline and other faculty November 15 that he planned to continue with the vote. “If the Board of Governors wish to convene another vote that includes all personnel that have faculty rank then they can convene a second vote,“ Evans wrote.

Evans argues it’s clear the Faculty Senate represents full-time faculty, but Butcher and Henline dispute this in emails. Vega replied to Evans’ intention to proceed.

“Any vote should be delayed until the list [of all those with faculty status] is provided by the HR office,“ Vega wrote.

Evans replied that he still planned to continue, saying the “Faculty Senate does not directly report to the Board of Governors” and “the Board of Governors is not our boss.“

“As the Chief Academic Officer, I report to the Board of Governors and as such, the faculty reports to me,“ Vega replied. “Until I heard [sic] differently from the Board of Governors, the Vote is to be delayed.“ Evans emailed Vega and Pellett, asking whether he could be considered insubordinate if he moved forward with the vote. There’s no email reply, but Evans said Vega said he could be.

Evans said that last week, the Faculty Senate unanimously voted [again, with 15 members there] to do a no-confidence vote, this time specifying full-time faculty only.

Vega then wrote to Henline that, “I reiterate that the Board of Governors has directed me to communicate that any vote of confidence include all faculty including adjunct and those with faculty status.“

Vega also wrote that “I also might add that section 18.12 section 12.1.3 of Policy 18 details the procedure for refusal to abide by legitimate reasonable directions of administrators. Please be sure this message is passed along to the full faculty senate.“

That section is titled “Dismissal.“

~~  Ryan Quinn - Gazette-Mail ~~

Gilmer County Board of Education Meeting Minutes

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MINUTES
SPECIAL MEETING
The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer
Wednesday, November 07, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.
Central Office

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL

The meeting was called to order by Doug Cottrill, President at 5:00 p.m. Members present: Tammy Stewart, Devin Shackleford, Dave Ramezan and Patricia Lowther, Secretary. R.W. Minigh, absent.

Others present: Steve Shuff, Kelly Yoak and Rick Brewer.


STUDENT EXPLUSION HEARING

Upon a motion by Tammy Stewart and a second by Devin Shackleford, the board entered into executive session at 5:01 p.m. 4-0

Upon a motion by Tammy Stewart and a second by Dave Ramezan, the board returned from executive session at 5:29 p.m. 4-0.

Doug Cottrill made a motion to support the recommendation of Mr. Shuff, Principal at GCHS, for a 365 day expulsion with ALC placement. Tammy Stewart seconded. 4-0


ADJOURN

The meeting was adjourned at 5:30 p.m. on a motion by Devin Shackleford and a second by Tammy Stewart. 4-0




MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING
The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 – 6:00 p.m.
Central Office


CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL

The meeting was called to order by Doug Cottrill, President, at 6:00 pm. Members present: Tammy Stewart, Dave Ramezan, Devin Shackleford and Secretary, Patricia A. Lowther. R.W. Minigh, Absent.

Others present: Joe Frashure, Warren Chesser and Toni Bishop.


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Tammy Stewart led the Pledge of Allegiance.


DELEGATIONS

None


CONSENT AGENDA

Minutes: The minutes of the October 22, 2018 meeting were approved on a motion by Dave Ramezan and seconded by Devin Shackleford. Motion passed 4-0.


STUDENT TRANSFERS

There were no student transfers.


FIELD TRIPS (OUT-OF-STATE)

There were no out-of-state field trips.


VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers were approved on a motion by Doug Cottrill seconded by Tammy Stewart. Motion passed 4-0.


TREASURER’S REPORT

Mr. Chesser appeared before the board and gave financial information. The report was approved on a motion by Dave Ramezan, seconded by Doug Cottrill. Motion passed 4-0.


PROFESSIONAL LEAVE REQUESTS (OUT-OF-STATE)

There were no out-of-state professional leave requests.


REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW UP (INFORMATION)

Mrs. Bishop reported about the activities that had taken place at Gilmer County Elementary School.


NEW BUSINESS

Devin Shackleford moved that the board enter into executive session at 6:13 p.m. Motion seconded by Doug Cottrill. 4-0. No action taken.

The board returned at 6:28 pm on a motion by Davin Shackleford seconded by Dave Ramezan. 4-0


APPROVAL OF POLICY 2010

Approved on motion by Tammy Stewart seconded by Devin Shackleford, 4-0


APPROVAL OF POLICY 2080

Approved on motion by Tammy Stewart seconded by Devin Shackleford, 4-0


APPROVAL FOR PRIOR SERVICE CREDIT FORM

Approved on motion by Tammy Stewart seconded by Devin Shackleford, 4-0


APPROVAL FOR 6TH GRADERS TO ‘MOVE UP’ TO M.T. CHEERLEADING

Approved on motion by Doug Cottrill seconded by Dave Ramezan, 4-0


OLD BUSINESS

PURCHASE OF VAN

Doug Cottrill moved to approve the purchase of a 2019 Van from Weston Ford for $31,000 and to write a check for said purchase. Motion seconded by Tammy Stewart, 4-0.


PERSONNEL

PROFESSIONAL PERSONNEL

The following was approved on a motion by Devin Shackleford, seconded by Doug Cottrill, 4-0:

Allison Denelsbeck, Sub Teacher, GC Schools, 2018-2019

Superintendent Lowther stated, “At this time, I am rescinding my recommendation for service personnel.

Doug Cottrill made a motion to accept the Superintendent’s request to rescind seconded by Devin Shackleford, 4-0

Doug Cottrill moved to approve the extracurricular portion, seconded by Devin Shackleford. 4-0.


EXTRACURRICULAR

Amanda Williams, Mini Titan Girls & Boys Track Coach, GCHS, 2018-2019

Adrian Duelley, Aux. Varsity Boys Basketball Coac, GCHS, 2018-2019h

Tina Foster, Resignation, 5/6 Basketball Coach, GCES


SUPERINTENDENT’S INFORMATION

Ms. Lowther shared local field trip information with the board. She also discussed releasing employees Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018 at noon and to extend the holiday until November 26, 2018, giving Friday Nov. 23, 2018 as a holiday also. The board supported her decision.


BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS

Board members requested a plan be developed to address overcrowding at the elementary school.


ADJOURN

The meeting was adjourned at 6:46 p.m. on a motion by Tammy Stewart seconded by Devin Shackleford. Motion passed 4-0.




MINUTES
SPECIAL MEETING
The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer
Thursday, November 15, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.
Central Office

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL

The meeting was called to order by Devin Shackleford, Vice- President at 5:00 p.m. Members present: Tammy Stewart, R.W. Minigh, Dave Ramezan and Patricia Lowther, Secretary. Doug Cottrill, absent.

Others present: None


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

The pledge was led by R.W. Minigh.


PERSONNEL

A motion was made by R.W. Minigh and seconded by Dave Ramezan to accept the Superintendent’s recommendation for the following personnel:

Matthew Peery, Head Mini Titan Boys Basketball Coach, GCHS, 2018-2019

Motion passed 4-0.

R.W. Minigh moved and Tammy Stewart seconded to adjourn the meeting at 5:01 p.m. 4-0.

Conservative think tank survey: State on wrong track, will lack future job opportunities

70% of West Virginians are Not Confident there will be Adequate Job Opportunities in the next 15 Years

24% believe that the Natural Gas Industry has the greatest potential to create jobs
The Free Press WV

The Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy released the third installment in its 2018 “State of the Mountain State” poll in which it examines statewide attitudes on general economic outlook in West Virginia.

The poll found that 51% of West Virginians believe that the state is headed in the wrong direction while 42% believe it is on the right track. In addition to this finding, 70% of respondents were not confident that there would be adequate job opportunities in the state in the next 15 years.

“I think it’s pretty clear from the survey that West Virginians are uneasy about our state’s long-term economic prospects, and why wouldn’t they be given the state’s economic history,” said Garrett Ballengee, executive director of the Cardinal Institute. “If we’re going to achieve a West Virginia economic miracle, we need to continue the good work that’s been done over the last few years but also reform critical institutions such as our K-12 education system,” Ballengee continued.

Respondents were further asked questions regarding specific economic issues important to them and policies that they believed could improve the state’s economic outlook. 21% of respondents stated that improving the states K-12 education system would have the most impact while only 6% thought spending more tax dollars to promote tourism in the Mountain State would have the most positive impact on West Virginia’s job market and economy.

Additionally, 24% of those surveyed believe that the natural gas industry has the greatest potential to create jobs in the state within the next 5 to 10 years.

To schedule an interview, contact Amanda Kieffer at 304.541.9551 or ‘amanda@cardinalinstitute.com’.


About the Cardinal Institute

The Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy, Inc. is a 501c(3) non-profit founded in 2014 dedicated to research, develop and communicate effective free market economic public policies for West Virginia.


General Economic Outlook Questions:


Do you believe things in West Virginia are headed in the right direction or do you believe things have gotten off on the wrong track?

(42%) Right Track
(51%) Wrong Direction
(6%) Dk/Na/Rf (DNR)


I’d like to read a list of economic issues that some people have said are important for their government leaders in West Virginia to deal with, please tell me which of these issues is most important to you in determining who you would vote for.

(6%) Lowering Taxes
(31%) Creating Jobs
(15%) Stopping drug abuse
(16%) Improving West Virginia roads and infrastructure
(8%) Improving education
(4%) Raising taxes on the wealthy
(5%) Eliminating the income tax on all West Virginia workers
(7%) Controlling government spending
(4%) Protecting the environment
(4%) Other
(2%) Unsure


Thinking specifically about the state’s economy, which of the following measures do you believe would have the most positive impact on our job market and economy?

(13%) Reforming the state tax code
(29%) Improving the state’s roads, highways, and other infrastructure
(12%) Reducing the number of government regulations on businesses
(21%) Improving the state’s K-12 education system
(16%) Increasing government funding for small and start up business grants and loans
(6%) Spending more tax dollars to promote tourism in West Virginia
(3)% Dk/Na/Rf (DNR)


How confident are you that children in West Virginia will have adequate job opportunities in the state during the next 15 years or so?

(5%) Very confident
(25%) Somewhat confident
(43%) Not very confident
(27%) Not at all confident
(1%) Dk/Na/Rf (DNR)


Of the following industries, which do you believe has the greatest potential to create jobs in our state during the next 5 to 10 years or so?

(11%) The Tourism Industry
(24%) The Natural Gas Industry
(14%) The Coal Industry
(2%) The Automotive Industry
(2%) State and local governments
(17%) The High Tech Industry
(16%) Manufacturing
(5%) Agricultural and Farming
(4%) Other
(5%) Dk/Na/Rf (DNR)

Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes

The Free Press WV
MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING
The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer                                              
Monday, October 22, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.
Central Office

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL

The meeting was called to order by Devin Shackleford, Vice- President, at 5:02 pm.  Members present: Tammy Stewart, Dave Ramezan, R.W. Minigh and Secretary, Patricia A. Lowther. Doug Cottrill, Absent.  Others present: Joe Frashure, Warren Chesser, and Myra Miller.


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Tammy Stewart led the Pledge of Allegiance.


DELEGATIONS

None


CONSENT AGENDA

Minutes: The minutes of the October 8, 2018 meeting were approved on a motion by Tammy Stewart and seconded by R.W. Minigh.  Motion passed 4-0.


STUDENT TRANSFERS

There were no student transfers.


FIELD TRIPS (OUT-OF-STATE)

There were no out-of-state field trips.


VOLUNTEERS

Volunteers were approved on a motion by Dave Ramezan seconded by R.W. Minigh. Motion passed 4-0.


TREASURER’S REPORT

Mr. Chesser appeared before the board and gave financial information.  The report was approved on a motion by Dave Ramezan, seconded by R.W. Minigh. Motion passed 4-0.


PROFESSIONAL LEAVE REQUESTS (OUT-OF-STATE)

There were no out-of-state professional leave requests.


REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW UP (INFORMATION)

Mr. Ramezan gave the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Report of October 16, 2018.


NEW BUSINESS

There was no new business.


OLD BUSINESS

There was no old business. 


PERSONNEL
R.W. Minigh moved to approve the professional portion of the agenda.  Dave Ramezan seconded the motion and motion passed 4-0.


PROFESSIONAL PERSONNEL

Kaitlyn Frymier, School Psychologist, Maternity leave eff. 11.16.18 for approx. 6 weeks,      Brett M. Rinehart, Sub Teacher, GC Schools, 2018-2019

R.W. Minigh left the room at 5:19 p.m. and a motion was made by Dave Ramezan seconded by Tammy Stewart to approve the following with motion passing 3-0. Mr. Minigh returned at 5:20 p.m.

Christina M. Minigh, Sp. Ed Classroom/Trans. Aide, GCES, 2018-2019

At 5:21 p.m. a motion to go into executive session for personnel reasons was made by Devin Shackleford and seconded by Tammy Stewart.  Motion passed 4-0.    A motion was made by Tammy Stewart, seconded by Dave Ramezan, to return from executive session at 5:52 p.m. No action was taken in executive session.    Tammy Stewart made a motion to table the hiring of a substitute bus operator until the November 7th board meeting.  Motion was seconded by Dave Ramezan.  Motion passed 4-0.    Tammy Stewart moved to approve the service portion of the agenda.  Devin Shackleford seconded.  Motion passed 4-0.


SERVICE PERSONNEL

Jennifer Cottrill, Sub Classroom/Trans. Aide, GC Schools, 2018-2019         Randy Volek, Sub Custodian, GC Schools, 2018-2019

Dave Ramezan moved to approve the extracurricular portion, seconded by R.W. Minigh. Motion passed 4-0.


EXTRACURRICULAR

Chad Drennen, Aux. Mini Titan Girls Basketball Coach, GCHS, 2018-2019


BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS

Mr. Ramezan distributed information to the other board members concerning additional space for instruction at Gilmer Co. Elementary.  The board will discuss this information further at the next board meeting.


ADJOURN

The meeting was adjourned at 6:04 p.m. on a motion by R.W. Minigh seconded by Tammy Stewart. Motion passed 4-0.

Glenville City Council Monthly Meeting Report

The Free Press WV
GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
October 01, 2018
7:00 p.m.

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


Pledge of Allegiance


I. Call to Order


Public Comments

None


A. Approval of Minutes – September 03, 2018

The minutes from the September 3, 2018 meeting were reviewed.  No corrections were noted and minutes were placed on file for audit.


II. Reports


Financial

The financial statements for August and September were reviewed.  The budget is currently at 25.48% for fiscal year 2018-19 with revenue at 37.22 and expenditures at 24.03%.


Street Report

Dave Kennedy was hired as the full time street department worker and is doing a good job.  Burt Hart has been hired as the part-time worker.


Police Report

Chief Huffman provided the police report to council.  Jacob Braniff was introduced as the new city officer.


Glenville Utility

There were two minor water leaks that were repaired and nothing to report on the sewer side.


Recorder

The recorder noted that new signature cards for United National Bank would be ready at the November meeting to include Councilman Lloyd Bone who was appointed to serve the remainder of Councilwoman Tammy Stewart’s term.  The following members will need to sign the signature card:


Mayor Comments


- Requested council approval to cover expenses to attend the annual required Municipal Clerk/Municipal Judge training.

Councilman Wiant made a motion to cover travel expenses for the mayor and clerk to attend training.  Councilman Fisher seconded the motion.  Motion passed.


- Set date and time for Trick or Treat

Councilwoman Dean made a motion to schedule Trick or Treat on Wednesday, October 31, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Councilman Bone seconded the motion.  Motion passed.


- Resolution – Support Home Rule for Municipal League

Mayor Fitzpatrick read the Support Home Rule Resolution to council.  Council adopted the resolution and mayor signed.


- Christian Heritage Week November 18-24, 2018 proclaimed by Governor Jim Justice

Mayor proclaimed Christian Heritage Week to be November 18-24, 2018 in the City of Glenville.


- Reminder:  Breast and Cervical Cancer Awareness, October 9th from 10:00 to 2:00 (Bras across the park)

Breast and Cervical Cancer Awareness is scheduled at the City Park on October 9.  Bras will be displayed around the park.


- Reminder:  Paint the Town Red on October 12th at 5:00 (Martin Hess)

Citizens are encouraged to come out and support our Fire Department.  Street closings will be the alley at Café and Main Street.


- Reminder:

GSC Parade, October 13th, Streets roped off at 8:00; parade line up at 9:00 and the parade will officially begin at 10:00-12:00. Parade route will begin at College Street.


- Reminder: 

Fall Festival and Resource Fair at the Thomas Center in Sand Fork; 5:00-7:00 everyone invited, free community event with games, vendors and other activities.


- Request from the Fire Department to hold the annual Christmas Parade on December 01 at 5:00 p.m. 

Parade route will be from College Street to Stoplight.  Councilman Fisher made a motion to approve the Christmas Parade on December 01 at 5:00 pm.  Councilman Bone seconded the motion.  Motion passed.


III. Other Business to come before Council

None


IV. Next City Council Meeting

The next council meeting will be November 5th, at 7:00 p.m.


V. Adjourn

Meeting adjourned at 7:16 p.m.

Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes

The Free Press WV
MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING
The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer
Monday, September 24, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.
Central Office

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL

The meeting was called to order by Doug Cottrill, President, at 5:00 pm. Members present: Devin Shackleford, Tammy Stewart, Dave Ramezan and Secretary, Patricia A. Lowther. R.W. Minigh, Absent. Others present: Joe Frashure, Warren Chesser, Toni Bishop, Steve Shuff, Terri Stalnaker, Shelly Mason and Myra Miller.


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Doug Cottrill led the Pledge of Allegiance.


DELEGATIONS

None - At this time, Mr. Shuff and Mrs. Bishop shared information with the board concerning activities since the beginning of the new school year.


CONSENT AGENDA


Minutes:

The minutes of the September 4th and September 10th, 2018 were approved on a motion by Dave Ramezan and seconded by Tammy Stewart. Motion passed 4-0.


Student Transfers:

Transfers were approved on a motion by Doug Cottrill, seconded by Devin Shackleford. Motion passed 4-0. Field Trips (Out-of-state): There were no out-of-state field trips.


Volunteers:

Volunteers were approved on a motion by Dave Ramezan seconded by Doug Cottrill. Motion passed 4-0.


Treasurer’s Report:

Mr. Chesser appeared before the board and gave information on the balance sheets. The report was approved on a motion by Tammy Stewart, seconded by Devin Shackleford. Motion passed 4-0.


Professional Leave Requests (Out-of-state):

There were no out-of-state leave requests.


NEW BUSINESS


Policy 2120 was approved

Policy 2010 and 2080 was placed on a 30-day review and on a motion by Doug Cottrill, seconded by Tammy Stewart with motion passing 4-0.


Van purchase:

The board gave permission for Mr. Frashure to check options for a new Van purchase and to bring the information back to the board at the next meeting. The motion that was made by Doug Cottrill, seconded by Dave Ramezan, passed 4-0.


Driver’s Education Car:

Superintendent Lowther was given permission to pursue information for the lease/purchase of a driver’s education car, to share with the board at the next meeting, on a motion by Doug Cottrill, seconded by Tammy Stewart. Motion passed 4-0.


OLD BUSINESS

None


Executive Session:

At 5:39 p.m. a motion to go into executive session was made by Doug Cottilll and seconded by Tammy Stewart. Motion passed 4-0.  At 7:00 p.m. the board returned from executive session on a motion Tammy Stewart seconded by Doug Cottrill. Motion passed 4-0.


PERSONNEL

A motion was made by Doug Cottrill, seconded by Devin Shackleford to approve the following personnel agenda, with motion passing 4-0:


SERVICE PERSONNEL

Terri Stalnaker Classroom/Transportation Aide, GCES, 2018-2019.  Caitlyn Walker Rescission of Termination and acceptance of resignation.  At 7:00 p.m, Dave Ramezan left the room and Tammy Stewart moved that the following extracurricular position be approved. Motion was seconded by Devin Shackleford. Motion passed 3-0. Mr. Ramezan returned to the meeting at 7:01 pm.


EXTRACURRICULAR

Janette Ramezan After-School Tutor, GCHS, 2018-2019


ADJOURN

The meeting was adjourned at 7:07 pm on a motion by Devin Shackleford seconded by Tammy Stewart . Motion passed 4-0.

Glenville City Council Meeting Minutes

The Free Press WV
GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
September 03, 2018
7:00 p.m.

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


Pledge of Allegiance


I. Call to Order


Public Comments

None


A. Approval of Minutes – August 06, 2018

The minutes from the August 6, 2018, meeting were reviewed. No corrections were noted and minutes were placed on file for audit.


II. Reports


Financial

Due to the holiday, the financial report will be presented at the October meeting.


Street Report

Glenville Utility has an older dump truck that possibly needs an engine and was recently donated to the City. After looking at the engine, it is believed the truck might only need a cam and lifters at an approximate cost of $1000. Mayor Fitzpatrick stated the Street Department needed a stamper which is used for pothole repairs at a cost of approximately $650. Councilman Wiant made a motion to approve the purchase of the stamper. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed.


Police Report

Chief Huffman reviewed the police report with council. He requested Executive Session regarding a personnel matter. Councilman Wiant made a motion to move into executive session at 7:03 p.m. Councilman Fisher seconded the motion. Motion passed. Councilman Wiant made a motion to move out of executive session at 7:10 p.m. Councilwoman Taylor seconded the motion. Motion passed. Councilman Wiant made a motion to hire Jacob Braniff as new officer in the police department to begin working the next Monday. Councilman Bone seconded the motion. Motion passed. Chief Huffman noted that Captain Joey Garrett had submitted his letter of resignation as police officer for the City of Glenville to accept a position with the WV State Police. Mayor Fitzpatrick accepted his letter of resignation with regret.


Glenville Utility

Mayor Fitzpatrick noted there were two leaks that were repaired on the water side, one on Walnut Street and the other on River Street. Nothing to report on the sewer side.


Recorder

Nothing to report.


Mayor Comments


* Utility Dump Truck (gift)

Discussed earlier under Street Department


* GCHS Homecoming Parade

The GCHS Homecoming Parade is scheduled for Friday, September 21. Councilman Wiant made a motion to approve the GCHS Homecoming Parade on Main Street. Councilwoman Taylor seconded the motion. Motion passed.


* Pioneer Stage (Sept 22nd, 10:00-6:00); need to block streets

Pioneer Stage Grand Opening is scheduled for Saturday, September 22. Councilman Bone mentioned some of the events scheduled including jam sessions and lectures. Councilman Fisher made a motion to approve the Pioneer Stage Grand Opening Event on September 22. Councilman Wiant seconded the motion. Motion passed.


* Thank you National Night & Back to School Bash

Mayor Fitzpatrick provided a public Thank You to all those who assisted with National Night Out and Back to School Bash. This event went well and was well attended.


* Glenville Elementary Ice Cream Social (City Square 4:00-7:30) Sept 20th

Gilmer Elementary plans to hold an Ice Cream Social at the City Park from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 20.


* Parking Permits (meters)

Mayor Fitzpatrick suggested selling yearly parking meter passes for downtown. He has talked with several business owners and they are in favor of this idea. The passes would sell for $150 per year to park at a meter but not a specific reserved space and possibly from the farthest block including the church block. These passes would be a hang tag and be registered for a specific vehicle. The City is also looking at providing passes to High Street which would run through Glenville State College. GSC Campus Security would sell and monitor these spaces for the City. Mayor Fitzpatrick will continue working on this idea.


* Municipal Fees going out in September

Municipal Fees statements will be mailed soon.


* Stamper for Street Department

Discussed earlier under Street Department


III. Other Business to come before Council

None


IV. Next City Council Meeting

The next council meeting will be October 01, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.


V. Adjourn

Meeting adjourned at 7:23 p.m.

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

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

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

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

By Did The ipads Improve Learning Results? on 03.13.2019

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

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

By where oh where? on 03.12.2019

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

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

By THE TRUTH WATCHER on 03.08.2019

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

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

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

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

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

By Disclose Financial Facts on 03.07.2019

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

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

By Transparency and Accountability Needed on 03.07.2019

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

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

By YOU FORGET on 03.04.2019

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

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

But for deep gas, no new employment.

Education system total failure.
Legislature impotent.

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

That out-of-control delegate needs to resign!

By WV continues the slow death on 03.04.2019

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

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

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

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

By Just More Dog n Pony Show 4 U on 03.04.2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Accountability For New GCHS Computers on 03.04.2019

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

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

By Jimmy D on 03.04.2019

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

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

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

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

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

By Save WV's School Children on 03.02.2019

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

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

Whats the definition of insanity?

By Gilmer on 03.02.2019

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

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

By Vern Windsong on 03.01.2019

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

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

By Karen Pennebaker on 02.28.2019

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

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

By Mary Wildfire on 02.28.2019

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

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

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

By where does the money go? on 02.27.2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Unions Failed WV's Children on 02.26.2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Unions Failed WV Education on 02.21.2019

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

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

By Kayla on 02.21.2019

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

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

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

From the entry: 'Nyla Leah Frymier Poole'.

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

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

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

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 02.15.2019

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

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

By Tammy Foster (not White) on 02.13.2019

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

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I’m sorry for your loss.

By Danny Nicholson on 02.12.2019

From the entry: 'Vera Marlene Lyons'.

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

By Tammy white on 02.11.2019

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

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

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

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

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

By Positive School News on 02.08.2019

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

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

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

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

By you are joking I guess? on 02.07.2019

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

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

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

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

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pay McGroyne on 02.06.2019

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

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

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

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

By LCES Safety Concern on 01.31.2019

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

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

Other counties have the information. Why not us?

By School Board Member Backgrounds? on 01.23.2019

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

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

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

By School System Accountability Needed on 01.20.2019

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

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

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

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

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

By Establish School System Accountability on 01.18.2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Advocate For Clarity on 01.17.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

By School Truth is in the Litter Box on 01.17.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

One result is that the GCES was built too small.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By GCES Built Too Small Scandal on 01.15.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

By Gilmer resident on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

By Muddling Epidemic In WV School Systems on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

By we know it on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

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

By Student Learning at GCHS and GCES on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

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

By Muddling 101 on 01.11.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By End School System Muddling on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

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

By Need Specifics For Principal's Reports on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By overheard conversation on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

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

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

By ZOOMWV Data Dashboard on 01.07.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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

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

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

By Let An Accountant Dig It Out on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By End Financial Secrecy on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Get It Done on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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How about the “BIG WV WINDFALL”....?

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

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

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

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

By taxpayers always lose on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By CheatersNeverWin on 11.20.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By Corrupt State Intervention on 11.19.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

Any local whistle blowers?  Doubtful.

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

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

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By More Specifics For Principal's Reports on 11.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

By Follow The Money on 11.16.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By Do It Ourselves on 11.15.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By QuestionablePractice on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Citizens For Financial Disclosure on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

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

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

By Where Is The Investigation? on 11.11.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

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

By INFO REQUEST TO GCBOE on 11.09.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Follow the Paycheck(s) on 11.06.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

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

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

By Where Is The Money? on 11.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Steve Lewis on 11.04.2018

From the entry: 'Kendall Goodwin'.

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

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

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

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

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

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

By What Was The Grading System? on 10.30.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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

By Reader7 on 10.29.2018

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

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

By Robin Nunez on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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

By Buck Edwards on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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

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

By Details Please on 10.26.2018

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

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

By GSC's New Mission? on 10.26.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By GSC Alumni on 10.26.2018

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

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

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

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

By Opportunity for GSC on 10.23.2018

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

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

By Agreements Matter on 10.22.2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Why Reinvent The Wheel? on 10.22.2018

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

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

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

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

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

By Clarity Is Always Good on 10.18.2018

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

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