Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17

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The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer
Monday, November 27, 2017 – 6:00 PM
Central Office


The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by President, R.W. Minigh.


Members present: Norma Hurley, David Ramezan, Mike Triplett, Carl Armour, R.W. Minigh and Patricia Lowther, Secretary.  Others present: Becky Minigh, Dan Minney, Joe Frashure, Shelly Mason, Toni Bishop, Nasia Butcher, Patty Montgomery and Kayla Montgomery.


R.W. Minigh led the Pledge of Allegiance.




Norma Hurley moved that the Minutes of November 13, 2017, be approved. Dave Ramezan seconded. Motion passed 5-0.

Student Transfers


Out-of-State Field Trips

There were no Out-of-State Field Trips.


Volunteer, Terri Beverage, was approved on a motion by Norma Hurley Seconded by Mike Triplett 5-0.

Financial Report

After discussion and questions answered by the Treasure, Norma Hurley moved to approve the Financial Report. Carl Armour seconded the motion, 5-0.

Professional Leave Requests

There were no Professional Leave Requests.


Dr. Armour gave the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center report including the Simulated Workplace updates, Security program’s process of installation, Personal finance class concerns which included no credit for taking the course, Drug testing for students, the Small Housing project, and the fish huts to be build at Cedar Creek State Park with a memorandum of understanding with the State..

There was no RESA 7 meeting this month.


The Air Quality Testing was discussed and Mr. Frashure distributed a quote from Pinnacle for testing samples in the amount of $3250. The board requested that Mr. Frashure obtain additional quotes from the State. This item was postponed until the next regular board meeting.


Activity Bus Costs were discussed and it was agreed that $45,000 be added to the levy call to cover the costs needed to provide transportation for students after school for tutoring, extra-curricular activities, etc.


The board decided to add $40,000 to the levy call to supplement a 3 year-old program for the 2018-2019 school year.


Levy funding was also discussed to supplement Energy Express in the amount of $10,000.


A walk-through was conducted at Gilmer County Elementary on July 15, 2017 and again during the Thanksgiving break to address any concerns for repairs still needed at the school. There are still four concerns that need addressed and City Construction is sending someone to make the repairs on November 30th or December 1st. The board will be updated at the next meeting.


Williams & Shriver Invoice- Dave Ramezan made a motion that this invoice should still not be paid at this time until all problems at Gilmer County Elementary School are addressed and fixed/repaired. The board is waiting on details of the invoice from Wiliams & Shriver. Mike Triplett seconded the motion. Motion passed 5-0.


At 7:20 p.m. Dave Ramezan moved that the Board enter into executive session to discuss personnel matters. Norma Hurley seconded the motion. Motion carried 5-0.


The Board returned from executive session at 7:40 p.m.on a motion by Norma Hurley, seconded by R.W. Minigh, 5-0.


Dave Ramezan moved to approve the personnel agenda as presented by the Superintendent with the exception of posting the 4th grade position at GCES. The Superintendent will explore reassignment of teachers for this position. R.W. Minigh seconded. Motion passed 5-0.


Patty Montgomery, 5th grade Teacher, GCES for the remainder of 2017-2018, Amanda Williams, Substitute Teacher, 2017-2018, Resignation of Bethany Frymier, 4th grade Teacher, GCES, effective 12.22.17, Maternity leave request for Julie Perrin effective 12.28.17 for 8 weeks, Dendra Miller, Secretary III, GCES, 2017-2018.


Mrs. Shelly Mason gave a power point presentation on the STAR Assessment Data which the board enjoyed tremendously followed by information on the ‘Whole Child’ by Mrs. Toni Bishop.



The meeting was adjourned at 8:32 p.m. on a motion by Norma Hurley seconded by Dave Ramezan, 5-0.


The next Regular Meeting of the Board will be December 11, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

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

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

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

Comment by B. K. Brooks  on  12.15.2017

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

Comment by E. Moore  on  12.28.2017

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

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

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

Comment by Parents For Better Leadership  on  12.29.2017

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

Comment by B. Post  on  01.02.2018

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

Comment by Accountabilty Needed  on  01.03.2018
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