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    What is wrong in Gilmer County when 2017 k-12 scores are not released to citizens?

    Lewis County released theirs already and steps are underway to improve future scores throughout their school system.

    Citizens here are taxed to the hilt and they deserve to know returns on their education dollars. Continuation of the excess levy next year is DOA unless things change for the better

    We want our teachers to come forward with their recommendations for what needs to be done to make improvements here, and we must back them 100% so they are freed up to do their jobs. Enough Polly Anna pumping from the higher ups!

    By Release Gilmer Student 2017 Scores!!! on 08.21.2017

    From the entry: 'Jim Was Right: New Study Shows WV Schools Rank Terribly'.

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    Oh my.  That’s a large part of local ‘income’.  About time somebody started cleaning up West Virginia fraud and drug problems.  That’s about all that’s left in Gilmer County.  Maybe they could start there?

    By About time. on 08.21.2017

    From the entry: 'DHHR’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Receives Data Mining Authorization'.

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    Hello, Gilmer County!
    I ask you to stand up and Pray that day.  Gilmer County has died under current leadership and that has been proven time and again.  PLEASE!  Save the nature and beauty of the one God.  Stand up and claim back these mountains before they’re gone!

    By Do it NOW! on 08.19.2017

    From the entry: 'As You Watch Monday’s Cosmic Show, Don’t Take Its Star for Granted'.

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    Thank you for all you do.  Grateful on behalf of all recipients.

    By To: Mountaineer Food Bank on 08.19.2017

    From the entry: 'Mountaineer Food Bank Names Beverly Surratt Winner of Logo Contest'.

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    to: TAX PAYER VOTER…school board and new superintendent…now… have full authority over all the test scores….just the same as Devano controlled the release.  Its up to the new super and board now.  Its their baby to hide or disclose.

    By staff on 08.19.2017

    From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting - 08.14.17'.

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    With all that is going on in the world, from terrorist attacks in Spain, to police being shot in FL and PA, to the Gilmer County cover up, CNN, PMSNBC and the GFP continue with the Charlottesville VA story.

    By Silent Majority on 08.19.2017

    From the entry: 'National News'.

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    The student scores issue begs the question—-does the school board have any authority over information releases to the public or is it like it was with intervention?

    By Tax Payer Voter on 08.19.2017

    From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting - 08.14.17'.

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    Why not FOIA to get test scores and at the same time request Governor Justice to help out? The scores should be posted on the GFP for all to see. They were published by Calhoun’s superintendent. Why the difference here? Who is responsible for the censorship?

    By End School Secrecy Now on 08.19.2017

    From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting - 08.14.17'.

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    Has the school system been under state control so long that it is still operating like Charleston Elites wanted it to??  Still no school news.

    By Is Devano really gone? on 08.18.2017

    From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting - 08.14.17'.

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    If the County’s 2017 scores had excelled they would have been out with blazing headlines and the usual credit takers would be taking victory laps.

    So much for a return to school system transparency.

    By Doesn't Look Good? on 08.18.2017

    From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting - 08.14.17'.

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    Never blamed it on Charleston - The blame is squarely on Gilmer County ‘officials’ and information being channeled to favored outlets.

    By Gilmer County Knows on 08.18.2017

    From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting - 08.14.17'.

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    Interesting that citizens pay the bills and test results for our schools are kept from us. What happened to a new way of business with intervention over?

    By More of Same on 08.18.2017

    From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting - 08.14.17'.

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    If you are school staff, you feel like we are still under intervention.
    Seems nothing has changed.
    Keep hearing we are broke. Devano spent it all.
    No news from the new superintendent or school board.

    By Johnny R. on 08.18.2017

    From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting - 08.14.17'.

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    That’s just a little pocket change.

    By GFP reader on 08.18.2017

    From the entry: 'Mylan Announces $465 Million Settlement Over Whether Epipen Qualifies as Generic'.

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    Simple—keep test results hidden to prevent citizen demands for accountability and corrective measures as needed in our schools. Cannot blame the embargo on Charleston with Calhoun getting their info out to the public.

    By Voter on 08.18.2017

    From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting - 08.14.17'.

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    That’s true.  Sometimes the Free Press has agendas on here but no minutes or what happened any more.  And what happened to the monthly police and sheriff reports? I liked the videos of all those meeting used to be on here!  What happened and why did the Commission meeting and school board videos stop?  Why is the information no longer being shared with the entire county?  Not everyone can afford a print newspaper, especially these days!!  This is the GILMER FREE PRESS.  If I want national or world news, I’ll go to CNN.

    By Questions! on 08.18.2017

    From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting - 08.14.17'.

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    Simple answer. For the past year, Gilmer County information has stalled. Information is not being given on many different areas, and what IS being released is being given to the only local print newspaper. Fact. Check it. Not all, but most things of any local importance, so if you don’t buy the paper, you don’t get to know.

    By Because they can on 08.17.2017

    From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting - 08.14.17'.

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    We expect school board members to take active roles in reporting test results and to see to it that steps are taken so our kids can out compete other counties. We do not want to hear the lame excuse any more that we are on par with other counties with disgraceful failing scores.

    By Tell Us The Truth on 08.17.2017

    From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting - 08.14.17'.

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    Why is it that surrounding counties released new smarter balance scores and Gilmer’s are secret? With the State no longer in control there is no excuse!

    By End Secrecy on 08.17.2017

    From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting - 08.14.17'.

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    Agreed. I’ve missed seeing that information for a while now. It’s the only way to Know the truth.  Editor?

    By Interested on 08.14.2017

    From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting - 08.14.17'.

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    It would be nice to see meeting videos once more, but if that is not possible, how about meeting minutes.

    This would be of special interest, now that Gilmer has its own superintendent, and not some imposter forced upon us.

    The election soon cometh, I for one would like to get a ‘feel’ for how the current board members are doing, get a feel of their stance on issues.

    By County Taxpayer on 08.13.2017

    From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting - 08.14.17'.

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    Now, is he a good guy or bad one?

    By wondering? on 08.04.2017

    From the entry: 'Governor Justice Jumping to GOP, Leaders React'.

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    The problem with primary and secondary education in West Virginia isn’t lack of money, it’s cultural rejection of education, grade inflation, lack of enforceable standards, lack of classroom discipline, interfering parents, state Dept. of Education interference, dishonest reporting of educational standards, and the teachers unions.

    It’s gonna’ take a long time to fix that.

    Sincerely

    Pat McGroyne

    By Pat McGroyne on 08.03.2017

    From the entry: 'Jim Was Right: New Study Shows WV Schools Rank Terribly'.

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    Remember 30 years ago when mandatory auto insurance was going to save drivers big money?  Well, how did that carnival ‘barker’ deal work out for you?

    Now we are told single-payer health insurance will save 17 trillion dollars.  Believe the government shills if you want. 

    You forgot how Obamacare was going to save you 2500 dollars too?  didn’t you?

    By SOME PEOPLE REMEMBER on 07.25.2017

    From the entry: 'ETC.'.

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    Seriously? “Keep showing off those scenic views, big bucks, happy dogs, and laughing kids. Keep shining a light on the real West Virginia. And let’s make every day #AlmostHeaven.“

    By Has she been to Gilmer County lately? on 07.25.2017

    From the entry: 'Opinion: Tourism Commissioner Ruby says 'Thank you, #AlmostHeaven West Virginia''.

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    Health care in this country continues to be a hot topic. I don’t know if the people is Washington are going to be able to “get it done”. I’m so fearful that they are going to take away Medicaid/medicare and other federally funded programs. I’m really concerned about the older folks as well as the younger folks. They’ll be hurt the most.

    The younger folks will be impacted greatly because they’re the ones taking all these crazy drugs. This opioid overdose epidemic is out of control. People are dying in my community. I’m well off, so I’ll be able to care for my kids if they try heroin (god forbid!) but so many people can’t say the same. Addiction is rampant and opiates are everywhere. What will people do if our healthcare gets worse? Personally, I’m already saving up for the possibility that my kids will need to go to rehab…and not some state run nonsense, but something really alternative that I’ve been hearing about called Ibogaine. People say this is the miracle cure for addiction. Of course I’m not that naive, but I’m willing to give it a try in the future if my kids need it. There will be no overdose in my family. 

    If you’re concerned like I am take a look at the treatment I’m talking about. I think we parents need to start sharing more and hiding less. No more pretending like everything is perfect when it isn’t…ASK FOR HELP. Here’s the place I will send me kids if they get into drugs:  https://ibogainemexico.com/ibogaine-therapy-for-drug-addiction/

    By Concerned Mom on 07.24.2017

    From the entry: 'In USA….'.

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    Thanks to the Editor for posting the Lewis County indictments.  It’s good to see what’s going on locally and I’m glad the names are being posted.  Keep up the good work!

    By Reader1 on 07.24.2017

    From the entry: 'West Virginia News'.

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    Hope you are better at it than paying your taxes…. and better at it than the group of buffoons called the WV Legislature, are at creating a budget.

    By Harold on 07.23.2017

    From the entry: 'JUSTICE ON HIGHER EDU FINANCIAL AID: Heads Will Roll'.

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    Congratulations to the Meadow Bridge supporters.  You fought hard and long without ceasing and deserve to keep your school.  Your children will not have to be split to three counties or travel long distances.
    Your communities must be so proud.  The years you stood before the state board and in every local board meeting were worth it.  Kudos!

    By Gilmer Citizen Against Consolidation on 07.16.2017

    From the entry: 'West Virginia News'.

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    That new disclosure law should help clear up a lot of Gilmer County confusion. You have to look close for the ‘real’ news, but it’s there.

    By Watcher on 07.03.2017

    From the entry: 'In USA….'.

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    You can bet that if government sponsored student loans, offered to almost anyone for almost any reason, without ascertaining risk or the likelihood of the loan being paid back were suddenly to disappear, WVU, Marshall and WVSU would find a way to meet budget without increasing tuition.

    By Pat McGroyne on 06.30.2017

    From the entry: 'Justice Says Tuition Hikes at WVU, Marshall & WVSU Reflect Directly on Legislature's Actions'.

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    Public Service Announcement…One of the best methods, “which the state will not mention” to control ticks, is to control the host varmints in your back yard. As a victim of Rocky Mountain spotted fever in my youth, I would not wish that on you, your children or grandchildren. Besides the fact it can damage your internal organs, the most intense part is the rash on your feet and ankles, and no amount of calamine lotion will help. It gets so bad sometimes, you are tempted to dip your feet in boiling water.

    By Trespasser Will on 06.27.2017

    From the entry: 'In West Virginia....'.

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    So the prison wants a second water line?
    Suppose all customers will have a rate increase to pay for that?

    Funny to read Thrasher engineer state that a ‘second line is better than a water truck’?
    Right.  Thrasher gets no bucks if a truck is bought.

    By citizen on 06.27.2017

    From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Gilmer County's 2016 Drinking Water Quality Report'.

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    If West Virginia K - 12 public education were effective….there would be NO need of higher education to remediate students?  Would there?

    HEPC self edifying horn blowers?

    By More DOE lip service? on 06.26.2017

    From the entry: 'HEPC Reports Increase In Student Success Rates Following Education Reform'.

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    Love and Miss you Granny Rosie

    By Elizabeth Wyers on 06.25.2017

    From the entry: 'Rosaphene Osborne Powers'.

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    Rodney and Becky:  I am so sorry to read of your loss.  Sending love and sympathy your way. Hugs.

    By Betty Woofter on 06.24.2017

    From the entry: 'Shirley Ruth Layfield'.

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    We elect legislators and a governor with the expectations they will work for WV and its citizens.

    Seems we have elected a bunch of egotistical, dysfunctional, bungling knot-heads?

    Months to put a budget together?  No wonder the hillbilly stereotype is perpetuated?

    Justice should have served up more of the real BS.

    By failed WV politicians on 06.22.2017

    From the entry: 'Governor Justice to Let Budget Bill Become Law Without His Signature'.

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    I had a girlfriend that was afraid of driving. She got some counseling like you suggested and it was enough to get her to get a license… but she never got onto the freeway.

    I saw not driving cost her so much especially in So Cal. Her whole world opened up once she dealt with it.

    By Pastor Paul on 06.06.2017

    From the entry: 'Q&A'.

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    Finally—maybe—Charleston and GC politics have been removed from the picture?

    Maybe now the educational emphasis will be placed back on the children and their outcomes.  We can hope.

    Pray we will see the local board and superintendent reintroduce “common sense” decisions that have been so very, very obviously lacking while under the ‘direction’ of WVBOE, Blankenship, and Devano. No leadership observed.

    Maybe we can even get some sort of report in the paper or on Free Press? Instead of the bs press release from the board office?  Something honest even?

    We have high hopes for this lady to lead our schools, children, staff, parents and community in a thoughtful honest direction, while working closely with our local board.

    By has devano finished packing yet? on 05.31.2017

    From the entry: 'Patty Lowther Named Superintendent of Gilmer County Schools'.

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    RIP Aunt Freda.  I have so many fond memories of you while growing up.  I remember all the dinners that you cooked for us when we would come to visit. You loved doing it and you were one heck of a cook.  Dad( Paul McCullough Sr. ) always spoke well of you growing up and you meant the world to him and I remembered every summer we would come to visit you and Uncle Ray the two of you were a huge great presence in our life. You have lived a long, wonderful life and I hope others will model after the kind of lady you truly were.  You will be missed.  We love you Aunt Freda.  We will meet again.  Love Paula McCullough & Family.

    By Paula Quarles on 05.30.2017

    From the entry: 'Freda Herron'.

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    Joe Manchin will be touting this when it comes election time.  Anti-gun Bloomberg supports Joe by holding fundraisers.  We all saw with his “I Stand With Planned Parenthood” pictures>  What happened there?  Thought Joe told us he was prolife?  Not pro-death?  Huh Joe? Huh?

    By everyone knows on 05.26.2017

    From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: WV Joins List of States with Child Gun Deaths'.

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    Our deepest condolences to Laurie and family.

    By Joe and Judy Hyers - Washington State on 05.22.2017

    From the entry: 'James J. "Coop" Cooper'.

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    You don’t have to go to the WV Legislature to see nepotism and conflicts of interest.

    They are everywhere. In our court houses, in our school systems, state, county and city government, and on and on. All levels no exceptions.

    Right here in Gilmer County you betcha and it has been that way for decades.

    Too much based on who you are tied to and what is in it for them.

    It is a WV epidemic like the opioid blight.

    By Gilmer County Gets Blue Ribbon on 05.21.2017

    From the entry: 'In West Virginia....'.

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

    By Truth on 05.20.2017

    From the entry: 'How to Cut WV Poverty Rate? Pay Women More'.

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    What do you get when nepotism controls politics?
    Answer: A state named West Virginia that rates 50th in nearly all measures.

    What do you get when nepotism and friendship rule the state legislature?
    Answer: A state named West Virginia that the legislature cannot accomplish a simple task such as creating a state budget.

    West Virginia does not have to be 50th in everything.  West Virginia is 50th because we keep electing the same old, failed, flunkies, with the same family names and ties.

    Shame on us, as well as the flunkie office holders

    By sad sack legislators on 05.20.2017

    From the entry: 'In West Virginia....'.

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    Mr. Reale.  Nice reading, but little substance.  I understand those writing your paycheck want something in return.

    On one hand you claim producers cannot make a profit and on the other, there is enough money to save West Virginia?  Which?

    You say increasing taxes on an industry that is in a daily fight for survival makes oil and gas lobbying a lost cause?  Or is a new lobby needed?

    By Harold W. on 05.18.2017

    From the entry: 'Opinion: Natural Gas — A Solution for WV'.

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    What does not pass the WV Common Sense “Smell Test” is any employee basing a complaint on a one sided, sputtering, “leaker” with an ax to grind.  Always good advice to remember the court house door swings both ways.

    Gilmer County employees are pretty wise folk and generally do not like being pulled into personal, panic mode nonsense. Don’t know how it works in Charleston.

    So easy to get an opinion from an ethics commission attorney these days. Just a click of the mouse. Would not doubt responses to any question or accusation, no matter how uninformed,how ridiculous, are in the works.

    By We've Been Threatened By Professionals on 05.16.2017

    From the entry: 'DeVono Hopes To Use Prior Experience In Gilmer County To Solve Problems In Randolph County'.

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    Conduct may not be technically illegal, but it could be unethical to fail the WV common sense smell test.

    Good tests for anything going on would be being comfortable with reading about the details in the Charleston Gazette and getting an OK from the WV Ethics Commission.

    One of the most common causes of ethical problems is when disgruntled job applicants file complaints after information leaks.

    An ounce of prevention is always worth more that a pound of cure.

    By Charleston DOE Employee on 05.16.2017

    From the entry: 'DeVono Hopes To Use Prior Experience In Gilmer County To Solve Problems In Randolph County'.

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    So long as board members aren’t taking a profit renting their real estate to the superintendent or raking it in by selling their various wares to employees. And, so long as they don’t vote illegally to hire somebody and follow the policies of the WVDE, THIS Gilmer board is doing just fine.

    By More Than Nuff Said on 05.16.2017

    From the entry: 'DeVono Hopes To Use Prior Experience In Gilmer County To Solve Problems In Randolph County'.

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    The GCBOE has members with tight ties to some school system employees.

    When decisions of any kind are being made which involve those employees the community expects board members in those situations to remove themselves from all involvement.

    Appearances and public perceptions are important and the community expects the highest of standards to be followed for ways school board business is conducted.

    Is this an unreasonable expectation for elected officials who are supposed to have the public’s trust?

    By Nuff Said on 05.15.2017

    From the entry: 'DeVono Hopes To Use Prior Experience In Gilmer County To Solve Problems In Randolph County'.

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    Gilmer County is positioned for a new start for our school system.

    We have suffered badly from raw politics, betrayal, back door deals, control by the elites, and harmful effects from conflicts of interest.

    We need the highest quality administrator we can get to take over for a fresh start to never again permit what the County experienced during intervention.

    GCBOE, it is up to you now. Keep ugly politics and other side issues out of it. If you do you will get firm backing of Gilmer County to include better chances of us voting for more money to fund the schools.

    By Citizens Want GCBOE To Do Its Job on 05.15.2017

    From the entry: 'DeVono Hopes To Use Prior Experience In Gilmer County To Solve Problems In Randolph County'.

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    Alex Weiderspiel has been “used” by Superintendent User.  The list is long of Gilmer people who also got drawn in.  Now it appears Randolph will be added to the list of victims?

    By Randolph Gets Hot Potato on 05.15.2017

    From the entry: 'DeVono Hopes To Use Prior Experience In Gilmer County To Solve Problems In Randolph County'.

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    Gilmer County wanted you to go out the door with a whisper. Just keep still and let him go was the word. Let him tell them what he wants to believe. And that’s how it was going.
    Now he uses this free press to exit with fabrication and seeking personal glory for what was done here in the name of intervention?
    Listen up Randolph County, the only community Gabe Denono ever talked to here is the one that runs the town.You’ll get the same thing.
    Read the exit report of the WVOEPA.  He did not bring us back to local control.  Our board fought for it.
    This is the man who was going to sue the State Board if they didn’t give him a two year contract.

    You can tell how much he thinks of you by how your financial plight is laid out here for all to know. There’s 13 county school systems under fund balance watch right now. The State Board will have no interest in taking over a broke county and yet he threatens you.

    Bad enough the local paper has spread his and the BBB (Bill- Bo Buddies) lies. Does he expect the voice of free people, the GFP, to do that too?

    When this guy Gabe goes on his tour of your county next month, does he expect to be paid by our district to go tour yours? Whose going to mind the store?  Nothing new about that but you will get used to it.

    By Luck and Love to Randolph BOE on 05.14.2017

    From the entry: 'DeVono Hopes To Use Prior Experience In Gilmer County To Solve Problems In Randolph County'.

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    By WEINERSPEIL, WORDS FAIL US on 05.14.2017

    From the entry: 'DeVono Hopes To Use Prior Experience In Gilmer County To Solve Problems In Randolph County'.

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    No Energy Express last year?
    The CHARLESTON APPOINTED not-so superintendent did not want to bother with making the arrangements is the word from Main Street.

    Charleston knows too.  They -let- it happen.

    Won’t take Randolph long to see what they have wrought.  Six months, maybe less?

    They forgot to ask what his definition of transparent is?

    By Main Street KNOWS on 05.14.2017

    From the entry: 'G-LtE™: GILMER COUNTY BOE BLOCKED SCHOOL RIFFS AND TRANSFERS'.

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    If he’s not in the office and you can’t get him by email or text you might find him at the golf course with your transportation director or you might not find him at all.  At least that’s been the Gilmer experience.
    Or, he might be watching your county truck haul a pool filter. Find the truth of who winds up with it. If you need pictures they’re around. Not everyone approves corruption.
    Hard to tell you Randolph, what perk do you have to keep him busy?  Maybe a spa package at the lodge that never ends? 
    Better buy a couple black trench coats. Flunkies required to dress to match.  Will soon find a couple of your office employees no longer stay in the office because this one is afraid to travel alone.Watch for three black crows entering your school buildings. It is the signature move.
    Teachers and staff, get ready. The truth is not in your new super.

    Folks here recognize who wrote this narcissistic claptrap.

    By AW SHUCKS ON YOU on 05.14.2017

    From the entry: 'DeVono Hopes To Use Prior Experience In Gilmer County To Solve Problems In Randolph County'.

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    It is difficult to express how to feel about Gabriel’s departure.  But one thing can be said, he knows how to blow his own horn.

    Given that on every occasion he informed the OEPA that Gilmer was not ready for return of control.
    Given there are many, many video tapes of meetings where Board members begged for transparency, accountability and honesty from his office.
    Given that Gilmer County had a 2 million dollar surplus at the start of intervention which no longer exists and is now a million in debt.
    Given Devono’s multiple statements in the newspapers and public meeting insisting Gilmer’s Board should extend his contract.
    And given the only way jobs were saved at the end of his time here was for the Gilmer County Board of Education having the backbone to say NO to his “penchant” for RIF without reason.

    Given

    By Gilmer's Truth Set Him Free on 05.14.2017

    From the entry: 'DeVono Hopes To Use Prior Experience In Gilmer County To Solve Problems In Randolph County'.

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    Sadly this gent lives in some alternate universe?
    Claims to be transparent?  BS Does not know the meaning of the word.

    Going to work with his new employer on finance?  He sure didn’t work with the board in Gilmer County on finance.  They could not even get a simple school equipment inventory listing.
    Never mind financial info.

    Even after repeated requests to Charleston from his handlers. 

    The honeymoon in Randolph will be short.  The spots will show through in six months.  Hewitt will start looking good again.

    By L.L. Pantsafire on 05.13.2017

    From the entry: 'DeVono Hopes To Use Prior Experience In Gilmer County To Solve Problems In Randolph County'.

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    Enough talk about hypotheticals and blame game of previous administrations. If it were bad, is it fixed yet? You guys need to talk about what you got to deliver and the joke and chaos our country has been put in. Are you proud of it? Or are you trying to change the subject?

    By I am ashamed on 05.12.2017

    From the entry: 'What’s At Stake When We Talk About Healthcare'.

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    Obamacare is failing.  It is going to crash and burn whether or not it is repealed & replaced. 

    Liberal/progressive leftists can get on board with conservatives and help find health care policy that works, or they can obstruct progress, but nothing they can do will save Obamacare.

    Sincerely

    Pat McGroyne

    By Pat McGroyne on 05.12.2017

    From the entry: 'What’s At Stake When We Talk About Healthcare'.

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    Does anyone know what Head Start is closing down?

    Gilmer County is plagued with poverty and Head Start was designed to begin down at the baby level to help them have better lives when they grow up.

    Who is responsible for administering Head Start and what could be done to get it going again?

    We lost Energy Express last year because of someone not doing their job and we understand that it is back this summer. Could Head Start be saved too?

    GFP help us on this one.

    By E. Grogg on 05.12.2017

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    Congratulations Randolph on your hiring of Superintendent Devano.

    By good luck Ranolph on 05.11.2017

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    You can also hear quite a bit just strolling through the courthouse.

    By Ears everywhere on 05.09.2017

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    Congratulations to all the graduates!

    By Lisa Moore on 05.09.2017

    From the entry: 'Gilmer County High School Graduation 2017'.

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    School board members do you know that when you are behind the closed door in the conference room individuals outside the room can hear what goes on?

    Several times it has been mentioned that everything leaks within 15 minutes and if you want to know anything stroll down main street. Something to think about when you are in executive sessions.

    By Just Askin on 05.08.2017

    From the entry: 'G-LtE™: GILMER COUNTY BOE BLOCKED SCHOOL RIFFS AND TRANSFERS'.

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    Tell Gilmer County where this is wrong.

    Doesn’t the vetting process include reviewing resumes for solid evidence that candidates are ready to perform a job, checking resumes for accuracy and evidence of padding, checking references, and holding discussions by decision-makers to gain agreement on candidates to interview?

    Then, after interviews all the information is considered with objectivity and there is eventual agreement on the best qualified candidate to hire.

    This is the process for filling important positions in industry where making a mistake can have serious consequences and decision-makers are held accountable.

    Maybe hiring is done differently in education and if it is could it be a reason that WV ranks 50th in K-12 education quality?

    By Raymond on 05.08.2017

    From the entry: 'G-LtE™: GILMER COUNTY BOE BLOCKED SCHOOL RIFFS AND TRANSFERS'.

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    A resume is much like a Foodland sales flyer.
    Its bait.  Sucker bait.  You might find the store empty?

    Read the sales flyers.  But…..

    You better check references closely, AND do research on the net.

    That resume is no more than a sales pitch by a carnival barker in many cases?  Remember what the resumes gave Gilmer the past and current superintendent?

    Hope our board of five does do diligence in checking applicants!

    By Common Sense and Background Searches NEEDED on 05.08.2017

    From the entry: 'G-LtE™: GILMER COUNTY BOE BLOCKED SCHOOL RIFFS AND TRANSFERS'.

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    Reading into what you see here is not the same as reading comprehension of facts in a statement.  It is putting a political (often negative) spin on others words to serve a purpose isn’t it? Trying to say you speak for ALL GC Teachers?

    By Are You The AFT? on 05.08.2017

    From the entry: 'G-LtE™: GILMER COUNTY BOE BLOCKED SCHOOL RIFFS AND TRANSFERS'.

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    I do not believe the best way to go is the best resume .You can pay professionals to do a resume that promotes you. Research of history and interview will reveal more.

    When selecting the best physician I would choose the one with the most success treating the specific disease. Not on paper but in fact. Many a person died going by reputation with survivors finding out later they missed out on the cure.Word of mouth is good but limited to who you know and sometimes what they want.

    We’ve got a good board.  They care about the children and the staff.  They want Gilmer County to succeed. They spend a lot of time for little pay to get to the bottom of any issue. We need to reserve judgement and not make things more difficult.

    Use of the matrix or “rubric” for hiring has been debated and blasted as unfair many times here. When all is said and done it could be discovered, in some cases, that top tier selections carry the most negative baggage. Time will tell all.

    By Proofs In The Puddin' on 05.08.2017

    From the entry: 'G-LtE™: GILMER COUNTY BOE BLOCKED SCHOOL RIFFS AND TRANSFERS'.

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    Reading an application is not a vetting job. See no evidence of what the retired P suggests. The internet makes a lot of information available way before and beyond the pen to paper app. Don’t twist others words, speak your own thoughts.

    When the Gilmer Board voted to protect the jobs of Teachers and Service personnel there was no question they made the right decision and took this county, its finances and needs under consideration. It was the first major decision exercising authority with vision that they were permitted to make after coming through from under intervention.

    There’s every reason to believe that same common sense, good judgement and vision will be exercised during selection of the next Superintendent. This board knew since January 5 the job had to be filled by July 1. Hope they’ve been thinking about that choice a lot.   

    Would respectfully suggest that when speaking to the past, one should have a copy of minutes in hand and put that out before saying what happened years ago. Some may find their memory fails them.

    True political pressure comes from outside the boards and commissions of any county.  Always has.
    The Board can only choose from the applications received unless you want them to reappoint state appointment G Devono? Is that where this is headed, he still wants it?  OMG.

    By Really? on 05.08.2017

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    Based on what I am reading into the comments there is intense pressure from someone in the County to disqualify those with the best resumes.

    The next thing we will hear is that a lesser quality resume was caused by test anxiety! We hear that all the time as educators.

    If an objective job is being done by the GCBOE in trying to hire the best qualified candidate how could professional backgrounds,education levels, and documented achievements in pre-K-12 education be weighed if resumes are not as we say in education used as—-rubrics?

    If resumes fall short reasons are that applicants did not take time to do their best in writing them, they were deficient in communication skills, or they lacked information to put in them.

    The comment about basic qualifications sufficing for the job is interesting.

    If you have a serious medical problem do you select a physician basically qualified or one with a reputation for being outstanding?

    The same rationale should apply to decisions for selecting a superintendent too.

    By GC Teachers on 05.08.2017

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    The WHO entry is a dream for those who study meanings of cryptic messages.

    Look at the phrase “spending just enough time to pad that resume”. That suggests that applicants with outstanding backgrounds as covered in their resumes should not get as much consideration for hiring as those with poorer resumes.

    Professionals in all fields know that resumes should be written in a way to make the best impression possible.

    If some applicants had impressive resumes why should that be held against them?

    Something is going on here. What is WHO’s motive for posting the entry?

    Does he/she have special access to confidential information to be prompted to degrade applicants with less impressive resumes?

    The school board will surely check out all candidates to ensure that resume embellishments did not occur.

    Additionally, the County’s school board is criticized by WHO to suggest that its members are too incompetent to do proper vetting job.

    By Retired Profiler on 05.07.2017

    From the entry: 'G-LtE™: GILMER COUNTY BOE BLOCKED SCHOOL RIFFS AND TRANSFERS'.

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    Being courageous is not succumbing to political correctness and instead to make all decisions for the good of children based on verifiable facts and outcomes from rigorous and objective debate.

    Raw emotions, peer pressures, and orders barked from the County’s powerful and political operatives must not enter into it.

    Politics and political correctness will not carry the day when the excess levy is up for a vote again.

    Citizens will make their voting decisions based on whether or not more money for the downsized school system would be worthwhile, and the caliber of the person chosen for the next superintendent will certainly come into play.

    By Don't Base Decisions On Political Correctness on 05.07.2017

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    To borrow a line from retiring GSC Prez, this is a time for us to think ahead and move forward.
    We all know there is no future if we haven’t learned the lessons of the past.
    Surely we will have a unanimous BOE Board decision on the best choice for Superintendent.  Fight it out in the board room and come out united Board of Ed! There’s been too much effort to create a cohesive group to have it fall apart now due to undermining and personal agendas. The ability is there, be courageous.

    By C L Who on 05.07.2017

    From the entry: 'G-LtE™: GILMER COUNTY BOE BLOCKED SCHOOL RIFFS AND TRANSFERS'.

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    Qualifications are defined in the dictionary as qualities or accomplishments that make someone suitable for a particular job or activity.  Any applicant considered has to be “qualified”. That is set in W.V. Code.

    But what about the things you can’t find on a resume?  The qualities that make a person a good fit for Gilmer County.

    Will this board hire someone who has invested time in our county or someone who rents the title spending just enough time to pad that resume and move on to bigger and better things?
    Will they hire someone more impressed with connections to the economic indicators, to new buildings, rather than concern about each and every child inside those buildings?
     
    Time and again we have ended up with a Superintendent finding the social calendar more important than the school calendar.

    The State Board of Education went local for their new Superintendent by design.  Gilmer County is still reeling from intervention and consolidation. That may not be over. Think about it.

    Hard to believe someone unfamiliar with what happened here the last six years, someone with no sense of the history can quickly enable administrators, Teachers and Parents to work as a team. Will a relative unknown be ready to make them feel appreciated and join them in the common goal of improving the achievement and future of every child attending Gilmer County schools? Will they instill pride?

    How’s that worked out so far?

    By Dr Who on 05.07.2017

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    Will politics decide the new superintendent?
    That’s our WV way.
    Gilmer County certainly is no exception.
    Will some old family name be in the equation?

    By Will politics rule? on 05.07.2017

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    One common WV practice in school systems is for selection of a superintendent to be made before a position is advertised and job seekers go for interviews.

    The term is pre-selection.Those with human resources and personnel backgrounds, and employment law credentials know that pre-selection is prohibited.

    When it happens there are grounds for costly and time consuming law suits and grievances.

    When pre-selection happens the public finds out about it because loose lips always sink ships.

    By Charleston Legal Eagle on 05.07.2017

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    The selection of superintendents can be a farce. Our county qualified for that hands down.

    A board member who had the deciding vote was a good friend of a female candidate for the job, a very good friend indeed, and she was hired.

    Couldn’t do the job and after two years of a flop her contract was not renewed thanks to new board members coming on.

    Abuse of power is common in WV to be one reason for the poor quality of our school system, as Governor Justice described, to be mired down at 50th place in the USA.

    Who are the real victims? WV’s children of course.

    By Nepotism and Conflicts Of Interest on 05.07.2017

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    What happens too much in WV at the expense of children is that individuals get on county boards to watch out for relatives and friends.

    When this type of betrayal occurs by public officials it cannot be kept immune from local court’s of opinion and it causes school boards to be disrespected because information always leaks.

    Gilmer County is being scrutinized for what is being done in hiring your new superintendent and modern networking makes that possible.

    It is assumed in advance that your school board will conduct business honorably in selecting your next superintendent to make WV proud of Gilmer County after getting out of intervention.

    By Charleston Mole With G County Roots on 05.07.2017

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    In a situation that would be called normal, you might speculate that the superintendent would have been ‘evaluated’ by ‘health’ professionals?  54 days = normal times return.

    By Gilmer not normal situation on 05.07.2017

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    Citizens are watching very closely what happens with hiring a new Gilmer County superintendent of schools.

    The school board owes it to our children to select an outstanding person with a proven record as a successful administrator who will make our school system a model in WV. Why demand anything less Gilmer County?

    Ugly politics as usual must be kept out of the hiring. The County has had far too much of that as indicated by constant turmoil our school system has experienced for too long.

    The revamped school board with Mr. Minigh, Mr. Ramezan, and Mr. Triplett on it now has a solemn obligation to our children to hire the best person the County can get for our next superintendent and that is what Gilmer’s citizens expect.

    By Hire The Best Superintendent Gilmer Can Get on 05.06.2017

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    CITIZENS REQUEST TO THE GILMER BOARD OF EDUCATION

    Buy out Superintendent Devano’s contract now.
    Install an interim Superintendent.

    It will tax dollars well spent.  Common knowledge the board will be fought against, undermined, and sabotaged at every step.

    For the sake of our community, children, staff….do it now.  It will well be worth the cost, in saved aggravation.

    Hopefully other community members will find their voice and chime in! p

    By CONCERNED CITIZENS DIRECTIVE6 on 05.02.2017

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    Stunningly high improvements in AP test scores across a wide selection of schools in varied parts of the country - Riiiight.  We’ve heard this story before.

    It’s book cooking on the part of it’s advocates. 

    If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

    Sincerely

    Pat McGroyne

    By Pat McGroyne on 05.01.2017

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    Another year for the GCBOE treasurer and personnel staff to need to be able to do their jobs?

    What happened to the free market concept of always hiring job ready individuals?

    How much do the GCBOE treasurer and personnel staff get paid?

    Don’t they get more than 60K per year counting generous benefits most of us don’t have?

    By RECENT OEPA AUDIT on 04.29.2017

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    Financial information has been kept highly secret from the GCBOE. It is easy to detect that when important questions are asked at school board meetings and they go unanswered.

    More often than not those who have asked questions have been attacked for trying to do their jobs to watch out for the County’s children.

    Come July 1 the first order of business should be to have an independent investigative accounting done for all funds spent during the past six years on everything related to facilities and no-bid purchases of goods and services too.

    By July 1 on 04.29.2017

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    That board he didn’t need sure saved a lot of much needed jobs in Gilmer County.

    By Much Appreciated on 04.28.2017

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    OEPA….WHAT A TELLING STATEMENT !
    Tells exactly what the man is…pretty much in his own words !

    He apparently has been doing his best to keep control away from your local board the entire time Gilmer County has been shackled with him.

    What a choice the Manchin Clan and their minions made for Gilmer’s citizens!

    His one and only concern appears to be none other than Gabe Devano?

    His water carrying crew should clearly understand they were being coddled along only for the benefit of old Gabe.  They were ‘had’.

    By OEPA SAYS IT ALL on 04.28.2017

    From the entry: 'G-LtE™: GILMER COUNTY BOE BLOCKED SCHOOL RIFFS AND TRANSFERS'.

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    Findings and Recommendations of WV OEPA

    SUPERINTENDENT GILMER COUNTY:

    “The Team conducted an interview with the state appointed superintendent. The superintendent opposed the ending of the state control, stating that the board remained dysfunctional, politicized, and incapable of functioning as a local board. He stated more time was needed for the treasurer and personnel staff to acclimate to their job responsibilities”

    So much for what Superintendent Devono REALLY thinks about Gilmer County’s chosen representatives. Always said he didn’t need a Board.???

    By GILMER DOES ATTITUDE on 04.27.2017

    From the entry: 'G-LtE™: GILMER COUNTY BOE BLOCKED SCHOOL RIFFS AND TRANSFERS'.

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    It will be a good day when this county has a superintendent of schools who understands how to work with people using a non threatening method of communication which only keeps people upset and nonproductive.

    By C Dillburton on 04.26.2017

    From the entry: 'G-LtE™: GILMER COUNTY BOE BLOCKED SCHOOL RIFFS AND TRANSFERS'.

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    Had nerve to tell employees that night they owed him 50 dollars for saving their jobs.

    By LOL Not on 04.26.2017

    From the entry: 'G-LtE™: GILMER COUNTY BOE BLOCKED SCHOOL RIFFS AND TRANSFERS'.

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    There is no “look” or “appearance” that gives absolutely any indication of a person’s sense of ethics or morality or ability for service above self. That’s on the inside and your super is not a good judge of character not having any himself.
    Neither, it would seem, do the yes Gabe” puppets he travels with. We know the names.

    By Wave By By on 04.26.2017

    From the entry: 'G-LtE™: GILMER COUNTY BOE BLOCKED SCHOOL RIFFS AND TRANSFERS'.

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    Gabe Devono was ready to stab the employees on his personally hand picked RIFF and transfer list in the back. That was all too clear. 
    Then when he gets in a Board meeting and sees he won’t get his way he flips.  Trying to tell the ones he was fine with hurting that he was really on their side all along. Who on earth would be fool enough to fall for that?
    The Devono script has always read he’ll do what he pleases when he pleases and if you don’t agree with him you don’t matter to him.
    This time, it didn’t happen. Thank heaven Charleston BOE had the good sense to give back control.  Professionals and Service personnel alike have reason to feel their hard work is appreciated.

    By Come On June 30 on 04.25.2017

    From the entry: 'G-LtE™: GILMER COUNTY BOE BLOCKED SCHOOL RIFFS AND TRANSFERS'.

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    All I can say their hidden agenda did not work. Now he has to answer the ones they were catering to.

    By Ed Watcher on 04.25.2017

    From the entry: 'G-LtE™: GILMER COUNTY BOE BLOCKED SCHOOL RIFFS AND TRANSFERS'.

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    A game changer is about to happen.  New blood as Superintendent, backed by our elected board members, who are our friends and neighbors, and have the best interest of students, staff, and community in their heart.

    Yes, our elected board members will correct six years of intervention.  They will need some time to access and repair issues, but they will do their job.

    Many of us have faith that issues like this will be dealt with in a fair and professional manner.

    By 67 days = no Devano on 04.25.2017

    From the entry: 'G-LtE™: GILMER COUNTY BOE BLOCKED SCHOOL RIFFS AND TRANSFERS'.

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    He must think the people are dumb. HE was the one recommending the riffs and transfers.

    By Jimmy D. on 04.25.2017

    From the entry: 'G-LtE™: GILMER COUNTY BOE BLOCKED SCHOOL RIFFS AND TRANSFERS'.

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    I like to thank all the board members for keeping our job. I could not believe that Mr. DeVano had the guts to get the teachers in a circle telling us that he had saved our positions.

    By Thankful on 04.25.2017

    From the entry: 'G-LtE™: GILMER COUNTY BOE BLOCKED SCHOOL RIFFS AND TRANSFERS'.

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    Have to wonder what the defeated Natalie Tennant was doing during all her years in office?  Or wasn’t doing….. maybe?

    By West on 04.25.2017

    From the entry: 'Secretary Warner Announces the Elimination of More than 47,000 Outdated Voter Files'.

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    For SIX years we have heard from our local board members, watched videos request for financial information, only to be STONEWALLED by the West Virginia State Board of Education.

    Now this gent wants to tell us how important finance is?  We are well aware, the WVBOE provided little to no oversight of *anything* that happened under their 6 year run with lack of leadership.

    Over built school in Lewis County.  Wasted funds in Gilmer County.  Undersized school in Gilmer.

    WVBOE.  All politics.  No common sense.  Crummy leadership.

    By INEPT WVBOE on 04.24.2017

    From the entry: 'G-FYI™: Reminder from State Superintendent to Schools Boards and Superintendents'.

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    Great article from BREITBART NEWS.  So good of Senator Manchin to show his support of Planned Parenthood.  Joe is supported by anti-gunner Mayor Bloomberg who held a fund raiser for him.  We know Joe is pushing gun control.  He has also stated to the effect that he can work with President Trump to facilitate gun control.  Now we know he supports abortion, loud and clear for all to see.  I personally do not think West Virginians support gun control or abortion.  We will find out for sure when Joe runs for election again.

    By reader on 04.24.2017

    From the entry: 'ETC.'.

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    Now it is clear why some board members always probed for answers and their questions were ignored. The members were simply trying to do their jobs. 

    During intervention while the board was stripped of power it is understood that if overspending occurred individual members could still have been sued.

    What a travesty!!!!

    By Cannot Wait Until July 1 on 04.24.2017

    From the entry: 'G-FYI™: Reminder from State Superintendent to Schools Boards and Superintendents'.

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    It is about time that Charleston came out with clear language about seriousness of school boards and individuals on them being legally liable for overspending.

    Nothing like it went to the public during intervention while the GCBOE was stripped of all its power.

    No wonder now why all along some GCBOE members have asked probing questions about finances and they were not answered. More power to those conscientious individuals who tried hard to do their jobs and we support them 100%.

    There must be a full accounting of every dollar spent during intervention with no local oversight and no accountability at all for State-appointed superintendents.

    We need a complete accounting of spending for the Linn school, the loss of public money at the top of the hill on Arbuckle property, spending at Cedar Creek, unplanned spending at the GCES, the BOE office move to the Minnie Hamilton building, the scandal from the new GCES being built too small, and much more. Citizens have tracked the waste and mismanagement for years and we are outraged. 

    Unless a full accounting is done for public disclosure another excess levy will never pass in the County although we understand that there will be a major reset on July 1.

    Thank you GFP for getting Paine’s letter out to Gilmer County.

    By GCBOE Observer on 04.24.2017

    From the entry: 'G-FYI™: Reminder from State Superintendent to Schools Boards and Superintendents'.

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    The fix could be simple. First, everyone pay 10 percent federal, 3 percent state, and 1 percent local taxes on all income.  Straight forward, no arguments, taken from pay checks and paid to the proper authorities (that is if we can get good ones elected that will use the money properly for education, infrastructure, defense, aid for the true disabled/welfare, etc).  Second, there are no deductions(sorry accountants).  Third, no taxes on corporations so they are free to reinvest into their business and hire more people to work(that is if you can find qualified people not on drugs these days).  Fourth, get people off government support that don’t belong there(sorry again druggies and lazies).  Now if you find someone taking advantage of the current tax laws, don’t blame them for wanting to keep their own money.  That’s correct, their money, not yours. We have elected the people and keep doing that who make these laws.  The Clinton’s and the Bush’s and the Kennedy’s, life long politicians.  If you get rich being a politician, then you need to go.  At least Trump got rich first and then became a politician.  Sort of did it backwards didn’t he.  Each and every person that wants Trump to produce his tax returns, it is time for all of them to produce theirs.  The world is full of them.  Me, I can care less what he makes.  Good for him.  Good for me.  Get over it, the left lost the election, just like the right did 8 years ago.  The reason Trump is president is because the last 8 years the left didn’t get it done and Clinton was a horrible candidate.  Too much baggage and ran a horrible campaign also.  I think she thought she couldn’t lose but she did.  Now the left is acting like babies that they can be at times and it doesn’t look good.  Instead of trying to run Trump(who used to be a democrat) down, why not give him a bit of support so our country will come back stronger.  It seems the media is completely against Trump, all we see is negative articles.  Never positive articles so the media is losing support from the people.  Sorry for the long post but it is what it is.  Thanks.

    By RC on 04.18.2017

    From the entry: 'Trump’s Five Worst Tax Secrets, Revealed'.

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    What a deal we have to badger our elected representatives to do what is good and right for West Virginia!  Isn’t it a no brainer to be doing the right thing for your state?  Obvious money means more to our legislators than the voice of the people!

    By pity - pity - pity on 04.10.2017

    From the entry: 'Critics: WV Water Legislation Leaves Out Voice of People'.

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    Well written, well thought out article.
    Content is totally about “us”.

    What can we all do to change the trend?

    By required reading for WV on 04.10.2017

    From the entry: 'Living in West Virginia'.

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    Condolences to this lady’s family and friends.
    So very, very sad to lose a loved one this way.

    It is also a reminder of the unsolved murder of poor Fred Hill.
    Many in our local community believe Fred’s murder was covered over because of individuals involved?

    His death was a cover-up instead of a real investigation?
    If that is the case, would be nice to think all involved, would rot in hell?  Sooner than later.

    By H.H. on 04.08.2017

    From the entry: 'Missing Gilmer County Woman’s Body Found In Stream'.

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    This is totally unacceptable.
    EVERY elected that voted for this needs spanked and sent home.

    This is not good for West Virginia as a whole, just a self given gift for the political class.

    Shameless group of money grabbers.

    By Legislators Selling Out our State on 04.07.2017

    From the entry: 'WV Senate Bill Makes Secret Election Money Problem Even Worse'.

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    Looks like WV has permanently captured 50th in health care.

    WV finally kicked Mississippi out of 50th in education.  Think the Scholars at the State Board of Education can keep us 50th in book learnin’ too?

    By getting there- - 50th for WV on 04.06.2017

    From the entry: 'Health Study Shows WV Ranks 50th For Eighth Year In A Row'.

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    You say who pays for the slip botch?
    Gilmer taxpayers naturally. 

    Remember the quote….“I’m from the government and I’m here to help you.“  Compliments WVBE.

    The instructions are ‘bend and grab’ Gilmer.
    The State could give a good rats butt about you.

    I.Stallion has signed off on everything and you own it baby.

    By Remember Gayle Manchin emergency overthrow? on 04.05.2017

    From the entry: '"Thorough & Efficient School System & the West Virginia School Building Authority"'.

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    What is being done about the slip at the GCES?

    It is clearly from a contractor’s error the way the site was designed with water running down hill from the school building during rains to end up washing away the bank to cause the slip.

    Who is going to pay for this botch and why isn’t the State demanding that a contractor pay for it?

    Cozy relationships with contractors and instead of one of them having to pay, public money will be used for botch cover up?

    By Who Pays For The GCES Slip Botch? on 04.05.2017

    From the entry: '"Thorough & Efficient School System & the West Virginia School Building Authority"'.

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    Financial information has been kept secret.That tells you something right there.

    If we could get an accurate accounting of each penny spent leading up to the LCES and the GCES the total sum would exceed $20,000,000 and severe problems still exist.

    What an example of the misuse of public money!!!!

    By Roger Roger on 04.05.2017

    From the entry: '"Thorough & Efficient School System & the West Virginia School Building Authority"'.

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    The money is NOT 14 MILLION.
    Its a LOT closer to 18 MILLION! Roger.

    Of course Gabe Devano will NOT give the local board that information.
    It would show the zombies on the WVBOE for what they are, and expose Gabe-ee boy too?

    And remember this.  The WVBOE hired Devano, they own Devano, and they pay him with GILMER COUNTY MONEY!  He’s their man.  Did someone say he is a Manchin cousin?

    By Its ALL WVBOE's fault Roger on 04.04.2017

    From the entry: '"Thorough & Efficient School System & the West Virginia School Building Authority"'.

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    Here is another way the WV School Building Authority is failing Gilmer County by refusing to provide proper oversight.

    There could be ways to use available space at the new GCES more efficiently to avoid the necessity of sending students to other locations.

    By failing to get involved the SBA is not contributing to solving the crowing problem to eliminate need to use hall ways at the new school for instruction space.

    This is a disgrace after spending $14,000,000 of public money, and the complete story of waste, mismanagement, and abuse of authority during intervention and its aftermath would make a great story for the New York Times to print.

    By Roger Ames on 04.03.2017

    From the entry: '"Thorough & Efficient School System & the West Virginia School Building Authority"'.

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    There should be an independent and thorough investigation of where Gilmer County’s school money went for expenses related to building new schools.

    Start way back to Leading Creek and go through the other steps to end up with the new County school.

    Throw in bid free contracts and waste due to mismanagement. The SBA would not come out clean and of course it would do finger pointing.

    That is what bureaucrats do when they are free of accountability and they have guaranteed job security.

    By Just Askin on 04.03.2017

    From the entry: '"Thorough & Efficient School System & the West Virginia School Building Authority"'.

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    TO: Keep Diggin
    The SBA is a failure.
    The WV Board of Education is a failure.

    The former Governor and Legislators are failures as well.

    Here is the proof to back up these statements.

    West Virginia is ranked 50th in USA education.

    By Kanawha Reader on 04.02.2017

    From the entry: '"Thorough & Efficient School System & the West Virginia School Building Authority"'.

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    How can the full report for the SBA report be accessed?

    The SBA has not done its job. Look at what happened in Gilmer County and the so called bi-county school.

    The one in Lewis County is too large and the CGES is too small resembling the Goldilocks phenomenon.

    By Keep Diggin on 04.02.2017

    From the entry: '"Thorough & Efficient School System & the West Virginia School Building Authority"'.

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    So sorry.I will be thinking of you with love and prayers. Special thoughts and sympathy to Brett and Sheila.

    By Betty Woofter on 03.31.2017

    From the entry: 'Leamon Otto Turner'.

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    Those in Gilmer County who care about the education of ALL children have said this over and over.  It comes as no surprise that more and more the research backs how consolidation fails them. There is no democratic governance over education here.  It is simply a matter of who matters to garner support for political campaigns.  Many Gilmer students have been a poster child for rural education success over the years. (At least until intervention strictly for the purpose of consolidation reared its ugly head.)Will the legislature have enough back bone to get what needs be done?  Or will the Senate let all the House of Delegates and the Governor’s hard work die in committee?

    By Time Will Tell on 03.31.2017

    From the entry: 'Research Raises Doubts About Benefits of Consolidation'.

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    The solution to saving GSC is in front of our eyes. It would be to establish a prestigious teacher training academy designed to provide students with a master’s degree after five years of training.

    Nothing like it exists now and an academy could be established quickly with WVU’s or Marshall’s partnering.

    Students would flock to GSC knowing that they would get the best training in WV and it would be possible to extend that range to Appalachia and beyond.

    Something must be done quickly. What is occurring now is failing. No question about it.

    Continuing on with more of the same would result in an unrecoverable disaster for GSC, Gilmer County, and Central WV—-should GSC be closed.

    If anyone has better ideas for GSC let us hear about them.

    By GSC Survival Crisis on 03.31.2017

    From the entry: 'CommunityConcerns™: Dr. Pellett, GSC’s and Gilmer County’s Survival Hinges On Your Leaders'.

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    Read this week’s Democrat. Two more symptoms of advanced economic decay in the County should be added to the list.

    The Gilmer County Commission is in crisis mode because it has a budget shortfall linked to the sick economy.

    Crime was reported to be up too and this always happens when economic conditions deteriorate.

    More evidence that GSC must make enrollment improvements to enable our County to survive.

    By More Pressure On GSC To Change Direction on 03.30.2017

    From the entry: 'CommunityConcerns™: Dr. Pellett, GSC’s and Gilmer County’s Survival Hinges On Your Leaders'.

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    This is the common sense way out of the GCES crowding scandal.

    Simply make do for awhile and don’t accept students from surrounding counties.

    With our population decline and not taking in more outside students the situation would self correct.

    By Common Sense Solution on 03.30.2017

    From the entry: 'STARTING WITH TRUTH ENDING WITH LIES ONLY HURTS US'.

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    GSC “used” to be a magnet to draw students.
    Now we see why enrollment is off.
    At least in part due to not being competitive financially ?

    Expense of Pioneer Village and the Goodwin Hall certainly comes into question as well as the drain by the Waco Center ?

    If expense of education is keeping potential students from enrollment, GSC will never become the “unequaled flagship institution for teacher training”.

    By why the high tuition raise? on 03.30.2017

    From the entry: 'CommunityConcerns™: Dr. Pellett, GSC’s and Gilmer County’s Survival Hinges On Your Leaders'.

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    Members of the Board of Governors are GSC’s ultimate leaders. They set the agenda for the President to carry out.

    What happened at GSC to get it in trouble tracks to the BOG and there is no way around it.

    When openings occur on the BOG the top criterion for selecting replacements has been to favor those who will run with the herd to be unwavering participants in the group think trap.

    No new ideas tolerated, never seek outside critical review of organizational approaches to continually strive for improved ways of doing business, always claim that all is well while the ship is sinking, and above all else never admit that problems exist and if ones become known to the public always blame outside forces.

    Sound familiar?

    By GSC's Governors Are In Charge on 03.30.2017

    From the entry: 'CommunityConcerns™: Dr. Pellett, GSC’s and Gilmer County’s Survival Hinges On Your Leaders'.

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    The community needs to know that employees at the GCES are warned not to talk about crowding.

    OK, what other way is it supposed to be described?

    Parents and teachers alike know that crowding is there and to try to hush it up sounds like good ole WV coverup.

    On the same line of thinking if crowding is not there the best solution is to figure out a way to make the GCES’s space do and to live with it.

    By Lipstick On A Pig Still A Pig on 03.30.2017

    From the entry: 'STARTING WITH TRUTH ENDING WITH LIES ONLY HURTS US'.

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    I just bought a new car. I signed a contract saying that I’d pay for it but paying for it is holding me back from other things that I want to do. Could we please add my car payments to your debt-forgiveness plan? If that doesn’t work out, could we get somebody else to pay for it for me? Seriously, many/most of the students who made these OBLIGATIONS, did so they could make more money, generally for doing less labor-intensive work and at the behest of the EDUCATION INDUSTRY which sold them a bill of goods that a college education guarantees success. The same colleges that charge exorbitant fees, which constantly rise at a rate greater than the cost of living increase or the rate of inflation. The same institutions that pay their administrators exorbitant salaries and that pay their athletics directors and coaches obscene salaries. The same colleges and universities that have brilliant minds in economics but who can’t manage to keep college costs and tuitions from skyrocketing. The same colleges that churn out students getting degrees that don’t have any or minimal real-world value. Of course it’s easier to blame the situation on the greedy, heartless conservatives than for people to take their individual responsibility because it’s not THEIR fault; it’s somebody else’s fault. IT’s ALWAYS somebody else’s fault.

    By Skip Beyer on 03.27.2017

    From the entry: 'Reaffirm Our National Community By Forgiving Student Debt'.

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    I would think that anyone with a “higher eduction” degree would know how to spell “plagiarism.“

    Pat McGroyne

    By Pat McGroyne on 03.27.2017

    From the entry: 'Movie Review: ‘Fifty Shades Darker’'.

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    Students acquired debt of their own free will.  They knew, or should have known, what they were getting into. 

    Call this a life lesson.  If you borrow money, you have to pay it back.

    It is not my responsibility to pay for your bad decisions.

    You dug the hole, you get to fill it in.

    Pat McGroyne

    By Pat McGroyne on 03.27.2017

    From the entry: 'Reaffirm Our National Community By Forgiving Student Debt'.

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    So sensors in GCES class rooms are not hooked up to units to kick in to make foul air better for our kids?

    What genius thought this idea up? The only one who profited from the deal was the person who sold sensors.

    How much did this botch cost taxpayers? Probably no bid award of business to the seller to boot.

    By More Stick It To Taxpayers on 03.24.2017

    From the entry: 'STARTING WITH TRUTH ENDING WITH LIES ONLY HURTS US'.

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    “However, the worthier option is to invest in those things that will bring prosperity to our state.“

    It hasn’t worked so far.  What makes Mr. Gee think it is suddenly going to start working?  Fairy dust?

    Pat McGroyne

    By Pat Mcgroyne on 03.24.2017

    From the entry: 'GOP Budget Slashes Higher Education and Threatens to Close Schools'.

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    Here is another one for the books. Results of studies have shown that when kids are crowded into classrooms air quality can go down and learning drops off. Why? Kids become drowsy.

    How does this relate to the new GCES? We were told that the ultra modern school had monitors in the class rooms to measure air quality and when needed the HVAC system would kick in to adjust levels to be OK for proper learning.

    That claim for automatic air quality adjustments turns out to be untrue.

    Who was responsible for the mistake?

    Cramming 40 kids into a class room is uncalled for in the first place and air quality problems resulting from it are another community concern for the new $14,000,000 school.

    Another one for “you couldn’t make it up” chalk ups under State control.

    By GCES Outraged Parents on 03.24.2017

    From the entry: 'STARTING WITH TRUTH ENDING WITH LIES ONLY HURTS US'.

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    The State of West Virginia is broke.
    WVBOE-WVDOE all are aware of it.
    They CANNOT reject COMMON CORE.

    The state WVBOE “accepted” COMMON CORE.
    The “deal” the federal government gave, came with strings attached.

    The COMMON CORE standards “had” to be upheld.
    “OR” the MILLIONS of dollars that West Virginia received from Washington “had” to be REPAID.
    There is no money to do that.

    So your Charleston, education board of failure, has been putting new names on the same old COMMON CORE.

    Ask the WVBOE how many millions of dollars were paid, under contract, to the California Consortium that has been their handlers, since Dr. Martirano executed that contract?

    By WVBOE LIES-LIES-LIES on 03.24.2017

    From the entry: 'West Virginia Education and Common Core'.

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    When your state education system is rated 50th out of 50, seemingly you can go no lower.
    But the worst could well continue to decline.

    The next superintendent will be trapped by an all ready failed system.
    Most apt to follow the failed policies of their failed predecessors.

    Do not get your hopes up.

    By lots of luck on 03.23.2017

    From the entry: 'Three Veteran Educators Selected as Finalists for State Superintendent'.

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    If GSC’s new president hangs his hat on broadband the College’s chances for survival will continue to diminish.

    His immediate challenge is enrollment increases. We have had enough of the steady stream of false assurances that GSC is bursting at its seams.

    Ask teachers and admissions staffers. They know the truth. The expensive building program hasn’t worked and enrollment based on full time equivalents (FTEs) is down.

    The harsh fact is that GSC isn’t bringing in enough money to guarantee its survival and the reason in inadequate enrollment.

    The new president must reconfigure to establish new second-to-none programs for which there would be high student demand to increase enrollment.

    If something innovative is not done soon by the new president, GSC’s risk for being shut down will increase.

    The reason is that the State ran out of money for subsidizing higher education and we are in an era of survival of the fittest.

    By GSC's Concerned Employees on 03.22.2017

    From the entry: 'In West Virginia....'.

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    I like your SHOES Darrel ... I like your SHOES!

    By Council of Concerned Citizens on 03.22.2017

    From the entry: 'Eagle Scout Community Service Project at Gilmer County Recreation Center'.

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    Is 21 great grandchildren and 13 great great grandchildren

    By cows on 03.22.2017

    From the entry: 'Alta Virginia Baker'.

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    This bill protects from false advertising.  That’s really rich. Really choice.

    How about all of rural West Virginia where there is NO DAMN BROADBAND AVAILABILITY TO ADVERTISE ? ? ?

    By legislative clowns on 03.21.2017

    From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: WV's Broadband Ranking'.

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    New Glenville State college Pres. needs updated about broadband.
    We have been hearing about it for 20 years or more.

    Canaan Valley Institute was to be the ‘savior’ for Gilmer county.  Well, how is that working for everyone?  High speed for every holler. Remember?

    Manchin and Capito and Frontier were to all save the day too?  Hows that working for every too?

    Millions spent, probably went to some corporate crony buddy bank account?  Sure hasn’t give us broadband has it?  Just more empty politicians promises.

    By political failure for 20 years on 03.20.2017

    From the entry: 'In West Virginia....'.

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    “BOB” probably has it right.

    Maybe the deceased’s spirit will haunt the James family?

    There are 3 or 4 county names who are always filing lawsuits.

    By history repeats on 03.20.2017

    From the entry: 'Gilmer County Couple Says Mortuary Buried Body On Their Property'.

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    Sounds like there is a family cemetery on the James’ property and the deceased might have had a will clause to be buried there, but the James’said no way and the mortuary was just following the deceased family’s direction and never asked the James’. Just my opinion. I am sure there is more to this story.

    By Bob on 03.20.2017

    From the entry: 'Gilmer County Couple Says Mortuary Buried Body On Their Property'.

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    Seriously?!  This does not raise any speculation amongst the community?  Please look at other things going on in your area besides school!

    By NameAtRequest on 03.19.2017

    From the entry: 'Gilmer County Couple Says Mortuary Buried Body On Their Property'.

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    The problem with the new elementary school crowding ALL belongs to Gabe Devano.

    Clueless as a superintendent.  Like, NO experience.
    Clueless as a construction consultant.  Again, NO experience.

    Do not look to him for any solutions.
    The cause of problems, never has the solution.

    Hopefully his Gilmer County employment is nearing an end ?????

    By go GD go ! on 03.19.2017

    From the entry: 'STARTING WITH TRUTH ENDING WITH LIES ONLY HURTS US'.

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    Comments about the BO prompt this posting.

    The BO staff should cease its active PR campaign for what should be done to solve severe crowding at the GCES.

    When the Cedar Creek school project was terminated after more of the County’s money was wasted, G. Devono informed the community that he, his BO staff, and Williams and Shriver had come up with plans for the GCES.

    You see what that group got us to verify importance of the County’s school board to use its newly established full authority to decide on the best way out of the crowding quagmire.

    It is to late obvious that if competent planning had occurred when the GCES was designed, kids out there would not be packed in like sardines, and teachers would not be facing the demoralizing conditions thrust on them.

    By Sam A. Wells on 03.18.2017

    From the entry: 'STARTING WITH TRUTH ENDING WITH LIES ONLY HURTS US'.

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    Someone who knows tell us many students the GCES was built for and how many are there now.

    Reports are that the first number is 450 and the second one is close to 470. 470-450=20 should not be too difficult to figure out a way to work them in.

    The enrollment could be kept down by not accepting more students from other counties and normal attrition would help out too.

    By Use Common Sense on 03.18.2017

    From the entry: 'STARTING WITH TRUTH ENDING WITH LIES ONLY HURTS US'.

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    The best way out of the GCES too small SNAFU is to get qualified outside experts to advise the County how to use space more efficiently to try to keep all our students out there.

    That approach should be tried first instead of wasting valuable time fighting over the whole array of solutions being offered up.

    Too much room for polarization, hard feelings, and hidden agendas designed for face saving if we don’t focus on the GCES as the top priority.

    By Look At GCES First For Space on 03.18.2017

    From the entry: 'STARTING WITH TRUTH ENDING WITH LIES ONLY HURTS US'.

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    July 1—-we will see panic and ship jumping in the board office.

    We need a superintendent who will take a fresh look at staffing and pay with the strength of character to make necessary adjustments.

    There will have to be major BO staff attitude adjustments too. The staff must revert to a support role instead of continuing to act like it exercises supreme authority over the County’s school board.

    By GCBOE Central Office Watcher on 03.18.2017

    From the entry: 'STARTING WITH TRUTH ENDING WITH LIES ONLY HURTS US'.

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    These were not pay raises handed to the Gilmer office staff.  But sort of.

    Devano called them “supplemental payments”.  The receiver knew well, either by direction, or innuendo, it was expected of them support or silence, whichever the situation calls for.

    Some might refer to it as bribery or hush money.
    It would be wonderful to hear these employees in a deposition. 

    Wonder what stories will come out starting July 1?

    By just WVBOE continued bs on 03.17.2017

    From the entry: 'STARTING WITH TRUTH ENDING WITH LIES ONLY HURTS US'.

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    It is the rural states that elected the pos.
    Guess we are supposed to bend over and grab our ankles?

    By ALL POLITICIANS ARE THE SAME on 03.17.2017

    From the entry: 'Obamacare Repeal Plan Looks Negative for Rural States Such as WV'.

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    The flap about not enough class rooms at our new school is coming home to roost for the State.

    What we have going now is a misinformation effort designed to convince citizens that by moving the 6th grade out of the GCES enough space would be freed up.

    Not true by any means! Maybe moving out the 5th and 5th grades to the HS would do it.

    It is true that closets at the new school were converted to class room space, some rooms have close to 40 students, and some students have to sit in the halls. Ask teachers to confirm.

    Teachers were warned not to speak out with threats of punishment being held over them.

    With everything finally out in the open what to do to clean up the State’s horrible mess is the question?

    By SOS From GCES Teachers on 03.17.2017

    From the entry: 'STARTING WITH TRUTH ENDING WITH LIES ONLY HURTS US'.

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    The cost savings by eliminating WV State vehicles given this year is basically BS.

    Department of Ag eliminating 23 vehicles for a cost savings of $21,000?  That’s poppycock as the Brits would say.

    Can ANYONE operate a vehicle for less than $1,000.00 per year?  Answer NO!

    Figures don’t lie, but liars can figure!

    By WV STATE BS NUMBERS! on 03.16.2017

    From the entry: 'In West Virginia....'.

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    Why are they burying folks on people’s private property? Are there more details? Was there just the one body or are there more? What does the family of the deceased say about this?

    By Curious on 03.16.2017

    From the entry: 'Gilmer County Couple Says Mortuary Buried Body On Their Property'.

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    Does Gilmer County know the size of pay raises for your board office employees?

    One or two percent or higher you ask? What about 10% and higher for some?

    How much did Gilmer’s teachers and staffs get?
    Zero is the answer.

    Your teachers and staffs are overworked, under appreciated, and certainly under compensated with the money going to the top tier as usual.

    That is WV for you.

    By Charleston WVDOE Staffer on 03.16.2017

    From the entry: 'STARTING WITH TRUTH ENDING WITH LIES ONLY HURTS US'.

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