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

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

    By HOW COME NOW ? on 12.14.2017

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

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

    By Moore on 12.11.2017

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

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

    By School Board Member In A Top Performing County on 12.10.2017

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

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

    By Searching on 12.10.2017

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

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

    By Gilmer Students Ripped Off on 12.08.2017

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

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

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

    Sincerely

    Pat McGroyne

    By Pat McGroyne on 11.30.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    By Web on 11.18.2017

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

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

    By Skip Beyer on 11.18.2017

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

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

    By Gilmer Voter on 11.16.2017

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

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

    By More Of Same For WV Schools on 11.15.2017

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

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    A food pantry opens at Marshall University?

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

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

    Times area really tough in West Virginia.  Really are.

    By Tough Times at Marshall University on 11.14.2017

    From the entry: 'West Virginia News'.

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

    By POGO on 11.13.2017

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

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

    By reader on 11.12.2017

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

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

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

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

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

    By 20 years of WVBOE 'playing' school on 11.12.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

    By WVDOE Fact Checker on 11.11.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thanks for nothing Jim Justice and the WV legislators.

    By WEST VIRGINIA TAXPAYER on 11.10.2017

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

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

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

    By Thank America's Rosie's ! on 11.10.2017

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

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

    By GilmerCountyCommission? on 11.03.2017

    From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

    By Answers Needed on 11.03.2017

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

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

    By 304 More Issues on 11.02.2017

    From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

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

    By Gilmer County Parents on 11.02.2017

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

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

    By B. Cummings on 10.30.2017

    From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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

    By 304 on 10.30.2017

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

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    Most of America lives in denial of toll the government approved ‘life-style’ that is shortening everyone’s lives.

    We are living in an era where the government has been lobbied (think bought) in approval of many, many things that are destructive to life.

    This article shows the result of a cumulative toll effect that vaccines, pesticides, GMO foods, chemtrails, and other poisons are taking on the American population.

    This is likely the globalists dream of “depopulation” coming true.  Enjoy what time you, your children, and grandchildren have left.

    By Your Government Taking Care of You on 10.25.2017

    From the entry: 'Americans Are Retiring Later, Dying Sooner and Sicker In-Between'.

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    I don’t care Who or What he killed.  He shouldn’t be doing it in a West Virginia Police hat.  It sends a bad message to do it with a Police hat on.

    By Hunter on 10.24.2017

    From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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    Your outrage is misplaced Hunter. He killed Bambi, who will no longer will frolic through the forest.

    By Democrats Against Deer Hunting on 10.23.2017

    From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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    It doesn’t seem like Gilmer County Law Officials seem to care about the murders in the area. In my opinion. We don’t hear anything from the law on Any of the pertinent local situations.  Why IS that?  We know MUCH more about national news that we know about the goings on in Gilmer. Crimes, drug busts, investigations and Answers to those investigations.  Why don’t we Ever hear any news from the Sheriff’s Department??  Still wondering why Deputy Wheeler was reassigned to school patrol officer and who took over his murder investigative duties.  Can’t get anyone to pick up the phone or an answer when I call.  Maybe someone on the Gilmer Free Press can shed some light?

    By Where is the Law? on 10.23.2017

    From the entry: 'Governor Justice, DOT Sec. Smith Announce First GARVEE Bond Sale for Roads, Bridges'.

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    “We should welcome refugees and immigrants to the United States because it’s good for our society, for our economy, and for our nation.“

    WRONG - Diversity in populations has been proven to be, not helpful to society, but harmful.  Immigrant groups who refuse to assimilate are a problem not a benefit, and will remain a problem until they do assimilate.

    It’s understood that not all Muslims are terrorists, but for practical purposes all terrorists are Muslims.  And please spare me the Timothy McVey arguments.  McVey and his ilk were loners.  Muslim terrorists are part of an organized movement.

    I think almost all immigration should cease until the present immigrant population can be dealt with, through assimilation or otherwise.

    Sincerely

    Pat McGroyne

    By Pat McGroyne on 10.22.2017

    From the entry: 'Trump’s Muslim Bans Impoverish Us All'.

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    Will the persons involved in Poor Fred’s murder ever be held accountable?  Ever?  Yet they walk among us every day?

    Did not realize it has been 7 years since poor ol’ Willard met his fate?  There is plenty dirt kicked around there to cover the wrong doings too?

    By Poor Fred is Dead on 10.21.2017

    From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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    Hold on Gub’ner Justiss….
    The juery stil’ be outs on yer barrering’ game….

    Ways to er’ly ta be countin’ hens an roosters….

    By no chickens yet... on 10.21.2017

    From the entry: 'Governor Justice, DOT Sec. Smith Announce First GARVEE Bond Sale for Roads, Bridges'.

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    Wanna get votes for the school levy? Simply get truth out about where the County stands with low reading, math, and science scores and publicize a rational plan for fixing problems.

    By Truth Will Win Levy Votes on 10.21.2017

    From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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    I get it that it’s a pose for the camera, but should he Really be wearing a Police hat for hunting?

    By Hunter on 10.20.2017

    From the entry: 'Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens October 21 and December 26-27'.

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    Nice to see the Gilmer County Commission finally reveal their meeting minutes after long lapses of no information.  Can’t help but wonder if this was posted specifically because of the topic -  Sheriff Gerwig being assigned to another estate case before closing out others. Memories of Willard F. Cottrill today. d. 10/20/10 R.I.P.  The minutes should be interesting.  Let freedom ring.

    By MC on 10.20.2017

    From the entry: 'Did You Know?'.

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    From WV Zoom Dash Board. GCES 6th grade student proficiency rate=20% for math and 31% for reading. Gilmer County demands a K-12 improvement plan everyone can understand and promote!!! We have had enough of the everything is just fine claims.

    By School Kids Are Cheated on 10.20.2017

    From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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    It is a common occurrence for school administrators to carefully select one small piece of information to purposely give a school a rosy performance rating for student learning and to hide unflattering information from an LSIC and a local BOE. The way to prevent the censorship is for superintendents to routinely provide access to all testing results so performance evaluations for a school can be based on a full set of facts.

    By WVDOE Employee For Complete Transparency on 10.19.2017

    From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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    The community has observed that there is an improved way of doing business by the GCBOE and the new superintendent after the State pulled out. One problem to solve after the State’s neglect for six years of intervention is low student success at the GCHS for math and science. There is documentation on the ZoomWV Dashboard kept by the WV Education Department. The pass rate for GCHS students for M & S is in the 30s. What is the HS’s LSIC group doing to improve those scores? Does it have a detailed improvement plan for the school and if it does it should be disclosed. M and S under achievement underscores why it is important to know what the County’s LSICs are doing to improve our schools academically.

    By Gilmer Business Executive on 10.19.2017

    From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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    Should not have to get LSIC membership from principals. The information should be published for the public record for all interested citizens including taxpayers to know. Gilmer’s secrecy has been a long time tool used to undermine accountability and it must stop!

    By Stop Secrecy! on 10.19.2017

    From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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    Is it true the GC Board of Education sold this to 4H for one dollar?  I should hope so!

    This community has always supported our children and their 4H works.

    Very good of our Board of Education to do this!
    Thank all you board members!
    Doing what you were elected to do!
    Take care of the kids and community!

    By WONDERFULL USE OF TRAILER on 10.17.2017

    From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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    We 4-H supporters wish to express our appreciation to Mrs. Hurley and the other board of Education members with the 100% vote to hold and sell this trailer for 4-H use/utilization.  This new office space for the very nominal fee is much appreciated.

    Kudos to Hurley for staying in contact with the past 4-H director and making sure all was well and agenda requirements were met.  We had heard we were not going to get the trailer.  Thanks goodness the fake news was totally wrong.

    Moving out of the old infirmary building will be a real blessing.  The group has learned a valuable lesson.

    Do not take the word of ANY others about what the Board of Ed tries to do for each and every community in Gilmer County.  Go to the source.

    By Thanks Mz. Hurley & Board of Ed ! on 10.17.2017

    From the entry: 'New 4-H Office in Glenville'.

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    smile It’s no secret that the Gilmer Board of Ed sets up a public meeting with the LSIC of each school presenting every year agenda and all. Always have.
     
    If you want to know who’s on it or when it meets call your school Principal.  That’s who sets up this internal governance committee per code and will probably be glad to talk with you about it.

    By Just Takes a Phone Call on 10.17.2017

    From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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    Why the secrecy in not disclosing names of those on the County’s LSIC councils and when they meet with published agendas and official meeting minutes?

    By Transparency Suffering on 10.16.2017

    From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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    This information is generally unknown in Gilmer County. Google WVDOE LSIC and chick on the item for frequently asked questions about local school improvement councils. Details covers how individuals are selected to serve on councils and what councils are supposed to do to continually improve our schools with keen focus on student learning.

    By How Gilmer's LSICs Should Work on 10.16.2017

    From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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    I love the picture of Kenny because that is a true reflection of him.  I never saw him without a smile on his face.  Even when we would speak on the phone sharing our cancer struggles, Kenny would be laughing.  He always brightened my day when times were hard for me.  Linda, God bless you for what wonderful care you took of Kenny.  When we spoke he was always eager to tell me all you had done for him & how loved & cared about that made him feel.  He always said he could never have made it without you.  God bless you & May God bring you the peace, comfort, & happiness Kenny would want you to have.  My prayers are with you.

    By Sue Holvey on 10.15.2017

    From the entry: 'Kenneth Jackson Foglesong'.

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    Still keeping up on Gilmer County after ending of your intervention. Been reading your test score information too. Your Local School Improvement Councils are responsible for defining specific approaches for improving student performances. The WV Statute covering roles of councils is 18-5a-2. The Department of Eduction has details on its web site for how councils are selected, their responsibilities, and how elected school boards fit in. Too often the problem has been that detailed results for student performance testing were withheld from councils and their members do not know that there are student performance problems in critical need of correcting. The solution is to ensure that all council members are fully advised of testing results and the full range of their official responsibilities.

    By WVDOE Observer on 10.14.2017

    From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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    Look at the WVDOE’s Zoom Dashboard. The State’s official results for 2017 testing are alarming. Eleventh graders tested out to be 37% proficient in math compared to 36% in science for 10th graders. Our kids can do much better than this. When will an improvement plan for the high school be developed for application with meaningful built in accountability?

    By Fix GCHS' Science And Math Problems on 10.14.2017

    From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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    Don’t believe all the Liberal propaganda being printed as facts….fake news from the left is an epidemic…if we cared so much about pollution and respiratory illnesses, we’d have outlawed cigarettes decades ago…don’t kill West Virginia’s economy over a few objectors.

    By Truth?? on 10.13.2017

    From the entry: 'Health Consequences from Carbon Pollution Rollback'.

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    My child graduated from the GCHS with a high GPA and an ACT exceeding 30. Sounded good at first. At WVU the child was deficient in science and math and dual credit classes taken at the HS didn’t measure up. What is the GCBOE doing to make academic improvements at the HS and when will parents and taxpayers in general be informed of the details?

    By GCHS Science and Math Programs Suffering on 10.12.2017

    From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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    Here’s a prediction for you:

    Half the money will be wasted on environmental impact statements, feasibility studies and the like.

    Of the remaining half, most will go to wages and salaries, and damned few roads or bridges will be repaired.

    Anyone want to dispute that?

    Sincerely

    Pat McGroyne

    By Pat McGroyne on 10.10.2017

    From the entry: 'Politics Aside, Voters Say, They Want WV’s Roads Fixed'.

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    What a scoop!  One county gets 18% of pie!

    Mon County wins!  Everyone else looses.

    By nepotism will rule the day! on 10.09.2017

    From the entry: 'Governor Justice Issues Statement on Passage of Roads to Prosperity Bond Referendum'.

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    There have been repeated pleas for a detailed accounting for all the County’s education money spent on facilities and everything associated with them during State control. Why has nothing been done to verify how public money was spent? With use of modern computer records it should be relatively simple to do detailed accounting. Without one and the continuing secrecy lid suspicions are worsened. Didn’t the County have a seizable surplus before intervention and now we face going into the red?

    By Where Did Gilmer's School Money Go? on 10.07.2017

    From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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    Positive press out of GSC is always good for the community and the College.

    What is not good for the community and GSC is the ongoing telephone scam GSC has nothing to do with.

    The phone will ring, there is a GSC entry on caller ID, and a 304-462 number is given. If you answer thinking that it is a legitimate GSC call you get surprised.

    The caller, usually with a strange accent, will make a pitch for money and it is obviously a scam.

    It is common for the caller to try to convince a person that a grand child or another relative is in bad trouble and thousands of dollars are needed quickly for a lawyer or some other expense.

    When the 304 number is called back there is nothing there. It would help if GSC officials would alert the public to the cruel scam and to involve high level law enforcement to stop the nuisance calls.

    By Fed Up Glenville Resident on 10.05.2017

    From the entry: 'GSC History Book Authors to be on hand for Signing'.

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    So sorry.  You and your family have my thoughts and prayers. Butch, you may not remember me but you did such a wonderful job at my farm in Lewis County, dozing, ditching, etc. etc.  a few years ago.  I so appreciated your work. God Bless you and your family during this difficult time.

    By Betty Woofter on 10.03.2017

    From the entry: 'Florence Marie Hall'.

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    West Virginia has 55 counties.

    Mon County will get almost 20% of the highway money.  Actually about 1/8th.

    Does that seem lop-sided to anyone? 

    One county gets one-fifth.  Who gets the ‘payola’ ?

    By watcher on 10.01.2017

    From the entry: 'Latest Numbers on Road Bond Vote'.

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    Nice letter and thought Senator Manchin.

    Maybe now a letter to Milan corp, requesting Heather Bresch requesting a epi-pen price roll back?

    By How About it Mr. Manchin? on 09.29.2017

    From the entry: 'Manchin Letter Urges for Patient Access to Non-Opioid Painkillers'.

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    That is the standard operating procedure for the Charleston Board of Ed and their mismanagement style. 

    Is it any wonder the state has financial issues?

    By truth seeker's answer on 09.28.2017

    From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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    Apparently the 5 year, GC school news embargo, by the West Virginia Board of Education has been lifted ?  Hope so.

    By will we get more news? on 09.28.2017

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

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    We want investigative accounting for all the County’s school money spent on facilities during intervention. We are entitled to details for planning money, money paid out to architects, all money sent on Leading Creek, everything spent on the Arbuckle land plan and Cedar Creek, what was spent to get us at the new GCES, and a complete list for all money paid out for no bid work from start to where we are today.

    By Citizens Deserve Facts on 09.28.2017

    From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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    Can someone explain to me why in Gilmer County schools projects were given to certain companies without any bid? Even when these companies kept screwing up, they kept getting paid for fixing their own screw ups? A good example is our supposed to be brand new elementary school. I hear these all the time. What is the real truth?

    By truth seeker on 09.27.2017

    From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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    Where are all the Obama and Clinton haters now? Why aren’t they comment about the state of the country and the world now?

    By wondering on 09.27.2017

    From the entry: 'National News'.

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    Most likely this road bond deal, will make millionaires of elected officials, families, friends.

    The WVDOT has a proven track record on spending.  One not to brag about?

    The ‘assisted’ suicide of the former DOT manager has been hushed too?

    By reader6 on 09.25.2017

    From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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    The posting about Boone is a wake up call for the Governor’s road vote coming up.

    WV has a bad reputation for graft and corruption when public funds are involved. With the amount of money involved for the road building program with bond money there would be vast opportunities for waste and mismanagement.

    Just look at wasted money in County school systems under WVDOE intervention while local control was eliminated. 

    Governor Justice should inform voters what he would do to ensure that the new road money would be spent wisely with iron clad accountability for every penny spent.

    By Money To Burn on 09.25.2017

    From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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    There is an epidemic of misuse of County school funds in WV. We read about it all the time. That is what happens when finances are purposely packaged in ways to make it too complicated for board members to track and proper local level oversight cannot occur. This problem is one for Governor to solve.

    By Boone Is Not Unique on 09.25.2017

    From the entry: 'ICYMI™: Former Boone County Board of Education Members Indicted'.

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    The same is being asked of the commission.  Meeting minutes and videos used to be available until fall of last year.  Now we hardly ever see even the agenda, let alone ever seeing the follow up minutes.  WHY DID THIS INFORMATION STOP?? Is someone hiding something because it surely would seem so.  We need to know what’s going on in this town and the Free Press is one of the few ways we can do it.  PLEASE bring back the public meetings videos!!

    By Watcher on 09.11.2017

    From the entry: 'Gilmer County Commission Meeting - 09.01.17'.

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    Appreciation is given to the City for posting meeting minutes on the GFP to be an example of good government by keeping citizens informed.

    Why can’t the same be done with school board meeting minutes? Everyone knows that during intervention what got on agendas was censored and what happened during meetings was kept to a minimum to avoid information getting into the public record.

    With the State out of here a request is made to the school board to exercise its authority to ensure that citizens are kept informed.

    By Why Continuing Secrecy? on 09.11.2017

    From the entry: 'Gilmer County Commission Meeting - 09.01.17'.

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    Interesting.  Deputy Clerk is the same one who tells people that come with an issue - that they should “go to church” if they’re angry This discrimination issue didn’t just happen once.  This is Gilmer County.

    By Fact on 09.07.2017

    From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: WV Same-Sex Couple'.

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    With the uproar about the excess levy passing again, it does not have a chance unless it is proven that a much better job will be done in managing the County’s school money than occurred during intervention.

    For an example, why was new playground equipment purchased for the new GCES when perfectly good equipment at abandoned schools could have been used?

    By Concerned Voter on 09.07.2017

    From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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    So nice to read of this hometown hero story!

    So many stories like this have likely been lost to time.

    By GFP reader on 09.06.2017

    From the entry: 'Rosie the Riveter Ruby Coberly from Glenville Tells Her Story'.

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    So sorry to hear of the death of Karol. I was to Ill to come to funeral, but. My thoughts and prayers was with the family. Classmate 1956.

    By Nancy (Rose) Westfall on 09.03.2017

    From the entry: 'Leota Karol Hatmaker'.

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    Read the Sept 1st Gazette article about four WV school systems with major noteworthy gains in student proficiency in mastering subjects.

    The Counties were Doddridge, Mingo, Taylor and Wayne. The proficiency increases were related to factors including curriculum changes, improved planning targeted to achieving specific goals,and use of modern tracking procedures to monitor results.

    If other counties can do it Gilmer can too with the smallest school system in WV. For starters our administrators should learn what the four counties did and to adapt the practices to our school system.

    It was insulting for some officials to claim that Gilmer’s citizens do not understand what is going on in our school system, they do not care, and nothing can be done about it anyway because of our poverty.

    Citizens know more than they are given credit for and if the excess levy gains a chance of passing changes for the better must be demonstrated to voters.

    By No More Excuses Accepted on 09.01.2017

    From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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    This is why Gilmer County must go on its own way by setting high standards, deciding on ways to achieve them for all children regardless of their pedigrees and family net worth. Part of it must include real time, unambiguous progress reports to establish accountability for school system administrators and the County’s school board.

    A-F was a hoax. A WV school could get failing grades for student learning to end up with an overall A or B. Any wonder that we were stuck at 50th place with that brand of State cover-up?

    By Gilmer--Go It Alone on 08.31.2017

    From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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    Yes, and in another year or two the grading system will change again.

    And again and again and again.

    The WV Board of Ed has played this gave for years, in order to ‘look’ accountable, but to escape any long term accountability.  Just keep changing the game.

    By ~the people know~ on 08.31.2017

    From the entry: 'Paine Says Educators ‘Gave Up’ Because of A-F Grading System'.

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    The past 2 legislative sessions, both parties have proven their incompetence equally.

    Gov. Justice has frosted the cake the legislature baked.

    By Kanawha Watcher on 08.30.2017

    From the entry: 'GOP Leaders Predict House Departures'.

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    Yeah,you’re worried about the rule of law but want the illegal aliens to be exempt from immigration laws. Makes perfect sense to me.

    By Skip Beyer on 08.29.2017

    From the entry: 'Don’t Let Arpaio’s Arizona Become Trump’s America'.

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    Sagged student achievement from the State’s 6 years of mismanagement cannot be eliminated overnight.

    This underscores why a formal high quality school system-wide improvement plan should be designed and put in place immediately to get us out of the mess.

    Continual pointing fingers to blame Charleston is a waste of time. To pretend that everything is rosy as was done is even worse.

    It is crucial for the new superintendent to assume a high profile lead in solving student proficiency problems in science, reading, and math. We look forward to her leadership in making badly needed improvements.

    By Beaten Down Employees on 08.23.2017

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

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    Public service announcement; A 22 short through the body and they are less likely to spray.

    By Trespasser Will on 08.23.2017

    From the entry: 'Jeanette Riffle: Thankful For Skunks'.

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    Student proficiency scores.  ALL belong to the WV State Board of Education.  Good or bad.  THEY were the ones running the GC School District for the past 6 years.

    Our local board has only had control back since Devano left June 30.  They will not be able to undo those 6 years overnight.

    Best wishes to the new superintendent and the local BOE!

    By You Should Realize This on 08.23.2017

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

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    A new page was supposed to be turned with Devono leaving. How about the new superintendent giving the County an update on exactly what has changed for a new way of doing business?

    Information access, involvement of the whole board in making important decisions the way it is supposed to be, the plan for improving education outcomes for our children etc. Citizens are paying the bills and it is their right to be kept fully informed.

    By Opportunity For New Superintendent on 08.23.2017

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

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    Before we vote on another excess levy there should be an independent itemized audit of how the County’s school money was spent by the State, who got it, and what we have to show for it.

    Time for the audit should go back to expenditures at Leading Creek, the auction barn misstep, Cedar Creek, and everything spent for the Gilmer County Elementary School.

    We understand that we went from a surplus of money to being close to running out.

    By Account For Public Money!!!! on 08.23.2017

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

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    Public service announcement: Don’t allow skunks or any other wild animal to take up residence around your children or grandchildren. Skunks are one of the animals that have a penchant for developing rabies.

    By Trespasser Will on 08.23.2017

    From the entry: 'Jeanette Riffle: Thankful For Skunks'.

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    At the doctors office discussion centered around the financial situation/condition,  the state appointed superintendent left Gilmer.

    I remember the videos where the board members were requesting information.

    Has there been some fraud committed or just poor fiscal management?

    By rumor chatter on 08.22.2017

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

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    Correct me if I am wrong. At the Gilmer County High School 37% of the 11th graders cannot read, 65% cannot do math, and 63% do not know science. We need to do something quickly to verify reasons and to develop a professionally done improvement plan with assistance from qualified school turnaround experts.  How is the County’s school board addressing the challenge? It is in charge now and we deserve to hear from the officials.

    By Angry Parent on 08.22.2017

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

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    The 2017 student proficiency scores indicate that an education crisis exists in Gilmer County.

    After 5.5 years of State control the scores prove urgent need for a well thought out determination of why scores for English, math, and science equate to Fs by the time students graduate.

    No matter what other WV counties did, this is Gilmer County. With our small school system we can be a leader in WV for the quality of k-12 education if we commit to that goal.

    We expect the school board under Mr. Minigh’s leadership to take measures necessary to correct proficiency problems.

    After a comprehensive master plan is developed to correct problems it should be disclosed to the public with time tables, and necessary resources must be provided to our teachers to enable them to make Gilmer’s school system WV’s best.

    Gilmer needs to come together to solve education problems with full participation of parents, businesses, GSC, and others to prepare our children for success in the world. Anything less would be a gross disservice to our children.

    By Concerned Parents on 08.22.2017

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

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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

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

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    Congratulations Randolph on your hiring of Superintendent Devano.

    By good luck Ranolph on 05.11.2017

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

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

    By Ears everywhere on 05.09.2017

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

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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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