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    It is easy to see through the motive for avoiding application of the same assessment approach in all of WV’s school systems.

    The powerful in control do not want to make achievement results available for voters to compare academic results among districts!

    That way opportunities for more accountability in ways school systems are administered will be nipped in the bud.

    Interesting isn’t it that for sports minute attention is paid to comparing performances of all kinds of teams throughout WV.

    Unfortunately the strategy will be to keep voters keenly focused on sports so they will not ask questions about education spending and how children are doing in mastering subjects in our school systems.

    By WVDOE Disgusted on 04.20.2018

    From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: State might let counties switch standardized test from SAT to ACT'.

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    The West Virginia State Board of Education has operated as a “pin the tail on the donkey” bureaucratic nightmare for over a generation.

    Currently, it is hard to envision any positive change in their SOP?

    Try this, try that.  Change this, change that.
    Continual evidence that all is being run as an experiment?
    The WVBOE has no real clue what to actually do, in order to fix anything.

    Money wasted. Children cheated of a good education.
    Parents and taxpayers cheated.  Opportunities missed.

    This is the WVBOE legacy.

    By State BOE - dysfunctional is an understatement? on 04.16.2018

    From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: State might let counties switch standardized test from SAT to ACT'.

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    Maybe Jimmy can pay some of his tax bills now?

    By Justice, pay your tax bills! on 04.15.2018

    From the entry: 'City to purchase club owned by the governor’s company'.

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    Reread the article and see what a wonderful set of excuses have been set forward.

    Taxpayers give the state the funds for education.  It is then properly squandered leaving students with substandard educations.

    These people have the audacity to blame the teachers on top of it.

    State BOE, suck it up, fix the problem you and your previous board members have created. 

    Make President Truman’s desk saying your motto:  “The buck stops here.“

    That is, if you are up to it.

    By Kanawha Reader on 04.15.2018

    From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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    West Virginia made national news again with its spending per student to be in the top third among the 55 states.

    We spend more than $11,000 on average per pupil in our public schools. For comparison Utah spends about $6,500 per pupil and it ranks in the top third for the quality of its education system.

    It would be interesting to know how much Gilmer County spends per pupil counting total funding from all sources.

    WV is certainly no way near the top third with getting students college, career, and jobs ready right out of high school. Where is all our money going? What could we learn from rural states similar to Utah?

    The worst culprit seems to be too many high paid people on WV payrolls who are non-contributers to making better lives for our kids.

    By Economist on 04.14.2018

    From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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    Those of us who keep close tabs on student achievement want to know reasons for unacceptable reading, science, and math scores in Gilmer County and what is being done to correct them. For something this important the problems and solutions surely have been looked into.

    By R. A. Beasley on 04.14.2018

    From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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    HaHaHaHaHaHaHa!

    By Don't bring them to Gilmer! on 04.13.2018

    From the entry: 'NEW “ALMOST HEAVEN” CAMPAIGN'.

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    No matter what is going on in the State our concern is Gilmer County. The State reports on Zoom that 10th graders at the GCHS perform at the 35.9% proficiency rate for science.

    Proficiency for 11th graders is 37% in math and it is commendable that the rate for them for reading is 64%.

    What is being done to make improvements for science and math when students are about ready to graduate from HS? We hope that scores for reading hold up and even improve.

    Why do we fail to receive updates for plans for proficiency improvements in the County’s schools?

    In other WV counties superintendents provide that type of information on a routine basis.

    By GCHS Parents on 04.12.2018

    From the entry: 'State board members react to national test results'.

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    This well written article makes is clear what actually a businessman can do.

    Businessman turned politician.  Can actually make an entire state look like idiots.  Idiots for electing him at the minimum.

    Looks like we have to find the patience to tolerate this bs two more years…...and hope he turns into a one term disaster.

    Congratulations to the WV state employees giving him a good lesson. Nice job folks.

    By Makin Arch Look Good on 04.09.2018

    From the entry: 'ICYMI™: A 'billionaire' should be embarrassed to let schools, local governments, vendor bills'.

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    Why is important school system improvement news of the type addressed in the other comment not on the County’s school system’s web site?

    Someone in the board office should be assigned to write up news to keep citizens informed.

    We are expected to vote in more tax money to run the schools and we deserve to be informed of positive improvements being made with our money instead of taking our support for granted. It works both ways.

    By R. Curry on 04.06.2018

    From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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    This is a suggestion for getting breaking news out to the community concerning important new improvements in the County’s school system.

    We hear that improvements are being made to increase student performances in mathematics, reading, and other areas. The changes include getting back to basics for math teaching to eliminate achievement gaps.

    Would someone write up something to explain the new changes to keep the community informed? One improvement I know is that progress reports come home regularly so families can track how kids are doing.

    There is nothing wrong with positive news getting out to demonstrate that Gilmer County is positioning itself to become a leader in public education. The County deserves all the positive press it can get.

    By Appreciative Parent on 04.05.2018

    From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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    The Governors and the elected Legislators made the time ripe for the “educators revolt”.

    The past 20 years, state employees, all who work outside the ‘capitol complex’ have been dissed.

    Put off.  Put down.  Worked around.
    That was clearly understood by our state employees.

    That dissention was completely ignored by our failed state leadership.

    Clearly it was time for action.  Social media was a major player….for the good.

    The Governor, the Legislators, have now been put on notice to not ignore state issues, while they feather their own nests.

    Now, lets see social media swing into action,  straighten out the Public Service Commission, and their gross failure to hold Frontier Communications lack of customer service to the fore. Some leader needs to step forward and make it happen.

    We see what can happen with some leadership.  Social media is the citizens friend.  The election is just a few weeks away.  Its time to build a fire under the Public Service Commission.  Governor Justice you might even give it a shot to fire them…...up?

    By J.P. on 03.30.2018

    From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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    We want the County to become WV’s star performer known throughout the State for producing the highest achievement students.

    How can this be done? Simple. Establish goals for math, science, and other subjects and aggressively manage the school system accordingly.

    This will require establishment of a clearly written, professionally done holistic plan containing specific goals to achieve, establishment of personal accountability at different levels in the school system, accurate and timely reporting of achievement results as we proceed, and applying improved approaches when necessary to keep the plan on track.

    We have heard for too long that everything is “just fine” in the County, and we continue to hear it today from some quarters.

    Folks, things are not ‘just fine’ when too many of our students leave high school unprepared for college and careers. Where we go from here is the primary responsibility of the elected school board.

    Teachers and staffs are more than ready to deal with obstacles confronting them and all they need is to be enabled to do their jobs.

    The time is over for continuing to be hampered with lame excuses for why major improvements cannot be made i.e., Gilmer County is too poor, too many kids lack family support they deserve, and keen focus on public education is foreign to the community’s culture.

    By Gilmer County Teacher on 03.30.2018

    From the entry: 'Howard O'Cull: School 'work action' a teachable moment'.

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    Public Service Commission is a joke.  Sorry.

    They are the regulatory agency that is basically letting FRONTIER COMMUNICATIONS run unregulated for all landline customers.

    Frontier customers wait days and days for landline service.  Many in our state live where there is no cell coverage, so no other choice for service.

    Our elected reps need to pressure the Public Service Commission to get their chit together, do their job, and stop giving in to the Frontier lobby crew.

    West Virginians deserve better!

    By West Virginia resident on 03.30.2018

    From the entry: 'PSC and GHSP Join Forces to Emphasize Seat Belt Safety Message'.

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    Nice information. I think CANADA is also a very good place to live.

    By Rahul on 03.22.2018

    From the entry: 'The 10 Best Cities to Live In on Planet Earth'.

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    I am so sorry and shocked to learn of Mike’s passing.  I think he would have liked he words printed here about him. Always a good man with a smile on his face and it didn’t take much to tickle him. West Virginia lost another good one. RIP Mike.

    By Marlea Cottrill on 03.19.2018

    From the entry: 'John Michael “Mike” Peters'.

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    Yes, it would appear that Gayle M. has lost some of her ‘luster’ ?

    The question now.  Will she pop back up somewhere else like that Whack-a-Mole game?

    By Charleston Reader on 03.18.2018

    From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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    Brian and Montie send their condolences to Gary’s family, especially to Nancy and Sharon for the death of a husband and father.  Nothing can really prepare us for such a loss as this. We are thinking about you at this sad time.

    By Brian and Montie VanNostrand on 03.17.2018

    From the entry: 'Gary Don Williams'.

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    The centerpiece of nationally reported fake news pertained to Gayle Manchin’s plan for making WV’s southern coal field area a model for school system turn-a-rounds.

    After the intense trail of high profile TV appearances to tout Manchin’s plan and pouring in money down there, nothing worked out as promised. 

    The lesson from this sad saga is to focus on facts instead of what politicians try to pull over on voters.

    The chronic problem in WV is that facts are routinely hidden by some politicians to keep voters misinformed.

    By Bill Williams on 03.16.2018

    From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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    Gilmer County has long memories. We recall the hill crest fund raiser out along Mineral Road to raise money for the Manchin political machine.

    That was followed by Gayle’s insulting rant against the County leading to the damage of our school system and outlying communities during the State’s six years of iron rule intervention.

    The good news is that Gayle is gone along with all other members of the WV State Board of Education responsible for our County’s intervention and the waste and mismanagement it wrought. Karma is alive and well WV!

    By B. Jones on 03.16.2018

    From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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    Brad got it all mixed up.
    Gayle Manchin’s *resignation*....?

    T-V, radio, newspapers across the state and beyond, even national news sources, all reported
    that Governor Justice FIRED Gayle Manchin.

    Brad, your effort to smooth that puts you squarely in concert with the rest of the BS fake news world.

    By Brad got it mixed on 03.15.2018

    From the entry: 'Justice names acting Secretary for Education and Arts'.

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    Interesting.  Yet not so long ago, Gilmer local police weren’t interested when informed an out of state convicted felon was in possession of a trunk full of stolen guns.

    By BangBang on 02.14.2018

    From the entry: 'Gilmer County man sentenced for illegal possession of a firearm'.

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    Great guy, who would do anything to help you. He would have probably got a kick out of having some strange woman’s face plaistered on his obituary. He would have had something smart to say about it I’m sure. smile

    He had a great sense of humor. I saw him a little while back. I stopped by his house and visited with him a couple hours and as I went in I told him I stopped by to see if I could borrow his fancy car parked out front, expecting to meet with some resistance to that idea. Without missing a beat he said “Sure, just don’t let any of my kids drive it!“ We had a really nice visit that day - talking about cars and reminscing.

    Our prayers are with the family.

    By Connie Turner on 02.10.2018

    From the entry: 'Kenneth Lee Page Jr.'.

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    Justice, do you lay awake at night thinking up this stuff?

    Can’t we West Virginian’s have some woodland that has not been molested by humans?

    Keep the saws out of our state forests!

    West Virginians are being raped once again.  The new generation of robber barons have bought off the governor and elected.

    By Another Clueless Politician's Scheme on 02.10.2018

    From the entry: 'Former Administrator: State Park Logging Plan Numbers Don’t Add Up'.

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    so sorry to hear this news.  He took over Steve Grossmann’s mail route and we sure did appreciate his getting the mail delivered in all kinds of weather.  Slipping and sliding all the way. I loved his little dog that would look for snakes in the Normantown P.O.

    By Cookie Setty on 02.09.2018

    From the entry: 'Kenneth Lee Page Jr.'.

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    Would it be possible for our new college president to involve Mr. Gallagher and student Evan Merical to attempt a revival of the defunct GSC Main Street Small Business Center? 

    The community sure could benefit from it.  New management might just be what it needs?

    By Question for Pres. Pellett on 02.07.2018

    From the entry: 'GSC Student Speaks at One Stop Business Center Grand Opening'.

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    Not surprised the Board of Ed supporting employees for raises and insurance. These people show they care about good employees over and over.
    Just after they got our school system out from under state control they stood unanimously against the state appointed superintendent and his hand picked lawyer who tried to take away jobs from 8 professionals including Teachers and 4 service personnel. Can’t even count the number of transfers.  Gilmer’s Board of Ed just said no to that hit list. They stand up for this county and the kids..

    By And we Appreciate It on 02.02.2018

    From the entry: 'ATTENTION ALL EMPLOYEES OF THE GILMER COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM'.

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    The state of WV overall has a dismal record of salaries and finance.

    The jail system has issues.  Has for years.
    The highway department.  Yup, them too.
    The school system.  Ditto.

    One per cent per year for 5 years?  That’s a real insult to any employee.

    Teachers.  If you don’t get something that’s good, wait until warmer weather and strike.  Stand your ground !

    The legislature and governor seem to have plenty $$$ to spread around Kanawha County.  Make sure they spread some towards teachers and staff salaries!!

    By Give 'em some $$$ ! on 02.01.2018

    From the entry: 'ATTENTION ALL EMPLOYEES OF THE GILMER COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM'.

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    Rumor mill is saying that teachers and possibly other state employees will have to wear a wrist bracelet to track their lifestyles? 

    Or pay higher insurance premiums?

    True/false?

    By is it true? on 02.01.2018

    From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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    Sorry to hear. He was a classmate at Sutton High School class of 1956.

    By Nancy Rose Westfall on 01.31.2018

    From the entry: 'Franklin D. “Frank” Conley'.

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    A call to all candidates for all seats:  You can submit the information about yourself to us and it will be published at NO COST.

    By Free Press on 01.31.2018

    From the entry: 'Gilmer County: List of Candidates for 2018 Election'.

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    Long list of candidates for the School Board. It would help voters decide if each candidate would publish a write-up of their personal backgrounds to include special qualifications for serving on the school board, and to include detailed goals for what they would like to achieve as a board member. The information would be far more useful to voters than signs plastered all over the County.

    By Active Voter on 01.31.2018

    From the entry: 'Gilmer County: List of Candidates for 2018 Election'.

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    How about the new superintendent of Gilmer’s schools giving a progress report on her accomplishments so far in improving the quality of our schools to produce better prepared HS graduates for college and careers, plans for continual upgrading of academic achievements by our students, and how results will be accurately measured and reported to be convincing that our County is moving ahead? Doesn’t sound too much to ask for by bill paying citizens.

    By Gilmer Parents For Accountability on 01.29.2018

    From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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    Gilmer County must set its own standards for student learning and to do what is necessary to achieve them with full involvement of highly motivated teachers.

    We know that major improvements are needed to make our kids more competitive, but we have not heard details for what is planned in our school system to make critically needed changes.

    Ignore what the State does with is long history of failure and let’s go ahead on our own.

    Top down management in education has never worked in WV with its crippling grip of politics to emphasize the importance of making improvements through local initiatives.

    By Glenville Teachers on 01.29.2018

    From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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    This is just another failure by the West Virginia State Board of Education!

    It does NOTHING to improve education!

    Just one more attempt to make everything “look nice”.

    The State Board members are too far removed from the classroom.

    That board needs populated with 4 or 5 of our better teachers who are not afraid to speak up.

    By Troy Parent on 01.28.2018

    From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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    The question for the County’s sitting School Board is what is being done with corrective actions to get the County’s HS graduates out of the worst prepared bottom group for college and career preparedness as the State has reported?

    Because more students graduate it does not mean that they mastered key subjects to promote success in the modern work place. Can anyone say grade inflation?

    By B. Beckett on 01.26.2018

    From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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    Reduce requirements.
    Lower teacher standards.

    Produce less educated students.
    Continue WV’s downward education spiral.

    The current State Board of Education is less prepared to lead than back in the Gayle Manchin
    days of failure.

    Do not fool yourselves. Realize Paine is pain.
    Do not expect WV educational leaders to improve education.

    They have been showing us for years that goal is
    out of their reach.

    By Failed State BOE on 01.18.2018

    From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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    Does anyone know the County’s plan for getting us out of the State’s bottom group for college and trades ready after high school?

    What are the causes for our being at the bottom for being ready and what is being done to solve them?

    Causes never cease by themselves and the only solution is top quality leadership pushing a highly focused corrective program.

    By Rusty Moore on 01.16.2018

    From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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    Example of a yes/but situation. Just because kids are pushed through does not mean that they are college and career ready. Read past comments about Gilmer’s being in the failing category for academic preparation. The way WV info is reported allows selective use of results to bloat up claims of how well a high school does in preparing students for the real world.

    By R. Wells on 01.16.2018

    From the entry: 'WEST VIRGINIA HIGH SCHOOLS RECOGNIZED FOR EXEMPLARY GRADUATION RATES'.

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    Sunday’s Charleston Gazette-Mail had a warning that just because a high school has a high graduation rate that does not mean that its students are college ready. Gilmer County is one of them to put us in the State’s bottom category for readiness, but you won’t hear about it locally. Kids call it dumbing down.

    By Give Citizens The Facts on 01.14.2018

    From the entry: 'West Virginia board revises high school requirement, grading'.

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    What about all the septic in the hollers that is draining into the creeks??

    By Ugly on 01.10.2018

    From the entry: 'PSC Investigates Impact of New Corporate Tax Law on Utilities'.

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    This point should be kept in mind i.e. “The Commission has directed all privately owned electric, gas, water, sewer and solid waste facilities to track the tax savings resulting from the 2017 Federal Tax Act on a monthly basis beginning January 01, 2018. “.

    By Michell J. Hill on 01.07.2018

    From the entry: 'PSC Investigates Impact of New Corporate Tax Law on Utilities'.

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

    By Accountabilty Needed on 01.03.2018

    From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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

    By B. Post on 01.02.2018

    From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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    You were in my life for what seemed like a short time but will be in my heart forever. I’ll see you at the family reunion one day again.

    By Dana Linger on 12.29.2017

    From the entry: 'Kathern Fay (Cogar) Linger'.

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

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

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

    By Parents For Better Leadership on 12.29.2017

    From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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

    By E. Moore on 12.28.2017

    From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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    Jeanette,
    I am so sorry for your loss.

    By Margie Shook on 12.18.2017

    From the entry: 'Warren Curtis Pierce'.

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

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

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

    By B. K. Brooks on 12.15.2017

    From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Minutes of Regular Meeting - 11.27.17'.

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    That’s the #### dems new ploy, they can’t win on policy so they charge sexual harassment.

    By The Silent Majority on 12.15.2017

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

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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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