No matter what happens, the children in this county have been totally forgotten by the “education elite” at the state level…it’s all about control…not education. Even if the money were returned to the county, just how do you make up for the rest of the debacle?? The voters were NOT consulted for any of this once they opposed consolidation. Parents and taxpayers don’t count these days! Add some of the extraneous nonsense being taught, the long hours away from home and so on, how can anyone expect children to excel under such circumstances??
GD can use Gilmer County’s school money to hire legal advice for himself.
This is something we understand from our sources to help shed light on it.
When the WVBOE removed your board’s authority for finances the last time, after you asked questions about spending for the board office move, GD was on the telephone with his lawyer before 8 in the morning the next day to speak with the WVDOE.
Were your board members involved with giving their side of what happened before you were punished by the WVBOE, and were they represented by a lawyer? Did not hear about it.
The lawyer was GD’s advocate and we believe that his input influenced the WVBOE’s decision to punish you for asking questions.
We do not like what goes on any better than the rest of you in Gilmer County.
Intervention hurt us too because WV people do not trust the WVDOE, the WVBOE, and they associate us with all the scandals just because we work here.
If our superintendent had failed to take a meaningful attempt to get $800,000 we were supposed to have received from the State, he would have been fired for failing to exercise his fiduciary responsibility to our children and our county’s citizens.
The difference is that our superintendent serves our county, not the WVBOE and the WVDOE.
Is Susan O’Brien in the WVOEPA office silent about this?
Isn’t she the main WVDOE official with oversight responsibility over your intervened county?
I would advise employees in the Board office to get copies of as many of those secret finance documents out of there as possible. It’s one thing to try and keep your job, but I doubt they pay you enough to take the fall for higher ups.
This pot is about to boil over. Make sure you have burn insurance.
Remember, there are two parties in this state now. They are investigating $4,800 in wedding supplies puchased by school personell in Logan County. That wouldn’t even register in this county.
Once again the WVBOE is withholding information from Gilmer County.
It is understood that the WVBOE permitted Lewis County’s 5th and 6th graders originally scheduled to attend the LES to go to another school in that County.
The decision was a major reason for empty classrooms at the LES.
Joe Mace knows it, the WVBOE knows it, the WVDOE knows it, the WV School Building Authority knows it, GD knows it, but as usual Gilmer County’s citizens are kept in the dark.
Worse yet Gilmer County is blamed for Charleston’s mess and there is a good chance that the WVBOE will dictate that more of the County’s children will be hauled to Lewis County to fill empty space at the LES.
Get it out in the open, Charleston, to involve common sense citizens to decide on the best option left for Gilmer County to cope with the State’s incompetency.
People would support construction of a new High School/Middle School facility.
What they won’t support is a middle school at the old Glenville Elementary School with pretense that its purpose would be to protect young girls as if our children come from a bunch of degenerate families.
That pretense was openly spread around the County by members of the so-called elite only interested in protecting the WVBOE.
The ruse began when it was evident that the new Gilmer County Elementary school was not built large enough because of incompetent WVBOE planning and its lack of adequate supervision over intervention practices.
What is not working now with the
GCHS/Middle school concept as is to blame teachers and the school’s administrators for incompetency?
The community is unaware of student misbehavior problems to merit middle school and high school students to be more isolated from one another than they are now.
This issue was supposedly resolved with one elementary school. Given its age and the CEFP that produced that situation, a new highschool/middle school should be next on the table. That document has not been modified and calls for this. If they try to go back on their word it will be time to start protesting in front of the State Legislature (House and Senate) during this session and demand resignations.
Our support and performance throughout the years have earned us the right to provide a good education to the children right here in Gilmer County.
It was interesting to hear the LCE Principal speak to the advantages of the smaller student population on channel 5 this week. Too bad we have lost that advantage here in Gilmer. Nationwide statistics confirm the positive results in educating students in smaller, more personalized settings.
A county that has always made high scores in the overall testing results is now showing little evidence of closing the achievement gap since intervention.
How very nice of the WVBE to give us proof of their mismanagement and shortcomings.
The WVBE spends time doing analysis in a futile attempt to glean some small modicum of improvement, when it is more than obvious the grading system is screaming overall total and utter failure of WVBE.
A threatening tone from the School Building Authority is unappreciated and not conducive to problem solving.
They of all people know that the problems with the new Lewis County LCE were created solely by the WVBOE who had total control of the situation from its very beginning to this day combined with a lack of due dilligence on the part of the SBA.
This attitude and no intelligent collaboration with the affected majority is what has caused one after another of the excess education levies to fail throughout the state.
Most recent example Randolph County. The BOE excess levy has failed twice and now their County Commission is wisely refusing to put it on the ballot in November because there is no public support.
Exposure of the WVBOE’s world class blunder and botch with the Leading Creek school should put down claims of those who say that everything is blown out of proportion by trouble makers.
Go to the Clarksburg WDTV Channel 5 website to see the story. Nothing was said in it about other WVBOE blunders and botch like high sums of money spent on electric bills when natural gas could have been used.
It was left out how much of Gilmer County’s money went to Lewis County for the school to worsen the enormity of this WVBOE caused scandal.
We need a full and independent financial audit. Also, there needs to be a formal investigation to give a full accounting for those officials responsible for this scandal.
“State School Building Authority officials have said they probably wouldn’t have built the school and spent millions if they had known enrollment would be so low. Scott Raines with the SBA says a “drastic approach” they wouldn’t want to do would be to have the counties repay the Authority what they put into the building.
“I can’t imagine it would get to that point and I can’t really imagine the local board would allow it to get to that point,“ Raines said.“
Quoted from WVTV posting. The SBA took the word of certain individuals who said they represented Gilmer County and NEVER consulted with the full board of education here in Gilmer OR the public as they have in Fayette.
It is not and should not be the responsibilty of Gilmer County taxpayers to fund Lewis County or vice versa. With so few students at Alum Bridge school and such a small population living in Troy, Leading Creek NEVER made good sense.
Gilmer County already paid the school formula monies over the Lewis County. It is not right for the SBA to threaten a board that’s had no control over the matter.
Today is Saturday, April 09, the 99th day of 2011. There are 266 days left in the year.
Thought for Today: “I always felt that the great high privilege, relief and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing.“ – Katherine Mansfield, New Zealander author (1888-1923).
Today’s Highlight in History:
On April 09, 1939, singer Marian Anderson performed a concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington after being denied the use of Constitution Hall by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
On this date:
In 1511, St. John’s College at the University of Cambridge was established by charter.
In 1682, French explorer Robert de La Salle claimed the Mississippi River Basin for France.
In 1865, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered his army to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia.
In 1940, during World War II, Germany invaded Denmark and Norway.
In 1942, American and Philippine defenders on Bataan capitulated to Japanese forces; the surrender was followed by the notorious Bataan Death March which claimed thousands of lives.
In 1947, a series of tornadoes in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas claimed 181 lives.
In 1959, NASA presented its first seven astronauts: Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Gus Grissom, Wally Schirra, Alan Shepard and Donald Slayton. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright, 91, died in Phoenix, Ariz.
In 1965, the newly built Astrodome in Houston featured its first baseball game, an exhibition between the Astros and the New York Yankees. (The Astros won, 2-1, in 12 innings.)
In 1983, the space shuttle Challenger ended its first mission with a safe landing at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
In 1996, in a dramatic shift of purse-string power, President Bill Clinton signed a line-item veto bill into law. (However, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the veto in 1998.)
Ten years ago:
• President George W. Bush sent Congress details of his $1.96 trillion budget for fiscal 2002, in which he targeted scores of federal programs to make room for his ten year, $1.6 trillion tax cut.
• American Airlines’ parent company acquired bankrupt Trans World Airlines.
• Baseball Hall-of-Famer Willie Stargell died in Wilmington, NC, at age 61.
Five years ago:
• The White House sought to dampen the idea of a military strike on Iran, saying the United States was conducting “normal defense and intelligence planning” in response to Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.
• More than half a million people in ten states rallied for immigrant rights.
• Phil Mickelson won his second Masters tournament.
One year ago:
• Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens announced his retirement. (His vacancy was filled by Elena Kagan.)
• Wisconsin forward Blake Geoffrion, the grandson of Hockey Hall of Famer Bernie “Boom Boom” Geoffrion, received the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as college hockey’s top player.
• Meinhardt Raabe, who’d played the Munchkin coroner in “The Wizard of Oz,“ died in Orange Park, Fla., at age 94.
Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner is 85
Naturalist Jim Fowler is 79
Actor Jean-Paul Belmondo is 78
Actress Michael Learned is 72
Country singer Margo Smith is 69
Country singer Hal Ketchum is 58
Actor Dennis Quaid is 57
Humorist Jimmy Tingle is 56
World Golf Hall of Famer Severiano Ballesteros is 54
Country musician Dave Innis (Restless Heart) is 52
Actress-sports reporter Lisa Guerrero is 47
Actor Mark Pellegrino is 46
Actress-model Paulina Porizkova is 46
Actress Cynthia Nixon is 45
Rock singer Kevin Martin (Candlebox) is 42
Rock singer Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance) is 34
Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam is 32
Rock musician Albert Hammond Jr. (The Strokes) is 31
Actor Charlie Hunnam is 31
Actor Ryan Northcott is 31
Actor Jay Baruchel is 29
Actress Leighton Meester is 25
Actor-singer Jesse McCartney is 24
Rhythm-and-blues singer Jazmine Sullivan is 24
Actress Kristen Stewart is 21
Actress Elle Fanning is 13
Classical crossover singer Jackie Evancho (ee-VAYN’-koh) (TV: “America’s Got Talent”) is 11
File Your State and Federal Personal Income Tax Returns Electronically
To avoid delays during any potential federal government shutdown, the West Virginia State Tax Department encourages all West Virginia Taxpayers to e-file both their State and federal personal income tax returns.
During any potential federal government shutdown, the Internal Revenue Service will either suspend the processing of paper returns or slow down the processing time substantially.
However, the IRS will continue to process electronically filed returns and to issue refunds for e-filed returns.
Therefore, the State Tax Department recommends that Taxpayers who have not yet filed a personal income tax return for Tax Year 2010 to e-file their federal returns.
The filing deadline this year is April 18, 2011.
West Virginia residents should be aware that paper tax returns filed with the State of West Virginia will not be delayed due to any potential shutdown.
This delay only pertains to paper returns filed with the IRS.
E-filing is the quickest and most accurate way to file personal income tax returns.
Currently, 78% of West Virginia Taxpayers have filed their State income tax returns electronically.
For more information about e-filing and instructions on filing personal income tax returns, please visit the West Virginia State Tax Department’s website at www.wvtax.gov.
Glenville State College will release a new website on Monday, April 11, 2011.
With the new website come big changes: a new graphical layout, some re-organization of menus and underlying information, and a lot of changes under the hood that won’t be apparent to web visitors but which will make the site more effective and easier to maintain.
The new site has been designed and constructed by Leslie Ward, with some assistance from student workers.
Screen Shot of the GSC’s New Home Page
After coming to GSC in July, Ward spent her first few weeks familiarizing herself with the various groups on campus, especially their needs and expectations of the website. She also learned about the structure and content of the website, and researched award winning college and university sites. A college or university site is a bit unique, in that it does not have one target audience, but several. Students need one set of information, whereas faculty and staff need another. Alumni, residents of the surrounding community, prospective students, and parents all bring their own set of questions and need for information. While these overlap considerably, they are also divergent, which makes organization a challenge.
Eventually, she decided to build a new site from the ground up. “The current website was well designed for its day,” states Ward, “but a lot of things have changed since then.” Two of the biggest changes seen in the last five years are web standards and the methods used by search engines to navigate the content of websites they are indexing. The current website uses outdated layout techniques, and it is not friendly to search engines. This means that if you go to Google or Yahoo! to search for some keywords, the Glenville State College website is not as likely to bubble up toward the top of the list as it could be.
One key improvement is the addition of a more robust search feature, which will be accessible in the main menu bar on every page. “I’ve chosen a Google solution for our search needs, which should help folks immensely when they’re trying to locate information on our website,” comments Ward. She goes on to say that because the in-development website is hidden behind our firewall, the search feature will not work immediately on Monday morning. This is because until it is online and publicly visible, Google cannot access it to build indices. After a few days, however, the search capability should be functioning nicely.
The new website also sports an improved calendaring system. This new system is actually implemented on the current site although it is a bit cramped; it looks much better on the new site and is easier to use because more information is visible on the screen. The directory now includes photos of most faculty and staff, and pages are being built for each student organization as information is submitted.
“One thing I really like about the new site is the way I was able to incorporate photos into the pages. Bandwidth is not as much of an issue now as it was five years ago, so I’ve been liberal with the graphics,” states Ward. She encourages all students, faculty, and staff to email their photos to her at any time, as the website will always be in need of photographs. She continues, “I’ve had a great response from the GSC community with the ‘Pics for Pizza’ campaign. I love having photographs of our college campus and community taken by our students, faculty, and staff. It brings the slogan ‘Where You Belong’ to life. This website really is a collaborative effort.”
In the spirit of a TRUE DEMOCRACY, The Gilmer Free Press DOES list submissions as Anonymous.
Based on hundreds of correspondence to The Gilmer Free Press stating concerns about the existing community political atmosphere, we feel it is important to do this as a service to our readers and for greater good of our community.
Citizens have shown concern and are afraid of possible retaliation to them and or their family members if and when they express their true opinion.
We feel it is so sad, especially in a little piece of this Great America, that these feelings have been created in our community whether it is true or not.
It is not a good idea to create any more obstacles for the taxpaying citizens than already exists.
There has also been a BIG FAILURE to inform our citizens by local media by catering specific groups and we feel everyone needs to work hard to change this.
Additionally, when community leaders fail to answer the community concerns and respond to their questions openly, they are absolutely not helping the cause. They are actually making matters worse.
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Among West Virginia’s most dependent on Medicare and Medicaid, the state stands to lose $16 billion over the next decade under a Republican plan for the federal budget.
That’s the estimate of Families USA, a health care advocacy group. It disagrees with measure supporters who say it’s the best way to reduce government spending.
Only 11 states have a larger share of residents on Medicaid. Families USA says West Virginia’s program would take a nearly $13 billion hit. That includes funding to expand coverage under the federal health care overhaul.
The GOP proposal would also repeal the overhaul’s tax credits for people who buy private insurance.
West Virginia has the nation’s largest portion of residents on Medicare. Families USA also opposes the proposed changes there, which would be more gradual.
WV Accepting ‘Adopt-A-Highway’ Registrations
The state Department of Environmental Protection is accepting registrations for the April 30, 2011, Adopt-A-Highway Statewide Cleanup.
Volunteers have until April 23, 2011 to register.
Co-sponsored by the DEP and the state Division of Highways, the Adopt-A-Highway program is administered by the DEP’s Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP).
Its goals include improving the quality of our environment by encouraging public involvement in the elimination of highway litter.
Individuals, families, churches, businesses, schools, civic organizations, government agencies and communities can register to pick up trash on almost any state-maintained road, back road or main route.
Private roads and interstate highways cannot be adopted.
The Adopt-A-Highway program provides garbage bags, work gloves and safety vests to volunteers.
The state also takes care of disposing of collected trash.
Volunteers must be at least 12 years old to participate.
To register, call 1-800.322.5530 or send an email to: “email@example.com”.
If you reach the REAP voicemail, please leave your ID, phone number, group name, date of cleanup, number of participants and the county where your adopted road is located.
The West Virginia ‘Make It Shine’ Statewide Cleanup, also sponsored by the DEP and Division of Highways, began on April 01 and will continue through April 15, 2011.
Ritchie County: WV Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program Plans Spring Workshop
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources announces that the spring Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Workshop at North Bend State Park will be held April 15-17, 2011.
Have you ever wanted to learn a new skill but have never had the opportunity to try? Or, have you wanted to take up an outdoor sport but were afraid to purchase all the equipment and then find out later that you hated it? Then the WV Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program is definitely for you!
This spring, BOW will offer outdoor classes that include archery, biking, shooting, camping, fly tying, fishing, nature walk, self-defense and outdoor cooking, to list a few. Registration is now open to women at least 18 years old with a fee of $150, which covers lodging, some meals, and some class materials during the workshop.
For more information or to register for the workshop, please contact BOW at 304.558.2771 or “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
In this time of budget crises we are hearing increasing calls to tax the rich. Working people paying the cost of our wars with both their lives and their taxes are outraged that corporations like General Electric, with huge profits, pay nothing toward the many government services which allow them to make so much money.
When a real estate investor buys land for $1,000 an acre and sells it five years later for $30,000 an acre, he has not created that wealth. That wealth was created by the community: the workers, business people, and governments that developed the city surrounding the investor’s land. The community creates the services, and the demand, that increases the value of this land.
The investor may have done nothing but sign a promissory note to pay for that land, yet we have accepted a system where all of the increased value goes to the person who signed the note. We then tax that income, at the most, at approximately one third. We leave two thirds of this huge increase in private hands while the rest of us work and scrape to pay for the services that will multiply his next investment.
It doesn’t have to be this way. President Kennedy used to quote Luke 12:48, “From those to whom much is given, much is required,” and he lived that simple concept of justice. Just 50 years ago, under President Kennedy, we recognized this principle and taxed the wealthy at a 70 percent tax rate. From those to whom much is given, much is required. Today, we tax the wealthy at approximately 35 percent, or one-half of the previous rate, and wonder why we face budget shortfalls at every level of government.
Donald Trump’s salary is reportedly $42,000,000 per year, primarily from real estate investments. Yet we—the community—create the conditions that increase the value of his investments every year. Increasing his tax contribution from 35 percent ($13,000,000) to 70 percent ($26,000,000) per year would not only make a significant contribution to our budget problems, it would be fair. We resist implementing this simple and obvious solution to our budget crises only because we have been trained to believe that $42,000,000 he makes each year is entirely his money. It is not.
No one becomes wealthy without a lot of help from a lot of people, and Trump is no exception. It is time to demand that Trump and other wealthy individuals and large corporations pay their fair share of the costs it takes to fund our country and our states. Tax justice is a simple step we can take to address the financial crises we are facing and stop the ever-increasing concentration of power and money in our country.