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I am saddened when I read of a suicide, especially in the younger people!  I do not agree with some folks who say one can never go to Heaven if their death is from suicide.  They argue that if killing is a sin, suicide will prevent you from ever asking forgiveness.  I can see where they are coming from, but I feel they underestimate the great love of God.  He does not judge like we humans often do, giving no thought to what may have brought on the suicide.  He is full of love and compassion and will always judge fairly about each person’s life.

A story from the book of I Kings 17 – 18 presents a picture of our loving God that involves one of His special prophets who was discouraged and wanted to die.  Elijah was suicidal.  Here is what was in a devotional for today from the page of a book I have often quoted from for Pat’s Chat.  Reading Through the Bible with H.M.S. Richards, page 174.

“One of the most dramatic stories in the Bible recounts Elijah’s mission to convince apostate Ahab and his people of God’s supremacy over Baal [a pagan idol]. . . . ‘How long halt ye between two opinions?  If the Lord be God, follow him’ but if Baal, then follow him’ (1 Kings 18:21).

‘Poor Elijah!  He had been at high tension for days, and his physical exertion had been extreme.  He had looked death in the face.  For a few hours, he had lived in supreme spiritual exultation and had won a mighty victory over the opposition of the idolatrous king, priests, and people.  Now came the reaction.

‘The weary prophet lay down under a desert juniper tree and wanted to die—-he even prayed to die.  It is good that God does not always give us what we ask.  Elijah thought that his work was done and there was nothing more to live for.  He wanted to die.  But God does not always give us what we ask.  Elijah thought that his work was done and there was nothing more to live for.  He wanted to die.  But God knew that what he needed was rest, sleep, and food.  And there under the juniper tree Elijah found then at an angel’s hand.  How blessed it is that God does not forsake us when we forsake ourselves—-when we are tired, sick, blue, discouraged, sitting under the little juniper tree of our own private wilderness.  Instead, he sends His angel of mercy to minister His blessing to us.

Later, in the cave on Horeb, came the word of God, which sustained Elijah through everything.  Out of his black discouragement, he came back into the light of faith and obedience when he heard the divine whisper.  True, all the visible prospects were against him, but God was for him and God’s word had come to him.  So he went on to Jezreel and to Jordan and to the chariot of fire.  No, he did not die under the juniper tree as he had prayed to do, nor in the cave, nor by the hand of Jezebel or the prophets of Baal.  He never died at all.  He kept on living; he is living now.

Can you, friend, not draw encouragement from this man of God?  God has a place for you!  He has a work for you.  Are you in that place and are you doing that work?  If not, will you not listen to His Word and look to the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation?  Repent and obey His divine Word.  Now is the time.  This is the hour to start.  May God help you to go forward in the way of faith as did Elijah, the man who heard God whisper.’

Please go to your Bible and read 1 Kings 17 and 18.  It may give you courage

Maranatha!

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The past couple months—-the first in likely 10 years, we have been filling a grocery cart at Foodland.
Usually shopping meant a trip to Weston or Gassaway, once in a while Clarksburg.
We certainly enjoy shopping and visiting right in Glenville.
Especially with the many visible improvements.
Why now, there is even and electric ‘buggy’ for those who need it.
The entire community and surrounding areas are enjoying Mr. Morris newest good deed!

By Yes---MANY happy Gilmer shoppers! on 08.15.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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In a couple years we will be right back where we are today.
Here come the payback and favorites appointments.
Several are all ready lining up for a gig even be it a short one.
Nothing changes in West Virginia.

As far as the ones run off.  They will get a bonus, maybe even a cush job, as well as sweet
retirement deal.
Its the West Virginia way.

By Bill.H. on 08.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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This supreme court debacle exposes where a LOT of West Virginia’s problems come.

Nepotism and cronyism.  Plain and simple.
I would vote for almost anyone who does not have tie to our state.

Never thought I’d ever say that.
We need the BEST elected for our offices.

Its clear that isn’t the case.  For a long time.
Flip-floppin-party-jumpers need to stay home.
We don’t want your ilk.  Big Jim included.

By Kanawha on 08.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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While GSC struggles to survive why not apply a college version of the Foodland model?

Offer academic programs in high demand, affordable to students, and second to none in quality in WV or better yet not available anywhere else in the State.

It does not require having an MBA degree to figure that out as a recipe for success. Works in business all the time for talented entrepreneurs.

By GSC's Opportunity on 08.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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If misconduct being reported about WV Supreme Court justices is truthful there could not be better way to cast suspicion on top-to-bottom corruption within WV’s legal system including what the State Bar is supposed to do to protect the public from unethical lawyers.

The justices should receive the highest punishment allowable. What a black mark on WV. Couldn’t make it up.

By Smelly Legal System on 08.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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To say that the Foodland Store is a major improvement is an understatement. It is kept well stocked with no empty shelves as a result of vastly improved inventory, reordering, and shelf stocking approaches, exceptionally clean store with excellent lighting, there is a price range to choose from for many items, milk does not spoil within 3 days after you get home, prices are fair to make it obvious that price gouging does not exist, and the staff is always friendly and noticeably committed to assist customers. Even the sharp dress code and personal conduct of employees demonstrates that teamwork and pride exist for being on a winning team. No more having to drive to Flatwoods or Weston to shop on a routine basis. Thank you I. L. Morris family.

By Appreciative Gilmer Shoppers on 08.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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One bad apple spoils the barrel.
Looks like that old ‘saw’ is proven
right again!  M-T the barrel!

By one bad apple? on 08.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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Yeah, Manchin and former democratic governor Wise pretended to be deer hunters. They both know to be otherwise is political poison in WV. Mr. Morrisey being a republican will work hard for our 2nd amendment rights, whether he is a hunter or not, he does not have to pretend.

By Trespasser Will on 08.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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Look at the bus run times.

Several over an hour.

And you know that’s not safe or reasonable for stop/go/loaded bus.

Someone has cooked the books to meet state regulations?

GC board of Ed? 
Is that the case?
What say you?

By parent on 08.11.2018

From the entry: 'GILMER COUNTY SCHOOLS BUS SCHEDULES 2018-2019'.

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Give the man the credit due him.

AG Morrisey has done a lot of work in support of 2nd amendment rights for West Virginia.

Reciprocal carry with many states as well as support of WV conceal carry.

Senate candidate Manchin worked former NYC Mayor Bloomberg (yes, that gun grabber) to raise money
to limit gun rights.

Who you going to vote for?

By who you going to vote for? on 08.11.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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Yep, ole Menace Catch-em…got caught and retired. Just a move to try to save his guilty butt?  lol

The so called “supreme gang” rolled the dice and played their game.  They knew.

Caught now, bringing shame to the good people of West Virginia.

Stirring up memories of A.J.Manchin and his ‘departure’.

Even brings up the memories of Governor getting his ‘due’ and being sent off to prison for a few years.

Pretty obvious, neither party is “quality” minded when they give us their candidates?

Or maybe its the “best” they have to offer??

By Harold on 08.11.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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The democrats whine about partisanship but they go against the will of the people. I choose to not carry on most occasions, but remember it was a Republican led legislature who voted to allow us to carry if we feel the need.

By The Silent Majority on 08.10.2018

From the entry: 'WV Impeachment Enters a More Partisan Stage'.

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There was a comment about need to be on a school board for 1-2 years before learning how to be an effective member.

Having been on a board for 22 years and observing how newly elected members respond I agree with the statement.

After getting elected it is normal for new members to feel overwhelmed with all the rules, regulations, and procedures in effect to address proper functions of school boards.

A new board member has two options. One is to simply show up at meeting as a seat warmer to get a pay check for doing nothing.

The second choice is to accept that being on a board is a serious responsibility with children’s futures at stake and it takes hard work and dedication to learn roles and responsibilities to carry out.

Consider personnel actions as one example. To attempt to protect as much independence as possible it is common for some superintendents to be parsimonious with material shared with boards.

To overcome this constraint new board members should demand written documentation on personnel information they are entitled to review before voting on a superintendent’s personnel recommendations.

What if there is not official documentation in your county defining a board’s entitled access to personnel information?

Instead of wasting money on lawyers to provide guidance get your board to submit a formal request to your superintendent to provide WV’s rules for boards applicable in all of the State’s 55 school systems.

The information exists and it is unnecessary to reinvent the wheel to waste time and money.

By Welcome New Board Members on 08.10.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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The new school board is commended for deciding to assign Mr. David Ramezan to serve on the audit committee and to be the rep to the Career Center.

There are expectations for the new board to produce and the decisions demonstrate openness to assigning the best people to serve in special capacities. 

We expect Gilmer County to be a WV front runner in educating our kids and that includes using finances optimally to get the most for education dollars and to provide superior career training for students electing to go that route.

By Audit and Career Center Assignments on 08.08.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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New board members know from initial training that an individual member has no more authority than a dog on a tight leash.

This means that individual members are not authorized to give orders to any employee in a school system, all directives must be through a majority board member vote directly to a superintendent reporting to a board, and that individual is held accountable for carrying out directives.

The message is that boards govern and superintendents administer.

If there is failure for a superintendent to perform as a board directs that can result in an unsatisfactory performance evaluation and in some cases be grounds for insubordination with penalties.

Two major problems with boards are failures to give a superintendents timely and clearly defined objectives for administration of a school system and failures to document substandard superintendent performances when annual reviews occur.

The clear separation of authority of boards versus superintendents mentioned above is designed to prevent tendencies by some board members to attempt to engage in personal micromanagement in school systems.

Imposition of the necessity of a majority board vote for what a superintendent is supposed to do functions to promote thoughtful input from all elected members to contribute to wiser school system decisions to lessen internal conflicts.

By Kanawha County Observer on 08.07.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Thank you for your update Mr. Boggs.
Couple things I’m wondering about.

First—the ‘roller coaster’.  That’s the first mile from Burnsville I-79 proceeding West on Route 5.

Almost immediately exiting the Interstate everyone is greeted with the rough, bumpy train tracks.  Been like that for years as we all know.  Then comes the dips and dives of the concrete road.  This has progressively worsened over the past 20 years.  Why is nothing done with it?

Next.  How about an accounting, a list of accomplishments if any, by the Little Kanawha Parkway Authority/Commission.

It is funded by the WV Legislature.  Has been for many years.  Manchin struck it from his first budget saying it wasn’t needed.  Couple months later it was funded again with the money doubled.

A list of income and expenditures would be nice to see, without having to file a FOIA for it.  It does appear at first glance, this Parkway deal only benefits one attorney and few elected officials.  Sort of closed club where the taxpayer picks up the travel expense and meals just for a day out?

A good explanation would build confidence and eliminate negative discussions?  Thank you.

By Orlando on 08.07.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It is commonly heard that when the State was in control sensitive records in the school board office were shredded, hard drives were removed and replaced with clean ones, and selected telephone records were eliminated.

Mr. Cottrill a request is made to you and Ms. Lowther to get straight answers to the community.

Involving unbiased and competent investigators should occur. Board office employees who were there when the State was in control know one way or another what happened, but they may be reluctant to provide information out of fear.

If community perceptions turn out to based on facts what are the legal implications, exactly what records were destroyed, and why did the destruction occur?

This concern is too important for the category of “forget the past and move on”.

The “forget and move on” attitude seems to be code for cover up because it is repeated too often in Gilmer County.

By Provide The True Facts on 08.07.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Gilmer.  Do not expect much from your new board of ed.  Think you have 3 new members?  It will take them a year at least before they get the idea of what they can and cannot do.

I believe some of your new board is connected to previous members who are likely owned by some faction with questionable intentions.  Left overs from your days of intervention I’d guess.

Good luck!  Gilmer BOE.  You will need it.

Citizens and school staff.  Hold your board members feet to the fire and do the job right.

That’s what it will take you.

By Lewis County on 08.06.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Saw that a Mr. Paine was suggested for the assistant GCHS principal. If hired it would be helpful for the County to see printed background coverage for the person to get to know about him. The information would introduce him to those of us who do not know the gentleman.

By GCHS Needs Improved on 08.06.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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There is more scandal in the GCBOE and WVDE than people realize.

The entire local BOE that worked under Blankenship know just how many files and documents the had to run through the paper shredder..

Most likely Manchin’s cousin, state appointed superintendent, Devano did the same thing?  How about it, GCBOE employees?  You know.

The West Virginia Department of Education gave Gilmer the biggest scandal, the biggest black eye, of the past 100 years.

Now, when will your flood zone built school flood, Gilmer County?  Everyone knows it not ‘if’ but ‘when’?

THERE WAS *NO* ACCOUNTABILITY AND *NO* OVERSIGHT BY THE WEST VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION. 

If they claim there was, then the only other possible reason for the multiple failures, can be nothing other than complete incompetence?  Thank you WVDE.

By Kanawha on 08.06.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Solid reporting about the BOE in the Democrat related to the no-excuse budget tracking scandal verifies that criticality important information was kept from the previous school board and the public.

GFP readers were warned for years that withholding of key information was occurring. Those who attempt to keep up on BOE business have a legitimate reason to question how much other information was kept secret during intervention.

Student achievement, personnel actions including involvement of nepotism and favoritism, and administrate decisions associated with consolidating schools are among subjects being questioned.

There was an underground effort in the County to discredit those in the past who questioned irregular activities under intervention. They were attacked by calling them busy bodies.

The excess levy was passed because we wanted to help children. With the recent budget scandal we question if that money was spent on its intended purpose in the past.

Henceforth we want every excess levy penny to be accounted for. If the money was misspent in the past we want that exposed.

We are counting on Mrs. Lowther and the new BOE to end secrecy. That expectation is reasonable for the benefit of the County’s children and taxpayers.

By BOE School Finances Scandal on 08.06.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Far, far worse with contractor work at the new grade school. We learned early not to rock the boat when we noticed problems with contractors. Should be a record if paper work and hard drives are still available.

How about checking on this on Mr. Cottril?

We were warned not to say anything to anyone about the new school being too small while knowing that Leading Creek was built too large and it still has vacant rooms.

The State was in total control from start to finish with everything and local involvement was forbidden. You see what that got us, and we will be paying the price for years to come.

By Classified Staff on 08.03.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Reference in the Democrat to the County’s mess about the school budget because of improper record keeping is a red alarm.

It is evident what the previous school board was faced with during intervention with the State keeping sensitive information secret. What else will emerge from the wood work?

Who are the candidates and their special qualifications for the assistant principal job at the GCHS? The selection will be one of the most important ones in the near future to help get the school back on track with a winning administrative team.

Will politics and taking care of special families be put aside on this one or will we have business as usual?

By BOE Tracker on 08.03.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Yes, “The State Was Fully Responsible” for the immense waste of tax dollars in both Lewis and Gilmer counties.

There are a few who know well the story.  None with backbone to tell it.

No investigative news source to dig the truth for public information.

Millions of dollars lost.  The trail leads straight to the West Virginia Board of Education.  With willing underlings to help every step of the way.

By Kanawha on 08.03.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Service personnel spoke out clearly and often about shoddy work at the GCHS. They were not listened to and worse yet they were told to keep quiet. There should be a detailed accounting of where all the County’s facilities money went after intervention, who was involved with project oversight, who got money, and what went undone and botched. Take the issue to Governor Justice. He would get involved as he battles corruption, waste, and mismanagement. Start with Leading Creek, go on to the Arbuckle site, on to Cedar Creek, and finally to Hays City. The horrible story is there and it must be exposed.

By The State Was Fully Responsible on 08.02.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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If board members are only permitted to see names for personnel being recommended by the superintendent without reviewing all applications themselves how do they know before voting that the best applicants are recommended by the superintendent?

Sounds like personnel decisions are really a token procedural formality made to look like an objective way of doing business with full involvement of the board.

By Doesn't Make Sense on 08.01.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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There have been reoccurring concerns expressed about GC school board members not being allowed to review credentials of individuals selected for new positions.

End it by getting clarification from the Board’s lawyer pertaining to personnel information a board is entitled to review opposed to what has to be kept confidential from it.

The same WV laws for personnel information apply to all 55 counties.

By Remove Doubt About BOE Access To Information on 07.31.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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When Gilmer’s superintendent recommends personnel actions how is it done? Does she provide back-up information for board members to review before voting or are just names provided? Where do checks and balances apply as they should to ensure that the best qualified are always selected?

By Question to D. Cottril BOE Pres. on 07.31.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Mr. Boggs. Could you give us an update as to what is happening, action, meeting discussions, etc. with the Little Kanawha Parkway?

We know the Legislature sets aside a goodly amount of money every year, and has for years, but never see any mention in the news of any progress.

Thank you.

By Orlando on 07.31.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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One of the biggest reasons for failure in WV education is the generations of Preferential Treatment.  Few will admit.  Fewer see it. A diagram would look more complicated than a spider web.

By Kanawha on 07.31.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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to/WVDE insider.  ‘do we know how its done in Gilmer’....Ya’ boy do we!

We know the WVDE has messed up our school system, schools, administration, test scores….to the point it will take a generation or more to straight out.

Administration is leveling blame at service personnel for the shoddy design and substandard build issues.

Gilmer’s issues would make 2 week PBS mini-series.

Observant individuals understand well the 2 former state appointed superintendents and the ‘retired’ former college prez were the ‘call’ boys.  The ‘call boys’ who were way in over their heads with site selection, construction, design, etc.

The money squandered, has been estimated to be well over a million dollars. The question of flooding with the new elementary school is not “if” it will flood, but rather “when”.

Administrative incompetence will almost always try to blame their own failures on others.  Who are usually in a defenseless position.

By watcher on 07.30.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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It is factual that in school systems where openness prevails there is less suspicion, more trust, and citizens at all levels unite to contribute to having outstanding schools.

In closed systems with strict censoring there is constant strife detracting from having united fronts to help improve schools.

A symptom of closed systems is that word is always sent from administrators that everything in fine,  but when achievement test scores come in students fall short. Then, the cry from those in control is that the assessment tests were wrong!

By Retired Gilmer Teacher on 07.30.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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In high performance counties superintendents review applications to boards when jobs open and when a matrix is used they see that information too.

When only a matrix is disclosed that can be too subjective because of the way entries are made by evaluators. Biased individuals inflate scores to show favoritism. 

It is known that in several counties most information about applicants is kept secret from boards and superintendents recommend individuals they want with expectations for rubber stamping.

Does anyone know how it is done in Gilmer County?

By WVDE Insider on 07.30.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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If you want to do something interesting diagram how certain individuals in Gilmer’s school system connect to one another through cronyism, nepotism, and other special relationships. That is what happens when organizations are ingrown and the best qualified “outsiders” are locked out when job openings occur.

By Preferential Treatment Thrives on 07.28.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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Governor Justice preempted the Blue Ribbon Commission by opposing the consolidation of governing boards for selected small institutions of higher learning including GSC.

That is the way business is done in WV. Money is paid for competent and unbiased professionals to recommend better ways of doing business. If recommendations do not mesh with preconceived ideas entrenched bureaucrats attack the messengers.

The problem with individual Boards of Governors is several fold. Appointees on boards are usually chosen through local politics and it is rare for most of these individuals to have note worthy credentials for governing.

Another problem is that over time a select group of families and their close associated become in control of all aspects of an institution..

The result is that institutions can take on personalities of a small circle of individuals and innovative ideas from persons outside the power circle are unwelcome.

If a centralized governing board is rejected for some of the small institutions including GSC and it is decided that local boards know what is best for them, full funding State money should be withheld to require shortfalls to be made up through enrollment increases.

The way it is now there are no penalties for failures.

By SAVE GSC ALUM on 07.28.2018

From the entry: 'University President Calls Proposed Funding Model 'Flawed''.

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Its more than likely this school board will fall(jump most probably) into the trap of crony hires.

Give friend, family, or someone a ‘payback’ job.

Probably we will wind up with a family connected name calling the shots.
Why do you think we so often come up short on scores?

Nepotism favored job hires, rarely if ever, gives you the BEST person for a job.  To get the best you need to advertise outside the ‘circle’.

By parent 3 on 07.28.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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The research findings are evidence that leadership over principals sets the stage for success or failure of schools. This means that the weakest link to contribute to failures can be superintendents who lack experiences and skills to be outstanding administrators.

In WV too often superintendents are chosen for the wrong reasons and that is why our education system lags behind other states. It is about corrupt power plays instead of doing what is right for kids.

One clue to not hiring the highest quality superintendent is if the individual would not be competitive for the position in a high performance WV school system.

By DOE Education Researcher on 07.27.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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An appropriate achievement would be for Mr. Cottril and Mr. Shackelford to get personally involved to help produce a comprehensive plan for positive changes in the County’s school system.

There are serious deficiencies with student achievement and nothing will improve unless there is an official and outstanding program in place to make needed changes.

We eagerly await hearing from the two new new board officers to learn their plans. Campaign promises were made for changes to make and we will learn if they will be carried out.

By Tell Us BOE Master Plan on 07.27.2018

From the entry: '5 ways to truly help principals succeed'.

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The state of education here will be affected by the quality of the deputy principal for the GCHS. We want an outstanding individual with a background in high school teaching who understands curriculum and how to use it to goose English, reading, and math. We do not want a retread or someone who must learn on the job at our expense.

We request the superintendent to post resumes of applicants for the job so we will know that the best person was selected for the vacancy.

We do not want friends of friends, relatives, or any other irrelevant criterion to be used to simply provide someone employment at the expense of children. We have had enough of that and test scores show it.

By Select Best Assistant At GCHS! on 07.26.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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What kind of convincing case could be made that corruption associated with building the new GCES has not occurred too?

It is believed that there were short cuts, sweet heart deals with contractors, failures to hold contractors accountable, and failures in the board office to monitor contract work effectively.

Why not ask proper authorities to investigate the history of the way business was done for the new consolidated school starting with Linn, the auction barn site, Cedar Creek, and the Hays City site?

Everyone in the County knows that construction and site problems still exist at the GCES. Teachers and staff are afraid to speak out and we hear that scape goating toward the County’s maintenance workers is beginning from the Central Office.

Those workers were shut out of the construction process and their warnings of problems fell on deaf ears. With revamping of the WV School Building Authority and emphasis on accountability why not bring those officials in to investigate?

By GC SCHOOL EMPLOYEES on 07.26.2018

From the entry: 'WV Judges Remove Richwood Mayor From Office'.

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Gilmer County has a crisis on its hands with what is going on at the GCHS. It is no secret that student proficiency with math, science, and ELA must be upgraded to enable our graduates to be college and career ready.

When the public learns results of the State’s new SAT scores being kept secret it will become increasingly evident that positive changes for academic improvements must be made.

The most important change now must be to select the best qualified person to serve as the vice principal at the HS.

The person must have the best qualifications we can get to do the job. Instead of that happening it is feared that the hiring decision will be driven by pure politics and business as usual.

For too long decisions have been made in Gilmer County on the basis of who you know, how much money you have, which family you are from, and how much support there is from elitists expecting favors in return to always keep them in firm control.

Our children are suffering. Let us hope that Mrs. Lowther, the new superintendent, will help ensure that the best qualified candidate with a proven track record for improving academics will be chosen for the VP position.

By Watchful Voters on 07.26.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Reading the local newspaper would lead one to believe we have a non-functioning county prosecutors office?

The county commission has gutted the workforce at the court house seemingly as well?

Not even a janitor now?

Are we going to see Chapman, Kennedy, and Bennett with brooms, mops, and lawnmowers now?

Where did all that money go from the rainy day fund?  Back when Ramsey and Kennedy were running the county, there was over a million dollars in the fund?

Who is driving new cars and trucks?

By Prosecuting attorney office closed? on 07.25.2018

From the entry: 'WV Judges Remove Richwood Mayor From Office'.

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Why hasn’t Gilmer come up with a similar approach to improve STEM and English language arts proficiencies?

Mr. Cottril, You are the newly elected board president and you campaigned on change.

How about keeping your campaign promise by developing a clearly defined plan with specifics for STEM and ELA achievements?

If Doddridge can do it why not Gilmer? Having an easily understood plan without all the education jargon would get the entire County supporting it.

Besides, there would be an objective basic for establishing accountability for the Board and the superintendent.

By Gilmer Can Be A Winner Too on 07.25.2018

From the entry: 'Doddridge County Schools'.

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OK.  One WV state supreme court judge resigns.
Next, the second is under indictment?  Well publicized his crimes.

That’s 40% of the WV state supreme judges.

The other three were almost certainly aware of what their buddies had been doing?
Did they blow the whistle on them?

Are they guilty by association and doing nothing?
Forty per cent of the apples in the barrel are bad?

Very good chance the other 60% are no better?  Just been covered up to this point?

Here is one voter that has zero trust or confidence in the WV State Supreme Court.
Can you?

By Job Johnny on 07.24.2018

From the entry: 'WV Judges Remove Richwood Mayor From Office'.

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So the WV state supreme court judges are going to take out a mayor?

While the legislature is taking out the state supreme court judges….as some resign.

SNL material this is!!??

By laughable judges? on 07.23.2018

From the entry: 'WV Judges Remove Richwood Mayor From Office'.

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Good job keeping vehicle operators safe on the road.

By Aaron Smith on 07.23.2018

From the entry: 'Public Service Commission Officers on the Road for Operation Safe Driver Week'.

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It is a welcomed development for Dr. Pellett to high light teacher education at GSC. If an outstanding, new program not found anywhere else in the State were to be offered alumni support would follow. More students would come to GSC too.

It sounds a natural to emphasize land resources and criminal justice in addition to teacher education. GSC cannot continue to try to be all things to all people and that is why restructuring is needed.

Organizations which excel have one trait in common and it is openness to adjustments to accommodate emerging forces of the market place. Thriving colleges and universities are no different.

Hats off to Dr. Pellett’s leadership.

By GSC Alumni on 07.23.2018

From the entry: 'Glenville State president feels “optimistic” about Blue Ribbon Commission'.

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why she go to work even she knows she can gave birth to baby? I’m literately amazed by hearing this. You are doing well to spread such kind of awareness.

By Emily Medison on 07.22.2018

From the entry: 'Woman gives birth in Chick-fil-A bathroom, baby gets perks'.

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The Glenville mayor is doing an excellent job and the town is so much lucky to have him there, Hope we will also have you

By Emily Medison on 07.22.2018

From the entry: 'GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES'.

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Its hard to hear the news of her passing away from this world. literally she did too much hard work to achieve her goals. I’m also a store manager in New York.
She inspired me a lot and i will also work hard to achieve my goals like her.

By Emily Medison on 07.22.2018

From the entry: 'Longtime Glenville State College Alumni Director to Retire'.

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The WV legal system has more than its share of corruption. That is what happens when there is self-policing. If you want proof go to the State Bar to read convincing complaints of misconduct filed against lawyers for which the Bar decided nothing unethical, dishonest, or illegal occurred.

Happens as a means for protecting members of the legal profession preying on the public. Estates administered by dishonest lawyers are particularly vulnerable because dead persons cannot verify wrongdoing and heirs are at a disadvantage to get justice. The main reason is that getting competent legal representation is seldom an option except for the rich.

By Corruption Throughout WV's Legal System on 07.22.2018

From the entry: 'WV Judges Remove Richwood Mayor From Office'.

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Political abuse runs rampant.  Let’s hope this is a new trend in cleaning West Virginia corruption.

By Finally on 07.22.2018

From the entry: 'WV Judges Remove Richwood Mayor From Office'.

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6. Control the host varmints in your back yard, where your children and grandchildren play.

By Trespasser Will on 07.20.2018

From the entry: 'WVDA Suggests Tips to Avoid Ticks'.

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R.J. Meyers said it—

“The new board president must get detailed information out to the public.“

Good thought.  But are you meaning the new board president, that needed help to do the simple ‘roll call’.....in his first meeting?

Isn’t that rich?

Don’t forget.

Gilmer County school system is still on ‘probation’ with West Virginia State Board of Education intervention rules.

By R.J.Meyers said it. on 07.19.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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What’s with this Senator Manchin?

You heard from West Virginia voters in two presidential elections…..but chose to give your super-delegate vote to the two individuals that WV voters did NOT support?

You gave your super-delegate vote to both BHO and HRC…..when voters said otherwise.

We were burnt twice. Not again.  We remember.

By Really--Mr. Manchin--? on 07.19.2018

From the entry: 'From the Hill to the Mountains'.

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The lipstick comment deserves special attention. The State’s testing results verifies that too many students are not proficient in science, reading, and math. WV remains in the lower 10th among the 50 states for those areas.

Google WVZOOM Dashboard and look at State assessment scores for the GCHS. According to reports a decision was made to hire one more math teacher over there to help improve future results.

Nothing is known about what is being done to help Gilmer’s HS students with reading and science. The new Board president must get detailed information out to the public.

Assurances that everything is OK won’t work anymore. There has been too much of that type of hokum. The public knows how to access achievement information from the Internet to impose increasing accountability for our school system.

By R. J. Myers on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Maybe it is a case of not seeing the forest for the trees. GSC is designated responsibility for serving seven counties in central WV.

SAT scores for students entering GSC are the lowest in the State with large numbers of students coming from the seven counties. This suggests that education needs to be upgraded in the counties.

Why not focus on using the College to train teachers for central WV and to do what is necessary to improve pre-K-12 education in the seven counties?

Looks to be a natural winner for GSC. What about it Dr. Pellett and GSC’s Board of Governors?

By Watching Alumni on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Thanks you for honest comments, Mr. Boggs.

Its a sad state when volunteers can be credited with a better job than paid WV employees.

No wonder we have financial, legislative, highway, issues at every turn in the road. 

And to think, that the governor has to burden the National Guard with administration of a flood recovery program? 

Obvious we have incompetent individuals in many positions throughout the state bureaucracy. Are there ever, ever any state employees actually fired, for unacceptable job performance or plain incompetence?

Look at route 5 west of I-79 for a wonderful example of DOH failure.  The DOH county office is a mile from the ‘rollercoaster’ ride. All those state employees have to ride it 10, maybe 20 times a week just doing their jobs.  How can they not see it?

This rollercoaster is the ‘welcome center’ to Braxton and Gilmer county.
Its been a mess for over 20 years.  The rough, bumpy railroad tracks too.

Yes, that’s what the Gilmer Federal Prison employees who commute deal with.  It’s a great welcome, great first look, for prospective Glenville State College students and staff as well.

By A failed state of the state report. on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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What a glowing report.

Just because you say or print something, doesn’t make it true.

With a report like this, you would think WV had moved up the list from 47th in outcomes.

A few people don’t have the wool down over their eyes.

By wasted lipstick on the pig. on 07.17.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Wiseman’s suggestion is an opportunity for the new School Board officers, Mr. Cottril and Mr. Shakleford.

Both members campaigned on improvements they would make if elected. The most important improvement would be outstanding results with student learning outcomes in the County.

Quarterly progress reports from Mr. Cottril and Mr. Shackleford are requested.

By Voters For Accountability on 07.16.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Excellent meeting minutes I wish we could see more local news like this..  Where can I find information on the recent lawsuit between the Gilmer County Commission and Prosecutor Hough?  I understand Judge Alsop issued a decision?

By Reader on 07.14.2018

From the entry: 'GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES'.

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Praises go to Governor Justice, Dr. Paine, and the entire State Board for producing this outstanding report.

For the first time in memory comprehensive information is included in one source for the public and it is written in an understandable
style.

A request is made to the Gilmer County Board of Education and Superintendent Lowther to produce a similar report by this fall for the specific status of our school system.

We could celebrate achievements for which we excel and we could profit from our weak points as opportunities for corrective measures to take.

Forget about what other counties are doing—we are competing against ourselves.

The often cited excuse that we are just as good as other counties with WV ranking near bottom should no longer be tolerated.

By fall results of recent SAT testing would be available to Superintendent Lowther and the County Board to include in the report.

One advantage of the suggested County report and ones in successive years would be a basis for the public to use to judge effectiveness of Gilmer’s Board of Education and Superintendent Lowther.

The GFP is applauded for its role in being a leader in WV for making education news accessible on the Internet.

By Frank Wiseman on 07.14.2018

From the entry: 'State Superintendent of Schools Delivers the State of Education'.

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Dr. Pellett, you attacked accuracy of the NCHEMS report in your Gazette article today.

It would be informative for you to give an Internet link to the report to permit it to be read and for you to publish a detailed critique of errors in it with backup evidence as proof.

By GSC EMPLOYEE on 07.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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A basic truism for a highly successful start up business is to offer a new top quality product in high demand at a price consumers can afford.

Why do Dr. Pellett and GSC’s Board of Governors reject the concept? Specifically, as printed in the Democrat there is a proposal to establish a premiere five year teacher education program at the College with grads to receive a masters degree in teaching. A program of that type is desperately needed in WV and it is not offered elsewhere.

Word circulating is that Dr. Pellet, the Board of Governors, and dominant members of the County’s elite have summarily rejected the idea.

One excuse heard is that local power brokers do not want WVU involved with the College. Yet, in the Democrat Dr. Pellett is quoted saying that he is working on a new nursing program with WVU’s involvement.

Is the true reason of veto of the innovative teacher education program because Dr. Pellet and the Board of Governors were not originators of the idea to automatically cause its rejection?

Dr. Pellett is invited to explain to the public and concerned alumni why the program would not be in GSC’s long term best interests.

By Why Dr. Pellet and GSC BOG? on 07.13.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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The Glenville mayor is doing an excellent job and the town is lucky to have him on the job. Getting old houses torn down was a kept promise and the town looks much better at those places. Let’s have more of it.

By Citizen on 07.11.2018

From the entry: 'GLENVILLE CITY COUNCIL MINUTES'.

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Why is it that when tax dollars were spent on the higher education reorganization study by the Colorado NCHEMS group it is being keep secret from the public? Mr. Boggs how about helping out by informing voters how to get a copy of the report to read and decide for themselves?

By Voters Watching on 07.10.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Oops! Bay of Pigs not Figs. Shows that college profs are not immune to embarrassing gaffs.

By WVU Prof. on 07.09.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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There are two examples in Janis’ book regarding the Kennedy presidency. The first one deals with the group think Bay Of Figs disaster.

Those in Washington associated with invasion decisions considered themselves to be infallible world class thinkers. That mistake prevented critical and constructive review from anyone outside that tight group of political operatives.

The other example covers the Cuban Missile Crisis as an example of masterful diplomacy and planning to prevent a nuclear holocaust. President Kennedy deserved credit because he avoided group think traps from Bay Of Pigs lessons learned.

Higher education decisions in WV are made by individual tight knit Boards of Governors with excessive autonomy and no meaningful oversight.

Also, board members are there through political appointments at local levels. Governors traditionally rubber stamp the recommended appointments.

When serious group think mistakes occur at colleges and universities Boards are conditioned to assume that State bail outs will cover damages.

If private businesses are group think practitioners they never last unless they change strategies to avoid brutal market place penalties.

By WVU Political Scientist on 07.08.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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“Governance Changes Needed at GSC” is 100% correct.

Basically GSC Board of Governors and other leadership positions, have been a result of nepotism and crony friend choices.

Those two ‘tools’ rarely, if ever, give the best persons available to whatever the position requires.

Incest often produces less than desired outcomes as well.

By PAST Time for change @ GSC on 07.08.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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Advice for GSC’s president is to read Janis’book entitled Victims of Group Think.

The theme for the book is that alike thinkers of a group of elites in control can have colossal failures because they believe that their decision-making processes are unworthy of outside scrutiny.

Think about it. Did the airport to accommodate jet traffic at the mouth of Cedar Creek work out and did the federal prison result in economic prosperity with a hefty upsurge with GSC’s
enrollment?

What about the millions of dollars of new construction at GSC? Did it result in healthy enrollments as promised.

Some elites associated with GSC were strong advocates for the ill fated ventures.

GSC has been controlled too long by members of the same families. With the undeniable track record of declining conditions a few resignations would be a positive step.

The nagging governance problem affecting GSC has been shielding elite individuals from personal accountability without penalties for bad decisions.

By Governance Changes Needed At GSC on 07.06.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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Bigger is better? Rarely.

Everyone knows that school consolidation has resulted in failed outcomes.

This is laying the ground work, for an ego driven power grab.  The big institutions have no limit to their desire for money.

Stay small, and if failure occurs, fewer people are impacted.  Too large, and management of that soon turns into a problem.

By Its just planned failure. on 07.05.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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This information including details in the referenced full Report helps put GSC’s precarious standing in perspective. More information can be accessed at http://www.collegesimply.com.

That web site provides SAT student information for WV institutions of higher learning and GSC has the lowest scores.

Inferences from the scores and material in the report are that because GSC gets a large percentage of students from poor counties including Gilmer County, school systems there need improving.

Also, with employers becoming more sophisticated in hiring the best qualified graduates they access information of the type published on the web site given above.

The reason is that institutions with the best prepared students have more rigorous academic programs and they do not have to expend valuable time on remediation.

Provision of this comment is not intended to be a slam at GSC. The purpose is to encourage Dr. Pellett and the Board of Governors to devise a viable strategy for making the College a center of excellence to improve its standing in WV. It is that simple for guaranteed survival in the future.

By GSC GRAD on 07.05.2018

From the entry: 'Report recommends merging Bluefield, Concord, Glenville, WVSU boards'.

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We must be wary of how County K-12 achievement information is presented.

From the outset the new school board should focus on exactly how well our students are performing with mastering subjects, and not to fall victim to news unrelated to demonstrated student learning.

For one example the GCHS was awarded for its high graduation rate, but it ranked in the bottom 10% among WV high schools for college and career readiness of seniors.

This is not to say that graduation rates are unimportant, but they cannot be interpreted as fact of a direct relationship with how well students are prepared for college and careers.

For some schools an unusually high graduation rate could be a function of enforced “everyone passes” policy.

The point is that there is need for vigilance when student performance information is disclosed to the public so school board get all of it out so voters can decide where the County’s school system really stands.

By Give All Facts on 07.03.2018

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Announces Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education'.

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Word is that officers on the County’s school board have changed with Doug Cottrill becoming the new president and Shackleford the VP.

Voters request to know what the new board’s plans are for improving the County’s standing with the quality of K-12 education for math, reading, science, and other subjects, and correcting remaining problems at the new grade school contractors have not fixed.

Why not publishing monthly progress reports to cover the new board’s accomplishments? That job would be a good assignment for the new president.

By Voters Watching on 07.03.2018

From the entry: 'Governor Justice Announces Blue Ribbon Commission on Four-Year Higher Education'.

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There is no mention of the facts Jumpin Jim defaulted on a 9 million dollar loan, poor record of paying taxes, nor the mess of the RISE flood funds handling. 

No wonder the poor score.  Anyone think it was ‘earned’?

By Jumpin Jim Nose Dives on 07.03.2018

From the entry: 'Low favorable marks for Manchin, Morrisey, Justice in latest PPP poll'.

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