Robert “Bob” Gene Wright
Age 77, of 5158 Murphy Creek Road, Weston, passed away on May 23, 2011 at 2:00 AM at the Untied Hospital Center in Clarksburg, WV following an illness.
He was born on April 21, 1934 in Lewis County: son of the late Roscoe Wright and Bonice (Jordan) Wright.
On September 05, 1959 he married Mary Margaret (Turner) Wright who still survives.
Also surviving are two daughters Gina Skinner of Charleston, Trina Wyant & (Danny) of Weston, and two sons Robert J. Wright & companion Judi Persinger, Gabe Wright & (Crystal) both of Weston. In addition to his children he is survived by 11 grandchildren Brian, Breeanna, Nathan, Chad, Brad, Tiarra, Kayla, Chase, Dalton, Dylan, and Kassi, and 8 great-grandchildren Brian, Ryder, Wyatt, Sophia, Olivia, Landon, Teagan, and Gavin, and one great-great-grandchild Brendon. Also surviving are two brothers Danny Wright of Weston and Dick Wright of Ohio, six sisters Norma Craig of Florida, Shirley Pumphrey of Clarksburg, Brenda Davis of Weston, Joan Brown of Weston, Barbara Sigley of Bridgeport, and Vicki Jackson of Weston. Mr. Wright is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Bob retired from the Weston State Hospital as a Health Service Worker, and attended the Murphy Creek Baptist Church. He served his Country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. Bob enjoyed going dancing with his wife Mary, enjoyed mowing grass, washing cars, being outdoors, and was an Avid WVU Fan cheering the Mountaineers wherever they played. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family.
Family will receive friends at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 North Main Avenue, Weston on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 from 2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 8:00 PM.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 1:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Wease Day officiating.
Interment will follow services in the Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens of Jane Lew.
In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Cancer Society online at www.cancer.org.
Bobby Joe Rose
Age 61, of Little Birch died on May 23,2011 at his residence.
He was born August 03, 1949 to Ordie Newton Rose and the late Francis Isabelle Jenkins Rose.
He worked as a Construction Worker and was a disable Veteran serving as Lance Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps.during the Vietnam War and was a P.O.W. and was Missing in Action.
Bobby is preceded in death by his mother, and wife Pamela Kay Rose who died on May 06, 2011, and a grandaughter, Alexis Jo Rose and sister Nelma K. Rose.
He is survived by his sons; Ordie Rose and Bobby Dennison both of Sutton, Jason Rose of Little Birch, and Tommy Rose of Summersville, daughters; Carsea Corbitt of Sutton and Maranda Wilson of Webster Springs, brothers; Oliver and Kyle Rose of Little birch, sisters; Cathy Dennison of Little Birch, and Angela Fisher and Julie Hickman both of Birch River, 22 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.
Funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 26,2011 at 11:00 AM at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home with Rev. Randal Griggs officiating.
Burial will be in the Okey Rose Cemetery near bays, WV.
Military Honors will be held during the funeral service by American legion Post #33 and Camp Dawson. friends may call from 6:00 - 8:00 PM on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Today is Wednesday, May 25, the 145th day of 2011. There are 220 days left in the year.
Thought for Today: “I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.“ — Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist and poet (1803-1882).
Today’s Highlight in History:
On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy told a joint session of Congress: “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.“ (That goal was accomplished eight years later with the Apollo 11 mission.)
On this date:
In 1787, the Constitutional Convention began meeting in Philadelphia after enough delegates had shown up for a quorum.
In 1810, Argentina began its revolt against Spanish rule with the forming of the Primera Junta in Buenos Aires.
In 1895, playwright Oscar Wilde was convicted of a morals charge in London; he was sentenced to two years in prison.
In 1911, Mexican President Porfirio Diaz resigned; he went into exile in France for the rest of his life.
In 1935, Babe Ruth hit the 714th and final home run of his career, for the Boston Braves, in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
In 1946, Transjordan (now Jordan) became a kingdom as it proclaimed its new monarch, Abdullah I.
In 1968, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis was dedicated by Vice President Hubert Humphrey and Interior Secretary Stewart Udall.
In 1979, 273 people died when an American Airlines DC-10 crashed on takeoff from Chicago’s O’Hare airport.
In 1981, daredevil Dan Goodwin, wearing a Spiderman costume, scaled the outside of Chicago’s Sears Tower in 71/2 hours.
In 1986, an estimated 7 million Americans participated in “Hands Across America” to raise money for the nation’s hungry and homeless.
Ten years ago:
• A federal appeals court panel lifted an injunction against publication of “The Wind Done Gone,“ Alice Randall’s satirical retelling of “Gone With The Wind” from a black viewpoint.
Five years ago:
• President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair held a White House news conference in which they acknowledged making costly mistakes in Iraq, but vowed to keep troops there until the fragile new government took hold.
• Former Enron Corp. chiefs Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling were convicted in Houston of conspiracy and fraud for the company’s downfall. (Lay died in July 2006 from heart disease and his convictions were vacated; Skilling faces resentencing after his original 24-year sentence was overturned.)
• Pope Benedict XVI began a four-day pilgrimage to Poland, the homeland of his predecessor, Pope John Paul II.
One year ago:
• President Barack Obama ordered 1,200 National Guard troops to boost security along the US-Mexico border.
• NFL owners voted to hold the 2014 Super Bowl in New Jersey. Nicole Scherzinger of The Pussycat Dolls and her professional dance partner, Derek Hough, won the 10th season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.“
Lyricist Hal David is 90
Former White House news secretary Ron Nessen is 77
Country singer-songwriter Tom T. Hall is 75
Actor Sir Ian McKellen is 72
Country singer Jessi Colter is 68
Actress-singer Leslie Uggams is 68
Movie director and Muppeteer Frank Oz is 67
Actress Karen Valentine is 64
Rock singer Klaus Meine (The Scorpions) is 63
Actress Patti D’Arbanville is 60
Actress Connie Sellecca is 56
Rock singer-musician Paul Weller is 53
Actor-comedian Mike Myers is 48
Actor Matt Borlenghi is 44
Actor Joseph Reitman is 43
Rock musician Glen Drover is 42
Actress Anne Heche (haych) is 42
Actresses Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush (TV: “Little House on the Prairie”) are 41
Actor-comedian Jamie Kennedy is 41
Actor Justin Henry is 40
Rapper Daz Dillinger is 38
Actress Molly Sims is 38
Singer Lauryn Hill is 36
Actor Cillian Murphy is 35
Actor Ethan Suplee (soo-PLEE’) is 35
Rock musician Todd Whitener is 33
Actor Corbin Allred is 32
Actress-singer Lauren Frost is 26
Glenville Mayor Allman Attends The 2011 Community Development Institute East
Glenville Mayor Tashua Allman recently finished the second year of studies at the 2011 Community Development Institute East (CDI East).
The institute occurred May 09-13, 2011 in Bridgeport, WV.
CDI East approaches community development as both a process and a program. It seeks to develop an individual’s ability to identify community problems; set goals; encourage liaison with outside agencies; stimulate community interaction; and bring groups together to support competitive economic development, human resource development and quality of life issues.
It does this by expanding an individual’s ability to identify community and economic problems, set goals, encourage liaisons with outside agencies, stimulate community interaction, and bring groups together to respond to a wide range of subjects.
During the week-long institute, over 30 presenters participated in over 50 class and joint sessions spread across the three years of the curriculum.
The Year 2 curriculum included trends and issues in community development; impact analysis; health care and community development; business retention and expansion; community asset mapping; community surveys; working with groups and volunteers; tourism and community development; conflict resolution; civic engagement; community development project financing; entrepreneurship; and telecommunications and technology.
There was also a regional planning and development simulation throughout the week as well as an afternoon tour examining site selection and development activities.
Common sessions included an opening presentation about creative communities and a closing panel featuring foundations, funding organizations, and service providers.
The institute finished its eighth year and graduated its fifth class. There were a total of 28 students from 18 West Virginia counties as well as Delaware and Texas.
Ten (10) students completed their third and final year of studies, bringing the total number of graduates of the institute to 80.
There were also five (5) students in the first year and 13 students in the second year, meaning 215 unique individuals have taken at least one year of instruction at CDI East.
The CDI East is one of five institutes held throughout the country. This series of three week-long training programs was created in 1987.
They are designed to enhance the leadership and management capabilities of those individuals responsible for developing our communities. CDI is endorsed by the Community Development Council (CDC) and is a principal component for the Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED) certification.
Gilmer County Board of Education: Employment, Postings, and Report - 05.23.11
Termination of Employment
• Barbara Baker, Spanish Teacher, GCHS - effective immediately.
• Sandra Harding, Substitute Aide
• Nancy Minney, Executive Secretary, Special Education and Federal Programs
• No Recommendation - Federal Programs Director Superintendent reported he has to go through more applications
• Marlene Minney - Cook for Energy Express Summer Program
• Richard Burkowski - Social Studies Teacher, GCHS
Substitute Teachers for the Remainder of the 2010-11 School Year
• Barbara Baker - Pending approval by State Department of Education approval
• School Bus Operator 2011-12 (Mouth Rock Run/Lower Level Run/Cedarville Store/Leatherbark/Head of Bull Run/Cedar Creek/NES)
Note: The following postings were on the agenda for approval. However, the Superintendent asked them to be removed from the list at this time:
• Part-time Reading and Math Intervention Tutor – GCHS 2011-12
• Cook for Glenville Elementary School
• ½ time Cook GCHS, ½ time Cook SFES
• OEPA Update
Superintendent noted he had not heard back from the OEPA visiting team.
Dr. Davis is to come and meet with Superintendent and Board President.
President Pritt, Superintendent Bennett, and Future Superintendent Dr. Simmons have been invited to the meeting at the State Board.
• CEFP Update
There will be a forum on Wednesday at 7:00 PM at the commons area of GCHS.
The public is invited to attend and there will be a presentation by the architects to the public.
• Update on Lewis County Members – Exploratory Committee for Regional School
Superintendent of Lewis County Dr. Mace said the Lewis County Board is selecting and/or deciding this Monday about the committee
• Laptops for Board Members – Electronic Board Packets
Superintendent Bennett asked if the board was interested in having a laptop in order to receive the information packets electronically.
Some board members said, with the internet connection speed it will be hard to receive the information electronically.
Superintendent said they could also use flash drives for the documents.
The laptops are from FBI center.
Board members also need to have the same office software version so they can open the documents given to them.
• There has been a grievance filed that has not satisfied the individual.
The person has not been happy with level 1 and 2 of grievance and it needs to go to level 3.
Superintendent asked the item be put on the next agenda.
Board Members Report:
• Board Member Rhoades:
Attended a RESA meeting on May 19, 2001 WV Wesleyan College.
The Medicaid amount is $92,656.76 for the county. There was a concern because the amount is less than last year. The concern is that the reporting is not done properly.
On May 25, 2011 there will be a safety meeting which she and superintendent will attend.
Parent link program: Currently $1.15 is paid per student. County can add additional services to include bus routes and access and contact via internet services for $1.70 per student.
The cost of program excluding the bus routes is $1.50.
She presented a plaque of appreciation to Mr. Bennett from RESA.
• Board Member Skinner:
There will be a meeting of Extension Service Board on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 to discuss personnel.
• Board Member Starkey:
She attended the meeting at Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center.
Mr. Sturn, the Career Center Director, discussed the GED option. He is very pleased about the program and the success rate.
Resignation of Dave White, long time counselor, for retirement was accepted.
Position for a new Counselor position is to be posted.
Finally, there are 3 candidates for networking position to be reviewed for possible employment.
There is a new program for expelled students.
ALC program in WV was discussed. This is an online credit recovery program allowing students to graduate with their own class.
Superintendent Bennett was presented a plaque by the center.
• Board President Pritt:
She Thanked Mr. and Mrs. Ike Morris for the Academic Banquet.
She also thanked Patty Knicely and Kim Frymier for all the work for the banquet.
• Approved Budget Transfers in the amount of $21,983.28
• Approved Budget Supplements in the amount of $2,943.63
• Approved Invoices in the amount of $45,349.79
• Approved Budget for FY2012
Kendra brown, Director of Finance explained the budget to the board members.
Board member Skinner asked for more details on the amount allocated for maintenance. He felt board should know so if there is any contract over $5000 they are bid properly.
Discussion made about OPEB and PEIA amount in the budget.
Finance Director said the amounts shown in the budget were for the future PEIA and did not include the OPEB debt.
Superintendent Bennett explained they were keeping two sets of reports, one with OPEB and one without.
Kendra Brown said that was correct per the verbal instructions they were given, there are two sets of reports.
Board member Ratliff asked if the entry for OPEB has been made for this year.
Kendra noted, there have not been any entries made for this year for OPEB on the books. She said she will make an entry for the entire year in June which is going to make the figures go in red.
She said beginning July she will make the entry for OPEB monthly.
• Approved Out of County Student Transfer Request, Remainder of 2010-11 - Pending approval by Ritchie County
Father moved from Glenville to Auburn in Ritchie county.
Parents want the students to finish the school year at Normantown Elementary
• Approved Nursing and Allied Health Agreement with Fairmont State University
This allows Fairmont State University to work with Gilmer County students for any type of training.
• Approved Leave of Absence – Chris Lacy
Director of Transportation Joe Frashure asked that Chris Lacy be allowed a leave of absence.
Superintendent Bennett explained when the person returns he will be on the bottom of the list and therefore lose seniority.
• Years of Service Request – Barbara Runyon - Denied
Superintendent had received the request for 8 years of out-of-state work at McDonalds in management position.
However, he said she should have requested it immediately upon employment.
Also he noted the policy says if the work is out-of-state the years of service is half as much. So he initially recommended 4 years of experience for her to the board.
But after further discussion in an executive session, he advised the board not to grant the request.
• Approved of Placing Trailers at Sand Fork Out for Sealed Bid
• Board President Misty Pritt talked about whether a president can make and /or move motions.
Question was asked concerning the motion she made in previous meeting.
She reported she was well within the law for making a motion last time.
• Anti-Bulling Grant
Mr. Larry Barton, Troy Elementary Principal, explained the grant he had written for anti-bullying for amount of $14,500.
He said he was just informed that $10,000 has been granted.
The grant is for Pre-K to 8th grade.
Barton said most likely he would come to board in the future to see if they would make up the difference.
He presented the document for Superintendent Bennett’s signature so the money can be sent.
The document was signed by Superintendent.
• Approved First Reading of Policies:
#1211 Parent Involvement Policy – changes about parent involvement
#4111.4 Tie Breakers for Employment, Promotion and Transfer of Professional Personnel
#4122.1 Conditions of Employment for Substitute Teachers
#4122.5 Substitutes in Areas of Critical Need and Shortage
#5118 Student Transfer Within County
#5118.1 Student Transfer Request – Out of County
• Approved Adding Members to CEFP Committee
Superintendent Bennett explained about the problem with some members coming to meetings. He suggested the member to be contacted to see if they are not planning to attend the meetings, or they should resign.
Superintendent Bennett asked for the following individuals to be added to the board.
The list was approved: » Larry Barton » Cassandra Huff » Shawna Maxwell » David Millard » Barbara Miller » Dendra Miller » Tom Minney » Darrell Ramsey » Dave Ramezan » Dr. Simmons » Bryan Sterns » Andy Tomblin
• Nancy Minney after employment asked for years of experience – she was asked to send a letter dated meeting date.
• CEFP Forum – Wednesday, May 25, 2011, GCHS commons Area, 7:00 PM
• CEFP Special Meeting reference to employment to be followed by the Policy Workshop - Monday, June 06, 2011, GCHS Library, 5:00 PM.
‘Commonsense Connections’ Week: ‘Your Government, Your Voice’
Following success of first ‘Commonsense Connections’ Week in February, Manchin staff will again visit counties across West Virginia to meet
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced that his office will launch a second “Commonsense Connections” Week – Your Government, Your Voice – beginning Monday, May 23, 2011. Representatives from Senator Manchin’s office will travel all across West Virginia to meet with constituents in every part of the state and hear their commonsense ideas, priorities and concerns.
Senator Manchin held his first “Commonsense Connections” Week in February, during which representatives from his office traveled to all 55 counties in the state.
“Next week, we are bringing Washington to West Virginia so that you know it’s your government and your voice,” Senator Manchin said. “I want West Virginians to know that I am working for you, and that you don’t have to come all the way to Washington to get the help you need for whatever is on your mind. Beginning Monday, my hardworking staff will be criss-crossing this state, reaching out to West Virginians in all 55 counties and talking to them about their commonsense ideas, priorities and concerns. Our first ‘Commonsense Connections’ Week was extraordinarily successful, and helped me gather very valuable insight and ideas for solutions in Washington. I have no doubt we will have great turnout and great success this time around, as well.”
Senator Manchin began the year with a highly successful two-week “Call for Common Sense” tour, during which he visited 11 counties, drove 1,800 miles and talked to hundreds of West Virginias about their ideas, concerns and priorities.
Following the success of the “Call for Common Sense” tour, Manchin launched “Coffee and Common Sense,” an ongoing series of open conversations with constituents. In March, Senator Manchin toured the state to focus on “Our Values, Our Priorities,” which included days of emphasis on fiscal responsibility, taking care of our families, growing small businesses, keeping our promises to seniors, and achieving energy independence. Most recently, Senator Manchin wrapped up his “Commonsense Solutions” tour, a nine-county 1,500 mile trip through West Virginia to focus on the commonsense solutions that will move this nation forward.
A sampling of scheduled events in the area counties for the week is included below (listed by county).
Additional events could be added:
Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Time: 10 AM – 12 PM
Location: Calhoun County Senior Center, 3 Market Street, Grantsville, WV 26147
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2011
Time: 9 AM – 10 AM
Location: Clay County Commission, 246 Main Street, Clay, WV 25043
Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Time: 2:30 PM – 4 PM
Location: Doddridge County Courthouse, 135 E Court Street, West Union, WV 26456
Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Time: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: West End Café, 512 West Main St. West Union, WV 26456
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2011
Time: 2 PM – 3 PM
Location: Gilmer County Public Library,214 Walnut Street, Glenville, WV 26315
Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Time: 9 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: Harrison County Public Library, 404 West Pike St. Clarksburg, WV 26301
Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Location: Nicholas Court House, County Commissioners Room, 700 Main Street, Suite 1, Summersville 26651
Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Time: 12 PM – 1 PM
Location: Nicholas County Senior Center, 1205 Broad Street, Summersville, WV 26651
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2011
Time: 11:30 PM – 1 PM
Location: Ritchie County Integrated Family Services, S. Court Street and Edgeview Lane, Harrisville, WV 26362
Roasedale Community Cemetery Committee Serving Food and Drink – 05.29.11
The Rosedale Community Cemetery Committee and the Rosedale Senior Citizens will serve food and drinks for local residents and visitors to the Rosedale area on Sunday, May 29, 2011 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Rosedale Senior Citizen Center in Rosedale, WV.
All proceeds will be divided equally between the two organizations.
We cordially invite you to stop by to have lunch and visit awhile.
• On Wednesday, May 18, 2011 Judge Alsop presided over 2 juvenile cases, one of which was rescheduled for Friday, July 08, 2011 at 9:00 AM.
On Monday, May 23, 2011, Chief Judge Richard A. Facemire presided over a 3 page docket as follows:
• Two fugitives from justice (both represented by R. Russell Stobbs of Weston waived extradition back to their respective states. Wayne Hill waived to return to Kansas and John Norris waived to go back to Ohio.
Authorities have until 4:00 PM on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 to pick them up or Central Regional Jail will release them.
• Several juvenile cases were heard and rescheduled for Monday, August 22, 2011 at 9:00, 9:10, 9:15, 9:20 and 9:30 AM.
• A civil case regarding a sale of property was heard and funds will be placed in escrow pending final report of the attorney.
• The case of State of West Virginia vs. James Lee Shields was continued to the July term of Court.
• State of West Virginia vs. Shannon Marks
She was before the Court for sentencing.
Judge Facemire sentenced her to 1-5 in the penitentiary, with sentence being suspended and she was placed on 5-years’ probation.
She received NO fine but must pay court costs and attorney fees within 18 months.
She was represented by Christina Flanigan of Buckhannon.
• State of West Virginia vs. Brian Hardesty
He was sentenced to 1-10 in the penitentiary with his sentence being suspended and he was granted 5 years’ probation.
He must pay court costs within 18 months and restitution within 3 years, and must pay a minimum of $50.00 per month by the 5th of every month.
He also must perform 100 hours of community service per year he is on probation.
He was represented by R. Russell Stobbs of Weston.
• One individual who was convicted as a juvenile, but who is now 18 years of age, received a 6 month sentence in Central Regional Jail and fined $ 100.00 plus court costs.
He was represented by T.J. Drake of Gassaway.
• The civil case of Gregory Davis vs. Timothy B. Butcher, et al was before the Court on a motion to dismiss, and after arguing his case the Judge granted Tim Butcher’s motion and dismissed the case without prejudice.
• State of West Virginia vs. Jimmy R. Stump
He saw his case dismissed without prejudice by the prosecuting attorney.
He was represented by R. Russell Stobbs.
• A 2008 magistrate case was before the Court to determine the competency of the defendant.
The prosecutor agreed to dismiss the charges in magistrate court and if necessary proceed to filing a mental petition against defendant.
• State of West Virginia vs. Walter Wallace Adkins Jr.
He had motions heard in his case and Judge Facemire set his trial for Tuesday, May 31, 2011.
All March term petit jurors will need to report for trial.
He is represented by Christina Flanigan.
Video of WVBOE show the Manchin led Board has been advised more than once about rogue appointed Superintendents and what harm the State Board’s lack of oversight of their employees in intervention counties causes.
Wood County a lot of people hear and agree with you. There’s a certain Senator related to all of this. If fair play does not take place on June 8 there’s more than one way to skin a cat. Up here the brother to Gilmers super got a $57,000 raise while our Teachers got nothing.
It gets worse by the day. The GFP exercised good taste to shield public viewers from unacceptable language at the June 1, 2015 special school board meeting.
If allegations are true a panic run was made to Charleston after the meeting by Simmons and Devono to attempt damage control by giving their side of the story to WVDOE officials.
The whole truth is out about what happened at the illegal meeting which gives the State one more black eye for its mismanagement.
Instead of the State to admit errors and to make positive corrections the probable outcome will be for Gilmer County to be punished. That is always the standard procedure by the WVBOE in intervened counties. Wait and see.
One achievement is that organizational obscurity in Charleston is being eliminated with the advent of the Internet and various forms of the social media.
West Virginians know now who Ms. Susan O’Brien is to include her role with interventions. It remains to be seen what caliber of a leader she is and that unknown will be eliminated on the 8th.
The way interventions have worked, the State has demanded total submission of boards. No questions are allowed, debate about issues to strive to get the best solutions to problems is not allowed (The State always knows best—-just trust it and remain silent), and strict information control is maintained to keep boards and the public uninformed or worse yet, misinformed.
Turmoil in Gilmer County could be eliminated overnight. It would require an experienced, results proven, and interpersonal skilled person to replace Mr. Devono.
He could be assigned out of Gilmer County to remain somewhere for the duration of his contract to be a high pay off investment for the WVBOE.
There is no excuse when the board and Gilmer County people are purposely kept uninformed about how the County’s money is spent, what the State has achieved during its rule in improving our school system, and what its remaining plans are. Total emphasis has been on constructing new schools and spending money. Look at Minnie Hamilton for one of many examples.
It is painfully evident that the State has failed to allow use of skillful organizational management practices to enable the Gilmer County School Board to become a model in WV.
Based on the evidence a good case could be made that the State has done everything in its power to discredit the board, prevent it from doing its job, and to ignore contributions it could make to contribute to better educations for our children.
In fact the State’s motive has appeared to have been to contribute to dysfunction and to blame it on the board. Unlike in highly successful organizations forced to be efficient and well managed in order to survive, the leadership is declared exempt from all accountability for the County’s problems from intervention.
A prime need for improvement would be for another board president to be installed with one who understands his/her role of office to be committed to bringing board members together to function as a highly effective team.
Presently, there is too much projection of the image that the existing president speaks for the board on matters for which it has no knowledge.
Also, it appears that the president works too intricately with the State and local masters in the County. This suggests that the president is an instrument of others instead of an elected advocate for the majority of Gilmer County’s people including our children.
The WVBOE could exercise the choice of eliminating problems overnight. The impediment to positive change seems to be that turmoil is used as an intentional manipulative tool to maintain iron fist control.
Hard working people of Gilmer County do not play victim. The battle is to keep Charleston’s BOE from victimizing the children and depriving them of their right to a good education. If Susan O’Brian would take the word of a disgruntled Superintendent and an, at best, ineffective and unprofessional board president then she is not the quality of person to have the job as Director of the OEPA. That being said, she does serve at the will and pleasure of the WVBOE. Her character will be revealed June 8th.
Holy Molee, it all sounds like Simmons speak to us. There was a Special Circumstances executive session the state board held on June 8th with the OEPA Director. We read that in the past agenda of the WVBOE on line now.
Some believe Devono took Simmons by the hand and ran down there to do damage control before the June 1st video would be posted (on June 12). Not hard to picture the hand wringing, the phone calls and the running around in Devono’s office saying OMG! OMG! OMG! what do we do, that went on before heading to Charleston.
Not hard to imagine they talked about the meeting being recorded but would have guided the BOE to UTube where they wouldn’t see it had been edited for Bill’s inappropriate language. Oh the spin doctor was at his finest no doubt with Gabe yipping that’s right at his heels. Not one single board member would have been spared to save their behinds from criticism.
They would do it because that’s the kind of people they are. It wouldn’t have occurred to them that others on the Board would not do the same.
Ms. Susan O’Brien,the Director of the WV Office of Education Performance Audits allegedly investigated intervention issues in Gilmer County.
Her office is the one that did the audit leading to intervention and it will be involved to determine if and when intervention will be lifted.
Ms. O’Brien is the lead official when the status of Gilmer’s intervention will be addressed on the 8th at the WVBOE meeting in Charleston.
Ms. O’Brian allegedly performed an investigation involving Gilmer County citizens to obtain information to present at the meeting.
It is speculated that the WVBOE will vote to restore full intervention against Gilmer County as a result of the investigation and contents of the June 1 video tape of the illegal meeting.
Ms. O’Brien is not from Gilmer County and if she performed an investigation as alleged she had to be given names of individuals with whom to talk or she contacted citizens randomly.
If she was given names of individuals to contact who did that and should citizens accept that the contacts were truly representative of the community, and were enough individuals interviewed to provide her with adequate information to be valid for an objective investigation?
There is a Charleston report that Bill Simmons allegedly took the June 1, 2015 video to the WVBOE for a private showing.
If this allegation has a truthful basis did he provide the full story to include what he said that was edited out and what occurred off camera?
Also, if the allegation about Simmons is true, were all other Gilmer County board members interviewed to get their story of what happened?
If they were not interviewed how could the WVBOE have accurate information upon which to dispense valid justice if those Charleston officials vote to punish Gilmer County?
It is unfair for the WVDOE to have investigator, prosecutor, judge and jury, and executioner powers over Gilmer County.
The red pickup and driver has been spotted in Charleston several times as well.
Playing both sides of the fence?
The best part of it all…..is that both sides laugh behind your back?
GC gets the reports.
With the restoration of full intervention talk going around note that Simmons lets it be known to anyone who will listen that he speaks with authority to members of the WVBOE and everyone else in Charleston.
This means that only he and Gabe Devono are being heard out in Charleston. Objective investigators from Charleston should have spoken with each board member and other citizens to sort out the facts. Did this happen Gilmer County board members and concerned citizens?
If it did not, this is definite proof that a decision for the return of full intervention would be capricious and arbitrary retaliation for standing up to the State’s wrongdoing.
Nothing new for the WVBOE and its dictatorial way of doing business! The way it functions is known all over WV.
The State did not get down to 47th without concerted efforts being expended from Charleston, thanks to the WVBOE.
So what Gilmer County board if full intervention is imposed again? The only thing to change will be play acting with the pretense that you have say for some of the important decisions.
When we had partial authority restored our superintendent did not change his dictatorial way of behavior so nothing changed. He continued to make all the decisions while expecting us to keep our mouths shut as if were were docile sheep.
We learned to bite our tongues and to keep quiet. In fact when intervention occurred we were told in no uncertain terms that if we wanted to get our school back we had to “hold hands and dance with the State” to make it clear for what we must do.
The State left eventually after spending all our money and putting us in debt to leave behind financial troubles. A few well placed persons made loads of money, and we are busy trying to clean us the devastation the State left.
The performances of our schools are worse off because achievement was not a priority while the State was here so the system has to be restored to what it was before intervention.
There is nothing you can do Gilmer County to counter the State other than to go underground and wait it out.
An appeals process does not exist to put you in a worse fix than convicted felons in WV, and your delegates and senators won’t come to your aid either.
Your facts, reasons, and logic will fall on deaf ears in Charleston to serve no good whatsoever in improving your plight.
Your only choice is to do what you have to do to survive until the State leaves. Don’t think of yourselves as victims. The real victims are your children followed by honest citizens who pay the bills.
The timing of the State’s decision near the 4th of July demonstrates how much WV has deteriorated from its focus on democracy for local people.
Has any one of you ever seen the OEPA Director in Gilmer County?
It should be interesting to hear Gus Penix replacement’s report.
If anything negative is said by Ms O’Brian, its source could be the Simmons and Devono poor pitiful me cry baby team.
Someone must have lit the torch of hope at the June 1, 2015 Gilmer County Board meeting. For others outside, I am sure there was aroused unbelief at the display in a supposedly democratic meeting.How can this be? Because the people have allowed it to happen. The tactic used is very old, conquer and divide. take the spoils, install a puppet regime and let the pressure dissipate. The one element to hinder this is for the people to stand together. Gilmer you have done well in your stance for your county, children and money. One thing, complete control will only come with the local board in control—not a state appointed one.Let your voices ring this Fourth of July and forevermore.
June 11th of 2015 started the fifth year of state intervention over the Gilmer County school district.
They have closed our schools, spent our money like drunken sailors and worked from within to still the voices of those county Board of Ed members who continue to stand for the children.
There is networking throughout WV to get word out that Gilmer County’s intervention status is on the WVBOE’s July 8, 2015 agenda.
The bet is that full intervention status will be restored because Gilmer County people do not fit the expected mold of subservient behavior and complicity with the State’s mismanagement.
Fellow West Virginians know what you have gone through and you have our support. Our elected politicians sent to Charleston are afraid of their shadows to help get the State out of its education doldrums.
We will give them a hand by sending them on their merry ways next election! That is a promise.
Fayette County schools will be under state control until every school consolidation and every building the state wants is completed. They will be under intervention four years at least after that and always under threat of instant takeover if their Board strays from the state agenda. Mr. George served after Jim Phares in Randolph. They have been in pitiful financial condition since before Phares went on to be State Superintendent.
Having divided boards is intentional during intervention to enable the State to have more control. The tactics are well honed and they include the following.
*Giving preferential treatment by providing information to selected board members who are fall in line types.
*Making important committee assignments to the weakest board members who won’t do anything to rock the boat to cause resentment among other board members.
*Involving selected board members in secret meetings.
*Communicating with selected board members in advance of meetings to line up votes and to get support for actions the State wants.
*Putting pressures on certain board members by lining up guest speakers at board meeting to advocate for actions the State wants.
*Getting involved with personal business deals with selected board members.
*Giving preferential treatment to selected board members who want items on agendas
*Working closely with individuals on boards who are vulnerable to manipulation because of friends and relatives who work in the school system and other places where pressures can be applied to cause fear for jobs
*Making promises of future rewards to susceptible board members to gain control over them.
Machiavellian principles to the T. How many of the tactics are observed in Gilmer County?
By Mel White---Past Intervened County on 07.02.2015
Since June 11, 2011 there has been a complete lack of evidence showing transparency, accountability or honesty on behalf of the WVBOE in Gilmer County. How long will they hold Gilmer County hostage? For that matter how long will they hold all of the intervention counties? As long as they have a state BOE appointed superintendent they are not free to work in the best interest of their students.
Mr. Martirano’s visit to Richwood with no public and no technology in sight was very telling. It was a photo op. Hurray for the Teachers and Students. They did a great job as always. Boo to the WVBOE for using the kids in such a fashion.
The decision by the State to move the board office to Minnie Hamilton is a perfect example of taxation without representation.
Citizens pay the taxes with no say through their elected school board representatives about how their money is spent.
We are not even shown the basic respect to be fully informed of the net differences in costs to be paid for the new facility compared to what is paid now. The financial information is kept secret by the State as usual with intervention.
Think about this. Gilmer County is going from 5 schools to 2, we are losing 100 students to Lewis County, and we are going into a new space about 1000 sq. feet larger than the one board offices are in now. Also, we own space board offices could be relocated to for free. Does this move make any sense?
To make it worse, by the time the second school opens in 2017 and riffing is over about 37 jobs will be lost in the County’s school system while the State says that more administrative office space is needed!
The truth is that the move pertains to a gross misuse of public money. It becomes increasingly clearer why WV is 47th in the quality of K-12 education while ranking 6th in America for spending.
Dr. Cynthia Daniel and other Charleston officials, how can you justify this waste and mismanagement travesty in one of the poorest WV counties?
This move adds to the long list of evidence to support need for a full investigation of how the State mismanaged during intervention including how it wasted money at Cedar Creek and how it ended up building the Hays City school.
In any other state there is a good chance that officials would have gone to jail or at least to have been fired because of what happened here.
Unfortunately, this behavior doesn’t happen only in the Educational arena. Gilmer County, LOOK at your Commission, Law Enforcement, Court clerks, crooked lawyers who won’t take cases that aren’t 100% sure thing. Gilmer County, YOU have elected based on promises that were made, please don’t forget this at the next elections.