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.
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin isn’t ruling out adding a new prison to West Virginia’s corrections system, but he and other officials question whether the state can build its way out of its inmate overcrowding crisis.
The crisis became a recurring topic during last week’s legislative interim meetings. Lawmakers learned that an all-time high of 1,700 people sentenced to prison remain in jails instead because of a lack of bed space at Division of Corrections facilities. That number is projected to nearly double to 3,200 in five years.
The state’s prison or prison-bound population, including those awaiting transfers from jails, topped 6,880 this month, legislators were told. The state estimates that their ranks will swell to 8,500 in 2016 and then to 9,700 by the end of 2020.
“The inn is full,“ Corrections Commissioner Jim Rubenstein told one House-Senate interim committee. “We’ve got our facilities full. The regional jails are overcrowded, and the growth continues.“
West Virginia’s imprisonment rate per resident ranks 37th among the states, on par with its position for overall population, according to 2010 figures from the nonpartisan Pew Center on the States. But the Pew report also found West Virginia with the second fastest growing inmate population.
Rubenstein said the state’s new accelerated parole program, aimed at the least risky of nonviolent offenders, should increase releases by 200 to 250 people annually. But he and other officials also noted that the state’s Corrections population has increased by a net 200 so far this year.
“No advantage there, it doesn’t look like to me, as far as reducing the overcrowding,“ said Delegate John Frazier, D-Mercer and a retired longtime circuit judge. “That’s not going to be the big answer to the overcrowding problem, is it?“
Accelerated parole was among the 14 options recommended by a 2009 study of inmate overcrowding commissioned by then-Gov. Joe Manchin. The report also called for a greater focus on substance-abusing offenders. Rubenstein touted how his agency is increasing the amount of beds in treatment facilities within the prisons.
The commissioner also quickly added that this step can help only so much.
“As we open those up, you’ll see a little decline in the numbers,“ Rubenstein said. “But in a matter of four, five or six months, it’s but a memory.“
That prompted Frazier to cite another of the study’s 14 recommendations, one that the state has yet to pursue: a new 1,200-bed medium-security facility.
“Perhaps the real resolution to this is what no one wants to talk about, no one wants to address. That is the building of another prison,“ Frazier said.
Budget concerns prompted state officials to hold off considering that step in the wake of the study’s release. Rubenstein estimated last week that a new prison would cost $120 million to $200 million to build, operating expenses aside.
Tomblin considers the price tag one of several questions the state must answer before embarking upon such a project, spokeswoman Kimberly Osborne said Friday.
“While the necessity to expand facilities within the system cannot be discounted, further considerations must first be given to how to reverse the current trend of steady population growth,“ Osborne said. “The administration wants to comprehensively develop solutions to the challenges the system faces and not just arbitrarily treat the symptoms.“
The state has begun expanding the St. Marys Correctional Center, as recommended by the study. But Rubenstein noted that the 300 new beds that will result there, when combined with the addition of the recommended new prison, would not even cure the current jail backlog.
“As we’re trying to curb that growth, even level it off or see a decline, what we’re faced with is a large number of inmates who remains in those regional jails,“ Rubenstein said. “There’s no magic bullet that is just going to wipe that out.“
What is more likely to help is a wide-ranging approach that embraces more of the study’s recommendations, Rubenstein told lawmakers. Osborne agreed, citing the state’s stepped-up efforts to combat prescription drug abuse and otherwise recognize the link between substance abuse and inmate population growth. As had Rubenstein, Osborne also said that any plan to build a new prison must first involve the Legislature as well as industry experts.
Among the study’s other proposals, the state has also increased funding for community-based alternatives to prison, parole officers and in-prison classes, counseling and services aimed at reducing recidivism. Rubenstein said other states have seen success after revisiting their criminal statutes and sentencing laws - steps also recommended by the 2009 study.
“They tackled it in a variety of ways,“ Rubenstein said. “I think any state commissioner or director would say there’s no way to build your way out of what we have here.“
The costs of developing and maintaining nuclear weapons and delivery systems have been enormous. The U.S. alone has spent over $5.8 trillion on nuclear weapons programs. Now that the Cold War is long over, rational humans support the drastic reduction and elimination of these horribly destructive weapons. In his 2009 speech in Prague, President Barack Obama expressed America’s commitment to seek peace and security in a world without nuclear weapons. Here’s what he has done so far.
The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) between Russia and the U.S. came into force on February 05, 2011. President Obama, former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and Colin Powell, together with almost every former Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, supported it. The treaty limits each side’s deployed strategic nuclear warheads to 1,550 and strategic delivery systems (ICBMs, SLBMs and heavy bombers) to 800. These reductions are significantly lower than those permitted in earlier treaties. The agreement’s verification regime includes on-site inspections, data exchanges and notifications.
Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty
The Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1996, provides for a worldwide ban on all nuclear test explosions, establishes a global system to enforce the ban, and sets up an international structure to investigate and punish countries that violate the ban. It has yet to enter into force. President Bill Clinton signed the CTBT in 1996, but the Republican-dominated Senate refused to provide its consent. President George W. Bush never asked the Senate to approve it. More recently, President Obama stated that he intends to pursue Senate ratification of the treaty aggressively. Four former chairs of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and George Shultz, and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates have called for Senate ratification.
U.S. Negative Security Assurances
In its 2010 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), the U.S. declared that it would not use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear-weapon states that are members in good standing of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT). Previously, successive administrations had maintained a policy of “strategic ambiguity” by refusing to rule out the use of nuclear weapons in response to biological or chemical weapons attacks on the U.S. or its allies.
This negative security assurance by the U.S. applies to the vast majority of states in the world today. Presently there are 189 state parties to the 1970 NPT. Five parties (China, France, Russia, U.K. and U.S.) agree to reduce and eventually eliminate their nuclear weapons, while the remaining 184 states agree not to develop or possess them. India, Israel, Pakistan and North Korea are not parties to the treaty.
President Obama further assures the world that the U.S. is not a nuclear threat to others by submitting to the U.S. Senate his recommendation that it consent to treaties with the countries comprising the African and South Pacific Nuclear Weapon Free Zones. These treaties, or Protocols to each area’s nuclear weapon free zone treaty, commit the U.S. not to use or threaten use of nuclear weapons against regional zone countries that are in good standing with their non-proliferation obligations. China, France, Russia, and the U.K. have already ratified these Protocols. President Obama said he will soon ask the Senate to approve ratification of similar Protocols to the Southeast Asia and Central Asia Nuclear Weapon Free Zone Treaties, as well.
How realistic is Obama’s vision of reaching a nuclear weapon-free world? Leading defense figures, such as former secretaries of state Henry Kissinger and George Shultz, former defense secretary William J. Perry, and former senator Sam Nunn (D-GA) have written editorials in major newspapers, arguing that such a goal is realistic with the latest advances in verification technologies.
Obama cautioned in his Prague speech that a world without nuclear weapons may not be reached in his lifetime. His stated goal is “to put an end to Cold War thinking, …reduce the role of nuclear weapons in our national security strategy, and urge others to do the same.”
Fortunately, U.S. and world opinion are on his side. A 2008 WorldPublicOpinion.org poll of 21 countries found that people everywhere disfavor nuclear weapons. In the five states with large nuclear arsenals, big majorities favored the goal of totally eliminating nuclear weapons: U.S. (77%), Russia (69%), China (83%), France (86%), and U.K. (81%).
The federal government once again has reached the limit of its legal ability to borrow money, meaning it cannot issue new Treasury debt without action by Congress to increase the debt ceiling limit. As of this month, our “official” national debt- which doesn’t include the staggering future payments promised to Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries- stands at $14.2 trillion.
The debt ceiling law, passed in 1917, enables Congress to place a statutory cap on the total amount of government debt rather than having to approve each individual Treasury bond offering. It also, however, forces Congress into an open and presumably somewhat shameful vote to approve more borrowing. If the new Republican majority in the House of Representatives gives in to establishment pressure by voting to increase the debt ceiling once again, you will know that the status quo has prevailed. You will know that the simple notion of balancing the budget, by limiting federal spending to federal revenue, remains a shallow and laughable campaign platitude.
It is predictable that Congress will once again merely delay the inevitable and raise the debt ceiling, after the usual rhetoric about controlling spending, making cuts, and yes, raising taxes. We have heard endless warnings about how irresponsible it would be to “shut down the government.” The implication is that sober, rational, mature pundits and politicians understand reality, while those who oppose raising the debt ceiling limit are reckless ideologues who will harm the economy just to make a point.
But like any debtor that has to reduce its spending, the federal government simply needs to establish priorities and stop spending money on anything other than those priorities. Interest payments on our federal bond debt likely will amount to about $500 billion for fiscal year 2011, an average of $41 billion per month. Federal tax revenues vary by month, but should total around $2 trillion to $2.5 trillion for FY 2011—an average of perhaps $180 billion per month. So clearly the federal government has sufficient tax revenue to make interest payments to our creditors. For now, those interest payments represent about 12% of the total federal budget.
What nobody wants to admit is this: even if the federal government has only $1.5 trillion remaining to spend in 2011 after interest payments, this is PLENTY to fund the constitutional functions of government. After all, the entire federal budget in 1990 was about $1 trillion. Does anyone seriously believe the federal government was too small or too frugal just 20 years ago? Hardly. So why have we allowed the federal budget to quadruple during those 20 years?
The truth is, in spite of how cataclysmic some might say it would be if we did not pass a new debt ceiling, it is hardly the catastrophe that has been advertised. The debt ceiling is a self-imposed limit on borrowing. The signal congress sends to worldwide markets by raising the debt ceiling is simple: business as usual will continue in Washington; no real spending cuts will be made; and fiscal austerity will remain a pipe dream.
When our creditors finally wise up and cut us off, we will be forced to face economic realities whether we want to or not. It would be easier to deal with the tough choices we face now, on our own terms, rather than wait until we are at the mercy of foreign creditors. However, leaders in Washington have no political will to admit that we cannot afford to continue spending without any meaningful limit. They prefer maintaining the illusion and putting off reality for another day.
Bon Appétit: Grilled Steak and Spring Vegetable Salad
For the Dressing:
5 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon salt
Ground black pepper, to taste
For the Salad:
1 pound sirloin steak, 1- to 1-1/4-inches thick, trimmed of fat
1/2 teaspoon salt
Ground black pepper, to taste
1 pound asparagus, bottoms trimmed
14-ounce can artichoke hearts, drained
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
4 cups arugula
Shaved Parmesan cheese, to garnish (optional)
Heat a gas grill to high or light a charcoal fire.
To make the dressing, in a blender combine the lemon juice, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.
Blend until emulsified.
Season the steak on both sides with the salt and pepper.
Grill the steak, about 5 minutes per side for medium rare, 6 minutes per side for medium.
Remove and let rest on a cutting board for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, grill the asparagus and artichoke hearts, turning occasionally, until slightly charred and the asparagus spears are tender-crisp, about 5 minutes.
Remove from the grill and cut the asparagus into 2-inch pieces and the artichoke hearts in half.
Place the vegetables in a large bowl with the cherry tomatoes.
Thinly slice the steak across the grain and add to the bowl with the asparagus and artichoke hearts.
Toss with half of the dressing.
In a large salad bowl, toss the arugula with the remaining dressing.
To compose the salad, place some of the arugula on each serving plate and arrange the grilled steak and vegetables on top.
The Moon is at last-quarter as it rises early tomorrow.
At last-quarter, sunlight illuminates one-half of the lunar hemisphere that faces Earth.
The exact moment of last-quarter Moon is 2:52 PM EDT.
Red Dwarf Planets
Most of the effort in the search for planets beyond our own solar system is directed toward stars that are like the Sun. That’s largely because Sun-like stars produce conditions that are the most like those here on Earth—the only place in the universe where we know there’s life.
But a few searches are looking for planets around the smallest and faintest stars of all: red dwarfs.
Red dwarfs are also the most common stars—they probably make up about three-quarters of the stars in the galaxy, including most of our close stellar neighbors.
These nearby red dwarfs are good targets for one of the leading techniques for finding planets: looking for a slight back-and-forth “wobble” in a star’s spectrum—the pattern produced when you break the star’s light into its individual wavelengths. The star moves back and forth in response to the gravity of orbiting planets.
Scientists are particularly interested in finding planets in a star’s “habitable zone”—the region where temperatures are right for liquid water. The habitable zone around a red dwarf is so close in that even a planet as small as Earth would produce a good-sized wobble in the star’s spectrum.
But red dwarfs are so faint that you need a powerful telescope to study them in detail—like the Hobby-Eberly Telescope at McDonald Observatory, which is being used for one of the largest of the red-dwarf planet searches. We’ll talk about that tomorrow.
Henry Grant Jones
Age 85, of West Union departed this life on Saturday, May 21, 2011 in West Union, WV in the residence of his sister, Arlene Lawson.
He was born on May 01, 1926 in Doddridge County, WV a son of the late Creed H. and Nora Hileman Jones.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Wilda (Hook) Jones on December 25, 2006 and his second wife, Emma (Kelley) Jones.
He is survived by his eight children, James Cogan and wife Sherry (Fetter), Rainsburg, PA, Timothy Jones and wife Alfrita (Homes), Fredericksburg, VA, Jacqueline Diehl and companion Robert Gardill, New Buena Vista, PA, Ruby Lynn and spouse Tim, Altoona, PA, Barbara Harold and husband Jack, Pineville, LA, Thomas Jones and wife Brenda (Albright), Bedford, PA, Kevin Jones and wife Roxanne (Glass), Bedford, PA, Tina Robinson and husband William, Bedford, PA, nine grandchildren, five great grandchildren, three sisters, Arlene Lawson, West Union, Mary Randolph, West Union, Betty McComb and husband Bobby, Salem, three brothers, Donald Jones, Larry Jones and wife Joann, Goff Jones, all of West Union and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one son, James H. Jones in December 1992, three sisters, six brothers and one stepsister.
Mr. Jones retired from M.C. Houseworth Lumber Company as a saw operator with 35 years of service.
A special thanks to his sister Arlene (Babe) for the wonderful care she has provided in her home for nearly 14 years. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the love and care you have provided.
Family will receive friends in the Spurgeon Funeral Home, 212 Front St., West Union, WV on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM.
Funeral services will be conducted in the Yeager Memorial Church, Rainsburg, PA on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 1:00 PM with Rev. Fred Howsare presiding.
Family will receive friends in the Yeager Memorial Church from 11:00 AM until time of service.
Interment will follow in the Woods Church Cemetery near Rainsburg, PA.
Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Jones family.
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The SBA (School Building Authority) does not pay for gyms when they contribute money towards building new schools. The county will have to run a bond to build a gym if they want one. The new schools will only have PE “classrooms”. As for the library….. schools don’t need libraries today. They won’t even need text books soon. Everything is going digital. The “library” money that the levy pays for is just another lie…. like parents having to pay for their children’s textbooks if the the levy didn’t pass…. and like “building upkeep” for schools that they plan to close before the levy money is ever spent. This information has been presented on the Free Press and in the local newspaper. I wish more people would inform themselves and then speak out against the way our children are being shortchanged.
That pretty much shows you that the instructional time has NOTHING to do with how much or how well people learn! Learning has to do with quality time, not quantity. Learning also has nothing to do with how much money is spent, as another person already commented. WV spends a lot on education and gets less for its dollar than other states. The entire “system” is in dire need of repair.
Mr. Martirano the Associated Press said it well. The money is here to finance a world-class education in West Virginia.
While the state’s per capita personal income is 22 percent below the national average, West Virginia is 7 percent above the national average in spending per student.
This problem is management and over-regulation. Lawmakers and the bureaucrats have failed the students by trying to micromanage the schools from Charleston.
Gov. Joe Manchin hired PublicWorks LLC whose independent efficiency experts reviewed the situation.
“We have encountered no other state that insulates its education system so much from gubernatorial -– or voter -– control; restricts local initiative so much on the part of districts, building principals, and teachers; and vests so much authority for education at the state level,” the experts at Public Works LLC reported in January 2012…
Is your goal to work with the Teachers, Principals and Local Boards of Ed who struggle under a power hungry political agency to serve our students or will you just take the salary, the easy way out, and do as you are told?
Has anyone tried to call the schools or board office? A phone system that is not working? Why? Can anyone tell me how much state spent on this system? Nothing was wrong with the phone system before. except state and RB had to use the taxpayers’ money to burn!
The smaller schools are not capable of teaching? Basically that is what Mrs. Senator Manchin, WVBOE is claiming.
I guess that Delegate Boggs thinks the same way? Its always nice to see a politicians family have the time to home school their children.
That’s a strange way to support your own school system? or is it because they have no confidence in the Braxton schools?
Oh yes, don’t forget that Braxton schools system is in debt a very large amount of money.
Remember when OEPA reports come out? The biggest reason Gayle Manchin’s WVBOE takes over schools is because of poor finances? Guess Braxton missed the cut on that one?
I recently was informed that neither of the two news schools, the one at Linn in Lewis County, or the one planned at Crooked Run, will not have libraries or gymnasiums?
Is that true? That must be wrong.
The State would never build schools today without libraries or gyms would they?
This new face is doomed before he even starts. Sorry.
He will have good intentions. The WVBOE will not allow him to lead.
The political system, the very board that hired him has set the stage for continued failure of our West Virginia school system.
The way to cure a cancer, is to cut it out. This WVBOE will not allow that. They like the power, the so-called prestige, many taxpayer perks, big salaries, their inflated egos.
This board and its many underlings are the problem, without question.
So the WVBOE wants to control the “small counties” money?
What a joke. Lets see now.
A short peek at what they have done in Gilmer County…...
....increased the Superintendent salary from $80,000 to $130,000. That’s over 50 per cent taxpayers!
....bought about 80 acres for one small elementary school. Another smart move by Charleston.
....paid $5,400. PER acre. Well, it was ONLY FOUR TIMES the officially appraised amount. Shows they know how to spend your money wisely.
....did you know that EVERY county taken over by state intervention….when the county control was returned… those counties were in deep debt. Yess-err-ree Bill!
The West Virginia Board of Education taking control of more school monies, will simply be a continuation of educational malfeasance.
Let’s review. Almost a year ago, when Ms. Cottrill appeared in person before the Commission asking about the situation with her father’s estate and specifically asking that the fiduciary commissioner Bernie Mauser be removed due to lack of response and extraordinary amount of time this case has been taking to get answers, SHE was told that SHE would have to take it to Circuit Court and that apparently there was nothing the Commission could do. Ms. Cottrill did pose the question to the Commission “so you can appoint him but you can’t remove him?“
Now, apparently they CAN remove and assign another commissioner. And now Mr. Hough can even run right over there personally and pick up all the documents!
There has been NO ACCOUNTING in the Willard Cottrill Estate and now no telling how much Mauser has taken if he is just going to hand it back with no accounting. Accounting are required annually, but the laws DO NOT APPLY in GLENVILLE and GILMER COUNTY. This debacle of a conversation is like the BLIND leading the BLIND it is pathetic, and now you see what you get when you let Sandy Pettit pick who gets elected and when.
ALSO the murder investigation is about the biggest joke anyone has seen. A REAL detective given all the facts explained all the WRONG PROCEDURES used by Gilmer County and the wrongdoing is partly the fault of law enforcement. Why was Ben Huffman allowed to pull a gun on Ruth Mitchell with No Consequence. By his own words Deputy Wheeler has already broken the law, by statements he made about his own actions. To offer to protect a doctor that would prescribe heavy drugs over the phone without seeing a patient is worth taking his badge away for. And the part about protecting the fake hospice nurse, I believe could be considered criminal actions also.
Really??? “Sovereign citizens as the number one potential terrorist threat”?? What about the American “citizens” who have sworn allegiance to ISIS/ISIL? What about radical Muslims living among us, what about eco-terrorists or narco-terrorists? According to the West Virginia Encyclopedia article on Muslims written by Imam Mohammad Jamal Daoudi there are “ a few thousand Muslims” (versus 19 sovereign citizens) and at least 5 mosques in WV. From the news that I see, there are a lot more terrorist incidents that Muslims perpetrate than any that I’ve seen attributed to sovereign citizens. This “national terrorist group” is “The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and the Reponses to Terrorism” is a “think tank” at the University of Maryland and has no government standing. They have a database of 113,000 terrorist events. I wonder how many were committed by sovereign citizens. The article in the Charleston Gazette, from which most of your article was based on, I believe, gives 2 examples of supposed sovereign citizens committing violations of the law in WV, neither of which was a terrorist incident or a crime of violence. On the other hand, the FBI and law enforcement announces frequently that they have stopped another Islam-based terrorist plot. with that being the case, how can the sovereign citizens be the number one threat?
Am I hearing this correctly? I listened through to hear the last part - Mr Hough, who has been ‘investigating” the murder of Willard Cottrill for four years, soon to start year five, NOW will make a special trip to the office of Bernie Mauser to pick up the entire packet of estate materials????
Conflict of interest, MUCH?
Who’s fooling who? And let’s go back to HOW Mr. Mauser was appointed as the THIRD “special” fiduciary commissioner in the Willard Cottrill estate. I believe I recall it was through Mr. Hough to begin with that appointed him and when that didn’t work out so well and secrets are being exposed, NOW Mr. Hough wants his hands on all that financial data???
They stand there with their hands over their hearts and pledge “justice for all” - As IF that was a possibility in Gilmer County, but seems like things are changing as fast as the season and the Gilmer Free Press videos is one Big reason!
RESA gets anywhere from 70-100 thousand a year just from Gilmer County. Medicaid program was $5,000 done in county now it’s 5 times that and all the data still has to be collected here. Who at RESA is going to take a Teacher phoning in sick at 5 in the morning and call a substitute, or find a Bus Driver and keep track of the overtime for trips. It’s all payroll. Once more the county employee will do the bulk of the job, the detail, ship it north via computer and pay RESA a whole lot of money to fill in the blanks on another computer while yet another program will have to be paid for to get it all done if they can keep it up and running.
The State forces counties to use RESA for technology and keeps Pomeroy on the tick for the same poor equipment job they’ve always done but blamed our local vendor for and paid at least 2/3 less. When State Superintendent Paine went out the door, Charleston forced us to use RESA while he sent his own son to Gilmer County for the job before he retired. Young Paine left Gilmer about a year later and ran to Randolph County under James B Phares oddly enough.
They can easily pay a Seattle Professor to say what they want but it doesn’t make the WV system anymore valid or effective. Just another way to divert the blame from the Senator’s wife so he can feel safe to step up as Governor again.Maybe RESA can buy some more big expensive routers then.
The real issue isn’t about doing the payroll, it’s about the State BOE’s push to minimize the work and number of jobs in small counties and make sure their friends and family get the jobs and as much of our tax money as is possible. Why can’t RESA do the State BOE payroll if it’s so cost effective? Over 600 employees there and on the rise.
Kanawha County has some of the worst performing schools in the system. Why aren’t they doing anything about what’s going on in their own back yard?
If only looking to save time and money then contract it out to any number of outside vendors. Be a lot less expensive than hiring full time RESA employees with benefits.
Of course, that doesn’t give a barely accountable government entity under the questionable oversight of an appointed state BOE a way to dig deeper in the public check book and usurp the authority of duly elected representatives of the people does it?
You know, the ones that really have the bloated bureaucracy according to the Governor’s Audit.
The ones who actually set the payroll amounts and make the attendance policy and write the curriculum and issue the testing.
Now let them write all the checks and hold others responsible for their failures.
Way to go Charleston and the State BOE. Be sure to crush those “smaller” counties first.Consolidation and intervention doesn’t give you enough of a power rush?
So, Lloyd Jackson thinks some boards are “too small” to focus on academics. Homeschool parents focus on academics. If one or two people can educate a child or children, why couldn’t a small school board “focus on academics” and provide what is needed? This sounds like someone who thinks he is smarter than everyone else talking!
Taking the management away from districts is not the answer. Better yet, take the state and RESA out of education and let local people make the decisions. Then maybe someone would get a decent education.
I saw your post on the Gilmer Free Press, and I’m somewhat interested in becoming a volunteer for Make a Wish foundation. I saw that your next training meeting will be on Sept. 27th, but it did not state as to where it would be. Could you please let me know?
I just read that article and I’m not a doctor, but from what I see, Morphine x 4, Xanax x 2, mixed along with other unspecified ‘pain pill’ and other drugs in the space of 4 hours or so - that doesn’t look like any kind of ‘hospice’ I’ve Ever seen!! Especially given to an older man recovering from pneumonia?? Those drugs could have put down a Horse!
Now THAT kind of answer is just what I’d expect from someone who wants to dumb it down for Gilmer County.
Nobody said Country boy had the whole story, but he should Certainly be a piece of the investigation and not ignored or brushed away like your comment indicated. It took guts for him to want the truth to come out and step forward to say what he did. It’s not like there hasn’t been enough TIME to have talked to EVERYONE who saw ANYTHING in this case since October 20, 2014 will begin the 5th year of the “investigation” into the death of Willard Cottrill. As someone previously mentioned, if there was “nothing to it” we wouldn’t be having this conversation and the case would have been closed within weeks. That little fact, in and of itself, points to “something isn’t right here” and I think that’s going to interest a Court quite a bit.
Country boy don’t know nothing just because he allowed something was going on don’t mean nothing in a court of law ole Regan and the republicans cut out the relief checks and now they want to bomb overseas in that foreign country that’s what we should investigate
We should be grateful for this funding. It meets a long time need at the Career Center. Today is 9/11, a day when thousands of innocent Americans lives were destroyed by terrorism and it is only fitting we do not forget and honor them
WV Legislature is the constitutional body charged with the general supervision of schools and they give the BOE a free pass to run over laws and rulings they created and to beat all will change those laws to correct wrong actions or ease the way for the Board never mind who it hurts.
Their own counties can operate in the red for years and fail to meet standards with focus and priority schools, keep their students in aging buildings with a history of floods. Why aren’t they under intervention and won’t be? Law says the state board will give them improvement consultants and sixty days, then six months after their recommendations to make progress if they should accidentally recognize a problem. Gilmer County never had that opportunity and the people we elect will not fight for us. As a matter of fact it is the only intervention county that didn’t get six months. They know the SBA will fund their county MIP. We found out quickly that won’t happen here. Those rules don’t apply to us. In over three years they won’t help fund HVAC for the High School which is the only school in Gilmer County the state hasn’t slated for closure. Our facilities were at emergency status? Had to take over? Yet in going on four years the students sit in the same classrooms in the same buildings or trailers and the State Superintendents will not permit repair of so much as a leaking roof.
More than one from that ill fated T-shirted bus trip to Charleston has said, “If I had known what the State would do I would have spoken differently, I’m sorry.” If you mean that then please start working just as hard to stop this before it is too late. Their people are working feverishly to get the one school on 80 acres on top of a hill that meets the needs of few started, not only spending every dollar but putting the system in debt. When that happens, we will all be sorry.
The State Board of Education through their appointed County Superintendent has denied Gilmer County citizens the right to vote on funding their own school to end this one school fiasco. Experienced Teachers have been forced into a death march of attrition and those who can follow. Voters are told one untruth after another about how their excess levy money would and is to be spent. Gilmer County is being forced to borrow money and will go into the financial red sooner than later. Similar atrocities are committed in other intervention counties such as Mingo and Fayette.
Look at this picture, will they takeover the State Board and fix the statistic that when it comes to education, scores us 46th out of 50 states.