CommunityConcerns™: Students and Parents Concerned about Mascot
The following mascot images were sent out to all the Gilmer County Elementary Schools asking principals to have their students select one mascot image they like best and to vote for it.
The votes have been recorded and forwarded to the GCBOE Office.
Following was the accompanying instructions to each principal:
Attached are our three “options” for the Gilmer Elementary Mascot design as voted on by our planning committee. (GCHS students created these designs initially.)
During the last meeting, the committee elected to have all Gilmer students in grades PreK-6th vote to choose “the one” out of three for our new elementary school. This design will be used in the future for may purposes such as a graphics on the inside of the building on walls, letterhead, student materials, and more.
Can you please have all of your students vote (PreK-6) to help with this process?
Please send me the attached chart filled in with your school results on or before our June 1st administrative meeting.
FYI – in case you have questions through this process…
*The name of the school will be Gilmer County Elementary.
*The wildcats will be our mascot.
*Black, blue, and silver will be the school colors.
These images were shown to the students in Pre-K to 6th grade.
Here are some of the responses from the student after they saw the images to their parents and friends:
“oh, that is scary!!“
“too mean and scary”
“that thing looks evil”
“none are good to vote for”
… and the list goes on.
We have heard many reactions to the mascot choices which due to the vast numbers we feel there is a real Community Concern.
The Concerns are NEITHER criticizing the artistic ability of the designer, NOR are taking away from the artistry of the images at all. However, these designs seem much too fierce of an image for an elementary school mascot!!!!
Who decided these were the best images to choose and show to students?
If our young students’ reactions are any indication, we feel the new school’s mascot needs further thought and review before a final decision is made.
We feel it is very important to inform the ADULT citizens of this county about this.
We are sure the majority of parents and taxpayers are unaware of this decision being made by the children and “new Gilmer Elementary School Committee”!
The following are some of the images submitted to us by the citizen:
Oh those images are horrid!!! Lets compete in games and tournaments and not keep score as well. What are we turning in to, a bunch of panty waist milksops?
By Retired Ed on 05.20.2015
What do we want for a mascot a cute little bunny rabbit, what is the point of a mascot? I am a product of the Gilmer Co. school system, The old Glenville High School mascot was the Red Terror. Opposing team members were intimidated and reeled in horror upon looking over at our sideline and seeing a heathen injun wielding a homatawk.
By Retired Ed on 05.20.2015
The original choice is just another example of a Simmons led committee showing no connection to students prek-6. The logo chosen appears almost violent in nature. It wouldn’t even set a good example for the high school. Looks more like a saber tooth tiger than a wildcat.
By P Lowe on 05.20.2015
Those images scare ME! Maybe the paw print ?? Seems the least threatening.
Wouldn’t consider anything done by the state appointed super to be what the average citizen in Gilmer calls legal unless by definition not by intent. These days is it safe to say if it takes a lawyer to get it done the deal will be darn right shady?
Previously reported on the GFP that Devono wants to move the offices over to the Health Center after years of telling us they were going to use the Glenville Elementary building? Anyone’s guess but odds are he’s going to sell all of our school buildings he can? Anyone’s guess as to who would want Glenville Elementary and which board members would say fine?
GFP please hurry and post the video for last nights board meeting. That should cast some light on the subject.
By Reader 76 on 05.19.2015
Citizens believe that the Minnie Hamilton move to the WACO Center was made to get badly needed revenue for GSC and the consequence was lost income for public health services in Gilmer County.
It seems that there is an attempt to use public education money to compensate for the move to WACO mistake. Sounds like a bailout scheme for a bad decision made by the County Commission.
Where does rent money go now for space the Board Office occupies in the annex and if that space is vacated what will that loss of money do to the County?
Everything in Gilmer is connected and when one change occurs something else is affected. There is more to this story than citizens are being told.
If anything with Gilmer going from five schools to two and losing students to Lewis County there may be less need for staffing in the County’s school board office to require even less space in the future.
We need to go slow on this one and to flesh out all the facts to get everything out in the open for citizens to know.
By R. Ashcraft on 05.20.2015
Keeping GES was the best chance for a competition gymnasium. Surely they wouldn’t want to pay rent forever? That is the newest building. Anybody thinks the SBA has gobs of money better think again. The new school boom is over.
McDowell is in desperate need. So is Wayne County. They have buildings sliding into the river or falling down! Fayette is still working to save themselves from forced consolidation. All the intervention counties including the ones with control returned still have state appointed superintendents who are making unilateral community decisions about schools that the local boards were elected to make!
By Intervention Killing WV Communities on 05.20.2015
G-Eye™: Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting Report - 04.20.15
REGULAR MEETING REPORT
Gilmer County Board of Education
Gilmer County High School
Monday, April 20, 2015 – 6:00 PM
I. CALL TO ORDER - Roll Call by President
II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
IV. CONSENT AGENDA
A. Minutes: March 16, 2015 (Regular & Special)
MINUTES REGULAR MEETING
The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer Monday, March 16, 2015 - 6:00 PM Gilmer County High School
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 6:00 PM by President, Dr. Williams Simmons.
Members present: Misty Pritt, Tom Ratliff, William Simmons, Carl Armour, Norma Hurley and Gabriel J. Devono, Secretary.
Others Present: Rick Kinder, Cheryl Strother, Nasia Butcher, Dave Ramezan, Kyre-Anna Minney, Bob Hardman, Michelle Raines and Kim Bonnett.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Tom Ratliff led the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Kim Bonnett (on behalf of WVEAJ)
Misty Pritt moved to approve all consent agenda and new business items and Tom Ratliff seconded. Motion passed 5-0.
REVIEW 7 CONSIDER REVISIONS OF DELEGATION POLICY
Norma Hurley moved to table item and Carl Armour seconded. Motion passed 5-0.
MASONIC CORNERSTONE - GILMER COUNTY ELEMENTARY
Carl Armour made a motion to have no action on the item because the Board does not have any authority for new facilities and should the State decide to place the cornerstone, the state or the Masons should assume all financial responsibilities. Norma Hurley seconded the motion. Motion passed 5-0.
A. Spring break and calendar-Misty Pritt moved to approve the third option voted on by employees which is observing Good Friday and Monday as Spring Break and to utilize April 7-10 as instructional days. Tom Ratliff seconded. Motion passed 5-0.
B. Request for Purchase Technology-Mr. Devono read the following recommendation to the Board:
Gilmer County Board of Education: I am proposing for the Gilmer County Board of Education to approve the purchase of approximately 215 HP touch screen laptops, as indicated in your packet, for Gilmer County High School. Increasing one-to-one student to computer became goal #5 in our strategic plan for 2014-2015 as you know from previous presentations and sessions for our strategic plan. I met with the GCHS technology committee. The high school technology committee requested for all 7th and 8th graders to have one-to-one devices. The technology committee also indicated a need for providing both GCHS 9-12 Math teachers one-to-one instructional devices and a need to provide the 11th and 12th grade Science teacher one-to-one devices.
In the state board of education standards, our classroom teachers are required to teach standards for student technology use. Within WVDE policy 2520.14, you will find standards for grades 5-8 and 9-12 that specifically outline objectives, skills, and outcomes for technology applications in ALL core subject classrooms that cannot be met unless students have access to devices.
It is a right and responsibility of a superintendent to research and identify the need and resources to accomplish shared goals for improving the educational process. I am proposing for the Gilmer County Board of Education to approve the purchase of approximately 215 HP touch screen laptops through state approved AEPA (Association for Educational Purchasing Agencies) consortium for Gilmer County High School. The funding has been secured out of STEP 7b which is directly provided for technology integration within our school district.
Carl Armour made a motion to deny the Superintendent’s request. Motion died for lack of a second. Misty Pritt made a motion to accept the recommendation of the Superintendent on proposed technology. Tom Ratliff seconded. Motion passed 4-1. Carl Armour opposed.
C. LIREC Grant and Policy 2512.
Dr. Armour reported on the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center meeting of February 26, 2015.
Dr. Simmons reported on RESA 7 and Leading Creek Elementary and HB2755.
The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will be March 16 2015, 6:00 pm. at Gilmer County High School.
Carl Armour moved and Tom Ratliff seconded that the meeting adjourn at 7:53 PM. Motion carried unanimously.
MINUTES SPECIAL MEETING
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 5:30 PM by President, Dr. William Simmons.
Members present: Carl Armour, Misty Pritt, Tom Ratliff, William Simmons, Norma Hurley and Gabriel Devono, Secretary.
Others Present: Kyre-Anna Minney, Nasia Butcher and Dave Ramezan.
APPROVE LEVY RATES
Superintendent distributed the levy schedule to board members.
Norma Hurley moved and Misty Pritt seconded that the meeting be recessed until April 21, 2015 at 8:00 AM at the Gilmer County Board of Education Office. Motion passed unanimously.
B. Budget Supplements & Transfers
C. Financial Statement/Treasurer’s Report
D. Accounts Payable
E. Student Transfers
F. School Volunteers
G. Field Trips
We apologize for lack of report. We have asked for this information in person, in meetings, and in writing multiple times, but still we are not getting the information ALL previous Superintendents provided. Instead, we receive several blank pages with heading for each line items.
V. NEW BUSINESS
A. WV School Board Assoc. Membership Fees
B. Adopt Embedded Credit Policy
C. Approve 2015-2016 School Calendar
D. Adopt Textbooks for Health, Reading Language Arts
E. Affordable Care Act
VI. Nasia Butcher, Principal, Gilmer County High School
VII. SUPERINTENDENT’S INFORMATION/ACTION
A. LSIC Meeting Updates
VIII. REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW-UP ACTION
A. CGCC- Dr. Carl Armour – March 17, 2015
Calhoun-Gilmer Administrative Council Official Minutes March 17, 2015
Mr. Timothy Woodward, Presiding
Mr. Gabriel Devono, Gilrner Supt.
Mrs. Jenna Jett, Calhoun Absent:
Dr. Carl Armour, Gilmer
Mr. Bryan P. Sterns, Secretary
Mr. Jason Hughes
ITEM I-Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by Mr. Woodward at 11:00 AM.
ITEM II - Agenda Adjustments
ITEM III - Delegations
ITEM IV - Approval of Minutes
The minutes of January 26, 2015 were presented for approval. Dr. Armour moved to approve the minutes as presented; second by Mrs. Jett. Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous.
Mr. Sterns and Mr. Woodward both reported that the OEPA exit interview was very positive. The official report will be out in May or June.
Mr. Sterns presented the Council with a Power Point of the Simulated Workplace. He also informed members that Mr. Jackson with Law and Public Safety and Mr. McCormick with Networking and Computer Repair will be participating in Pilot programs next school year and they are both attending a training on April 24 at United Technical Center.
ITEM VI - New Business
Financial Matters: The list of bills, the financial report, a budget supplement and transfers, and the CGCC Individual School Financial Report for February were presented for approval. Dr. Armour moved to approve the financial matters as presented; second by Mr. Devono. Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous.
Personnel: There were no personnel matters.
Workbase Placement: Mr. Sterns presented two MOUs for approval. Mrs. Jett moved to approve the list as presented; second by Dr. Armour. Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous.
Embedded Credit: Mr. Sterns presented two Memorandums of Understanding between Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center and Calhoun County and Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center and Gilmer County to provide students an opportunity to earn Embedded English Credit. Each county board is responsible for developing their own policy. Dr. Armour moved to accept the MOUs as presented and Mrs. Jett seconded the motion. After some discussion, Mrs. Jett moved to rescind the motion, seconded by Dr. Armour. Dr. Armour moved to accept the MOUs pending Gilmer’s Board Approval of an embedded credit policy. Mr. Devono seconded the motion. Motion carried. Vote: unanimous.
LEA: Mr. Sterns presented the council with a draft of the LEA plan. Dr. Armour moved to accept the LEA as presented, seconded by Mr. Devono. Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous.
Mr. Sterns reported that Dr. D’Antoni will be visiting on April 29, 2015. This is a rescheduled visit. She will be meeting with staff and students.
Council was very complimentary of the Joint LSIC meeting. Several members spoke of how impressed they were with the students who presented that evening.
Mr. Sterns expressed concern over scheduling issues for the SY2015-16. Due to the inclement weather, Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Instructors are just now completing their presentations at GCHS and the Eighth and Tenth grade visits are not scheduled until next week. As schedules are being developed for students for the next school year, Mr. Sterns expressed that he is in hopes that students will be given the opportunity to adjust their schedules if they express an interest in attending the Career Center. Also, Mr. Devono asked Mr. Sterns if presentations could be done at various times at the High Schools not only at just one particular time. The discussion of also opening up visits with the Elementary age students was addressed as well.
It was brought to council’s attention that we are currently unable to contact Bus Driver Colin Hartshorn with our current radio. Mr. Sterns would like to contact Joe Frashure, Transportation Director in Gilmer County to see if we would be able to correct that.
Several adjustments in the School Calendar were noted regarding Early Dismissal dates and Spring Break dates. Gilmer County will be out of session on April 03 and April 06 and will be converting April 07-10th as instructional days. CGCC will follow the Gilmer County Calendar as voted on previously by this council. ITEM VI - Adjournment and Scheduling of Next Meeting
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Calhoun-Gilmer Administrative Council will be held on April 21, 2015 at 11:00 AM. With no further business, the meeting adjourned on motion of Mrs. Jett; second by Mr. Devono. Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous.
Mr. Timothy Woodward, Presiding Mr. Bryan P. Sterns, Secretary
This is my take on the computers. Mrs. Butcher got what she wanted for the GCHS and Dr. Armour was attacked for not going along.
Dr. Armour is on record that he did not vote for the computers because he could not defend that money spent (more than $100,000) would do the most good for the County’s 900 pre K-12 students including GCHS’s students attending the Calhoun Gilmer Career Center.
He also said that the proposal to purchase the computers was not accompanied by a documented plan to use at the GCHS to measure results to determine if the computers contributed to improved academic achievement.
Accountability in schools and everywhere else is never possible if results cannot be measured accurately.
Dr. Armour had pointed out earlier that there was a failure in the County to have an inventory of how many computers there are in the school system presently, where they are, and what condition they are in. This failure has been an issue for years.
Also, for those who listened to the two tapes Dr. Armour referred to Dr. Martirano, the new head of WV’s schools, who directed that counties must have vision statements.
Then, there should be strategic plans designed to achieve the vision, and specific actions to take would be driven by that well documented planning process. Gilmer County does not have a vision statement after four years of State control.
It came across that Dr. Armour applies a business-like thought process to try to do the most good with all school money spent.
To me, he wants to try to help all the County’s 900 students regardless of where they are. That is what all school board members should be doing.
With WV being 46th in the Nation for the quality of our K-12 education while we are 6th in what we spend it is evident that throwing money at problems has not worked. Accountability for spending is the missing key.
By R. D. Bailey on 04.30.2015
Spirited debate and honest dissent is valuable when meaningful decision-making occurs. However, there is never a place for personal attacks.
Three observations. Dr. Armour was set up and the superintendent who determined what was on the agenda was a willing party to it.
There was a breakdown in meeting management and that was Mr. Devono’s fault because he controls everything.
Lastly, it is time for a new principal at the Gilmer County High School. The existing one should retire or the State should promote the individual into another job or to reassign her.
Gilmer County needs a fresh start over there, Sirs.
By R. Maxwell on 04.30.2015
Dr. Simmons and Gabriel how did the ambush work out for you?
By M. A. Miller on 04.30.2015
Who was on the GCHS technology committee and who chaired it? Are meeting minutes available? Isn’t technology only part of the big picture to have good educations for students?
What is the overall big picture plan for improving the GCHS to show how everything fits together and to establish personal accountability for getting the job done?
You would expect the technology committee to be advocates for their special interests. Was there any board of education representation?
How will the committee measure what good the computers did to determine whether or not the money was spent wisely?
Without the availability of accurate measurements as proof, bureaucrats always proclaim monumental successes and they love to do business that way to avoid accountability.
By Roger Wells In Wood County on 04.30.2015
Based on the video and information given, did Armour have the >only< logical vote?
No inventory for months. Hurley has requested it and it never appeared.
No overall computer plan presented to the board. Just the kiddie style wish list. Rather reminded me of taking your children shopping in a toy store.
Superintendent did not involve all parties in the decision. That was quite apparent.
Dr. Armour was absolutely correct in his NO vote.
What can we say about the others?
Were they not just a go along or feel good vote?
By Russ on 04.30.2015
What a shame! Simons been friend with Armour for a long time now he is back stabbing him. What happened?
By Shame! on 04.30.2015
Is bill trying to scores with Butchers now? Has he forgotten? If he were not hired as superintendent there would have been a takeover.
By Denny K on 04.30.2015
It was Hurley first and Armour second for Simmons and DeVano to go after. I wonder who is next.
By Abby Carter on 04.30.2015
An unprofessional attempted blast, a very professional response. Even stupid can see it.
By failed attempt on 04.30.2015
When a person has something to hide he/she becomes defensive when asked any questions. Mr. DeVano is a good example. He comes to the meetings with defensive attitude.
By Jimmy D on 04.30.2015
I am really tired of hearing all the rhetoric from president and superintendent.
By gilmer retired teacher on 04.30.2015
Can’t a regular table be found to hold these meetings at?
Right from the jump having all those little separate tables sends a message. Let’s see them at a table where they can look each other in the eye and read body language while they ‘discuss’.
By First things first on 04.30.2015
Board President walks around and bad mouth the board members all the time in public. Does a good leader ever do that? Simmons, you need to take a course in leadership.
By F.D.R. on 04.30.2015
What happened to the delegation policy that was voted to be on the agenda for this month at the last month meeting? It’s not there. Simmons wanted to take the Delegation down to two minutes or not have it at all but now he’s saying 3-5 minutes? Where did that come from? There’s no minimum in any policy.
This Board has been told time and time again they can’t vote on ANY new school Lewis or Gilmer but now they can vote to spend money on text books to take to Lewis County? Lewis wll get the state formula money for every student sent over there and this comes out of excess levy money. Possibly another one of those things the state claims they can waiver? It’s not what the law says about excess levies. It’s not what it was voted in for. There aren’t enough books for every Gilmer County student to take one home now. At this rate there never will be.
Somethings rotten in Denmark!
Is it true Lewis County voted to use Houghtono-Mifflin? Is that why the Sand Fork and Troy schools voted to use them while the High School, Normantown and Glenville wanted Pearson? Not hard to figure out that Devano is shady.
Now we are hearing the Superintendent is moving the Gilmer BOE office over in the vacated Minnie Hamilton offices on Mineral Road. He took employees on a tour with tape measures. More going on here than your Board President is telling. Seems there’s nothing new about that.
By W T Wheeling on 04.30.2015
Gabriel Devono name one board meeting that you told the board or the public how much the bid was for those computers or what company won the bid? Lets check the videos. It is not there and we watched every one. Your word is no good The Gilmer board has absolutely no reason to trust you ..You need to be the secretary and hush up. Answer the questions put to you if you want trust. The board will be written up on the audit when Gilmer is in the red, not you, not the Principals, not your committees.You bring the Teachers in to make it look like the the board is against them if they vote no. You are using the Teachers and Principals because you control personnel. Stop withholding public information.
By Retire ,Take Your Money & Simmons on 04.30.2015
I wish I good talk big like Dr. Simmons, but I can’t. What is he really after? He was after: State board? No chance. State superintendent? Taken! Gilmer superintendent? Maybe. Whatever it is he is trying to get, he doing it at the expense of our children.
By Can't Even Pretend on 04.30.2015
Bill is back doing what he did at GSC.
By DeJavu on 04.30.2015
I see Ratliff and Pritt sitting through all of this. What is their position? The way it looks on the videos both of them approving what Simmons and DeVano doing?
By do something on 04.30.2015
I heard Bill saying at grocery store he needs to get in GSC so he can fix all the mess there!!!!!
By Good Luck GSC on 04.30.2015
Dr. Armour asked if he can interrupt to respond to what Butcher was saying. Butcher responds “No you may not because I did not interrupt you”. She then goes on to tell Dr. Armour what she said when she interrupted him which was “We did not test social studies……I’m just telling you we did not test social studies”. Being a former English teacher she should know what interrupt means.
By What is good for goose IS NOT good for gander on 04.30.2015
The ciaos in these meeting are only the fault of the meeting president. He cannot conduct a meeting and be consistent with parliamentary procedures. Someone mentioned leadership course, he also need to learn the Robert’s Rules for conducting a meeting. I think he needs to step down and let someone else conduct the meetings. Can you see how DeVano keeps reminding him what to do? Have you seen he lets the ones he want to, talk anytime they want as long as they want?
By the time has come on 04.30.2015
Read the agenda. Devano didn’t go with the bid he advertised so improperly. He went with a state approved vendor. That’s why he didn’t want to talk about how much they cost. That board was never asked to approve the bids and never had a choice who it would be awarded to. There was one no vote on the payable list.
Question to Carl Armour. If you wound up in a court case against the Superintendent whose side do you think Bill Simmons would take now?
By Better Think It Over on 04.30.2015
As far as the leader goes?
He wants to relive the old glory days before the infamous vote of NO confidence?
We understand all the devious things he has tried to pull off on the sly?
We understand what he tried to pull at the circuit clerks office?
We understand what he tried to pull in regards the last school board election?
We understand what he told the board members prior to the last election?
We understand how he used the school coalition?
We understand all the meetings Blankenship puppet-ed him?
We understand all the committees Blankenship assigned him too, with no knowledge of fellow board members?
We understand all the many, many, many documents he signed for Blankenship as board president with the rest of the board having no knowledge.
We understand that Devano is using him just like Blankenship did?
We understand he still signs anything Devano wants without the other board members knowledge?
We understand the lack of Roberts Rules that it is just his and GD Rules?
We understand he runs to meetings, to Charleston, stroking and stoking as he goes?
We understand about eliciting employees and attempting a vote at the college?
We understand how the two state superintends tell him of meetings, times, dates, and then claiming being sworn to secrecy?
We understand how that divides the board as well as being and ego feed?
By quick draw fountain pen on 04.30.2015
The blocking of information to the board is by Devano with Simmonds backing him every step, or so it appears. At least you NEVER see Simmonds attempting to obtain or bring requested information forward.
Bad choice to elect him.
GC didn’t learn any lesson here from GSC.
Now we see why he it happens to be likely the only WV school superintendent that never had one day on the payroll??????
By R. Butler on 04.30.2015
The states superintendent has tried to put down every Board of Ed member who has tried to do what’s right since the takeover. Remember how hard Mrs. Starkey had to fight? They never stopped her from standing up for our students even when Bill Simmons accused her of trying to take over the Board!
We see who cares. Don’t let them stop you. It must be hard but don’t let them beat you down.The ones who stand against the tax payers and parents will get sent out the door one way or the other you will see.
By Hang In There on 04.30.2015
Yes, had heard the rumor that BS stated that Mrs. Starkey was trying to take over the board. We would have been better off if she had! She always looked out for the children and people of Gilmer County.
Can you say that for the accuser? Watching these videos makes one believe the accuser has taken over the board? He is responsible for the board agenda and its plain to see he does not put the board member requests on the agenda.
The wheels of justice sometimes grind slowly, but we know what this board president is all about and we shall not forget come another election.
By no more BS on 04.30.2015
Watching poor next door Gilmer County and their abuse.
This is a damn sad state of affairs from the very government agency that should be helping you.
This school mess gives no confidence in the state employees at the Capitol or for that fact, no confidence in any of our elected representatives.
Can you believe the legislature is silent in this matter?
Guess we have elected a whole Capitol full of political pawns and yes men and yes women.
By Sympathy from Lewis County on 04.30.2015
The use of a consent agenda is also a move to limit board member discussion. Plain and simple.
Not hard to see what the states handlers have in mind for our elected representatives.
We remember too just how fast this take over happened when William Simmon was voted our superintendent.
Praise be to God that never happened.
That’s one thing that happened right.
By point of order on 04.30.2015
Isn’t this 200k + computer bid deal actually illegal?
Would it be proper to file a complaint with the ethics commission?
Couldn’t either a citizen or a business file a complaint?
By reader3 on 04.30.2015
The story on the editorial page of this week’s Glenville Democrat needs clarification. Surely the new Linn school is not totally free to Gilmer County.
How much did Gilmer County spend for the land at Linn, did it have to pay anything to correct the landslide that occurred, did we have to pay anything to the architectural firm? It does not sound logical that the County got off totally free.
Mr. Devono, citizens deserve to be given an accurate and complete accounting for what the school has cost the County and what future costs will be. Is this too much to ask for in a democracy?
Regarding the model school reference, does that language refer just to the structure? Where is the detailed plan for making the school an educational outcome model? Don’t have one? Why should that surprise us?
Results for our children are what we want. We have had enough of the State’s “just trust” us treatment. We know what that got the County.
G-Eye™: Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting Report - 03.16.15
Gilmer County Board of Education
Gilmer County High School
Monday, March 16, 2015 – 6:00 PM
I. CALL TO ORDER - Roll Call by President
II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
IV. CONSENT AGENDA-NEW BUSINESS
A. Minutes: February 25, 2015
B. Budget Supplements & Transfers
C. Financial Statement/Treasurer’s Report
D. Accounts Payable
E. Student Transfers
F. School Volunteers
G. Field Trips
We apologize for lack of report. We have asked for this information in person, in meetings, and in writing multiple times, but still we are not getting the information ALL previous Superintendents provided. Instead, we receive several blank pages with heading for each line items.
V. REVIEW & CONSIDER REVISIONS OF DELEGATION POLICY
VI. MASONIC CORNERSTONE - GILMER COUNTY ELEMENTARY
VII. SUPERINTENDENT’S INFORMATION/ACTION
A. 2015 Spring Break & Calendar
B. Request for Purchase-Technology
C. LIREC Grant AND Policy 2512
VIII. REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW-UP ACTION
A. C-GCC - Dr. Carl Armour – February 26, 2015
B. RESA 7- Dr. William Simmons
Video of 04.20.15 Meeting will be published on Thursday
Only the kids who have a computer at home can go home and finish what they started. How many families have it at home is the real question? The school doesn’t pay for them to have internet or a computer.
By Pscilla on 04.28.2015
Right out of the gate Mr Devono’s person can’t or won’t tell how the tax collections compare to last year? Doesn’t know? Is she kidding? No doubt you already went and found out for yourself Mrs. Hurley, they’re down. Watching this gives little hope Gilmer won’t wind up in the red by the end of this year just like the Commission. Why is it that board can’t get an answer to any questions? Seems a small thing but a prime example that you have a Superintendent with no experience. He should have been ready with the answer to that question. How on earth can they do a good budget without it? No board member should have to struggle the way Gilmers people do for the even the most basic information.
By Sam K Clarksburg on 04.28.2015
= The state board of education has known for years they are a failure.
= Parents also know the Manchin led educators have failed West Virginia children.
= The Governor knows it because he requested the audit that shows it.
= Seemingly the elected legislature is well aware.
= Obvious in this meeting the board cannot obtain information, even something as simple and basic as an equipment inventory.
= Pretty obvious that state superpuppet dances and gyrates when direct questions are asked, giving meaningless responses.
= We are watching the continued unraveling of the Charleston board of education. This is what happens when politics takes control. Can we expect the problem to have the solution?
By reader5 on 04.28.2015
The information available is that about 50% of Gilmer County families with school children have Internet.
By Ray Prichard on 04.28.2015
We don’t know how many computers we have in Gilmer County’s schools, we don’t know where there are for sure, we don’t know what condition they are in, but we are buying 225 more of them?
Mr. Devono had already put bids out for the computers when the local board voted to purchase them and all the members knew that, and Mr. Devono prevented a local business from bidding on the computers to have a chance to save the County money?
Where I am wrong.
By James J. Trace on 04.28.2015
Does anyone have the time-date-place for the new home schooling group meeting?
By Troy parent on 04.28.2015
Mr. Simmons says IBM and other companies will not hire graduates because they can’t write but at the same time he’s all for getting the laptops. By putting a computer in the students hands that takes away from the time they learn to write. Being a former English professor that should be the last thing he wants.
By Jr.73 on 04.28.2015
Who is running this meeting? Certainly not the president! The way this meeting is conducted is in violation of parliamentary procedures and Robert’s Rules of Order.
By who is in charge? on 04.28.2015
This meeting with this superintendent gives meaning to the ‘emperor has no clothes’.
You see total lack of WVBOE oversight, lack of meeting decorum, lack of board president ability to conduct a meeting.
You see the board members struggle for basic information. Legitimate questions unanswered. Round robin answers. Appears the 4 board members want what’s right, but obviously no support from the Charleston Crony president.
I could vote for any of those 4 board members again. GCBOE - You need a new board president.
By JK on 04.28.2015
Given all the competing needs for scarce money in our school system from pre K on up, citizens deserve to know how it was determined that purchasing more computers for the GCHS was the top priority need in the County to benefit all our children the most.
Reminds me of Nancy Pelosi when she said let’s pass Obama Care and then we can see what is in it. You see what that kind of reasoning got us.
Who got the contract for the computers? Someone wired in with Charleston?
By B. P. Moore on 04.28.2015
Mrs. Hurley, keep asking your probing questions about finances and don’t let the State wear you down. It wasn’t successful with Mrs. Starkey.
When voters see you being attacked at meetings we know that you are onto something big to make the State very nervous.
All of us smell a rat when the State keeps financial information and other details secret while it treats Gilmer County people with disrespect.
We don’t know of a single verified category where the County is any better off now than it was before intervention. Anyone disagree?
We do know that we are out of lots of money, there is more strife, and our kids must go to a new school where there are serious health and safety concerns.
By E. Cosner on 04.28.2015
The more of this we see, the more we realize we need a “intervention county association”.
West Virginians need to organize against the Charleston bureaucrats.
Citizens cannot eradicate the infestation at the WV Board of Education.
But we can sure send more of the Democrat Delegates and Senators back home!
By wake up on 04.29.2015
What does Mr Devono mean when he tells Mr Armor he sent him information? Says it all the time. Doesn’t he send it out to all five members? It’s a safe guess the answer would be a no but why not? Devono’s secretary could email all five as quick as one. What’s the method behind this madness? Simmons didn’t like it when Mr Armor let the Superintendent know he was only the secretary at a board meeting. How fast the President turned on Armor to defend the state appointee. Jumped like he had heard a dog whistle. Signs of a state hand holder here.
By Duly Noted on 04.29.2015
The Governor could fix that state board’s God complex but is too busy trying to set up his trip to Japan. Need to let Charleston know it is unacceptable and illegal to withhold public information. We have the right to know where and how our tax dollars are being spent. How ridiculous is it when even an elected member of the local board can’t ask for it without getting a lot of grief just for asking. How can we stop this insanity?
By 2016 on 04.29.2015
It appears that there are two board members who request to receive school system information to show that they did their homework before board meetings.
Do all board members read Mr. Devono’s hand out packages given to them before board meetings? It does not look like it. Have they given up or are they scared of retaliation from the State?
What about Mr. Devono’s promises at meetings? Is there any follow-up on them?
By R. J. Benjamin on 04.29.2015
What was Mr. Devono talking about when he mentioned extending time for delegation speakers?
Was he claiming that it cannot be done with Roberts Rules of Order?
Time extensions can be given by voting to suspend the rules. The State does not have any trouble in unilaterally putting aside any rule or practice it wants too during intervention does it?
The suspension provision is used for various reasons to allow for an orderly and fair way to conduct business by the U. S. Congress and other deliberative bodies including the WV Legislature.
Apparently the State does not consider an intervened school board to be a legitimate deliberative body so it rules by arbitrary fiat.
By Bennie Cline---Harrison County on 04.29.2015
Governor Tomblin could end the State’s school system seizure tyranny in Gilmer County.
For one example, the WV School Building Authority has financial information for Cedar Creek and as the President of the WVSBA he could demand that it be fully disclosed.
He could put a stop to the Hays City project too if he were interested in doing the right thing.
Can’t you imagine all the finger pointing going on in Charleston?
In the meantime Gilmer County and its citizens, particularly the children, continue to be victimized by the State.
By Charlie Woods on 04.29.2015
The community heard that Gabe Devono announced the groundbreaking ceremony for the Hays City Elementary School. He referred to the planning committee for making the decision.
The community wants to know who is on the committee and how they were chosen including the officers.
When were the meetings held and were they in compliance with WV’s Open Meeting Law? How can the minutes be accessed?
Hays City was a done deal from the first day a new school was first talked about. Wasting the County’s money at Cedar Creek was simply a side show.
By R. D. White on 04.29.2015
Several times there have been observations that there is not enough citizen participation at monthly school board meetings.
Mr. Devono should watch the videos to review how delegations are handled.
If someone is not liked because they do not spout the party line or if they ask tough questions they are shut down pronto.
Responses to what people have to say are not given and everything is left hanging so citizens feel insulted and ignored.
These are reasons why citizens do not come to meetings because they know that it is useless when the State does not care what they think.
You had better believe that the elite get their questions and concerns addressed with warp speed.
One more thought. When agenda items are not fleshed out so citizens will know what will be discussed at meeting that hurts attendance too.
It should not be too difficult for someone who gets paid close to $150,000 a year to come up with clearer agendas. How about it, Mr. Devono?
By M. J. Becker on 04.29.2015
Hays City site was a fait accompli before the day anyone on the street about it.
By Never Had A Choice on 04.29.2015
I wish people would stop picking on Mr. Devano.
He seems to be such a nice man.
Don’t blame him because he has no prior experience as a superintendent.
He is doing the very best he knows how.
By just saying on 04.30.2015
Dear Freedom: Let’s not muddy the water with personal attacks. What I am saying is this. We can be pretty sure the Free Press is a common bookmark on any computer in the county and well beyond… maybe this has something to do with the whole ‘computer’ issue at the school. Who knows? But I do know this - The Editor of this online newspaper has paid dearly to allow the freedom of speech for these local secrets to finally be told. For the people who have reason to Hide the secrets, to continue to pretend they don’t read these articles, and the comments, is ridiculous. We aren’t stupid. Where is the Commission? Sheriff? Mayor? Senator? ANY local elected official?? WHO of them, that are paid to do so, is going to make the first move to enforce the office they were put in and DO THE RIGHT THING?!
By Over it. on 05.06.2015
There is no State law requiring preferred vendors only to bid on computers and other electronics equipment. We will watch to see how that type of purchasing is handled for the Hays City school.
The good ole boy and cronyism way of doing business has squandered untold hundreds of millions of dollars that could have gone for teacher pay and other uses to have kept WV from being at the bottom in K-12 education.
You don’t hear any of Gilmer’s economic development cadre or the County Commissioners speaking out against what happened do you?
Mr. Ramazen has something that money can’t buy——immense respect and genuine admiration! He and all his family are what America stands for.
By R. Smith on 05.06.2015
True oversight of the State Board of Education lies with the Governor who appoints them and the Legislature by constitution charged.
True there have been no Commissioner, Mayor or Sheriff speak out.
True no one from the EDA spoke up about this abuse of the communities surrounding Glenville and a Commissioner sits on that Board.
Private citizens are talking back to Charleston That has been acknowledged in conversation but not (nor will it be) in writing.
A major problem is that all conversation for this local Board of Education with Charleston are held in closed door sessions.The door opens easily if one is in agreement. It is a struggle otherwise. Threatened continuance of intervention puts a gag order on any local Board of Ed under it. Ask Mingo County. Ask Fayette. Ask Logan. Ask ALL five members of Gilmer…
The State BOE methodology for intervention is archaic, draconian, abusive and a failure at improving education.
By Freedom Is Not Free on 05.06.2015
The computers are just the tip of the takeover iceberg. Every discussion is relevant. No bid contracts are just a symptom of the intervention sickness spread throughout this state by the politically motivated WVBOE.
Anyone really believe the vote of the local board mattered? If they had voted a unanimous NO what would have changed? Do you think those computers hadn’t already been ordered through a state approved vendor by the time the first notice came out in the paper? Asking for a board vote was just a formality to create the appearance of a paper trail and a feeble attempt by the state appointee to fake proper procedure, nothing more.
When did the Principals from the Elementary Schools agree to give their technology money to the High School? Is that even allowed without board approval? They are supposed to have finances back except for personnel and new facilities according to the Superintendent. Did the Gilmer Board know anything about such a meeting? It wasn’t said in any of the meeting videos until April.By then the deed was done.
By Pickle Street on 05.06.2015
More came down to prove how Gilmer County is kept in the dark. Mr. Gabriel Devono is on the WVBOE’s May 13, 2015 agenda to give an update on Gilmer County schools.
What is the reason that as important as schools are in Gilmer County and all the controversy that intervention caused there is no word that the same update will be provided here by Mr. Devono?
What we have is a continuing public relations nightmare with the dictatorial way the WVBOE does business.
Maybe someone will attend the meeting to learn what Mr. Devono says. Get details for the meeting by going to Google and entering WV DOE to review the WVBOE’s May agenda.
By Just Askin on 05.07.2015
Who gave the principal the authority to be the County’s technology authority to be involved in determining what to buy, who gets what, and when they get it?
Was it not said that the principal would decide where technology was to go in the future? This should be the school board’s job after getting the facts to try to help the County’s 900 students. It supposedly had its authority restored for finances except for facilities.
This computer mess shows that the board has no authority at all regardless what the WVBOE claims. Who runs the school system anyway? It appears that the WVBOE gave a major role to the principal.
The board should have been involved from the outset with the computers including what was needed, who would get them and how the bidding processes and final seller selection process would work.
All decisions were made in advance with expectations for the board’s rubber stamping. Now the people know once more what is happening.
By Ed White on 05.07.2015
Under Intervention only the Superintendent can approve a Principals meeting and approve any request from such a meeting without bringing it to a Board of Education no matter what it costs.
Since intervention there’s only one who can give permission for a person in Gilmer county to speak to the Board of Ed and according to video be on the agenda and that’s State appointed Superintendent Devono who discusses the agenda with the President of the Board prior to posting on a wall somewhere.
As long as there is a state appointed Superintendent this will be true no matter what Charleston communicates to the contrary.
By That's Intervention on 05.07.2015
It its really strange that something as trivial as a meeting agenda can be such an issue.
That exposes inept, incompetent, and/or childish behavior. ie: mindset.
Or the State Educators are attempting to cover illegal or unethical activities?
Have not seen an agenda posted for some time. I hope the threatening paragraph that appeared under former superintendent has disappeared by now.
Seems that paragraph was specifically designed to keep citizens from appearing at public school meetings. That is the effect it had at least.
Shameful when a superintendent appointed by the state in Charleston has to stoop that low.
From the video, we now know that Mr. Deboneo and Mr. Simons are in charge of our board agenda.
By Resident on 05.08.2015
These no-bid contract awards.
Have there been no ethic complaints filed?
CommunityConcerns™: A Fresh Start Opportunity in Gilmer County
Mrs. Joe Manchin and Mr. David Sneed,
You Have A Fresh Start Opportunity in Gilmer County.
The West Virginia School Building Authority’s change of direction is welcomed. Each of the SBA’s redirection approaches is an open admission that past administrative mismanagement practices occurred. The question is what will the WVBOE and the SBA do to reverse their bad decisions for Gilmer County while time remains?
Nothing can be done about past mistakes for school facilities already built and paid for throughout West Virginia, but in Gilmer County there is an opportunity to show leadership by halting the Hays City school project.
Mrs. Manchin and Mr. Sneed, how about halting that project immediately? Through exercise of your authority there could be a fresh start to do the right thing.
Would it be easy? Definitely not! It would require the formation of a new Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan committee in Gilmer County with membership representing the true cross-section of the community.
The SBA would have to provide an array of qualified experts to advise and lead the committee. It would be necessary to comply with West Virginia’s Open Meeting laws, and accurate records would have to be kept to maintain transparency. Involvement of the SBA with a fresh start would be a unique opportunity for it to use Gilmer County to develop a model approach for application throughout WV when school facilities decisions are made.
There would be a host of variables to consider for a fresh start including population projections for Gilmer County to include estimates of K-12 students to accommodate in the future. The economics of energy use options would have to be studied, and there would have to be a site selection process to guarantee that alternate sites were considered including those available through use of eminent domain if necessary.
Sordid details of what happened to get Gilmer County to where it is today with the Hays City project could be profited from as lessons learned to design a facilities study for the SBA to head. One factor that should not be considered is money lost by the WVBOE and the SBA for their prior decisions in Gilmer County. Those costs should be written off by the State and the County should not be penalized for them.
One essential facet to study would be minimizing adverse impacts of facilities decisions on rural communities in the County. Prior to making final decisions for facilities it would be necessary to determine approaches for dealing with adverse social and economic impacts from bussing small children and older students to and from school locations.
One topic kept under wraps from the County is how much discretionary money will be made available from shutting down the Troy Elementary School? Would this new pool of money make it possible to have options including repairing existing faculties instead of vacating them and consolidating?
If an objective facilities study were to be done with valid justifications to indicate that the Hays City site is the best choice to include protecting the health and safety of children, citizens would accept the decision.
Presently, citizens do not have confidence in the State’s decision that the Hays City site is the best overall option for the County’s children, and they resent how the decision was made. The prevailing opinion is that Hays City was chosen to enable the SBA and the WVBOE to recover from mismanagement decisions for the failed Cedar Creek Elementary School project.
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has the power to attend to this Gilmer County crisis with one telephone call. He presides over the SBA, he appointed Mr. David Sneed to administer the agency, and he appoints the WVBOE’s members.
42 West Virginia Schools Are Recognized for High Performance and Progress
CHARLESTON, W.V – Schools across West Virginia are honored for being at the top of the class. The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) today announced the 2014-2015 Reward Schools. The distinction is based on results from the WESTEST2 conducted in the spring of 2014. Forty-two schools earned the distinction.
The Reward Schools are identified in two categories.
High Performing Reward SchoolsSuccess schools that exhibit the highest absolute performance and do not have persistent achievement gaps between student groups.
High Progress Reward Schools are Success andTransition schools that are making the greatest progress in the growth< component of the WV Accountability Index with no significant achievement gaps across student groups.
2014-2015 Reward Schools include:
Sand Fork Elementary
East Hardy High
Cross Lanes Elementary
George Washington High
John Adams Middle
Pleasant Valley Elementary
White Hall Elementary
Mt Nebo Elementary
Panther Creek Elementary
West Liberty Elementary
In addition to the Reward School distinction, Evans Elementary (Jackson), Hacker Valley Elementary (Webster) and New Creek Primary (Mineral) have also been named West Virginia Title I Distinguished Schools.
The Title I Distinguished School program requires that a school be a Title I school for at least three years, obtain the Reward School distinction and meet the Title I annual proficiency target for both math and reading.
Evans Elementary is West Virginia’s representative to the National Title I Association as a National Title I Distinguished School.
CommunityConcerns™: Why is Gilmer County on the WVBOE’s Fund Watch?
On February 12, 2015 Mr. Thomas Campbell, a member of the WVBOE’s finance committee announced WV Counties on the State’s fund watch. Gilmer County’s school system was one of them (see below). The announcement raises important questions because since 2011 the WVBOE has been in total control in making all spending decisions for the County’s school system.
What does it mean to be on a fund watch and what are the financial implications for Gilmer County?
Who made all the spending decisions since intervention in 2011 to put the County on a fund watch?
What were the specific uses of the County’s funds and where are the accurate records to prove what the County received for its money?
When money was spent by the WVBOE were all of WV’s Statutes, rules and regulations followed to ensure that the money was always spent in ways to save the County as much money as possible so more money would be available to benefit our children?
With the WVBOE’s intervention of Gilmer County’s schools there has not been local oversight in determining how the school system’s funds are spent. This central government abuse from Charleston is a perfect example of taxation without representation because our elected school board members have not been permitted to have any voice in how the WVBOE uses the County’s funds.
There has been enough overreach by the WVBOE. An independent forensic accountant should be hired to do an in-depth investigation of what happened to all of the County’s funds following intervention, and the designation of specific individuals responsible for the expenditures.
Citizens hear that hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent on a new telephone system and that may have involved an overcharge, new radios were purchased, a principal was hired and the individual could not do the work, but the individual remained on the payroll anyway.
Didn’t the WVBOE spend lots of money on new furnishing at the local Board Office too? Undisclosed amounts of money were spent on electronics equipment since 2011 when intervention occurred, and there are no accurate records for what is was, where it is now, and what happened to equipment that cannot be found.
The WVBOE controls all financial decisions, including those for spending for personnel, and that spending category is the highest one for the County’s education system budget. We do not know if the County is any better off now with personnel than it was before intervention. Those details are among many of the WVBOE’s secrets.
Everyone in Gilmer County knows about the Cedar Creek land deal that fell through after certain parties received their money. The WVBOE has not disclosed how much the County lost due to Charleston’s blundering on the deal and what all the real future costs will be for dictating that the County’s new elementary school will be at Hays City.
WEST VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION
Capitol Building 7, Capitol Room
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, West Virginia
February 12, 2015
I. Call to Order
Following the welcome, Pledge of Allegiance and introductions, President Gayle C. Manchin called the meeting of the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) to order at 10:09 a.m. on February 12, 2015, in the Capitol Room, Capitol Building 7, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Charleston, West Virginia.
The following members were present: President Manchin, Vice President Michael I. Green, Secretary Tina H. Combs, Thomas W. Campbell, Lloyd G. Jackson II, Beverly E. Kingery, L. Wade Linger Jr., William M. White (via telephone), and James S. Wilson and ex officios Michael J. Martirano, State Superintendent of Schools, and Paul L. Hill, Chancellor, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. Member absent was ex officio James L. Skidmore, Chancellor, West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education.
II. Oath of Office for Beverly E. Kingery and James S. Wilson
Justice Allen H. Loughry II, West Virginia Supreme County of Appeals, administered the ceremonial oath of office to Ms. Kingery and Dr. Wilson.
III. Showcasing Personalized Learning
Mr. Green, assisted by Mr. Sterling Beane, Chief Technology Officer, Division of Technology, and Dr. F. Joseph Super, Superintendent of Barbour County Schools, presented a video and information regarding personalized learning taking place at Mount Vernon Elementary in Barbour County.
IV. Approval of Agenda
President Manchin called for a motion to approve the agenda. Mr. Campbell moved that the agenda be approved. Mr. Jackson seconded the motion and upon the call for the question the motion was carried unanimously.
Ms. Liza Cordeiro, Executive Director, WVDE Office of Communications, announced that all individuals wishing to address the Board as a delegation would be given two minutes. The following delegations addressed the Board regarding the proposed waiver of Policy 2320: Mr. Dale Lee, Dr. Frank Devono (distributed information), Mr. Doug Lambert, Mr. Bob Brown, and Ms. Jennifer Wood (distributed information). Mr. Justin Whitford addressed the Board regarding the proposed waivers of Policy 5310, Policy 2340 and Policy 2510. Mr. Tom Stark (provided information for the record) addressed the Board regarding Policy 2520.3C. The following delegations addressed the Board regarding Fayette County school facilities: Ms. Jean Evansmore, Mr. Jason Crouch, Mr. Randall Patterson (distributed information), Mr. Dale Arrington, Mr. Mason Hines, Ms. Ester Morey, Ms. Teri Harlan, Mr. Scott Ingleton, Ms. Celi Van Dyke, Ms. Mistie Richmond, Mr. Geoff Heeter, Ms. Carolyn Arritt (distributed information), Ms. Patsy Holliday, Mr. Leon Ivey, and Mr. Jim Lively.
VI. Just-A-Minute (JAM) World Record Day
Mr. Clayton Burch, Chief Academic Officer, Division of Teaching and Learning, read a proclamation signed by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin proclaiming February 12 as JAM World Record Day (a world event to promote the importance of being active, with school and kids leading).
VII. Delegations (Continued)
Delegations continued with a presentation from Ms. Michelle Toman and high school students Mr. Matthew Bird, Ms. Anna Borden, and Ms. Abby Edwards, regarding Jamie’s Law (suicide prevention). Ms. Shaunna Cole (distributed information) addressed the Board regarding Fayette County school facilities. (Copies appended to Official Minutes, Attachment J.)
VIII. Update - WVBE Response to Governor’s Education Agenda
Ms. Donna Hoylman Peduto (distributed information), WVBE Director of Operations, assisted by Mr. Campbell, Mr. Green, President Manchin, Chancellor Hill, and Mr. Jackson, provided an update regarding progress toward accomplishing the Governor’s education agenda including the key provisions of the Governor’s request of the WVBE. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment K.)
WVBE Wellness Committee. President Manchin provided an update on behalf of the Wellness Committee and shared news regarding West Virginia’s number one ranking (Breakfast Scorecard Report) in proving breakfast and lunch to students.
WVBE Finance Committee. Mr. Campbell provided an update on behalf of the Finance Committee and stated the following counties are on the fund balance watch list for February: Berkeley, Calhoun, Clay, Gilmer, Grant, Hancock, Mingo, Pendleton and Randolph, and provided information regarding pension funding.
WVBE Re-imagining Instructional Time Committee. Mrs. Combs (distributed information) and Dr. White provided an update on behalf of the Re-imagining Instructional Time Committee and presented pilot initiative criteria and a timeline for the Board’s consideration. Following discussion, Mrs. Combs moved that the pilot initiative criteria and timeline be approved. Dr. White seconded the motion and upon the call for the question the motion was carried unanimously. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment L.)
Mr. Green moved, and Mr. Linger seconded, that the meeting recess for lunch. The meeting recessed for lunch at 12:20 p.m. Chancellor Hill departed the meeting.
President Manchin called the meeting back to order at 1:13 p.m.
XI. WVBE Personnel Matters Termination of Employment of a Teacher at the Ron Mulholland Juvenile Center - Executive Session
President Manchin called for a motion to move into executive session as provided in W. Va. Code §6-9A-4(b)(2)(A) [personnel exception] and/or §6-9A-4 [matters involving attorney client privilege per Peters v. County Commission, 205 W. Va. 481 (1999). Mr. Green moved, as provided in W. Va. Code §6-9A-4(b)(2)(A) [personnel exception] and/or §6-9A-4 [matters involving attorney client privilege per Peters v. County Commission, 205 W. Va. 481 (1999), that the Board enter into executive session. Mr. Linger seconded the motion and upon the call for the question the motion was carried unanimously. The Board moved into executive session at 1:15 p.m.
XII. Return from Executive Session
The Board returned from executive session at 1:28 p.m. at which time President Manchin stated that no action was taken in executive session and called for a motion regarding the termination of employment of Mr. Mark Jockel, a teacher at the Ron Mulholland Juvenile Center. Mr. Green moved that the employment of Mr. Mark Jockel, a teacher at the Ron Mulholland Juvenile Center, be terminated effective immediately. Mrs. Combs seconded the motion and upon the call for the question the motion was carried unanimously.
XIII. Update - WVBE Response to Governor’s Education Agenda (Continued)
WVBE Accountability Committee - Implementation Plan for Policy 2320, A Process or Improving Education: Performance Based Accreditation System. Mr. Jackson provided an update on behalf of the Accountability Committee and moved that the implementation plan (A-F Business Rules) be approved. Mr. Campbell seconded the motion and upon the call for the question the motion was carried unanimously.
XIV. Chancellor Reports
Chancellor Hill departed the meeting at the recess for lunch; Chancellor Skidmore was unable to attend the meeting.
XV. WVBE Coordinator of Board Agencies Report
Mr. Jason L. Butcher, WVBE Coordinator of Board Agencies, provided updates regarding his work with WVBE agencies. Mr. Jacob Green, Special Assistant, WVDE Office of Institutional Education Programs (OEIP) provided an update regarding OEIP initiatives.
XVI. WVBE RESA Liaison Report
Ms. Kathy Hypes, Executive Director, RESA 7, provided a report on the behalf of RESAs.
XVII. Capacity Building for Priority Schools and Intervention Counties and Special Circumstance Review Executive Session
Ms. Michele Blatt, Chief Accountability and Performance Officer, Division of Educator Quality and System Support, provided information regarding support services provided to priority schools and intervention counties. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment A.)
President Manchin called for a motion to move into executive session as provided in W. Va. Code §6-9A-4(b)(9), To consider matters involving or affecting the purchase, sale or lease of property, advance construction planning, the investment of public funds. Mr. Green moved, as provided in W. Va. Code §6-9A-4(b)(9), that the Board enter into executive session. Mrs. Combs seconded the motion. A member of the audience requested that Dr. Starcher provide her presentation prior to the executive session.
Dr. Serena Starcher, Superintendent, Fayette County Schools, provided information regarding the status of the Fayette County Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan (CEFP) and bond call. Superintendent Martirano addressed the Board regarding his visit to Fayette County. Discussion ensued regarding facility reviews.
Mr. Green, noting that a motion was on the floor, requested that W. Va. Code §18-2E-5, Special Circumstance Review, be added to the motion for the executive session. Mrs. Combs agreed to the amendment. Upon the call for the question the motion was carried unanimously and the Board moved into executive session at 2:33 p.m.
XVIII. Return from Executive Session
The Board returned from executive session at 3:52 p.m. at which time President Manchin stated that no action was taken in executive session. Mrs. Combs departed the meeting.
XIX. Consent Agenda
Mr. Campbell moved that the Consent Agenda be approved. Mr. Jackson seconded the motion and upon the call for the question the motion was carried unanimously. (Copies appended to Official Minutes, Attachments B through D.)
• Approved minutes of January 14, 2015 (Attachment B)
• Received WVDE personnel matters (Attachment C)
• Approved Policy 2520.13, Next Generation Standards for Career and Technical Education in West Virginia Schools (Attachments D-1 and D-2).
XX. Office of Education Performance Audits (OEPA) Director’s Information
Ms. Susan O’Brien, Director, Office of Education Performance Audits, provided brief remarks regarding teacher attendance data and requested the RESA 7 data trends item be moved to the March agenda. Mr. Campbell moved that the RESA 7 data trends items be moved to the March agenda. Dr. Wilson seconded the motion and upon the call for the question the motion was carried unanimously.
XXI. Waiver: Policy 2320, A Process for Improving Education: Performance Based Accreditation System
Ms. O’Brien (distributed information) and Superintendent Martirano presented a waiver request for portions of Policy 2320. Discussion ensued regarding the waiver request.
Mr. Jackson moved that the waiver of Policy 2320, at section 5.2.a., be approved to extend, for diagnostic and administrative purposes, the timeline to assign final A-F ratings until the 2015 2016 school year. Mr. Green seconded the motion and upon the call for the question the motion was carried unanimously. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment M.)
XXII. Superintendent’s Report
Superintendent Martirano presented a timeline for steps that will occur as a result of the approval of the Policy 2320 waiver and presented criteria in support of the Policy 2340 and Policy 2510 waiver requests. Superintendent Martino requested that the waiver requested for Policy 5310, Performance Evaluation of School Personnel, be removed from the agenda.
XXIII. Superintendent’s Report Waiver: Policy 2340, West Virginia Measures of Academic Progress Program
Mr. Burch presented information regarding the waiver request for Policy 2340. The West Virginia Department of Education (Office of the State Superintendent) requested a statewide waiver of Policy 2340, section 4.1 and 4.1.a. This waiver impacts the assessment of science and social studies by requesting that science only be assessed, for school year 2014-2015, in grades 4, 6 and 10. This complies with federal requirements and aligns to the grades in which science is assessed on the West Virginia alternative summative assessment. The waiver also provides that the statewide summative assessment of social studies would be discontinued for all grades. The West Virginia Golden Horseshoe exam will continue for grade 8 since it is not part of the summative assessment (Policy 2340).
Ms. Mary Catherine Funk, General Counsel to the WVBE, presented the waiver request of Policy 2340, at sections 4.1 and 4.1.a., for the assessment of science and social studies requesting that science only be assessed, for school year 2014-2015, in grades 4, 6 and 10, and that the statewide summative assessment of social studies be discontinued for all grades for the Board’s consideration.
Mr. Jackson moved that the waiver request, as presented, be approved. Mr. Linger seconded the motion and upon the call for the question the motion was carried unanimously. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment F.)
XXIV. Superintendent’s Report Waiver: Policy 2510, Assuring the Quality of Education: Regulations for Education Programs, and Policy 2520.2B, Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for Mathematics in West Virginia High Schools
Mr. Burch presented information regarding the waiver request for Policy 2510 and Policy 2520.2B. The West Virginia Department of Education (Office of the State Superintendent) requested a statewide waiver (#1282) of Policy 2510, Section 5.4.a. Adolescent Education Programming Chart IV and Chart V, and Policy 2520.2B for the 2014-2015 school year. The purpose of the waiver is to enhance the delivery of instructional programs. The waiver will create a second option for high school mathematics and shall be effective for the 2015 2016 school year.
Ms. Funk presented the waiver request of Policy 2510, section 5.4.a, and Policy 2520.2B the Board’s consideration.
Mr. Linger moved that the waiver request, as presented, be approved. Dr. Wilson seconded the motion and upon the call for the question the motion was carried unanimously. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachments G-1, G-2, and G-3.)
XXV. WVBE Personnel Matters West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind Transfer Process for Child Care Workers to Residential Care Specialists
Dr. Lynn Boyer, Superintendent of the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, requested approval of a modification to the agreed timeframe for completion of the associate of arts (AA) degree applicable to employees transitioning from child care workers to residential care specialists. Mr. Campbell departed the meeting.
Dr. Wilson moved that the modification of the agreed timeline for completion of the associate of arts (AA) degree applicable to employees transitioning from child care workers to residential care specialists as follows: 1) extend the AA degree completion deadline to June 30, 2020, for employees that must complete the 60 hour AAS program; and 2) extend the completion deadline to December 31, 2017, for employees who hold an AA degree or higher at the time of transfer to obtain 18 hours of technical core credit, or as the courses offered in sequence by the Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College be approved. Mr. Linger seconded the motion and upon the call for the question the motion was carried unanimously. Dr. Boyer also reported on a bill that is moving through the legislature regarding facility funding.
XXVI. WVBE Personnel
Mr. Linger moved that the Board’s personnel attachment be approved. Ms. Kingery seconded the motion and upon the call for the question the motion was carried unanimously. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment H.)
XXVII. Appointments to WVBE Statutory Units/Liaisons/Presidential Committees 2014-2015
President Manchin (distributed information) presented appointments to WVBE Statutory Units/Liaisons/Presidential Committees 2014-2015 for the Board’s consideration.
Mr. Jackson moved that the appointments to WVBE Statutory Units/Liaisons/Presidential Committees 2014-2015 be approved. Mr. Green seconded the motion and upon the call for the question the motion was carried unanimously. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment Mc.)
XXVIII. Items for Future Consideration
It was requested that the amendment of policies, as a result of waivers, be placed on a future agenda. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment I.)
XXIX. Future Meetings
President Manchin addressed the Board regarding future meeting dates and indicated that, should the Board Room be returned to service, the March meeting may be moved from March 12 and 13 to March 11 and 12.
Dr. Wilson moved that the meeting be adjourned. Mr. Green seconded the motion and upon the call for the question the motion was carried unanimously. The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m.
Minutes approved by the Board on March 11, 2015.
Gayle C. Manchin, President
Tina H. Combs, Secretary
Minutes were recorded by
Virginia M. Harris
Secretary to the Board
Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries - 03.19.15
CLERK OF THE COUNTY COMMISSION OF GILMER COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND BENEFICIARIES
The administration of the estates(s) of the following deceased is pending before the Clerk of the County Commission of Gilmer County, 10 Howard Street, Glenville WV 26351.
The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below.
Notice is hereby given that the estate(s) of the following has been opened for probate. Any interested person objecting to the validity of the will, the qualifications of the personal representative or the venue or jurisdiction of the court, shall file notice of an objection with the County Commission within ninety days after the date of the first publication or within 30 days of service of notice, whichever is later. If an objection is not timely filed, the objection is forever barred.
All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before June 17, 2015 otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s). All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.
Claims against the estate must be filed in accordance with West Virginia Code 44-1-14a.
Mildred L. Burkhammer
217 Little Ellis Road
Linn, WV 26384
William L. Kerby
3401 Waterloo Road
Mogadore, OH 44260
Billie Jean Summers
William C. Summers
10607 US Hwy 33W
Normantown, WV 25267
James Oran Snyder Jr.
Elsie L. Alltop
7681 WV Hwy47 W
Cox’s Mills, WV 26342
Kenneth Allen Ferguson
Shannon A. Ferguson
2363 Chestnut Lick Road
Normantown, WV 25267
Clerk of Gilmer County Commission
10 Howard Street
Glenville, WV 26351
The date of the first publication of this Notice is : March 19, 2015
Cheerleader Remembers Normantown’s 1945 Run to Title
As high school state basketball tournament action heats up in Charleston, 87-year-old Morgantown resident and former Normantown High School cheerleader Betty Cross recalls her school’s memorable run to the state title 70 years ago.
In 1945, Normantown High School, a small high school in Gilmer County that only had a little more than 100 students at the time, had a Cinderella season en route to an improbable state title in hoops. Cross, whose maiden name was Betty Jean Whitesel, was one of only two cheerleaders at the school. She fondly recalls her neighbor and one of the players on the team predicting a state tournament victory before the season.
“One of the players who left next to me and I lived in Gilmer County close to the school, and he said to me, Betty Jean, we’re going to win this tournament,” she recalled this week when speaking with MetroNews.
Much like Hickory High in the famous movie “Hoosiers”, Normantown beat several larger schools on their way to capturing a championship which at that time was played in Morgantown. Cross remembers how large the crowds were that showed up to watch the games, despite a premium on gasoline at the time.
“The gymnasium was filled to overflowing in Glenville when they played the sectional. The same thing in Clarksburg when they played WI in the regional,” Cross said. “And I think they had more people in the fieldhouse in Morgantown at that time for the tournament than there had ever been before.”
The Vikings won three games in Morgantown including two in the same day with the championship coming over Logan.
How was such a tiny school able to pull off a run to a state championship? Cross said that the Normantown Vikings team that year was known for their slow deliberate style of play and cool demeanor on the court.
“They were very stable in their play,” she recalled. “They never went wild or anything, they just contained. They played that slow, controlled type of basketball. And I can’t remember a time where they were flustered.”
Cross said she has fond memories of the championship season, which was her junior year at Normantown. She noted that, remarkably, herself, 9 of the 11 players on the team, the manager, and the other cheerleader, Jean Robert Pitts, were all members of the junior class.
Age 74, of Normantown, WV passed away Friday, March 06, 2015 at her home.
She was a daughter of the late James and Zella Murphy Rush.
She is preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by brother, Allen Rush and an infant brother.
She is survived by daughter, Mary Sue Cottrell of Normantown, WV; brothers, Scottie (Margaret) Rush and Shirley (Kathy) Rush both of Crummies Creek, WV; Charles Rush and Earnest Rush both of Mt. Zion, WV; and Paul Rush of Sand Ridge, WV; sisters, Gladys Roupe of Barberton, Ohio; Goldie (Tom) Green of Mogadore, Ohio; Helen (Roscoe) Rogers of Orma, WV; Mine Lou (Ordie) Rogers of Orma, WV; Vine Sue (Clearance) Rush of Arnoldsburg, WV; Opal Gay (Rick) Horsley of Spencer, WV; and Nelsie Juanita Rush of Orma, WV; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg.
Rev. Gene Satterfield will officiate.
Interment will be in the Metz Community Cemetery in Sand Ridge.
Friends and family may call at Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg from 6 to 8 PM on Monday, March 09 and one hour prior to the services.