Gilmer County’s School Board had responsibility for less than 15% of the total finances and most of it was for non discretionary spending.
In reality the State makes all financial decisions in intervened counties with expectations for a local board’s after-the-fact rubber stamping. This makes a board’s financial role essentially ceremonial.
The Gilmer board had no authority of any kind to make decisions for facilities. The State wanted to move board offices to a larger and more expensive location to cover for money lost by the Gilmer County Commission.
The Commission had approved the move of the Minnie Hamilton health facility to GSC’s WACO center to give GSC badly needed rent revenue, and the empty medical space was not generating any money.
The State tried to cajole the board to approve the board office move to the Minnie Hamilton space. The reason was that the State wanted to be able to say that it had the board’s backing to take heat off for the move.
Another facet was that the board was not given a full accounting of the costs for the move to be fully informed of the total financial consequences.
Balking occurred, the State was outraged, and the WVBOE penalized the board for not going along in lockstep by stripping it of all authority for finances.
This is one more example of how the WVBOE misuses the public’s scarce education dollars for purposes other than benefiting WV’s school children.
By Charleston WVDE Mole on 07.10.2015
This is an unambiguous message from Susan O’Brien and the WVBOE that Gabe Devono has absolute dictatorial power to seal the fate for what the OEPA does next.
What clearer order could there be for the board to go along 100% with Gabe or to risk a longer period of intervention?
Be like lemmings going over a cliff or else is what O’Brien and the WVBOE demand. Don’t question the wisdom of anything.
Keep quiet, rubber stamp, let statutes, rules and regulations be broken without a whimper.
Never ask if money being spent will do the most good in improving our education system.
Never ask if the State is bankrupting the County.
Never ask what could be done to increase the pay of our teachers and staffs.
Never ask how the coming 30+ person riff could be eased up to protect our teachers and staffs.
Never ask how the long ride of small children to and from the Hays City school could be dealt with more humanely so the trauma will not have an adverse effect on learning.
Never ask for information about finances, personnel or anything else to try to be an informed elected official.
Never ask for specifics regarding how the County’s school system is any better off following intervention.
Above all else, never question what could be done to do better in preparing Gilmer’s students for college and careers.
If 50% of the high school’s grads cannot do math and read that outcome must be supported as entirely acceptable as boasting occurs about the quality of the County’s school system under intervention.
By Benny Foats on 07.10.2015
Right on time to stop the flow of information about Minnie Hamilton debacle.
Will the State use this to hide what they spend because they gave themselves full control of where to spend it? If this happens it is time for FOIA requests.
Seems no one on the Gilmer Board was going to be allowed to question or say no to anything about where the money went despite what the MOU said. What control did they have to begin with?
By WV Politics Business As Usual on 07.10.2015
What is meant by item # 1 ?
Amend MOU about finance?
By reader5 on 07.10.2015
Very little information here.
Dr. Simmons promised when he was elected to school board, he knew all the “big boys” in Charleston, and would soon get our schools back.
Think that’s over three years ago now. What is up with that? That’s why many we know voted for him?
By W.E.S. on 07.10.2015
Reader 5 it means the state took back control of what little finance they had said the board would have control of.
By No Checks & Balances Now on 07.10.2015
The Gazette, Mail and Public Broadcasting reported on the state board election of officers that all three officers received only one nay vote which came from Dr. William White of Bluefield. White, who caveated his no vote by saying he still intends to work with the team in full cooperation, said he could not vote for board leaders who were nominated after private discussions.
White said a select group of the board’s nine members were included in conversations about the nominees for the posts before the meeting. He said he was not interested in one of the positions, nor did he believe the outcomes would have been different had an open conversation taken place.
“It’s about transparency,” he said after the meeting. “All nine members’ voices should have been heard.”
By How Can They Judge Gilmer? on 07.10.2015
Was the black member of this board included in the “meeting before the meeting”?
By apology needed ? on 07.10.2015
Imagine that. After the way Gilmer County has been treated a member of the WVBOE has the nerve to complain about the lack of transparency in that organization.
By E. Rupert on 07.10.2015
And back it goes to the Gilmer County Commission. Could this be the reason no videos have been allowed on the Free Press since Commission members switched seats for the President position?
Mr. Chapman, can you please explain to the citizens why the videos and meeting minutes are unavailable to the citizens since you took over?
By Videos show it's true on 07.10.2015
Yes Mr. White, it is about transparency. How many of the Gilmer County Board of Education members did you speak with before you voted to amend?
Kudos to you for speaking out and revealing how corrupt actions by WVBOE can be.
Shame on you for not asking for more information from the true stakeholders before making a decision about Gilmer County.
That’s how intervention gets started and never stopped. WVBOE talks at the people you all should be talking with.
By Not Surprised on 07.10.2015
Wonder how new BOE President Green feels now that the public knows his selection boiled down to a closed door negotiation and not votes for his leadership capabilities?
By More Technology? on 07.10.2015
Rule #1 for intervention is shut up and sit down.
Rule #2 Refer to rule #1
Gilmer knows Board Super called Charleston to bring the OEPA in while the Board President chimed in. If they can’t tell you what to do then Charleston will!
Gilmer BOE have you had enough of the ex-GSC Pres yet?
By It's Time For a Change on 07.11.2015
Thank you Mr. White for your bold step for what is right for West Virginia education.
Sadly, in GC the same situation happens time and time again.
Watch and listen to the local board meetings and you observe that Gabe Devano and Bill Simmons do the same thing.
All board members are to be participating in discussion and decisions.
Decisions that should be made by the board have all ready happened prior to the meeting.
It is clear with Simmons as board president, nothing is better in GC education.
Anyone in disagreement, post your list of improvements.
By the click runs WVBE on 07.11.2015
It ought to be obvious by now that the state of WV and the federal government have decided that they know more about education than parents and teachers know. The state is not going to give up control and will eventually take over all WV districts, unless the WV Board of Education is disbanded totally and stripped of all of its powers. It is not an elected board and has no right to control one dollar of taxpayer funding. If local people control education, it works. It does not take new, fancy buildings or the latest computer technology to provide quality education. It takes dedicated teachers who can inspire students to want to learn. Nothing else.
By Karen Pennebaker on 07.11.2015
The Click Runs comment is one of the best so far to expand to everything involving intervention.
It would be informative to Gilmer County if Charleston would give a detailed report for everything positive it has achieved the past four years to prove that its intervention has improved educations of our children and the County’s school system in general.
This invitation is extended to Ms.O’Brien, Mr. Greene, Ms. Daniel, and Dr. Martirano.
Our legislators are invited to participate in the opportunity and so is Mr. Gabriel Devono.
By Art Bowers on 07.11.2015
West Virginia Board of Education President is quoted, November 2012, publicly stated and publicly published:
“it is paramount that the public voice continues to be heard”.
It did not state ‘except Gilmer County School Board’
By Beall Family on 07.11.2015
Devono should have to justify how the Minnie Hamilton move will benefit our children in addition to giving the full truth about the financial costs compared to how they are now.
We hear reference to taxation without representation and this move is a prime example of it while needs of our children go unfilled.
No wonder the State does not want Gilmer’s board to ask questions and for its members to blindly support the move.
The WVBOE has shown its dictatorial colors once more with this decision. Keep quiet or we will pounce on you is the message to Gilmer County.
By Mike Foster on 07.12.2015
Local residents remember the mid-90’s when one almost destroyed Glenville College.
What is happening with our local schools is simply history repeating itself.
Another trail of destruction and additional human casualties.
Some people never know they are being used and laughed at by the same people.
By $500,000.00 law suit was paid out on 07.12.2015
Dare we ask the who, what and where of such a large payout? And on a Sunday??
By Curious on 07.12.2015
Would venture a guess GSC staff, administrators, could connect the dots back to days of yore.
By just saying on 07.12.2015
Extravagant and unnecessary spending on administrative furnishings when academics lack adequate funding. Where have we heard that before?
So willing to spend other peoples money but didn’t think to hire an office space designer and get an assessment to see if the current space is being utilized to its maximum efficiency?
By D R Flack on 07.13.2015
The GFP is the only way Gilmer County gets real news. How about Curious explaining the significance of the reference to Sunday and the payoff? Sounds like there is important information out there the rest of us do not have.
By K.F. Allan on 07.13.2015
No oversight by State.
No demographics study to determine school placement needs.
Let Blankenship and Simmonds find the BEST location.
Might have prevented the West Virginia State Board of Education’s big blunder with their purchase of the Crooked Run site?
Never learn from there past experiences? Just keep repeating the same old blunders?
In order to frost our WVBOE cake, we will build a new elementary school, next to a river, in a flood zone, on top of a known dump site?
Same location that the West Virginia School Building Authority rejected when John Bennett was Gilmer Superintendent.
By see what the PhD. boys bought you on 07.13.2015
Who is the bright star that decided to jump rent cost from about 600 dollars to almost 3000 dollars when its projected in the next 2 years we will DECREASE almost 200 students?
By taxpayer on 07.13.2015
Court house officials report that it is about $2400 more a month and there is about 1,000 sq. ft. more space.
Renovation and remodeling costs must be paid, costs for a new telephone system too after more than $150,000 was already paid in the annex.
The new space must be rewired for computers and there are more costs plus 30+ school system personnel will be riffed when Gilmer goes from 5 schools to 2.
Why the sudden need for more office space at extra costs when we are downsizing?
Only unaccountable bureaucrats who spend public money recklessly would come up with something like this.
No wonder OBrien at the WVOEPA and the State Board took it out on the County when some board members asked questions.
They did not want the public to know how Gilmer’s money is being mismanaged.
The move is Mr. Devono’s baby so let him explain
the State’s way out of this newest blunder thanks to intervention.
By Bert McMasters on 07.13.2015
There is a mystery. Last year after the State changed to Republican there was a report that the new WV Legislature was investigating what happened with the County’s money to include the Cedar Creek flop leading to building the new school east of town.
Then word was circulated by a local person with Charleston pull that leverage was used to cancel the investigation.
Republican members of the new WV Legislature involved with managing the State’s finances should explain what happened. Were they scared off?
By Ralph Page on 07.13.2015
Paper reported per the Commission meeing that the BOE had 1025 feet upstairs in annex and the lease at MH printed here showed over 3200 feet. Big, big, big increase for a small county that already has all but about four people in private offices if you go take a look around at the annex. Seems the Superintendent feels more office administrators or “directors” are the way to go. Why is that? Why do they have to be right next to him? Shouldn’t literacy grant and Teaching coaches have offices at the schools? (or should I say school?)
By Chuck Alexander on 07.14.2015
The accountability failure comes from the top. Our elected finance officials in Charleston in particular have failed us.
The Senate Chair of Finances is Senator Hall and the vice chair is Senator Walters.
On the House side the Chair is Delegate Nelson and the vice chair is Delegate Ashley.
Those officials could demand an investigation of what happened in Gilmer County including mismanagement at Cedar Creek and other examples including wasted money for the move to the old Minnie Hamilton facility.
By P K. Wells on 07.14.2015
Every person at the WVBOE and DOE is paid with dollars or fees in some form or another collected from the public. Why is it there are no answers coming from Charleston as to what has improved since intervention? Speak with your representatives on the local board. You will learn only one is ever invited to discuss any issue. Only one gives his opinion without talking to the others. Only one is appointed to planning committees. Only one voice is ever heard. History repeats itself.
Submitted by Patricia A Lowther
Director of Special Programs
Gilmer County Schools
Policy 4350 is based on requirements of Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as amended. Requirements specific to records of identified exceptional students are incorporated into this policy.
Records must be maintained for 5 years following the student’s graduation. At that time, public notification shall inform parents/eligible students of timelines when personally identifiable information collected, maintained, or used is no longer needed to provide educational services to the student.
If notification is not received from the parent/eligible students requesting that the documentation be mailed to them, records will be destroyed in a timely fashion.
Any student who graduated in 2006, 2007, 2008, or 2009 from Gilmer County High School and received special education services while attending elementary or high schools (this includes the gifted program), may contact the Director of Special Programs at 304.462.7386 x 105 or 106, to make arrangements to pick up your file or have it mailed.
If notification has not been received at the Gilmer County Board of Education Office by Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 4:00 PM, then the 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 graduating class special education files will be destroyed. If you are aware of someone who graduated with this class whose records we may be holding, please notify them so they may contact our office before the deadline.
GLENVILLE, WV—Ten Gilmer County students were awarded their degrees during the 141st Glenville State College Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 09, 2015.
The GSC Class of 2015 is made up of students who completed their degree requirements in May 2015 and who hail from throughout West Virginia, other states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, and Serbia.
• Keith A. Cummings of Glenville graduated with a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree.
• Samuel J. Dennison of Glenville graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with concentrations in Corrections and Law Enforcement.
• Meghan N. Luzader of Sand Fork graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science with a minor in Criminal Justice.
• Robert T. Nicholas of Glenville graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science with minors in Psychology and Sociology.
• Andrea E. Osborne of Glenville graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree in Elementary Education (K-6) and General Math-Algebra I Education (5-9).
• Jodie L. Parsons of Normantown graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree in Elementary Education (K-6) and Multi-Categorical Education (K-6).
• Heather C. Patterson of Glenville graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science with a minor in Studio Art.
• Amber D. Shackleford of Glenville graduated with a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree.
• Tiffany A. Tomey of Glenville graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphics & Digital Media.
• Ashley D. Woodford of Cox’s Mills graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in Accounting, Computer and Information Systems, and Management.
Founded in 1872, Glenville State College is a public liberal arts institution located in Glenville, West Virginia. The college offers many four-year degree programs and 13 NCAA Division II athletic teams.
CommunityConcerns™: Aborted Gilmer County Special School Board Meeting on June 01, 2015
Nothing in Gilmer County escapes public attention and news of the school board meeting demonstrates how information cannot be kept secret.
Here is THE CLEAN version of what happened:
Mr. Devono engaged two lawyers to attend the Gilmer County Board of Education Special Meeting.
After the meeting stalled one lawyer discussed the possibility of continuing by permitting the second lawyer who was there to report on what was learned from deeds for property at Glenville Elementary, Sand Fork Elementary, Troy Elementary, and Normantown Elementary Schools. The purpose related to options for disposing of the property.
One of the questions in need of answering was ownership of the land after a school is closed by the State. Specifically, would the land revert to ownership to the family who had donated it to the County for a school?
Prior to a decision on proceeding with the meeting Dr. Carl Armour suggested that someone in authority should be called to get instructions if the change for the meeting would be legally permissible.
His rationale pertained to the unusual circumstances. Instead of the second lawyer giving his report, the first lawyer called a person he identified as someone at the WV Ethics Commission.
The opinion given by the Charleston official was that the meeting should not proceed. There was an error in the published agenda with the entry that the board would make a decision on the board office being moved to the old Minnie Hamilton site.
Also, there is a provision in the West Virginia Open Government Proceedings Act (WVOGPA) that because the agenda was erroneous and a public notice was not filed with corrections within two business days of the meeting, continuing with the meeting would violate the Act.
After Mr. Devono heard the opinion from the Ethics Commission authority he ended the meeting.
Mr. Devono stated that the meeting would be rescheduled and he said later that the board office move issue would be on the agenda for the regular monthly meeting on June 15, 2015.
It was understood that had Gilmer County’s school board acted on Mr. Devono’s proposed move to the old Minnie Hamilton site that would have been inappropriate for local board to do in addition to reasons covered by the WVOGPA.
First, the board lacked authority to take any action whatsoever on anything related to facilities because of the WVBOE’s intervention restrictions.
Second, an action at the special meeting pertaining to an office move would have made the board vulnerable to criticism for exceeding its authority under the State’s intervention restrictions when a future WV Office of Education Performance Audits
The special meeting had been called by Mr. Gabriel Devono.
Although it is not the policy of the Free Press to edit meeting videos, this particular meeting was edited at the end for the use of inappropriate language to protect our younger readers (about 15 Seconds). To be clear, the following Board of Education participants on this video DID NOT use inappropriate language and WERE NOT edited: Mr. Gabriel Devono, Mr. Thomas Ratliff, Mr. Carl Armour and Mrs. Norma Hurley. Mrs. Pritt was absent.
I. Call to Order
II. Pledge of Allegiance
III. Action on Proposed Real Estate between the Gilmer County Board of Education and the Gilmer County Health Center Operations Board of Trustees for the purpose of relocating the central office of the Gilmer County Board of Education.
IV. Discussion (no action) with legal counsel regarding real estate.
This Agenda Published Publicly does not indicate any executive session. The Issue is not an emergency, involving personnel, purchase or sale of property. Additionally, since the local board does not have any control over facilities or personnel, why is the superintendent is asking the local board to decide on something they have no control over? It is our observation that the procedures in this meeting were against the parliamentary procedures and Robert’s Rules of Order. Additionally, we feel the entire procedure was unethical.
NORMANTOWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2015 - 5:00 PM
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 5:00 PM by President Simmons. All members were present.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Misty Pritt led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Misty Pritt moved and Tom Ratliff seconded a motion to enter into executive session for a suspension hearing at 5:08 PM.
Norma Hurley move to accept the Superintendent’s recommendation to expel a senior male student from Gilmer County High School for the remainder of the 2014-2015 school year as a result of a level 4 violation and to exclude the student from extracurricular activities for the remainder of the school year. Motion was seconded by Misty Pritt. Motion passed 5-0.
Misty Pritt moved and Tom Ratliff seconded to return from executive session at 5:42 PM. Motion passed 5-0.
Meeting was recessed.
Meeting was reconvened at 5:43 PM.
Normantown’s preschoolers presented a sign-language interpretation of the Pledge of Allegiance to those present including board members, Superintendent Devono, and Robin Bourn, Tracy Arden, Mary A. Miller, Mary K. Miller, Shannon Wood, Julie Beckner, Kris Snyder, Kathy Harubin, Vada Woodford, Bristol Woodford, Julie Allen, Julie Stewart, Pat Wilmoth, Jessica Goodrich, Allison Beall, Doug Beall, Izetta Brannon, Angie Ball, Regina Hall, Tina Miller, Faye Chambers and Dendra Miller.
Highlights of the school year were presented by Principal, Faye Chambers. They included a trip to the capitol to be recognized by Delegates Hanshaw and Boggs during the opening session of the House of Delegates on March 10, 2015 for academic excellence. Normantown Elementary School was recognized as a SUCCESS School, High Performing School and a Title I Distinguished School in the 2012-2013 school year.
Videos were presented to those in attendance highlighting school activities as well as student academic awards. Those students were: James Mohr-4th place and David Brannon 5th place in Math Field Day. Literacy Fair winners were Owen Thomas, Daisy Snyder and Rachel Phares. The WV State Young Writer award was given to James Mohr.
The meeting adjourned at 6:38 PM on a motion by Tom Ratliff and a second by Misty Pritt. Motion carried 5-0.
The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer Monday, April 20, 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: David Ramezan, Nasia Butcher, Kyre-Anna Minney, Michelle Raines, Karen McClain, Rick Kinder, Cheryl Strothers, Cherri West and Kim Bonnett.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Norma Hurley led the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Tom Ratliff moved to approve the A-G Consent Agenda items. Misty Pritt seconded. Discussion occurred regarding contingencies and financial packets. Superintendent asked for consensus on Field Trip approval from the Board regarding out-of-state trips. Clarification was made regarding Student Transfers for next school year.
Motion passed 4-1. Norma Hurley voted no. There were no Volunteers to approve.
Tom Ratliff moved to approve A-E. Discussion occurred regarding textbook adoptions. Misty Pritt seconded. Motion passed 5-0.
NASIA BUTCHER-Principal. Gilmer County High School Concerns were discussed regarding Gilmer County High School.
Superintendent gave April 30, 2015 5:00 PM finance meeting notice.
The Sand Fork LSIC meeting will follow at 5:30 PM.
Mr. Devono gave May 01, 2015,11:00 AM as a board meeting date with in-service to be presented by Howard O’Cull and Jason Long. Mr. Devono discussed with presenting the board with a letter of concern at the end of the meeting.
Dr. Simmons requested a five minute recess at 7:01 PM. Meeting resumed at 7:06 PM.
BOARD REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW-UP ACTION
Dr. Armour reported on the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center meeting of March 17 2015.
Dr. Simmons reported on RESA 7 and Gilmer County Planning Committee and Masonic Stone at Gilmer County Elementary.
The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will be May 18, 2015, 6:00 PM at Gilmer County High School.
Misty Pritt moved and Tom Ratliff seconded that the meeting adjourn at 7:35 PM. Motion carried unanimously.
The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 8:00 AM Board of Education Office.
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was resumed from the March 16, 2015 meeting at 8:00 AM by President, Dr. William Simmons.
Members present: Carl Armour, Misty Pritt, Tom Ratliff, William Simmons, Norma Hurley and Gabriel J. Devono, Secretary.
Others present: Kendra Brown
APPROVE LEVY RATES
Norma Hurley moved and Misty Pritt seconded motion to approve Levy Rates.
Tom Ratliff moved and Misty Pritt seconded that the meeting adjourn at 8:15. Motion passed unanimously.
NORMANTOWN ELEMENTARY LSIC LINKAGE MEETING
SAND FORK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 5:00 PM
CALL TO ORDER BY PRESIDENT SIMMONS. ROLL CALL-AII members were present.
OTHERS PRESENT-Shelly Mason, Carolyn Taylor, Ashley Wells, Adam Stewart, Alex Conrad, Anna Mason, Carissa Thorne, Ronnie Facemire, Tracy Thorne, Owen, Alyssa, Brentin, Seth Stewart, Bonnie Klotz, Ashley Talbott, Crystal Conrad, Connie L. Grogg, Erica Dennison, Tanya Stewart, Devin Shackleford, Lucas Ward, Sharon S. Jones and T. Matthew Butcher.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Budget was presented to board members and will be approved on May 18, 2015.
Meeting was recessed at 5:20 PM. Meeting reconvened at 6:00 PM
A. Recognition of SFES student achievements
B. Student presentations
Misty Pritt moved that the meeting adjourn. Motion was seconded by Tom Ratliff. Meeting adjourned at 6:55 PM.
Calhoun-Gilmer Administrative Council Official Minutes April 21, 2015
Mr. Jason Hughes, Presiding
Mr. Dan Minney
Mrs. Darlene Smithson
Mrs. Jenna Jett, Calhoun
Dr. Carl Armour, Gilmer
Mr. Bryan P. Sterns, Secretary
Mr. Gabe Devono
Mr. Timothy Woodward
Mr. Dan Minney substituting for Mr. Woodward.
Mrs. Darlene Smithson substituting for Mr. Devono.
ITEM I-Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by Mr. Hughes at 11:00 AM
ITEM II - Agenda Adjustments
ITEM III - Delegations
ITEM IV - Approval of Minutes
The minutes of March 17, 2015 were presented for approval. Mrs. Jenna Jett moved to approve the minutes as presented; second by Mrs. Smithson. Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous.
ALC/Option Pathway: Mr. Sterns invited Mrs. Kris Snyder to speak to the council about the ALC program. Mrs. Snyder discussed the program and its benefits for the students. The council was informed of the current enrollment numbers for each program; ALC, Option Pathway, ALC Support, and evening ALC. Council was impressed with the programs and felt it was an incredible asset to the students.
Embedded Credit Policy Progress: Mr. Sterns asked council members for updates from both counties on the Embedded Credit Policy progress. Mrs. Jett informed him that Calhoun had already passed the Policy and Dr. Armour confirmed that Gilmer passed their policy at their most recent board meeting.
SkillsUSA Presentation: Two CGCC students corroborated on a Skills USA power point presentation to show council members. The power point highlighted the SkillsUSA competition that took place on April 10 and April 11th at Camp Dawson. Mr. Sterns followed the presentation by adding that he was very proud of our teams and students.
Program Modernization Proposals: As a final report, Mr. Sterns informed Council members that CGCC had submitted two proposals for a Program Modernization Grant. Welding and Law and Public Safety had both made proposals.
ITEM VI - New Business
ABCD: Financial Matters: The list of bills, an additional list of bills, the financial report, and the CGCC Individual School Financial Report for March were presented for approval. Dr. Armour moved to approve the financial matters as presented; seconded by Mrs. Smithson. Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous.
E: Personnel: There were no personnel matters to attend to.
F: Posting Practices: Mr. Sterns presented council members with a previous posting of the Math Teacher to open discussion regarding posting practice. . Posting practice was discussed in such that council felt Mr. Sterns had privilege of continuously posting for a position without waiting for the next Administrative Council meeting. No action was taken.
G. General Discussion:
School Calendar: There was some discussion on the school calendar. Dr. Armour stated that Gilmer had approved their 2015-2016 calendar at their most recent board meeting. Calhoun has yet to approve a final calendar as they still have one public meeting remaining. Mr. Minney reported that the most recent Draft has only six days difference between the two counties’ calendar. Mr. Sterns told the council that CGCC will be pleased with the counties having similar calendars.
PT Conference/LSIC meeting: Mr. Sterns informed Council members that CGCC held their PT Conference/LSIC meeting on April 15, 2015.
Senior Appreciation Day: Council was informed that Senior Appreciation Day will be held at CGCC on May 19, 2015 at 1 PM. Mr. Sterns told Council that they will be receiving their invitations by mail as well as parents, both high school principals and guidance counselors.
Gilmer Elementary Sixth Grade Visits: Currently, two Gilmer County sixth grade classes are scheduled to tour CGCC. Normantown Elementary is scheduled for a visit on June 02, 2015 and Sand Fork Elementary is visiting on June 03, 2015. This will be the first attempt at middle school presentations. Mr. Sterns is working with Gilmer County Guidance Counselor, Daniel Reed on this effort.
Small Business Workshop: Mr. Sterns informed Council that the facility will be used by Wood County for a small business workshop on May 05, 2015. National Technical Honor Society: Currently there are fourteen CGCC students being inducted into the National Technical Honor Society.
WVU-P Articulated Credit: Mr. Sterns informed Council that he and Mr. Jackson of Law and Public Safety had met with officials at WVU-P regarding students being able to receive a certificate in Criminal Justice from WVU-P. More information will be provided to Council at a later date as this is in a preliminary planning stage.
Radio: As mentioned at the previous Council meeting there have been a couple of situations where CGCC has needed to reach our Gilmer bus Driver, Colin Hartshorn and have been unable to do so. After acquiring information from Joe Frashure, Gilmer County Transportation Director, a new radio will have to be purchased. CGCC received a quote for the appropriate radio system of approximately $1400.00. Mr. Sterns told council that after review, it was noted that Calhoun purchased the current radio system for CGCC. Mr. Sterns asked Council if Gilmer would consider sharing the cost for the upgrade to a new radio system. Dr. Armour stated that he would look into it further. The new radio would give CGCC the ability to communicate with both counties.
ITEM VII - Adjournment and Scheduling of Next Meeting
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Calhoun-Gilmer Administrative Council will be held on Tuesday May 19, at 11:00 AM. With no further business occurring, the meeting adjourned.
Mr. Jason Hughes, Presiding
Mr. Bryan P. Sterns, Secretary
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:
Looks like madness has taken over and replaced education, nationwide. Time for parents to take over and make sure their children are not taken over by oligarchs in the “education” field determined to indoctrinate children into submission. The whole idea of any government running education is insane!
Did the county commission of Gilmer follow the rules when they put their administrator on the health center board while she still worked for them? The GCC President bragged in the paper that his board had voted for the MH lease and his fellow commission did the same in last weeks meeting. The administrator is the president of the health center board. Commissioner C is on there as well so that explains that. Funny thing about it is the MH lease wasn’t on the commission agenda so did they follow the rules then? Were they following the rules when they didn’t have a clerk to take minutes during delegation? Heard a lot of serious questions got asked that never made the news.
Have watched the June 1 video and the May. When board members can only vote yes the question was the right one. What are they doing there?
All my family knows for sure is if they have the money to do improvements on someone else building, paying high rent not necessary under the law while they won’t pay for a fifth grade teacher, then they don’t need any excess levy from us.
What has been done to deal with the County’s drug epidemic and to feed our children among the poor?
Far too much has been done under the guise of doing it for the children when the real reason has been palm greasing for the politically connected.
That philosophy is the reason WV ranks at the bottom for education while we are near the top for what we pay.
Blame goes to the top officials including our timid legislators who wring their hands while refusing to take corrective measures. It has to do with those checks flowing in to pay for political campaigns.
This is a challenge to Dr. Martirano and Dr. Daniel. The two are in the lead now for public education in WV and a new leaf could be turned.
Citizens would appreciate an objective assessment of how education has improved during the four years the WVBOE has controlled Gilmer County’s school system.
The question has been asked many times without getting answers. The silence suggests that overall intervention has been a flop and it has not achieved anything to improve the quality of education for Gilmer’s children.
Have achievement test scores improved and has truancy lessened, for examples?
It seems that the State equates spending money to progress to leave a county far worse off than what it was before intervention.
The unneeded move to MH to serve raw political purposes is a prime example. Respect for the taxpayers was not shown to inform them how much more money would have to be spent for the new location compared to what is being paid now.
As usual we are expected to blindly accept the State’s standard “trust us” approach without asking questions.
Secrecy about money being spent is always a sign for corruption and mismanagement for citizens to watch for.
There must be a full accounting for every penny of new spending under the State’s control to include what was spent for facilities including those for the Linn school, the auction barn site, Cedar Creek and the new Gilmer County Elementary school.
Nothing is known about the State’s spending for personnel and other outlays to indicate that there have been any notable improvements in Gilmer County’s school system.
Our delegates and senators have kept silent about what the County has gone through.
At the very least they should demand a full financial accounting for public disclosure. Does anyone think that this would be unreasonable?
Need to know what time to be at the bus stop! When is the Superintendent going to put out the bus routes? Told they would be changing at the end of this year and not a word since? How can we work and get the child to school and back if we don’t know for sure what we have to do to get him there? School starts August 13.
Now the preschoolers have to go to Head Start? No room at the inn in Glenville. To think the state says we didn’t need two schools.
Throw the children away for a dollar is the common theme. Does anybody believe the state won’t grab federal money for this? WVBOE loves that corporate welfare, forget the children. Throw them to the lions! WVBOE needs money.
Gilmer County Commission decided they needed money dedicated for the children to cover their bills.They say every BOE employee should have a private office while no court house employee has one. Gilmer County Commission needs money.
Lewis County BOE decided they needed Gilmer County money dedicated for our children to replace dilapidated Alum Bridge School.
Gilmer County paid for the architect, paid for half the land, paid for half the slip, sent over Gilmer County materials for curriculum, Gilmer County pays with students and student aid formula and Gilmer County paid for technology. Lewis County needed money.
Gilmer County BOE forced to bring children out to primary roads in order to get to a school bus but they’ll be truant if they can’t get there.
Gilmer County children have done without fifth grade Teachers at three elementary schools for years
.Gilmer County couldn’t keep their Math director at the High School and cut down to only one guidance counselor this past year while four elementary schools shared one between them. In the meantime the state took out Gilmer’s advanced placement courses.
There was another choice given to several WV counties including McDowell, Wayne, Mercer and others. They received a three year grant for an embedded Social Worker, truancy officer with an afternoon program for at risk kids.
What improves when the youngest children are taken from their parents who are jailed for truancy of their children and the older go into the system through the courts?
The probation officer used as a truancy officer in a school is under a Judges control. The county BOE is billed for half of the salary. How does this help? It’s been handled through the courts for years and look at the statistics. There has to be a better way.
The reply to choose from in the WVBOE’s intervention script book will include it was a transcription error, it wasn’t the data that was sent to Charleston, the root cause occurred before the State took over, someone used the wrong formula to calculate the numbers, a committee will be formed to look at the problem, deny that truancy is a problem, say everybody is doing it, blame parents for being irresponsible, complain that the county does not have enough money to address the problem, and blame the local culture for not caring about children getting educations. Above all else never admit that the problem had anything to do with the State’s mismanagement during intervention.
Could the numbers have anything to do with suspending a child from school 10 days for a simple infraction then counting them truant? Let’s go ahead and get them in the system early as possible seems the attitude. Add court costs to a struggling low income families burden and have the child miss some more school.
Education in the United States has gone from excellent to dreadful in the past 150 years because somewhere along the way, educators have lost focus on what education is supposed to be! An educated person knows how to find the information he/she needs to do what he/she needs to do. This requires the ability to think creatively and independently and not the ability to sit still for 6 hours and “do what I say”. It requires the ability to debate and evaluate information, another lost art. Is it any wonder that families struggle more and more since generations of Americans have been short-changed on what people have known for thousands of years. No one can be “educated” by others. Others can be mentors and facilitators, but the individual must educate himself! Yes, people are falling into poverty. Wealth is unlimited but if you have no skills to create it, you will never find it.
Seems the Governor is unaware of the Kids Count data. If you can’t take care of your kids how are you supposed to buy a house? Wouldn’t matter if the interest rate was zero.
Is this how the new housing cartel got started here in Glenville? Is that why we can only have one elementary school in order to push everybody to town?
Always thought living in the country was a better place to raise kids.
What do you think is good for kids Governor Tomblin? Do you think of them at all?
Trips to Japan or promoting the friends and family profits with no bid contracts and sweet heart deals?