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Gilmer County Residents Graduate from GSC

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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.

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CommunityConcerns™: Aborted Gilmer County Special School Board Meeting on June 01, 2015

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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
would occur.

The special meeting had been called by Mr. Gabriel Devono.

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So an illegal meeting was held, Gabriel Devono hired two lawyers to be there who will be paid out of the County’s school system funds, the meeting was cancelled, and worse yet more money was wasted which should have gone to the County’s school children.

This exposure ties to the State’s move to Minnie Hamilton to waste more money at the expense of the County’s children.

Citizens need to come forward to let it be known that Gilmer County has had enough of the State’s mismanagement at the expense of innocent children.

Bless you Mr. Ramezan for donating your time, money, and efforts to keep citizens informed.

By Freedom of the Press  on  06.17.2015

The agenda says “Action” on that lease, that RENTAL agreement, that item #3.  Why the sudden demand to take it behind closed doors? The “President” said “we have a chance to make this building handicap accessible”. Who’s we? Is he now part of the County Commission who owns the Annex AND the Health Center?

Who is the “we” he seems so intent on? Why is it the rest of the “we” crowd is absent? Or are they in that room?

Who makes up the group Devono said in a previous meeting will decide where the “county” is going and tell the Board when he’s ready? The question was asked in public meeting and no answer was given a month or so past.

What makes him think he has any right to engage in ANY DECISION ABOUT WHERE GILMER COUNTY IS GOING? Doesn’t have one thin dime invested in Gilmer. He’s a temporary resident.  Beginning to think the President doesn’t need to be involved in that either.

First floor access is already there. It is the duty of the Commission to update their properties for public use if necessary.

The Family Court has offices in Calhoun and Gilmer shares the Family Judge with them. What sense does it make to give them all the space on the second floor? Why fix an access problem for them and not for the Board of Education?

The Family Court moved the Extension Office out to the Rec Center to take their three offices downstairs at the Annex. How much do they need for a part time court? He gets a reserved parking space for a part time job while our full time Magistrates park where they can. 

Bullying and verbally abusing Board Members is not acceptable Mr. Simmons. You are not the President of Gilmer County. You are only a Board Member elected like all the rest. The rules don’t change for you. Didn’t hear the lawyer jumping to defend the state’s position you are so fond of taking. All we hear from you is “What’s your will and pleasure Mr. Devono?“. It’s a BOARD MEETING for goodness sake.You are supposed to work for that BOARD you were mistakenly elected to.

By No To Behind Closed Door Business  on  06.17.2015

Why does devano claim the lease agreement is secret? it has been all over the town:

GILMER COUNTY HEALTH CENTER OPERATIONS BOARD OF TRUSTEES

P. O. Box 308     Glenville, WV 26351-0308     304-462-7603

LEASE AGREEMENT


This agreement entered into by and between GILMER COUNTY HEALTH CENTER OPERATIONS BOARD of TRUSTEES, hereinafter called the Lessor, and GILMER COUNTY BOARD of EDUCATION, hereinafter called the Lessee, is composed of and subject to the following conditions:

I.    The Lessee covenants to lease 3,199 square feet comprised of 2,721 square feet on the upper floor and 478 square feet on the lower floor of the building known as “The Gilmer County Health Center” with the physical address of:
809 Medical Drive, Glenville, WV 26351.  This agreement DOES NOT include the use of the reception area of the upper floor.  If, at which time, the Lessee desires to share the use of this area, Lessee’s lease agreement will increase by 160 square feet at the then current square footage lease rate, which represents 50% of total area.

II. The term of this agreement shall be two (2) years, commencing JUNE 01, 2015 and terminating May 31, 2017, and shall continue at the then agreed upon terms, from year to year until terminated by either party giving the other party three (3) months written notice of the intent to vacate or not to renew.  This agreement continuing in succeeding fiscal years is contingent upon funds being appropriated or otherwise being available for this lease.  In the event funds are not appropriated or otherwise available for this lease, the lease shall terminate without penalty on June 30.  After that date, the agreement becomes of no effect and is null and void.  However, the Lessee agrees to use its best efforts to have the amounts contemplated under this agreement included in its budget.  Non-appropriation or non-funding shall not be considered an event of default.

III. The Lease amount shall be $ .90/SF MONTHLY or $10.80/SF ANNUM.  The Lessee shall make monthly lease payments in the amount of $ 2,879.10.  The lease amount may change from time to time by written notice to the Lessee given at least two (2) months prior to the anniversary of this agreement.  Lease payments are due on or before the 1st of each month, and shall be mailed to:

Gilmer County Health Center Operations
P.O. Box 308
Glenville, WV 26351;

IV. ; Lessee shall have the right to terminate this agreement upon ninety (90) days written notice to Lessor.  Lessee agrees to pay Lessor for all lease amounts due and owing up to and including the effective date of termination.

V. The Lessor shall be responsible for the utilities to include electricity, gas, water and sewage, and trash disposal to provide for normal operation;

VI. The Lessee shall furnish and pay for a separate telephone and mail service from that of the Lessor’s;

VII. The Lessor shall provide normal janitorial service;

VIII. The Lessor reserves the right to enter the premises at reasonable times to inspect them, perform required maintenance and repairs, or make additions, alterations, or modifications to any part of the building in which the premises are located, and the Lessee shall permit the Lessor to do so.  Lessor may erect scaffolding, fences and similar structures, post relevant notices, and place moveable equipment in connection with making alterations, additions or repairs, all without incurring liability to the Lessee for disturbance of quiet enjoyment of the premises, or loss of occupation thereof;

IX. The Lessee shall be responsible for good maintenance of the property owned by the Lessor;

X. The Lessee shall be responsible for the actions and dress of its employees, in that, it is expected that the employees are to conform to an accepted office style and procedure;

XI. The Lessee shall be responsible for insurance coverage for all of their equipment, supplies, fixtures, and any and all Lessee’s or employee’s personal property kept or left on the subject premises.  All equipment entrusted to the care of the Lessee or on the demised premises during the term of this agreement, which shall become lost, stolen or which shall disappear, shall be the sole responsibility of the Lessee.  The Lessee shall be responsible to pay the full replacement cost of those items to the Lessor;

XII. The Lessee shall supply to Lessor a copy of Lessee’s Liability Insurance coverage of not less than $1,000,000.

XIII. The premises are to be used for the purpose of conducting business.  Lessee shall restrict its use to such purposes, and shall not use or permit the use of the premises for any other purpose without the written consent of the Lessor, or the Lessor’s authorized agent.  Lessee shall not sublet the demised premises nor any portion thereof, or allow any other person except agents or employees of the Lessee to occupy the premises or any part thereof, nor shall this agreement be assigned by Lessee without the prior written consent of the Lessor endorsed hereon, which shall not be un reasonably withheld.  A consent by Lessor shall not be consent to a subsequent assignment, sublease or occupation by other persons;


XIV. In the event of a substantial rise in the cost of electricity, gas or water, the Lessor shall reserve the right to make reasonable adjustments in rental costs to Lessee;

XV. It is the sole responsibility of the Lessee to make any renovation or remodeling of said premises for the conduct of its business, with the prior written approval of The Gilmer County Health Center Operations Board of Trustees.  All alterations, improvements and additions to the said premises shall be made in accordance with all applicable laws and shall at once when made or installed be deemed to have become the property of Lessor and shall remain for the benefit of the Lessor at the end of the term or other expiration of this Lease in as good order and condition as they were installed, reasonable wear and tear excepted;

XVI. In the event of dispute between the parties, the parties consent to the jurisdiction of the courts having jurisdiction in Gilmer County, West Virginia;

XVII. It is the intention of this agreement to provide the Lessee with facilities to conduct their business.  The Lessor shall have no supervisory control over the function of the business, or the employees of the Lessee;

XVIII. At Lessee’s request to Lessor, Lessee shall, at their expense, add their business name on the facility sign, which is located in front of the Health Center Building.  The sign must match the existing signs in style and size.  Information on where to purchase the sign can be obtained from the Lessor;


XIX. This Agreement may be amended at any time by mutual agreement of both parties in writing;

By SK  on  06.17.2015

Gilmer School Board!  Get RID OF SIMMONS NOW!
You are being BLAMED FOR HIS ACTIONS!

By accurate numbers tell the truth  on  06.17.2015

WHO created this one sided lease?

$2,879.10 plus utilities PER MONTH!!!

CURRENTLY THE GILMER BOARD PAYS $650.00 PER MONTH!!!

WHAT THE “H” IS THE MATTER WITH DEVANO AND THE

STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION!!!????

Gayle Manchin are YOU GOING TO LET THIS HAPPEN?

By Resident  on  06.17.2015

The most one sided, lop sided, rent agreement ever written for government agencies.
Is it true the Gilmer Prosecutor drew it up?  Doesn’t he work for both the Commission and the Board of Ed? Wasn’t that the reason he gave that he couldn’t work on behalf of the citizens against intervention?
Easy to see who this high priced snow job takes care of.

By Bettes  on  06.17.2015

Did it ever occur to anyone the hidden agenda behind doing this?
Board were to use the vacant Glenville elementary after the other school is built. Doing so allow the gym to be used by the schools.
But now mr. devno and simmons come up with this plan!!
The hidden agenda: guess who is getting catered because they want that building.

By people, people, stop and think for a minute  on  06.17.2015

Why pay rent for offices with all the schools that will be empty already paid for?  Can’t the school board office be in one of those?  Taxpayers will be paying the bills for empty buildings for the foreseeable future and for buildings we never needed as well.  The whole state intervention process has been political and has NOTHING to do with quality education.  What ever happened to considering the children first instead of last?  When people leave the county in droves, then who will pay for all this?

By Karen Pennebaker  on  06.17.2015

The local “small group” of handlers and the Charleston crowd think that Gilmer’s citizens are too dumb to run numbers.

We have news for them. We recognize when the king has no clothes and this is one of many instances from the WVBOE’s intervention.

When everything is tallied the extra cost compared to what is being paid now would exceed $150,000 for the term of the lease. For what, boiled down in terms of benefits to our children?

Think how that money could be put to good use in the County’s classrooms, programs to feed our hungry children, and other beneficial purposes.

Permit teachers in the trenches to get involved. They know what needs to be done and they will not back moving to Minnie Hamilton as a top priority!!!

By B. J. Beasley  on  06.17.2015

When the board president cusses on the unedited portion of the meeting, have to wonder just how foul the language was that was edited out.

Disgusting.  Simply disgusting.  Gives education a black eye.

By John R.  on  06.17.2015

$34,549.20 a year just in rent.  Who knows what the heating & air conditioning, water/sewer and trash collection would cost for that much area and over a dozen people using the utilities? Conservative estimate for rent & utilities comes in at least$50K a year.
Then add in what its going to take to change those little exam rooms into office space?  Take out the sinks, the cupboards, fix the floor where you take them out and who knows if they are even big enough to hold a desk and filing cabinets without moving walls. Will they need more electric outlets? Might as well count on all of that. According to the lease our education money will pay for it all.  Probably use the excess levy because the state doesn’t pay for office space.
Are Devono & Simmons trying to say the cost to operate out of Glenville Elementary building with no rent, no taxes, ready to move in with phone and computer lines already in place for education purposes for less than that? Bet the cost for running the entire school full of kids didn’t go over $50,000 a year. According to that strategic planning meeting video Glenville Elementary met all the marks for technology!

Devono could set up his dream office anyway he wants and nobody to tell him no if he insists on spending our money recklessly.

Close enough to get to that new Gilmer Elementary in an emergency such as a flood in a minute.

Office space is the only contribution the County Commission makes to education.WV Code calls for them to do it free of charge and we still pay. Why is that a problem now? Moving would not be very smart but if the new self appointed county bosses Simmons & Devono won’t see it any other way at least move to something we own.

By PGS  on  06.17.2015

Let Gabe Devono take his office crew over here to Normantown.

The State has no problem with shipping our area’s children to Glenville on 1.5 hour bus rides each way to that dump site along the river.

Gabe could be assigned an entire trailer as his own to conduct private closed door sessions with the small group of elite who are laboring hard to dictate which way the County’s school system is going.

If Normantown would not work there would be Sand Fork and Troy as back ups assuming that the State already has a buyer for Glenville Elementary out there beside the plastic plant.

By Rosedale  on  06.17.2015

absolve:  to make (someone) free from guilt, responsibility, etc.

Those who struggled with the infamous, GSC “no-confidence” vote many years ago, have now been absolved.

By great absolution experience  on  06.17.2015

The revelation about the elected school board having no authority at all to make any decisions whatsoever about facilities is shocking.

Think about this. The County owns four school facilities which will be shut down to relocate our kids to one school.

There is more to consider. A vigilant and highly respected citizen discovered that the County school system owns 17 properties unknown about until now.

With the WVBOE dictating that the local school board has no authority, it is feared that the State could seize and dispose of all the County’s properties at will. Where the money would go is anyone’s guess.

It is unknown if any of the newly learned about 17 County school system properties would have been suitable for a new consolidated school site.

Another unknown is whether or not any of the 17 properties include oil and gas rights.

We need an independent law enforcement agency to come to Gilmer County to do a full investigation without any chance of it being stopped by the high and mighty.

By Ray Ellis  on  06.17.2015

THE GILMER COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION NEEDS A BOARD PRESIDENT THAT UNDERSTANDS WHAT HIS DUTIES ARE TO THE BOARD. SURELY NOT TO ASK WHAT THE PLEASURE OF THE SECRETARY/SUPERINTENDENT IS. HE SHOULD BE ASKING WHAT THE PLEASURE IS OF THE BOARD HE’S SUPPOSED TO BE PART OF.

By Retired Edu  on  06.18.2015

Every one in our family watched the video and agree whatever bad thing got cut was said by Bill Simmons to Carl Armour.  That’s what upset Mrs. Hurley I think what someone said is true. Simmons used bad words to tell Armour to shut up. He should take his own advice.

By Tally  on  06.18.2015

On one of the video tapes Mr. Devono said that he would not provide a record of the State’s past spending of the County’s money.

He said that the information was stored away to make it sound as if it was boxed up in hard copy form somewhere.

His other excuse was that the central office staff would have to be paid overtime to assemble the information.

Hearing what Mr. Devono said makes a citizen think that he aledges that personnel in the central office lack competence to retrieve financial records in the computer system and to do it quickly to avoid need for overtime pay.

Sounds like more State cover up with lame excuses Gilmer’s citizens are supposed to believe.

By Jeff Sadler  on  06.18.2015

I replay videos to get more information about what is going on. On one of them Mr.Devono said that he is not going to have an inventory done for computers.

Something is very wrong when the County does not have good records of what we have, where it is and what condition it is in. When something is ready for disposal there must not be records of what happens to that equipment either.

With the system we have computers and other equipment can come up missing and nobody knows about it because nothing is tracked.

Very sloppy management and the County bought more 200 more computers.

By B. Bell  on  06.19.2015

Watched the June 1 tape 3x. Here is my take. The State had a done deal MH move deal it wanted rubber stamped. Two board members had conspired in advance to go along with it, lawyers were called in to attempt to intimidate those who would not go along, two board members stood up for what was right, two power structure reps on the board got mad to lead to a display of anger and cursing, one of the reps on the board who had gone along with the deal tried to shut the video taping down, and finally it was declared that it was an illegal meeting to begin with.

This sorry saga will not end until citizens rise up to show that they have had enough of the treatment. It is that simple. If citizens fail to rise up there will not be any improvements in the way the State has treated the County.

Our children are the real victims and we need to have the courage to fight for them.

By R. J. Beale  on  06.20.2015

Likely those Charleston lawyers were embarrassed by the Superintendent Devano and local board President Simmons actions.  They have the right to be.  Would you want your name associated with the performance that was that bad it had to be edited?

Rumor circulating thru the Folk Festival that the duo mentioned above all ready have the taxpayer screwing lease taken care of.

Signed, sealed and delivered and that the move to the Medical Center will commence July 1.  That’s the latest rumor.

Yes.  Pay $650. with utilities for court house annex, but Devano and Simmons wants to pay $2,900. PLUS utilities MONTHLY.

That’s your PHD’s at work for you citizens!

By Lewis County watching  on  06.21.2015

The one unnamed lawyer who just sat there looked scared to death and he probably thought that what Gabe got him into had ended his law career.

We probably won’t see hide or hair of the lawyers ever again. Better bet that their legal bills will show up. Gabe Devono should be totally responsible for paying them.

Because the meeting was on U-Tube there had to be hundreds of thousands if not millions of viewers around to world to see what WVBOE-controlled education did to Gilmer County.

Take a curtain call Mrs. Manchin and all other WVBOE members. The Cubies should be worked in too.

By Couldn't Make It Up  on  06.22.2015

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Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting - 06.15.15 - Today

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AGENDA
REGULAR MEETING
Gilmer County Board of Education
Gilmer County High School
Monday, June 15, 2015 – 6:00 PM

I. CALL TO ORDER - Roll Call by President


II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE


III. DELEGATIONS


IV. CONSENT AGENDA

        A. Minutes: May 12,14,18, and June 01, 2015 (Regular & Special) 

        B. Budget Supplements & Transfers

        C.  Financial Statement/Treasurer’s Report

        D.  Accounts Payable

        E.  Student Transfers

        F.  School Volunteers

        G.  Field Trips

A list of invoices is available for review in the Central Office.


V. NEW BUSINESS

        A. Discussion with legal counsel regarding real estate: (Item may require executive session pursuant to WV Code 6-9A-4 (9))


VI. SUPERINTENDENT’S INFORMATION/ACTION

        A. Preventive Maintenance-Joe Frashure


VII. REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW-UP ACTION


        A.  CGCC-  Dr. Carl Armour – May 19, 2015

        B. RESA 7- Dr. William Simmons

        C. Plan for Gilmer CGCC Students to take remedial training in English/Reading and Math.- Request by Dr. Carl Armour

        D. Emergency Preparedness Plan for Gilmer County Elementary School-request by Dr.Carl Armour

        E. Truancy-request by Dr.Carl Armour


VIII. ADJOURNMENT

G-Eye™: Gilmer County Board of Education Special Meeting Report - 06.01.15

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SPECIAL MEETING REPORT
GILMER COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
Central Office
Monday, June 01, 2015
4:00 PM

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.


V. Adjournment

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.

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Wow.  Now we start to see the Truth of how things get ‘handled’ in Gilmer County and they really don’t seem to like being caught. Thank you GFP.

By Gilmer County Fail  on  06.12.2015

Citizens hear that a lawyer at the special meeting called to the WV Ethics Commission to be advised that the meeting was unlawful.

This was because information was incorrect in the agenda and the meeting was not advertised with enough advance time as required by the West Virginia Open Government Proceeding Act.

The meeting was stopped to prevent violation of the Act.

By When Will The State's Inept Occupation End?  on  06.12.2015

Behind closed doors, politicians favorite way to do business using the public check book. The agenda here says action.  That lease was on the last agenda. I’m asking my board member what’s it says! What doesn’t Mr Devono want the taxpayers of Gilmer County to know about? It is simple renting not buying and selling. The old leases are in the commission minutes. How much is this move going to cost?

By Something Shady Here  on  06.12.2015

Incredible! The State called a special meeting to try to get the local school board to approve the unnecessary Minnie Hamilton move while knowing that the board had no authority to do it, the State wanted to implicate the board for its bad decision to make the move to Minnie Hamilton, there was balking by board members, a lawyer was there to call Charleston to learn that the meeting was illegal, and it was cancelled.

It is State sponsored botch, botch, botch, and more botch. How much worse can it get with evidence at hand including the indefensible decision to build the new school where it is on an old dump site and the State’s decision to move board offices to the Minnie Hamilton space?

We need an outside investigation of what the State has done under the cloak of doing it for Gilmer County’s children.

By Max Smith  on  06.12.2015

MYTH: The ADA requires extensive renovation of all state and
local government buildings to make them accessible.

FACT: The ADA requires all government _programs_, not all
government _buildings_, to be accessible.  “Program
accessibility” is a very flexible requirement and does not
require a local government to do anything that would result in an
undue financial or administrative burden.  Local governments have
been subject to this requirement for many years under the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  Not every building, nor each part of
every building needs to be accessible.  Structural modifications
are required only when there is no alternative available for
providing program access.  Let’s say a town library has an
inaccessible second floor.  No elevator is needed if it provides
“program accessibility” for persons using wheelchairs by having
staff retrieve books.
THERE IS NOTHING ON THAT SECOND FLOOR THAT CAN’T BE BROUGHT DOWNSTAIRS TO A HANDICAPPED PERSON. THE HIGH SCHOOL IS ACCESSIBLE AND MEETINGS CAN BE SET UP THERE IF THERE IS NO SPACE IN THE ANNEX AVAILABLE.  EVEN THE AUDITOR COULD BE SET UP IN ANOTHER AREA AND THE PAPER WORK BROUGHT TO HIM OR HER.  THE COURT HOUSE HAS DONE THAT FOR YEARS SETTING THE AUDITOR UP OVER IN THE OLD JAIL. BILL REALLY NEEDS TO STOP TALKING TO GARY.  WE ALL REMEMBER WHEN HE TRIED TO GET THE BOARD, THE COMMISSION AND CITY HALL IN TROUBLE OVER ADA ACCESS. THE ANSWER WAS CLEAR.  IF IT WAS GOING TO CAUSE A SEVERE FINANCIAL HARDSHIP THEN ACCOMMODATE!!! NOW HERE’S THE SAME OLD THING REARING ITS UGLY HEAD AS FACT SPECIFICALLY TO MOVE THE OFFICE AT GREAT EXPENSE.  BILL ADMITTED SAYING NOTHING WILL STOP IT BEFORE THE MEETING??? WHO THE HECK DOES HE THINK HE IS???
IS IT TRUE HE TOLD DR ARMOUR TO SHUT UP?  IT IS VERY OBVIOUS HE IS NOT GOING TO WORK FOR THE VOTERS AND TAX PAYERS. NOT ONE DIME OF THIS MONEY WILL IMPROVE THE EDUCATION OF OUR CHILDREN.

By PLEASE SHUT UP BILL SIMMONS  on  06.12.2015

THE STATE BOE GRANTED THEMSELVES ULTIMATE AUTHORITY AND THEN GAVE THEMSELVES IMMUNITY FROM PROSECUTION! ANY BOARD MEMBER THAT DID WHAT THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION HAS DONE OR ALLOWED TO HAPPEN WOULD BE IN JAIL.

By SMITHS  on  06.12.2015

I am hoping GFP was at the groundbreaking and taped it because I can’t wait to see it.

By susie q  on  06.12.2015

Whose butt is the editor of democrat kissing? Does he think people are stupid? What happened to the truth in reporting Mr. editor?

By George Kemper - Arizona  on  06.12.2015

I have heard a lot about superintendent’s behavior, now I can see. President and superintendent, both of you need to chill out and act professional. There are medication and drugs for that you know. Both of you need to act on the side of the citizens who are paying your salary and not the thieves who just want more and more.
Both of you need to resign because no one believe a word you say from now on. Zip it!!!

By what a mess  on  06.12.2015

One ol’ Gilmer County boy what watched this video said ‘Simmons should be drove like a fence post’.

I’d agree and bet there are a lot more citizens that would too.

It is quite obvious listening to video, that BS did use the word da—?  Sure sounds like him.

GFP states board members names who were NOT edited.  Clearly Dr. William K. Simmons name was NOT mentioned.  It would then be a reasonable assumption he was the cause of the 15 second editing of bad language?

So much for being a “professional”? 
If anyone’s speech and comments need edited, they need to resign. 

Such actions disgrace the entire Gilmer community.
Go home.  Stay home.  Get out of our face.  Get out of our school system.  You are a poor representative of Gilmer County.

What a pity that fellow board members are forced to work in this environment.

By reader  on  06.12.2015

If this gets on U-Tube it would go viral for a State going full bore with Common Core to be exposed nationally for what its State Board of Education sponsors.

Why should anyone expect the WVBOE to be successful with administering Common Core considering the way it runs roughshod over a tiny intervened county?

At least the tape should be taken to the next WVBOE meeting as an exhibit by a delegation and copies should go to WV Legislators closely involved with education issue decisions.

By Arny Moore---Grant County  on  06.12.2015

When the state turns tyrannical, where do we turn to unscramble the mess now?  The idea of secret meetings about education, whether it be curriculum or where the superintendent’s office should be, is way out of line.  Whenever taxpayer dollars are concerned, ALL discussions should be public and by Roberts Rules of Order to be sure everyone gets a fair chance to comment and make informed decisions.  With the state in charge, why even have board meetings?  It’s obvious that the state no longer believes that the public has the right to know or make decisions.  That video proves that the state board of education thinks they have dictatorial rights and intend to fulfill their agenda, no matter what anyone thinks!

By Karen Pennebaker  on  06.12.2015

Are we to believe a State WVBE Superintendent and former GSC president do not understand the handicap access laws?  This itself is pretty telling.

Or are they using it as a very lame excuse to push their move to the Medical Center agenda?

Be nice to think they know better but they may just be that dumb and uninformed?

Are these two leaders or shills?

By common knowledge  on  06.12.2015

I know about need for remedial help at the Career Center by students who go there. My child went to college with a 3.25 GPA at the GCHS.

The child had to take repeat courses and that was an extra semester for college to end up costing my family about $10,000 more than planned.

By talking with other parents I know that my child’s situation was not an isolated case. One parent told me that 30% or more of GCHS’s students who go to college have the same problem.

There is something wrong. When glowing reports are given out by school officials for how well the GCHS does it is made out that it is a model performer.

When needs for remedial schooling at the Career Center and college are added up it is clear that we are not getting an accurate story about student learning at the high school.

I can’t back it with facts, but I wonder if intervention set the school back. We need an improvement plan and we need it now WVBOE.

By GCHS Needs Improved  on  06.12.2015

When you are uninformed you get informed.Especially if placed in a trusted position of leadership in a community.  The information highway is open to all.  Isn’t technology one of the big ticket items for education now?

To the Career Center Parent.  Closing the achievement gap for students should be the goal. Will that be done with WV 21st Century content standards? Who can say? Only time will tell. Certainly no student should receive a grade they did not earn. However, some parents get very upset if their child’s grade drops seeing the grade as a badge of honor. When the child is upset as well it is hard to tell what caused the drop and maybe that’s needs further investigation.Maybe some things should not be based on personal feelings.

I don’t know that this problem only happens with Gilmer County students. From reports it would seem a statewide problem.  Personally, I wish they would put more effort into basic requirements for graduating High School and not so much on dual credits to carry into college. A student is not ahead of the game if the credits aren’t backed by performance. That isn’t proven until they graduate and enter college which is just a little late. Perhaps some local educators will speak to this?

By One Opinion  on  06.12.2015

Devono wants control over this county and Simmons is his yes man to help get it done. Little or no concern about the law, policy or procedure.  Just aspiring corn bred mafia peons wanting MORE POWER and using public money to flex those little muscles.

By Pitiful  on  06.12.2015

To: writer common knowledge
The handicap issue is just an excuse; the real agenda is something else!!! Why not move to Glenville Elementary and save the $3000/M rent they want to pay. Yes that is about $3000 vs $650/current rent.  But….someone else wants the Glenville Elementary building…. You guess it!!!!
Truth is, they really don’t care about handicapped, Students and teachers.

By Trut matters  on  06.12.2015

Nothing shy of good ole WV poetic justice that the lawyer called Charleston to learn that the meeting had been called illegally and it was stopped.

That happened after Hurley and Armour protested about the meeting’s legality. Thank you two for standing ground to watch out for the County and its children.

It is clear now that a deal had already been cut to move to the unneeded and more expensive Minnie Hamilton space and the State wanted to make it appear that it had all the school board’s backing at a secret meeting.

By Justice Showed Up  on  06.12.2015

Direct result of intervention.Happened every time.  The state spends your money to build schools and nothing else matters.  They want you to pass levies and bonds to make things look good.Window dressing.  It doesn’t matter about education.They can blame that failure on the boards.  Just let them get pictures for the SBA web site, in the papers and for their architect friends.

Same architect and builder for Lewis & Gilmer schools.  Funny how those bids work out.No oversight of free wheeling intervention appointed superintendents and no skill set requirements. Just prove they know how to say yes without caring about anything else.Even the kids are a photo op.

By Logan  on  06.12.2015

Man o man, I can’t believe this. These two men acting like hit-men for someone else. They want it to be their way or no way. They are screwing the public.If they have already made up their mind at least they should let the others talk. I also noticed the man on the right, back corner kept voting for what the hit-men wanted. Didn’t the second man on the right used to run the college and got the entire staff and faculty pi***d off?

By They Are Thyrones  on  06.12.2015

According to President Simmons on the May video he’s the big budget expert from GSC.  If that’s the case then the money to pay this big rent and utilities and paying to fix up the exam rooms as offices and plow the snow,a new sign…at the Health Center should already be budgeted? Simmons, Ratfliff and Pritt voted to approve a budget they never worked on so they should know.

A no confidence vote came at GSC when money the old President signed for couldn’t be found.  Blamed it on the sports program for using it didn’t he?

By Who Takes The Blame For This??  on  06.12.2015

One of the interrupter and usurpers said he had thick skin, but clearly Mrs Butcher hurt his feelings, the interrupting and attempted usurping can be traced back to that.

By Retired Ed  on  06.12.2015

Seems Mr. Devano was and is intent breaking the law with meetings.
Very adamant in having his way.
Like a spoiled kid, or is the he is following orders from Gayle Manchin etal?

By reader5  on  06.13.2015

Every member of the BOE is elected to the same office the same way. Equals. That Board as a body chooses a President whose responsibility is to determine the wishes of that board and voice their collective thoughts when need be. He’s supposed to be the Board’s mouthpiece.  Not promote his personal opinions.

There are no special powers to be usurped.  No personal visions to be interrupted.

If Gilmer County was not under intervention, the entire Gilmer County board would be evaluating this Superintendent and negotiating his contract terms. That’s how it works.  The board as a whole would vote to hire or fire. This superintendent has never worked under the will and pleasure of a local board of education.

This board president has never been in his position when the board had its full authority and responsibilities and doesn’t seem to appreciate that his fellow members selected him to the position. (a decision some likely regret) to work with them, not in their place.

As a result the board president seems to think he is second in command to the superintendent. The state appointed superintendent is happy to let him believe that.

If they want to be Kings, let them buy their own kingdom.

By Gilmers Had Enough  on  06.13.2015

Speculation is that Mrs. Butcher’s tirade involved a conspiracy to get her to do what she did. Did Gabe and Simmons do anything to stop her personal attacks soon as they began?

They sat there quietly for the entire time to be out of character for the normal way they dominate over meetings. Watch their body language on the tape. They looked to be enjoying the personal attacks.
If Mrs. Starkey or any other citizen had started personal attacks there would have been an immediate stop to it. Look back at the hated warning language that used to be on agendas and recall that Simmons would refer citizens to the language when meeting began.

There is word that that there was a meeting at the central office before Mrs. Butcher spoke. This suggests that what happened was a planned set-up so in a way Mrs. Butcher was a victim and she was used to end up making her look bad.

Evidence for a set-up is that there has not been any evidence that what Mrs. Butcher did resulted in any form of reprimand.

If any other Gilmer school system employee had made personal attacks as she did some kind of reprimand would have resulted.

This suggests that Mrs. Butcher had received prior special protection and she knew it in advance of her personal attacks.

By Gilmer County Teachers  on  06.13.2015

Very refreshing to see the lady and gentleman (seated right side of table) board members standing for what is right, in the face of bold opposition.

Clearly the superintendent, the bald head next to him, and the gentleman at far left were working together to ram the state misguided plan.

Not sure who the butt headed gent is who showed his butt to everyone by trying to block the camera.

Its real easy to see what the state has handed for you up in Gilmer County.

By John R.  on  06.13.2015

Did I hear Devano asking to turn off the camera? Can he do that in a public meeting?

By Roberta McKinzee  on  06.13.2015

What if the other board member Pritt was present at this meeting? She would have voted with the crooks and the entire board would have got the blame for breaking the law.

By God Knew  on  06.13.2015

Devano and Simmons, you have failed our county over and over with your arrogant behavior. It is time to quit. Isn’t it? Maybe not because the hefty pay with all the expenses paid for running round is too good to pass it out.

By Tim B.  on  06.13.2015

Isn’t Devano renting from the person on the far left? That explains his vote, breaking the law in an unlawful meeting.

By Woollard  on  06.13.2015

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Field Day for Gilmer Elementary Students

Gilmer County 1st and 2nd grade students, parents, and staff joined together for fun and collaboration on Friday, June 05, 2015 at the Glenville State College I.L. and Sue Morris Football Stadium.

Students arrived at 10:00AM where they broke into groups led by 1st, 2nd , Title I, and Preschool teachers from Troy, Sand Fork, Glenville and Normantown.

Students rotated through 15 minute stations lead by parent volunteers.

Track and field activities included a bean bag toss, long jump, parachute, spoon zoom, and yarn ball toss.

Inflatables were also provided for enjoyment.

At Noon students enjoyed a picnic lunch and enjoyed a tour of the WACO Center. 

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REGULAR MEETING

Gilmer County Board of Education
Gilmer County High School
Monday, May 18, 2015 – 6:00 PM

I. CALL TO ORDER - Roll Call by President

Roll Call by the president, All members present


II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE


III. DELEGATIONS


IV. APPROVE 2015-2016 BUDGET

Please Watch the Video

V. CONSENT AGENDA

      A. Minutes: April 14, 20,21,30 May 01, 2015 (Regular & Special)

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MINUTES
SPECIAL MEETING/LSIC
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.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

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.

LSIC

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.

Adjournment

The meeting adjourned at 6:38 PM on a motion by Tom Ratliff and a second by Misty Pritt. Motion carried 5-0.




MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING

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.

ROLL CALL

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.

DELEGATIONS

Cherri West

CONSENT AGENDA
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.

NEW BUSINESS

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.

SUPERINTENDENTS INFORMATION

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.

ADJOURNMENT

Misty Pritt moved and Tom Ratliff seconded that the meeting adjourn at 7:35 PM. Motion carried unanimously.




MINUTES
SPECIAL MEETING

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.

ROLL CALL

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.

ADJOURNMENT

Tom Ratliff moved and Misty Pritt seconded that the meeting adjourn at 8:15. Motion passed unanimously.




MINUTES
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

PROPOSED BUDGET

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

LSIC-Shelly Mason

A. Recognition of SFES student achievements

B. Student presentations

ADJOURNMENT

Misty Pritt moved that the meeting adjourn. Motion was seconded by Tom Ratliff. Meeting adjourned at 6:55 PM.

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      B. Budget Supplements & Transfers

      C.  Financial Statement/Treasurer’s Report

      D.  Accounts Payable

      E.  Student Transfers

      F.  School Volunteers

      G.  Field Trips

Above line items were not provided to us/public by the superintendent.

VI. NEW BUSINESS
      A.  Adopt State Policy 2419

      B.  Dinsmore & Shohl

      C.  County Office

      D.  Groundbreaking


VII. SUPERINTENDENT’S INFORMATION/ACTION
      A. Summer School-Cherri West

      B. Smarter Balance Testing

      C. Financial Information


VIII. REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW-UP ACTION

      A.  CGCC-  Dr. Carl Armour – April 21, 2015

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Calhoun-Gilmer Administrative Council Official Minutes April 21, 2015

Members Present:
Mr. Jason Hughes, Presiding
Mr. Dan Minney
Mrs. Darlene Smithson
Mrs. Jenna Jett, Calhoun
Dr. Carl Armour, Gilmer
Mr. Bryan P. Sterns, Secretary

Others Present:
Lisa Moore

Absent:
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

None

ITEM III - Delegations

None

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.

ITEM V-Reports

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

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      A. RESA 7- Dr. William Simmons


IX. ADJOURNMENT

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Mr. Ramezan thank you for getting news out about the Career Center. People did not know until Dr. Armour brought it out that about 50% of GCHS’s juniors and seniors go there.

We know that a teacher is needed at the Center to teach remedial math and Tracy Evans is there doing a bang up job teaching remedial English and reading.

The need for remediation is proof that the job is not getting done before students get to the Center.

This failure is one more example of the ball being dropped with intervention.

Funny that there is money to spend on everything else like the unneeded move to Minnie Hamilton and other forms of waste and nothing is available to help children who attend the CGCC.

By CGCC Parent  on  06.10.2015

I’m no Miss Manners, but honestly, the gum chewing on these videos is So distracting, especially in a public forum such as this.

By Courtesy  on  06.10.2015

If this doesn’t make you mad then don’t know what will!  Special treatment is easy to see.  Interrupts and stops delegation ex board member Starkey and does the same to board members who won’t speak WVBOEs language.Stop the questions is the name of the game All orchestrated by the superintendent using a board president that said he would look out for this counties kids when he got elected.  Now he looks out for himself and protects his self importance while as one of five members he renders the board he is supposed to speak for impotent. He sees his duty as not impeding anything a state appointed superintendent wants to do. His own words when Blankenship left.

By Simmons Should Resign  on  06.10.2015

What does window dressing do to improve education?  Worry about brand new anything is not going to bring WV up to national standards.
Fayette County vote will be over Saturday.  It is their last chance to vote down forced consolidation of their schools. Gilmer County was not allowed to go back to the ballot box. We were not given good information or any at all for that matter.  The state simply intervened and put all of our education dollars in their BOE’s basket.

The ballot may look like Fayette voters have a choice but what will happen if their bond levy is voted down again?  They are already under intervention. Since the state wants to crush smaller schools why don’t they pay for the new ones? They are using our tax money any way they want to paint the picture. Why should anyone have to pay more for less?

By No WV Democracy  on  06.10.2015

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Embarrassment

By Shameful  on  06.10.2015

I agree with on the gum chewing.
But watch the continuous fiddle with a pencil while Mrs. Starkey speaks.
And take note too that the board president didn’t even let her have the full five minutes.  Easy to time while you watch the video clock running.
It is quite apparent that there are 2 working together to limit the peoples voice.

By courtesy x 2  on  06.10.2015

When it comes to education and the all powerful State the people have no voice.  If all one read was the drivel in the local paper about the groundbreaking you would believe closing four rural elementary schools for one on a dump site was the best thing in the world and the whole county supported it. Thank goodness for GFP. The live videos allow people to make their own decision. Immediately after Sneed returned to the SBA and Martirano came on as State Superintendent they published articles saying how smaller schools were better and the new direction for education.  It wasn’t too late to stop the nonsense of forced consolidation in Gilmer and Fayette. They didn’t do that and to this day can not show how any of it has improved education.

By Normantown Tax Payer  on  06.11.2015

The gum chewing and pencil drumming just shows no patience with hyperbole, unsubstantiated claims and innuendo.

By Retired Ed  on  06.11.2015

It is shameful when the Superintendent tells absolute untruths. Has read and answered the previous years audit and doesn’t provide that to a Board that has asked repeatedly for the information? When he brings a lease before a Board that had no knowledge of it and asks for a vote of approval making sweeping statements as to what it contains that may or may not be true? What possible basis could there be for the Gilmer Board of Ed to operate on trust under intervention?
It is shameful for any Board member to vote yes to approve a budget since they were not included in any of the budget process and have received no answers to questions asked about it over & over as evidenced by videos?

By No Patience For State Hand Holders  on  06.11.2015

Is it in the realm of possibility for the WVBE to provide good education in the public sector?

The new state Superintendent employees an assistant who is dismissed after four days on the job due to prior issues?

Then you observe Gilmer County with apparently two superintendents who from what we are reading these past four years, hide information, make up information, and possibly are not honest in all respects?

By CITIZENS FOR EDUCATION REFORM  on  06.11.2015

We almost forgot.
Happy Birthday Gilmer County!!

It’s FOUR years since Superintendent Bennett was fired.
Four years since Bill Simmons was fired as Superintendent too.

Whoot Whoot !!!  Gilmer is Soooo much better off with the state ed boys in Charleston running the crane with the wrecking ball swinging away.

By Happy Birthday Gilmer!  on  06.11.2015

Question:  Why does Mr Devono always tell the Board to send their questions to him in an email when he is the Secretary and has the recorders on the table?It has got to be very frustrating to hear email that as an answer all the time. Doesn’t he have to put the questions in the minutes? Seems silly.

By C Roupe  on  06.11.2015

This week’s issue of the Democrat had a rosy article about the groundbreaking for the State’s new school.

The article was written to make it sound as if there was a huge crowd of enthusiastic supporters at the event. A person checked the crowd to come up with these figures.

There were about 70 seated individuals under the tent, some visibly disgruntled individuals stayed back in the parking space, and there were school children who performed.

Not counting the school children at least one half (35) of the seated persons were in the obligated category and no small number of them seemed to be WACO shows. Among the group of 35 there were representatives from the Cubies.

Law enforcement were counted among the obligated group. Reps from the State Police, the local police, the sheriff’s office and some plain dressed types were there. Some citizens remarked that it was a law enforcement over reaction.

About 25 persons came to watch children perform and the remainder of the crowd (estimated 10) seemed to be a cross section of interested citizens.

A picture of the roped off and unfilled parking lot would have told the full attendance story. It looked like plans had been made for a crowd of hundreds to show up and this did not occur.

By R. Miller  on  06.12.2015

The Democrat article about the groundbreaking at Hays City must be corrected. It was written to make it sound as if the local school board had been involved in decisions leading to locating the school where it is.

School board members I spoke with and from what I observed on meeting tapes causes me to know that the board as an official group had nothing to do with any decisions leading up to selecting the site, the architect, the main contractor or anything else. It was the State’s heavy hand show all the way.

All authority for facilities was removed from the board by the State. This removal of authority applies to construction, where new schools are located, school improvements, and the decision for the board office move to where Minnie Hamilton used to be.

The editor of the Democrat owes the local school board and all citizens of Gilmer County an apology.

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Gilmer County Family Court Judge Larry Whited took the following actions Wednesday, May 11, 2015:

One divorce was granted:


    •  Tammy Shiflet (50) of Glenville, WV divorced Larry Shiflet (56) of Normantown, WV


    •  On May 13, 2015 Shelley Lyn Pickens(52 ) of Annville, PA divorced James Alan Pickens (53) of Racine, OH.


    •  Also on May 13, 2015 Glendon Guy Ashley (48) of Glenville divorced Tressa Kay Ashley (46) of undisclosed address.


    •  One divorce was dismissed because parties failed to appear.


    •  One contempt petition was dismissed for the second time due to not submitting the final order to consider with the petition.

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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.

Option 1

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Option 2

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Option 3

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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:

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AGENDA
REGULAR MEETING
Gilmer County Board of Education
Gilmer County High School
Monday, May 18, 2015 – 6:00 PM

I. CALL TO ORDER - Roll Call by President


II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE


III. DELEGATIONS


IV. APPROVE 2015-2016 BUDGET


V. CONSENT AGENDA

      A. Minutes: April 14, 20,21,30 May 01, 2015 (Regular & Special)

      B. Budget Supplements & Transfers

      C.  Financial Statement/Treasurer’s Report

      D.  Accounts Payable

      E.  Student Transfers

      F.  School Volunteers

      G.  Field Trips


VI. NEW BUSINESS
      A.  Adopt State Policy 2419

      B.  Dinsmore & Shohl

      C.  County Office

      D.  Groundbreaking

A list of invoices is available for review in the Central Office.


VII. SUPERINTENDENT’S INFORMATION/ACTION
      A. Summer School-Cherri West

      B. Smarter Balance Testing

      C. Financial Information


VIII. REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW-UP ACTION

      A.  CGCC-  Dr. Carl Armour – April 21, 2015

      A. RESA 7- Dr. William Simmons


IX. ADJOURNMENT

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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


III. DELEGATIONS


IV. CONSENT AGENDA

        A. Minutes: March 16, 2015 (Regular & Special)

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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.

ROLL CALL

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.

DELEGATIONS

Rick Kinder
Michelle Raines
Dave Ramezan
Kim Bonnett (on behalf of WVEAJ)

CONSENT AGENDA

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.

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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.

SUPERINTENDENTS INFORMATION

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.

BOARD REPORTS

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.

ADJOURNMENT

Carl Armour moved and Tom Ratliff seconded that the meeting adjourn at 7:53 PM. Motion carried unanimously.

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MINUTES SPECIAL MEETING

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:30 PM by President, Dr. William Simmons.

ROLL CALL

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.

RECESS

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.


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        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

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Calhoun-Gilmer Administrative Council Official Minutes March 17, 2015

Members Present:
Mr. Timothy Woodward, Presiding
Mr. Gabriel Devono, Gilrner Supt.
Mrs. Jenna Jett, Calhoun Absent:
Dr. Carl Armour, Gilmer
Mr. Bryan P. Sterns, Secretary

Others Present:
Lisa Moore
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

None

ITEM III - Delegations

None

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.

ITEM V-Reports

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.

General Discussion:

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

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IX. ADJOURNMENT

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REGULAR MEETING
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


III. DELEGATIONS


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


IX. ADJOURNMENT

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CommunityConcerns™: A Fresh Start Opportunity in Gilmer County

Mrs. Joe Manchin and Mr. David Sneed,
You Have A Fresh Start Opportunity in Gilmer County.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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