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Little Kanawha Bus Your Public Transportation Service

LITTLE KANAWHA BUS YOUR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SERVICE
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Little Kanawha Bus, your public transportation system that has expanded into Gilmer County is offering a one-time chance to ride free of charge. Little Kanawha bus is for everyone. There are no age limit or income guideline restrictions.

Little Kanawha Bus would like to help the citizens of Gilmer County get acquainted with riding the bus so we are offering free rides to any area that is listed below during the service dates of May 5th, 7th and 9th only.

This means that you can ride free of charge from your home in the Linn, Troy, Coxs Mills and Tanner area into Glenville on Monday, May 5th. From your home in The Stouts Mills, Sand Fork, Cedarville and Normantown area into Glenville Wednesday, May 7th. From your home in any area of Gilmer County to Weston, Friday May 9th.

The only thing you need to do is call 866.354.5522 and get on the schedule to ride with Little Kanawha Bus. This will be a onetime chance to ride with Little Kanawha Bus free of charge.

Little Kanawha Bus may lose the service in Gilmer County if ridership does not increase. If you would like to keep public transportation in Gilmer County, please help us increase ridership.

Gilmer County Board of Education Meeting Tuesday - 04.15.14 - Today

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AGENDA
CONTINUATION MEETING (03.24.14)
Gilmer County Board of Education
Troy Elementary School
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 – 6:00 PM

I. CALL TO ORDER - Roll Call by President (Action)


II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE (Action)


III. SUPERINTENDENTS REPORT

          A. LSIC

          B. Calendar Hearing


IV. BOARD REPORTS (Information)

          A.  CGCC: Mrs. Starkey (March 13/25, 2014)

          B.  RESA VII:  Dr. Simmons (April 10, 2014)


V. NEW BUSINESS

          A. Minutes – Regular Meeting March 24, 2014, Special Meeting March 27, 2014

          B.  Supplements/Transfers/Financial Statement/Levy Order

          C.  Accounts Payable

          D.  Policies for Approval

          E.  Student Transfers

          F.  School Volunteers

          G. Trip Requests

          H.  Audit Report (06.30.13)


VI. INFORMATION ITEMS

          A. Personnel

          B. Facilities


VII. BOARD CONCERNS (Information)


VIII.  DELEGATIONS* (Information)


IX. ADJOURNMENT (Action)


* “Speakers are asked to express themselves in a civil manner, with due respect for the dignity and privacy of others who may be affected by your comments.  While it is not our intent to stifle public comment, speakers should be aware that if your statements violate the rights of others under the law of defamation or invasion of privacy, you may be held legally responsible.  If you are unsure of the legal ramifications of what you are about to say, we urge you to consult first with your legal advisor.”

Gilmer County Board of Education Meeting Tuesday - 04.15.14

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AGENDA
CONTINUATION MEETING (03.24.14)
Gilmer County Board of Education
Troy Elementary School
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 – 6:00 PM

I. CALL TO ORDER - Roll Call by President (Action)


II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE (Action)


III. SUPERINTENDENTS REPORT

          A. LSIC

          B. Calendar Hearing


IV. BOARD REPORTS (Information)

          A.  CGCC: Mrs. Starkey (March 13/25, 2014)

          B.  RESA VII:  Dr. Simmons (April 10, 2014)


V. NEW BUSINESS

          A. Minutes – Regular Meeting March 24, 2014, Special Meeting March 27, 2014

          B.  Supplements/Transfers/Financial Statement/Levy Order

          C.  Accounts Payable

          D.  Policies for Approval

          E.  Student Transfers

          F.  School Volunteers

          G. Trip Requests

          H.  Audit Report (06.30.13)


VI. INFORMATION ITEMS

          A. Personnel

          B. Facilities


VII. BOARD CONCERNS (Information)


VIII.  DELEGATIONS* (Information)


IX. ADJOURNMENT (Action)


* “Speakers are asked to express themselves in a civil manner, with due respect for the dignity and privacy of others who may be affected by your comments.  While it is not our intent to stifle public comment, speakers should be aware that if your statements violate the rights of others under the law of defamation or invasion of privacy, you may be held legally responsible.  If you are unsure of the legal ramifications of what you are about to say, we urge you to consult first with your legal advisor.”

Normantown Elementary School Honor Roll : 3rd Nine Week Grading Period - 2013-14

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Principal’s List 4.0

Summer Bourn

Peyton Sauer

Sydney Sprouse

Lauren Thomas


Honor Roll 3.2 – 3.9

Dustin Harper

Jamie Miller

Wyatt Morris

Eden Wellings



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Principal’s List 4.0

Elijah Bourn

Madison Jarvis

Hailey Norman

Katherine Phares

Kiley Richards

Courtni Thompson


Honor Roll 3.2- 3.9

Dyson Casto

Raven Rexroad

Casey Snider

Mikayla Taylor

Betsy Villers



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Principal’s List 4.0

Ashlyn Bourn

David Brannon

Ryleigh Harubin

Samuel Miller

Daisy Snyder


Honor Roll 3.2 – 3.9

Lucas Arden

Brianna Ball

Hannah Beckner

Hunter Knotts

Elexis Thompson



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Principals List 4.0

James Mohr

McKinzie White


Honor Roll 3.2 – 3.0

Ryan Beall

Tristan Hamric

Jesse Landis

Alexis Maxwell

Lilly Minigh

Adelai Morris

Laurann Wellings



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Principal’s List 4.0

Sara McCumbers

Gavin Roberts


Honor Roll 3.2 – 3.9

Shayla Bourn

Logan Canfield

Aidan Harubin

Eve Mohr

Grace Morris



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Principal’s List 4.0

C. J. Miller

Grace Wellings


Honor Roll 3.2 – 3.9

Savanna Garcia

Holt Thomas

Hunter Lemon

Ian Stewart

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Gilmer Students Place at Regional Math Field Day

Twenty-four students from Gilmer County Schools competed at the 39th Annual RESA 7 Math Field Day on Saturday, March 29, 2014.

Approximately 300 students from twelve counties in grades 4-12, came to Robert C. Byrd High School in Clarksburg to demonstrate their math skills.

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Amanda Lamb, Senior
Estimation Challenge Winner, Grades 10-12


Students in grades 4-9 competed individually by completing a written test, short response, mental math, estimation calculations, physical estimation and game master activities.

High school students, grades 10-12, competed individually, as well as a team with team relay and other activities.

Three Gilmer County students were recognized at the 3:00 PM awards ceremony.

The Gilmer Free Press
James Mohr
1st Place Winner, 4th Grade


James Mohr from Normantown Elementary School won 1st Place in 4th grade.

CJ Miller, also from Normantown Elementary School, won 1st Alternate in 6th grade.

Amanda Lamb, senior at Gilmer County High School, won the estimation challenge for grades 10-12.

James Mohr will be competing on the state level on April 26, 2014, at Bethany College just north of Wheeling in the Northern Panhandle of the state.

The Gilmer Free Press
CJ Miller
1st Alternate, 6th Grade


Other Gilmer County students competing were:

4th Grade

•  Scott Price, Glenville Elementary School

•  McKinzie White, Normantown Elementary School


5th Grade

•  Shayla Bourn, Normantown Elementary School

•  Isabel Morris, Glenville Elementary School

•  Brittany Talbott, Sand Fork Elementary School


6th Grade

•  Jonathan Harper, Glenville Elementary School

•  Hannah Sanders, Glenville Elementary School


7th Grade

•  Faith Hardman, Gilmer County High School

•  Kaylene Snyder, Gilmer County High School

•  Garrett Watts, Gilmer County High School


9th Grade

•  Dalton Dickey, Gilmer County High School

•  Janeeva Jenkins, Gilmer County High School


10-12 Grades Team

•  Brianna Batton, Gilmer County High School

•  Zachary Chapman, Gilmer County High School

•  Ammanda Frame, Gilmer County High School

•  Kathern Keith, Gilmer County High School

•  Markem Morris, Gilmer County High School

•  Sebastian Morris, Gilmer County High School

•  Michaela Murphy, Gilmer County High School

•  Dakota Prevatte, Gilmer County High School

•  Trevor Wright, Gilmer County High School


These young students are to be commended for their hard work and perseverance along with their parents, guardians and teachers who assisted them in their accomplishments.

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Gilmer County Spelling Bee Winners - 2013-14

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G-FYI™: Common Core K-12 Program Implemented In Gilmer County

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At the School Board meeting on March 24, 2014, Misty Pritt and Carl L. Armour summarized elements for Gilmer County’s Common Core program. The material was assembled from information provided by the WV School Board Association (WVSBA).  The topic the two board members focused on was—Leadership Development II: Use of Achievement Data For County Board Decision-Making. In one sentence the purpose was to acquaint school board members and the public with a new way of doing business through greater reliance on student achievement assessment data.

Achievement assessment involves using tools stemming from the Smarter Balanced Concept evolved by members of the National Governors’ Conference. The goal is to render American students more competitive in preparing for careers and college.  The step down flow path is the Smarter Balance Concept—Common Core Objectives (CCOs), and annual State grading of individual schools in meeting CCOs.  The CCOs are specifically designed for improving competency for math, reading, and critical thinking.  All classroom testing will be done under the Next Generation umbrella.

 

Highlights

•  The West Virginia WESTEST 2 will be administered the last time this spring. Use of Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) is terminated.

•  New annual achievement assessments for Common Core is in the form of the West Virginia Accountability Index (WVAI).

•  The WVAI will be computed for each K-12 school in the State. The purpose is to categorize schools into one of Five groups of decreasing performance levels. They are Success, Transition, Focus, Support, and Priority.

•  Governor Tomblin directed that an additional system be developed and applied to grade annual achievement performances of all schools on an A-F grading scale. That system will be fully operational in 2015. 

•  At the classroom level real-time achievement assessments will be made to enable rapid response instruction improvements to be made throughout a school year.

•  Two tools available for the real-time assessments are the Standardized Testing and Reporting tests (STAR) and WV Acuity. Acuity is being phased out in WV.

•  STAR which is reported to be user friendly is being used at our Troy Elementary School. It can be used in grades 2-11 to test for math, English and literature arts, science, history and social science. Acuity tests for math, reading, language arts, science and social studies apply to grades 3-11.  STAR (www.renlearn.com) is marketed by the Renaissance Learning Company.

•  Raleigh County leads all WV Counties in applying real-time achievement assessment tools. That school board works closely with its superintendent to continually review data for each of its 29 schools to monitor opportunities for improving teaching outcomes. The Raleigh Board’s operational motto is “In God we trust,  but everyone else bring data. “ It was emphasized that without exception all decisions involving improved instructional practices must always be left up to classroom teachers. All 11th graders in Raleigh County take the ACT test for scores to be evaluated by the Board. The purpose is to have access to another data set for evaluating school improvement progress. Raleigh County was cited as a model to follow by all WV Boards. 

•  Mr. Wade Linger spoke about the new teacher evaluation program (wvde.state.wv.us.evalwv/) being implemented in WV.

•  There were firm assurances that experts in WV’s Office of School Improvement are available to assist with Gilmer County’ initiatives designed to improve academic outcomes at our schools.

•  Mr. Thomas Ratliff, a veteran board member, was adamant in reminding that the policy is that all instructional material including textbooks for the Common Core program will be approved at the County level, not by outsiders.


Other

•  The following motion was passed to aid in improving academic outcomes at the Gilmer County High School. Gilmer County’s goal is to improve ACT test scores at the Gilmer County High School to rank it’s performance to be among the top 25% of WV high schools by the end of the 2016-2017 school year, and appropriate professionals, designated by the Superintendent, shall develop a formal plan to implement the program at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year.

•  Emphasis was underscored that Common Core’s testing program is designed for improving career and college readiness of students, not a mechanism to lure citizens into merely focusing on test scores, similar to sporting event outcomes.

•  There was underscored emphasis that the new way of doing business with reliance on data driven decision-making imposes increased accountability on board members, the superintendent, teachers and staffs and just as importantly, students, and parents.

•  Dr. William K. Simmons, the Board’s president, strongly advocated that meeting should be conducted throughout the County to keep citizens informed of Common Core details to promote widespread grassroots support for school improvements.

•  WVSBA guidance was referenced regarding need for school board members to be wary about being side tracked away from continual focus on student achievement, the most important responsibility.

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Hats off to Mr.Dave Ramezan and the GFP for this 1st class comprehensive coverage. This is the first time information of this scope has been published to keep citizens informed. There is a beef though. Why was the GFP was not given information related to the recent meeting of the Cedar Creek School Committee at which school colors and the decision about the wildcat mascot were nailed down? In the future this type of new information should always get to the community-minded GFP first instead of outside news outlets. Somehow a communications breakdown occurred and this needs to be fixed by the School Board. Dr. Simmons’ push for County meeting to keep citizens informed about Common Core is the key to success. He has not forgotten his Leading Creek roots. Nobody could out do him in widening community support for our schools because he always takes time to talk with everyone, not just elitists who expect to always be in control.

By Appreciative Citizen  on  03.31.2014

Something else of importance needs to be stated for the record. Lesser men than Dr. William K. Simmons would have resigned from all School Board activities if they had been treated the same way by the State. He did not resign in anger to retreat to Leading Creek, but he stayed the course with a sincere intent to help make Gilmer County a better place to get children career and college ready. He certainly is not doing it for the money. Thank you Dr. Simmons.

By Scholar's Parent  on  03.31.2014

Yes-sir-ree bob.
Talks one way.  Walks the other way.
Matched pair in charge.
Trees are known by the fruit they bear.

By anon.  on  03.31.2014

Gee.  Why didn’t the man push to inform us about the “Cedar Creek School Committee”?  Mr Blankenship put him on it.  How did the Board “President” get on this facilities committee? Didn’t he just sign a memorandum of understanding with the State Board of Education saying he understood the County Board would have no control of facilities, facility finance or personnel? Bet the Gilmer County Board members would “appreciate” knowing who is on that committee and when it was formed by the Superintendent. When was a vote taken to have the President represent the Board?  When did they vote to send him down to the SBA with Mr Blankenship to say we only need one school that will increase travel time for all but a few of the students that will be left in this county?  He went, but that MOU said he had no business there. No procedure, no rules just like any other elitist.
As the article says, the Teachers will teach the State chosen Curriculum Common Core. Whether it is the answer to WV’s education problems remains to be seen but we all know it is not going to be the answer for Gilmer County’s problems. Our Teachers have proven they can educate year after year.

Gilmer County’s problems won’t be solved without honesty and transparency. They won’t be solved until this Board can get back to conducting the public business for the benefit of the students and families, not being led by puppets of the State agenda. Might start by showing us a budget for the first time in three years.

By I'd Appreciate That  on  03.31.2014

IAT, how do you know that Common Core is not for WV and what information do you have to share, including your credentials, to inform citizens that the new approach is doomed for failure in Gilmer County? If you can’t provide defensible data, would it be fair to conclude that what you say is one person’s personal opinion?

By Horner WV  on  04.02.2014

Dear Horner, what an oddly elitist statement.  Surely the case of our own ex-governor and his daughter has proven that credentials can be bought and are no guaranteed indicator of knowledge, the ability to analyze information or even project a reasonable outcome.

There was no judgment passed on the effectiveness of Core Curriculum.  The statement made was that it would not solve GILMER COUNTY’S problems.  A step down by three of our schools to transition status seems more than likely the result of our state intervention status and low morale.  We have no focus, support or priority designation here. There was not enough decreasing education based data reported here to raise statewide alarm or merit their assistance.  Under the old grading system three of our schools made a “B” that had previously enjoyed the “A” status.  Are you saying our Teachers have not done a great job?

Given the past three years of meeting videos it would seem safe to say our county Board of Ed has many more issues to address.  This county always had a textbook committee but over the past three years no Board member has been reported to have been appointed to it.

Now that some authority has been returned perhaps they could get back to two meetings a month.  How else can the Board of Education review and approve the bills before they are due and payable or trips before they have been taken?

Is the budget process going to be followed with the appropriate meeting schedule and publication?

Will the public ever be told who was chosen to represent them on the Cedar Creek Elementary committee or what the student “poll” results were and when the poll was conducted? Perhaps we could read a copy of the “needs” presentation given to the SBA for funding that school.

Could the Board let us know how many Teaching positions remain, what subjects they encompass and at what schools after the RIF’s and transfers? Too many questions with no answers it would seem.

Perhaps you would take the time to carefully reread the statements you took such offense to.  Core Curriculum was clearly not the point and changing the subject does not increase the awareness of the tax payers of Gilmer County.

By We Could All Appreciate That  on  04.03.2014

Could it be,WCAAT,that the intent was to warn everyone of potential and long lasting damage when statements related to our schools cannot be backed by verifiable facts, and wrong information can be accepted as gospel truth virtually impossible to set straight? Please think about that and be careful to separate facts from personal opinion when discussing our schools. There is certainly nothing wrong to have opinions, but they cannot be packaged as solid facts unless accompanied by valid information readily available for independent checking.

By R. A. Sparks  on  04.03.2014

If audio/video of actual meetings month after month are not hard fact have no idea what would be.

By Tax payer  on  04.04.2014

In a survey of 800 teachers, conducted in March 2013 by the American Federation of Teachers, they, found strong support for the standards, a great deal of concern about districts’ inadequate work to successfully implement the standards, and overwhelming support for a moratorium on consequences until the implementation is in place.  Link :  results of a poll

Highlights of the poll:

75% support the Common Core State Standards.

74% are worried that the new assessments will begin—and students, teachers and schools will be held accountable for the results—before everyone involved understands the new standards and before instruction has been fully implemented with the standards.

83% support a moratorium on consequences for students, teachers and schools until the standards and related assessments have been fully in use for one year.

27% said their school district has provided them with all or most of the resources and tools they need to successfully teach the standards.

78% of teachers in low-performing schools said they have been given just some, few or no resources.

53% said they have received either no training or inadequate training to help prepare them to teach to the standards.

57% said their school district is very or fairly prepared to successfully implement the standards, while 39% said their district is just somewhat or not prepared.

76% said their school district has not provided enough planning time for understanding the standards and putting them into practice.

58% said their district has not done enough to have a fully developed curricula aligned to standard available to teachers.

53% said there has been inadequate professional development and training in the standards.

54% said their district has not done enough to have assessments aligned to the standards.

And half, or 51%, said there have not been enough opportunities for teachers to practice with students to ensure they are learning key concepts and principles.

Just a third, or 33%, are very or fairly satisfied with the amount of teacher input in developing their district’s plans for the Common Core standards.

By I'd Call It Verifiable & Credentialed  on  04.05.2014

Mrs. Hurley, as citizens understand it you will be elected to the School Board if you get only one vote. We hear that you are campaigning hard to try to get as many votes as possible to demonstrate the size of your constituency. That’s fine. Something we would like to know though is what you would add to the Board. A generic slogan is OK, but we would like to know exactly what you would be for and against, and what you would do to make the Board function better to benefit our children. The information request is reasonable for any citizen running for a paid County office.

By David Linger  on  04.07.2014

I would hope that Hurley if elected, will bring transparency and honesty to the school board.  We have seen very little of that since the Carleston Political Intervention.  Even with 2 new board members that has not been the case.

By anonymous  on  04.07.2014

Mr. Linger, a very reasonable question deserving an answer from all and not just those on the ballot. You do understand that there are three open positions and all three candidates are running unopposed so the one vote you speak of is true for all.

Sir, I realize I will be a Board member. I do not take that for granted and am so very honored the citizens have given me the opportunity to serve the families and children of Gilmer County during a time of such upheaval and transition.

July 1st will be the beginning of the first full year this County’s Board of Ed has had any freedom to exercise their responsibilities under the law or contribute to the process since 2011. Only one remaining Board member has experience being a member when not under state intervention. This will be a year for all of us to seek every scrap of knowledge available, listen to every voice of experience who will share, and work together to improve of the quality of education in the state of West Virginia while following the rules, regulations and procedures necessary for the State Board of Ed to return local control upon expiration of the Memorandum of Understanding.  It will not be an easy task.

Sir, I am always for the children receiving an excellent education.  I feel we should promote the hiring and retention of qualified Teachers who are supported and encouraged by continuing education. I have spoken in delegation openly and as Coalition facilitator about many issues over the past three years.  Space will not permit me to go into specifics regarding Core Curriculum, innovation school zones, the importance of the Calhoun Gilmer Career Center, etc.  You are welcome to call me at home any time. I look forward to hearing from you soon!!!  Then we can bring your concerns to the people through the Free Press.  My number is listed.  I do have one question for you.  Who are “we”?  I ask because transparency is very important to me.

Respectfully, Mrs.Norma Hurley

By Norma J Hurley  on  04.07.2014

The Linger request is reasonable.
It would be nice if each of the individuals running for school board would reply as well.

By anon.  on  04.07.2014

Regarding “we”, does the word not refer to the first three words in the U.S. Constitution which are “We the People”?

By Normantown  on  04.08.2014

Only one person has gone around campaigning hard trying to keep Hurley out. Believe in a couple of years that glory hog BSer will learn what it feels like cause other people can play dirty politics outside their district too.

By People Know Better  on  04.08.2014

Is that the same we the people that went down to Charleston causing the state board to bring intervention down on our school system?  Or is it we the people who don’t have a choice about making little children ride an hour and a half one way on a bus to get to one school.  Or the ones helping kill the economy of Gilmer County small towns?
All we’s are not created equal so are you a voice for David Linger?  Mrs. Hurley is trying to be a voice for the children.

By My We’s Say Get a Life!  on  04.08.2014

Question.  Where were you when we in the Normantown area tried to save our school?

By A Real Normantown Citizen  on  04.08.2014

Where were you Mr Normantown when we needed a voice for the Normantown and Sand Fork children to keep their schools where they could get to it in a time that didn’t break the law?  Appears if it does not hurt you then we do not matter.

By Citizen of Normantown  on  04.09.2014

Norma Hurley has been the hardest working person you could want fighting for the rights of the kids hoping for an adequate education. Norma has been put through many personal hardships for her effort of standing up for what she and others believe in and being outspoken about it, not hiding the sordid facts many of us do not want to face, including me.

First of all courage is in short supply in Gilmer County when it comes to standing up to the people that are running things, legally or not.

Norma has never once been short of courage.

She is a sincere individual that is giving and considerate, that I am lucky to call my friend.

If you know her like I do, then you know she has gladly been feeding us, “Hungry for FAIRNESS..“ the SOUP of HOPE - and I for one stand by her.

If Norma Hurley draws a line in the sand, I am walking on over to her side and stand by her. I will do it without hesitation regardless of any consequence or threat from those who seek to control Gilmer County economics, education, and/or quality of life.

By About Norma  on  04.09.2014

What happened the GC CUBES?  Have you all retired and hidden your pretty T-shirts?
Did you get your dirty job completed?
Or are you ashamed of what has happened to our school system with your big bus ride to Charleston?
If you now understand the damage you have done, you could redeem yourselves by stepping forward.
You could attend school board meetings and give
positive input.
I suspect you are too ashamed.

By wondering  on  04.09.2014

to: Scholars Parent.  It is apparent you do not understand ‘how the winds blow’. 
Good decisions are often clouded by ego.

By a neighbor  on  04.09.2014

Do NOT expect Norma Hurley to join the two elderly gents as part of the Charleston Tory Crew.
That is not her style.
She has backbone, that others lack, to standup and fight for her community.
If you want to be on the side of “right”, back Norma every chance you have. 
She will *tell it like it is*, and not tell the lies, like you were told at the levy meetings!

By a.noy.a.mouse  on  04.09.2014

On video after video Hurley asked the Board over and over to go to the State Board of Ed to get permission for us have another go at voting for two schools to keep every student at Troy, Sand Fork, Glenville and Normantown home!  The only Board Member that even tried to get a vote done on that was Mrs. Starkey.The rest sat there and kept still and said “we don’t want to rock the boat” and nodded their heads.Tried to pour oil on the waters. Watch the videos people! Be honest with yourselves. Now we know the state will appoint another Superintendent for four years.  The MOU the board president signed said that specifically.Listen to the video!  The state will sign the contract and set the salary.  Do you think they will fire a state appointment in two years and let the Board hire a true Gilmer County Superintendent? All that keep still got us was more of the same.
Guess what?  The only boat most of that Board set sail on is the one up that famous creek without a paddle and that really needs looked into.

By Sea Sick  on  04.10.2014

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Bernice Mae Moyers

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Bernice Mae Moyers

Age 84 of Cedarville, West Virginia, departed this life at 9:30 PM; Friday, March 28, 2014, at the Genesis Health Care Center, Glenville, West Virginia, following an extended illness.

Born August 03, 1929 in Normantown, West Virginia, daughter of the late Charles Victor and Josie Alice Miller Childers.

Bernice was a homemaker and graduate of Normantown High School, Class of 1949.

She was a long time member of the Dawson Baptist Church.

She was bookkeeper for Moyers Well Service and a big supporter of her children’s school and sports activities. She was a great cook, active mother with her children, caregiver to family when needed, and an important part in the family farm, along with being a good farm wife.

On March 18, 1949 Bernice was united in marriage to Charles J. Moyers who preceded her in death on September 12, 1997.

Surviving are 3 children, Katherine Moyers Hark and husband David of Shepherdstown, WV;  Kevin Joseph Moyers and wife Virginia Ann of Cedarville, and Charles Victor Moyers and wife Roberta of Cedarville, and 1 sister Lavonne Minigh and husband Robert of Cedarville.

There are 7 grandchildren, Shaun Moyers of Morgantown,  Keith Moyers and wife Nicole of Tanner,  Chris Moyers and wife Sarah of Glenville, Douglas Moyers and wife Chasity of Burnsville,  Teresa Case and husband JD of Gassaway, Julie Conrad and husband Johnny of Stouts Mills, and Misty Moyers-Chavez and husband Lupe of Canton, Ohio, and 11 great-grandchildren also surviving.

Along with her husband and parents, Bernice was preceded in death by 1 sister, Peggy Reed, and one infant great-granddaughter, Ella Grace Moyers.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Dawson Baptist Church, WV Highway 33 West of Glenville at 1:00 PM Tuesday, April 01, 2014 with Elder Richard Westfall officiating.

Burial will follow in the Cedarville Cemetery, Cedarville.

Friends may call from 5-8 PM, Monday Evening at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is humbled to assist the family of Bernice Moyers with arrangements.

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Gilmer County Board of Education Meeting Monday - 03.24.14 - Today

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AGENDA
REGULAR MEETING
Gilmer County Board of Education
Normantown Elementary School
Monday, March 24, 2014 – 6:00 PM

I. CALL TO ORDER

            Roll Call by President


II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE


III. SUPERINTENDENTS REPORT (NES: LSIC)


IV. BOARD REPORTS

            A. CGCC: Mrs. Starkey (February 25, 2014)

            B. RESA VII: Dr. Simmons (March 11, 2014)

            C. WVSBA: Dr. Armour (February 21-22, 2014)


V. NEW BUSINESS

            A. Minutes:  February 17, 2014

            B.  Budget Supplements & Transfers

            C.  Accounts Payable

            D.  Policies for Approval

            E.  Student Transfers

            F.  School Volunteers

            G. Trip Requests

            H.  Achievement Goal (ACT)

            I.  2013-2014 Calendar Amendment

            J.  Facility Request


VI. INFORMATION ITEMS

            A. Personnel

            B. Facilities


VII. BOARD CONCERNS


VIII.  DELEGATIONS*


IX. ADJOURNMENT


* “Speakers are asked to express themselves in a civil manner, with due respect for the dignity and privacy of others who may be affected by your comments.  While it is not our intent to stifle public comment, speakers should be aware that if your statements violate the rights of others under the law of defamation or invasion of privacy, you may be held legally responsible.  If you are unsure of the legal ramifications of what you are about to say, we urge you to consult first with your legal advisor.”

G-FYI™: Gilmer County Schools Superintendent Blankenship’s Update for BOE - 03.21.14

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Much has happened since my last Weekly Update.


•  Gilmer County Schools have been closed a total of twelve days for inclement weather.  However, because of current code and policy restrictions, we are only able to convert eight non instructional days to make up lost instructional time.  Consequently, May 23, 27, 28 and five OS days (May 29, 30, June 03, 04, 05) at the end of the calendar will be converted to instructional days. These five days will replace the March 17-21 spring break.  In addition, the ISE Day scheduled for Monday, April 21 will be changed to Friday, April 18, 2014 and students will attend school with a two hour early release for Faculty Senate meetings.  ISE days are already considered instructional days, therefore, we will not be able to count this as an extra day of instruction even though students receive the benefit of instruction.


•  Two hearings regarding proposed transfers were held by representatives of the state superintendent ending all RIF and transfer personnel actions.  I will provide a complete list of personnel actions at the March 24 BOE meeting and answer any questions.


•  I met with SBA staff on several occasions in order to tweak our “needs plan” before presentation to the SBA Board on Monday, March 17, 2014.


•  A site meeting was held yesterday at Leading Creek Elementary.  Masons are laying blocks and the building is finally taking shape.  In addition, we are currently developing a plan to mitigate the hillside slip behind the school.


•  Pomeroy hosted a demonstration by Samsung on Wednesday in Dunbar.  Samsung demonstrated the new Tablet and related educational software.  This product is now an alternative to laptop computers for classrooms.


I will provide an updated list of board meetings and work sessions for the West Virginia School Board training and LSIC meetings with all schools at the Monday meeting.

Hope you have a great weekend and I will see you Monday evening at Normantown for our board and LSIC meeting at 6:00 PM.

Ron Blankenship

Gilmer County Board of Education Meeting Monday - 03.24.14

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AGENDA
REGULAR MEETING
Gilmer County Board of Education
Normantown Elementary School
Monday, March 24, 2014 – 6:00 PM

I. CALL TO ORDER

            Roll Call by President


II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE


III. SUPERINTENDENTS REPORT (NES: LSIC)


IV. BOARD REPORTS

            A. CGCC: Mrs. Starkey (February 25, 2014)

            B. RESA VII: Dr. Simmons (March 11, 2014)

            C. WVSBA: Dr. Armour (February 21-22, 2014)


V. NEW BUSINESS

            A. Minutes:  February 17, 2014

            B.  Budget Supplements & Transfers

            C.  Accounts Payable

            D.  Policies for Approval

            E.  Student Transfers

            F.  School Volunteers

            G. Trip Requests

            H.  Achievement Goal (ACT)

            I.  2013-2014 Calendar Amendment

            J.  Facility Request


VI. INFORMATION ITEMS

            A. Personnel

            B. Facilities


VII. BOARD CONCERNS


VIII.  DELEGATIONS*


IX. ADJOURNMENT


* “Speakers are asked to express themselves in a civil manner, with due respect for the dignity and privacy of others who may be affected by your comments.  While it is not our intent to stifle public comment, speakers should be aware that if your statements violate the rights of others under the law of defamation or invasion of privacy, you may be held legally responsible.  If you are unsure of the legal ramifications of what you are about to say, we urge you to consult first with your legal advisor.”

RESA 7 Social Studies Fair Scheduled March 21, 2014

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Fairmont Middletown Mall will be the site for the 2014 RESA 7 Regional Social Studies Fair, which is expected to draw upwards of 129 students from five counties who will display entries in 10 categories.

Participants will represent schools in Barbour, Gilmer, Harrison, Preston, and Randolph Counties.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend the annual event sponsored by the Regional Education Service Agency (RESA 7).

Suggested categories for entry include anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, sociology, state and local studies, United States history, world history and international.  Projects will be classified by division, category and type.  Students in grades four and five will participate in Division 1 and grades six through eight will compete in Division 2.  Beginning this year, high schools students will compete in the National History Day competition portion during the RESA 7 Social Studies Fair.

RESA 7 Executive Director Gabriel J. Devono explained the philosophy behind the Regional Social Studies Fair:  “Our intent is to recognize and reward students for their outstanding achievement.  Social studies education must afford the student the opportunity to ask essential questions, recognize patterns of behavior, think critically, create solutions, predict outcomes and draw conclusions that will help them learn to solve problems.  We believe this opportunity helps contribute to the overall educational experience,” he said. 

According to Devono, the objectives of the event are to provide opportunities for students to interpret the cultural, social, political, geographic and economic forces of historical and current issues and events so that they understand more fully the nature of social studies; and develop among participants the ability to apply the scientific method as it applies to social studies investigations.

School Building Authority Heard $120 Million of Funding Requests

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It is a tale of two counties. Both went before the state School Building Authority Monday morning.

Wayne County Superintendent Lynn Hurt requested $18 million in SBA funding for two brand new schools and renovations at a third. Ritchie County Superintendent Ed Toman asked for $6 million to renovate an elementary school.

They are two of 18 county school leaders requesting funding from the SBA Monday and Tuesday.

The authority has $45 million to hand out and $120 million in requests.

Wayne is in desperate need of new school facilities. Hurt said this year’s request includes a new Ceredo Kenova Elementary, a new Crum PK-8 and renovations to Wayne High School.

“I only come here for needs, not wants,” stressed Hurt.

Two years in a row voters in Wayne County turned down multimillion school bonds to help pay for the projects. Hurt is hoping the third time is a charm.

“We’ve talked to our communities and they seem to have come on board. They’ve come together as Wayne Countians not just as individual communities,” said Hurt.

The bond vote is scheduled for May 13 with $18-million is on the line. That is how much Hurt asked from the SBA. Add in $6-million more from the county’s coffers and the superintendent said Wayne County would have the $42 million to give students a better education.

She stressed they need the SBA funding to make it happen.

“We can’t do it without the bond either. So we’re dependent on both these entities to help our kids,” explained Hurt.

Meanwhile, in Ritchie County, Superintendent Ed Toman said there is a need for renovations at Creed Collins Elementary.

“[We need to make it] handicapped accessible, new lighting, flooring, a new kitchen/cafeteria, new front entrance,” he explained.

He’s asking for $6.3 million from the SBA with the county shelling out an additional $250,000. With only a quarter of a million dollars to put forth and coming off $4 million in SBA funding last year for a renovation project, Toman admits getting the funding is a long shot.

“We’re feeling lucky!”

He said if they do not get the $6 million this year it won’t be a major disappointment for the school system. However, it will not stop them from asking again in 2015.

“We’ll be back next year. You just have to be persistent,” according to Toman.

Meanwhile, Raleigh County failed to pass a school bond last month. They have taken themselves out of the running for nearly $40 million during this funding cycle.

SBA members will take some time to mull over the projects before they decide which counties need the money the most. They will take a vote April 28.

Gilmer County is asking funding for a new school to consolidate Glenville Elementary, Normantown Elementary, and Sand Fork Elementary Schools.

Glenville: Live Bluegrass Music - 03.27.14

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Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Monday 03.17.14

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Monday, March 17, 2014
Glenville State College
Gilmer County Courthouse
Gilmer County Senior Center
Gilmer County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Braxton County SchoolsAll Closed
Calhoun County SchoolsAll Closed
Doddridge County SchoolsAll Closed
Lewis County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Ritchie County SchoolsAll Closed
Barbour County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Clay County SchoolsAll Closed
Harrison County SchoolsAll Closed
Nicholas County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Pleasants County SchoolsAll Closed
Roane County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Tyler County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Upshur County SchoolsAll Closed
Webster County SchoolsAll Closed
Wirt County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Wood County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed


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RESA 7 Social Studies Fair Scheduled March 21, 2014

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Fairmont Middletown Mall will be the site for the 2014 RESA 7 Regional Social Studies Fair, which is expected to draw upwards of 129 students from five counties who will display entries in 10 categories.

Participants will represent schools in Barbour, Gilmer, Harrison, Preston, and Randolph Counties.  The public is invited and encouraged to attend the annual event sponsored by the Regional Education Service Agency (RESA 7).

Suggested categories for entry include anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, sociology, state and local studies, United States history, world history and international.  Projects will be classified by division, category and type.  Students in grades four and five will participate in Division 1 and grades six through eight will compete in Division 2.  Beginning this year, high schools students will compete in the National History Day competition portion during the RESA 7 Social Studies Fair.

RESA 7 Executive Director Gabriel J. Devono explained the philosophy behind the Regional Social Studies Fair:  “Our intent is to recognize and reward students for their outstanding achievement.  Social studies education must afford the student the opportunity to ask essential questions, recognize patterns of behavior, think critically, create solutions, predict outcomes and draw conclusions that will help them learn to solve problems.  We believe this opportunity helps contribute to the overall educational experience,” he said. 

According to Devono, the objectives of the event are to provide opportunities for students to interpret the cultural, social, political, geographic and economic forces of historical and current issues and events so that they understand more fully the nature of social studies; and develop among participants the ability to apply the scientific method as it applies to social studies investigations.

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Woodrow Edison Schoolcraft

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Woodrow Edison Schoolcraft

Age 75, of Sand Ridge, WV, passed away on Friday, March 07, 2014 at home.

He was born October 14, 1938 in Calhoun County, WV, a son of the late William John and Iva Belle Cogar Schoolcraft.

He was an equipment operator for West Virginia Paving for over 30 years and was a farmer.

He is survived by his wife, Agnes Aretta Settle Schoolcraft; his children, Scott (Brittney) Schoolcraft of Sand Ridge Road and Becky (Roger) Stalnaker of Normantown, WV; grandchildren, Brandon (Alyssa) Jenkins of Bridgeport, WV, Nicole (Ryan) Snyder of Buckhannon, WV, and Shane Schoolcraft of Sand Ridge Road; a step-granddaughter, Selene Stalnaker of Clarksburg, WV; two great-granddaughters, Avalene and Bryer Jenkins; his sisters, Avanell (Kenman) Stump of Washington Court House, Ohio, Evadeen (Charles) Rader of Barberton, Ohio, and Lou Grimm of Grantsville, WV; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother, Eugene.

There will be no visitation or service as Woodrow’s wish was to be cremated but the family requests that donations be made in Woodrow’s name to Hospice Care, P.O. Box 323, Burnsville, WV 26335.

Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home in Spencer, West Virginia is in charge of the arrangements.

Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Tuesday 03.04.14

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Glenville State College
Gilmer County Courthouse
Gilmer County Senior Center
Gilmer County Schools2-Hour Delay
Braxton County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Calhoun County SchoolsAll Closed
Doddridge County SchoolsAll Closed
Lewis County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Ritchie County SchoolsAll Closed
Barbour County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Clay County SchoolsAll Closed
Harrison County SchoolsAll Closed
Nicholas County SchoolsAll Closed
Pleasants County SchoolsAll Closed
Roane County SchoolsAll Closed
Tyler County SchoolsAll Closed
Upshur County SchoolsAll Closed
Webster County SchoolsAll Closed
Wirt County SchoolsAll Closed
Wood County SchoolsAll Closed


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Pioneers Read to Elementary Students

On Friday, February 21, 2014 several members of the Glenville State College Pioneer football team traveled to Normantown Elementary to read and interact with the elementary students.

“I think that it is great giving back to the community and the kids really enjoy it and it puts a big smile on all of the kid’s faces,” stated linebacker Taylor Coleman.

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Linebacker Taylor Coleman reads to the Normantown Kindergarten class


“I had a lot of fun, and I think the kids did also, it’s really important that we show the community how much we really value their support,” said wide receiver Quin Thornton.

“One of the great things about our football program is their eagerness and willingness to be an integral part of Gilmer County,” stated Head Coach David Hutchison.  “Our guys are from all over the country, from all different types of backgrounds so I believe they get just as much out of our community out-reach program as anyone.”

This was the first of multiple scheduled visits GSC Football has during the spring semester to help promote reading and community involvement.

Gertrude Jenkins

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Gertrude Jenkins

Age 66, of Chapel, Braxton County, WV, passed away February 28, 2014 at home.

She was born November 14, 1947 in Gilmer County, WV, a daughter of the late Jacob I. and Mamie Clevenger Mowery.

She worked for Kenny Shoes, Glenville, WV; Rubber Factory and Tent Factory, Normantown, WV; Braxton County Senior Citizens and Mid City Plaza Video.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.

She is survived by ex-husband, Marple Jenkins of Chapel; children, Sandra Carper of Gassaway, WV; Mamie Fields of Frametown, WV and Lester Jenkins of Gassaway, WV; brothers, Clayton Mowery of Grantsville, WV and Burnie Mowery of Weston, WV; sister, Mary Jenkins of Perkins, WV; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

At Gertrude’s request her body will be cremated.

There will be no services.

Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Monday 03.03.14

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Monday, March 03, 2014
Glenville State CollegeAdvisory Issued,
Classes Delayed until 10:00 AM,
Status Change:  Classes Cancelled, Staff 2-Hour Delay
Gilmer County CourthouseClosed
Lewis County CourthouseClosed
Ritchie County CourthouseClosed
Upshur County CourthouseClosed
Gilmer County Senior Center
Gilmer County SchoolsAll Closed
Braxton County SchoolsAll Closed
Calhoun County SchoolsAll Closed
Doddridge County SchoolsAll Closed
Lewis County SchoolsAll Closed
Ritchie County SchoolsAll Closed
Barbour County SchoolsAll Closed
Clay County SchoolsAll Closed
Harrison County SchoolsAll Closed
Nicholas County SchoolsAll Closed
Pleasants County SchoolsAll Closed
Roane County SchoolsAll Closed
Tyler County SchoolsAll Closed
Upshur County SchoolsAll Closed
Webster County SchoolsAll Closed
Wirt County SchoolsAll Closed
Wood County SchoolsAll Closed


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Daily G-Eye™ : 02.28.14

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Submit photos for this daily feature. You may select to have your name listed as well.
Send your photo(s) to “tellus@gilmerfreepress.net”

Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Wednesday 02.26.14

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Glenville State CollegeOpen
Gilmer County CourthouseOpen
Gilmer County Senior CenterOpen
Gilmer County Schools2-Hour Delay
Braxton County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>> All Closed
Calhoun County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>> All Closed
Doddridge County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>> All Closed
Lewis County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>> All Closed
Ritchie County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>> All Closed
Barbour County SchoolsAll Closed
Clay County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>> All Closed
Harrison County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>> All Closed
Nicholas County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>> All Closed
Pleasants County Schools2-Hour Delay
Roane County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>> All Closed
Tyler County Schools2-Hour Delay
Upshur County SchoolsAll Closed
Webster County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>> All Closed
Wirt County Schools2-Hour Delay
Wood County Schools2-Hour Delay


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Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Tuesday 02.25.14

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Glenville State CollegeOpen
Gilmer County CourthouseOpen
Gilmer County Senior CenterOpen
Gilmer County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Braxton County SchoolsOpen
Calhoun County SchoolsOpen
Doddridge County SchoolsOpen
Lewis County SchoolsOpen
Ritchie County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Barbour County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Clay County SchoolsOpen
Harrison County SchoolsOpen
Nicholas County SchoolsOpen
Pleasants County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Roane County SchoolsOpen
Tyler County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Upshur County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Webster County SchoolsOpen
Wirt County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Wood County SchoolsOpen


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Normantown Elementary School #1 High Performing Reward School in WV

The West Virginia Department of Education has named 28 schools as “High Performing Reward Schools” for 2013-14.

High Performing Schools demonstrate high achievement on state assessments in all five core subjects (reading, writing, math, science and social studies), are high on improvement and are closing the achievement gaps!

Normantown Elementary School has been named a high-performing “Reward School” by the West Virginia Department of Education.

A Reward School is a school with outstanding student achievement or growth over the past three years.

The two types of Reward Schools include high-performing, which indicates the school has a high level of school wide proficiency and graduation rates, and high-progress, which indicates the school has a high level of student growth, as measured by their median Student Growth Percentiles.

The West Virginia Department of Education and Gilmer County Board of Education recognition of Normantown Elementary School is a welcome endorsement of the principal, staff, students, and parents of Normantown Elementary for their continued dedication to student achievement.

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A BIG Congratulation goes to Principal, Teachers, Students, and Staff for this GREAT Achievement
(L-R) Faye Chambers - Principal, Vada Woodford, Pam Minigh, Tamara Moore,
Julia Stewart, and Colin Sprouse - Teachers


Reward Schools


High Performing Reward Schools

  • Gilmer County
    • Normantown Elementary
  • Grant County
    • Maysville Elementary School
  • Hancock County
    • Liberty Elementary School
  • Harrison County
    • Bridgeport High School
  • Jackson County
    • Evans Elementary School
  • Jefferson County
    • C. W. Shipley Elementary School
  • Kanawha County
    • George Washington High School
    • John Adams Middle School
    • Kenna Elementary School
    • Overbrook Elementary School
    • Weberwood Elementary School
  • Marion County
    • East Fairmont High School
    • Fairview Middle School
    • Monongah Middle School
    • Pleasant Valley Elementary School
    • White Hall Elementary School
  • Monongalia County
    • Suncrest Middle School
  • Nicholas County
    • Panther Creek Elementary School
  • Ohio County
    • Bethlehem Elementary School
    • Steenrod Elementary School
    • West Liberty Elementary School
    • Woodsdale Elementary School
  • Pendleton County
    • Brandywine Elementary School
  • Putnam County
    • George Washington Elementary School
    • Hurricane Town Elementary
    • West Teays Elementary
  • Raleigh County
    • Crescent Elementary
    • Maxwell Hill Elementary


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The Gilmer County Board of Education and Superintendent Congratulated the ones present from school.
(L-R) Ron Blankenship - Superintendent, Dr. Bill Simmons, Board President,
Board Members: Tom Ratliff, Dr. Carl Armour, Misty Pritt, and Phyllis Starkey



High Progress Reward Schools

  • Boone County
    • Van Junior/Senior High School
    • Van Elementary
  • Hancock County
    • Liberty Elementary School
  • Jackson County
    • Evans Elementary School
  • Jefferson County
    • C. W. Shipley Elementary School
    • Ranson Elementary School
  • Kanawha County
    • Kenna Elementary School
    • George C. Weimer Elementary School
  • Lincoln County
    • Ranger Elementary
  • Marion County
    • White Hall Elementary School
    • Pleasant Valley Elementary School
  • Mason County
    • Roosevelt Elementary School
  • Mercer County
    • Montcalm Elementary School
  • Mineral County
    • Elk Garden School
  • Monongalia County
    • Suncrest Middle School
  • Nicholas County
    • Panther Creek Elementary School
    • Glade Creek Elementary School
  • Pendleton County
    • Brandywine Elementary School
  • Raleigh County
    • Crescent Elementary
    • Ghent Elementary
  • Taylor County
    • Flemington Elementary School

Velma Humes Strange

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Velma Humes Strange

passed away February 15, 2014 at her home in Normantown, WV.

She was born December 05, 1959, a daughter of the late Richard James Humes, Sr. and Velma Louise Kerr Johnson.

She a retired tool maker for General Motors.

She is survived by her children; John (Amada) Perry, Jeannette (Marshall) Kambasha; mother, Velma Johnson; four grandchildren, John, Maria, Damoan, and Marshall; brother, Richard (Doris) Humes; sister Elsie Humes and friend Clay Minor.

She was preceded in death by her father, Richard Humes, Sr. and brother Don Humes.

A private family service was held February 18, 2014 at the Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville, WV.

Following the services her remains were cremated.

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G-FYI™: Gilmer County Schools Superintendent Blankenship’s Update for BOE - 02.17.14

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•  Gilmer County Schools have been closed a total of nine days for inclement weather.  However, because of current code restrictions, we are only able to convert eight non instructional days to make up lost instructional time.


•  Transfer hearing held on Tuesday for a teacher with the last hearing to be held on February 19, 2014.


•  Attended West Virginia Board of Education meeting on Wednesday.


•  We plan to bring students to school on Friday, February 21, 2014 which is an ISE Day and dismiss two hours early for Faculty Senate meetings.  ISE days are already considered instructional days because of the tutoring offered, therefore, we will not be able to count this as an extra day of instruction.


•  Congratulations to Normantown Elementary School, named a 2013-2014 High Performing School.  Only 28 schools in the state received this recognition.  Normantown is now eligible to apply for recognition as a school of excellence!  Thanks to all faculty, staff, and students at Normantown for a job well done!


•  MORE RECOGNITION!   Normantown has been named a Title I Distinguished School, one of only four schools in the state.


I failed to get this sent out on Friday because of an emergency to a close friend.  He was flown to Morgantown and I had to transport his wife.

Ron Blankenship

Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Monday 02.17.14

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Monday, February 17, 2014
Glenville State CollegeOpen
Gilmer County CourthouseOpen
Gilmer County Senior CenterOpen
Gilmer County SchoolsOpen
Braxton County SchoolsOpen
Calhoun County SchoolsOpen
Doddridge County SchoolsOpen
Lewis County Schools2-Hour Delay
Ritchie County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Barbour County SchoolsAll Closed
Clay County SchoolsOpen
Harrison County SchoolsOpen
Nicholas County Schools2-Hour Delay
Pleasants County Schools2-Hour Delay
Roane County SchoolsOpen
Tyler County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed
Upshur County SchoolsAll Closed
Webster County Schools2-Hour Delay
Wirt County SchoolsOpen
Wood County SchoolsOpen


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Gilmer County Board of Education Meeting Monday - 02.17.14

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Gilmer County Board of Education
Gilmer County High School
Monday, February 17, 2014 – 6:00 PM

I. CALL TO ORDER - Roll Call by President


II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE


III. SUPERINTENDENTS REPORT

          •  NES Special Recognition: Superintendent

          •  Federal Programs: Dr. Wendy Halar

          •  WVSBA Training: Dr. Howard O’Cull


IV. BOARD REPORTS

          A.  CGCC: Mrs. Starkey(February 6, 2014)

          B.  RESA VII:  Dr. Simmons(January 16, 2014)


V. NEW BUSINESS (Consent or Traditional)

          A.  Minutes – Regular Meeting January 13, 2014, Special Meetings January 13,16,20,23, 2014

          B.  Budget Supplements & Transfers

          C.  Accounts Payable

          D.  Policies for Approval

          E.  Student Transfers

          F.  School Volunteers

          G. Trip Requests

          H.  Pay Raise Resolution


VI. INFORMATION ITEMS

          A. Personnel

          B. Facilities


VII. BOARD CONCERNS


VIII.  DELEGATIONS*


IX. ADJOURNMENT


* “Speakers are asked to express themselves in a civil manner, with due respect for the dignity and privacy of others who may be affected by your comments.  While it is not our intent to stifle public comment, speakers should be aware that if your statements violate the rights of others under the law of defamation or invasion of privacy, you may be held legally responsible.  If you are unsure of the legal ramifications of what you are about to say, we urge you to consult first with your legal advisor.”

Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Friday 02.14.14

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Friday, February 14, 2014
Glenville State CollegeOpen
Gilmer County CourthouseOpen
Gilmer County Senior CenterOpen
Gilmer County Schools2-Hour Delay
Braxton County SchoolsAll Closed
Calhoun County SchoolsAll Closed
Doddridge County SchoolsOpen
Lewis County SchoolsOpen
Ritchie County Schools2-Hour Delay
Barbour County SchoolsAll Closed
Clay County SchoolsAll Closed
Harrison County SchoolsAll Closed
Nicholas County SchoolsAll Closed
Pleasants County SchoolsOpen
Roane County SchoolsAll Closed
Tyler County Schools2-Hour Delay
Upshur County SchoolsAll Closed
Webster County SchoolsAll Closed
Wirt County Schools2-Hour Delay
Wood County SchoolsOpen


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Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Thursday 02.13.14

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Thursday, February 13, 2014
Glenville State CollegeOpen >>TO>>
Glenville State College will close for the remainder of today,
Thursday, February 13, 2014, due to continuing snow showers
and worsening road conditions
Students, faculty and staff who already are on campus
are advised to stay until road conditions improve(08:53 AM)
Gilmer County CourthouseOpen >>TO>>
The Courthouse is closing per the Governor’s order to all West Virginians
to stay off of the roads and only essential state
employees are to report to work.
Gilmer County Senior CenterOpen
Gilmer County Economic DevelopmentThe Meeting Scheduled for today,
Thursday, February 13, 2014 is cancelled.
Gilmer County SchoolsAll Closed (Central Office: 2-Hour Delay)
Braxton County SchoolsAll Closed
Calhoun County SchoolsAll Closed
Doddridge County SchoolsAll Closed
Lewis County SchoolsAll Closed
Ritchie County SchoolsAll Closed
Barbour County SchoolsAll Closed
Clay County SchoolsAll Closed
Harrison County SchoolsAll Closed
Nicholas County SchoolsAll Closed
Pleasants County SchoolsAll Closed
Roane County SchoolsAll Closed
Tyler County SchoolsAll-Closed
Upshur County SchoolsAll Closed
Webster County SchoolsAll Closed
Wirt County SchoolsAll Closed
Wood County Schools2-Hour Delay >>TO>>  All Closed


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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Glenville State CollegeOpen
Gilmer County CourthouseOpen
Gilmer County Senior CenterOpen
Gilmer County SchoolsOpen
Braxton County Schools2-Hour Delay
Calhoun County SchoolsOpen
Doddridge County SchoolsOpen
Lewis County SchoolsOpen
Ritchie County SchoolsOpen
Barbour County SchoolsOpen
Clay County SchoolsOpen
Harrison County SchoolsOpen
Nicholas County SchoolsOpen
Pleasants County SchoolsOpen
Roane County SchoolsOpen
Tyler County SchoolsOpen
Upshur County Schools2-Hour Delay
Webster County SchoolsOpen
Wirt County SchoolsOpen
Wood County SchoolsOpen


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Clora Velma Murphy

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Clora Velma Murphy

Age 91 of Glenville, WV departed this life February 08, 2014 in United Hospital Center after a brief illness.

Born August 16, 1922 in Clay County, WV, a daughter of the late Newman A. Taylor and Harriot Jane Grey Taylor.

In past years, Clora was employed by Summers Pharmacy, Glenville State College and Kenny Shoe Factory.

She was a lifelong Jehovahs Witness and a member of the Glenville congregation

On June 24, 1941 she married James M. Murphy who preceded her in death July 06, 1963.

Clora is survived by two children:  James A. Murphy (Joan) of Glenville and Judith A. Huddleston (Haynes) of Parkersburg, WV; four grandchildren, Maria Becker (Andy) and Christopher Huddleston (Brandi) both of Parkersburg, Jason Murphy of Waynesburg, PA and Justin Murphy of Glenville; one brother, Carl V. Taylor of Pacifica, CA; one sister-in-law, Anna Jean Allen of Normantown, WV and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Clora was preceded in death by two sisters and four brothers:  Cleora V. Manno, Clozzeta V. Ferrari, Clayton V. Taylor, Clemon V. Taylor, Claudius V. Taylor and Newman A. Taylor Jr.

Funeral Services will be conducted at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc., 2 Vanhorn Drive, Glenville, WV at 11:00 AM Thursday February 13, 2014.

Burial will follow in the Meadow Lane Cemetery, WV Highway 5 West of Glenville.

Friends may call from 5:00-8:00 PM Wednesday at the mortuary.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Clora Murphy with arrangements.

Closings & Delays Due to Weather - Tuesday 02.11.14

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Glenville State CollegeOpen
Gilmer County CourthouseOpen
Gilmer County Senior CenterOpen
Gilmer County SchoolsOpen
Braxton County Schools2-Hour Delay
Calhoun County SchoolsOpen
Doddridge County SchoolsOpen
Lewis County Schools2-Hour Delay
Ritchie County SchoolsOpen
Barbour County SchoolsOpen
Clay County SchoolsOpen
Harrison County SchoolsOpen
Nicholas County SchoolsOpen
Pleasants County SchoolsOpen
Roane County SchoolsOpen
Tyler County Schools2-Hour Delay
Upshur County Schools2-Hour Delay
Webster County SchoolsOpen
Wirt County SchoolsOpen
Wood County SchoolsOpen


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