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Gilmer County Board of Education Meeting - 11.13.14

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The Gilmer County Board of Education is having a Work Session at 6:00 PM on Thursday, November 13, 2014.

The work session will be held at the Central Office (Conference Room).

The meeting is open to public.

Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries - 10.16.14

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CLERK OF THE COUNTY COMMISSION OF GILMER COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND BENEFICIARIES

The administration of the estates(s) of the following deceased is pending before the Clerk of the County Commission of Gilmer County, 10 Howard Street, Glenville WV 26351.

The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below.

Notice is hereby given that the estate(s) of the following has been opened for probate.  Any interested person objecting to the validity of the will, the qualifications of the personal representative or the venue or jurisdiction of the court, shall file notice of an objection with the County Commission within ninety days after the date of the first publication or within 30 days of service of notice, whichever is later.  If an objection is not timely filed, the objection is forever barred.

All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before January 14, 2015  otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s).  All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.

Claims against the estate must be filed in accordance with West Virginia Code 44-1-14a.

 

DECENDENT NAME PER.REP/NAME REPER.REP/ADDRESS ATTORNEYNAME
ADDRESS
FID./COMM.NAME
ADDRESS
Ova Bragg Alice Hickman
Lou Anna Richards
Lura M. Naylor
1104 Nobe Rd, Big Springs, WV 26137
250 Kenny Lane, Ruckersville, VA 22968
5107 US Hwy 220, Business South, Asheboro, NC 27205
None Required None Required
Rose Mary Byrd Michelle Shackleford 50 Hiney Hill Rd None Required None Required
Linn, WV 26384
Marcia Lee Lemons Connie Pritt 700 James Street None Required None Required
Glenville, WV 26351
Harold Thomas Sahffer Douglas James Morris 3517 Rosedale Rd None Required None Required
Normantown, WV 25267
Vinton Ray Robinson Debora J. Hern
Timothy R. Robinson
17 1st Ave, Ravenswood, WV 26164 None Required None Required
229 Turkey Lick Rd, Tanner, WV 26137
Lester Oral Messenger John Wayne Messenger 91 Beechwood Acres None Required None Required
Glenville, WV 26351


Clerk of Gilmer County Commission
Jean Butcher
10 Howard Street
Glenville, WV 26351

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : October 16, 2014

2014 Grassland Farm Achievement Award for Gilmer County

The 2014 Grassland Farm Achievement Award for Gilmer County is Tim and Dawn Butler of Normantown, WV.

They will be honored on October 23, 2014 at the Annual West Fork Conservation Fall Banquet held at the Pioneer Grill in Glenville.

The Butler Farm was toured by several West Fork Supervisors in September.

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(L-R) Larry Sponaugle and Jane Collins, West Fork Conservation Supervisors
representing Gilmer County;
Dawn and Tim Butler owners of “Butler Farm”


The farm shows many conservation practices that have been put in place over the past few years.

Pastures do not show signs of overgrazing, water systems have been utilized and demonstrate a comprehensive management system addressing resource concerns.

Brush control, soil testing, division fencing, and record keeping naming a few of the practices Tim and Dawn have used on their farm.

The West Fork Conservation District is pleased to have the Butler Farm as Gilmer County Grassland Farm for 2014.

Congratulations Tim and Dawn Butler.

The Gilmer Free Press

Normantown: Fall Craft Fair - 11.08.14

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Gilmer County precincts for November 2014 General Election

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PUBLIC NOTICE

If you are registered in the following precinct, this will be where you need to go vote on November 04, 2014, General Election.

Precinct 1 – Normantown School - Preschool Room

Precinct 5 – Cedarville Volunteer Fire Department

Precinct 6 – Rosedale Alliance Church Building

Precinct 12 – Kanawha Drive Community Building

Precinct 13 – Tanner Community Building

Precinct 14 – Sand Fork Elementary Gymnasium

Precinct 15 – Glenville Elementary School- Music Room

Precinct 16 – Gilmer County High School- Commons Area

Precinct 17 – Sand Fork Elementary – Cafeteria

Precinct 18 – XTO Yard Office Building

Precinct 20 – Gilmer County High School - Library

Precinct 24 – Glenville Elementary – Cafeteria

Precinct 27 – Troy Elementary School – Main Building Basement

Precinct 31 – Cox’s Mills Community Building

Gilmer County Board of Education: NOTICE OF PUBLIC AUCTION SALE

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC AUCTION SALE


NOTICE is hereby given to all whom it may concern that pursuant to the terms of West Virginia Code § 18-5-7, the BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE COUNTY OF GILMER, the WEST VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION acting on its behalf pursuant to W. Va. Code § 18-2E-5(m)(4)(CX will sell at public auction the real property described below to the highest responsible bidder. It has been ascertained that the real property described below is no longer needed for school purposes. The auction shall be conducted in accordance with and subject to prescribed rules. A copy of such rules may be obtained from the contact identified below.


REAL PROPERTY TO BE SOLD:

All of that certain lot, tract or parcel of real estate, surface, together with the improvements thereon and the appurtenance thereunto belonging, situate along U.S. Routes 33 & 119 and Gilmer County Secondary Routes 119/13 and 17, on the waters of Little Crooked Run, and Cedar Creek, in Center District, Gilmer County, West Virginia, more particularly described as follows;

Beginning at a 1/2-inch by 30-inch reinforcing rod with a yellow plastic cap stamped “SLS, Inc. 462-5634”, hereinafter referred to as a “Rebar”, found on the western bank of Cedar Creek, corner to Ruby G. Coberly, thence with said Creek Bank and Coberly for the next four (4) lines;

S 66-51-45 E 428.84 feet to a Point, thence;

S 55-36-45 E 478.32 feet to a Point, thence;

S 44-51-45 E 197.93 feet to a Point, thence;

S 04-04-45 E 839.21 feet to a Point located 79.00 feet, +1-, south of the mouth of a drain on the western side of Cedar Creek, corner to John T. Brown et al and Gerald S. Belknap, thence leaving creek and with Belknap; S 57-21-21 W, at 20.00 feet passing a 1/2-inch “Rebar” found, at 842.62 feet passing a Stone Pile, found corner to Catherine Batton and continuing with Barton, at 1864.53 feet passing a 3/4-inch Rebar set on the southeast bank of Little Crooked Run in all 1906.16 feet to a Point in center of County Route 119/17, from which a 1/2-inch Rebar, found a corner of Reed in Baton’s line, bears S 57-21-21 W at 357.37 feet, thence through the parent tract with the center of the County Route 119/17 for the next twenty eight (28) lines; N 50-48-34 W 14.20 feet to a Point, thence

N 54-33-35 W 127.96 feet to a Point, thence;

N 52-07-23 W 94.17 feet to a Point, thence;

N 54-44-47 W 38.62 feet to a Point, thence;

N 59-02-10 W 72.77 feet to a Point, thence;

N 54-41-47 W 44.14 feet to a Point, thence;

N 44-41-06 W 25.00 feet to a Point, thence;

N 32-39-43 W 30.89 feet to a Point, thence;

N 18-08-46 W 38.24 feet to a Point, thence;

N 02-28-26 W 68.74 feet to a Point, thence;

N 09-06-43 E 66.29 feet to a Point, thence;

N 10-56-27 E 115.59 feet to a Point, thence;

N 13-13-19 E 82.28 feet to a Point, thence;

N 10-21-29 E 40.19 feet to a Point, thence;

N 04-48-57 E 47.09 feet to a Point, thence;

N 01-12-22 W 56.31 feet to a Point, thence;

N 04-37-07 W 63.43 feet to a Point, thence;

N 02-41-43 W 126.07 feet to a Point, thence;

N 00-49-34 W 46.65 feet to a Point, thence;

N 02-12-18 E 41.00 feet to a Point, thence;

N 07-06-36 E 62.56 feet to a Point, thence;

N 04-43-29 E 38.16 feet to a Point, thence;

N 03-03-58 W 29.80 feet to a Point, thence;

N 09-01-26 W 32.73 feet to a Point, thence;

N 13-45-05 W 37.21 feet to a Point, thence;

N 20-25-52 W 43.77 feet to a Point, thence:

N 27-51-29 W 46.26 feet to a Point, thence;

N 31-29-49 W 22.59 feet to a Point, in the center of said road and also being 30 feet southwest of the centerline of the proposed new road to the new school, thence leaving the center of existing County Route 119/13;

Running along a curve to the left (passing; 3/4-inch X 30-inch reinforcing rod with a yellow plastic cap stamped “SLS Monument 462-5634” hereinafter referred to as a “Rebar” set on the western Right-of-Way of existing County Route 119/13 on said curve at 25.10 feet) having a radius of 307.50 feet, an arc length of 42.65 feet and a chord of N 70-02-09 W 42.62 feet to a Rebar set, thence continuing along a line 30 feet southwest of the centerline of proposed new road;

N 74-00-34 W 55.89 feet to a 3/4-inch Rebar set, thence leaving the center of County Route 119/13 and continuing through the parent track for three lines running 10 feet or a little more south of and roughly parallel to the old Gilmer, Ripley and Ohio Turnpike Right-of-Way,

S 83-05-13 W 122.54 feet to a 3/4-inch Rebar set, thence;

S 76-06-11 W 176.48 feet to a 3/4-inch Rebar set, thence;

S 75-41-19 W 170.03 feet to a Rebar set in the southeastern Right-of-Way of U.S. Routes 33 and 119, thence along said Right-of-Way;

N 40-10-12 E 43.67 feet to a Railroad Spike set in said old turnpike corner to a small area which is a portion of the land owned by Judson Shreves, thence with Shreves;

N 70-43-52 E 168.66 feet to a Railroad Spike found disturbed and reset, thence;

N 04-43-52 E 88.56 feet to a 3/4-inch Rebar set in the southeastern Right-of-Way line for U.S. Routes 33 and 119 [State Project No. S 311-33-13.02, Federal Project No. BR-0033 (178) E] from which a 3/4-inch Rebar found at said State Project station 16 + 90 right 49.50 feet, bears S 40-39-53 W at 29.38 feet, thence along said Right-of-Way line for the next six (6) lines;

N 40-39-53 E at 33.67 feet passing a 3/4-inch Rebar set, at 93.67 feet passing a Rebar set, in all 432.38 feet to a 3/4-inch Rebar found, thence;

N 09-35-38 E 57.83 feet to a 3/4-inch Rebar found 20.00 feet east of the center of U.S. Route 33 and 119, thence along the east side of said highway 20.00 feet east of the center for the next four (4) lines;

N 38-15-39 E 32.23 feet to a Point, thence;

N 34-52-32 E 92.04 feet to a Point, thence;

N 25-00-58 E 128.05 feet to a Point, thence;

N 18-01-37 E 14.72 feet to a Point on said Right-of-Way of U.S. Route 33 and 119 and also being in the center of County Route 17 as located in 1995 at the time of the survey of the parent tract and comer to Frederick and Patricia Bash, thence leaving U.S. Routes 33 and 119 and running with said Bash and the center of County Route 17 for the next seven (7) lines;

S 83-48-38 E 45.18 feet to a Point, thence; N

40-41-02 E 517.78 feet to a Point, thence; N

49-59-52 E 123.81 feet to a Point, thence; N

63-39-22 E 115_87 feet to a Point, thence; N

77-30-22 E 104.78 feet to a Point, thence; N

81-39-52 E 109.42 feet to a Point, thence;

N 82-56-42 E 127.71 feet to a Point, in a line of Rick D. Nolan thence with said Nolan for a part of a line;

S 00-55-01 E, at 45.97 feet passing a Rebar, found on the northern side of Cedar Creek, in all crossing said creek 205.79 feet to the place of beginning containing 85.38 acres, more or less, however this survey is subject to 0.40 acres, 1.88 acres, and 0.55 acres, more or less, of Right-of-Way for County Route 17 (a.k.a. Cedar Creek Road), the old Gilmer, Ripley and Ohio Turnpike, and County Route 119/13 respectively, thereby leaving a net area of 82.55 acres, more or less, as surveyed by Smith Land Surveying, Inc., in March and April 2014 and as shown on a Plat of Survey for Gilmer County Board of Education dated the 17th day of April, 2014.

Being the same tract or parcel of land conveyed from William E. Reed to the Gilmer County Board of Education and the West Virginia Board of Education, by a deed dated the 20th day of June, 2014, and recorded in the Office of the County Clerk of Gilmer County, West Virginia, in Deed Book 525, at page 257.

The sale shall be subject to the timbering rights recited in a real estate purchase agreement by and between William Reed and West Virginia Board of Education, acting on behalf of the Board of Education of Gilmer County, dated June 20, 2014.

DATE/TIME OF AUCTION SALE: October 23, 2014, at 3:00 PM.


PLACE OF AUCTION SALE: The offices of the Board of Education of the County of Gilmer, 201 N. Court Street, Glenville, West Virginia.


MINIMUM BID:      $ 400,000


          The property to be sold may be inspected prior to the sale by other arrangement with the undersigned.

          Terms of sale are cash or cashier’s check in hand on date of sale. The property will be sold without warranty of any sort. All liability for hazards associated with the subject property must be assumed by the successful bidder. There are no known or suspected hazards associated with the subject property.

          The undersigned reserves the right to bid, the right to reject any and all bids, and the right to cancel or postpone the sale upon public outcry only at the time and place set out above.

          The sale is subject to final approval by the West Virginia Board of Education. DATED:  October 13, 2014.



                                                                                  THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE
                                                                                  COUNTY OF GILMER
                                                                                  201 N. Court Street
                                                                                  Glenville, West Virginia
                                                                                  Contact: Superintendent Gabe Devono
                                                                                  304.462.7386

Normantown Elementary School: Call for Crafters

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The Normantown Elementary School is hosting a Craft Show on Saturday, November 08, 2014 beginning at 10:00 AM.

If you are a crafter and would like to display your crafts for sale, please contact Julie Beckner at 304.354.9343.

One space is $15 or a double space is $25.

Spaces will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis.

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Substitute Bus Operator

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Title:
Substitute Bus Operator

Description:
Personnel employed to operate school buses as needed on a rotational basis throughout the county.

Job Location or School Name:
Gilmer County Schools

County:
Gilmer

Qualifications:

•High School Graduate or GED 

•Hold certification as a bus operator as required by WV Transportation Regulations 

•Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out responsibilities of the position. 

Salary:
Based on Gilmer County Salary Scale, commensurate with job classification and years of service

Closing Date:
Monday, November 03, 2014 – 3:00 PM

Comments:

SUBMIT:   

•Application for employment; Current transcripts for undergraduate and graduate work; Previous two evaluations.   

•Current employees submit Bid Sheet (located on the county website). 

Apply to:
Judith A. Stalnaker, Personnel Director 
Gilmer County Schools 
201 N. Court Street 
Glenville, WV 26351 
 
Fax: 304.462.5103

County Contact Email:
“jstalnaker@k12.wv.us”

Terry Lee Siers

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Terry Lee Siers

Age 66, of Normantown, WV, passed away October 13, 2014 at Charleston Area Medical Center, Memorial Division.

She was born April 30, 1948 in Charleston, WV a daughter of the late Charlton Frederick Osborne and Elaine Cozetta Carney Osborne.

She was a graduate of Poca High School, a graduate of the Charleston Beauty Academy and attended Morris Harvey College.

She was retired from Glenville State College.

Terry was a member of the Enon Baptist Church.

She is survived by her sister Jill Elaine (Donald) Todd of Cross Lanes, WV; nephews Jeffrey Todd of Charleston, WV and Derek Todd of Morgantown, WV.

She is preceded in death in addition to her parents by her husband Rev. Harry Siers.

Funeral services will be held at the Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg Sunday October 19, 2014 at 3:00 PM with Rev. John Vannoy officiating.

Burial will follow in the Collins Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 1:00-3:00 PM prior to the services.

G-Eye™: Gilmer County Board of Education Meeting - 09.15.14

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Thanks Mr. Ramezan for keeping Gilmer County informed. More must come out about the $200,000 plus telephone system the State spent our money on without getting services we needed. Who was the State official who decided to spend the money, what were we supposed to get for it, what did we actually get, and can someone be held financially accountable for the bad decisions? How much more money will it take to fix the problems and what could have been done to fix our problems at the cheapest cost to the County if up-front options had been considered by the State? Wasted money on the telephone system is one more example of what happens when a school system is taken away from the local level to let the State spend someone else’s money. How about Mr. Devono checking into the telephone concerns and to report his findings back to the community?

By More State's Waste of Gilmer's Money  on  10.13.2014

Who was the vendor, how was the decision made to use that one, who made the decision, what was in the State’s purchase order, and what details were included in the invoice prior to the bill being paid? We hear broad band being mentioned as part of the problem. How does that technology fit in? Why not call in the vendor to respond to a complaint about the service and at the same time have an independent person who is technically qualified to sit in on the session to help get to the bottom of the controversy? When as much money as this is involved why does the State just sit on its hands? Another sweet heart deal that went a muck?

By State's Telephone System Money Waste  on  10.13.2014

Headed RESA 7 over 12 years, state appointed Superintendent the last 3 months and he hasn’t even told the Board of Ed about State BOE & RESA meetings as to a possible take over of county finances statewide?  Isn’t Simmons paid to attend the RESA meeting once a month?  Why hasn’t he told the Board anything about this?

So much for the transparency and getting control given back to local Board of Education blah,blah,blah, from DeVano.  Just trying to pour oil on the waters and quiet public disagreement while he does what he’s told. Just another $130,000 a year puppet.

Maybe before it’s all over the State BOE can ship all the rural students to Charleston interment camps once a year. Then send them home when they finish their education. Save a lot of money that way.

Appears that’s how things are going anyway.  The SBA and for that matter the EDA spend all federal money on the north & south so called growth regions of the state or capitol projects while we took care of ourselves.  Now they want to take over the center and share it around like the families and kids here aren’t important and our taxes don’t count.

By Tomblin & Manchin It's On You  on  10.13.2014

So Charleston finally admits its intention to take over all the counties fiscal control!!!!????
They can’t fix an intervention county in EIGHTEEN years!!!!????
WVBOE has made a total disaster of two building projects!!!!????

By WVBOE proudly wears the Badge of Failure????  on  10.14.2014

While you are trying to figure out how Gil was ripped off on the phone deal…....try to see how we got ripped on the school bus radio purchase.  How many thousand dollars was that?  Didn’t the former state appointed superintendent get one installed in his auto?  Like he did before when he was super last time?  AND where did all the working radios disappear too?

P.S.  Bus drivers have stated radios worked just fine.

By his trunk and friends  on  10.14.2014

Come to think of it, anytime he has been sup in Gilmer he has done the same, changed bus radios. Big purchases, big deals under the table, big benefit and money in pocket. $5000/acre land deal! And these are only what we know. Can OEPA audit the state boe?

By we need a real audit  on  10.14.2014

All that won’t be nothing compared to selling land he bought for $486,000 plus invested a half million every dime Gilmer County money and will sell for $400,000 plus 11 acres in a flood zone. Maybe we can use those trailers at Normantown when it floods.  Probably hold all the kids left.

By Suckers  on  10.14.2014

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Normantown: Fall Craft Fair - 11.08.14

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More Cost-Effective Schools and Public Services Considered for Gilmer

The Gilmer Free Press

West Virginia has been exploring ways to maintain a cost-effective school system in some of the state’s smaller counties, most notably Gilmer. A new administrative structure for these schools will likely save tax payers money and if implemented responsibly, could continue to ensure quality educational services for parents who send their children to public schools in Gilmer. Yet efforts to streamline public services always involve a difficult balancing act: how does one cut costs, without losing sight of people (and sometimes the most vulnerable populations) who rely on these institutions and cannot turn to private alternatives? Considering that the most recent statistics indicate that one in five residents of West Virginia struggle with poverty, any cutbacks that reduce local jobs and services must be carefully weighed against the added hardship that may be caused for those who are the most vulnerable and the negative impact of growing poverty in any community.


Restructuring Looms in Gilmer 

Officials in West Virginia have been exploring the structure of the state’s school system and found that the moment, it appears to benefit the counties with the smallest populations. For instance, it was mentioned that while Gilmer has only 903 students enrolled in local public schools, Kanawha County has 28,000 pupils enrolled in its system. Despite the significant different in size, both Gilmer and Kanawha maintain the same categories of administrative staff. Just like in larger counties, Gilmer employs payroll administrators and bookkeepers. It is now largely out in the open, that the Board of Education is mulling “radical changes” At the center of this change, which is being proposed in part by Professor Thomas Alsbury, who is working in the project as a consultant, is the option of take away management and some administrative responsibilities from the local and county level, and transfer these to a new, overarching body. Ultimately, the eight branches of the Regional Education Service Agencies may end up overseeing bookkeeping and management duties for all counties. Proponents of the plan believe that it will not only save money, but will allow local county officials to concentrate their energies on matters of education and instruction, as opposed to worrying out tasks like bookkeeping and the minutiae of financial management. 

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Poverty in Gilmer County

Yet the question that remains to be asked is what impact this restructuring may have on employment levels in Gilmer county, especially considering that residents here, on average, earn below the state median. Gilmer county’s median household income stands at only $35,500, while overall in West Virginia the figure is higher than $40,000. Additionally, fully 27% of the local population in Gilmer lives below the poverty line, which is higher than the state average. As such, public sector restructuring, if not implemented carefully, may increase the burden for the most vulnerable populations. While unemployment levels in Gilmer have dropped to 6.2%, this seemingly positive figure does not take into consideration that many of those employed are seasonal workers, while others are balancing one or more part-time positions with few, if any, benefits. 


The Impact of Poverty

Increasing poverty manifests itself in a range of personal and social problems, and smaller counties like Gilmer have fewer social service agencies (such as food banks and counselling services) to manage the fall-out. For instance alcohol abuse (although most certainly not only impacting those living poverty) tends to serve as a vicious circle. Specialists note that those who struggle with alcohol addiction “do not even realize” how much of their personal finances are eaten up by this problem.  Some studies suggest that men, in particular, who live in lower income neighborhoods consume approximately three times as many alcoholic beverages as those men who reside in more affluent areas. Higher poverty towns or areas also see an 86% increase in binge drinking, according to another study. The health problems often associated with higher poverty levels certainly manifest themselves in Gilmer. In this county, obesity rates, as well as binge drinking and alcohol dependence are higher than the state average. In the case of binge drinking, in Gilmer county 15% of adults have engaged in this recently, while overall in West Virginia this proportion is only 9.4%.

While rationalizing how public resources are spent in West Virginia and looking at how services in smaller counties can be delivered in the most effective manner are important goals, government officials must tread carefully, in order to ensure that existing problems are not exacerbated by their decisions.

~~  Contributed by Emma Gullickson ~~

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The ability of the state to operate and manage schools effectively is nonexistent.
The state can intervene all the districts they please.  They are unable to remedy what they claim are problems.  Simply create more issues.
Look what the micromanagement of constructing schools has created.
Location failure.  Wrong population centers chosen.
Two site selection failures. ​ No natural gas available.  Prohibitive site prep costs.  Man made earthen slips.
No bid architects.

By WDIT  on  10.07.2014

Calhoun County Median Household Income $29,282, Clay County $33,165, Doddridge county $31,261, McDowell County $22,972, Mingo County $34,518 per US Census Bureau.  All less than Gilmer.
You report about a college town and report binge drinking as a problem? Do you even know how many from your report are full time Gilmer County residents or are out of state students attending college here?

Would love to see the stats for our “top partying college in the country”. Do you live here Ms Gullickson?  You offer no backup for your numbers.  You say “likely” to save money.  Find a RESA financial audit even under WV State Agency reporting.  The data to support your statements is not there.

You speak of the “minutia” of financial management.  Gilmer County has operated in the black without cuts until the state intervened.  The Governor can’t say that about his own budget, ask the HEPC.

Local county officials are not even permitted on the Edline reporting system and have had no say in any of the education consortium that established current or past curriculum. With no control or input what can they legally do to improve achievement? The resources and data are all under WV BOE rule. Can’t even get test results until a year after the test.  The state has had them all along, what have they done to improve the situation?

There is nothing cost effective about this.  It is all about fluffing the budget of RESA so the WV BOE does not have to cut theirs.  When are they going to report their use of taxpayer dollars?  According to OEPA on site reviews which are only considered an “administrative” audit RESA only reports to the WV BOE.

By Please Name Your Sources  on  10.07.2014

The phrase “minutiae of financial management stuck in my crawl. When the state gets done destroying our schools, the county super will be getting over $60,000 per school. That’s hardly minutia!

By Jeff Lowe  on  10.07.2014

Attn. Jeff Lowe.  You are correct.  And for the smallest school district in WV too.

By Reg. Dem.  on  10.07.2014

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G-FYI™: Cedar Creek Elementary TO BE Auctioned

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The Following is on the West Virginia Board of Education Agenda for the meeting on Wednesday, October, 08, 2014:


A.  Gilmer County Sale of Real Property - (Action)

Gabe Devono, Superintendent, Gilmer County Schools

Permission is requested, pursuant to the terms of W. Va. Code §18‑5‑7, for the West Virginia Board of Education, on the behalf of the Board of Education of the County of Gilmer, acting as its duly authorized agent, to sell at public auction the real property described in the attachment to the highest responsible bidder.It has been ascertained that the real property described in the attachment is no longer needed for school purposes.The auction shall be conducted in accordance with and subject to prescribed rules.A minimum bid amount will be set for the real property to be auctioned.

[This matter may involve an Executive Session as provided in W. Va. Code §6-9A-4(b)(9), To consider matters involving or affecting the purchase, sale or lease of property, advance construction planning, the investment of public funds or other matters involving commercial competition, which if made public, might adversely affect the financial or other interest of the state or any political subdivision.The Board majority must vote to have an Executive Session.(No action will be taken in Executive Session.)]

It is recommended and a motion is requested that the Gilmer County Board of Education be permitted to sell the real property described in the attachment.


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G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Substitute Bus Operator

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Title:
Substitute Bus Operator

Description:
Personnel employed to operate school buses as needed on a rotational basis throughout the county.

Job Location or School Name:
Gilmer County Schools

County:
Gilmer

Qualifications:

•High School Graduate or GED 

•Hold certification as a bus operator as required by WV Transportation Regulations 

•Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out responsibilities of the position. 

Salary:
Based on Gilmer County Salary Scale, commensurate with job classification and years of service

Closing Date:
2014.10.13

Comments:

SUBMIT:   

•Application for employment; Current transcripts for undergraduate and graduate work; Previous two evaluations.   

•Current employees submit Bid Sheet (located on the county website). 

Apply to:
Judith A. Stalnaker, Personnel Director 
Gilmer County Schools 
201 N. Court Street 
Glenville, WV 26351 
 
Fax: 304.462.5103

County Contact Email:
“jstalnaker@k12.wv.us”

Roberta Sue Turner-Kocher

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Roberta Sue Turner-Kocher

Age 66 of Perkins, West Virginia, departed this life at 9:03 AM Friday, October 03, 2014 at the Hubbard Hospice House in Charleston, West Virginia, following an extended illness.

Born May 25, 1948 in Gassaway, West Virginia, daughter of the late Ferrell Paul and Virginia Burns Jenkins Blake.

Roberta was a homemaker and member of the Oak Grove Baptist Church.

She enjoyed tending to her flower garden and playing computer games.

On October 13, 1990 she was united in marriage to Steven Kocher who survives at their residence in Perkins.

Surviving is 1 son, William “Billy” Joseph Turner of Perkins, 1 granddaughter, Hannah Dawn Turner of Sutton, West Virginia, 6 sisters, Marilyn Carpenter and husband Curt of Gassaway, WV; Jeanne Davisson of Normantown, West Virginia, Paula Smith and husband Jack of Perkins, WV; Debra Hitt and husband Joe of Cox’s Mills, West Virginia, Alice Wylde and husband David of England, and Donna Duelley and husband Carl of Normantown, WV; and 1 brother, Larry Jenkins and wife Lisa of Glenville, West Virginia.

There are also several nieces and nephews surviving.

Roberta’s request for cremation has been honored and private family burial on the family farm will be at a later date.

Ellyson Mortuary Inc; Glenville, WV;  is assisting the family of Roberta Sue Turner-Kocher with arrangements.

Gilmer County Schools Title I Annual Meeting - 10.06.14

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Donkey Basketball Set for October 06, 2014 - Today

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Normantown Elementary School and the Gilmer County FFA will be having a Donkey basketball game on Monday, October 06, 2014 in the Gilmer County High School Gymnasium at 6:00 PM.

Advanced admission tickets are $6.00 and can be purchased at Fred’s Country Store, Glenville Foodland, and Gilco Faith Pharmacy.

You can also contact the Normantown Elementary P.T.O. or the Gilmer County FFA.

Gate admission tickets will cost $8.00.

Doors open at 5:00 PM and all children 6 years old and under get in for free.

Also, there will be $1.00 donkey rides for kids 12 years old and under.

Please come out and support Normantown Elementary School and the Gilmer County FFA.

Donkey Basketball Set for October 06, 2014

The Gilmer Free Press

Normantown Elementary School and the Gilmer County FFA will be having a Donkey basketball game on Monday, October 06, 2014 in the Gilmer County High School Gymnasium at 6:00 PM.

Advanced admission tickets are $6.00 and can be purchased at Fred’s Country Store, Glenville Foodland, and Gilco Faith Pharmacy.

You can also contact the Normantown Elementary P.T.O. or the Gilmer County FFA.

Gate admission tickets will cost $8.00.

Doors open at 5:00 PM and all children 6 years old and under get in for free.

Also, there will be $1.00 donkey rides for kids 12 years old and under.

Please come out and support Normantown Elementary School and the Gilmer County FFA.

CommunityConcern™: CEFP Process, An Example of Good Government?

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Within recent weeks there were more alarming revelations about ways decisions were made by the State to affect the future of our school system.

•  The County Education Facilities Plan (CEFP) committee was drawn into the controversy.

•  The problem is that there is little public knowledge of the history of the CEFP committee.

•  It is reported that prior to two members leaving the school board there was a CEFP committee that submitted its plan to be rejected by the board.

•  Next, citizens understand that a new committee was formed.

•  That committee recommended that a new school should be built at the auction barn site.

•  Various reasons including allegations of a conflict of interest and high site preparation costs caused that site to be rejected.

•  Then, the committee reconvened to eventually recommend the Cedar Creek site.

•  That decision turned out to be a mistake after an enormous amount of money, said to be close to $750,000, was spent and the State declared that there was not enough money left to build the Cedar Creek school.

•  The CEFP committee met again to give its approval of Ike Morris’ site without a record of serious consideration to any of the rejected sites when it selected the Cedar Creek site.

•  There is a report from a person at the school board’s office to claim that Mr. Gabriel Devono said that he could not locate records to use to determine what had happened with CEFP committee activities including names of participating citizens and even minutes for meetings.

•  What is more disturbing is that there was an allegation that prior to Mr. Devono taking charge some CEFP records were destroyed.

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The confusion raises the following questions:

        »  How many CEFP committees have we had, how were the individuals selected for each of them, and who were the individuals?

        »  When committee members drooped out or they decided not to participate what were their reasons?

        »  How were replacement members designated at each step, who were those individuals, and were all of them, involved in making remaining decisions?

        »  How many CEFP committee reports are there with recommendations for facilities including where schools should be built, and are all the reports available for public access and review?

        »  What was the precise role of Williams and Shriver with the entire CEFP process from start to finish including advice the firm may have given to CEFP committee members at different stages?

        »  Related to the previous question, did CEFP committee members perform technical work including designating specific site comparison criteria for alternate sites, and did they independently evaluate all technical information for the sites or did they rely on Williams and Shriver as the expert for all the complicated technical work and final recommendations?

        »  Do a complete set of records for all the CEFP committee meetings including attendees, meeting minutes, and voting records of each CEFP committee member exist, and is this material available for public access and review?

        »  Because of the gross mismanagement, to say the least, with selecting and developing school building sites who will be held accountable, and is there any legal way the County’s squandered money can be recovered?

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Couldn’t have a better example to indicate trouble citizens can expect when they are told “I am from the State and I am here to help you.“ When the State got involved to take us over Gilmer was diagnosed as being dysfunctional. This shows that the affliction spread to Charleston to put the whole State organization clear up to the Governor’s office under emergency conditions. All we need now is for the national Center for Disease Control to show up to contribute to the confusion. If what happened here from State control spreads across the nation the fallout would be a worse threat than Ebola.

By Couldn't Make It Up  on  10.02.2014

I can’t believe anyone of sound mind would consider putting a school in a place that floods. We all remember 1985 and for some of us the previous flood in the sixties. The only thing we know for sure is that there will be another flood. There will always be a bigger flood some time.

Mr. Devono is not from around here. If the rumors are true, he wants to get a school built and then move on to his next state assured job. Listening to Williams and Shriver after their history of site selection advice is insane. The architect has the same git it done attitude with scant attention to details that will cost the school board money in the future.

Once a school is flooded, it’s going to be a nightmare to return to a condition that won’t affect the health of students.

The owners of buildings in the flood area that moved them higher just put off the day of reckoning. With all the fill that went along the river, it is only a matter of time before nature strikes again.

Lets not be stupid and do the same with a school for young children.

By Incredible!  on  10.02.2014

WHO chose the original CEFP committee? Should that not have been open to the public for volunteers? and were there any people chosen who knew construction or even had any interest in finding appropriate locations?  We were told that one of the reasons Troy was to be closed was “it could flood”.  Well, it would take one heck of a lot of flooding to damage that building and not much to fill up a building between Foodland and the river.  Glenville Elementary is certainly in a flood zone, as well.  None of the arguments have helped Normantown, where the school should have been protected and repaired.  None of this consolidation push is helping children or advancing education.  Buildings are not as important as good teachers and children who want to learn!  With all the red tape and paperwork, how do teachers manage at all these days? especially when the kids all know their schools are probably going to be gone and everything will change.

By Karen Pennebaker  on  10.02.2014

Wonderful article of exposure about the continuing conundrum of West Virginia Board of Education unwarranted intervention of your Gilmer County schools.

Every question listed, raises one more question, that needs answered.  You must ask:  If not, why not.

The answer to If Not Why Not may be more important than the question.

Watcher from Afar
The Charleston Daily Mail editorial on 10-2-2014 states clearly, and I quote:  “Indeed, every agency of the state must comply with all, not just some of our law.  State government is not a cafeteria where you can pick and choose what laws you’ll enforce.“

Apparently the West Virginia Board of Education, with Gayle Manchin as Board President, has a misconception that schools under “intervention” allows the “cafeteria approach” to following West Virginia state laws.

By Watcher from Afar  on  10.02.2014

Don’t confuse the CEFP with the planning committees Ron Blankenship made up for the Linn and Cedarville school.  As a matter of fact at least two of the public were told to leave the first planning meeting for the Linn school.  If they had any meetings after that they weren’t published. The planning committees are done when a school is finished being built.  The CEFP has to be reviewed every year and a new one done every 10 years by a new committee. Believe the next brand new CEFP will be due around or after July 1 2020.
The CEFP has to be amended for the SBA from the Cedarville site to Ikes site for the money to move from one to the other.  They want their paperwork on record.  The few that would come to that meeting were told what was going to happen and to get the paperwork for the SBA in order was the only reason that happened. 
The State BOE has managed our paperwork since June 2011.Ask Blankenship where his is?  Did it go out the door or in a shredder along with another new radio for his car like the last time? He made us buy new bus radios we didn’t really need remember?Did he upgrade?  Also made us buy a new computerized phone system for $200,000 that has never and still does not work over half the time knowing full well there was no broadband in place that could handle it. That money was wasted. And the state made it happen.That is who these appointed Superintendents work for.
Don’t let them make us fight among ourselves so we ignore the state’s over reach of authority and the mis-management of our finances.  This CEFP issue isn’t going to change anything.  They don’t get a vote any more than the local BOE unless its on paper to protect the State BOE and SBA from standing accountable for anything they have done.
Ask about the achievement scores for Gilmer County children since they have been in control. Ask about the higher truancy and drop out rates since they took over. Ask Gilmer County’s expulsion rate now which was zero before they came and ask how many were expelled under Ron Blankenship.  Ask them how much of this county’s excess levy funds have been or will be used for an out of county school or for any construction for that matter. Ask what happens to any Gilmer County excess levy money left at Troy they go to Linn?It’s the only money the actual schools get.  What’s left over divided by the number of students each year.  What did you vote for?

By It wasn't this  on  10.03.2014

The inspection audit when our schools were taken over.  Wasn’t one of the big complaints the Normantown school with flooding and the mold?  So now they want to build in a flood plain?  Is this Federal Money building in a flood plain?

By Geez  on  10.03.2014

If before intervention Gilmer County had recommended constructing a school in a flood area and on a dump to boot the State would have rejected the plan with outrage. With this case it was different because of pure politics and money funneled from here to WV political campaigns. The State caused the problems with its intervention, it owns the mess, it should assume full responsibility, and Gilmer people including the board of education and the CEFP skeleton crew should not be suckered in so the State can blame them. That is what is coming.

By Rupert K.  on  10.03.2014

Normantown Elementary has never had any water in the building.  Back-flow from the creek through old piping caused the sub floors under the two gym bathrooms to get wet.  No mold until ET had the fans that prevented it shut down.At that time it would have been an easy fix per the WVU engineers that came in for free but the state said their word wasn’t good enough. This was planned and just as predictable as the mold they are letting grow at the High School because they won’t approve the MIP for HVAC or the fact that when OPEB comes in to the schools October 6th they will tear them apart because in the fourth year of state control they have not let anyone put one dime of maintenance into the buildings.  Not even fix a roof leak at the elementary schools. Let’s see who they blame.
ET set Gilmer County up for the fall and the people who thought they were just helping a sick man didn’t see it for what it was.  He refused to give the CEFP for Board consideration and he was fired for it with the encouragement of Charleston.  Of course it was about a year too late and the takeover was already in the works.They didn’t say that. But ET recent comment was that he was happy about Gilmer’s takeover!Yeah, he sincerely cared about us.
What goes around comes around.  Ritchie County will be paying a high price for following his lead soon.  It’s already being whispered down south.

By Karma Catches Up  on  10.03.2014

This piece and related comments is a synopsis of what is wrong with interventions in WV. If all intervened counties were to be polled what happened in Gilmer would be a small part of a larger pattern. The State used excuses to intervene us and one of the main reasons was the goal to have a bi county school and it needed to remove obstacles. Raw politics were involved too. What more proof is needed when it is considered that Gilmer County was the only one not to be issued a formal warning of the need to correct deficiencies before a surprise intervention? As for monies squandered under State control the waste of having to pay salary and expenses for a principal at Troy who did not put in the time so another principal had to be paid is one more example of mismanagement by the State. If all wasted monies by the State were to be added up including waste for the botched Cedar Creek School project the total would be close to $1,000,000 in one of the poorest WV counties. Citizens hear that another botch job has occurred for the Linn school and that information is being kept under wraps by the State. The State’s systematic withholding of information and use of misinformation occurs to protect State officials who use their abusive power.

By Paul Winegarten  on  10.04.2014

Dr. Martirano announced that he is performing an analysis of why WV public schools rank at or near bottom place. One place for him to look is intervention counties to determine if the State has made any improvements, and why it is that chaos rules when the State takes over. His e-mail address is . Chances are that Mr. Charles Heinlein and members of the State Board have not briefed him on Gilmer’s plight because of the embarrassment caused by the State’s abuse of power, waste and mismanagement.

By State Office  on  10.04.2014

This is fresh news from Lewis County for the Linn School. Citizens in Lewis County are being told that major changes have occurred. Initially they were told that there would be two classes for each grade. The news now is that the information was wrong and there will be only one class room per grade. This has caused the size of the school to be cut down to make it clear that more riffs of teachers and staff are on the way than what the State promised. State officials and the architect have known about the changes for months and the details were kept secret. There is concern that there will not be enough students to fill the school. With cutting down the school size and the SBA using an estimate of a construction cost of $250 per square foot, what happened to the saved money? Using SBA figures each 1,000 sq. ft. decrease in size equates to close to $250,000. What happened with Gilmer County being told that its students must go to Lewis County and we are told now that if parents don’t want their students to go there they can stay in our County? With less of a loss of Gilmer County’s students to Lewis should we begin afresh with CEFP planning to determine what needs to be done with the new set of circumstances instead of going full bore with the school on Ike’s land? Another question. After being told that enough money does not exist to build the Cedar Creek School what is the guarantee that there is enough to build the new one to meet all needs?  Another unanswered question is if that school is built what will be its design to accommodate all our students including ones from Sand Fork that we had been told were going to Linn? Another concern is what will be done to provide for all the students when the next big flood hits? Is there an existing emergency evacuation plan and one for caring for students should they be stranded on site after a flash flood? Who is to provide the answers and several others which should be asked? Based on the State’s track record so far with information could we trust anything we may be told? Shouldn’t Mr. Gabriel Devono brief us?

By Lewis County Line  on  10.04.2014

When Blankenship asked for 14 million and was told the budget would be 12 cuts were made to plans for Gilmer County Elementary.  After all the spending that won’t be recovered on Cedar Creek there is no guarantee further cuts won’t happen in spite of what’s said will be saved.  Combine that with the unanswered question asked over and over of how many students will be allowed to attend school in their home county, Gilmer County, and at this point nobody seems to know nor could we bet that even the state has the honest answer.

One known fact is that a lot of very little kids as young as 4 years old will have long trips to the bus stop, even longer rides to and from school on buses with no seat belts, while families as well as the economy of long established rural communities pay for Charlestons failed experiments in education.

All these great planners and politicians seem to see is dollar signs when they see a child, not a human being.

By Unbelievable Mr. Martirano  on  10.04.2014

When is the State’s waste, secrecy mismanagement, and letting politics getting in the way of sound decisions going to end? If we had complete documentation of all the foul ups the record would be a perfect argument of why local control of school systems works better with the checks and balances. An outside investigation should occur. Is there a reliable source to bring in for assistance? Does WV have an equivalent to an inspector general who would be free from political pressures to do an objective investigation? Was the cutback of the size of the Linn school caused by running short on money? If not what happened to the surplus money and will Gilmer get any back?

By Who Will Be Held Accountable  on  10.05.2014

@Who Will be Held Accountable?
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin can with the stroke of a pen:

A)  Terminate any appointment to the West Virginia Board of Education

B)  Start an investigation into the wrong doings of the Board of Education

This school crisis belongs to Governor Tomblin.

By its his  on  10.05.2014

The Gilmer County Commission remains silent.  Scared of the state level legislators.
The State Legislators, Boggs, Edgell, Walker are silent.  If they would actually stand up for we who elected them, they might actually get some respect.

By good reason not to vote for incumbents  on  10.05.2014

It is just plain wrong for Gilmer County tax dollars being used to build a school IN Lewis County!

By now we are broke  on  10.05.2014

The crookedest part of this disgrace is that the State waited until all parties got their money for the Cedar Creek site before announcing that there was not enough money left to build the school!!! Governor Tomblin and Dr. Martirano owe it to Gilmer County to explain why this was allowed to happen and what will be done to hold responsible parties fully accountable. Ron Blankenship should have to disclose how long he knew about the problem and the same applies to Mr. Gabriel Devono who signed checks to pay for the land with Gilmer County’s money. All trust was broken by the State and it cannot be restored. We need a new start soon as possible including a replacement superintendent who works for Gilmer County instead of Charleston. Just because Ike offered to purchase the Cedar Creek site for the purchase price that does not eliminate the fact that wrongdoing occurred by the State and it should be overlooked. If a person robbed a bank and a citizen paid the bank what it lost would the robber get off without   criminal charges and punishment? Think about it.

By Crooked State Government  on  10.05.2014

Dr. Michael J. Martirano, WV’s new Superintendent of Schools, has a golden opportunity to establish his leadership style. He was not in WV when Gilmer County’s schools were taken over by the State and he had nothing to do with problems the State has caused. If he wants to quickly establish himself as a problem-solver, an innovator and a fearless transformer who will straighten out the State’s school system he could begin with Gilmer County. Dr. Martirano, why not come to Gilmer County to get the true facts associated with the failed Cedar Creek School project and other problems we have to make needed corrections and to hold State officials who caused the problems personally accountable? Were you to do this you would signal to West Virginians that you mean business and you are willing to take on sticky problems others have been afraid to tackle.

By Mat Matheney  on  10.05.2014

The school system meltdown in Gilmer County factually reflects,  actions by Board of Education in Charleston, repeatedly disregarding their own policy.
Had Policy 6200 been followed to the letter,  the State nor Gilmer County would look so very inept.
No community representatives, no published meetings, no citizen input.  Nothing but silence, secrecy, and what information came to Gilmer through the State anointed Superintendent is of questionable correctness.

By waste our money  on  10.06.2014

Our founding fathers understood the necessity of having checks and balances. We lack that in Gilmer County to have an imbalance of power. This is because wealth is too concentrated with one family to be an example of the reality that he who has the gold makes all the rules. If you don’t believe this go to Charleston from the Governor’s office on down to present a case for a positive change. Things go well at first and you think that you have made your case, but invariably there will be a pause of caution by the person you met with who will ask What Does Ike Think? Then, the person begins knocking furniture down while running to the telephone. The phrase has been collapsed into a four letter word common among our people and it is WDIT. This entry is not intended in any to be a negative personal attack. Instead, it is presented as a realism of the existence of an enormous power that affects practically all levels in Gilmer County and areas beyond our borders. The question of whether or not power always proves to be right is valid for free citizens everywhere to ponder.

By Frank J. Peters  on  10.06.2014

Situation must be serious when school board authority seeks out help from private citizen in a financial crisis?

By what next  on  10.06.2014

Who were the State officials who had advance knowledge of money problems at Cedar Creek and how long in advance did they know about it? Wanna bet that someone with the State knew before checks were written for the land? The same type of question for the reduction in size of the Linn school. Which State officials knew about it and for how long? The cutback in size had to be known before the foundation was laid and the dedication last May. What happened to money that was saved? Will some come back to Gilmer County? There should be an investigation.

By Accountability in Gil?  on  10.09.2014

We hear that Charleston approved Ike’s site for the new grade school. If a vote were to be taken in Gilmer County there would be a significant defeat to vote down that site. What voters think does not matter though and we are stuck with the site. The State should inform the people what will be done to fill in the exact space on which the building will be constructed to help put it out of flooding and how that expense will be covered as part of site prep. Is land owner going to pay for the expense out of his pocket? Another need is a plan of what will be done if a catastrophic flood occurs to ruin the building to force the location of children to another place for schooling. That is what must be planned for when schools are built in flood zones. Simply saying that a devastating flood won’t happen is not enough. There have been far too many broken promises in the County with assurances of good things coming that did not happen to let us fall for assurances from power brokers that we will be OK this time.

By Have To Live With It  on  10.12.2014

It is worth a review of promises from the powerful in control. Consider some of them for the new prison. It would cause an economic boom to make local business thrive with lots of new jobs, new families would pour in with children to increase enrollment in our public schools, an airport would be built at the mouth of Cedar Creek to be surrounded by expensive homes to contribute to the economy, GSC’s enrollment would soar from all the new families coming in, we would get a Walmart and K-Mart with the County’s population surge, there would be a major chain restaurant in downtown Glenville, and there would not be an increase in local crime including drug trafficking. How many of the promises were kept to give us confidence in decisions for the new grade school to be built? Going beyond prison promises what about 24/7 health care, extra medical services, and all the new high paying jobs out there if Minnie Hamilton were to go into the WACO Center should County bonds be issued? All that happened was for Minnie Hamilton to move from existing locations to WACO and Moody’s downgraded GSC for its ability to pay off bond debt. So much for solemn promises to make us more wary of what we are being told.

By County Promise Tracker  on  10.12.2014

What about the drug trafficking up there on Little Ellis?  Where’s the law about That??  Shhhh!  It’s part of an ‘investigation’!

By Been there  on  10.12.2014

Jacking up Gilmer County with promises has been going on for decades. We remember jazz about the Burnsville Dam. We were told that if private land were to be condemned for the lake Glenville would never flood again. Within two years of the dam going in Glenville had one of its worst floods in history.

By Buyers Beware  on  10.12.2014

promise tracker - If no one understood it before, everyone in Gilmer County should finally be able to grasp the reality that Charleston is owned by Gilmer’s politically rich and CUBE gang.

By the rest doesn't matter  on  10.12.2014

No worry about Little Ellis.  Infrared cameras in place.  They will be out of business shortly.

By source won't  on  10.13.2014

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Normantown Elementary School: Call for Crafters

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The Normantown Elementary School is hosting a Craft Show on Saturday, November 08, 2014 beginning at 10:00 AM.

If you are a crafter and would like to display your crafts for sale, please contact Julie Beckner at 304.354.9343.

One space is $15 or a double space is $25.

Spaces will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis.

G-FYI™: CEFP Presented By Williams & Shriver

This Document Is Straight From The CEFP Presented By Williams & Shriver
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With all that has happened with our schools who is going to be held accountable? We know for sure that there was State overreach and an abuse of its power. Why would a reasonable citizen not suspect treachery, deceit, corruption, gross mismanagement by the State, purposeful spreading of misinformation, fraud, price gouging, waste of money, withholding of information to prevent transparency, preferential treatment of a connected architect, a failure by the State to follow its rules, lack of intervention by State law enforcement, loss of time in solving our school building problems, sending in politically connected superintendents so they can increase their retirement by having higher pay for a few years, contributing to chaos in the county and even turning citizens against one another, fixing it so there will never be another bond or school levy passed in Gilmer County, and ruining our Crooked County reputation worse so anyone in their right mind would never move here because of how the place is run by a few rich and powerful. When something like this happens it is a safe bet that more will spill out. Politically shielded individuals responsible for the disaster will get off Scott free. That is the way we do it in WV while little guys who make missteps get dragged through the mud and hammered by the law. We observe that every day. What about the AG? Would there be any help there?

By Third World County Way Of Business  on  10.01.2014

Something is drastically wrong with all these names and lists.
This list has 27 names.
There was a list published with near 35 names earlier.
I remember reading an additional list that was added way back of about a dozen names.  Where are they?
But the list of attendees shows only 8!!! for the most recent meeting?
Morris attendance would be a conflict of interest over financial gain just like Butcher’s was on the Auction Barn land.
Simmons would also be a conflict?  Doesn’t our local school board have to vote to approve or reject the building sites?
Certainly most the few who did attend would in some manner be beholding to the educational system as well.
This is all wrong.  Wrong.  Shows the state has railroaded Gilmer County once again.
Apparently this DeVano guy is just another water carrier?

By no cross section of community here  on  10.01.2014

What’s the purpose? Is it to prove WS’s early involvement, CEFP committee membership changed over time, individuals left after the list was made up, WS is trying to free itself of all blame, by the end when the Morris site decision was made community representation changed in violation of State CEFP rules, an attempt is being made to put full blame on the CEFP? The sad affair is an example of when something bad goes down it is far better to own up instead of worsening things with more confusing spin. The State should tell the whole truth no matter how bad it is and individuals responsible for the fiasco should be held fully accountable even if they have to be taken to court to be held personally responsible for the recovery of lost money. Let us begin with Mr. Gabriel Devono to get the full story. He is the State’s local mouth piece.

By J. Ratcliff  on  10.01.2014

The political season poses another question. What have Boggs, Walker, and Facemier done to help us? Isn’t Edgell running too? They want our votes, but has any of them come to Gilmer County to openly present plans for how they would help us in dealing with the State? Isn’t it normal to expect support from those getting our votes when our school system is being mismanaged by the State? What about GSC’s Dr.Robert H. Baber who is running too? He lives here and it should not be too difficult for him to communicate his plans to us.

By WV Political Watch  on  10.01.2014

ARE THESE PEOPLE FOR REAL !!!!!?????  The school building authority all ready turned this property down once several years ago!!!!!!
It’s clear that the state school people REJECTED Ike’s land by the nursing home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By BECAUSE ITS IN THE FLOOD PLAIN  on  10.02.2014

These changing lists of committee names.  Is it a wild herring to confuse or throw the public off the track of who is really at fault for this comedy of errors of the states involvement?  The Charleston Gazette and The Charleston Daily Mail are missing a big story here.
This story is not just about Gilmer County.  It is about the inability of state education.

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G-FYI™: Official Gilmer County Schools’ CEFP Planning Committee

The Gilmer Free Press

A good number of our reader have asked about the list of members on the CEFP Planning Committee. As the result we asked Mr. DeVano, the Gilmer County Schools Superintendent for the list.

The following is the official list provided by Mr. DeVano.

1. Blair Fisher - Teacher

2. Charlene Montgomery - Secretary

3. Debbie Skinner - Secretary

4. Dendra Miller - Secretary

5. Diana Sharps - Teacher

6. Erica Dennison - Teacher

7. Faye Chambers - Principal

8. Janet Coombs - Teacher

9. Jess McVaney - Maintenance

10. Joe Frashure – Director of Food Service/Transportation/Maintenance

11. Judy Leggett – Teacher

12. Judy Stalnaker – Personnel Director

13.   Julia Stewart - Teacher

14. Tracy DeWall - TIS

15. Patty Lowther – Director of Special Education

16.   Susan Lilly - Teacher

17. Tanya Stewart - Teacher

18. Tristen Hacker - TIS

19. Toni Bishop - Principal

20. Donald Hess - Custodian

21. Jackie McCord - Custodian

22. Ronni Facemire - Teacher

23. Kim Freeland - Principal

24. Shelly Mason - Principal

25. Al Billips – Glenville Citizen - Retired GSC Dean

26. Amanda Poole - Teacher

27. Amber Frashure – Teacher

~~~  End of Mr. DeVano’s List ~~~

GFP: The above list is the members when Mr. Blankenship was Superintendent. It should be noted that the list is not complete and has members listed that never attended any meetings. For example members such as Desi Garrett, Nancy McVaney, Sharon Radabaugh or Nasia Butcher are not shown on the list? 

However, according to some members present in the last meeting not all of the members on the list provided were notified about the meeting!!!!


But the following were some of individuals who were notified and present at last meeting:

Dr. William K. Simmons – GCBOE President

Nasia Butcher – GCHS Principal

Betsy Barr – GSC President’s Wife

Sue Morris – Waco / Sue Morris Complex

Laura Rhodes - Secretary at Eastern American Energy / Parent of High School Student

Connie Frame - Retired Teacher

Betty Anderson - Retired Teacher

Tom Minney - Retired Principal and Gilmer County Schools Superintendent

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Citizens hear that the State had another secret by invitation only meeting yesterday. Those in attendance were reported to have included some individuals who named the mascot and were part of other “critical” decisions to make them feel as if they were part of the State’s decision for Cedar Creek. Williamson and Shriver’s Ted Shriver was at the meeting as part of the cheer leading team for Ike’s site. Could we get names of individuals who were supposed to have been at the meeting yesterday compared to those who attended? The State is going all out to claim it included citizens with everything in deciding what to do after all the money was spent and Cedar Creek, it had to be dropped, and the decision was already made to build on Ike’s site.

By Snake Oil  on  09.30.2014

Surprise Surprise Surprise!!!
The list is ANYTHING BUT a cross section of our community!
Thank you West Virginia Board of Education.

By WVBOE - you know what you have done  on  09.30.2014

The first FOUR on the list that attended are not on the list of CEFP planning committee above it? Does he think we can’t read?  Why were they there?  This is nothing more than a hurry up throw anything at them because the public won’t know the difference FAKE LIST, plain and simple.  There are employees on there that were just hired in the past year or came in the last few months.  FAKE LIST.
The attendees last week may be OK but that list of CEFP planning committee never happened.
Why would you bring the Board President in? Isn’t the Board of Education supposed to give a thumbs up or down on what a CEFP committee brings to them? Yes they are when not under state intervention. Talked to three Board members who said they never knew the location and time of this meeting.  Bill Simmons thinks he is the board.  Not just one member.
Don’t blame most the people on that CEFP planning committee list.  Most were never on it and what happened to Sue & Betsy & Nasia & Bill?

Where’s the original list?  Know it’s out there.
What happened to the additional list of 13 the real Board voted to add to replace resignations.  Mr. Ramezan was on it, was he called?

By Just More Hogwash  on  09.30.2014

See they are trying to sneak in Simmons old Student Congress Adviser Billips from GSC back in ‘91.When’s the last time you heard he was at a Board of Education meeting?
From all we see the last thing this county needs is another old GSC staffer on the Board.  Preacher or no, don’t let that happen again. All they do is talk about the college and how pitiful this county is. The only meetings you ever hear about are the ones their kind attend to show support for the state board who could not care less if Gilmer children live or die and they show it.

By Not Again-Suffered Enough  on  09.30.2014

Just to clear up the misconception that I am retired.  I currently work at Glenville Elementary every day.  No retirement plans at this time.

GFP: S O R R Y

By Connie Frame  on  09.30.2014

Miss Frame glad to hear you’re still working.

Hear another one of those secret meetings was held up at the board office today with Simmons in it?
Something about the Lewis County School and him talking rough about Joe Mace. Course Mace wasn’t there to hear it from what was heard.  Did the rest of the board of Education know about this one? Probably not Maybe they should do one of those votes of no confidence like the college did if Simmons keeps this up cause if so that is no way to run a railroad let alone a school board.

By Paul L.  on  10.01.2014

Why isn’t the public being informed of these meetings!!!!!????
Is state appointed superintendent De-Vane being hushed by the controllers at the Capitol?
William Simmons name is listed as attending meetings.  We here in Gilmer County elected Simmons to represent us.
If Simmons cannot bring himself to be open and honest with his own community, can he be trusted for anything?
Bill Simmons, you know what is going on.

By We Need Honest Representation  on  10.01.2014

Bill talks real big when he makes his weekly visits to the grocery store and drug store and out of town lunches.  Says he has it all under control with Earl Ray and Lloyd Jackson and Chuck Hineline and the Superintendent. All the mafia as he tells it and him the corn bread mafia up on Leading Creek.  Board President running the show is how he brags it and he’ll tell Lewis County and Ted Mattern how it is by golly. Says he should be running it since he was a college president and all.  Man says he can’t even tell his own Board since he’s sworn to keep it all secret by this Devano.  Does anybody know who in the H E double hockey sticks Simmons works for cause it sure as shootin isn’t the people of this county? Figured that just after he was elected. Think some of the board would be figuring it out now?

By Pickens  on  10.01.2014

Hey Pickens!  BS works for BS and no one else.  DeVano yawns he see light?
We have seen it all before.  He held RB hand as long as he could.
Whats the game now?  Got his hand in whos pocket?
Of course this was all after the coalition got him on the board.
Anyone name a school superintendent in the state of West Virginia that got hired, got contract, got sworn in, and got promptly sent down the road before even one measly day on the job?

By Whew! that was close  on  10.02.2014

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Donkey Basketball Set for October 06, 2014

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Normantown Elementary School and the Gilmer County FFA will be having a Donkey basketball game on Monday, October 06, 2014 in the Gilmer County High School Gymnasium at 6:00 PM.

Advanced admission tickets are $6.00 and can be purchased at Fred’s Country Store, Glenville Foodland, and Gilco Faith Pharmacy.

You can also contact the Normantown Elementary P.T.O. or the Gilmer County FFA.

Gate admission tickets will cost $8.00.

Doors open at 5:00 PM and all children 6 years old and under get in for free.

Also, there will be $1.00 donkey rides for kids 12 years old and under.

Please come out and support Normantown Elementary School and the Gilmer County FFA.

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Elementary Cheerleading Coach - All Schools

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AVAILABLE POSITIONS:
Elementary Cheerleading Coach
Glenville Elementary School
Sand Fork Elementary School
Normantown Elementary School
Troy Elementary School

JOB DESCRIPTION:

FOR THE POSITION OF: HEAD ATHLETIC COACH

REPORTS TO: Principal/Athletic Director

JOB GOAL: To assist with participating student to achieve a high level of skill, an appreciation for the values of discipline and an increased level of self-esteem


RESPONSIBILITIES:

Professional and Interpersonal Relations

1. cooperates with building principal,

2. cooperates with athletic director,

3. develops rapport with coaching staff within the school,

4. organizes coaching staff,

5. develops positive relationship with participants,

6. develops positive relationship with student body,

7. develops positive relationship with faculty,

8. develops positive relationship with parents and community,

9. develops positive relationship with game officials,

10. develops positive relationship with news media,

11. develops positive relationship with opponents,

12. employs appropriate conduct during games,

13. employs appropriate conduct during practices,

14. attends league, conference and WVSSAC,

15. participates in activities that foster professional growth and development,

16. motivates staff and players toward desired goals, and commands respect by example in appearance, manners, behavior and language.

Coaching and Related Areas

17. develops high caliber and quality instruction,

18. teaches fundamental skills,

19. handles athletic injuries,

20. cares for equipment,

21. supervises participants and disciplines team appropriately,

22. designs quality organization of practice sessions,

23. designs pre-season planning,

24. supervises managers and other support personnel,

25. manages budget,

26. follows purchasing procedures,

27. initiates game organizational skills,

28. follows board of education, league, conference, and WVSSAC policies,

29. devotes time and energy to coaching duties,

30. follows end of season procedures,

31.  performs other duties as assigned by principal/athletic director.


EMPLOYMENT TERM: 2014-2015 season


QUALIFICATIONS:

* Hold or qualify for West Virginia Certificate as required under State Board Policy 5202

* Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out responsibilities of the position.


SALARY: County Supplement - $600


SUBMIT: Application for employment; Copy of WV Coaching Certificate; Current employees submit Extra Curricular Bid Sheet (located on the county website) Incomplete application packets will not be considered.


Send these documents to:
                                  Judith Stalnaker, Personnel Director
                                  Gilmer County Schools
                                  201 North Court Street
                                  Glenville, WV 26351


CLOSING DATE:  Wednesday, October 01, 2014 - 3:00 PM


As required by federal laws and regulations, the Gilmer County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, marital status, disability, age and national origin in employment and in the administration of any of its education programs or activities.  Inquires may be directed to Title IX Coordinator, Gilmer County Board of Education, 201 N. Court Street, Glenville, WV 26351, phone 304.462.7386; to the Elimination of Sex Discrimination Program Coordinator, 304.558.7864; or the U.S. Department of Education’s Director of the Office of Civil Rights, 215.596.6795.


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G-FYI™: Happenings on Gilmer’s Cedar Creek Elementary School

For Your Information
Following Behind The Scene Document Was Obtain
From Charleston by The Gilmer Free Press
Regarding The Construction of The Gilmer County
Cedar Creek Elementary School

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This gets worse over time. The State decided that Gilmer had to consolidate and the decision was not debatable, a CEFP committee with Williamson and Shriver’s close involvement selected Cedar Creek, that decision turned out to be a financial blunder to waste about $750,000 of our money, prior to disclosing the scandal to the people the State knew about the financial bind and it still approved purchasing the CC land anyway, Gabe Devono knew about the money problem and he worked secretly with his central office staff, WS and Charleston to find a way out and school board members bulked when Gabe tried a hard sell on them, Gabeo called back the CEFP committee that made the original bad decision for Cedar Creek and it automatically picked Ike’s land without serious consideration of other options, names of CEFP committee members in on the Glenville site decision remain secret, and the State has not released minutes of the CEFP meeting and all the details. WS did not lose a nickle and the firm will get work for Ike’s site.  Ike will make a load by writing off his donation on income taxes for land he probably got for near nothing. There is a report that he agreed to buy the Cedar Creek land too.  Who gets blamed for the mistakes, and who pays for them? Just because Ike will donate his land for the new school and he will buy the Cedar Creek land it does not mean that serious errors were not made and those involved should not be held accountable.The CEFP committee deserves its share of blame, but not all with WS and the State involved. No matter all blame will be pinned on the CEFP committee. Its members will counter to claim that WS caused all the problems because of its failure to do its job with selecting legitimate candidate sites and providing critical information which laypersons did not know. Regardless, this mess is too big to be swept under the rug with all the players involved and facts will get out. The State AG, FBI, and other federal investigators should be called in. The fascinating part will be to learn how the State will try damage control to remove itself from all blame and to lay it on Gilmer County people.

By Jones, J.  on  09.24.2014

This gets richer by the day. Every major decision in Gilmer County always boils down to making money for a few. The pretense is that the decision for the new school on Ike’s site is to benefit our children. Really? Think about this. Gilmer’s population has dropped and the traffic to businesses in our so called mall area is off. Build the school out there and with increased traffic by parents and others going into and out of the school the spin off will be more foot traffic for businesses. Consider who owns the businesses and the facilities they are in and you will have a good clue for who will profit most from the deal. How ignorant do the local handlers and the Charleston crowd think we are?

By Money, Money, Money  on  09.24.2014

I keep hearing Ike’s name. I have never met the man but I know of him. Let’s be real he is not the problem here. Superintendent, CEFP group and the state are. Remember the auction barn deal which was approved by the CEFP committee and Blankenship was ready to sign the papers with Butcher? If you read it on GFP, it was Mrs. Ike who opposed the high price Blankenship was paying Butchers for a land without any type of utilities. I think what Ike is doing here is getting the system out of the Cedar Creek mess. What makes it bad is the secrecy and illegitimate group in CEFP. What surprise the hell out of me is the fact they keep doing the same stupid stuff and expect a better result. What ever happen to ‘by the people and for the people’?

By let's be fair  on  09.24.2014

Who’s bright idea to build a new school half a mile from a nearly new, under utilized school?  The newest elementary we have.  When the OEPA audits were preformed, there was no deficiency listed for that facility!

....lets build a school next to the LK River and see whose child has there name in stone first?

By ????  on  09.24.2014

The facts.
The West Virginia Board of Education is responsible for the current situation.
Your local Gilmer Board of Education has had NO input the school selection process.
That responsibility falls squarely to Mrs. Joe Manchin and her Board of Directors,  appointed by former Governor Joe Manchin and current Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.

By citizen  on  09.24.2014

Money? Let us see. The land owner got 450K, Shelly Demarino got her fee for legal work for the land’s seller, Blankenship got his 360K plus expenses, it is said that Ted Matterin got about $150K out of his mentoring of Blankenship, Williamson and Shriver got more than 300K, Gabe is getting his 120K a year, the County’s 2 million school reserve fund was practically squandered by the State, Ike will make money off his new site deal, the Cubies got what they wanted, and Gilmer County’s children got shafted. It does not get much better than this folks. Want to start afresh? Don’t give up and take the battle to Governor Tomblin. He is the president of the WV School Building Authority that Mark Manchin headed before all the money was depleted there. It isn’t clear what Gayle Manchin got, but it must have been something big or former Governor Joe Manchin would not have appointed her to the high paying job (nepotism) on the State Board of Education.

By Pete W. Arbogast  on  09.24.2014

No wonder that the State has refused to be open with finances with our elected school board and the citizens. When it has been asked how much money the board is responsible for with so-call partial restoration of responsibility for some finances the State refuses to provide the information to throw the board off track. This makes the whole thing with finances at the local level a complete farce. What happened here with politically motivated intervention is perfect evidence of what happens when the government takes control and local over sight is eliminated.

By Benny P. Mosel  on  09.24.2014

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G-Eye™: Gilmer County Delegation at WVBOE Meeting - 06.11.14

They were told…

But The State Board went ahead and approved
the purchase of the property that afternoon!

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GILMER COUNTY SCHOOLS SPECIAL BREAKING NEWS

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Negative rumors about our state operated school have been rampant.

Now some have been confirmed by a release from the State SBA.

The SBA has stated:

Gilmer County - Cedar Creek Elementary School

The Authority staff reported that the cost to develop the site selected for this project could not be accomplished within the funding available for the project.

Gilmer County is currently working with staff and is considering (every)alternative, (including an alternative site) solutions to the budget shortfall that currently exists.
       
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Special meetings are being called, but not announced to the public at this time.

More to follow….

School Building Authority
Special Work Session
Minutes
August 18, 2014 9:30 AM

Mr. Peter Markham, Governor’s Designee, called the School Building Authority of West Virginia (SBA) work-session meeting to order at 9:30 AM on August 18, 2014 and Ms. Stella Gill conducted a roll call of the members present and those participating via tele-conference. The following members were present: Mr. Steve Burton, Vice President; Mr. Robert Holroyd; Mr. Victor Gabriel; Mr. Chris Morris; Mr. Tom Lange; Mr. Charles Heinlein; Dr. William White; and Mr. David Sneed, Executive Director. Mr. Robert Dunlevy and Ms. Tina Combs participated in this meeting via teleconference. Mr. Eric Lewis was unable to participate in this meeting. Also present were the following SBA staff members: Mr. Garry Stewart; Mr. Scott Raines; Mr. Mike Hall; Mr. Benjamin Ashley; Mr. Dana Womack; Ms. Angie Bradley and Ms. Stella Gill.

Mr. Peter Markham opened the work session and provided direction on the purpose of the meeting and the outcomes that were expected from the meeting. Mr. Markham indicated that a work session had not been conducted for some time and that it was important than new SBA members as well as those that have been serving on the Authority have the opportunity to openly discuss the agency’s responsibilities and policies. The Authority members expressed their desire to consistently administer SBA Policies and Procedures and in so doing this ensures the credibility of the agency among those being served.

Mr. Markham requested that Mr. David Sneed begin discussions relating to the items on the agenda. Mr. Sneed opened the discussion by thanking the Authority for its assistance in preparing the agenda and participating in the work session. The following is a summary of the work session agenda items:

I.      Policy/Procedure Issues

1.  Staff involvement in early stages of project planning and development

Mr. David Sneed indicated that it is his desire to engage the SBA staff early in the development and conceptual stages of the NEEDS and MIP projects. Currently county superintendents and county boards of education use architectural consultants to develop their projects they plan to submit to the SBA for funding consideration. This process has not allowed for SBA input until after the project has been selected and action taken by the local board to submit the project for funding by the Authority. As a result, project program and budgets are often not in line with SBA requirements. Mr. Sneed further explained that it is his recommendation that the SBA staff be directly involved in the educational planning of each project to or eve-: ever or under sizing of facilities. Based on these similar concerns voiced by several members of the Authority, staff was directed to create operational procedures that would establish this process to be utilized on future projects. Mr. Charles Heinlein indicated that he would suggest that that SBA convey this new process to all superintendents as soon as possible to allow them to utilize staff as they begin deliberating future project selections at the local level.

2.  Refocusing on projects that improve efficiencies at the county level

Mr. David Sneed began the discussion of the Authority’s practice of helping county boards of education become more efficient with regard to the number of schools their annual budgets will support. He explained that it would be desirable to provide each county the ability to offer the smallest number of students per classroom and the smallest size school populations as possible. Mr. Sneed further explained that counties often must sacrifice teaching positions or building maintenance because funding is not available for both critical indicated that the Governor has deep concern for the number of counties that are facing deficit spending on the State Department of Education’s Year-End Financial Report for West Virginia Schools. Mr. Charles Heinlein indicated that there are 7 counties currently in deficit and there are several more that are not in deficit spending, but are very close. Mr. Heinlein stated that they are forced to cut educational programs and staffing to help balance their budgets. Mr. Sneed requested that if it is the desire of the Governor and the Authority members to help counties that have a desire to address efficiencies within their counties, the SBA staff would refocus their efforts in the future on projects that address this deficit spending issue. Authority members unanimously supported this recommendation.

3.  Reinstating project award schedule to provide construction cost savings

Mr. David Sneed discussed the advantages of awarding “Needs” project grant funds in December in lieu of the current practice of awarding these funds in April. He indicated that the April award date creates a very poor time to organize and include teachers and community representatives in the planning of the new school. Teachers are winding down the school term and many are not available during the summer. The parents and community leaders are usually taking vacations with their families and therefore not available to participate on school planning committees. Additionally, the April award caused construction bids to occur after mid-year in the year after the award. Mr. Sneed informed the Authority that PCS has indicated that our most advantageous time to bid projects to
achieve the lowest bids is bidding project prior to June 1st. in any given year.  Based on this
discussion the Authority recommended that the counties be notified of the revised funding schedule for the 2016 “Needs” projects and these project would be accepted for SBA funding consideration no later than September 1. 2015.

Mr. Steve Burton stated that items 1, 2 and 3 on the agenda for discussion were items that were simply taking the SBA’s procedure back to the way they had been 6 to 7 years ago. He asked when and why this procedure was changed and stated that he recommended the Authority move forward with the reinstatement of the SB A staffs procedural recommendations in items 1, 2 and 3.

4.  Consistently applying current policies

a. Emergency Grant Funding Awards

Mr. Sneed discussed the current policy regarding the award of emergency grant funding to counties experiencing natural disaster or building damage due to fires or flooding. He indicated that it was the Governor’s desire that the SBA have a “rainy day fund” to help counties if and when these natural disasters occur. He also indicated that the emergency fund had been depleted in recent years and it is his recommendation that future emergency funding be provided only in accordance with current policy. In so doing this fund could be replenished to an acceptable level and be available for counties when natural disasters occur. Members of the Authority agreed with this recommendation

b. Supplemental grant awards

Mr. David Sneed requested that the Authority provide direction to the staff regarding supplemental funding of awarded projects that were experiencing budget shortfalls before or after bidding. He recommended that clear and concise direction be followed when supplemental funding was requested by counties when project bids exceed the funding available. Mr. Sneed proposed the following direction be considered moving forward: First, the counties should provide greater assurance that all budgets are reliable using professional estimates. He also recommended that once this occurs, projects would only be considered for supplemental funding if the Authority’s maximum allowable square foot formula has been addressed within the design and if all other reasonable cost savings remedies had been explored. Mr. Sneed stated that the Authority’s assigned construction analyst (PCS) along with SBA staff should provide cost saving construction reviews as well as comments to the design firms. This will help align the projects with the approved budgets, thereby addressing the Authority’s concern regarding Authority oversight on all projects. In addition, the Authority staff is considering taking over the responsibility of assisting the counties with educational planning for new schools in order to control scope creep during the planning phase of the project. The Authority believed this approach to be acceptable and directed staff to move forward with this supplemental funding strategy for future projects.

5. Reviewing the local funding requirement practice

The Authority staff presented a report that compared each county’s wealth as a factor in their ability to provide local capital improvement funding in conjunction with Authority project funding requests. As an example, the report used the assessed value of all property in each county and compared that total with a fixed amount of funding that might be provided by the county for any given project. The amount of fixed local share was established at $5,000,000. The most wealthy county, Kanawha County, was used as the basis for comparison. This report provided a perspective on each county’s ability to provide local funding for projects and it allowed the Authority members to compare each county’s equivalent amount when compared to Kanawha County’s share of any given project. The Authority Members considered the information informative and believed this data would provide greater perspective in future funding cycles. Mr. Charles Heinlein indicated that this type of data should be considered as projects come before the Authority and he also indicated that the Department of Education could provide assistance with regards to each county’s willingness to provide local funding for projects submitted for funding consideration to the Authority.

6. Growth county project planning

During the June, 2014 meeting Authority Members briefly discussed the matter of how the SBA is dealing with funding requests from growth counties and the number of anticipated classrooms when these projects are being developed. Specifically, Berkeley and Jefferson Counties were cited as legitimate growth communities that the SBA should provide special considerations when schools in these counties are planned. Mr. Sneed provided an overview of the current planning strategies now being used when schools are planned in growth counties. He explained that Authority staff understands there are different strategies required for the planning of new growth schools than for schools where enrollments are trending down or remaining stable. In all cases each school constructed requires the Authority and the county to agree on a design enrollment that drives the number and types of spaces in the school.

Mr. Sneed explained that the design enrollment for growth counties is being established in cooperation with the superintendent in each county. Historic as well as projected enrollments are reviewed for students that are currently in the school system and these enrollments are projected forward to the grade levels the new school is being designed to accommodate. The design enrollment is established for the number of students that should be attending the school within the next eight-year span. Mr. Sneed further explained that these schools are also being allowed to oversize the core areas of the school that are directly related to enrollment (kitchens, cafeterias, media centers etc.). In so doing, this prevents these costly areas from having to be expanded in the future when and if the enrollment does increase. This strategy allows the county to decide in the future if another new school should be constructed and the caption area split to control the size of each center. This strategy also prevents the Authority from over building while allowing the county to grow into the new school within a reasonable period of time.

A lengthy discussion ensued regarding this issue and Mr. Tom Lange expressed his concerns regarding whether or not the SB A staff was taking into consideration the children with special needs or children that were currently attending private schools (i.e., private Pre -K and Kindergarten schools) that would later enter the public school system.

Mr. Sneed indicated that based on staffs preliminary review of a small sampling of schools in Berkley County, this strategy appears to be addressing the growth in Berkeley County as intended. Mr. Steve Burton and Mr. Robert Holroyd expressed their concern of overbuilding growth county schools and stated their desire to continue the current staff design strategy of building classrooms for students that are currently in the system in feeder schools and allowing the anticipated growth to be addressed within a reasonable time period as the Authority is now doing. Mr. Sneed informed the Authority that Spring Mills Middle School has grown at the rate Authority staff had anticipated when it was built approximately 10 years ago and it has just now, according to Berkeley County, reached its original design capacity. Mr. Burton indicated that he would not be in favor of building future classrooms that would not be needed for 10 years while denying classrooms at other schools that were needed today. Mr. Sneed indicated that he had not had the opportunity to review the study the Authority staff had performed and that once he had the opportunity to review the data he would provide the Authority a report if it was its desire.

7.  Design and project delivery modifications

Mr. Peter Markham stated that this topic has been discussed several times by Authority Members and staff. He also indicated that the Authority should always be looking for opportunities to design and construct schools in the most economical manner when possible. Mr. David Sneed indicated that this has always been a priority for staff and that several construction methods were currently being employed on Authority projects. Mr. Sneed suggested that we continue to consider all delivery methods in the future and that we should also consider a “cost-to-benefits” strategy as we move forward. In the near future, the staff will be providing Authority members with more information regarding the success or failure of current project deliveries being deployed. He indicated that involving staff early in all projects, including using staff to work with the counties on the project specific educational planning, would most likely be an option on future projects. He also indicted that this would provide for greater Authority control of the scope of work and cost of the projects thereby providing a savings on architectural fees if this responsibility is removed from the design architects contract.

8. Improving/reinstating SBA DOL cooperation

Mr. Steve Burton opened this discussion on DOL cooperation on Authority projects. He asked if the staff was still working in cooperation with the other state agencies that monitor construction companies and their compliance with labor laws as well as the unemployment compensation requirements. Mr. David Sneed indicated that the agency was not currently providing the list of low bid contractors to the Department of Labor or Unemployment Compensations offices as had been traditionally practiced. Mr. Burton requested that this practice be reinstated on future projects to prevent contractors from bidding projects when they are delinquent on requirements from other state agencies. Mr. Scott Raines stated that he had discussed this matter with the affected state agencies and was informed that they were prepared to cooperate with the Authority upon request. Several Authority members voiced support for this practice and Mr. Sneed stated that this practice would be reinstated on all upcoming bids.

9. Improving project selection process

Mr. Peter Markham indicated that the Governor, as well as he, had expressed an interest in improving the process the Authority members use when projects are being nominated and selected each year. He indicated that it would be his desire that a uniform and more scientific methodology be created to help insure the projects that most conformed to SBA goals and objectives be selected. Mr. Tom Lange proposed a process whereby each Authority Member would nominate 3 projects in priority ranking with a score of 3, 2 or 1 as the Member’s priority. These scores would be compiled and the top scoring project would be recorded for each Member to view and begin the process of selecting the projects that best meet the requirements of WV Code and SBA goals and objectives. Mr. David Sneed indicated that staff has an analytical process that is currently used to evaluate the projects. This process is based on the project evaluation and selection criteria found in WV Code and by policy approved by the Authority. He further commented that staff will be providing additional details to Authority Members in the future that will help the members with their ultimate selection of projects during their annual deliberations and selection process. Several members of the Authority made comment regarding this process. Mr. Charles Heinlein suggested that staff provide further details in their comments to Authority Members when projects are reviewed and presented to the Authority. Specifically, Mr. Heinlein suggested a clarification of the WV Code requirements regarding each counties history of local effort toward funding capital projects. He went on to further define this information to mean:

The county’s history for addressing local capital improvement needs as it relates to:
          a. Use of its year-end balance funding to supplement Needs and/or MIP projects,
          b. Use of its unrestricted balance funding at the end of their fiscal year to provide local share dollars for Needs and/or MIP projects,
          c. The efficient use of its available funding regardless of the local funding source,
          d. Improving the county’s ability to support the most appropriate school system available to the county given the financial limitation within the county and the wealth factor noted within the wealth factor report provided by staff,
          e. and as a predictor, how well each project submitted for funding consideration can be sustained by the county given its anticipated maintenance and operations budget available in the future.

Mr. Sneed indicated that all these issues could and will be included in future staff evaluations and will be provided to Authority Members as they consider projects for funding.

There was general agreement that improvements could be made regarding project selections and staff will provide additional details as part of their project review and comment. Further revisions to the Authority’s selection process will be considered, however, the current selection process would remain in place with further discussion to follow in the future.

10. Discussions regarding use of county board carryover balances

Mr. David Sneed began the discussion of this item regarding the county’s use of carryover funding each year for capital projects by stating that it was placed on the agenda for clarification purposes. He further stated that each year counties are asked during their Needs project interview what they intend to spend their available carryover funding on in their county. It has been previously noted by Mr. Charles Heinlein that counties have the ability to priorities these funds if they are available for projects they believe are important. Mr. Sneed indicated that the Authority is provided a report from the Department of Education identifying each county’s carry over balance, but perhaps it would be helpful if additional details could be provided regarding how each county plans to spend these funds. Mr. Robert Holroyd requested that staff solicit this information from each county and provide the Authority a report within staff comments for each project within the board material provided to the Authority for the annual county Needs project interviews each year. Mr. Sneed indicted that this additional information would be provided to the Authority.

II.      School Construction Financing

Mr. Peter Markham began this discussion by noting that funding is limited for future projects. He also indicated that it did not appear that there would be any possibility in the near future for the Governor and Legislature to increase the SBA School Construction Fund. Mr. Markham further indicated that every effort should be made to construct schools in the future as efficiently as possible. Mr. Markham recognized Mr. David Sneed to introduce the following strategies and to provide further details to address these issues:

1. Project Efficiencies
Mr. David Sneed stated that design and construction savings will be addressed first to allow the greatest opportunity for savings. Greater staff involvement during the early stages of the project and throughout the design phases will help eliminate project scope creep and will lower costs.

2. Local levy capital improvement financing
Mr. David Sneed reported that the SBA staff is encouraging all counties to include language within the levy calls that would allow them to fund capital improvement projects using available levy funding. He indicated that SBA staff will continue to encourage local capital improvement bonds as well.

3. Possible public/private partnerships
Mr. David Sneed discussed the possibility of utilizing public/private partnerships as a means to supplement Authority and local funding for projects. He also cautioned the Authority Members that this type of funding mechanism would require WV Code revisions and also require a defined revenue stream for payment of the annual debt service payments. Mr. Steve Burton noted that several companies have contacted the SBA regarding their desire to partner with the SBA or local boards of education on school construction projects. Mr. Peter Markham noted that certain public projects are now using this option as a funding source but they involved project that had a defined revenue stream. Mr. Sneed stated that this funding option would be explored further in the future.

4. Revising funding source for agency operating expenses
Mr. David Sneed introduced this concept and requested that Mr. Garry Stewart provide further details. Mr. Stewart reported that excess lottery funding would have limited use in the future as a debt service mechanism for future bond sales and explained how the Authority operating costs are provided from interest on our debt service reserves. He suggested that the Authority consider a proposal that would change the funding source for annual operating costs from our debt service reserve interest earnings account to the annual construction fund account. This would require a change to our current WV Code (WV Code §18-9D-8G and §18-9D-15). It would free up several million dollars of reserve funding for the School Construction Fund Account that could be utilized to fund additional projects. Mr. Stewart cautioned the Authority regarding opening up our code section. After further discussion, there was a general agreement that if there is an opportunity in the near future to accomplish this move, with the approval of the Governor’s office, the Authority should act upon it. This would also provide the opportunity for the Authority to take advantage of the available funding for construction of schools.

III.    Other Items for Discussion
The SB A staff provided the Authority Members with information regarding several projects that were having difficulty moving forward. These projects were as follows:

Ritchie County-Harrisville Elementary Additions and Renovations
Mr. David Sneed stated that sufficient funding is not available within the current budget to move the Harrisville Elementary - Addition and Renovations project forward as desired by the Ritchie County Board of Education. He informed the Authority that staff had recently met with the Ritchie County Board as well as the superintendent and informed them that no additional Authority funding is available to supplement the project given the fact that the scope of the project has exceeded the originally approved project. Additionally, the project does not appear to have sufficient funding to even move forward with the renovations as it was originally submitted and approved by the Authority. The Ritchie County Board is now considering alternatives to the project they submitted and Mr. Sneed informed them that they would need to move forward with the project as approved or return the grant funding in full by March 1, 2015 so that these funds can be used on other projects as required by WV Code.

Gilmer County-Cedar Creek Elementary
The Authority staff reported that the cost to develop the site selected for this project could not be accomplished within the funding available for the project. Gilmer County is currently working with staff and is considering
every alternative, including an alternative site solutions to the budget shortfall that currently exist.

Wayne County-Crum K-8 School
The Crum K-8 project may be delayed as a result of local board action to move the school site. Staff has expressed concern over this action and informed Wayne County that this action will cause design delays on the project. Additionally, it has been reported that the process being used to hire the clerk of the works for this project has not followed Authority requirements. There was general concern from all Authority Members regarding both these issues and the staff was directed to send Wayne County a letter informing them that any delays in the project development for the Crum project would be subject to delay costs as per the grant contract requirements. Also, staff was directed to intervene in the hiring process for the clerk for the Crum K-8 school and Ceredo Kenova Elementary to be sure the proper hiring practices are being followed and that qualified clerks are being placed on each project.

Harman School Emergency Grant Request
Mr. David Sneed provided an overview of the problems at the Harman School in Randolph County. He stated that a ceiling plaster had fallen at the school and the board had requested an emergency grant to repair the area affected as well as other areas that were constructed using similar methods. Mr. Sneed informed the Authority that staff was assisting the county to the extent possible, but given the nature of the repairs, the project would not qualify for emergency grant funding. He also informed the Authority that he had already responded to Randolph County informing them that this issue did not qualify for Emergency Grant funds and also informed the county that staff would continue to work very closely with the Department of Education and the Randolph County Board of Education on a plan to address the structural problems as soon as possible. Mr. Sneed indicated that through several other funding sources, Randolph County had secured funding to make emergency repairs that would allow the elementary students to return to the school as soon as the repairs are complete and the engineer and state fire marshal provide their occupancy approval. However, he stated that this repair may not allow the middle and high school students to return to the school at this time and that staff would be working with Randolph County on a long range solution for the Harman facility disrepair.

State Fire marshal Review of Projects
Mr. David Sneed informed the Authority of a long standing problem the Authority is experiencing regarding Fire Marshal reviews of projects and the Fire Marshal inspectors follow-up review requiring change orders on completed projects. Mr. Scott Raines indicated that this is costing the Authority and county boards of education thousands of dollars for the reviews as well as the cost to make additional changes to completed construction in order to comply with additional Fire Marshal requirements at the conclusion of the projects. Mr. Raines indicated that it would be most helpful if the State Fire Commission simply required the Authority to comply with the already state adopted National Fire Code as other states are already doing. Mr. Sneed explained that this may need to be an item for future discussion with the new state fire marshal when he is appointed.

SBA Web Page
Mr. David Sneed informed the Authority members that the Authority web site is being reconstructed and that Mr. Ben Ashley is heading up this effort. Mr. Ashley indicated that he has schedule a meeting with a web designer and that the requirements of the web site will soon be finalized and in place. He indicated that the goal of the project is to provide an informative web
page for the general public and useful tool for outside consultants that provide services to the Authority and the county boards of education.

There being no further business to come before the Authority the August 18, 2014 work-session meeting of the School Building Authority of West Virginia was adjourned.

Minutes approved September 29, 2014

Mr. Peter Markham, Governor’s Designee School Building Authority of West Virginia

Normantown Elementary School: Call for Crafters

The Gilmer Free Press

The Normantown Elementary School is hosting a Craft Show on Saturday, November 08, 2014 beginning at 10:00 AM.

If you are a crafter and would like to display your crafts for sale, please contact Julie Beckner at 304.354.9343.

One space is $15 or a double space is $25.

Spaces will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis.

G-OB™:Gilmer County Schools Employment – Mentor Teacher, 5/6 Elementary Teacher, NES

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AVAILABLE POSITION:

                              1.  Mentor Teacher, 5/6 Elementary Teacher, NES


EMPLOYMENT TERM: 2014-2015 School Year


QUALIFICATIONS:
   
•  Must be an experienced teacher

•  Prefer individual to be on staff at the same school and teach same/similar subject as teacher to be mentored

•  Be recommended by the principal and/or faculty senate

•  Be recommended by the county superintendent

•  Successfully complete all state and local mentor training, including the 12-hour Center for Prof. Development Teacher Mentor Training Program

•  Comply with all other requirements of Policy 5900 and §18A-3-2b School Laws of WV


SUPERVISION:

•  The mentor teacher will provide supervision to a beginning teacher for the purpose of providing assistance for induction into job assignment. 

•  The mentor teacher will receive supervision from, and be responsible to the building principal.


RESPONSIBILITIES:
1) Participate as a member of a professional support team assigned to the beginning teacher. This team shall be responsible for providing supervision for all areas of the beginning teacher’s job description and assignments.

2) Attend, supervise, and extend the county and school employee orientations held during the first part of the employment year

3) Cooperate in an effort to coordinate his/her planning period with that of the beginning teacher, if possible.

4) Observe the beginning teacher’s classroom teaching skills for at least one hour per week during the first half of the school year. (Observation time may be reduced to one hour every two weeks during the second half of the school year at the discretion of the mentor teacher in consultation with the principal.

5) Provide supervision through weekly meetings with the beginning teacher. During these meetings the mentor and beginning teacher will discuss the performance of the beginning teacher and any needed improvements. (During the second semester if the mentor teacher and principal decide that the observations described in the previous item may be reduced, weekly meetings may also be reduced to those held every other week.

6) Participate in monthly meetings of the support team to discuss the performance of the beginning teacher.

7) Participate in the design, planning, and implementation of and/or make recommendations of staff development activities for completion by the beginning teacher.

8) Cooperate in being released from regular duties to perform the duties of the Mentor (Alternative to the position of substitute teachers may be sought.)

9) Complete the 12-hour Center for Professional Development Teacher Mentor Training Program.

10) Assume other duties as directed by the building principal.


SALARY:  $600

SUBMIT letter of application to:

                                              Judith A. Stalnaker, Personnel Director
                                              Gilmer County Schools
                                              201 North Court Street
                                              Glenville, WV 26351


MUST BE RECEIVED BY:  Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 3:00 PM


As required by federal laws and regulations, the Gilmer County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, marital status, disability, age and national origin in employment and in the administration of any of its education programs or activities.  Inquires may be directed to Title IX Coordinator, Gilmer County Board of Education, 201 N. Court Street, Glenville, WV 26351, phone 304.462.7386; to the Elimination of Sex Discrimination Program Coordinator, 304.558.7864; or the US Department of Education’s Director of the Office of Civil Rights, 215.596.6795.


P15-001-09  
POSTED: 09.17.14

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Elementary Cheerleading Basketball Coach

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AVAILABLE POSITIONS:
                                Elementary Cheerleading Basketball Coach
                                    Glenville Elementary School
                                    Sand Fork Elementary School
                                    Normantown Elementary School
                                    Troy Elementary School

JOB DESCRIPTION:

FOR THE POSITION OF: HEAD ATHLETIC COACH

REPORTS TO: Principal/Athletic Director

JOB GOAL: To assist with participating student to achieve a high level of skill, an appreciation for the values of discipline and an increased level of self-esteem.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Professional and Interpersonal Relations

1. cooperates with building principal,

2. cooperates with athletic director,

3. develops rapport with coaching staff within the school,

4. organizes coaching staff,

5. develops positive relationship with participants,

6. develops positive relationship with student body,

7. develops positive relationship with faculty,

8. develops positive relationship with parents and community,

9. develops positive relationship with game officials,

10. develops positive relationship with news media,

11. develops positive relationship with opponents,

12. employs appropriate conduct during games,

13. employs appropriate conduct during practices,

14. attends league, conference and WVSSAC,

15. participates in activities that foster professional growth and development,

16. motivates staff and players toward desired goals, and commands respect by example in appearance, manners, behavior and language.

Coaching and Related Areas

17. develops high caliber and quality instruction,

18. teaches fundamental skills,

19. handles athletic injuries,

20. cares for equipment,

21. supervises participants and disciplines team appropriately,

22. designs quality organization of practice sessions,

23. designs pre-season planning,

24. supervises managers and other support personnel,

25. manages budget,

26. follows purchasing procedures,

27. initiates game organizational skills,

28. follows board of education, league, conference, and WVSSAC policies,

29. devotes time and energy to coaching duties,

30. follows end of season procedures,

31.  performs other duties as assigned by principal/athletic director.

EMPLOYMENT TERM: 2014-2015 season

QUALIFICATIONS:
* Hold or qualify for West Virginia Certificate as required under State Board Policy 5202
* Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out responsibilities of the position.

SALARY: County Supplement - $600

SUBMIT:  Application for employment; Copy of WV Coaching Certificate; Current employees submit Extra Curricular Bid Sheet (located on the county website) Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

Send these documents to:
                                  Judith Stalnaker, Personnel Director
                                  Gilmer County Schools
                                  201 North Court Street
                                  Glenville, WV 26351

CLOSING DATE: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 -  3:00 PM


As required by federal laws and regulations, the Gilmer County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, marital status, disability, age and national origin in employment and in the administration of any of its education programs or activities.  Inquires may be directed to Title IX Coordinator, Gilmer County Board of Education, 201 N. Court Street, Glenville, WV 26351, phone 304.462.7386; to the Elimination of Sex Discrimination Program Coordinator, 304.558.7864; or the US Department of Education’s Director of the Office of Civil Rights, 215.596.6795.

E15-001-04
Posted: 09.16.14

G-OB™:Gilmer County Schools Employment–Elementary Boys Basketball Coach-GES, NES, SFES, TES

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AVAILABLE POSITIONS:
                                Elementary Boys Basketball Coach
                                    Glenville Elementary School
                                    Sand Fork Elementary School
                                    Normantown Elementary School
                                    Troy Elementary School

JOB DESCRIPTION:

FOR THE POSITION OF: HEAD ATHLETIC COACH

REPORTS TO: Principal/Athletic Director

JOB GOAL: To assist with participating student to achieve a high level of skill, an appreciation for the values of discipline and an increased level of self-esteem.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Professional and Interpersonal Relations

1. cooperates with building principal,

2. cooperates with athletic director,

3. develops rapport with coaching staff within the school,

4. organizes coaching staff,

5. develops positive relationship with participants,

6. develops positive relationship with student body,

7. develops positive relationship with faculty,

8. develops positive relationship with parents and community,

9. develops positive relationship with game officials,

10. develops positive relationship with news media,

11. develops positive relationship with opponents,

12. employs appropriate conduct during games,

13. employs appropriate conduct during practices,

14. attends league, conference and WVSSAC,

15. participates in activities that foster professional growth and development,

16. motivates staff and players toward desired goals, and commands respect by example in appearance, manners, behavior and language.

Coaching and Related Areas

17. develops high caliber and quality instruction,

18. teaches fundamental skills,

19. handles athletic injuries,

20. cares for equipment,

21. supervises participants and disciplines team appropriately,

22. designs quality organization of practice sessions,

23. designs pre-season planning,

24. supervises managers and other support personnel,

25. manages budget,

26. follows purchasing procedures,

27. initiates game organizational skills,

28. follows board of education, league, conference, and WVSSAC policies,

29. devotes time and energy to coaching duties,

30. follows end of season procedures,

31.  performs other duties as assigned by principal/athletic director.

EMPLOYMENT TERM: 2014-2015 season

QUALIFICATIONS:
* Hold or qualify for West Virginia Certificate as required under State Board Policy 5202
* Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out responsibilities of the position.

SALARY: County Supplement - $600

SUBMIT:  Application for employment; Copy of WV Coaching Certificate; Current employees submit Extra Curricular Bid Sheet (located on the county website) Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

Send these documents to:
                                  Judith Stalnaker, Personnel Director
                                  Gilmer County Schools
                                  201 North Court Street
                                  Glenville, WV 26351

CLOSING DATE: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 -  3:00 PM


As required by federal laws and regulations, the Gilmer County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, marital status, disability, age and national origin in employment and in the administration of any of its education programs or activities.  Inquires may be directed to Title IX Coordinator, Gilmer County Board of Education, 201 N. Court Street, Glenville, WV 26351, phone 304.462.7386; to the Elimination of Sex Discrimination Program Coordinator, 304.558.7864; or the US Department of Education’s Director of the Office of Civil Rights, 215.596.6795.

E15-001-02
Posted: 09.16.14

G-OB™:Gilmer County Schools Employment–Elementary Girls Basketball Coach-GES, NES, SFES, TES

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AVAILABLE POSITIONS:
                                Elementary Girls Basketball Coach
                                    Glenville Elementary School
                                    Sand Fork Elementary School
                                    Normantown Elementary School
                                    Troy Elementary School

JOB DESCRIPTION:

FOR THE POSITION OF: HEAD ATHLETIC COACH

REPORTS TO: Principal/Athletic Director

JOB GOAL: To assist with participating student to achieve a high level of skill, an appreciation for the values of discipline and an increased level of self-esteem.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Professional and Interpersonal Relations

1. cooperates with building principal,

2. cooperates with athletic director,

3. develops rapport with coaching staff within the school,

4. organizes coaching staff,

5. develops positive relationship with participants,

6. develops positive relationship with student body,

7. develops positive relationship with faculty,

8. develops positive relationship with parents and community,

9. develops positive relationship with game officials,

10. develops positive relationship with news media,

11. develops positive relationship with opponents,

12. employs appropriate conduct during games,

13. employs appropriate conduct during practices,

14. attends league, conference and WVSSAC,

15. participates in activities that foster professional growth and development,

16. motivates staff and players toward desired goals, and commands respect by example in appearance, manners, behavior and language.

Coaching and Related Areas

17. develops high caliber and quality instruction,

18. teaches fundamental skills,

19. handles athletic injuries,

20. cares for equipment,

21. supervises participants and disciplines team appropriately,

22. designs quality organization of practice sessions,

23. designs pre-season planning,

24. supervises managers and other support personnel,

25. manages budget,

26. follows purchasing procedures,

27. initiates game organizational skills,

28. follows board of education, league, conference, and WVSSAC policies,

29. devotes time and energy to coaching duties,

30. follows end of season procedures,

31.  performs other duties as assigned by principal/athletic director.

EMPLOYMENT TERM: 2014-2015 season

QUALIFICATIONS:
* Hold or qualify for West Virginia Certificate as required under State Board Policy 5202
* Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out responsibilities of the position.

SALARY: County Supplement - $600

SUBMIT:  Application for employment; Copy of WV Coaching Certificate; Current employees submit Extra Curricular Bid Sheet (located on the county website) Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

Send these documents to:
                                  Judith Stalnaker, Personnel Director
                                  Gilmer County Schools
                                  201 North Court Street
                                  Glenville, WV 26351

CLOSING DATE: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 -  3:00 PM


As required by federal laws and regulations, the Gilmer County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, marital status, disability, age and national origin in employment and in the administration of any of its education programs or activities.  Inquires may be directed to Title IX Coordinator, Gilmer County Board of Education, 201 N. Court Street, Glenville, WV 26351, phone 304.462.7386; to the Elimination of Sex Discrimination Program Coordinator, 304.558.7864; or the US Department of Education’s Director of the Office of Civil Rights, 215.596.6795.

E15-001-03
Posted: 09.16.14

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Mentor Teachers: Spanish, Social Studies, Music

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Title:
Mentor Teachers: Spanish, Social Studies, Music, GCHS; 5/6 grade Teacher, NES

Description:
The mentor teacher will provide supervision to a beginning teacher for the purpose of providing assistance for induction into job assignment.   
The mentor teacher will receive supervision from, and be responsible to the building principal. 

Job Location or School Name:
Gilmer County High School/Normantown Elementary

County:
Gilmer

Qualifications:
Must be an experienced teacher 

Prefer individual to be on staff at the same school and teach same/similar subject as teacher to be mentored 

Be recommended by the principal and/or faculty senate 

Be recommended by the county superintendent 

Successfully complete all state and local mentor training, including the 12-hour Center for Prof. Development Teacher Mentor Training Program 

Comply with all other requirements of Policy 5900 and §18A-3-2b School Laws of WV 

Salary:

$600

Closing Date:
2014.09.15

Comments:

SUBMIT: letter of application and resume. Current employees submit bid sheet located on the county website. 
 
P15-001-08

Apply to:
Judith A. Stalnaker, Personnel Director 
Gilmer County Schools 
201 N. Court Street 
Glenville, WV 26351 
 
Fax: 304.462.5103

County Contact Email:
“jstalnaker@k12.wv.us”

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – SAT Coordinator (EXTRA-CURRICULAR) NEED 6

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POSITION TITLE: SAT Coordinator (EXTRA-CURRICULAR) NEED 6


JOB LOCATION: GES (1), NES (1), SFES (1), TES (1), GCHS (2)


GRADE LEVEL: Elementary, Middle, High School


REPORTS TO: Superintendent or His Designee


QUALIFICATIONS: Must be a teacher at one of the above-listed schools


RESPONSIBILITY:

• Each school principal/building administrator shall be responsible for establishing a Student Assistance Team.

• All schools will be assigned a Students Assistance Team Coordinator (s) to assist building administrators who shall serve as the SAT chairperson.  The SAT Coordinator will accept referrals from staff, parents, and/or community agencies.

• Meetings will be scheduled as needed to review individual student needs and will develop and implement appropriate intervention strategies.

• Maintain appropriate documentation of its activities.

• Each SAT will be trained in appropriate instructional and behavioral intervention strategies, as well as referral procedures.

• Other duties may be assigned by the Superintendent.


SALARY: $800


EMPLOYMENT TERM: 2014-2015 School Year


CLOSING DATE: Monday, September 15, 2014 - 3:00 PM


SUBMIT BID SHEET TO:
                                              Gabriel J. Devono, Superintendent
                                              Gilmer County Schools
                                              201 N. Court Street
                                              Glenville, WV 26351
                                              “gjdevono@k12.wv.us”

E15-001-01
Posted: 0984

G-OB™: Gilmer County Schools Employment – Substitute Custodian

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POSITION: Substitute Custodian


JOB DESCRIPTION:

FOR THE POSITION OF:   CUSTODIAN

REPORTS TO: School Principal or Central Office Director

RESPONSIBILITIES:

I. The service employee shall maintain positive work habits.  The performance criteria for this area shall include:

    A. Observation of work hours.
    B. Attendance.
    C. Compliance with rule.
    D. Safety practices.
    E. Meeting schedules.
    F. Accepting change.
    G. Appearance of work area.
    H. Initiative.
    I. Attitude.

II. The service employee performs duties efficiently and productively.  The performance criteria for this area shall include:

    A. Work judgments.
    B. Planning and organizing.
    C. Quality of work.
    D. Accepting responsibility.
    E. Following instructions.
    F. Efficiency under stress.
    G. Operation and care of equipment.
    H. Work coordination.

III. The service employee maintains and/or upgrades skills.  The performance criteria for this area shall include:

    A. Knowledge of work.
    B. Job-related training.
WVBE Policy 5314


ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES:

1. Cleans, sweeps, mops or buffs all areas of the building assigned.

2. Cleans and sanitizes all plumbing fixtures and drinking fountains daily.

3. Cleans unusual classroom spills on demand.

4. Cleans carpet area with vacuum cleaner or scrubbing machine as appropriate.

5. Removes all waste and trash from his/her area and prepares it for proper disposal daily.

6. Washes windows and waxes floor on a regular basis.

7. Sweeps sidewalks and removes debris from grounds as needed. 

8. Reports repairs beyond his/her ability to the principal and/or maintenance supervisor. 

9. Insures that unnecessary lights are off to conserve energy.

10. Insures that building is securely locked.

11. Maintains the school grounds in a clean, attractive manner.

12. Maintains positive work habits.

13. Performs duties efficiently and productively.

14. Maintains and/or upgrades skills.

15. Performs other related duties assigned by the school building principal.
16. The employee understands that he/she must be physically able to handle, lift, move or maneuver large cleaning equipment, move desks, chairs or other classroom furniture and equipment as needed and bend, reach or push as required during course of performing duties of a custodian


EMPLOYMENT TERM: 2014-2015 School Year


QUALIFICATIONS:

• High School Diploma or GED

• Must pass the state mandated test for Custodians

• Possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully carry out the responsibilities of the position


SALARY: Based on Gilmer County Salary Scale, commensurate with job classification and years of service
   
SUBMIT:
 
• Application for employment; Current transcripts for undergraduate and graduate work; Previous two evaluations. 

• Current employees submit Bid Sheet (located on the county website).

• Incomplete application packets will not be considered.


Send these documents to:

                                              Judith Stalnaker, Personnel Director
                                              Gilmer County Schools
                                              201 North Court Street
                                              Glenville, WV 26351


MUST BE RECEIVED BY:  Monday, September 15, 2014 – 3:00 PM


As required by federal laws and regulations, the Gilmer County Board of Education does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, marital status, disability, age and national origin in employment and in the administration of any of its education programs or activities.  Inquires may be directed to Title IX Coordinator, Gilmer County Board of Education, 201 N. Court Street, Glenville, WV 26351, phone 304.462.7386; to the Elimination of Sex Discrimination Program Coordinator, 304.558.7864; or the U.S. Department of Education’s Director of the Office of Civil Rights, 215.596.6795.


S15-001-07(a)
POSTED: 09.08.14

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