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ISLAMIC STATE GROUP CHIEFTAIN REPORTEDLY KILLED IN SYRIA

If confirmed, the death of chief strategist Abu Muhammed al-Adnani would be a major blow to the extremist group, which has been on the retreat in Syria and Iraq.


EU ORDERS APPLE TO PAY NEARLY $15B IN BACK TAXES TO IRELAND

The move dramatically escalates the fight over whether America’s biggest corporations are paying their fair share around the world.


WHY VICTORY FOR HILLARY WOULD CARRY DOWNSIDE FOR BILL

If his wife wins the White House, Bill Clinton says he will have no choice but to step aside from the foundation that has shaped so much of his post-presidential legacy.


MARCO RUBIO WINS GOP PRIMARY

The senator earns the support of Florida’s Republican voters to seek a second term. He got into the race at the last minute after his failed presidential bid.


WHERE APPROACHING STORMS ARE CAUSING ANXIETY

A tropical weather system threatens to bring strong winds and heavy rains to North Carolina’s Outer Banks, while a powerful hurricane could pass “dangerously close” to Hawaii.


CLASHES SUBSIDE BETWEEN US-BACKED FORCES IN SYRIA

Western officials had expressed alarm that the fighting between Turkey’s military and Kurdish-backed fighters has diverted their attention from the battle against the Islamic State group.


WHICH ONE-TIME BUSINESS ALLIES APPEAR HEADED DOWN DIFFERENT ROADS

Google is set to expand a San Francisco carpooling program that could morph into a showdown with popular ride-hailing service Uber.


CHRIS BROWN ARRESTED ON SUSPICION OF ASSAULT WITH DEADLY WEAPON

A woman alleges that the singer pointed a gun at her face in his home.


WHO’S DANCING HIS TROUBLES AWAY

Shamed Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is among celebs named for the new season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.“


VIKINGS QB SUFFERS FREAK INJURY IN PRACTICE

Teddy Bridgewater’s torn ACL leaves a team that entered the season with designs on a Super Bowl run shaken to the core.

BOONE COUNTY SCHOOLS NOW EXCEEDS CALHOUN WITH HIGHEST DEFICIT

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Before voting last week to refuse to follow state Schools Superintendent Michael Martirano’s orders to make severe employee pay and benefit cuts and lay off even more workers, Boone County’s school board members didn’t blame themselves, former board members nor their central office administrators for the financial issues.

John Hudson, the former Boone schools superintendent who left his position last Thursday to become Putnam County’s superintendent, wrote in an early June letter to school employees that “the financial situation and issues facing the school system are no fault of the board.”

In the wake of Boone’s refusal of his directives, Martirano still has ordered the board to approve by Friday a “fiscally sufficient” revised budget, something the board could vote on at a 2 p.m. meeting Thursday. But he seems to agree with the argument that much of Boone’s budget crisis has been unavoidable.

“I recognize that the Boone County Board of Education faces a financial shortfall caused, in large part, by factors beyond its control,” he wrote in the letter ordering the revised budget, which could require some of the same severe cuts he previously proposed. “The degree to which the county’s budget has been negatively impacted by loss of assessed property values and coal industry bankruptcies is unprecedented in the memory of the Department of Education.”

And Jeff Huffman, a former Boone assistant superintendent who became superintendent Friday, said at about the start of June that school system tax revenue for the 2015-16 fiscal year that ended last Thursday had so far come in $6.9 million below the county assessor’s estimations, meaning a loss of 17 percent of the school system’s operating budget for 2015-16. He didn’t return a call Wednesday for an updated figure on how far below expectations revenue ended up.

But West Virginia Department of Education data shows that Boone had enough reserve funding several years ago to absorb a $6.9 million loss. The school system had about $8.5 million in unrestricted carryover funds at the end of the 2011-12 fiscal year.

The system burned through those reserves over the past five years, with a $3.3 million drop during 2012-13 and a $2.4 million drop during 2014-15 to leave the carryover at $1.6 million by the end of that fiscal year. Amy Willard, executive director of the state education department’s Office of School Finance, said Wednesday that surplus was projected to have turned into about a $5.2 million deficit by the time the 2015-16 fiscal year ended last Thursday, meaning Boone has now surpassed Calhoun County as the public school system with the highest deficit in the state.

She said Boone “should have been, in theory, looking at” the trend of decreasing reserves, saying that without the board taking action there was “the potential that they could’ve ended up in a slight deficit, even without the severe property tax shortage that happened,” in the 2015-16 year.

Boone’s board has voted over the past year to close three elementary schools and cut 80 positions for the 2016-17 fiscal year, but Willard said the education department only realized last month just how insufficient only those cuts would be. Now Boone employees face possible last-minute cuts to their benefits, pay and even entire positions, while Boone school officials and the education department have disagreed over why the extent of the budget issues came to light so late.

Willard said that if Martirano had approved the budget Boone’s school system submitted for the 2016-17 fiscal year that started Friday, the expected $5.2 million deficit would’ve grown by a further $1.7 million, and Boone wouldn’t have enough cash flow to meet required expenses through the June 30 end of the fiscal year.

Education department spokeswoman Kristin Anderson has said Boone currently is second only to Putnam in West Virginia for average school employee pay, and one of Martirano’s rejected orders was to cut Boone workers’ pay, by thousands of dollars each, to the state-minimum salaries that 24 other counties pay.

Since 2011-12, as Boone’s reserves have dwindled, the school system also increased the number of workers it employed with local revenue — those in excess of what the state school aid funding formula paid for. The number in excess rose from about 115 in 2011-12 to 139 in 2014-15, and the costs for these extra workers rose from $6.5 million to $8 million.

In the just-ended 2015-16 fiscal year, that number employed over formula dropped to 111.

Over the past five years, Boone also saw its students per school ratio dip lower and lower below the state average of about 410. Boone had 105 students below that average in 2011-12 and 121 below in 2015-16.

Charles Chapman, Boone’s treasurer/financial services director, who declined comment to the Gazette-Mail last week, declined to comment again Wednesday afternoon on the impacts these factors and possible others had on the depleting reserves, saying in an email that he was “very busy preparing for tomorrow’s board meeting.” The meeting is in the Boone County Schools Operations Complex conference room, 5367 Daniel Boone Parkway, in Foster.

Mark Sumpter, the Boone school board’s president, didn’t return calls Tuesday, and two more board members didn’t return calls Wednesday. When asked after a board meeting Tuesday whether he thought there was overspending in previous fiscal years, Huffman told the Gazette-Mail “I’m not addressing that, period.”

Hudson, the previous superintendent, did speak to a reporter Wednesday for a short time, eventually saying he needed to get off the phone to do interviews.

“Through that time period there were multiple school building projects and partnering with the School Building Authority,” Hudson said of the past five fiscal years.

“No one predicted that drastic drop,” he said of the 2015-16 revenue shortfall. “… There was no indication that money would not continue and revenue sources would not continue as they had been.”

~~  Ryan Quinn ~~

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FOR CAPITOL HILL, IT’S A NEW REALITY, NOT A SHOW

Congressional Republicans return to Washington, grappling with the prospect of Donald Trump as their presidential nominee, with reactions ranging from rejection to lukewarm embrace.


NEW PHILIPPINE LEADER SEEN AS EMANCIPATOR, LOOMING DICTATOR

Rodrigo Duterte is poised to become the president-elect of the Philippines after an incendiary and populist campaign.


AFTER PARTY CONGRESS, KIM JONG UN OVERSEES A PARADE OF THE MASSES

After the North Korean leader solidified his hold on power and his commitment to developing nuclear weapons, hundreds of thousands of participate in a choreographed civilian parade.


DEADLY KNIFE ATTACK IN GERMANY

One person is dead and several wounded after a knife-wielding 27-year-old German man who “expressed political motivations” attacked at a train station outside Munich.


DEADLY TWISTERS STRIKE GREAT PLAINS

Tornadoes destroyed homes and overturned vehicles as they churned across Oklahoma, part of a strong series of storms in America’s heartland.


WHAT ATTORNEY GENERAL CITED IN LGBT LAWSUIT

In suing North Carolina for discriminating against transgender people, Loretta Lynch invokes the defining civil rights struggles of the last century.


ALBERTA OFFICIALS SAY OIL SANDS CITY AVERTS FIRE’S WORST

Rachel Notley declares Fort McMurray saved and says a plan will be put together within two weeks so 88,000 residents forced to evacuate can return to their homes.


WHY BRAZIL POLITICS ARE IN DISARRAY

The fight over President Dilma Rousseff’s future takes a strange twist in Congress, with the leader of the lower house saying senators can’t go ahead with an impeachment vote and the Senate leader insisting they will.


MICHAEL BROWN’S MOTHER’S BOOK RECALLS DEATH, LIFE

Lezley McSpadden tells the AP she’ll never forget the day a police officer killed her 18-year-old son in Ferguson, and she recalls the shooting’s aftermath in her new autobiography.


HOW WARRIORS STAR DID IN RETURN FROM INJURY

Stephen Curry shrugs off a sprained knee to score an NBA-record 17 points in overtime, finishing with 40 as Golden State rallied past Portland 132-125.

G-LtE™: What Now for the West Virginia School Building Authority?

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We read the Gazette article here on FREE PRESS about the lack of funds for building repairs.  Knowing that has never been a big concern to the SBA.  Or obviously we would not have all the school building issues WV is dealing with.  Also a big shortfall for new construction.  SBA likes new and shiny.  Shiny equates progress and good education in the minds of the WV Board of Education.  That’s a story for another day.

Locals in Gilmer County remember that old audit that was thrust in the face of our elected school board and our own hired Superintendent.  The State Board of Education refers to that as “intervention”.  ‘Tyranny’ is more accurate.  We remember, many of us read it.  Thanks again to FREE PRESS.

I would encourage you Mr. Ramezan, to republish that audit report, to refresh everyone’s memory and make available for those who never have had the opportunity to read it.

I believe that audit stated we, GC, could not afford our schools, at least the number we had.  I believe also referred to the occupancy/utilization rates in all our buildings, as being low and not acceptable.  The WV School Building Authority website indicates a minimum 85% occupancy use rate for each and every building.  With this in mind, how can Gilmer County, with declining enrollments, begin to afford the expense of operating a Middle School?

Using numbers available online, talking with school administrators, something is very suspect, with the proposed Middle School.  The GC high school would have a capacity of near 700.  The new Hays City elementary being built for 400.  That comes to class space for 1100 students.  Glenville Elementary (located alongside plastics factory) has capacity over 300.  We are now at 1400 students.  Gilmer County has about 900 students currently.

Will the WV School Building Authority put their seal of approval on this?  Likely.  They approved the Leading Creek School built for 280 students, with current enrollment about 140.  That’s less than 50% utilization.  Its all ready being talked in Lewis County that they will drop about the equivalent of another classroom of students next school year as well.  That will make 6 empty classrooms.  Seems Common Core math is being practiced by the School Building Authority?

So…...space for 1400 students…...with only 900 students?  And we have not factored in any students going to the Lewis County School at Leading Creek?  Or how many students will attend the new Christian Day School?

One has to wonder how long before more parents will home school or move?  That’s coming.

Many pre-k/elementary arrive at school at least a half hour before classes start.  Parents know this.

This is after bus rides of over one hour too.

What about the little elementary children at Lewis County Leading Creek school?  Parents are telling that their children…...have to WAIT ONE HOUR AFTER CLASSES….. before the two Gilmer County bus arrives to take them home!

~~  author on file ~~

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MICHIGAN GUNMAN KILLS 6 IN APPARENT RANDOM SHOOTINGS

Police are trying to piece together why Jason Dalton, a 45-year-old Uber driver, targeted the victims in an hours long Kalamazoo rampage.


RUBIO, CRUZ BATTLE TO EMERGE AS ‘ANTI-TRUMP’

Rubio and Cruz cast themselves as alternatives to the bellicose front runner after Trump’s South Carolina primary win.


CLINTON SHAKES OFF SOME ANXIETIES WITH NEVADA WIN

Her solid victory helps quell some fears, but challenger Bernie Sanders looks to Super Tuesday to regain ground.


NEARLY 130 DIE IN SYRIA BOMBINGS CLAIMED BY ISLAMIC STATE

The blasts in Homs and Damascus highlight the threat posed by the extremists as the country’s warring factions fight for the city of Aleppo and world powers chase a truce.


WHY UK CANDIDATE SAYS BRITAIN SHOULD LEAVE EU

London Mayor Boris Johnson, a challenger to Prime Minister David Cameron, says he’s in favor of Britain quitting the European Union to take back democratic control of its affairs.


WHAT POPE ASKS BISHOPS TO OPPOSE IN ‘YEAR OF MERCY’

Pope Francis urges Catholic leaders to take a stand against executions this year.


COMMON SOFTWARE WOULD HAVE LET FBI UNLOCK SHOOTER’S IPHONE

San Bernardino paid for - but never installed - technology to enable officials to unlock the county-owned phone of one of the killers in the attack that left 14 dead.


NEW REPORT UNDERSCORES LACK OF DIVERSITY IN HOLLYWOOD

The study finds that an “epidemic of invisibility” runs top to bottom through the film and TV industry for women, minorities and LGBT people.


WHERE MASSACHUSETTS WANTS TO ESTABLISH RATTLESNAKE COLONY

State wildlife officials will hold a meeting to quell fears over plans to establish the endangered, venomous snakes on an island in the western Quabbin Reservoir.


WHO WINS FIRST DAYTONA 500 IN WILD FINISH

Denny Hamlin chased down Toyota teammate Matt Kenseth in the final lap to take the checkered flag.

Area Closings and Delays on Monday, February 15, 2016

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Monday, February 15, 2016
Glenville State College    
Gilmer County Board of Education    
Gilmer County Courthouse  
Gilmer County Health Department  
Gilmer County Senior Center  
Minnie Hamilton Health System, Glenville Office Clinic
Gilmer County Schools 2 Hour Delay -to- ALL CLOSED  
Braxton County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Calhoun County Schools 3 Hour Delay -to- ALL CLOSED  
Doddridge County Schools    
Lewis County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Ritchie County Schools All Closed  
 
Barbour County Schools 2 Hour Delay -to- ALL CLOSED  
Clay County Schools All Closed  
Harrison County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Nicholas County Schools All Closed  
Pleasants County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Roane County Schools 2 Hour Delay -to- ALL CLOSED  
Tyler County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Upshur County Schools All Closed  
Webster County Schools All Closed  
Wetzel County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Wirt County Schools All Closed  
Wood County Schools All Closed  

 

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Area Closings and Delays on Friday, February 12, 2016

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Friday, February 12, 2016
Glenville State College    
Gilmer County Board of Education    
Gilmer County Courthouse  
Gilmer County Health Department  
Gilmer County Senior Center  
Minnie Hamilton Health System, Glenville Office Clinic
Gilmer County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Braxton County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Calhoun County Schools    
Doddridge County Schools    
Lewis County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Ritchie County Schools    
 
Barbour County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Clay County Schools    
Harrison County Schools    
Nicholas County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Pleasants County Schools    
Roane County Schools    
Tyler County Schools    
Upshur County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Webster County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Wetzel County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Wirt County Schools    
Wood County Schools    

 

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Area Closings and Delays on Thursday, February 11, 2016

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Thursday, February 11, 2016
Glenville State College    
Gilmer County Board of Education    
Gilmer County Courthouse  
Gilmer County Health Department  
Gilmer County Senior Center  
Minnie Hamilton Health System, Glenville Office Clinic
Gilmer County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Braxton County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Calhoun County Schools 3 Hour Delay  
Doddridge County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Lewis County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Ritchie County Schools All Closed  
 
Barbour County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Clay County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Harrison County Schools 3 Hour Delay  
Nicholas County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Pleasants County Schools All Closed  
Roane County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Tyler County Schools 3 Hour Delay  
Upshur County Schools All Closed  
Webster County Schools 3 Hour Delay  
Wetzel County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Wirt County Schools 3 Hour Delay  
Wood County Schools All Closed  

 

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Area Closings and Delays on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Glenville State College    
Gilmer County Board of Education    
Gilmer County Courthouse  
Gilmer County Health Department  
Gilmer County Senior Center  
Minnie Hamilton Health System, Glenville Office Clinic
Gilmer County Schools 2 Hour Delay  -to-   ALL CLOSED  
Braxton County Schools 2 Hour Delay  -to-   ALL CLOSED  
Calhoun County Schools 3 Hour Delay  -to-   ALL CLOSED  
Doddridge County Schools 2 Hour Delay  -to-   ALL CLOSED  
Lewis County Schools 2 Hour Delay  -to-   ALL CLOSED  
Ritchie County Schools All Closed  
 
Barbour County Schools ALL CLOSED  
Clay County Schools 2 Hour Delay  -to-   ALL CLOSED  
Harrison County Schools ALL CLOSED  
Nicholas County Schools 2 Hour Delay  -to-   ALL CLOSED  
Pleasants County Schools 2 Hour Delay  -to-   ALL CLOSED  
Roane County Schools 2 Hour Delay  -to-   ALL CLOSED  
Tyler County Schools All Closed  
Upshur County Schools 2 Hour Delay  -to-   ALL CLOSED  
Webster County Schools 3 Hour Delay  -to-   ALL CLOSED  
Wetzel County Schools All Closed  
Wirt County Schools All Closed  
Wood County Schools All Closed  

 

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Area Closings and Delays on Tuesday, February 09, 2016

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Glenville State College    
Gilmer County Board of Education    
Gilmer County Courthouse  
Gilmer County Health Department  
Gilmer County Senior Center  
Minnie Hamilton Health System, Glenville Office Clinic
Gilmer County Schools All Closed  
Braxton County Schools All Closed  
Calhoun County Schools All Closed  
Doddridge County Schools All Closed  
Lewis County Schools All Closed  
Ritchie County Schools All Closed  
 
Barbour County Schools All Closed  
Clay County Schools Closing 2 Hours Early  
Harrison County Schools All Closed  
Nicholas County Schools All Closed  
Pleasants County Schools All Closed  
Roane County Schools All Closed  
Tyler County Schools All Closed  
Upshur County Schools All Closed  
Webster County Schools All Closed  
Wetzel County Schools All Closed  
Wirt County Schools All Closed  
Wood County Schools All Closed  

 

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Area Closings and Delays on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Glenville State College    
Gilmer County Board of Education    
Gilmer County Courthouse  
Gilmer County Health Department  
Gilmer County Senior Center  
Minnie Hamilton Health System, Glenville Office Clinic
Gilmer County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Braxton County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Calhoun County Schools 3 Hour Delay  
Doddridge County Schools    
Lewis County Schools All Closed  
Ritchie County Schools    
 
Barbour County Schools All Closed  
Clay County Schools All Closed  
Harrison County Schools 3 Hour Delay  
Nicholas County Schools    
Pleasants County Schools    
Roane County Schools    
Tyler County Schools    
Upshur County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Webster County Schools    
Wetzel County Schools    
Wirt County Schools    
Wood County Schools    

 

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