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Glenville State College to Present Honorary Degrees to Bluegrass Pioneers

Officials at Glenville State College are planning a special recognition ceremony to honor several outstanding bluegrass music masters.

On Friday, February 10 GSC will present honorary doctorates to Mac Wiseman, Bobby and Sonny Osborne, Buddy Griffin, Jesse McReynolds, and Jim McReynolds who will be recognized posthumously.

The hooding ceremony will take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Mac Wiseman


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Bobby and Sonny Osborne


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Buddy Griffin


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Jesse and Jim McReynolds


In late 2018, GSC Assistant Professor of Music and Bluegrass Music Program Director Dr. Megan Darby traveled to Nashville to hand-deliver letters announcing the honor to several of the musicians and their families.

“The first generation of bluegrass masters have left such a legacy for us to study, and it was an honor to be given the opportunity to hand deliver the invitations to participate,” said Darby. “The most powerful thing for me about bluegrass music is that I have memories of watching and sharing the stage with many of these pioneers. Our students still have an opportunity to meet and learn from this amazing generation.”

“Honorary doctorates are among the highest accolades that an institution can bestow upon individuals. We need to take the time to properly honor those who have done outstanding things for society and the greater good. These degree presentations are Glenville State’s way of showing our gratitude to these bluegrass masters for all they’ve done for the genre and, by extension, our former and current bluegrass students,” said Glenville State College President Dr. Tracy Pellett.

The event will take place at the Ford Theater inside the Country Music Hall of Fame beginning at noon on February 01.

For more information, contact Darby at 304.462.6355.

Grants Available For Christian Youth

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The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates announces the availability of grants from the Proclaimers Gospel Quartet Fund for Christian Youth.

This fund provides support for Christian youth and Christian youth groups in need of financial assistance in order to attend or participate in Christian service-related events. 

Grants may be made, for example, for attendance at Christian camps or for participation in educational events or church or community service activities.

Applicants should note that persons or groups assisted through this fund generally shall only be eligible every fifth year following receipt of support.

The application period is open now through June 01, 2019.

Applications must be submitted through a church or a sponsoring nonprofit organization. 

Applications are available on the Foundation’s website, www.pacfwv.com/Grants/Apply, or by contacting the Foundation by calling 304.428.4438 or emailing ‘info@pacfwv.com’.


About the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or non-profit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of our community.  PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages more than 350 charitable funds with nearly $43 million in assets.  PACF works in partnership with its local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area.  Since 1963, PACF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways.  For more information about PACF, visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304.428.4438.

Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries

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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 March 18, 2019  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
Robert Lee Woodford II Crystal Woodford 5799 WV Hwy 5W
Glenville, WV 26351
David B. Pierce Claudette L. Pierce 6778 US Hwy 33W
Glenville, WV 26351
Rose A. Ball James W. Ball 607 East Valley Drive
Glenville, WV 26351
Geraldine McGough Werder Callum McGough 4089 Cobia Street
Pennsacola, FL 32507
Buddie R. Cain Sherri Greenlief 2163 Tanner School Road
Big Springs, WV 26137


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

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : January 17, 2019

Analysis: Business Property-Tax Cut Wouldn’t Bring Jobs

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The governor and legislative leaders again are considering repealing the personal property tax for businesses.

But according to the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, it’s unlikely to bring job growth.

Last year, lawmakers looked at ending that tax on inventory, machinery and equipment.

Sean O’Leary, a senior policy analyst the center, says most states tax either inventory, or machinery and equipment, or both.

He says comparisons have found no real connection to growth no matter what states do.

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The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy found no link between
states that do not tax companies’ inventory,
machinery or equipment and faster job growth.


“Since the end of the recession, there’s no real clear link between states that have this tax, states that don’t have this tax, and growth rates,” he points out. “And states that have neither of the taxes have actually grown less than the states that have both.“

Leaders at the Legislature say repealing the tax would get more businesses to locate in the state.

But O’Leary says the tax is just a “fraction of a fraction” of a company’s costs – not nearly enough to change anyone’s mind.

He says West Virginia is “fairly middle of the road” in the way it structures these taxes.

The state has a very low property tax rate overall.

O’Leary says part of that is because it applies the tax to a broad range of things.

He says states that do not tax inventory, machinery or equipment have to make up the income by raising other kinds of property taxes.

“So their land and buildings are getting taxed at a much higher rate than they are in West Virginia,” he explains. “So the savings that they would have doesn’t really add up to anything.“

Supporters say eliminating the tax would cost the state about $140 million a year, once it’s fully in place.

O’Leary says the real total price tag would be more than $300 million a year, with much of the cost landing first on county school systems.

He notes the state would have to reimburse the schools for the lost revenue, and that strong public education is much more likely to boost employment.

Human Trafficking Prevention Month

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has recognized January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month with multiple training events as part of his office’s continued effort to eradicate the growing criminal industry.

Human trafficking is defined as commercial sex or labor that is induced by force, fraud or coercion. It is considered the second largest criminal industry in the world today, second only to drug trafficking according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“Human trafficking is a crime that victimizes men, women and children of all ages,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “West Virginia is particularly vulnerable due to the opioid epidemic, poverty and a large number of children in foster care. Awareness and prevention are vital, and the goal is to educate people in their communities.”

The Attorney General’s Office kicked off National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month with a training session Jan. 4 for medical personnel at Berkeley Medical Center in Martinsburg. Staff were educated about signs of human trafficking and the proper avenues to take when reporting suspected cases.

Another training session will be offered at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16, at Heritage Baptist Church in Pinch. Similar events are set later in the month for school personnel in Braxton County and cadets at the West Virginia State Police Academy.

Since 2017, the Attorney General’s Office has offered the training to numerous groups including medical professionals, school personnel, social workers, law enforcement and communities. The ultimate goal is to establish greater awareness and increase overall reporting of the issue throughout the state.

Anyone who suspects someone may have been forced into human trafficking, should call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888.373.7888 and contact local law enforcement.

MOUNTAINEER FOOD BANK ANNOUNCES FEDERAL SHUTDOWN FOOD ASSISTANCE

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The Mountaineer Food Bank announced that it will offer Federal Shutdown Food Assistance services. Federal Employees, federally contracted workers and their families that are missing paychecks due to the federal shutdown and are in need of food will be eligible.

Chad Morrison, Executive Director of Mountaineer Food Bank commented, “I’ve had several discussions with federal agencies here in West Virginia where supervisors are expressing concerns for their employees who are now without a paycheck. The agencies where seeking information on what Mountaineer Food Bank can do to assist with the unpredicted need.” After this conversation, Morrison decided that Mountaineer Food Bank would develop a plan to provide these individuals and their families with supplemental food to help with the burden of their current distress.

“Children and families need to eat, and while West Virginia is bridging the gap for now, we need the president and Congress to work together to fund the federal government and end this uncertainty.

Mountaineer Food Bank will be hosting two Veterans Table food box distributions this coming week and we are welcoming any federal employees and/or federally contracted workers to participate in these distributions. In addition, if any federal employee or contract worker that is not able to attend these distributions, they are welcome to visit Mountaineer Food Bank facility in Gassaway WV (484 Enterprise Drive, Gassaway WV 26624) for assistance. For more information contact Mountaineer Food Bank @ 304-364-5518.

A Federal ID or proof of contracted work will be required.

The following is a list of distribution dates, locations and times:

Beckley VA Medical Center: 200 Veterans Ave, Beckley, WV 25801 - Thursday January 17, 2019 10am-12pm

Louis A Johnson VA Medical Center (Clarksburg) : 1 Medical Center Drive, Clarksburg, WV 26301 Friday January 18, 2019 10am-12pm


About Mountaineer Food Bank

Mountaineer Food Bank is a 501(c) (3) non-profit hunger relief organization that serves 48 counties in West Virginia. Our network consists of over 400 feeding programs including soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, senior programs and Backpack Program. To learn more about Mountaineer Food Bank and how to help solve hunger in your community, visit our website at www.mountaineerfoodbank.org.

Jeanette Riffle: Coldest Day Yet for 2019

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A few days ago, it was 60 degrees and this morning we got up to 23 and a wind chill of 13. What a surprise!  I am happy to stay in by the fire and look out the windows and watch it snow. So far, it is just flurries and not much accumulation. It really makes a person thankful for a good warm house, plenty of food, warm clothes and so many other things. I’m glad that we don’t have to go outside to the outhouse or pump water up from the pitcher pump on the back porch like we did when I was growing up. We got running water, a bathroom and the whole works when I was 9 years old.  My mind goes back to old time winters and Mom worrying that us kids would get cold at night. Every bedroom had a gas stove on the floor but sometimes I would wake up to her putting another quilt on the bed and she would ask if I was cold. Duane remembers quilts piled so high on his bed at the Shock log cabin that you couldn’t hardly turn over. It was drafty and our house was, too. Mom would stuff big rags up around the bottom of doors to keep some of the draft out. It came in around windows and sometimes she put old quilts up over the curtain rods to keep the cold out. We went on to school rain, snow, or shine.

Back then there weren’t any snow days off school. There was a bus house down at the Chesnut Lick Bridge to get in for shelter and the bus came by about 8:20 every morning, so we knew when to go down there.  When Mom went to work, she put me in charge and I had to get up and make breakfast for the four of us kids. Mom always had chickens and I fixed scrambled eggs, toast and hot chocolate to give us all a good start.  Then, I had to do dishes and clean up the kitchen, get myself dressed and ready for school. We weren’t allowed to wear slacks to keep our legs warm. Mom got me warm knee stockings and long wool winter skirts. I’m glad that one got changed somewhere along the years. Some of us women even wear slacks to church in winter to keep warm. I was reminded of a promise in the Holy Bible, from Alyce Faye Bragg’s column of the Charleston Gazette-Mail . It is found in Genesis 8: 21-22. It reads, “And, the Lord smelled a sweet savor; and the Lord said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more everything living, as I have done. While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”

Until next time, take care and God bless.

WV Legislative Update

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As we plow headlong into the first full week of the 2019 legislative session, new and returning members are becoming familiarized to the new leadership, committee assignments, offices and duties.  With the major construction underway to repair the interior support system of the Capitol dome, the center of the main Capitol building is completely enclosed and blocked off from the basement, first floor, the rotunda “well” on the second floor and up to the interior dome ceiling. The damage caused by decades of water infiltration has corroded the support superstructure and estimates are it could possibly be sometime in late 2020 before the repairs are completed.  It’s definitely a different atmosphere in the remaining space between the House and Senate chambers.  It’s claustrophobic but there is a narrow walkway around the construction to get from the east and west sides of the building and the wings.  If you’re visiting the Capitol, be prepared for the construction detours inside.

The Governor covered a few of my concerns during his State of the State address last week, and without his usual whiteboard and markers.  Unfortunately, many items were only given a brief overview without any substantial follow-up later in the week with more specifics.  Of equal concerns is that the items he mentioned total roughly $500 million dollars, thereby fully obligating all or more than any conceivable budget surplus that may be available after June 30 of this year.  True, the State is enjoying a considerable uptick in revenue collections for the general fund and road fund.  However, what goes up can easily go in the opposite direction. While we have pressing needs, this may be a time to exercise careful spending practices.

I’m pleased that the Governor recognized the need to exempt Social Security income from state income taxes which will greatly help retirees.  Hopefully, this can be expanded to include other pension benefits that are similar to Social Security.  Likewise, I’m pleased that he’s committed to divert several million dollars from the Roads to Prosperity program to much-needed secondary road maintenance – the roads where West Virginians live and work.  This is long overdue and should provide funding for projects in counties when the fiscal year begins on July 1.  The record-breaking rainfall in 2018 caused many unforeseen slips and slides that must be repaired.

PEIA was mentioned, but the method by which he intends to inject $150 million into the plan is unclear and from what source – all or in part.  There was no mention of higher education funding restoration.

While drug treatment is high on everyone’s list of needs, the plan he outlined – “JIM’S Dream – is a $25 million request that is short on details at this time.  I attempted to get some clarification during our first budget hearing on the Governor’s executive budget last Thursday morning.  Unfortunately, no one in attendance from the Governor’s office, Tax & Revenue, or DHHR had a firm grasp on implementation or details.  While the plan is good in theory – providing vocational and job training, education assistance and drug treatment to get our citizens back into the workforce – my questions hinged on where this program would be available.  For instance, if it will just be at a few large cities or counties around the state, then it will be essentially worthless to the rural areas of West Virginia.  Without it being available nearby and without any public transportation options, our rural families will continue to endure a great unmet need that selectively helps some but leaves other without any meaningful assistance.  That scenario sounds similar to the approach on broadband for unserved and underserved areas.

I truly hope this turns out to be something meaningful that I can support, but whether it will realistically help our citizens in central West Virginia is an unanswered question at this early point in the session.

The Governor also proposed an intermediate court of appeals.  This is a long-sought dream of big business that will simply drive the time and cost of justice for individuals and small businesses even higher.  Considering the ever-shrinking population of West Virginia and given that the State Supreme Court of Appeals reviews every case that is sent to them, I’m left wondering why we should spend millions on another layer of judicial bureaucracy.  If someone can provide me evidence that there truly is a need, I’m willing to listen, providing that there are assurances that it won’t be used as another technique to hurt working families and consumers,

The Governor introduced the new Commerce Secretary, former State Senator Ed Gaunch.  I’m looking forward to speaking with him regarding central West Virginia soon. It’s time to lift all boats - not just in the more prosperous and populous counties.

While the Governor’s speech left many unanswered questions, I realize it’s impossible to outline the entire agenda in an hour. Hundreds of votes and thousands of bills and resolutions will be introduced in the coming weeks.  I’ll do my best to keep you updated and informed.

During the legislative session, please send your inquiries to the Capitol office: State Capitol Building 1, Room 258 M, Charleston, WV 25305. My office telephone number is 304.340.3142; home number is 304.364.8411. .  If you have an interest in any particular bill or issue, please let me know.  For those with Internet access, my legislative e-mail address is:

You may also obtain additional legislative information, including the copies of bills, conference reports, daily summaries, interim highlights, and leave me a message on the Legislature’s web site at www.legis.state.wv.us/.  When leaving a message, please remember to include your phone number with your inquiry and any details you can provide. Additional information, including agency links and the state government phone directory, may be found at www.wv.gov. Also, you may follow me on Facebook at “Brent Boggs”, Twitter at “@DelBrentBoggs” , as well as the WV Legislature’s Facebook page at “West Virginia Legislature” or on Twitter at twitter.com/wvlegislature.

Continue to remember our troops - at home and abroad - and keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.  Until next week – take care.

Pat’s Chat

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The Children’s Ministry Department of the Adventist Church on Brushy Fork Road will be having a Bake Sale on Monday, January 21st, to raise funds to send our children to the Noah’s Ark and Creation Theme Park in Kentucky next summer. I am told there will be Pepperoni Rolls (turkey), Cakes, Pies, Cookies, and other goodies. They will be at the church about 12 Noon until 5:00 p.m. I hope you’ll stop by.

One of my lovely nieces posted the following on Facebook and it touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes. I hope you will enjoy reading it and that your heart will also be touched. If you do not know the Person this story is reminding us of – our Savior – then borrow your mom’s or your grandma’s Bible and read 1 John, all four chapters. That and many other books in the Bible will help you get to know Him. Here is what my niece posted:

“I was walking in the supermarket and suddenly I heard a noise of things breaking. I turned down an aisle and saw a group of people staring at an older lady who had hit a shelf containing plates and glasses with her cart. Many had fallen to the ground and broken.

“Kneeling on the floor embarrassed, the lady was frantically picking up the shattered pieces, while her husband peeled off each bar code saying: ‘We have to pay for all this.‘

‘What a sad scene. Someone has a mishap, and all eyes were on her. When I knelt beside her to help, a man also knelt beside us and said, ‘Leave it, we will pick this up. Let’s get your information, so you can go to the hospital and have that wound in your hand looked at.‘

“The lady looked at him and said, ‘But I have to pay for this.‘

“The man said, ‘No ma’am, I’m the Manager & we have insurance for this. You don’t have to pay anything. Let’s get you taken care of.‘

“For you who have read this far, I’d like you to close your eyes and imagine God doing the same for you. Collecting the pieces of your broken heart from all the missteps and blows that life has thrown at you. God’s love and Holy Spirit will heal your wounds, and your sins and mistakes will be forgiven.
This is the warranty called grace. When you accept God’s gift as your only real Salvation, the manager of the existence of the universe (GOD) AKA Lord and King of the universe… our Yashua (Hebrew for God’s Salvation) will tell you: ‘Everything is already paid for ... go on and sin no more.‘”

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Landslide, Rupture Issues Raise Problems for Gas Pipeline Permit

A gas pipeline rupture and explosion last summer is raising related worries about a current pipeline proposal.

Last June, Columbia Gas said a landslide after heavy rains caused its brand new pipeline to rupture and explode just south of Moundsville.

Jim Kotcon, on the Energy Committee of the Sierra Club’s West Virginia Chapter, said a line proposed southeast of that area is just as vulnerable.

Kotcon said more than two-fifths of EQT’s Hammerhead Pipeline would be built on slopes 35 degrees or steeper. He noted last summer’s explosion could have been deadly.

“Fortunately, that was in a remote wooded area and so, there were no injuries,“ Kotcon said. “But some of these very steep slopes are just inherently inappropriate for that kind of construction. There’s a real risk of pipeline rupture.“

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EQT’s proposed Hammerhead Pipeline would originate in the southwest corner of Pennsylvania
before crossing Marion, Monongalia and Wetzel counties in West Virginia. (EQT)


The Hammerhead Pipeline is one of a number of pipelines being proposed to open what supporters describe as a “bottleneck” in getting natural gas to market from Marcellus and Utica fracking wells.

An energy lobbyist recently told state lawmakers that “rogue environmental groups” were responsible for pipeline legal delays.

The 30-inch Hammerhead line could carry 1.2 billion cubic feet of gas per day. It would run from southwestern Pennsylvania through three West Virginia counties to join EQT’s huge Mountain Valley Pipeline in Wetzel County.

According to Kotcon, pipelines are often being built by crews unprepared to deal with the area’s steep terrain, which is subject to constant erosion and sediment problems.

“They’re used to working in areas like Oklahoma and Texas, where they just don’t have the same steep terrain,“ he added. “As a matter of just common sense and safety, it makes sense to reroute the pipeline away from those very steep slopes.“

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection hasn’t yet issued a stormwater and sediment control permit for the Hammerhead Pipeline.

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Gilmer County Residents Graduate from GSC

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Three students from Gilmer County were awarded degrees during the Glenville State College December Commencement Ceremony held on Saturday, December 08, 2018.

  • Amanda Lamb of Normantown, WV graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Education (PreK-K), Elementary Education (K-6), and Multi-Categorical Special Education (K-6).

  • Samantha McCune of Linn, WV received a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science with a minor in Social Work.

  • Carissa Wood of Shock, WV graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science with a minor in Music.

Founded in 1872, Glenville State College is a public liberal arts college located in Glenville, West Virginia.

The college offers a variety of four-year degree programs and several NCAA Division II athletic teams.

 

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These High-Poverty Schools Figured Out How to Help Kids Succeed

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In 2005, the Prichard Committee sponsored a study of a small number of high-poverty Kentucky public schools that were successfully educating their students at high levels. Their success was unexpected because schools with many poor students have historically struggled to help them succeed.

Research on “break-the-mold” schools that defy this trend has consistently identified the same set of characteristics: high expectations for students, strong and stable leadership, effective teachers, safe and orderly environment, focus on academics, and frequent monitoring of each student’s progress.

Our study was unique in using the state audit process to systematically compare eight Kentucky break-the-mold schools that had once been low-performing with eight chronically low-performing schools. We wanted to understand how schools serving the same kinds of students could have such different results.

Our findings confirmed what other researchers had found but underscored that the schools’ primary stakeholders — principals, teachers, parents and students themselves — drove improvement. We were captivated by three findings in particular:


► No one was “brought in” to turn the schools around. The schools’ turnaround did not come through replacing the principal or “re-staffing” the school. Instead, the principal and staff had painful discussions about their low-performing status and engaged in collaborative, intensive self-study — often with district or other external support — to figure out how to improve.


► Schools were led by collaborative principals. Principals in the successful schools were not authoritarian or top-down but engaged with their school communities to collaboratively address the problems.


► School climate was the single most distinguishing feature. High-performing schools differed most strongly from low-performing schools on measures of school climate, particularly high expectations for everyone (not just students); a commitment to equity and appreciation of diversity; and caring, respectful relationships among all stakeholders.  

Sadly, not all of the schools in our study have maintained their high performance. In 2017, only two of the six schools had achievement results in the top third of Kentucky elementary schools. One more was slightly above state average, and three were in the bottom third, based on all subjects tested (two schools have closed). Why are we not able to sustain high performance and learn from schools that have seemingly solved public education’s most chronic problem?

Based on what we learned in 2005 and our work since then, we suggest four promising strategies for eliminating chronically low-performing public schools:


► Learn from and build upon success: The two schools that have maintained high performance are in districts with several high-performing schools, suggesting a district role in improvement that includes ensuring that success does not walk out the door with effective principals and staff when they move on to other opportunities.


► Support school-led improvement efforts: Do we really need to make the case that for schools to improve, the faculty, staff and students inside the school must understand what is going on, figure out how to address the problem, and lead the improvement effort? External expertise will likely be needed, but improvement should be done by the schools, not to them.


► Engage the students: School improvement efforts for far too long have been led and implemented almost exclusively by adults. As recent youth mobilization efforts around school safety in Kentucky and across the country have shown, students sometimes have the best-informed voices about what is going wrong in their schools, and how to fix it. Improvement efforts going forward must involve students in meaningful and ongoing ways.


► Focus on climate: Our findings about the importance of a respectful, caring school climate focused on every student’s learning has been validated by a growing body of research showing a direct correlation between positive school climate and improved learning for all young people. Improvement efforts, then, must focus on creating a safe, engaging, and inclusive culture where high performance by everyone in the building is expected and supported. School-led climate audits are a promising first step to building this culture. The Prichard Committee’s Student Voice Team has been piloting a student-led climate and culture analysis and sharing results to spur rich, solutions-oriented conversations about how to improve schools from the inside out.

Our research and practice suggest that we don’t have to look outside our public schools to break the cycle of chronic low performance. Kentucky’s own success stories teach us that improvement can — and probably must — begin with our schools’ primary stakeholders. That includes administrators, teachers, parents, and yes, what is arguably the most overlooked resource in chronically low-performing schools: students.

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Patricia Kannapel is an education researcher based in Louisville who led the Prichard Committee study “Inside the Black Box of High-Performing, High-Poverty Schools.“ Rachel Belin is the director of the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team, a statewide group of self-selected youth who work as research, policy and advocacy partners in the Prichard Committee’s efforts to improve Kentucky schools.



Rachel’s and Patricia’s solutions

Based on our research and practice in Kentucky, we suggest four promising strategies for eliminating chronically low-performing public schools:


► Learn from and build upon success. Schools that have maintained high performance are in districts with several high-performing schools, suggesting a district role in improvement that includes ensuring that success does not walk out the door with effective principals and staff when they move on to other opportunities.


► Support school-led improvement efforts.  For schools to improve, the faculty, staff and students inside the school must understand what is going on, figure out how to address the problem, and lead the improvement effort.  External expertise will likely be needed, but improvement should be done by the schools, not to them.


► Engage the students.  As recent youth mobilization efforts around school safety in Kentucky and across the country have shown, students sometimes have the best-informed voices about what is going wrong in their schools and how to fix it. Improvement efforts must involve students in meaningful and ongoing ways.


► Focus on climate. Given that there is a direct connection between positive school climate and improved learning for all young people, improvement efforts must focus on creating a safe, engaging, and inclusive culture where high performance by everyone in the building is expected and supported.  School-led climate audits are a promising first step to building this culture. 

WIC Announces Change in Soy-Based Infant Formula

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The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), Bureau for Public Health today announced a change to the soy-based infant formula provided by the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

Effective Tuesday, January 29, 2019, healthy infants prescribed a standard, soy-based infant formula will be provided Similac® Soy Isomil® (20 calories/oz.).

The rebate contract for milk-based infant formulas will continue to be with Abbott Nutrition, including Similac® Advance® OptiGRO™, Similac Sensitive®, Similac for Spit-Up® and Similac Total ComfortTM.

“West Virginia WIC is required by Federal Regulation 7 CFR 246.16a to competitively bid infant formula for a rebate contract,” said Denise Ferris, West Virginia WIC Director. “The WIC Program continues to promote breastfeeding as the preferred method of infant feeding for at least the infant’s first year, with a special emphasis on the health benefits derived from exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life.”

For more information regarding WIC benefits, please visit dhhr.wv.gov/wic

National CASA CEO to Meet with State and Local Representatives in Morgantown

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The Chief Executive Officer of the National CASA organization, Tara Perry, will be visiting West Virginia on Monday, January 14th in Morgantown. State executives and board members will be meeting with Tara Perry along with Executive Directors and CASA Board Directors from the local programs across West Virginia. This is an exclusive opportunity for CASA programs in WV to speak directly to a leading representative from the national organization.

Tara Perry will be talking to the state and local representatives about what National CASA is doing to support programs in West Virginia and the ways in which local programs can benefit from the relationship with the national organization.

On the agenda for the meeting is a presentation by Perry about the role of the National CASA organization, followed by a presentation from the WV State CASA Board and local CASA programs describing their efforts to directly work with abused and neglected children. Invitations have also been extended to state and regional legislative representatives to convey to them the importance of funding for WV CASA.

CASA is a national program that provides critical support for children in the foster care system. A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a trained volunteer who is a consistent presence in a child’s life while they are in a situation that is confusing and foreign in most every way. CASA volunteers aid children as they go through the court systems and find their way in their foster homes and new schools.

The meeting will take place on Monday, January 14th at the Pines Country Club in Morgantown.

The meeting is not open to the public, but it will be open to the press from 10 a.m. to noon.


About Tara Perry, CEO of CASA

Throughout her career, Tara Perry has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to issues affecting our nation’s most disadvantaged youth. Prior to joining National CASA Association in 2013, Perry served as Vice President of Strategy and Operations for the Woodruff Arts Center in

Atlanta, Georgia, the nation’s third largest arts center serving diverse and underserved populations and introducing the arts to a new generation of patrons.

Perry previously spent more than 10 years with the American Red Cross in Atlanta, Georgia, in Chicago, Illinois, and with the national organization in Washington, D.C. Perry also served in top positions with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), The Kroger Company and the Atlanta Braves.

Perry has been recognized for her business and community leadership with a number of honors and accolades, including being named one of Atlanta’s top 10 female executives by Business-to-Business Magazine.


About WV CASA

CASA in West Virginia provides an indispensable service to abused and neglected children – including children affected by the opioid crisis in our state. At any given time, there are over 5,000 children in foster care in West Virginia. CASA plays an important role in the ultimate success of these children. A child with a CASA volunteer receives more services that are critical to their well-being than children without an advocate.

Without intervention, the odds are stacked against children in foster care. A child with a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteer, however, receives more services that are critical to their well-being than children without an advocate, and those children are more likely to achieve educational success.

WVCASA Association is a member of the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (National CASA), a nationwide network of programs in nearly 1,000 communities. At the heart of the movement are nearly 77,000 highly trained volunteers who advocate for the best interests of more than 250,000 of America’s children who have been abused or neglected. In West Virginia, there are over 300 volunteer advocates fighting for the best interests of 2,000 children but over 3,000 more children need the care and support of a CASA volunteer.

For more information about CASA, to become a supporter or to volunteer, visit www.wvcasa.org or call (304.637.6767).

City of Glenville Police Report

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City of Glenville, WV Police Report
Crime/Ordinance Violation
Officer
Disposition
Location
MVC Huffman/Braniff Vehicles left the area prior to our arrival N. Lewis Street
Assist another agency Huffman/Braniff Assisted WVSP and CPS  on a removal Normantown
Dog Bite Huffman Dog was quarantined and owner was able to provide verification that the dog was up to date on shots Pine Street
Suicidal Threats Huffman Spoke to the subject she advised that she was in bed and made no threats and had no intentions of harming herself or anyone else College Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning Mineral Road
Speeding Jenkins Warning Mineral Road
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning Mineral Road
Defective Equipment Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warnings for speeding and No Operators carried N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warnings for speeding and No Operators carried N. Lewis Street
Left of Center Jenkins Warning for Left of center and Cited for Possession of Marijuana  Mineral Road
Speeding Jenkins Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning for Speeding and Cited for Driving while Suspended  N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning for Speeding and cited for No Proof of Registration and No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning for Speeding and Cited for No seatbelt  Mineral Road
Assist another agency Huffman/Braniff Assisted GCSD, WVSP,  and CPS on a child removal 4 subjects arrested Normantown
Football game Huffman/Braniff Provided extra security for High School football game Football field 
Fans throwing things Huffman/Braniff Students throwing bottles and candy at other fans principal dealing with the issue Football Field
Juvenile in Possession of Tobacco Huffman/Braniff Juvenile escorted from the game and turned over care custody and control to his mother juvenile petitions filed and 1 female cited for juvenile in possession of tobacco Football Field
Loud Party Huffman Called to a party that turned into several people fighting in the street, all subjects had left prior to my arrival Walnut Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and No Insurance and warning for expired MVI W. Main Street
Stop Sign violation Huffman Warning x2 High Street
Suspicious Person Huffman/Braniff Subject was waiting on a ride I advised him that he had to stay off of other people’s property W. Main Street
Vehicle unlock Huffman Vehicle unlocked Go Mart
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding and expired registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding and no proof of registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding, unsigned registration, and no proof of insurance N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding and unsigned registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding and unsigned registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding and no proof of insurance N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding and failure to change address N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning for Speeding and cited for no Proof of insurance N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding, unsigned registration, and no proof of insurance W. Main Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning Mineral Road
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning Mineral Road
Speeding Jenkins Cited Mineral Road
Assist another agency Huffman/Braniff Assisted Drug Task force serve a search warrant E. Main Street
Custodial Transport Huffman/Braniff 1 male subject transported to DPS office E. Main Street
Courtesy Transport Huffman/Braniff Transported 1 female back to Glenville for WVSP WVSP office
Custodial transport Huffman/Braniff Transported 1 male subject to magistrate court then to CRJ Glenville
Assist another agency Huffman Assisted WVSP attempting to locate a vehicle negative contact US HWY 33 E
Suspicious person Huffman Attempted to locate a suspicious person on Walnut Street no one matching the description was given Walnut Street
Possible domestic Huffman Spoke to subjects in the home both parties advised there was no domestic Kanawha Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and warnings issued for no proof of registration and failure to carry operators College Street
Speeding Huffman Cited  N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for No Proof of insurance and warning for Speeding N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Cell phone violation Huffman Cited for Cell phone violation and No Proof of Insurance N. Lewis Street
Cell phone violation Huffman Cited for Cell phone violation and Defective Equipment N. Lewis Street
Leaving the scene of an accident Huffman/Braniff Stop Sign ran over by a tractor trailer unable to locate the vehicle, contacted DOH to repair the sign Hay city intersection
Speeding Jenkins Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for speeding and warnings issued for no proof of registration and no proof of insurance W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings issued for speeding and unsigned registration W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Defective equipment Huffman Warnings issued for Defective equipment x3 and unsigned registration N. Lewis Street
No taillights  Huffman Warnings issued for No Taillights and unsigned registration S. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited S. Lewis Street
Alarm investigation Huffman All the doors were secure unable to make contact with a key holder Advanced Auto
Neighbor dispute Huffman Both parties advised to leave each other alone W. Main Street
Welfare check Huffman Negative contact with that subject N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding and Unsigned registration W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and Warning for Unsigned registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding  Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Assist another agency Huffman Assisted GCSD and WVSP with an altercation with weapons one subject arrested Sliding Run
Animal cruelty Complaint Braniff Owner put a do box out for the dog River Street
Assist EMS Huffman Assisted EMS with lifting assistance Johnson Street
Drug Class Huffman/Braniff Taught a drug class at the high school Gilmer Co High
Juvenile in possession of tobacco Huffman/Braniff Cited for possession of tobacco High School
Speeding Jenkins Warnings for Speeding and No Proof of insurance Mineral  Road
Expired registration Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning N. Lewis Street
Unsecure Load Jenkins  Warning for Unsecure load Cited for Driving while Suspended WV HWY 5 E
Permitting unlicensed Driver Jenkins Cited WV HWY 5 E
Defective equipment Jenkins Warning
Speeding Jenkins Warnings Issued for Speeding, No Proof of Insurance, no Proof of registration and expired Registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warning for Speeding and Cited for cell Phone violation N. Lewis Street
Left of center Jenkins Warning for Left of center and Cited for Possession of marijuana <15 Mineral Road
MVC Huffman Accident report completed Walnut Street
Speeding Huffman Warning W. Main Street
Speeding Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street
No Seatbelt Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Jenkins Warnings for Speeding, no Operators Carried, and no proof of insurance N. Lewis Street
MVC Huffman Accident report completed N. Lewis Street
Alarm investigation Huffman/Braniff All doors were secure Advanced Auto
Citizen Assist Huffman/Braniff Attempted to get a cat out of the engine block of a car W. Main Street
Assist another agency Huffman/Braniff Assisted GCSD 1 female arrested on multiple charges Dollar General
Speeding Huffman/Braniff Cited  N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman/Braniff Cited for Speeding and warning for unsigned registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and warning for no proof of registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited for Speeding and warning for unsigned registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited  N. Lewis Street
Improper backing Huffman Cited for improper backing and one way street violation E. Main Street.
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for speeding and no proof of insurance N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warnings for Speeding and unsigned registration N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Cited N. Lewis Street
Speeding Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Dog bite Huffman/Braniff Victim had left prior to our arrival and the owner was advised to keep the dog quarantined for 10 days  S. Lewis Street
Funeral detail Huffman Funeral detail for officer Gary Smarr Ellyson’s
Funeral detail Huffman/Braniff Funeral detail for Bill Cottrill Ellyson’s
Funeral detail Huffman/Braniff Funeral detail for Rose Ball Ellyson’s
Wrestling tournament Huffman Provided security for a wrestling tournament Waco Center
Speeding Huffman Warnings issued for speeding and failure to change address W. Main Street
Defective equipment Huffman Warnings issued for Defective equipment and unsigned registration S. Lewis Street
Defective equipment Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective equipment Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Defective equipment Huffman Warning N. Lewis Street
Possible intoxicated driver Huffman Made contact with vehicle.  Driver was not intoxicated N. Lewis Street
Vehicle Unlock Huffman Vehicle unlocked US HWY 33 E

 

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The Free Press WVMake tomato sauce and cook spaghetti squash in one pot [ .... ]  Read More

FOOLPROOF POACHED CHICKEN BREASTS

The Free Press WVFor foolproof poached chicken, turn to sous vide cooking [ .... ]  Read More

CHINESE CHICKEN SALAD

The Free Press WVChinese chicken salad offers an enticing variety of tastes [ .... ]  Read More

BANANA BREAD

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ASIAN CHICKEN LETTUCE WRAPS

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EGGPLANT WITH GARLIC AND BASIL SAUCE

The Free Press WVThe melt-in-your mouth consistency of eggplant shines here [ .... ]  Read More

GREEK-STYLE SHRIMP WITH TOMATOES AND FETA

The Free Press WVConsidering shrimp for dinner? Check out this Greek recipe [ .... ]  Read More

SIMPLE COUSCOUS

The Free Press WVToasting couscous grains and using broth deeps the flavor [ .... ]  Read More

UK Experts: These Meat Preservatives Cause Cancer

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YOGURT AND BERRY PARFAITS

The Free Press WVThe perfect snack: Yogurt, fresh fruit and crunchy granola [ .... ]  Read More

CHICKEN POT PIE WITH SPRING VEGETABLES

The Free Press WVMake a stress-free classic chicken pot pie with only 1 pot [ .... ]  Read More

POACHED CHICKEN BREASTS WITH WARM TOMATO-GINGER VINAIGRETTE

The Free Press WVIf poached chicken sounds bland, put it in this zesty sauce [ .... ]  Read More

Opinions

Outdoors

The Danger Within: Border Patrol Is Turning America Into a Constitution-Free Zone

The Free Press WV “Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.”— William Pitt [ .... ]  Read More

Do We Really Need Billionaires?

The Free Press WV According to numerous reports, the world’s billionaires keep increasing in number and, especially, in wealth [ .... ]  Read More

Jeanette Riffle: Coldest Day Yet for 2019

The Free Press WV A few days ago, it was 60 degrees and this morning we got up to 23 and a wind chill of 13 [ .... ]  Read More

Happy New Year from Kim Jong-un

The Free Press WV Kim Jong-un looked quite cosmopolitan on January 01 as he made his annual New Year’s address to the nation from the comfort of a paneled office, wearing a spiffy Western-style suit and apparently speaking from a teleprompter [ .... ]  Read More

Pat’s Chat

The Free Press WV One of my lovely nieces posted the following on Facebook and it touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes [ .... ]  Read More

Preventing Brazilian Indigenous Genocide and Protecting the Amazon

The Free Press WV It is official. On the first of the year, Jair Bolsonaro, was inaugurated as the 38th President of Brazil. One of his first official acts as a newly inaugurated president was doing away with demarcation of indigenous territories in Brazil. All of us living on this planet should be fearful of this act [ .... ]  Read More

PC Culture’s Class Blindspot

The Free Press WV In a lecture at the Heartland Festival last year, the Slovenian social philosopher Slavoj Zizek pointed out that proponents of political correctness (PC) often do not bring poor and working-class white people under their mantle of protection [ .... ]  Read More

A loose cannon for peace?

The Free Press WV Circle the wagons! Apparently what’s under assault is war itself, or so the Establishment believes, in the wake of the shocking announcement by the president that he plans to withdraw all 2,000 U.S. troops now deployed in Syria and 7,000, or half, the U.S. troops in Afghanistan [ .... ]  Read More

The United States is First in War, But Trailing in Crucial Aspects of Modern Civilization

The Free Press WV Maybe those delirious crowds chanting “USA, USA” have got something. When it comes to military power, the United States reigns supreme. Newsweek reported in March 2018:  [ .... ]  Read More

Beware the Emergency State: Imperial, Unaccountable and Unconstitutional

The Free Press WV For seven decades we have been yielding our most basic liberties to a secretive, unaccountable emergency state – a vast but increasingly misdirected complex of national security institutions, reflexes, and beliefs that so define our present world that we forget that there was ever a different America [ .... ]  Read More

Martin O’Malley: I’m Not Running in 2020. Here’s Who Should

The Free Press WVFormer Maryland governor endorses Beto O’Rourke   [ .... ]  Read More

Jeanette Riffle: Options on Cars

The Free Press WV Our weather here has been milder than usual with lots of rain [ .... ]  Read More

What Louis CK, and His Critics, Keep Getting Wrong

The Free Press WVOp-ed: People are too easily offended, but too many comics mistake offensiveness for humor   [ .... ]  Read More

Wall Street Journal: Trump Uttered Biggest Doozy of All

The Free Press WV‘We cannot recall a more absurd misstatement of history by an American President’  [ .... ]  Read More

The meaner Trump gets, the more kindness we feel

The Free Press WV n this difficult and traumatic holiday season it struck me tonight that a remarkable phenomenon is occurring. With desperate migrants on the move around much of the planet and authoritarian forces frantically erecting barricades, both literal and figurative, to turn them back, this country has shown it is not immune to the global dynamic [ .... ]  Read More

Gladys Porter Zoo in Texas announces rare birds displayed

The Free Press WVTwo rare endangered tropical birds named Petey and Millie have a new home at a South Texas zoo [ .... ]  Read More

WVDA Soliciting Vendors for Winter Blues Farmers Market

The Free Press WV The market will take place Saturday, February 16, 1-5 PM at the Charleston Coliseum and Conference Center.  [ .... ]  Read More

How to See the World for Free (or Almost Free)

The Free Press WVCouch surfing, home exchanges, and housesitting are some novel options   [ .... ]  Read More

Traveling in 2019? These Airlines Are the Safest Bet

The Free Press WVAirlineRatings.com reveals its top safety picks of 405 airlines   [ .... ]  Read More

West Virginia’s first Mountaineer Heritage Season is January 10-13

The Free Press WV Big game hunters in West Virginia will have the opportunity to take part in the state’s first Mountaineer Heritage Season this week, which runs Thursday through Sunday, January 10-13 [ .... ]  Read More

Consequence of the Shutdown: Poop Problems

The Free Press WVSome parts of Yosemite have had to close down due to human feces, urine   [ .... ]  Read More

New Kind of Snake Found in Bizarre Place

The Free Press WVInside another snake   [ .... ]  Read More

WVDA Announces 2019 Grants for Spay/Neuter Services

The Free Press WV This is the second year in a ten-year funding cycle [ .... ]  Read More

A New Awareness for West Virginia Agriculture

The Free Press WV Kent A. Leonhardt - West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture [ .... ]  Read More

Grisly Discovery Made in Waters off New Zealand

The Free Press WVSix seals were decapitated   [ .... ]  Read More

WV Commissioner of Agriculture Announces 2019 Legislative Priorities

The Free Press WVThe most significant initiatives are the re-passage of two bills vetoed in 2018 [ .... ]  Read More

Land in 7 WV counties acquired for wildlife management efforts

The Free Press WV The DNR also recently acquired 12,440 acres in four counties for preservation efforts [ .... ]  Read More

Dolly Sods roads to close January 01

The Free Press WVThe gates will be reopened in mid April depending on snow conditions [ .... ]  Read More

Trappers and hunters must tag furbearers

The Free Press WVA $20 gift certificate will be issued for each useable otter carcass turned in [ .... ]  Read More

‘The Bear Wouldn’t Show Her No Mercy’

The Free Press WVBut the 51-year-old woman still survived   [ .... ]  Read More

Technology & Science

Events & Announcements

Mobile Carriers: We’ll Stop Selling User Location Data

The Free Press WVInvestigation that revealed how wireless customers’ phone locations were sold to bounty hunters [ .... ]  Read More

Microbe Mutations on Space Station Aren’t Dangerous

The Free Press WVBacteria stowed away aboard the International Space Station hasn’t started a terrifying plague — yet [ .... ]  Read More

Google’s Digital Assistant Now Translates Conversations

The Free Press WVIt’s speaking your language [ .... ]  Read More

These May Be the 3 Deadliest Months in Human History

The Free Press WVIn terms of people killed by their fellow man   [ .... ]  Read More

Another Setback for Ocean Cleanup Device

The Free Press WVRepairs and upgrades are on tap [ .... ]  Read More

How Apple Got Into Trouble in China

The Free Press WVFor one thing, it may have underestimated what local rivals were up to   [ .... ]  Read More

Our Milky Way Is Headed Toward a Violent ‘Merger’

The Free Press WVBut we’ve got about 2 billion years to prepare   [ .... ]  Read More

New Kind of Snake Found in Bizarre Place

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Professor names beetle species after ‘Game of Thrones’

The Free Press WVA Nebraska entomologist has named three of his eight newest beetle discoveries after the dragons from the HBO series “Game of Thrones” and George R.R. Martin book series “A Song of Ice and Fire”  [ .... ]  Read More

Did 2018 usher in a creeping tech dystopia?

The Free Press WVWe may remember 2018 as the year when technology’s dystopian potential became clear, from Facebook’s role enabling the harvesting of our personal data for election interference to a seemingly unending series of revelations about the dark side of Silicon Valley’s connect-everything ethos [ .... ]  Read More

Permanent Ice Crater Found in Our Solar System

The Free Press WVSkating, anyone?  [ .... ]  Read More

Scientists’ Quest: Making Chickens Happy

The Free Press WVStudy in Canada may result in better living conditions, even if only briefly [ .... ]  Read More

Visit This Natural Wonder, Face $740K Fine

‘Sarlacc’s Pit’ is dangerous, mostly unexplored   [ .... ]  Read More

Musician Plays Guitar During His Brain Surgery to Help Out Doctors

Musa Manzini was able to give medical team ‘real-time feedback’ during ‘awake craniotomy’  [ .... ]  Read More

‘Very Confident’ Albino Orangutan Returns to Jungle

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Obituaries

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Mary L. Umstead

The Free Press WV Passed away Thursday, January 10, 2019, surrounded by family at her oldest daughter’s home near Durbin, WV. Born August 23, 1935, in Charleston, WV; she was a daughter of the John R. and Lessie B. Ranson Gillespie [....]  Read More

Beulah “Ann” Anadale Alderman

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Weston, WV returned to Heaven on January 15, 2019 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital. Ann was born in Weston, WV on May 13, 1937 to the late Ada Blake [ .... ]  Read More

Charles E. Raynor

The Free Press WV Age 78, of Duck, WV passed away January 16, 2019. He was born August 27, 1940 in Maryland [....]  Read More

Thomas E. Robinson

The Free Press WV Age 63, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Monday, December 31, 2018, at Pine View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Harrisville, WV. He was born January 09, 1955 in Buckhannon, WV, a son of the late Dacel Carl and Saral O. (Carder) Robinson [....]  Read More

Jason Lee Moore

The Free Press WV Age 35 of Carol Stream, IL. Beloved husband of Kariann Tesch. Devoted and caring father of Raistlin Moore, age 12, and Kiera Hope Moore, 5 months. Loving son of Terry and Susie Moore of Normantown, West Virginia [....]  Read More

Herbert Frank Bean

The Free Press WVAge 87 of Horner, WV, peacefully passed away January 15, 2019 while at home, surrounded by loving family and in the compassionate care of WV Hospice. He was born in Weston, WV to the late Sherman and Flora Butcher Bean on July 09, 1931 [ .... ]  Read More

Carol Elaine Jeffries

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Weston, WV passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019 in Crestview Nursing Home of Jane Lew following a brief illness. She was born in Marion County, WV on October 21, 1937: daughter of the late Laco J. Lambert and Maxine M. (Moran) Lambert [ .... ]  Read More

Paul Eugene Gregg

The Free Press WV Age 78, of Petroleum WV passed away January 08, 2019, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was born January 11, 1940 at Berea WV, the son of the late T. Nile Gregg and the late Gail Gump [....]  Read More

Pamela Lee Barnes

The Free Press WV Age 67, of Ellenboro, WV, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at Camden Clark Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family. Pam was born March 20, 1951 in Parkersburg, WV, a daughter of the late Everett and Olive (Hiley) Freeland [....]  Read More

Everett Lee Wears

The Free Press WVAge 95, of Port Clinton, OH, passed away, Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky, OH, surrounded by his loving family. Everett was born on February 25, 1923 in Orma WV (Calhoun County, WV), the son of Lona and Emma (Wilson) Wears [ .... ]  Read More

Patty Jane (Ratliff) Putnam

The Free Press WV Age 81 of Turkey Fork Road, Sand Fork, WV; went to be with the Lord on January 12, 2019 at United Hospital Center, Clarksburg, WV; following a brief illness. She was born on August 13, 1937 in Sutton, WV; daughter of the late Dasiel Ratliff [....]  Read More

Leota “Marlene” Tenney

The Free Press WVAge 71, of Buckhannon, WV, went to be with her loving husband on Monday, January 14, 2019 at her home under the compassionate care of WVU Medicine Hospice following an extended illness. She was born February 7, 1947 in Buckhannon, WV, a daughter of the late Floyd and Leota Margaret Rowan Holden [ .... ]  Read More

Marshall Eric Thompson

The Free Press WV After an extended illness on Saturday January 05,2019. Marshall Eric Thompson, (Pap) age 60, of Turkey Fork, Gilmer County WV, departed this life to begin “his journey to eternal life and enlightenment”  [....]  Read More

Robert Lee Garrison

Joseph Franklin Riffle

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Weston, WV passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2019 in United Health Center of Bridgeport following a brief illness. He was born in Lewis County, WV on February 01, 1936: son of the late Clarence Riffle and Icie (Sprouse) Riffle [ .... ]  Read More

Karla Jo Houser

The Free Press WVAge 63, of Harrisville, WV, departed peacefully, January 13, 2019 at her residence. She was born June 11, 1955 at West Union, WV, the daughter of the late Edward Murl “Red” Fox and Ivalillie Lang Fox Potts [ .... ]  Read More

Freda Mae Parsons

The Free Press WVAge78 of Gandeeville, WV passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at Ravenswood Village Nursing Home following an extended illness. Born on June 16, 1940 in Harmony, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Thomas Jefferson Luzader

The Free Press WVAge 98 of 33 Gateway Lane,Glenville, WV departed this life on Friday January 11, 2019 at 9:30 AM; at Genesis Health Care Center following an extended illness. Tommy was born September 12, 1920 in Glenville WV.  He was the son of the late Raymond and Melva Danley Luzader [ .... ]  Read More

John Herman Rose

The Free Press WVAge 76, of Chloe, WV passed away Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston, WV. He was born April 23, 1942 in Bridgton, NJ, a son of the late Le and Elsie Burgess Rose [ .... ]  Read More

Joyce Ann Frashure

The Free Press WVAge 60 of Sheridan Street, Glenville, WV; departed this life suddenly on the morning of Saturday, January 12, 2019 following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born July 21, 1958 in Weston, WV; daughter of the late Leo and Lizia Radcliff Sprouse [ .... ]  Read More

Wavolene Keener

The Free Press WV Age 69, of Flatwoods, WV passed away January 11, 2019 at Anstead Center, Anstead, WV. She was born September 13, 1949 in Gassaway, WV, a daughter to the late Edgar and Nettie Carr Mitchell [....]  Read More

Ernest D. “Ernie” Jones

The Free Press WV Age 84, of Pennsboro, WV, passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2019, at Carehaven of Pleasants in Belmont, WV. Ernie was born February 20, 1934 in Washburn, WV, a son of the late Manuel and Elsia (Mason) Jones [....]  Read More

Buddie Ross Cain

The Free Press WVAge 80 of Tanner, WV; got the ultimate healing from his cancer on Wednesday evening, January 09, 2019 at the Miletree Center Nursing Facility in Spencer, WV; following a short battle with cancer. He was born December 05, 1938 in Tanner, WV; son of the late Hartzel and Glenda G. Ferguson Cain [ .... ]  Read More

Maureen Agnes McPherson

The Free Press WVPeacefully and without reservation, Maureen Agnes McPherson walked into the arms of her loved ones in heaven, on Thursday, January 10th, 2019. Maureen was born to the late Thomas Rooney, of England and Leta Brown, of Hettie, WV on March 29th, 1947 [ .... ]  Read More

Mike Westfall

The Free Press WVAge 56, of Parkersburg, WV, passed away on January 09, 2019 at the Ohio State Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. He was born in Grantsville, WV on May 31, 1962, and was the son of the late Don Miller and Greta Hope Johnson Westfall [ .... ]  Read More

Lawrence W. Nutt

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Parkersburg, WV passed away January 10, 2019 at his residence. He was born on September 09, 1936 in Ritchie County, WV and was the son of the late Anthony and Monna Washburn Nutt [ .... ]  Read More

Mary Elizabeth McLaughlin

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Arnoldsburg, WV passed away on January 09, 2019 at her home. She was born in Roane County, WV on April 18, 1930, a daughter of the late Raymond and Nancy Holcomb Myers [ .... ]  Read More

Mary Louise Umstead

The Free Press WV Passed away on January 10, 2019 surrounded by family at her oldest daughter’s home near Durbin. She was born August 23, 1935 in Charleston, WV to the late John R. and Lessie B. (Ranson) Gillespie [....]  Read More

Paul H. Evans

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Parkersburg, WV passed away on Tuesday, January 08, 2019 at his residence following an extended illness. He was born February 23, 1936, in Smithville, WV, the son of the late Romeo and Alice Hawkins Evans [ .... ]  Read More

Mary Belle Kipe

The Free Press WVAge 82, of Grantsville, WV passed away peacefully early January 07, 2019 at Worthington Healthcare Center in Parkersburg. She was born February 28, 1936 to Austen and Elva (Pickens) Himes in Harrison County, WV [ .... ]  Read More

Kenneth Basil Alltop

The Free Press WVAge 86 of Cox’s Mills, WV; departed this life peacefully on the morning of Thursday, January 03, 2019 at his home with his loving wife Elise by his side. He was born May 11, 1932 in Gilmer County, WV; son of the late Dorsey and Stacy McHenry Alltop [ .... ]  Read More

Bernard “Bernie” Eugene Posey

The Free Press WVAge 64 of Jane Lew, WV, passed away January 06, 2019, in Clarksburg, WV. Bernie was born on February 09, 1954 in Lewis County, WV to the late James Oliver and Clara Jane Burkhammer Posey [ .... ]  Read More

Robert “Bob” Eugene Lake

The Free Press WVAge 60, of Horner, WV passed away on January 05, 2019 in the comfort of his own home. Bob blessed this Earth and the lives of his parents, Opal Delores Randolph Lake Pickens of Weston and the late Lawrence Gayne Lake, when he was born in Weston, WV on November 04, 1958 [ .... ]  Read More

Esther Alice Murphy

The Free Press WVAge 90, of Glenville, WV passed away on January 01, 2019 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital in Weston, WV following a lengthy illness. Esther was born on December 26, 1928 in Glenville, WV to Ira and Jesse (nee Kelley) Murphy [ .... ]  Read More

Wanema Pritt

The Free Press WV Age 86, of Vienna, WV passed away December 22, 2018 at Cedar Grove Assisted Living Facility. She was born on November 30, 1932 in Glenville, WV and was the daughter of the late Audie and Winnie Jones Davidson [....]  Read More

David Allen Cunningham

The Free Press WV Age 71, of Smithville, WV, went home to be with the Lord Friday, December 28, 2018 [....]  Read More

Edmund Dayton Reaser

The Free Press WVAge 84, of Frametown, WV passed away on January 02, 2019 at his home. He was born at Cedarville, Gilmer County, WV a son of the late Paul Monroe Reaser and Alva Ava Reaser [ .... ]  Read More

Greyson Kai Reed

The Free Press WV Infant son of Amanda Dawn Reed, of Weston, WV passed away Wednesday, January 02, 2019 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital [ .... ]  Read More

Joseph Calvin Johnson

The Free Press WV Age 78, of Grantsville, WV passed away on January 03, 2019 at his home. He was born in Grantsville, WV on April 14, 1940, a son of the late Clark Odell and Ada Dell Hayhurst Johnson [....]  Read More

Julie Lynne Allison

The Free Press WVPassed away at home on December 26, 2018 in Ripley, WV. She was born May 07, 1964 in Los Angeles, CA [ .... ]  Read More

Paris Foster Parsons

The Free Press WV Age 99, of Spencer, WV passed away on January 02, 2019 at Miletree Center, Spencer, WV. He was born March 29, 1919 at White Oak, Calhoun County, WV. He was the son of the late Cary Benton and Ethel Boggs Parsons [....]  Read More

David Lee Tomblin

The Free Press WV Age 53, of Pennsboro, WV;  went to be with his Lord and Savior at 8:21 PM; Monday, December 31, 2018, at the Miami Valley South Hospital ER in Dayton, Ohio following a short illness. He was born November 10, 1965 in Weston, WV; son of the late Eustace Monroe (November 15, 2014) and Ruth Collins ( November 27, 2014) Tomblin [....]  Read More

Doris Ann Travis

The Free Press WVAge 80, of Jane Lew, WV passed away January 03, 2019 at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital. She was born October 11, 1938 in Weston, WV to the late Paul and Marie Joy Highland Hughes [ .... ]  Read More

Linda Lou Peninegar Simonton

The Free Press WVAge 73, went to be with the Lord on January 02, 2019. She was born on December 18, 1945 in Marietta, Ohio, a daughter of the late Edward and Betty (Games) Peninegar [ .... ]  Read More

Anna Mae Bean

The Free Press WVAge 90, of Jackson’s Mill, WV, passed away Saturday, December 21, 2018, at Bellaire at Devonshire Assisted Living Center in Scott Depot, WV. She was the daughter of the late Francis A. Brumley and Edna Mae (McClung) Brumley [ .... ]  Read More

Pauline E. (Pyne) Richards

The Free Press WV83 years old, passed away on Tuesday January 01, 2019 after an extended illness. Pauline was born June 28, 1935 at Zenith, WV. She was the daughter of the late William W. Pyne and Manerva Cole Pyne [ .... ]  Read More

Joanne Katherine (deValadares) Bell

The Free Press WVAge 64, of Burnsville, WV passed away Tuesday, January 01, 2019 at United Hospital Center, Bridgeport, WV with husband and children by her side. She was born in Toronto Ontario, Canada on June 12, 1954. Proceeding her in death were brothers Terry and Norman deValadares [ .... ]  Read More

Doyle Bradley “Brad” Shaffer

The Free Press WVAge 81, of Arnold Street Weston, WV passed away on Monday, December 31, 2018 at his son’s residence in Fairmont following an 8 month illness. He was born in Morgantown, WV on June 26, 1937: son of Lazure Estell and Elizabeth (Lott) Estell [ .... ]  Read More

Orda Ray Gumm

The Free Press WV Age 82, of Grantsville, WV passed away on January 01, 2019. He was born July 07, 1936, in Ritchie County, WV,  a son of the late OC and Wanda Frederick Gumm [....]  Read More

Arthur “Cap” Paul CapoBianco Jr.

The Free Press WVAge 71, of Horner, WV passed away January 01, 2019 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV. He was born in Bridgeport, CT on October 26, 1947 a son of the late Arthur Paul and Catherine Wilmot CapoBianco [ .... ]  Read More

Roger Lane Marsh

The Free Press WV Age 72, of Napier, WV passed away Sunday, December 30, 2018 at United Hospital Center, Bridgeport, WV. He was born November 30, 1946 in Sutton, WV to the late Ray Marsh and Lola Jane (Hardman) Marsh [....]  Read More

Lois Louise Corder

The Free Press WVAge 87, of Buckhannon, WV, passed away Monday, December 31, 2018 at the United Hospital Center in Bridgeport, WV. She was born June 21, 1931, in Upshur County, WV, a daughter of the late Eli Hugh and Iona Kidd Ours [ .... ]  Read More

Cora Elizabeth Winans

The Free Press WV Age 74, of Alum Fork Road Camden, WV passed away on Sunday, December 30, 2018 in Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital of Weston following an extended illness. She was born in Upshur County, WV on January 14, 1944: daughter of the late Elles Thomas Cogar and Vesta Alice Houghton Cogar [....]  Read More

Margaret “Ruth” Hacker

The Free Press WVAugust 29, 1940 – December 29, 2018 [ .... ]  Read More

Mary Louise (Maxwell) Cox

The Free Press WVAge 91, of Clarksburg Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Clarksburg, WV; formerly of West Union, WV went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, December 28, 2018 at United Hospital Center surrounded by her loving family. She was born at home in Doddridge County, WV on October 30, 1927, the daughter of the late Charles S. (Tudy) and Louisa Jane (Husk) Maxwell [ .... ]  Read More

Mabel Irene Currey

The Free Press WV Age 90, of Harrisville, WV passed away December 29, 2018 at Pine View Continuous Care. She was born November 22, 2018 at Clarksburg, WV, the daughter of the late Lester H. and Bertha Cain Morgan [....]  Read More

William “Bill” Jones

The Free Press WV Age 80, of Harlingen, TX (formerly of Grantsville, WV) passed away on November 26, 2018. He was born April 08, 1938 in Gilmer County, WV, a son of the late Tom Jones and Francis Madelyn Knight Jones Hathaway [....]  Read More

Carolyn J. Friend

The Free Press WVAge 84, of Albany, GA and formerly of Parkersburg, WV passed away December 28, 2018 in Albany, GA after a brief illness. Carolyn (CJ) was born on July 14, 1934 in Pennsboro, WV and was the daughter of the late Roy James Erp and Irma Conley Erp Hathaway [ .... ]  Read More

William Chester Robinson

The Free Press WVAge 55, of Grantsville, WV passed away Thursday, December 27, 2018 at him home following a short illness. He was born July 24, 1963, in Wood County, WV, a son of the late Manona Monoka Robinson [ .... ]  Read More

Gladys Marie “Polly” Frazier

The Free Press WVAge 88, of Lunsford Street Weston, WV passed away on Friday, December 28, 2018 at her residence following an extended illness. She was born in Clarksburg, WV on November 03, 1930: daughter of the late Shirley Heater and Reba (Golden) Heater [ .... ]  Read More

Readers' Recent Comments

Accomplished communicators have a knack for reducing complex information to its simplest form for effectiveness in getting messages across.

WV’s convoluted strategic plans for schools must follow the State’s rigid guidelines. The plans are confusing and inadequately designed for establishing accountability for getting results.

Kentucky is making progress with improving K-12 education outcomes and one reason is the clarity of specific goals for its schools and the job being done with tracking results.

Google—-2018 Prichard Committee Update to glean what is being done in Kentucky. The approach could be used for Gilmer’s two schools with a single sheet of paper for each school.

The beauty of the Prichard approach is that instead of relying on confusing and lengthy written out material with undefined abbreviations, technical jargon, and head scratching generalities, specific goals and annual results in achieving them are presented graphically.

Perfect real world example of a picture being worth a thousand words.

Board of Education members why couldn’t the Prichard approach be used for Gilmer County? It would be inexpensive, it could be updated easily on an annual basis, and everyone in the County would know how the school system is being administered to achieve measurable results.

Perhaps Mr. David Ramezan could post Prichard material on the GFP to show its simplicity.

By Advocate For Clarity on 01.17.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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The scandal of the too small school?
Don’t forget…
The scandal of the too big school is half of the whole state intervention mess.  FIVE rooms more than needed at the Linn, Lewis County school.

Results are from nepotism, cronyism, and educational stupidity….as well as scoffing at those who attempted to sound the alarm.

Bloated egos was the frosting on the Litter Box Cake Mix.

By School Truth is in the Litter Box on 01.17.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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During intervention the State had dictatorial control of our school system to include all decisions related to the GCES.

One result is that the GCES was built too small.

An investigation is needed to determine who was responsible for the bad decision, and what role the no-bid architectural firm had in designing and constructing the school.

Something major happened to cause the GCES to be built too small. Was something dropped at the expense of adequate class room space as a result of having to spend extra money because a poor site was selected?

Minimally, gross incompetency on the State’s part is the explanation for the disaster foisted onto the County.

A question pertains to the new gym. Lots of effort was taken by the State to try to convince the public that a competition gym instead of a regular gym was needed.

Did the competition gym cost extra money at the expense of needed classroom space? If the answer is affirmative who was responsible for deciding on the more expensive gym?

What about the enormous pit at the GCES? Was money spent on it at the expense of classrooms because something was wrong with the school’s site that was selected by the State?

Nothing similar to the pit has been seen at other sites where new WV schools were built.

Why has there been a failure for a thorough investigation to have occurred to expose the facts?

The obvious explanation is that powerful elitists in control do not want tracks leading to them, and they have veto power over a meaningful investigation including one done by a leading newspaper.

By GCES Built Too Small Scandal on 01.15.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Pat McGroyne is spot on.
High speed internet is simply another failure of WV state government.

If the elected in our state, were doing the job expected by voters….we should have very few problems or issues?

By Gilmer resident on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Muddling has another distinct symptom. It is the tendency for administrators in control to emphasize processes and procedures while avoiding disclosure of progress, or the lack thereof, in achieving learning results.

The purpose is another way to avoid personal accountability for school system failures.

By Muddling Epidemic In WV School Systems on 01.14.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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West Virginia is number one!
Our politicians are the best that can be had.
They are also the lobbyers dream come true.
No one—-can out-muddle our elected reps !

By we know it on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Suggestion after reading strategic plans for the GCHS and the GCES.

How about the school board requiring that for each school an informative executive summary be written to include——where each school stands on reading, math, and science proficiency, what the term proficiency means to eliminate the confusion, student proficiency goals for the two school, target time to expect goals to be achieved, and a statement to commit to keeping the public informed of progress in achieving the goals at designated intervals (e.g. quarterly) during a school year.

Omit confusing abbreviations and technical terms understood only by a select few in the education field, and written for comprehension by reasonable persons.

Leave it up to the County’s professional educators to determine how to get the job done with continual laser-like focus on getting results.

By Student Learning at GCHS and GCES on 01.13.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Muddling infects federal, state, and local government entities where personal accountability for top officials to get measurable results rarely exists.

Muddling practitioners are famous for passing off information unrelated to measurable proof that effective problem-solving has occurred. A common example is emphasizing how much public money is being spent to attempt to convince tax payers that magnitudes of expenditures are always directly correlated to levels of problem-solving successes.

Muddling by an organization is characterized by the existence of thick planning documents replete with vagueness and lack of clarity, undefined technical terms, and mysterious acronyms.

Muddling thrives on intentional ambiguity and confusion designed to protect muddlers and their organizations.

By Muddling 101 on 01.11.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Gilmer County is not the only place in the USA that has been faced with its students failing to meet proficiency standards for science, reading, and math.

The difference here is that evidence is lacking to conclusively demonstrate that Gilmer County’s officials in control have exerted proper efforts to profit form powerful lessons learned elsewhere to use that knowledge to help solve learning deficiencies in our schools.

In fact, a convincing argument could be made that the approach in the County has been the one professional planners designate as muddling through.

Classic symptoms of muddling through include failure to thoroughly analyze categories of causes contributing to problems followed up by using the information to develop a comprehensive plan to do the most good in getting better results by treating key causes instead of symptoms.

Muddling typically involves officials assigning blame for lack of progress to outside forces e.g., the “culture”, the State did it to us, and poverty. Haven’t we heard plenty of that?

Muddling must be eliminated if we want progress in solving non-performance problems within the County’s school system. Does anyone disagree?

By End School System Muddling on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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It is unclear after reading school board meeting minutes what progress if any is being made by GCHS and GCES principals in improving student proficiency in reading, math and science.

Why not allocate a few sentences in the minutes to summarize what the two principals reported to the school board?

All it would take to get the critical information out to citizens would be for the new school board to act on this.

Does anyone have a problem with the suggested change to keep Gilmer’s bill paying public informed?

By Need Specifics For Principal's Reports on 01.09.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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“High speed broadband – a necessity for today’s homes, businesses and other institutions – remains a huge unmet need for rural residents, despite promises by a succession of Governors from both parties (a contributing factor in why we’re losing population at a rate higher than any other state).“

I disagree with much of what Mr.Boggs believes.  That said, high-speed broadband is the single most important step the State of WV could take to improve the business climate and provide more opportunities for its citizens.

Sincerely

Pat McGroyne

By Pat McGroyne on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Conversation at local eatery.
Shortly after election.
Individuals were educators.

‘You think we have school problems now, wait until these new folks take the steering wheel’.

‘Students, parents, staff are all going to be in the soup’.

Sounds as if Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving vacation-deer season times have all taken a big hit.  If that is true, the union teachers need to come together, stand their ground, along with parents, and hold this new board accountable.

Have a local strike if need be.
Request resignations.
Vote of no confidence.

Schools employees can win.
You have done it before.
Just stick together.

By overheard conversation on 01.08.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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Scholarship must be the most important focus in Gilmer County’s schools.

Brought up the ZOOMWV Data Dashboard site to review the most recent State achievement test results for GCHS’s 11th grade.

Folks, Gilmer is in serious trouble. Proficiency for math=24%, reading=41%, and science=24%.

On an A through F grading scales the GCHS gets an F for all three subject areas.

What does the new school board have to show for inroads it has made since last July to make critically needed proficiency improvements at the HS? Citizens deserve answers to the question.

By ZOOMWV Data Dashboard on 01.07.2019

From the entry: 'IOGAWV Scholarship Program'.

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A thorough accounting for where all the public money went could be easily achieved by a competent accountant.

Isn’t there a special account at the County’s school board office for expenditures related to all bills paid and who got the money?

Following the money trail always gets results along with verification of means, motives, and access.

By Let An Accountant Dig It Out on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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If central office financial records for all public money paid out for everything from site planning, site studies and development, and everything else to get to completion of the GCES and the LES—- what is the reason?

It is known that money was spent on the Arbuckle site and Cedar Creek, and public money was paid out for the LES too.

Were County records for the spending purged and if that happened who ordered the action? The records are either in the County’s central office or they aren’t.

By End Financial Secrecy on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Hasn’t the time come to finally start naming names and making people accountable?

By Get It Done on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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How about the “BIG WV WINDFALL”....?

For 3 or 4 months now we keep hearing about the millions of dollars of tax revenue collected.

Millions and millions above ‘estimates’.  Were those ‘estimates’ honest, or fudged to begin with, so as to request higher tax rates?

Well, Justice and the Legislature now have our dollars, what will become of this windfall? Will we see tax rates lowered?  Doubt full, but we should.

Likely this windfall, created by “over-taxation”, will simply create a “party atmosphere” of legislative spending. Watch the Charleston ‘gangsters’ get their wish lists ready this coming session.

By taxpayers always lose on 11.21.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Yes.  The blame Does seem to fall to ‘local’ people. In small places like Gilmer County, it’s just a poker game, boys, and the deep pockets win.  Money speaks volumes where ‘officials’ stay silent.  Go ask for the records, see what they’ve got.

By CheatersNeverWin on 11.20.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Teachers and staff knew from the beginning that the GCES was going to be too small. They were ordered by the State to keep quiet about the shortfall and other serious concerns too.

A sixth grader could understood how many rooms were needed by dividing total student numbers to attend the school by how many students should be in a classroom.

Under sizing was the State’s fault and it cannot be rationalized any other way including to assign the blame to local people. Same applies to the over sized LCES.

By Corrupt State Intervention on 11.19.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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There will never be a full, public accounting of the gross mishandling of tax dollars during WVDOE intervention.
Too many local jobs and too many embarrassments of both elected and appointed bureaucrats.
These types cover dirt for each other.

Any local whistle blowers?  Doubtful.

One school built short 4 classrooms and another built with 5 too many.  Can it get more stupid than that?
Mr. Degree and Ms. Common Sense seldom travel together.

By Full accounting will never be revealed. Never. on 11.18.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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GCBOE when the two principals give reports at board meeting could the gist of what they said be summarized in minutes to keep the County informed?

It was a welcomed development by the Board to require principals to give reports particularly if there are required updates on progress designed to improve student learning for reading, math, and other subjects.

We still have not been informed about the status of science proficiency at the GCHS based on the latest testing. Why has the State failed to release the data? Were results too dismal?

By More Specifics For Principal's Reports on 11.17.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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If it is going to cost extra money to eliminate over crowding at the GCES the financial information referenced by Do It Ourselves should be presented to Charleston and the press too.

That would help frame a solid case that crowding problems were not caused by Gilmer County because all decisions related to facilities were dictated by officials over whom the County had no oversight authority during the State’s intervention.

By Follow The Money on 11.16.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It is assumed that all records for spending to include money paid out for the LCES, dropped Arbuckle site, dropped Cedar Creek site, and all bills for the GCES are in the Gilmer Schools central office.

The new GCBOE has authority to get to the truth by demanding a thorough accounting for all the spending.

Afterwards the financial officer in the central office could easily access existing computerized records and to use the information for a report to the GCBOE and the public.

By Do It Ourselves on 11.15.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Notice that most of the ‘officials’ in Gilmer County also hold regular day jobs - sometimes working on more than one paying ‘job’ at a time in the same office space. This common practice is concerning for many reasons, and it needs to be talked about when so many go without.

By QuestionablePractice on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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There are two views in the County related to the under built GCES. Although the State built the school with inadequate classrooms one group believes that we should move on to let go of the past.

Isn’t this a form of advocacy for a coverup to prevent accountability for the State’s incompetence and mismanagement?

The other group believes that there should be a full accounting for all public money spent up to the time the GCES was completed to include disclosure of recipients of the public money. 

The accounting should be done for all public money spent at the LCES, the Arbuckle site, Cedar Creek, and finally the GCES.

Reasons for the under built GCES should be fully disclosed too. When the State was in control this information was kept secret from the public with loud claims that there was adequate space at the GCES.

Now it is known that there is inadequate space at the GCES and the problem is left to Gilmer County to fix. Only in WV!

By Citizens For Financial Disclosure on 11.14.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Unprofessional issues,rude commentsand rolling eyes at the high school has become an issue. Being on cell phone talking to boyfriends,when parents etc.going into the office. Since the teachers were ask not to be on them while students in the classroom. The one in the office should not be allowed to talk personal to her boyfriend, or whoever. Also, I hope this is corrected, the personal days, etc that the board provides to staff shouldn’t be allowed to use to work or operate a second job. Let’s get the priorities straight.

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes'.

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GULMER COUNTY BOE. It is time for me to let you know some issues that is going on at the High school.  I’m hoping this will be addressed at the next board meeting. 1. It should not matter if an employee has a second job or run a business. The priority job is for the board. One should not be allowed to use any time from the board to run your business. There is going on
If they want to run your business than go but not on the boards time. I would like for all employees be treated the equal. They should not be allowed to use the time the board gives them for other jobs.

By Jo Ann conrad on 11.11.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes'.

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While at it there should be an investigation of why the LES was build with too many classrooms and the GCES was built with too few. At the very least what happened is a WV horror story example of the State’s waste and mismanagement.

By Where Is The Investigation? on 11.11.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It is obvious that the GCES has a major space problem.

What options for dealing with the State’s mismanagement to cause the serious blunder are being considered by the Board of Education?

Could the original architectural design for the dropped Cedar Creek site be compared to what resulted at the GCES to accurately determine the extent of classroom space alterations?

If the architectural design at the GCES is different than the original plan for Cedar Creek the next step should be to determine reasons for the changes and where the money originally planned for needed classrooms went.

By INFO REQUEST TO GCBOE on 11.09.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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It’s long been known that Justice doesn’t happen in Gilmer County “because it all comes down to money”. And for those in charge of handling it and making decisions, it comes down to being competent to do the job,  keep accurate books and accounts and I’m sorry to say, that is seriously lacking in Gilmer County.

By Follow the Paycheck(s) on 11.06.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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What is GSC’s BOG’s plan for getting money for the next payment on the $38,000,000 bond loan the Gilmer County Commission approved?

Will the State pay or will the money come from private donations?

Money will have to come from somewhere to avoid a default.

By Where Is The Money? on 11.05.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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So sorry to hear of Kendall’s passing. I have fond memories of him at Uncle Paul’s store and the family reunions. I’m sure he will be missed greatly by those closest to him.
Please accept condolences from me and my family.

By Steve Lewis on 11.04.2018

From the entry: 'Kendall Goodwin'.

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GSC’s present plight is no secret and its future existence is in question.

Instead of expressing attitudes that GSC is being picked on could the Blue Ribbon Commission reveal why the College “tested out” as it did to fail to get more State money?

Was the “grading system” based on student enrollment trends, retention, time taken to get a degree, academic reputation, inept governance and administration, and other factors to block more funding? Informative specifics were not disclosed.

Teachers know that concerned students who want to do better always seek advice on what needs to be done to get better grades.

Similar to concerned students GSC’s supporters should be informed of what needs to be done to position the College for improved chances for survival to include eligibility for more State funding.

Saying that GSC is being picked on does nothing to help solve its nagging problems.

By What Was The Grading System? on 10.30.2018

From the entry: 'WV Legislative Update'.

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Well thank you, Details Please,  for asking!  So many problems in Gilmer and education is just one.  Look at the town, take a good look around.  Remember who runs unopposed at election time.  Vote.  Make a difference.  Hold authority figures responsible.  Allow videos, minutes and more to be shared on GFP again, for transparency.  Know your neighbors, help a friend.  Be good to each other. Amen.

By Reader7 on 10.29.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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I will truly miss my Uncle Stephen.  Telling me so much information about from gardening to canning. Just to listening to him talk with such passion for everything that he does… he had a sense of humor that always warms my heart.. listening to him play the banjo sometimes even when he didn’t feel good. he is always willing to share his recipes and his ways of doing things… his solar information he was always studying something ... I’m remember one time we asked him where he got his blackberries when it wasn’t Blackberry season and he go there’s a store down the road it’s called Walmart they have everything… He was so funny.  I love you.. xoxo.

By Robin Nunez on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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Sorry for your loss. He sure did look like his father.

By Buck Edwards on 10.28.2018

From the entry: 'Stephen Blair Marks'.

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Reader 7, please give details for your suggested solutions to the County’s concerns you addressed.

The information would be helpful for consideration by school system administrators and the general public.

By Details Please on 10.26.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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There is speculation that the plan is for GSC to convert to an education center for low risk federal inmates. Is this something the County and central WV needs?

By GSC's New Mission? on 10.26.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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Dr. Pellett’s commentary in the 10/26/2018 issue of the Gazette includes a statement that GSC is responsible for injecting $28,000,000 into the local economy.

If GSC were to close loss of the money would cause the County to have more severe poverty than it has now.

The pressing challenge is for GSC’s administrators including its Board of Governors to exercise effective leadership to prevent closure.

Why can’t GSC take action on the long standing suggestion for it to be an innovator by establishing a five year teacher education program to enable students to earn a masters degree by graduation time?

Something must be done in WV to deal with the 700 positions for which certified teachers including those for math, science and special education are not in the classrooms.

Dr. Pellett and GSC’s Board of Governors why is a new teacher education program at the College not a viable option? Nothing else seems to be working.

The need exists, a similar program of excellence does not exist anywhere in the State, and GSC’s status would be elevated by having a masters degree program.

By GSC Alumni on 10.26.2018

From the entry: 'Paine: Plan to improve math scores to focus on algebra where a third of teachers aren’t certified'.

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GSC could make a valuable contribution to WV by doing a study to report on how grade and elementary schools with excellent results in math and reading did it.

Then, other schools could use the information as guidance instead of going it alone to reinvent the wheel.

With the Ed.D. expertise at GSC it would be a natural to take on the assignment. Dr. Pellett, would you back the initiative?

By Opportunity for GSC on 10.23.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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There is reference to signing an agreement with the State for math4life for all WV school districts. What has Gilmer County agreed to do to fix our problems?

By Agreements Matter on 10.22.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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This important news has potential for making significant progress in improving math and reading outcomes in WV.

It hinges on how quickly advantage can be taken from lessons learned in schools that excelled.

The WVBE could do an analysis of reasons for excelling and to quickly provide guidance information to other schools.

That is the way the private sector approaches problem-solving because chronic failures have consequences and the unfit are weeded out.

Dr. O’Cull could help if the WVBE is not responsive. There could be panels of individuals from excelling schools to make presentations at WV School Board Association meetings to explain what their schools did to make the achievements.

By Why Reinvent The Wheel? on 10.22.2018

From the entry: 'InMyOpinion™: Balanced Scorecard -- Where do we go from here?'.

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A characteristic of a good strategic plan is to simplify language to enable a clear understanding of all its details.

Regarding the comment about abbreviations, a simple fix for them and terms (e.g. lexile) would be to insert an asterisk or a footnote symbol the first time one of them is used to refer readers to a section at the end of the documents where the entries are defined.

This comment is not intended to be a criticism. All specialty fields have a language of their own including the teaching profession.

Suggested clarity improvements in the plans would not be time consuming for principals at the County’s two schools.

By Clarity Is Always Good on 10.18.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Looked at the strategic plan for the GCES. It is a major achievement for the new GCBE to provide the information to the public.

Suggestion. Could the GCBOE post a meaning of all abbreviations in the plan? Doing that would make it far easier for readers to understand details in the plan.

By Help Understanding on 10.17.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Thanks Mrs. Lowther and the BOE for providing meeting minutes for the public to read.

Those of us who voted for the levy would appreciate receiving specific information for what is being done at the grade school and the high school to make needed improvements for college and career readiness.

Could a current overview and updates throughout the school year be provided to the public?

Why not put the details on websites of the two schools to give the principals a chance to shine?

By Levy Supporter on 10.16.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes'.

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“engage in pedantic colloquy?“

No Bill.

By WEKNOWYOU on 10.14.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Correct.  I do not wish to engage in back and forth useless ‘banter’ with big words and no results.  What I AM interested in is Gilmer County, in all it’s ways.  Education, Food, Law and Transparency.  Fancy words are often used to hide, divide, and distract..  Plain words speaking truth for the safety and well being of the people is what I’m looking for..  Gilmer is suffering… I want it to stop. I want to see the citizens healthy, educated and strong. I want to see more jobs instead of food banks.  I want Committee meetings for all to see. I want the law to do what it should, when it should.  Plain english would work fine.  Thanks for asking.

By Reader7 on 10.14.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Lol 7, you do not wish to engage in a pedantic colloquy?

By Smart Feller on 10.13.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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All nice but a small request? Can we simplify some of the language?  Don’t mean to be rude, but fancy works aren’t needed for the Truth.

By Reader7 on 10.12.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Stop living the delusion the state will fix education.
They have caused the problem.
Remember, for them, job one IS job protection.

Rare in history, that the cause of a problem, has come forth with a solution to what they have caused. They keep resetting testing standards so as not have any ‘yardstick’ they can be measured against.  Apparently people just don’t get it?  And the WVBOE is so happy about that.

By it-ain't-a-gonna-happen. period. on 10.12.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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There is a continuum for sophistication regarding what is done with data.

Collecting and compiling it is at the low end of sophistication.

Synthesis is at the high end.

This means using results and other information to make specific recommendations for making improvements.

The State took its typical easy way out by failing to go beyond the data compilation stage.

By Easy Way Out on 10.10.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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The comment about need to find out what was done at high performance schools to determine what we could do in Gilmer County to get the same results merits a comment.

The comment flags what is wrong with the State BOE in failing to provide effective leadership.

Does anyone recall a single instance, after tens of millions of dollars were spent on amassing data, when the State BOE did anything to effectively address lessons learned at high performance schools for application at other schools?

Of course not! It is the easy way out for those in high income brackets in Charleston to collect data instead of using it to the maximum to take full advantage of lessons learned.

Could the WV School Board Association help fill the gap?

By Lost Opportunity on 10.07.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Harry, So sorry to hear of the passing of your wife.  I’m also sorry that I never got to know her because if she was anything like you, I’m sure she was pretty special.  Please know that you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.  May God’s love be with you my friend.

By Greg Garvin on 10.04.2018

From the entry: 'Judith “Judy” Carolyn Buckley Rich'.

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What is the BOE’s proficiency goal for English and mathematics and what is the time frame for achieving the goal? That is news citizens want.

Then too, how can citizens at large get involved to honor and to encourage students who improve, and what of a similar nature could be done to give special recognition to outstanding teachers who contribute to improved learning for English and math?

By Positive Changes Made By New BOE on 10.04.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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The BOE and Mrs Lowther deserve high praise for disclosing proficiency information to the public.

It is the first time since 2011 anything like this has happened.

We still do not know about results for science, and it is understood that Charleston is still “working” on it.

Now we know our serious shortcomings in math and English and there is new hope for burrowing out of the mess with everyone in Gilmer working together.

By Thanks Gilmer BOE on 10.03.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released Outlining School Performance In Gilmer County'.

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Well, dear citizen… sometimes the local ‘law’ gets it wrong.  #truth #JusticeForGilmer

By Transparency matters on 09.30.2018

From the entry: '33 charged in methamphetamine distribution operations in Harrison, Marion, and Monongalia Counties'.

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Soooo…...why do we never see a big drug bust in Gilmer?
With the college and others, there are plenty sources.
Seems strange?

By citizen 3 on 09.23.2018

From the entry: '33 charged in methamphetamine distribution operations in Harrison, Marion, and Monongalia Counties'.

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If you access http://www.mywvschool.com it is evident that some schools outpace others for math and English.

For examples look at data for Lizemore Elementary in Clay County, Alum Creek Elementary in Kanawha County, Rock Branch Elementary in Putnam county, and Greenmont Elementary in Wood County.

Gilmer BOE why not assign someone to evaluate what is being done at those school and others to make them State standouts and to apply lessons learned to our elementary schools?

The same applies to learning from others regarding how to get high marks at GCHS.

By Learn What Works From Others on 09.23.2018

From the entry: 'WV and Area Counties Balanced Scorecard for School Year 2017-2018'.

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I have not read anyone blaming our teachers.  Quite the contrary.
There have been some well thought out comments submitted too.
I am old enough to remember when we had few issues about quality education.

Forget Charleston? Better not.
Believe we are still in their “probation” period.
You better check out just what that means.

By GC--still on state probation? on 09.22.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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Why not go for it on our own and use the tried and widely accepted Iowa Test of Basic Skills to evaluate learning proficiency of our children?

It is the longest running test in America and it goes back to 1936.

One outcome of using the test is that each grade would be evaluated and compared to performances to schools in other parts of America.

We would probably have to go through hoop jumps of the State’s everchanging testing too.

By Iowa Test For Gilmer on 09.21.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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To compound complexity of the issue, Gilmer is different from McDowell and both are different than Monongahela.

The implication is that getting out of the crisis must be county-specific and there is no one size that will fit all of WV’s 55 school systems.

Each county is on its own and ones with the best planning, local boards of education, and administrators will shine. Forget about Charleston!

By County-Specific on 09.21.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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Similar to most complex problems there are several categories contributing to WV’s dismal failure in improving education results in our grade and high schools.

Information in referred journal is beginning to show up. Some of the categories include curriculum issues in high schools, block scheduling failures in high schools, inordinate emphasis on sports at the expense of academics, inadequate prep of grade schoolers to ensure that they get firm foundations in math and English Language Arts, failure to instill need for life long learning at early ages, failure for school systems to fund continuing education of teachers to prepare them for newly emerged practices for enhanced student learning, cultural impediments including failure of some families to encourage children and to give them extra learning help at home, dysfunctional families for children to grow up in caused by drug and alcohol abuse and chronic unemployment, grade inflation characterized by too many As and Bs and attitudes that nobody fails so pass them along, failure of school boards to hire the best qualified superintendents and teachers because of local emphasis on favoring “home grow” individuals, failure of school boards to define performance expectations for superintendents to make effective accountability impossible, constantly changing types of State mandated testing to cause chaos and morale problems, poor compensation of teachers necessary to attract and keep the best and the brightest, etc.

To blame all problems on teachers is a cruel travesty.

One of the weakest links contributing to a lack of progress in improving WV schools is that instead of analyzing the full spectrum of contributing problems and focusing on ones with the biggest payoff potential, the trend in Charleston is to constantly apply band aid approaches with hopes that “cures” will be stumbled on accidentally.

By Do Not Blame It All On Our Teachers on 09.21.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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The problem with preK-12 education in WV is that a holistic and and technically defensible evaluation of contributing factors to cause WV’s problems and how to deal with them has not occurred.

Instead, under direction of clueless politicians ineffective muddling prevails while selling what is done at a particular time as the definitive solution.

How many times have we witnessed muddling over the past 20-30 Years? It still goes on in Charleston.

Why not obtain a grant to have qualified experts analyze success stories around the Nation and use findings to craft a demonstration project in Gilmer County to improve our school system?

Regardless of what we do there must be open minds in seeking out what to do in homes, schools,  teacher education programs in our institutions of higher learning, continuing education for classroom teachers, and to involve various factions in our community to achieve acceptable results. Everyone must band together as a unified team to make it work.

One trap is over emphasis of sports. If the same magnitude of attention and importance were to be focused on solving preK-12 education problems in WV, great strides could be made to benefit deserving children.

By Muddling on 09.19.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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Our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Mr. Ron. I too know this pain of losing a beloved father. Both of these men were taken way too soon. Praying maybe Mr.Ron, my Dad, and all the former Westinghouse employees in heaven are getting together. Love and prayers from, Adrienne and family.

By Adrienne (Trimper) Johnson on 09.19.2018

From the entry: 'Ronald J. Vanskiver'.

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West Virginia’s educational failures is NOT because of classroom teachers.

It IS because of the WV Board of Education’s failures of the past 20-30 years.

That 9 member, lopsided governor board is a crime against children and education in WV as a whole.

It needs 3 teachers, 3 general public parent members, and 3 governor appointees.

Until that governors click gang is broken up, you simply see repeats of the past.  NO progress in education.

It will take the legislature to fix it, but they are too busy with the legislature created court system failure, while trying to line pockets with gas and oil money.

By Tell It Like It Is ! on 09.19.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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What is the plausible rationale for Gilmer not disclosing detailed facts similar to what Superintendent Hosaflook did?

Wood County reported 11,176 students in its 27 schools for the full FY 2018 school year.

In comparison Gilmer had 734 reported students in our two schools for the full FY 2018 school year.

Wood County had 15 times more students than Gilmer and it is reasonable to assume that it was 15 times more demanding to administer with its 27 schools.

If Wood County could get detailed facts out to the public with its significantly higher work load what keeps tiny Gilmer from doing the same?

By Why Gilmer BOE? on 09.18.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Wood County Schools exceeds state test averages'.

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We have not had a responsible, functioning, WVBE for 20 years.
Not one that would accept any responsibility.

They just keep changing ‘score keeping’ so there can be no accurate tracking of student progress.

State ranks 48th or 49th on educational outcomes. Still.
Colleges still have to give remedial classes.

The ONLY thing that changes are the names of the governor appointed players.
And just look at the ‘cost-per-pupil’ spending!
We are about the highest in the nation.

West Virginia State Board of Education = complete failure.  Nothing less.

By just more smoke and mirrors on 09.16.2018

From the entry: 'Balanced Scorecard Released for Public Schools in West Virginia'.

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Never could figure out why working people, retirees, volunteers are picking up trash left by adults?

Not when we have the numbers of bored prisoners we have locked up doing nothing??

By No solution here- on 09.16.2018

From the entry: 'Adopt-A-Highway Fall Statewide Cleanup Set for September 29'.

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Go to http://www.mywvschool.org to access more official State information about Gilmer’s schools. There are serious red flags in need of immediate corrective attention.

If you access Lewis County schools on the same web site you can review info for LES. Look at the red flags there. Worse than GES.

Instead of using the info to criticize it can be useful in seeking out opportunities for making immediate improvements.

For those who take apologetic stands that Gilmer is doing as well as some other WV counties and everything is fine, it does not mean that inferior educations for our children are acceptable.

By Look At Red Flags on 09.16.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Superintendent Set Her Goals for School Year'.

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Who is responsible for Gilmer’s oversight of the LES?

If you access the State’s website you will learn that math and reading is red flagged for the LCES to be as bad as it can get.

Why is it that nothing is reported in Gilmer County about how that school is doing when we know that our sixth grade finishers from over there will go to the GCHS to finish their educations? 

It is like our students who attend LCES are forgotten about. Someone needs to be watching out for them.

By Who Minds The Store on 09.15.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Superintendent Set Her Goals for School Year'.

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The really sad stories are left out.
The students who accrue debt and for whatever reasons, drop out of school after a year or two.

They have little hope of improving incomes, but still have debt.
More of them than you think.

By More sad ones to be told. on 09.14.2018

From the entry: 'Student-Loan Debts a "Loss of Freedom" for Some in WV'.

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Information made ‘public’ forces accountability.
Do not hold your breath lest you turn blue.

‘They’ want elected. Get their place at the trough.
Then discover ‘exposure’ makes their work more difficult.

Informed citizens make informed decisions.
Why do we see the same names being elected over and over and over?

By WHEN we're allowed to see it......? on 09.14.2018

From the entry: 'G-ICYMI™: Harrison BOE sets yearly superintendent goals'.

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Lots of work to be done with schools in Gilmer County. 2017-2018 Summative Assessments out today for student achievement.

Gilmer County High School.

For Math
*Exceed or Meet Standards=40% of Students.
*Fail to Meet Standards=60% of Students

For Reading
*Exceed or Meet Standards=36% of Students
*Fail to Meet Standards=64%

The scores speak volumes. What was done to accurately determine causes of failures and what will be done about it? BOE, the public has a right to know answers.

By Public Demands Answers on 09.13.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Superintendent Set Her Goals for School Year'.

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The Founding Fathers screwed up, we should not have to work and pay our bills. Let that man behind the tree work and pay for it all.
Free education should be a right.
Free food should be a right.
Free healthcare should be a right. 
Free transportation should be a right.
Free entertainment should be a right.

By Smart Feller on 09.13.2018

From the entry: 'Student-Loan Debts a "Loss of Freedom" for Some in WV'.

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Thank you BOE members and Mrs. Lowther. Let’s work together at all community levels to make Gilmer County an educational power house in West Virginia. We can do it as an effective team and provision of information will be the key to success.

By Better Times On The Way on 09.12.2018

From the entry: 'Gilmer County Superintendent Set Her Goals for School Year'.

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