“If the proposed legislation is passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor, the DHHR will comply with a full assessment or study of these facilities, -“ If House Bill 4362 passes?
Why haven’t these assessments been done long before the facilities deteriorated to this point? Lack of adequate oversight and checks and balances over and above the state level boards has been the long standing problem. They view anyone, any agency trying to do that as enemies. They refuse to honestly regulate themselves. WV loses.
You quit because you feel someone is questioning your power Wade Linger. People are daring to question the king?
Absolute power corrupts absolutely, Sir. If you think that is how it should be….
Fayette County cutting 18, Boone cut 77, last number heard was Mingo to cut about 27. McDowell cut, Logan cut, Putnam going to cut, etc. Don’t know how many positions will be lost here in Gilmer. If consolidted employees retire the job will be gone none the less. Seems the state can’t cut enough to solve it’s problems and spent their way into a bottomless pit. Are they going to lay all of this on the county boards of education?
Following is part of a Gazette article on a bill to close three state run nursing homes in WV now before WV Legislators…
“Gordon Simmons, a representative for UE Local 170, said that, while the motivation to privatize the three hospitals is unclear, it would mean a blow to the state workers employed by them.“
“With Jackie Withrow, they looked at repairs to the building itself, and the conclusion was that it would probably be cheaper to build a new nursing home there on the site, rather than repair the existing structure. This may be a way to dump liability — I don’t know. There’s no clear rationale expressed in the writing of the bill itself,” Simmons said. “Obviously, these folks would no longer be state employees, which means they lose their retirement, I would guess, and benefits, with respect to leave and so forth.”
“Simmons added that the privatization of the hospitals likely would come by selling them to large, out-of-state companies. UE 170 President Donna Morgan said that, if the bill were to pass and the hospitals were sold, it could mean similar legislation in the future targeting other facilities and jeopardizing other state government jobs…“
Now given they want to get rid of facilities that have deteriorated under state watch, wouldn’t it be valid to question why weren’t certain state agencies under intervention? This bill may need to be revisited, rewritten or stopped, but what it reveals about poor state management needs to continue.
Mr. Linger, some do not consider it legislative encroachment. Some think it’s about time the legislature started looking in to what they have been budgeting and passing laws about here for years and years. Each attempt to bring new legislation to the table brings more insight and oversight.
Saw Dr. Barr’s reply to the waste in WV State government report in which GSC and Bluefield were singled out for scathing criticism.
He refereed to 400 more students at GSC over the past 10 years.
How many of them are prison inmates with nothing to do with recruiting West Virginians?
Business people have not observed any up-spurts in students coming to Glenville.
Another question is the FTE count. Are the reported 400 students FTEs or head counts?
It makes a difference for the money flow into GSC from tuition payments.
Another question is what is the percentage of non-occupancy for the new student student housing built with bond loans the Gilmer County Commission approved?
Regarding the 12% increase in applications Dr. Barr cited, what counts is how many will enroll.
A few years back under another president the town was informed to expect to be overrun by new students and housing was going to be a major problem.
The optimism was based on numbers of applicants. That turned out to be a disappointment because there were mostly no-shows.
The bond repayment issue is an alarm call to many.
Instead of the payment being covered with existing funds as a result of sound management, is it not true that a local benefactor had to come forth with the payment money to compensate for GSC’s financial shortfall?
Dr. Barr had to be positive in citing numbers the best he could and that is understood.
The challenge to him is what is being done to ensure that GSC will be unique among WV’s other small institutions to guarantee its survival?
WV is in financial trouble and decisions for funding higher education will have to be based on defensible facts to let investment grade institutions be top competitors for dwindling resources.
The Hur Herald recap and the Moody’s report about GSC relate to something in common.
The plight of the County’s school system with intervention and GSC’s tenuous status link to control by a small clique of the same people making decisions secretly behind closed doors.
Abuse of power, control of the majority by a minority, and attitudes of supreme mental superiority are some of the behavioral patterns citizens have observed from the clique.
Someone pointed this out earlier to make it worth repeating.
Simply because some people in the County have excess money, to equate to political clout and power over others, that does not mean that they possess the knowledge and wisdom to automatically know what is best for educating our children!
Anyone who believes that the clique knows best look at some of the many adverse developments from intervention.
We have the Cedar Creek SNAFU, a new consolidated school on an old dump along the river, and the new Leading Creek school with five unused classrooms.
Throw in the WVDOE’s spending our school system’s reserve money, taking out a million dollar debt for Gilmer County to pay off, and teachers being paid for not teaching because there are no students in unused classrooms at Linn.
Consider too the impact of the County’s consolidated grade school on students who will have to endure long bus rides.
Educators know from studies that long rides have a negative impact by wearing students out, particularly the youngest ones, by the time they get to school to detract from classroom learning.
Thank you Mr. Linger for your resignation. You mention in the Charleston Gazette-Mail the Legislature “meddling” in the business of the WVBOE. Well, thank God for the Legislature “meddling”. It is just possible their “meddling” may bring an end to a generation of failed education with WV placed at 46th.
You have single handedly done West Virginia a wonderful service, for which we thank you.
Mr. Linger, you need to replace the word “encroachment” with the word oversight. THAT is what you are railing against.
The travesty you complain about in Fayette is that finally someone on your board is listening to the voice of the citizens who have been affected by totalitarian WVBOE control. Isn’t that what you are so upset about? That your “right” to close schools and transport kids many unnecessary miles while you do nothing to improve achievement as you did to so many other counties is finally being questioned and blocked?
You claim let the educators decide the standards yet you personally felt as though your thoughts on science should be included.
Sir, you have been upset since Jorea questioned your tyrannical authority and every quenstion from any source drives you up a wall.
How dare the people have representation of our own choosing? How dare we demand accountability and transparency from the State Board of Education?
By Good Bye and Good Riddance Wade Linger on 02.04.2016
Alumni who keep track of GSC’s news know the following facts.
+ There was an earlier Moody’s report to give GSC an undesirable bond rating for money borrowed for the new construction because there was uncertainty that the debt could be repaid.
+ An official on the outside team that gave GSC accreditation the last time reported afterwards that accreditation should have been denied because of the College’s unfixed problems.
+ The recent Charleston audit report on financial waste contained verification that GSC was one of two WV colleges identified as candidates for closing.
+ Today’s GFP posting verified that Moody’s had downgraded GSC’s bond rating again to a more undesirable B1 to prove that the financial status is worsening.
+ Moody’s stated that causes of the alarming B1 rating related to cash flow problems from inadequate enrollment and GSC’s new construction not being filled to produce adequate funds to repay bond debt.
Citizens know that when the County Commission authorized GSC to take on the bond debt a default would cause a foreclosure.
With foreclosure the lending bank would assume ownership of the new construction paid for with bond money authorized by the County.
GSC’s problems are not going to go away without significant redirection to keep the it open.
Recruiters from other WV colleges and universities are fully aware of GSC’s predicament.
They will use the bad information to lure students away to worsen the College’s enrollment problems to make the financial status more of a crisis than it is today.
GSC’s administrators owe the County and central WV an immediate action plan for solving the College’s problems while there is still time for corrective actions.
Effective leadership capable of solving the problems needs to emerge at the College and it cannot be directed to temporary band aids.
The way a county’s school system runs is dependent on leadership. The most important person is the superintendent who sets the standard for leadership.
Gilmer County’s challenge will be to hire a superintendent who will work with the school board in a team effort to do the best we can for our children.
Gilmer’s elected board is not considered to be on the team. That has been a serious mistake by the WVDOE.
The WVDOE’s secrecy, making decisions behind closed doors, withholding information from the public and the elected board, failing to award work with competitive bidding, making decisions in advance and expecting rubber stamping, and taking orders from the cabal must stop!
Until the day comes when Gilmer County can hire its own superintendent who will be fully accountable to the County, getting back partial local control of our school system will be a farce.
By Essential For Gilmer To Get Its Own Superintendent on 02.03.2016
The only answer the WVBOE and the Legislature seems to have is take responsiblity from the state and remove accountability to the public. Even Senator Facemire has gone to bed with the WVBOE. He said they could save money by getting rid of the county boards at the Senior Center. He has no idea how little money that would generate compared to reducing the state’s bloated bureaucracy and he doesn’t want to know. Reducing state transparency and accountability to the voter is not the answer and anyone down there who believes that’s how to go should feel pain at the ballot box.
By Stop the Political Destruction of WV Counties on 02.02.2016
Dillon Hashman of Normantown Named to RCBI Bridgeport Position
Dillon L. Hashman of Normantown, Gilmer County, WV, has joined the staff of the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing, RCBI Director and CEO Charlotte Weber has announced. He has been assigned to the RCBI Bridgeport Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center as a CNC technician, working with computer-controlled equipment.
A 2008 graduate of Gilmer County High School, he recently completed RCBI’s Machinist Technology Program, earning National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) certification. He also served as an intern at RCBI Bridgeport. His previous experience includes work at Fairmont Tool, Bi-Con Services in Derwent, Ohio, and Flying W. Plastics in Glenville, WV.
“Dillon proved to be an outstanding student in the Machinist Technology Program,” Ms. Weber said. “We believe his enthusiasm and ‘can do’ attitude will be a strong asset to our Bridgeport operations.”
Hashman said his interests also include motorcycles and hunting.
RCBI provides access to cutting edge technology and technical training to manufacturers across the region. Operating from Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centers in Huntington, South Charleston, Bridgeport and Rocket Center (near Keyser in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle), its mission includes developing a quality, just-in-time supplier base for the Department of Defense, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the commercial sector.
On Wednesday, August 26, 2009 Judge Jack Alsop heard 2 juvenile matters.
—- One juvenile was returned to the home of his parents and placed on probation with a further hearing set for Friday, October 9, 2009 at 10:45 AM.
—- Another juvenile abuse and neglect proceeding was before the Court with the grandmother moving to intervene in the case. The grandmother currently has some of the siblings in her care from a case filed in Braxton County. The Judge allowed her to intervene, but did not place the children in her custody yet. One child needs some further assessment, but the grandmother does get 2 hours supervised visitation with the children per week, and Judge Alsop ordered Braxton and Gilmer County CPS to confer and conduct a unified MDT hearing. An evidentiary hearing is set for Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 9:00 AM.
On Thursday, August 21, 2009 Judge Jack Alsop heard:
—- A juvenile matter, and upon the said juvenile admitting to allegations in the petition, Judge Alsop found her to be a juvenile delinquent and ordered her to be sent to Donald R. Kuhn Juvenile Facility for no more than 60 days for diagnosis and classification. Upon receiving the report back from the facility, another hearing will be scheduled in this matter. The Sheriff’s office delivered said juvenile to the facility on Friday when a bed became available.
—- In another matter Waymond Jones turned himself into the Sheriff upon the warrant issued for him failing to appear on Friday, August 21, 2009. He will remain in jail until Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at 9:00 AM when he will have pre-trial motions heard and his trial will be rescheduled. There will be no trial on September 2, 2009.
In I Love You, Man, a comedy from John Hamburg (Along Came Polly, co-writer of Meet The Parents, Meet The Fockers, Zoolander), Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd, Knocked Up The 40 Year Old Virgin) is a successful real estate agent who, upon getting engaged to the woman of his dreams, Zooey, (The Offices Rashida Jones), discovers, to his dismay and chagrin, that he has no male friend close enough to serve as his Best Man. Peter immediately sets out to rectify the situation, embarking on a series of bizarre and awkward man-dates, before meeting Sydney Fife (Jason Segel, Forgetting Sarah Marshall), a charming, opinionated man with whom he instantly bonds. But the closer the two men get, the more Peters relationship with Zooey suffers, ultimately forcing him to choose between his fiancée and his new found bro, in a story that comically explores what it truly means to be a friend.
4 salmon filets,
Juice of ½ large lemon
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 large cloves of garlic, minced
1½ tsp ground coriander
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp fresh oregano, chopped
Salt & pepper to taste
Fresh parsley, finely chopped for garnish
Preheat the oven to 450°F.
Combine the lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, coriander, cumin and oregano in a zip lock baggie or dish deep enough to hold the salmon and the marinade.
Add the fish to the marinade, coat both sides and let sit for 15-20 minutes on the counter.
Place the salmon (skin side down, if there is any) and drizzle with any extra marinade.
Roast for 7-10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish.
Place on a platter or plate and sprinkle with parsley and another squirt of lemon juice.
“I-TEACH” AIMS TO HELP RURAL SCHOOLS ATTRACT AND RETAIN QUALIFIED TEACHERS
Senator Jay Rockefeller re-introduced a bill this Congress – Incentives to Educate America’s Children (I-TEACH) – that will improve the quality of instruction for West Virginia’s students and students in rural areas nationwide. Under the bill, teachers who commit to teaching in rural school districts would receive a $1000 annual refundable tax credit. The bill also calls for teachers who have National Board certification – regardless of where they teach – to receive the same annual refundable tax credit.
“Every child deserves a quality education that will put them on the path to success,” said Rockefeller. “And the truth is that some rural schools are facing a great need for teachers as they struggle to compete against school districts in higher population areas. This bill will allow rural school districts to attract and retain teachers, while also giving our hard working, dedicated teachers an incentive they very much deserve.”
The I-TEACH bill provides an annual $1000 refundable tax credit for kindergarten, elementary, or secondary school teachers in schools where at least 75% of students receive free or reduced school lunches. Teachers who teach in a school classified by the Department of Education as School Locale Code 7 or 8 – meaning they are located a certain distance away from a city or town – would also be eligible.
Over 43% of West Virginia students attend rural schools, according to the Rural School and Community Trust 2007 report titled ‘‘Why Rural Matters.”
Rockefeller’s bill also includes a provision allowing teachers certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards to receive a $1000 refundable tax credit for any year they are certified. Since its inception in 1987, over 74,000 teachers from across the country have completed National Board certification – including 422 in West Virginia.
Teachers who are both nationally certified and teach in rural areas would qualify for $2000 in refundable tax credits annually.
A fraud protection program developed here in West Virginia is now on the radar internationally. The eCDL or Electronic Commercial Drivers Licensing was created in a joint effort by the state Division of Motor Vehicles and the Rahall Transportation Institute at Marshall University.
Chandra Inglis-Smith, a research associate with the Institute, says eCDL has updated the way the state tracks fraud when it comes to awarding licenses for drivers of big rigs.
“Previously the driving portion of it was all done by paper. What we’ve done is taken the paper test and put it into a software database system that is all administered on a laptop,” Inglis-Smith said.
But it’s much more high tech than just a test on a computer. Inglis-Smith says fraud investigators with the DMV can call up a test being given at any certain time, at any place in the state and track the information being put into the computer and the route the truck is taking on a GPS system. “It really increases our fraud protection because we know the test is being done accurately, in the right place it’s supposed to be done and it’s also being timed,” she said.
The fraud investigator can even see the number and directions of turns the truck is making during the test. The program is saving the state a half million dollars a year.
In mid-August the eCDL program won the 2009 Innovations Award at the Southern Legislative Conference of the Council of State Governments. It’s now in the running for the national award.
But Inglis-Smith says the best part is that six other states plus Canada have already shown interest in purchasing the program for their own use. “It’s going to make the roads so much safer and we’re just proud we were able to develop it here in West Virginia and take it to this level and get the recognition we deserve,” she said.
The Morris Criminal Justice Training Center in Glenville was officially dedicated on Monday afternoon with the help of Governor Joe Manchin, Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety Secretary James Spears and Glenville State President Peter Barr.
The facility is the result of a joint partnership between Glenville State and the state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety. As the result the old Shoe Factory in Glenville has a new look, a new name, and a brand new purpose.
Ike and Sue Morris of Glenville were part of the effort to convert an old shoe factory into the training site for those who will someday work in jails, prisons and juvenile services.
The idea for a joint training ground came about three years ago but it wasn’t until last year that I.L. Morris’ gift made the dream a reality.
Governor Joe Manchin says the partnership between these agencies is an example of the efficiency he would like to see within the state.
“All in all, at the end of the day, the state saves about $60,000 in the budgets that we have,“ said Manchin, who said he was excited that it was Glenville State College who took the initiative to create such a partnership. “One budget here, one budget here, one - now under one roof.“
The center staged a mock cell evacuation and K-9 demonstrations to show what happens in some of its courses.
“The biggest benefit is going to be the ability to share resources, facilities, and personnel,“ said Ronald Casto, Deputy Chief of Operations for the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority.
State education officials say this is a one-of-a-kind partnership in West Virginia.
Calhoun County: Annual Fish Fry for Hope Dominion Retirees, ...
The Annual Fish Fry for Hope Dominion retirees, spouses, and widows will be on Thursday, September 3, 2009.
Guests will meet at the Calhoun County Park barn.
Bring a covered dish and eating utensils.
The dinner will be at 6:00 PM
William T. Rexroad
Age 65, of Ireland, passed away on Thursday, August 27, 2009, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon.
He was born August 29, 1943, in Weston, a son of Hanley Rexroad of Ireland and the late Freda J. Caynor Rexroad.
He is survived by his daughter, Jannette Kelley and Patrick Oldaker, her companion of Ireland; 3 grandchildren, Tyauna Lough of Weston, Electa Kelley and Logan Kelley, both of Ireland; his former spouse, Ilene Riley Rexroad of Weston; and his friend and caregiver, Lorranie Davis of Ireland.
Mr. Rexroad had worked at the Weston State Hospital in Weston.
Friends were received from 3 to 7 PM on Sunday, August 30, at the Alkire Funeral Chapel, where services were held at 1:00 PM on Monday, August 31, with Rev. Earl Cayton officiating. Burial followed in the McCutcheon Chapel Cemetery at Ireland.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.tomblyn.com.
Tressie Jane Sartin
Age 82, of Little Birch, WV died August 29, 2009 in Summersville Memorial Hospital, Summersville, WV. She was born November 20, 1926, in Braxton County, WV a daughter of the late Bert and Blanch Rose Rhodes.
Also preceding her in death were her husband Alva Zarrel Sartin, and daughter Wilma Kittner. She was a member of the Crites Mountain Seventh Day Adventist Church and a homemaker.
She is survived by 7 sons Lonnie Sartin of Little Birch, Thomas Sartin & wife Diana of Little Birch, James Sartin of Gassaway, Timmy Sartin of Orville, OH, Alvin, Marvin & Ronil Sartin all of Little Birch; 4 daughters Alma Jane Nessellrotte & husband Amos of Little Birch, Loretta Rexroad of Flatwoods, Ruby Gay Whitehead of Arkansas and Clara Mae McCulty & husband Fred of Akron, OH; 3 brothers Chalmer Rhodes of Little Birch, Sherd Rhodes of Little Birch, & Cam Rhodes of Flatwoods; 3 sisters Carol Jackson & husband Dorsey of Little Birch, Jean Morrison of Cowen and Baulah Riffle & husband Bob of Sutton; several grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
There was a graveside service at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at Bill Rose Cemetery, Bays, WV with Rev. Bobbie Harper officiating. Friends called from noon until 1:00 p.m. at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV. Online condolences may be sent to: greene-robertsonfuneralhome.com
Funeral arrangements are by Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton, WV
School ‘Bullying Awareness and Prevention’ Speaks Out
One out of every four West Virginia students say they’ve feared going to school because they’d be bullied. The statistic comes from a 2007 study and has prompted one group to take a step in the right direction.
Step by Step, a community service group, debuted an anti-bullying poster Monday in Charleston. It features nine people with their mouths erased and the message ‘It is time to find our voices and speak out against bullying!‘
Tanya Huff, the Bullying Awareness and Prevention Coordinator for Step by Step, says they’re reaching out to the community. “We’re trying to empower the bystanders because they’re the ones who see it, they’re the ones who are involved in it and they’re the ones who can make a difference,” Huff said. ”They have more power than they realize.“
Huff says many times simple bullying can lead to violence that involves a weapon. That’s why it’s so important for those stepping into a bullying situation to take a non-aggressive approach. “They are not feeding the bullies,” she said. “They’re not giving the bullies what they want, the arguing, the fight. They’re walking away and helping the victim.“
The poster will be seen all across the state. Huff hopes its message comes across loud and clear. “I hope it gets people to realize how important it is that we all as a community need to come up and take a stand and start speaking out that we do not want this in our community. We do not want this in our state. We want a bully-free West Virginia,” she said. ~~ WVMN ~~