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 ~~
Historical Flatwoods Tour and Monster Landing Site Tour
The historical Flatwoods tour and monster landing site tour will be on Saturday, September 5, 2009 at 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM.
The cost is $5.00.
Those taking the tour will meet in front of Granddad’s Store, Flatwoods.
Contact Steve Smith at 304.765.3194 to purchase advance tickets or for more information.
Today is Tuesday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2009. There are 121 days left in the year.
Thought for Today: “When nothing is sure, everything is possible.“ - Margaret Drabble, British author.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Sept. 1, 1939, World War II began as Nazi Germany invaded Poland.
In 1807, former Vice President Aaron Burr was found not guilty of treason. (Burr was then tried on a misdemeanor charge, but was again acquitted.)
In 1894, the Great Hinckley Fire destroyed Hinckley, Minn., and five other communities, and killed more than 400 people.
In 1897, the first section of Boston’s new subway system was opened.
In 1905, Alberta and Saskatchewan entered Confederation as the eighth and ninth provinces of Canada.
In 1923, the Japanese cities of Tokyo and Yokohama were devastated by an earthquake that claimed some 140,000 lives.
In 1951, the United States, Australia and New Zealand signed a mutual defense pact, the ANZUS treaty.
In 1969, a coup in Libya brought Moammar Gadhafi to power.
In 1972, American Bobby Fischer won the international chess crown in Reykjavik, Iceland, as Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union resigned before the resumption of game 21.
In 1983, 269 people were killed when a Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 was shot down by a Soviet jet fighter after the airliner had entered Soviet airspace.
In 1989, Baseball Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti died of a heart attack at his summer home in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., at age 51.
Ten years ago: Twenty-two of baseball’s 68 permanent umpires found themselves jobless, the fallout from their union’s failed attempt to force an early start to negotiations for a new labor contract. Ten American tourists and two Tanzanians were killed when their small plane crashed as they were leaving Serengeti National Park.
Five years ago: More than 1,000 people were taken hostage by heavily armed Chechen militants at a school in Beslan in southern Russia; more than 330, mostly children, were eventually killed in the three-day ordeal. Militants in Iraq freed seven employees of a Kuwaiti trucking firm after their employer paid half a million dollars in ransom. The criminal case against Kobe Bryant collapsed as prosecutors in Colorado dropped a sexual assault charge against the NBA star.
One year ago: Hurricane Gustav slammed into the heart of Louisiana’s fishing and oil industry with 110 mph winds, delivering only a glancing blow to New Orleans. Republicans opened their national convention in St. Paul, Minn., on a subdued note because of Hurricane Gustav; John McCain’s running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, revealed that her 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, was pregnant. Jerry Lewis raised a record $65 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in his annual Labor Day telethon. Country singer-actor Jerry Reed died in Nashville at age 71. Voiceover artist Don LaFontaine, whose distinctive baritone graced innumerable movie trailers, died in Los Angeles at age 68.
Journalist and author Liz Carpenter is 89
Former Defense Secretary Melvin R. Laird is 87
Actor George Maharis is 81
Conductor Seiji Ozawa is 74
Attorney and law professor Alan Dershowitz is 71
Comedian-actress Lily Tomlin is 70
Actor Don Stroud is 66
Conductor Leonard Slatkin is 65
Singer Archie Bell is 65
Singer Barry Gibb is 63
Rock musician Greg Errico is 61
Talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw is 59
Singer Gloria Estefan is 52
Former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers is 48
Jazz musician Boney James is 48
Singer-musician Grant Lee Phillips (Grant Lee Buffalo) is 46
Country singer-songwriter Charlie Robison is 45
Retired NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway is 43
Rap DJ Spigg Nice (Lost Boyz) is 39
Actor Ricardo Antonio Chavira (“Desperate Housewives”) is 38
Rock singer JD Fortune is 36
NFL player Jason Taylor is 35
Actor Scott Speedman is 34
NFL player Aaron Schobel is 32
NFL player Clinton Portis is 28
Rock musician Joe Trohman is 25
WVBOE relays info to appointed County Super who trickles some of what he understands to placate an in the pocket Board President who trickles what little he understands who knows where but not to the Board he’s on. The WVBOE plays more politics than the Legislature. How does all this help the children?
Simmons tells us all about ADA and says that’s why they HAVE to move to the Health Center KNOWING it is a lie. KNOWING that under the Americans With Disabilities Act if the building is first floor handicap accessible, citizens can get what they need and changing it puts the owning government agency (County Commission) under undue financial hardship the conditions at the Annex are fine. He can still read? The act is clear on the subject.
If he’s willing to spread tales about that in support of the Superintendent what won’t he do?
Little doubt in town the pair’s trying to come up with how the move will save the Board money.What local contractor do you believe will give an estimate on what the cost is for remodeling?
There’s no point saying I’m sorry when it’s not sincere. It would be a waste of everyone’s time.
ALL FOUR of the local GILMER BOARD members should DEMAND old President Simmons IMMEDIATE RESIGNATION, as President, for setting Dr. Armour up like he did, and then sitting quietly by and condoning the resulting attack on Dr. Armour.
Dr. Armour was the ONLY honorable man at that meeting.
Dr. Cynthia Daniel started off to be involved with the Minnie Hamilton controversy.
She will be bombarded with specious rationale for why spending in excess of $150,000 more than being spent now just for the first two years is a top priority justification to benefit Gilmer County’s children.
Let us hope that Dr. Daniel has the resolve to do what it takes to stop the madness when Gilmer County has other higher priority needs to improve educations of our deserving children.
Charleston should ask one question and it is——how would the MH expenditure benefit the children and how is it justified as the highest priority need among an array of needs in Gilmer County?
Simmon outa be thankful the video was edited. His arrogance is talk of the town. You would think the least he could do is apologize to public for what he did. He was participating in an illegal activity led by Devano. He should be thankful to Hurley and Armour for trying to keep him out of trouble and cuss the heck out of Devano. Shouldn’t he?
Getting test results quicker is an entitlement to citizens who pay the bills.
Another entitlement should be to be informed who supervises superintendents appointed during intervention to include the State’s grading system used to evaluate their performances.
There is confusion about who the superintendents report to. Citizens in contact with members of the WVBOE tell that they point elsewhere in the WVDOE.
The general impression of board members in intervened counties is that Mr. Charles Heinlein is the next in line over the superintendents. His last day is today so will there be a reset with his replacement?
Others point to Ted Matterin as the power behind the scenes while others point to the WVDOE’s audit office.
If the responsible person now is Dr. Martirano that arrangement should be revealed. Some individual in Charleston is responsible for patterns of waste and mismanagement continuing in intervened counties, and the full facts should be exposed to the public.
He has been WV State Superintendent since Sept 2014. With only nine months on the job he has not “long been a proponent” of anything for West Virginia. However, it is a good thing to bring the test results for Smarter Balanced Assessment forward in a much more timely fashion.
It is reported that county Superintendents already have a computer sign in to the data. Will such a sign in be provided to county Boards of Education? Will the State Superintendent guarantee that all 55 counties will see their data or only the ones not under intervention?
The DADT posting is what we need more of in WV. The way education information is controlled in Charleston, important details are kept from the general public similar to the way a secret underground society operates.
If citizens don’t know about the existence of information how can they be expected to ask questions? The common response from Charleston bureaucrats is that WV citizens don’t care and they wouldn’t understand it anyway. We have news for them!
One of the best ways for improving K-12 achievement in WV would be to eliminate the mystery Charleston generates and to inform the public what is being done and how the State is doing with achieving results.
Our problem relates to need for accountability, something WVDOE bureaucrats nimbly avoid. Thanks for your help DADT, and keep WV posted with additional high quality and timely information.
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Is this a matter of whether or not a County Board of Education agrees with the State Board of Ed when under intervention? No board can truly be called a board or operate as a board if that is the criteria for their actions. That is clearly the manner in which the appointed Superintendent is proceeding and the required result to obtain his personal approval of any board action is agreement by unanimous vote with no discussion.
A school board member is not elected to be a rubber stamp for any agenda. They are elected to proceed legally and ethically in a direction that will move education forward and for the betterment of the students under its jurisdiction. Certainly they should be willing to discuss and evaluate any one position presented to them, make an informed decision on all matters and vote accordingly.
Every school system deserves the opportunity for growth and improvement. Until the inexperienced superintendent of Gilmer County acquires independent knowledge of the responsibilities of his position this will not happen. The same may be said for the county board president whoever that may be.
Link above is the US Dept of Education ESEA site with W.V. waivers, various letters and panel review data. Some weaknesses cause grave concern.
QUESTION:(From ESEA (Elementary & Secondary Education Act) flexibility request review form)
2.A.i.a Does the SEA’s accountability system provide differentiated recognition, accountability, and support for all LEAs in the State and for all Title I schools in those LEAs based on (1) student achievement in reading/language arts and mathematics, and other subjects at the State’s discretion, for all students and all subgroups of students identified in ESEA section 1111(b)(2)(C)(v)(II); (2) graduation rates for all students and all subgroups; and (3) school performance and progress over time, including the performance and progress of all subgroups?
RESPONSE IDENTIFYING WEAKNESSES:
Weaknesses, issues, lack of clarity It is not clear that WVDE addresses graduation rates for subgroups.
Four classifications of schools (highly effective, effective, needs improvement, and targeted for support) and then three labels required by ESEA flexibility (priority, focus, and reward schools) may be confusing to stakeholders (p. 69). The value of sustaining state categories as well as federal ones is not clear.
Of particular concern is how an improvement of only 4 median percentiles from 49 to 53 transforms the multiplier from .50 to .75.
The weight of adequate growth — 10 percent in elementary/middle schools split between English/language arts and math and 5 percent in high schools split between English and math — is justified in the narrative (p. 77), but may not reflect appropriate expectations for all students to meet college- and career-ready standards.
The second metric is that adequate growth contributes 10 percent for elementary/middle schools and 5% for high schools. This appears to be a type of growth to standards (expectations) design using the observed growth. It is unclear how the Student growth percentile (SGP) and the targeted SGP expectation is calculated for 11th grade students (see Table 2.7). Here, WVDE does not provide a rationale for awarding large changes in the multiplier for some ranges.
Peers question whether defining effective as the 50 percentile rank (60 at the high school level) increases rigor (p. 84).
Part B: Is the SEA’s (STATE’S EDUCATION AGENCY) plan likely to lead to all students, including English Learners, students with disabilities, and low-achieving students, gaining access to and learning content aligned with the college- and career-ready standards?
RESPONSE IDENTIFYING WEAKNESSES:
Weaknesses, issues, lack of clarity WVDE has identified a number of professional development opportunities along with expansion of access to accelerated learning opportunities for students. A coherent approach to implementation would assist in resource allocation in this area.
My state was near the top in spending on class room computers. Test scores did not rise as expected. Zero correlation as a matter of fact.
We began a new program in our district that got results. Each time a request came in to purchase computers there was a requirement to provide a good plan to follow to accurately measure pre-and-post achievement testing results.
We held administrators accountable for obtaining and reporting on the results. There was stiff resistance at first, but we held firm and our test scores soared 25.43%.
After we took our stand research results have been in reputable national education journals to back the concept that just because money is spent on computers don’t expect better learning results to automatically occur.
Computers must be used correctly just the same as for any other sophisticated tools. They never will be panaceas to replace what good teachers are capable of doing in classrooms.
What meaningful evaluations will be done in your school district to determine if the 200 new computers aided in improving learning outcomes?
A teacher said at your meeting that without the new computers it would be impossible to teach math. What did the individual do before computers were available?
It is very clear when Simmons told the GFP reporter at the end of the June 1 meeting that the reporter knew this was “wrong” he did not want the video shown.
It is very clear from community conversations with Simmons that he has no desire to be a “board member”. His goal was to be county Superintendent and since that was short circuited the man feels his only equals would be the Superintendent or his superiors in Charleston. How many times has he made the public statement “I am not a full time Board Member nor do I intend to be”? With this attitude the question must be why is he on the Board at all?
It is very clear from the May video that Simmons had instructed Armour to prepare the April report which upset the Principal leading to her preapproved rebuttal/personal attack.
It is crystal clear that Superintendent Devono has no intention of complying with the agreed upon Memorandum Of Understanding between the W V State Board of Education and the Gilmer County Board of Education. Such actions show there is no oversight of the WV State Board of Education employee. It would seem fair to say this is probably SOP for all appointees of the state.
On video after video Mr Devono repeatedly informed the Gilmer Board and the public that the only two things they do not have control over is personnel and the new capital project fund 51. Yet when it comes to a simple though expensive rental agreement the Superintendent and board President agree it should only be discussed in executive session. Clearly they agreed before the meeting ever took place.
Less than a quorum of members of any Board of Education including the President may not have private face to face meetings with a Superintendent on any matter to avoid holding a properly noticed meeting and a series of phone calls does not constitute a proper meeting. There is case law to support this.
It is clear the expenditure of tax dollars is being decided behind closed doors.
Somewhere in the WV code, isn’t there something about “Sunshine laws”? ANY school board meeting that is not about personnel or the name of a student being disciplined should be public, able to be filmed, and a transcript of the meeting available to the public, the press included. We elected our school board. We did NOT elect the state Board of Education or the Superintendent that board imposed upon us. Not only should the entire, unedited video be available to the public, something needs to be done about “taxation without representation” here. We, the people, did NOT have input into, or vote for, new schools in this county. We actually voted against them. Whatever happened to freedom?
Now is the time to determine out how to fix GSC as if were a business on the verge of closing.
Positive change won’t occur with more false claims and constructing more buildings either. People call the new buildings monuments to misaligned priorities.
GSC must have high quality academic programs to attract and keep students. Criminal justice and sports are obviously not the answer.
Positive change must be achieved by developing a viable plan by involving especially qualified higher education experts or GSC is doomed for elimination.
It is a disgrace to GSC’s leaders, including its present and past Board of Governors, when the College’s problems have become bad enough to be addressed in the world’s most prestigious financial publication.
When a Board President is observed on multiple meeting videos asking the Secretary what his pleasure is regarding conduction of the meeting including this one and does not consult with all Board members.
When a Board President refuses to cast his own vote after a proper motion to amend the agenda and continue the meeting as happened on this meeting video.
Board leadership is nonexistent. It is time for a change.
Ever study evasive actions taken to keep from providing information to your board at meetings?
When a question is asked there is a distinct pattern if something verges on being sticky for the State.
A questions is said not to be understood, a totally different question is answered, a statement is made that an answer is being worked on and nothing more is ever heard, an attempt is made to make a questioner look irrational, there is a statement that the question was answered already, a wrong answer is given, or the let’s move on signal is given to go to something else.
Right out of the State’s playbook to purposely keep your board in the dark.
How the Gilmer County school board takes it I do not know. By watching video tapes it is clear that it is treated with outright contempt by the State.
Decisions are made in advance by the State with no prior board input with expectations for no meaningful debate to get immediate approval.
This is seen many times over. For two recent examples Mr. Devono already had made up his mind for the 200 computers for the GCHS. He had them out for bids already with expectations for the board to go along.
Citizens learned that the County did not have an accurate inventory of computers it had and where they were. What kind of management is this?
The Minnie Hamilton lease was another example. It was talked about briefly by Mr.Devono at one meeting with expectations for the board to go along at that time.
Video taping was done of the proceedings. At the June 1st meeting Mr. Devono made it out that all the MH details were secret to justify a closed executive session meeting to keep information from the people!!!
The State does not have one example where it intervened to function in good faith with boards to bring out the best in them to strengthen a school system.
Board members know this and it must be insulting when they must tolerate a super without any prior experience and a proven track record for high quality management of a school system.
It shows that improved education is not the State’s motive because of its dismal track record.
The claim that everything is being done for the children is a cruel hoax. It is all about shoveling money to a limited few.
Look at the cover up for the Cedar Creek botch and where we are for the new school on the old dump along the Little Kanawha River.
This is for S. I watched the video for March and the breakdown of proper meeting management was detectable when a citizen in the power clique was permitted to make prolonged personal attacks against a board member.
The board president and Mr. Devono just sat there without putting an end to it.
Spirited debate and sticking with issues are fine, but a line is crossed when personal attacks are permitted. In this case they seemed to have been encouraged as if there was a set-up to try to discredit the board member.
Personal attacks never have a place at any public meetings!
Knowing what I know about all the RAPES at Glenville State College, this promotional announcement almost offends me, for you know the governor has to know about horrid crimes and unpunished RAPES at GSC that have been going on for years—- And endorsed by someone I feel is completely and totally dishonest and that would be Gerald B Hough Gilmer County Prosecutor.
The only consolation is that Wilke Perez a former QB for the football team at GSC accused of RAPE will be doing three years in federal prison for another crime.
It is also interesting to note that concerned citizens had mentioned him, the rape and the cover ups by Mr. Hough to the FBI just about the time they started looking into the wrong doing of Wilke Perez. His VICTIM Anita Phillips Wiseman we just did a detailed interview with (conducted by Lawrence J Smith)and the crime will now have a new focus.
By the way the victim of that sexual assault that Perez was arrested for in Gilmer County is now a federal prison corrections officer.
Martirano, who’s the “we” you keep talking about as in, “We can’t have”? You should be talking to “YOUR” Superintendents.YOU don’t exercise any oversight of YOUR employees. Quit trying to run the counties from Charleston’s bully pulpit. That doesn’t work.
Mr. Martirano, the children missed more days than were put into the school calendar due to an act of God, the weather. Some schools and homes may not have had electric, heat or water. Roads may have flooded. The children were not truants. The parents did not decide to keep them home just because they felt like it. The decision to close the schools was made by Superintendents and Transportation Directors in all counties who made that determination based on weather conditions being such it would be unsafe to put buses on the roads.
W.V. Code §18-8-1. Compulsory school attendance; exemptions.
(a) Exemption from the requirements of compulsory public school attendance established in section one-a of this article shall be made on behalf of any child for the causes or conditions set forth in this section. Each cause or condition set forth in this section is subject to confirmation by the attendance authority of the county…….
To continue with information relative to the subject at hand: It is further stated:
(e) A child is exempt from the compulsory school attendance requirement set forth in section one-a of this article if conditions rendering school attendance impossible or hazardous to the life, health or safety of the child exist.
Sir, it makes no sense to FORCE children to attend school year round because you can not control the weather.
Your attitude unreasonable, even unthinkable. You have been with us such a short time. Are you already under the spell of the WVBOE? Are you now omnipotent?
Many counties came respectfully before the state board asking for a waiver from the hardships compliance would place on students and families.
The failed Cedar Creek/Crooked Run site selection.
Building the new Lewis County school over coal mine tunnels.
Locating the new Gilmer Elementary on the IL Morris apparent dump location.
The rumored move of local BOE administration offices where the district will expend 4 to 5 times current expenses.
This shows no oversight, total lack of common sense. They continually prove just how inept they are.
The legislature is letting this process continue unabated.
WV BOE rolled in to Gilmer like the 3rd Reich! Have no expectation of reasonable conversation with your communities. The new superintendent in Fayette County is already talking about ignoring the recent election results and going ahead with state plans.They have your Gilmer’s president in their pocket to spew the state propaganda. Listen and learn.