LOOKS LIKE WE WATCHED TWO DIFFERENT DEBATES. TRUMP SHOULD ASK FOR THE TAX RETURN FOR THE CLINTON FOUNDATION FUND. IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN FILED ON A 990 FORM WHICH SHOULD BE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC. HELLARY ALREADY HAS TRUMPS TAX RETURN. APPARENTLY SHE SEES SOMETHING THERE THAT SHE CAN TWIST AROUND TO MAKE DONALD LOOK BAD BUT SHE CAN NOT RELEASE IT UNTIL HE OFFICIALLY RELEASES HIS RETURN BECAUSE SHE WOULD PROVE THAT SHE COMMITTED ANOTHER CRIME.
Couple things are for sure.
One, the teachers are not to blame.
Two, the taxpayers are footing a big bill.
So the 47th in education failure responsibilities rests squarely with the West Virginia Board of Education, the Joe Manchin administration, the Earl Ray Tomblin administration and their appointees, and the failed Legislators.
IE: Charleston Losers Club
The only winners are the money pocketing elites.
By poor return on tax dollars invested on 09.24.2016
The problem goes well beyond the union problems. Many teachers in many areas join the union just for the insurance protection - Not health insurance, but insurance against being sued. Of course, the union then controls a lot more than their insurance. The major problem is bureaucratic control of education rather than parent/teacher control. Teachers in small schools that I’ve known all worked together as teams…as schools became larger and larger, and mandatory “reforms” and “strategies” were put into place, what teacher has time to do what teachers do best?? Personal contact with students counts for more than all the theoretical “educationese” ever will. Yes, the unions have restricted some reforms but the curriculum isn’t set by the unions. It is set by state/local/ and federal mandates, none of which have done anything at to improve the quality of education. Good teachers with good intentions and solid curriculum guidelines, rather than “pie in the sky” mandates, make education work. Blaming teachers for the mess education is in is like blaming silverware for obesity!
The author of this column is making the problem too hard, and not addressing the real issue. If teachers truly felt as the article suggests they would dissolve their union(s) and take charge of the curriculum. They haven’t and will not.
The unions, like it or not, are the public voice of the teachers. That i to say the the union(s) speak for the teachers. When the unions start prioritizing student education above teacher pay and benefits we might see some improvement in quality if education, but not until then.
When Dr. Gary Smith came in front of the Gilmer County Board of Education to talk about finding a path to use the old Normantown Elementary for community purposes he left saying he had never experienced a more professional board. State Board member, ex County-Superintendent-long experienced Principal,Beverly Kingery came to talk with Gilmer County Board of Education around the first of the month. She said the Board asked very intelligent questions and made a point that the Board was more than capable of running the system. Dr. Cindy Daniel appeared before the Gilmer County Board of Education speaking on behalf of herself as Assistant State Superintendent and Mr. Martirano State Superintendent of Schools. She made it very clear that the Gilmer Board of Education was well prepared to have their authority returned and it was time to return Gilmer County. She further said that the State Board felt they should return control over our school facilities to the local board. That disposal actions as to real and personal property owned by the Gilmer County Board of Education should most only happen through the elected representatives of the communities. Every word was positive.
Will the OEPA Director Susan O’Brian and the WV State Board of Education do the right thing by Gilmer County? It is time to right this ship, work with the local Board of Education and return full authority back to the citizens.
By Gilmer Needs a Real Superintendent on 09.23.2016
Devano is STILL pushing to turn Glenville elementary into a Middle School.
Many people know that Cindy Daniel says that will not got on the WVBE agenda.
Devano though, still hallucinates that he can make it happen. He is suckering a select few along into believing him.
WVBE stated GC cannot afford another school. Especially with the continuing decline in enrollment. For which there is NO speculation to see any turnaround. Remember WV is actually in a population decline.
Plenty capacity in the HS to take a few kiddies without maintaining another building along with all the administrative costs and added utilities.
Devano lives in a fantasy world, denying reality. Some people will do anything to suck up to local elites.
And about a school levy. That’s a big no! Actually its a loud ‘ell no!!. The WVBE has wasted enough money. But even wasting money is beside the point.
You possibly could have made the case for an excess levy with five schools. Now that FOUR schools have been shuttered, there can be NO justification of the need for a levy to be passed.
On top of that, if the WVBE has THEIR chosen superintendent in place, then there is NO financial control locally of your tax dollars. The WVBE will just see to it that the levy money pays another $10,000.00 speaker as well as find other ways to foolishly spend the kiddies money.
Don’t get suckered into passing an excess school levy ever again. It is NOT needed. But you know government, if they have it they will spend it!
No WVBOE in total give back of our school system to local control to include a replacement superintendent who would report to Gilmer County=defeat of excess levy vote.
Money wasted, going from five schools to two, children lost to Lewis County, no accurate information on how the excess levy money was and would be spent—- what good would more tax money do for our children?
People are tired of their hard earned money going down rat holes.
No more excess levy =a financial crisis & when Devono goes it would be questionable if any highly competent % experienced person with excellent interpersonal skills and other job options would apply for his job.
How many votes did the levy pass by the last time? Forty votes or so? Do the math.
Here are more gems for citizens to ponder. There are secret WVBOE meeting to discuss making the old Glenville elementary school into a middle school.
The true reason is to take care of surplus students at the new crowded GCES where some classes have close to 40 students in them.
If the WVBOE puts in a middle school to cover its tracks for incompetent planning, think of the money it will cost to get the old elementary building up to safe schools standards and costs of having two sets of administrators, lunchroom facilities, extra costs for utilities etc. What is the grand total to add to wasted money?
The million dollar taxation without representation loan the WVBOE took out for citizens to pay off was not followed with any explanations of where that money went.
The same is true for the annual $1,000,000 excess levy money we voted in for our school system. How much excess levy money was collected during intervention for the WVBOE to spend without any local say? Close to $5,000,000?
Anywhere else in the USA someone would have been fired or jailed. What do we have? The WVBOE is still bankrupting us while it escapes accountability of any kind. Oh yes, what happened was for our children as said by the WVBOE. Really?
More WVBOE wasted money. $2,000,000 surplus before intervention, down to us being on a special watch for risk of overspending, $803,000 lost because of WVBOE’s accounting error, WVBOE took out a $1,000,000 loan without County’s approval for our citizens to pay off, at least $1,000,000 wasted on LES, auction barn site and the abandoned Cedar Creek project, and GES being built too small. Totals up to about $5,000,000 give or take a little thanks to Charleston’s WVBOE common core math wizards.
If a County had done something like this the WVBOE would have taken it over pronto with charges of dysfunction of epic proportions. WV is a show piece of double standards with the WVBOE leading the parade.
There is considerable anger in the County about the upcoming excess levy vote for schools.
It will not pass if the WVBOE remains in control of finances and everything else.
The County had a surplus when the WVBOE swooped in. We understand that we are so bad off financially under WVBOE control that Charleston has us on a special financial watch.
That occurred after concern that we will go into deficit spending from over five years of the WVBOE’s absolute say over the County’s finances.
There were numerous reports of wasted money and for a recent example, citizens understand from teachers that the WVBOE spent close to $10,000 on a single appearance of a motivational speaker at the GES.
How can a spending excess like that be justified when there are numerous outstanding free speakers we could have invited? Dr. Peter Barr and Dr. Michael Martirano are just two examples.
If we cannot have any say over how our money is spent and anything else in our school system, let the the WVBOE come up with the money to pay all the bills.
There has been enough dictatorial rule and oppression by the WVBOE to include taxation without representation. Gilmer’s taxpayers are not going to take it anymore!
The WVBOE needs to leave to let us salvage the mess for the benefit of our victimized children.
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