No matter what happens, the children in this county have been totally forgotten by the “education elite” at the state level…it’s all about control…not education. Even if the money were returned to the county, just how do you make up for the rest of the debacle?? The voters were NOT consulted for any of this once they opposed consolidation. Parents and taxpayers don’t count these days! Add some of the extraneous nonsense being taught, the long hours away from home and so on, how can anyone expect children to excel under such circumstances??
GD can use Gilmer County’s school money to hire legal advice for himself.
This is something we understand from our sources to help shed light on it.
When the WVBOE removed your board’s authority for finances the last time, after you asked questions about spending for the board office move, GD was on the telephone with his lawyer before 8 in the morning the next day to speak with the WVDOE.
Were your board members involved with giving their side of what happened before you were punished by the WVBOE, and were they represented by a lawyer? Did not hear about it.
The lawyer was GD’s advocate and we believe that his input influenced the WVBOE’s decision to punish you for asking questions.
We do not like what goes on any better than the rest of you in Gilmer County.
Intervention hurt us too because WV people do not trust the WVDOE, the WVBOE, and they associate us with all the scandals just because we work here.
If our superintendent had failed to take a meaningful attempt to get $800,000 we were supposed to have received from the State, he would have been fired for failing to exercise his fiduciary responsibility to our children and our county’s citizens.
The difference is that our superintendent serves our county, not the WVBOE and the WVDOE.
Is Susan O’Brien in the WVOEPA office silent about this?
Isn’t she the main WVDOE official with oversight responsibility over your intervened county?
I would advise employees in the Board office to get copies of as many of those secret finance documents out of there as possible. It’s one thing to try and keep your job, but I doubt they pay you enough to take the fall for higher ups.
This pot is about to boil over. Make sure you have burn insurance.
Remember, there are two parties in this state now. They are investigating $4,800 in wedding supplies puchased by school personell in Logan County. That wouldn’t even register in this county.
Once again the WVBOE is withholding information from Gilmer County.
It is understood that the WVBOE permitted Lewis County’s 5th and 6th graders originally scheduled to attend the LES to go to another school in that County.
The decision was a major reason for empty classrooms at the LES.
Joe Mace knows it, the WVBOE knows it, the WVDOE knows it, the WV School Building Authority knows it, GD knows it, but as usual Gilmer County’s citizens are kept in the dark.
Worse yet Gilmer County is blamed for Charleston’s mess and there is a good chance that the WVBOE will dictate that more of the County’s children will be hauled to Lewis County to fill empty space at the LES.
Get it out in the open, Charleston, to involve common sense citizens to decide on the best option left for Gilmer County to cope with the State’s incompetency.
People would support construction of a new High School/Middle School facility.
What they won’t support is a middle school at the old Glenville Elementary School with pretense that its purpose would be to protect young girls as if our children come from a bunch of degenerate families.
That pretense was openly spread around the County by members of the so-called elite only interested in protecting the WVBOE.
The ruse began when it was evident that the new Gilmer County Elementary school was not built large enough because of incompetent WVBOE planning and its lack of adequate supervision over intervention practices.
What is not working now with the
GCHS/Middle school concept as is to blame teachers and the school’s administrators for incompetency?
The community is unaware of student misbehavior problems to merit middle school and high school students to be more isolated from one another than they are now.
This issue was supposedly resolved with one elementary school. Given its age and the CEFP that produced that situation, a new highschool/middle school should be next on the table. That document has not been modified and calls for this. If they try to go back on their word it will be time to start protesting in front of the State Legislature (House and Senate) during this session and demand resignations.
Our support and performance throughout the years have earned us the right to provide a good education to the children right here in Gilmer County.
It was interesting to hear the LCE Principal speak to the advantages of the smaller student population on channel 5 this week. Too bad we have lost that advantage here in Gilmer. Nationwide statistics confirm the positive results in educating students in smaller, more personalized settings.
A county that has always made high scores in the overall testing results is now showing little evidence of closing the achievement gap since intervention.
How very nice of the WVBE to give us proof of their mismanagement and shortcomings.
The WVBE spends time doing analysis in a futile attempt to glean some small modicum of improvement, when it is more than obvious the grading system is screaming overall total and utter failure of WVBE.
A threatening tone from the School Building Authority is unappreciated and not conducive to problem solving.
They of all people know that the problems with the new Lewis County LCE were created solely by the WVBOE who had total control of the situation from its very beginning to this day combined with a lack of due dilligence on the part of the SBA.
This attitude and no intelligent collaboration with the affected majority is what has caused one after another of the excess education levies to fail throughout the state.
Most recent example Randolph County. The BOE excess levy has failed twice and now their County Commission is wisely refusing to put it on the ballot in November because there is no public support.
Exposure of the WVBOE’s world class blunder and botch with the Leading Creek school should put down claims of those who say that everything is blown out of proportion by trouble makers.
Go to the Clarksburg WDTV Channel 5 website to see the story. Nothing was said in it about other WVBOE blunders and botch like high sums of money spent on electric bills when natural gas could have been used.
It was left out how much of Gilmer County’s money went to Lewis County for the school to worsen the enormity of this WVBOE caused scandal.
We need a full and independent financial audit. Also, there needs to be a formal investigation to give a full accounting for those officials responsible for this scandal.
“State School Building Authority officials have said they probably wouldn’t have built the school and spent millions if they had known enrollment would be so low. Scott Raines with the SBA says a “drastic approach” they wouldn’t want to do would be to have the counties repay the Authority what they put into the building.
“I can’t imagine it would get to that point and I can’t really imagine the local board would allow it to get to that point,“ Raines said.“
Quoted from WVTV posting. The SBA took the word of certain individuals who said they represented Gilmer County and NEVER consulted with the full board of education here in Gilmer OR the public as they have in Fayette.
It is not and should not be the responsibilty of Gilmer County taxpayers to fund Lewis County or vice versa. With so few students at Alum Bridge school and such a small population living in Troy, Leading Creek NEVER made good sense.
Gilmer County already paid the school formula monies over the Lewis County. It is not right for the SBA to threaten a board that’s had no control over the matter.
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.