The cost of education goes up every year but quality of education remains stagnant or declines.
Why? Teachers unions whose concern is their own pay benefits and has nothing to do with quality of education or the children they teach.
DeVos has an opportunity to change that. I wish her luck. If she can break the strangle hold of the teachers unions she will have done more good “for the children” than the teachers unions have ever done.
Don’t believe there is any magic wand can be waved to fix six years of intervention. Devono will not play nice and give a board that worked to get rid of his money anything without a fight. When did he ever follow the orders of his state boss? When did he ever listen to his state mentor?
When the man is gone things will start improving.
The first priority for the school board should be to get finances under control.
Do you have enough money to continue operating the school system as is, are there no-bid awards for goods and services to be looked at for elimination, are there ways to be more efficient in using money to allocate greater amounts to educating children, is there waste and unnecessary expenses to eliminate, does tightening up need to be done in the central office to cut down on expenses, are salaries in the central office in line with work loads and responsibilities in the smallest school system in West Virginia with the lowest numbers of pre-K through 12 students and only two schools?
All of the above and more need to be looked at in minute detail including ways to allocate money better to aid teachers to do their difficult jobs.
Citizens are counting on the school board to get an accurate handle on finances quickly as possible after more than five years of information being kept secret by the State.
Look at the type of lumber used to construct a cheapbass guardrail! That will need replaced in 5 years if it doesn’t wash away or slip away first. Like the classroom doors in the new school that are falling off their hinges already.
Makes a lie out of the old saying…..you get what you pay for. Not in this Gilmer County school deal!
Gilmer County should sue the State and all responsible parties for making decisions causing the Leading Creek school and the under built GCES school fiascos plus all the other failures during intervention.
No matter how overcrowding at the GCES is solved it will cost Gilmer County extra money and worse yet our innocent children will be jacked around.
Remember the State hiring a principal for Troy and the individual did not show up for work yet pay and benefits were paid out for a year? That blunder was another one among many to add to the long list.
The series of blunders by the State are in the “you could not make them up” category. What better examples of broken State government could you come up with?
ABOUT TWO WEEKS AGO I RECEIVED A PHONE CALL THAT I HAD WON A FREE CARIBBEAN CRUISE AND I TOLD THEM THAT I DID NOT WANT TO GO TO ANY AIRPORT OR GO ON ANY CRUISE SHIP WHILE OBAMA WAS IN CHARGE BECAUSE OF THE MOSLIM TERRORIST. THAT MAY HAVE SEAMED A LITTLE ODD BUT IF WE HAD GONE ON THE TRIP WE WOULD HAVE BEEN AT THE FLORIDA AIRPORT WHEN THAT SHOOTING TOOKE PLACE.
My dear self-claimed lover,
Sorry for making you wait for response. I hope it does not jeopardize our relationship. I am still very puzzled with your logic and your inconsistency. I strongly believe in what is good for goose should also be good for gander. If you are a true American, you should be loyal to our great country rather than political interests. I find it upsetting when I see the people who are not going to gain anything when they keep supporting a party and falling for their untruthful promises. I hope you are not one of them because we will definitely have conflicts. I am going with your claim, giving Clinton era successes to Reagan because you say it takes time for policies to show results. If that is the case the who should be getting the credit in next 4-8 years if our country is successful? Should it be Obama or Trump? What if the results are bad? Be consistent now, dear!
How many watched Devono on Channel 12 last evening? He expressed intent to establish another school in the County.
He oversaw the failed Cedar Creek project and he pivoted to his lead role in building the too small GCES after the County’s money was wasted at Cedar Creek.
The mystery about the GCES is why didn’t Devono do a head count of students going to the school followed by use of simple math to determine how many classrooms would be needed before that project began?
To be fair to Devono his answers to clear up the space mystery would be appreciated. Was there miscalculation by a staff member or was Charleston responsible for the SNAFU?
The good news is that Mr. Minigh and his fellow board members finally have authority to reverse the way school business has been done to include ending secrecy with information.
Most likely you will never see those financial records. Devono’s Charleston handlers have all ready told him to chuck everything into the circular file. Remember Blankenship’s last days? Doubt even FOIA’s would get it.
Before we go any farther citizens want to see detailed financial itemization for all the County’s money spent on planning and everything else for Leading Creek, the dropped auction barn site, the dropped Cedar Creek site, and all the County’s money spent on the GCES.
In addition to the above we want to know where all money went for the $1,000,000 State borrowed bond money the County has to pay off and the name of the financial institution holding the debt.
There is more. We want detailed financial itemization for where all the County’s excess levy money went under State control.
Campaigning going on for renewal of the excess levy is a waste unless there is an accounting for every penny of it spent by the State and it would be still doubtful if the levy will ever pass again.
Why do we need to extend the $1,000,000 annual excess levy after going from five schools to two, and exactly how would future money be spent if we voted in another excess levy?
Do readers think that detailed financial accounting information talked about above is unreasonable to ask for when citizens are paying the bills in our poor county?
All the above concerns are turned over to the three surviving members of the County’s school board for them to get us truthful answers.
The WVBE appointed GC superintendent will ever learn?
Divide and Conquer management rarely wins for anyone?
At least it is public knowledge now, with video proof as well as OEPA state audit confirmation.
Teachers are told not to talk with each other.
Bus drivers are silenced.
Custodians worry about their employment.
All school staff have been warned, yea intimidated into silence.
Even school contractors have been ‘told’.
Seeing our local board members back in control, all the school employees know they can talk again.
G.D. You will need several truck loads of kitty litter.
I would be more than happy to engage in a pedantic colloquy on economic policy with you as well, or the 2nd amendment which ever you prefer, but let’s not use the shotgun approach and throw everything out there and see what sticks. Another PMSNBC watcher I surmise?
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