This over compensation revelation is nothing less than disgusting. It proves what has been said all along about the State taking care of its connected good ole boys.
Over and over on video tapes unanswered questions about the County’s school system’s finances have come up to be ignored.
The bottom line is that the State keeps the secrecy lid on to prevent citizens from knowing where its money is going.
Citizens on the street hear that the State is going to spend 100K or more on roof repairs for the condemned Gilmer Elementary School. Where is that money coming from and why is it being spent?
What about playground equipment for the new school? We hear that 250K of new money is needed from citizens? Why?
What we have with intervention is a sorry example of misaligned spending priorities by the wasteful State.
Many times it has been said that all you need to do is to track the money. It is a complex spider web, but sooner or later the details will be dug out.
This posting should be on the desk of each legislator in Charleston to represent the tip of the ice berg for waste and mismanagement in State government to demonstrate dire need for major spending cuts.
Our GC neighbors employed by the school district know the story.
Why? How? Because they are living the story. They see the corruption, behind closed door happenings.
Oh yes. The Marion County bucket boy tries to cover his dirt like a cat. The odor lingers though.
It was good to see that the new school board name got almost twice as many votes as the old GSC wrecker. Pretty obvious who this county does not support. It takes voter understanding and effort to leave a blank on the ballot.
Brings back the memory of the famous ‘no-confidence’ vote prior to reign of terror at GSC.
You know, the vote that preceded the departure of President Simmons?
After five years of total lack of leadership or cooperation with local BOE members,five years denied the right do the job, some updated training makes total sense. Laws and policies per the WVBOE have changed multiple times and are still changing. It seems clear that the WV School Board Association in conjunction with Bowles and Rice law firm should do the local board training while Mrs. Kingery of the WVBOE could and should exercise some badly needed oversight and training of their own employee Gabe Devono. Surely they know it is not the Gilmer County Board that has refused to communicate?
What I do not understand after reading the OEPA’s report for Gilmer County, posted among the WVBOE’s agenda items, is why someone from the WVBOE would give training to Gilmer County.
Why not have members of the OEPA team that had the advantage of direct access to information to give the training? Those individuals know what needs to be done to correct deficiencies.
Dr. D. Bolton would be an excellent choice. She had an outstanding career as an educator, she was a superintendent in our intervened county, and she was highly respected for her ability to work with people.
Dr. Howard O’Cull would be another excellent choice. He heads the WV School Board Association and he has been responsible for giving outstanding training for many years.
Getting someone involved other than a sitting member of the WVBOE makes sense.
It is clear after keeping up with what happened in Gilmer County that your problems track back to the WVBOE and its lack of oversight over what happened during intervention.
Why makes thing worse when it is clear that a fresh start is needed instead of having a political appointee with the WVBOE’s agenda to give training?
If Mrs. Kingery comes to train anybody it had better be her own state appointed Superintendent Gabriel Devono on board communication. After all, that’s what the OEPA who works under the state board’s will and pleasure said in their report! The report said Gabriel Devono needed that AND AN EFFECTIVE MENTOR.
As to Bill Simmons the so called Board President. He’s straddled the fence on for so long if you asked him to sing you’d find out he is a soprano.
Devono needs to go and take Mr. Simmons with him. Let Gilmer County BOE members who really care about our kids get to work and try to salvage what we have left for the good of the children.
GAYBEE BAYBEE DENONO needs to let us know just what he’s doing withthe County Commission out behind the barn after dark. What went on to make GAYBEE hire Commissioner Bennets employer to auction Troy school off first up?
Better be auctioning off that 40 year old Glenville school the WV Board of Education legally closed and said wasn’t fit for a elementary school for the kids.
Voters sent a message to B Simmons loud and clear. He lost every single precinct but one. He won CUBIE corner by only 16 votes.
Now BS is putting out to people who mostly have no computers that there’s plenty of money,the OEPA wanted a middle school when all it really said was it was “proposed” and how much he cares about achievement and curriculum.
Really? Video after video starting in Blankenship days BS said he didn’t want any financial reports. Didn’t want them, wouldn’t read them. Refused to do his job and put questions on the agenda about achievement, curriculum, policy, anything worth knowing but now the uninformed citizens he talked about all the time are to believe BS knows what’s best for Gilmer County’s children.
Tell us BS, where is all the money? You, Super Devono and Westfall have Mothers trying to collect enough money to put in a playground at the new elementary school. Super Devono put in the paper he needed collections to even do remodel for one science lab IF the state approves a middle school which hasn’t even come up on the state BOE agenda.
WHAT ABOUT FIXING THE CRUMBLING STEPS AT OUR HIGH SCHOOL? Got money for that? The old Glenville Elementary roof has leaked for YEARS. Where was the money for that? More likely truth is the BOE is waiting for money coming in to pay the bills they have now.
Bill Simmons got handed his hat this election. Suggest he puts in on and goes home.
It is a pathetic indicator of broken State government when the WVBOE’s waste of the County’s school system money, at the expense of our children, is considered.
One thing was left off. The estimated total cost of the WVBOE’s intervention superintendents is $150,000 yearly to be about 50K more a year compared to what a superintendent in a small county normally receives.
The waste amounts to about 250K for the five years of intervention. That sum is what citizens are trying to raise for the new playground equipment.
To top it off as reported by the WVBOE’s OEPA the current superintendent needs mentoring and remedial training. Where other than in WV would a waste of this magnitude exist?
Another farce watch and see. The State will withhold information necessary for making intelligent decisions and rubber stamping will continue to be expected.
You know what happened with finances by looking at video tapes. When board members asked for financial information related to the Minnie Hamilton move “authority” over finances was taken back. The same will happen with personnel if questions about finances are asked.
It is all about money and tight secrecy for finances is necessary to enable the State to bankrupt the County.
Free access to information in all areas is the key. With access embargoed by the State the County’s school board members cannot make rational decisions about anything and they will be expected to serve as submissive puppets.
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 ~~