Facts about censorship of Gilmer’s school board meeting minutes.
Refusal to permit an accurate and complete written record proves that the WVBOE wants to establish in no uncertain terms that it has dictatorial control over everything the County’s elected board does.
The WVBOE does not want anything negative in the official written record that could come back to bite it.
Like the wasteful Cedar Creek fiasco, the new grade school being built in a flood plain where rain fall like we had recently in WV would destroy it to leave the County holding the bag, the new grade school being built with too little classroom space, and the Leading Creek school being built with five empty classrooms.
By not having accurate and complete minutes, if a motion is passed by the board the WVDOE does not like a denial can be made that the motion was made and passed in the first place.
Citizens know that a motion was made and passed by the school board to require accurate meeting minutes.
The State denied that the motion was made and passed although there were witnesses at an earlier meeting to verify the fact and besides the proceedings were electronically recorded!
Citizens can watch GFP videos to make up their own minds about what is happening.
Democracy is dead in Gilmer County to be proof of broken State government with the WVBOE in dictatorial control over our schools.
Inadequate and improper meeting minutes, no history of following policy or procedure since intervention over Gilmer County. Gabe Devnono is the worst of the worst and proud of it. No respect for his own position let alone a local board. No state board oversight. Simmons resignation was a joke.
Boone County will exist now the same as Calhoun. They’ll do what they are told no matter if it corrects their problems or not. We read Martirano telling them he hopes they won’t let education of the children slip. What an insult. No one needs his pat on the back, poor you, good dog attitude.
Cindy Daniel will be of no help. Michael Green will be of no help. The Legislature will be of no help. All the WVBE and WVDE demands is total control, a monopoly if you will. No checks and balances, no transparency, very little if any integrity. Ask the state appointed superintendents if you can find one that’s honest.Ask the people who work for them.Ask the WVASA who runs WV Education dollars. The system is so far away from legal democratic process the feds should be looking into it. Who knows, maybe they are.
Numerous times we have seen reference to Dr. Cindy Daniel the Deputy Superintendent of schools in WV.
If she cannot exercise effective supervisory oversight over Devono to make improvements in ways Gilmer County’s school system is administered under intervention, why should West Virginians think that she should be second in charge of the State’s entire K-12 school system?
What if anything has been done by the West Virginia School Board Association to help you folks out while your school system has been intervened? Your County is a paid member isn’t it?
The stark contrast between whet happened in Boone County and Gilmer County is that the WVBOE gave Boone County second chances to prevent intervention.
Second chances of any kind were not given in Gilmer County before the sudden and surprise seizure of our school system by the WVBOE.
If you track the evidence chain for what happened including involvement of the local cabal to dictate what happened with the school system as it does with everything else in the County, bragged about special personal connections with the former attorney general and his wife who was the superintendent of WV schools before being fired, threats from GSC’s leadership, the political fund raiser out along Mineral Road for Joe Manchin, and Gayle’s attack on Gilmer County at a WVBOE meeting, it is easy to put the puzzle together.
What happened was due to raw politics, the abuse of power by the local cabal that controls the County, and uncontrolled greed by those in pursuit of the almighty dollar.
Citizens have not observed that anything has improved over the past two years, and that is because Dr. Cindy Daniel who supervises GD is either powerless or she approves of what is happening in the County.
When GD gets in trouble it is understood that the first thing he does is to speed dial those in the local cabal who control Charleston’s politicians and that power is misused to protect him.
If Dr. Cindy Daniel wants to help Gilmer County’s schools she should take measures to immediately replace GD with a qualified professional who has a proven track record working to improve local school systems.
The last thing we needed on top of what happened with intervention was an inexperienced superintendent who to this day depends on on-the-job training and running to the cabal.
It is evident that the local board is mistreated to the extent that it cannot get items on meeting agendas, it is not given important school system information it needs to function as an effective group, and the obvious telling tale is the strict censorship still applied by the WVDOE to prevent accurate meeting minutes to be kept for the official public record.
That strictly enforced censorship occurs to protect the State. What other reason could it be?
GD has said that a person on main street gives him instructions on running the school system and that gives him cover to hide behind.
Who is that mystery person and under what authority and demonstrated expertise is that individual qualified to guide GD?
Citizens have the right to know since we have a secret person involved in running our County’s school system.
By Dr. Cindy Daniel--- Why Do You Refuse Relief To G on 07.20.2016
I remember Johns’ sense of humor vividly. Once when a HS teacher left the room, John began to make noises with his armpit. Very loud noises, the whole class was laughing. Then the teacher returned and it got very quiet, but since the noise John was making was so loud, he didn’t notice. Now That was memorable. I am so very sad that he is gone.
Already this year Boone County has not paid $1.6M of its bills. At this point, the water company and county food service providers have threatened to cut services to the schools.
That’s why cuts are necessary.
The superintendent made several recommendations to address the budget issues and one of the biggest was pay cuts. Under the new budget proposal that was passed, Huffman says employees of Boone County Schools will have their pay cut by $4,000 a year on average. Huffman says that’s about $175 a pay check. Huffman says the pay cuts will begin this school year.
The others included eliminating optical dental insurance, eliminating employee contract days beyond 200, alter or eliminating extra curricular contracts to reduce expenses. He also wants to eliminate all schools trips, library funds and cut funding to band and string programs.
All of this to save about 5 million. The shortfall in this years budget is 8 million.
Slipped in a snide little comment about colleges building facilities they can not afford. Always take another shot at Glenville State. No credit for working to update facilities and increase enrollment. Lack of modern conveniences would not improve marketability. It’s been a major problem for the county in recent years but don’t fix it, just let what amounts to a state board run things? Guess is Bill would want to sit on that central board?
Fall enrollment at GSC doesn’t even close until the end of August and Simmons hasn’t paid a bill at GSC since he stepped down as President in 1998.
Given these facts, how in the name of all that is right could he speak to GSC problems or even insinuate he has current, accurate information? Who authorized this nonsense? Being old buddies with Mike Queen means nothing in the scheme of life in central West Virginia. Letting this man ramble and publicly report information made up in his own head is detrimental to Gilmer County, the college and education overall. This is deliberate and should be ignored as it is nothing but a personal attack against the community out of spite. Using old titles to garner attention and personal glory is one more reason WV stays in a race to the bottom of national education statistics reporting.
Lewis County Taxpayer, you mean like the one designed to travel Gilmer County students excessive distances and right next to a river known for the volatility of its floodplain?
Compound that with an ex-board President who chooses to support any other county but his home county. It’s a bad thing to hear Mr BS publicly destroy the name of GSC, encourage removing its Board of Governors and criticising attempts to improve facilities while doing his best to support eliminating county boards of education, taking away his neighbors voice in their children’s education and voicing support targeted at eliminating the county identity for Gilmer as well.
No need to go to Charleston meetings.
They don’t listen. We have experience.
They don’t care. That’s obvious.
They think the little people are stupid. They puff their God complex.
They will do what they want. See it all the time.
Going to Charleston is wasted time, money, and energy.
Charleston WVBE nothing but Manchin-Tomblin puppets.
There is no magic to fix Gilmer problems. The list of why not to go to meetings seems more like a list of why that person should be going before the Charleston BOE. Primary reason to decry a “political” takeover. How could that ever be justified? Charleston politics and their magic wand promises have killed WV. Hard work, accountability, integrity and transparency from the very top are necessary to fix a broken system.
Boone County, consider yourself fortunate indeed to have made it this far without intervention. Gilmer County School District was in the black with a surplus and good student achievement records. Gilmer County was told on a Friday to come to Charleston Monday for a political takeover by the Manchin faction. Gilmer 4 and 5 year olds get to take long bus rides early in the morning to the only elementary school in the county in a flood plain on the river bank after traveling to community bus stops.
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