Donna K. Talkington Brannon
Loving wife, mother, & grandmother stepped into heaven February 02, 2010 at 11:40 PM at home, surrounded by family & friends following complications from a liver transplant.
Donna was born January 08, 1947. She was the daughter of the late C. Cloyd & E. Louise Ellifritt Talkington.
She was a graduate of Normantown High School class of 1964. She was also a graduate of Glenville State College earning a Bachelor of Arts in education.
Donna was employed by Calhoun County Board of Education for 30 years at Arnoldsburg Elementary School, where she was a 2nd grade teacher until her retirement in June 2002.
Donna was a member of the Little Kanawha Independent Church in Burnsville where she worshipped with many wonderful friends each Sunday, prior to her illness.
On July 17, 2009, Donna received a liver transplant at UPMC in Pittsburg, PA. Following a long & extensive recovery, she returned home October 1, 2009. A few days after, a benefit dinner was hosted by high school classmates & lifelong friends in her honor.
Those who had the privilege of knowing Donna knew of her love of God & family. She always thought of others before herself, even until her last moments. Her faith, courage, & strength were an example & inspiration to all.
Donna is survived by her devoted husband & caregiver, John R. Brannon of Normantown. Her eldest daughter Stacy D. Davis & husband Wes of Hurricane, WV. Her youngest daughter & faithful caregiver Karrie B. Jack & husband Bernie of Slaty Fork WV. She had 3 adoring grandchildren: Jacob Matthew Davis, Sarah Catherine Davis, & Katie Elizabeth Jack. She also had 1 brother, Gary L. Talkington of Greenwood WV.
The family would like to thank family & friends who provided love & support during her final days & hours. The family is most grateful for the Hospice nurses Misty, Eunice, & Heather who provided quality & compassionate care.
Funeral Services will be conducted at 11:00 AM Saturday February 6, 2010 at the Ellyson Mortuary Inc. with Rev. Ronzel Roberts officiating. Burial will follow in the Cedarville Cemetery, Cedarville WV.
Friends may call from 6-9 PM Friday evening at the mortuary.
Flowers are appreciated but the family request memorial contributions be made to the Hospice Care, P. O. Box 323, Burnsville WV 26335. Ellyson Mortuary Inc. is assisting the family of Donna Kay Brannon with arrangements.
Critical Funding Helps States with Budget Shortfalls
West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller is working on legislation that would extend by six months the increase in the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) that states currently receive from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
In addition to ensuring coverage for children, parents, seniors, and people with disabilities, this extended funding will help states like West Virginia retain employees and relieve state funding shortfalls.
“We absolutely need this six months of relief while we weather this economic storm – too many families depend on this program for us to allow a shortfall of funding,” said Senator Rockefeller, Chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care. “Medicaid is a significant economic generator in West Virginia, paying almost 20 percent of the total cost of West Virginia’s health care system and supporting an estimated 19,800 jobs in the state while providing essential health care coverage for the 390,000 West Virginians who currently rely on Medicaid each year.”
At a regular session of the County Commission of Gilmer County, West Virginia, held at the courthouse thereof on the 2nd day of February 2010, as provided by law, the following order was entered of record, to-wit:
In compliance with the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act (Public Law 98-435), as interpreted by the Secretary of State as Chief Election Official for the State of West Virginia, relative to improving access for the handicapped and elderly to polling places for elections, the Gilmer County Commission this day doth Order the Clerk of this Commission to publish and post, as required by law, notice of the intent of this Commission to make the following changes in polling places in Gilmer County:
That the polling place for Precinct Number 13 at Tanner in DeKalb-Troy District be changed from the K & P Harmony Lodge to the Tanner Community Building located at 209 Tanner School Rd, Tanner, WV.
ENTER this 2nd day of February 2010 by Order of the Gilmer County Commission.
GILMER COUNTY COMMISSION
Clerk of the County Commission of
Gilmer County, West Virginia
The governor wants voters to decide on a new amendment to reduce or eliminate property taxes on new business inventory and equipment. The issue was debated at a public hearing Wednesday afternoon. And, Del. Bill Hamilton is again co-sponsoring a bill to raise the beer tax a penny a bottle to help treat those who suffer from substance abuse. Among the three bills passed by the House today is one to make it easier for the parole board to release non-violent offenders from the states crowded prison system.
Opens Friday, February 5, 2010 | Runtime: 1 hr. 35 min. R - Strong bloody violence throughout, drug content, pervasive language and brief sexuality
A low-ranking intelligence operative (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) working in the office of the U.S. Ambassador in France takes on more than he bargained for when he partners with a wisecracking, fast-shooting, high-ranking U.S. agent (John Travolta) who’s been sent to Paris to stop a terrorist attack.
Cast: John Travolta, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Kasia Smutniak, Richard Durden Director: Pierre Morel Genres: Action
Opens Friday, February 5, 2010 | Runtime: 1 hr. 48 min. PG-13 - Some sensuality and violence
“Dear John” tells story of John Tyree, a young soldier home on leave, and Savannah Curtis, the idealistic college student he falls in love with during her spring vacation. Over the next seven tumultuous years, the couple is separated by John’s increasingly dangerous deployments. While meeting only sporadically, they stay in touch by sending a continuous stream of love letters overseas—correspondence that eventually triggers fateful consequences.
Cast: Channing Tatum, Amanda Seyfried, Henry Thomas, Richard Jenkins, Scott Porter Director: Lasse Hallström Genres: Romantic Drama, Drama
UPCOMING RELEASES (Dates Subject to Change; Not All Films in All Areas) February 5: From Paris With Love, Dear John February 12: Valentine’s Day, The Wolfman February 19: Shutter Island February 26: Cop Out, The Crazies, Defendor, The Yellow Handkerchief March 5: Alice in Wonderland, Brooklyn’s Finest March 12: Green Zone, Our Family Wedding, Remember Me, She’s Out of My League March 19: Bounty Hunter, Repo Men, Diary of a Wimpy Kid March 26: Clash of the Titans, How to Train Your Dragon, I Love You Phillip Morris April 2: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Furry Vengeance, Last Song, Repo Man, Tyler Perry’s Why Did I get Married Too April 9: Date Night, The Losers April 16: Back Up Plan, Death at a Funeral, Kick Ass April 23: MacGruber, Oceans, Wall Street II April 30: A Nightmare on Elm Street May 7: Iron Man II May 14: Letters to Juliet, Robin Hood, Takers May 21: Shrek Forever After May 28: Prince of Persia Sands of Time, Sex and the City II
Is there a downside to backing your data to a flash drive, then deleting it from your hard drive?
The answer simply is BIG YES.
Making one backup, then deleting the file from your hard drive, is no better than not backing up at all.
You are still violating First Law of Computing: Never have only one copy of anything.
And if your only copy is on a flash drive, that’s especially dangerous. Those things can easily get lost or stolen.
If you’re going to keep files on a flash drive and not also put them on your hard drive, you need to back up the flash drive. Copy the files to another flash drive every day or so, or burn them to a DVD.
PUBLIC NOTICE(2): BOARD OF REVIEW AND EQUALIZATION
BOARD OF REVIEW AND EQUALIZATION
Pursuant to Chapter ll, Article 3, Section 24, of the Code of the State of West Virginia, as amended, upon motion duly made and carried, the County Commission will meet for the purpose of reviewing and equalizing the assessments made by the Assessor of the County of Gilmer for the year 2010, beginning on the 29th day of January 2010 at 9:00 AM, and continuing in session by appointment, extended through the 23rd day of February 2010 (Saturdays and Sundays excepted).
The Commission shall proceed to examine and review the property books and shall add on the books the names of persons, the value of personal property and the description and value of real estate liable to assessment, if any was omitted by the Assessor. They shall correct all errors in the names of persons, in the description and valuation of property, and cause to be done whatever else may be necessary to make the valuation comply with the provision of the Chapter. But in no case shall any question of classification or taxability be considered or reviewed.
If any person fails to apply for relief at this meeting, he shall have waived his right to ask for correction of his assessment list for the current year and shall not thereafter be permitted to question the correctness of his list as finally fixed by the County Commission, except on appeal to the Circuit Court.
All persons who desire to appear before the Board to discuss current 2010 property assessments are invited to do so.
Glenville State College students, faculty, and staff will be showing off what GSC has to offer April 19 – 23, 2010 for the annual Spring 2010 Pioneer Preview. This event will open the campus up for tours and educate interested students on what GSC is all about.
“The Spring Preview is a great opportunity for students to check out the campus and ask any questions that they may have about GSC. They can talk with faculty and staff about the programs, life on campus, and the overall experience as a Pioneer.
The Spring Pioneer Preview offers many exciting activities so that students and parents can come together with faculty, staff, and current students and feel like part of the Pioneer community,” said GSC Admissions Counselor Adrian Duelley.
In addition to individualized pre-registration, each day includes:
• 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM meet and greet with GSC admissions staff and receive an overview of available financial assistance with GSC financial aid staff
• 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM testing, advising, and pre-registration
• 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM ‘Pioneer Trail’ (stopping by the Admissions Office for a tour, Student Life to get a GSC ID, Dining Services to set up a meal plan, Public Safety to purchase a parking pass), and many others to prepare students for Fall 2010 at Glenville State College.
Special events taking place during the week consist of:
• Comedy Caravan (Monday, April 19th at 9:00 PM in the Rusty Musket)
• Campus Picnic and Sandy Sowell Game Show (Tuesday, April 20th at 11:00 AM in the Amphitheatre)
• Bingo (Wednesday, April 21st at 12:15 PM and 9:00 PM in the Rusty Musket)
• Premium Night (Thursday, April 22nd at 4:30 PM in the Mollohan’s Restaurant)
• Blue and White Football Game (Thursday, April 22nd at 6:00 PM at Morris Stadium)
• National Jelly Bean Day (Friday, April 23rd at 11:00 AM in the Rusty Musket)
• GSC Softball vs. Shepherd (Friday, April 23rd at 4:00 PM at the I.L. and Sue Morris Field)
• Concert Band Concert (Friday, April 23rd at 7:00 PM in the Fine Arts Auditorium)
For more information on the Spring 2010 Pioneer Preview or Glenville State College, contact the GSC Admissions Office at 304.462.6130 or at 800.924.2010. ~~ By Annette Barnette - GSC Public Relations & Marketing Director ~~
Another snowstorm on the way this weekend is just adding more salt to the wound of the Division of Highway’s snow removal budget.
DOH officials say they have already spent 66% of the SRIC [Snow Removal and Ice Control] budget and they have got six to eight weeks of possible bad weather left to go.
With more than 35,000 miles of roads to maintain and a $54 million dollar budget for the 2009-2010 Winter Season, supplies are still holding up. But how much longer that will be the case all depends on the weather.
The $54 million SRIC budget needs to last from November through April and most years it does. But with storm after storm blanketing the state with snow, it’s been a rough season so far.
The DOH is hoping French Creek Freddie’s prediction of an early spring on Groundhog’s Day is accurate.
Age 74, of Jane Lew, passed away on Sunday, January 31, 2010, at 4:41 p.m. at the Crestview Manor Nursing Home of Jane Lew following an extended illness.
He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on January 7, 1936, son of the late Ralph Rahfuse and Irene (Miller) Rahfuse.
Mr. Rahfuse is survived by two daughters, Tina Hawkins of Jane Lew and Laura Nalle of Moscow, Idaho. In addition to his daughters, he is survived by two grandchildren, Mitchell Hawkins of Jane Lew and Alexandra of Idaho. Robert is also survived by one sister, Marian Miller.
Mr. Rahfuse was a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and worked as a chemical engineer for the Department of Energy. Mr. Rahfuse volunteered his time and service to the Bridgeport Public Library and the Humane Society. He truly enjoyed gardening and being outdoors.
Family received friends at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home, 730 North Main Avenue, Weston on Wednesday, February 3, 2010, from 3-4 PM. A Memorial service were held on Wednesday at 4 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Clifford West officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bridgeport Public Library, Attention: Sharon Saye, 1200 Johnson Avenue, Bridgeport, WV 26330 or the Harrison County Humane Society, Attention: Laura Miller, Rt. 2, Box 932, Shinnston, WV 26431.
Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of the arrangements for Robert Rahfuse.
Gracious God, the coming of holidays brings with it a heightened awareness of my loneliness.
When the lack of a loving family around me leaves my heart feeling shriveled and small, open my eyes to the graces you shower upon me.
Show me those gifts of your love that I often miss when I’m consumed with the absence of affection in my life.
Let those graces remind me that your presence is sure and constant.
Let this lighten the darkness in my heart as surely as the sun dissolves the darkness of night.
I ask this for the sake of your love.
Thought for Today: “Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.“-James Michener, American author (1907-1997).
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Feb. 4, 1783, Britain’s King George III proclaimed a formal cessation of hostilities in the American Revolutionary War.
In 1789, electors chose George Washington to be the first president of the United States.
In 1861, delegates from six Southern states met in Montgomery, Ala., to form the Confederate States of America.
In 1932, New York Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt opened the Winter Olympic Games at Lake Placid.
In 1938, the Thornton Wilder play “Our Town” opened on Broadway.
In 1941, the United Service Organizations (USO) came into existence.
In 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin began a wartime conference at Yalta.
In 1948, the island nation of Ceylon-now Sri Lanka-became an independent dominion within the British Commonwealth.
In 1974, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst was kidnapped in Berkeley, Calif., by the Symbionese Liberation Army.
In 1976, more than 23,000 people died when a severe earthquake struck Guatemala with a magnitude of 7.5, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
In 1999, Amadou Diallo, an unarmed West African immigrant, was shot and killed in front of his Bronx home by four plainclothes New York City police officers. (The officers were acquitted at trial.)
Ten years ago:
• Austrian President Thomas Klestil swore in a coalition government that included Joerg Haider’s (yohrg HY’-durz) far-right Freedom Party, a development which triggered European Union sanctions.
• Former House Speaker Carl Albert died in McAlester, Okla. at age 91. Singer Doris Kenner-Jackson of the Shirelles died in Goldsboro, N.C. at age 58.
Five years ago:
• Gunmen kidnapped Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena in Baghdad. (Sgrena was freed a month later; however, an Italian agent who’d secured her release was killed by U.S. gunfire at a checkpoint.)
• Actor and civil rights activist Ossie Davis died in Miami Beach, Fla. at age 87.
One year ago:
• President Barack Obama imposed a $500,000 cap on executive pay for companies receiving federal bailout money; the president also signed a bill extending health coverage to 4 million uninsured children.
• Lux Interior, co-founder and lead singer of the horror-punk band the Cramps, died in Glendale, Calif. at age 62.
Actor William Phipps is 88
Actor Conrad Bain is 87
Former Argentinian President Isabel Peron is 79
Actor Gary Conway is 74
Movie director George A. Romero is 70
Rock musician John Steel (The Animals) is 69
Singer Florence LaRue (The Fifth Dimension) is 66
Former Vice President Dan Quayle is 63
Rock singer Alice Cooper is 62
Actor Michael Beck is 61
Actress Lisa Eichhorn is 58
Football Hall-of-Famer Lawrence Taylor is 51
Rock singer Tim Booth is 50
Rock musician Henry Bogdan is 49
Country singer Clint Black is 48
Rock musician Noodles (The Offspring) is 47
Country musician Dave Buchanan (Yankee Grey) is 44
Actress Gabrielle Anwar is 40
Actor Rob Corddry is 39
Singer David (dah-VEED’) Garza is 39
Actor Michael Goorjian is 39
Boxer Oscar De La Hoya is 37
Rock musician Rick Burch (Jimmy Eat World) is 35
Singer Natalie Imbruglia (em-BROO’-lee-ah) is 35
Rapper Cam’ron is 34
Rock singer Gavin DeGraw is 33
Olympic gold medal gymnast-turned-singer Carly Patterson is 22
Glenville Police Department Report for January 2010
Larceny from vch.
Battery, 2 Counts
Active, Warrant Issued
Battery, Destruction Property
2 Arrests, Jail
Active with Suspects
Fleeing the Police
Rt. 5 E
Poss. Of Marijuana
Broke it Up
Verbal, Cleaned Up
Other Police Calls
Put it Down
Power Lines Down
Rt. 5 E
Called it in
Called it in
Shot and Buried it
Rt. 5 E
2 Loose Dogs
1 Loose Dog
Rt. 5 E
911 Hand Up
2 Vehicles Locked
Rt. 5 E
Rt. 5 E
Locked Out of Apartment
Got Him in
Took Him Home
Assist Other Agencies
WV Probation Officer
2 Vehicle Accident
Rt. 5 E
The Glenville City Police has received two new Police Cruisers from the USDA Grant on Friday and making preparations to have new bar lights, equipment, and decals put on them.
New light bars for two vehicles are included in the two Grants except it will not cover $1369.02 of it. Approval from Council is needed for this amount.
Also the Decals need to be on both Cruisers. Chief Moss currently has no estimate for the cost.
Chief Moss says the Cruisers need to be taken to get estimate or have someone to come up.
January 2010 Citations
• Cited 01.07.10 Erin Morgan (07.07.90) of Brunswick, Ohio was cited by Chief John Moss at the intersection of Mineral Road and N. Lewis Street for failure to stop for Stop Sign almost striking a Police Cruiser.
• Cited 01.10.10 Nathan T. Rexroad (04.05.91) of Gassaway, WV was cited on Elm Street for Possession of Marijuana less than 15 grams by PTLM Dave Teters.
• Cited 01.15.10 * Daniel J. Reed (10.07.85) of Cedar Creek, WV was cited by PTLM Dave Teters on S. Lewis Street for Public Intoxication.
• Cited 01.20.10 Patrick E. Martin (04.28.78) of Glenville, WV was cited by Chief John Moss for Trespassing and Public Intoxication on Conrad Ct. St.
* “A point of clarification:
The Daniel J. Reed of Cedar Creek listed as being charged with public intoxication on January 15, 2010 is NOT Daniel A. Reed of Cedar Creek Road.
Daniel A. Reed, is the husband of Ann M. Reed, and is the son of the late Alvin and Peggy Reed.
He is employed as a therapist at United Summit Center.
Daniel A. Reed wishes Daniel J. Reed well, but would like this clarified to squelch any rumors that are evolving.“
Lady Titans (9-6) were defeated by the Raiders (8-6) at home Tuesday night.
For Lady Titans:
• Tristan Toman with 12 points
• Jessica Montgomery with 8 points
• Hannah DeMarino with 6 points
• Megan Normant with 5 points
• Kourtney Beall with 4 points
• Brittany Blake with 3 points
• Maggie Lilli with 3 points
• Tiffany Young with 3 points
• Jenny Wolfe with 2 points
Employed by AEL Located on Quarrier Street - USDE funded for education research-company closeout audit they were cited for improper vendor charges in excess of $300,000- Previously at Intelligen on Capitol Street Services- teaching easy set up of websites should be on the bio.
Was this person known at the WV BOE, SBA?
Did they know of the charges? Was this cronyism?
This continuing saga written by the State educators, does bring focus to hiring and firing practices.
We know that the firing of former State BOE superintendent Jorea Marple, by the BOE board, has and is costing taxpayers thousands of dollars.
It can be expected that Tammy McGraw will follow and file suit as well.
Something as simple as employment practices run afoul, hardly gives reason for any confidence in any other BOE efforts.
Hope the new superintendent hasn’t started building a West Virginia home yet.
What’s next? Watch the Sunday papers I guess.
Hired on the November 12 agenda of WV BOE effective December 1, 2014 @ $90,072 a year, Director Technology Division. Fired on December 10th agenda of that body effective date, December 4th spending well over 140K a year with benefits and at least a month to check her background but no one bothered to make a phone call?
Ignoring the last name it can only be surmised that this a friend and family plan hiring situation. The woman was aware it wouldn’t be too hard to use those creds in Charleston. Just take less salary for a little while. It’s the way business is done. Beckley residence, Beckley lawyer that was previously on the WV School Building authority?
By Follow The Money, Find The Connection on 12.20.2014
There was blatant nepotism at the State Board when Governor Manchin appointed his wife, Gayle, to a 9 year term with compensation of $60,000-$70,000 a year plus expenses. Now there is solid evidence that the State Board engaged in sloppy practices leading to hiring. We know that the Board was involved in indefensible uses of funds and other inappropriate decisions in Gilmer County. Isn’t it interesting that prior to intervention in Gilmer County the State Board referred to these deficiencies to help justify our intervention? The best outcome of this scandal would be for the entire State Board to resign because West Virginians lost confidence in it long ago. Could the new WV Legislature cause that to happen? If it would happen that would be a strong signal that fresh air is blowing in the State to help blow out some of the stench. Dr. McGraw’s starting salary was kept secret.
If the WVBOE did not contact the former employer of Tammy McGraw, would it be correct to conclude that she was “known” to the WVBOE members who hired her?
This article highlights more concerns about the West Virginia Board of Education, their ability to teach our children?
Is this just another case of nepotism, friendship and the good old boy system at work? One would wonder.
Another episode of WVBOEntertainment for SNL.
Large, plush office, furnished with big padded chairs, fancy desks and tables, completed with huge overflowing bookcases and file cabinets.
On the fancy door glass, nicely lettered with gold and black script is West Virginia Board of Entertainment. As the skit unfolds, you can hear sirens, ringing phones, and people yelling ‘fire’ at the top of their voices. Enter thru the open door into smoke filled offices….....
Office employees running with water hoses, shouting put ‘er’ out. Put ‘er out.
Eight board members and a president rush in wild, mad pandemonium with large red fire extinguishers aimed at smoldering clothing.
A director just standing with his mouth open wondering what’s going on, how did this happen?
Phone rings and on the speaker you can hear the capital boss screaming is ‘er ‘out’ yet, is ‘er ‘out’ yet?
KP says “entrenched bureaucracy”? Yep.
By West Virginia Board of Entertainment on 12.19.2014
Would a State Board official or Governor Tomblin please explain why what was done at Cedar Creek by paying too much for land and selling it at a loss was not a serious misuse of public funds? What about hiring a principal for Troy Elementary for him to leave after less than a month to get full pay for a year while a second principal was hired to force Gilmer County to pay twice for the same job? What about no bid architect contracts for school construction all over WV when public money could have been saved through open competition? Much more could be added if needed by drawing from Gilmer’s experiences and those in other counties where the State Board took control of school systems.
By Double Standards Standard for WVDOE? on 12.19.2014
Its apparent that just we average readers can see the corruption and competence at the state board of education?
Are the elected in Charleston deaf and blind, drugged, or indifferent and covering up for their cronies?
Mrs. Pennebaker hit the nail on the head perfectly. We are under the heavy thumb of a Charleston totalitarian regime mouthing that it is for the children. Nonsense! Machiavellian principles are being followed to the T. The real deal is to use WV School Building Authority gambling money to spread it around to special recipients through no bid contracts. We are treated like ignorant surfs, but we know the score.
Misuse of funds for personal travel, paying vendors with no contract or the job never done. Someone told me these were job requirements in the small print on an application for the DOE. This woman is extremely well credentialed in technology. The WV BOE has to approve all hires for the DOE. Can’t believe nothing was known about this investigation. BOE can’t believe it went public. Did they really think they could grab someone from a top spot, that they pulled off a coup?
She resigned from University of Virginia under “pressure” according to news reports. Now she has filed a grievance against WV BOE. If allegations are not true WV tax payers will pay again for an inept BOE.
Hope both she and Martarano know they don’t have a contract. They tell the courts now that Jorea didn’t.
Dysfunction of the WV Board of Education and the Department of Education can be summed up easily. No legislative oversight and being awash with political appointees unqualified for their jobs. Fixes will depend on WV Legislators willing to tackle sacred cows. The Governor has proven that he won’t take any corrective actions.
By WV DOE and State Board Dysfunction on 12.19.2014
What about the article on the front page of today’s Gazette? The Department of Education hired an executive director who lasted only four days because of information leaking out that the individual had allegedly misused funds in a similar job in Virginia. The fired individual was Dr. Martirano’s first major administrative hire. Why should we expect anything better when representatives from Gilmer County formally requested the State Board not to purchase the inflated price Cedar Creek land and its officials voted unanimously to approve the purchase anyway? We know the rest of the story about the land being sold at our loss and the State dictating that our new school must be built at Hays City on a site we don’t want. The sorry hiring case adds to the argument that we need the State to leave Gilmer County to allow our school system to be run with local oversight to include a careful watch of our finances.
You really want to improved WV public school education?
Analyze where your source of failure has occurred.
There can be no question where that fault has occurred.
The WV Board of Education. They have secured the position of ultimate control.
The responsibility belongs to no one else.
A fresh start is needed. The entire state board of education should resign.
Better yet, the Governor could ask for those resignations and prove he really supports improvement in education.
The newly elected Legislature could pass a resolution asking for those resignations.
This is far too serious an issue for West Virginia to continue.
By Identify the source of education failure on 12.18.2014
This man could not possibly have a plan, he just got here. If given a 10 second timed pop quiz and asked to point to Gilmer County on a map it’s likely he would fail. Does he even know our name?
His plan is to implement common core and technology as shown by his vision “plan” and follow the State BOE (bosses) lead as to intervention.
There’s no blame can be laid on Martarano. His future paychecks will depend on staying in line. Ask Jim Phares.
However, there’s a lot of blame can be laid on locals pushing and supporting a state agenda that’s taking Gilmer County down holding old personal grudges. One example is supporting to give control and our jobs to RESA while advocating more multi-county schools at the state’s will and pleasure.
There are many schools 100 or so students, even less all over WV but the ones consolidated challenged Charleston’s power and faced a political spanking. How is that fair? It doesn’t even show necessity or justification. Just the desire to stay in control at all cost,
Where, may I ask, has it been determined in the WVAI,that WV Code 18-2E-2, National Assessment of Educational Progress or some other recognized and accepted method of comparisons of West Virginia students to a national sample been addressed? If the WVAI is the sole determinate for our students how will it be known how well our students have been educated to compete in the world market? Or is this not relevant as long as we show we are showing progress within our peers? Finally, is there just ONE county that can show that state intervention has improved the thoroughness and efficiency of education in that county?
Governor Tomblin. You are having the A to F grading system implemented.
Please implement that same grading system on the state board of education.
Second thought, never mind. Everyone is aware they get an ‘F’.
Here is what the WV Board of Education did to the State. WV lags behind virtually all others for the quality of its k-12 education system. Instead of being truthful to gain public support for necessary changes the effort from BOE has been to devise school grading schemes to paint better pictures than merited. What the BOE did not count on was the information age and the widespread use of electronic devices to expose that Charleston’s king is unclothed. The genie is out of the bottle and too many WV citizens know that the BOE failed the State. With recent political changes in Charleston there is hope that there will be politicians with adequate courage and wisdom to correct WV’s education problems to leave an honorable legacy second to none.
What is not being said is that there are numerous unopened boxes of electronics equipment at the HS and when breakdowns of equipment in use occur there is excessive lag time in getting it fixed if it is fixed at all. Everything mentioned cuts down on teaching effectiveness at a time when technology use in classrooms is an absolute necessity.
Facts came out that an estimated 50% of the teachers are not trained to use the modern technology and about the same percentage of homes where students live do not have Internet access to enable use of the technology outside classrooms. This begs the question of what is Mr. Gabriel Devono doing to close the gaps? Interesting isn’t it that the State wasted hoards of money at Cedar Creek that could have been used to ease our technology use challenges. Praise is given to speakers who had the courage to speak out at the meeting.
By Information Seeping Out At State's Chagrin on 12.18.2014
It looks as if the Governor’s A-F grading system is one more example of the State’s purposeful avoidance of getting meaningful information out about academic achievements of WV’s students. Why not use data for the academic mastery part of the A-F system to rank performances of all schools in the State? The Governor could still have his A-F system and good old American competition could kick in for English and other subjects. We want as many WV students as possible to graduate from high school, but high standards must be met to make diplomas meaningful. Isn’t there a good chance that because graduation rates will affect A-F scores there will be an incentive for grade inflation to occur to give free passes to improve a school’s overall grade?
This piece and Mr. Devono’s news release are clues for reasons why West Virginia ranks near the bottom for its quality of education. The reason is simple. Too much effort is being spent pouring out plans and reports nobody understands and uses as dictated by the WV Department of Education, steady streams of new re-direction for measuring student achievement and school quality pours out of Charleston, and too much time and effort are wasted on meaningless paper work for the State’s paper trackers. There is a universal law that the more complicated something is the greater the chances are for system collapses. That is what we have WV, a classic system collapse over burdened with Charleston’s high paid bureaucrats. When we get back to local level basics on improving how our students do with reading, writing, math, English and the other critical subjects to let our teachers do their jobs we will get back on track. In the interim the most we can expect is more loud wheel spinning passed off as great leaps forward by the WV Department of Education.
By WV Board of Education's Useless Verbiage on 12.18.2014
The technology employees seem to be doing their very best and putting forth a lot of effort. It is very much appreciated. Their work provides the kids skills for tools they will need to know how to use in the future. If only the rest of the educational experience was progressing.
Nothing said about facilities and the one time its mentioned self important big shots puff up and ignore it. Can’t remember how to be gentlemen anymore and the sad part is in they’re own minds they’re statesmen!
Obvious the State BOE strategically plans to make Gilmer a one horse town and Bill walks the range trying to find agreeable sheep. Anytime a word gets said the state wouldn’t approve of gets a look on his face like he’s just bit a dill pickle.Can’t sit tight enough to Devano. Wondered about all the state hand holder comments.
Is it true he’s working with Boggs to give more Gilmer County children away just to keep an
“associate” in Charleston? Guess one was missed. No fool like an old fool they say. No more. We HAVE the internet.
The situation becomes clearer with every video watched?
The wrong man was elected to the school board?
The wrong man sits as president?
He says very little and what is stated is out of touch?
There was reason for the no confidence vote?
Common Core is here to stay but what we have to prevent is teachers not teaching according to the core standard but to the test. This is not going to help our children compete in the World especially when we are behind other countries.
The teachers in the classrooms are the professionals that KNOW what works. Let them teach.
The administrators in state offices are too far removed from the students to be of much use.
Still, they think they have all the answers.
Do they? We are seeing the results of their failures in our children.
It was also brought out from the next Vice Chair of the Education Committee that legislation will come to let the people vote for their State Board of Education members instead of protected political appointments.
Wouldn’t get that Veto pen out too fast Governor. The next one in might not be a Manchin.
Again a clear picture of what is going on thanks 100$ to the GFP!
No we don’t have computers for any where near all our students but after hundreds of thousands of dollars they will try to make it happen for the 7th and 8th grades? Despite it being a state pushed program and going on four years of state control they don’t know how many students have internet access and even some Teachers don’t have it? You would think that would be the first thing they needed to know.
Bill Simmons is still saying he isn’t convinced the kids need to know any technology after that meeting. Two very good examples showing they have to know how to at least operate a computer for the every day work force were given by Hurley and Ratliff and the best he comes up with is that same old tired catch phrase “Appalachian Poverty”. Are the poor stupid Bill? We don’t think so but are really beginning to wonder about
Troy is a transition school, Alum Bridge a support school per the state’s data on zoom wv dashboard. This seems to be School Digger data which is unfortunately incomplete. Not all schools report there so its a little skewed but can be a decent indicator if you research the facts to keep it in true perspective. Troy students must get a boost now before they are out of Gilmer County’s hands. Another major change can not be good for the students of Troy. Mr. Devono please give Troy some additional assistance much sooner than later.