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?
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 ### 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.