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Why is the West Virginia Department of Education Keeping
Intended Torching of the Normantown School Secret?

The Gilmer Free Press

Within past weeks a serious crime attempt was committed at Normantown. The old brick school was entered and elaborate preparations were made to burn it down. Based on reports from well placed sources the perpetrator(S) used an elaborate wicking system to go from the ground floor to locations throughout the building so a match could start a fast moving flash fire.

The Gilmer Free Press

There are several points related to the incident.

  • What was the act’s motive? Why would anyone want to burn down an old building that is a revered Normantown landmark?

  • Was the building insured and if it had burned down who would have collected the money?

  • Were officials with the County’s local fire department notified immediately about the incident and are they involved in any way now?

  • Was Mr. Jerry Hough, our prosecuting attorney, involved with investigating the incident and is he involved now?

  • How is the incident being investigated? It was reported that the WV Fire Marshall was called in.  Was a request made to get more able assistance from the FBI or did the WVDOE make a decision not to involve the agency?

  • Why the secrecy by the WVDOE? Mr. Gabriel Devono allegedly ordered members of Gilmer County’s School Board to maintain silence. One of them was asked about the crime and the individual gave a curt “can’t comment” answer before walking away.

  • Was the incident designed to destroy a building or was there a more sinister plan to harm school children too?

  • What is being done for real- time inspections of all active schools in Gilmer County to ensure that none are targeted for arson and other acts of terrorism to keep our children safe?

Concerns about the incident are justified. The secrecy meshes with everything else the WVDOE has done to keep citizens uninformed. School system finances, school personnel decisions, decisions made behind closed doors for new school sites, backroom deals of various types including no bid contracts, and the most recent MH disgrace of siphoning off school system money for political pandering with full WVDOE approval etc.

Citizens see hulks of burnt down buildings throughout the County to wonder if we have a cottage industry of fire setters.  Also, citizens can cite numerous examples of mysterious fires where cleanups occurred. One of them was the Church near the courthouse.

The Gilmer Free Press

There is no mystery about the intent for fire at Normantown, and crime scene features suggest involvement of highly skilled professionals. The tight secrecy by the WVDOE in keeping “the lid on” is senseless to cause public concern to fester.

Citizens are owed a full report on the planned arson and independent arson investigators from the outside must be engaged although considerable time has elapsed to allow crime scene tampering and contamination.

Could the way the incident is being handled be intentional to comply with business as usual practices in Gilmer County?

The County is not known for its track record in solving serious crimes, and the WVDOE is in total control of this one to determine how the disturbing case will be handled. Dr. Martirano and Dr. Daniel the next move is yours because you are at intervention’s helm with Charleston in charge.

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You could not invent something more symbolic of the mismanagement, secrecy, and subterfuge under the WVDOE’s intervention policy.

This case of withholding information proves Charleston’s sinister insensitivity to the welfare and safety of Gilmer County’s children.

When something of this grave importance is purposely hidden no wonder the WVDOE stoops to hide information in general and to make bad decisions like the one for Cedar Creek, building a new school in a flood area, and wasting children’s money on the Minnie Hamilton move to bail out the Gilmer County Commission.

Charleston claims that it wants to reform its intervention ways. Let it demonstrate the changes with complete honesty, full disclosure of all information, transparency, and an immediate replacement of its Gilmer County Superintendent of Schools.

Words are cheap. Dr. Martirano’s and Dr. Daniel’s actions will soon demonstrate their true leadership styles and sincerity about positive changes in Gilmer County in unambiguous terms.

Thank you Mr. David Ramezan for looking out for your Gilmer County people.

By WVDOE CENSORSHIP PROOF  on  09.03.2015

Lewis County principal said student shortfall at the Linn school would be addressed.
Destroy school buildings?  Whose agenda is this?

BIG question!  ARE OUR CHILDREN SAFE ! ! ? ?

By forced consolidation?  on  09.03.2015

Why were the parents of NES students not made aware of this serious threat?

By NES Parent [21]  on  09.03.2015

YES!  I want to know why the parents of Normantown school children were not notified!  I have two children that go there and I am highly mad that I was not notified!  Was this to happen while the kids were there?  I love that school and someone to vandalize it like that would be awful.  They should be ashamed of them selves!  Thank you GFP for keeping us updated!

By Very Mad Normantown Parent!  on  09.03.2015

I agree! Parents should have been notified! And is the building safe now? Parents should have had the option to take their children away from the building until their safety could be verified. This is outrageous!!!

By NES Parent Too  on  09.03.2015

ARE OUR SCHOOLS SAFE FOR OUR CHILDREN!!!???

DO WE HAVE EXTRA POLICE PATROLS???
ARE OUR OTHER SCHOOLS BEING WATCHED AND PATROLED ???

IS THERE AN INVESTIGATION???
WHAT ARE THE RESULTS???

POLICE REPORT FROM THE SHERIFF, PROSECUTING ATTORNEY REPORT, FBI REPORT???

WE WANT TO HEAR WHAT HAS BEEN FOUND OUT AND ARE OUR CHILDREN, GRAND CHILDREN, TEACHERS, AND STAFF REALLY SAFE?????

By WE DEMAND ANSWERS NOW !  on  09.03.2015

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G-FYI™: ONE MILLION DOLLARS QZAB Debt for Gilmer County! Why?

The Gilmer Free Press

The following is on the West Virginia Board of Education Agenda for September 08-09, 2015:

C.  Resolution on Behalf of Gilmer County Board of Education Approving a Lease Purchase Agreement with United Bank as a Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB) in the Amount of $1,000,000 - (Action) -
Heather Hutchens

The proceeds from the bond will be used to equip Gilmer County Elementary School.  United Bank will hold the title to the equipment.

It is recommended and a motion is requested that the West Virginia Board of Education, acting on behalf of the Gilmer County Board of Education, approve the Lease Purchase Agreement with United Bank, and the related issuance of the Qualified Zone Academy Bond (QZAB), and to authorize Dr. Michael J. Martirano to execute all documents hereafter.

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This is more “in your face” taxation without representation imposed by the WVDOE.

Mr. Devono told at the senior center that all the money was there for a seamless move from Cedar Creek to Ike’s site to have a world class school.

What happened? We need to see a full accounting.

The accounting should be accompanied with a list of change orders for the new school. Something is happening to run costs up.

Wasn’t one reason for Calhoun’s current debt crisis cost overruns for construction of a new school?

Who was the architect for Calhoun? Wanna make a guess? Wasn’t open bid was it? Standard operating procedure with WVDOE and WVSBA oversight.

By More WVDOE financial suprises  on  09.03.2015

More WVDOE under the radar “pig in the poke” spending. There should be a clear understanding of what would be obtained with $1,000,000. Does anyone disagree with that?

Did anyone see confirmation of what we would get for the money to benefit our children?

What about honest open bidding? Is there any requirement for that or are the special interest and wired in RESA good old boys already hyper ventilating?

Looked like a lawyer talk legal document written in such a way the WVDOE could do anything it wanted to be able to say afterwards that it was in full compliance.

How can Green and Martirano weasel out of this one. Great work IBRM. Keep intel coming. We love it.

By NEVER ENDS  on  09.03.2015

Who made money from finders and referral fees, who authored the legal document, and how much was paid for writing it?

The public has the right to know, Martirano and Green.

By More Financial Bleeding  on  09.03.2015

yo..more bleeding

Who at the WVBOE trained them?  lmao
You know the NAME !

By yabba-dabba-do  on  09.03.2015

Now, wait just a minute, state board of education.  You are CLOSING 4 schools and now our school district needs a million dollars for “equipment”?  How very strange when you should be ending up with a SURPLUS of equipment.  No tax money should be robbed from Gilmer County people for this or for the new board office, considering not one nickel of either goes toward improving the education the children receive!  Something has to be done or everyone in this county will be taxed to death to inflate the egos of those who think “new is better” - this is lunacy.  Taxation without representation is illegal, folks.

By Karen Pennebaker  on  09.03.2015

So what did we save my moving the site from Cedar Creek hilltop?

Since they won’t have to build a sewage treatment plant, no up hill 3/4 mile access road required,no mountain top removal, no long distance water and electric lines,no pumps to be installed for water pressure & fire suppression systems, access to gas instead of electric a given, no bus garage and getting back $400,000 of what was spent on the land plus being told the plans for Cedar Creek would just be flipped to this new site at no cost from W&S the question is.

WHY DO WE NEED TO GO IN DEBT FOR A MILLION DOLLARS?

By Marirano's Common Core Math?  on  09.03.2015

Will this ever stop? Maybe they could get a loan for a 5th grade teacher at Normantown… We are being robbed and treated like we’re ignorant of how things work. And you know what? By staying silent… we are perpetuating the idea that we are all fools.
We already know that technology does not increase test scores or learning anyway.

By Rose  on  09.03.2015

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G-Eye™: Gilmer County Board of Education Monthly Meeting Report - 08.17.15

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REGULAR MEETING REPORT
Gilmer County Board of Education
Gilmer County High School
Monday, August 17, 2015 – 6:00 PM

I. CALL TO ORDER - Roll Call by President

Meeting was called to order by President. All Members Plus Superintendent were present


II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Pledge of Allegiance was led by the President


III. DELEGATIONS

Mr. David Dennison and his wife Mrs. Dennison(teacher) express dissatisfaction about a board member inquiry [Video]


IV. CONSENT AGENDA-Board Action

    A.  Minutes: July 20, 2015

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MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING
The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer
Monday, July 20, 2015 - 6:00 p.m.
Gilmer County High School

CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm by President, Dr. Williams Simmons.

ROLL CALL
Members present: Tom Ratliff, Dr. William Simmons, Carl Armour, Norma Hurley, Misty Pritt
and Gabriel J. Devono, Secretary.

Others Present: Nasia Butcher, Phyllis Starkey, David Dennison and David Ramezan.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Carl Armour led the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance.

DELEGATIONS
Phyllis Starkey, David Dennison

CONSENT AGENDA
A motion was made by Tom Ratliff and seconded by Misty Pritt to approve all items on the consent agenda. Motion passed 5-0.

NEW BUSINESS
There was no new business.

SUPERINTENDENT’S INFORMATION
Superintendent distributed information concerning Monthly Financial Report, Financial Statement, Accounts Payable, Curriculum and 2015-2016 board Meeting dates.
The next regular meeting of the Gilmer County Board of Education will be August 17, 2015.

ADJOURNMENT
A motion was made by Norma Hurley and seconded by Misty Pritt to adjourn the meeting at 6:53 p.m. Motion passed 5-0.

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    B.  Student Transfers

Question was asked about number of students in each school. Superintendent promised he would have them by September meeting.

2 Kindergarten Students from Sand Fork Elementary to Glenville Elementary

1 First(1) grade Student from Sand Fork Elementary to Glenville Elementary

1 First(1) grade Student from Troy Elementary to Glenville Elementary

1 Third(3) grade Student from Normantown Elementary to Sand Fork Elementary

1 Third(3) grade Student from Normantown Elementary to Glenville Elementary

1 Third(3) grade Student from Sand Fork Elementary to Glenville Elementary

1 Third(3) grade Student from Troy Elementary to Sand Fork Elementary

1 Fourth(4) grade Student from Normantown Elementary to Glenville Elementary

1 Fourth(4) grade Student from Sand Fork Elementary to Glenville Elementary

1 Fourth(4) grade Student from Troy Elementary to Glenville Elementary

1 Fourth(4) grade Student from Glenville Elementary to Sand Fork Elementary

1 Six(6) grade Student from Troy Elementary to Sand Fork Elementary

    C.  School Volunteers

None

    D.  Field Trips

1) Cedar Creek State Park (K-6) 08.14.15

2) Gilmer County Farm Show at Recreation Center in Glenville (FFA Students) 09.09.15

    E.  Policies

None

    F.  Curriculum

None


V. NEW BUSINESS

None


VI. REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW UP (INFORMATION)

    A.  CGCC-Dr. Carl Armour – July 21, 2015

Dr. Armour reported on the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center [Video]

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Calhoun-Gilmer Administrative Council
Official Minutes July 21, 2015

Members Present:
Mr. Timothy Woodwarcj, Presiding
Mr. Jason Hughes, State Dept.
Mr. Gabriel Devono, GilmerSupt.
Dr. Carl Armour, Gilmer
Mr. Bryan P. Sterns, Secretary

Others Present:
Mrs. Lisa Moore

Absent:
Mrs. Jenna Jett, Calhoun

ITEM I-Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by Mr. Woodward at 10:52 a.m.

ITEM II Agenda Adjustments
None

ITEM III-Delegations
Mr. Gene Coulson, Executive Director of Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education was present to inform council of an opportunity they might be interested in pursuing. Schools can be recognized if they prove they provided entrepreneurship education to every student in the building within one school year. Funding from the grant will be expended helping distressed counties implement the program. Calhoun and Gilmer have been identified as such counties by ARC. The award is intended to make all students aware of entrepreneurial career opportunities.

ITEM IV- Re-Organization of Administrative Council
Mr. Devono called for nominations for Administrative Council President and Vice-President. Mr. Hughes moved President and Vice-President stay the same, seconded by Dr. Armour. Motion carried and vote was unanimous. Mr. Woodward remains President and Mr. Devono Vice President by vote of acclamation.

ITEM V - Approval of Minutes
The minutes of June 16, 2015 were presented for approval. Mr. Devono moved to approve the minutes as presented; second by Dr. Armour. Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous.

ITEM VI - Reports
1.  Entrepreneurial Opportunities - See Delegations
2. Skilled and Professional Pathway
Mr. Sterns presented council a handout from Donna Burge-Tetrick regarding the discontinuation of the skilled and professional Pathway.

3. Acceptable Use Policy and Cyber Safety Training
Mr. Sterns let Council know that two CGCC Instructors would like to do the cyber safety training especially for all day Career Center Students. He felt that both schools would be supportive of this effort.

ITEM V- New Business
ABCD: Financial Matters: The list of bills, an additional list of bills, the financial statement, budget supplements, and the CGCC Individual School Financial Report for June were presented for approval.  Mr. Hughes moved to approve all financial items A through D, Seconded by Mr. Devono. Motion carried and vote was unanimous.

E. Personnel:

Employment:  Adult Basic Education Instructor - Linda Jones
Mr. Devono moved to approve the employment as recommended by Mr. Sterns; seconded by Mr. Hughes. Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous

Math Instructor-
Mr. Sterns informed council he had 4 applicants with two top choices. He stated that only one applicant was High School certified. He then discussed references with the council. After much discussion in regards to said applicant Dr. Armour moved to employ Kari Hamric as Math Instructor. Seconded by Mr. Hughes. Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous.

Substitute Lists Calhoun and Gilmer Counties
Mr. Hughes made a motion to allow CGCC to use the substitute lists from both counties for the 2015-16 School year. Seconded by Dr. Armour. Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous. (The lists are unavailable at this time)
Postings: Mr. Sterns presented Council with Postings for Substitute Custodian and Evening ALC Instructor. (See Attachment 7 and 8) Dr. Armour moved to approve the postings as recommended; seconded by Mr. Devono. Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous
Council also had before them postings for Building Construction Night Class Instructor, Welding night class Instructor, and Small Engine Repair Night Class Instructor. After some discussion, motion was made by Mr. Devono to post, pending adequate enrollment, at $18.00/hr. Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous.

F. General Discussion
Simulated Workplace Drug Testing Policy - The two Superintendents informed those present that they did not have a presentation from Dr. D’Antoni at their Superintendent’s Conference, nor did they have a chance to speak with her regarding the simulated drug place policy. After discussion, both felt they could get further information from other Superintendents with a policy already in place.

ALC Summer Support - Mr. Sterns mentioned the possibility of next summer employing an ALC Summer Support Instructor at an hourly rate to monitor those students working online throughout the summer.
Commercial Baking - Prostart Instructor, Annette Benson, is in the process of developing a new CTE Commercial Baking Program here at Calhoun Gilmer Career Center. Mr. Sterns informed Council members that this would be offered for 2nd year students.

NRM Modifications -Mr. Sterns discussed the SAE requirement and additional days for the Natural Resource Management Instructor. Five additional days were mentioned for the supervision and to monitor summer projects.

ITEM VI - Adjournment and Scheduling of Next Meeting

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Administrative Council will be Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. With no further business occurring, the meeting was adjourned.
Mr. Tim Woodward, Presiding
Mr. Bryan P. Sterns, Secretary

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    B. RESA 7- Dr. William Simmons


VII. SUPERINTENDENT’S INFORMATION [Video]

    A. Monthly Financial Report

    B. Financial Statement

    C. Accounts Payable

    D. Curriculum & Summer School

    E. Strategic Plan Meeting


The next Regular Board Meeting is Monday, September 21, 2015.


VIII. ADJOURNMENT

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Thank you GFP for posting minutes for the Calhoun Gilmer Career Center. Comparing those minutes to ones for Gilmer County’s Board meetings is a study in contrast.

At the CGCC there is a focused mission everyone understands and supports, nothing including finances,  personnel, and details about instructional programs is kept secret from citizens, the meetings are structured to keep parents and everyone else fully informed, and you can tell from the minutes that emphasis down there is that every student is important to be treated accordingly.

No meaningless lip service. Demonstrated Center commitment to performance and student success instead.

Why the differences? They pertains to superior leadership and lack of censorship at the CGCC.

The later is one of the WVDOE’s intervention trademarks as Dr. Martirano peddles his community involvement pillar throughout WV.

You can’t have effective citizen involvement, support, and trust for common core or anything else, Dr. Martirano,  when information is purposely withheld from people.

By CGCC Student's Parent  on  08.27.2015

Too bad the Troy parents weren’t smart enough to send their kids to the new school instead of an overcrowded one.

By Ryder  on  08.27.2015

CGCC student parent has succeeded in showing everyone the difference.

The CGCC minutes professional and very well written.

Cannot say same for GC under state control.
Poor agenda.  Vote to approve what?  Then BS with the ever famous, no discussion, consent agenda ramrodded through.

The GCBOE meetings led by the state shill and state anointed superintendent Debone0h, its so dang plain.  The State Boys in Charleston have to be leading, planning, condoning these actions?

If not, why is it still happening?

The local board leader always talks, but never says anything?
Reminds of the old, once popular, soy-burgers.  Filled you up but left a bad taste in your mouth?

By Crooked County Crooks from Charleston  on  08.27.2015

Don’t try to call the Board office if you have a problem.  The phone rings and not even a recording picks up.  Could it be while they have Nationwide Moving and Storage trucks doing the job and all the cars are over at MH there is no phone service?
Mr Devono told his board the football team was moving the office and it wouldn’t cost a thing. It’s on video recording. Of course you haven’t been able to call him and ask about that or anything for the past two days. Seems the maintenance employees of Gilmer County could be used to move into Leading Creek but not here at home?

By How Much Will That Cost?  on  08.28.2015

Two young Teachers Minney & West extremely skilled in the classroom and wasted when pulled into the central office to run a program. Superintendent wants them to believe it is a step up.  In the end…

By The Children Lose  on  08.28.2015

I visited the Hays City school site this week with a hydrologist and a flood plain modeler.
How can any thinking person contend that it is not in a flood zone?

Consider aerial photographs, USGS topographic maps, local topographic conditions including flood plain filling, and communicate with citizens who were around Glenville when the last big flood occurred.

Would the U. S. Corps of Engineers sign off on the site for being out of a flood zone? Take it as a personal challenge to get Corps sign off by those who are advocates for the project.

Go to the science and math department at GSC to see if anyone there certifies that the site is out of the flood zone.

Charleston officials want to shut up everyone who says that the site was a mistake. I would want to censor local talk too if I had been a party to the laughing stock decision.

Shame on Governor Tomblin, Dr. Sneed the head of the WV School Building Authrity, Dr. Martirano, members of the WV Dept. ED., the WV Board, and finally Gabe Devono who brokered the deal after signing checks for Cedar Creek!

Members of WV’s Legislature who knew details about the project should not be left out of the criticism.

None of you will want to show this project off around the country as an outstanding example of WV’s technological competency.

A fund should be started to get a court injunction against the project.

By Ezra Palmer  on  08.29.2015

Would anyone in their right mind build at the Hays City location?
Who in their right mind would issue a building permit for that location?

Why would the State Board of Education approve that site for a school?
Why would the School Building Authority approve that site?  AFTER previously rejecting it?

Here is your answer. 
They must all be dumber than a box of rocks!

By payola & stupidity rule the day  on  08.29.2015

I have to wonder about the ability of the design firm for these schools.
Do they not do any sort of site inspection?
Do they just plop their favorite design in place?

Are there no location inspections performed?

The first site chosen in Lewis County is a site that is honeycombed with coal mine tunnels.

The second site was one up on a mountain with road access costs plum out of sight.

The third site is clearly in a flood zone.  Not to mention the many rumors of it previously being an unapproved dump location.

And to build an elementary school next to a river yet?

Is there anyone running this show?

By Reg. Dem.  on  08.29.2015

The WV State Dept. of Education has not restricted its campaign of spreading untruths simply to new school sites.

The worst injustice has been to mislead WV’s people to believe that the State’s schools were much better than evidence merited to purposely make Charleston look good.

Petrill and Pondiscio did not soften words in their August 23, 2015 Gazette-Mail article covering the alarmingly poor common core testing results.

They exposed the fact West Virginians had been lied too to make them believe that the State’s school system was doing a much better job than it actually was in preparing students for life.

They said, “only about a quarter of middle school children are on track in math and less than half are proficient in reading.“

Results were “even worse for high school students.“ They said too, “Unfortunately most states, including West Virginia, set a very low bar.“ The phrase “juked the stats” was used.

To reinforce the message they cited that 70% of the State’s freshmen community college students must take remedial classes to doom too many to be college drop outs.

Nothing was reported about disadvantaged students who elected to take career training while being deficient in math and reading.

The authors advocated for honesty in reporting test results to end the lies and and deliberate misinformation games played by the State.

Referring to the watered down grading system the State had been using, schools could get a Success rating although 50% or more of its students were not proficient in reading and math.

Game playing has ended. We must receive the raw truth about student achievement results in the County and to do what it takes to get our schools back on track.

Is there any mystery why accurate information including that for student achievement has been exceedingly difficult if not impossible to obtain under the State’s intervention’s policy?

It links to State-sponsored cover up with nothing to do with standard propaganda from Charleston of doing what is best for our County’s children.

By Hats Off Gazette-Mail!  on  08.29.2015

AS to Teachers we lost a good Principal in that move as well. They’ll do a good job wherever they are and Gilmer has been fortunate to say that of many.The students need them more than any administration.

However, we now have to read the Weston paper to find out when our RIF’s from schools other than Troy are gone.

They may include the information under a separate education issue but that Lewis Board is certainly informed of what’s happening and not hiding it from the public.

When her resignation from Leading Creek was made public found we had lost a Normantown 5/6th grade Teacher.

From the job posting it was discovered a NES Title I Reading Teacher was no longer there.

At the grocery found out the NES Secretary was also RIF’d.

Would never know that from any Gilmer Board of Education meeting.

Gilmer suffers like any county under state control. After a time the Board becomes no-information officials apparently under directive of the State Board of Education.After all, they appoint the tyrants and bullies in charge. It is now widely understood Mr. Devono has developed the bad habit of yelling over the telephone. Who needs that?

Isn’t that true Martirano, Manchin, Green and Daniels? Aren’t you the ones who are running this dog and pony show called intervention?

By You May Correct If Wrong About That  on  08.29.2015

Dr. Michael Martirano.  $230,000. salary.  Compare that to other states.  wow!

Likely Dr. Martirano has by now has discovered he is just the new lipstick for West Virginia education.  Poor guy.

A diversion.  A distraction. A false hope.
A will and pleasure employee employed by a board.
He knows from where his check comes.

He most aptly could change the direction of WV education.  He will not be allowed.  The same broken bureaucratic system is still in control.  He knows that well by now.

The sad part of our WV education is it so badly broken, that even first small improvements would be easy to see.  When you are on the bottom as we are, it would be very easy to see improvement.

Won’t happen as long as the WV BOE has their death grip on the steering wheel and both feet on the brake.  Followed by the gov. and legislature with control of the ignition switch, gas pump and throttle.

By It's a Lost Cause  on  08.29.2015

Blunders.  Failures.  Incompetency. 
Bad financial decisions.  Jobs lost.
Property bought.  Cussing sessions at BOE meetings.
Twitching fingers.  Jumpy legs.  Crummy leadership at meetings.

Secret lease deals.  Secret land deals.
Secret meetings held.  Lack of transparency.
Refusal to give board members information.
The list goes on and on.  All of it under the direction of West Virginia Board of Education oversight and direction.

THANKS BE TO GOD THAT GILMER FREE PRESS AND MR. RAMAZAN ARE HERE TO SHOW GILMER COUNTY WHAT IS HAPPENING !!! 

Gilmer County appreciates you more than you know!

By reader  on  08.29.2015

Neighboring Calhoun County schools have faced a 1.8 million dollar deficit since 2010. Despite best efforts, district administration there admits it could take “decades” to overcome. They are not the only WV county school system facing financial disaster.  This is why so many care what is happening here in Gilmer.  It’s too close to home and we are under state intervention

The Calhoun situation is what can happen when a county board simply follows the leaders without adequate oversight.  Under intervention, with little to no information, caring Gilmer County taxpayers are very concerned, very upset, and rightfully so.Will we be the next to go under?
 
These concerns could be easily addressed if complete freedom to information would be provided by a State appointed Superintendent to every elected official, every concerned citizen. Questions should receive honest and complete answers in a prompt and courteous fashion with absolute transparency and full accountability regarding all aspects of the education process . Policies and procedures must be established and followed consistently.

By WVBOE Can You Hear Us Now?  on  08.30.2015

Dr. Cindy Daniel, Gilmer County people understand that you are the new go to person with Mr. Heinlein gone.

We need many things to change for the better beginning with lifting of the strictly enforced information embargo.

Intervention has followed the WVBOE’s style of keeping Gilmer County uninformed. Pages could be written, but this message is restricted to a few questions for the new grade school. Much, much, more is coming.

What is the purpose of the large collecting basin dug into the raised area on the up-river side of the new school and the raised area itself? The raised area looks as if that part of the site was elevated to reduce chances for flooding.

Devono said that the move to Hays City would be seamless. Really? How many change orders have occurred to push up the costs and how will the bills be paid?

Finally, as the newly installed assistant to Dr. Martirano would you give your official assurances that the new school is out of the flood plain not to pose potential for a future disaster?

Some parties here scream that flooding concerns are unfounded and the site is totally safe. Do you agree 100%?

By Bill Becket  on  08.30.2015

The intelligence arm of the resistance movement intercepted a message that Dr. Cynthia Daniel from the WV Department of Education is coming to head a meeting to achieve a turn around in the way the State’s intervention has been run.

More power to Dr. Daniel and best wishes are extended to her. Will she field test her commitment to moral transformational leadership qualities?

The resistance movement understands that “moral transformational” relates to individuals who administer with clarity that they are responsible to a higher calling to practice morally responsible and principled leadership.

How much of that has been observed in Gilmer County under the State’s heavy intervention yoke?

By GC Resistance Movement Alert  on  08.30.2015

The injunction suggestion was good. There is a movement underway to try to get legal help from a public-minded outside organization focused on reversing Appalachian injustices.

Going thoroughly prepared before a judge would not be an easy task for lawyers because of the masses of documentations to go through.

Because the legal system in Gilmer County is notoriously crooked the injunction request would have to be taken elsewhere to have a chance of a favorable ruling.

If lawyers out there want to help please let your interests be known so contacts could be made.

By Eli Bowman  on  08.30.2015

Clever politicians running for office in opposition to the present botched system could use a picture of the Hays City School site with a narrative to symbolize what has happened with our broken State government.

Corruption, inept decision-making, no bid contracts, not listening to the people, incompetent people clogging payrolls, permitting high roller political campaign contributors to reign at will, lack of sensitivity to environmental issues as an extension of the mountain top removal mentality, and putting monetary gain for a select few over concerns for improving lives of children.

WV’s no excuse poor student test scores to rank us near the bottom for our top down one size fits all way of manacling the State’s teachers, and what we spend on K-12 education to rank us near the top nationally could be worked in too to address disconnects.

Icing on the cake could be a snippet of the Cedar Creek flop engineered by the State DE to be a prime example of unrestricted bureaucratic mismanagement of money with a County school system in intervention.

WV’s bloated K-12 bureaucracy in Charleston could be visualized to show how too much money goes to the scandalously high paid employees at the top of the pyramid instead of it being spent wisely to improve lives of children up the Mountain State’s hollows.

Yes, the Hays City School could be used to symbolize what needs to be fixed in WV when voters go to the polls next election. The WVDOE and the WVBOE represent a gift that keeps on giving for political campaign fodder.

Thanks to the social media and adeptness of West Virginians in using it, messages of the State’s gross mismanagement of our schools are already reverberating with voters.

By Whitey Mauck  on  08.30.2015

A first step in the right direction would be to promote, move, reassign Gabe or what you want to call it to bring us in a good superintendent. He will tell you that he does not work for Gilmer County which is painfully evident. Martirano, Green, and Daniel do you get our message?

By Wilke Brown  on  08.30.2015

Our community was sure the first appointed state superintendent was the worst possible choice.

When he left, we were all proved wrong.

By John R.  on  08.30.2015

How about a twofer for the GCHS principal by a buyout, promotion to another County, or reassignment somewhere to a non-administrate position?

By Fed UP Parents  on  08.30.2015

Don’t forget the ongoing disaster happening today at Leading Creek!

The WV School Building Authority school built for 240 students and it has fewer than 160 on opening days!

Principal Freeland says that ‘it will be addressed’.

Watch what happens next!  This disaster show isn’t over yet!

By REMEMBER Leading Creek!  on  08.31.2015

How about a fifth grade Teacher for Normantown and Sand Fork?  With all this technology money spent and administrative raises why can’t we afford a Teacher for every grade?

By Double Fed UP  on  08.31.2015

What about the injustice of Devono’s hiring a teacher to placate a person who lost a supreme court case against the County? This is another example of catering to those with money.

At the same time need for a 5th grade teacher at Normantown fell on deaf ears. This case is one Cindy Daniel should look at.

By No Justice Here  on  08.31.2015

We caught on already that spending money with WV at bottom place and our being at the top in education spending in the USA failed the State. The WVDOE and its crowd are too slow to catch on.

Charleston has the spin that spending on equipment is the way to go. It is the way Charleston wants to go alright, but not in the direction we need to be headed.

Check the money trail to see who really benefits. It is not our children.

By Progress Tracker  on  08.31.2015

You folks in Gilmer County lead the way in informing West Virginians of the puppeteers behind Charleston’s WVDOE screen.

A new player is Susan O’Brien who heads the WV OEPA. She allegedly made the motion at the last WVBOE meeting to punish your board for asking questions about the State’s spending of your school system’s money.

You know, the MH office move to help solve the County Commission’s money woes.

The vote result of Green and his WVBOE group removed that vestige of responsibility you had for finances which was merely a token amount anyway.

That meant that the WVBOE’s punishment did not amount to much except to demonstrate once again the power Charleston has over the local level.

Let us hope that the vote comforted Green and others in the WVBOE. It surely did not do anything positive for the remainder of WV, but to add more questions to the long list about the State’s competency to administer common core or something as uncomplicated as a 1st grade bake sale.

By WVDOE MOLE  on  08.31.2015

With the issues facing the Fayette school system, I wish they would send the school comments to Gilmer Free Press.  Many in our community would like to hear their issues as well.

Mr. Ramazan, would you consider giving your anonymous posts to include the Fayette County Schools too?

By send your comments Fayette!  on  08.31.2015

Flash——more info intercepted. Mr. Harold L. Hatfield will accompany Dr. Cynthia Daniel, a new high level WVDOE professional and a brilliant Marshall University graduate, to conduct a workshop for the Gilmer County School Board.

Hatfield is the Superintendent of Schools in Putnam County, a GSC grad, and considered by his peers to be the dean of WV’s county superintendents.

No word about the workshop’s overall purpose, agenda, outcome objectives, and its format.

This information lack is unusual for a professional level workshop designed for efficiency to maximize chances for the quantity and quality of results.

However, there is no prior evidence that this is another “in your face” manifestation of the WVDOE’s attitude that it does not have to provide any type of information whatsoever to Gilmer County.

Causes of intervention problems here relate to a State caused void of honesty, transparency, full information to the people, accountability, plus the incompetent supervision of the WVBOE’s disgracefully high paid superintendents.

Dr. Cynthia Daniel and Mr. Hatfield have our sincerest best wishes and we hope that they represent a genuine wind shift for the better from Charleston.

The Resistance Movement advocates that they should be given the full benefit of the doubt with full courtesy and respect they deserve.

By Resistance Movement  on  08.31.2015

Do not expect Charleston to follow the law.  They never have.
Going back several years.
FIRST: The entire Gilmer County takeover was based on a lie, politics, and personal multi-family influences.

The OEPA audit was a lie.  Revenge was taken in the form of a superintendent that GC had previously fired, then set in charge by Charleston.  Can you call that an “in your face” action?

Then Mr. Simmons was immediately recruited to walk hand in hand with Charleston.  Simmons has made many, many trips to Charleston.  Ever here him give a public report who he was working for?
Secret meetings with superintendents and elite members of the community.  Do Gilmer citizens any good?

Superintendent holding secret meetings.  Both of them.  Dragging their favorites with them.  Lies, lies, and more lies.

School levy meetings that were in violation of state law.  Lies to the public in those meetings.  Meetings that were not advertised.  Meetings that were not legally advertised.  Time notifications not met.

School closure meetings that were illegal.  Lies at those meetings.  Ask for the paid legal ads in the Glenville Democrat to back up what I am saying.  The ads are missing or time notifications are not met. 

What you have read in the Democrat and here on Gilmer Free Press is not even half of the story.  Not half.

Gilmer, you have been duped for over four years now.  Your money wasted.  Your children given away.  Much more to be revealed.

Those old Mercury’s from the college really do tell a big story.  More to come out.  Keep watching.

By ~Truth Seeker~  on  08.31.2015

OMT Dr. Cynthia Daniel, there is a viciousness in Gilmer County unsurpassed anywhere else on the the planet.

When people fall into disfavor with the cabal the menu of ways used to try to destroy them includes they have faded mentally so don’t pay any attention to them, they are mentally unbalanced (the actual terminology is crazy), they are sexual deviates, they had extramarital affairs, they are Mafia stooges, and the vilest one is that they are closet republicans.

Those who have encountered this can stand up and identify.

By Rooster Bell  on  09.01.2015

Prediction for the D & H workshop. The WVBOE got all it wanted. The County’s money, giving our children to Lewis County, the mindless MH move to coddle up to local politicians, money for those we will never know with the Cedar Creek SNAFU, a new school in a location we deplore, treating the elected school board like New York Jukes, funneling money for no bid contracts etc.

Now the WVBOE will want its under strict orders D & H delegation to make it appear that the WVBOE wants to play nice.

The duo will buzz in all smiles and touchy-feeley to try to convince the board into purging memories of the State’s waste, mismanagement, and maltreatment.

There will be a carefully scripted spiel that what is done is done and the board must move forward while holding hands with the State.  Translated to Charleston speak that means—board don’t rock the boat and be 100% submissive to play go along.

Nothing of importance will result. Wait and see the workshop will be a typical human resources personnel rehabilitation exercise. Don’t be surprised if Briggs-Myers personality testing occurs to try to mesmerize board members.
If wrong the proof will be a comprehensive post-workshop report by the State to cover in precise detail what it is going to do differently from now on to correct its 4+ years of roughshod treatment of Gilmer County.

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Gilmer County Board of Education Monthly Meeting - 08.17.15 - Today

The Gilmer Free Press
AGENDA
REGULAR MEETING
Gilmer County Board of Education
Gilmer County High School
Monday, August 17, 2015 – 6:00 PM

I. CALL TO ORDER - Roll Call by President


II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE


III. DELEGATIONS


IV. CONSENT AGENDA-Board Action

    A.  Minutes: July 20, 2015

    B.  Student Transfers

    C.  School Volunteers

    D.  Field Trips

    E.  Policies

    F.  Curriculum


V. NEW BUSINESS


VI. REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW UP (INFORMATION)

    A.  CGCC-Dr. Carl Armour – July 21, 2015

    B. RESA 7- Dr. William Simmons


VII. SUPERINTENDENT’S INFORMATION

    A. Monthly Financial Report

    B. Financial Statement

    C. Accounts Payable

    D. Curriculum & Summer School

    E. Strategic Plan Meeting


The next Regular Board Meeting is Monday, September 21, 2015.


VIII. ADJOURNMENT

08.17.2015
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How much money has been spent on the new schools at Linn and in Gilmer?
How much money has been sent out of county?
Why is delegation threatened with lawyers on the sign in sheet and only allowed 3 minutes?
Who really asked to move the office to MH?
How many home schooled students right now?
What is happening with our school buildings?
How did our schools fair on the achievement tests?
Who is working at our schools?
Who sets the policies for our schools?

By Inquiring Minds Want To Know  on  08.17.2015

Those who believe that Gilmer County’s residents are too naive to be onto what has happened with intervention have bad news coming at them.

When there is a lack of openness about how public money is spent that always promotes suspicion that something irregular occurred by bureaucrats who solemnly preach about looking out for the public.

The list by “MINDS” will be added to and eventually all facts will be exposed. One example to add is the QZAB bond money issue

Back to when RB was here after intervention the $1,000,000 QZAB bond money was known about by local people.

Citizens have not approved the QZAB debt for the County and the WVDE has had dictatorial say about all school system finances.

Another case of an expectation for us to simply trust Charleston’s bureaucrats in spending our money.

Charleston has no true basis to claim that is it out of the loop for the QZAB decision. The details will go to several top officials including Daniel and Martirano.

The two individuals are blameless for Cedar Creek and how the decision was made to build the new school east of town.

They do know about the MH move and they know about QZAB to involve them whether they like it or not.

By Jeffrey Adkins  on  08.18.2015

Can’t you imagine tantrums thrown when those with money=political clout threaten to withhold their support or else?

Misused money and political clout have worked against WV education improvements for generations.

This is because the greedy have been a threat to innovation and accountability which are irreplaceable foundations of school system reform.

Keep serfs under-educated to keep them in positions to be taken advantage of including being part of a cheap labor force to enable greater accumulations of wealth by those who control economies.

What we achieved from the existing feudal system is the destructive dependency trap in assuming that the high and mighty will take care of us.

Many times they are only interested in fulfilling their financial interests and getting personal fame for their false generosity.

How often do we know of something being passed off as selfless charity when if you dig deeper the motive for appearances was linked to reaping selfish benefits?

By Keep Digging To Strike Paydirt  on  08.18.2015

Can’t say Daniel doesn’t have to take responsibility for MH lease. Heinlein was out the door and left that at her doorstep.  Ultimately the State BOE under Mr Green has the top spot influence.  What happens now is his baby. He’ll be guided by Gayle since she’s still around until November. 

QZAB debt??? A joke since there was plenty of money to pay what they said the county had to pay as their part for a new school in the beginning.  All wasted by political posturing and glory hounding. Pretty sure who to thank for that.

Thank the Gilmer President Simmons.  He told us tale after tale about what the state was doing and how he was going to fix it.  From what we watched in the last video he has another CUBIE in the wings.  We’ll not fall for the BS again BS.A lot of good county folk know who really works for us and it’s not your brand we’re buying anymore.

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G-Eye™: Gilmer County Board of Education Monthly Meeting Report - 07.20.15

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REGULAR MEETING REPORT
Gilmer County Board of Education
Gilmer County High School
Monday, July 20, 2015 – 6:00 PM

I. CALL TO ORDER - Roll Call by President


II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE


III. DELEGATIONS


IV. CONSENT AGENDA - Board Action

        A.  Minutes: June 01, 2015 (Special Meeting)

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CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm by President, Dr. Williams Simmons.


ROLL CALL

Members present: Tom Ratliff, Dr. William Simmons, Carl Armour, Norma Hurley, Misty Pritt and Gabriel J. Devono, Secretary.

Others Present: Nasia Butcher, Phyllis Starkey and David Ramezan


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Carl Armour led the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance.


DELEGATIONS

Phyllis Starkey


CONSENT AGENDA

A motion was made by Norma Hurley and seconded by Tom Ratliff to approve items A, B, C, D, E, and G. Motion passed 3-2 with Carl Armour and Norma Hurley voting against. There were no Volunteers listed for approval under item F.


NEW BUSINESS

Legal counsel was unable to attend to discuss the real estate matter.


SUPERINTENDENT’S INFORMATION

Joe Frashure, Maintenance Director provided an in-service to board members on the subject of Preventive Maintenance.


BOARD REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW-UP ACTION

Carl Armour reported on the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center meeting of May 19, 2015.

Dr. William Simmons reported on RESA 7.


ADJOURNMENT

A motion was made by Norma Hurley and seconded by Misty Pritt to adjourn the meeting at 7:10 p.m.

Motion passed 5-0.
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        B.  Student Transfers

        C.  School Volunteers

        D.  Field Trips

        E.  Policies

        F.  Curriculum


V. NEW BUSINESS


VI. REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW UP (INFORMATION)

        A.  CGCC-Dr. Carl Armour – June 16, 2015

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Calhoun-Gilmer Administrative Council Official Minutes June 16, 2015

Members Present:

Mr. Timothy Woodward, Presiding

Mr. Rick Gillman, State Dept.

Mrs. Jenna Jett, Calhoun

Dr. Carl Armour, Gilmer Absent: Mr. Devono

Mr. Bryan P. Sterns, Secretary

Mrs. Darlene Smithson, Proxy for Mr. Devono

Others Present:

Mrs. Lisa Moore


ITEMS-Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Mr. Woodward at 11:02 a.m. ITEM II Agenda Adjustments

Mr. Sterns presented Council with a copy of CGCC student handbook that is being prepared for print for the 2015-16 School Year.


ITEM II-Delegations

None


ITEM III - Approval of Minutes

The minutes of May 19, 2015 were presented for approval. Mrs. Jett moved to approve the minutes as presented; second by Mr. Gillman. Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous.


ITEM IV-Reports

1. Option Pathway Final Report - Mr. Sterns presented council members with a final statistical report of the Option Pathway program. All members were very complimentary of the program and its apparent success for our students.

2. Articulated Credit Opportunity with WVU-P (Robotics) - Council members were made aware that representatives from WVU-P had visited the CGCC and met with Mr. Sterns and Mr. McCormick about being able to offer our students possible college credits. No final agreement was available at the time of this meeting, but Mr. Sterns assured council that it would be forthcoming and he would keep them updated.

3. CTE Performance Review - Mr. Sterns informed Council of the findings of a CTE Performance Review. The letter outlined findings of Best Practices, Commendations, and Deficiencies.

ITEM V- New Business

ABC&D Financial Matters: The list of bills, an additional list of bills, the financial statement, budget supplements and transfers, and a request for approval of budget supplements/transfers and payment of additional bills through June 30th were presented for approval, . Dr. Armour moved to approve all financial items A through D. Seconded by Jenna Jett. Motion carried and vote was unanimous.

E. CGCC Individual School Financial Report: The May report was presented.  Mr. Gillman moved to approve as presented, seconded by Dr. Armour. Motion carried, vote unanimous.

F. Contract for Calhoun CSBO for preparation of CGCC Annual Financial Statement: The council moved to approve the agreement with Mr. Dan Minney and CGCC for the preparation of the annual financial
statement for fiscal year 2014-2015 for $3,000 annually.  Motion made by Jenna Jett, seconded by Dr. Armour. Motion carried and vote was unanimous.

G. Personnel: Mr. Sterns asked for council’s approval to post the Adult Basic Education Instruction Part-time position.  Mrs. Jett made the motion to approve such posting, seconded by Mr. Gillman. Motion passed with a unanimous vote. Mr. Sterns informed council that he will repost for the Math position. He only had one resume turned in from the previous posting and no applications.

H. General Discussion: Special Education Services: Mr. Sterns informed Council that Gilmer will continue to provide services by sending Mrs. Smithson one day a week. He asked that if Calhoun could provide the same opportunity for students that they consider it. Mr. Woodward stated that he had a discussion with the new High School Principal about such service. If it can be worked out in the schedule, they will be more than willing to send someone. Simulated Workplace Drug Testing Policy: In regards to the Superintendent’s’ questions about legal ramifications of the drug testing policy of Simulated Workplace, Mr. Sterns informed council that he had addressed those concerns with the State Department. In response, Dr. D’Antoni will be speaking at the Superintendents’ Conference the latter part of this month. Mr. Sterns is in hopes that all questions can be addressed at that time. Substitute Custodian: Mr. Sterns asked council for direction on hiring a substitute custodian in the event of an extended absence of one of CGCC’s current custodians. Council advised that Mr. Sterns could prepare a posting for a substitute custodian for the facility and bring it before council.

ITEM VI - Adjournment and Scheduling of Next Meeting

With no further business occurring, the meeting was adjourned at 12:05 p.m. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Administrative Council will be Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.
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        B. RESA 7- Dr. William Simmons

        C. Clarification of Assignments, Roles & Responsibilities of individual board members - request by Carl Armour

        D. Truancy-request by Carl Armour


VII. SUPERINTENDENT’S INFORMATION

        A. Monthly Financial Report

        B. Financial Statement

        C. Accounts Payable

        D. Curriculum

        E. 2015-2016 Board Meeting dates


The next Regular Board Meeting is Monday, August 17, 2015


VIII. ADJOURNMENT

08.13.2015
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I have tried to watch this video, but Mr. Ratliff and his pen clicking was SO annoying and disrespectful!  I have also noticed that neither Mr. Ratliff or Ms. Pritt seem to ever have anything to say at these meetings. If they are so disinterested, why don’t the give up their seats to people who DO care and are willing to actually participate?

By Annoyed  on  08.13.2015

Mrs Starkey asked at the last board meeting, on video, about allotted time for delegation.
That meeting it was 3 to 5 minutes announced by Simmons.

This meeting Simmons announces 3 minutes.  There was NO DISCUSSION during the last meeting about a change to 3 minutes.

Is Simmons single handedly doing this?
Without any discussion with the other members?
Did the other board members meet with him and approve this?
Is this Mr Devano’s doings?
Or Charleston?

This is just plain rotten to see this happening.

Like watching adults playing the kids game: “its my ball play it my way or I’ll take my ball and go home’.

Shameful representation by people who refer to themselves as professionals.

By Mrs Starkey WAS right.  on  08.13.2015

“legal counsel unable to attend”

We know better than that.  So busy couldn’t set a date a month ahead?  lmao

Citizens are tired of Devano, Simmons, and their WVBOE continual patronizing.

They simply show their total lack of respect for everyone.

Just like the gray-headed-blonde…

By want respect? then earn it!  on  08.13.2015

Every decision made is the product of a Devono/Simmons collaboration as their own shameless display of self importance. That attitude serves only to reveal their insecurities and lack of knowledge.

Board members repeatedly asking for basic information and receive no answer. Delegation speakers are treated the same.  That is both disrespectful and disgraceful conduct on leaderships part.

Simmons reverted to the same 3 minute policy the board voted a couple of months ago on video to bring forward for discussion.  It has not reappeared.There’s been no vote and it is very safe to say no collaboration with any other board member. He and Devono decided that. Isn’t the President responsible for the agenda?

Until the State BOE returns this county to local control with a qualified, board selected Superintendent there will be no improvement and any member of the Gilmer BOE who tries to do a good job will continue getting the run around.

By Stop Forced Intervention  on  08.14.2015

So why did WR, a died in the wool CUBIE, bring a puppet to the meeting? Lost the taste for blood or just personal accountability? Heard she told him he did a good job and said just what they wanted him to.  Amazing what a man will do to keep his wife’s job. He should have taken GAbe Devono’s invitation. Another set up that fails.

By T Forester  on  08.14.2015

Remember who sits at the top in Charleston. It is Dr. Martirano who knows about the MH move. Dr. Daniel to whom Gabe reports knows too and approval for the move came from down there.

The MH move was a bad financial decision based on raw politics with nothing to do with improving the school system.

Terms of the lease are being kept secret from the public which is standard procedure in dictatorships.

It is a sad commentary when the County’s education money is used to placate the County’s greedy who make decisions without any consideration of what is best for children.

No wonder WV is down at the bottom with its education system and there is overwhelming discontent with Common Core under Charleston’s mismanagement.

By Evert McCord  on  08.14.2015

If a few clicks of a pen so annoy you, then apparently it doesn’t take to much to annoy you. Mr. [Ramsey - Not relevant - Changed to Ratliff - GFP] Ratliff and Ms. Pritt know full well that a dysfunctional, disruptive board will only serve for the state to have it’s tentacles in the county system for another 8 years.

By Retired Ed  on  08.14.2015

The delegation message WR sponsored was interpreted as a stern warning to the Board to do exactly what Gabe wants or the GUBIES will regroup to take revenge.

They should be happy with getting their way with the new school in the flood zone, riffing on the way, and the cruel long hauls to and from school for the small children.

Martirano and Daniel probably have heard from the CUBIES already to get instructions to follow.

By Norman Kyle  on  08.14.2015

My most humblest of apologies to Mr. Ratliff for getting his name wrong.

By Retired Ed  on  08.14.2015

Don’t discount Mrs. Pritt’s years of hard work for the Normantown kids. She does a lot of nice things for all of the students.  It must be exasperating to deal with the state superintendent run around after having the experience of working with a real Board President and an at will Super.
 
When it comes to Mr. Ratliff & Simmons, you are absolutely right.

By We Have Not Forgotten  on  08.14.2015

The high paid legal counsel probably saw enough of the State’s irregularities citizens know about and they do not want to risk ruining their firm’s reputation so they are staying away from Gilmer County.

By Warren K. Peale  on  08.14.2015

The GFP corrected my mistake, so no apology was necessary. The GFP does a super job in getting both sides of the issue out, and not just the rumor and innuendos about secret meetings and dump sites.

By Retired Ed  on  08.14.2015

The CUBIE faction interfered with BOE goals and functions to cause the mess for Gilmer County. A group believing they were superior wanted things their way. They showed themselves at prior BOE meetings in a very uncivilized manner and this is nothing new. Believe the police had to come didn’t they?

They didn’t know what they were asking for and now want to whine.
Seems they confuse respect with fear but are finding out many Gilmer citizens are not afraid to insist on the right to have their children educated in the county they pay education taxes to, no matter who says differently. You know, the county they live and built their family in?  Some call that home. Refusing to be bullied into a situation that does not serve their children they are to be commended.

As to those who would kneel down to the power mongers for glory?  Those trying to make a silk purse out of the inter-county sow’s ear at phenomenal expense to Gilmer county? The ones who are just ok with building on a known flood plain and have no objection to throwing good money after bad as long as they prove the point that they get their way?

By Gilmer Should Have Had 2 1/2 Schools  on  08.15.2015

The tragedy of what happened with the State in charge of Gilmer County’s schools deserves national attention.

It would be informative to the nation to learn what happened when a local school system and its money were seized by the State for political reasons to purposely end local checks and balances.

The County’s money was wasted, noteworthy improvements were not made to improve student learning with 4 years of State control, and to satisfy those who control WV’s Legislators and timid WVDOE officials a new school is being built in a zone along a river that floods.

Among other examples of mismanagement the State decided to move the school board office to a much more expensive location to use school money to fund the County Commission that is in financial trouble!

What happened in Gilmer County says volumes for what happens when a dictatorship has total control of how a local school system is run.

West Virginia is in bad trouble and proof of the degree of our plight is the fact that the State’s school system under the present set up with the WVDOE in charge is one of the worst in the USA.

Things look bleak for WV’s education future while the WVDOE is imposing another layer of dictatorial power in administering Common Core.

WV Legislators, where are you when we need you?

By R. F. Bush  on  08.15.2015

Gilmer County’s regular families deserve equal treatment for their kids who get in trouble at school.

When a kid does something serious the first question asked by one CUBIE member in charge is who is the kid’s family?

That is why you never hear about kids from clout families being disciplined the way those from other families are dealt with.

Citizens ask Dr. Cynthia Daniel, a new WV Dept. of Education administrator who works with counties, to apply her authority to end the special treatment.

We must have discipline in our schools, but it is being administered unfairly for families outside Gilmer’s elite inner circle.

By Mack Andrews  on  08.15.2015

Equity in education does not exist within certain areas because it is dependent on fairness and inclusion.  No one student’s personal condition should interfere with their potential for academic success and the same comprehensive standards should apply to everyone.

The quality of a child’s level of education is directly linked to the quality of life the they will live in the future.  This nonsense of our educational system broken down by socioeconomic standing, race, gender and disability must change.

No matter what the self appointed elite may say.

By Every Gilmer County Child Deserve Better  on  08.15.2015

Saw the strategic plan on Gabe’s agenda. Never a mention of those who wrote the plan.

The community hears that CUBIES were well represented who controlled the grand design of where we are now.

You see what that got us with the chaos, secrecy, and mismanagement over the past four years with the State in absolute control.

What happened to valid community representation for Dr. Martirano’s pillar in his highly touted new way of doing business by the WV Dept of Ed?

Just more political rhetoric from Charleston with Gilmer County’s small cadre of puppet masters still in solid control to keep serfs firmly in check.

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“Every School Day Matters!!”

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As kindergarten through 12th grade students return to the classrooms on Thursday, August 13, 2015, we want to welcome our students, parents, and school staff members to a great year.

There are plans being made throughout our community to add more support for our students’ success, including the need to attend school because “every school day matters!!”

Community team efforts are being set in place to encourage school attendance, parent engagement activities, Title I countywide events, team building activities and student leadership initiatives.

We want our students to know that they are important and their education is important; therefore “every school day matters!”

Welcome back to school Gilmer County!

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G-Eye™: Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting Report - 06.15.15

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REGULAR MEETING REPORT
Gilmer County Board of Education
Gilmer County High School
Monday, June 15, 2015 – 6:00 PM

I. CALL TO ORDER - Roll Call by President

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 PM by President, Dr. Williams Simmons.

Members present: Dr. William Simmons, Tom Ratliff, Dr. Carl Armour, Misty Pritt, Norma Hurley and Gabriel J. Devono, Secretary.

Others Present: Nasia Butcher, Phyllis Starkey and Dave Ramezan


II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Dr. Carl Armour led the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance.


III. DELEGATIONS

Phyllis Starkey


IV. CONSENT AGENDA

        A. Minutes: May 12,14,18, and June 01, 2015 (Regular & Special) 

        B. Budget Supplements & Transfers

        C.  Financial Statement/Treasurer’s Report

        D.  Accounts Payable

        E.  Student Transfers

        F.  School Volunteers

        G.  Field Trips

A list of invoices is available for review in the Central Office.

A motion was made by Norma Hurley and seconded by Tom Ratliff to approve items A, B, C, D, E, and G. Motion passed 3-2 with Dr. Carl Armour and Norma Hurley voting against. There were no Volunteers listed for approval under item F.


V. NEW BUSINESS

        A. Discussion with legal counsel regarding real estate: (Item may require executive session pursuant to WV Code 6-9A-4 (9))


VI. SUPERINTENDENT’S INFORMATION/ACTION

        A. Preventive Maintenance-Joe Frashure

Joe Frashure, Maintenance Director provided an in-service to board members on the subject of Preventive Maintenance.


VII. REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW-UP ACTION

        A.  CGCC-  Dr. Carl Armour – May 19, 2015

Dr. Carl Armour reported on the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center meeting of May 19, 2015.

        B. RESA 7- Dr. William Simmons

Dr. William Simmons reported on RESA 7.

        C. Plan for Gilmer CGCC Students to take remedial training in English/Reading and Math.- Request by Dr. Carl Armour

        D. Emergency Preparedness Plan for Gilmer County Elementary School-request by Dr.Carl Armour

        E. Truancy-request by Dr.Carl Armour


VIII. ADJOURNMENT

 

Look for July 20, 2015’s Meeting Report on Thursday, August 13, 2015

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Mr Devono has said he will get back to the board members with answers to their questions since July 2013.  Never in that recorded history has he brought a response back to the table. That would explain why the same questions are asked time and again.

He has no intention of responding. beyond trying to take conversations in circles. Surely the State Board of Education can observe that or is this their choice of how to keep the public in the darK?

By Makes Us Dizzy  on  08.10.2015

Board member asked to have truancy put on the agenda how many times? Superintendent asks that Board member to give him the answer?  What is wrong with state intervention?  Just about everything you can think of.  It is not designed to improve a system.  It is designed to spend its money with no accountability and without questions.

We hear this Heinlein replacement Ms. Daniel is going to fix things for MIchael Martirano.  Seen any sign of it?

It is easy to see the waters are troubled here after the June 1 storm. Neither Gabe Devono nor B Simmons have the stomach for heavy seas.

By C J Moore  on  08.10.2015

Gabe what do you mean you don’t know anything about or have anything to do with the Career Center?? Aren’t you our Superintendent representing the Board along with Armour?  Aren’t our students attending that center?

You seem determined to try to show anything a Gilmer BOE member says is wrong while it’s plain to you don’t know what you’re talking about at all!

Why won’t you listen to our Board members other than Bill Simmons??? They are a lot smarter than you seem to think.

We know you don’t do anything alone. Saw you & Bill standing at the Jim Justice fund raiser on 33 in the paper. Have you both done enough wrong to be afraid to travel alone now?

The Board of Ed isn’t supposed to be political but guess that’s not true in the case of important people like you or just anybody that agree with all you say and do.

Too bad you don’t seem to know the truth to tell it.

By Stop Forced Intervention  on  08.10.2015

Why didn’t the legal counsel show up?  Remember back in May the Board voted to pay them $1500 minimum for a title search for the school buildings? Did they get a written opinion for the money? No sign from this agenda. Will it happen in the next one?

Tell us Captain Devono?  Who is that group of citizens you say will tell the board when they decide where the county is going?  Was there a different election nobody told us about?

How did you get involved with the group?  Is your rent from the board members family being paid like ET’s or are you getting a discount?

By Your Ship Is Sinking Devono  on  08.10.2015

If I were a Superintendent getting $130,000 a year, put in total charge of millions of dollars, I think I’d want to show I knew where it was being spent. I was on top of it.

By Not This Guy  on  08.10.2015

The manner in which your Gilmer County Board of Ed members are being treated is disgraceful!  Do any of you understand how lucky you are they come to meetings at all?  Why should they? Good questions are being asked about truancy, achievement, finance, discipline, audits and so on. It is absolutely amazing some keep asking when they know all they’ll get is the run around. Their concerns are pushed aside, ignored or worse pooh poohed by a Superintendent who obviously doesn’t have a clue what he’s saying. Why would anyone put up with that if they didn’t care about the students?
If your Superintendent’s brain worked as fast as he can drum is fingers you’d really have something there. The man says he doesn’t have anything to do with your Career Center. He isn’t able to answer a question not asked in advance?  Really?  The President actually stares into space and ignores Board member motions appears he is refusing to ask for a second? What version of Roberts Rules has he read? Seriously, does the man have a hearing problem? He seems to hear the Secretary Superintendent whispers plain enough. On what planet is this good procedure?
WV Board of Education needs to educate itself on what is happening at these meetings.  They need to watch some videos.  They need to intervene on their own appointee. Or is it their goal to drive people who really care out the door?

By Mr. Martirano Where Are You?  on  08.10.2015

Mrs. Starkey sure gets it!
She sees straight through Devano and Simmons both!
It was a pleasure to watch her in action!
Thank you Mrs. Starkey!

The only ones who don’t get it, are those Charleston Board of Education handlers.

They just keep traveling the same old path with failed intervention policy, their poor superintendent choices, their repeated inability to manage and oversee their responsibilities.

By Mrs. Starkey Rocks!  on  08.11.2015

Mr. Devono stated that he is working with a select few in the County to determine where education here is going.

That suggests that he is taking full advantage of protection he has from that small group of individuals who consider themselves to be experts on everything.

Do what they say, keep information secret from the public, coverup, ignore the elected board of education, and do exactly as told by the small select group.

When needed the small group with its political clout (let that read politic campaign money)can intervene with Charleston to protect Mr. Devono.

The best that could happen would be for Mr. Devono to be replaced immediately by a skilled and highly respected school system administrator.

Next, a new president should be elected by the Gilmer County Board of Education to give us a fresh start.

By Peter Wilkins  on  08.11.2015

Mrs. Starkey who asks questions the State does not want to answer is doing an outstanding job in showing that the king has no clothes.

Thank you Mrs. Starkey for having the courage and the commitment to Gilmer County’s children to try to give them better lives.

We need a hundred more citizens like Mrs. Starkey to pack the board meeting room.

When our education matriarch is treated with disrespect the State keeps digging its hole deeper.

By Elmer A. Jackson  on  08.11.2015

Contract renewed.  Someone hollered - Yea.
That is likely the only -yea- heard in GC?

Except the board member whose family in Mr. Devanos’ landlord.

By I heard it.  on  08.11.2015

We know state appointed superintendent Devano has stated he is ‘working with a select few’ on the direction of education in GC!

This is so, so, so wrong!
Is this Devano’s idea?
Direction from Dr. Martirano in Charleston?

This what former Governor Manchin, Governor Tomblin, and recent WVBE president Gayle Manchin has set in play for GC.

They all are owners of this situation.

By we know  on  08.11.2015

Look at the GFP’s videos on file.

Anyone who asks about accountability for spent money, following of statures, rules, and policy,  personnel, finances in general, student achievement, truancy, and other issues is labeled by the State as a trouble maker.

It is obvious that any semblance of local checks and balances is not tolerated by the totalitarian regime in charge.

This is why some board members simply sit there to refrain from saying anything controversial to the State.

Dr. Martirano and Dr. Daniel, have you viewed the videos? You have the authority to straighten out the outrageous conduct so Gilmer County’s board will be permitted to do the jobs citizens elected them to do.

By Burl McCall  on  08.11.2015

Look what is attempting to operate our state induced, broken school system.

In plain sight and easy understanding, the vote on minutes, the president is asking for a motion to approve the minutes.

This is taking place *after* it was all ready motioned as well as seconded.  The *discussion*... was *over*...... and the president was then again, asking for a motion?  Geeze.

What makes it even worse, the state appointed superintendent had to tell him, you all ready have the motion.  Double Geeze.

The same state appointed, no experience superintendent, who states here, its *ok* to vote in executive session.

And Charleston is worried about truancy?

By Gilmer Deserves Better!  on  08.11.2015

Superintendent Devano, when questioned about Gilmer being on the ‘fund balance watch list’ simply blew it off as no big deal.

Well, the state put Gilmer on that list for a reason.  Superintendent Blankenship spent a LOT of your tax dollars with no oversight or accountability from Charleston BOE.

Was very nice that Mrs. Hurley was able to explain that to Mr. Devano.

Now he can check into it and get back to her.

By J.Morris  on  08.11.2015

Questions about truancy were blown off too. That is standard procedure during intervention for anything which looks bad for the State.

We must go directly to Dr. Martirano and Dr. Daniel to try to get school system information and to get their help to end intervention mismanagement problems in Gilmer County.

They are the top WVDOE officials to hold accountable.

Senator Cole would be interested in hearing about trouble we are having as he gears up for his upcoming push in the WV Legislature.

If the WVDOE can’t run a tiny school system like Gilmer’s why should anyone have faith that it knows what it is doing with Common Core throughout WV?

By Elmer Gross  on  08.12.2015

There has been reference to the State taking out a $1,000,000 bond loan for Gilmer to pay off for schools system debt without citizens having any say.

No word about who the person was to commit the County to the debt, and what we will get for the money.

With this type of dictatorial treatment by the WVBOE no secret that Gilmer County people are outraged!

More cannon fodder to use against Common Core by those who do not have faith in Charleston running education.

Dr. Daniel should explain details about the loan.

By Ash Caldwell  on  08.12.2015

One accomplishment the WVBOE made is to permanently debunk the myth in WV that only those with advanced education degrees should be permitted to administer education systems.

The continual intervention chaos in Gilmer County proves that applicants in about any field of study should be qualified for education administrative jobs if they have done well with prior administration positions.

Can’t you imagine how a CEO from a Fortune 500 company would get us rolling?

The first move would be to fire most of the staff and administrators employed by the WVBOE. That would free up vast sums of money for classrooms to include increasing teacher’s pay.

By Frank Styles  on  08.12.2015

Word is out the Dr. Cindy Daniel from the WVDOE may come here to meet with individual school board members.

That would be a good move for her to get the straight scoop provided that she does not fall victim to the small select group Gabe said is determining the future of education in the County.

Gabe told that a Charleston emissary already sampled one person referred to as “someone on main street” citizens know as a charter member of the CUBIES.

Gilmer County would be fair to Dr. Daniel if she comes here for legitimate fact finding.

By Ozzie Belmont  on  08.12.2015

Common Core test scores are out to be another disaster for WV.

The WVDOE Charleston spin machine will be running full blast to minimize the news to explains why it is alright that our kids can’t read and do math in spite of the fact that WV is among the highest in student spending.

The results are a prime example of throwing money at problems does not automatically result in solutions.

The entire K-12 education system needs revamped by getting more control back to the local level.

By Wayne Roberts  on  08.13.2015

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Gilmer County Board of Education Monthly Meeting - 07.20.15 - Today

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AGENDA
REGULAR MEETING
Gilmer County Board of Education
Gilmer County High School
Monday, July 20, 2015 – 6:00 PM

I. CALL TO ORDER - Roll Call by President


II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE


III. DELEGATIONS


IV. CONSENT AGENDA - Board Action

        A.  Minutes: June 01, 2015 (Special Meeting)

        B.  Student Transfers

        C.  School Volunteers

        D.  Field Trips

        E.  Policies

        F.  Curriculum


V. NEW BUSINESS


VI. REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW UP (INFORMATION)

        A.  CGCC-Dr. Carl Armour – June 16, 2015

        B. RESA 7- Dr. William Simmons

        C. Clarification of Assignments, Roles & Responsibilities of individual board members - request by Carl Armour

        D. Truancy-request by Carl Armour


VII. SUPERINTENDENT’S INFORMATION
        A. Monthly Financial Report

        B. Financial Statement

        C. Accounts Payable

        D. Curriculum

        E. 2015-2016 Board Meeting dates


The next Regular Board Meeting is Monday, August 17, 2015


VIII. ADJOURNMENT

GILMER COUNTY INTERVENTION STATUS‏

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AT THE JULY 08, 2015 MEETING WEST VIRGINIA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION ENTERED EXECUTIVE SESSION AFTERWARDS RETURNING TO REGULAR SESSION TAKING NO ACTION.

SUSAN O’BRIAN OEPA DIRECTOR THEN CAME BEFORE THE BOARD MAKING THREE RECOMMENDATIONS:


1.  AMEND THE GILMER COUNTY MOU’S CONTROL OF FINANCE.


2.  GILMER COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT GABRIEL DEVONO WILL COME BEFORE THE STATE BOARD TO PROVIDE PERIODIC STATUS REPORTS.


3.  FULL OEPA REVIEW OF GILMER COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION WILL BE DELAYED UNTIL AFTER THE 6TH MONTH STATUS REPORT BY MR. DEVONO TO THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION.


WVBOE MOTION WAS MADE, DULY SECONDED AND PASSED BY UNANIMOUS VOTE TO APPROVE THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF OEPA DIRECTOR SUSAN. O’BRIAN REGARDING THE INTERVENTION STATUS OF GILMER COUNTY..

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PROPER DESTRUCTION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION RECORDS

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(July 08, 2015)

Submitted by Patricia A Lowther
Director of Special Programs
Gilmer County Schools

Policy 4350 is based on requirements of Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as amended. Requirements specific to records of identified exceptional students are incorporated into this policy.

Records must be maintained for 5 years following the student’s graduation. At that time, public notification shall inform parents/eligible students of timelines when personally identifiable information collected, maintained, or used is no longer needed to provide educational services to the student.

If notification is not received from the parent/eligible students requesting that the documentation be mailed to them, records will be destroyed in a timely fashion.

Any student who graduated in 2006, 2007, 2008, or 2009 from Gilmer County High School and received special education services while attending elementary or high schools (this includes the gifted program), may contact the Director of Special Programs at 304.462.7386 x 105 or 106, to make arrangements to pick up your file or have it mailed.

If notification has not been received at the Gilmer County Board of Education Office by Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 4:00 PM, then the 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 graduating class special education files will be destroyed. If you are aware of someone who graduated with this class whose records we may be holding, please notify them so they may contact our office before the deadline.

Gilmer County Residents Graduate from GSC

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GLENVILLE, WV—Ten Gilmer County students were awarded their degrees during the 141st Glenville State College Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 09, 2015.

The GSC Class of 2015 is made up of students who completed their degree requirements in May 2015 and who hail from throughout West Virginia, other states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, and Serbia.


    •  Keith A. Cummings of Glenville graduated with a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree.


    •  Samuel J. Dennison of Glenville graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with concentrations in Corrections and Law Enforcement.


    •  Meghan N. Luzader of Sand Fork graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science with a minor in Criminal Justice.


    •  Robert T. Nicholas of Glenville graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science with minors in Psychology and Sociology.


    •  Andrea E. Osborne of Glenville graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree in Elementary Education (K-6) and General Math-Algebra I Education (5-9).


    •  Jodie L. Parsons of Normantown graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree in Elementary Education (K-6) and Multi-Categorical Education (K-6).


    •  Heather C. Patterson of Glenville graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science with a minor in Studio Art.


    •  Amber D. Shackleford of Glenville graduated with a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree.


    •  Tiffany A. Tomey of Glenville graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphics & Digital Media.


    •  Ashley D. Woodford of Cox’s Mills graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in Accounting, Computer and Information Systems, and Management.


Founded in 1872, Glenville State College is a public liberal arts institution located in Glenville, West Virginia. The college offers many four-year degree programs and 13 NCAA Division II athletic teams.

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CommunityConcerns™: Aborted Gilmer County Special School Board Meeting on June 01, 2015

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Nothing in Gilmer County escapes public attention and news of the school board meeting demonstrates how information cannot be kept secret.

Here is THE CLEAN version of what happened:

Mr. Devono engaged two lawyers to attend the Gilmer County Board of Education Special Meeting.

After the meeting stalled one lawyer discussed the possibility of continuing by permitting the second lawyer who was there to report on what was learned from deeds for property at Glenville Elementary, Sand Fork Elementary, Troy Elementary, and Normantown Elementary Schools. The purpose related to options for disposing of the property.

One of the questions in need of answering was ownership of the land after a school is closed by the State. Specifically, would the land revert to ownership to the family who had donated it to the County for a school?

Prior to a decision on proceeding with the meeting Dr. Carl Armour suggested that someone in authority should be called to get instructions if the change for the meeting would be legally permissible.

His rationale pertained to the unusual circumstances. Instead of the second lawyer giving his report, the first lawyer called a person he identified as someone at the WV Ethics Commission.

The opinion given by the Charleston official was that the meeting should not proceed. There was an error in the published agenda with the entry that the board would make a decision on the board office being moved to the old Minnie Hamilton site.

Also, there is a provision in the West Virginia Open Government Proceedings Act (WVOGPA) that because the agenda was erroneous and a public notice was not filed with corrections within two business days of the meeting, continuing with the meeting would violate the Act.

After Mr. Devono heard the opinion from the Ethics Commission authority he ended the meeting.

Mr. Devono stated that the meeting would be rescheduled and he said later that the board office move issue would be on the agenda for the regular monthly meeting on June 15, 2015.

It was understood that had Gilmer County’s school board acted on Mr. Devono’s proposed move to the old Minnie Hamilton site that would have been inappropriate for local board to do in addition to reasons covered by the WVOGPA.

First, the board lacked authority to take any action whatsoever on anything related to facilities because of the WVBOE’s intervention restrictions.

Second, an action at the special meeting pertaining to an office move would have made the board vulnerable to criticism for exceeding its authority under the State’s intervention restrictions when a future WV Office of Education Performance Audits
would occur.

The special meeting had been called by Mr. Gabriel Devono.

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Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting - 06.15.15 - Today

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AGENDA
REGULAR MEETING
Gilmer County Board of Education
Gilmer County High School
Monday, June 15, 2015 – 6:00 PM

I. CALL TO ORDER - Roll Call by President


II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE


III. DELEGATIONS


IV. CONSENT AGENDA

        A. Minutes: May 12,14,18, and June 01, 2015 (Regular & Special) 

        B. Budget Supplements & Transfers

        C.  Financial Statement/Treasurer’s Report

        D.  Accounts Payable

        E.  Student Transfers

        F.  School Volunteers

        G.  Field Trips

A list of invoices is available for review in the Central Office.


V. NEW BUSINESS

        A. Discussion with legal counsel regarding real estate: (Item may require executive session pursuant to WV Code 6-9A-4 (9))


VI. SUPERINTENDENT’S INFORMATION/ACTION

        A. Preventive Maintenance-Joe Frashure


VII. REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW-UP ACTION


        A.  CGCC-  Dr. Carl Armour – May 19, 2015

        B. RESA 7- Dr. William Simmons

        C. Plan for Gilmer CGCC Students to take remedial training in English/Reading and Math.- Request by Dr. Carl Armour

        D. Emergency Preparedness Plan for Gilmer County Elementary School-request by Dr.Carl Armour

        E. Truancy-request by Dr.Carl Armour


VIII. ADJOURNMENT

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