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CommunityConcerns™: A Fresh Start Opportunity in Gilmer County

Mrs. Joe Manchin and Mr. David Sneed,
You Have A Fresh Start Opportunity in Gilmer County.

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The West Virginia School Building Authority’s change of direction is welcomed. Each of the SBA’s redirection approaches is an open admission that past administrative mismanagement practices occurred. The question is what will the WVBOE and the SBA do to reverse their bad decisions for Gilmer County while time remains?

Nothing can be done about past mistakes for school facilities already built and paid for throughout West Virginia, but in Gilmer County there is an opportunity to show leadership by halting the Hays City school project.

Mrs. Manchin and Mr.  Sneed, how about halting that project immediately? Through exercise of your authority there could be a fresh start to do the right thing.

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Would it be easy? Definitely not! It would require the formation of a new Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan committee in Gilmer County with membership representing the true cross-section of the community.

The SBA would have to provide an array of qualified experts to advise and lead the committee. It would be necessary to comply with West Virginia’s Open Meeting laws, and accurate records would have to be kept to maintain transparency. Involvement of the SBA with a fresh start would be a unique opportunity for it to use Gilmer County to develop a model approach for application throughout WV when school facilities decisions are made.

There would be a host of variables to consider for a fresh start including population projections for Gilmer County to include estimates of K-12 students to accommodate in the future. The economics of energy use options would have to be studied, and there would have to be a site selection process to guarantee that alternate sites were considered including those available through use of eminent domain if necessary.

 

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Sordid details of what happened to get Gilmer County to where it is today with the Hays City project could be profited from as lessons learned to design a   facilities study for the SBA to head. One factor that should not be considered is money lost by the WVBOE and the SBA for their prior decisions in Gilmer County. Those costs should be written off by the State and the County should not be penalized for them.

One essential facet to study would be minimizing adverse impacts of facilities decisions on rural communities in the County. Prior to making final decisions for facilities it would be necessary to determine approaches for dealing with adverse social and economic impacts from bussing small children and older students to and from school locations.

 

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One topic kept under wraps from the County is how much discretionary money will be made available from shutting down the Troy Elementary School? Would this new pool of money make it possible to have options including repairing existing faculties instead of vacating them and consolidating?

If an objective facilities study were to be done with valid justifications to indicate that the Hays City site is the best choice to include protecting the health and safety of children, citizens would accept the decision.

Presently, citizens do not have confidence in the State’s decision that the Hays City site is the best overall option for the County’s children, and they resent how the decision was made. The prevailing opinion is that Hays City was chosen to enable the SBA and the WVBOE to recover from mismanagement decisions for the failed Cedar Creek Elementary School project.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has the power to attend to this Gilmer County crisis with one telephone call. He presides over the SBA, he appointed Mr. David Sneed to administer the agency, and he appoints the WVBOE’s members.

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There is still time to do the right thing for Gilmer County. One school on the Hays City site is not the answer.It never was.

By Paulser  on  04.07.2015

The key element for getting the needed change for our children is for Gilmer County’s citizens to rise up to let Charleston hear their loud cries for justice.

Sitting back and expecting a limited few in the County to fight battles with Charleston won’t work.

The WVBOE assumes that most people in the County don’t have enough interest in what happens and that empowers the group to pursue its selfish agenda.

The result is that citizen inaction permits a minority in the County to control the majority which won’t stand up to make its voice heard.

Who suffers? Our children, of course. Who benefits? Those on the receiving end of the money as usual.

Cronyism and raw politics stiffle the County.

By Political Watcher  on  04.07.2015

This is something the WVBOE does not want Gilmer County to know.

There is an article in today’s Gazette about Kanawha County’s board of education raising their superintendents pay to nearly $160,000 a year.

Kanawha County has 28,0000 students and many schools so Mr. Ron Duerring, its superintendent, has a demanding job.

Compare this to Gilmer County. It has 900 students.

Mr. Gabriel Devono with his base pay, benefits, travel expenses, perks, and the future boost with his annual State retirement pay may be getting close to Kanawha County’s superintendent who was selected by a local school board.

Not bad, Mr. Devono, for getting a scandalously high paying job for the number of students in the County with no experience as a superintendent and getting payed for on-the-job training to boot.

Now wonder that when the WVBOE appoints its superintendents when intervention occurs, they want to hang around long as they can to lap up the gravy.

By Phil Larimer---Roane  on  04.07.2015

Just looked up how many Kanawha County schools Mr. Duerring administers. The best I can tell there are 8 high schools, 13 middle schools, 44 elementary schools, and 4 career and technical schools. How does that make Mr. Devono’s job in Gilmer County look?

By Higgins  on  04.07.2015

All of years experience gave Mr. Sneed the insight to say smaller schools were the national trend when he came up as Director of the SBA. Nothing in that experience has enabled him to stand up to the Manchin BOE.

The Cedar Creek land check has been cashed and the Hays City deal promised.  The state board doesn’t have the decency to admit the takeover of Gilmer was political nor the courage to make any change toward meeting the needs of the students.

They would rather rot in H*LL than to say they were wrong about anything.

By Likely They Will  on  04.07.2015

AT 1:30 pm today the bidding stopped for the Hays City school.  Gabe Devono should be opening them up and dancing a jig anytime now!  Believe the man thinks all that money he is spending is his.  Who it really belonged to never crosses his mind?

By Normantown  on  04.07.2015

GC had little if any input into the Linn school.
We did spend 100’s of thousands of our tax dollars to build in it in Lewis county.
Our payback is the sewage plant on GC lands.
We get it.  We got it.

By chit end of the stick  on  04.07.2015

Speaking to the amount paid by the state board to APPOINTED superintendents it is my understanding that ALL intervened county supers receive the SAME pay.When I asked a former super in an intervened county what rationale was used, his answer—to help defray moving expenses and cost of living!
Well, well, guess what, the past two appointed supers in my county were both born and have lived in this county as long as life has enabled them to do so. No, not exactly. The first one has retired to someplace called Hilton Head. And speaking of Kanawha, a few years ago, some smaller but intervened county supers were paid more than Kanawha`s superintendent.

By Me Again.  on  04.07.2015

Heard about your costly new computer deal. In our county the super would have come to the board to present a solid case of why new computers should be purchased as a top priority in the county.

He would have laid out exactly what would be done to accurately measure if the computers would achieved the intended purpose of student achievement.

Finally, he would have designated who would be held accountable for performing before and after comparisons of student achievement trackable to benefits from the new computers.

If business is not done that way we found that emotions of the minute often result in costly decisions followed by buyers remorse with claims from citizens that their money was wasted.

By Ned Ballard  on  04.08.2015

Numerous times there have been comments about the question of whether or not we are any better off after intervention and we know that our board members have asked that question too.

Finances and personnel are mentioned most. If Gabriel Devono had good news he would be broadcasting it to the world. Most people believe that we are far worse off than before intervention.

Why does the State systematically withhold information if it does not have anything to hide and it wants to have smooth relations with the school board and regular citizens of Gilmer County?

Consider personnel for an example. All personnel decisions were removed from the board.

Why would it not be good management for Mr. Devono to at least brief the board about the status of personnel? People hear that at least one half of the original school system employees are gone with intervention.

Didn’t Mr. Blankenship have informational agenda items so he could brief the board on important issues out of common courtesy?

It appears that Mr. Devono does not want regular people in the County to know what is going on.

The other explanation is that it appears that he wants to demean board members by rubbing it into their faces that he lords power over them.

By B. Black  on  04.08.2015

Chit, a sewage plant for Gilmer County? What your reported is one more reason for need of a forensic accountant to document how much of Gilmer County’s money was spent, what was purchased, and who got the money for the entire intervention period.

Information for the Linn school and most everything else has been kept secret by the State. The County’s money for a no-bid architect was spent at Linn?

By S. Bates  on  04.08.2015

Mr. Devono, which county pays for annual operations of the sewage plant, how much did the land cost, whose land was it, which county paid to build the plant, and what was the construction cost of the plant?

By More Out Ot The Woodwork  on  04.08.2015

Why build a sewage plant?
Web search will show you the Linn School sits atop an area honeycombed with coal mine tunnels.
Could have just run the poop into tunnels for reinforcement to prevent the school settling into the mines.
Has anyone discussed lack of building oversight?

By dirty end of the stick  on  04.08.2015

Dr. Martirano and Mr. Charles Heinlein, who makes the decision for an item to get on Gilmer County’s monthly board meeting agenda?

It is unclear to citizens. When we ask a board member we are told that they are not sure either because they are informed that everything must have Charleston’s approval.

Does Mr. Devono screen out what he sends to Charleston after he gets agenda recommendations from board members and others or does he and the board’s president do it together to send their results to Charleston?

Citizens suspect that too much is blamed on Charleston when all agenda decisions are actually made locally with claims that “Charleston did it” as cop outs.

By Any Reason There Is No Trust?  on  04.08.2015

Those of us who have worked and lived in the area for years know of toxic and hazardous refuse dumped at the Hays City site. 
Plenty of asbestos, oil transformers, PCB waste, mercury contamination, oils, fuels, etc.

It is truly a contaminated, Brownfield Site.
Was a permit ever issued for it?

By apparently no one cares  on  04.08.2015

The Linn school sits the furthest out.  Their kiddies will get the longest ride.  Lewis citizens pay the bill for a total electric school.

But when the electric goes off in January for a few days, and the place freezes solid, who pays for repairs?  Lewis County!

Without plumbing, extended repair times, how will the kiddies make those days up?

Lewis County and Gilmer County - both have been had.

By WVBOE Planning Did It  on  04.08.2015

What could be more symbolic than our getting a sewage plant to express what happened to Gilmer County with intervention.

Lewis got the school, our money, our kids, and we got a sewage plant. What is worse the State refuses to give the County an accurate accounting for how our money was spent at Linn and elsewhere.

To go on we have the Cedar Creek boondoggle to cost us more money than the State will disclose, and we ended up with the State’s “save itself” decision to build the Hays City school in a commercial zone with flooding potential and on top of an old dump.

What a perfect example of State-sponsored taxation without representation? The results should fit perfectly with the CUBIE’s game plan.

There are always 2-3 of them at monthly school board meetings. How about asking all them to stand up for a bow? One of them could sign up as a delegation to give the group’s progress report.

By No Wonder WV Is Broken  on  04.09.2015

Did Gilmer County pay for any pre-site studies at Linn, did it pay anything for the original land purchase and the purchase of more land after the slip occurred as a result of the poor pre site study, did it pay anything for fixing the slip, and how much of the overall total goes to pay the no bid architect? Exactly how much did the school cost the County?

What about any money costing change orders the public does not know about? The other question is how much more money must the County pay including future annual costs?

These are questions that officials in a democracy would answer without any hesitation. Something smells when financial information is kept secret from the very public the State is supposed to serve.

One more question. Who in the County’s central school board office is assigned to oversee new construction and other facilities work, and what are the individual’s professional qualifications for performing that work?

By Follow The Money  on  04.09.2015

The Leading Creek school at Linn is another one for Governor Tomblin, the WVBOE, and Mr. Sneed’s WVSBA to get full credit for the expensive energy cost blunder.

An all electric school compared to one using natural gas will cost hundreds of thousands if not millions more to operate over the school’s lifespan.

The sad part of it for WV is that when expensive blunders like this happen with Charleston bureaucrats in control nothing is ever done about it, and ones to pay are always the local level taxpayers.

By Mad Lewis Taxpayer  on  04.09.2015

Charleston usually gets the brunt of the blame for the secrecy, waste, and mismanagement in intervened counties.

What would be the appropriate blame level to give to the WVBOE’s superintendents in those counties?

Must the State’s superintendents follow orders from the WVBOE in lock step so they can legitimately claim that they were simply carrying out orders or do they deserve blame too for harm done in counties during intervention?

If they don’t agree with the State’s orders they could resign so it is their personal choice to remain with their high pay jobs.

By Just Askin  on  04.09.2015

Where is Mr. Gabriel Devono’s emergency plan for the Leading Creek school when the electricity goes off?

Will the students be off until it is restored and how will they be handled if it goes off during the day?

Where does the blame lie for not using natural gas in the first place in a State awash with that fuel?

Another costly foul-up under State intervention. The mismanagement never ceases.

By E. Black  on  04.10.2015

$150,000-$160,000 a year purchases lots of lock stepping in the name of doing it for the children.

By Raymond J.  on  04.10.2015

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Gilmer County Schools Newsletter - March 2015

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42 West Virginia Schools Are Recognized for High Performance and Progress

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CHARLESTON, W.V – Schools across West Virginia are honored for being at the top of the class. The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) today announced the 2014-2015 Reward Schools. The distinction is based on results from the WESTEST2 conducted in the spring of 2014. Forty-two schools earned the distinction. 

The Reward Schools are identified in two categories.

     
  • High Performing Reward Schools Success schools that exhibit the highest absolute performance and do not have persistent achievement gaps between student groups.
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  • High Progress Reward Schools are Success and Transition schools that are making the greatest progress in the growth< component of the WV Accountability Index with no significant achievement gaps across student groups.



2014-2015 Reward Schools include:

District School High Performing Reward Schools High Progress Reward Schools
Boone Ashford-Rumble Elementary
Gilmer Normantown Elementary
Sand Fork Elementary
Greenbrier White Sulphur Elementary
Hancock New Manchester Elementary
Hardy East Hardy High
Harrison Bridgeport High
Jackson Evans Elementary
Fairplain Elementary
Jefferson Ranson Elementary
Kanawha Belle Elementary
Cross Lanes Elementary
George Washington High
John Adams Middle
Kenna Elementary
Montrose Elementary
Pinch Elementary
Weberwood Elementary
Marion Monongah Middle
Pleasant Valley Elementary
White Hall Elementary
Mineral New Creek Primary
Mingo Gilbert Elementary
Monongalia Suncrest Middle
Monroe Peterstown Middle
Nicholas Glade Creek Elementary
Mt Nebo Elementary
Panther Creek Elementary
Ohio Steenrod Elementary
West Liberty Elementary
Pendleton Brandywine Elementary
Pocahontas Hillsboro Elementary
Putnam West Teays Elementary
Raleigh Crescent Elementary
Taylor Flemington Elementary
Wayne Dunlow Elementary
Webster Hacker Valley Elementary
Wood Emerson Elementary
Gihon Elementary
Greenmont Elementary
Madison Elementary
Williamstown Elementary



In addition to the Reward School distinction, Evans Elementary (Jackson), Hacker Valley Elementary (Webster) and New Creek Primary (Mineral) have also been named West Virginia Title I Distinguished Schools. The Title I Distinguished School program requires that a school be a Title I school for at least three years, obtain the Reward School distinction and meet the Title I annual proficiency target for both math and reading. Evans Elementary is West Virginia’s representative to the National Title I Association as a National Title I Distinguished School.
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Way to go kids and adding congratulations to Teachers and Staff for a job well done but can someone explain where the scores are for the 2014-2015 testing on WV ZOOM?  Can’t find it.
Is the State BOE so in control the public won’t be given any more data? Mr. Martirano why would the state withhold information again? The ZOOM program just went live. What about all that transparency you brag on? What about all the money you spent to put ZOOM online?
Another question, where is GES?  They were a success school last go round.  Mr. Devono please explain.
You won’t tell us about how our money is spent and now you don’t want to give test scores?

By We Want Answers  on  04.03.2015

When is the State going to put the GCHS on an improvement plan? That subject seems to be off limits. If the school’s program was efficient there would be steady growth in student achievement. Why is that not happening? Same kids going in and out. What is the problem?

By Parent With Student In College Remediation  on  04.04.2015

This guy Devano has no experience as being a superintendent so do not expect much from him or his state handlers.  We know the states record too.
The HS principal is nearing retirement.
Maybe that’s the improvement plan?

By Improvement Plan?  on  04.04.2015

The concept of benefits of inter county academic competition is foreign to the WVBOE crowd.

Mr. Devono backed them up when he said at a recent meeting that he did not like to compare results for our different grade schools.

Competition works. Way to go Normantown and Sand Fork! Too bad that your schools are going to shut down.

Remember that the intervention craze is for the good of our children—-so says the WVBOE.

Our consolidated high school did not make the achievement list for anything.

By Normantown Parent  on  04.05.2015

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CommunityConcerns™: Why is Gilmer County on the WVBOE’s Fund Watch?

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On February 12, 2015 Mr. Thomas Campbell, a member of the WVBOE’s finance committee announced WV Counties on the State’s fund watch. Gilmer County’s school system was one of them (see below). The announcement raises important questions because since 2011 the WVBOE has been in total control in making all spending decisions for the County’s school system.

  • What does it mean to be on a fund watch and what are the financial implications for Gilmer County?

  • Who made all the spending decisions since intervention in 2011 to put the County on a fund watch?

  • What were the specific uses of the County’s funds and where are the accurate records to prove what the County received for its money?

  • When money was spent by the WVBOE were all of WV’s Statutes, rules and regulations followed to ensure that the money was always spent in ways to save the County as much money as possible so more money would be available to benefit our children?

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With the WVBOE’s intervention of Gilmer County’s schools there has not been local oversight in determining how the school system’s funds are spent. This central government abuse from Charleston is a perfect example of taxation without representation because our elected school board members have not been permitted to have any voice in how the WVBOE uses the County’s funds.

There has been enough overreach by the WVBOE. An independent forensic accountant should be hired to do an in-depth investigation of what happened to all of the County’s funds following intervention, and the designation of specific individuals responsible for the expenditures.

Citizens hear that hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent on a new telephone system and that may have involved an overcharge, new radios were purchased, a principal was hired and the individual could not do the work, but the individual remained on the payroll anyway.

Didn’t the WVBOE spend lots of money on new furnishing at the local Board Office too? Undisclosed amounts of money were spent on electronics equipment since 2011 when intervention occurred, and there are no accurate records for what is was, where it is now, and what happened to equipment that cannot be found.

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The WVBOE controls all financial decisions, including those for spending for personnel, and that spending category is the highest one for the County’s education system budget. We do not know if the County is any better off now with personnel than it was before intervention. Those details are among many of the WVBOE’s secrets.

Everyone in Gilmer County knows about the Cedar Creek land deal that fell through after certain parties received their money. The WVBOE has not disclosed how much the County lost due to Charleston’s blundering on the deal and what all the real future costs will be for dictating that the County’s new elementary school will be at Hays City.

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MINUTES
WEST VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION
Capitol Building 7, Capitol Room
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, West Virginia
February 12, 2015

I. Call to Order

Following the welcome, Pledge of Allegiance and introductions, President Gayle C. Manchin called the meeting of the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) to order at 10:09   a.m. on February 12, 2015, in the Capitol Room, Capitol Building 7, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Charleston, West Virginia.

The following members were present:  President Manchin, Vice President Michael I.  Green, Secretary Tina H. Combs, Thomas W. Campbell, Lloyd G. Jackson II, Beverly E. Kingery, L. Wade Linger Jr., William M. White (via telephone), and James S. Wilson and ex officios Michael J. Martirano, State Superintendent of Schools, and Paul L. Hill, Chancellor, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.  Member absent was ex officio James L. Skidmore, Chancellor, West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education.


II. Oath of Office for Beverly E. Kingery and James S. Wilson

Justice Allen H. Loughry II, West Virginia Supreme County of Appeals, administered the ceremonial oath of office to Ms. Kingery and Dr. Wilson.


III. Showcasing Personalized Learning

Mr. Green, assisted by Mr. Sterling Beane, Chief Technology Officer, Division of Technology, and Dr. F. Joseph Super, Superintendent of Barbour County Schools, presented a video and information regarding personalized learning taking place at Mount Vernon Elementary in Barbour County.


IV. Approval of Agenda

President Manchin called for a motion to approve the agenda.  Mr. Campbell moved that the agenda be approved.  Mr. Jackson seconded the motion and upon the call for the question the motion was carried unanimously. 

V. Delegations

Ms. Liza Cordeiro, Executive Director, WVDE Office of Communications, announced that all individuals wishing to address the Board as a delegation would be given two minutes.  The following delegations addressed the Board regarding the proposed waiver of Policy 2320: Mr. Dale Lee, Dr. Frank Devono (distributed information), Mr. Doug Lambert, Mr. Bob Brown, and Ms. Jennifer Wood (distributed information). Mr. Justin Whitford addressed the Board regarding the proposed waivers of Policy 5310, Policy 2340 and Policy 2510.  Mr. Tom Stark (provided information for the record) addressed the Board regarding Policy 2520.3C.  The following delegations addressed the Board regarding Fayette County school facilities: Ms. Jean Evansmore, Mr. Jason Crouch, Mr. Randall Patterson (distributed information), Mr. Dale Arrington, Mr. Mason Hines, Ms. Ester Morey, Ms. Teri Harlan, Mr. Scott Ingleton, Ms. Celi Van Dyke, Ms. Mistie Richmond, Mr. Geoff Heeter, Ms. Carolyn Arritt (distributed information), Ms. Patsy Holliday, Mr. Leon Ivey, and Mr. Jim Lively.


VI. Just-A-Minute (JAM) World Record Day

Mr. Clayton Burch, Chief Academic Officer, Division of Teaching and Learning, read a proclamation signed by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin proclaiming February 12 as JAM World Record Day (a world event to promote the importance of being active, with school and kids leading).


VII. Delegations (Continued)

Delegations continued with a presentation from Ms. Michelle Toman and high school students Mr. Matthew Bird, Ms. Anna Borden, and Ms. Abby Edwards, regarding Jamie’s Law (suicide prevention).  Ms. Shaunna Cole (distributed information) addressed the Board regarding Fayette County school facilities.  (Copies appended to Official Minutes, Attachment J.)


VIII. Update - WVBE Response to Governor’s Education Agenda

Ms. Donna Hoylman Peduto (distributed information), WVBE Director of Operations, assisted by Mr. Campbell, Mr. Green, President Manchin, Chancellor Hill, and Mr. Jackson, provided an update regarding progress toward accomplishing the Governor’s education agenda including the key provisions of the Governor’s request of the WVBE. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment K.)
WVBE Wellness Committee.  President Manchin provided an update on behalf of the Wellness Committee and shared news regarding West Virginia’s number one ranking (Breakfast Scorecard Report) in proving breakfast and lunch to students.

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WVBE Finance Committee.  Mr. Campbell provided an update on behalf of the Finance Committee and stated the following counties are on the fund balance watch list for February: Berkeley, Calhoun, Clay, Gilmer, Grant, Hancock, Mingo, Pendleton and Randolph, and provided information regarding pension funding.

 

WVBE Re-imagining Instructional Time Committee.  Mrs. Combs (distributed information) and Dr. White provided an update on behalf of the Re-imagining Instructional Time Committee and presented pilot initiative criteria and a timeline for the Board’s consideration.  Following discussion, Mrs. Combs moved that the pilot initiative criteria and timeline be approved.  Dr. White seconded the motion and upon the call for the question the motion was carried unanimously.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment L.)


IX. Recess

Mr. Green moved, and Mr. Linger seconded, that the meeting recess for lunch.  The meeting recessed for lunch at 12:20 p.m.  Chancellor Hill departed the meeting.


X. Reconvene

President Manchin called the meeting back to order at 1:13 p.m.


XI. WVBE Personnel Matters Termination of Employment of a Teacher at the Ron Mulholland Juvenile Center - Executive Session

President Manchin called for a motion to move into executive session as provided in W. Va. Code §6-9A-4(b)(2)(A) [personnel exception] and/or §6-9A-4 [matters involving attorney client privilege per Peters v. County Commission, 205 W. Va. 481 (1999).  Mr. Green moved, as provided in W. Va. Code §6-9A-4(b)(2)(A) [personnel exception] and/or §6-9A-4 [matters involving attorney client privilege per Peters v. County Commission, 205 W. Va. 481 (1999), that the Board enter into executive session.  Mr. Linger seconded the motion and upon the call for the question the motion was carried unanimously. The Board moved into executive session at 1:15 p.m. 


XII. Return from Executive Session

The Board returned from executive session at 1:28 p.m. at which time President Manchin stated that no action was taken in executive session and called for a motion regarding the termination of employment of Mr. Mark Jockel, a teacher at the Ron Mulholland Juvenile Center.  Mr. Green moved that the employment of Mr. Mark Jockel, a teacher at the Ron Mulholland Juvenile Center, be terminated effective immediately.  Mrs. Combs seconded the motion and upon the call for the question the motion was carried unanimously. 


XIII. Update - WVBE Response to Governor’s Education Agenda (Continued)

WVBE Accountability Committee - Implementation Plan for Policy 2320, A Process or Improving Education: Performance Based Accreditation System.  Mr. Jackson provided an update on behalf of the Accountability Committee and moved that the implementation plan (A-F Business Rules) be approved.  Mr. Campbell seconded the motion and upon the call for the question the motion was carried unanimously. 


XIV. Chancellor Reports

Chancellor Hill departed the meeting at the recess for lunch; Chancellor Skidmore was unable to attend the meeting.


XV. WVBE Coordinator of Board Agencies Report

Mr. Jason L. Butcher, WVBE Coordinator of Board Agencies, provided updates regarding his work with WVBE agencies.  Mr. Jacob Green, Special Assistant, WVDE Office of Institutional Education Programs (OEIP) provided an update regarding OEIP initiatives.


XVI. WVBE RESA Liaison Report

      Ms. Kathy Hypes, Executive Director, RESA 7, provided a report on the behalf of RESAs.


XVII. Capacity Building for Priority Schools and Intervention Counties and Special Circumstance Review Executive Session

Ms. Michele Blatt, Chief Accountability and Performance Officer, Division of Educator Quality and System Support, provided information regarding support services provided to priority schools and intervention counties. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment A.)

President Manchin called for a motion to move into executive session as provided in W. Va. Code §6-9A-4(b)(9), To consider matters involving or affecting the purchase, sale or lease of property, advance construction planning, the investment of public funds.  Mr. Green moved, as provided in W. Va. Code §6-9A-4(b)(9), that the Board enter into executive session.  Mrs. Combs seconded the motion.  A member of the audience requested that Dr. Starcher provide her presentation prior to the executive session. 

Dr. Serena Starcher, Superintendent, Fayette County Schools, provided information regarding the status of the Fayette County Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan (CEFP) and bond call.  Superintendent Martirano addressed the Board regarding his visit to Fayette County.  Discussion ensued regarding facility reviews. 

Mr. Green, noting that a motion was on the floor, requested that W. Va. Code §18-2E-5, Special Circumstance Review, be added to the motion for the executive session.  Mrs. Combs agreed to the amendment.  Upon the call for the question the motion was carried unanimously and the Board moved into executive session at 2:33 p.m.


XVIII. Return from Executive Session
The Board returned from executive session at 3:52 p.m. at which time President Manchin stated that no action was taken in executive session.  Mrs. Combs departed the meeting.


XIX. Consent Agenda

Mr. Campbell moved that the Consent Agenda be approved.  Mr. Jackson seconded the motion and upon the call for the question the motion was carried unanimously.  (Copies appended to Official Minutes, Attachments B through D.)

• Approved minutes of January 14, 2015 (Attachment B)

• Received WVDE personnel matters (Attachment C)

• Approved Policy 2520.13, Next Generation Standards for Career and Technical Education in West Virginia Schools (Attachments D-1 and D-2).


XX. Office of Education Performance Audits (OEPA) Director’s Information

Ms. Susan O’Brien, Director, Office of Education Performance Audits, provided brief remarks regarding teacher attendance data and requested the RESA 7 data trends item be moved to the March agenda.  Mr. Campbell moved that the RESA 7 data trends items be moved to the March agenda.  Dr. Wilson seconded the motion and upon the call for the question the motion was carried unanimously. 


XXI. Waiver:  Policy 2320, A Process for Improving Education: Performance Based Accreditation System

Ms. O’Brien (distributed information) and Superintendent Martirano presented a waiver request for portions of Policy 2320.  Discussion ensued regarding the waiver request.

Mr. Jackson moved that the waiver of Policy 2320, at section 5.2.a., be approved to extend, for diagnostic and administrative purposes, the timeline to assign final A-F ratings until the 2015 2016 school year.  Mr. Green seconded the motion and upon the call for the question the motion was carried unanimously.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment M.)


XXII. Superintendent’s Report

Superintendent Martirano presented a timeline for steps that will occur as a result of the approval of the Policy 2320 waiver and presented criteria in support of the Policy 2340 and Policy 2510 waiver requests.  Superintendent Martino requested that the waiver requested for Policy 5310, Performance Evaluation of School Personnel, be removed from the agenda. 


XXIII. Superintendent’s Report Waiver:  Policy 2340, West Virginia Measures of Academic Progress Program

Mr. Burch presented information regarding the waiver request for Policy 2340.  The West Virginia Department of Education (Office of the State Superintendent) requested a statewide waiver of Policy 2340, section 4.1 and 4.1.a.  This waiver impacts the assessment of science and social studies by requesting that science only be assessed, for school year 2014-2015, in grades 4, 6 and 10. This complies with federal requirements and aligns to the grades in which science is assessed on the West Virginia alternative summative assessment. The waiver also provides that the statewide summative assessment of social studies would be discontinued for all grades.  The West Virginia Golden Horseshoe exam will continue for grade 8 since it is not part of the summative assessment (Policy 2340).

Ms. Mary Catherine Funk, General Counsel to the WVBE, presented the waiver request of Policy 2340, at sections 4.1 and 4.1.a., for the assessment of science and social studies requesting that science only be assessed, for school year 2014-2015, in grades 4, 6 and 10, and that the statewide summative assessment of social studies be discontinued for all grades for the Board’s consideration.

  Mr. Jackson moved that the waiver request, as presented, be approved.  Mr. Linger seconded the motion and upon the call for the question the motion was carried unanimously. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment F.)


XXIV. Superintendent’s Report Waiver: Policy 2510, Assuring the Quality of Education: Regulations for Education Programs, and Policy 2520.2B, Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for Mathematics in West Virginia High Schools

  Mr. Burch presented information regarding the waiver request for Policy 2510 and Policy 2520.2B.  The West Virginia Department of Education (Office of the State Superintendent) requested a statewide waiver (#1282) of Policy 2510, Section 5.4.a. Adolescent Education Programming Chart IV and Chart V, and Policy 2520.2B for the 2014-2015 school year.  The purpose of the waiver is to enhance the delivery of instructional programs. The waiver will create a second option for high school mathematics and shall be effective for the 2015 2016 school year.

Ms. Funk presented the waiver request of Policy 2510, section 5.4.a, and Policy 2520.2B the Board’s consideration. 

Mr. Linger moved that the waiver request, as presented, be approved. Dr. Wilson seconded the motion and upon the call for the question the motion was carried unanimously.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachments G-1, G-2, and G-3.)


XXV. WVBE Personnel Matters West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind Transfer Process for Child Care Workers to Residential Care Specialists

Dr. Lynn Boyer, Superintendent of the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, requested approval of a modification to the agreed timeframe for completion of the associate of arts (AA) degree applicable to employees transitioning from child care workers to residential care specialists.  Mr. Campbell departed the meeting.

Dr. Wilson moved that the modification of the agreed timeline for completion of the associate of arts (AA) degree applicable to employees transitioning from child care workers to residential care specialists as follows:  1) extend the AA degree completion deadline to June 30, 2020, for employees that must complete the 60 hour AAS program; and 2) extend the completion deadline to December 31, 2017, for employees who hold an AA degree or higher at the time of transfer to obtain 18 hours of technical core credit, or as the courses offered in sequence by the Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College be approved.  Mr. Linger seconded the motion and upon the call for the question the motion was carried unanimously.  Dr. Boyer also reported on a bill that is moving through the legislature regarding facility funding. 


XXVI. WVBE Personnel

Mr. Linger moved that the Board’s personnel attachment be approved.  Ms. Kingery seconded the motion and upon the call for the question the motion was carried unanimously.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment H.) 


XXVII. Appointments to WVBE Statutory Units/Liaisons/Presidential Committees 2014-2015
President Manchin (distributed information) presented appointments to WVBE Statutory Units/Liaisons/Presidential Committees 2014-2015 for the Board’s consideration. 

Mr. Jackson moved that the appointments to WVBE Statutory Units/Liaisons/Presidential Committees 2014-2015 be approved.  Mr. Green seconded the motion and upon the call for the question the motion was carried unanimously.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment Mc.) 


XXVIII. Items for Future Consideration

It was requested that the amendment of policies, as a result of waivers, be placed on a future agenda.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment I.)


XXIX. Future Meetings

President Manchin addressed the Board regarding future meeting dates and indicated that, should the Board Room be returned to service, the March meeting may be moved from March 12 and 13 to March 11 and 12. 


XXX. Adjournment

Dr. Wilson moved that the meeting be adjourned.  Mr. Green seconded the motion and upon the call for the question the motion was carried unanimously.  The meeting was adjourned at 5:00 p.m.

Minutes approved by the Board on March 11, 2015.


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Gayle C. Manchin, President


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Tina H. Combs, Secretary

Minutes were recorded by
Virginia M. Harris
Secretary to the Board
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Gilmer School System on fund watch!!!! This is as bizarre as it can get with the WVBOE in total control of spending and everything else.

The WVBOE was responsible for seizing our money and spending it. Now, Gilmer County is blamed for the financial mismanagement to get us punished by being on the State’s fund watch!!!

This type of overreach by the WVBOE should not happen in a democracy. The simple truth is that we do not have a democracy and Gilmer County’s school system suffers from State-sponsored dictatorship.

No wonder when citizens ask school board members about anything related to money they say that they are not permitted access to the information. The WVBOE wants to keep everything secret.

This way of business is the pattern in all intervened counties with the WVBOE in control. It is all about getting money and it has nothing to do with caring for WV’s school children.

What a frustration it must be for our school board members to be kept in the dark and to have to depend on outside sources as they struggle to try to get information.

Wanna bet that this fund watch information was not provided to the school board by Mr. Gabriel Devono?

By R. P. Bennett  on  04.02.2015

The VWBOE’s new fund watch revelation for Gilmer County ties to the 200 new computers for the GCHS.

Citizens have the right to know about the process Mr. Devono used to verify that purchasing the computers was the top priority among all other options considered for doing the most good for Gilmer County’s children.

What about Mr. Devono’s reported prior putting out bids and limiting the bid pool for the computers to more than likely drive up the total costs?

Does anyone know what the accumulative money costs over time will be for the computers to contribute to the County’s fund watch problem?

By Money Manager  on  04.02.2015

A step down from hiring a forensic accountant would be to call Mrs. Starkey in to give a full report. She knows all the details and that is why obvious attempts are made to silence her.

By Ray Messinger  on  04.02.2015

zipper Gilmer had 2 million in OPEB the board saved and had released by the Governor just before the takeover besides the regular budget! How in the name of all that’s right did this happen?  Guess we’re doomed to a million in QZAB debt now. No audits been done since 2013 per the State Auditor’s web site. WVBOE, what’s going on here?  Are you driving all these counties in the red to put up new buildings they can’t afford? Even the ones not under intervention? Is Gilmer in the red or on a downhill slide to it allowing only one school is not even out of the ground? You put the takeover boards under a gag order and take control of everything.You say they have some control back but watching the meeting videos tells a different story.

By We Want Our Money Back  on  04.02.2015

How many times did we hear Board President Simmons on the videos saying he didn’t want to see financial reports, just a one or two page summary? Look what that attitude got us.

By Thanks Bill  on  04.02.2015

Seems Gilmer County and these other take over counties have suffered enough?
Here we are spending top dollar for bottom dollar education?
This West Virginia Board of Education is doing a great job of keeping hold of our old nickname of *Hillbilly*  ??
The condition of the state education and their lack of improvement over the past Manchin and Tomblin years, is seeing to it we will be referred to as *Hillbilly* for another generation.

By Kanawha  on  04.02.2015

Funny how all the votes pass with a unanimous vote?
Board members have no mind of their own?
Is this an indication of a dysfunctional board?
You just know this can’t be right?

By rubber stampers???  on  04.02.2015

Thank you as always GFP for staying on top of current issues and letting the public know how our school system is treated under the takeover. You should receive an award for good citizenship.

While other counties get remodels our schools are closed and the students sent out of county. It is hard to believe that some people were so greedy, so selfish that they couldn’t stand getting a new school outside of town first. Why they could not see that children sitting in trailers had the greatest need of a building only heaven knows.
Have to appreciate the State Board putting the information out(at least available) because this Superintendent sure wasn’t going to tell us. Can’t be too grateful because it was their lack of oversight caused the problem.
Does anybody know how much cash the local board has in the bank right now to continue to operate and build a school at the same time?

By Anybody?  on  04.03.2015

question~~Why is Gilmer County on a “fund watch”?
answer~~So the state can force build a school in a flood zone.

By why why why  on  04.03.2015

What happened to Dr. Armour’s request for financial information from the State early last winter? The public deserves to know the financial details.

Because the school board is not given complete financial information and it has no real say about anything, the fund watch problem is the State’s creation.

The same is true for the Cedar Creek and Hays City debacles.

Because it is easier and cheaper to obtain information from the State, thanks to the new WV Legislature, FOIA requests for financial information should be sent to the Dr. Martirano’s office at the WVDOE with copies provided to the press and the WV Legislature.

By Gilmer Watchdogs  on  04.03.2015

At the Troy parent meeting Gabe Devono told us the Gilmer kids in Leading Creek school could use the gym at their old school for a while.
Didn’t the state say to close Troy because it wasn’t safe? If it wasn’t safe as a school how can he use the gym? None of this adds up.

By Is This The New Math?  on  04.03.2015

So they will spend money to bus kids to Linn and back to Troy for gym class?  Also, didn’t they tell us that Troy was “close to the road” and they didn’t want schools that were close to the road; but then they went to Linn and built a school close to the road.  I presume we weren’t supposed to notice that. We weren’t suppose to notice that the state was spending our tax money on things we didn’t vote to spend it on, either.  We did not vote for new schools. We did not vote to go bankrupt so some architects, lawyers and construction companies could make a lot of money, either.

By Karen Pennebaker  on  04.03.2015

No, just a snow job to keep quiet. Maybe play a little basketball until the building is gone one way or the other. Back to a family, sold off,so forth.

By New Math  on  04.03.2015

The State has withheld specific details from Gilmer County about how it has improved staffing at our schools.

We don’t know if we are any better off now than we were before the State took over four years ago.

Mr. Devono does not like for anyone to ask questions about personnel and school board members don’t know answers to any of those questions because the State keeps the information from them. Same thing with finances.

What a way for a so-called democracy to function.

By E. Palmer  on  04.04.2015

No mystery to this. The WVBOE swooped in to seize the County’s money and it spent it without any local oversight and now the money is gone.

Besides the money being gone Gilmer County gets another black eye throughout WV although it had no role with the mismanagement, and the school board gets discredited for being dysfunctional at the same time.

Let’s see how the State sidesteps this issue.

By R. J. Bayner  on  04.04.2015

Remember just how bad the condition of our schools according to WVBOE?
June will be 4 years. Children still same buildings.
And Normantown children still in trailer classrooms.
And will be for a couple more years.
So much for WVBOE supposed concerns and abilities.

By STATE BOE FAILURE  on  04.04.2015

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Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries - 03.19.15

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CLERK OF THE COUNTY COMMISSION OF GILMER COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND BENEFICIARIES

The administration of the estates(s) of the following deceased is pending before the Clerk of the County Commission of Gilmer County, 10 Howard Street, Glenville WV 26351.

The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below.

Notice is hereby given that the estate(s) of the following has been opened for probate.  Any interested person objecting to the validity of the will, the qualifications of the personal representative or the venue or jurisdiction of the court, shall file notice of an objection with the County Commission within ninety days after the date of the first publication or within 30 days of service of notice, whichever is later.  If an objection is not timely filed, the objection is forever barred.

All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before June 17, 2015  otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s).  All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.

Claims against the estate must be filed in accordance with West Virginia Code 44-1-14a.

 

DECENDENT NAME PER.REP/NAME REPER.REP/ADDRESS
Mildred L. Burkhammer Gerald McHenry 217 Little Ellis Road
Linn, WV 26384
William L. Kerby Carol Boyle 3401 Waterloo Road
Mogadore, OH 44260
Billie Jean Summers William C. Summers 10607 US Hwy 33W
Normantown, WV 25267
James Oran Snyder Jr. Elsie L. Alltop 7681 WV Hwy47 W
Cox’s Mills, WV 26342
Kenneth Allen Ferguson Shannon A. Ferguson 2363 Chestnut Lick Road
Normantown, WV 25267


Clerk of Gilmer County Commission
Jean Butcher
10 Howard Street
Glenville, WV 26351

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : March 19, 2015

Cheerleader Remembers Normantown’s 1945 Run to Title

As high school state basketball tournament action heats up in Charleston, 87-year-old Morgantown resident and former Normantown High School cheerleader Betty Cross recalls her school’s memorable run to the state title 70 years ago.

In 1945, Normantown High School, a small high school in Gilmer County that only had a little more than 100 students at the time, had a Cinderella season en route to an improbable state title in hoops. Cross, whose maiden name was Betty Jean Whitesel, was one of only two cheerleaders at the school. She fondly recalls her neighbor and one of the players on the team predicting a state tournament victory before the season.

“One of the players who left next to me and I lived in Gilmer County close to the school, and he said to me, Betty Jean, we’re going to win this tournament,” she recalled this week when speaking with MetroNews.

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Much like Hickory High in the famous movie “Hoosiers”, Normantown beat several larger schools on their way to capturing a championship which at that time was played in Morgantown. Cross remembers how large the crowds were that showed up to watch the games, despite a premium on gasoline at the time.

“The gymnasium was filled to overflowing in Glenville when they played the sectional. The same thing in Clarksburg when they played WI in the regional,” Cross said. “And I think they had more people in the fieldhouse in Morgantown at that time for the tournament than there had ever been before.”

The Vikings won three games in Morgantown including two in the same day with the championship coming over Logan.

How was such a tiny school able to pull off a run to a state championship? Cross said that the Normantown Vikings team that year was known for their slow deliberate style of play and cool demeanor on the court.

“They were very stable in their play,” she recalled. “They never went wild or anything, they just contained. They played that slow, controlled type of basketball. And I can’t remember a time where they were flustered.”

Cross said she has fond memories of the championship season, which was her junior year at Normantown. She noted that, remarkably, herself, 9 of the 11 players on the team, the manager, and the other cheerleader, Jean Robert Pitts, were all members of the junior class.

Gilmer County Board of Education Special Meeting - Monday, March 16, 2015 - Today

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AGENDA
SPECIAL MEETING
Gilmer County Board of Education
Gilmer County High School
Monday, March 16, 2015 – 5:30 PM

I. CALL TO ORDER - Roll Call by President

II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

III. APPROVE LEVY RATES

IV. RECESS UNTIL APRIL 21, 2015 8:00 AM.

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AGENDA
REGULAR MEETING
Gilmer County Board of Education
Gilmer County High School
Monday, February 25, 2015 – 5:00 PM

I. CALL TO ORDER - Roll Call by President


II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE


III. REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW-UP ACTION

      A. CGCC-  Dr. Carl Armour - January 20, 2015

      B. RESA 7- Dr. William Simmons


IV. CONSENT AGENDA-NEW BUSINESS

      A. Minutes: January 20, 2015

      B. Budget Supplements & Transfers

      C.  Financial Statement/Treasure’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. SUPERINTENDENT’S INFORMATION/ACTION

      A.  Facilities

      B.  Change of April 2015 Board Meeting Date

      C.  Sale of School Buses

      D.  Personnel

      E.  Workshops

      F.  Make-Up Days


VI. DELEGATIONS


VII. ADJOURNMENT

 

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Gilmer County Board of Education Special Meeting - Monday, March 16, 2015

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AGENDA
SPECIAL MEETING
Gilmer County Board of Education
Gilmer County High School
Monday, March 16, 2015 – 5:30 PM

I. CALL TO ORDER - Roll Call by President

II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

III. APPROVE LEVY RATES

IV. RECESS UNTIL APRIL 21, 2015 8:00 AM.

Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting - 03.16.15 - Monday

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AGENDA
REGULAR MEETING
Gilmer County Board of Education
Gilmer County High School
Monday, March 16, 2015 – 6:00 PM

I. CALL TO ORDER - Roll Call by President


II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE


III. DELEGATIONS


IV. CONSENT AGENDA-NEW BUSINESS

      A. Minutes: February 25, 2015

      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. REVIEW & CONSIDER REVISIONS OF DELEGATION POLICY


VI. MASONIC CORNERSTONE - GILMER COUNTY ELEMENTARY


VII. SUPERINTENDENT’S INFORMATION/ACTION

      A. 2015 Spring Break & Calendar

      B.  Request for Purchase-Technology

      C.  LIREC Grant AND Policy 2512


VIII. REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW-UP ACTION

      A.  C-GCC - Dr. Carl Armour – February 26, 2015

      B. RESA 7- Dr. William Simmons


IX. ADJOURNMENT

Gilmer County Schools Community Meeting - 03.24.15

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Area Closings and Delays on Wednesday, March 11, 2015

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Wednesday, March 11, 2015
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Gilmer County Board of Education    
Gilmer County Courthouse    
Gilmer County Health Department    
Gilmer County Senior Center  
 
Gilmer County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Braxton County Schools    
Calhoun County Schools 2 Hour Delay  >>TO  >> All Closed  
Doddridge County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Lewis County Schools    
Ritchie County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
 
Barbour County Schools    
Clay County Schools    
Harrison County Schools    
Nicholas County Schools    
Pleasants County Schools    
Roane County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Tyler County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Upshur County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Webster County Schools    
Wetzel County Schools    
Wirt County Schools    
Wood County Schools    

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Phyllis Ruth Cottrell

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Phyllis Ruth Cottrell

Age 74, of Normantown, WV passed away Friday, March 06, 2015 at her home.

She was a daughter of the late James and Zella Murphy Rush.

She is preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by brother, Allen Rush and an infant brother.

She is survived by daughter, Mary Sue Cottrell of Normantown, WV; brothers, Scottie (Margaret) Rush and Shirley (Kathy) Rush both of Crummies Creek, WV; Charles Rush and Earnest Rush both of Mt. Zion, WV; and Paul Rush of Sand Ridge, WV; sisters, Gladys Roupe of Barberton, Ohio; Goldie (Tom) Green of Mogadore, Ohio; Helen (Roscoe) Rogers of Orma, WV; Mine Lou (Ordie) Rogers of Orma, WV; Vine Sue (Clearance) Rush of Arnoldsburg, WV; Opal Gay (Rick) Horsley of Spencer, WV; and Nelsie Juanita Rush of Orma, WV; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg.

Rev. Gene Satterfield will officiate.

Interment will be in the Metz Community Cemetery in Sand Ridge.

Friends and family may call at Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg from 6 to 8 PM on Monday, March 09 and one hour prior to the services.

Area Closings and Delays on Friday, March 06, 2015

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Friday, March 06, 2015
Glenville State College Closed. Essential Staff are to report if it is safe to do so.  
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Gilmer County Courthouse    
Gilmer County Health Department    
Gilmer County Senior Center  
 
Gilmer County Schools All Closed  
Braxton County Schools All Closed  
Calhoun County Schools All Closed  
Doddridge County Schools All Closed  
Lewis County Schools All Closed  
Ritchie County Schools All Closed  
 
Barbour County Schools All Closed  
Clay County Schools All Closed  
Harrison County Schools All Closed  
Nicholas County Schools All Closed  
Pleasants County Schools All Closed  
Roane County Schools All Closed  
Tyler County Schools All Closed  
Upshur County Schools All Closed  
Webster County Schools All Closed  
Wetzel County Schools All Closed  
Wirt County Schools All Closed  
Wood County Schools All Closed  

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Area Closings and Delays on Thursday, March 05, 2015

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Thursday, March 05, 2015
Glenville State College Closed  
Gilmer County Board of Education    
Gilmer County Courthouse    
Gilmer County Health Department    
Gilmer County Senior Center  
 
Gilmer County Schools All Closed  
Braxton County Schools All Closed  
Calhoun County Schools All Closed  
Doddridge County Schools All Closed  
Lewis County Schools All Closed  
Ritchie County Schools All Closed  
 
Barbour County Schools All Closed  
Clay County Schools All Closed  
Harrison County Schools All Closed  
Nicholas County Schools All Closed  
Pleasants County Schools All Closed  
Roane County Schools All Closed  
Tyler County Schools All Closed  
Upshur County Schools All Closed  
Webster County Schools All Closed  
Wetzel County Schools All Closed  
Wirt County Schools All Closed  
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Area Closings and Delays on Wednesday, March 04, 2015

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Glenville State College    
Gilmer County Board of Education    
Gilmer County Courthouse    
Gilmer County Health Department    
Gilmer County Senior Center  
 
Gilmer County Schools   Closing Early - 11:45 AM
Braxton County Schools   Closing Early - 2:00 PM
Calhoun County Schools All Closed  
Doddridge County Schools 2 Hour Delay  >>TO>>  All Closed  
Lewis County Schools   Closing Early - 12:30 PM
Ritchie County Schools All Closed  
 
Barbour County Schools 2 Hour Delay  >>TO>>  All Closed  
Clay County Schools   Closing Early - 3 Hours
Harrison County Schools   Closing Early - 4 Hours
Nicholas County Schools   Closing Early - 2 Hours
Pleasants County Schools All Closed  
Roane County Schools    
Tyler County Schools 2 Hour Delay  >>TO>>  All Closed  
Upshur County Schools 2 Hour Delay Closing Early - 12:00 PM
Webster County Schools Closing Early - 3 Hours
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Wirt County Schools    
Wood County Schools    

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Gilmer County Schools: Child Find Letter - 03.02.15 - Deadline

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NES PTO: Amish-Made Baskets, Primitive Decor and Pampered Chef Bingo - 03.28.15

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Area Closings and Delays on Thursday, February 27, 2015

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Thursday, February 27, 2015
Local School Alerts    
Glenville State College    
Gilmer County Board of Education    
Gilmer County Courthouse    
Gilmer County Health Department    
Gilmer County Senior Center  
 
Gilmer County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Braxton County Schools    
Calhoun County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Doddridge County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Lewis County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Ritchie County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
 
Barbour County Schools 2 Hour Delay  >>TO>>  All Closed  
Clay County Schools    
Harrison County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Nicholas County Schools    
Pleasants County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Roane County Schools    
Tyler County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Upshur County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Webster County Schools    
Wetzel County Schools    
Wirt County Schools    
Wood County Schools    

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