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Children Have Been Paying the Price for the Political Games in Education

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The Normantown Elementary student have been using portable trailer as classroom for many year.

This Gilmer County Schools has been under State control since 2011.

One reason for takeover was facilities.

The local Board was addressing the issue for many years and had a plan, but the politics in play prevented them from doing their job.

Did the State address the issue timely? Why is your take?

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NORMANTOWN SCHOOL PROBLEM STILL FLARING
“Superintendent Going In Different Direction”

August 04, 2007

A battle between the Normantown community and Gilmer County school superintendent Ed Toman over the future of their local school is causing tempers to flare.

The problem has been focused on a mold issue in the school, but board member Phyllis Starkey said “It is all about the state closing Normantown and other county schools, using their economies of scale model.“

A showdown between Toman and the school board is looming, with some of the issues likely coming to a head Monday evening during a special Gilmer school board meeting at 6 p.m.

Board members Larry Butcher, Alton Skinner II and Phyllis Starkey attended a Normantown community meeting, Thursday. Skinner expressed concerns about “illegal” items being placed on the board’s agenda by Toman at a recent special meeting, saying he declined to vote on the measures.

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Normantown parent and Challenge WV Fellow Misty Pritt said “We thought the problem was resolved after the board twice voted 5-0 to move forward with a plan to take care of the mold and get our kids back in the classroom when school opens.“

Mark Manchin, the director of the state’s School Building Authority was at Normantown yesterday, evaluating the situation.

“After a year’s worth of foot-dragging, it seems like Mr. Toman is still going in a different direction than the elected school board,“ Pritt said.

This week, volunteers from Gov. Joe Manchin’s office, the football team from Glenville State College and a large number of community members moved furniture from a part of the school that contains most of the mold, preparing to use other areas of the building and modular units they think are being erected on the property.

Pritt said there is a problem over temporarily using the school’s gym and cafeteria for classrooms, according to the State Fire Marshal.

During the Thursday community meeting of parents and supporters at the Normantown school, citizens were upset that Toman, after “a productive meeting” last week, then asked the board to sign-off on a letter seeking approval to transport Normantown students in grades 4th through 6th to Glenville for the next two years, “until acceptable portable classrooms become available.“

The board declined to approve the letter.

During Thursday’s meeting Gilmer County Sheriff Mickey Metz said he believes in keeping community schools, “From a law enforcement view, they’re safer and have less problems.“

Challenge WV Fellow Thomas Ramey said “It appears that Toman is insubordinate to the school board’s decisions,“ following a year of foot-dragging.“

Toman told the community group last week that he had been making several efforts to take care of the mold problem, but Pritt says “Here we are in a crisis as school is about to begin.“

Toman said he has always had the best interests of children first on his mind.

“It feels like the state has attacked my son,“ said parent Lisa Tanner, “This is not about our children.“

Challenge’s Ramey said “The state has used a bloody hammer on counties they have taken-over, but then say local board’s make the decisions about consolidation. In fact, school board’s are held hostage to School Building Authority money.“

Board member Starkey said, Gilmer County schools have good test scores and has remained fiscally responsible. “It’s all about closing community schools and consolidation,“ she said.

“Toman keeps saying Sand Fork is structurally unsound, which is not true, according to the engineering reports,“ Starkey said.

Four of Gilmer’s school board members were not aware of an item on the WV School Board’s agenda for next Thursday.

Superintendent Toman has not responded to a public information request to clarify the item, which says: “Normantown Elementary School (including the possible consideration of Comprehensive Educational facilities Plan Amendment) and Valley Head Elementary School, Randolph County, information or action.“

Valley Head is among about 120 elementary schools the state wants to close using their economies of scale model. Normantown, Sand Fork and Troy are among the community schools that the state wants to consolidate.

Challenge WV Fellow, Paul Hamrick of Clarksburg, urged parents to fight for their community school. They have an important place in the education of our children, and all the research says small schools do better.“

“You need to come together with a community voice,“ Hamrick urged.

Superintendent Toman was asked to clarify questions regarding these issues by the Hur Herald. He declined to comment.

~~  Bob Weaver - The Hur Herald ~~

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Area Closings and Delays on Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Glenville State College    
Gilmer County Board of Education    
Gilmer County Courthouse  
Gilmer County Health Department  
Gilmer County Senior Center  
Minnie Hamilton Health System, Glenville Office Clinic
Gilmer County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Braxton County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Calhoun County Schools 3 Hour Delay  
Doddridge County Schools    
Lewis County Schools All Closed  
Ritchie County Schools    
 
Barbour County Schools All Closed  
Clay County Schools All Closed  
Harrison County Schools 3 Hour Delay  
Nicholas County Schools    
Pleasants County Schools    
Roane County Schools    
Tyler County Schools    
Upshur County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Webster County Schools    
Wetzel County Schools    
Wirt County Schools    
Wood County Schools    

 

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Area Closings and Delays on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Glenville State College    
Gilmer County Board of Education    
Gilmer County Courthouse  
Gilmer County Health Department  
Gilmer County Senior Center  
Minnie Hamilton Health System, Glenville Office Clinic
Gilmer County Schools All Closed  
Braxton County Schools All Closed  
Calhoun County Schools All Closed  
Doddridge County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Lewis County Schools All Closed  
Ritchie County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
 
Barbour County Schools All Closed  
Clay County Schools All Closed  
Harrison County Schools All Closed  
Nicholas County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Pleasants County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Roane County Schools All Closed  
Tyler County Schools    
Upshur County Schools All Closed  
Webster County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Wetzel County Schools All Closed  
Wirt County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Wood County Schools 2 Hour Delay  

 

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Gilmer County Board of Education Approves “Handle With Care” Program

At the last Gilmer County Board of Education Meeting (02.19.16)  Andrea L. Darr, the director of WV Center for Children’s Justice presented a program.

This program which is developed and initiated in West Virginia is to help the children who are exposed to violence and trauma.

After her excellent presentation and discussion among the board members (DR. Bill Simmons, Dr. Carl Armour, Norma Hurley, Tom Ratliff, and Mist Pritt) and the superintendent (Gabe DeVano), the board unanimously approved to implement the program in Gilmer County.

Gilmer County Magistrate Carol Wolfe, Gilmer county Sheriff Larry Gerwig, Chief Sheriff Deputy Clerk Kimberly Jenkins and Cpl. F.L. Rayner from WV State Police were also present for the presentation.

Following is the explanation of the program.

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OVERVIEW:

A recent national survey of the incidence and prevalence of children’s exposure to violence and trauma revealed that 60% of American children have been exposed to violence, crime or abuse. Forty percent were direct victims of two or more violent acts. Prolonged exposure to violence and trauma can seriously undermine children’s ability to focus, behave appropriately, and learn in school. It often leads to school failure, truancy, suspension or expulsion, dropping out, or involvement in the juvenile justice system.

The West Virginia Defending Childhood Initiative, commonly referred to as “Handle With Care,” is tailored to reflect the needs and issues affecting children in West Virginia. The Initiative, a result of a collaborative effort of key stakeholders and partners, builds upon the success of proven programs throughout the country. The goal of the Initiative is to prevent children’s exposure to trauma and violence, mitigate negative affects experienced by children’s exposure to trauma, and to increase knowledge and awareness of this issue.

Model Handle With Care (“HWC”) programs promote safe and supportive homes, schools and communities that protect children, and help traumatized children heal and thrive. HWC promotes school-community partnerships aimed at ensuring that children who are exposed to trauma in their home, school or community receive appropriate interventions to help them achieve academically at their highest levels despite whatever traumatic circumstances they may have endured. The ultimate goal of HWC is to help students to succeed in school. Regardless of the source of trauma, the common thread for effective intervention is the school. Research now shows that trauma can undermine children’s ability to learn, form relationships, and function appropriately in the classroom. HWC programs support children exposed to trauma and violence through improved communication and collaboration between law enforcement, schools and mental health providers, and connects families, schools and communities to mental health services.


PILOT:

“Handle with Care” is an initiative currently being piloted at Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary School in Charleston, WV. The school, located in an urban area of the city plagued by drug and violent crime, houses approximately 500 students. Ninety-Three percent of the students come from low-income families. The school has ranked 398 out of 404 elementary schools in West Virginia for poor performance. In conjunction with “Handle With Care,” the United States Attorney’s Office has launched a Drug Market Intervention in the area to address high level drug and street crime.


LAW ENFORCEMENT:

“Handle with Care” provides the school with a “heads up” when a child has been identified at the scene of a traumatic event. It could be a meth lab explosion, a domestic violence situation, a shooting in the neighborhood, witnessing a malicious wounding, a drug raid at the home, etc. Police are trained to identify children at the scene, find out where they go to school and send the school a confidential email or fax that simply says . . . “Handle Johnny with care”. That’s it. No other details.

In addition to providing notice, officers also build positive relationships with students by interacting on a regular basis. They visit classrooms, stop by for lunch, and simply chat with students to help promote positive relationships and perceptions of officers.


SCHOOLS:

Teachers have been trained on the impact of trauma on learning, and are incorporating many interventions to mitigate the negative impact of trauma for identified students, including: sending students to the clinic to rest (when a HWC has been received and the child is having trouble staying awake or focusing); re-teaching lessons; postponing testing; small group counseling by school counselors; and referrals to counseling, social service or advocacy programs. The school has also implemented many school-wide interventions to help create a trauma sensitive school (Greeters; pairing students with an adult mentor in the school; utilization of a therapy dog; and “thumbs up/thumbs down” to indicate if a student is having a good day or a bad day).


COUNSELING:

When identified students exhibit continued behavioral or emotional problems in the classroom, the counselor or principal refers the parent to a counseling agency which provides trauma-focused therapy. Currently, there are two partnering agencies providing trauma focused therapy on site at the school in a room provided by the Family Care Health Center housed within the school. Once the counseling agency has received a referral and parental consent, students can receive on-site counseling.

The counseling is provided to children and families at times which are least disruptive for the student. The counselors also participate in MDT, SAT and other meetings deemed necessary by school personnel, and as authorized by the child’s parent or guardian. Counselors provide assessments of the child’s need, psychological testing, treatment recommendations, accommodation recommendations, and status updates to key school personnel as authorized by the child’s parent or guardian.

Gazette editorial: Gilmer’s Expensive Bait and Switch

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Learning is crucial for the future of West Virginia children in the modern high-tech world. So it’s distressing when educational bureaucracy flounders into a snafu that hinders it.

A West Virginia “first” — an updated elementary school shared by two counties — was approved by the state School Building Authority. It gave $10.3 million to Gilmer and Lewis counties for a first-class facility, Leading Creek Elementary School, near the county line. The state-of-the-art school was designed and built to hold 240 to 280 pupils from both counties, taken from old schools.

But education reporter Ryan Quinn revealed that Gilmer County didn’t keep its end of the bargain. The Gilmer school board failed to send its full share of children. Instead, it bused many of them to a more-distant school in Gilmer. Thus the brand-new two-county school is just 60 percent full, with some of its rooms used for storage.

“We feel like someone has tried to pull the wool over our eyes,” SBA official Scott Raines said. “We upheld our obligations. We feel like everyone else should uphold theirs, too.”

SBA Executive Director David Sneed added: “We’ve encouraged Gilmer County to honor their commitment here, but I’m just saying I don’t think there’s a will to do that.” He said the SBA could have saved $1 million by not building a larger two-county school.

Gilmer school superintendent Gabe Devono said he could find no record that his county agreed to a 240-pupil school — but a Gilmer funding application to the SBA contained that figure. Also, Gilmer officials said some parents requested that their children be kept inside their county. No clear explanation for the botch has emerged.

Statewide education administrators seem powerless to repair the Gilmer-Lewis mess. A deputy superintendent told reporter Quinn the state Board of Education cannot control county-level pupil transfers.

Education committees in the Legislature should examine this expensive snafu. West Virginia pupils deserve the best schooling possible.

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No matter how Charleston spins it the world class botch job in Gilmer County was caused by the WVBOE, WVDOE, WVSBA and locals with influence in Charleston to help ramrod intervention and consolidation.

The SNAFU’s are what happens in a dictatorship setting where decisions are made too quickly by a powerful few behind closed doors.

Take regular citizens out of the decision-making process to fail to gain their input and prior support, don’t use high quality professionally done planning to include the identification of potential problems and the inclusion of measures to prevent them, and don’t get signed and legally binding agreements.

Nothing was said about the State’s costly and disastrous Cedar Creek blunder and what led to building a new consolidated school in a commercial zone on a river bank to boot.

Mr. Quinn should do investigative reporting on those issues if he wants to be a good journalist.

The SNAFUS took another twist when we read that the new multi million dollar consolidated grade school in Glenville may not be large enough to handle all the students and something else needs to be done.

The only local winners in the new school deal are the rich with influence who will get more traffic in Glenville’s shopping center zone.

If we get a middle school at Gilmer Elementary because of poor planning there will be even more traffic out there.

That will pull in additional customers to make the cash registers ring.

Don’t think for a minute that making money off the school system by businesses was not a driver for what happened in the name of our children.

Dr. Daniel has to point her finger to Gilmer County because her job is to protect Charleston.

She says that she has oversight authority for intervention in the County.

How many of the 40 items among concerns assembled by the GFP has she taken care of to make the situation any better?

By The WVDOE, WVBOE, and the WVSBA Were The Architect  on  01.24.2016

Dear Mr Quinn, you need to go over to Lewis County courthouse and find the deed for that land the school sits on.  You also need to see whose CEFP was approved for the school and what county the SBA approved to build it.  You will find in both cases the name of the Lewis County Board of Education.

If you have documentation showing otherwise we’d like to see it.

While you are at it, you might read the MOU for the Governance Board.  Who has final approval over all decisions for personnel and finance when it comes to the Leading Creek school?

Lewis County Board of Education

By Mr Quinn, You've Been Duped  on  01.24.2016

Quinn, you will find the following approval of Lewis CEFP in the October 5, 2011 WVBOE minutes. What part of Lewis County don’t you understand? Why do you now seem to feel that Gilmer would get the money to build a school in another county? You are not checking the facts.  It seems you are now attempting to defend poor Charleston decisions. The WVBOE has ran Gilmer since June 11, 2011. That’s in the minutes too.  There were never enough students in Troy and Alum Bridge to make 240. And under what theory do you think forcing people to send their kids out of their home county that is providing a better education is right?

You can write can you read?

XVIII.  Amendments – 2010-2020 Lewis County
  Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan (CEFP)

  Mr. Pickens presented two amendments to the 2010-2020 Lewis County Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan (CEFP) for the Board’s consideration.  Amendment one was for the building of a new, combined multi-county (Pk-6) elementary school with Gilmer County.  This new school will house the present Troy Elementary School in Gilmer County and the Alum Bridge Elementary School in Lewis County.  This amendment identifies this new school project as the number one priority in Lewis County.  Amendment 2 was to update/correct school floor plans found in the CEFP (floor plans were found to have inaccuracies).  Dr. Joseph Mace, Superintendent of Lewis County Schools, addressed the Board regarding the proposed multi county (Lewis and Gilmer) elementary school. 

  Upon motion by Dr. Johnson, seconded by Ms. Haden, the Board unanimously approved the two requested amendments to the 2010-2020 Lewis County CEFP.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment L-1 and L-2.)

You say you have documentation signed by Gilmer County?  You show us yours and we’ll show you ours.

By Report Facts Not Fairytales  on  01.24.2016

An outstanding reporter would get access to all the documents and put them in chronological order for a careful and objective analysis.

Then, it would be a proper to report the findings based on verifiable fact and not to rely on simply talking with different parties.

We know that the WVDOE is on record stating that some records are missing and we hear of shredding in Gilmer County’s central office. Get the facts Gazette-Mail and then report to stop the he said she said!

This multifaceted scandal is not going away and it would be best for Charleston to quit the spin.

They are are encouraging citizens who know how to get information to keep on digging.

By Keep On Digging  on  01.24.2016

Have the WV Gazette Editors even been reading their own Reporter Quinn’s articles?
Have the WV Gazette Editors been *leaned-on* by the WVBOE, the WVDOE, and the WVSBA?

To lay the blame on the muzzled, handcuffed, silenced, can’t even get one item on the agenda Gilmer County Board of Ed,.....to blame them for the Gilmer-Lewis school mess…..THAT is shameless of you Gazette Editors.

Blaming the Gilmer County Board of Education is the REAL BAIT AND SWITCH STORY people.

West Virginia State Board of Education hired and contracted both Superintendent Blankenship and Devano as *their* men to carry out *their* orders.

THE WV STATE BOE OWNS THE GILMER-LEWIS MESS 100%!

The WV State BOE has had 100% control of Gilmer County since June 11, 2011 when Mrs. Senator Joe Manchin, WVBOE President threw Gilmer County under the bus. 

And you, Charleston Gazette, have the audacity to suggest Gilmer County is at fault?

By Gazette Editorial Fatally Flawed?  on  01.24.2016

Never get it wrong.  The West Virginia State Board of Education runs every aspect of education in Glimer County. 
They approve what’s paid, who is hired, who is let go,what is rented, what programs stay or go. the students who go or come and what is built, torn down or sold.
Nothing happens in the Gilmer County education system that isn’t laid right at the feet of the West Virginia State Board of Education.

By Gilmer Had and Has No Choice  on  01.24.2016

They blamed it on the last Gilmer board of ed, they didn’t do it. They are trying to blame it on the current Gilmer Board, they didn’t do it. Anything but the State Board taking the blame for using forced consolidation to make a “new” regional school when Gilmer County had one for years at Troy and Normantown.  Other counties children were always allowed in if there was room.  There was nothing new about a regional elementary school. It was just an excuse to force Gilmer to consolidate.

By Facts Don't Change  on  01.24.2016

Most students who lived in Troy, close to Leading Creek went there. We are a small community.  The ones that had redistricted previously to Troy to keep the count up.  The ones from Tanner, Sand Fork and Glenville, were never closer and of course want to come in to Gilmer. If something had been done to put a school over toward Normantown and Rosedale areas no children involved would be forced into excessive bus rides. No regional school was needed.

By Never Any Doubt About That  on  01.24.2016

Business people in retail sales know that their gross revenues correlate to the degree of vehicle traffic going by.

Grabbing more money for businesses had to be a factor in locating the new consolidated school at Hays City.

The result will be less money being spent in outlying areas of the County to make a bad economic situation at those location worse.

Doesn’t hog it all for Glenville sounds about right?

It seems that Foodland needs more customers judging from its poorly stocked shelves and other problems including less choices for items stocked and significantly higher prices than those out of town.

Do not forget that Senator Facemire is the store’s owner. He knew about the County’s many intervention problems for five years and he did nothing to help.

With the election coming up the Senator is suddenly showing interest in how the County was treated by the WVDOE and the WVBOE after all the damage was done.

The smirking elite in the local cabal think that common citizens are too ignorant to see through what happened here.

We will see if they are still laughing after the votes are counted at election time.

By Al Benson  on  01.26.2016

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CommunityConcerns™:Dr. Martirano, Dr. Daniel Are You Turning Our Schools to Police State?

Dr. Martirano and Dr. Daniel Are You Going to Hire
a Sheriff’s Deputy for Gilmer County’s Schools?

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At January’s Gilmer County school board meeting WV’s Handle With Care program was presented. The innovative program is designed to aid school children who have suffered abuse at home. The first step is early identification of children who need help to cope with abuse. This abuse can include sexual, physical, and emotional trauma.

The major goal for the program is to help children overcome problems to increase their chances for succeeding in school to become successful and productive citizens. Main components of the program are getting children help with professional counseling, and assistance from social services or advocacy programs.

By special design police have a minimal, low key role in the program and their function is simply to notify school officials that a specific child needs to be Handled With Care when they obtain information. That’s it for police involvement and the rest is left up to school officials. School officials always have the primary task of identifying children who need special help based on observations at school.

The presentation was accepted with total enthusiasm. What happened next was that the meeting morphed into a request for school system money to be used to fund hiring of a new officer for the Gilmer County Sheriff’s Department for assignment to our schools.

One purpose for the action would be to provide an officer to direct traffic at our new consolidated school. There is no doubt that a police officer should be there when buses arrive and depart. However, should it not be the responsibility of the Sheriff’s Department to handle traffic with its existing funding? Isn’t that what our tax money is for?

The public’s major concern is that use of school money is being advocated to be used to help pay for a full-time police officer to rotate among our schools. The assignment would somehow mesh with the Handle With Care program and the details were not disclosed.

Here are some questions being asked by the public:

  1. The Free Press WV Is there reliable evidence that stationing a police officer at our schools would help to diminish and solve child abuse?

  2. The Free Press WV How much would hiring a police officer cost with the base pay and all the benefits, and more importantly how do we know that the expense from school system funds would have better results than other options for benefiting abused children?

  3. The Free Press WV For officials who believe that hiring a police officer would be a good idea to combat potential terrorism does anyone think that having an officer around at times would be a meaningful deterrent to a criminal astute enough to study when to strike in an officer’s absence?

  4. The Free Press WV Is the real purpose of hiring a new full-time police officer a bail out of the County Commission with use of public school money with a pretense that it is being done for our children similar to the costly Minnie Hamilton move? Alternatively, would hiring and talk of it at election time be a political move designed to help those are running for office to win an election while the move is being marketed as a benefit for our children?

  5. The Free Press WV Where are results of studies to prove that Gilmer County has a child abuse problem not being taken care of in our schools? If there is a problem is this is a failure of neglectful principals and higher level administrators? Why not get rid of them to hire individuals that would take care of the problem?

  6. The Free Press WV Where are results to prove that having a police officer at a school has overall benefits to children to make them better and happier citizens? There are many individuals who believe that an officer could have negative effects by causing some children to believe that they are under surveillance in a police state atmosphere. That does not mean that there should not be a presently funded program in the County to inform children that officers are there to help them instead of being someone to fear.

  7. The Free Press WV When is the WVDOE going to make a comprehensive and objective presentation of pros and cons of having a police officer at schools?

  8. The Free Press WV For something as unusual for Gilmer County to have a police officer at schools why is this not another failure of the WVDOE to involve local citizens and parents to get their ideas on what should be done?

  9. The Free Press WV What do our teachers think about the idea of a police officer at the schools? Do they support the idea and do they believe that there would be tangible benefits from it compared to hiring more counselors and getting help from professionals who know how to deal with child abuse?

  10. The Free Press WV Why does the WVDOE fail to provide citizens with its comprehensive and objective analysis of why spending money on an on-site police officer would be a higher priority than feeding and clothing needy children or other measures known to be effective in assisting children?

At January’s school board meeting at which child abuse and hiring a police officer were discussed there was reference to poverty as the cause of abuse. Use of drugs and alcohol were said to contribute to the problem.

 

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Extreme care must be taken not to stereotype all families with low incomes to be the principal explanation for child abuse in its many forms. Citizens who are financially challenged are among our finest who love and protect their children and they instill high moral values in them. Not having money should never suggest that a parent uses illegal drugs and alcohol to make them prey against their innocent children.

~~  G. Dave Ramezan - GFP ~~

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The WVDOE has too many agendas with nothing to do with educating our children. Everyone is against child abuse of any nature and it must be stopped.

Getting police in our schools is another issue. There is a serious discipline problem and what the WVDOE wants is to have a policeman on station to do their jobs for them.

Talk with teachers including the substitutes and they will tell you the truth about what it is like to try to do their jobs with a discipline breakdown.

Get the WVDOE out of Gilmer County and let us handle our problems like we used to do when the school board was allowed to function normally with full authority!

By Mad Parent Against Police State  on  01.22.2016

Police in our schools? What do you expect with the WVDOE’s totalitarian rule?

What is proposed resembles tactics in communist countries and Nazi Germany. Too bad that with the WVDOE in total control when you hear about something it is more than likely a done deal.

No way this intrusion against human rights and personal freedom should be tolerated in Gilmer County.

Stop waste the WVDOE is causing and use that money to do what is needed to help abused children while working with students, parents,  the local community,and appropriate agencies.

If the Sheriff’s department wants to do something to help the County’s children spend more time out of the office hunting down drug dealers and drug manufacturers.

By J. D. Simons  on  01.22.2016

I see that Devono and Gerwig are making the proposal today to the County Commission to hire the officer.

It was thought by those at the January school board meeting that Devono was supposed to gather more information to take to the school board before any decisions were made.

Done deal as another WVDOE way of exercising its dictatorial power over the County.
a Martirano and Daniel why do you continue to permit the County to be run over?

By Randy Albright  on  01.22.2016

The 9 West Virginia Board of Education board members.
All appointed by Manchin and Tomblin governors.

See where that has got our educational system?
The picture is clear now, unless you have you head stuck…....

By who have you voted for?  on  01.22.2016

Domestic violence occurs in families from every socio-economic status, rich to poor and many times starts with alcohol abuse by the adults in charge.  Children who witness that always suffer emotional abuse, sometimes physical abuse and surely need protection and understanding. Don’t know that police presence in the school will do that. Seems it would remind a child of who might have come to their house to break up the fighting, possibly take one of their parents to jail, or, possibly take them out of their home. The sheriff office definitely needs to direct traffic through the shopping center parking lot for the elementary school. That’s because of the poor site choice. But maybe they need to drive by more and take a walk through as they have time at both schools.  Hiring another full time policeman might cause more money problems than be a help.

By Questioning??  on  01.22.2016

Take a look at reintroduced HB 2465. If passed it would require an elected WVBOE to end the dictatorial school system take over madness and mismanagement from Charleston.

It would help if citizens would call their legislators to encourage its passage.

Employees at the WVDOE don’t like what has happened any better than Gilmer County.

All we want is to do our jobs for WV’s children and to keep the WVBOE’s meddling from interfering with what we are capable of doing.

By WVDOE Underground Committee  on  01.23.2016

Having been present at the school board meeting Tuesday evening I feel the need to clarify that the two items of discussion above have no relationship to each other what so ever. The Handle With Care program that was presented at the Board of Education meeting is something that stands alone. It is an initiative for the youth in Gilmer County based on a program to assist children within the school system that are impacted by violence or trauma within the home. Regardless of how anyone feels it is a fact that violence and trauma within the home will impact a child’s performance at school. No personal information is released or shared about the child from law enforcement with the school system only the simple words “Handle with Care” immediately following a sensitive situation involving a child within the school system. This initiative has proven success in many counties all over the state of WV and is being launched in states throughout the country. The youth of this county are important and in addition to working diligently to remove drugs and violence from the streets of our county we must implement programs to protect and nurture our youth. This program is ABSOLUTELY free to the county. There are NO tax dollars involved. I am not sure why the two stories are being reported on in the same article here?

By Curious in the County  on  01.23.2016

Re:  Curious in the County
Your remarks sounded credible ..........until your claim of “ABSOLUTELY free” and “NO tax dollars”.

By don't believe you  on  01.24.2016

To Curious. The issue is not the Handle With Care Program.

Citizens who keep up on school system news understand that the Handle With Care presenter did an outstanding job in informing meeting attendees about the program.

The program was said to have received enthusiastic acceptance and that was great to help abused children.
The problem was that the meeting went from Handle to Care to getting police in the schools.

That item was not on the agenda, it was obvious that there had been organized lobbying for it, and by not being on the agenda it seemed that the meeting violated WV’s Open Meeting Law.

Someone should contact the WV Ethics Commission to get an official opinion.

Doesn’t Ms. Danial in the WVDOE approve Gilmer’s agenda items in advance of monthly board meetings? Will she check on this problem?

By Handle With Care--Great Idea  on  01.24.2016

If curious enough to attend a board of ed meeting you should know. The Gilmer County board has no control over personnel, finance or facilities.  They can’t hire, fire or pay anybody.  If it was brought up it had to be by the state appointed superintendents design. Watch the videos, Gilmer board can’t even get anything on the agenda.  It’s all done by the state’s man Devono.  All the Gilmer board can talk about what he allows to be brought up and ask for more information they never seem to get.

By Destruction of Gilmer County Schools by State Desi  on  01.24.2016

It is not necessary for you to believe or not to believe me regarding the expense of the Handle with Care Program to the citizens of the county. The statement is one of fact. I am familiar with the program and what it entails. I encourage everyone to become familiar with it as well. Please feel free to get any details at http://www.handlewithcarewv.org again no cost to tax payers only a benefit to the youth of our community.

By Curious in the County  on  01.24.2016

It is clear from the tapes that the WVDOE will not permit complete meeting minutes to be written for the public record.

Potential problems with intervention including the Cedar Creek SNAFU were brought up in advance at meetings and the WVDOE did not want the information in the official public record.

Nothing less than protecting the WVDOE.

Ms. Daniel likes to say that she was not on the job when some of the problems occurred. She certainly in on the job now so what is she doing to correct existing problems?

By Miller, J.  on  01.25.2016

Citizens know that the WVDOE embargoed the County’s school system information to kept it secret from board members and Gilmer’s public.

Why not request it through the Freedom of Information ACT and send it to Drs. Martirano and Daniel and the WV Legislature with copies to the press?

Drs. Martirano and Daniel why do you permit information withholding to continue to happen to Gilmer County?

Don’t you have the authority to put a stop to it?

By M. Carter  on  01.26.2016

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G-LtE™: Call to Our Commissioners - Let’s Make It Fair

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The Gilmer County Commission is meeting on Friday, January 22, 2016 at 9:00 AM.

By looking at the AGENDA I noticed the following item:

Levy request from: Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department and Gilmer County Ambulance Authority

Currently, the levy money is split 70/30 between the EMS and fire department with the EMS getting 70%.

Concerned citizens in Gilmer County feel it should be a 50/50 split.

Why?

The fire department has no other financial resource besides fund drives to buy equipment or anything else needed by the department.

The EMS charges the county residence every time they are called.  And if you decide you don’t need them, you still get charged.

The fire department is a body of volunteers who CHARGE NOTHING to come to your home or a car wreck no matter what time of day or night.

It is the community talk as well as listening to scanner that many times the EMS has to get Lewis or another county to respond to our county to help our people. But as soon as FCI –Gilmer prison calls for an ambulance they are right away in route.

I just wanted to let this out and maybe get more people talking to the county commissioners and voice their concerns about a 50/50 split.

All we are asking is fairness.

Thank you

Concerned Citizens

~~  Author on File ~~

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I have been a member of both organizations, I had 20 years of service with the Fire Department and currently work for the EMS, yes EMS does get the higher percentage of the levy, and yes we do charge for the runs, but what you don’t understand is when we bill an insurance we do not get reimbursed for the full amount most of the time, and quite a few outstanding debts get wrote off, we currently have four ambulances in service and two of them have over 200,000 miles on them, these ambulances are prepared to run 24/7 because we run 24/7, there are six full time employees out of which one lives in Gilmer county, and a hand full of part time employees that have other full time jobs, at times we do use other counties for assistance because we have no one else that can come in and take a second call, we have a mutual aid agreement with the surrounding counties for this purpose, and like wise if another surrounding county needs help we go help them, there have been several attempts to have a EMT class but they have failed due to low turn out, and the ones that did come for them were mostly from other counties, both organizations are Emergency services, we are here for the community, not to back stab and put down each other!

By Michael Moore  on  01.22.2016

The Fire Department and Ambulance Authority each take their own annual amount of funding needed as a request for excess levy to the County Commission who approves it to be put out in a levy call. They can also deny it. Once it is approved and put on the ballot, the voters will decide yes or no.  The two entities run together as one vote historically because the agencies want that since they are very related and necessary community services. 

The Fire Department does need and deserves more money in my personal opinion and should ask the Commission to raise the amount their annual excess levy will bring in. Ask them to change their levy call.  The Commission should approve and put that amount in the levy call, publish it and on the ballot for the voters to decide. It will raise the rate unless our tax base has increased but likely minimally. They can not simply take money away from the Ambulance Authority and give it away.

It is a simple straight forward process and queston.  Which one would we all want to do without?

Sorry to put my two cents in but it is too important for people who do not know about the excess levies to get confused. The County Clerk, Commission or Fire Chief can verify and answer any questions.

By Norma Hurley  on  01.22.2016

The levy should be left as is. The fire department gets money from the state along with the county levy money. The fire department does not have a payroll like the ambulance authority. Nor does the fire dept. make as many runs.

With Gilmer County’s aging population, access to medical services must be one of the highest priorities. This is not the time to cripple the ambulance authority and make it more difficult for them to do their job.

Instead the fire dept. should manage their money better.

By It's not that simple.  on  01.23.2016

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Area Closings and Delays on Friday, January 22, 2016

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Friday, January 22, 2016
Glenville State College Closed - Shuttle and food service will be limited  
Gilmer County Board of Education    
Gilmer County Courthouse Closing at 10:00 AM  
Gilmer County Health Department Closing at 10:00 AM  
Gilmer County Senior Center  
Minnie Hamilton Health System, Glenville Office ClinicClosing at 12:00 Noon
 
Gilmer County Schools All Closed  
Braxton County Schools All Closed  
Calhoun County Schools All Closed  
Doddridge County Schools Closing 3:00 Hours Early  
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, January 21, 2016

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Thursday, January 21, 2016
Glenville State College    
Gilmer County Board of Education  
Gilmer County Courthouse    
Gilmer County Health Department    
Gilmer County Senior Center  
 
Gilmer County Schools All Closed  
Braxton County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Calhoun County Schools All Closed  
Doddridge County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Lewis County Schools All Closed  
Ritchie County Schools All Closed  
 
Barbour County Schools All Closed  
Clay County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Harrison County Schools All Closed  
Nicholas County Schools All Closed  
Pleasants County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Roane County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Tyler County Schools All Closed  
Upshur County Schools All Closed  
Webster County Schools 3 Hour Delay  
Wetzel County Schools All Closed  
Wirt County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Wood County Schools 2 Hour Delay  

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Gilmer County Board of Education Special Meeting - 01.20.16 - Today - Cancelled

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Cancelled due to Weather

AGENDA
SPECIAL MEETING
Gilmer County Board of Education
Central Office
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 4:00 PM

I. CALL TO ORDER - Roll Call by President


II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE


III. DISCUSSION OF PROPERTY

        WV Code 6-9A-4 (9) Requires Executive Session


IV. Reports - Dr. Cindy Daniel, Deputy Superintendent, Gabriel Devono

        A. Leading Creek Information

        B. Response to requests for information from board members


V. ADJOURNMENT

Area Closings on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE SATURDAY NIGHT

* HAZARD… HEAVY SNOW.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS… POTENTIAL FOR MORE THAN 6 INCHES.

* TIMING… DEVELOPING MID MORNING TO MIDDAY FRIDAY.

* MAIN IMPACT… TRAVEL DELAYS. SNOW LOADS ON TREES… ESPECIALLY EVERGREEN… MAY CAUSE POWER OUTAGES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW… SLEET… OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL. IF POSSIBLE… CHANGE YOUR TRAVEL PLANS TO AVOID EXTENSIVE DRIVING DURING THIS PERIOD.

Status of Area Closings and Delays on Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Glenville State College    
Gilmer County Board of Education    
Gilmer County Courthouse    
Gilmer County Health Department    
Gilmer County Senior Center  
 
Gilmer County Schools    
Braxton County Schools    
Calhoun County Schools Closing Early: 11:30 AM  
Doddridge County Schools    
Lewis County Schools    
Ritchie County Schools    
 
Barbour County Schools    
Clay County Schools Closing Early: 11:00 AM  
Harrison County Schools Closing Early: 1 Hour  
Nicholas County Schools    
Pleasants County Schools    
Roane County Schools Closing Early: 3 Hours  
Tyler County Schools    
Upshur County Schools Closing Early: 2:00 PM  
Webster County Schools Closing Early: 1 Hour  
Wetzel County Schools    
Wirt County Schools Closing Early: 3 Hours  
Wood County Schools    

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Area Closings and Delays on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Wednesday, January 20, 2016
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    
Doddridge County Schools    
Lewis County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Ritchie County Schools    
 
Barbour County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Clay County Schools    
Harrison County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Nicholas County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Pleasants County Schools    
Roane County Schools    
Tyler County Schools    
Upshur County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Webster County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Wetzel County Schools    
Wirt County Schools    
Wood County Schools    

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Area Closings and Delays on Tuesday, January 19, 2016

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Status of Area Closings and Delays on Tuesday, January 19, 2016
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 2 Hour Delay  
Calhoun County Schools 3 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  
Clay County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Harrison County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Nicholas County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Pleasants County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Roane County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Tyler County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Upshur County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Webster County Schools 3 Hour Delay  
Wetzel County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Wirt County Schools 2 Hour Delay  
Wood County Schools 2 Hour Delay  

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CommunityConcerns™: More Questions Following The WVBOE’s Meeting On Fate of Gilmer County

More Questions Following The WVBOE’s Meeting On
Fate of Gilmer County’s Schools

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The WVBOE conducted its monthly meeting on January 13, 2016. That meeting included a secret session to determine the fate of Gilmer County to have local control of its school system restored.

More questions to the State following the WVBOE’s meeting are presented below.  Dr. Martirano, Dr. Cindy Daniel, and other senior level Charleston officials including members of the West Virginia Legislature are invited to respond.

MORE WHY QUESTIONS

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  1. The Free Press WV have the WDOE and the WVBOE failed to inform Gilmer County’s board of exact deficiencies to overcome as a body to get local control of the school system restored? Is there an official document anywhere with precisely defined deficiencies to eliminate, is there a formal improvement plan to follow, is there an approved comprehensive exit strategy,  were regularly scheduled board evaluations performed by the WVDOE and each time did it submit a list of clearly defined remaining deficiencies?

  2. The Free Press WV have the WVDOE and the WVBOE failed to implement a formal conflict resolution and prevention procedure to be used by Gilmer County’s board when needed? When issues have arisen why have the two State entities failed to involve board members in objective fact finding and to instead automatically accept what their appointed superintendents say to verify that   Gilmer County’s elected board is considered irrelevant and unworthy of being heard?

  3. The Free Press WV did the WVDOE with its special knowledge of issues in Gilmer County fail to prevent its financial management error to result in the loss of $800,000 to Gilmer County’s school system, and what is the plan for restoring the lost money? Did the State’s financial error contribute to its unilateral decision to take out a $1,000,000 bond loan for Gilmer County to pay off to cover the costly mistake?

  4. The Free Press WV does the WVDOE have a strict policy that information provided to Gilmer County’s board must be   minimal and why are impediments to access imposed to slow or prevent access?

  5. The Free Press WV has the WVDOE not provided training on respective roles and responsibilities of the appointed superintendent and Gilmer County’s board to have prevented five years of confusion, frustration, and strife?

  6. The Free Press WV has the WVDOE failed to provide information to Gilmer County’s board regarding preventive measures to take to avoid problems at the new consolidated school based on lessons learned in WV? 

  7. The Free Press WV did the WVDOE fail to provide Gilmer County with results of a professionally done comprehensive study to document financial benefits from consolidation by eliminating facilities? By going from four grade schools to one what are the annual net savings for not having to pay as much for insurance, utilities, facility maintenance, and all other expenses?

  8. The Free Press WV has the WVDOE failed to disclose human costs on Gilmer County’s teachers and staff from consolidation? How many jobs will be lost and what is being done to aid affected individuals to obtain other employment?

  9. The Free Press WV has the WVDOE failed to disclose the adverse economic impacts of the loss of payroll spending in Gilmer County by school system employees who will lose jobs? Nothing was disclosed about economic and social impacts on local communities where schools will be lost.

  10. The Free Press WV has the WVDOE failed to provide official projections for expected outcomes from consolidation to benefit Gilmer County’s children? Based on results from other grade school consolidations in WV how much student achievement should improve and are there other important expected benefits based on the WVDOE’s extensive intervention and consolidation experiences?

  11. The Free Press WV do the WVDOE’s bureaucrats always refer to the new consolidated grade school building regardless of questions asked about intervention? The automatic use of the talking point, besides being insulting, seems to be used to try to convince citizens that the new building alone is the key to improved education in Gilmer County.

  12. The Free Press WV has the WVDOE failed to accurately inform Gilmer County about the correct design for the new consolidated grade school when it was originally explained to citizens that it would have one floor and now there are two?

  13. The Free Press WV does the VWBOE talk about state-of-the art furnishing and the large gym at the consolidated school, but nothing is said about what will occur with class room instruction to be any better than what we have now? Without providing specifics the WVDOE positions itself to eventually declare a great success when nothing is stated in advance for a meaningful grading system to use to document what really occurred with student progress.

  14. The Free Press WV has the WVDOE failed to produce a thorough emergency preparedness plan for the new consolidated grade school? The WVDOE is on record stating that one will be done after the school is built. Isn’t that a little late? In case of an unexpected flash flood for an example what will be done to evacuate students to safety? What is the plan if the school is damaged from a flood to require it to be vacated for a substantial period of time until clean up, refurbishing, and the restoration of equipment can be completed? Where would the students go in the interim? There are other concerns. What if the natural gas plants near the school were to explode and what about an unexpected fire or some other catastrophe at the school?

  15. The Free Press WV did the WVDOE allow Gilmer County’s regular citizens to be treated as too unimportant to be heard, and why did it allow the elected school board to be treated with outright contempt instead of an honest group of citizens who wanted to devote their time, energy, and skills to improving lives of our children?

01.18.2016
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Governor Tomblin, Dr. Martirano, Dr. Daniel, and Mr. Green, these “Why” questions represent the autopsy for one of one of the worst examples of mismanagement of any State public school system in America.

Disastrous results of academic achievement of West Virginia’s children prove it with WV being at the bottom in America.

Education of West Virginia’s children must be the top propriety and top officials in power have failed the State.

In the private sector not a single major corporation could survive if senior management allowed types of problems addressed in the “Why” lists to exist.

If problems did occur corrective actions would be swift and decisive, and top management would assume responsibility for the problems in the first place without passing blame on to anyone else. That is what effective leaders do.

The difference between the private sector and the WVDOE is that there is no penalty for mismanagement and failure in the WVDOE.

The same mistakes can be repeated for decades without any penalties to those in charge. Those who are severely penalized for the administrative failures are West Virginia’s innocent children!

WV’s school teachers have been harmed too because too much of their time has been taken up by adhering to useless directives from the WVDOE.

What about all their time wasted for false starts including Common Core, A-F, WesTest, Next Generation, and other “innovations” coming out of the WVDOE ?

WV’s teachers have nothing to show for their wasted efforts except frustration while they are among the worst paid in America. They remain in WV to be subjected to frustration out of genuine devotion to the State’s children.

If the current WV Legislature has intentions for putting brakes on the WVDOE the 40 item “Why” list, including the 25 item one before this one, would be a good place to start for creating new legislation to correct problems.

Talking and reasoning with the WVDOE won’t work. There has been years of that with failed results.

Officials at the WVDOE believe that they are too superior and too elite to make them immune to constructive criticism from anyone.

It is either their way or no way. End of discussion!

By Miller  on  01.18.2016

Well written with valid questions.
But, as always.  Questions with no response from WVBE or WVDE.

Just more of their in your face “private, closed door meetings”.
Which clearly shows they know they are wrong.
Proof they want to hide from the public eye.

No doubt the Legislature and Governor could fix this.
No doubt they do not have the fortitude to do so.

So America, just keep calling West Virginians ‘hillbillies’.
Because this is what is running West Virginia government.  Hillbillies.

By WV - 400 million in the red  on  01.18.2016

Every year the WESTON DEMOCRAT and Lewis County schools together do a Spelling Bee.

Home school kids and public schools all participate.

Three years running, a home schooled student has won the spelling bee.

Great example of the failed West Virginia Board of Education.

By Thank You Weston Democrat  on  01.18.2016

Gilmer County and every other suffering intervention county has sought just behavior and treatment from the WV Board of Education over the past 20 years.

There has been no evidence of concern for justice, peace, or a showing of genuine respect for our people coming from Charleston.

When will they wake up,show the maturity of leadership we deserve, and exhibit a sense of fair play, fair-mindedness, equity, evenhandedness, impartiality, objectivity, neutrality, honesty, righteousness and yes it can be said, even morality?

By Mr. Green, Mr. Martirano, We Are Waiting For Chang  on  01.18.2016

The surfacing of the “Why” questions and the meeting at the Senior Center with the vote seeking politicians pose an interesting question.

With all the concerns exposed why would Senator Facemire, Senator Romano, and Delegates Boggs and Hanshaw suddenly want a group of Gilmer County’s citizens to meet with the WVBOE?

There is enough evidence from five years of intervention for the elected officials to use for an investigation designed to result in legislation to deal with the WVDOE and the WVBOE.

It seems highly unlikely that there is anything in the Why lists officials in the WVDOE and the WVBOE do not know about while refusing to take corrective actions.

Could a meeting be a political ploy so the Senators and Delegates could get out of doing their legislative jobs to correct problems Gilmer County has had from five years of intervention?

Were a meeting to be held with the WVBOE and nothing resulted the high level officials could contend that they tried to get change through talking.

The County needs the WV Legislature to take decisive action action now instead of sponsoring useless talking to continue to get us nothing.

By B. Messinger  on  01.19.2016

B. M.  Whose been allowed to talk, You??? Certainly not anybody in this county but the board pres….  Oh.  We get it.

By You've Been Talking Too Long Already B  on  01.19.2016

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