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Gilmer County Family Court Report - 05.13.15

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Gilmer County Family Court Judge Larry Whited took the following actions Wednesday, May 11, 2015:

One divorce was granted:


    •  Tammy Shiflet (50) of Glenville, WV divorced Larry Shiflet (56) of Normantown, WV


    •  On May 13, 2015 Shelley Lyn Pickens(52 ) of Annville, PA divorced James Alan Pickens (53) of Racine, OH.


    •  Also on May 13, 2015 Glendon Guy Ashley (48) of Glenville divorced Tressa Kay Ashley (46) of undisclosed address.


    •  One divorce was dismissed because parties failed to appear.


    •  One contempt petition was dismissed for the second time due to not submitting the final order to consider with the petition.

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CommunityConcerns™: Students and Parents Concerned about Mascot

The following mascot images were sent out to all the Gilmer County Elementary Schools asking principals to have their students select one mascot image they like best and to vote for it.

The votes have been recorded and forwarded to the GCBOE Office.

Option 1

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Option 2

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Option 3

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Following was the accompanying instructions to each principal:

Attached are our three “options” for the Gilmer Elementary Mascot design as voted on by our planning committee. (GCHS students created these designs initially.)

During the last meeting, the committee elected to have all Gilmer students in grades PreK-6th vote to choose “the one” out of three for our new elementary school. This design will be used in the future for may purposes such as a graphics on the inside of the building on walls, letterhead, student materials, and more.

Can you please have all of your students vote (PreK-6) to help with this process?

Please send me the attached chart filled in with your school results on or before our June 1st administrative meeting.


FYI – in case you have questions through this process…

*The name of the school will be Gilmer County Elementary.

*The wildcats will be our mascot.

*Black, blue, and silver will be the school colors.

These images were shown to the students in Pre-K to 6th grade.
Here are some of the responses from the student after they saw the images to their parents and friends:

“oh, that is scary!!“

“too mean and scary”

“that thing looks evil”

“none are good to vote for”

… and the list goes on.


We have heard many reactions to the mascot choices which due to the vast numbers we feel there is a real Community Concern.

The Concerns are NEITHER criticizing the artistic ability of the designer, NOR are taking away from the artistry of the images at all. However, these designs seem much too fierce of an image for an elementary school mascot!!!!

Who decided these were the best images to choose and show to students?

If our young students’ reactions are any indication, we feel the new school’s mascot needs further thought and review before a final decision is made.

We feel it is very important to inform the ADULT citizens of this county about this.

We are sure the majority of parents and taxpayers are unaware of this decision being made by the children and “new Gilmer Elementary School Committee”!

The following are some of the images submitted to us by the citizen:

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Oh those images are horrid!!! Lets compete in games and tournaments and not keep score as well. What are we turning in to, a bunch of panty waist milksops?

By Retired Ed  on  05.20.2015

What do we want for a mascot a cute little bunny rabbit, what is the point of a mascot? I am a product of the Gilmer Co. school system, The old Glenville High School mascot was the Red Terror. Opposing team members were intimidated and reeled in horror upon looking over at our sideline and seeing a heathen injun wielding a homatawk.

By Retired Ed  on  05.20.2015

The original choice is just another example of a Simmons led committee showing no connection to students prek-6. The logo chosen appears almost violent in nature. It wouldn’t even set a good example for the high school. Looks more like a saber tooth tiger than a wildcat.

By P Lowe  on  05.20.2015

Those images scare ME!  Maybe the paw print ??  Seems the least threatening.

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Gilmer County Board of Education Meeting - 05.18.15 - Today

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AGENDA
REGULAR MEETING
Gilmer County Board of Education
Gilmer County High School
Monday, May 18, 2015 – 6:00 PM

I. CALL TO ORDER - Roll Call by President


II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE


III. DELEGATIONS


IV. APPROVE 2015-2016 BUDGET


V. CONSENT AGENDA

      A. Minutes: April 14, 20,21,30 May 01, 2015 (Regular & Special)

      B. Budget Supplements & Transfers

      C.  Financial Statement/Treasurer’s Report

      D.  Accounts Payable

      E.  Student Transfers

      F.  School Volunteers

      G.  Field Trips


VI. NEW BUSINESS
      A.  Adopt State Policy 2419

      B.  Dinsmore & Shohl

      C.  County Office

      D.  Groundbreaking

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


VII. SUPERINTENDENT’S INFORMATION/ACTION
      A. Summer School-Cherri West

      B. Smarter Balance Testing

      C. Financial Information


VIII. REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW-UP ACTION

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

      A. RESA 7- Dr. William Simmons


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Is there some legal problem about to surface?

Under “new business”, item B - Dinsmore & Shohl

Isn’t that a law firm?

Whats going on now?

By citizen  on  05.18.2015

Wouldn’t consider anything done by the state appointed super to be what the average citizen in Gilmer calls legal unless by definition not by intent. These days is it safe to say if it takes a lawyer to get it done the deal will be darn right shady?

Previously reported on the GFP that Devono wants to move the offices over to the Health Center after years of telling us they were going to use the Glenville Elementary building? Anyone’s guess but odds are he’s going to sell all of our school buildings he can? Anyone’s guess as to who would want Glenville Elementary and which board members would say fine?

GFP please hurry and post the video for last nights board meeting. That should cast some light on the subject.

By Reader 76  on  05.19.2015

Citizens believe that the Minnie Hamilton move to the WACO Center was made to get badly needed revenue for GSC and the consequence was lost income for public health services in Gilmer County.

It seems that there is an attempt to use public education money to compensate for the move to WACO mistake. Sounds like a bailout scheme for a bad decision made by the County Commission.

Where does rent money go now for space the Board Office occupies in the annex and if that space is vacated what will that loss of money do to the County?

Everything in Gilmer is connected and when one change occurs something else is affected. There is more to this story than citizens are being told.

If anything with Gilmer going from five schools to two and losing students to Lewis County there may be less need for staffing in the County’s school board office to require even less space in the future.

We need to go slow on this one and to flesh out all the facts to get everything out in the open for citizens to know.

By R. Ashcraft  on  05.20.2015

Keeping GES was the best chance for a competition gymnasium.  Surely they wouldn’t want to pay rent forever?  That is the newest building. Anybody thinks the SBA has gobs of money better think again. The new school boom is over.

McDowell is in desperate need.  So is Wayne County.  They have buildings sliding into the river or falling down! Fayette is still working to save themselves from forced consolidation. All the intervention counties including the ones with control returned still have state appointed superintendents who are making unilateral community decisions about schools that the local boards were elected to make!

By Intervention Killing WV Communities  on  05.20.2015

Intervened counties never have any more say after partial restoration of power by the State. The in place supers rule the same way. They make all the decisions in advance, never consult with the board in advance when important decisions are made, and they always expect after-the-fact rubber stamping.

It has to do with the concept that you can’t teach old dogs new tricks. The supers are selected for being dictators, insensitive to need for people skills,  convinced that they know it all, followers of Charleston’s orders without flinching, and they consider boards to be nuisances to put up with instead of resources to work with.

Even after so-called full power is restored the State’s supers remain for two more years of the same type of school system management. This blocks all semblance of local control. If you want to check for yourselves, communicate with citizens in intervened counties.

By Charles Snyder  on  05.21.2015

Is it not true that Mr. Devono purchased 225 more computers for the GCHS when we don’t have an inventory of how many computers and other electronics equipment we already have in the County and where it is located?

There should be lots of it around after Obama’s stimulus money was spent on equipment. Spending money by the State is used as a substitute measure of how our schools are doing. Nonsense correlation!

No wonder WV lags the pack in the quality of K-12 education while being 6th nationally for education spending for our population size.

The lack of accountability from the top on down is the monster problem to solve. WV Legislators, what are you going to do to fix the problem?

By Burt Massey  on  05.21.2015

Somebody better check on who does the HVAC for these “new” state of the art schools.  Mingo and McDowell county both have air conditioning problems at theirs.  Mingos won’t be fixed before the school year is out and McDowells hasn’t worked right since the school was built. Guess that computerized climate control in Charleston hasn’t been such a great success.

By Concerned  on  05.21.2015

The community learned that Mr.Gabe Devono is pushing to move the County’s board of education office to the old Minnie Hamilton building along Mineral Road.

How much extra money would that move cost the County to come from funds which should go to educating our children?

We understand that the lease Mr. Devono is pushing would be with the Gilmer County Health Center Board of Trustees. Who are these people?

By R. Bailey  on  05.24.2015

How many noticed that when Gabe is asked questions at board meeting he usually does not know answers and he always says that he will get back with them.

Does he ever get back or is this his way of ignoring issues while thinking that they will be forgotten?

How much longer is Gabe going to be assigned here? Mrs. Manchin has that answer should anyone talk with her. Charleston already knows who will be Gabe’s replacement.

By Earl Rusk  on  05.25.2015

We hear that Gabe gave the GCHS HVAC work to Williamson and Shriver and there are problems with the project. Remember that on tape he said that if the firm did not get the work, money for it would have to be returned to the State.

Smacks of good ole WV favoritism and cronyism. It is solid proof that the school board has no power at all over money or anything else and it is forced to function in token ways.

The State gave the Hays City project to W&S too after all the problems at Cedar Creek and Leading Creek.

By Ben Jones  on  05.25.2015

Assuming that it is similar to everything else done under intervention the move to MH is a done deal with the pretense that the decision will be made openly and objectively with full disclosure of information.

Everything which happens with intervention is driven by channeling money someway and it has little to do with how education improvements will occur to benefit a County’s children. The expectation is always for local people to keep quiet and to go along with the State.

Gabe Devono represents the State’s interests all the way. He signed checks for the bad mistake Cedar Creek deal while under Charleston’s orders and you know what that got us.

By Nick Bartson  on  05.25.2015

This is for Gabe and Mr. Charles Heinlein. How much total money would it cost including getting the facility move in ready and all other costs beyond what is being paid now for the term of the lease for the MH facility compared to what the County would pay if the board office remains where it is for the same period?

If the costs would be greater exactly how would the move and extra costs provide more benefits to the County’s pre-k to 12 children? Benefiting children is what the State is supposed to be doing with our money.

Spending must always focus on need to have rather than nice to have board offices and everything else.

Citizens expect elected board members to take a thorough look at the move issue instead of being stampeded into a bad decision as the State likes to do.

By Brad Petty  on  05.25.2015

We learned quickly that the State is careless in spending the County’s school money for no benefit whatsoever for our children.

Wasted money at Cedar Creek, hiring a principal who worked less than a month to receive full pay for a year at Troy, buying 225 computers without allowing a qualified local bidder to compete for the business, no bid architect to install the HVAC system at the GCHS and to build the Hays City school, and money wasted at Linn are a few examples of mismanagement.

After spending more than $200,000 on a new telephone system for the board office and getting new furniture the State wants to move out to Minnie Hamilton. Doesn’t make sense.

By Jack Heston  on  05.25.2015

Hopefully there is a powerful person somewhere in WV with courage and power to investigate what happened with intervention in Gilmer County to cause great waste and ruin of our education system all in the name of our children.

Democracy does not exist anymore in WV where the WVDOE runs roughshod over intervened counties.

It is State-sponsored dictatorship with not one proven case of where intervention occurred to make a county better off than it was before the State seized power.

The State’s rush into the old Minnie Hamilton center is one just one example of unjustified spending at the expense of our needy children. Track the money trail. Dr. Martirano and Governor Tomblin do you approve of this travesty?

By Smelly Deal  on  05.25.2015

What a travesty! We are so bad off with money needs at the classroom level that teachers have to take money out of their own pockets to care for their students.

Where is the documented evidence that more money is not going going to be wasted with the Minnie Hamilton move and how would our children benefit from it?

Someone or some unit of government stands to profit from this deal. Blankenship stated that his plan was to move the central office to Gilmer Elementary. Why the change now when we don’t know if one to another place from where it is now is justified?

There must be a motivated buyer in the wings citizens have not been told about. Any clues?

By M.J. Burns  on  05.26.2015

People who heard about the May school board meeting understand that Mr. Gabriel Devono expected the school board to approve the move to MH without giving them enough information to make an intelligent decision one way or another.

The board was reported to have shown backbone to delay a decision. The sought after move to MH falls in perfect line with the way the State does business with intervention.

Withhold information from mainstream citizens, listen only to what the powerful elite want, ramrod through what it wants without making the sale to stakeholders it claims to serve, treat elected school board with contempt and disrespect, and have total insensitivity to need for the wise use of public money while spouting that what it does is always for the County’s children.

Gilmer County deserves a thorough investigation of what intervention has done to expose the State’s waste and mismanagement. Dr. Martirano, are you for us or are you against us? Your silence suggests that you don’t care.

By Raph Higgins  on  05.26.2015

We know that as a result of intervention the County has less of its surplus money and we don’t know where it went. There are indicators of massive waste and Cedar Creek is a prime example.

We are getting a new consolidated school in a bad location, four of our grade schools are being lost, and about one hundred of our children are being taken to another county to go to school.

There is no convincing evidence that our schools are any better off with with staffing and performance, and anger against the State is so intense that a school bond and excess levy wtll never pass again.

We do not know if our administrators, teachers and staffs in the schools are any better off as they deserve to be with what they have to go through.

There has been tight secrecy by the State with the attitude that it knows what is best for us with only token say from the regular public. Oh yes, people with money and political power among us get their regular briefings and they have real say.

Constant streams of misinformation and confusion from the State’s has plagued the County for nearly five years.

Based on what has been seen, the State’s motive seems to be to abuse its power to spend hoards of money to benefit a favored few, and claims of improved education for our children have been a cruel smoke screen.

Dr. Martirano, Governor Tomblin or someone else in a high place, please tell us where we are wrong. We feel like conquered people betrayed by the State of West Virginia.

By Roger Alkire  on  05.27.2015

Because the new consolidated school will be on an old dump with undisclosed material having been left there, is the State going to pay for good health monitoring of students and employees over the years to keep check on them for problems which may show up?

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G-Eye™: Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting Report - 04.20.15

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

I. CALL TO ORDER - Roll Call by President


II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE


III. DELEGATIONS


IV. CONSENT AGENDA

        A. Minutes: March 16, 2015 (Regular & Special)

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MINUTES REGULAR MEETING

The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer Monday, March 16, 2015 - 6:00 PM Gilmer County High School

CALL TO ORDER

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

ROLL CALL

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

Others Present: Rick Kinder, Cheryl Strother, Nasia Butcher, Dave Ramezan, Kyre-Anna Minney, Bob Hardman, Michelle Raines and Kim Bonnett.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Tom Ratliff led the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance.

DELEGATIONS

Rick Kinder
Michelle Raines
Dave Ramezan
Kim Bonnett (on behalf of WVEAJ)

CONSENT AGENDA

Misty Pritt moved to approve all consent agenda and new business items and Tom Ratliff seconded. Motion passed 5-0.

REVIEW 7 CONSIDER REVISIONS OF DELEGATION POLICY

Norma Hurley moved to table item and Carl Armour seconded. Motion passed 5-0.

MASONIC CORNERSTONE - GILMER COUNTY ELEMENTARY

Carl Armour made a motion to have no action on the item because the Board does not have any authority for new facilities and should the State decide to place the cornerstone, the state or the Masons should assume all financial responsibilities. Norma Hurley seconded the motion. Motion passed 5-0.

SUPERINTENDENTS INFORMATION

A. Spring break and calendar-Misty Pritt moved to approve the third option voted on by employees which is observing Good Friday and Monday as Spring Break and to utilize April 7-10 as instructional days. Tom Ratliff seconded. Motion passed 5-0.

B. Request for Purchase Technology-Mr. Devono read the following recommendation to the Board:

Gilmer County Board of Education: I am proposing for the Gilmer County Board of Education to approve the purchase of approximately 215 HP touch screen laptops, as indicated in your packet, for Gilmer County High School. Increasing one-to-one student to computer became goal #5 in our strategic plan for 2014-2015 as you know from previous presentations and sessions for our strategic plan. I met with the GCHS technology committee. The high school technology committee requested for all 7th and 8th graders to have one-to-one devices. The technology committee also indicated a need for providing both GCHS 9-12 Math teachers one-to-one instructional devices and a need to provide the 11th and 12th grade Science teacher one-to-one devices.
In the state board of education standards, our classroom teachers are required to teach standards for student technology use. Within WVDE policy 2520.14, you will find standards for grades 5-8 and 9-12 that specifically outline objectives, skills, and outcomes for technology applications in ALL core subject classrooms that cannot be met unless students have access to devices.
It is a right and responsibility of a superintendent to research and identify the need and resources to accomplish shared goals for improving the educational process. I am proposing for the Gilmer County Board of Education to approve the purchase of approximately 215 HP touch screen laptops through state approved AEPA (Association for Educational Purchasing Agencies) consortium for Gilmer County High School. The funding has been secured out of STEP 7b which is directly provided for technology integration within our school district.

Carl Armour made a motion to deny the Superintendent’s request. Motion died for lack of a second. Misty Pritt made a motion to accept the recommendation of the Superintendent on proposed technology. Tom Ratliff seconded. Motion passed 4-1. Carl Armour opposed.

C.  LIREC Grant and Policy 2512.

BOARD REPORTS

Dr. Armour reported on the Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center meeting of February 26, 2015.

Dr. Simmons reported on RESA 7 and Leading Creek Elementary and HB2755.

The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will be March 16 2015, 6:00 pm. at Gilmer County High School.

ADJOURNMENT

Carl Armour moved and Tom Ratliff seconded that the meeting adjourn at 7:53 PM. Motion carried unanimously.

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MINUTES SPECIAL MEETING

CALL TO ORDER

The meeting was called to order at 5:30 PM by President, Dr. William Simmons.

ROLL CALL

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

Others Present: Kyre-Anna Minney, Nasia Butcher and Dave Ramezan.

APPROVE LEVY RATES

Superintendent distributed the levy schedule to board members.

RECESS

Norma Hurley moved and Misty Pritt seconded that the meeting be recessed until April 21, 2015 at 8:00 AM at the Gilmer County Board of Education Office. Motion passed unanimously.


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        B. Budget Supplements & Transfers

        C.  Financial Statement/Treasurer’s Report

        D.  Accounts Payable

        E.  Student Transfers

        F.  School Volunteers

        G.  Field Trips

We apologize for lack of report. We have asked for this information in person, in meetings, and in writing multiple times, but still we are not getting the information ALL previous Superintendents provided. Instead, we receive several blank pages with heading for each line items.


V. NEW BUSINESS

        A.  WV School Board Assoc. Membership Fees

        B.  Adopt Embedded Credit Policy

        C.  Approve 2015-2016 School Calendar

        D.  Adopt Textbooks for Health, Reading Language Arts

        E.  Affordable Care Act


VI. Nasia Butcher, Principal, Gilmer County High School


VII. SUPERINTENDENT’S INFORMATION/ACTION
        A.  LSIC Meeting Updates

VIII. REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW-UP ACTION

        A.  CGCC-  Dr. Carl Armour – March 17, 2015

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Calhoun-Gilmer Administrative Council Official Minutes March 17, 2015

Members Present:
Mr. Timothy Woodward, Presiding
Mr. Gabriel Devono, Gilrner Supt.
Mrs. Jenna Jett, Calhoun Absent:
Dr. Carl Armour, Gilmer
Mr. Bryan P. Sterns, Secretary

Others Present:
Lisa Moore
Mr. Jason Hughes

ITEM I-Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Mr. Woodward at 11:00 AM.

ITEM II - Agenda Adjustments

None

ITEM III - Delegations

None

ITEM IV - Approval of Minutes

The minutes of January 26, 2015 were presented for approval. Dr. Armour moved to approve the minutes as presented; second by Mrs. Jett. Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous.

ITEM V-Reports

Mr. Sterns and Mr. Woodward both reported that the OEPA exit interview was very positive. The official report will be out in May or June.

Mr. Sterns presented the Council with a Power Point of the Simulated Workplace. He also informed members that Mr. Jackson with Law and Public Safety and Mr. McCormick with Networking and Computer Repair will be participating in Pilot programs next school year and they are both attending a training on April 24 at United Technical Center.

ITEM VI - New Business

Financial Matters: The list of bills, the financial report, a budget supplement and transfers, and the CGCC Individual School Financial Report for February were presented for approval.  Dr. Armour moved to approve the financial matters as presented; second by Mr. Devono.  Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous.

Personnel: There were no personnel matters.

Workbase Placement: Mr. Sterns presented two MOUs for approval. Mrs. Jett moved to approve the list as presented; second by Dr. Armour.  Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous.

Embedded Credit: Mr. Sterns presented two Memorandums of Understanding between Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center and Calhoun County and Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center and Gilmer County to provide students an opportunity to earn Embedded English Credit. Each county board is responsible for developing their own policy. Dr. Armour moved to accept the MOUs as presented and Mrs. Jett seconded the motion. After some discussion, Mrs. Jett moved to rescind the motion, seconded by Dr. Armour. Dr. Armour moved to accept the MOUs pending Gilmer’s Board Approval of an embedded credit policy. Mr. Devono seconded the motion. Motion carried. Vote: unanimous.

LEA: Mr. Sterns presented the council with a draft of the LEA plan. Dr. Armour moved to accept the LEA as presented, seconded by Mr. Devono. Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous.

General Discussion:

Mr. Sterns reported that Dr. D’Antoni will be visiting on April 29, 2015. This is a rescheduled visit. She will be meeting with staff and students.

Council was very complimentary of the Joint LSIC meeting. Several members spoke of how impressed they were with the students who presented that evening.

Mr. Sterns expressed concern over scheduling issues for the SY2015-16. Due to the inclement weather, Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center Instructors are just now completing their presentations at GCHS and the Eighth and Tenth grade visits are not scheduled until next week. As schedules are being developed for students for the next school year, Mr. Sterns expressed that he is in hopes that students will be given the opportunity to adjust their schedules if they express an interest in attending the Career Center. Also, Mr. Devono asked Mr. Sterns if presentations could be done at various times at the High Schools not only at just one particular time. The discussion of also opening up visits with the Elementary age students was addressed as well.

It was brought to council’s attention that we are currently unable to contact Bus Driver Colin Hartshorn with our current radio. Mr. Sterns would like to contact Joe Frashure, Transportation Director in Gilmer County to see if we would be able to correct that.
Several adjustments in the School Calendar were noted regarding Early Dismissal dates and Spring Break dates. Gilmer County will be out of session on April 03 and April 06 and will be converting April 07-10th as instructional days. CGCC will follow the Gilmer County Calendar as voted on previously by this council.
ITEM VI - Adjournment and Scheduling of Next Meeting

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Calhoun-Gilmer Administrative Council will be held on April 21, 2015 at 11:00 AM. With no further business, the meeting adjourned on motion of Mrs. Jett; second by Mr. Devono. Motion carried. Vote: Unanimous.
Mr. Timothy Woodward, Presiding Mr. Bryan P. Sterns, Secretary

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        A. RESA 7- Dr. William Simmons


IX. ADJOURNMENT

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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

We apologize for lack of report. We have asked for this information in person, in meetings, and in writing multiple times, but still we are not getting the information ALL previous Superintendents provided. Instead, we receive several blank pages with heading for each line items.


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

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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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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.

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 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
Glenville State College    
Gilmer County Board of Education    
Gilmer County Courthouse    
Gilmer County Health Department    
Gilmer County Senior Center  
 
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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.

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