Fred Hill was KILLED by the Crooks from Crooked County!

Goodman, and partner Denis Moynihan were confronted by lobbyists for AMERICAN JUSTICE at Oberlin College in OHIO!!

By Rina McCoy – Crooked County Crooks Editor/Reporter for the Concerned Citizens Free Press

The Council of Conservative Citizens  from the “Gods Country” State reported that Amy Goodman, and partner Denis Moynihan were confronted by lobbyists for AMERICAN JUSTICE and told that the REAL INVESTIGATIVE REPORTERS were on the street exposing corruption, and not writing books and giving speeches at Oberlin College!!

Denis Moynihan was in Ohio, over the weekend, he has overseen the remarkable growth of his TV show Democracy Now! Amy Goodman is an investigative reporter and journalist. Amy Goodman was the host and executive producer of Democracy Now, a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program airing on over 1,100 public television and radio stations worldwide.Denis is now CEO of Free Speech TV.

During this 2012 election season, Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan are on a national speaking tour to mark the 16th anniversary of the daily, independent, global TV/Radio news hour and to launch their new book:

Denis Moynihan covered protests against the World Trade Organization in Seattle in 1999, which never really amounted to much. Since 2001,
he has participated in the organization’s growth and sustainability, focusing primarily on distribution, infrastructure development, and coordinating special projects and HAS NOT been involved in ANY investigative reporting!!

The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope.

Amy Goodman was bright and responsive during her speech at Oberlin College in Oberlin, OH on Friday shown in this photo which is the cover of her latest book written with Denis Moynihan.

Goodman’s fifth book, The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope, written with Denis Moynihan, will be published this fall. Goodman spoke publicly Friday afternoon, and was asked question of her investigative work, in public, and then it was mentioned to her the FINE WORK being done in West Virginia for exposing corruption by what the Police described as REAL INVESTIGATIVE journalists like Dan Bingman and Lawrence Smith, who have collaborated on several projects that resulted in exposing corruption in West Virginia. WV which was described as a bad cancer connected to the Southern portion of Ohio, has been infested with drugs, drug addicts and corruption to such an extreme as to garner national attention for it soon.

Dave Ramezan and the Gilmer Free Press was mentioned and how a mad little midget circuit court judge by the name of FACEMIRE and a Ferpa Violator/Prosecutor by the name of Gerald B Hough had kept the Gilmer Free Press under a gag order while forcing them to endure EXPENSIVE legal costs on a case that has nothing to do with the operation of the Gilmer Free Press.

Amy Goodman was bright and responsive during her speech at Oberlin College in Oberlin, OH on Friday – but handed the matter over to Moynihan when she was confronted by outspoken lobbyists of justice in Ohio, that are also law enforcement officials, and or officers of the court, that are supporters of the Council of Concerned Citizens and the Central WV Secret Seven Coalition for the success in exposing corrupt public officials, that also includes judges and lawyers in West Virginia. In fact the matter became so heated one member was nearly asked to leave, and then the group caught up to Moynihan and Goodman after the event at a local restaurant and cornered them again and exchanged addresses, phone numbers and e-mails, so that they could be better informed about what real on the street, investigative reporters are doing to expose public officials and corrupt politicians in the state of WV. Goodman and Moynihan were a little miffed by the inference that they were NOT THE REAL DEAL for exposing corruption in the US, but that Bingman, Smith, and Ramezan far out performed them in actually getting facts to expose real crimes of real public officials and bad members of the West Virginia State Police.

The effigy of Dan Bingman getting a talking to by SGT KING at CRJ after Judge Facemire called down there to have another illegal act of torture carried out for exposing judicial corruption involving the 14th district circuit court, and a court that has a widely known CROOK from Crooked County by the name of Gerald B Hough as PA that has proven himself GUILTY of paying state witnesses to falsely testify on the stand.

Goodman and Moynihan were told in so many words, that they were too busy writing books and too far removed from the front lines of corruption in America to be giving any speeches about it at Oberlin College and that maybe they should contact members of the Central WV Secret Seven Coalition to discover for themselves the REAL BATTLES that are taking place for TRUTH, JUSTICE and the American way!

SHERIFF MICKEY MOUSE METZ Nowhere to Be Found while GILMER COUNTY SHERIFF DEPUTY BEATS THE HOLY CRAP OUT OF AN ELDERLY PERSON AND THEN TAKES An Alleged INNOCENT MAN TO JAIL BEATEN BADLY!!

By Rina McCoy – Cosmos Communicator Editor

According to a front page report in the Gilmer Free Press, the Gilmer County Sheriffs department seems to be once again guilty of misconduct and possible criminal actions involving badly beating an elderly person while making and official call to a Gilmer County residence.

“Don Singleton a Gilmer County man is in the hospital due to severe injuries he suffered during his arrest by law enforcement officers on Saturday, January 28, 2012”

According to a Criminal Complaint filed against the Sheriff’s Department with Gilmer County Magistrate Court, Gilmer County Sheriff Deputy Benton Huffman responded to assist West Virginia State Police Trooper Raynor on a Welfare check on Dry Fork Road in Gilmer County.

Donald Singleton severely beaten while being taken to jail!

When they arrived on the scene, State Police Trooper Raynor spoke to Mr. Singelton and asked him where his son Rodney Singleton was.

Soon the officers found out he was not there.

Don Singleton, the local resident, age 76 with a hearing impairment was sitting in his garage with nothing wrong with him at the time.  The sheriff’s department had no warrants.  They entered the Singleton residence where a verbal altercation ensued as a result. Mr. Singleton was arrested for battery on a police officer.

“According to the sheriff’s deputy, they did nothing wrong, but we all heard that one before. The Gilmer County Sheriff has a documented history of false arrests and bringing false charges and allegations against individuals they have targeted for one reason or another!”

Mr. Singleton is currently in Ruby Memorial hospital where he was in critical condition.  He had blood on the brain from head injuries.  His hands were also solid black and blue.  There are knots up and down his back and on his legs.

Take warning Senior Citizens, the Gilmer County Sheriff’s department has a documented history of being liars, and bringing false evidence to grand juries and trial juries, and you could be next.

Gilmer County Sheriff Deputy Casey JONES tried out his Taser‎ on an innocent victim  and YOU could be next!

There is a procedure that law enforcement is supposed to follow and what they did was incorrect.  As a taxpayer, Mr. Singleton was not properly treated.

Gilmer County, wake up and see what’s going on!  This could be your Dad or Mom.  Who is next?

Mr. Singleton never called the law enforcement, didn’t know they were coming, and didn’t invite them into his residence.  Once they were told the individual they were looking for was not there, they should have left, but that was not the case!

Council of Conservative Citizens – GERRY HOUGH Gilmer County Prosecutor is a CRIMINAL and will be held accountable!

Attention Gerald B Hough, you are hereby being notified that you will be held accountable for your false prosecutions and criminal activity. You will be pursued relentlessly as well as your cohorts in crime for your continuing and ongoing criminal activity, which also includes purposely not bringing rape cases forward.

Your criminal acts and serious crimes under the guise as prosecuting attorney for Gilmer County will be made public for all to see, and for all to make up their own minds in the court of public opinion, every day, every week, and every month of 2012.

You Gerald B Hough will be made to pay for damages via criminal tort for criminal negligence, and the tax payers of Gilmer County via the County Commission will not be happy they have to foot the bill for your blatant misconduct.

Gerald B Hough with daughter Carly Hough who brought the hard booze on the bus to the State High School Volley Ball tournament in Charleston recently. Contributing to the delinquency of minors is not against the law when your DAD is the prosecutor.

The local WV chapter of the Council of Conservative Citizens will regale the people with stories of WACO OIL AND GAS and IKE MORRIS involving payoffs via paper bags filled with cash transferred in parking lots in the dark of night while high-ranking elected officials crouch in back seats.

You people in Gilmer County which also includes local law enforcement will be exposed for your criminal activity and so will the state govt that supports such acts.

In West Virginia even the Governor EARL RAY is crooked as fuck.

But, when IKE MORRIS has US SENATOR JOE MANCHIN literally in his pocket, well then the entire cheating situation is scaled to a matter to be handled by professionals only.

You owe some serious debts in cash and ass Gerald B Hough and we aim to collect both if necessary.

I am WHITE FANG from the Central WV SS and I have been specially trained to rid Crooked County of the wicked and evil. My relatives grew up along the Crooked River and made that their home, just to lose it all to some corrupt public officials from Gilmer County. I have been trained to identify enemies and alert my master to their presence. I know what Gerald B Hough looks like and smells like and hopefully I will know the taste of evil if the gods provide good hunting. Don’t worry! It will be JUST OK, for then we can all say, “Oh, No foul play…but what a mess!”

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Gilmer Free Press Reports FOIA lawsuit against CROOKS from CROOKED COUNTY!!

G-FYI™: Legal Action against Clerk and Gilmer County Commission for Withholding Information image West Virginia’s Freedom of Information ACT (FOIA) was enacted to give citizens access to information to which they are entitled.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Elements of the act were detailed eloquently by Mr. Darrell McGraw, the Attorney General of West Virginia (Google WV FOIA). The ACT’s purpose is to keep citizens fully informed to enable them to independently evaluate performances of our public institutions and its officials. Gilmer County has a sordid history of willful withholding of information by its officials. However, with emergence of the information age, veils of secrecy are beginning to unravel.

For a prime example, Mr. Lawrence Smith, an investigative reporter for the West Virginia Record known as West Virginia’s Legal Journal, initiated legal action to achieve disclosure of the County Commission’s settlement of a recent lawsuit.

The defendants in Mr. Smith’s court filing are Ms. Jean Butcher and the Gilmer County Commission. The filing related to the aftermath of the River’s View housing project by the Gilmer Housing Partners, LLC for which Terry Butcher and Timothy Butcher, local attorneys, are key individuals.

After construction occurred at the site a lawsuit was filed in Federal Court. The allegation was that there was improper recording of lien information for the property.

The Commission as one of the defendants lost the case to come under a Federal order to pay a penalty, but details about the penalty were kept secret from citizens.

 Mr. Smith requested information three times. After refusals to respond, he filed a complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief with Judge Facemire to plea for disclosure of the information.

A copy of the filing and the third FOIA request are provided below. In his third request, Mr. Smith stated that the penalty for noncompliance is “punishable by a fine of up to $1,000, 20 days in jail or both.” Citizens await Judge Facemire’s important decision.

The issue is crucial for citizens because without full disclosure of essential information, accountability, the bulwark of our democracy, is impossible.

There is a new controversy over actions by Judge Richard A Facemire involving one of the longest lasting court cases in Gilmer County history. The “Travesty of Justice” case that got a vote of 3 to 2 during the final argument phase was in WV Supreme Court all of 06 and most of 07. Jessica H Donahue Rhodes from the Lawyer Disciplinary Counsel was recently caught on tape releasing info regarding misconduct by Judge Facemire while she was being asked what happened to the evidence submitted that proved that Gerry Hough was involved in a conspiracy to hide a title and evidence from the Circuit Court and WVSC. She, un prompted ...went into a defense as to why no action was taken against Facemire when the question was simply …what happened to the evidence against Hough Bitch?!

Accordingly, if corrective measures are not ordered by Judge Facemire to keep Gilmer County’s citizens informed, checks and balances, particularly those exercisable in our voting booths, will remain stifled to allow business as usual to reign. Lawsuit filed on Friday, December 23, 2011

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF GILMER COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA Jay Lawrence Smith, an individual Plaintiff, Civil Action No. [11-C-29] v. Honorable [Richard A. Facemire], Judge Jean Butcher, in her capacity as Clerk of the Gilmer County Commission, and The Gilmer County Commission, a political subdivision,

Defendants COMPLAINT FOR DECLARATORY AND INJUNCTIVE RELIEF Now comes the Plaintiff, Jay Lawrence Smith, who states as follows: PARTIES 1. Jay Lawrence Smith (“Smith”) is a resident of Hurricane, Putnam County, West Virginia. 2. Smith is a free-lance legal researcher and journalist whose principal place of business is in South Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia. 3. Defendant Jean Butcher (“Butcher”) is a resident of Gilmer County, West Virginia and was, at all times relevant hereto, the Clerk of the Gilmer County Commission. 4. Defendant Gilmer County Commission (“the Commission”) is a political subdivision organized under the laws of the state of West Virginia with an address of 10 Howard St., Glenville, WV 26351. 5. Though independently elected by popular vote, the Clerk is the custodian of all records held by the Commission including, but not limited to, deeds, deeds of trust, Uniform Commercial Code filings and UCC fixture filings. 6. This Court has jurisdiction over this matter and over the parties. 7. As the conduct complained of, and as more particularly set forth herein, occurred in Gilmer County, this matter is properly venued with this Court. FACTUAL BACKGROUND 8. Smith restates the allegations contained in Paragraphs 1-7 9. On or about Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011, Smith learned of a settlement in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia between the Defendants and Summit Community Bank (“Summit”), a foreign corporation located at 100 West Jubal Early Dr., Winchester, VA, 22601 (Case number ll-cv-39). 10. After it was named as a co-defendant in a breach of contract suit hi the district court on March 10, 2010, Summit filed a third-party complaint against the Defendants on Oct. 25, 2010.

Jean Butcher Crooked County Commission Clerk with help of assistance Angel Ball feel they can make up their own rules, but this is the year we put them both in prison for all the crimes others will blame on them, for they are the fall guys for all the crimes of the past!

In its third-party complaint, Summit alleged defendants bore responsibility for it being named in the original complaint as the Clerk failed to properly record the names of both owners of at least one if not more parcels of property on a UCC fixture filing. 11. Said property/properties was/were previously owned by Gilmer Housing Partners (“GHP”), a domestic corporation located at One Pioneer Drive, Glenville, WV, 26351, and sold to New Horizon Home Sales (“New Horizon”), a domestic corporation located at 3048 Hinton Rd., Athens, WV 26651, and its president, Jack Jones (“Jones”). Also, said property/properties is/are located in the River’s View subdivision along W. Va. Route 5 near the Otterbein United Methodist Church outside of Glenville. 12. Upon learning of the settlement, Smith called Edward McDevitt (W. Va. Bar I.D. #2437) (“McDevitt”), counsel for Summit to inquire about the terms. 13. When contacted, McDevitt said ‘“You’ll need to speak with their [Butcher and the Commission’s] attorney about that.‘“ 14. Upon concluding his call with McDevitt, Smith called Wendy Greve (W. Va. Bar I.D. # 6599) (“Greve”), counsel for Butcher and the Commission in the third-party complaint, about the terms of the settlement as instructed by McDevitt. When he was unable to speak with Greve, Smith left her a voice-message requesting it. 15.

Out of an abundance of caution, the next day, Wednesday, Oct. 12, Smith sent a Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) request to Butcher. In his request, Smith sought the following information: A. The terms of the settlement. B. The total payout made by the county either through its general revenue fund or a third party. C. The names of all third parties making said payments. D. The total payout made by either the county or any third parties to the lawyer(s) or law firm(s) representing the county (Attached as Exhibit “A”). 16.

The FOIA request was sent to Butcher and the Commission via e-mail, fax and U.S. Mail. 17. When Smith failed to receive a reply from Butcher within the statutory five business days, Smith sent her a second FOIA request dated Oct. 22, 2011. The request was again sent to Butcher and the Commission via e-mail, fax and U.S. Mail (Attached as Exhibit “B”). 18. When Smith, once again, failed to receive a reply from Butcher within another five business days of his second FOIA request, he sent her a third request dated Nov. 11, 2011. The third request was once again sent to Butcher and the Commission via e-mail, fax and U.S. Mail (Attached as Exhibit “C”). 19. In his third FOIA request, Smith notified Butcher, and the Commission that if the information he requested was not forthcoming by Wednesday, Nov. 16, he would bring a complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief before this Court. 20. On multiple occasions following submission of all his FOIA requests, Smith attempted to avoid filing the instant suit by making repeated phone calls to Greve seeking the terms of the settlement.

All the calls he made to Greve were routed to voice-mail, and never returned. 21. The failure of Butcher, the Commission and Greve to provide Smith the details of the settlement in Summit’s third-party complaint against the Defendants has prompted the instant suit. ARGUMENTS 22. Smith restates the allegations in paragraphs 1 -21. 23.

The West Virginia FOIA law, W. Va. Code 298-1-3(1), states: “Every person has a right to inspect or copy any public record of a public body in this State, except as otherwise expressly provided by section four [29B-1-4] of this article.“ 24.

The Crooked County Commission Clerk with the CROOKED AS HELL Secretary of State of West Virginia the NO TALENT former small market TV personality with standing with Angel Ball, all three guilty of conspiracy to hide evidence that proves a felony in election fraud from November of 2010, these people are smiling because they rigged an election and got away with it!

Defendants have not provided a reason under 29B-1 -4(1) as to why Smith cannot see the information first requested in his Oct. 12, 2011, FOIA. 25.

Instead, Defendants have wantonly, maliciously, deliberately and vexatiously failed to respond to any of Smith’s FOIA requests. 26. Smith’s interest in this action outweighs any arguments for non-disclosure. Moreover, the information requested is public information. WHEREFORE, the Plaintiff prays that this Court: 1. declare that the Defendant’s refusal to disclose the records requested by Smith is unlawful; 2. grant injunctive relief, enjoining Defendants from withholding records without justification and ordering production to Smith of records improperly withheld; 3. grant a permanent injunction requiring the Defendants to undergo training for better understanding of W. Va. Code 29B, and implement a plan for more timely responses to FOIA responses; 4. award Smith his costs and reasonable attorney fees incurred in this action, as required by W. Va. Code 29B-1-7; and 5. grant Smith such other relief as the Court may deem just and proper.

Jay Lawrence Smith Pro se 5312 MacCorkle Ave., S.W. #238 South Charleston, WV 25309 (304) 397-6075 nislmediainc@yahoo.com

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–First Request 12 October 2011 Jean Butcher, Clerk Gilmer County Commission 10 Howard St. Glenville, WV 26351

Dear Ms. Butcher: Pursuant to the West Virginia Freedom of Information Act (W. Va. Code 29B-1-1, et. seq.),

I request access to the following information: •

All documents related to the settlement in the following lawsuit: 1. Summit Community Bank v. the Clerk of the Gilmer County Commission (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, case number 10-cv-39). The documents shall include, but not be limited to, the following: 1. The terms of the settlement. 2. The total payout made by the county either through its general revenue fund or a third party. 3. The names of all third parties making said payments. 4. The total payout made by either the county or any third parties to the lawyer(s) or law firm(s) representing the county. As required by the Act, I expect your response within five business days. Should you chose to deny all, or part, of this request, please cite the specific part of the Code for your denial. Once this information is available, I can be contacted at the addresses or phone number below. I thank you, Ms. Butcher, for taking the time to respond to this request. Sincerely, Lawrence J. Smith cc: Charles D. Hess, president, Gilmer County Commission Gerald Hough, Gilmer County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office 5312 MacCorkle Ave., S.W. #238 South Charleston, WV 25309 mslmediainc@yahoo.com (304) 397-6075 (phone) Sent via e-mail, U.S. Mail and fax Exhibit

Click H E R E for actual copy of the Exhibit B – Second Request

22 October 2011Jean Butcher, Clerk
Gilmer County Commission
10 Howard St. Glenville, WV 26351
Dear Ms. Butcher:

Pursuant to the West Virginia Freedom of Information Act (W. Va. Code 29B-1-1, et. seq.), I request access to the following information:

• All documents related to the settlement in the following lawsuit:

1.  Summit Community Bank v. the Clerk of the Gilmer County Commission (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, case number 10-cv-39).

The documents shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

1. The terms of the settlement.

2. The total payout made by the county either through its general revenue fund or a third party.

3. The names of all third parties making said payments.

4. The total payout made by either the county or any third parties to the lawyer(s) or law firm(s) representing the county.

This is a second request for information.

As required by the Act, I expect your response within five business days. Should you chose to deny all, or part, of this request, please cite the specific part of the Code for your denial.

Once this information is available, I can be contacted at the addresses or phone number below. I thank you, Ms. Butcher, for taking the time to respond to this request.

Sincerely,

Lawrence J. Smith
cc: Charles D. Hess, president, Gilmer County Commission Gerald Hough, Gilmer County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Wendy Greve, Esq., Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown and Poe, LLC
5312 MacCorkle Ave., S.W.
#238
South Charleston, WV 25309
mslmediainc@yahoo.com
(304) 397-6075 (phone)
Sent via e-mail, U.S. Mail and fax

Exhibit “C”Click H E R E for actual copy of the Exhibit C – Third Request

11 November 2011Jean Butcher, Clerk
Gilmer County Commission
10 Howard St. Glenville, WV 26351
Dear Ms. Butcher:

Pursuant to the West Virginia Freedom of Information Act (W. Va. Code 29B-1-1, et. seq.), I request access to the following information:

• All documents related to the settlement in the following lawsuit:

1.  Summit Community Bank v. the Clerk of the Gilmer County Commission (U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, case number 10-cv-39).

The documents shall include, but not be limited to, the following:

1. The terms of the settlement.

2. The total payout made by the county either through its general revenue fund or a third party.

3. The names of all third parties making said payments.

4. The total payout made by either the county or any third parties to the lawyer(s) or law firm(s) representing the county.

This is a third, and final request for information. Please be aware willful failure to comply with the Act is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000, 20 days in jail or both.

In order to avoid the county incurring additional liability, please provide the requested information no later than Wednesday, Nov. 16.

Once this information is available, it can be sent to me at the addresses below. I thank you, Ms. Butcher, for taking the time to respond to this request.
Sincerely,

Lawrence J. Smith
cc: Charles D. Hess, president, Gilmer County Commission Gerald Hough, Gilmer County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Wendy Greve, Esq., Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown and Poe, LLC Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin

Del. Tim Manchin, chairman, House Political Subdivisions Committee Del. Linda Sumner, minority vice-chairwoman, House Political Subdivisions Committee

Sen. Herb Snyder, chairman, Senate Government Organization Committee Sen. Donna Boley, minority vice-chairwoman, Senate Government Organization Committee Sen. Joseph M. Minard, Committee member
5312 MacCorkle Ave., S.W.
#238
South Charleston, WV 25309
mslmediainc@yahoo.com
Sent via e-mail, U.S. Mail and fax

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Diary of an ELITE TAKE OVER!! The Minutes that SUNK the GILMER COUNTY SHIP! The WV State BOE prepares to give Gilmer County the screwing of it’s life with this very meeting!

By Free Bird – RGW Reporter for Gilmer County/Hurricane Rina McCoy – Cosmos Communicator

“Here are the minutes from the meeting last summer of the WV State Board of Education with Marple and Manchin the M & M’s and all the other Bitches that decided it was their decision that what they decided to do with Gilmer County Schools was in the best interest of Gilmer County. This elitism type of thinking is just what is wrong with the state of West Virginia, but especially the HELL HOLE better known as Crooked County where the Crooked County Crooks live down by the Crooked River!”

Gayle Manchin, WV Board of Education along with the wife of CROOKED Attorney General Darrell McGraw Jorea Marple, WV

In honor of the kids that were assaulted by the Metz gang here are the minutes of the WV BOE that was the beginning of the end of parents and teachers having any say as to what goes on in Gilmer County Schools — Diary of an ELITE TAKE OVER


MINUTES
WEST VIRGINIA BOARD OF EDUCATION
Board Conference Room
Capitol Building 6, Room 353
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, West Virginia
June 8, 2011

I.    Call to Order

President Priscilla M. Haden called the meeting of the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) to order at 12:30 p.m. on June 8, 2011, in the Board Conference Room, Capitol Building 6, Room 353, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Charleston, West Virginia.

The following members were present:  President Haden, Vice President Jenny N. Phillips, Secretary Robert W. Dunlevy, Michael I. Green, Lowell E. Johnson, Gayle C. Manchin, William M. White and ex officios Jorea M. Marple, State Superintendent of Schools, Brian E. Noland, Chancellor, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.  Members absent were Burma Hatfield, L. Wade Linger Jr., and James L. Skidmore, Chancellor, West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education.

II.    Approval of Agenda

President Haden requested that item VIII.  G. Initial Education Performance Audit Report for Gilmer County School District be moved the follow item V.C.  West Virginia Gear Up, and that at item XIII. G.  WVBE Personnel Matters including RESA 5 Executive Director Search, Office of Education Performance Audits Director Search, and Termination of Employment of Employee at RESA 1 the termination of employment of the employee at RESA 1 be removed.  Upon motion by Ms. Phillips, seconded by Mrs. Manchin, the Board unanimously approved the agenda as amended.

III.    Delegations

Mr. Ben Adams, West Virginia for Educational Reform, addressed the Board regarding charter schools.  Ms. Misty Pritt (distributed information), President, and Ms. Phyllis Starkey, member, Gilmer County Board of Education, addressed the Board regarding Gilmer County audit report.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment AA.)

IV.    Education in the 21st Century:  A Legislative Perspective

Senator Robert H. Plymale, Chair of Senate Education, addressed the Board regarding education in the 21st century and spoke briefly regarding truancy, digital learning, growth formula, and transportation costs/budget.

V.    Student Truancy and the Court System

Ms. Shelly DeBerry, Coordinator, WVDE Office of School Improvement, introduced Judge Alan T. Moats, Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, who addressed the Board regarding efforts to reduce truancy in Barbour and Taylor Counties.

VI.    The Challenge Program, Inc.

Mrs. Manchin introduced Mr. Dan Perkins, Founder and Chairman of the Board, and Ms. Barbara Grandinetti (distributed information), Executive Director, The Challenge Program, Inc., who provided information to the Board regarding The Challenge Program, Inc.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment A and addendum.)

VII.    West Virginia GEAR UP

Ms. DeBerry introduced Dr. Adam Green (distributed information), West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, who addressed the Board regarding WV GEAR UP.  GEAR UP is a federally funded six-year program for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs and provides rigorous educational services to help students plan, apply and pay for education and training beyond high school. The program serves schools in ten counties.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment BB.)

VIII.    Break

President Haden called for a break at 2:06 p.m.

IX.    Call to Order

President Haden called the meeting back to order at 2:23 p.m.

X.    Initial Education Performance Audit Report for Gilmer County School District

Dr. Kenna R. Seal, Director, Office of Education Performance Audits (OEPA), reported that an unannounced on-site review of the Gilmer County School District was conducted May 2 4, 2011.  The OEPA conducted the review which concentrated on official complaints that alleged the county board was in violation of policies or laws under which schools and county boards operate.  Following Dr. Seal’s review of the audit report, Mr. John D. Bennett, Superintendent of Gilmer County Schools, addressed the Board regarding the audit findings.

Dr. Seal recommended that the Board issue Nonapproval status to the Gilmer County School System, declare that a state of emergency exists in the school system, and pursuant to W. Va. Code 18-2E-5(p)(C), intervene immediately in the operation of the school system in the areas of finance, facilities, personnel, instructional programs, and policy development.

Upon recommendation by Dr. Seal, Dr. White moved, and Ms. Phillips seconded, that the Board accept the Education Performance Audit Report for the Gilmer County school system.  Upon the call for the question the motion carried unanimously.

Superintendent Marple addressed the Board regarding the OEPA report and offered the following recommendations to the State Board as a result of the recommendations of the OEPA:

1)     that the State Board find, based on the report from the Office of Education Performance Audits, that extraordinary circumstances exist in the Gilmer County school system.

2)     that the State Board assign Nonapproval status to the Gilmer County school system.

3)     that the State Board declare that a state of emergency exists in the Gilmer school system based on the information presented in the OEPA report.

4)     that the State Board find that the conditions precedent to State Board intervention in a county school system are present in this instance.

5)     that the State Board find that it would not be in the best interests of the students of Gilmer County to delay intervention for any period of time.

6)     that the State Board limit the authority of the Gilmer County Board of Education as to the expenditure of funds, the employment and dismissal of personnel, the establishment and operation of the school calendar, the establishment of instructional programs and rules and any other areas designated by the State Board by rule and delegate decision-making authority to the State Superintendent regarding these matters.

7)     that the State Board delegate to the State Superintendent the authority to conduct hearings on personnel matters and school closure or consolidation matters and subsequently to render the resulting decisions, and the authority to appoint a designee for the limited purpose of conducting hearings while reserving to the State Superintendent the authority to render the resulting decision.

8)     that the State Board limit the authority of the Gilmer County Board of Education as to the ability to conduct real estate transactions and delegate to the State Superintendent the authority to act in lieu of the Gilmer County Board of Education in a transfer, sale, purchase or other transaction regarding real estate.

9)     that the State Board delegate to the State Superintendent the authority to replace administrators and principals in low performing schools and to transfer them to alternate professional positions within the county at her discretion.

10)     that the State Board delegate to the State Superintendent the authority to fill positions of administrators and principals with individuals determined by the State Superintendent to be the most qualified for the positions.

11)     that the State Board declare the office of county superintendent of schools of Gilmer County to be vacant at the end of the day on June 8, 2011, and that any existing contracts for subsequent superintendents be voided.

12)     that the State Board appoint Ted Mattern to be the interim Superintendent of Gilmer County Schools starting June 9, 2011, to be paid at his current salary, continuing until a new superintendent is appointed.

13)     that the State Board grant the State Superintendent the authority to hire a county superintendent to replace the interim appointment and set his/her salary.

14)     that the State Board direct the Gilmer County Superintendent and the State Superintendent, after consultation with the Gilmer County Board of Education, to jointly develop and present to the State Board at a future meeting a set of standards and/or a strategic plan that must be implemented in order for the Gilmer County Board of Education to regain control of the school system.

15)     that the State Board direct the Gilmer County Interim Superintendent and/or Superintendent to provide written and/or oral progress reports to the State Board as requested.

Upon motion by Mrs. Manchin, seconded by Mr. Dunlevy, the Board unanimously approved the motions as presented by Superintendent Marple.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment I and addendum.)

XI.    Recognitions

Ms. Liza Cordeiro, Executive Director, WVDE Office of Communications, State Superintendent’s Office, presented Global21 Moments, spotlighting Calhoun, Greenbrier, Lincoln, Pendleton and Preston County Schools for the Board’s information.

XII.    2011 Annual Report of the West Virginia Advisory Council
for the Education of Exceptional Children

Ms. Patricia Homberg, Executive Director, WVDE Office of Special Programs, introduced Dr. Michael Sullivan (distributed information), Executive Director, WVACEEC, who provided brief remarks and introduced Ms. Billie J. Chapman, Chairperson, WVACEEC, who presented the 2011 Annual Report of the WVACEEC for the Board’s consideration.  The WVACEEC is mandated by West Virginia Code §18-20-6 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) to advise the Board on unmet needs of exceptional children.  The WVACEEC conducts eight public hearings each year, one in each RESA, to take comments and hear presentations on the status of education for exceptional students.  The WVACEEC’s findings and recommendations are presented to the Board annually at its June meeting. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment B and addendum.)

XIII.    Initial Individual School Education Performance Audit Reports and
Revised Five-Year Strategic Plans for Belington Elementary School,
Junior Elementary School, and Volga Century Elementary School, Barbour County

Dr. Seal reported that announced on-site reviews (five days in advance) were conducted at Belington Elementary School, Junior Elementary School, and Volga Century Elementary School March 15, 2011.  The reports were presented to the superintendent, the principals, and the WVBE. The System of School Support immediately initiated assistance to the schools and county in revising the strategic plans and correcting deficiencies reported by the Education Performance Audit.  This item includes the Education Performance Audit Reports and corresponding corrective actions contained in the revised strategic plans.  Mr. Ronald J. Kittle, Interim Superitendent, and Dr. F. Joseph Super, Superintendent (effective July 1, 2011), Barbour County Schools, addressed the Board regarding the audit reports.

Upon the recommendation of Dr. Seal and a motion by Dr. Johnson, seconded by Ms. Phillips, the Board unanimously directed that, Belington Elementary School, Junior Elementary School, and Volga Century Elementary School correct the findings noted in the reports by the next accreditation cycle.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment C.)

XIV.    Initial Individual School Education Performance Audit Report
and Revised Five-Year Strategic Plan for
Eastern Greenbrier Middle School, Greenbrier County

Dr. Seal reported that an announced on-site review (five days in advance) was conducted at Eastern Greenbrier Middle School March 31, 2011.  The report was presented to the superintendent, the principal, and the WVBE. The System of School Support immediately initiated assistance to the school and county in revising the strategic plans and correcting deficiencies reported by the Education Performance Audit.  This item includes the Education Performance Audit Report and corresponding corrective actions contained in the revised strategic plan.  Mr. John D. Curry (distirbuted information), Superintendent, Greenbrier County Schools, addressed the Board regarding the audit report.

Upon the recommendation of Dr. Seal and a motion by Dr. Johnson, seconded Dr. White, the Board unanimously directed that Eastern Greenbrier Middle School correct the findings noted in the report by the next accreditation cycle.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment D and addendum.)

XV.    Initial Individual School Education Performance Audit Report and
Revised Five-Year Strategic Plan for Dixie Elementary School, Nicholas County

Dr. Seal reported that an announced on-site review (five days in advance) was conducted at Dixie Elementary School March 30, 2011.  The report was presented to the superintendent, the principal, and the WVBE. The System of School Support immediately initiated assistance to the school and county in revising the strategic plans and correcting deficiencies reported by the Education Performance Audit.  This item includes the Education Performance Audit Report and corresponding corrective actions contained in the revised strategic plan. Ms. Beverly Kingery, Superintendent, Nicholas County Schools, addressed the Board regarding the audit report.

Upon the recommendation of Dr. Seal and a motion by Dr. Johnson, seconded by Ms. Phillips, the Board unanimously directed that Dixie Elementary School correct the findings noted in the report by the next accreditation cycle. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment E.)

XVI.    Initial Individual School Education Performance Audit Report and
Revised Five-Year Strategic Plan for Taylor County Middle School, Taylor County

Dr. Seal (distributed information) reported that an announced on-site review (five days in advance) was conducted at Taylor County Middle School March 14, 2011.  The report was presented to the superintendent, the principal, and the WVBE. The System of School Support immediately initiated assistance to the school and county in revising the strategic plans and correcting deficiencies reported by the Education Performance Audit.  This item includes the Education Performance Audit Report and corresponding corrective actions contained in the revised strategic plan.  Ms. J. Diane Watt, Superintendent, Taylor County Schools, addressed the Board regarding the audit report.

Upon the recommendation of Dr. Seal and a motion by Dr. White, seconded by Mrs. Manchin, the Board unanimously directed that Taylor County Middle School correct the findings noted in the report by the next accreditation cycle.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment F and addendum.)

XVII.    Initial Individual School Education Performance Audit Report
and Revised Five-Year Strategic Plan for
Buckhannon Academy Elementary School, Upshur County

Dr. Seal reported that an announced on-site review (five days in advance) was conducted at Buckhannon Academy Elementary School March 16, 2011.  The report was presented to the superintendent, the principal, and the WVBE. The System of School Support immediately initiated assistance to the school and county in revising the strategic plans and correcting deficiencies reported by the Education Performance Audit.  This item includes the Education Performance Audit Report and corresponding corrective actions contained in the revised strategic plan. Mr. Scott Lampinen, Superintendent, Upshur County Schools, addressed the Board regarding the audit report.

Upon the recommendation of Dr. Seal and a motion by Ms. Phillips, seconded by Mrs. Manchin, the Board unanimously directed that Buckhannon Academy Elementary School correct the findings noted in the report by the next accreditation cycle.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment G.)

XVIII.    Initial Individual School Education Performance Audit Report and
Revised Five-Year Strategic Plan for
Magnolia High School School and Paden City High School, Wetzel County

Dr. Seal reported that announced on-site reviews (five days in advance) were conducted at Magnolia High School School and Paden City High School March 9-10, 2011.  The reports were presented to the superintendent, the principals, and the WVBE. The System of School Support immediately initiated assistance to the schools and county in revising the strategic plans and correcting deficiencies reported by the Education Performance Audit.  This item includes the Education Performance Audit Reports and corresponding corrective actions contained in the revised strategic plans.  Mr. William F. Jones, Superintendent, and Ms. Tammy H. Wells, Director of School Improvement, Wetzel County Schools, addressed the Board regarding the audit report.

Upon the recommendation of Dr. Seal and a motion by Dr. White, seconded by Ms. Phillips, the Board unanimously directed that Magnolia High School and Paden City High School correct the findings noted in the reports by the next accreditation cycle.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment H.)

XIX.    WVBE Employee Evaluations

President Haden requested a motion to move into Executive Session as provided in W. Va. Code §6-9A-4(b)(2)(A), to discuss personnel matters involving the evaluation of the State Superintendent of Schools, Director of the Office of Education Performance Audits, Executive Directors of the Regional Education Service Agencies, and the Secretary to the Board.  Upon motion by Mrs. Manchin, seconded by Ms. Phillips and unanimously carried, the Board entered into executive session at 4:41 p.m.

XX.    Return from Executive Session

The Board returned from Executive Session at 5:04 p.m. at which time President Haden announced that no action was taken or decisions made and that the Board’s Executive Secretary was evaluated in executive session.

XXI.    Recess

President Haden recessed the meeting at 5:05 p.m. and announced that the meeting would reconvene at 9:00 a.m. on June 9, 2011, in the same location.

XXII.    Reconvene

President Haden reconvened the meeting of June 8, 2011, at 9:04 a.m. on June 9, 2011, in the Board Conference Room, Capitol Building 6, Room 353, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Charleston, West Virginia.

The following members were present:  President Haden, Vice President Jenny N. Phillips, Secretary Robert W. Dunlevy, Michael I. Green, Lowell E. Johnson, Gayle C. Manchin, William M. White and ex officios Jorea M. Marple, State Superintendent of Schools, and Brian E. Noland, Chancellor, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.  Members absent were Burma Hatfield and L. Wade Linger Jr., and James L. Skidmore, Chancellor, West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education.

XXIII.    WVBE Employee Evaluations

President Haden requested a motion to move into Executive Session as provided in W. Va. Code §6-9A-4(b)(2)(A), to discuss personnel matters involving the hiring of a Director of the Office of Education Performance Audits.  Upon motion by Ms. Phillips, seconded by Mr. Green and unanimously carried, the Board entered into executive session at 9:06 a.m.

XXIV.    Return from Executive Session

The Board returned from Executive Session at 9:34 a.m. at which time President Haden announced that no action was taken or decisions made.

XXV.    Capacity Building for Low Performing Schools
including Quarterly Status Reports from Intervention Counties,
Mason County and West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind

Mr. Chuck Heinlein (distributed information), Executive Director, WVDE Office of School Improvement, provided brief information regarding the quarterly status reports found in the attachments and provided a brief summary of support services provided, in response to OEPA findings, to Magnolia High School, Lincoln County, West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind and Mason County.  (Copies appended to Official Minutes, Attachments J-1, J-2, J-3, J-4, J-5, J-6 and J-7 and addendum.)

XXVI.    Consent Agenda

Upon motion by Dr. Johnson, seconded by Mr. Dunlevy, the Board unanimously approved the Consent Agenda.  (Copies appended to Official Minutes, Attachments K through R)

•    Continued the Full Accreditation status of Sherman Junior High School, Boone County  (Attachment K)

•    Continued the Full Accreditation status Mountain View Elementary/Middle School, Monroe County  (Attachment L)

•    Continued the Full Accreditation status of Hillsboro Elementary School, Pocahontas County  (Attachment M)

•    Meeting minutes of May 11, 2011  (Attachment Mc)

•    One (1) request for a first time waiver of policy (Attachment N)

•    Six county applications representing summer school at an additional 16 county locations  (Attachment O)

•    Receipt of four (4) applications during fiscal year 2010-2011 for a total of 1,470 applications for Operation Recognition in connection with Policy 4355, High School Diplomas for Veterans  (Attachment P)

•    Receipt of six (6) affidavits, per W. Va. Code §18A-2-3, Employment of Substitute Teachers and Retired Teachers as Substitutes in Areas of Critical Need and Shortage, from Boone, Harrison and Putnam Counties  (Attachment Q)

•    Annual Report on Instructional Materials Depository  (Attachment R).

XXVII.    Board Reports

Local School Improvement Council Committee.  Mrs. Manchin provided information regarding the committee meeting that took place on June 8.  Agenda items included:  Update on Electronic Waiver Forms, Preview of Training/Resource Modules, Report on Work with Education Alliance and Community Engagement Project, Discussion of Draft LSIC Policy and Next Steps.

Board Member Reports.  Mrs. Manchin also provided brief remarks regarding the Board’s participation in NASBE.  President Haden addressed the Board regarding a vacancy that is open on the NASBE Board for the Southern Director – Dr. Johnson requested the Board’s consensus (and it was given) that those attending NASBE’s June 9-11 meeting be granted the authority to act on the Board’s behalf.   President Haden addressed the Board regarding NASBE dues and that the Board cannot include professional development funds as a part of the fee.  President Haden attended the following meetings: RESA 8 Regional Council, Globaloria, Educational Broadcasting Authority, and will be attending a meeting (along with Ms. Phillips and Mr. Dunlevy) of the School Building Authority of West Virginia at noon today.  President Haden also requested that the Coal Education Development and Resource (CEDAR) program be investigated to assure that course content is all inclusive and fairly represented.  Dr. Johnson attended the following meetings:  WVDE Teacher Evaluation Work Group, WVDE Principal Evaluation Task Force, and Center for Professional Development (requested that AP courses offered by schools be monitored to assure that the courses carry the appropriate authorizations).  Ms. Phillips attended an Out-of-Home Care meeting. Mr. Green attended an innovation zone event at North Marion High School and a meeting with the vendor that has been hired to conduct the Education Efficiency Audit.

XXVIII.    WVBE Master Plan for Statewide Professional
Staff Development 2011-2012

Dr. Dixie Billheimer (distributed copies of attachments S-1 and S-2), Chief Executive Officer, West Virginia Center for Professional Development, provided an overview of the 2011-12 master plan for statewide professional development.  W. Va. Code §18-2-23(b) and §18-2-23 require the WVBE to establish annual professional development goals to “ensure high quality teaching” in the public schools and to approve a plan to achieve these goals. The purpose of the Master Plan is to coordinate delivery of the professional development offered by the WVDE, the West Virginia Center for Professional Development, the eight RESAs, and the teacher preparation institutions of West Virginia University and Marshall University.

Upon motion by Dr. Johnson, seconded by Dr. White, the Board unanimously approved the 2011-2012 Master Plan for Statewide Professional Staff Development and evaluation plan.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment S-1 and S-2.)

XXIX.    Approval of Statewide Waiver to Test
Prior to May 15 for the 2011-2012 School Year

Mr. Robert E. Hull, Assistant State Superintendent, Division of Curriculum and Instructional Services, and Ms. Sonya White (distributed information), Assistant Director, WVDE Office of Assessment, requested that the Board approve of a statewide waiver to test prior to May 15 for the 2011-2012 school year.  Per House Bill 4040, counties are afforded some flexibility during the upcoming school year in selecting instructional term dates.  The WVDE noticed many of the calendars scheduled the last instructional day prior to or on May 25, 2012.  This information, combined with the other exams and sporting events has led WVDE to propose a three week WESTEST 2 test administration window.  This window will take place May 7-25.  W. Va. Code §18-5-45 states:  “The state board may not schedule the primary statewide assessment program prior to May 15 of the instructional year unless the state board determines that the nature of the test mandates an earlier testing date.”  The Office of Assessment and Accountability believes that a statewide waiver for earlier testing will uphold the intent of increased program flexibility and still meet legislative requirements.

Upon motion by Dr. Johnson, seconded by Dr. White, the Board unanimously approved the statewide waiver to test prior to May 15 for the 2011-2012 school year.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment CC.)

XXX.    Policy 2340, West Virginia Measures of Academic Progress

Mr. Hull presented Policy 2340 for the Board’s consideration.  Policy 2340 was placed on public comment for 30 days at the April WVBE meeting.  The proposed changes to Policy 2340 reflects the new name of the office, changes to lower case the names of positions – county test coordinator, building level coordinator, etc., when used within general text and replaces “one year” with “academic year” in the appendices.  Three comments were received during the comment period resulting in no changes to the policy.

Upon motion by Mr. Dunlevy, seconded by Ms. Phillips, the Board unanimously approved Policy 2340.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment T.)

XXXI.    Policy 2510, Assuring Quality of Education:
Regulations for Education Programs

Mr. Hull presented Policy 2510 for the Board’s consideration Policy 2510 was placed on public comment for 30 days at the April State Board meeting.  The proposed changes to Policy 2510 reflect the first phase of revisions to occur over the next several months.  Revisions include the elimination of time constraints for teaching particular subjects at the elementary and middle school level; remove expired graduation requirements; condense current graduation requirements into one cohesive set, and other minor revisions.  Eighty-one (81) comments were received during the comment period resulting in minor language changes to the policy for the purpose of clarity with no substantive change in content.

Upon motion by Dr. Johnson, seconded by Ms. Phillips, the Board unanimously approved Policy 2510.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment U.)

XXXII.    Policy 2525, West Virginia’s Universal Access
to a Quality Early Education System

Mr. Hull presented Policy 2525 for the Board’s consideration.  Policy 2525 was approved to be placed on a 30-day comment period after revisions for continuous quality improvement of WV’s Universal Pre-k system were made and presented at the April State Board meeting.  Ten (10) comments were received during the comment period resulting in no changes to the policy.

Upon motion by Dr. Johnson, seconded by Mrs. Manchin, the Board unanimously approved Policy 2525.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment V.)

XXXIII.    Resolution on the Behalf of the Preston County Board of Education
Authorizing Investment in the Consolidated Fund

Heather L. Deskins, Esq., general counsel to the Board and the Department, presentation a resolution of the behalf of the Preston County Board of Education authorizing investment in the Consolidated Fund for the Board’s consideration.  W. Va. Code §12-6C-6 authorizes spending units and political subdivisions of the State of West Virginia to participate and invest in the Consolidated Fund, which is administered and managed by the Board of Treasury Investments and used to purchase securities and other investments authorized by law.  The Preston County Board’s bond counsel and financial advisor have determined that investment in the Consolidated Fund, in accordance with the provisions of the aforesaid statute, is in the best interests of the Preston County Board of Education on a short term basis prior to the money from the sale of the bonds being used for capital improvements.

Upon motion by Dr. Johnson, seconded by Mr. Dunlevy, the Board unanimously approved adopted, on the behalf of the Preston County Board of Education, the resolution authorizing investment in the Consolidated Fund.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment W.)

XXXIV.    Break

President Haden called for a break at 10:32 p.m.

XXXV.    Call to Order

President Haden called the meeting back to order at 10:43 a.m.

XXXVI.    WVBE Personnel Matters including
RESA 5 Executive Director Search and
Office of Education Performance Audits Director Search
Executive Session

President Haden as provided in W. Va. Code §6-9A-4(b)(2)(A) (personnel exception), called for a motion to move into executive session to determine the applicants to be offered an interview and to discuss proposed interview questions for both positions.

Upon motion by Mr. Dunlevy, seconded by Dr. Johnson, the Board unanimously entered into executive session at 10:44 a.m.

XXXVII.    Return from Executive Session

The Board returned from executive session at 11:02 a.m. at which time President Haden announced that no decisions were made or action taken.  Thereupon, President Haden called for a motion to approve the Board’s personnel attachment.  Upon motion by Dr. Johnson, seconded by Dr. White, the Board unanimously approved the Board’s personnel attachment with the exception of the termination of employment of the employee at RESA 1.   (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment X.)

XXXVIII.    State Superintendent’s Report

Superintendent Marple presented Department personnel items for the Board’s information.  Education Efficiency Audit.  Mr. Heinlein provided an update regarding the Governor’s Education Efficiency Audit.  Let’s Move West Virginia!  Dr. Amelia Courts (distributed information), Assistant State Superintendent, Division of Educator Quality and System Support, provided an update on the Let’s Move West Virginia! campaign (the purpose of this campaign is to increase physical activity in the school day).  Update – Teacher Evaluation Work Group.  Dr. Courts and Ms. Lori Wiggins, Executive Director, WVDE Office of Professional Preparation provided a status report regarding the Teacher Evaluation Work Group.  Update on the Revision of Policy 4373, Student Code of Conduct.  Dr. Courts (distributed information) provided an update regarding the revision of Policy 4373.  The proposed revised policy will be discussed with various stakeholder groups throughout the summer to gain input during the revision process.  Mrs. Manchin departed the meeting.  Globaloria Stakeholder Update.  Ms. Monica Beane (distributed information), Assistant Director, WVDE Office of Instruction, provided an update regarding Globaloria. (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment Y and addenda.)

XXXIX.    Board Items for Future Consideration

President Haden asked that items, inclusive of any requested during the meeting, that members wish considered for placement on a future agenda are to be provided to her as soon as possible.  (Copy appended to Official Minutes, Attachment Z.)

XL.    Future Meetings

The next meeting of the Board will be held July 13, 2011, in Charleston, West Virginia.  The meeting will continue on July 14, 2011, if the agenda is not completed on July 13, 2011.

XLI.    Adjournment

President Haden declared the meeting adjourned at 12:03 p.m.

Minutes approved by the Board on July 13, 2011.

_______________________________________________
Priscilla M. Haden, President

_______________________________________________
Robert W. Dunlevy, Secretary

Minutes were recorded by
Virginia M. Harris
Secretary to the Board.
WVBEMinutes6/8/11

 

They’re all spies down in Crooked County down by the Crooked River!

By Hurricane Rina McCoy-Central WV SS/Editor Edison – Cal Patty Press Editor with music and color

I awake to find no peace of mind

When the dead body of FRED HILL they did find

I said, how do you live as a fugitive like a member of the SS

Down here where I cannot see so clear,

But that Casey Smith certainly seems queer

You ask what do I know

The State Police just say…

“Hey JOE!” Where ya goin with that gun

Show me the right way to go.

I just don’t know, but the VILLE is an EVIL THRILL!

The elite think evil is fun so they gotta run…

And the spies came out of the water down by the Crooked River

You’re feeling so bad ’cause you know that they killed yet another

Just like the other

That’s why the spies hide in every corner

With the SS man a chief mourner   …at the memorial

But you can’t touch them no way their big dogs say

Or you will be eaten straight away

‘Cause they’re all spies

For in the tallest mountains the Ghost Wolf is still free

They’re all spies down in Crooked County down by the Crooked River

They’re all spies

I awake to see that no one is free but blood still drips from thee

Black cats and midnight tales bring Crystal Metz all too close to the unsolved murder of Fred Hill given the fact she was there and became annoyed by Fred when he pinched her ass and some said she vowed revenge right then and there. Then, just after the midnight hour a short time later Fred disappeared directly into the Crooked River behind the bar where he was drinking with a co-worker that night.

Because we are all spies
We’re all fugitives from the elite
Look at the way we give

And look at the way they live
Down here, some cannot sleep from fear, No!

But no fear they say is the SS way
I said, which way do I turn when I learn that everything is corrupt

We can not go belly up when they’re all spies
Oh, I forget everything but I remember a lot, because I am all spy

Those Crooks come down from the Hill down by the Crooked River

The Spies came all the way from the sea
But you’re feeling so bad cause ya know you ain’t free
Though spies hide out in every corner
But you can’t touch them, no, you can only see
The Dark Woods of Crooked County holds secrets

Cause they’re all spies

“The DARK WOODS of CROOKED COUNTY HOLDS SECRETS”

FRED IS DEAD ...just like the CalPatty Press said, a long time ago!

DID WV STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION MAKE GCHS PRINCIPAL LOOK LIKE A FOOL?

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The county is abuzz with the news of the hostile takeover of Gilmer County schools by the WV Department of Education.

Nasia Butcher, Gilmer County High School principal, was made to look like an ignorant redneck hillbilly when the Dept. of Ed. took over Gilmer’s schools.

For years, Butcher bragged about Gilmer County’s schools every chance she got.

Gayle Manchin really put Butcher in her place when she condemned Gilmer’s high performing educational system.

Now what makes Gayle an expert?

Well, she was appointed by her husband, the WV Governor then, the U.S. Senator now.  Isn’t that a conflict of interest?

I would say that Gayle is not setting a good example for county boards by accepting a position from her husband.

So how is that any different than a board member in a small county hiring his daughter for a job that no one else is certified to teach?

Gilmer County does not have people standing in line waiting for all these HIGH paying teaching positions.  The only people who want to live in Gilmer County are its longtime residents who have raised their children here.  Shouldn’t we hire our children to work in the county?  Of course we should.  It raises our tax base and we know that they will spend their lives and their money here.

Now when the prison was proposed, Gilmer Countians were promised several hundred high paying jobs.  You can count those jobs on one hand.  Most of the jobs were given to people who live outside of Gilmer County and certainly do not buy anything here.  Prison workers do not even pass a gas station on their way to work.

I have never met Gayle Manchin, but she sure sounds like a blonde to me.

~~ Author on File ~~

GFP – 06.14.2011
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