CommunityConcerns™: Gilmer County High School’s 2013 Third Tier OEPA Rating
West Virginia’s Office of Education Performance Audits (OEPA) published its 2013 Report of School Ratings (www.oepa.wv.us) including those for Gilmer County’s five public schools.
The ratings in a decreasing order of desirability are:
• EA=Exemplary Accreditation
• DA=Distinction Accreditation
• FA=Full Accreditation
Among our schools the Normantown Grade School received the highest rating with a DA.
The other four schools including the high school received a third tier FA rating.
The high school’s diminished rating is alarming.
In any other WV County there would have been bold print newspaper headlines to address the suboptimum performance to cause citizens to demand corrective actions, but the news was not printed. Why?
Citizens deserve to know specific causes for the high school’s third tier rating.
Why was monitoring not done by the State to prevent the third tier rating, and most importantly what are the specific actions planned to elevate the rating to the EA category?
Governor Tomblin, Dr. Linger, Dr. Phares, Dr. Gus Penix, and Delegates Boggs and Walker, all of you were informed of our high school’s problems so what will it require to receive your corrective involvement?
Our School Board is powerless to act with its authority stripped by the State to emphasize the utmost necessity for your help.
This community concern deserves top priority attention in Gilmer County.
Gilmer County Economic Development (GCEDA), Glenville State College (GSC), those who caused the takeover (CUBIES), Gilmer Schools Coalition (G.S.C.), parents, teachers, and all other interested citizens, we have an urgent and immediate need to unite to achieve performance improvements at our high school.
Please attend future Board meetings to show community support for changes.
High praise is extended to Normantown Grade School’s students, principal Chambers, and its admirable teachers and staff for earning a DA rating.
With consolidated grade schools pending, proactive initiatives must occur to ensure that they are EA performers.
Because the Gilmer High School will not be replaced by consolidation, the community must demand whatever may be required, including a change of administration if necessary, to elevate its rating to an EA level. Anything lower than top performance will be unacceptable to prevent our high school students from continuing to be victimized.
Kudos to the GFP and Mr. Dave Ramezan for providing this important information to Gilmer County’s citizens.
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Does anyone find it troubling that we have a State college with a highly touted teacher education program, but the institution has not played a positive role in establishing a top rated high school in the County? Isn’t it doubly troubling that Gilmer County is the only intervention County in the State with a State College with a teacher education program? Dr. Barr and Board of Governors how do you explain GSC’s failure to contribute to the quality of our County’s school system? If anyone up there, particularly Dr. Peter Barr, wants to be viewed as part of the solution instead of part of the problem how about coming to Board meetings to verify a commitment to be a partner in the challenging task of establishing a top quality K-12 school system in the County?
Who do the county’s without a college blame it on? I find it more troubling that the State of Education is not taking responsibility for their failing policies and lack of adequate oversight. It is even more troubling to note that in January 2011 Sand Fork elementary was listed DA and is now FA. No on site visit documented since 2011 so the decline must be due to testing?
Don’t expect to see involvement from GCEDA, CUBIES, or GSC reps. The majority of citizens familiar with the history of the State’s take over of our schools believe that what needs to be done is to replace the high school’s administration. People associated with the groups listed above are believed to have demanded the State’s takeover and installation of Ron Blankenship mainly to protect the principal. If anyone has courage to speak out on behalf of what most citizens think needs to be done it most likely will be Mrs. Hurley after she polls the Coalition’s membership. If nothing is done to get the high school straightened out quickly we can expect more of the same for years to come. Translation—no changes possible until the present principal decides to retire. How many think that Terry and Tim Butcher would permit Dr. Peter Barr to get the College involved if the immediate need is administrative changes at the high school? Conflicts of interest as usual in Gil?
If the problems with the educational system are to be rectified, its a lengthy list of behavioral modifications, and leadership/administrative replacements, and school staff coming together and speaking in unison, that will have to happen first.
The problems are known, they simply need to be forced to the surface by those intimately involved on a day to day basis, with the issues.
It is also obvious to anyone watching that the State BOE needs to butt out of the local school issues. Our schools are now deteriorating under their lack of leadership and poor administration procedures. The State BOE is causing far more problems than there are solving.
P.J. Moss you’re more right than most know. GSC isn’t coming and since they handle GCEDA they won’t be charging to our rescue either. Betsy Barr ran to Charleston with the CUBIES along with some employees from our local board office because they feared history might repeat itself. Didn’t really have much to worry about from what we see and hear on those videos did they?
Consolidation of schools has never improved them. At one time, Troy was a Blue Ribbon school. With all the controversy on the new school, is it any wonder the achievement has dropped there? Parents need to realize that their children are being robbed of a decent education by a state bureaucracy that is trying to survive – all the money paid to bureaucrats and state board members should be paying for teachers and instructional materials for students. Doing what has never worked, over and over, is a sign of stagnation, not progress.
We are hearing/reading lots of comments about the schools. I only see two names of people standing up and standing out for our children.
Thank you Phyllis Starkey and Norma Hurley.
To everyone else: Cat got your tongue?
P.J.M. – – – The problems that are pulling Gilmer County schools down, are of a far greater magnitude than anyone has hereto for stated. It is systemic breakdown of the education control system in Charleston, right on down to system of management oft referred to as “micromanagement” in Gilmer County. It is all about those who are in control, having nary a dang clue as to what they are about. It is just a matter of those few feeding their own bloated, all consuming egos.
This fruit has been growing now for 25 years in this community, the fruit has past its ripeness and now is finally rotting. That is what everyone is finally beginning to smell. Lots more fruit to rot.
And the children suffer because of it all. The system has created its own victims.
Definition of ~insanity~: Repeating the same action over and over again and expecting a different outcome.
This exactly fits the state education mindset.?Think intervention and the schools loose ground every time.
Don’t expect any help from Gov. Tomblin either. He has now “done his part” to appease his voter block. Nothing more. Nothing will change. Ditto the rest of the elected.
DECEPTION IN GILMER COUNTY! The Power Elite and the BOG at GSC Say, “Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave, When First We Practice to Deceive!!
By Freebird/Central WV SS-Reporter/Rina McCoy-Editor/Cosmos Communicator/Editor Edison -Editor CCC
If a lie is repeated often enough it becomes the truth!
That’s the way things are done up on the hill in the Ville!
Take a couple of lawyers, toss in a gas & oil baron and his family, maybe a “reliable” friend or two and mix with the President of the institution…
Now there is one hell of a recipe for scandalous and unethical behavior!
In exchange for bought and paid for “loyalty”, boards and organizations are created with great titles and noble purpose. Unfortunately, the purpose is soon forgotten after a 501c3 not for profit status is obtained from the Federal and State Government.
These so called leaders of the community just forget about EDUCATION. They just forget that they receive a substantial portion of support from other governmental units, and the general public in the form of tax payer dollars!!
THREADS IN THE WEB:
GSC Alumni Association 501c3 Provides scholarships and funding for general education purposes: Executive Director Dr. Peter Barr in 2007. Revenue 2008 $2,610,304 Expenses Over 2 million. Total assets over 10 million. Director, D. (I owned McDonalds) Pounds, annual salary of $37,754 paid in 2008 per 990 filing. Hey, isn’t he also the Vice President for College Advancement? Wonder what that pays! President Timothy B Butcher. Members of the board include College Director Sue Morris and Doug per 990. Mr. Pounds retains the books per the filing!
GSC Research Corporation 501c3 Provides support to the college alone. 3 voting members comprise the board. Dr Peter Barr, Robert Hardman and Dr. Butler, these are appointed positions but could not verify by whom. Possibly the Board of Governors. Assets $287,913 in 2008. Had $250,000 of notes and loans receivable. Books managed by Robert Hardman Purpose to facilitate grants and research. Gee, is this where the county’s $30,000 went to? Was that income declared by anyone?
GSC Housing Corporation 501c3 Purpose to provide residential housing to GSC faculty and staff. Dr Peter Barr and Robert Hardman as officers, Thomas Ratliff (head of maintenance GSC) and others as trustees. Other salaries and wages paid over $70,000 with $16,000 + in benefits but not ID’d to whom. Over $599,000 in revenue, public support reported at 98.79%. Books managed by Robert Hardman.
Morris Foundation 501c3 a non operating foundation whose purpose is additional construction and operation of the sports park in 2008. Who is managing that park in 2010? A certain County Commissioner related to the Butchers?
This Bullshit is never ending in Crooked County!
Pretty nice salary I hear since quitting the college. But you never really quit do you?
The books are retained by IL’s secretary Sandy Pettit!
This story sounds very familiar doesn’t it?
They all do it the Crooked County way!
GSC Board of Governors- at the time of the action in question R Terry Butcher was a member of the board of governors and, if I am not mistaken, Timothy B Butcher was President of the GSC Housing Corporation.
With the “new” restructuring the wife of IL MORRIS – Sue Morris is current board director!
This is starting to read like a WHO’S WHO of “Fuck you!”
“We are gonna do what we want to …and make some fat stax of cash too!”
GILMER HOUSING PARTNERS LLC: a FOR PROFIT ENTITY Manager and Organizer Dr. Peter Barr per the State of West Virginia and various recordings at the court house.
According to Dr. Barr and multiple news reports this is handled by Mr. Ratliff, the full time head of Maintenance for GSC and if you will note a trustee of the GSC Housing Corporation as well.
How many pay checks for him and others?
Dr. Barr managed it so well he let the Butchers prepare a $30,000 promissory note by New Horizon (Jack Jones President) to Gilmer Housing Partners on the first sale of the new housing development which originated from Ex- Mayor Putnum to IL Morris, to the Alumni Association, to the GSC Housing Corporation to Gilmer Housing Partners all tied to the Board of Governors with a resulting suit in federal court tied to the County Clerk’s Office.
Now you can at least follow how the wicked web of deceit is wickedly woven on the hill in the Ville !! You got it now!
I hope you can clearly see how attorneys whose membership spans at least three non-profit organizations within the college can participate in the for profit step child of that same body.
What was their bill?
Who are the investors and how much did they put up for seed money? How are they to be paid back? How much money have they made or lost? Where does it go?
It’s all a CROOKED COUNTY MYSTERY!! Fuck yeah!!
Don’t forget the Crooked President of the college is in it all the same, same. He knows how the wicked deals are woven, and who runs these organizations at all times, to him it is all a game, game!
Dude tells the BOG what he wants!
Have another drink Peter Barr and don’t forget the BARR code next time you park your car at the bar!!
Don’t lay on your back unless he is black = Barr Code
Those who have a good business sense will know why the President of GSC is placed to interconnect with every back room deal and parcel out the money in the Ville !
Is this mess ethical? HELL NO!!
I seriously doubt the IRS would find it legal!
Keep that picture in your head. It is all public information for those with the desire for the truth. Read the latest from Federal Court.
Those Butchers got their asses kicked in federal court!!
Don’t forget that the next time decisions need to be made about what is good for Gilmer County.
But, the Power Elite only think about what is good for putting money in their pocket and to hell with Gilmer County and it’s citizens!
Those Butchers and their Gilmer County Housing Partners in crime can sure weave one wicked web to deceive!!
Here is the US District Court Document that orders the Bullshit company formed by the Butchers to PAY UP BITCHES!!
(click the green link for PDF of court document)
If you can not access document via link contact your local Gilmer County Secret Seven Member at: