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CUBE: Citizens United For a Better Education for ALL Students in Gilmer County Our-Mission The mission of this group is to provide an environment with re- sources, leadership, instruction, and guidance for all students to prepare themselves as productive, lifelong learners in the 21 st Century. The community will support the educational needs of the school sys -Q tern and provide feedback when nec- essary. Parents will strive to actively communicate with teachers and ad- ministrators, actively assist their chil- dren in the acquisition of knowledge, and provide general support of the schools, teachers, and administrators. School Funding Formula The state government realizes that counties with a small number of stu- dents spread out in many buildings throughout a county actually need more staff to cover their needs. Such counties now receive funds based on 1400 students, unlike the old formula which provided funds on actual num- ber of students enrolled (with stu- dents requiring special services count- ing for 3 times the $) by the end of the second month of school. As ,profit- able as that sounds, the sum of monies received from the state was not sig- nificantly more. Aside from the state funds, school systems also use a percentage of your property taxes (based on estimates. actual figures not yet available) and other income sources, such as Medi- cal Reimbursements. federal money for specific programming, and Ex- cess Levy Funds ( as approved by the voters) to pay for students' education. A county school system's budget is dix, ided into many codes. Some codes reqmre money to be spent within that specific code. not be transferred to another code. Monies not spent in any code is. collectively, called "carry- over". The 2008-09 budget finds $572.715.62 in carry-over funds. $290.275.17 is required by the State Department to remain in the budget as a Contingency Fund for emergencies. leaving the actual carry-over as $282.440.45 for the 2009-10 school year (verify information from Board Office-document titled Projected Carry-over as of March 25. 2009. The Board's attorney, Rick Boothby, from Bowls & Rice. also used these financial numbers in his opening speech, at the March 30, RIF/Trans- fer Hearings, to support the Board's position in terminating jobs and mov- ing employees to new placements within our system. Gilmer County also finds itself 12 professional and 4.8 service staffover the state-set limit of number of staff required to service the number of stu- dents. Was enough staffeliminated to balance the budget? No: We will not survive financiall) as is. (For more information on School Finance and Enrollment trends in Gilmer County, go to the West Vir- gima Department of Education's website and click DATA ). School Building Authority How do county school systems pay for new facilities ? On March 17. 2009. Mr. Toman. along with Board President Phyllis Starkey and Misty Pritt, met the SBA to ask for money, $9 million, to build a new facility ['or Normantown's 100 or so students. The possibility of run- nmg a bond to pay for the building of two schools was thrown into the con- versation. Paraphrasing SBA Members' com- ments: "Come back when you have addressed the needs of the children." and "If you want more than one school. pass a bond." You will find out that poor planning by not addressing the needs of all our children significantly hurt the chances for the new Norman- town School. not any private citizen or group of citizens. (Go to YouTube. corn, type in Gilmer County Board and the SBA, to verify the truth in this story.) Five Actions You Can Take 1. Regularly attend Gilmer County Board of Educatior meetings on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month: the next meeting is April 13, 2009. Come. Listen, and ask questions. 2 Contact Gilmer County Board members with your concerns: Presi- dent Phyllis Starkey, Larry Butcher. Dorothv Rhoades. Alton Skinner, and Misty Pritt. 3. Attend the Local Improvement meetings at your child(ren)'s school. Community members are also wel- come at those meetings. 4. Join and regularly attend the PTO meetings at your chitd(ren)'s school. 5. Seek the facts; be properly in- formed. 6. Get in touch with members of CUBE at gileocube@gmaiLcom. Gilmer County Board of Education HB 4588 Projected Carryover as of March 25, 2009 Includes PEIA ARC Entry Requirement for Both FY09 and FY2010 Projected carryover* Less amounts designated as follows: Amount used to balance FY 2010 preliminary budget $682.473.20 Microsoft WV Class Action 00024 20.109.10 E-Rate Designated for Technology 31.240.65 Contracted educational services through RESA VII (est over Step 7 Allocation) 30.400.00 Extra Curricular Overage Estimated 20.000.00 PEIA ARC Entry Required at 06/30/09 (est. $1455 per employee county funded) 27,645.00 Total Amounts Designed $ 529,427.50 $ 811.867.95 Available for Contingencies (282.440.45) Updated 02-35-09 3vA of FY 10 Anticipated Basic Sate Aid and RegularLevy -162.326.76 Large Medicaid Receipts #5758 127.948.41 Amount Recommended we Keep in Reserve for Contingencies 290.275.17 290.275.17 Amount Anticipated We Wilt Have Under Recommended Reserve Amount (572.715.62) ** Amount Remaining in County Undersigned 2009 Budget for Normantown School Rentals 12.150.00 Construction 22.006.77 Total 34,156.77 * Projected carryover includes projected amounts to be supplemented into general undesignated budget from now [until year end in the amount of $162.601.02. This figure based on FY08 budget supplements toward year end. Conings News Remember the Reason for the Season It looks more like spring all the time. Debbie Latos of Linn has some beautiful flowers along her driveway and in front of her house. I don't have any early flowers, but several people do. We are closer to a garden than we were before. We have the onions. potatoes and fertilizer; now to get the ground ready We are having March winds in April, along with April showers. The schools' spring break is next week: the kids are looking l'orward to it. Report cards came out this week. From what I have heard, grades are improving, and new names are on the Honor Roll. I know of two: Hannah Hinter and Micky McCabe. Parents and grandparents should be very proud. Remember the season that is al- most here. There is new life. because of the One who died and arose on the third day. Jesus Christ: without Him. we would have nothing. Serving Gihner & Surrounding Counties Since 1953 COLLINS INSURANCE AGENCY ( Your Hometown Independent Aw.nt ,, your horns, mobile home,,arm, personalau,o, commercial auto, life, A TV, motorcycle, boat, camper, flood, " IHgenk // business INSURANCE & bonds -- Multi-Policy Discounts A vailable. COLLINS INSURANCE AGENCY Jim Collins, Agent 216 E. Main St., Glenvine, WV Phone 462-7951 - Fax 462-4600 " CLOSED SATURDAYS RED HAT FASHION SHOW Ala Bonworth's of Flatwoods Outlet Mall Thurdsay, April 16 1:00 at the p.m. Gilmer County Senior Center Handmade Crafts * Red Hats will meet in full regalia at ll:30for lunch at the Senior Center Admission: 1 can or package non-perishable food to be contributed to CRI to feed the hungry. Clothing from Bonworth's (ladies' wear ages 50-up) available for sale on premises. Drawing for free outfit! Drawing for throw! Come One, Come All!l!! Thursday, April 9, 2009 -- The Glenville Democrat 00round The Kitchen Table Page 5B Get" aldin e M arks 462-7477 Billy Ray Cyrus's Relative Featured weatherman says our water table is almost back to normal. It has been too wet to plant gardenS. I have seen lots of wildflowers blooming: Violets of many colors, Coltsl'oot. Spring Beauties. Anemone, Dandelion. Ground Ivy, which is sometimes called Creeping Charley, and Chickweed. I am sure there are lots I missed. MARTHA HELEAN NORMAN MOORE, 1852-1924 Ethel. who married Joseph Krantz; Lillie Gay, who married Charles Krantz; Rohda Fay, who married Pearly Winemiller; and Worthy Jay, who married Olevia Miller. I have had a round of doctor ap- pointments this past week Daugh- ters Jo Ann and Marina took me to Dr. Hatfield's, in Charleston. last week. Dr. Hatfield did laser eye surgery on my macular degeneration and gave me a shot of the cancer drug, Avastin. in my eye. Son Mike's colon cancer was treated with Avastin. I think my sight Is improving. On Wednesday, daughter Jo Ann took me to see Dr. Bethany Ratliff. in Gassaway. Dr. Ratliff is arranging for me to see a heart specialist, so I'm not done with doctors yet. Jo Ann and I went shopping in Buckhannon and visited the Stitching House Fabric Shop, where there is lots of lovely fabric. We talked to Linda Childers, and she plans to teach some classes there that we were inter- ested in. I was surprised to learn that Linda is a reader of mine. Jo Ann and I also visited daughter Regina in the Buckhannon Middle School; Regina is the computer teacher there. We have been having rain, and the This is a very interesting, early 1900 picture. Photographers traveled, prob- ably by horse and buggy, from home to home. and took pictures at this time. They often furnished the scen- ery. Martha Helean is wearing a very interesting dress. Martha Helean Norman Moore was born in Tazwell. VA. on December 8. 1852. and died in Gilmer County on December 28.1924. Her parents were Elijah Green and Barbara Cyrus Norman. Helean's mother died when she was born. and Samuel J. and Mary Stout raised her. Helean's relatives can trace their rootsto Billy Ray Cyrus. Martha Helean married Jesse Ferman Moore. a son of Crooked Fork pioneers Issac and Bethiah Wells Moore. Jesse Ferman, Martha, and Mary Stout are all buried in the Moore Cemetery, on Poplar Lick Hill. Jesse and Martha Helean were the parents of nine children: and accord- ing to what old-timers told me. they raised their family at the foot of Poplar Lick Hill. Their children were: John Hann. who married Rose Burns: Jesse. who died as a child: Martha Ann. who married Jacob Keener: Charles Lewis. who married Nettie Winemiller: Minter Jackson. who married Elizabeth Frame. Rule 29th Percussion Concert Delights Audience A Glenville State College tradition was continued last week - in good fashion. I might add. I don't usually write reviews, but I feel compelled to do so. I have at- tended all 29 Percussion Ensembles, as I did on Thursday evening. Each year I leave the auditorium exclaim- ing, "That's the best one yet!" - and it was! From the first sound of marimbas, to the final drum roll. the audience was entertained by both the melodic tunes and the audio-visual effects, as well. We heard (saw) native coun- tries. Led Zeppelin's best ("Stairway to Heaven"), and recent movie soundtracks, as well as the #1 march. "The Stars and Stripes Forever," by John Phillip Sousa. the March King, which has been officially designated as the National March of the US. Talented students performed solos and joined with their classmates to produce a variety of beautiful music. Charles Powell, on the Marimbas, was phenomenal, as was Cheryl McKinney. I remember torch songs, and her rendition was right on the button. She convinced me she could have done that in another life; she was that good! The lighting and sound were excel- lent, with the help of the Va. Beach Crew. Buddy Griffin and his Bluegrass group presented an incredible rendi- tion of "Orange Blossom Special," complete with smoky engine. At the center of it all was (as al- ways) John McKinney, who gets so excited about his music that the audi- ence catches his spirit. He directed the 16 musicians ably, with gusto, and supervised the whole production - set building, sound, lighting, and choice of numbers included. He puts on a good show. As a colleague of his remarked to me, "He knows his stuff - knows what he's doing!" Amen to that ! Sold-out performances both nights should tell you how successful this venture was. But don't forget that the Ensemble performs for the elemen- tary schools during the weekdays, teaching about the instruments, move- ments, etc. "Performing at other locations, even Nashville, the group, over the years, has probably given 1,000 concerts," says Loyd Bone, Fine Arts Chairman. If my testimony doesn't convince you, mark your calendar for April. 2010. and see/hear for yourself. You'll be humming those tunes all week! by Donne King Red Hat Fashion Show A Fashion Show presented by Bonworth's of Flatwoods and spon- sored by Gilmer Gadabouts Red Hats, will be a feature of Thursday, April 16. at 1:00 pm at the Gilmer County Senior Center. Admission is a can or package of non-perishable food for CRI to teed the hungry. Red Hat models include: Jorene Armour, Sandy Cunningham, Janis Derby, Frances Schmetzer. Cookie Setty and Sonia Wilt. The models will wear Red Hat and regular clothes from the Outlet Mall shop which ca- ters tc Red Hats and ladies 50 years of age and up. Red Hat jewelry and ac- cessories will be featured also. There will be drawings for a free outfit, and a throw, according to Nancy Carr, store manager. Everyone is welcome to attend. Red Hat Queen Yvonne king has invited two Red Hat Chapters from Grantsville and Weston. march@ofdimes Spurred by the increased use of the Internet, a new generation of donors has emerged. Experts say these donors tend to have a pref- erence for electronic payments. Opening April 15, 2009 Location: 202 E Main Street, Glenville. We wilt offer' Hand-Painted Signs, Stitchery Purses Pictures Candles and much, much more. We need more crafters, call 304-462-7062 and leave a message if interested. Hours: Mon. Fri. 10 am - 6 pm Saturday 11 am - 2 pm, Closed Sunday [  iii'i!ii/&i:';iii::i;:::::iiii/ii///iii;:ii!!:::: !t iiil S MY::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::! :::: :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: MARY EMERSON Celebrating Her Birthday ' Ma?y Emerson will be celebrating her 80th birthday on Safarday, April 18.2009. Her family would like to invite all her friends to share the day with her. from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.. at the Cox's Mills Community Center. Mary loves your company and cards but wishes to omit gifts. Come and join us on her special day. Troy Elementary Honor Roll 3rd Nine Weeks Kindergarten: Avery Brown, Zack Collins. Ally Frymier, Tierra Law, Dakota Taylor, Ty Wellings. First grade; Rhea Finley. Jared Frederick, Destinee Lilly. Second grade; Au- tumn Frymier. Tiffany Cole, Logan Pritt. Taylore Whitehair. Shayla Sipling, Dakota Wilfong, Brittany Williams. Samantha Helmick, Corey Siggelow, Dylan Ward. Third grade; RuthAnnCain. Lillith Nuzum. Haley Wanstreet. Bayley Wellings, Sada Wright, Ryan Emerson. Allie Garrett, Allex Richison, Matthew Self. Benny McCune. Clayton McCune. Naomy Brodeur. Kelsie Combs. Fourth grade; Emily Broome. Alex Jones. CarlySomerville. Justin Frame, Brody Gumm. Dylon Helmick. ShaynaMax- well. Caleb Gibson. Mason Helmick. Fifth grade; Mya Beron, Ammanda Frame. Justin Emerson. Britney Beall. Clby Cunningham, Destiny Helmick. Cody Richards, Hunter Ashley. Timo- thy Lanham. Megan Yoak. Maria Skidmore. Tammy Jenkins. Sixth grade; Taylor Richards. Trevor Wright, Taylor Ashley, latisha Riffle. Erika Davis. Trey Godfrey, Halley Wilson. tory Grogg, Dillon Self. Samantha Williams. You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try. ---Beverly Sills pmmmmmmm-mq II DESSIE WOLFE :} ' AND KATHRINE PHARES . I'1 Cmmmmmmmmmd