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Coalition hears from Heinlein The following Thurs., Apr. 26, the Coalition held another meeting, and WV Deputy Superintendent of Schools Chuck Heinlein was in atten- dance. This was a meeting Coalition members had been waiting on for some time. However, the public was promised that Superintendent Blan- kenship would attend when Mr. Heinlein came. That did not come to fruition. Mr. Heinlein went over the most troublesome items of the OEPA (Of- fice of Educational Performance Au- dits) report. This report was the one that labeled Gilmer County Schools as being in an emergency situation and suggested the immediate State takeover. The major claim was that the Board members were in discord and that they were not getting any business done because of that. There were prob- lems noted with hiring practices and financial statements, in addition to the 10-year building plan that still had not been completed for the 2010 dead- line. Gilmer Board member Phyllis Star- key spoke to the charge that the Board was dysfunctional. "We voted together on almost everything, all of us being in agreement," she said. Furthermore, Mrs. Starkey told Mr. Heinlein how she had had to file a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request to see the OEPA report. Deputy Superintendent outlines steps for return of control This report's findings are crucial to returning Gilmer County Schools to the people as there are also recom- mendations for fixing the problems contained therein. Accordingly, the Superintendent is required to submit quarterly reports on progress being made in the county. Mr. Heinlein also reiterated that Superintendent Blan- kenship should be giving the Board members updates at each meeting. To-date, this has not been something that has been on the agenda at any Board of Education meeting. Another question that Mr. Heinlein addressed was what power the local Board does have at this time. He said the local Board has control of disci- pline, expulsions and field trips. He also confirmed what Dr. Sim- mons had told the Coalition at an earlier meeting, that returning the control of the schools to the local Board would probably be done in increments as rec- ommendations were met in various ar- eas, such as finance, facilities or per- sonnel., Mr. Heinlein's own recommendations to the Board were: 1) Learn about the system; 2) Learn what is in the OEPA report; 3) Learn how recommendations are being addressed; 4) Discuss the issues with the Super- intendent; and 5) Learn about the finances. "You need to have an ongoing, pro- ductive dialog," said Mr. Heinlein. "The Coalition can encourage communica- tion." He predicted the OEPA would come back, possibly in 12-to-16 months, to review the report and see what progress has been made. "They will look at Board minutes, interview Board members, interview teachers, the sitting Superin- tendent and they have been known to interview citizens, so that they get a whole picture of the system," said Mr. Heinlein. "Then, they will make their recommendations [as to what areas the local Board may have authority rein- stated]." Public makes comments A member of the public asked Mr. Heinlein to tell the people just one thing that has improved since Mr. Blanken- ship and the State took over. Mr. Heinlein offered that the hiring qualifi- cations were now being looked at and followed in accordance with the rubric that explains seniority. However, some members of the audience believed im- proper hiring was still taking place and mat tlnancml dealings were telng Kept secret since the State takeover. One gentleman questioned where some of the information in the report came from. The question was asked, "Did any- one from the OEPA team actually visit the elementarq schools?" Folks won- dered why the schools all passed State inspections just a few months before the audit, but were listed in deplorable condition in the report. Different members of the crowd spoke up and explained to Mr. Heinlein about many of the problems citizens have with how things are being handled in regards to the schools. It was explained to him that it is very hard to get concrete answers from Su- perintendent Blankenship on pertinent questions, such as how the intercounty school will meet student enrollment numbers. At the recent Board meeting at Sand Fork Elementary, Mr. Blanken- ship refused to tell the elected Board members how much the offer was on the Arbuckle property because mem- bers of the media were present. In regards to the intercounty school, Mr. Heinlein relayed that statute deter- mined that since the school would be built in Lewis County, they would have the authority to make decisions for the school. Gilmer County will have an advisory council. Mrs. Starkey expressed her frus- tration with the intercounty school, in that she didn't know anything about it when she was presented with questions from the public. All the decisions were made without Board input or approval. She con- tends that when the school was first discussed, .it was the idea of the elected Board and was to be in Gilmer County, but the CEFP com- mittee wouldn't consider it. Now, the approved school will sit prima- rily in Lewis County and they will reap the monetary benefits of it. Again, the subject of"taxation with- out representation" was sounded around the room. Mrs. Karen Pennebaker asked Mr. Heinlein about the possibility of get- ting a new Superintendent who would be more willing to work with the people. She also defended Troy School as being an intercounty school already, reminding citizens that as a Blue Ribbon School, Troy already educates several Lewis and Ritchie County students because those parents preferred Gilmer County Schools and the education they provide. Mr. Denzil Huff asked for the state to "give us some guidance" in correcting the problems that have been identified. When Ms. Helen James, an edu- cator for over 35 years, got her chance to speak, she said she was very disappointed when she heard" the State was taking over and who they had appointed as Superinten- dent. "He's been Superintendent here once oerore anane wasn t here very long, and that bothered me because I think he's been anti towards the people here rather than trying to help us do it." She further declared, "If I were a parertt, my child would not cross that county line. I would home school or have somebody to home school [my child]." Dave Brown took his turn to speak, affirming to Mr. Heinlein, "Yoia people in Charleston have been snookered. You have set an admin- istration in place that has divided this community...." He felt that the situation had gotten Worse since the takeover. In Conclusion After everyone had a chance to voice their concerns, Mr. Heinlein assured the crowd that he under- stood the main concerns of the Coa- lition. He said that he would plan to attend a regular Board meeting so that he could see firsthand how in- formation is shared. Mr. Chuck Heinlein left with the understanding that there has got to be more transparency and commu- nication between the Superinten- dent, Board members and the pub- lic. Troy LSIC mtg cont'd RiB Continued from page 1A building at this time to hear the pre- sentation of the LSIC on the required issues. Troy reported zero in-school sus- pensions and felt that their STARS (Schools and Teachers Appreciate Responsible Students) program was encouraging good behavior in the stu- dents. As with all schools in Gilmer County, Troy Elementary students met AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) re- quirements. The loss of the math in- tervention teacher was noted here, as it was in each of the other elementary schools. It was also mentioned that Troy needed a fifth grade teacher, but with much less emphasis than was given to the matter at Normantown. LSIC members said that they were trying to boost parental involvement in the school, but that the PTO was a "vital part of the Troy family." Interestingly enough, there was no mention of the SBA grant award an- nounced only one day before that would lose Troy school and move its students to Lewis County. The Board thanked Principal Judy Stalnaker and her staff for the good job that 'they are doing and, then, retired to the hallway to partake of the wonderful refreshments that were pro- vided by that school's secretary, Sh- annon Furr. oo Area Briefs ooo Continued fa-om page 1A More to Munch in 2012 Glenville Marthas and Marys will celebrate Spring 2012 by organizing a garden seed give-away. The group supports many county service projects, including Community Resources, Inc.'s food pantry, and seeks to encourage able families to grow a garden. "Not only does one benefit from the healthier food that comes from a garden, but gardening activitiesprovide exercise, relaxation and a sense of accomplish- ment," says the group's moderator, Judy Meads. "Gardening is also a wonderful conversation topic with old and new friends." Marthas and Marys, with help from Hardman's Home Center, Spencer, will provide seeds to 30 Gilmer County families. Each recipient will be provided vegetable seeds for a family of four. The group plans to distribute the gardening supplies on Tues., May 8 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at City Square in Glenville. Citizen Gas Well Workshop There is a workshop available to make help citizen volunteers become gas well wfitchers. This 15roject will apply to any completed gas well--Marcellus, or not. Working with George Monk and Molly Schaffnit, the WV Sierra Club has developed a common-sense outline experience suitable for all. The workshop will be organized into three sessions, each with a target dale. Each session will include youtube videos, as well as text items and other resources. Workshop participants will be able to view and read the material on a flexible schedule. A session will be followed up by a free conference call for participant discussion and questions-and-answers with project leaders. Conference calls are free to callers and there are two date/time options for the conference call for each session. Most of the training is simple and observational. The training will show what to look for, how to "see" a well site and so on. There is one element that involves an actual scientific test, using materials similar to litmus paper. The session clearly shows how to do the test. Required test materials are provided to . participants at no cost. When volunteers register for the workshop, they will receive the link to the project website where all necessary information will be available, In case a person is interested but unable to access youtube videos, alternatives c.an be provided for Slower conneclions. To register for the workshop, e-mail:fimscon@gmail.com and put "gas well workshop" in the Subject line. OFFICE SEEKERS HELP SERVING THE TABLES AT THE MARKS BENEFIT DINNER Among the many Gilmer Countians prepared to help out at the Jesse and Barbara Marks Benefit Dinner at the Rec Center on last Sun. afternoon, Apr. 29 were from left to right: Norma Hurley (for County Commission); Misty Pritt (for re-election to the BOE); Mickey Metz (for Magistrate); Carol Wolfe (for to-election to Magistrate); Larry Gerwig (for Sheriff); Bill Stalnaker (for Magistrate); John Wm. Moss (for County Commission); and Dr. Bill Simmons (for the BOE). Some others coming in later to assist were Larry Chapman (for County Commission); Kris Snyder (for the BOE); and Tammy Cundiff (for the BOE). With these good people's volunteer help, over $5,000 was raised in order to help the Marks family to pay off some of their many family and medical bills. (Staff photo by Dave Corcoran, Sr.) M.EDICAL D.IR TORY By Beth W. Orenstein Medically reviewed by Cynthia Haines, MD A large number of studies have shown that moderate alcohol intake can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease in men and women. Moderate drinking means one drink per day for women and one to two for men, says Donald Novey, MD, an integrative medicine physician with the Advo- cate Medical Group in Park Ridge, Ill. "The difference in amounts is be- cause of how men and women me- tabolize alcohol," Dr. Novey explains. "When you say one drink, the size of that drink matters," Novey adds. Drinking Alcohol: Health Boost or Health Risk? According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture one drink is equal to: 12 ounces of beer or 5 ounces of wine or 1 1/2 ounces of spirits (hard liquor such as gin or whiskey, 80-proof) The Dangers of Drinking Too Much Unfortunately, some people can't stop at just one or two drinks. Too much alcohol can result in serious health consequences. Heavy alcohol intake can damage the liver, causing cirrhosis, a fatal disease. Excessive drinking also can raise blood pressure and damage the heart, and is linked to many different can- cers, including mouth, esophagus, breast, prostate, and colorectal can- cers. The health risks are even greater for those who not only drink but smoke as well. The consequences of excessive drinking can be serious not only for the alcoholic, but also for their friends, family and even innocent bystanders. According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, more than 16,000 people die each year in automdbile accidents that involve drunken drivers. Other data indicates that one in three violent crimes involves the use of alcohol and as many as three out of four violent incidents against a spouse involve alcohol. "Alcohol is a depressant. It makes people sad over time, not happy.," Novey says. When depressed, people can do some rather unfortunate things to them- selves and their loved ones. Signs of Alcohol Abuse How can you tell if you or someone you know might have a drinking prob- lem? Physicians often use the CAGE test, which involves four simple ques- tions, Novey says: Cutting down. Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking? Annoyance by criticism. Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking? Guilty feeling. Have you ever felt guilty about drinking alcohol? Eye-openers. Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover (an "eye-opener")? If the answer to just one of these questions is yes, a drinking problem is likely and professional help is needed, Novey says. Other signs of a drinking problem: You find you can't stop drinking once you start. You're having problems at work or at school. 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If you think you may have a drink- ing problem or suspect that someone you love does. seek professional help. Contact your family physician or a support group for substance abuse before irreparable damage is done. Now is the time to Subscribe to: The Glcnuill IDcmecPat The Glcnulll PathflndP A One Year Subscription (taxes included): In County-$ 23,33/Out-o f-County-S29,68/Out-o f-State-S33,00 To place an ad with our paper, Call 304-462-7309 and ask to speak with our ad manager Jim Brandenburg. IIAIMWIIA FAlllLY IIBIIOIliE ,+.f<- Dr. Hilary Miller, D.O., M.P.H. (,!') Board Certified in Family Medicine Office Hours: Monday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. For appointments, please ,,l,O4+2-z4+o Tues. - Wed. 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. "+,,ai,,Stee, Thurs. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Glenville. WV26351 Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Dr. Miller will return to the office on Mon., May 14. " I 'il ..... ,'c +, " ..... r +]+ -I" "" ..... " -l .... I I I+r'"lc+,' ....... ,iF' p ..... 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