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Page 4 -- The Glenville Democrat Thursday, July 2, 2009 New Superintendent Bennett upbeat about local schools' future continued ... Continued from page 1 within the county's previous school board controversies are going to have to give in a bit in order to promote har- mony. "It gets nowhere to attack the BOE members, individually or as a group, and we've got to get beyond that for the sake of our children's educa- tion," he advises. As the new superintendent, and hav- ing taken his vacation time to hel] de- velop the relocation plan to meet the state's deadline, he admits, "I, along with our entire school system's staffs, have a lot of work to do to overcome this immediate challenge. We'd like to see how effectively we can relocate the two schools, and get them back into their old schools ASAP." In conclusion, John Bennett assures local people, "I want to help Gilmer County, and it's the only superintendent's job that I would have ever applied for.' Of course, I'd like to eventually retire from this school system, but, more im- portantly, have on my record that I'd been a success in leading us forward." (Editor's Note: Per Mr. Bennett's. re- quest, we editors are reprinting the "Re- location Plan" here below that was ap- proved by the school board at its June meeting.) Gilmer Schools Relocation Plan for Beginning the 2009-10 School Year: The members of the Gilmer County Board of Education concur with Dr. Steven Paine, West Virginia State Superin- tendent of Schools, that students should not be placed in the main buildings at Troy Elementary School and Sand Fork Elementary School until each school has either ( 1 ) found to be structurally sound by a registered professional structural engineer with technical expertise in the field of wood struc- tures or (2) found not to be structurally sound, undertaken and has undergone and completed repairs that render the structure sound and capable of being used again. This issue was addressed at the Special Board Meeting held on Wednesday June 17, 2009. The Board members were fortunate enough to have Mr. Bill Elswick, Executive Director of the Office of School Facilities, WVDE to advise the group. In order for the plan to be successful he told the group that the plan would have to be approved by the State Fire Marshall's Office, Health Department and the Office of School Facilities. Tak- ing these matters into consideration the Board members began discussing various plans. The Board considered four plans that were developed by a Sand Fork/Troy Task Force authorized by Mr. Edward To- man, Superintendent of Gilmer County Schools, multiple plans submitted by Sand Fork Elementary School Parents and a plan submitted by residents in the Troy Area. Board members were also given an opportunity to make sugges- tions. After much deliberation the Board members approved the plan which they believe will have minimal disruption to the learning process. The plan calls for the continued educa- tion for Sand Fork Elementary students, grades pre-k thru 4, on the Sand Fork Elementary School grounds, moving the 5th and 6th grade students to Glenville Elementary and the moving of all Troy Elementary students to Glenville Elemen- tary School. The plan also calls for the inspection of the main buildings to begin as quickly as possible, beginning with the inspection of Troy Elementary School, then, followed by Sand Fork Elementary School. If Troy Elementary is found to be structurally sound or completed repairs that render the structure sound and capable of being used again prior to the start of school then the Troy Elementary School students would not have to be displaced. Dr. P. V. Vijay, from WVU has advised the Board that if the Board of Education decides to let them go forward at their June 22, 2009 Board of Education meeting then the first school (Troy Elementary School) could be evaluated and recommendations made before the end of July Discussion as to whether to locate classes on the gym floor at Troy Elementary School and Sand Fork Elementary School were held but following the advice of Mr. Elswick the Board members declined to include that in their plan. The only other option left for the Troy Elementary School students were to be moved, with Glenville being the closest site with the available rooms. However at Sand Fork Elementary School there are instructional areas available other than the main building. A discussion ensued which suggested that an individual in the area might be willing to donate a modular for the relocation of two additional classrooms but could not be confirmed at this meeting. The rooms being designated for pre-k thru 3rd grade were in use as classrooms during the 2008-09 school year. This temporary plan calls for the 4th grade to be located in the cafeteria. Modifications will need to be made in the gymnasium building to accommodate the office and a pull out room for special education, speech, and occupational therapy students. The students will still be able to use the gymnasium and playground area at their school. A chart has been prepared to show the staffing of the school employees, number of students, (as well as those who are special education students) new assigned location for the employees, and the square feet of classroom space for the Glenville Elementary School classrooms (see attachment #4). The square footage of Sand Fork Elementary School classrooms was not readily available at the time of develop- ment of this plan, but is believed to be within the guidelines of the state. Gilmer County Schools would welcome any assistance from the State Fire Marshall's Office, Health Department and WVDE' s Office of School Facilities to help bring these plans to reality. Included in this plan is the proposed school bus schedule to accommodate the transpor- tation of the students. In review of 126CSR 176 Title 126 Procedural Rule Board of Education Series 176 School Closings or Consolidations Section 126-176-3 Emergency School Closure may or may not apply since the Board did not vote to close any schools but to temporarily relocate students while the buildings can be examined. The Gilmer County Board of Education has taken into consideration the educational program, transportation issues, exceptional student offerings, health/safety and ca- pacity during the temporary relocation. Should the buildings be found to be structurally unsound then School Closings or Consolidations would have to be addressed at that time. Gilmer BOE able to make progress cont'd ... Continued from page 1 a year. The Vice President emphasized that he could see no reason why these samples must be taken, at the Center's expense, for just a single bad result out of many samplings. President Phyllis Starkey announced that Mr. Rick Kinder, math teacher at Gilmer County High School, won "Teacher of the Year for the State" at the high school level. Action toward facilities The Board members reviewed a letter sent to Mr. Steven Paine, along with at- tachments. This letter was in coordination with the letter President Starkey received on June 10. The Board is considering utilizing modulars for Sand Fork and Troy, and are checking into the matter further. Superintendent-elect John Bennett had already contacted WVU's engineers, and the cost for the structural assessments for both facilities would be over $40,000. The work would be done over weekends, as well as during the week, which ac- counts for the increase in costs. Neverthe- less, the extra work is needed for the WVU crews to attempt to meet the desired reported findings deadlines of the Gilmer BOE. WVU did come down from the regular charges of $48,000 in this case. The BOE was been assured by WVU that they do have extensive wood experi- ence, and are qualifed to sign off on a structl]ral evaluati0n.' WVU engineers should have Troy assessment completed by mid-July, and a little later. Sand Fork. Sand Fork will take more time, due to the extent of the need for evaluation. Troy is to be evaluated first, because they do not have the outbuildings to ac- commodate students. Sand Fork does have extra facilities; however, the Board is looking at one, or possibly two modulars for Sand Fork. The Board unanimously agreed to al- low Superintendent-elect John Bennett negotiate WVU's contract, and to sign it. Regular Business The Board unanimously approved Bud- get Supplements and Transfers. A1 so, they approved payment of invoices, the May 2009 Financial Statement, and the "May 2009 Treasurer's Report. In addition, the Board approved the bid from the WV State Auditor's Office of $5,800.00 for the audit of individual schools, as well as the review of related support organizations for FY2009. They were the lowest bidder. Special Item The Board members unanimously ap- proved a grant expenditure for undei'ground i locating and mapping equipment i n the amount of $20,400.78 from Miller Sup- ply, which was the lowest bid. The Board was informed that there are no existing blueprints of the high school gas, water, and sewer lines. The locating mapping system would allow the piping network to be mapped, as well as enabling any future excavations to cause damage to the existing systems. Mr. Jess McVaney, Gilmer County BOE's Clerk of the Works, applied for this grant approximately one-and-a-half years ago, and only quite recently received noti- fication of its award. These grant funds are required to be spent by the end of June 2009. The original grant was for $38,339.00, Continued in column to the right Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at Sand Fork cont'd ... Continued from page 1 being performed, not by the state, but by a private non-profit organization boasting community members from various sec- tors of the local community, such as the county commission and Glenville State College. He stressed the importance of such innovations to economic and com- munity development efforts saying, "Love it or hate it, schools; school children and home-based businesses rely on internet access and dial-up is not sufficient for those purposes." Rosemary Wagoner, of the Region VII Planning and Development Council, which helps cultivate economic and com- munity development, spoke of the com- mitment shown by the long-time mayor of Sand Fork, the late Mr. Carl Carr. She commended his having been a member of the council since its inception in 1971 and presented a plaque in his honor to Mr. Spoar, who accepted for Mr. Carr, as the former was ill at this time. Finally, attendees toured the new town hall, helping themselves to brunch and friendly conversation. The new facility, which is the product of substantial contri- butions by many people, has three large and bright rooms--one of which is set up for town council meetings, a kitchen and three large restrooms with handicap ac- cessibility. The property it occupies has been extensively landscaped and is to be a work-in-progress. "There is a labor of love involved in something of this magnitude," State Sena- tor Minard told those assembled of the new town hall, "and it reflects the hard- working people who are living here." THE FIRST FAMILY-- Pictured above is one of Sand Fork's happiest and proudest families: Teresa Tomblin (I-r), Noah Tomblin, Arista Eberly, Chloe Tomblin, Caitlyn Eberly, Gracie Jenkins, Christopher Eberly and Town Recorder Kari Hamric. (Photo by Lisa Belknap, Staff Reporter) Gilmer County Circuit Court News cont'd ... Continued from page 1 (1) conspiracy to commit grand larceny; and (2) grand larceny. He was sentenced to not less than one nor more than five years in prison on the conspiracy charge, fined $200.00, and ordered to pay court costs within 18 months of his release from prison. For grand larceny, he was given not less than one nor more than 10 years in prison with no fine. The 1-to-10 sentence on grand larceny was suspended and upon his release from prison, he will be on one-year home confinement (and must pay home confinement hook-up fees and daily costs) for a five-year probation. Both sentences were to run consecutively. He was given credit for time served and the Judge ordered that the prison provide him with extensive drug and alcohol re- habilitation. Jenkins must maintain em- ployment upon his release. He was al- and the remaining funds of the grant were slated for automation of the building's climate control systems. He is doing a change of scope for the grant since the automation of the systems has already been accomplished under otlef tt funds Tt'hagwoukt: al- 10W for the IOE (6 puthSe ased bak- hoe for excavating lines, instead of hav- ing to hire a contractor to do it for them. The Board unanimously approved the expenditure and Mr. McVaney's proposed change of scope. Miscellaneous All of the proposed employment items were approved, and there were several positions approved for posting. On Thurs., July 2, there will be a spe- cial meeting at the Board offices. It will be a post-audit conference, as well as a report from the new Superintendent. The next regular meeting is schedule for 7 p.m. on Mon., July 6, which was changed from the original date of Mon., July 13. The July 6 meeting is also a statutory meeting. lowed to return home to his family until petition were served on all parties and Mon., June 29, when he will self-report to counsel in open Court. Mary Heckert's Central Regional Jail at 9 a.m. Brian Bailey Hands of Pride Daycare has until July 19, also represented Mr. Jenkins and moved to move out of the facility. $80,000.00 the court to set aside count twe (grand was posted witn me tJlrcuit Clerk to be larceny), which motion was denied by the disbursed by Order of the Court after Court. special commissioners have been selected A co-defendant of Jenkins, Kimberly anddetermineifthatisanadequateamount Mnrdick, was also before the Court for of compensation to all defendants in- sentencingupon her earlier pleasofguilty volved. The restraining order filed in the to conspiracy. She was sentenced to not companion case of Mary I-Ieckert dba less than one nor more than five years in Hands of Pride Daycare vs. Glenville the penitentiary, the sentence was sus- State College Housing, et al was dis- pended, and she was granted five years solved and her case dismissed. probation. She must pay court costs and The last juvenile heard admitted to all $200.00 restitution within 12 months at a the allegations in the juvenile petition minimum of $25.00 a month. She was filed against him, waived a pre-sentence also ordered to do 50 hours of community investigation and will be placein the Elkins service and try to obtain her GED. She Children Home as soon as a bed becomes was represented by R. Russell Stobbs of available. He was returned to his parents' Weston. home, and if allowed, they will deliver State vs. Reggie Yeager: He was sen- him to Elkins when he can be admitted. tenced upon his former pleas of failing to Otherwise, the Dept. of Health and Hu- register as a sex offender to not less than manResources(ChildProtectiveServices) five nor more than 10 years on each of two will transport said juvenile. A status hear- counts. Sentences were suspended and he ing will be held in this case on September was placed on one-year home confine- 28, at 9:10 a.m. He was represented by ment and is to pay the hook-up fees, daily David Karickhoff of Sutton. fees and placed on five years probation. Hewasalsofined$10Q.00 and c0iit, tebstS: ........... Mr. Yeager is inz.aa!td,;ill: ...llt_=, ,Fj wa l# likely be on home confinement and pro- ,1:i,, ,y nu_,:_a,,, bation in Mineral County, where he now resides. He was represented by Kevin thi vveekrd Hughart of Sissonville. Another juvenile case was heard and Braxton County will observe "Gassaway dismissed. She will turn 18 on August 9, Days" festivities in honor of the late Kenton and elected to have her aunt and uncle Meadows (1920-2008). become her legal guardians rather than The schedule opens up on Thurs., July 2, signing herself back in to CPS custody, with a flag raising and gospel music. On Fri., The next juvenile case before the Court July 3 Country Bands open the day at 6 p.m. was rescheduled for adjudicatory hearing On Sat., July 4, folks will meet for breakfast regarding truancy on July 2, at 9:00 a.m. around 8:00 a.m. at the Red Rooster, fol- Said juvenile is represented by R. Russell lowed by a car show from 9:00 a.m. until Stobbs. 3:00 p.m., a parade at 2:00 p.m., and a Lawn In the condemnation proceeding filed Mower pull at 3:00, at Kenton Meadows by The Board of Governors of GSC vs. Field. The evening will end with fireworks Searlett Kellerman, et al, copies of the and "Danny Stirling Presents Visions of Elvis." M.EDICAL D.IRECTORY One common asthma myth is that asthma triggers are found mostly outdoors. In fact, asthma triggers can be found ev- erywhere-outdoors, at work and inside the home. Asthma affects more than 20 mil- lion Americans, and it is estimated that many Americans may spend 90 percent of their time indoors, therefore making in- door air quality extremely important for asthma patients, especially during the cold winter months. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), in collaboration with Merck: wants to dispel this myth with a new resource guide to help patients with asthma better control their indoor envi- Learn How To Make Your Home Asthma-Healthy With Newly-Released Guidelines ronments. The Guide for Creating an Asthma-Healthy Home offers a list of common indoor asthma triggers-from al- lergens to irritants-as well as useful, easy "tips" for reducing asthma triggers in ev- ery room of the house. Examples of tips include how to kill dust mites, waterproof your home and reduce exposure to irri- tants. The guide also provides tips on cleaning and maintaining an asthma- healthy home and information about build- ing or remodeling a home by using asthma- healthy materials and fabrics. Asthma triggers are not just found out- doors; indoor triggers can include dust, mold, and pet dander as well as chemicals found in cleaning products, potpourri, and air fresheners. In fact, the indoor environment may expose people to more asthma triggers than anywhere else. "many asthma sufferers are unaware of how critical proper indoor air quality con- trol is for the management of their dis- ease," said AAFA spokesperson Mike Tringale. "This is why we have created a guide to educate patients and provide them with simple steps that will help make their home asthma-healthy. By get- ting better control o ftheir indoor environ- ment, asthma patients can take an active role in helping their asthma get under control." There are two main types of indoor asthma triggers, including: oAIlergens, such as animal dander, cock- roaches, dust mites and mold, which can be found in common household furniture and materials; Irritants, which are particles that can pollute indoor air and irritate the airways in the lungs. They are commonly found in certain types of paints, varnishes, waxes, solvents, cleaning products and more. The Guide for Creating an Asthma- Healthy Home contains easy-to-follow, room-by-room tips for creating an asthma- healthy home. Some key pointers include: Get rid of dust mites; Never eat in bed, replace mattresses every ten years, and vacuum floors and wipe dust off furniture weekly; -Opt for blinds and shades rather than heavy drapes and curtains; Wash your child's plush toys regu- larly. You can also freeze them for 24 hours to kill mites; Waterproof your home to avoid mold/ mildew; -Avoid irritants. It's important for people to discuss their asthma symptoms with their doctor to achieve asthma control. People need to understand the myths versus facts about asthma. Get started by visiting www.ASTHMyths.com, where you can download a free brochure to help start a conversation with your doctor about asthma control. You will also find AAFA's Guide for Creating an Asthlna-Healthy Home, which provides additional easy tips on making your home asthma-healthy, so that you can have better control over indoor allergens and ultimately over asthma. 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