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July 9, 1976

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The Glenville Pathfinder A Gilmer Graphics, Inc. Newspaper Published By and For Gilmer County People Single Copy Price 15c [Incl. Tax] 41 from the Gienville Child Care bicentennial celebrations by ringing the bell in the FHday, July 2. to pave every year's projects end According to Mayor Delbert year on June Co. of tons of feet of of Court St. Drive were paving was from the in March. another $5,000 in December for the year. Davidson, the completion of this project brings the total amount spent for paving this year to $41,000. Of this amount $36,000 was provided by federal revenue sharing monies. "This makes every neighborhood in pretty good shape, but there's still a few that need some work," said Davidson. "My goal is to see every street paved." Davidson also reported that the paving work on Mineral Road should be finished this week. The cost for this stretch of over one mile of pavement is being borne by the state. to offer special rens' books Robert F. offering a entitled and range of service the frets July 19 - and a accom- of ned gh :rode Crafts; Problems; Modern Fables; Mystery; Nature, Outdoors; Science and Applied Science; Social Studies; Sports; Stories, Tales - Realistic, Fanciful, Tall, Humorous, and Otherwise; Understanding One- self, Others. Subjects covered by the books for children at the Secondary school level include: America Yesterday and Today; Animal World; The Arts: Behavior Modification; Biography; Communication Arts; Contemporary World; Current Political Issues; Ecology; Ethical Problems: Feminism; Fiction for Young People in sundry classifications; Guidance; Handicrafts; Humor and Satire; Medicine; Nations and Peoples; The Occult, Super- natural; Political Science; Social Culture and Values; Science; Social Culture and Values; Science and Man; Sports; Teenage Problems. GSC chairman named College Dr. ,oR the GSC of Glenville Norris and son Urniture, rriting. poem eView. in Junior e and MA Ohio Dr. Lowell Fredln GLENVILLE, GILR COUNTY. WV 26351 Friday, July 9, 1976 School board votes to run bond issue By David Bean Feature Writer The Gilmer County Board of Education voted Wednesday, June 30 to place another bond issue before the voters in the November general election. If the issue passes, $2.46 million will be borrowed from the state Sinking Fund for renovation and construction of county schools as detailed in Phase II of the school board's construction plan. County real estate taxes would be increased by 48 per cent next year in order to start repayment of the loan. Repayment is to be made by a fixed amount of nearly $300,000 annually for 15 years. As property values increase this tax percentage would decrease. Superintendent of Schools, Ron Welty said that it was a hard decision to make but, "several considerations contributed to the move which I feel to be in the best interest of our school system and its pupils." Welty's reasons for seeking support of the bond issue from the school board are as follows: 1.) Since the referendum is being conducted during the general election it will cost the school board less than $1,000. If it were necessary to conduct a special election it would cost over $4,000. The referendum is called for since Phase II of the board's Multi-Phased Building Facilities Plan must be financed by a county bond issue. 2.) Sand Fork and Normantown classroom structures need to be replaced. According to Welty, the board feels that it is best to give the people another chance to vote for replacement before spending more money on existing classroom buildings. 3,) Since Phase I of the board's building program was completed with funds from the West Virginia "Better Schools" program, Welty feels that this obligates the board to do all in its power to complete Phase II with funds from the county, "The decision to run the bond issue was made," said Welty, "because our children deserve the opportunity to attend clean, safe schools." At Sand Fork, the plan calls for the construction of 14 classrooms, additional office space, library and music rooms, staff lounge and toilets. The lunch room and the gymnasium will be renovated. A waste disposal system will also be built. The estimated total cost of this work is $620,100, including architects' fees, The same construction and renovations are to be made at Normantown Elementary, with the exception being that 17 new classrooms are to be erected here. Projected cost for this work is $714,440. At the Glenville Elementary School, due to open this fall, a gymnasium and showers will be added at a cost of $371,000. If the bond issue passes, $585,460 will be spent on construction and renovation at Gilmer County High School. A band room will be built and the gymnasium will be enlarged to seat .. 1,200 persons. Remodeling of the high  ..... school's two academic buildings will eliminate all present health, safety and ':( fire violations. No major construction will take  'k ........ : place at Tanner or Troy. According to Welty, the reduction in enrollment at these schools, due to the opening of the Glenville school, will allow some classroom space to be renovated for * :, .' use as library, music and art rooms. $ * Waste disposal plants will also be :!i! I ' built. The cost of the renovations will be $79,500 at each school. . Mr. Welty pointed out that with the proposed construction, all present health, safety and fire violations in the county's schools will be corrected. There are over 50 such violations in county schools. If any money remains after all of the projected construction and renovation is completed, Welty said that equipment will be purchased for the schools. According to law, bond proceeds can be spent only for stipulated construction and equip- ment. "The poor condition of our  schools," claimed Mr. Welty, "can be blamed solely upon the results of previous bond and levy attempts. Of nine such attempts since 1952, only one has been passed. The educational systems in the region are products of the social, economic and geographic features of the region. They might be generally characterized as conserva- tive, inadequately financed and fragmented." WHAT'S HAPPENING?-These Gilmer County 4-H'ers seem to be curious about something going on at camp last week. There were plenty of activities to keep campers occupied. For more [Democrat photo] 4-H camp pictures, School board institutes new lunch program The Gilmer County Board of Education voted last Wednesday, June 30 to institute an innovative satellite lunch program. Under the new system, hot meals will be prepared at Gilmer County High School and delivered to Glenville, Troy and Tanner Schools. One cook will be assigned full-time to these three schools while a second cook from these schools will report to the high school every morning to assist in preparing the meals for the four schools involved. Approximately 800 meals will be prepared each day. The cook on duty at the grade schools will spend the morning preparing the cold items. When the meals arrive they will be taken out of the warming carriers and placed directly in a steam table ready to serve. Both cooks will clean up after the meal. Gilmer County Superintendent, Ron Welty points to several benefits of the program. "We have the enthusiastic blessing of the State Food Service personnel. They want to implement this program in other counties. "The energy requirements to cook 800 meals in one location should be much less than in four places. "It will permit consolidated purchasing which should result in cheaper prices. "It doesn't require as many persons to implement this system as four separate operations would. "It should definitely result in better meals because the system will require more efficient planning. "This system will permit us to make the necessary changes in our lunch programs to eliminate health violations. "Under this system we will have central accounting with one set of books instead of the manhour requirements for keeping four sets of books." One other county in the state. Brooke, is trying a similar program and according to Welty they are getting along fine with it. The new lunch program is set up on a one-year trial basis. "We're not pulling things out of these schools, if the new system doesn't work we can go right back to the old one," he added. In other business the school board: Accepted the resignation of Phyllis Cole as a teacher at Gilmer County High School. Employed the following per- sonell: Mrs. Koran Kuhl as a third and fourth grade teacher at Tanner School, Lewis Holloway as a Pre-Vocational teacher at Gilmer County High School, Sheilah Jane Lowe as a traveling music teacher for Kindergarten through fourth grades, David Ellison as a teacher at Troy School. Clara Bernice Wolfe as a Special Education aide at Gilmer County High School, Fare Tomblin as a learning see page 7. disability aide at Sand Fork School, Carolyn Sue Sheets as an early childhood aids at Glenville Elementary. Sandra Cunningham as a cook at Gflmer County High School and Paul Jenkins as a part-time mechanic at the bus garage. Approved the transfer of Doris White from Tanner to the position of language arts teacher for grades five through eight at Glenville and Tanner. Adopted a revised Special Education plan for school year, 1977. Approved the presentation of a Bond Issue in the November general election. Gideon Ellyson was the only board member to vote against the motion. PICNICS AND PITCHIN'-Several local residents played and picnicked at Cedar Creek State Park on July 4. Darrell Homer is shown trying his hand at horse-shoe pitching. [Democrat photo] Gilmer crime rate doubles Figures released by the West Virginia Department of Public Safety's 1975 Uniform Crime Report shows a 107.7 per cent increase in the crime rate in Ggmer County. The crime rate is computed by dividing the total actual offenses by the area population and multiplying by 1,000. The crime rate in 1974 was 3.65 while in 1975 the crime rate rose to 7.38. This can be interrpreted to mean that 7.58 persons of each 1,000 population were the victim of a criminal offense. The number of criminal offenses reported to the crime commission rose from 29 in 1974 to 61 in 1975, for an increase of 32 per cent. Criminal offenses increased 21 per cent for the state as a whole. An increase of 31 cases reported by the state police in the county primarily accounted for the raise. Those crimes which increased the most in 1975 were breaking and entering which rose from ten reported offenses to 23 and larceny theft, which rose from 17 reported offenses to 27. The state police reported 55 criminal offenses. Glenville Police reported 6 offenses and the sheriff's department did not report any offenses in 1975. Those offenses which were used to compute the crime rate are: murder, rape, robbery, felonious assault, breaking and entering, larceny theft and motor vehicle theft. A breakdown of offenses in 1975 is as follows: Murder-O, rape-2, robbery- 2, felonious assault-3, breaking and entering-23, larceny theft-27 and motor vehicle theft-3. The per cent of offenses cleared by area law enforcement agencies rose 78.3 per cent in 1975. In 1974, eight cases were cleared or 27.58 per cent. In 1975. 30 offenses were cleared or 49.18 per cent. (A criminal offense is cleared when a law enforcement agency has identified the offender. there is enough evidence to charge him and he is actually taken into custody.) For the state as a whole. 24.6 per cent of all criminal offenses were cleared in 1975 gs compared to 25.3 per cent in 1974. Crowd small at 4th celebration A dark morning sky may have discouraged many local July 4 celebrants, as only about 150 people turned out for the Gilmer County Bicentennial celebration at Cedar Creek State Park. The Gilmer County Bicentennial Commission had planned an old-fash- ioned July 4 celebration with picnic lunches, speakers and games. There were a number of people who took advantage of the recreational facilities of the park. but onh . few athered around the bicentennial (:enmfission's picnic shelter for the speeches. Ih,vard Young. lrp'id('n! .t the Lhimer County Historical Society served as master of ceremonies for the afternoon's proceedings. Rev. John |ames gave the invocation and Rev. Gone Atkins read a passage from the scriptures. Three Gilmer County High School students gave short speeches on their idea of independence and America. The speakers were Fran Davis, Kenneth Kuhl and Charlene Van Horn. Miss Bessie Belle. president of the Giimer County Bicentennial Commis- hm. ended the day's speeches with a pres(utaiion entitled "The Origin of the Declaration of Independence."