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Page 2-- The Glenville Democrat/Pathfinder -- Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003 West Virginia Teachers By Governor Bob Wise The most important component of our state's future success will be edu- cation. With a well-trained work force, we can take advantage of new indus- tries that require skilled, educated employees and entrepreneurs. Educa- tion, from birth through college, is the centerpiece of our long-term strategy to fulfill the potential of West Vir- ginia. Our investments in education are diverse. Students must have access to safe, modern facilities, advanced classes and cutting-edge technology. They must be afforded the opportu- nity to further their education beyond high school, regardless of their fami- lies' economic status. Perhaps most important to the aca- demic success of our young people is !he quality of instruction they receive. we must have the best teachers. To an ever-growing extent, this ~goal is becoming a reality. This year, 63 teachers attained National Board Cer- tification, signifying their success against the highest standards in the nation. We now have 151 National Boai'd Certified Teachers working in the classrooms of West Virginia. These dedicated professionals are helping us to become the Education State. Each teacher who achieves National Board Certification is awarded a $2500 yearly bonus from the state; many school districts offer additional incentives. These are wise investments in our children's future; studies show a positive correlation between NBCTs and student gains. More than one third of all NBCTs in West Virginia teach in Title One at-risk students or economically dis- advantaged students), where their ser- vices are needed the most. Many teach in areas of teacher shortage, including math and science. They not only enrich the lives of their students, but are leaders in their schools and examples for their peers. I thank each teacher who has put in the long hours and done the hard work necessary to achieve this certifica- tion. Building a strong foundation for education requires teamwork. I look forward to working with teachers, stu- dents, communities and lawmakers as we move toward our educational goals. KANDY KANt= KIDS -- At each annual Christmas Parade -- Sat., Dec. 6th's latest version being n0 * To have the best schools in th..fe nation, school___~s (thos..__..~e with high numbe o2 different, the Kandy Kane Kids, who rode high on their float, played a prominent role in the line-up. These children -- a boy and girl from each school -- are selected to represent their schools in the parade and under Legislative Update . . ordinary circumstances, they look like candy canes It was a little too chilly on that evening, however, so they had to robe up rather heavily, not being able to show off their colorful outfits. ($taffphotos by Dave Corcoran) " Celebrate the btrth of Savwr our ~tr by Delegate Brent Boggs is magnified during the holidays, and and Gilmer Counties last week. Jean The Christmas season is at its peak, I am certain it is just as difficult for and I unfortunately could not visit as and with it comes the time that we their families that look forward to many as we had hoped. In additionto celebrate the birth of our Savior. First their coming home. . railroad responsibilities, Justin was and foremost,Last week brought very welcome temporarily off his feet, due to sur- that is the great- news from the School Building Au- gery. However, he was able to attend ~l est girl of all. thority, as Braxton County will be the the Burnsville Christmas Parade with l~/ i am at a loss recipient of approximately $2.2 mil- me last Saturday. Notwithstanding this week to ad- lion dollars in SBA funds for addi- the snow and wind, nothing could 1 ~l equately ex- tional Braxton County High School deter the folks in attendance from l~ press how renovations and improvements. This enjoying a great winter event for the thankful I am to will provide educational enhance- community. have the entire ments and facility improvements that The 2(304 Legislative session be- r~ family homefor will benefit students and the commu- gins on January. 14, 2004. Please the holidays. In nity. This is part of a $180 million contact me if I may be of assistance. marking an- SBA fund package that will benefit In the interim period, please address other birthday last week and Christ- over twenty projects throughout the your mail to my home office: PO Box mas this week, these past few days State. 254, Gassaway, WV 26624. By tele- havebeenespeciallymeaningful, with Behind the scenes at the Capitol, phone, you may contact me at 364- the kids and grandson home for an full-time staffis working diligently to 8411 or fax to 364-8711. For those sANTAsTHEHIGHLIGHT--Everyyear, the arrival of Santa Claus, who'susuall on one of the final fl extended visit. I know these times gear up for the beginning ofthe 2004 with Internet access, my e-mail ad-' y oats, Istraditi~na~ythehigh~ight~ftheGi~mer~un~yChristmasParadeind~wnt~wnG~envi~e.Here'~itt~eNata~ie will be more difficult to arrange as the legislative session. Legislators will dress is Boggs34@aoLcom. Youcan Frame, of Normantown, rides high with Santa, a person whom she thinks she knows well. kids grow older. Even so, it provides begin arriving in Charleston on Janu- obtain additional legislative informa- a special connection that links today ary 11 toprepare for the session. The tionfromtheLegislature'swebsiteat ' with past holiday memories, and a State of the State Address from the http://www.legis.state.wv.us/ faith in what good things the future Governor will be delivered in the From the Boggs Family, we hope may hold. House Chamber to a joint session at 7 each of you enjoy a joyous Christmas. Being blessed with the family all PM on January 14. At that time, the As always, please remember our homeduringthis holiday season is yet Governor will make his budget and troops - at home and abroad - and another reminder of the sacrifices of agenda known to legislators and the keep them and their families in your our men and women in the military public, thoughts and prayers.. stationed around the world. Being Here at home, numerous holiday Until next week, take care. homesickfortheirfamiliesandfriends events were held throughout Braxton .... i vaiie!* " ........... ' I|, _ [1 Dec 25 And Santa(R ckFrame N rmant n d dn`have mak ups man ft rch drena ver CHRISTMAS LIST-- We suspect that every child who sat 0n Santa Claus s knee at the City Hall told him a long list of gifts that he or she would like to find under their Christmas trees on the morning of Thurs., C D IT PROS LE M S WE CAN HELP YOU! the world, he d certainly give each child everything that their little hearts desire. [] GREAT FOR FIRS1 *OAC- Taxes, Titles, Fees Extra J erry C/fristm from 01"0 I ! ( t $ C C V b a fi tt S( IT c! C ct sic Ix W~ a] cc pa ev s~ ! 0111 di~ I let "W tio~ 2 clap but J~ /i