State's new Education Chief Technology Officer is Braxton native
The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) welcomes Sterling Beane Jr. as the state’s lead visionary related to education technology and its future in West Virginia classrooms.
Burnsville woman arrested on charge of animal cruelty
“I am incredibly honored and humbled that Superintendent Phares and the West Virginia Board of Education have given me this opportunity,” said Beane. “I have had one foot in the education arena and another foot in the technology world for several years. As the WVDE Chief Technology Officer, I expect to be actively engaged with stakeholders from within and outside of K-12 education to create a shared statewide vision of technology integration in our schools. By identifying our opportunities and barriers, we can form a collective understanding of the direction we will take to increase student achievement and transform education through the use of technology.”
Beane has more than 15 years of experience as a classroom teacher, technology specialist and county technology director. A native of Gassaway, Beane earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Glenville State College. He earned master’s degrees in educational leadership and elementary education with an emphasis in educational technology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and Salem International University.
Most recently, Beane served as a coordinator in the WVDE Office of Instructional Technology. As a coordinator, Beane oversaw the Tools for Schools technology program, the Technology Systems Specialist (TSS) Pilot Project, and served as the technology liaison to the Office of Education Performance Audits, School Building Authority and other external organizations and entities.
Beane considers one-to-one computing, desktop and server virtualization, data center design, cloud computing, and applying analytics for data based decision making areas of immediate need.
“I am ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work on increased access to quality online learning through the West Virginia Virtual School; implementing a data system that allows schools to easily collect and utilize data to make informed, real time decisions about a student’s progress and modify instruction as needed; and perhaps most importantly, creating a data system that makes it easier for parents to take an active role in their children’s education,” added Beane.
For more information, contact Liza Cordeiro in the WVDE Communication Office at email@example.com or 304-558-2699.
By Larissa DeLuca
Mountaineer Challenge cadets volunteer at Mountaineer Food Bank
A Burnsville woman was arrested on felony charges last week after she allegedly shot her neighbor’s dog with a BB gun. The victim told authorities that she heard the dog yelp and run off the hill coming from the direction of her neighbor’s house. That neighbor was identified as Eleanor L. Reese, 77. The victim also stated that the dog had a bullet hole in its side and died not too long after it came off the hill. The victim noted to authorities that when her husband confronted Reese about the incident, she admitted to shooting the dog.
A few days after the incident, Sgt. A. L. James of the Braxton County Sheriff’s Department spoke to Reese at her residence about the incident. It was then that Reese stated that she did shoot the dog. According to the criminal complaint, Reese further stated that the dog always came to sit on her porch and that it would often carry off rugs from her porch and she was “tired of it.” Sgt. James also obtained a recorded statement from the accused as well as photos of the BB gun used to shoot the dog.
Reese was arrested last Tuesday and charged with cruelty to animals. She was arraigned before Braxton County Magistrate Beth Smith, who set a $5,000 personal recognizance bond. Reese had been released on that bond prior to press time. If found guilty of the charge filed against her, Reese could face 1 to 5 years in a correctional facility and a fine of up to $5000. The continuing investigation will be led by Sgt. James.
Mountaineer Challenge Academy of Kingwood, WV visited Mountaineer Food Bank in November to contribute 55 hours of volunteer work. Cadets worked in the food bank warehouse to prepare mixed food boxes for food pantries and Backpack programs that went out to 48 counties in West Virginia before Thanksgiving. In total, cadets worked up 296 boxes, or 7,400 pounds, of food for distribution. The following cadets and instructor participated in November: Devin C. Alberts, Derk L. Allaben, Justin W. Allen, Joshua P. Brandenburg, Austin M. Carrico, Roy D. Clendenin, Damian L. Cooper, Victor M. Cruz, Nicholas C. Davies, Brennan L. Evans and S.L. Bryan Wolfe.
Drive-thru Living Nativity gives unique glimpse of first Christmas
Have you ever wondered what it was like the night Jesus was born? Mid State Church of God invites area residents to take that journey at their drive-thru living nativity to experience the wonder of Christmas as they drive through the town of Bethlehem and take in the sights and sounds of the very first Christmas. Guests will be taken through eight scenes from the prophecy of the birth of the Messiah to the solemn night in the manger. The event will feature live animals, as well as a cast of characters portraying those who witnessed the birth of Jesus.
The nativity will be open beginning Saturday, December 14 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 15 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Visitors will receive a CD that will narrate their journey in the comforts of their own vehicle.
Come to witness the greatest gift ever given. The event is free of charge and open to the public. New characters and scenes have been added since last year’s nativity. For more information contact Amanda Criner at (304) 765-2899. The nativity will be located beside Foodland in Gassaway.
Board of Ed outline school closing policies
As winter is just around the corner, parents and students should be aware of this reminder related to emergency closings.
As possible inclement weather nears there are many things parents and students should be aware of related to emergency closings.
Delays/closings will be done as early as possible, but there are often circumstances such as late arriving storms that may necessitate a closing or delay later than usual. The goal is to have school but the conditions must be safe for transportation. Parents may always exercise their judgment and keep their student(s) home when they feel the conditions are unsafe. If this occurs, please call the school principal and inform them as such. He/she will in turn contact the County Attendance Director with this information. It is difficult to make a decision that pleases everyone. Board of Education officials monitor conditions through the State Highways, consult with selected bus operators located throughout Braxton County, monitor Internet weather websites, participate in conference calls with NWS and other WV counties’ officials, and actually drive to certain locations to observe the conditions first hand. Braxton County is extreme in the fact that we have variations in elevation and road access throughout the county. Please do not rely too heavily on one media outlet for your information.
Temperature concerns always present a difficult challenge in making a decision. The general guidelines for this will be as follows: School will be delayed when the air temperature is below 0. School will be delayed when the wind chill is -5 and below. This will be contemplated and decided based on widespread and general conditions throughout the county and not an isolated occurrence.
Radio stations that are contacted with delay/closure information are as follows: WSGB – 1490 AM, WDBS - 97.1 FM, WAFD – 100.3 FM, WKQV – 105.5 FM, WDNE – 98.9 FM, WELK – 94.7 FM, WBUC - 1460 AM, WDNE – 1240 AM, WKLC – 105.1 FM, WMXE – 100.9 FM, WHAW – 980AM, WVRW 107.7 FM, WOTR 96.3 FM, Magic 106.5, WFBY – 102.3 FM, WAJR – 103.3 FM Clarksburg/Mt. Claire, WWLW 106.5 FM, WBRB – 101.3 FM, WBTQ – 93.5 FM, WVPN - 88.5 FM, WCWV – 92.9 FM Summersville
TV stations that are contacted with delay/closure information are as follows: WCHS Channel 8 – Charleston, WDTV Channel 5 – Bridgeport, WBOY Channel 12 – Clarksburg, WSAZ Channel 3 – Huntington, WOWK Channel 13 - Huntington
Delay and closure information is placed on the West Virginia Department of Education website located at: http://wvde.state.wv.us/closings/county/all/
School status is placed on the Board of Education telephone system, 304-765-7101, extension 4.
The school system is in the fourth year of the School Messenger notification system. This is a program that makes phone calls to families concerning snow delays/closures among other functions. Please make sure that all information for your child in the school’s West Virginia Education Information System (WVEIS) is current by contacting your school. This notification system is only as good as the accuracy of the information maintained in the system and which is used in making phone calls.
The central office will be conducting a test message with the information currently in the system on the evening of Thursday, December 5, 2013. If you do not receive this test message, then your information is missing from the system or inaccurate. Please contact your child’s school’s office to verify your information.
There may be times when school will have to be closed early due to inclement weather. When this is done the call is made as early in the school day as possible. Often conditions occur so late in the day that it is not possible to leave early due to the logistics of getting drivers available and to the schools. In these cases schools would be released at their usual time. Each student and family should have a plan in place in case of an early dismissal. This is an extremely busy time for each school and phone calls informing the students/parents of the plans are not always possible. School phone capacity is limited as is staffing to answer phones. Weather related calls to school should be kept to a minimum. That is why we request that each student have an emergency plan in place before any early closures. Please don’t hesitate to contact the school principal to discuss this matter.
Area parades kick-off Christmas season
It’s that time of year again and locals are already getting into the holiday spirit. For those hoping to catch a glimpse of some festive floats (and maybe sneak a peek of St. Nicholas himself), here is a list of the Christmas parades that will be held here in Braxton County.
Town of Gassaway
The Town of Gassaway will be holding their annual Christmas Parade on Friday, December 6, at 7:00 pm. Line-up is scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm at the Gassaway GoMart Corporate Office on River Street. No fee or registration is required for participation and all are welcome. Santa Claus will be giving out candy at the Gassaway Community Building after the parade. Please call 304-364-5111 with any questions.
Town of Sutton
The Sutton Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 7, at 1:00 pm. Line-up will begin at 12:15 pm at Tiffany Jackson Drive. The parade route will follow Main Street in Sutton. This year’s theme is “Your Rendition of a Christmas Classic.” Those who would like to be considered for judging should register at the Sutton Mayor’s Office no later than Wednesday, December 4th. The categories are best float, best specialty group, best vehicle, and judges’ choice. Please call 304-765-5581 for more information.
Town of Burnsville
The Town of Burnsville’s annual Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 14th at 11:00am. Line-up will begin at 10:00am on Circle Drive next to the Ike & Mike Plaza. Anyone wishing to participate in the parade is asked to call 304-853-2605 to be added to the line-up.