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SPIRIT of JEFFERSON i and EaSRMER'S ADVOCATE NEWS PAGE A5 O Wednesday January 10, .A)18 ' I IEFFERSON COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD By BONNIE WILLIAMSON pecial to the Spirit e CHARLES TOWN - Jeffer- son County school board president Scott Sudduth and two other incum- "bents hope to win additional four- :'year terms when voters go to the , polls on May 8. Sudduth, an attorney, is seeking i flis fourth term while Laurie Ogden and board vice president Kathy 'Skinner are up for re-election for 'the first time. All three are parents :'with children who attend county -'schools. Sudduth is a father of two ' tnd Ogden and Skinner each have :'four children. The nonpartisan board has five members. The filing period began 'Monday and will continue through Jan. 27. " "Education is so important to the : Community," Sudduth said in an in- :terview. "It has been a privilege to serve on a highly functional board. I 4vant to continue to contribute to the community." '-' He said the district is facing more growth while having to deal with continued budget cuts from the state. "The community demands "more and deserves more," he said. Sudduth said he is proud of the t Laurie Ogden Kathy Skinner Scott Sudduth district's academic achievements, in- Skinner said she wants to contin- eluding the high school graduation ue to serve on the school board be- rate and the college attendance rate. cause the five-member body is func- "We want to ensure that all stu- tioning well. "We may not always dents are reading at grade level by agree, but we always respect one third grade," Sudduth said. "We another," she said. "Together with want to have new and renovated a dynamic superintendent, wonder- schools and plan to deliver. Other ful staff, and supportive communi- important goals include enhanced ty we are headed in the right direc- engagement with the community, tion and I would like to continue to transparency and accountability." improve on our community's school Sudduth earned his law degree system." from Catholic University and his She said she would like to con- bachelor's degree from the Univer- tinue to focus on academic achieve- sity of Texas. He has been involved ment. with higher education for more than "We have made academic strides 25 years and works as director of by giving our elementary teachers federal relations for the Texas A&M access to a mapping guide for math University system in D.C. and the language arts guide is un- derway. This should provide great- er consistency across our elemen- tary schools. Our high school stu- dents now have the option of dual enrollment thanks to a partnership with Shepherd University and Blue Ridge Community and Technical College." A big challenge for the board was hiring a new school superintendent. "We were fortunate enough to re- cruit Bondy Shay Gibson from a high-performing district in Virgin- ia," Skinner said. "Redistricting took quite a bit of time and energy. I feel we did it the right way by having community input in the process and adjusting the plan until we felt we got it as close to right as we could." She said Jefferson County schools "continue to shine in the state of West Virginia. For the first time in history, Jefferson County is the home of the State Teacher of the Year. I would like to help continue making improvements to help us shine brighter on a national level." Skinner earned her undergradu- ate degree from William and Mary and her MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is the own- er of Skipper's Downtown Dips and Dell in Charles Town, a board member of three parent-teacher or- ganizations and Local School Im- provement Councils. She created and organized the annual 5K Race- for-Recess in Charles Town, which raises money for school playground and physical education equipment. Ogden said the board is "making really good progress. When I ran the first time, I sought more staff development, which we have done. The school levy was passed by an overwhelming margin. We are also preparing for growth. We have two pieces of property for that." Ogden said the school system will continue to deal with the opioid ad- diction crisis. "We've lost parents," she said. "We have to have empathy and compassion. It's our responsi- bility to educate students no matter how they come to school. We have always had a good relationship, col- laborating with law enforcement and health officials." Ogden added that the board has an agenda to present to the Legis- lature. "We are letting them know what we need as a system," she said. "We want them to listen to us." Ogden earned a degree in early childhood education and a degree from the sports and health scienc- es program at American Public Uni- versity in Charles Town. She is a wellness coach at Capitol Rehab in Charles Town and a contractor for the Federal Emergency Manage- ment Agency. running, we didn't have any- bill." stayed high for several days, $929 FRoM PAGE a l thingleak while we were gone," Butler said the consump-she said. =, she said. "And if there were a tion report doesn't show a Butler said she recently - went through the amount problem- say, a toilet that was steady amount of water use learned that air introduced of water it typically uses over left nmning, it wouldn't have as would be expected if, for into a line by a construction eight months just between gone through 100 gallons an instance, a faucet were left project can lead to a faulty .Aug. 27 and Sept. 6. hour. When we got home, we on full-blast while the fami- water meter reading. Build- The period of extremely high didn't fred any evidence of a ly was away. "From the con- ers were working on new : usage happens to correspond to leak or any other problem, sumption report, it looks like townhouses in the neighbor- -,a trip the Butlers took to visit "The first time we knew the amount of water doubled hood and now she's hoping family back home in Connecti- anything about a water issue the day we left and kept dou- to connect with any of her , cut. "We didn't leave anything was when we got this huge bling and then hit a peak" and neighbors who may have Jefferson County Property Transactions January 2-5, 2018 Pill & Pill PLLC SUB TR, James ers Ferry District; $250,000.00 E. Sevilla Property,Karen E. Kathryn M. Stukey NKA Kathryn Sevilla Property to Top Dollar Phillip Lowe to Benjamin E. M. Miller to Shawn A. Gibson Investments LLC; Unit 5, BLK B, Klein and Elizabeth A. J. Klein; and Jennifer A. Gibson; LT 27, single family section, Truest BK LT 1, CT 3.797; Shepherdstown. "PH II, CT 0.750 ACS; Harpers 2035/72; Ranson Corporation; District; $425,000.00 Ferry District; $369,900.00 $226,936.00 Susan Baxter FKA Susan M. Kyle T. Lounsbury to Doris A. Cape to Reginald Chichester; LT Garrett; TH LT 98; Charles Town 1, SEC B; Charles Town District; Corporation; $175,000.00 $218, 500.00 David M. Emke and Carrie G. Emke to Steven F. Horrocks; LT 244, PH V; Ranson Corporation; $185,000.00 Marshall Rogers Edwards to Middleway Volunteer Fire Com- pany Inc.; PCLCT 1.11 ACS; Middleway District; $7,600.00 Adrienne L. Porges to Randy J. Fell and Robin L. Fell; LT 99, SEC II; Kabletown District; $335,000.00 Nicholas Scott Johnson, Nicho- las Scott Johnson Administra- tor CTA, Robert G. Johnson Estate to Arthur Daniel Badger Jr. and Margaret A. Badger; LT 78-A; Kabletown District; $236,000.00 Thomas G. Mulligan and Joyce Mulligan to Robert F. Miles and Debora L. Miles; LT 23; Harpers Ferry District; $485,000.00 R & D Investments LLC to CTCF LLC; PCL CT 0.55 AC, sfr 4-foot scenic walkway EAS; Shepherdstown District; (No $ listed on transfer) Ronald L. Carroll sr. to Brit- tany Burch and Brant Lowe; LT 53, SEC B, CT 0.490 ACS, T/VV 40-foot wide non-exclusive Dan Ryan Builders West Virginia R/W; Shepherdstown District; LLC to Charles M. Schultz and $170,000.00 Kimberly A. Schultz; LT 7, PH II; Harpers Ferry District; Arcadia Communities LLC, $399,000.00 Arcadia Communities Inc. and VanMetre Financial Associates John A. Stover and Tina R. Inc. to Eric L. smith and Sarah Stover to Matthew William Dow- A. Smith; LT 194, PH V; Charles ell and Kirsten Dowell; LT CT Town Corporation; $433,811.00 0.50ACS; Kabletown District; $247,000.00 HSBC Bank USA National Association TR, Nomura Asset Clarissa E. Loyd FKA and Clar- Acceptance Corporation Alterna- issa E. Sands to Brooke Elaine tive Loan Trust Series 2005- Rey; LTS 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, WF1 Mortgage Pass-through 42 and 43, SEC D, BLK B; Harp- Certificates, Wells Fargo Bank ers Ferry District; $79,000.00 NAAIF to Phillip G. Masemer and Joanne Herrigton; LT C-26; David E. Hausel to Ross Lumley Charles Town District; $80,500.00 and Joan Lumley; PCL 5; Harp- Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation and Stewart Lender Services Inc. AIF to Tse Hsin Wu; Southeast corner of Charles St. and South Alley; Charles Town Corporation; (No $ listed on transfer) Brian E. Robinson to Pennymac Loan Services LLC; LT 404, PH 3A, SEC 2; Charles Town Corpo- ration; $172,129.05 Wayne Marshall Barron to Kimberly S. Athey and Kevin W. Barron; Re-recorded to correct the transfer; PCL 1, cT 0.835 ACS and PLC 2, TR 2, James Jenkins and Cecil Jenkins Prop- erty; Kabletown District; (No $ listed on transfer) Alice B. Hunter to Christopher D. Doleman and Sabrina R. Good- en; P/O LT 11, Plat attached; Kabletown District; $15,200.00 Katherine B. Dunn and Sara B. Lowery to Matthew Prugh Parks; I T 3; Middleway District; $55,000.00 Mohammad M. Khan and Kausar M. Khan to Andrew F. Pahl Trustee; LT 8A, SEC A; Middleway District; (No $ shown on transfer) Andrew F. Pahl Trustee to Mo- hammad M. Khan and Kusar M. Khan; LT 8A, SEC A; Middle- way District; (No $ shown on transfer) Sponsored by: REALTY I know that buying or selling a home is a huge event Kiga Tabb for my dients. I work to make sure that it is the best Realtor, WV & possible experience it can be for them. VA For more aboub Kiga and bhe Blackwell Realbg Advanbage, see 31 S. Braddock Street #206 Winchester, VA 22601 Office: 540.931.9366 Patrick Blood, Broker op~um~v 113 W. Washington Street Charles Town, WV 25414 Office: 304.885.0772 Liz McDonald, Broker PROUDLY SERVING JEFFERSON COUNTY FOR OVER 56 YEARS turned on their shower or faucet in late August and early September and gotten no water - an indication that air may have been in the wa- ter line, she said. The CTUB continues to in- sist the bill is correct and is refusing any mediation deal so Butler is asking the state Public Service Commission in Charleston to step in. , leads, support In the city's response to But- ler's complaint, CTUB attor- ney Hoy Shingleton asks the PSC to dismiss the matter. He points out that a me- ter test conducted at Butler's home in November showed the device "was running at 99.9 percent" and that Butler "provides no evidence of fraud on behalf of Charles Town, the Charles Town Utility Board, or any employee of either the city or the utility board." Shingleton notes that no "individuals associated with either the city or the utility board can financially bene- fit from the abnormally high bills. All fees paid for utility service are properly depos- ited in the utility's bank ac- count and entered into its ac- counting system." Butler said she's knows hers is an uphill fight. "I don't have any evidence of fraud or error but I know there's no way we used that much water," explains Butler, who moved to Charles Town with her husband in 2014. Since the family's water bill drama began, Butler has man- aged to connect with a few other Charles Town residents who also have experienced high water bills they believed were in error. "In our case and for the other people we've talked to who've been in our situation, you're in such a bind- you've got this huge bill, but do you go ahead and spend hundreds of dollars to hire a lawyer to fight it? Do you hire a plumb- er to prove there were no is- sues inside your home? "The people we've talked to all ended up just paying the bill." ". kk~, EXCITING HAPPENINGS FOR 2018! Jan. 11 Chamber Member Orientation "Maximize Your Investment" 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. The Tate House 201 E. Washington Street Charles Town, Jan. 2,S Membership Meeting 12 noon Shepherd University in Shepherdstown I