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S() SPIRIT of JEI ER N " ' ' ATF and F',M MER S ADVO(, NEWS PAGE A9 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Walkout FROM.AGEA1 Officials with Jefferson Coun- ty Parks and Recreation and the Ranson Parks & Recreation an- nounced Tuesday they'll offer spe- cial "School's Out" camps from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Parents in need of childcare must pre-register, parks officials say. The cost is $40 per child for both days or $25 for a single day of camp. Jefferson County high schoolers on basketball and wrestling teams can expect their competitions to go on as planned during the walk- out, including regular season games Thursday and Friday. The state wrestling tournament is still scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Big Sandy Su- perstore Arena in Huntington, while the gifts basketball sectional cham- pionship games are still set to begin Thursday in Romney. The Charleston Gazette-Mail re- ports schools in Kanawha County have cancelled games for Thursday and Friday, citing county policy. Bondy Shay Gibson, Jefferson's schools superintendent, and school board members traveled to Charles- ton this weekend for a gathering of the West Virginia School Board As- sociation. The WVSBA passed a resolution supporting teachers' re- quest for a pay raise and "stabi- lized" health care. Gibson said that during the trip, she and board members met with House Education Chairman Paul Espinosa, a Jefferson County Re- publican, as well as state Sen. John Unger, the Democrat who represents Jefferson and Berkeley County. Teachers and their supporters rally in Martinsburg amid the chill earlier this month. "The Legislature will certainly act dollars, teachers have noted, counselors will be running the camp this year to address state employee Gibson informed parents and staff at the Ranson." pay and Public Employees Insur-. of the school closings earlier in the Zaglifa said the parks system also ance Agency," Gibson wrote in an week. will keep its indoor playground at the email in response to questions from "We have an excellent relation- Jefferson County Community Cen- the Spirit. "The issue is the differ- ship with our personnel associa- ter in Sam Michael's Park open as ence in perception between the Leg- tions," she said. "They have been,scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 pan. islature and the personnel associa- very respectful of our students and In her email, Gibson encouraged tions on how much is enough to be their families. We do not anticipate parents to talk to their children about meaningful." any conflict. We have met regular- the work stoppage. "I would recom- Earlier this month as Jefferson ly to discuss schedules and actions mend that parents use this as a teach- County teachers staged a "walk-in," to ensure we minimize the negative able moment about the promise and dressing in red and holding signs in impact on all parties involved." peril of democracy in action," Gib- front of schools before starting the The special programs by county son said. "We are such a diverse so- school day as normal, many point- Parks and Rec and Ranson Parks & ciety with an unending list of needs ed out that West Virginia ranks 48th Rec will be offered at the Ranson and wants with limited resourc- in the nation in average salaries for Civic Center. "Kids will have the es to address them. How we priori- teachers, opportunity to participate in a num- tize addressing those needs/wants State officials have called for ber of activities, including sports, with available resources is the pri- plans that shift more of the cost of crafts and movies," according to mary source of conflict among peo- health insurance onto teachers and Becki Zaglifa, a spokeswoman with pie. "Successful adults approach other employees covered by PEIA- county Parks and Rec. "Jefferson these decisions by carefully examin- in effect, a pay cut of thousands of County Parks and Recreation camp ing the facts available from multiple sources, discussing the various sides of the issue with other parties who may shed additional light and keep- ing both a core set of values against, which they weigh all decisions and a flexible methodology about how they achieve those goals." Gibson concluded that "great de- cision-making is hard, collaborative work. Better to use every opportu- nity to engage in that process now so that they are better versed in it when they are the decision makers for us." - Zach Cumberland and Christine Snyder contributed to this report WHAT Y'RE SAYING In a discussion Tuesday on the Spir-ia teacher pay "atrocious. I fully sup- "If those things weren't bad enough, "I am behind our teachers!" wrote it's Facebook page about the walkout, port a walkout. As if the pay wasn't their insurance is at stake? It's abSo- Jennifer Mood. "I don't know which many parents and others wrote that bad enough, the state now wants to re- lutely disgusting how they are being is more absurd, their pay - or lack of they want to see the Legislature pay duce the qualifications needed in order treated. You want a future in West Vir- - or what they're being expected to do teachers more. Said Jody Swindall to teach. I can only assume that those ginia? Put money into those educat- with their health insurance. Ridicu- Hunter: "I support the teachers and who are voting on these rules are in fa- ing our youth. You are literally ripping lous!" staff 100 percent: It's a shame that the vor of keeping the next generation ig- children's prospective futures from "Our teachers deserve a raise," Ran- legislators can't support education." norant enough to continue supporting their hands. I stand for our qualified dy Morgan wrote. "They work very Khrys Bennetts called West Virgin- them. Thanks. teachers now, and always." hard." RANSON -- Online registration for the Jefferson County Parks and Rec and Ran- son Parks and Rec's joint "Schools' Out" camp is available at The cost for the camp is $40 per child for both Thursday and Friday, or $25 for a single day of camp. Pre-registration is required and parents must send along a packed lunch and a water bottle. Also on Thursday, the Jefferson County Parks and Rec's indoor playground at the Jefferson County Community Center will be open for kids ages 10 and younger from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. "This is not a drop-off activity," explains Becki Zaglifa, parks spokeswoman. "Par- ents must remain in the gym to supervise their kids." The space will be set up with room to play basketball as well as moon bounces, children's toys and gymnastics mats. The cost is $5 forthe first child and $3 for each additional sibling. No indoor playground will be offered on Friday because officials will be setting up the gym for the annual Daddy-Daughter Dance that evening. Anyone with questions may call the parks office at 304-728-3207. i[t H FI WEALTH MANAGEMENT DIVISION OF UNITED CAPITAL FINANCIAL ADVISERS 304-876-2619 I United Capital Financial Advisers, LLC provides advice and makes recommendations based on the specific needs and circumstances of each client. Investing in securities involves dsk, please contact your financial adviser with questions about your specific needs and circumstances. Honest Conversations is a registered trademark of United Captital Financial Advisers, LLC Please join us Jefferson County Democratic Party Hosted by the Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee, Jefferson County Democratic Association, and Eastern Panhandle Young Democrats Sunday, February 25, 2018 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Charles Washington Hall 100 W. Washington St Charles Town, WV 25414 Please RSVP to Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee member Rod Snyder at or 304-728-8187 w Paid for by the Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee By BONNIE WILLIAMSON Special to the Spirit meet to pack donated food to last four weeks. The volun- teers then deliver the food to CHARLES TOWN - Schools may be shutteredschools, usually on Friday. Thursday and Friday, but the Teachers got in touch with organizers of the Kidz Power Diana Wall, president and Pacs program is powered up founder of the program, once to keep providing meals for plans for this week's walkout youngsters, began public. "They were concerned that The nonprofit Community the children wouldn't get Combined Ministries serves more than 900 children in their meals and wanted to 39 schools in Jefferson and know what they could do to Berkeley counties, help," Wall said. Students from strugglingWall said she called volun- teers and within 48 hours, ad- families get kid-friendly, shelf-stable meals and snack ditional food had been donat- items for weekends and oth- ed, adding 900 bags of food to be delivered on Tuesday er times when they aren't at school to get breakfast and and Wednesday. lunch. "We weren't sure how long Once a month, community the schools would be closed so members, including volunteers we packed food to cover four from churches and nonprofits, days just in case," Wall said. Home & Auto Boat Farms ! Motorcycle Businessowners Life Contractors Health Insurance Horse Risk Disability Income Umbrella Liability Annuities 14-725-60 118 N. Charles Street Charles Town, WV i