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HOF:IG {!,- S()NS 'i}},OOH PO BOX 1~.:.;~' !iiP tUL NGPO R 1" I,1 t] a.9 t::L~, g .- l;a ] 6 ,i: - -ii i : / ,/ W! |Harbor Day, Monday, December 7, was the perfect showcase for the dedication of a new at the Shenandoah Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Charles Town. The flagpole by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3522. Shown above, from left, at the dedication are Susan Lopp, administrator of the Shenandoah Center; Charles Barnard and Rutherford, both residents at the center and veterans of World War II; Donald commander of Post 3522; Joseph Jones, of the Shenandoah Maintenance Department ~t 3522, who helped coordinate the effort; and Joseph Kimes, an officer with A fulltime officer could be as- signed to Jefferson High School under a proposal from Principal Richard Keeler and Sheriff Will- iam Seuseney. The Jefferson County Board of Education reviewed the proposal Tuesday during a regular meet- ing, The proposal will remain out for public comment until the next regular meeting on January 5. The officer, to be known as a School Resource Officer, would be a Jefferson County Sheriffs De- partment deputy assigned to the school and surrounding area on a full time basis. The officer may be asked to wear plain clothes as op- posed to a uniform and would be unarmed at all times while in the school building. The officer wofild patrol Flow- ing Springs Road and other con- necting roads at the high school, where parents and school officials City Considers Police Levy for additional manpower at the Charles Town Police was made before the City Council last week. The request, referred to the municipal finance committee for further the Police Department is operating well below manning were in force 24 months ago. At that time, there were 12 Lhe department, including the chief. Budgetary limitations rae, forced a cut in the number of personnel in the Aldridge has only nine individuals on the force, One of the ways that could be utilized to provide would be a special levy, which would have to be by municipal voters. Cost of an officer would be about and would be effective for a three-year period. Shepherdstown "Top Cop" Virginia State Police officer Charles S. Cole has been new Chief of Police in Shepherdstown. Cole, who has more in law enforcement, succeeds Cecil Arnold, who resigned of other interests. Cote took his oath of office last 'night and will work with the outgoing chief until the end of the rank of sergeant with the West Virginia State stationed at the Martinsburg Detachment at the time Council Vacancy Filled a 42-year-old Charles Town resident, was selected by decision last week to fill a vacancy on the City Council recent resignation of Sam Taylor, who moved into the councilman will serve out Taylor's unexpired term in 4th Ward. Jordan is employed by AB&C Group in its Service department. The unexpired term runs through May, Looks at New Facilities of Charles Town is planning an expansion that would demolition of the building next to its main facility on Street, along with the construction of a new and modern provide nearly 5,500 additional square feet to its space. )n )lane were announced by Bank of Charles Town LeMaster at last week's City Council meeting. will now apply for a permit from the city for the project, to take 18 months to complete. more than 30 years since Bank of Charles Town moved quarters from a location on the corner of George and streets, a building that currently houses Charles Town New Sanitarian of Jefferson- Advocate will early during and New Year's all individuals I~terial for those including corre- and advertis- ~tlld note that the for the next two be 10 a.m. Monday, Deeem- ~.d Monday, De- We holiday edi- be printed on and distributed on Wednes- the Spirit Son business of- closed on both Ls Eve and New along with Day and New Hired Locally Jefferson County Health De- partment Physician/Director, Earl D. Allara, MD, announced that Robert Posey had been hired to fill a sanitarian's vacancy created when Jimmie Kinder resigned earlier this year. Posey comes to the county from Alum Bridge in Lewis County, where he was raised and educated. He is a graduate of Lewis County High School and' Glenville State College at Glenville. Posey served in the Army in the 8th Infantry Division and was sta- tioned in Germany. He also was a part of the opposing forces at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. While at Glenville State College, Posey received a Bachelor of Science degree. State regulations require that all sanitarians attend a 300+ hour, eight week training course provided by the West Virginia Bu- reau For Public Health. Mr. Posey is currently attending that course in Charleston where he is learning all aspects of environmental health. At the completion of this course, he will be classified as a Sanitarian in Training. 100% S245,000 ------ Drive new at ' 82%of goal $10.6 The School Building Authority Monday approved a $10.6 million request from the Jefferson County Board of Education to build a new school and renovate Jefferson High School. "We are extremely pleased with the School Building Authority's decision to support this building program," Superintendent David W. Markoe said. "The board has made extensive plans to deal with growth in our school system and the new school is the cornerstone of those plans." Most of the money - $7.4 million - will be used for the construction of a new middle school. The new building will be used as a ninth grade complex until a second high school can be built. At that time, the county will convert from a junior high school program to a middle school program. The remainder of the funding - $3.2 million - will be used to make necessary repairs and renovations at Jefferson High School. Those include replacing the existing cooling and heating system, installing a sprinkler system, enclosing outdoor passageways and renovating the cafeteria, music area, auditorium, gymnasium and library. SBA approved the project on Monday during a meeting in Charles- ton. One stipulation was set for funding approval, Markoe said. The board must return funds already spent in an earlier project that in- volved the expansion of Jefferson High School. Plans to expand Jefferson High School were originally approved by SBA in 1995 and the project was funded for $10.6 million. Design work was completed on that project. The board decided to revise those plans when bids for the work exceeded available funding by about $1 million. Instead of continuing with the project, the board returned the $10.6 high school expansion funds and asked for a similar amount to build the new complex and renovate Jefferson High School. Construction of a second high school is a proposal that has won the support of the community, area lawmakers and the Millennium Com- mittee. The Millennium Committee is comprised of parents, educa- tors~and community residents appointed by the board to prepare the ten-year Comprehensive Education Facilities Plan. That plan ad- dresses spacing and facility needs over a ten-year period. "Enrolhnent growth trends have changed dramatically since the high school expansion project was first approved almost fifty years ago," Markoe said. "Building a new school, moving to a middle school system and constructing a second high school better meets those changing enrollment trends." The new middle school ninth grade complex will be approximately 84,000 square feet and will be located near the existing high school. With funding approval, the board will hire an architect to develop plans. Plans could go out to bid by fall of 1999 with construction beginning shortly afterwards. School officials hope the new school will be ready to accept the ninth grade class of 2001. have expressed concern over theyear with representatives from speed some cars travel in front of schools to review the individual and near the school. The officer School Improvement Plans. could also be an educational re- The countywide improvement source for students and teachers plan will help teachers, service and would be a deterrent to bad personnel and administrators behavior, Keeler said. strive for improvement in the five Other surrounding school dis- goals areas of: tricts have incorporated a police * Student Achievement - program into their high schools. Schools will establish high stan- In neighboring Berkeley County, dards of achievement for all stu- police officers are provided office dents. space in Martinsburg High System/School Climate - In a School. culturally diverse society, schools The Jefferson High School Im- will maintain a safe, healthy envi- provement Council unanimously ronment where success is re- voted in November to seek a coop- warded and the school]community erative arrangement to assign an promotes a climate of mutual re- officer to the school, Keeler said. spect and personal responsibility. In a letter to Keeler, Senseney Partnership with Parents, gave the proposal his "whole- Community and Businesses - hearted support." Schools will expand partnerships In the letter, Senseny said he with parents, community and recently received a COPS grant business members who support that pays for 75 percent of a and guide the educational goals. deputy's salary and benefits. The * Curriculum Development Jefferson County Commission and Implementation - The devel- would be asked to pay the other 25 oping and implementations of cur- percent of that cost. In November, riculum will focus on students' ac- Senseney applied for another quiring knowledge and demon- grant for $12,327 that would pay strating skills that meet the in- for cruiser supplies and equip- structional goals and objectives in ment as well as equipment for the reading, written and oral commu- deputy. In the letter, Senseney nication, social studies, math- said the Board would be asked to ematics, science and technology. pay about $10,000 to purchase a * Adequate Facilities - Jeffer- used police cruiser. Board mem- son County Schools will provide ber Peter Dougherty said the safe and adequate educational fa- board may be interested in paying cilities to support all programs. a portion of the salary costs each A subcommittee was assigned year rather than helping to buy to each goal and will be respon- the car. sible for tracking the goal's imple- "This officer would be someone mentation and achievements. The the students will come to know. plan sets evaluation tools by This is someone they will see at which the goals can be monitored. sporting events and other night For jpstance, underst~dent time activities as well as walking achievement, school staff will in the school hallways during the monitor test scores, track the day," Keeler said. number of students who take SAT meTthepiC::~aYsU;i:;eII~; :~e Inumberand ACToftests'studentsand m nit rwh gotheon beard. Required by all school sys- post-secondary programs. terns, the plan will be sent to the A report of subcommittee find- West Virginia Department of Edu- ings will be prepared each year. cation for final review. Prepared In other business, the board ap- by educators, parents, members of proved including duplicators and the business community and photocopiers purchased after July county residents, the Jefferson 1 in a current maintenance con- County School System's plan re- tract for office machines. The cuses around the five school sys- board also declared six school tern goals adopted by the Board buses to be surplus. Each of the last summer. The plan incorpo- buses has traveled more than rates information from the indi- 194,000 miles. Those buses will vidual school improvement plans be sold through a bid process. The and identifies countywide needs board approved the purchase of a and resources. The board will meet early next Continued on Page 2 Campbell Named "Top Super" The National Region of the National Park Service recently named Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Superintendent Don Camp- bell as Superintendent of the Year. Regional Director Terry Carlstrom made the announcement at the Superintendents Confer- ence in November. According to Carlstrom, "Don has consistently maintained the highest standards for Harpers Ferry National His- torical Park." vieS ti ns aodfep ee Y;arb sYe i diiVind, U olwPea:e ? ia It:;: mined by the Regional Director. Restoration of historic structures, improved interpretive opportunities, attention to visual quality and customer service initiatives is just of the few issues championed by Campbell. Under his guidance, the park has fostered long-term rela- tionships through a series of partnerships with educational organiza- tions, local community organizations and professional groups. Campbell, a native of Napa, Calif, began his career with the Na- tional Park Service in 1967. Guilty Plea in Embezzlement Vivan R. Waiters, a former bookkeeper at the Jefferson County Public Service District, enetered a plea of guilty to embezzlement in court action last week. Walters was indicted in a case that involved more than $200,000 in funds missing from the PSD's accounts. The guilty plea on one count of embezzlement resulted in a sentence of one to ten years in prison. Waiters was given three years probation, however, and a suspended sentence. Additional legal action is pending against the firms that audited the PSD's financial records. OmtUARieS Page a WEATHER EDITORIAL Page 4 The extended forecast for the area SOCIAL NEWS Page 8 through Sunday is: SPORTS Page 11Mostly cloudy through the period, CHURCH NOTICES Page 14except becoming sunny by Sunday, LEGALS Page 16Highs ranging from the low to mid 40s SALES Page 18aod lows in the upper teens to tow CLASSIFIEDS Page 1930s. Chance of appreciable rainfall is REAL ESTATE Page 19again minimal through the period, SPIRIT OF JEFFERSON-FARMER'S ADVOCATE Serving the citizens ot Jefferson County. W.Va, since 1844 ,f, ,