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Three W.Va. school officials stepping down

May 06, 1997

By CLYDE FORD

Staff Writer, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Three high-ranking Jefferson County school officials are stepping down, creating a void in the upper echelon of school administrators.

The superintendent, Jud Romine, is retiring and two principals are resigning from their posts at the end of the school year to take jobs where they'll be working more with students and spending less time on paperwork.

"This is the first time since I've been on the board we've had so many key positions open at one time," said Jefferson County School Board member Paul R. Manzuk, a board member since 1976.

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A committee has been formed to replace Romine.

"This has a major impact on the citizens of this county," Manzuk said. "You have to be a good ambassador for the school system and represent the taxpayers. They're the ones footing the bill."

Jefferson High School Principal Jim Carpenter, 50, is taking a job as the athletic director-assistant principal at Martinsburg (W.Va.) High School.

"(It's) a situation that will allow me to work with the kids more," Carpenter said. "As the school kept getting bigger and bigger, I had less and less to do with the kids."

Jefferson High School's enrollment is expected to jump from 1,300 students to 2,000 students in the next few years when the ninth graders are moved into the new addition and as the county's population keeps growing.

Shepherdstown Junior High Principal Densil Nibert, 42, is resigning as principal, but wants to stay in Jefferson County as a school teacher.

"Fifteen years as an administrator is a long time," Nibert said.

Carpenter has been an administrator for 25 of his 29 years in education.

"Jefferson High School may be one of the toughest schools to administer in the whole state," Carpenter said.

One of the reasons is the county's student population is extremely diverse economically and socially, he said.

In addition, the county's population is growing extremely fast, he said.

He said he believes it would be better for a new principal to be on board in time for the renovation project to be completed.

"That's just more than I want to deal with," he said.

Both Nibert and Carpenter said they've enjoyed working as principals in Jefferson County.

Neither said they felt like they had to leave their positions.

"I have the highest possible regards for everyone in Jefferson County," Carpenter said.

"The county's been great to me. I really enjoy working here," Nibert said. "I want to pursue different interests."

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