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Committee to plan future of education

March 12, 1998|By CLYDE FORD

Committee to plan future of education

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Board of Education is looking for 25 people to help plan for the county's education needs in the 21st century.

The group will be known as the Millennium Committee and will look at growth trends to decide if more schools are needed and where they should be built in Jefferson County, said Superintendent David W. Markoe.

Markoe said he believes a second high school and another middle school will be needed within the next few years. Jefferson High School is expected to be at its capacity of 2,000 students in the year 2000, when a new addition is completed.

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Residents have called for a second high school in the county.

Jefferson County Board of Education spokeswoman Liz Thompson said a similar committee met in 1987 and its recommendations led to an $18 million bond issue to improve schools throughout the county.

Markoe said he wants the committee to be diverse so a wide range of ideas will be drawn from different segments of the community.

Once the committee is formed, it will meet with school staff and work between May and September, then submit a report, Markoe said.

Those interested in serving should contact Thompson at 1-304-728-9252. The deadline for submitting applications is April 10.

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