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Markoe gets new contract, pay raise

June 16, 1999|By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Though he lacks the required certification for the job, Jefferson County Schools Superintendent David W. Markoe has been given another two-year contract and a $3,000 raise, according to Board of Education members.

Markoe still has not been certified to be superintendent and has until Dec. 31 to meet requirements to head the school system, said Board President Larry Togans.

If Markoe does not fulfill the requirements by then, he will be terminated, Togans said.

In March, Togans said he expected Markoe to be certified within two months.

Markoe said the process has been delayed because of school violence issues stemming from the April 20 slayings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo.

"Running this job under normal conditions is tough," Markoe said Wednesday.

Markoe said he thought he was certified to be superintendent in Jefferson County when he took over two years ago, but the state Department of Education later told him he would need a couple more courses to be certified.

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Board of Education member Pete Dougherty said he was frustrated that someone with Markoe's background isn't certified. Before coming to Jefferson County, Markoe worked for 30 years in Maryland public schools, including as assistant superintendent for instruction and associate superintendent in Frederick County Schools.

Markoe has taken one test to determine his superintendency skills, and needs to take another, Togans said. Markoe also needs to develop a portfolio explaining his professional experience, said Togans.

The $3,000 raise, which Dougherty called "very modest," brings Markoe's salary to about $76,000.

The certification process aside, Togans said he believes Markoe is doing a "fantastic" job. Togans said he likes the new programs Markoe has initiated.

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