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Markoe proves qualifications as superintendent

January 19, 2000|By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Schools Superintendent David W. Markoe has successfully passed the required testing and other work to prove he is qualified to run the school system, according to Jefferson County Board of Education members.

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

Markoe had until Dec. 31 to meet the requirements to be superintendent or face the possibility of being terminated, board members said.

Markoe had to take at least three different exams to test his capability in areas such as math and writing, said Board of Education member Larry Togans.

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Markoe also had to put together a portfolio to show his expertise in school administration and other fields, Togans said.

The portfolio was so large that it was divided into two volumes, Togans said.

"If you could see what he had to submit, it was overwhelming," Togans said.

The portfolio had to be reviewed by two West Virginia University professors, who recommended to the state Department of Education that Markoe be certified, Togans said.

The state Department of Education notified the board in late December that Markoe was certified to be superintendent, said board member Pete Dougherty.

Dougherty has expressed frustration that someone with Markoe's background could not be certified in West Virginia. Before coming to Jefferson County, Markoe had worked for 30 years in Maryland public schools, including as assistant superintendent for instruction and associate superintendent in Frederick County schools.

Someone with Markoe's background should be able to prove proficiency "a whole lot easier than what he had to go through," Dougherty said Tuesday.

Dougherty said Markoe had to travel to West Virginia University in Morgantown to do some coursework for his certification.

Markoe could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Although Markoe lacked certification, the board of education awarded him another two-year contract last summer and a $3,000 raise, bringing his pay to about $76,000 per year.

Togans has said he believes Markoe has done a "fantastic" job.

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