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April 19, 2000

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Teachers and parents raised concerns Tuesday night about a proposal to move one of the first-grade teachers at C.W. Shipley School to another grade.

The move is being considered because the Jefferson County Board of Education is expecting "zero student growth" next year, according to schools spokeswoman Liz Thompson.

Teachers and parents said although the student population is expected to stay the same in the school along U.S. 340 near Harpers Ferry, it will eventually go up and the teacher will be needed.

Zero student growth means the student population is expected to balance out between the county's schools next year, Thompson said. While there may be some population increases in some grades, the increase should be balanced by population decreases in other grades, she said.

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CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Jefferson County Board of Education approved a $44.9 million budget for the coming fiscal year on Tuesday.

The budget does not include any tax increases.

Of the $44.9 million, $3.4 million will be used for such areas as food services, improvement of instruction programs, faculty senates and staff development, according to schools spokeswoman Liz Thompson.

About $21.8 million will be used for regular instructional programs, $4.6 million will be used for special education, $1.3 million will be used for vocational education and $13.8 million will be used for support services, she said.




CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The federal government has formally approved a $82,793 grant to help pay for a deputy that is being stationed at Jefferson High School, Jefferson County Sheriff William Senseney said.

Senseney said the application for the grant was submitted last June, but it was not approved until Monday.

The money was awarded in the form of a Community Oriented Policing Services grant announced by U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.

The Jefferson County Commissioners and the Jefferson County Board of Education have already agreed to contribute $73,844 toward the cost of the deputy.

Deputy Tom Hansen was stationed at Jefferson High last fall after school officials struggled with a number of discipline problems at the school.

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