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New principal named at Jefferson

July 25, 2000

New principal named at Jefferson



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A former Wood County educator and current coordinator for work force development for the Robert C. Byrd Institute was named the new principal of Jefferson High School Tuesday night.

Edna Rothwell will begin her job Aug. 1.

Rothwell replaces Richard A. "Doc" Keeler, who stepped down as principal last month.

Rothwell previously was principal and director of the Wood County Vocational and Adult Education Center from 1985 to 1991.

From 1991 to 1997, she was education and training manager for the GE Plastics plant in Parkersburg, W.Va. She then worked as corporate director of training and organization for the McJunkin Corp. in Charleston before going to work for the Robert C. Byrd Institute.

The Jefferson County Board of Education approved Rothwell's appointment Tuesday night. Superintendent of Schools David W. Markoe said he was excited about Rothwell taking over the reins at the county's only high school.

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"Doctor Rothwell is eager to go to work. Very eager," Markoe told the board.

Rothwell said she was glad to see the board embarking on a $45 million countywide school construction program, which includes a new high school.

The board will ask the voters to approve a $39 million bond issue on Sept. 23 to help fund the initiative.

Rothwell said it is exciting to see the county formulating a building program to accommodate the growing student population that is expected in the county.

While the building gets underway, Rothwell said her emphasis will be in delivering quality education.

"My goal is to focus on quality education for all students," Rothwell said in an interview after the board meeting.

The Robert C. Byrd Institute specializes in formulating work force development programs for small and medium-sized businesses in the state, said Rothwell, who lives in Charleston.

The Byrd center has locations in Huntington, Charleston, Bridgeport and Rocket Center, which is near Keyser, Rothwell said.

Rothwell earned a bachelor of arts degree in history and English from Marshall University. She also holds two master of science degrees - one in adult education and one in education administration - from Marshall.

She has a doctorate in higher education administration from Ohio University.

Before her work with Wood County Schools, she also worked for Lewis County Schools and taught history and adult education in Cabell, Wayne and Lincoln counties from 1970 to 1977.

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