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Interim title for Romine dropped

December 20, 2001|By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town

Interim title for Romine dropped



Although a search for superintendent of schools is still under way in Jefferson County, a contract change approved by the Board of Education Tuesday night makes Jud Romine superintendent.Romine has been serving as interim superintendent, but because state law only allows an interim superintendent to serve for about six months, something had to change, said Gerry Sokol, assistant superintendent for human resources.

"We either had to appoint him or someone else as superintendent," said Sokol.

The Jefferson County Board of Education approved the contract change for Romine during its meeting Tuesday.

Romine has been serving as interim superintendent since about May, Sokol said.

Because Romine was retired from the superintendent's job, he had to get approval from state education officials to work at the job for more than 120 days.

When he began working at the job over the 120-day limitation, he began losing a majority of his retirement benefits, said Board of Education President Larry Togans.

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To make up for his loss of retirement benefits, the contract change approved for Romine Tuesday adds about another $1,900 to his monthly salary, Togans said.

Romine took over the superintendent's job after David W. Markoe resigned last April.

The board received 19 applications in its first attempt to find a superintendent, and made an offer to Carolyn McGaughey, a superintendent of schools in Ownesboro, Ky., who decided to take a job in an area that was closer to her family, board members said.

Board members then decided to start the search process over again.

Board members now say it may be at least spring before they can hire a new superintendent.

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