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Jefferson Co. superintendent gets new 4-year contract

February 15, 2005|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Citing his accomplishments, such as helping to implement school impact fees and to secure funding for new school construction, the Jefferson County Board of Education has awarded Superintendent of Schools R. Steven Nichols a new four-year contract.

The new contract will extend from July 1, 2005, to June 30, 2009, according a release from the school board.

In the negotiations for the contract, Nichols, who is finishing an initial three-year contract, did not seek any salary increase for the first year in consideration of a "strained" school budget, the release said.

The remainder of the contract calls for increases in years two through four of 3 percent, 3 percent and 4 percent respectively.

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The raises will increase Nichols' salary from his current pay of $99,000 to $108,900 at the end of the contract, said school board President Lori Stilley.

The press release contains two pages of Nichols' accomplishments, which include working for passage of a $19 million bond issue and other funding to help construct a second high school, transferring land from the Huntfield development for the school, developing a middle school honors program, completing the first major reorganization of the school system's operations and central office structure and working for the largest amount of funding to the county from the state School Building Authority.

"Dr. Nichols is an excellent superintendent. He is a positive role model for the students, staff, parents and citizens of the community. He has extensive curricular knowledge and has used this knowledge to improve several aspects of the curriculum," the news release states.

Before coming to Jefferson County, Nichols was a coordinator for the instructional services department for Fairfax (Va.) County schools.

This is his first superintendent job.

Over the years, Nichols has made presentations to professional and other groups about curriculum, student development, assessment and law. He is an author who has conducted extensive research into use of shared decision-making and other management approaches.

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