Board of education member named in Jefferson County

June 10, 2005|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - A Shepherdstown, W.Va., woman who has been active in the county school system and has a strong background in finance was selected Thursday night to replace Jud Romine on the Jefferson County Board of Education.

Board of Education members unanimously voted for Jody Ebbitt, who has been a member of the board of education's finance committee and is the treasurer for the parent-teacher organization at Shepherdstown Elementary School.

"I think she has a very strong background of understanding Jefferson County Schools," Board of Education President Lori Stilley said after the meeting.


Ebbitt has a master's of business administration degree from American University and has experience in auditing, Stilley said.

Ebbitt has lived in the county since August 2000 and has two children in the school system at the elementary level, Stilley said.

Ebbitt, who was not at Thursday's meeting, is a soccer coach and a Cub Scout leader, Stilley said.

Romine resigned from the board of education April 26.

Romine, a former superintendent of the school system and administrator, said he resigned because he was concerned about the number of new positions that have been created in the school system and how the system is going to pay for them.

Romine said he also was concerned about good, longtime professionals who have left the school system recently. Romine said he believes the employees were not treated in a professional manner, although he declined to go into detail.

To replace Romine, board of education members advertised the opening in local newspapers, on the school system's Web site and sent letters to local organizations informing them about the opening, said board Vice President Delores Milstead.

Eleven people applied for the position and those were narrowed to four candidates who were interviewed, said board member Alan Sturm.

"It was a very difficult decision to make," Sturm said.

Ebbitt's first meeting with the board will be June 30, Stilley said.

By law, the board could only appoint someone to the position through June 30 of next year. If Ebbitt wants to stay on the board, she will have to run for a two-year unexpired term in the next board of education election, which is next May.

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