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Six candidates seek three seats on Morgan County board

March 30, 2006|by TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Six Morgan County Board of Education candidates are seeking three seats in the nonpartisan race, which will be decided at the primary election on May 9.

The term length is two years, and the salary is $160 per meeting. At least one member must represent each of the three districts, but no more than two from each district can serve at one time.

Margaret H. Zembower, incumbent

Address: 813 Winchester Street, Paw Paw, W.Va.

Occupation: Retired educator; taught for 40 years.

Top issue: "That we can provide a quality education for our students and support our teachers and Morgan County school personnel. I take my job seriously; I enjoy it and want to continue," she said.

Zembower is running for re-election in District 1. She has been a school board member since 1990 and has served as its vice president since 1996. Board of Education member Larry Omps is also from District 1.

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Margaret B. Gordon, incumbent

Address: 729 Swaim Lane, Berkeley Springs

Occupation: Attorney

Top Issue: "Keeping the high academic standards for Morgan County students is my focus. Since I was elected eight years ago, the standards have moved up the scale, and I want to see them continue to achieve high standards."

Gordon is running for re-election in District 2 and has been a school board member since 1998. Board of Education member Laura Smith is also from District 2.

Larry Schultz

Address: 86 Ambush Trail, Berkeley Springs

Occupation: Attorney

Top Issue: "The issue is the impact of growth on the Morgan County schools. We need to increase parental involvement in education. As a school board, we can get parents more involved."

Schultz is a candidate for District 3.

David R. Ambrose

Address: 3010 Johnsons Mill Road, Berkeley Springs

Occupation: Retired educator in Berkeley County, W.Va., and Washington County, Md.

Top issue: "I have personally interviewed the principals, and the most important issue they face is Morgan County teachers leaving for a more attractive pay package in surrounding school districts."

Ambrose is a candidate for District 3.

Bill Makinson

Address: 251 Potomac View Lane, Berkeley Springs.

Occupation: Retired; former school teacher and Army education specialist

Top issue: "Keeping good teachers in the county. All the Eastern Panhandle is affected. The legislature should seriously consider the raises proposed by the West Virginia Teachers Association."

Makinson is a candidate for District 3.

Jim Golden

Address: 230 Sandy Lane, Berkeley Springs

Occupation: Engineer

Top issue: "The most important issue is to provide our children the best education we possibly can. Every Board of Education policy should be based on this premise. Teachers should teach and children should learn; it's that simple."

Golden is a candidate for District 3.

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