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W.Va. schools to get deputies

July 29, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Commission on Thursday unanimously adopted an agreement with the county's Board of Education to provide sheriff's department deputies at Musselman and Hedgesville high schools.

Norwood Bentley III, the county's director of legal services, told the commission that Sheriff W. Randy Smith agreed to assign deputies already with the department to the high schools through December and wait until then to hire their replacements.

The agreement amounts to a 200-day contract, and the school board agreed to reimburse the county $46,684 for each assigned deputy in the first year. For subsequent years, the amount of reimbursement would be $32,810, plus incremental salary and attendant increases ordered for the assigned deputies, according to their classification, years of service and prorated depreciation of the vehicle the officers are assigned to use.

The school board already signed off on the agreement, Bentley said.

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