Eastern Panhandle briefs

September 02, 2010

Blue Ridge CTC board OKs salary hike for staff

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Board of Governors on Wednesday unanimously approved a temporary, 4 percent "salary enhancement" for full-time staff that were employed with the school as of July 1, according to spokesman Sandy Sponaugle.

The adjustment takes effect Oct. 1 and is set to expire June 30, she said.

The decision, which received state approval, was triggered by continued increases in enrollment during a staffing shortage, Sponaugle said. The governing board also is concerned about retaining staff, Sponaugle said.

As of Wednesday, 1,700 students were enrolled at Blue Ridge CTC this fall, which is about a 15 percent increase over fall 2009, Sponaugle said. Since fall 2004, enrollment has increased by 183 percent, Sponaugle said.

Keeping Kids Safe coming to Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Keeping Kids Safe Project by S.I.P. Kids will be in Martinsburg on Sept. 10 and 11 to provide free digital fingerprinting and photos for all children.


There will be free face painting, balloons and cookies.

In addition, local organizations are invited to participate in educating children and their families to avoid unsafe situations.

The free event will be held at Apple Valley Toyota, 650 Foxcroft Ave. in Martinsburg from 3 to 7 p.m. Sept. 10 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 11.

For more information, call Jacki Powers at 319-268-4111 or e-mail her at">

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