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Retired educator takes post at Berkeley Co. middle school

May 19, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — David “Rick” Deuell, assistant superintendent of Berkeley County schools, is retiring this year, but the longtime educator isn’t leaving the school system.

Deuell was appointed Monday by the Berkeley County Board of Education to be a transformation specialist at Martinsburg North Middle School, Berkeley County Superintendent Manny Arvon said Thursday.

The position, funded by a federal school improvement grant, affords Deuell, who was a former West Virginia school principal of the year while at Martinsburg High School, the opportunity to continue efforts to improve North Middle, Arvon said.

“North is making great gains through (the federal) program,” Arvon said of the three-year initiative.

Deuell’s appointment, which takes effective July 1, 2011, is the latest in a string of significant administrative personnel moves at the school district’s central office, which Arvon said will save more than $100,000 this year.

Kim Hough, who has served as the district’s director of federal programs, has been appointed to replace Deuell, but three positions have been left vacant, including the communications post held by Jaimee Borger, Arvon said.

Deputy Superintendent Frank Aliveto, who previously announced his retirement, is being replaced by Hedgesville High Principal Don Dellinger..

Jim Butts, the school system’s new chief financial officer, was among more than 30 applicants for the job, Arvon said.

Butts’ appointment comes as the school’s business manager, Ken Marstiller, retires this year.

James Welton, a financial consultant for the school system, also is leaving, Arvon said.

“We knew this day would be coming, but not all at the one time,” Arvon said. “It’s very difficult to lose all that experience and the quality of people.”

However, Arvon said the staff changes also offer an opportunity to restructure the administration of a growing school district that now employs about 1,400 teachers for more than 17,000 students with budgets totaling more than $180 million.

“This district was very different 15 years ago than it is today,” Arvon said.

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