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Six in race for two open seats on Jefferson County Board of Education

Two top vote-getters will win election

May 02, 2012|By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Six candidates are running for two open seats on the Jefferson County Board of Education.
Voters may cast ballots for no more than two candidates. The two top vote-getters will win seats.

While each of the five board members represent a magisterial district, voting is at-large and countywide.

The board’s two vacancies stem from the end of incumbent Gary Kable’s four-year term this year and incumbent Alan Sturm’s decision not to seek re-election.

The May 8 primary is the school board election.

The six candidates are:

• Jim Jenkins is a longtime educator, including 19 years in Jefferson County Schools, and is running from the Harpers Ferry, W.Va., Magisterial District.

Jenkins, no age available, of 601 Fillmore St., Harpers Ferry, is aiming his campaign at the bureaucracy.

“Bureaucratic dictates far too often are detrimental to the education of our students,” he said in campaign literature. “Teachers, principals and parents are qualified and uniquely able to make sound decisions about what works and does not work in individual schools. I will promote school-based management to give educators the resources, time and tools they need.”

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Jenkins was Jefferson County Teacher of the Year in 1991 and Loudoun County, Va., Teacher of the Year in 2009.

• Tom Delauney is making his first run at local elective office and his goal is “to bring a blue collar view to the (school) board.”

A former Jefferson County Schools service worker, Delauney, of 195 Edwin Boulevard, Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., he said he can relate to those employees.

“I decided to run after watching board meetings. Everything just seems to be rubber stamped. I didn’t see many questions asked, just votes, then moving on. I feel that questions should be asked,” he said in his campaign literature.

Delauney, 51, would represent the Shepherdstown Magisterial District.

He has worked in the heating and air conditioning field for more than 30 years.

He is married and he and his wife, Debbie, have two grown children.

• Mark Osbourn, like Delauney, is running in the Shepherdstown District for the seat being vacated by Sturm.

Osbourn, 60, of 152 Quail Woods Road, Shepherdstown, is retiring this year from a 38-year career in education. He taught in West Virginia, Virginia and Maryland schools for 15 years and was a principal in Jefferson County Schools for 23 years.

He was Jefferson County Principal of the Year in 2006.

He said he wants to restore the trust of the community and school employees and create a climate that promotes educational excellence. The board has to “manage the budget so we can live within its parameters and project into the future years without abrupt adjustments,” he said in a campaign statement.

He and his wife, Sharon, have four grown children.

• Lori R. Stilley, a former school board member who served as its president from 2002-06, wants to get back on the board, representing the Harpers Ferry Magisterial District.

Stilley, 48, of 680 Cattail Run Road, Charles Town, said her vision for the school board includes solving the current $5 million budget deficit, retaining qualified teaches and service personnel and bringing back citizen advisory committees to support the school system.

“I have the experience and educational background to eliminate the deficit and to lead our school system in a new direction by focusing on students, teachers and classrooms first,” she said in a campaign statement.

• Gary Kable first went on the school board in 2006 to finish out the remaining two years of Judd Romine’s four-year term when he resigned.

Kable, 71, of 133 Captain Kime Road in Charles Town, represents the Kabletown Magisterial District. That area of Jefferson County is named after his ancestors.

He’s running again, he said, to continue to work on ongoing projects like the Harpers Ferry Middle School expansion and new bus garage.

Kable, the board’s vice president, said many residents have asked him to run again because of his honesty, integrity “and because I’m level-headed.”

Kable and his wife, Janice, live in Tuscawilla Hills. He is president of the subdivision’s 500-plus member homeowners association.

• Laurie Ogden is making her second run for the school board. She came within 90 votes of getting on in the 2010 election.

Ogden, 41, of 36 General Walker Court, Harpers Ferry is representing the Harpers Ferry Magisterial District.

She said she wants to improve student learning, physical health and the board’s relationship in the community.

She has served in several volunteer school-related positions, including serving as a parent advocate on the special education committee and as president of several Parent Teacher Organizations and the Jefferson High School football Boosters.

She pledged to “build relationships in our county, neighboring counties and our state to better our educational system.”

Ogden and her husband, Brandon Ogden Sr., have four children.

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