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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | August 24, 2011
By the time the 2011-12 school year ends in June in Jefferson County, the district's fleet of school buses will have traveled enough miles to cover three round trips to the moon. That fact appears in the school district's upgraded website that's open to parents or anyone who wants to view it at boe.jeff.k12.wv.us . The site is flexible. Two new educational video programs, such as the one on the bus system, will be featured every month. This month's second video focuses on the district's tradition of buying local produce for its school menus.
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by DAVE McMILLION | September 3, 2003
charlestown@herald-mail.com CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - In addition to 155 new students, Jefferson County Schools also dealt with lightning strikes, power interruptions and a misplaced furniture order when it opened to students last week, Superintendent of Schools R. Steven Nichols said Tuesday. On the second day of school, the school system had a total of 7,158 students, which is 155 more than it had last year at the same time, Nichols told the Jefferson County Board of Education Tuesday night.
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May 30, 2008
Jefferson County Schools officials say the ninth-grade complex was to dismiss classes at noon today because a water sprinkler broke and caused flooding.
NEWS
December 13, 2002
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Blue Ridge Elementary School and T.A. Lowery Elementary School in Jefferson County, W.Va., will be closed today because of power outages, Jefferson County Schools announced on its Web site. All other county schools are operating on time today, according to the Web site.
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August 14, 2006
Public schools throughout the Tri-State area will be back in session this month. The first days of school for area school systems are: Maryland · Washington County Public Schools - Wednesday, Aug. 23 · Frederick County Public Schools - Monday, Aug. 28 Pennsylvania · Chambersburg Area School District - Monday, Aug. 28 · Fannett-Metal School District - Monday, Aug. 28 · Greencastle-Antrim School...
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June 1, 1998
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - C.W. Shipley Elementary School was closed Monday because of a broken water line. The break, which left the school without running water, was discovered by school employees before students arrived, according to Jefferson County Schools spokeswoman Liz Thompson. The school's closure was announced through local media, but buses ran as planned, stopping along the way to tell children there was no school, she said. The cause of the water line break was undetermined Monday, Thompson said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | March 4, 2012
Multiple steps have been taken by Berkeley County Schools to make campuses safe, but school building security is only maintained if everybody follows the rules, Superintendent Manny Arvon II said Wednesday. “You always ask the question, 'Is it enough?'” Arvon said of security measures put in place to prevent something like the recent Ohio school shooting from happening here. New buildings have been designed with vestibule entries, swipe-card systems have been installed and police officers are assigned at each high school, but Arvon said school systems can't address the security issue without the involvement of students' families.
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By DAVE McMILLION | November 30, 1999
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. ? Jefferson County Schools officials are trying to determine why a first-grader from North Jefferson Elementary School was dropped off at a closed day-care center along Border Road during Wednesday's snow, a school system spokeswoman said Thursday. Students were dismissed from school early Wednesday due to the snow and someone called North Jefferson Elementary to inform officials not to drop the girl off at the day-care center because it was closed, Jefferson County Schools spokeswoman Gail Woods said.
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by DAVE McMILLION | October 27, 2006
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Letters to the editor have been written in support of a proposed school levy for Jefferson County Schools, and church groups and members of civic organizations have heard pitches about how important it is to the school system, Superintendent of Schools R. Steven Nichols said. School officials have emphasized how money from the levy makes up about 30 percent of the school system's budget and what a bind they would be in if voters don't renew it in the Nov. 7 general election.
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February 5, 2007
Schools in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia are operating on two-hour delays this morning because of the cold weather, school officials reported Sunday. Public school students in Morgan, Berkeley and Jefferson counties are being asked to report two hours later today as temperatures are expected to remain below freezing. Jefferson County Schools are operating on a two-hour delay through Wednesday due to "extremely low morning temperatures," according to the school district's Web site.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | October 24, 2012
Students, school and state and local officials grabbed shovels Wednesday morning and threw a little dirt to signify the start of construction for a $13 million expansion of Harpers Ferry Middle School. When the new addition opens in the fall of 2014 it will mean Jefferson County Schools will close the last 15 of the more than 100 portable classrooms it had been using for decades to keep up with a student population that grew by 10 percent a year until the economic downturn hit. Schools Superintendent Susan K. Wall said about 40 percent of Harpers Ferry Middle School students attended classes in the trailers lined up behind the school at 1710 W. Washington St. “This is the last major project.
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NEWS
September 16, 2012
Carolyn Thomas, a science teacher at Wildwood Middle School in Jefferson County Schools, has been awarded a $10,000 grant to help students in the study of brook trout and stream restoration. The program, known as “exSTREAM Makeover,” builds on a brook trout project that was started in 2011. The brook trout, West Virginia's only native trout, has disappeared from most of its historical range, according to a news release. In “exSTREAM Makeover,” Wildwood Middle School students are studying whether Flowing Springs in Ranson, W.Va., can be restored to support brook trout.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | July 2, 2012
He came in second, but Richard Bussard Jr.'s first-runner-up honor in the 2012 West Virginia school service personnel employee of the year competition still puts him first in the eyes of his Jefferson County colleagues. Each year, the West Virginia Board of Education recognizes outstanding school service personnel employees such as aides, bus drivers, custodians, maintenance workers and office workers for their contributions to their schools and communities. They are nominated by their colleagues in all 55 counties.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | July 1, 2012
Other than power outages that hit nearly half the homes and businesses in Berkeley and Jefferson counties, there were only a few reports of major structural damage from Friday night's thunderstorm, area emergency first responders told Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin here Sunday afternoon. Tomblin, along with James Hoyer, adjutant general of the West Virginia National Guard, and Jimmy Gianato, director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for West Virginia, were on a six-county tour of the state to view damage and talk to the people who were first in line to handle emergencies created by the storm.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | April 10, 2012
Labor conditions for teachers in Jefferson County Schools have improved considerably, the district superintendent said Tuesday. In January, the Jefferson County Board of Education notified 66 employees that they were being placed on a Reduction In Force list to cover part of a $5 million budget shortfall. The news sent clouds of worry among employees whose names were on the list. It also drew the support of fellow workers whose jobs were not in peril, concerned parents and students.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | March 4, 2012
Multiple steps have been taken by Berkeley County Schools to make campuses safe, but school building security is only maintained if everybody follows the rules, Superintendent Manny Arvon II said Wednesday. “You always ask the question, 'Is it enough?'” Arvon said of security measures put in place to prevent something like the recent Ohio school shooting from happening here. New buildings have been designed with vestibule entries, swipe-card systems have been installed and police officers are assigned at each high school, but Arvon said school systems can't address the security issue without the involvement of students' families.
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March 4, 2012
Jefferson County Schools' annual science fair was held Jan. 21 at Charles Town (W.Va.) Middle School. The fair included middle school and high school students' projects in a variety of categories. The middle school winners included:  Animal science - first place, Laurel Seneca Schwartz, Wildwood Middle School;  second place, Kylie Kershner, Charles Town Middle School; third place, Rebecca Lee,  Charles Town Middle School Behavioral and social sciences - first place, Cara LaVigne, Charles Town Middle School; second place, Erin McGowan, Harpers Ferry Middle School; honorable mention, Braden Bottner, Country Day School and Atley Fortney, Wildwood Middle School Biochemistry - first place, Robert Gianniny, Wildwood Middle School; second place, Caroline Hayden, Wildwood Middle School; third place, Madelyn Landmesser, Charles Town Middle School; honorable mention, Luke Hardy and Andrea Hardy,  Shepherdstown Middle School Cellular and molecular biology - first place, Mary DeWees, Charles Town Middle School Chemistry - first place, Kelly Cooperman, Wildwood Middle School; second place, Hannah Byxbee, Charles Town Middle School; third place, Alex Lidell, Harpers Ferry Middle School; honorable mention, Bronson Ballard, Harpers Ferry Middle School Computer sciences - first place, Dalton Riley, Charles Town Middle School; second place, Ian Beverly, Wildwood Middle School; third place, Cameron...
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | January 14, 2012
The potential for some teachers and service personnel in Jefferson County Schools to be laid off this year is greater than in years past, due at least in part to stagnant student enrollment and declining revenue, school board president Pete Dougherty said this week. The county school district recently notified 66 of its least-tenured employees, including 45 teachers, that their current employment contracts are on the chopping block. The notification letter they received from Jefferson County Superintendent Susan Wall indicates she is recommending the school board terminate the employee's contracts by the end of this school year.
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By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | January 6, 2012
Jefferson County schools officials are offering employees a retirement incentive of $1,000 each to help the school system offset declining revenues that total $5.3 million over the past four years. Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Susan Wall announced the proposal during a news conference Friday afternoon at the school system's central office on Mordington Avenue in Charles Town. Although school officials are sending out notices to employees about the possibility of staff reductions, it is possible no jobs will be affected depending on how many people retire, among other variables, Wall said.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | August 24, 2011
By the time the 2011-12 school year ends in June in Jefferson County, the district's fleet of school buses will have traveled enough miles to cover three round trips to the moon. That fact appears in the school district's upgraded website that's open to parents or anyone who wants to view it at boe.jeff.k12.wv.us . The site is flexible. Two new educational video programs, such as the one on the bus system, will be featured every month. This month's second video focuses on the district's tradition of buying local produce for its school menus.
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