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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | May 2, 2011
Eastern Panhandle leaders believe that growth in the coming decade won’t be as strong as in the last 10 years, when the region’s population gained 42,620 residents to reach 175,208. In the decade ending in 2010, Berkeley County Schools’ student population grew to about 18,000 students in 29 school buildings. “That’s enough growth to take in the entire Ohio County, W.Va., student population,” Superintendent Manny Arvon said. Ohio County, home to Wheeling, is the 19th-largest school district in the state.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD and TRISH RUDDER | August 21, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Nearly 29,000 students are expected to be in class Monday for the first day of school in the Eastern Panhandle. Official head counts will not be known until October, but school administrators in Berkeley and Jefferson counties are projecting enrollment increases that range between 100 and 200 students. In Jefferson County, school district spokeswoman Gail Woods said the school system is expecting an enrollment increase of more than 130 over last year's total of 8,595.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | April 23, 2010
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. -- Laurie M. Ogden, a Harpers Ferry mother of four children in Jefferson County Schools, is one of two challengers hoping to unseat incumbents in the May 11 Jefferson County Board of Education election. Five candidates have filed for the board's three open seats this year. School board members serve four-year terms without salary. The primary serves as the school board election. The three incumbents on the five-member board running for re-election are Pete Dougherty, Mariland Dunn Lee and Scott Sudduth.
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By TIM KOELBLE | February 24, 2009
SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. -- One week ago, Jefferson bolted to a 20-point lead against Washington and nearly lost it all before prevailing in a 63-61 win. On Tuesday night, the No. 4 Cougars opened with an 11-0 run. This time, there was no blown lead and Jefferson steamed its way to an 85-76 victory, a margin not clearly defined by the events of the game. "We jumped on them fast," said Jefferson coach Bob Starkey of the first-year rivalry between the Jefferson County schools.
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By JOHN O'BRIEN | November 8, 2008
In 22 years as a football coach at Jefferson High, Mark Hash made his way to the visitors' sideline a few times -- usually to work the chains for JV games. Friday night, Hash returned to those sidelines as the coach of first-year Washington in the first matchup between the two Jefferson County schools, a game won 42-7 by Jefferson. The game capped a 2-8 first season for the Patriots, while the Cougars finished 4-6. Jefferson scored the final 28 points of the game. "It's a little different," admitted Hash, who worked as the team's defensive coordinator before taking over Washington.
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By DAVE McMILLION | October 30, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Seventeen-year-old Lakota Demers worked to insert a floppy drive in a computer in a class at Washington High School on Wednesday and he talked about working in the computer programming field some day. Meredith Douthett sat in a darkened room with about 10 students in another classroom where they learned about how to build their own Web sites. Examples of the work were projected onto a screen as teacher Laura Borkholder talked. In a studio where JCS Television programs are made, students worked with computerized production equipment.
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By DAVE McMILLION | October 1, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- An attorney for the Jefferson County Schools transportation director, who was charged Feb. 12 with driving under the influence, hammered away at the state's case Tuesday in a hearing, saying that Robert Michael Boylan pulled over in a timely manner during the incident, was not slouched in his seat when a police officer approached him and was cooperative. Defense attorney Harley O. Wagner also said it is not illegal to have a drink or two and drive. It's illegal only if the person is "to the point of intoxication," Wagner said.
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By DAVE McMILLION | August 24, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - Tuesday marks a new milestone in Jefferson County education - the opening of a second high school. Washington High School, along Huyett Road south of downtown Charles Town, was built to relieve crowded conditions at Jefferson High School, which has been the county's sole high school since 1972. The roughly $40 million high school, which took a little more than three years to construct, sports a distinctive design that includes a dome over the front of the school that is meant to reflect classic designs of other schools and the general feel of the county's history, Principal Judy Marcus said.
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By DAVE McMILLION | August 23, 2008
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Tuesday marks a new milestone in Jefferson County education -- the opening of a second high school. Washington High School along Huyett Road south of downtown Charles Town was built to relieve overcrowded conditions at Jefferson High School, which has been the county's sole high school since 1972. The roughly $40 million high school, which took a little more than three years to construct, sports a distinctive design that includes a dome over the front of the school that is meant to reflect classic designs of other schools and the general feel of the county's history, Principal Judy Marcus said.
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