Newcomers to join school board

CHARLES TOWN – Three Jefferson County parents will be sworn in as school board members Monday.

Kathy Skinner and Laurie Ogden are newcomers to the board while Scott Sudduth will return for a third term.

Voters selected the trio in a nonpartisan election May 13. They’ll serve four-year terms.

Kathy Skinner is a volunteer reader at Page Jackson Elementary School. Elected in May, she’ll officially join the school board on Monday.

Kathy Skinner is a volunteer reader at Page Jackson Elementary
School. Elected in May, she’ll officially join the school board on Monday.

The new members will be sworn in by Jefferson County Circuit Clerk Laura Storm at the board office 110 Mordington Ave. in Charles Town at 7 p.m.

Skinner, 43, originally from Great Falls, Va., had never sought public office before.

With a bachelor’s degree from William and Mary and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, she is the owner of Skipper’s Downtown Dips and Deli in Charles Town.

She is a board member of three PTOs and on the Local School Improvement Council for three schools. She created and organized the annual 5K Race-for-Recess in Charles Town, which raises money for school playground and physical education equipment.

“I am honored and grateful for this opportunity,” Skinner said. “I want to make working with the community my priority.”

Skinner has four children: Morgan, 14, a student at Washington High School; Austin, 12, who attends Charles Town Middle School; and Carmen, 10, and Addison, 7, both of who go to Wright Denny.

Ogden, also 43, grew up in Stewartstown, Pa. She said she is “excited to get to work. There is so much to do. I want to solicit ideas from all of the community from students to parents to business people. I want to move the system forward.”

Ogden holds degrees in early childhood education and the sports and health sciences program at American Public University in Charles Town.

She is an exercise therapist at Capitol Rehab in Charles Town. She has served as treasurer, vice president and president of several PTOs and is president of Jefferson High’s Football Boosters.

She also is the mother of four. Samantha, 7, is a student at Driswood Elementary and Cameron, 15, attends Jefferson High. Her sons Brandon, 21, and Austin, 18, are graduates of Jefferson High.

Sudduth, 55, whose hometown is Luray, Va., credits his high school journalism teacher Majorie Wilson for “opening up a whole new world of learning for me.”

“She found and kindled my interest in writing and current events,” he said.

Sudduth earned his law degree from Catholic University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas.

Sudduth has been involved with higher education for 25 years and now works as director of federal relations for the Texas A&M University system.

His son Jack, 12, attends Wildwood Middle School while 10-year-old Andrew goes to South Jefferson Elementary School.

“I am thankful for the community support and look forward to the challenges and opportunities ahead for our students,” he said.

Mariland Dunn Lee is exiting the board after two terms. The lifelong Jefferson County resident, who retired after teaching for decades at Jefferson High, was defeated in the May election.

Larry Togans also is leaving the board. Togans, who served on the board from 1994 to 2002, was appointed in early 2013 to complete the unexpired term of Pete Dougherty, who left the board when he won appointment as Jefferson County Sheriff. Togans, who retired in 2001 as deputy human resources chief for the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Va., declined to seek election.

Gary Kable, 73, has been on the board eight years. He served as vice president then became president when Dougherty resigned. Kable was born and raised in Charles Town. He is a retired business man and photographer.

Board member Mark Osbourn, 62, retired as principal from C.W. Shipley Elementary in Harpers Ferry after 23 years. He was elected to the board in 2012. He has lived in Shepherdstown all his life.

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