School staffers prep for 2014-15

CHARLES TOWN — Jefferson County Schools administrators will get a chance to discuss the nationwide learning target Common Core during a staff development program today at the Quality Hotel Conference Center in Harpers Ferry.

Speakers at the program will include Robert Hull, associate superintendent of the West Virginia Department of Education; Erin Sponaugle, a Berkeley County and 2014 West Virginia Teacher of the Year; and Paul Hercules, director of technology for Jefferson County Schools.

Erin Sponaugle

Erin Sponaugle

Howard Seufer, a partner at Bowles Rice in Charleston who is an expert in West Virginia education law, is set to speak on legal issues regarding children with special needs.

This marks the first time Jefferson County Schools has put on such a program for administrators, though staff development programs are held for all personnel, according to Superintendent Susan Wall.

The school year for Jefferson County students begins Aug. 18, with staff reporting back Aug. 12.

Snow and extreme cold extended the 2013-14 school year, which concluded June 12.

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