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Jefferson Schools Head forgoes pay increases to establish scholarship.

CHARLES TOWN—The Jefferson County Board of Education approved a new four-year employment contract for Superintendent Bondy Shay Gibson that includes a “special twist” of no salary increases in order to fund a yearly college scholarship for a school service employee, a Jefferson school board official said.

Gibson asked to forgo salary increases during the next four years to give a $2,500 yearly college scholarship to a service employee in the Jefferson County school system, said Kathryn Skinner, vice president of the board of education for Jefferson County Schools. The new scholarship will pay the cost for a selected service employee to obtain an associate degree at Blue Ridge Community and Technical College in Martinsburg, she said.

“It’s beyond cool, actually,” Skinner said of the scholarship established through Gibson’s new contract. “It’s pretty generous of her.” A special committee will be established to select the employee to receive the scholarship opportunity. Under her new contact approved last week, Gibson’s current salary will remain at $175,644 for the next four years, Skinner said. The contract begins July 1.

Gibson has headed the Jefferson County Schools for the last three years. Her tenure includes a major planning effort to acquire two school development sites—one near Ranson and one near Shepherdstown—for about $2 million to meet the county’s future needs for new schools near where future development will occur under current zoning....

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