Martinsburg

We are a private practice physical therapy company which has been serving patients since 2001. We look forward to providing you with excellent care and helping you achieve your goals. Rankin Physical Therapy is a dedicated team of rehabilitation professionals with extensive clinical experience, the latest training, and a commitment to your well-being. Our licensed therapists have the knowledge and experience to treat individuals of all ages and activity levels. We currently offer physical therapy at the following locations: Spring Mills, Inwood, Hedgesville, Berkeley Springs, Martinsburg, Shepherdstown, North Hagerstown, and South Hagerstown. Call us today, or stop by, and see why we are the area’s leading physical therapy provider. ... See MoreSee Less

We are a private practice physical therapy company which has been serving patients since 2001. We look forward to providing you with excellent care and helping you achieve your goals. Rankin Physical Therapy is a dedicated team of rehabilitation professionals with extensive clinical experience, the latest training, and a commitment to your well-being. Our licensed therapists have the knowledge and experience to treat individuals of all ages and activity levels. We currently offer physical therapy at the following locations: Spring Mills, Inwood, Hedgesville, Berkeley Springs, Martinsburg, Shepherdstown, North Hagerstown, and South Hagerstown. Call us today, or stop by, and see why we are the area’s leading physical therapy provider.

What our patients are saying about Rankin Physical Therapy - Hedgesville:

The team at Rankin Physical Therapy is very knowledgeable, professional, friendly and caring. They listen and respond to your needs. Easily the best physical therapy place that I have ever been to!

Thank you Kelley Rankin for providing a quality therapy facility in our community. I completed my therapy today following a stemless shoulder replacement. High kudos to your staff. Denny Golden is an excellent therapist. His knowledge has greatly enhanced my recovery. I can't thank him enough for his kindness, professionalism and assistance. Again Many thanks!

Last night no hip pain! Thank you guys for working your magic!

Everyone at Rankin Physical Therapy makes you feel like your family. From the time you walk in the door until the time you leave everyone treat you wonderfully. They actually make coming to therapy and enjoyable.

Everyone at Rankin Physical Therapy was great. They make you feel comfortable and cared for. If you need rehab this is the place to go!

Thanks! We love our patients.
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What our patients are saying about Rankin Physical Therapy - Hedgesville:

The team at Rankin Physical Therapy is very knowledgeable, professional, friendly and caring. They listen and respond to your needs. Easily the best physical therapy place that I have ever been to!

Thank you Kelley Rankin for providing a quality therapy facility in our community.  I completed my therapy today following a stemless shoulder replacement.  High kudos to your staff.  Denny Golden is an excellent therapist.  His knowledge has greatly enhanced my recovery. I cant thank him enough for his kindness, professionalism and assistance.  Again Many thanks!

Last night no hip pain! Thank you guys for working your magic!

Everyone at Rankin Physical Therapy makes you feel like your family.  From the time you walk in the door until the time you leave everyone treat you wonderfully. They actually make coming to therapy and enjoyable.

Everyone at Rankin Physical Therapy was great. They make you feel comfortable and cared for. If you need rehab this is the place to go!

Thanks!  We love our patients.

At Rankin Physical Therapy we bring the best physical therapists together to help you with your rehabilitation needs. We offer the finest professional team with diverse experiences and interests combined with enthusiasm and compassion. Together, we strive to create a positive atmosphere from the first time you walk in our door. You can have confidence in our ability to help you with your therapy needs and to get you back to doing the activities you love.
Rankin Physical Therapy & Fitness

Berkeley Springs 304.258.1300
Hagerstown 301.790.9999
Hedgesville 304.754.6000
Inwood 304.229.1010
Martinsburg 304.267.0866
Shepherdstown 304.876.1000
Spring Mills 304.274.0123
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At Rankin Physical Therapy we bring the best physical therapists together to help you with your rehabilitation needs. We offer the finest professional team with diverse experiences and interests combined with enthusiasm and compassion. Together, we strive to create a positive atmosphere from the first time you walk in our door. You can have confidence in our ability to help you with your therapy needs and to get you back to doing the activities you love.
Rankin Physical Therapy & Fitness

Berkeley Springs          304.258.1300
Hagerstown                  301.790.9999
Hedgesville                   304.754.6000
Inwood                           304.229.1010
Martinsburg                  304.267.0866
Shepherdstown            304.876.1000
Spring Mills                   304.274.0123

All-Area Wrestling Team

Name Grade School
Dustin Swisher Senior Hampshire
Michael Dolan Sophomore Spring Mills
Joey Miller Junior Musselman
Dylan Tachoir Freshman Martinsburg
Chance Williams Freshman Spring Mills
Hunter Lock Sophomore Washington
Ethan Hardy Sophomore Washington
Taven Swick Junior Musselman
Chris Fagga Senior Hampshire
Peyton Thompson Sophomore Berkeley Springs
Gage Abrecht Senior Hedgesville
Mike Culinane Senior Martinsburg
Ben Lambert Senior Hampshire
Dylan Tryon Coach of the Year Martinsburg
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Job Opportunities:
Due to recent expansion of our services, Rankin Rehabilitation has the following home health positions available:
* (1) Physical Therapist - Berkeley and Jefferson Counties West Virginia
* (2) Physical Therapist Assistants - Winchester area
* (1) Occupational Therapist Assistant - Loudoun County, VA/Purcellville area
* (1) Speech Language Therapist - Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia

Please email resume to: careers@rankinpt.com or respond to this post.
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Job Opportunities:
Due to recent expansion of our services, Rankin Rehabilitation has the following home health positions available:
*  (1) Physical Therapist - Berkeley and Jefferson Counties West Virginia
*  (2) Physical Therapist Assistants - Winchester area
*  (1) Occupational Therapist Assistant - Loudoun County, VA/Purcellville area
*  (1) Speech Language Therapist - Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia 

Please email resume to:  careers@rankinpt.com or respond to this post.

Rankin Physical Therapy & Fitness
Berkeley Springs 304.258.1300
Hagerstown 301.790.9999
Hedgesville 304.754.6000
Inwood 304.229.1010
Martinsburg 304.267.0866
Shepherdstown 304.876.1000
Spring Mills 304.274.0123
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Federal prosecutors claim Wheeling Hospital committed Medicare fraud

By Brad McElhinny in News
March 25, 2019 at 5:01PM
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Federal prosecutors are intervening in a whistleblower lawsuit filed against Wheeling Hospital.

The prosecutors agree with claims that Wheeling Hospital solidified its finances by overpaying physicians who then steered millions of dollars in services back to the hospital.

The intervention filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania accuses Wheeling Hospital of fraudulent schemes to bill the federal Medicare program.

Prosecutors allege the scheme was under the watch of R & V Associates, which was hired in 2006 to improve the hospital’s financial situation. The hospital had lost more than $55 million from 1998 to 2005.

The relationship with R & V was spearheaded by Michael Bransfield, the former bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. Bransfield was barred from the ministry earlier this month because of separate investigation into allegations of sexual harassment of adults and financial improprieties.

During the first five years under the management of R & V, Wheeling Hospital achieved operating profits of nearly $90 million.

The finances first came under scrutiny in a federal lawsuit filed Dec. 22, 2017, by Louis Longo, a former executive vice president at Wheeling Hospital. That filing was initially under seal.

“This change in management successfully reduced its significant losses and steadily turned the hospital into an extremely profitable venture,” wrote lawyers for Longo. “However, several of the arrangements that drove this newfound excessive profitability were illegal.”

The hospital filed its own countersuit against Longo this March 13, saying he did not raise red flags about the hospital’s financial practices during his time as a financial consultant or when he was actually employed by the hospital.

The countersuit alleges that Longo’s claims are false and that he made them to receive “a quick monetary settlement.”

Wheeling Hospital contends it was paying physicians fair market value, particularly to compete with medical facilities in nearby Pittsburgh and Morgantown.

“We will thoroughly defend these baseless claims, while remaining fully committed to serving the good people of the Northern Panhandle every single day,” stated Heidi Porter, Wheeling Hospital’s vice president of hospital and regulatory affairs.

Federal prosecutors, in Monday’s 47-page filing, contend Wheeling Hospital committed fraud.

The filing cites the Stark Law, which prohibits hospitals from billing Medicare for services referred by physicians who have improper financial relationships with the hospital.

It also cites the Anti-Kickback Statute, which prohibits offering or paying anything of value to induce the referral of items or services covered by Medicare or other federal programs.

“Improper financial arrangements between hospitals and physicians can influence the type and amount of health care that is provided,” stated Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt of the Department of Justice’s Civil Division.

“The department is committed to taking action to eliminate improper inducements that can corrupt the integrity of physician decision-making and drive up healthcare costs.”
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Martinsburg, West Virginia

WCHS & WVAH TV
JUST RELEASED: Dashcam video shows West Virginia state troopers and Berkeley County deputies beating a 16-year-old boy after a police chase in November in Martinsburg.

STORY: bit.ly/2JtWEp1
Video from the Berkeley County Prosecutor’s Office
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If you are an athlete, Rankin Physical Therapy can help evaluate areas needed for improvement. Our therapist have the skills to get you back in the game! Dry needling, Graston Techniques, Advanced Manual Skills, etc....Contact us today!
Berkeley Springs 304.258.1300
Hagerstown 301.790.9999
Hedgesville 304.754.6000
Inwood 304.229.1010
Martinsburg 304.267.0866
Shepherdstown 304.876.1000
Spring Mills 304.274.0123
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If you are an athlete, Rankin Physical Therapy can help evaluate areas needed for improvement. Our therapist have the skills to get you back in the game!  Dry needling, Graston Techniques, Advanced Manual Skills, etc....Contact us today!
Berkeley Springs          304.258.1300
Hagerstown                  301.790.9999
Hedgesville                   304.754.6000
Inwood                          304.229.1010
Martinsburg                  304.267.0866
Shepherdstown            304.876.1000
Spring Mills                   304.274.0123

Former trooper indicted in connection with Berkeley County arrest

By Jeff Jenkins in News
March 20, 2019 at 5:02PM
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — One of two West Virginia State Police troopers fired in January following an alleged excessive force arrest in Berkeley County last year was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury.

The panel named Michael Kennedy, 29, of Morgantown, in a single count indictment of “Deprivation of Rights under Color of Law” in connection with his arrest of a 16-year-old boy.

A news release from the office of U.S. Attorney Bill Powell said Kennedy is accused of using excessive force resulting in bodily injury in the Nov. 19. 2019 arrest.

The FBI became part of the investigation a few weeks after initial information surfaced about the arrest.

Kennedy and Trooper First Class Derek Walker were fired by state police on Jan. 18. They had previously been suspended without pay.

State Police Superintendent Jan Cahill previously described what he saw in a dashcam video during a Dec. 3, 2018 appearance on MetroNews “Talkline.”

“Five officers come onto the video. The juvenile is taken out from the vehicle. At that point, it almost looks like the vehicle is on fire; it’s smoking. He’s placed on the road. At that point, he’s trying to be handcuffed. It goes on for probably a minute, and that’s when you see a series of blows and resistance.”

Cahill continued, “At one point near the end you’ll see a body toss, where a person is picked up and thrown. I worry about gaining control of people, not throwing them away from us.”

Two Berkeley County deputies, C.S. Merson and Austin Ennis, were fired by Sheriff Curtis Keller in January but Ennis was reinstated earlier this week.

Kennedy will make an initial appearance before a federal magistrate in the near future followed by a preliminary hearing and the setting of a trial date.

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division is taking part in the investigation.
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Rankin Physical Therapy
Berkeley Springs 304.258.1300
Hagerstown 301.790.9999
Hedgesville 304.754.6000
Inwood 304.229.1010
Martinsburg 304.267.0866
Shepherdstown 304.876.1000
Spring Mills 304.274.0123
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W.Va. Attorney General sues Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston

By Chris Lawrence in News
March 19, 2019 at 12:09PM
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Diocese of Wheeling Charleston is the target of civil litigation by the office of Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. The suit blames the Diocese and its Bishops for allowing those who had a record of child sexual abuse to continue to hold positions of power within the church, especially in areas with access to children.

“The suit alleges the Diocese and their Bishops knowingly employed pedophiles and failed to conduct adequate background checks for those working at school and camps,” Morrisey said.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announces a lawsuit against the Diocese of Wheeling Charleston filed in Wood County Circuit Court
The complaint was filed Tuesday in Wood County Circuit Court. The Attorney General claims the Diocese actions in response to reports of sexual abuse by priests and other Diocese employees lacked transparency and was in contrast to the mission of providing a safe learning environment for children.

“As in other diocese in other states, the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese engaged in a pattern of denial and cover up when it discovered its priests were sexually abusing children,” said Morrisey. “Particularly in schools and camps run by the Catholic church and funded through tuition paid by West Virginia consumers.”

MetroNews reached out to the Diocese of Wheeling Charleston for a response.

The suit cites numerous examples, but Morrisey noted one in a Tuesday morning press conference. A known pedophile who had pleaded guilty to statutory rape was hired and taught for two years at Madonna High School before a background check was conducted and discovered his past convictions. It’s part of Morrisey’s claim the Diocese was slow to act.

MORE see video of Tuesday news conference here

“Since it implemented its ‘Safe Environment Program’, the Diocese has required potential employees and current employees to consent to background checks,” Morrisey said. “This is a great step in theory, but the Diocese must actually conduct the background check for the step to be effective.”

The civil complaint alleged the Diocese and its bishops, including Bransfield, chose to cover up and conceal arguably criminal behavior of child sexual abuse. It outlined several examples of how the Diocese knowingly employed admitted sexual abusers, priests credibly accused of child sexual abuse and hired others without adequate background checks.

The complaint alleged that after Father Patrick Condron admitted that he sexually abused a student at St. Joseph Preparatory Seminary High School in Vienna, the Diocese allegedly sent Condron for treatment and later reassigned him to Wheeling Catholic Elementary School, from 1998 to 2001, without notifying parents it was employing a pedophile at the elementary school.

The complaint alleged the Diocese, despite its knowledge of a credible sex abuse accusation against Victor Forbas in Philadelphia, ordained Forbas as a priest in West Virginia and years later named him director at Camp Tygart, now known as Camp Bosco, in Huttonsville. Accusations there led to treatment, but later employment as chaplain at Wheeling Central Catholic High School, after which he received more treatment and eventually prison time for pleading guilty to sexually abusing children in Missouri. He died in 1993.

The Attorney General’s lawsuit alleges the Diocese failed to notify parents about Frobas, even after he returned from therapy, upon his assignment to Wheeling Central High.

Another priest admitted on his employment application to having been accused of child sexual abuse decades earlier, yet the civil complaint alleges the Diocese passed on the opportunity to thoroughly vet the priest and adequately check his background. Instead, the Diocese and two bishops employed the priest for approximately four years at a parish that operates an elementary school.

Last week, the Diocese announced it had completed an investigative report into allegations related to Bishop Bransfield. Attorney General Morrisey is urging the church to release that report and fully cooperate with the Attorney General’s Office to uncover any violations of law in West Virginia.

“The church should open its files to the public and disclose what happened with every credible allegation of sexual abuse that was brought to the Diocese’s attention, while protecting the identity of victims and their families,” said Morrisey. “This should encourage others who were victimized to come forward.”
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W.Va. Attorney General sues Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston

By Chris Lawrence in News
March 19, 2019 at 12:09PM
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Diocese of Wheeling Charleston is the target of civil litigation by the office of Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. The suit blames the Diocese and its Bishops for allowing those who had a record of child sexual abuse to continue to hold positions of power within the church, especially in areas with access to children.

“The suit alleges the Diocese and their Bishops knowingly employed pedophiles and failed to conduct adequate background checks for those working at school and camps,” Morrisey said.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announces a lawsuit against the Diocese of Wheeling Charleston filed in Wood County Circuit Court
The complaint was filed Tuesday in Wood County Circuit Court. The Attorney General claims the Diocese actions in response to reports of sexual abuse by priests and other Diocese employees lacked transparency and was in contrast to the mission of providing a safe learning environment for children.

“As in other diocese in other states, the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese engaged in a pattern of denial and cover up when it discovered its priests were sexually abusing children,” said Morrisey. “Particularly in schools and camps run by the Catholic church and funded through tuition paid by West Virginia consumers.”

MetroNews reached out to the Diocese of Wheeling Charleston for a response.

The suit cites numerous examples, but Morrisey noted one in a Tuesday morning press conference. A known pedophile who had pleaded guilty to statutory rape was hired and taught for two years at Madonna High School before a background check was conducted and discovered his past convictions. It’s part of Morrisey’s claim the Diocese was slow to act.

MORE see video of Tuesday news conference here

“Since it implemented its ‘Safe Environment Program’, the Diocese has required potential employees and current employees to consent to background checks,” Morrisey said. “This is a great step in theory, but the Diocese must actually conduct the background check for the step to be effective.”

The civil complaint alleged the Diocese and its bishops, including Bransfield, chose to cover up and conceal arguably criminal behavior of child sexual abuse. It outlined several examples of how the Diocese knowingly employed admitted sexual abusers, priests credibly accused of child sexual abuse and hired others without adequate background checks.

The complaint alleged that after Father Patrick Condron admitted that he sexually abused a student at St. Joseph Preparatory Seminary High School in Vienna, the Diocese allegedly sent Condron for treatment and later reassigned him to Wheeling Catholic Elementary School, from 1998 to 2001, without notifying parents it was employing a pedophile at the elementary school.

The complaint alleged the Diocese, despite its knowledge of a credible sex abuse accusation against Victor Forbas in Philadelphia, ordained Forbas as a priest in West Virginia and years later named him director at Camp Tygart, now known as Camp Bosco, in Huttonsville. Accusations there led to treatment, but later employment as chaplain at Wheeling Central Catholic High School, after which he received more treatment and eventually prison time for pleading guilty to sexually abusing children in Missouri. He died in 1993.

The Attorney General’s lawsuit alleges the Diocese failed to notify parents about Frobas, even after he returned from therapy, upon his assignment to Wheeling Central High.

Another priest admitted on his employment application to having been accused of child sexual abuse decades earlier, yet the civil complaint alleges the Diocese passed on the opportunity to thoroughly vet the priest and adequately check his background. Instead, the Diocese and two bishops employed the priest for approximately four years at a parish that operates an elementary school.

Last week, the Diocese announced it had completed an investigative report into allegations related to Bishop Bransfield. Attorney General Morrisey is urging the church to release that report and fully cooperate with the Attorney General’s Office to uncover any violations of law in West Virginia.

“The church should open its files to the public and disclose what happened with every credible allegation of sexual abuse that was brought to the Diocese’s attention, while protecting the identity of victims and their families,” said Morrisey. “This should encourage others who were victimized to come forward.”

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Rankin Physical Therapy & Fitness

Berkeley Springs 304.258.1300
Hagerstown 301.790.9999
Hedgesville 304.754.6000
Inwood 304.229.1010
Martinsburg 304.267.0866
Shepherdstown 304.876.1000
Spring Mills 304.274.0123
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Picking the Right Type of Treatment Makes All the Difference

Rankin Physical Therapy & Fitness Center
Berkeley Springs 304.258.1300
Hagerstown 301.790.9999
Hedgesville 304.754.6000
Inwood 304.229.1010
Martinsburg 304.267.0866
Shepherdstown 304.876.1000
Spring Mills 304.274.0123
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Picking the Right Type of Treatment Makes All the Difference

Rankin Physical Therapy & Fitness Center
Berkeley Springs          304.258.1300
Hagerstown                  301.790.9999
Hedgesville                   304.754.6000
Inwood                           304.229.1010
Martinsburg                  304.267.0866
Shepherdstown            304.876.1000
Spring Mills                   304.274.0123

Bills increasing criminal penalties become law in West Virginia
By Kelsie LeRose klerose@journal-news.net l

MARTINSBURG — Bills increasing criminal penalties for child abuse and intimidation charges passed both the West Virginia House and Senate during the 2019 legislative session.

House Bill 2933 modified the criminal penalties imposed on a parent, guardian or custodian for child abuse resulting in injury and child abuse or neglect creating risk of injury.

According to the bill, if any parent, guardian or custodian abuses a child and the abuse causes the child bodily injury, they shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, shall be fined not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 and imprisoned in a state correctional facility for two to 10 years, increasing the penalty from one to five years.

If the abuse causes serious bodily injury, the defendant shall be guilty of felony and, upon conviction, shall be fined between $1,000 and $5,000 and imprisoned for five to 15 years, increasing the penalty from two to 10 years.

If the abuse creates a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury, the defendant is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, is now subject to the following increased penalties: first offense is punishable by a fine of not more than $3,000 or imprisoned for two to 20 years, or both. Upon conviction of a second offense, the court can sentence the individual to three to 15 years in prison and be fined not more than $3,000. For a third or subsequent offense, the individual can be imprisoned for five to 15 years and be fined not more than $3,000.

The bill also increased the penalties for a parent, guardian or custodian convicted of gross neglect. If an individual grossly neglects a child which creates a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury, they shall be subject to, upon conviction for a first offense, a fine between $100 and $1,000 or confined in jail for not more than two years, or both.

Upon conviction for a second offense, the person shall be fined between $500 and $3,000 or confined in jail not less than two years and not more than 10 years, or both. For a third or subsequent offense, the person is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, shall be fined not more than $3,000 and imprisoned in a state correctional facility five to 15 years, or both.

This bill unanimously passed both the House and Senate on March 9, according to the West Virginia Judiciary website.

Senate Bill 101 was introduced by Senator Charles Trump, R-Morgan, to equalizing penalties for intimidating and retaliating against certain public officers, jurors and witnesses.

The bill, which passed unanimously on March 5, also increased the penalty for intimidation of such persons to a felony. According to the bill, a person convicted of this offense is guilty of a felony and shall be confined in a correctional facility for one to 10 years, fined not more than $2,000 or both.

The individual is also liable to a civil action to any person harmed by the violation for injury or loss to person or property incurred as a result of this offense, according to the bill. These include reasonable attorney’s fees, court costs and other expenses.

Bills go into effect 90 days after their passage.
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Berkeley County Schools board opts for nationwide superintendent search
By Michael Neary mneary@journal-news.net

The Berkeley County Schools Board of Education voted unanimously, among the four board members present, to conduct a nationwide search for a superintendent using an agency still to be determined. The period of the next superintendent’s employment is slated to begin on July 1.

The board members reached their conclusion during a specially called meeting in the boardroom at 1453 Winchester Ave., in Martinsburg, on Wednesday evening.

At the board’s next regular meeting, this coming Monday, members will decide which agency they will call upon to assist with the search, as well as the form community involvement may take during the search, Board President William Queen said.

“We would like to have a group of involved citizens providing input,” Queen added after Wednesday’s meeting.

Monday’s Board of Education meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at Spring Mills High School, 499 Campus Drive, in Martinsburg, according to an agenda posted on the Berkeley County Schools website. It includes national board-certified teacher recognition.

Board member Todd Beckwith, who was out of town, could not attend Wednesday’s meeting, Queen said.

“We’re recording this for Todd’s information so that he can listen to this and be up to speed on everything we’re doing,” Queen said.

One of the agencies under consideration to assist in the superintendent search is the West Virginia School Board Association. During Wednesday’s meeting, board members talked via conference call with Howard M. O’Cull, executive director of the West Virginia School Board Association, about the degree of service the association may provide with the superintendent search if selected. The range, he said, is wide.

“It could be very limited, or it could be very expanded,” O’Cull said.

O’Cull also noted a possible timeline for the search.

“You probably would be able to advertise … before the end of next week,” he said, noting that a period of four weeks may then be desirable to collect the applications.

“It looks as though by the end of April or early May, everything should be in that you would need to begin the screening,” O’Cull said.

Board member Michelle Barnes-Russell asked about the form community involvement might take.

O’Cull suggested that the involvement could range from online suggestions about desired qualities in a superintendent to the formation of a focus or community group that provides feedback and that even interviews superintendent candidates.

Queen noted that other agencies, as well as the West Virginia School Board Association, are also under consideration to provide support in the search – a decision for Monday’s board meeting.

At the outset of Wednesday’s meeting, Queen noted the importance of moving swiftly in the process.

“This has come upon us in a short period of time, and we have to move swiftly in order to get the job done,” he said.

The board accepted former superintendent Manny Arvon’s request for retirement on March 1 and on the same day appointed Harold “Chuck” Hatfield, who had retired from his post as Putnam County Schools superintendent, to serve as the Berkeley County Schools interim superintendent. Putnam was present at Wednesday’s meeting.

Justin Schooley, the district’s superintendent of human resources, delivered a presentation on Wednesday outlining elements of the superintendent hiring process to the board.

Schooley described June 1 as a recommended deadline, based on state code, to appoint a new superintendent who would take over on July 1 – but he cited a state superintendent’s opinion that there are no penalties for missing that deadline.

“It’s just highly recommended to use the June 1 date,” Schooley said.

Schooley said that a superintendent must be appointed for one to four years, must be assigned a fixed salary for each one of those years and must be a resident of the county or a contiguous county in the state of West Virginia by the time his or her employment begins. He listed other requirements, as well.

Schooley estimated that the cost of a search, with a consulting agency, could range from $10,000 to $25,000 dollars.

As the board discussed the process, Board Member Patrick Murphy recommended a far-reaching search.

“I want to go outside the county, outside the state (with the search),” he said. “I’d like to do a broader search beyond the state limits.”

Barnes-Russell also expressed the desire to look outside the immediate area.

“We need to be on the lookout, and I’d like to see us broaden ourselves (in the search),” she said.

Board Vice President Darin Gilpin later expressed agreement with that sentiment, as did Queen.

“I agree it should be nationwide,” Queen said. “We’re going to get good publicity within the state. People know us within the state … but to go outside (in collecting applications) is very good advice.”
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Rankin Physical Therapy
Berkeley Springs - 304.258.1300
Hagerstown - 301.790.9999
Hedgesville - 304.754.6000
Inwood - 304.229.1010
Martinsburg - 304.267.0866
Shepherdstown - 304.876.1000
Spring Mills - 304.274.0123
Visit us to see why we are the areas #1 therapy provider.
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Rankin Physical Therapy
  Berkeley Springs -      304.258.1300
  Hagerstown -              301.790.9999
  Hedgesville -               304.754.6000
  Inwood -                       304.229.1010
  Martinsburg -              304.267.0866
  Shepherdstown -        304.876.1000
  Spring Mills -               304.274.0123
Visit us to see why we are the areas #1 therapy provider.

Happy Tuesday everyone! What are you doing to make today count? Calling a friend you haven't talked to in a while, taking 10 minutes to read to your kiddo before bed, or taking a few extra minutes for yourself and going for a walk maybe? Sometimes it's the smallest things that make the biggest difference in how we feel each day!
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Happy Tuesday everyone! What are you doing to make today count?  Calling a friend you havent talked to in a while, taking 10 minutes to read to your kiddo before bed, or taking a few extra minutes for yourself and going for a walk maybe? Sometimes its the smallest things that make the biggest difference in how we feel each day!
#RankinPT

Rankin Physical Therapy
Berkeley Springs - 304.258.1300
Hagerstown - 301.790.9999
Hedgesville - 304.754.6000
Inwood - 304.229.1010
Martinsburg - 304.267.0866
Shepherdstown - 304.876.1000
Spring Mills - 304.274.0123
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Rankin Physical Therapy
  Berkeley Springs -      304.258.1300
  Hagerstown -              301.790.9999
  Hedgesville -               304.754.6000
  Inwood -                       304.229.1010
  Martinsburg -              304.267.0866
  Shepherdstown -        304.876.1000
  Spring Mills -               304.274.0123

Rankin Physical Therapy
Berkeley Springs - 304.258.1300
Hagerstown - 301.790.9999
Hedgesville - 304.754.6000
Inwood - 304.229.1010
Martinsburg - 304.267.0866
Shepherdstown - 304.876.1000
Spring Mills - 304.274.0123
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Rankin Physical Therapy
  Berkeley Springs -      304.258.1300
  Hagerstown -              301.790.9999
  Hedgesville -               304.754.6000
  Inwood -                       304.229.1010
  Martinsburg -              304.267.0866
  Shepherdstown -        304.876.1000
  Spring Mills -               304.274.0123

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Rankin Physical Therapy
Berkeley Springs - 304.258.1300
Hagerstown - 301.790.9999
Hedgesville - 304.754.6000
Inwood - 304.229.1010
Martinsburg - 304.267.0866
Shepherdstown - 304.876.1000
Spring Mills - 304.274.0123
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Rankin Physical Therapy
  Berkeley Springs -      304.258.1300
  Hagerstown -              301.790.9999
  Hedgesville -               304.754.6000
  Inwood -                       304.229.1010
  Martinsburg -              304.267.0866
  Shepherdstown -        304.876.1000
  Spring Mills -               304.274.0123

Rankin Physical Therapy
Berkeley Springs - 304.258.1300
Hagerstown - 301.790.9999
Hedgesville - 304.754.6000
Inwood - 304.229.1010
Martinsburg - 304.267.0866
Shepherdstown - 304.876.1000
Spring Mills - 304.274.0123

Visit us to see why we are the areas #1 therapy provider.
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Rankin Physical Therapy
  Berkeley Springs -      304.258.1300
  Hagerstown -              301.790.9999
  Hedgesville -               304.754.6000
  Inwood -                       304.229.1010
  Martinsburg -              304.267.0866
  Shepherdstown -        304.876.1000
  Spring Mills -               304.274.0123

Visit us to see why we are the areas #1 therapy provider.

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