Arvon takes oath as Berkeley schools chief

June 24, 1997


Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - New School Superintendent Manny Arvon looked into the eyes of his father Monday night as he was sworn in.

When Arvon was growing up, he always dreamed about following his father's footsteps in public education, family members said.

Arvon's father, Manuel Arvon, worked in Boone County, W.Va., schools for 23 years, six of them as superintendent.

The story came full circle Monday night when Arvon's dad traveled from Boone County to swear in his son as the new superintendent of Berkeley County schools.

Even the same Bible was used when the senior Arvon was sworn in as Boone County superintendent in 1989 and 1992.


"We have 17 members of the family in education. It's wonderful," said Arvon's father.

"That's all he knew was school," said Arvon's mother, Jean Arvon.

"I liked doing what he did. It seemed like a natural thing for me to do," said Manny Arvon, who was selected last February to succeed James Bennett as superintendent.

Arvon has worked for the local school system for 23 years, most recently as assistant superintendent.

Arvon was sworn in during a Berkeley County Board of Education meeting at the board office on South Queen Street. His wife Pam and son Trey, an eighth-grade student at Hedgesville Middle School, also attended the ceremony.

The Board of Education presented Bennett with a caring educator award for his leadership in the system over the last four years.

When Arvon was named superintendent in February, he said his priorities for the school system would be setting higher academic standards for students and to complete a building program now in progress.

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