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Sewer plant to handle 2 schools

September 03, 1997

By DON AINES

Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The existing sewage treatment plant for Musselman Middle School will be able to handle that school and the new Musselman High when it is completed next year, according to the construction superintendent for Berkeley County Schools.

In an update of the building program Tuesday night, Don Zepp told the Board of Education that the 10,000-gallon-a-day system for the middle school can be expanded to handle the new high school until the Berkeley County Public Service Sewer District builds a line to the area.

"All three schools can be handled by the same plant" if necessary, Zepp told the board. That would include the old Musselman High if a sewer line has not been extended to the complex by the time it is renovated into a middle school.

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Last week the sewer district and Pentree Inc. agreed to extend negotiations through the end of this week over a design engineering contract for the $77 million sewer system that would serve the southern part of the county. The two sides had been at an impasse and the sewer district had given the Princeton, W.Va., firm a notice of termination until last Thursday's agreement.

Walt Sebert, the sewer district's general manager, said last week construction on the first phase of the system is scheduled to begin next year. Once completed, that first phase would serve both the high school and middle school.

Under arrangements being discussed by the school system and the sewer district, Zepp said the district would expand the middle school plant and charge the schools for waste treatment.

That would eliminate a more costly option, installing a holding tank at the new high school and trucking the waste to the treatment plant in Baker Heights.

Zepp said the masonry work on Musselman High is nearly complete and the roof should be done later this month. Major construction is scheduled to be finished in March, with the school opening next fall.

In another project, Zepp said concrete slabs for about three-quarters of the classrooms at Potomack Intermediate have been poured.

He said structural steel work will begin this month.

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