by Joe Crocetta / staff photographer
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A multimillion-dollar renovation project kicked off Tuesday night with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Clock Building, which will hold 16 classrooms, a cafeteria and a technology center for St. Joseph School by the 1999-2000 school year.
So far, three architectural firms have submitted bids for the renovation project, which is expected to cost $1.7 million to $1.8 million, said Sister Ellen Marie Hagar, principal of the school.
The building cost $2.3 million.
The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston bought the building in November to expand the school, which has about 300 students.
Sister Hagar said the expansion is partly in response to the growing population, but also to keep pace with technology and specialized programs public schools offer, such as programs for special needs students.