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Musselman Middle School dedicated

November 09, 1999

By JULIE E. GREENE / Staff Writer

Photo by RIC DUGAN / Staff Photographer


INWOOD, W.Va. - Berkeley County taxpayers are getting their money's worth and investing in the community's future with the construction and renovation of several schools, county education officials said Tuesday.

More than 200 students, teachers and community members attended a dedication Tuesday afternoon for the newly renovated Musselman Middle School on U.S. 11.

The $9.7 million renovation and expansion of the old Musselman High School to make it the new middle school was part of a $35 million package of new schools and renovations for a fast-growing county, said Schools Superintendent Manny Arvon.

Construction of a new high school often costs around $27 million to $30 million, but Berkeley County taxpayers got much more for their money, Arvon said.

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"This community will reap the benefits for years to come," Arvon said after the dedication.

That $35 million package included building the new Musselman High School, which opened in August 1998, building the new Potomac Intermediate School in northern Berkeley County, renovating Hedgesville High School and renovating and expanding Hedgesville Middle School and Musselman Middle School, Arvon said.

Crews started tearing down parts of the old high school in June 1998 to begin rebuilding the school, Arvon said.

Students in grades six, seven and eight moved into the newly renovated school this school year while fourth- and fifth-graders moved into the former middle school, now known as Mill Creek Intermediate School.

Todd Beckwith, school board president, told the crowd in the middle school's auditorium that the renovation and expansion wouldn't have been possible without the support of the taxpayers who approved a key $15.9 million bond issue on March 11, 1995.

"To me that was a clear indication of the support for education in Berkeley County," Beckwith said.

Beckwith said there will always be a building program in Berkeley County because of the county's growth.

Del. Larry Faircloth, R-Berkeley, told the crowd the renovation and expansion will help Berkeley County's future.

The children will benefit with a good education, leading to more job creation in the county, he said.

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