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Berkeley agrees to land option for 2nd new school

March 21, 2000|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Board of Education on Monday agreed to an option to buy land west of Interstate 81 for a new intermediate school.

The district will have three months to consider the land's suitability, said board President Todd Beckwith, who would not mention the specific site, its owner or how much the district may pay. He would only reveal that it's "more than 20 acres."

Of the four sites the district has considered, "This was by far our first choice," Beckwith said.

He said details will emerge in at least three months, when the purchase option runs out, although the district could extend it.

Earlier this month, the district purchased 17 acres on Eagle School Road for $464,750, also for an intermediate school.

That project is expected to go out to bid in April or May, allowing the school to be ready by fall 2001.

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The district is planning for the second school to open in 2002, Beckwith said.

He said each school will cost more than $5 million, including land and construction.

The schools will each hold about 650 students.

Students from the Opequon, Tuscarora and Burke Street elementary schools will go to the Eagle School Road intermediate school. Rosemont, Winchester Avenue and Berkeley Heights elementaries will send their students to the second new intermediate school, Beckwith said.

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