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Berkeley schools likely to renew Arvon's contract

March 21, 2001

Berkeley schools likely to renew Arvon's contract



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


A school official in Berkeley County says he is confident Superintendent of Schools Manny Arvon's contract will be renewed this year.

Arvon is in his fourth year as head of the Berkeley County school system. His contract expires June 30.

Berkeley County Board of Education member Bill Sonnik said he is confident the board will soon renew Arvon's contract. Although Sonnik could not say when the Board of Education will act on Arvon's contract, Arvon must be informed about whether his contract will be renewed by May 1.

When former Superintendent James Bennett left the school system, the board wanted to find someone who could effectively lead the system and who was familiar with state school regulations, Sonnik said.

The board believes it found that with Arvon, Sonnik said.

"We are very pleased with the direction the system is going," Sonnik said.

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"I think everyone has been pleased with Mr. Arvon's performance, and that's something we've said over and over in public," said board of education member Berniece Collis.

Arvon, who is completing his first four-year contract, said he also feels confident he will be offered a new contract. Arvon, who is paid $83,000 a year, said he feels that he and the Board of Education are "hitting on all cylinders."

The school system has faced enormous increases in student population, which has meant building the schools to house those students and hiring the needed personnel, Arvon said. Not only has the school met those challenges, but it has enjoyed impressive student performance during that period, Arvon said.

"I sort of feel like I'm in the golden age," said Arvon, adding that he plans to stay in the area if he is offered a contract.

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