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New Spring Mills middle school plans taking shape

May 21, 2002|BY SARAH MULLIN

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Board of Education will review and possibly approve the schematic drawings of the new middle school slated to be built in the Spring Mills area at the next board meeting on June 3.

The new middle school is the first of two new schools to be built as part of a $28 million bond passed by county voters last September.

Berkeley County Schools Superintendent Manny Arvon said the board should close on the property sale soon after it receives from state agencies an archaeological survey of the 20 acres off U.S. 11.

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He said the board expects to receive the survey within the next seven to 10 days.

"Our goal is to present the property and project at the next board meeting," he said.

Arvon said the tentative date of completion is spring 2004.

Students from Bedington Elementary and Marlowe Elementary who attend Potomack Intermediate, which caters to students from third to fifth grade, will attend the new middle school.

Those students currently go to Hedgesville Middle School after completing the fifth grade at Potomack Intermediate.

Once the new school is completed, renovations will be made to Hedgesville Elementary and Tomahawk Elementary to create Hedgesville Primary and Tomahawk Intermediate, Arvon said.

Essentially, "North Berkeley County is splitting into two intermediate schools and two middle schools," he said.

The board is in the process of purchasing about 20 acres off W.Va. 51 for the other new school, Gerrardstown Intermediate.

Arvon said that project is about two years away from completion.

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