Hedgesville High expansion mapped out

August 20, 2002|by CANDICE BOSELY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Construction to expand Hedgesville High School by 39,000 square feet could begin early this November, with a second gym, more spectator seating and additional parking spaces in the works, according to school officials.

At their meeting Monday night, members of the Berkeley County Board of Education huddled around black-and-white sketches of the plans prepared by architect Kent Gandee, with Williamson, Shriver and Gandee.

Much of the discussion centered on the school's new gymnasium. Plans call for a mezzanine area above the gym, where up to 500 spectators can watch sporting events, along with another 1,000 people in the gym's bleachers.


Plans also call for new locker rooms, a training room and a concourse area between the new and old gymnasiums to handle crowds, Gandee said.

Martinsburg and Musselman, the county's two other high schools, already have two gymnasiums apiece, plus access to gyms at nearby South Middle School and Musselman Middle, respectively.

The design could still change between now and the construction start date, but Berkeley County Schools Superintendent Manny Arvon said he does not expect any major alterations.

Of the $6.5 million expenditure, $2.2 million will be paid for with local funds, with the other $4.3 million to come from the state School Building Authority.

Hedgesville High's expansion is one of several projects being funded through a $27.8 millionbond, which Berkeley County voters approved at last fall's election.

Other changes at the high school include a new landscaped entrance, a larger commons area and several additional classrooms. Some parking spaces will be lost, but more new spaces will be created to compensate, Arvon said. Also, rather than having buses pick students up at the front and back of the school, the concept plans call for all students to be picked up out front, Arvon said.

With more than 1,300 students, Hedgesville is the county's largest school as far as student enrollment, Arvon said.

Gandee has been working on the expansion plans in a committee since January, he said. Hedgesville High school is on W.Va. 9.

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