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Project under way to help Berkeley deal with growth

August 08, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - With no new schools set to open, one of the biggest changes students in Berkeley County will see this fall might be all of the new faces.

Seats in the room set up in the Board of Education's office for new student registrations often are filled, with other parents waiting in the hallway, said Berkeley County Schools Superintendent Manny Arvon.

More than a month before students begin school on Aug. 26, kindergarten enrollment had increased by 30 percent.

Board members said they probably will have to hire at least seven more teachers to handle the increased enrollment.

Students in many of the county's schools will see construction since 12 construction projects will be under way or finished in the next nine months. The schools where renovations will take place include Martinsburg South Middle, Hedgesville Elementary, Martinsburg High, Musselman High, Musselman Middle, Mill Creek Intermediate, Back Creek Valley Elementary and Bunker Hill Elementary.

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A new middle school will be built in Spring Mills and a new intermediate school is planned for the Gerrardstown-Back Creek Valley area.

Renovations under way at Hedgesville High School should be finished by Dec. 1 and a major renovation recently was completed at Rosemont Elementary in Martinsburg, Arvon said.

There, open space was converted to self-contained classrooms, which required new flooring and changes to the ventilation system. Windows also were replaced.

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