Construction to affect student drop-off points

September 21, 2004|by CANDICE BOSELY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A construction project that will add nine new classrooms to Martinsburg High School and improve the gymnasium will limit access for parents dropping off their children there or at neighboring Martinsburg South Middle School, school officials said.

Construction on the $3.7 million project will begin Wednesday and is expected to be finished in August 2005, Martinsburg High School Principal Ken Pack said.

Parents who drop off their children at either school in the morning will not be able to use the access road off Wilson Street or most of Bulldog Boulevard, Pack said.


Parents are being asked to turn onto Bulldog Boulevard. Instead of going to the schools, however, they will need to turn left onto Silver Lane and drop students off there, Pack said.

Only school buses will be able to use all of Bulldog Boulevard.

Those who are picking up students may use either Silver Lane or the school's front entrance off Queen Street, Pack said.

The new classrooms will connect the main high school building to the vo-tech building, Pack said.

Along with adding classrooms, the project calls for renovating an existing science classroom. New laboratory equipment will be installed, said Berkeley County Schools Superintendent Manny Arvon.

In the gymnasium - the only section of the school not renovated in 1990 - the bleachers and floor will be replaced. Seating will be increased from 1,200 to 1,800 and will be handicapped-accessible, officials said.

Space for fine arts and dance classes also will be created, Arvon said.

Whether the new nine-classroom addition will eliminate the need for four portable classrooms now outside the high school is unknown, Pack said.

Ideally that would be the case, but the county's continual growth might prevent attaining such a goal, Pack said.

"We'll fill it quickly," he said of the new classroom space.

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