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Gov. Wise helps dedicate new Morgan Co. school

October 29, 2004|by TRISH RUDDER/Staff Writer

trishr@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The librarian at Morgan County's newest school said she loves her new workplace.

"It's a fun space. I love it," Librarian Susan Thomas said before the Warm Springs Intermediate school dedication Thursday evening.

The new, 50,000-square-foot school opened Aug. 30.

Thomas said she also enjoys her students at the new facility, which is behind Warm Springs Middle School.

"Third- through fifth-graders are eager to learn," she said. "I teach them how to use the library through literature. We talk about current events like the election and found baseball stories about the World Series."

Thomas said she teaches all three grades. Each 40-minute class meets once a week, she said.

She said she taught at both Widmyer Elementary and Warm Springs Middle School. Thomas said she enjoys teaching this age group.

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West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise gave the dedication address at the ceremony which began with music performed by the Warm Springs Intermediate School students.

Parents Rod Tilton and Linda Ruppert came to watch their daughter, Nettie, sing in the fifth-grade chorus. Tilton said schools were so overcrowded that county schools officials had to break them up. He said Nettie loves the new school.

"She's a straight-A student," Ruppert said.

Warm Springs Principal Dorothy Hinkle said 434 students in grades three through five attend the school.

The cost of the school was more than $6 million, she said. W. Harley Miller Contractors of Martinsburg, W.Va., was the general contractor for the school, according to Beth Du Vall, the Board of Education secretary.

Berkeley Springs kindergarten through second-grade students are now at Widmyer Elementary School.

The old North Berkeley Elementary School building will become Morgan County Board of Education offices, Hinkle said.

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