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Morgan County Board gets look at school gym plans

November 22, 2004|by TRISH RUDDER

trishr@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Preliminary plans for a new gymnasium/multipurpose room at Widmyer Elementary School were submitted to the Morgan County Board of Education last week.

Architect Greg Williamson of Williamson, Shriver and Gandee of Charleston, W.Va., presented the plans for the addition, which has an estimated cost of $614,000.

The addition is a little less than 3,000 square feet, Williamson said.

The new "multipurpose room" addition will be at the northwest corner of the school with its own entrance and walkway.

Williamson said the addition will have two bathrooms and a storage room for gym equipment.

He suggested collapsible basketball backboards be used rather than installing permanent ones, so the room can be used for events besides basketball. The space is the size of half a basketball court, he said.

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Widmyer, which serves students in kindergarten through second grade, does not have a gymnasium. Widmyer is along U.S. 522, south of Berkeley Springs, about one mile from the intersection with W.Va. 9.

Morgan County Schools Superintendent David Temple said Williamson will work with Widmyer school officials to finalize plans and present them to the board later.

Williamson said the bids could go out in January and the project would take about six months to complete.

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