Berkeley County Board renew Arvon's contract

February 08, 2005

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Board of Education said Monday it has renewed its contract with Superintendent of Schools Manny P. Arvon II.

Arvon will continue as superintendent for four more years, School Board President Bill Queen said in a news release. The new four-year contract begins July 1 and ends June 30, 2009, Queen said.

The annual salary is $109,843 with an annual 5 percent increase during the length of the contract, according to the release.

Arvon has been superintendent of the county school system for eight years. During that time, Berkeley County Schools has become the No. 1 growth district in the state. Since 1996, the school system enrolled 3,039 new students, a 28 percent increase in the student population, according to school district figures.


Student enrollment stands at around 15,000, the release states.

Since Arvon began his first term, Berkeley County opened six new schools with a seventh under construction and scheduled to open this fall, according to the release.

Two school levies and one construction bond have been passed by voters during Arvon's term.

Arvon also has served on state and national levels. He served as president of the West Virginia American Association of School Administrators, which led to a national appointment on the first-ever American Association of School Administrators Board of Governors, according to the release.

In 2004, Arvon was honored as West Virginia's Superintendent of the Year and received the Distinguished West Virginian award.

Queen said Arvon's commitment to representing Berkeley County Schools on state boards helps bring grants to the county.

"His personal goal is for Berkeley County Schools to obtain funding each year through grant awards to offset his salary as superintendent," Queen said in the release.

The school system has obtained more than $40 million in state and federal grants during Arvon's tenure as superintendent, the release states.

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