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Two Berkeley County schools forced to delay start date

August 21, 2005|By Richard F. Belisle

MARTINSBURG, W.Va.

Students in two Berkeley County schools will return to classes for the 2005-06 academic year Aug. 29 instead of Aug. 26 so teachers can have "one more day" to get their rooms ready for opening day, Schools Superintendent Manny Arvon said Friday.

South Middle School in Martinsburg is undergoing a $5.8 million renovation project. Classes will begin there Aug. 29. Also scheduled for opening that day is the brand new Mountain Ridge Intermediate School in Gerrardstown, W.Va., Arvon said.

Opening a new or newly renovated school is not like returning for the fall term to an old school where everything is where it was in June, he said.

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"The extra day will let the teachers catch their breath," Arvon said. "Some might want to come in over the weekend to start to get ready."

Work on South Middle includes new science labs, special education facilities and a teacher workroom. The building will have new heating and air conditioning systems, new floors, ceilings, lighting, a sprinkler system and windows.

The work began nine weeks ago, Arvon said.

Construction on the new Mountain Ridge Intermediate School began 10 months ago and the school is ready to accept students, he said.

Teachers there also will have that "extra day" to get their classrooms ready, Arvon said.

Classes at all other schools in the district resume Aug. 26.

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