MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Hedgesville (W.Va.) Elementary School could be the proverbial poster child for Berkeley County Schools' ever-present need to expand facilities to accommodate exploding student enrollment.
Two years after a major renovation was completed at the Schoolhouse Road campus, school leaders find themselves fortunate to be able to add at least four classrooms, possibly six, thanks to a $500,000 grant awarded Monday by the state School Building Authority (SBA).
Since the first renovation, officials added four portable classrooms to the campus where enrollment has topped 630 students, according to SBA records.
"We opened that school (two years ago) with 500 students," school district Superintendent Manny P. Arvon said Wednesday.
The SBA award comes as school officials anticipate the completion later this spring of their 15th and last capital improvement project (South Middle School in Martinsburg) to be financed in part by a bond issue approved by county voters in 2001.