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Berkeley County Schools buys parking lot from county

September 26, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Berkeley County Schools Superintendent Manny P. Arvon II confirmed Thursday that the Board of Education agreed to pay the Berkeley County Commission $195,000 for a parking lot behind the school district's administrative offices off South Queen Street.

The purchase price of the property accessed from South Maple Avenue matched the school district's appraisal, Arvon said.

"We couldn't build that parking lot for what we're paying," said Arvon, describing the purchase price as a fair deal.

Arvon said the Board of Education made previous offers to purchase the lot and school officials had been using it for as long as Arvon said he could remember.

The parking lot is one of three properties that the County Commission targeted to sell to infuse money into the county's fiscally strapped budget.

Arvon said the property is expected to allow the school board to plan for additional growth for administration needs as student enrollment continues to increase.

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The official enrollment for the 2008-09 school year is expected to be more than 17,000.

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