Spring Mills Primary School being dedicated Aug. 11

July 18, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |
  • This Jan. 19 file photo shows the Spring Mills (W.Va.) Primary School.
File photo

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Spring Mills Primary School, the first “green” school built through the West Virginia School Building Authority, will be dedicated Aug. 11.

Berkeley County Schools Superintendent Manny P. Arvon II announced the dedication ceremony during Monday’s Berkeley County Board of Education meeting.

Arvon told board members that he anticipates Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., will attend the dedication ceremony at the Spring Mills campus near the intersection of U.S. 11 and W.Va. 901.

The school is the SBA’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified school in the U.S. Green Building Council’s program for schools.

Arvon said Monday that the school’s geothermal heating and cooling system was working “very nicely” when he visited the new building Friday.

Arvon said the SBA funded about 92 percent of the school’s cost, which topped $10 million.

In other business, board members unanimously approved an amendment to the county’s contract with the SBA for Spring Mills High School.

The amendment reduces the original $24.9 million SBA grant for the high school project by $3.5 million to $21.5 million. The SBA in June agreed to return the $3.5 million to Berkeley County for a new middle school that will be built in the Gerrardstown, W.Va., area.

The SBA originally projected the new high school would cost $53,124,000, but favorable construction bids for the project thus far have prompted officials to lower that projection to $49,624,000, Arvon said.

The original state projections were based on a formula that factored square footage and capacity, but did not account for the slumping economy, which created a more competitive environment among contractors looking for work, according to Arvon.

In May, the Berkeley County school board awarded about $31.4 million in construction contracts for the project, the county’s fourth public high school.

Additional contracts for the new school’s athletic facilities, equipment and furnishings, and paving work will not be bid until next year due to the 24-month construction schedule for the 224,686-square-foot building, Arvon has said.

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