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Martinsburg's state champs to be honored

December 05, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A celebration for Martinsburg High School's Class AAA state champion football team will be Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasium, Berkeley County Schools Superintendent Manny P. Arvon announced Monday.

Martinsburg defeated George Washington High School 35-27 Saturday in Wheeling, W.Va., at the West Virginia "Super Six" State Football Championships to win their second state title on the gridiron. MHS won its first state title last year.

The public is invited to Thursday's celebration.

"It was a great day to see the fan base that were there," Arvon said during Monday's Berkeley County Board of Education meeting. "I would say close to 3,000 folks made the trip from Martinsburg."

Berkeley County Assistant Superintendent Don Dellinger, who serves on the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission board of directors, presented the championship trophy to the team, Arvon said.

"It was also exciting for me to see the former principal at Hedgesville High School give the state championship trophy to Martinsburg High School," Arvon said of Dellinger, who was elected to the school activities commission board while principal at Hedgesville.

Justin Arndt, who was named Martinsburg's Most Valuable Player for the championship game, received the award from Hedgesville High School Athletic Director Ron Allen, who also serves on the WVSSAC board, according to Dellinger and Arvon.

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Construction of the new Spring Mills High School, which began in August, is ahead of schedule, but Arvon said that would provide some advantage should inclement weather bring work to a halt.The school remains on track to open in August 2013.

"If you get one of those terrible snows, then all of a sudden you're not ahead of schedule," Arvon said.

"(Berkeley County Schools construction manager) Don Zepp and I are both very pleased with the quality of work that's being accomplished" by the contractors, Arvon said.

School officials, meanwhile, are eying a proposal to refinance bonds issued in 2002 that could net about $775,000 for capital improvement projects, officials said.

The savings realized from a lower interest rate, would have to be redirected to "bricks and mortar" projects at any of the nine schools that were originally included in the scope of the 2002 bond issue, according to Arvon.

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