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Spring Mills High School boundaries approved

June 04, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com
  • According to this map provided by the Berkeley County Board of Education, students in the red shaded area will attend the new Spring Mills Middle School, while most of those in the blue shaded area will attend Hedgesville High School.
Source: Berkeley County (W.Va.) Board of Educaiton

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Berkeley County Board of Education Monday night unanimously approved boundaries for Spring Mills High School, which is scheduled to open in 2013.

The board action came after parents of students to be affected by the realignment received letters and after Superintendent Manny P. Arvon held an informational meeting about the changes last week at Hedgesville (W.Va.) High School.

Arvon told board members Monday that he felt the meeting was “very positive.”

The boundary changes primarily affect Martinsburg North Middle School students, who will attend Hedgesville High, Martinsburg High or the new high school when it opens for classes in 2013.

Students bound for Hedgesville High as a result of the boundary realignment must notify the school district by June 21 if they wish to start classes there this fall instead of waiting until next year, Arvon reiterated Monday.

In a brief overview of the changes, Arvon noted that at least one part of the realignment plan involving Hedgesville High returns to a boundary that was once in place in the 1990s. 

While carved into three pieces, only students from a small area of Martinsburg North Middle School’s district will be attending Martinsburg High School when the boundary adjustments take effect, according to the realignment.

Within the middle school’s district, the dividing line for Martinsburg and Hedgesville high schools will be Tavern Road and Moler Avenue, with students on the north side attending Hedgesville High and those on the south attending Martinsburg High.

Farther east of Martinsburg, Hedgesville High’s new district cuts around the city’s east side to include areas on both sides of Jenny Wren Drive and further south to Cemetery Road and the CSX railroad tracks. Students in subdivisions including Wildflower Ridge, Lindsey Terrace, Wildflower Creek and Castle Rock will be bound for Hedgesville High, according to the new boundaries.

North Middle school students who will attend the new high school include those living along Shepherdstown Road east of its intersection with Eagle School Road, along with Greensburg Road, Files Crossroad, Swan Pond Road, Cedar Lane, Hollida Lane, Winebrenner Road and Eagle School Road, according to the boundary changes.
 
Students living in the northern areas of Martinsburg, including areas east of Interstate 81 between exits 14 and 16, and in the vicinity of Edwin Miller Boulevard, Warm Springs Avenue and Woodbury Avenue, will attend Hedgesville High School as well.

Arvon said he anticipates a principal for the new school will be hired in the next two to four weeks.

Spring Mills Middle School students, who will make up the majority of the new high school’s enrollment, will be asked to weigh in on selection of the mascot.

A list of mascot choices has been narrowed down to about 10, Arvon said.

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