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Bid awarded for new Berkeley Co. school's site work

August 01, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Berkeley County Board of Education Wednesday recommended a Berkeley County contractor be awarded $1.5 million in site work for constructing a new middle school in southern Berkeley County.

The board’s vote to award a $1,585,000 contract to Panhandle Builders & Excavating Inc. was contingent upon approval by the West Virginia School Building Authority, according to school officials.

Berkeley County Schools Superintendent Manny P. Arvon said he hopes Gerrardstown Area Middle School will be ready for students by August 2014 as part of a plan to ease severe overcrowding at Musselman Middle School.

With more than 1,200 students, the middle school is the state’s largest, Arvon said.

Construction of the middle school and three other projects were made possible by a voter-approved $51.5 million bond issue in 2009.

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— Matthew Umstead

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