Top principals, teachers retire in Berkeley Co.

January 23, 2013|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The retirement of five school principals and two teachers who have been honored as Berkeley County’s best were among several personnel actions approved Tuesday night by the Berkeley County Board of Education.

The retirement of principals Linda Ghion (Bedington Elementary), Paul Tyson (Hedgesville Elementary), Stephen Crowell (Potomack Intermediate), John Spataro (Tomahawk Intermediate) and Lawrence “Larry” Hitt (Tuscarora Elementary), will be effective June 30.

Past Berkeley County Teacher of Year honorees V. Colleen Miller, a fourth-grade teacher at Orchard View Intermediate School, and Terry Lamp, a social studies teacher at Martinsburg South Middle School, also are retiring as of June 30.

“Normally, we average about 50 (retirements) a year,” Berkeley County Schools Superintendent Manny P. Arvon said after the meeting. “I think it’s going to be a little bit higher this year.”

Four of the retiring principals had 154 years of experience combined, Arvon said.

Separate from the school board’s personnel actions, Arvon noted the retirement of James Rumsey Technical Institute Principal Vicki Jenkins last month. The technical school is governed by an administrative council that is comprised of school officials from Berkeley, Morgan and Jefferson counties.

In other business Tuesday, the board awarded four bid packages totaling $524,523 for furnishings and equipment for Spring Mills High School, which is set to open in August.

Contracts were awarded to Virginia-based J.H. Pence Co. for lockers ($194,990) and mobile folding tables ($69,984); South Charleston, W.Va.-based R.M. Huffman Co. for auditorium seating ($157,000); and Cranberry Township, Pa.-based Delaney Brothers for library furnishings ($102,549).

Arvon told board members that the school district has devoted a lot of time to evaluating equipment and furnishing needs and has had companies send samples for review.

“We want to make sure what were purchasing is the best for the money,” Arvon said.

The school board approved a revised table style and additional athletic lockers as part of two change orders that are included in the awarded contract amounts.

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