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May 20, 2013
More than 70 employees of Berkeley County Schools are scheduled to retire in 2013 and were honored at a banquet Monday night. The employees include: ATTENDANCE DEPARTMENT Eileen Smith BEDINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Linda Ghion BERKELEY HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Ronda Albright Sara Kough Edward Myers Debra Pearrell BUNKER HILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Brenda Gain CENTRAL OFFICE David Marchette...
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | April 23, 2013
The Charlotte's Web puppet shows made a difference. The nagging proved effective. Being able to vent on “one of those off days” was deeply appreciated. The instruction to “never give up” was not forgotten. These meaningful lessons and many more were recounted Tuesday at Berkeley County Schools' Business Education Partnership leadership recognition dinner by a dozen high school seniors who saluted individual teachers who made a lasting impact on their life. The students themselves were celebrated at the reception for their achievements and recognized for their participation in the Business Education Partnership leadership program, which paired them with a mentor in the business community through the school year.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | April 22, 2013
Berkeley County Schools will be able to use $5.9 million in state funding it had received for the construction of two new schools to instead renovate Martinsburg North Middle School. The grant award of the reallocated funding was decided Monday by the West Virginia School Building Authority at the agency's quarterly meeting in Charleston, W.Va. Berkeley County Schools Superintendent Manny P. Arvon said he was pleased that the state allowed the reallocation of funds previously awarded for Spring Mills High School and Gerrardstown Area Middle School to the Martinsburg project.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | June 3, 2013
The West Virginia School Building Authority voted Monday that shatter-proof glass and exterior door alarms should be incorporated into new school construction projects to improve school safety. “We really learned a lot from the Newtown (school shooting),” Executive Director Mark Manchin told members of the school building authority board, which voted unanimously to revise the agency's quality and performance manual at its meeting in Spring Mills Primary school. The changes, which were made effective immediately, require administrative offices to be built adjacent to main entry vestibules.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | March 24, 2013
A man who police said was driving a Berkeley County school bus when the bus struck a car last month retired after intoxication tests showed he had been drinking alcohol, according to court documents and school officials. Sam Lee Newton, 61, of 65 Quartz Drive in Martinsburg, was arraigned Saturday by Berkeley County Magistrate Betty Jo Hersh on one misdemeanor count of operating a commercial motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol concentration of .04 or greater, according to court documents.
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August 13, 2013
Berkeley County Schools will again offer free and reduced-price meals for participants who are unable to pay the full price for meals or milk served in schools, centers, institutions or homes that participate in the National School Lunch, Breakfast and Snack programs, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, the Summer Food Service Program or in the Special Milk Program. Application forms are being sent to some homes with a letter to parents, guardians or adult household members, according to a news release from Berkeley County Schools.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | February 11, 2013
Berkeley County Schools' WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program was featured Monday morning on the NBC News "Today" show. • Click here to watch the segment that aired Monday morning. First launched at Berkeley Heights Elementary School, the WATCH D.O.G.S. program now provides an opportunity for fathers or father figures at eight schools in the county to take an active part in their child's life within the school environment. Today show host Matt Lauer interviewed fathers in the program along with their children on Jan. 8, according to the school district.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | August 29, 2013
Parents of students in Berkeley County Schools can check on their children's grades in real time with their smartphone by using Engrade, a new web-based program the school district is offering this year. The program, which also provides teachers with a gradebook, attendance, seating chart, discipline information in one user-friendly “interface,” is being used by many West Virginia counties, according to Assistant Superintendent Margaret Kursey, who is in charge of curriculum and instruction.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | July 20, 2013
Perhaps it is fitting that a second-grade teaching position posted for the 2013-14 school year at Hedgesville (W.Va.) Elementary School attracted more applicants than any other job posted so far. The elementary school was among 10 schools across the state to be named a 2013-14 West Virginia School of Excellence in May. “It's great news for good work,” Berkeley County Schools Superintendent Manny P. Arvon said of the honor at last week's school...
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | May 28, 2012
There are no pay raises in the next fiscal year budget for Berkeley County Schools employees, but the $158 million spending plan for the general fund approved last week does include increases in benefits. The school district will shoulder a greater share of health insurance premiums and also made adjustments to improve dental and vision plans, according to Superintendent Manny P. Arvon. The sick-leave bonus was increased from $1,250 to $1,500. The bonus is based on the number of sick days a teacher uses during the school year.
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August 30, 2013
Berkeley County Schools were placed on a modified lockdown Friday as a precaution due to unusual activity reported at a Jefferson County school, according to school and law-enforcement officials. No such action was taken at Shepherdstown (W.Va.) Elementary School, where the activity was reported, or at any other Jefferson County school, Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Susan Wall said. Wall said she was advised that a crossing guard reported two males tried twice to park in a prohibited space at Shepherdstown Elementary at about 11 a.m. The males, who said they wanted to go into the building to see someone, left the campus after being told they had to park in the appropriate area and adhere to normal procedures if they wanted to enter the school, according to Wall.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | August 29, 2013
Parents of students in Berkeley County Schools can check on their children's grades in real time with their smartphone by using Engrade, a new web-based program the school district is offering this year. The program, which also provides teachers with a gradebook, attendance, seating chart, discipline information in one user-friendly “interface,” is being used by many West Virginia counties, according to Assistant Superintendent Margaret Kursey, who is in charge of curriculum and instruction.
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matthewu@herald-mail.com | August 20, 2013
Administrators and teachers in Berkeley and Jefferson counties have been experiencing what gunfire in their public school buildings sounds and feels like as part of a fledgling safe-schools initiative.  “Hopefully, we'll never need this, and they'll never hear it again, but at the same time, I think it helps. You can never be too prepared,” said Ron Stephens, Berkeley County Schools' assistant superintendent for pupil services. “And if it saves one life or makes people take things more seriously when we're talking about safety protocol, then it's well worth it.” The firing of blank ammunition inside the school buildings is part of the Eastern Panhandle Safe Schools Initiative, which is an ongoing collaborative effort of the FBI, West Virginia State Police, Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, Berkeley County Schools and Jefferson County Schools.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | August 19, 2013
Spring Mills High School Principal Marc Arvon couldn't have been more pleased Monday about the start of the first day of classes at Berkeley County's newest high school. “I'm extremely, extremely, extremely happy with how things have gone this morning,” Arvon said while students ate lunch in the cafeteria. “The kids have been so cooperative and understanding, and the staff members - everyone's just really energized,” said Arvon, who addressed the student body in an assembly before the start of the day. Some students were wearing cardinal red T-shirts that they were given in homeroom Monday.
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August 13, 2013
Berkeley County Schools will again offer free and reduced-price meals for participants who are unable to pay the full price for meals or milk served in schools, centers, institutions or homes that participate in the National School Lunch, Breakfast and Snack programs, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, the Summer Food Service Program or in the Special Milk Program. Application forms are being sent to some homes with a letter to parents, guardians or adult household members, according to a news release from Berkeley County Schools.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | July 20, 2013
Perhaps it is fitting that a second-grade teaching position posted for the 2013-14 school year at Hedgesville (W.Va.) Elementary School attracted more applicants than any other job posted so far. The elementary school was among 10 schools across the state to be named a 2013-14 West Virginia School of Excellence in May. “It's great news for good work,” Berkeley County Schools Superintendent Manny P. Arvon said of the honor at last week's school...
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July 8, 2013
Students from Orchard View Intermediate School, along with students from other Berkeley County Schools and nearly 150,000 students worldwide, participated in the Math Olympiad program this past school year.  Under the direction of Cindy Evarts, Michelle Mullenax and Mary Beth Twigg, students were taught to solve unusual and difficult problems and to think creatively. Berkeley County Schools has incorporated the Math Olympiads in its program to provide a challenge to high-ability math students.   In addition to the national competition, Berkeley County Schools' math coordinator, Anne Laskey, organized a yearlong local challenge in which students from the intermediate and middle schools competed for team and individual awards.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | June 3, 2013
The West Virginia School Building Authority voted Monday that shatter-proof glass and exterior door alarms should be incorporated into new school construction projects to improve school safety. “We really learned a lot from the Newtown (school shooting),” Executive Director Mark Manchin told members of the school building authority board, which voted unanimously to revise the agency's quality and performance manual at its meeting in Spring Mills Primary school. The changes, which were made effective immediately, require administrative offices to be built adjacent to main entry vestibules.
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May 28, 2013
Residents reminded about Summer Food Service Program MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Board of Education is reminding county residents about the Summer Food Service Program, which serves breakfast and lunch to all children ages 18 years and younger who would like to participate. The following locations are participating: • Burke Street Elementary and Winchester Avenue Elementary schools in Martinsburg: Breakfast will be served from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and lunch will be available from noon to 1 p.m. from June 25 to Aug. 2. • Berkeley Heights Elementary School and Pikeside Learning Center in Martinsburg: Breakfast will be served from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and lunch will be available from noon to 1 p.m. from July 8 to Aug. 2 For more information, call Tracy Heck, Berkeley County Schools nutrition director, at 304-267-3510, ext. 3264.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | May 21, 2013
The 2013-14 budget for Berkeley County Schools will be “absolutely tighter” than the current year as the district absorbs the costs of adding a fourth high school, Superintendent Manny P. Arvon said Monday. The opening of Spring Mills High School in August comes with about $4.6 million more in personnel costs for the school district, Arvon said Monday night after the Berkeley County Board of Education meeting. The school board Monday night approved budgets totaling more than $190 million for the new budget year, which begins July 1. “It's going to be tight,” Arvon said.
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