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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | November 3, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - West Virginia's first "green" school - Spring Mills Primary - is expected to be built and occupied by August 2011, Superintendent Manny P. Arvon II told the Berkeley County Board of Education Monday evening. About $10.5 million in contracts for the project were awarded on Monday by the board. All of the contracts awarded were the low bids, which were submitted by a total of 34 contractors, according to Arvon and school district engineer Don Zepp. Warner Construction of Frederick, Md., was chosen as the general (trades)
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By JULIE E. GREENE | July 11, 2010
SMITHSBURG -- Wanting to improve communication between parents and the Washington County Board of Education, Dottie Gruhler has filed to run for election to the school board. Gruhler was one of several parents who filed an appeal with the Maryland State Department of Education concerning the county school board's redistricting plan during the last school year. Gruhler also filed an appeal last year to halt construction of a new Hagerstown-area primary school, now called Ruth Ann Monroe Primary School.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | May 18, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.VA. -- Dirt will likely be moving, if it's not happening already, at a Berkeley County Schools campus near you in the coming months. Superintendent Manny P. Arvon II told Berkeley County Board of Education members on Monday evening that he hopes to award bids for 20-room additions at Musselman High and Martinsburg North Middle schools as early as the middle of next month or early July. Later this summer, Arvon said he would like the site work for the county's fourth high school to be under way at the Spring Mills campus where a primary school already is under construction.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | April 14, 2013
Seven Washington County Public Schools - including Bester and E. Russell Hicks - are named for people or families, but at least one board member wants that practice to stop. School board member Karen Harshman raised questions about the practice during an April 2 board meeting. One of her concerns, she said, is a belief that many people, especially over time, don't have any knowledge of the person for whom a school was named. Harshman also questioned how the board can determine that one person is more deserving than others for the honor, and noted that at one time, it appears that if a group raised enough money to be the main contributor for a facility, it could get naming rights.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | January 26, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The need for additional classroom space has not declined with Berkeley County's economy, but the Board of Education has decided to delay a bond call to ask taxpayers to help pay for a fourth high school and other needed building projects. "Right now is not the right time," board president William F. "Bill" Queen said after Monday's regular meeting. "To ask them for money right now would not be the right thing to do. " Given the economic troubles, Queen said he could not say when the school board would possibly revisit the pressing need for renovations and additional instructional space.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | July 3, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- By 2020 or soon after, a fifth high school in Berkeley County could be under construction, Berkeley County Schools Superintendent Manny P. Arvon II said last week. Even without a fifth high school, Berkeley County Schools' proposed Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan (CEFP) for the next 10 years projects that five new schools will be constructed in addition to the fourth high school at Spring Mills that already is in the works and a planned new middle school near Gerrardstown, W.Va.
NEWS
November 7, 2012
Political newcomer and local attorney Travis Poole said Wednesday he was a “little disappointed” that he didn't win a seat on the Washington County Board of Education, but he hasn't ruled out running again. The three incumbents and political newcomer Melissa Williams appeared to secure their positions as the top four vote-getters for the four school board seats that were up for grabs in Tuesday's general election. The board has seven members. Even with 3,340 absentee ballots issued and more than 1,000 provisional ballots to be canvassed, it is highly unlikely Poole will get enough votes to make up the difference, taking into account early voting and all 54 precincts.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | February 26, 2013
A committee of volunteers reviewed several redistricting suggestions Tuesday night as they discussed ways to at least temporarily ease overcrowding at Pangborn Elementary School for the coming school year. The school board voted a week ago to task the Facilities and Enrollment Advisory Committee with making recommendations to the school board by no later than April 2 to help Pangborn for the 2013-2014 school year. The school board also asked the committee to make broader, long-term redistricting recommendations, but the committee focused on the immediate Pangborn issue during its Tuesday meeting at the school system's Commonwealth Avenue Central Office.
NEWS
June 5, 2009
Eagle School Intermediate a School of Excellence MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Eagle School Intermediate was named a 2009 West Virginia School of Excellence for 21st Century Learning, according to the West Virginia Department of Education. The school north of Martinsburg was one of eight schools in the state that was recognized last month for making significant progress in closing the achievement gap, achieving at very high levels and incorporating 21st-century learning tools and applications into school programs.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | September 14, 2011
When you're 7 years old, it's hard to top Disney star Hannah Montana as your idol, but the pop icon was no match for Staff Sgt. Joe Fye. “He tops Hannah Montana, because he helps us stay safe, and Hannah Montana just sings,” Madalyn Remsburg said. Remsburg was one of 225 second-graders from Greencastle-Antrim Primary who Fye visited on Wednesday recounting his recent deployment in Afghanistan. Wearing his U.S. Army combat fatigues and boots, Fye, 33, of Greencastle, stood in the back of the classroom showing pictures and answering questions about a country a world away.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | August 29, 2013
Cramped quarters in the Greencastle-Antrim School District have caused the school district to take another look at a building project it shelved two years ago because of the economic downturn. On Thursday, the Greencastle-Antrim School Board held a work session to revisit a renovation plan for the middle and high schools. Mark Barnhardt, senior vice president of EI Associates in Harrisburg, Pa., who completed the district's original feasibility study, prepared a PowerPoint presentation on the project.
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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.
NEWS
By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | May 23, 2013
Rosa Parada-Reidy knows exactly what she and her 8-year-old daughter Catherine will be doing when school gets out this year - gardening. The mother-daughter duo already has spent time tending to their bamboo, lilac hydrangea and sweet pea plants, but the message of just how much time will be spent in the soil under the summer sun was made all the more clear Thursday night at Ruth Ann Monroe Primary School, where Catherine and her classmates showcased...
NEWS
May 6, 2013
Berkeley County Schools' Board of Education approved Ryan L. Ott as the incoming principal of Inwood (W.Va.) Primary School beginning in July. The board voted during Monday's board of education meeting in the Dr. N. Blaine Groves boardroom, according to a news release from Berkeley County Schools. Ott, a nine-year Berkeley County School employee, started his Berkeley County Schools career as a librarian at Winchester Avenue and Burke Street elementary schools. He then became librarian and school coordinator at Mountain Ridge Intermediate School until he was appointed assistant principal at Mill Creek Intermediate in 2010.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | April 14, 2013
Seven Washington County Public Schools - including Bester and E. Russell Hicks - are named for people or families, but at least one board member wants that practice to stop. School board member Karen Harshman raised questions about the practice during an April 2 board meeting. One of her concerns, she said, is a belief that many people, especially over time, don't have any knowledge of the person for whom a school was named. Harshman also questioned how the board can determine that one person is more deserving than others for the honor, and noted that at one time, it appears that if a group raised enough money to be the main contributor for a facility, it could get naming rights.
NEWS
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | February 26, 2013
A committee of volunteers reviewed several redistricting suggestions Tuesday night as they discussed ways to at least temporarily ease overcrowding at Pangborn Elementary School for the coming school year. The school board voted a week ago to task the Facilities and Enrollment Advisory Committee with making recommendations to the school board by no later than April 2 to help Pangborn for the 2013-2014 school year. The school board also asked the committee to make broader, long-term redistricting recommendations, but the committee focused on the immediate Pangborn issue during its Tuesday meeting at the school system's Commonwealth Avenue Central Office.
NEWS
November 7, 2012
Political newcomer and local attorney Travis Poole said Wednesday he was a “little disappointed” that he didn't win a seat on the Washington County Board of Education, but he hasn't ruled out running again. The three incumbents and political newcomer Melissa Williams appeared to secure their positions as the top four vote-getters for the four school board seats that were up for grabs in Tuesday's general election. The board has seven members. Even with 3,340 absentee ballots issued and more than 1,000 provisional ballots to be canvassed, it is highly unlikely Poole will get enough votes to make up the difference, taking into account early voting and all 54 precincts.
NEWS
By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | September 25, 2012
Molly Murray's first-grade class at Greencastle-Antrim Primary School is learning about magnets and magnification thanks to a website, the kindness of a New Jersey resident and United Parcel Service. When Murray wanted to provide hands-on science materials for her class, she turned to an online charity - DonorsChoose.org. “We had a weekly science center going on, but I didn't feel I had enough materials to maintain it,” Murray said. Jeff Koons with Horace Mann, an insurance agency serving the educational community, told Murray about the online website that links classrooms in need with donors.
NEWS
July 2, 2012
The Berkeley County Board of Education approved the appointment of new principals at Spring Mills Middle and Inwood Primary schools Monday night. Nancy B. White was named principal of Spring Mills Middle School and Autumne Frye was named principal at Inwood Primary School. White previously served as assistant principal at the Spring Mills school and Frye was assistant principal at Berkeley Heights Elementary School in Martinsburg, according to the school district. In other personnel actions Monday, the school board changed Donald Mitchell's assignment from director to executive director of the maintenance department and Ronald Stephens assignment from executive director of pupil services to associate superintendent.
EDUCATION
January 30, 2012
Ruth Ann Monroe Primary School chose its December citizens of the month. The character trait for the month was community. The students were chosen by their teachers for being role models of this trait in their classrooms and throughout the entire school. Honored were Janelle Hedgecock, Austin Ball, Angelique Schildtknecht, Aubrey Stickely, Drea Malasky, Gary Cedillo, Alex Frias, Lanaya Frazier, Brenna O'Reilly, Tyrique Johnson, Connor McCardell, Camryn Price, Benjamin Gilroy, Mackenzie Gettel and Madison Corral, Myles Stover, Mary Oliver, Piper Wright, Henry Sullivan, Logan Staples, Ty McCaw, Megan Waldrop and Hayleigh Brawner.
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