School News

School board members, school superintendent sworn in

by KATE EVANS Re-elected Morgan County School Board members John Rowland and Pete Gordon were sworn in for their new four-year term on the school board at their June 30 morning meeting at the Morgan County Board of Education office. Morgan County Commissioner Joel Tuttle administered the oath of office to them. Gordon and Rowland were…

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School committees discuss virtual school, funding and reentry planning

by Kate Evans The Morgan County Schools strategic planning committee met on May 11 to discuss CARES funding possibilities, virtual school, homebound instruction, the Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan (CEFP) and other issues. The committee considered how to use the preliminary ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) relief funding that totaled $486,909.  The recommended priority was remote…

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Local agencies start to see federal funds for COVID-related efforts

by KATE SHUNNEY & KATE EVANS Federal funds authorized by the CARES Act to help offset expenses and economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have made their way to Morgan County in several ways, from stimulus checks to business loans. Local government agencies have also gotten federal funds to cover the costs of adjusting their…

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State presents scenarios for county schools reopening in the fall

by Kate Evans The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) released its COVID-19 Re-entry to Recovery guidelines with several possible fall back-to-school scenarios after a June 10 state Department of Education meeting. State officials also posed other considerations for schools to think about. Possible scenarios In the first school re-entry scenario called Safer at School/Safer…

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Gardening projects bring kids, families and community together

by Kate Evans Several separate efforts to encourage gardening and healthy eating in Morgan County have put down roots and grown with a wider community vision this spring. Local agencies and students have joined together to work with families and young people to teach the strategies, benefits and joys of gardening. They started with seeds…

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Softball Senior Spotlight – Meghan Fox

Softball Senior Spotlight Meghan Fox by Jamie Harris Berkeley Springs High School Lady Indians softball player Meghan Fox was participating in her first year of high school softball when the season came to an abrupt end. Fox was also a varsity cheerleader for Berkeley Springs High School and was a competitive gymnast for 11 years…

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Graduation plans set for county seniors, Last day of school is May 29

by KATE EVANS Morgan County School officials have announced graduation ceremonies for both county high schools will take place at the end of July. The board was scheduled to approve the events at their May 5 school board meeting. Berkeley Springs High School’s graduation is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, July 30 at 5:30 p.m. Paw…

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