School News

Morgan County and state school enrollment drop

by Kate Evans The official Morgan County School headcount enrollment figures for the 2018-2019 school year have decreased by 30 students from the 2017-2018 school year.   The loss in enrollment will reduce state aid funding for Morgan County in the 2019-2020 school year. How much state money will be lost is uncertain at this time.…

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Stop light by Widmyer back in the works

by Kate Evans The installation of a new four-way traffic light at Myers Road on U.S. Route 522 near Widmyer Elementary and the Morgan County Schools bus garage will now be able to move forward. West Virginia Division of Highways officials had hoped to complete the traffic light installation last summer while school was out,…

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School board approves agreement for tennis courts

by Kate Evans The Morgan County School Board unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding with the Morgan County Tennis Association to help pay for architectural services for proposed tennis courts at Warm Springs Middle School. They took the vote at the December 18 board meeting. The total cost of the architectural services with Williamson Shriver…

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Guitar Club now available for area high school students

BlackCat Music Cooperative has launched a guitar club at Berkeley Springs High School called the “Guitar Circle,” under the direction of instructor Steve Grigsby. The club meets two Fridays a month, during sixth period and is available to beginners and accomplished players. The goal is to have students interact and share their musical talents and…

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State funds Widmyer roof replacement

by Kate Evans The West Virginia School Board Authority (SBA) awarded Morgan County Schools $832,067 in funding for the nearly $1 million Widmyer Elementary roof replacement Needs project. Widmyer Elementary in Berkeley Springs serves 420 students in grades pre-K through second grade. Morgan County’s school board increased their local match for the Widmyer roof replacement…

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Paw Paw High School gets state honor

by Kate Evans Paw Paw High School received special recognition from the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) and the West Virginia Board of Education for exceeding state standards on the 2017-2018 West Virginia Schools Balanced Scorecards for its graduation rate. The scorecards measured school accountability in areas such as academic performance, graduation rate and…

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High school gym work nears completion; re-opening event set for Dec. 20

by Kate Evans Berkeley Springs High School Building C gymnasium building renovations are in their final stages. A gymnasium grand re-opening ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, December 20 at 4 p.m. It will be followed by an open house with public tours conducted by high school National Honor Society members. Morgan County School Superintendent Erich…

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Family’s Middle East music & dance program filmed for documentary

by Kate Evans TarabRaqs, a Berkeley Springs family’s Middle Eastern music and dance ensemble, will be featured again in a second mini-documentary filmed and produced by the Middle Eastern Broadcast Network (MBN), a U.S. State Department-funded Arabic-language news organization located in Washington, D.C. MBN film crews came to the home of TarabRaqs band members Jennifer…

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Middle school has new high-tech weather station for science and math

by Kate Evans Warm Springs Middle School has a new cutting-edge WeatherStem meteorology system and weather station with real-time data that was up and running as of September 19. Middle school eighth grade science teacher Charles Wilson said he applied for the WeatherSTEM weather station program through American Public University System (APUS) in Charles Town.…

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Gym work on track

by Kate Evans Morgan County Schools Superintendent Erich May said at the October 16 school board meeting that he was pleased that the pace of the Berkeley Springs High School renovations work was picking up. Crews were sanding the new gymnasium floor last week and should be painting   this week. May felt that the gymnasium…

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