School News

School officials commend special levy passage; approve multiple actions

by Kate Evans Morgan County school officials expressed their deep appreciation at the May 10 school board meeting that the special levy was approved by voters during the May 8 primary election. Board vice-president Aaron Close congratulated Superintendent Erich May and board member Pete Gordon on their efforts to encourage the levy’s passage. Board member…

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School board to hold public hearing May 22 on $28.5 million budget

by Kate Evans The Morgan County School Board okayed publication of their updated proposed Fiscal Year 2019 total budget of $28,529,956 at their Thursday, May 10 meeting. The school system’s total budget increased $55,251 from the total preliminary budget that the board considered at their budget work session. Their proposed total budget now has an…

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After Prom Party

The Morgan County Partnership is sponsoring the After Glow After Prom Party at Berkeley Springs Bowl  on Valley Road on Saturday, May 5. The party will feature several giveaways, including Amazon gift cards and prizes donated by local businesses and individuals, photo-booth, bowling, a DJ, arcade games, tons of food and more. This event is…

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Second school calendar public hearing is on Tuesday, May 1

by Kate Evan The Morgan County School Board will hold its second public hearing on the 2018-2019 school calendar during its Tuesday, May 1 meeting to provide information on the calendar and to hear public comment.  The meeting will take place at the school board office at 7 p.m. The school board will approve the…

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Widmyer Elementary targets basic skills, provides student support

by Kate Evans Widmyer Elementary Principal Rhett Beckman and Assistant Principal Ginnie Molnar discussed the school’s achievements and student support services at Widmyer’s local school improvement council (LSIC) presentation at the March 6 school board meeting which was held at the school. Widmyer Elementary is a kindergarten through second grade school in Berkeley Springs.  Its…

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Morgan County students compete at state Poetry Out Loud competition

by Kate Evans Berkeley Springs High School sophomore Lydia Jenkinson and Paw Paw High School sophomore Billy Bowers competed against upperclassmen and gave impressive performances at the West Virginia Poetry Out Loud semi-finals that were held at the Culture Center at the State Capitol Complex in Charleston on Friday, March 9. Forty students from high…

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School board approves resolution for RESA 8 property transfer

by Kate Evans   The Morgan County School Board passed a resolution approving the transfer of all RESA 8 property and assets to the Eastern Panhandle Instructional Cooperative (EPIC) effective on July 1. The action came at their February 20 meeting, which was held at Widmyer Elementary for their local school improvement council (LSIC) presentation.…

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Youth Art Show at the Ice House through April 8

The annual Morgan Arts Council Youth Art Month gallery show, featuring art from young people around Morgan County, is hanging at the Ice House in downtown Berkeley Springs now through April 8. Drawings, paintings, collages, metal and pottery work were chosen from students at seven county schools and home schools to be put on display.…

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Jenkinson and Bowers compete in poetry state finals competition

The Morgan County School Board recently completed its annual evaluation of Morgan County Schools Interim Superintendent Erich May and released the following statement on February 19: “Board/Superintendent goals for the current school year were established on September 15, 2017.  Goals included sustaining graduation rates over 90%, improving math achievement, increasing community communication, increasing school system…

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Lost school days will come from spring break

by Kate Evans Morgan County Schools Superintendent Erich May announced that, as of Monday,   school days lost to a statewide work stoppage would start to be made up using days from spring break. In a Monday afternoon e-mail to school staff, May said as of Monday, March 5, the school system had five weather-related school…

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