School News

High school seniors’ video takes second place in state PSA contest

by Kate Evans Berkeley Springs High School seniors Otice “Dylan” Carder and Natalie Hashem won a second place award for their powerful video “A Life Without You” in the sixth annual West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration’s statewide No School Spirits PSA contest. The video the two created about alcohol can be seen at https://youtu.be/ndnPuh3Ym-s. The…

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Mixed response to reform proposals at state education forum

by Kate Shunney Parents, teachers, school and elected officials and community members from multiple counties filled Berkeley Springs High School’s cafeteria last Wednesday to weigh public education reforms being proposed by state officials. The April 3 forum was the last of eight set up by the West Virginia Department of Education to gather comments about…

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Basketball Clinic

Berkeley Springs High School Girls Basketball Coach Dale McCumbee will provide free basketball clinics for girls in grades second through seventh next Tuesday, April 9. Grades second through fourth will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and grades fifth through seventh will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Warm Springs Middle School. Registration will…

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School board proposes same levy rates

by Kate Evans The Morgan County School Board approved adopting the same proposed regular state school levy and special levy rates for Fiscal Year 2020 that they have approved for the last five fiscal years. Their action occurred at a March 19 special meeting that followed their regular March 19 board meeting at Pleasant View…

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Spring Break wiped out due to snow days

by Kate Shunney The five days of Spring Break built into the Morgan County Schools calendar in April have been cut back to one day off. Students will now go to school from Monday, April 15 through Thursday, April 19. Students will still have off Good Friday and Easter Monday. School board members made the…

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Youth Art Show opens Friday

The Morgan Arts Council and Morgan County schools celebrate National Youth Art Month with their annual exhibit of artwork created by local youth, showing at the Ice House in Berkeley Springs. The opening extravaganza on Friday, March 1, features musical and dance performances as well as hundreds of pieces of visual art. The Youth Art…

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Schools close Tuesday for teacher strike

by Kate Shunney Morgan County Schools were closed on Tuesday, February 19 as teachers and school personnel around the state went on strike in opposition to an education bill making its way through the West Virginia Legislature. SB 451, called the Education Omnibus bill, includes a  pay raise for public employees, investments in the West…

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School officials seek comments on draft 2019-2020 calendar

The Morgan County school board will hold two hearings about a proposed school calendar for the 2019-2020 school year. The calendar is available for review on the Morgan County Schools website. The first hearing will be held at 7 p.m. during the next school board meeting on Tuesday, February 19 at Berkeley Springs High School.…

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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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