School News

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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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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