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School board approves special levy order for May 10 primary

by Kate Evans The Morgan County School Board approved their special levy order at their February 15 meeting to continue the Morgan County Schools special levy for the fiscal years beginning July 1, 2023 through July 1, 2026.  They also approved the date of the special levy election as May 10 so it can be…

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County school board votes 5-0 to make face masks optional

Tuesday night vote takes effect immediately by Kate Evans The Morgan County School Board voted unanimously 5-0 at their February 15 evening meeting to revise Morgan County Schools COVID-19 protocols, including making face masks optional on buses and in school buildings for students, staff and visitors effective February 16. Their decision came after The Morgan…

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Bath council approves student poppy display on Fairfax Green

by Trish Rudder Warm Springs Intermediate School received approval from the Bath Town Council on February 1 to display ceramic poppies on the Fairfax Green during Memorial Day weekend. The community art project was requested by Marianna Ruggiero, art teacher at the intermediate school. The Fairfax Green – the median strip that divides the two…

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Schools drop mask rules, loosen isolation & contact tracing rules

by Kate Evans Update: The Morgan County Board of Education on Tuesday, February 15 voted 5-0 to lift their mask mandate for students and staff, making masks optional in classrooms and on school buses and in school facilities. As the story states below, this policy was up for discussion on the school board’s agenda. As…

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School board drafts special levy call for May primary

by Kate Evans The Morgan County School Board presented their preliminary proposed special levy call on February 1 during their regular meeting. That levy call would continue the Morgan County Schools special levy for the fiscal years beginning July 1, 2023 through July 1, 2026. County voters will decide if the longtime extra school tax…

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Berkeley Springs High School wins regional Academic Showdown

Teams from Berkeley Springs High School and Spring Mills High School took first and second place honors, respectively, at the second West Virginia Academic Showdown competition hosted by Shepherd University on Saturday, January 22. These two teams have qualified for the statewide championship in Charleston on March 25. “The validation is overwhelming,” said Matthew Leasure,…

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Morgan County Partnership gets $702,864 opioid-substance use initiative grant

by Kate Evans The Morgan County Partnership was awarded a $702,864 grant for a three-year program that will provide parent education, school-based substance use prevention programming and therapeutic supports for county youth and families that are opioid and substance use affected. The Partnership’s Opioid-Affected Youth Initiative grant was awarded by the Department of Justice’s Office…

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Three school bus runs cancelled last week due to no drivers

by Kate Evans Two Morgan County Schools bus runs and one Head Start bus runs had to be shut down last week because there were no substitute bus drivers available to transport students. Morgan County Schools Transportation Director Tammy Painter said that on Tuesday, January 4 it was Bus 16-10, a Paw Paw route that…

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School board honors student achievement

by Kate Evans The Morgan County School Board recognized student academic achievement during their December 7 meeting which was held at the Berkeley Springs High School auditorium. Morgan County Schools Superintendent Kristen Tuttle and school board members congratulated the students on their accomplishments and expressed gratitude for parents encouraging their kids to excel. Tuttle told…

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