New W.Va. High School Opens its Doors


BERKELEY COUNTY, WV- It's a day community members in Berkeley County have been waiting for several years; a new high school in the Spring Mills area is now officially open. 

On Wednesday, parents and officials gathered to dedicate the new educational institution.

The future of many families and students will be at the new Spring Mills High School, especially for this married couple, Mark and Katelyn Barney, who are expecting twins this December. They plan on raising their children in the area and sending them to the new high school, which is described as a state-of-the-art facility with high tech advancements for classroom learning.

"This is a pretty unique situation for them. It's going to be down the road. We should be expecting that now, but it's a pretty unique situation to go to a newer school, state of the art facility, that tax payers have funded, and it's a beautiful facility," said Mark Barney, a Berkeley County Resident. 

"It's really nice to have a new facility, where kids can go, not be so crowded and a new place to be proud of, to represent the county well, so that's really nice," said Katelyn Barney, a Berkeley County Resident.

Many parents who live in the area have the same sentiments. Wednesday was the official opening of the new Spring Mills High School, which is part of the Spring Mills Educational campus. This is the first newly constructed high school in Berkeley County in more than a half a century. Many officials were on hand, including Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.  

"It's a complete green building, energy efficient, more than that it's a great place. Students will going here, to a great education.  You can see the pride in the peoples' faces, and how proud they are to have this new school," said Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.

"The thing that excites me the most about this building is the instructional opportunity with the technology.  The collaborative stages we have set through out this building, fine arts, athletics, great academics, it has it all," said Manny Arvon, Superintendent of Berkeley County schools.

For many parents, they will no longer have to drive to Martinsburg or Hedgesville High School.

"This is incredible opportunity for both of my children, coming in for the first year of the school. We are extremely excited that we don't have to be driving 20 minutes to go pick them up from practice.  It was just constantly running last year," said Ginger Wolford, a Berkeley County Resident. 

School officials said they will be offering tours to the public next Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The following Monday will be the first day of classes.  

According to school officials, 950 students from 9th to 11th grade will be attending the high school this school year. In 2014, the student body population will increase by 350 with the addition of that freshman class. 

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