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County Welcomes Nearly 200 New Teachers

School is right around the corner and every school year brings changes and that's especially true in one district that's welcoming nearly 200 new teachers this year and opening a new school.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- School is right around the corner and every school year brings changes and that's especially true in one district that's welcoming nearly 200 new teachers this year and opening a new school. The Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce welcomed everyone at the group's annual breakfast Tuesday morning.

"A lot of new teachers and I'm excited to see that not only for myself but for the county," said Matt Ridenour, Martinsburg North Middle School.

"It's a nice way to meet some people, I'm completely new to the area so I'm excited," said Heather Corpora, Martinsburg North Middle School.

During the annual new teachers breakfast, the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce worked with local businesses and the school board to welcome new teachers.

"It's a way for us to show our appreciation to these young graduates and sometimes older graduates coming here," said Dr. William Queen, Berkeley County School Board President. "Being apart of this school system and teach our young fresh minds."

Berkeley County hired 197 new teachers this year including 80 teachers for the new Spring Mills High School, which will open its doors in the northern part of the county for the first time this fall.

And the district will likely continue to expand as a new middle school is also set to open next year.

"We have such a good financial base here in this county because of the citizens of Berkeley county, that's the reason we're as strong as we are because we have such support form this community and if we didn't have that we wouldn't have the school system that we have," said Queen.

And after breakfast, teachers also got back to school totes with items donated from local chamber members including school supplies and even teacher survival kits.

The school board says it's this kind of community support that makes the difference in this county.

"And the support of the business community, the citizens, and the chamber of commerce and all the other organizations in this county are so supportive of the school," said Queen.

The event also had a showcase of local businesses, giving new teachers a chance to meet some of the business who support the school system.

All new teacher training and institution wrapped up this week and the first day of school is August 19.

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