Berkeley County Schools, West Virginia

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Berkeley County Schools
Berkeley County, West Virginia
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District Profile
Superintendent:Manny P. Arvon
Graduation rate:83.7%[1]
Number of schools:31
Budget: $217.2 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:William F. Queen
Board members:5
Term length:4
Berkeley County Schools is a school district in West Virginia. It is the second largest school district in West Virginia, serving 18,221 students in 31 schools during the 2013-2014 school year with an operating budget of $217.2 million during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]

About the district

Berkeley County Schools is located in Berkeley County, West Virginia
Berkeley County Schools is located in Berkeley County, West Virginia. Berkeley County is home to 104,169 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3]


Berkeley County outperformed in comparison to the rest of West Virginia in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 19.4 percent of Berkeley County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 17.9 percent for West Virginia as a whole. The median household income in Berkeley County was $53,332 compared to $40,400 for the state of West Virginia. The poverty rate in Berkeley County was 12.7 percent compared to 17.6 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Berkeley County (%) West Virginia (%)
White 88.7 94.0
Black or African American 7.4 3.5
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.2
Asian 1.0 0.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.0
Two or More Races 2.6 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 3.8 1.3

2013 Party Affiliation, Berkeley County[4]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 24,098 36.0
Democratic 22,909 34.2
Mountain 138 0.06
Other 314 0.47
No Party 19,453 29.1

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[5] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.


Manny P. Arvon is the superintendent of Berkeley County Schools.[6]

School board

The Berkeley County school board is composed of five members serving four-year terms.[7]

Berkeley County School Board
Member District Term Ends
Patrick H. Murphy At-large 2018
Todd M. Beckwith At-large 2018
Darin Gilpin At-large 2018
William F. Queen At-large 2016
Ron Gray At-large 2016

School board elections

See also: Berkeley County Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Berkeley County school board are elected to four-year terms. Each election is held biannually in May. Three seats were up for election in 2014 and two seats are up for election in 2016.

Public participation at board meetings

The board does not maintain publicly available guidelines for public participation in board meetings as of June 26, 2014.


The table below displays the budget for Berkeley County Schools:[8]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2010-2011 $185,000,000 85.2% $11,153,000 5.1% $17,379,000 8% $631,000 0.3% $2,853,000 1.3% $217,016,000
2011-2012 $159,387,000 73.4% $10,935,000 5% $44,566,000 20.5% $1,703,000 0.8% $561,000 0.3% $217,152,000
Averages: $172,193,500 79% $11,044,000 5% $30,972,500 14% $1,167,000 1% $1,707,000 1% $217,084,000

Teacher salaries

Berkeley County teacher salaries are based on years of service and educational achievement. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule set forth by the Berkeley County Board of Education:[9]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 35,488 58,470
B.A. + 15 36,368 59,370
MA 38,378 61,455
MA + 15 39,260 63,359
MA + 30 40,185 63,338
MA + 45 40,946 64,098
Ph.D 42,117 65,269

Schools in Berkeley County Schools


The district served 18,221 students during the 2013-2014 school year. The district experienced a 8.0 percent increase in enrollment between 2007 and 2013. The following chart details enrollment in the district between 2007 and 2013:[10]

Total enrollment
Year Enrollment Year-to-year change (%)
2007-2008 16,868 NA
2008-2009 17,214 2.0
2009-2010 17,446 1.3
2010-2011 17,720 1.4
2011-2012 18,002 1.6
2012-2013 18,171 0.9
2013-2014 18,221 0.2

District schools

Berkeley County Schools operates 31 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Berkeley County Schools
School Name
Back Creek Valley Elementary
Bedington Elementary
Berkeley Heights Elementary
Bunker Hill Elementary
Burke Street Elementary
Eagle School Intermediate
Gerrardstown Elementary
Hedgesville Elementary
Hedgesville High
Hedgesville Middle
Inwood Primary Elementary
Marlowe Elementary
Martinsburg High
Martinsburg North Middle
Martinsburg South Middle
Mill Creek Intermediate
Mountain Ridge Intermediate
Mountain Ridge Middle
Musselman High
Musselman Middle
Opequon Elementary
Orchard View Intermediate
Potomack Intermediate
Rosemont Elementary
Spring Mills High
Spring Mills Middle
Spring Mills Primary Elementary
Tomahawk Intermediate
Tuscarora Elementary
Valley View Elementary
Winchester Avenue Elementary

Academic performance

West Virginia measures academic performance through WESTEST 2. The assessment measures student performance in reading and language arts, mathematics, social studies and science based on the West Virginia 21st Century Content Standards and Objectives. The development of the CSOs was led by the West Virginia Department of Education Office of Instruction with participation from the Office of Assessment and Accountability, Office of Special Programs, Extended and Early Learning and educators from around the state. Students enrolled in grades three through 11 participate in the assessments. WESTTEST 2 is also used as an accountability assessment to determine school, county and state status for Adequate Yearly Progress determinations by the state and federal government. The table below lists the results for Berkeley County Schools.[12][13]

WESTTEST 2 Results 2012-2013, Berkeley County Schools[14]
Topic Total number tested Total number proficient Percent (%)
Math 11,509 4,965 41.1
Reading/Language Arts 11,505 5,877 51.1
Science 9,342 4,220 45.2
Social Studies 11,367 4,678 41.1

Contact information

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Berkeley County Schools

401 S. Queen St.
Martinsburg, WV 25401

Phone: (304) 267-3500

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