Schools start up Aug. 21 in Mon, Preston counties

MORGANTOWN — Those Bluebird buses will be back on the road in Monongalia and Preston counties Aug. 21, the first day of school for grades first through 12 in both districts.
The superintendents of both districts said Monday they were anxious for the sound of the morning bell.
“We are absolutely ready,” said Eddie Campbell Jr., Monongalia’s superintendent.
This is also Campbell’s first day here.
He most recently headed Tucker County’s school district. He was hired for the Monongalia post over the summer to replace Frank Devono, who retired.
Before that, the Wheeling native was a teacher and coach in Virginia, a high school principal in Alaska and the director of an American school in China.
No matter where he is in the world, the veteran educator said, the first day of school is universal.
He likes hearing the rustle of backpacks and the squeak of shoes on the floor of the main hallway.
Mon’s students walking down the main hallways of their schools this morning will be secure knowing that they will have classrooms to occupy, he said, staffed by teachers in front of the room.
There are no unfilled teaching vacancies in the county, he said.
And students at South Middle School and Morgantown High School won’t be displaced, even as major renovations at their schools continue, he said.
The $5.5 million project at Morgantown High includes the addition of four classrooms, new fire alarms and a new, secured front entrance.
South Middle is gaining nine classrooms as part of its $4.2 million makeover, which also includes the addition of offices, science rooms and a conference area.
“We’re in a good place,” he said.

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