Spring Mills High School’s planned football stadium will seat more than 5,000 people, qualifying it to host state playoff games, according to Berkeley County school officials.
With the county’s fourth high school set to open in August 2013, the Berkeley County Board of Education Thursday night awarded two contracts totaling $2,942,000 to construct the football field and track around it and to install the stadium’s bleachers.
Dustin Construction of Ijamsville, Md., was awarded a $1,784,000 general trades contract and GT Grandstands of Plant City, Fla., was awarded a $1,158,000 contract for the bleachers, according to the school district.
Berkeley County Schools Superintendent Manny P. Arvon said Friday that construction of the school’s other athletic facilities for spring sports are not needed as quickly as the football stadium, which will feature an artificial turf surface.
The Cardinals was selected this fall as the school’s mascot, resurrecting the state bird to high school athletics in West Virginia.
The seed-eating bird was the leading choice among more than 700 future students of the school, officials had said. Other mascot finalists were the Generals, followed by the Colonials and Pioneers.
The bird was previously the mascot for Shepherdstown (W.Va.) High School before it consolidated with Charles Town and Harpers Ferry high schools to form Jefferson High School.
- Matthew Umstead