2017-10-25 / School News

School board okays resolution in support of shared services with other counties

by Kate Evans

The Morgan County School Board approved drafting a resolution supporting the development of an arrangement of shared resources and services with neighboring counties at their October 17 meeting. They removed their motion from the agenda to approve entering into the Eastern Panhandle Instructional Cooperative (EPIC) due to the dissolving of RESA 8.

Board members were in favor of the concept of entering into shared services and resources with other counties, but were unsure of what entering into the EPIC cooperative would mean without additional details being available.

Board president David Ambrose said there was no question that they would need to share resources and services, as they have done with RESA 8 over the years, especially in the area of technology. RESA 8 can continue until the end of June.

Board vice-president Aaron Close and board member Laura Smith had concerns about the EPIC cooperative since little was known about how it would work, but both were okay with entering into discussion with other counties about sharing services and resources. School Superintendent Erich May had wanted the board to communicate its willingness to pursue partnering with other counties on a number of services.

High school renovations

Close said that the Building C and Building D renovations project is still coming in under budget. The architect should be completing bid documents soon and a Clerk of the Works could be hired the beginning of November for the project.

Energy project

School Maintenance and Human Resources Director Jamie Harris reported on the CMTA energy savings project progress at the October 17 board meeting. He said Warm Springs Middle Schools gymnasium lighting 85% complete, middle school office lighting was 50% done and the school’s classroom lighting was 10% finished.

Middle school work that still needed completed was finishing integrating units to the new control system, completing exterior, classroom and hallway lighting and completing controls integration.

The board room rooftop units installation was 100% done, new board room ductwork and diffusers were completely installed and the new ceiling grid installation in the board office was 100% finished, according to CMTA Energy Solutions construction manager Matthew Farkas. Power wiring to the new rooftop units and mini-splits were 95% done.

Board office work that still needed completed was the rooftop unit start-up, the mini-split systems start-up and finishing the controls integration at the board office.

The location for the November 7 school board meeting is still undetermined. Superintendent May said if the renovations work at board office was finished by then, the meeting would be held at the board room.


The school board declined an offer to purchase property containing two houses and a snow cone stand beside Berkeley Springs High School.

Board member Pete Gordon noted the passing of former Berkeley Springs High School band director Jim Shelly. Gordon said the teacher had touched a lot of lives at the school. An October 29 tribute at Berkeley Springs State Park followed by a memorial dinner at the Country Inn was being planned to honor Shelly.

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