2017-11-29 / School News

Clerk-of-the-Works hired for high school gym project

by Kate Evans

The Morgan County School Board approved a contract with Gregory J. Wolfe to serve as Clerk-of-the-Works for the Berkeley Springs High School Building C and Building D renovations. The contract began on November 13 and will remain in place as needed for the duration of the renovations project. Three individuals applied for the position.

Wolfe’s role as Clerk-of-the Works is to observe and monitor the construction quality and progress and assist with progress reports. The renovations are set to begin in late February or early March after basketball season.

Power surge damage

Morgan County Schools Superintendent Erich May told board officials a November 10 power surge to the board office fried electrical equipment like June 20 power surge did.

School Board Treasurer Ann Bell said the cost to repair damage is expected to be around $5,000 as it was in June. The power company was not responsible since the cause was a tree on the line, as in the earlier West Virginia Day power surge. A damage claim is being submitted to the West Virginia Board of Risk and Insurance Management. (BRIM)

May and Bell said damages included three heaters, two copiers, two printers and smaller surge protectors. Bell said the power surge also knocked out the phone lines at the school board office for several days.

Technology Director Tom Shade and HVAC technician Tim Ziegler are still assessing the damage. Proximity to the Potomac Edison substation and age of the building may have been a factor in the power surges. May said they were getting quotes for a surge protector for the building.

Energy management

The school board approved a payment of $452,379 for the school system’s guaranteed energy savings contract with CMTA at their November 7 meeting. A deductive change order for the purchase of bulk material equipment for $94,498 was also approved.

CMTA mechanical engineer and project manager Casey Borst reported that the board room was finished and they were halfway through the lighting. She was gathering utility data on the energy management upgrades now. Borst said the project was slightly behind schedule due to manufacturer delays.

Vehicle replacement plan

Transportation Supervisor Tammy Painter has proposed a 2017-2018 vehicle replacement plan for the board’s review. Three vehicles were highlighted for action.

Painter said they must replace a 2006 minivan that’s used for sports, transporting students around the county and the Morgan County backpack program. There’s rust on the vehicle and it can’t get an inspection sticker.

A 1992 commodities van that hauls food to schools must also be replaced due to rust and the shape it’s in, Painter said. Director Kristie Randall has applied for a refrigerated truck through a Child Nutrition grant due to the length of time food needs to be on the van to be delivered to Paw Paw Schools, Bell said.

Pre-kindergarten goals

The school board also approved the county-wide prekindergarten cooperative goals for the 2017-2018 school years at their November 7 meeting. The goals are: improving numerical operations through play, improving investigations of the world around us and improving language manipulation and phonetic awareness skills.

Action steps to meet the goals were using sets of objects to add and subtract and labeling the sets with numbers, modeling inquiries and having students asking questions and answering them with books and other resources and using nursery rhymes, chants and songs to identify rhymes and alliteration to play with sounds.

Out of area travel

The board approved Berkeley Springs High School teacher Hannah Choby and seven students traveling to the Concord University Geography Trivia Bowl at Pipestem State Park on November 10, 3 p.m. to November 11, 8 p.m. Funding source is the school allocation for Berkeley Springs High School.

Other

The school board approved the purchase of a Thomas 77- passenger bus for $89,955 and a Thomas 65-passenger special needs bus for $91,985 from Matheny Motors. The funding source is the Step 4 state bus replacement allocation.

Tuesday, April 10 could be the statewide SAT testing day for high school juniors, Superintendent May noted. If so, the school calendar may need to be changed.

Superintendent May expressed deep appreciation for executive secretary Betsy Buser’s expertise. He said Buser knows the ropes and really helped in his transition to school superintendent. She and other central office personnel were kind and committed staff members. Board member John Rowland acknowledged longtime Greenwood Elementary secretary Linda Crawford as a “lifesaver” when he was principal there.

The next school board meeting is set for Tuesday, December 5 at 7 p.m. at Berkeley Springs High School. A student awards program begins at 6:30 p.m. with an earlier social starting at 6 p.m.

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