Morgan County School Board briefs
The Morgan County School Board approved roofing and mowing contracts, surplus bus sales, student field trips and other agreements at recent meetings.
A contract with Heidler’s Roofing of Hagerstown was approved for preventative maintenance work on the Berkeley Springs High School Building C (gymnasium) for $6,925.
Work will include removing and replacing two damaged ridge cap end caps, removing any damaged sealants along the 13 ridge cap seams and four vent pipe collars, and cleaning, priming and installing new metal roofing flashing membrane over the seams and vents.
The flashing membrane will also be installed over 20 horizontal roof panel seams over the area of the leak on the north side roof. Gutter seams will also be repaired and have edges trimmed and flashing membrane installed. The work is now underway.
The school board also okayed a spring/summer/fall mowing contract with 1st Place Lawn Service of Berkeley Springs for a total of $1,975 per mowing.
Mowings include the grounds of each county school as well as the grounds of the school board office, bus garage, Great Cacapon Head Start and the mowing and trim for Berkeley Springs High School football and baseball fields.
The contract was approved from the spring of 2012 through the fall of 2015.
Extension office agreement
The annual agreement with the West Virginia University Morgan County Extension Office was approved for $20,000. The funding helps pay for the program assistant’s salary, travel expenses, staff training, office supplies, utilities and maintenance and repair expenses.
Surplus school bus sales
The sale of three surplus buses to Ernie D’s for $6,475 was also approved. International bus # 156 was sold for $2,025 and International buses #160 and 161 were sold for $2,225 each.
Kate Lehman, Warm Springs Watershed Association president, gave a PowerPoint presentation to the school board on “Why Good Streams Go Bad” at their meeting at Warm Springs Intermediate School.
Lehman addressed issues that were affecting Warm Springs Run such as erosion, sediment deposits, poor riparian buffers, narrowing stream channels and shallow streambeds. These and other factors such as deforestation, development and runoff contributed to flooding along the stream.
They hoped to restore, preserve and protect the run by educating the public and by working with other local agencies and organizations. Lehman said that the report on the results of an engineering study about Warm Springs Run should be available at the end of June.
The school board approved a field trip by 140 Warm Springs Intermediate School fifth graders to Mount Vernon on March 14. The trip was student-funded.
They also okayed a May 9 trip by the Warm Springs Intermediate School third grade class to Old Bedford Village in Bedford, Pennsylvania.
A May 2 field trip by the intermediate school fourth grade class to Washington, D.C. was also approved.
Agencies and organizations that receive funds from the school special levy are asked to schedule a presentation before the Morgan County School Board, if they haven’t already done so.