BY JOHN CONLEY
The Wyoming County Board of Education will soon begin developing its 10-year Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan (CEFP).
Superintendent of Schools Frank "Bucky" Blackwell said at Monday night's BOE meeting that negotiations with Alpha Associates of Morgantown, the architectural and engineering firm which will help put the CEFP together, will begin by mid-February.
Alpha previously served as the architect on both Wyoming East and Westside high schools.
"This will take a lot of work on their part and a lot of work on our part," Blackwell commented.
The CEFP includes the 2010-2019 plan for the use of each school building.
Assistant Superintendent Frank Mann observed that the process usually
take 12-18 months. "We hope to shorten that, if we can " Blackwell
Jeff Brewster, maintenance supervisor, said the plan could cost $50-60,000. The School Building Authority will reimburse up to $25,000, Mann reported.
An emphasis on security has been added to the plan requirements sincem the 2000 CEFP, Brewer indicated.
Blackwell says Wyoming County has "set the standard for the state of West Virginia (on how a CEFP is done)."
In other business, Oceana Middle is the next school under the radar for a more energy-efficient HVAC system.
The old system at OMS "is bleeding profusely," Brewer said. Changes in the system will mirror those made recently at Pineville Middle.
He estimated that "a third of the building can be brought under control right away."
Energy costs at OMS jumped from $47,000 in 2006-07 to $64,000 in 2007-08.
The new system at Pinevllle Middle reduced yearly costs by nearly-two
thirds, Brewer saidfrom $102,000 to $38,000.
Blackwell told the board that permanent improvements funds would be used to pay for the system.
The BOE approved a $61,611 bid from HSC Industrial to do the upgrade.
Earlier in the meeting, Board Member Tommy Knotts thanked the BOE for allowing use of the old Baileysville High School as a community center.
"We have a vision, and we're walking before we can run," Knotts stated.
He said the facility is currently used for an upholstery shop, dog grooming, provides office space for a gas company and by basketball and volleyball rentals.