KEYSER - After hearing a presentation from CMTA Energy Solutions, the Mineral County Board of Education voted this week to enter into a contract designed to reduce energy costs and increase energy efficiency in the county's school buildings.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - After hearing a presentation from CMTA Energy Solutions, the Mineral County Board of Education voted this week to enter into a contract designed to reduce energy costs and increase energy efficiency in the county’s school buildings.
Among the expected results of the contract are the conversion of Keyser Middle School to geothermal energy, the replacement of the roof at KMS, an upgrade to the HVAC system at the Mineral County Tech Center, and the possible installation of lighting at the Frankfort baseball field.
In addition, schools countywide would receive weather stripping, equipment upgrades, and more.
Jeremy Smith and Brian DuVall of CMTA presented the proposal to the board Tuesday evening, noting that their company guarantees energy savings for those entities they contract with.
That savings is then turned back around and put back into renovations needed for even more energy-efficient improvements.
Any amount of money saved above and beyond the projected savings goes straight back to the school system.
Board member Mary Jane Baniak asked if their proposal just included lighting for the Frankfort baseball field, or if the softball and soccer fields were included, since that was the request of the FHS Athletic Boosters.
Duvall answered that it just included the baseball field at the moment, and superintendent of schools Shawn Dilly told Baniak that he felt funding the lighting for one field through this program would make it easier to obtain funding from other sources for the other two fields.
Smith and Duvall also emphasized that their comments on needs in the county were strictly preliminary.
Once the contract is executed, they would begin work on the specific needs in the county and what they would recommend to be done about them.
According to Smith, the planning phase for the work would take approximately six to nine months, and at the end of that time, “we’re probably going to come back with about 20 options for you.”
“We know there are major needs at Keyser Middle School, and there is a need for some lighting for Frankfort baseball,” Duvall said.
Dilly told the board members that CMTA was one of two companies that had answered the county’s request for proposals, and that he had “received a lot of positive feedback on this company.”
The board members unanimously approved moving forward with CMTA with no discussion.