Mountain View chooses energy savings company

After presenting information on its energy savings programs twice before the Mountain View School Board, The Energy Savings Group (ESG) was approved Monday as the Energy Services Partner for a Guaranteed Energy Savings Project. The board voted 9/0 in favor of selecting ESG.
According to the agenda, McClure Company was also expected to give a second presentation Monday but did not come for the board meeting. The district had invited both of the companies to attend.
ESG has completed more than 350 projects recently in the eastern seaboard states, a company representative said. The company conducts an energy audit, and then sets a fixed price for the scope of work as well as a fixed guarantee. No change orders are permitted. The company policy states that if something is missed, ESG will “eat the cost.”
Included in the project are grant funding research, PA Act 129 rebates, and STEM workshops for students, as well as career exploration activities, such as job shadowing.
Board member Monica Miller asked, “So, you will be focusing on energy savings, and then we will decide what to fix here?”
Maintenance director Bob Taylor said that the aging campus facilities will be addressed as part of the energy savings project.
The school board voted to approve charging admission to its winter season sports events, starting Jan. 2. The board set prices at $2 for adults; $1 for students. Admission to events is free of charge for senior citizens and veterans. Families may pay $20 for unlimited admission to events for the rest of the school year.
The board accepted the School Climate Leadership Initiative Award in the amount of $5,000.
A letter of resignation was accepted from Cynthia Guarnotta from her cafeteria position, effective immediately, as presented. Board members voted to post and advertise for a food service position with a salary of $10.20 per hour and benefits per MVESPA agreement, with a start date to be determined.
Lora Wright of Factoryville, and Patricia Edwards of Nicholson, were appointed to food service positions, at a salary of $10.20 per hour and benefits per MVESPA agreement.
The board voted to accept Peter Hammond’s resignation from his Girls Junior High Basketball position, effective immediately, as presented.
David Breese was approved as Girls Junior High Basketball Coach for 2017-18, at $3,029.
Curriculum director Dr. Chris Lake, who is also the acting elementary principal, was the only administrator present, other than business manager Tom Witiak.
Lake first reported in his capacity as principal, saying a that a “phenomenal Christmas program” was staged on Dec. 8. The concert included the Marywood Strings students, band, chorus, Chimettes, and recorder students, all under the direction of Molly Birosak and Mason Stiver.
The Angel Tree displayed in the elementary lobby drew much participation from school personnel as well as community members, and the conference room is now piled high with gifts matching the wishes on the angels.
A “Multi-Tiered Support System Day” was planned for students struggling or needing enrichment, using multiple sources of data. This MTS program is aimed at closing the gap between students and grade level expectations, both academic and behavioral.
Superintendent Karen Voigt explained how she makes the decision to close school or hold a two-hour delay for inclement weather. She said that the decision is made by calling the district’s maintenance director, and communicating with other local superintendents. The business manager is then directed to start the telephone tree; and news stations are alerted.

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