South-Central District to Pursue Solar Power Project

Published on June 22, 2022 10:35

Last update on June 22, 2022 10:35

Written by Greg Sapp

South Central School Board members voted on Tuesday to call for proposals on creating solar power fields on each of the district’s three campuses in hopes of reducing energy costs.

The project’s bidders are asking for tax credits that would cover 85% of construction costs.

One acre to 1 1/2 acre of land has been identified on the South Central High School, Middle School and Elementary School campuses.

South Central Superintendent Kerry Herdes said the goal is to keep the district’s electricity rate at about five cents per kilowatt hour for the next 20 to 25 years. The current rate is 4.83 cents per kilowatt hour.

The Board of Directors will review the proposals at its August meeting.

South Central board members reviewed the district’s ESSER III grant application to the federal government. The funds would cover a state-of-the-art bathroom that would also help with cleaning and disinfection. There would also be funds for two new buses and to pay staff who have helped students who have fallen behind with remote learning due to COVID-19.

South Central’s Board of Directors also approved a three-year contractual agreement with support staff members, including a $1/hour increase in Illinois minimum wage adjustments. The board also approved Jordan Geiler as an assistant high school cheerleading coach, approved the resignation of Kasey Spangenberg as a support staff member, hired Danielle Chasteen as a part-time psychology teacher, and approved a furlough for Betty McElyea effective on August 29.

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