Old Fort considering solar energy project

OLD FORT – Solar Planet representatives Jerry Corbin and Doug Fox presented a cost-savings proposal to Old Fort Board of Education members Monday night. Although Corbin could not guarantee an exact savings, he could guarantee Old Fort Schools would not pay more than 10 cents per kilowatt-hour. Currently, American Electric Power charges 10 cents per kilowatt-hour while Solar Planet is to charge approximately 7 cents per kilowatt-hour. With installation of a solar panel at the school, the cost could be reduced about 30 percent and there is no cost to the school for the solar panel.

Board members asked many questions, but no decision was made at this time.

Corbin said net metering would take place between Old Fort Schools and AEP. Teachers would be needed to explain the project to the community and teachers may implement the solar concept in science classes.

Principal Shane Jacoby said the school year started out well amidst recent changes. Students and teachers seem to be adapting well overall.

Students are to be on a two-hour school delay Sept. 30 for a teacher inservice.

Jaime Pearson, treasurer, said the school system is operating in the black, which may change in the future. A property auction is to take place next week at the Simpson estate.

The Capital Conference is to take place Nov. 10-12 in Columbus with several board members attending.

Pearson said a recent change in the policy for classified substitutes is to allow several employees such as administrative assitants to cover the role as needed, which is to cut costs.

Superintendent Jude Meyers shared the Old Fort Local School District College Readiness letter regarding ACT scores. The school is doing well and showing improvements in all areas. Pearson noted a fiscal section would be added in the near future.

Board members went into executive session to discuss employment and compensation of employees. No action was taken.

In other business, the board:

Accepted a donation of $1,084.74 from the Alumni Association to the Class of 2014 for serving the alumni dinner.

Accepted a donation of $155.50 from Clinton Heights Golf Club for the golf scramble.

Recommended to adopt the Amended Certificates of resources and Appropriation Resolution.

Approved advances in the treasury.

Approved an overnight trip for the Old Fort FFA to attend the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 29Nov. 1.

Extended a temporary employment contract to Lynda Hotz as needed for substitute teaching during the 2013-2014 school year.

Approved volunteers Amy Sebetto and Carolyn Quinter for the elementary library for the 2013-14 school year pending satisfactory completion of all requirements.

The 6-12 Administrative Contract for Shane Jacoby.

Approved 12 supplemental contracts for the 2013-14 school year.