By JIM MAURER
CAREY — Eitri Foundry, an Orlando, Florida-based company, and Vaughn Industries, Carey, will team up to install a solar panel field on four acres of Carey school property.
The Orlando company will own the facility, which will include about 3,100 solar panels and generate about 1.4 megwatts of electricity, said Superintendent Mike Wank, and Vaughn Industries will do the installation.
The school will pay 7.5 cents per kilowatt hour for the electricity generated by the solar farm on a 30-year agreement, he said, which will save the district about $16,500 annually in electric cost. Any excessive electricity generated will be sent to the electric grid for other users.
Construction, expected to start later this summer, will be about 75 feet beyond what will be right field on the new softball diamond being built on school property, he said.
The solar farm will be incorporated into the science curriculum, Wank said, and school personnel will have an online application to keep track of usage.
The board approved the action by a 4-0 vote with Jason Arend abstaining because he’s employed at Vaughn Industries.
“It’s a real positive for the school and the community,” Wank said.
META Buying Group, with five Ohio locations including Columbus, will seek bids for a bus for the district. The organization will seek 150-200 buses at a time for districts statewide, Wank said, which should reduce the price and save time for districts rather than seek bids individually.
The board will have the option to purchase the bus outright, or have a lease-to-own agreement with payments for five years before the district would own the vehicle.
The proposal will be discussed by the board next month, Wank said. The board will meet at 7 p.m. July 15, a week later than usual.
The board approved a 10-cent increase in lunch prices for 2019-20 school year: elementary student, $2.70; high school student, $2.95; adult, $3.20; breakfast, $1.75; extra milk, 50 cents.
Also, Jennifer Barrett, junior/senior high intervention specialist was approved for a continuing (tenure) teaching contract and a 2-year limited supervisor contract.
The board held a closed, executive session to discuss administrative contracts. No action was taken after the session.