CENTERBURG — Proceeding with the solar power project was a good move on the part of the Centerburg Board of Education, according to a presentation during Monday’s board meeting.
Solar Planet vice president David Dwyer explained how the system has and will benefit the district. He compared costs for electric power from other sources, noting there are three components to a typical electric bill: Generation, transmission and surcharges, taxes and other fees. With solar power, he said, there are no transmission fees or other surcharges. Dwyer said the solar power system is a sort of insurance policy for the district: Prices are locked in and will be stable for the next 20 years, enabling the district to avoid variations in prices charged by power companies and the cost increases which could result when deregulation goes into full effect in 2015. He estimated, conservatively, Centerburg’s savings are $80 per MwH.
Stricter regulations are now in effect with regard to physical education, reported Superintendent Mike Hebenthal. He discussed the requirements of SB 210 and the Ohio Physical Education Academic Standards that require detailed assessment and reporting on students’ physical activity, at home as well as at school. The resultant physical education index, Hebenthal said, will be part of the district’s next state report card.
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