It was a streak of good luck that landed the Newcomerstown Exempted Village School District a $1.2 million solar panel project -- at a cost of nothing to the district.
It will save the district more than $25,000 a year in utility bills, West School Principal Pat Cadle said.
He said he was looking for a company to install solar panels at the schools after receiving a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission for a wind turbine. During his research, he stumbled across a company, Solar Vision, LLC, that agreed to install the solar panels on the high school and elementary buildings at no cost.
Instead, Solar Vision LLC, located in Westerville, will receive tax credits, energy credits, etc. for installing the panels in Newcomerstown. The Worthington City School District, along with Newcomerstown, are the only two districts in the state using the solar panels to save on energy costs.
"I've learned so much in a year researching all of this," Cadle said. "We're just lucky because we have large roofs with southern exposure to the sun."
The board approved the 20-year contract agreement with Solar Vision, LLC at the Newcomerstown board of education meeting Nov. 16.
In other business, the board:
* Accepted the $4,000 Connectivity Subsidy Grant for the 2009-2010. The grant is used for distance learning classes at the high school.
* Approved Lois Cigavic, high school special education, and Chad Durben, wrestling, as volunteers.
* Approved extracurricular personnel including Tara Supers, Science Night adviser; Kelly Jones, middle school seventh grade girls' basketball coach; Shannon Cole, head baseball coach; and John Dupke, head softball coach.
* Approved the movement of salary for Rod Worthington, effective Nov. 16.
* Approved advancement of sick leave for Barbara Opphile of five days.
* Approved transportation from the Good Neighbor Preschool and Latch Key programs for pick-up and drop-off of students in grades K through fifth.
* Approved Shawn Dakin and Jeff Baker as WNHS (radio) sports engineers for the 2009-2010 school year.
* Approved James E. Tufford to remove snow from the district parking lots with his personal truck and snowplow for the 2009-2010 school year.
The board will meet again Monday, Dec. 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the high school conference room.