The Pettisville Local School District wind turbine is producing more electricity than the school is using.
That’s what the Pettisville School Board was told at its Monday, April 8 meeting.
The turbine began producing electricity in mid-February.
During March the turbine produced over 123,700 kilowatt hours of electricity, far more than the 76,800 kWh the district used in March 2012.
The cumulative market value of electricity produced in March was $13,407.
April figures so far are higher than the numbers for March.
The board also learned that contractors on the turbine settled the claim for liquidated damages due to the delays in installing the turbine blades and getting the turbine operational.
The district contract with Marous Brothers Construction will be reduced by $145,000 as a result of the delays.
In another matter, the district negotiated a reimbursement for natural gas overuse due to problems with the school boilers.
As a result of the negotiations, the Fitzenrider Company agreed to donate $4,000 to the south fields project.
The south fields project involves the construction of athletic fields on the school property south of County Road D.
Plans call for a softball diamond, a utility baseball field, a soccer field, and a playground for young children to use when parents are watching games. It also will include a concession stand.
The board approved hiring Choice One Engineering of Sidney to finalize the design, develop bid packages, and assist with construction management of the south fields project.
The proposed cost of the services is $24,280.
The board authorized the superintendent to enter into a contract/work agreement with the Fulton County commissioners to install sidewalks under the Safe Routes to Schools grant program.
The agreement will allow contractors to work on school property as part of the grant.
In the elementary school report, Jason Waldvogel, elementary principal, informed the board that Pettisville has instituted a change in the late assignment policy for fifth and sixth grade students.
Students will now be dealt with on an individual basis, and incomplete work will be handled between the student and the teacher rather than involving the parents.
Waldvogel said, “Our goal is to continue developing responsibility within each student and guarantee the learning process is maintained while not making the issue just a ‘discipline’ problem.”
The elementary will host its first-ever Sweetheart Dance for girls from kindergarten through fifth grade. The girls can invite a father, grandfather, uncle or other special guest.
The dance is Friday, April 26, at 6:30 pm.
Pettisville kindergarten registration was held Fri- registration was held Friday, April 5. Waldvogel said 36 students enrolled for next year’s kindergarten.
Late registrations can still be made by calling the school to schedule an individual screening appointment.
Board members John King and Loren Roth were absent from the meeting.
The next board meeting is Monday, May 13, 7 pm, in the conference room.–D.J. Neuenschwander