The installation of blades, the last step in the construction of the Pettisville School District wind turbine, is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 21.
That’s what Steve Switzer, superintendent, told members of the school board at their Monday, June 11 meeting.
Once it is erected, the turbine will provide electricity for the school building.
The timetable calls for some work to begin tomorrow, Thursday.
Erection of the tower is Thursday and Friday, June 28-29.
The blades, which have been one of the items delaying the project, are to arrive in Pettisville Friday, Aug. 17.
All of the dates are tentative; installation of the blades could be delayed.
The 2012-13 school year starts Wednesday, Aug. 22; if delayed, students could be on hand to see the blades installed.
Switzer said there will be some testing that must be completed. The wind turbine could begin producing electricity by mid-September.
Once the turbine is operational, the district’s energy usage will be studied to see if it would be cost effective to replace the gas-fired boiler in the old portion of the school complex with an electric boiler. This could result in additional energy cost savings for the district.
During the meeting, the board approved several updates to the school policy manual.
Changes were mostly minor, but included some updates required to help the district stay in line with current law.
All board members were present, and all votes were unanimous.
The next meeting is Monday, July 9, 8 pm, in the school conference room.–D.J. Neuenschwander