The Archbold Area School Board passed a resolution at its Monday, July 19 meeting stating it intends to obtain “bridge funding” of up to $1,075,000 for the construction of a wind turbine.
However, in response to a question from Scott Miller, school board president, David Deskins, district superintendent, said the vote does not commit the school district into definitely building a turbine.
School district officials have been looking into the construction of a windmill, or wind turbine, for about three years. The goal of the project is to reduce the amount the district pays for electricity by generating its own power, and using the wind turbine as part of the classroom curriculum.
The school district has collected over $1 million in grant funding for the project, but $750,000 of American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, or economic stimulus money, has a string attached.
The district must have the turbine complete before it will receive the money.
As a result, the district needs “bridge funding,” or a construction loan, to build the turbine, before the $750,000 is paid.
The Pettisville Local School District is also pursuing a wind turbine.