GF board OKs deal with solar energy firm

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

By Haley Schichtl

The Green Forest School District Board of Directors met Monday, Sept. 16, and approved an agreement with Entegrity, a solar energy provider, for project development.

The agreement will last six years, but can be extended for up to 25 years, said Green Forest School Superintendent Matt Summers. The company will help the school district save between $35,000 and $50,000 on their electric bill per year, Summers said.

“The final documents will be coming within the next 60 days,” Summers said. “At that time, we’ll be agreed on a price. It’s zero upfront money for the school district.”

In other business, the school board approved a budget for the 2019-2020 school year, with revenues of $16,562,006.91 and expenditures of $14,769,630.37.

The board agreed to purchase two new air conditioning units for the cafeteria. The new units will be purchased from Woodworth Refrigeration for $11,580.50.

The board also considered resolutions that teachers, administrators or board members who are involved in outside business must declare their involvement by law.

A K-5 after-school tutoring program was approved to run from September through March, and a minority recruitment plan to recruit more minority faculty was approved.

Dr. Lisa Carlon has resigned from her position as director of instruction/federal programs coordinator/instructional facilitator/assistant principal as of Sept. 17, and Vanessa Humbard from her position as middle school language arts teacher as of Oct. 11.

Jenny Stewart was approved for leave from bus driving for Sept. 16 through Nov. 22.

High school principal Terry Darnell took over Carlon’s position, and middle school principal Tim Booth was transferred to the position of high school principal.

Inga Decker was hired for a six-hour nutritional position, Brian Mallonee and Chandra Rose were hired as custodians, and Rebekah Parton as a paraprofessional in SPED.

The board will have its next meeting at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct.14, in the high school library.

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