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IL school is looking into solar project

Monday, March 03, 2014 - Updated: 4:58 PM


Express News Staff

INDIAN LAKE -- The Indian Lake Central School District Board of Education is looking at solar energy as well as biomass to cut energy costs.

The school recently won a grant to install a high-efficiency wood pellet boiler for heating. But it is not stopping there.

BOE President Jon Voorhees recently approached the Indian Lake Town Board about joining in its plan to install solar panels to reduce electric costs.

When the BOE met Feb. 11 member Bob Lewin reported he knows a person who is interested in anonymously investing money into a school solar project to lower its cost of electricity.

Voorhees said he is checking with the state Education Department to learn how the school could accept this offer and possibly tie in with the town's plans to install solar panels on town property.

Voorhees said he would like to link with the town because solar panels on the roof of the school would not be a good idea, considering the life of the solar panels would outlast the life of the roof.

"We don't want to put them up there and then take them down when we need to replace the roof," Voorhees said.

In other business, the board passed a resolution to place a proposition on the May ballot proposing the purchase of a 35-passenger school bus at an estimated cost of $46,000.

The board approved Andrew Smith as a bus mechanic and Ronda Morris as a substitute teacher.

The next regular meeting of the board will be Tuesday, March 18, starting at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria.


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