November 2010 - Edwardsville School District 7
November 2010 Connections Serving the Communities of Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Hamel, Worden, Midway, Moro, Dorsey, and Prairietown, Illinois District 7 awarded solar energy grant Superintendent Ed Hightower and partners Day & Night Solar and J.F. Electric outlined District 7’s recently expanded solar energy project at the Board of Education meeting on Monday, October 25. The project was made possible by a Community Renewable Energy grant funded through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, which targets federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) dollars toward renewable energy, green manufacturing, and energy efficiency. Hightower is extremely excited by the opportunity this project brings to District 7 and its students. In September 2009, the District took its first step toward utilization of renewable energy by partnering with Day & Night Solar and Pyramid Electric to install a 1 kW solar array panel at EHS South – the first at a school in Southern Illinois. On October 13, District 7 was notified that its grant proposal to add larger solar panel systems at four additional schools was awarded, Hightower said. The grant program was extremely competitive, with only 34 of 158 projects funded. Hightower is grateful for Representative Jay Hoffman’s efforts in helping to procure funding for the project. Hightower said that District 7 will expand its role as a model school district for renewable energy through the installation of 100 kW solar panels at Liberty Middle School, Goshen Elementary School, Albert Cassens Elementary School, and Worden Elementary School. The District will again partner with Day & Night Solar in this project. J.F. Electric, a long-time District 7 partner and supporter, will also partner in the project, Hightower said. According to Hightower, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity will provide nearly $500,000 toward the project. U.S. POSTAGE PAID EDWARDSVILLE, IL PERMIT #20 NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION Day & Night Solar and J.F. Electric will provide approximately $350,000. The District’s initial investment of approximately $75,000 will be recovered within a three-year period. Additionally, estimates show that the District will save approximately $500,000-600,000 over the next 25 years, an annual savings of approximately $25,000-30,000. These savings include Solar Renewable Energy Credits, which provide solar owners with a valuable commodity to trade and sell in a number of markets. In conjunction with the installation of the solar panel at EHS in 2009, Science Department Chair Becky Beal, Assistant Superintendent Lynda Andre, and EHS science teachers developed instructional lessons and hands-on activities utilizing the data generated by the solar panel to complement the high school science curriculum. The grant will increase Edwardsville High School students’ exposure to solar energy technology by providing additional hands-on experience. According to Beal, students who are enrolled in environmental science courses, the biology and chemistry series, and physics courses will be provided with increased opportunities to working solar array systems and the data that will be collected. The panels will transmit data to math and science classes, and students will have the opportunity to participate in real-life energy management, something that doesn’t exist in many other schools, Beal said. Hightower said that District 7 understands the importance of renewable energy, not only with its environmental impact but also as an industry that will provide our children with employment opportunities. “District 7 is committed to seeking grants to install solar arrays on each of our schools to provide energy savings and hands-on learning experiences for our students,” Hightower said. What’s Inside... Page 2 Page 3 Board Briefs; EHS Student Group Develops Plan to Reduce Idling; Calendar District 7 Reports on ISAT, PSAE Scores; Parent-Teacher Conferences Page 4-5 EHS Homecoming Page 6-7 Elementary and Middle School Events Page 8 (top) One kW Solar panel installation at EHS; the new installations will be 100 times that size. Board of Education President Greg trict, and provide our students with the Roosevelt echoes these sentiments. “We exposure to an industry that will result have an excellent opportunity to make in jobs for many of them in the future. a positive impact on the environment, It’s a win-win situation,” Roosevelt said. bring real cost savings to our school dis- District 7/Edwardsville Art Center to Partner Superintendent Ed Hightower and Edwardsville Art Center representatives presented a plan at the Board of Education meeting on Monday, November 8, to form a partnership to develop an art gallery at Edwardsville High School. The gallery would be located in the southeast corner of the D-wing. Hightower said that both parties believe that the partnership will benefit both the community and District 7 students. Only two high schools in Illinois and Missouri have partnered with their community to develop an art gallery - John Burroughs High School in Ladue, MO, and New Trier Township High School in Winnetka, IL, Hightower said. EAC representatives Jackie Dezort and Steve Hartman presented information about the current center and its proposed partnership with District 7 to develop the art gallery. The plan under discussion would create a partnership with District 7 to District 7 Directory establish a professional art gallery located at Edwardsville High School. The EAC will fund the renovation, staffing, and programming of the collaborative exhibit space. The EAC will provide appropriate design plans and a combination of paid work and funds to prepare the space. The EAC will continue to schedule exhibits, solicit sponsors, members, donors, and publicize activities and will work with EHS staff to plan student and faculty events and future collaboration. The gallery would open in the spring of 2011. The EAC will then manage paid and volunteer staff. Events may include Exhibit Openings, Field Trips, Lectures, and Special Events. Regular security will be provided by EHS; any necessary special security will be provided by EAC. The EAC will coordinate with District 7 staff to utilize the gallery for maximum benefit of district students.