HISD talks grant

Board considers possible energy funds

By Joe P. Asher - [email protected]

The Harlan Independent School Board discussed a variety of topics during a recent meeting, including available funding for energy projects such as lighting.

Superintendent C.D. Morton provided the board with information on grant money available from Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities through their Special Project Energy Program.

“I don’t want to take any action at this point,” Morton said. “But I do want to give you all the information and let you look through it.”

Morton said he had initially hoped more funding would be available.

“For our district we’ll have the option between a non-match grant of $4,000 or we can commit to matching,” Morton said. “But we would have to commit to $8,000. That would give us $16,000 to work with.”

Morton pointed out the board should make a decision soon.

“We’ll probably need a decision by the next board meeting so that we can get in line for the projects,” Morton said. “There are several things they are pushing as big returns right off the bat. One of those in most schools is LED lighting in the gymnasium.”

Morton explained the lighting at the school’s gym could use an upgrade.

“Clearly, we would qualify for that, we don’t have LED lighting” Morton said. “The lighting that we have is probably adequate, but it’s old, it uses a lot of energy. As (the lights) malfunction, we can’t replace them because they don’t make those parts anymore. It is probably an area that we’ll need to look at.”

Morton told the board a lighting representative has scheduled to assess the lighting.

“I’ll give a recommendation, maybe at the next meeting,” Morton said. “I don’t want to overextend us financially by committing to coming up with some money that we may or may not have…so just take a look at that.”

No action was taken by the board.

In other board activity:

• The board approved the minutes of the previous meeting;

• A bus use request for Camp Blanton was approved;

• Payment of bills was approved.

Reach Joe P. Asher at 606-909-4132 or on Twitter @joe_hde

Board considers possible energy funds

By Joe P. Asher

[email protected]

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