Tabi Jozwick, Voice Correspondent
Aug 23, 2019 at 7:06 PM
COLCHESTER — The West Prairie CUSD 103 Board of Education listened to an advisor from Nania Energy during Thursday’s meeting.
Becky Thompson, an advisor with Nania Energy, spoke to the board about the different energy sources the school district should consider when they sign a new energy contract. Thompson told the school board members that they are making a big decision for the district and that they wanted to have control of the budget.
During the discussion, Thompson said that even if the district goes with a different energy supplier than Ameren, they would still have to contact Ameren in case there is an issue because Ameren owns the power lines. Superintendent Carol Kilver said that McDonough Power Cooperative can honor the district’s energy contract when the district signs their new energy contract.
Thompson said since energy is considered a commodity, it is traded on the market, which will affect how much the district will pay in both electricity and natural gas during the term of the contract. Thompson said that when the new contract is signed, it will not go in effect until the current contract expires. She proposed that the school district look at a three-year electricity contract that will begin in June 2020 and a one-year gas contract that will begin in November 2020.
In other business, the school board voted to approve the 10-year health and life safety plan for West Prairie North Elementary. The school board discussed the proposal for West Prairie South Elementary to have their own health and life safety plan address the urgent repairs first. The school board also discussed changes in policy that deal with testing and assessment, vandalism, managing students with chronic health issues and non-school entities advertising in the district’s schools.
The next school board meeting will be at West Prairie North Elementary School in Good Hope on Sept. 5 at 7.
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