PS filing motion to intervene in Alamo Solar Facility

By Kelsey Kimbler -

CAMDEN — During a meeting on Thursday, April 11, the Preble Shawnee Board of Education approved a resolution authorizing the filing of a motion to intervene with regard to the proposed Alamo Solar Farm which would be located within the school’s boundaries.

“This allows us to have a seat at the table to address any concerns that we might have and allowing us to have a voice. Eaton and Preble Shawnee are the only two districts where the two solar farms will be within boundaries. Eaton passed theirs a couple months ago and we’re using the same law firm as Eaton to try and consolidate costs,” Superintendent Matt Bishop said.

“We’re making sure whatever the end result is a favorable outcome to the district.”

Camden Council Member Kelly Doran asked, “Is the risk that you’re going to lose tax revenue?”

“That is what we’re concerned about. People might think that we’re going to get a windfall of money, but if the value of the land is changed, our millage is impacted and that is what our concern is,” Bishop said.

In other business, student Senate President Kaylie Campbell reported on West Elkton Intermediate’s Shoes for the Shoeless event, for which select members of Student Senate volunteered.

“I personally went and it was such a great experience. I almost left crying, because it was so sad. Just watching the kids faces light up when we gave them new shoes, it was unreal. I didn’t even realize this was going on in our own building. It was definitely an eye opener for me and a lot of other students,” she said.

Preble Shawnee FFA Students Jacob Doty and Megan Roell reported on local activities and events:

•The Chapter’s Ag Sales team competed at State Contest and got 13th place.

•Chapter members who are participating in the Preble County Fair are getting their animals in and starting to care for them.

•The Chapter is in planning stages of a county wide sand volleyball game.

•Preble Shawnee FFA will be attending State Convention on May 2-3.

•The Chapter is also working on banquet preparations. The event will be held on April 27, at 6 p.m.

Also at the meeting:

•PSLEA President Kim Willoughby asked the board to write a letter to legislators in support of House Bill 154. According to Willoughby, this bill is to reverse House Bill 70 which has recently gone into effect in Ohio school districts.

•The board approved membership of Preble Shawnee Junior High School and Preble Shawnee High School to the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) for the 2019-2020 school year.

•The board approved a Managed Wireless Contract for Internet Service with SWOCA from July 1 through June 30, 2024.

•The board approved a Services Contract with the Preble County Educational Service Center for the 2019-2020 school year.

Preble Shawnee Board of Education will hold its next regular meeting on Thursday, May 9, at 6 p.m. in the Preble Shawnee District Office.

By Kelsey Kimbler

Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH

Reach Kelsey Kimbler at 937-683-4061 or on Twitter @KKimbler_RH