Partnership with energy company means millions of dollars for Wellsville Schools

Partnership with energy company means millions of dollars for Wellsville Schools


partnership with an energy company. First News Reporter Jacob Thompson spoke to the superintendent and learned how they’ve spent the money so far. [D3]20190926 WELLSVILLE SCHLS27-PK NAT SOUND: PEOPLE CHEERING If you live in the villiage of Wellsville and attended some football games, you may have noticed a new look. Turf for the fields and the black top that surrounds the field. Something that was made possible by a partnership. RICH BERESCHIK/ WELLSVILLE SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT s”WELL WE WERE CONTACTED ABOUT FOUR YEARS AGO BY ADVANCE POWER WHICH BECAME SOUTH FIELD ENERGY TALKING ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF PUTTING IN A GAS FIRE ELECTRIC PLANT, IN OUR AREA.” I’m told that South Field Energy is receiving a tax break from the district. In return, the school received one point seven million dollars during the construction phase of South Field Energy plant. Afterwards, the schools will receive one point five million dollars, a year for the next 15 years. But I’m told the new field wasn’t even towards the top of the to-do list, first was infrastructure. RICH BERESCHIK “WE PUT A WHOLE NEW HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEM IN GARFIELD ELEMENTARY. WE ALSO WENT AND WE PUT AIR CONDITION IN DAW ELEMENTARY” RICH BERESCHIK “WE JUST PUT IN A NEW BOILER SYSTEM, HERE.” They also hired a new high school math teacher, brought back elementary art and music teachers, and are in the process of hiring a full-time mental health expert. Another step to protecting the children. RICH BERESCHIK “WE’RE PROBABLY ONE OF THE ONLY SCHOOL SYSTEMS, IN COLUMBIANA COUNTY THAT HAS A RESOURCE OFFICER, IN EVERY BUILDING. SO, WE’VE TAKEN A WHOLE NEW APPROACH TO, SAFETY OF OUR CHILDREN.” RICH BERESCHIK SO WE TOOK CARE OF THINGS FOR KIDS BEFORE WE CONSIDERED A TRACK AND FIELD.” As of right now, the next project is still undecided but the school is reexamining their needs at this point. In Wellsville Jacob Thompson WKBN 27 First News General Motors now says striking workers will get company-paid

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