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|Abingdon High School Students Making Wind Energy Infomercial
|Three Abingdon High School students are gathering information about wind energy that they plan to share with the help of technology in the school district.
Abingdon is a member of a wind energy consortium, which continues working to determine the feasibility of establishing a wind farm that would generate electricity for the consortium's members. The other members are the Galesburg School District, Rowva, Knoxville, Farmington and Carl Sandburg College. All of the members would collectively own the proposed wind farm that's being studied.
District 217 Superintendent Tami Roskamp told the school board lWednesday night that she, science/physics teacher Phil Willis and the three students recently visited the Sherrard School District to see its wind turbine and to ask questions. Roskamp tells WGIL the students next will put together a presentation about what they've learned.
"It's mainly science-based. They (students) have been collecting wind data, but through Mrs. (Cindy) Arthur's class, she's our computer teacher, she's going to be making an infomercial about wind energy and it's two-fold. One of it is to look at Green Collar jobs and also the efficiency of turbines as an option for alternative energy."
Roskamp says Sherrard uses the electricity produced by the turbine for its entire campus and she hopes that's an option down the road for Abingdon, which continues to gather information. She says the school district has to collect wind data for two years before it's able to do anything like what Sherrard is doing.
The students who are putting together the infomercial are seniors and they plan to have it done before they graduate. Roskamp says the infomercial will probably run on the District 217 website.
The school board also learned that a meeting to discuss reorganization with the Avon School District originally scheduled for February 12th has been postponed until March. Two of the three other school districts that were invited and agreed to join the talks, Monmouth-Roseville and Spoon River Valley, were unable to attend on the 12th, prompting the postponement. Roskamp and two school board members will attend the meeting when a new date is set.
The board also took action to bring back the district's three principals after a closed session. Members renewed the employment of Chad Cox, Stan Adcock and Michelle Andrews for the 2009-2010 school year.
|02 05 09 by Newsroom
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