Alamo MAC hears from schools chief Schools & Kids, posted by Editor, Danville Weekly Online, on Mar 3, 2010 at 7:07 am
The School District will soon decide on whether to install solar panels at Monte Vista High and other schools, and Superintendent Steve Enoch told the Alamo MAC that he would like to see it done. The plan is to erect carports at the student parking lot with solar panels on top.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, March 2, 2010, 9:21 PM
Posted by Ralph N. Shirlet, a resident of another community, on Mar 3, 2010 at 8:00 am
We all appreciate humor. A national movement has been started to open-carry glass bottles in the shape of "six-shooters" filled with gum balls. By law these open-carry enthusiasts have to carry their "ammo" as gum balls in their pockets. The glass bottle gun is available at Cost Plus and fits typical holsters used by open-carry gunslingers. It has become a sticky situation..(smile)
..and now we return to the regular portion of our program:
The issues not addressed by Steve Enoch or through MAC member questions last night are:
#1 - What specific efforts are being made to retain teachers as the primary priority of education versus the real estate business of schools. What is the ratio of teacher-to-administrator lay-offs?
#2 - What expertise for Solar PV power generation is available within the district's facilities organization? Who are the Solar PV experts advising the district's board? What efforts have been made to combine the Solar PV bonds with other government and industry incentives to lower costs further? Has the primary option of placement of panels on existing structures been reviewed and budgeted for cost savings in installation and operations?
Posted by Gunslinger, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Mar 3, 2010 at 11:09 am
Really, so are you saying this was a conservative kid making a statement with a gumball gun? Well then no problema. You see, that's what the media is for. To clear things up. I'm sure someone can understand why I was shocked to hear only that a kid brought a gun to school. He didn't bring a gun. He brought a gumball machine. I didn't know about this specific open carry movement. Interesting
Posted by Gunslinger, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Mar 3, 2010 at 11:12 am
Back to business. It's a ruse to focus on administrative costs when they are a minute fraction of teachers salaries. I think going with green energy is an intelligent investment, both monetarily and in terms of pollution. Just know adminstrators that most of the community would be so happy if you took on the teachers unions, we'd be happy to see you get bonuses
Posted by Ron, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Mar 3, 2010 at 11:39 pm
Disgusting to see the school district even consider solar - and even more disgusting to see people blithely ignore the idiocy of such an "investment". Just where is the money coming from? The Tooth Fairy? No, it is tax money from a vastly indebted State. This inane "thinking" by bureaucrats is the exact reason California is a basket case.
As for the so-called teachers, fire every fifth one right now. About time the rest of the slugs, er, teachers, start earning their paychecks.
Posted by L.C., a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Mar 4, 2010 at 8:45 am
The low interest Qualified School Construction Bonds that the district may use for solar are part of a federal stimulus package. Money saved from the district's energy bills will be used to pay back the bonds. Projections show that no money will come out of the district's general fund to pay for the bonds, and that because right now construction costs are low and there are generous PG&E rebates available, the project may generate significant revenue for the district's general fund. It is exactly the kind of forward thinking that is necessary in these times of budgetary crisis. Irvine USD just approved a solar project that projects $17 million in savings over the next 20 years.
Posted by F. Olivas, a member of the Monte Vista High School community, on Mar 4, 2010 at 1:49 pm
Hopefully, when one looks at the costs of installing solar panels, one will use prudent insight to find ALL THE HIDDEN costs which will be there when the "Use it or Lose it" approach is done.
For example, will the Use it or Lose it provide long term funding for technical maintenance? Does the district have the expertise to maintain the installation of solar panels or will the there be added costs to hire outsiders? Was a complete and thorough cost analysis done including costs which will surface many years down the road? Will these hidden costs only surface down the road which will be moved over to the general fund impounding the overall money for instructional purposes? How much money needs to be set aside for replacement of panels as they begin to deteriorate?
Certainly by now all these costs are by have been evaluated and reported some where for all to read.
Posted by Alamoan, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Mar 5, 2010 at 5:40 pm
I'm with you F. Olivas. The school board always seems to gloss over or ignore the hidden costs. A perfect example was the replacement of low-tech overhead projectors with LCD projectors. The board buys them, gives them to schools and never considers the cost of replacement bulbs which run around $300 apiece and must come out of the schools budget. Since the projectors were all purchased at the same time, many of the bulbs burn out around the same time, leaving the schools with a big, unplanned expense.