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J-D to dip into financial reserves

Kendrick also said that the district would begin looking at all discretionary funding, like conferences and field trips, in order to gauge their importance.

"We're not going to cut them, but we'll be much more cognizant in them and their costs," said Kendrick, referring to district field trips.

Also at the meeting, the facilities committee report was delivered by board member Virginia Murphy, who informed the board of the recent meeting with architects and contractors, who were focusing on the J-D roofing problems and green technology.

The committee discussed renovating and replacing the bleachers at J-D High School. Murphy said that a ballpark figure to add a 950-set bleacher and press box was $450,000.

The committee also discussed a new scoreboard at the high school. However, no action has taken place.

Murphy also informed the board that most of the district building's roofs will be going offline and their warranties will expire by 2013.

In order to combat the roofing problems, the roofing experts told Murphy about solar panels, which have a lifetime of 30 to 40 years.

"The rays will pay for themselves in 10 years," Murphy said. "We can get state aid for them if we choose."

Murphy said that the rays from the energy would produce approximately five percent of the required energy needed for JDHS and 10 percent for the elementary schools.

Though, they cost $400,000 for a 50-kilowatt ray, Murphy said.

"The cost is front-loaded and covers the metering," Murphy said. "So we'd be selling energy back to the energy company."

The facilities committee also came to the decision that windmills are not best suited for J-D.

Taylor said that the warranties for the roofs are necessary in case anything happens in the future.

In other news

During the community comment time, a J-D parent asked the board to consider having staff development days on future election days. Since voting goes on in several J-D schools and foot traffic is high on election days, the parent was concerned with strangers being in J-D buildings.

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