West Carroll Approves LED Lighting For Buildings
BY JOEL WASHBURN
ATWOOD (November 2) — All lighting at the three West Carroll Schools sites will be converted to LED (light emitting diode) this year. West Carroll School Board approved a $238,000 contract with Excel Energy Group, Inc. of Russellville Arkansas to make the conversion to the energy-saving lighting.
Scotty Caroom said his company provides a turnkey product to install the ballast-less lighting fixtures to save the school system $49,000 to $50,000 in its electric bill annually. Excel provides the installation of the new fixtures on the interior, exterior, and parking lots of the schools, which includes some 2,000 fixtures. Classrooms will be equipped with occupancy switches to turn off lights in unoccupied rooms.
“We guarantee you the savings,” said Caroom. TVA provides a $15,000 grant toward the project and conducts a pre-installation and post-installation survey of the project to assure compliance. An Energy Efficient Schools Initiative loan at one percent interest will require annual payments of $41,000 for the six-year term. The annual payments will be less than the annual savings, said Caroom.
The cost savings will net a 4.8year payback in cost savings. Construction time is approximately two weeks and possibly in January 2018. Installers work at night to limit interruptions of the dayto- day operations of the school.
LED lights have a 20-25 year life and require less maintenance than fluorescent lighting. The schools will provide a parts stock to make repairs, said Caroom.
Board member Patrick Lindsey questioned if the ball field lighting would be included.
Caroom said “no”, because of the limited use of the field lighting, the payback is 19 years. However, he indicated he can provide that information in a separate proposal.
Sunni Cooksey provided an update on the improvements in the school’s ACT overall score to 19.6, an improvement of 1.2 over the last score of 18.4.
Students in the seventh to 11th grade are preparing for the ACT tests, which are a benchmark to assess school progress on a national standardized test. The seventh and eighth grades are taking ACT prep classes and ninth and tenthgrade students are taking ACT pre-tests. Eleventh graders are taking the pre-tests and the actual ACT. Seniors are retaking the ACT in hopes of improving their scores. The school is conducting more boot camps to prepare for the ACT, said Ms. Cooksey.
West Carroll Primary School Principal Jackie Wester said last year every student K-2 at the WCPS earned at least one Accelerated Reader point. At least 105 students have taken and passed AR tests this year. Students at that age are just learning to read and the whole school is involved in helping in the process. She thanked Pam Bryant and Lorey Scruggs for working with the children in the library.
She introduced children in the five- or 10-point AR Club. Those were: Kacey Martin, Aubrey Hammett, Ava Martinez, Chloe Rimmer, Wade Keymon, Brady Johnson, Demarion Gilbert, Calli Bryant, Carson Cooper, and Brooklyn Black.
Melanie White said the Elementary School Beta members have three main projects: Operation Christmas Child, toys and winter jackets for the Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, and aluminum tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. The students maintain an average grade of 93 or better. Members introduced at the meeting were: Olivia Arnold, Claire Browning, Landen Carrasco, Luke Gibson, Aiden Hatcher, Autumn Houston, Jaxon Mims, Mayce Mitchell, Jayden Morris, Macie Nelson, and Kloie Williquette.
West Carroll High School Principal Tim Stratton introduced the persons who are recognized as the ACT Wall of Fame. They are Kelsey Hand, Dylan Holt, Haley Hughes, Shelia Little, Noah Rogers, and Austin Windom. Sheila Little scored 30 and Dillon Holt scored 31. Mr. Stratton said he formerly was at a larger high school and the high achievers on the ACT at West Carroll is similar in number to the bigger school.
Coach Jason Martin introduced the Cross Country Team, that in its second year, sent one runner, Luke Moore, to state competition. Moore is the first “single” athlete to advance to a state competition.
Team members include Wyatt Butler, Jacob Taylor, Jaycan Martin, Dallas Montgomery, and Clark Bradley, and girls, Autumn Aberle, Destini Roberson, Makenya Gaskin, Sathina Gaskin, Tyanna Hillsman and Makaliyah Hughes, Noelle Roberts.
The board granted approval for the high school softball team to travel to Cookeville on March 30 for a tournament. A trip by the FCCLA to attend a meeting in Washington, DC on November 7-12 was also approved.
Bonuses of $250 for part-time and $500 for full-time workers was approved with Patrick Lindsey casting the lone no vote.
Dexter Williams, director of schools, said the plumbing for the press box will have to be addressed soon.
In announcements, Ms. Ashley said the school’s annual Thanksgiving meal is November 17. Mr. Stratton announced Midnight Madness Basketball is November 10 and P.J. Odom is running for state president of Beta. A silent auction is November 21 for the St. Jude benefit run and First Presbyterian of Milan has donated 25 food baskets for families of West Carroll students.
Beta Club members are going to Harmony Hill Retirement Center to work with the residents.