D19 talks savings

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Jonathan Vickery - Staff Writer

Barnwell District 19 board members held a special meeting last week to learn more about potential energy savings.
Representatives from The Green Way Group, an efficiency lighting group, met with the board Jan. 22 to discuss questions the board had. The board previously heard a presentation from the group Dec. 9 about how the company can replace the district's fluorescent light bulbs with LED bulbs, therefore reducing energy costs.
Some board members expressed concern during December's meeting about how to pay for the project. That's one reason Green Way representatives returned last week.
Superintendent Dr. Teresa Pope said one option representatives discussed was applying for a 2 percent simple interest loan for up to $250,000.
While they've done what they can to cut costs on their own, such as turning off lights when not in use, Pope said the project would help the district save on rising electric costs. Higher costs have contributed to budget deficits for the district, she said.
No action was taken during last week's meeting, though Pope said they will place the matter on the agenda for February's meeting.