Pinevale Elementary paid off

Kimberly Cannon | The Valdosta Daily Times The Valdosta Board of Education met at J.L. Newbern Middle School for a work session Tuesday, Jan. 23. 

VALDOSTA — Valdosta City Schools has fully paid for Pinevale Elementary School, said Dr. Alvin Hudson, deputy superintendent. 

Hudson told the Valdosta Board of Education this week the last payment for Pinevale Elementary, which is due Feb. 1, has already been paid. 

"Pinevale Elementary belongs to us," Hudson said to the board.

The new Pinevale Elementary opened to students Dec. 2, 2013. 

During the meeting, the board approved the purchase of an emergency standby generator from Cowart Electric and Industrial Contractors, Inc., for the school nutrition program warehouse. Pam Boyd, school nutrition director, said at any given week there is about $275,000 worth of food in the warehouse cooler. 

Boyd's recommendation of the low bid from Cowart Electric for $61,127 was approved by the board; the bid included the furnishing and installation of a Cummins, diesel-powered, 100-kilowatt generator. The higher bid of $89,000 was from Ace Electric, Inc., which included the furnishing and installation of a Generac, diesel, 130-kilowatt generator.

Cowart and Ace were the only companies to provide bids for the project, Boyd said. Both companies visited the site for an evaluation then provided the bids.

Superintendent Dr. Todd Cason provided the board an update on a possible solar project with Radiance Solar, which was discussed during the October 2017 board meetings. 

As part of the project, Radiance Solar would pay to lease land from VCS and place solar arrays on the property then sell the power generated to Georgia Power as part of the Renewable Energy Development Initiative program. 

During the Oct. 24, 2017, meeting, the board voted to give Radiance Solar the authority to submit a letter of intent application to Georgia Power for two VCS properties, one for unused land at the transportation department and one for unused land at Pinevale Elementary. 

Cason told the board during the Tuesday meeting the transportation department property was selected. 

"We could earn, for 25 years, $30,000 a year," Cason said of the possible solar project. 

Cason provided the board members with copies of the lease agreement, and further discussion will follow.

The next Valdosta BOE meeting will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the Superintendent's Office, 1204 Williams St. 

Kimberly Cannon is a Reporter with The Valdosta Daily Times. Her extension is 1376.

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