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Energy savings plan hits legal roadblock
Hillsboro School Boards lawyers find trouble in contract statute
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At a special meeting Monday night, the Hillsboro School Board was informed of  a snag in its Energy Savings Project uncovered by its legal representation, Boardman & Clark law firm.

The firm reported on language found in the energy savings performance contract statute addressing the payment schedule set forth in the agreement with McKinstry.

Included in the report was an introductory course in legal-speak that would require another battery of lawyers to offer an interpretative understanding of the problem.

Labeling the situation a “roadblock,” School Superintendant Curt Bisarek suggested that the Board “slow down and do this right.”

The Board then unanimously approved tabling the decision until the next regular business meeting on Aug.  12, by which time the legal differences will hopefully be worked out.

The board then switched gears and moved to more normal problems to solve including unanimous approval of a rewritten policy on student fundraising activities.

It also unanimously approved a revised policy on Organizational Student Participation in Competitions. In addition, the Board unanimously approved several changes in the policy on District Funding of Student Participation in Competitions.

The rest of the meeting included the Board’s approval of staff transfers and hires.

Beth Thayer and Emily Jirschele will be transferred to first grade, and Toni Ross will be hired as a second grade teacher.

Mrs. Rott will remain as a kindergarten teacher, with the second position posted for an applicant.

Board members ended the decision making portion of the meeting by approving Beezers as the place for the annual Board Retreat.

The next School Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 in the High School Library.