Students present energy saving proposal

Friday, January 15, 2016
Jason E. Silvers/Tribune photo Fort Scott High School student Sebastian Loyd, left, explains a student project involving a proposal to install solar panels in district buildings during the USD 234 Board of Education meeting on Monday. Other students involved in the project were, from left, Emilee Cotter, Victoria Mutti and Addison Cunningham.

The aim of a Fort Scott High School student project is to move toward a more energy-efficient future.

A group of dual credit speech students at FSHS gave a presentation to the USD 234 Board of Education Monday on a class project that involved the proposed use of solar panels within the school district.

Students involved in the project were seniors Sebastian Loyd and Victoria Mutti, and juniors Emilee Cotter and Addison Cunningham. Their teacher, Amber Toth, was also present for the presentation. Students told the board the project, which would involve installation of solar panels in all four district schools and the board office, would save on energy costs and reduce pollution.

According to the students, one inspiration for the project was the town of Greensburg, which was devastated by an EF5 tornado in 2007, leveling most of the city and killing 11 people. The city has since moved to becoming a "green" town, with city buildings being rebuilt to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards, the first city in the nation to do so.

"We want to be an inspiration for other communities," Loyd said.