SOURCE: Daily Jeffersonian
DATE: September 22, 2017
BY: John Lowe

 

Rolling Hills Local School District

Funds would come from the Guernsey Power Station and the Ohio School Facilities Commission

The Daily Jeffersonian BYESVILLE – The Rolling Hills Local School District soon will have new facilities at no cost to the district taxpayers – thanks to an energy provider coming to Guernsey County.

During a meeting of the Rolling Hills Local Board of Education on Thursday night, the administration, school board members and officials of the planned Guernsey Power Station announced the agreement which will see $42 million given to the district over a span of 30 years. The sum will pay 51 percent of the construction tab with the remainder picked up by the state.

"It's an unbelievable opportunity and it's super exciting times for us," Superintendent Ryan Caldwell said as the audience of several dozen district staffers and members of the public greeted the announcement with thunderous applause.

Not only will the power station supply funds for the Rolling Hills facilities' construction, it will also provide $300,000 for scholarships to Meadowbrook High School graduates, Caldwell said.

He said the company had applied for abatement and its officials have been in negotiations with the district for almost a year.

Developers Mary and Michael King of Apex Power Group were on hand to witness the board's unanimous approval of the agreement's sheet of terms.

"We have had a great opportunity to work with the community," Mary said. "We have some financial partners – Caithness Energy – who are working with us on this project. We worked very closely with them and with Ryan and [Treasurer] Kandi [Raach] to come up with this."

Mary and Michael King, developers of the Guernsey Power Station, speak during the Thursday meeting of the Rolling Hills Local Board of Education.

Mary and Michael King, developers of the Guernsey Power Station, speak during the Thursday meeting of the Rolling Hills Local Board of Education.[/caption]