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Landfill gas project on school board’s agenda

Halifax County School Board members will hold their first meeting with new Superintendent Dr. Merle Herndon tonight at 7 p.m. at the Mary Bethune office complex in Halifax.

Board members are expected to hear an update from Director of Operations and Maintenance Larry Roller on the landfill gas self-generation agreement in which they are partnering with the Town of South Boston.

Board members approved the landfill gas self-generation project partnership with the Town of South Boston at their April meeting by a 5-3 vote with ED-6 trustee Fay Satterfield, ED-1 trustee Phyllis Smith and ED-7 trustee R. K. “Dick” Stoneman opposing. 

Essentially, the agreement between the school and town makes the gas generated at the former South Boston landfill available to South Boston Elementary School for generation of energy, thermal and/or electricity.

The town intends to build a pipeline from the landfill to a delivery point located near South Boston Elementary School.

Under the agreement, the town would deliver and sell up to 58 mmBTUs of landfill gas produced from the landfill per day to the elementary school for a fee of $1 per year during the terms of the agreements.

The initial terms of the agreement are 15 years for the school with the school being granted the option to extend the agreement for an additional period of five years following the expiration of the initial terms, provided that the gas flow from the landfill is sufficient to permit the buyer to continue generation of energy at the renewable energy facility.

In other business tonight, Board Chairman Karen Hopkins is expected to set a date with board members for Virginia School Board Association development training.

Under new business board members are expected to select a delegate and alternate to attend the 2012 Virginia School Board Association Annual Convention. 

A special board meeting will be held on July 23 at 4 p.m. in the school board conference room to discuss personnel and reorganization of central office staff. 

Herndon is expected to authorize a board member to sign documents in the absence of the superintendent and a designee to attend school board meetings in her absence.

In other business, Herndon and Halifax County High School Principal Albert Randolph are expected to introduce a pilot proposed A/B schedule for certain AP courses to the board for approval. 

Herndon also is expected to seek approval for the principals’ summer leadership program and Halifax County Public Schools’ logo.

Supervisor of Elementary Education Linda Owen and Supervisor of Secondary Education Robert Owens are expected to seek approval for English and math textbook adoptions. Owens also is expected to seek approval from the board for proposed revisions to Code of Student Conduct and Parent Notifications 2012-13. 

Herndon is expected to receive approval for bills payment.

Prior to adjourning, the board is expected to go into closed session to discuss personnel and student discipline.