Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Greenville City Schools Completes Ohio EPA Clean Diesel School Bus Grant Work

Greenville owns and operates 29 school buses. Twenty of these buses are used for daily bus routes. The other 9 buses are used for field trips, athletic and music events and when a daily route bus is in for service. In 2012 the Ohio EPA awarded a total of $277,885.53 to Ohio schools with $63, 653.00 awarded to Greenville City Schools. These grants were used to install pollution control equipment on 75 buses, 13 of them being Greenville buses. These grants were also used to install idle reduction technology on 68 buses with 19 of them, Greenville school buses. Across Ohio, these projects will achieve an estimated annual reduction of 262.2 pounds of fine particulates, plus more than 3 tons of annual reductions in carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons. These grants are supported with funds from civil penalties collected by Ohio EPA for violations of Ohio’s environmental protection laws.
The idle reduction technology comes in the form of a pre-heater which has a timer attached and comes on automatically 90-120 minutes before the bus is started to warm the fluids. This in turn cuts down on emissions from idling and saves the district money by reducing fuel costs and electric use since there is no need to plug in a block heater.
The DOC’s were installed in place of the mufflers and these will reduce emissions from each bus by 15-30%. Students are especially sensitive to air pollution because their respiratory systems are still developing. Students riding Greenville buses will be able to breathe easier with less air pollution coming from their own bus.

Rob Widener, mechanic for Greenville Schools, heard about the Grant and approached his supervisor, Beth Cain, who did all the necessary paperwork to apply for the grant. The EPA staff was very helpful with all questions. Greenville received word they were chosen to receive the grant in November 2012. Cummins Bridgeway was the vendor who ordered the parts and did the installation work. Cummins Bridgeway came to Greenville on January 21st to install 12 of the 13 DOC’s, all in one day. The last DOC and the 19 pre-heaters were installed at their location in West Chester on various dates in April. Greenville Schools is happy to report the grant work was successfully completed on May 1, 2013.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Greenville Career Tech Hospitality Students Bring Home State Honors

Eight Greenville Senior High School Hospitality students recently competed at the Ohio Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Leadership Conference skill event competition in Columbus, Ohio.  Kelsey Brandenburg and Jessica Setser, juniors in the Greenville Hospitality Program earned a Gold rating and took home the 1st place state trophy in the Creative Banquet Table Design competition.  In addition to their trophy, the students each earned a $6,000 scholarship to Sullivan University in Kentucky. 

Also earning top honors at the competition were senior Ashley Bowers who earned a Silver rating and placed 2nd in the state.  Senior Ashley Byerly and Junior Kayla Vanata earned a Silver rating in Hotel Linen Operations and placed 3rd in the state.  The Meeting Event Setup Team of Senior Brandon Gilbert, Juniors Taylor Meyers and Kylie Vanata earned a Gold rating and placed 3rd in the state.  Greenville Hospitality students earned a total of $26,000 in scholarship monies.  The Hospitality program is a two-year career technical program at Greenville High School and students train in many facets of the Hospitality industry including guest room services, facility maintenance, linen technology and banquet catering and service.  Through FCCLA, students have many opportunities to compete at the local, regional and state levels and also log numerous community service hours through the local organization. 

Friday, May 24, 2013

Bond Issue Information- Strong Schools Strong Community

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