Partnership with energy company means millions of dollars for Wellsville Schools

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South Field Energy is getting a tax break from the district and in return, the schools will see $1.5 million a year for 15 years

WELLSVILLE, Ohio (WKBN) – The Wellsville School District is getting a lot of money each year from a partnership with an energy company.

If you live in the village or have gone to a football game there, you may have noticed a new look — turf for the fields and blacktop surrounding the field.

Those things were made possible by a partnership with South Field Energy.

“We were contacted about four years ago by Advance Power, which became South Field Energy, talking about the possibility of putting in a gas fire electric plant in our area,” said Superintendent Rich Bereschik.

South Field Energy is receiving a tax break from the district. In return, the school received $1.7 million during the construction phase of the South Field Energy plant.

Afterward, the schools will receive $1.5 million a year for the next 15 years.

The new field wasn’t even toward the top of the to-do list. First, was infrastructure.

“We put a whole new heating and cooling system in Garfield Elementary,” Bereschik said. “We also went and we put air conditioning in Daw Elementary.”

They also installed a new boiler system, hired a new high school math teacher, brought back elementary art and music teachers and are in the process of hiring a full-time mental health expert — another step to protecting the children.

“We’re probably one of the only school systems in Columbiana County that has a resource officer in every building, so we’ve taken a whole new approach to safety of our children,” Bereschik said.

He said they took care of things for the kids first before considering a track and field.

The next project is still undecided but the district is reexamining its needs.

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