Locals address E.ON donation to school board

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POSEY COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) — Residents who oppose the E.On windmill plan in Gibson and Posey County are directing their attention toward The North Posey County School Board. The discussion regarding the windmills has been going on for a while and tonight, residents in Posey County once again voiced their concerns. 

This time, their conversation was with The North Posey County School Board. While the board has not yet publicly stated how much the donation they were offered from E-ON is for, many residents say the board needs to remain neutral. They say the board shouldn’t accept the money, regardless of the amount. 

Currently, there is no policy for the board to follow in regard to how to handle the donation. Board member Vince Oakley motioned to delay accepting any donations until a formal policy could be reviewed, but the motion died. 

Todd Fisher says he does want the board to have more money, but shaking hands with E.ON is not the appropriate way to get it. 

“Anytime finances come to a school, it’s something they need to look at strongly. In this case, with the ties to the project and the way it’s been proposed, this one deserves further review and consideration before acceptance,” said Fisher. 

After speaking with Fisher, Eyewitness News approached Superintendent Todd Camp. He declined to comment.

Since Oakley’s motion was not seconded, that means the board is free to accept donations from anyone at anytime, without reporting it to other members. Currently, E.ON’s windmill plan has not yet been approved. 

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(This story was originally published on July 8, 2019)

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