Crossett High School building

The Crossett School board has given Superintendent Gary Williams authority to work with a company that might transition the school district to using solar power.

Williams said that the proposal brought by the company — Integrity — could ultimately save the school $3 million over the next 20 years. 

The board voted to allow Williams to discuss rates and contracts with both Integrity and the district’s current energy provider, Entergy. Williams said he would provide more information to the board once it becomes available.

The board also moved to start seeking bids for a new bandstand shell or cover for Yarborough Stadium.

The band stand that was located on the visitor side in previous years had a cover and kept the band protected from rain. The new band stand built on the home side is open with no cover.

Wiliams said that rain fell nearly every game during the 2019 football season and the band was not able to participate because their instruments can be damaged if they are out in the rain for an extended period of time.

“If we have rainy events at the football field, we want the band to be able to participate as well,” Williams said.

The board voted unanimously to allow Williams to start soliciting bids for the project.

Williams said he wants to get bids and get a cover on it before next football season.

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