Kelly Clarkson shines spotlight on local school’s solar program

Kelly Clarkson shines spotlight on local school’s solar program

BATESVILLE, Ark. (KAIT) - Two years ago, the Batesville School District became the first in the state to switch to solar energy. Now, a star is shining a national spotlight on the program.

School Uses Solar Power To Give Teachers A Raise

Batesville High School in Arkansas is setting a tremendous example for schools everywhere by utilizing solar power to support their educators. The school installed 1,600 solar panels to decrease utility costs and used the energy savings to give their teachers a much-needed raise! #WhatImLiking

Posted by The Kelly Clarkson Show on Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Jeanne Roepcke, EAST facilitator at Batesville Charter High School, and Megan Renihan, communications coordinator for the district, appeared Thursday, Jan. 7, on “The Kelly Clarkson Show.”

Jeanne Roepcke, EAST facilitator at Batesville Charter High School, and Megan Renihan, communications coordinator for the district, will appear Thursday, Jan. 7, on “The Kelly Clarkson Show.”
Jeanne Roepcke, EAST facilitator at Batesville Charter High School, and Megan Renihan, communications coordinator for the district, will appear Thursday, Jan. 7, on “The Kelly Clarkson Show.” (Source: The Kelly Clarkson Show)

The solar plant has generated tens of thousands of dollars each month which Roepcke and Renihan said have been poured back into teachers’ salaries.

They noted that Clarkson, whose mother is a retired teacher, liked the idea of “saving money through the sunshine.”

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