Medina Journal-Register — Almost two weeks ago Medina’s Todd Eick learned that the FFA Chapter of Medina Central School District had won a $25,000 Monsanto Grant for rural education.
On Tuesday he spoke to the district’s board of education about his plans for how to use the grant funds. In a presentation he outlined how the space between the tennis courts near the high school and the vacant Pizza Hut would be the focal point of the funds. Eick said he had certain target dates in mind, and he spoke on Tuesday hoping to get board approval at some point in the near future to proceed.
Eick said a fence would be built to enclose live animals, and that he would work with Tim Ames of the district’s building and grounds department to make sure it was placed properly. Eick said he envisioned a slat-type of fence with wire-mesh backing. He said the fence would enclose the area, which would have a shaded pasture area.
A barn for the live animals was also presented, although Eick said a portable style barn would likely be the route to go as the funds are limited and there are questions about the feasibility of a permanent structure.
Since the animals that would be kept on campus would be fiber producing animals, Eick said a standby generator would be part of the project so that extra power is available when the time comes to shear the animal, such as a sheep.
Additionally, Eick discussed installing a hydroponics area in the atrium and greenhouse attached to the south end of the high school to help provide a well-balanced diet for the animals year-round. Finally, Eick said he would like to see the project include infrared, wireless cameras that broadcast in color with a link to the school district’s webpage so that people everywhere could see what the FFA students were doing.