HIGHLAND – A limit on the noise produced by the rooftop chiller to serve the new Sharon Elementary School was requested by the Sharon Township Zoning Board of Appeals but was excluded by school officials.

At the Feb. 10 board of education meeting, board members addressed issues sent in a letter from the appeals board to school officials. Members of the appeals board, among other conditions, asked that “the maximum sound level emitted from chillers (units which help cool as part of air conditioning units) not exceed 60 decibels at the property line between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.”

Board president Dr. Norman Christopher questioned whether the school would be the only entity in Sharon Township that would have the decibel requirement. District attorney John Britton said there is no specific ordinance to that effect in the township at the present time, but there needed to be a good faith effort by the board to conform with zoning regulations.

The board approved a modified version of the conditional use list which excludes the decibel limit.

Also at the board meeting, GPD architect Aaron Rodebaugh provided a slide presentation on the interior of the three new elementary school buildings focusing on a traditional classroom, learning commons, administrative offices and cafeterias.

The next meeting of the Highland Board of Education is scheduled for Monday, March 16, 7 p.m. at Highland High School.

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