New Elementary Schools — The Highland Board of Education is in the early planning stages of three new elementary schools in Granger, Hinckley and Sharon townships with construction to begin in 2019. The Board has contracted with GPD Group of Akron, Ohio to design the new schools. 350 Hinckley is initiating discussions with GPD to encourage the Board to consider passive solar and geothermal cooling (earth-sheltering) in the design of the Hinckley elementary building for energy efficiency and conservation. We encourage the Board to consider the feasibility of a large south-facing roof that could accommodate the future installation of solar energy collectors. Our mission is to help focus the Board on obtaining an exterior design that is as energy efficient as possible and can accommodate advancements in technology along the way.