The entire Lincolnview High School class took part in the check presentation on Monday. (DHI Media/Colin Kriegel)
The entire Lincolnview High School class took part in the check presentation on Monday. (DHI Media/Colin Kriegel)

MIDDLE POINT — One of many benefits to Lincolnview Local Schools having windmills right in their backyard is the yearly check they receive totaling a little over $400,000. Lincolnview received their third installment of that money on Monday.

This time, however, the check presentation came with a little competition in the form of a quiz bowl competition between Lincolnview High School Quiz Bowl students versus state and local officials.

The officials competing included State Senator Cliff Hite, Deputy Auditor of Van Wert County Jamie Bradford, Union Township Trustee William Dowler, and Lu Cook, Northwest Ohio Regional Liaison for Governor John Kasich.

This installment was just the third of 20, which comes from a program called Payment in Lieu of Taxes.

The check was presented in front of the entire Lincolnview High School student body, who watched the state and local officials narrowly defeat the students in an 18-question game with questions regarding renewable energy.

Lincolnview Local Schools Superintendent Jeff Snyder addressed the high school class at the start of the event regarding the benefits of being a student at Lincolnview, especially during the 20-year period of receiving the money, but also the years beyond.

“This money that we’ll get for 20 years, we’re using it now, and we’re looking ahead, and it’s all for you,” Snyder told the students.

Dan Litchfield, senior business developer at Iberdrola Renewables, is proud to see how this project is benefiting Lincolnview Local Schools and the community.

“We’ve come a long way and I’m very proud of the track record we have with our operating project,” he said. “Lincolnview is doing awesome things with the funding they’ve gotten. It’s not just a toy. It’s a really cool interactive way of testing knowledge and doing fun stuff.”

Thus far, the money has gone to such things as the new school building, student Chromebooks and iPads, lighting in the gym and parking lots, and wireless Internet. In addition to tangible items, the school has been able to offer new courses in pre-engineering and biomedical and is looking toward adding co-ops and internships for juniors and seniors in the near future.