A group of parents at Dwyer Middle School has started a petition drive against the district's plan to install solar paneling in front of the school, claiming the project would impede the view of the campus and deprive the community of field space.
The Huntington Beach City School District board voted 3 to 2 Tuesday to situate the panels, which are intended to supply power for parts of the school, down a slope from the front of the building at 1502 Palm Ave. The district signed a contract with Chevron in April to install the panels closer to the building, but the board voted to move them downhill after more than 100 parents signed a petition opposing the placement.
Now, the petitioners hope to persuade the district to move the panels away from the front of the school altogether. Parent Steve West, whose children attend nearby Smith Elementary School, has set up dwyersolar.wordpress.com to rally support and gather signatures.