A day before parents and students plan to rally in front of Dwyer Middle School to oppose a solar-panel project, the school's former principal blamed himself for failing to inform the community of the project and said he supported the efforts to deter it.
Don Ruisinger, who led Dwyer for five years before stepping down in June, said he had reservations early last year when he heard about the Huntington Beach City School District's plan to erect solar panels in front of the school, and he expressed his concerns to administrators. However, he said he didn't realize the magnitude of the problem and felt that the project, which the district negotiated in an April contract with Chevron, was out of his hands.
In recent months, as parents have petitioned the district and crowded school board meetings to voice their opposition, some have claimed that the school failed to inform them of the situation when the district and Chevron were negotiating the contract. Ruisinger, reached by phone Wednesday, called that an accurate assessment.