WHAT'S GOING ON? ... in the field behind the middle school

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Nothing ominous is emerging from the dirt at Greencastle-Antrim Middle School. The school district is investigating the viability of geothermal heating and air conditioning for the pending remodeling project. That entailed drilling a test well.

A tube sticking out of the ground has people wondering what is going on behind Greencastle-Antrim Middle School. The protrusion has nothing to do with street work in the area over the summer, in which Columbia Gas replaced a line under Leitersburg Street and made a new connection on school property.

This disruption to the grassy field began two months ago, when a company hired by EI Architects drilled a well to test capacity for a geo-thermal system. An option for the district renovations is to incorporate a green heating and cooling system if the school board chooses to go that route.

Don Miley, G-ASD director of facilities, said the firm went down 400 feet. Protective plates were set in place until a decision is made. The white powder is rock dust. There was no disruption to school operations while the work was in progress. If geothermal is not adopted, the lawn will be restored to its original state.