Schools Action Team

The Schools Action Team focuses on

• developing partnerships with student groups at the Baraboo High School and UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County to foster hands-on environmental and conservation education
encouraging school planners to design building updates that take advantage of renewable energy and energy conservation opportunities.

Our Current Action

Our Past Action

Encouraging school planners to design building updates that take advantage of renewable energy and energy conservation opportunities

Powered Up Baraboo formally presents check to the School District of Baraboo on February 17, 2022. First row:  Marianne Cotter (Co-chair of Powered Up Baraboo),  Mike Kohlman (Baraboo School Board), Dan O'Brien (Director of Building and Grounds); second row:  David Kell (Powered Up Baraboo Board Member), Yvette Updike (Director of Business Services), Beth Pershe (Co-chair of Powered Up Baraboo), Rick Eilertson (Powered Up Baraboo Supporter); third row:  David Wernecke (Powered Up Baraboo Board Member)

Photo Credit: Liz Crammond. Used with permission.

In May and June 2019, Powered Up Baraboo members began conversations with Mike Kohlman, the Baraboo School Board Vice President, assuring him of PUB's support for installing solar PV panels on Jack Young Middle School. PUB's encouragement of the School Board and attention to this issue continued over the several months of Board debate and exploration of the proposed projects. When an unexpected financial complication threatened the high school project in early 2022, PUB's David Wernecke persuaded renewable energy supporters to contribute $60,000 in funds to put the Baraboo High School project over the finish line.

On Thursday, February 17, 2022, Powered Up Baraboo donated $60,000 to the School District of Baraboo for the purpose of completing a solar photovoltaic installation on the Baraboo High School.  The total cost of the project is $295,546.  The Baraboo High School Solar Project will be funded through the donation from Powered Up Baraboo, DeSautelle Funds (donation), Focus on Energy rebates, and the remaining balance from the District’s general funds. The work on the project will begin Spring 2022. 

The following donors contributed to this effort: 

Carol Fleishauer 

Bryant Hazard 

Karen Mesmer and Robert Rolley 

Carol and Kevin Olson 

The Arnold & Judith Utzinger Fund (at Community Foundation of South Central WI) 

David Wernecke 

Anonymous Donors


Baraboo High, Jack Young Middle schools getting solar panels

John Gittings  January 27, 2-22  Baraboo News Republic