Budget & Finance

Pa. District Uses Sheep To Save on Lawn Cutting Costs

By Christina A. Samuels — June 13, 2011 1 min read

The Carlisle, Pa. district estimates it will be able to save $15,000 in mowing costs, according to news accounts. The sheep have been brought in to keep the grass under control around a 6.2-acre solar array built to generate power for the district. Right now, the array produces enough electricity to power 150 homes.

Right now, we're testing how many sheep the solar area can maintain. ... It looks like the grass is still growing, so I'm going to have to bring in more," said Eric Sands, the animals' owner.

Sands is also the assistant principal of the middle school where the sheep are currently hard at work. This has to be one of the best ideas I’ve heard of to keep districts from getting fleeced on landscaping costs.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the District Dossier blog.