First Student Utility Board meets

Fayetteville Public Utilities hosted its first Student Utility Board meeting on August 12. The first meeting was an orientation of the new youth program and included a tour of the main West College Street facility.


The seven high school seniors serving on the first Student Utility Board are Jada Baggett, Hannah Gray, Elizabeth Davis, Will Scott, Audrey Spray and Chelsea Simmons representing Lincoln County High School and Brandon Banks representing Riverside Christian Academy.


This new youth program offered by F P U is patterned after other existing student advisory boards, but FPU’s student board will focus on learning about utility operations and the services that Fayetteville Public Utilities provides to the community.


“Students will not only learn about our daily operations, but also about some of the current issues the utility faces including renewable energy resources, cost of providing service, and changing technology,” says Gina Warren, public information specialist and SUB committee coordinator.


The program includes 10 regular monthly meetings at the Fayetteville Public Utilities office; some of those meetings will include field trips to utility work sites, treatment plants and substations. The students will also be given an opportunity to prepare a Channel 6 show featuring information from their schools and promoting upcoming events. The students will also be involved with community events in which FPU participates throughout the year.


 “This new Student Utility Board will be a great community service and a great service to the students as well,” says Britt Dye, Fayetteville Public Utilities’ CEO and general manager. “These students are possibly our future community leaders and utility customers. We want them to see from the inside what FPU is and what we do for the community each day. But not only do we plan to share information with these students, we also hope to gain knowledge from them as to how we can better serve them in the years to come. Students will be given an opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas on what they would like for FPU to offer them as future rate payers.” 

“We look forward to offering such a program to our youth,” says Dye. “We expect that our SUB program will be a win-win situation for us, and we are excited about the opportunities that the program can offer these students.”

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Student Utility Board members are from left Audrey Spray, Chelsea Simmons, Brandon Banks, Hannah Gray, Jada Baggett, Will Scott, Elizabeth Davis, and Britt Dye of Fayetteville Public Utilities.

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