R-4 District moves forward with security upgrade plan

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Cassville R-4 School Board approved two upgrade proposals from CTS Security at its regularly scheduled meeting on April 11. The proposals are for an extensive door entrance renovation plan designed to improve safety and security at all Cassville School building entrances.

The board approved an $8,449 proposal and a $21,343 proposal, which are for a digital buzz-in system and a security card reader system that will be placed at all of the district's main entrances.

"When the buzz-in system is in place, visitors will press a button that will buzz into the office, and they will have the opportunity to tell the office staff why they need access to the building," said Superintendent Richard Asbill. "The card reader will be used once we are automatically locking all the doors. Faculty members will carry cards that they will be able to swipe to gain access to the buildings. If they lose their card, we will just deprogram that card and issue a new card instead of having to change locks if a key is lost."

The safety renovation project was put together by middle school Principal Terry Jamieson and intermediate school Principal Eric White, who serve as the district's safety coordinators. In addition to the buzz-in and card reader systems, the plan includes plans for locking doors at all entrances and the relocation of the primary and middle school offices, which will require guests to enter those buildings through an office.

The new security systems are scheduled to be installed over the summer months and be in place at the start of the 2013-14 school year.

The board also approved a $137,699 bid from Heartland Seating for a 12-row bleacher seating plan for the new FEMA facility. Heartland Seating submitted a $133,502 base bid and a $145,630 alternate bid with a $7,931 top row deduction for the bleacher project.

The board also received a $107,490 base bid and a $117,158 alternate bid with an $8,901 top row deduction from Mid States School Equipment and a $122,101 base bid and $132,354 alternate bid from Carroll Seating.

Although Mid State School Equipment and Carroll Seating submitted lower bids they did not follow bid specifications for the bleacher project, said Asbill. The bid from Heartland Seating was also selected based on feedback from referrals regarding quality, installation and service and the company's options in seating.

In other business, the Cassville R-4 School Board:

* Accepted a resignation letter from Eric Robb, middle school industrial arts teacher.

* Hired Brandon Thompson as a high school math teacher for the 2013-14 school year.

* Reviewed administrative reports.

* Authorized Scott Frederickson, band director, to purchase band uniforms within a $30,000 budget.

* Approved the SMEG I Health Insurance Plan Design with a 7 percent increase to the base and a 13.5 percent increase to the buy up alternative.

* Voted to participate in the Summer School Food Service Grant Program, which provides free meals for students.

* Approved the 2013 summer school plan, which will begin on May 26 and end on June 21.

* Reviewed the graduation and cum laude honor system, capital projects planning and salary and welfare committee meeting dates.

* Re-appointed John Sullivan as board president, Greg Allen as vice president, Becky Henningson as board treasurer and Stacey Williams as board secretary.

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