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West View Elementary School getting security upgrade

Tony LaRussa
| Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 2:46 p.m.

The North Hills School Board is taking steps to make it safer at West View Elementary School by modifying the main entrance to the building.

The board unanimously approved a $13,100 contract with Thomas & Williamson Program Management of Ross to design a “capture vestibule” that serves as a secure holding area that prevents anyone who comes through the front doors from going farther into the building.

West View's entrance already is locked during and the day and equipped with a security camera and buzzer system the staff uses to allow visitors entry to the building.

In addition to designing the capture vestibule, Thomas & Williamson will determine the cost of construction, which will be put out for competitive bid, said David Hall, the district's director of finance and operations.

Some of the company's recent projects include construction management services for the Ingomar, McKnight and Franklin elementary schools in the North Allegheny District as well as technical and financial review of grant applications, and construction monitoring for the restoration and improvement project at Fallingwater in Fayette County.

Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-772-6368 or tlarussa@tribweb.com or via Twitter @TonyLaRussaTrib.

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