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Greensburg Salem board adds security equipment to middle school; awaits state police assessment

| Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, 8:55 p.m.

Greensburg Salem School District officials will enhance security at the middle school.

School directors this month unanimously approved paying Rampart Security $3,804.20.

Workers will install two new proximity card readers at two doors, add two cameras and a DVR recorder. With the readers, people must use pass-through cards to gain entry.

Superintendent Eileen Amato told directors she has requested that a state police team assess district buildings for vulnerability issues. The specially trained team has a backlog of requests from school districts, she said.

Amato said she has been told Greensburg Salem's analysis will be done before the end of the school year.

Directors said they would like the building study to be performed before considering any widespread security improvements.

Greensburg police Chief Walter “Wally” Lyons said he expects to meet soon with district officials to review security issues.

In another matter, the 2014-15 school year will start Wednesday, Aug. 27, for students, under a calendar approved by directors.

Two in-service days for teachers will precede the start for students. With in-service days, teachers attend school but students don't.

District officials decided to extend the holiday recess to include Jan. 2 because that date falls on a Friday, Amato said.

“It would not make sense to bring kids back for one day,” Director Lee Kunkle said.

The last day of instruction and commencement are scheduled for June 4, 2015.

Directors tabled a request to advertise for a full-time custodian at the high school after Director Jeff Metrosky questioned whether the hiring was needed.

The custodian was proposed to earn $21.53 per hour.

Directors agreed, 8-1, to advertise openings for several coaching positions.

Director Frank Gazze opposed the opening for the girls' varsity soccer coaching position held by Kevin Hutchinson.

“I think the coach has done a really good job. He made the playoffs,” Gazze said.

Amato said that Hutchinson was told he was hired on an interim basis and he can apply for the job.

Directors approved using Feb. 17 as a snow makeup day for Jan. 7.

Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or bstiles@tribweb.com.

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