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Revised school calendar doesn't affect Baldwin graduation

| Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Those cold days and repeated snowfalls that triggered school closings and delays will not postpone graduation for Baldwin High School seniors.

School board members on March 12 approved revisions to the district's 2013-14 school calendar that keeps graduation on June 3.

A fourth snow makeup day was added on March 28 to allow graduation to remain on time, Superintendent Randal Lutz told board members at their agenda setting meeting this month.

March 28 previously had been scheduled as a day off for students, and staff members were to spend the morning on professional development and the afternoon doing clerical work.

That work now will be completed outside of regular school hours.

High school seniors still will attend 180 days of school, Lutz said. All other students will have 182 days of class.

Security access

A plan to improve security at four Baldwin-Whitehall buildings is moving forward, as district leaders intend to add access controls at the district's three elementary schools and one middle school.

Board members last week — after a presentation by Greer Hayden of HHSDR Architects/Engineers of plans to add “vestibules,” or secured entrances, at the schools — agreed to seek bids for the access-control project.

The project, expected to cost about $750,000, will include the addition of bullet-resistant glass at the entrance of the schools, Hayden said. Alternative options for the project also were presented.

“It's about vetting visitors,” Lutz said.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or shacke@tribweb.com.

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