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Friday, June 20, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
 

Greensburg Salem school directors will vote next week on installing 55 security cameras at two elementary schools.

All district schools will have surveillance systems in place if directors grant the approval on Wednesday, Superintendent Eileen Amato said.

Directors reviewed the proposals from Rampart Security Systems for 31 cameras at Hutchinson Elementary in Southwest Greensburg for $26,648.60 and 24 cameras at Nicely Elementary in Greensburg for $24,448.80.

In addition, directors will vote on whether to approve installation of proximity card readers — smart cards held near an electronic reader — at three exterior doors at Hutchinson for $6,911.50.

No directors voiced opposition to adding the security measures during the school board meeting.

“We are pleased that we now have cameras in all of our buildings that will assist staff in providing a safe environment,” Amato said Thursday.

Earlier this year, directors approved installation of security systems at Metzgar Elementary and the middle school. The high school had a system in place.

If approved, the district will pay the approximately $58,000 for the security items through funds generated after directors refinanced a bond.

The fund will have about $42,000 remaining if the security devices are installed and other work is completed this summer, business manager James Meyer told directors.

A state police team has completed a vulnerability assessment of all five district schools, Amato said.

In another matter, directors will vote next week on awarding a $50,746.54 contract to G&G Fitness of Williamsville, N.Y., to buy equipment for the revamped Greensburg Salem Wellness and Fitness Center.

A committee consisting of prominent district residents has been raising funds to purchase equipment for the center.

The equipment in the center was bought when the center opened a few years ago. It has become outdated, obsolete or dangerous, committee members said.

Athletic director Lynn Jobe is concerned that if equipment is not purchased soon, it won't be on hand when classes resumes in August, Meyer said.

Money from the fundraising effort will be used to replace the general fund money, Meyer told directors. The committee has about $51,000 committed so far and hopes to raise $185,000 as part of a three-phase effort centered on foundations, businesses and individuals, Meyer said.

The center will be used by athletes competing in district sports programs and students for health-related classes, district officials said.

Directors also will consider whether to raise adult prices for athletic events by $1. The proposal calls for the ticket price to go from $4 to $5, Amato said. Many other neighboring school districts charge $5 or $6 to adults, she added.

“That would raise a little more revenue for us for the athletic department,” Amato said.

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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