Harmony school district to improve security|
Friday, February 8, 2013
By Dianne Byers Staff Writer
WESTOVER - In a continued effort to improve student safety on district property, Harmony Area School Board, last night, approved a contract with MVS Security Systems to upgrade and install a security system as part of the district's ongoing building renovation project.
MVSSS, headquartered in Gladstone, Missouri, will be paid $14,901.23 to install the system once new electrical components needed for its operation and new doors have been installed as part of the building upgrade.
Norman Fry, board president, when asked by The Progress whether this was in response to recent threats to student safety such as the school shooting at Newtown, Conn., said the board had planned to upgrade the security system from the beginning of planning the project although recent incidents of public place terrorization had reinforced the need for such measures.
In other business, the board:
• approved Pinnacle Plumbing and Heating, Johnstown replacing the complex's heating system's expansion tank at a cost of $4,800.
• hired Casselberry and Associates, State College to perform preliminary well testing. The cost, $3,200, will be paid from the district's construction fund.
• held a 45-minute executive session for personnel and legal matters.
• heard a report about the district's guidance department and its student assistance program from Matt Bonanno, guidance counselor.
• hired Morgan Kephart as junior high assistant softball coach at an annual salary of $1,214.31.
• approved a co-op with Northern Cambria School District for boy's volleyball at no cost to the district.
• authorized Keystone Collections Group, Irwin to collect any unpaid balances on delinquent per capita taxes for 2009-11. The company will also be sent a list of residents who failed to pay per capita taxes in 2012 for collection.
• approved field trips including students participating in the annual Central Intermediate Unit No. 10 elementary and middle school reading completion March 23 at Bald Eagle School District at a cost of $285. The admission fee will be paid by the Harmony Education Association and transportation costs from the elementary budget.
• authorized Terry Young, high school/middle school principal and federal programs coordinator, and Jaclyn Miller, literacy coach, to attend the Keystones to Opportunity conference March 11-12 at Lancaster.
The costs will be paid through the district's KTO funds.
• tabled tentative approval of four policies addressing the employment of support personnel, working periods, use of school facilities and the school day.
The board will meet Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. for a work session. The meeting will be held at the high school library.