Morenci’s elementary school and middle/high school buildings will soon be equipped with a new security system at the main entrances.
School board members decided during a committee meeting Monday to use funds left over from the middle school construction project to install a system that uses a video camera, speaker and buzzer to open the door for a visitor.
The high school doors on Coomer Street are now locked during the day and all visitors must use the middle school entrance on Page Street.
Until the new system is installed, both schools will continue to use a “greeter” to intercept visitors and direct them to the school office.
Visitors can be seen from the secretary’s desk at the elementary school shortly after entering the school, but the design of the new middle school places visitors out of sight.
The cost of the system is about $2,000 for each of the two doors.
The leftover capital funds total $70,000 and auditors have advised the district to spend the money in the current school year.
Four additional Wi-Fi ports will be established in the school at a cost of $800 each. An estimated 14 ports are needed to address areas with weak internet service.
Additional needs that could be addressed with the funds include improving the public address system for better communication between the middle school and the old high school building and for bleacher repairs.
Finance director Erica Metcalf is hoping to obtain grant funding that could be used in tandem with the leftover funds to address technology improvements.
RESPONSE—At the regular board meeting Monday, superintendent Michael Osborne thanked staff members and parents for their assistance in helping students following the school shooting in Connecticut. Morenci administrators and counselors met jointly with those from the Hudson district to discuss the issue.
PERSONNEL—The board Monday approved hiring Phil Grimm to serve as the coordinator for the Elevate Learning program—an after-school tutoring class that will involve up to 15 elementary school students. Grimm is a certified teacher who is employed through Title I funds.
The board accepted the resignation of Title I paraprofessional Heather Dilworth and part-time paraprofessional Levi Hoffman.