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District Proposes Capital Project for Safety Upgrades - Residents to Vote on May 15

For years, the district has set aside part of its capital spending for security. Some of the security-oriented work and activities we have done over the last ten years include:
  • Installation of 250 video cameras on property in and around all district buildings;
  • A new secure main entrance at Baker High School, a new, more secure entrance at Ray Middle School and a secured main entrance at Durgee Junior High School;
  • Electronic door access control at all school buildings;
Additionally, we have provided active shooter training for all staff; and have begun a partnership with Liberty Resources to provide mental health assistance to secondary students.
The Board of Education and district administration have been working with local law enforcement, community members, and Armoured One, a nationally recognized security company, to analyze the district’s safety and security needs, and we have developed a list of improvements we would like to make in our buildings. We are planning on spending $2.1 million of our Smart Schools funds for the district to spend on safety purposes (plans must be approved by the state in order to receive the money); however, our list of improvements has a price tag of over $6 million.
In order to accomplish all of the improvements that we feel are essential for the safety of students and staff, the district is seeking voter approval for a $4.31 million safety and security capital project that will be a proposition on the budget ballot this May. If voters approve the proposition, and the state approves our plans for using Smart Schools money, the district will have $6.41 million to spend on necessary safety upgrades.
Improvements will include:
  • Installation of secure lock down capability in the corridors of all schools;
  • The building of secure vestibules in the elementary schools with an attendant to sign in visitors;
  • Upgrade all classroom doors that will instantly lock at the touch of a button; and
  • Installation of a mass notification system.
The district is proposing using its capital reserve to pay for the local share of the work, $830,000, and state aid would pay for the balance. The district estimates that it will complete the project by June 30, 2021, or sooner, depending on how long it takes the state to approve the work.
The budget vote, the capital project proposition and the bus purchase proposition, as well as school board elections, are scheduled for May 15 from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Baker High School auditorium. A special budget edition of the Hive with details of the budget, the propositions and board candidates will be mailed to residents in early May.
Last updated on 3/5/2018
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