North Allegheny board considering technology improvements

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The North Allegheny School Board next week will consider wiring upgrades and security measures for its buildings.

During their work session Wednesday, board members discussed financing $4 million in technology improvements through a low-interest loan from PNC Bank. Projects include replacing the network infrastructure equipment and upgraded data wiring for all seven elementary schools and installing wireless coverage in each district building.

The work will be financed over seven years at an annual cost not to exceed $610,719.50.

"This is an opportunity for us to finance something relatively inexpensively and jump-start and accelerate our technology," board member Linda Bishop said.

The board also discussed hiring a consultant to prepare plans and oversee installation of video phone systems and door access controls for all schools and key card systems at the schools that do not already have them -- Bradford Woods, Hosack, Marshall, McKnight and Peebles elementary schools.

The two-step security system includes exterior video and phone connections for visitors. The school secretary can buzz visitors through an exterior door, but the visitor would have to also be buzzed into the school office.

The system was recommended by a security consultant hired after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

Both items are among 14 property-related items scheduled to be voted on during the board's April 24 meeting.

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