Seneca Valley approves contracts for school security upgrades

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The Seneca Valley School District will install captured entrances at its secondary schools in an effort to improve school security.

A captured entrance is a mechanism that routes visitors through the office instead of having direct access to student areas of the buildings.

The new entrances will be installed at the middle school, intermediate high school and senior high school.

School board members tonight approved contracts with general contractor Fred L. Burns of Shippensville, Pa., at a cost of $80,700 and electrical contractor Bronder Technical Services of Prospect, Pa., at a cost of $34,700.

The district will pay for the work from its capital reserve fund, said Lynn Burtner, district business administrator. She said the fund currently holds about $300,000.

Robert Cook, director of buildings, grounds and security at Seneca Valley, said work should begin in August and be completed by early November.

The district previously installed captured entrances at the district's elementary buildings, but shelved plans for them at secondary buildings because of the cost. Bids for the work were at $150,000 at that time.

Mr. Cook said he believes bids were lower this time because fewer schools districts are entering construction projects right now.

School officials have said they decided to look again at captured entrances because of last year's shooting in Newtown, Conn.

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Laure Cioffi, freelance writer:


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