Carlynton schools upgrade security system

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Carlynton school directors have approved a security system upgrade that will complement the new card-reader entry system for all district buildings.

Directors voted Feb. 18 to accept the new upgrades, which will cost $1,725 at the high school and Carnegie Elementary School and $2,150 at Crafton Elementary School. Sharon Wilson joined the meeting via speaker phone from Florida. Carl Hunt was absent.

The security enhancement will be done by Sonitrol of Pittsburgh.

It will operate in conjunction with a keyless entry system, which ultimately will secure vestibule entrances at all schools. Sonitrol will recalibrate the current security system and coordinate it with the new swipe card system. The upgrades will monitor security and fire alarm systems.

Board members also approved specifications for a new filtration system for the high school swimming pool. The work is scheduled to be done during summer. Last month, the board approved Wade Associates LLC of Harrisburg to complete an analysis of the filtration system and draw up the specifications.

In a related action, the 2014-15 calendar was approved, setting Sept. 2, the day after Labor Day, as the first day of classes to allow for completion of renovations, relocation of elementary offices, the security updates to vestibules, the upgrades to the pool filtration system and other improvements to all buildings.

Other key dates in the calendar are Nov. 27-Dec. 1 for Thanksgiving break; Dec. 24-Jan. 2 for winter break; April 2-6 for spring break; June 12 for senior commencement; and June 16 for the last day of classes.

Directors also approved calendar changes for this year because of winter weather school closings. The first snow makeup day was Feb. 17 and the second day will be April 17 — the Thursday before Easter break. Feb. 17 and April 17 were scheduled as off days on this year's calendar.

The board has received the 2014 D. Richard Wynn Distinguished School Board award, which is presented through Tri-State Area School Study Council in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh. The award is given to a school board that  "works well together, is fiscally responsible, and places a strong emphasis on improving the academic excellence within its district." Members will be honored March 20 at a dinner and reception in Edgewood Country Club.

Kim Lawrence, freelance writer:

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