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Revere district upgrading security

2/28/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

BATH — Local safety forces will soon be able to see all buildings in Revere Local Schools on the web through Internet Protocol (IP) cameras, the district’s Board of Education decided at the Feb. 19 meeting.

“The decision was made to try to do a comprehensive approach to security in the district and make changes to those things within our control,” said Treasurer David Forrest.

About half of the cameras in the district are already IP cameras, and the board’s action will replace the remaining analog cameras, he said.

The benefit to the IP cameras, he said, is that it will give police and fire personnel access to all buildings, including the bus garage and board office.

The security upgrade is expected to cost the district $78,502 and be done by Acuity-vct Inc., a Cleveland company.

A quote from the company indicated a video capture system server at the Administration Building would cost $15,850; four indoor and four outdoor cameras at the Administration Building would cost $9,822; 13 indoor and 11 outdoor cameras at Bath Elementary would cost $27,046; and nine indoor and 12 outdoor cameras at Hillcrest Elementary would cost $25,784.

Combined with the decision to enter into a contract with Acuity-vct, the board also approved a resolution declaring the project an “urgent necessity” to “ensure the safety, security and protection of students, staff and property.”

That resolution also noted that cases in which urgent necessity or where the security and protection of school property is involved are exempt from normal bidding processes — which would require the board to advertise for bids for two weeks for building improvements exceeding $25,000, awarding the contract to the lowest responsible bidder.

“The goal is to have these systems in place as soon as possible but at least before the start of the school year,” said Forrest. Going through the bidding process would push the project nine to 12 months out, he added.

Also as part of the security plan, the board approved a contract with Security Systems of America, headquartered in Pittsburgh, for software and hardware needed to expand and upgrade the current access control system.

Forrest said the system is “very antiquated” and needs to be updated to give more control over doors and access points.

That contract will cost the district $15,538, plus an annual maintenance fee for the web-based operating software for $2,315.

Along with those two measures, the board also approved a contract with Royal Communications Inc. for $12,320 for a network infrastructure upgrade, to expand the network within district buildings for voice, video and data.

All three components of the project will be paid for with permanent improvement funds, according to district officials.

Also at the meeting, the board approved hiring two new team coaches.

Michael Murphey will be the high school’s head football coach for the 2013-14 school year. He was also awarded a supplemental contract to work as an assistant track coach this spring. In addition, Murphey was hired to work as a guidance counselor at the district’s high and middle schools next school year.

Murphey played and coached football previously at John Carroll University and is the current offensive line coach at Case Western Reserve University, according to Superintendent Randy Boroff. Murphey is also currently a guidance counselor at Kenston High School in Chagrin Falls and has experience as a first-grade teacher and high school football coach, he said.

The board also approved hiring Gina Hartranft as head softball coach for this school year. Hartranft has worked as Revere’s assistant softball coach for the past year, Boroff said.

In other news, Terri Neff, regional manager for the Ohio School Boards Association Northeast Region, paid a special visit to honor the longtime service of one school board member.

Neff recognized Diana Sabitsch, saying, “Long-term service on a board is the exception rather than the rule.”

Of Ohio’s almost 3,500 school board members, almost one-third are in their first or second year of service, she added, which makes Sabitsch’s 25-year tenure all the more exceptional.

Sabitsch began serving on Revere’s school board in 1984 and served continuously until 2007, noted Neff. She didn’t run between 2008 and 2011, and her current term began in 2012, she said.

In other business, the board:

  • accepted donations, including $550 in contributions to the Patrick Alfieri Lives Scholarship Fund, $400 from the Ohio School Boards Association for the high school symphonic choir performance at the Capital Conference in November and a drum set for the middle school valued at $500;
  • approved an agreement for revenue sharing with the All-Sports Boosters for signage to be placed at athletic facilities. The agreement states that 20 percent of the gross proceeds from the sale of each sign be paid to the High School Athletic Fund, with 80 percent of proceeds going to the boosters;
  • approved a one-year agreement with NEONET for email hosting services, beginning July 2013 at an annual cost of $3,528 for 504 accounts;
  • renewed a contract with Time Warner for a three-year period for Internet connectivity for Revere High School, Bath Elementary School and the bus garage for $605 a month; and
  • approved a trip for the high school cheerleading squad to attend the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators’ Cheerleading Championships at The Ohio State University March 2-3.

The board will meet for a work session March 12 at 6 p.m. in the Administration Building, 3496 Everett Road, and for its regular meeting March 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Revere High School Library, 3420 Everett Road.

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