The Lincoln County Board of Education is one step closer to approving safety enhancements at Lincoln County Schools.
Following a unanimous vote during the School Board’s regular monthly meeting Tuesday night, Executive Director of Facilities Darrell Gettys will proceed with gathering bids for proposed security modifications.
These enhancements include limiting access to schools by adding swipe entries at all major doors, considering a vestibule-type system where it’s workable as a first priority for entry, and changing exterior entry areas’ glass to wire- and fire-safety glass.
Gettys told board members that he had met with three different vendors, two of whom had surveyed all LCS schools. The services of both engineers and architects are being used to make sure the proposed options would work and to get accurate cost estimates.
Once this information is collected, and they are able to do a “comparison of apples to apples,” Gettys said he would make a recommendation as to how to move forward during a March 5 Building and Site Committee meeting.
Also during Tuesday’s meeting, the board approved requesting additional funds, in the amount of $244,293, from the Board of Commissioners to cover the cost of mandated expenses for the 2012-2013 school year. This is not related to the security enhancements, which board members have discussed financing through excess bond revenues.
Instead, a large portion of the adjusted increases stems from unemployment insurance costs passed on to the local school system following a new state mandate.
In other School Board action: