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Schools to get new security measures




Staff Writer



Lincoln County Schools will continue on a path toward enhanced security as additional measures were signed off on by the Board of Education Tuesday night.

In a unanimous vote, School Board members approved Howard Construction Company as the low bidder to install convenience doors for safety purposes at selected sites.

The move is part of the board’s security initiative that has been underway in recent months.

At a cost of $108,600, the doors will be installed at Catawba Springs, G.E. Massey, Kiser Intermediate, Love Memorial, Pumpkin Center Intermediate, Pumpkin Center, Norris Childers, North Brook and St. James elementary schools.

The School Board previously signed off on swipe-key pads and video surveillance for some local schools.

LCS Assistant Superintendent for Business Steve Zickefoose gave board members an update on those aspects of the initiative.

He noted that the access-control hardware installation should be complete, including the necessary network connection and configuration for the system. Information is currently being gathered from principals regarding “who has what access and when” to allow for the programming of access levels and staff information, he added.

Meanwhile, the video surveillance project is also underway, with camera and encoder hardware having been ordered and received. The network wiring for the cameras is currently being installed.

“It’s in movement,” he said.

Also during Tuesday night’s meeting, the Board of Education approved a $956 change order for repairs to the West Lincoln High School track for additional fencing and terminal posts.

Zickefoose said there was still some finish work that needed to be completed on the project, with certain areas needing to be addressed with the contractor.

“We’re not going to accept anything that’s not up to par,” he said.

In other School Board action at Tuesday’s meeting:

  • Board members approved a 2013-2016 Academically Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Plan.
  • Board members approved a low bidder for replacing the boiler at Catawba Springs Elementary School, costing $38,500.
  • Board members approved a policy regulating service animals in schools.
  • James Pollard, president and co-founder of the Lake Norman Ducks Youth Football and Cheer Association, appeared before the board requesting permission, to be determined, to distribute fliers in elementary and middle schools in eastern Lincoln County to help grow participation in the program.
  • Chris Rhyne presented a report on “All Pro Dad,” a school-based monthly program designed to encourage involvement by dads at their children’s schools. Rhyne conducted a pilot program at S. Ray Lowder Elementary School and hopes to expand the initiative to other schools next year.
  • Board members conducted a closed session, but no action was taken.


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