United officials discuss security

HANOVERTON – School officials discussed building security after board member Mike Ellyson raised the subject during Wednesday’s meeting.

High school Principal William Young said the administrative team is working on it and is always concerned about doors, noting there are times when they can’t all be locked.

He explained it was more than locks and cameras but lighting played a part along with kids who arrive early at school.

“There are a lot of nooks and crannies that need to be tightened up,” he said and building and grounds Supervisor Tom Clemens said he was getting quotes on door locks and reviewing updates for the cameras while looking at a web-based system with more megapixels.

Clemens noted, “At the bus garage it’s not so much the cameras but the lighting.”

Ellyson wondered about fencing the buses in and board member Mike Phillis suggested a motion light.

“I think it be a big deterrent,” Phillis said and Clemens said it was something “we can look in to.”

In other business, the board approved a measure to continue with open enrollment.

There are 140 students attending United Local from outside the district while 54 attend school in other districts.

The board also approved the 2013-14 calendar that will fit the needs of the United community and reflects the recommended shared services county calendar; approved the OSBA web-based update service at $1,500 a year and expires this month.

The vote was 3-1 with Sue Drotleff voting no and board member Lora Chestnut absent.

Drotleff vote against the measure saying she “basically” thinks school should start after Labor Day. She said it was a long-held position of hers.

The board also approved unpaid leave for MaryAnn Prosko from March 19 to 25 to visit her her daughter who has been serving in Afghanistan.

In other action, the board approved the resignation of bus driver Janeann Luxeuil effective Feb. 21; approved hiring Thomas Clark of Hanoverton as a bus driver effective Feb. 22; approved employing Leslie Arter of Lisbon as part-time Tobin secretary at $12.37 an hour for up to five hours a week; approved hiring Janice Pierce and Rachel Russo as certified substitutes pending completion of state requirements.

Drotleff abstained on the issue because she is related to one substitute.

The board also approved a list of seven volunteer coaches for varsity softball and baseball.

Larry Shields can be reached at lshields@salemnews.net