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United board discusses security upgrades

By Sheila PressleyThe Register-Mail

ALEXIS — United School Board members on Thursday heard from Bill Phillips of Phillips and Associates, architects, Canton, who gave a presentation on security upgrades the district is considering.

Phillips talked about better cameras and improved computer systems. The district has cameras in place now, but not all schools use secure entry systems where visitors must press a buzzer to be allowed entry.

Superintendent Jeff Whitsitt reported on the Knox-Warren 6, the new special education committee. One United board member will be on the committee, which will meet a minimum of twice a year. Whitsitt will have more information about the committee later. The committee was formed in the wake of the dissolution of the Knox-Warren Special Education District.

In other business, board members approved spending up to $47,400 for life safety work. Included will be the replacement of the exhaust and air-handler in the West Elementary kitchen.

Whitsitt reported he would receive the annual audit Friday.

The 2016 tax levy hearing was set for Dec. 8 prior to the regular board meeting.

The terms of board members Cort Chandler, Kristen Dutton, Hank Shimmin and Debbie Meeker-King expire in the spring of 2017. School board nominating petitions are now available at the county courthouses. Petitions can be filed in Whitsitt’s office between Dec. 12 and 19.

Following a closed session, the intent to retire in 2021 by Tony Kozelichki, high school English teacher, was approved. Patricia Crall was employed as special education teacher at West Elementary, effective Oct. 24.

The following students were approved for midterm graduation: Austin Davis, Hannah Dunton, Tristin Eckert, Presslie Gillen and Jordan Reeder.

The next meeting of the board is at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 in the unit office.

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