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1/24/2013 3:35:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Unit 20 board approves camera security system
LAWRENCEVILLE - With the new Lawrenceville High School expected to be complete by late spring, the Unit 20 school board approved two change orders, one adding a state-of-the-art camera security system.

With the project only a few months from completion, the board, at its monthly meeting Wednesday, decided to use some of the more than $500,000 of contingency money left to add to the school.

Superintendent Charles Stegall said the camera security system will include 42 cameras and be fully digital with the capacity to run through a computer screen.

"It's going to provide additional security. We're real excited that the board took that action tonight," Stegall said, explaining that the system was considered and then taken out of the project until it was certain extra funds would be available. "We had anticipated putting it back into the project. Originally it was in the bid project. It was taken out to see where the overall budget was at. The project has moved along, with a substantial amount of contingency fee available, so the board had anticipated all along putting it back in, so tonight they took that step."

Cameras will be placed at every exit and point down corridors. A representative from VPS Architecture said the cameras will have day-night capabilities. Closed circuit records will go to a hard drive.

The camera security system will cost $124,860.

A second security measure being considered by the board was tabled until next month.

A door monitor system will cost $63,320 and allow school officials to better control who goes in and out.

"What it is, is a card system, where you have a card that allows you to code in," Stegall said, noting that cards can be checked out to individuals.

The programable card would be able to be good for only so many days or hours. School officials would be able to keep records of who has the card and when and where that person comes in or out of the building. 

"The board wanted some more discussion as a whole. There were a few members gone tonight for various reasons, so I anticipate them taking a look at them again this month," Stegall said.

Three of the seven board members - Jeff Beard, Steve Kocher and Shane Gray were not present when the issue was being discussed.

Board members also approved the addition of an outdoor dining area. The 2,400 square foot patio area will include ornate fencing and gates and come at a cost of $39,276.

It is anticipated that permanent heat will be in place within the next month.

"Once that happens they are really going to start flying, laying floor finishes, like the carpet and tile in the classrooms. They'll put the gym floor in," Stegall said.

When permanent heat is turned on, drop ceilings will also be completed.

The district is also in the process of putting out bids for furniture for the new LHS.

(See Thursday's Daily Record print edition for complete story)


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