New Castle News


September 12, 2012

Mohawk OKs new visitor policy

NEW CASTLE — The Mohawk school board has approved a new visiting policy.

Superintendent Kathleen Kwolek said the action revises a visitors policy that has been in effect since 2008.

She noted all doors of the high school and elementary are locked at all times. Cameras at each door and security guards complete the policy.

She said security cameras were installed initially in 2008 and upgraded in 2010. In addition, all employees have swipe cards which record their entering and leaving the buildings.

The upgrade also will include installing an alarm system at each door. The alarm will sound if a door is propped open, she said.

Also at its meeting this week, the board was told the district expects to realize a $399,538 savings by refinancing its 2008 bond. This savings will be over a 20-year period. The state is expected to save an estimated $127,000 over that time.

In 2008, the district borrowed $8,595,000 to renovate the buildings.

Kwolek also reported that this year, the district has 1,481 students in kindergarten through grade 12 and another 39 from the district at the Lawrence County Career and Technical Center.

In other business, the board:

•Hired Jason Zeh as elementary chorus director and Sally Romeo as substitute custodian.

•Continued the contract with Dr. Thomas Patton as school dentist for the 2012-13 school year. His rate remains at $3 per examination.

•Approved the retirement of elementary custodian David Hnat, retiring after 30 years of service, and bus driver Shadda Raines.

•Met new student delegates to the board, who brought them up to date on planned student activities. The students, all seniors, are Hannah Morrow, Katie Hoover and Andrew Henley.

•Met new PTO president Stacy Cosgrove.

•Authorized the Bessemer/Mohawk Rotary to use the high school cafeteria for its annual dinner Oct. 28.


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