Laurel Superintendent Leonard Rich and high school principal Kevin Mahoney detailed the district’s previous, new and future Act 44 plans at last night’s school board meeting.
Act 44 is an amendment to the Public School Code to include more additions to school safety and security. It was signed by the governor in June 2018.
“We want you to know what’s in place, what we worked on and where we want to go,” Rich said.
This year, the district has implemented such things as replacing or upgrading around 80 cameras, campus checks by state police twice a day and a presentation from a trooper about technology and safety.
Mahoney projects future Act 44 implementations will include updating the keying system for vocational parts of the high school.
“Our goal is to make one platform — make it uniform, make it safer,” Mahoney said after instructing Ed Novad, the director of buildings and grounds, to show the public a large ring of keys. “Eliminate anybody that would have a key. We would start fresh.”
In other news:
•A motion to adopt the 2019-2020 Laurel School District budget for $18,551,664 and expenditures for $19,229,013 was approved with a unanimous vote
•Retirees Roger Hearn and Betsy Sample were honored with the 2019 Pride and Promise award. Hearn worked in the district for 25 years and Sample for 33 years.
•A motion to award Builder’s Hardware a labor bid of $4,800 with the addition of materials of $29,891.54 passed with a 6-1 vote.
•A motion to raise the hourly pay for Kelly substitutes, aides, substitute aides, computer technicians, substitutes nurse as well as substitute custodians, secretaries and cafeteria workers was passed.
•A request for the cost for one-way transportation for coaches and cheerleaders to attend a camp at Slippery Rock University in late June was approved.
•A request for permission for the Lawrence County Fairgrounds to park vehicles on the school’s pavement during fair week was approved.
•Nicholas Sansone was approved as a student teacher from Aug. 20 until Dec. 6.
•Six students were approved to work at the district through the CareerLink program.
•The district’s second annual STEAM Camp for early June was approved; 179 children are registered.
•The district’s first Summer Spark Camp set for early July was approved.
•The retirement of bus driver Betty Castick was approved.
•The following resignations were approved: assistant cheerleading advisor Sydney Brush, assistant band director Patricia Miles, aide Betsy Amudi, cafeteria worker Amy McCosby and bus driver Kim Crawley.
•A five-year contract with the Laurel Educational Support Personnel Association was approved.