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Lanesboro Schools looks into security system


Fri, Aug 22nd, 2008
Posted in Education

Teenaged boys in orange and black jerseys clustered around the doors of the Lanesboro School on a cool, rainy Thursday evening as the school board gathered inside to address the upcoming year. Fall was in the air.

Principal Brett Clarke presented a list of pros and cons, as requested at the last meeting, of spending money for a security system in the schools. All members had given it more thought since the last meeting and Mr. Clarke presented solid points for and against the expenditure ending with the question, "What are we hoping to accomplish with such a system?"

The concern had been on the issue of bullying behavior and some wondered if such a system was designed for security more than for identifying behavioral problems within the building.

Is the problem physical bullying or verbal?

Can a camera capture verbal bullying?

Who would be responsible for monitoring the cameras?

The questions were all valid and it was decided that when school begins a presentation would be offered to the teachers for their input before a decision was made. The cost would be about $30,000, with each camera costing $75 with a licensing and updating fee of $250 per camera. It was suggested that other school districts that have installed such systems be consulted about their experience and satisfaction with it.

Health Insurance

Bids were sought for group health insurance and the best offer would cost $11,000 per year for individual coverage and $26,000 per year for family coverage. Since the district would be covering a relatively small group, insurance companies are less than enthusiastic about competing in such a market. Few members have ever expressed interest in such a plan. Currently, the district offers an HRA benefit (Health Reimbursement Arrangement) wherein the district offers a dollar amount, based upon salary and position, to each employee to use toward insurance coverage or health care expenses. Since many employees have additional insurance through a spouse, none have been interested in changing this benefit system, so it will remain in place.

Other Business

• The board accepted resignations and agreed on new personnel to fill the positions for Title I and ECFE coordinators. They named coaches for fall sports and extra curricular activities as well as Day Care Director and approved a contract for a new Special Ed teacher.

• The school handbook was revised just last year so few changes were made this year but it outlines rules and expectations and will be handed out to students in the first week of school, taken home to review with parents, then signed by parents and returned to school.

• The school website has a link that parents and students can access with a password that allows them to see such information as meal purchases and account balances as well as grades and attendance.

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