Beefing up security: BV Board votes to update bus bin cameras

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Berryville School Board voted to increase security for the district's transportation building at its Monday meeting.

Dr. Paul Hines, the district's facilities, maintenance and transportation director, recommended the school board expand the security camera coverage to the bus bin area.

"We have some cameras there, but they are not functional," Hines said. "They're what we replaced across the rest of the district."

He said installing five new digital cameras would provide coverage of the back of the maintenance officer as well as the north and south sides of the bus bin area. One camera will also need to be installed in the transportation building, Hines said, in case something happens while the buses are parked overnight.

"If one of the buses spontaneously combusted, which has happened, we would have a record of that," he said.

The board voted to approve replacing the security cameras at the transportation building for a cost of $9,755. Hines said that price included tax and installation fees.

The board also approved Hines's request to accept a bid of $1,650 for one of the district's three decommissioned school buses.

Hines said no bids were submitted for the other two buses. He said he would attempt to rebid the buses at a later time in the school year.

"They're functional

buses. I don't know why we didn't have any more response than we did," Hines said. "I think we'll hold off until spring and advertise the other two again. We may get more takers then."

The board later approved the 2016-17 Operating Budget, the 2016-17 Federal Programs Budget, the 2016-17 Perkins Budget and the 2016-17 Special Education Budget. The board approved the fuel purchase of $10,458.59 as well.

Superintendent Owen Powell said that the operating budget is down a little this year because of a decline in enrollment.

"We have compensated for that decrease by not replacing certain positions through attrition," Powell said. "We have also started paying certain salaries with Title I and NSL [National School Lunch Program] money."

He said the district's overall budget is in good shape and will have a healthy carryover as long as the district stays within budget.

Also at the meeting, the board voted to appoint David Waller as legislative liaison for the 2016-17 school year.

The board approved the following to be added to the substitute list for the cafeteria for the 2016-17 school year: Andrea Collins, Telisha Malotte, Jennifer McCarty and Patricia Webb.

The board also accepted the retirement letter of Paula Moore for the end of her current contract.

The board's next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, in the Intermediate School Cafetorium.

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