J-M board approves additional surveillance cameras for school

February 19, 2013

JEFFERSON – Jefferson-Morgan School Board voted Tuesday to purchase additional security cameras for the district’s middle-senior high school.

The board approved a contract under the state bidding program to purchase 11 new cameras for the building from Dagostino Electronics at a cost of $6,184.15.

The building is already equipped with 15 cameras. With the additional cameras, every “nook and cranny” of the building will be pretty much covered, said technology coordinator Adam Swinchock. The district’s elementary school also is equipped with a camera surveillance system.

The board had decided last month to add to its building and grounds committee the task of addressing school security and student safety. Before, the district had a committee of administrators and teachers that addressed these issues. Now, such matters also will be considered at the board level, Superintendent Donna Furnier said.

In other business, Furnier reported the district’s field house and fitness center is open to the public; however, more adult volunteers are needed to keep it open.

The fitness center has been open from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday thanks to the efforts of several volunteers, including board members Bob Mitchell and Cindy Jento. A third volunteer and a part-timer also have helped out, but the one volunteer will be leaving in a few weeks.

Volunteers must obtain Act 33, 34 and 114 clearances. Swinchock was asked to place information about how to obtain the clearances on the district’s website.

The board voted to accept a bid of $50 for a house in Jefferson Borough from the county Tax Claim Bureau. The property was placed up for sale at a judicial sale but has remained unsold since 2005.

The property is being purchased by the Greene County Redevelopment Authority, which hopes to rehabilitate the home, lease or sell it and return it to the tax rolls. Furnier said about $14,000 in taxes are owed on the property; however, taxes owed and other liens or judgements on the property were discharged at the judicial sale.

Board President Mark Pochron suggested the redevelopment authority attend a board meeting to explain the program.

Bob Niedbala worked as a general assignment reporter for the newspaper for 27 years in the Greene County bureau. He received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Pittsburgh.

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