B-A improves security at district schools

Board approves plan to add new locks to buildings

BELLWOOD — Bellwood-Antis School Board members Tuesday took another step to improve security at the district’s schools.

Board members approved an updated contract with Dagostino Electronic Services of Pittsburgh to add new locks at the district’s buildings.

Earlier this year the district received a $628,000 Safe Schools Grant from Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.

The original cost of the project was $632,900, leaving $4,900 to be covered by district funds.

“The locks at the elementary school were falling apart, it was a recipe for disaster. They had not been replaced since the 1980s. This will cover all interior doors in grades K-12,” Superintendent Thomas McInroy said. “There are some items that we will need complete in the near future, not this year. This is an excellent start and completes about 95 percent of the project,” McInroy sad.

Meanwhile, board members named Paul Pfahler to serve as coordinator of event security at a rate of $16 per hour and named Pfahler, Pam Emigh, Ron Adams and Scott Hemminger as security personnel for events at $14 per hour.

Board members also agreed to increase the pay for greeters to $10 per hour.

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