HOMER-CENTER: School security upgrade contract approved
October 18, 2013 10:50 AM

CENTER TOWNSHIP — Security improvement work is on tap for the Christmas break and early part of 2014 for the Homer-Center School District buildings.

The school board Thursday awarded a contract to Johnson Controls Inc., an energy and security controls firm based in Milwaukee, with a branch outlet in Hollsopple, Somerset County.

Johnson would be paid $179,444 to install electronic locks and card-key entry systems on the exterior doors of the high school and elementary school and a series of surveillance video cameras inside and outside the buildings.

The company’s bid is about $38,000 less than the estimate by the project designer, HHSDR Architects. The architects projected that the work could be completed by Feb. 28.

The contract was approved 7-0 with board Vice President Gerald Bertig and members Daniel Fabin, Fred Hayes, James McLoughlin, Julie Rado, Joy Sasala and Kimberly Thomas in favor. President Vicki Smith and member Sherri Williams were absent.

Bertig said Smith is attending a Pennsylvania School Boards Association leadership conference in Hershey, where Smith was to receive PSBA’s “Everyday Hero” award.

Bertig and Superintendent Charles Koren said Smith was to be honored for serving 16 years on the school board, including 14 years as president, and for more than 10 years as the district’s representative to the Indiana County Technology Center joint operating committee, where she also serves as president.

At the outset of the meeting, Koren presented certificates of appreciation to board members Bertig and Thomas, who both are nearing completion of eight years — two full terms — of service.

In other business, the board:

• Added Manon Gill as a five-day-a-week district employee performing information technology work. Gill had been working three days a week in the district as an employee of CJAWS, an information technology consulting company, and will replace Nathan Blehi, who accepted a job in July in the Marion Center Area School District.

• Hired Tracey Page as secretary to the business manager, effective Nov. 4 at a salary of $29,355.

• Hired Dana Zenisek as a part-time secretarial aide, effective Nov. 4 at a salary of $11.17 an hour.

• Approved Christine Yurky as musical choreographer at a supplemental salary of $400, and Jon Stolarz as musician director assistant at supplemental pay of $1,367.

• Approved Kelli Zerfoss as the junior high girls’ basketball coach and Dan Hillegas as assistant boys’ track coach, each at supplemental salaries of $2,256.

• Approved four teacher conference travel requests and six student field trip requests. Among them, Joy Wilson and members of the chorus will tour New York City and attend a Broadway show in March at no cost to the district; all other travel would be in-state.

• Approved the purchase of five certificates of deposit for $1,022,500 of district funds at interest rates of 0.35 percent at S&T Bank and 0.40 with the Pennsylvania Local Government Investment Trust.

• Approved Infocon Corp. to print and mail applications for the Homestead/Farmstead tax relief program to district property owners for the 2013-14 school year at a cost of $280 to $300 plus postage.

• Acknowledged a donation of $40 to the district band from Ginger and Jerry Blatt.

• Approved a contract with Bayada Home Health Care Inc. for in-school nursing services on an as-needed basis for the 2013-14 school year.

• Approved adjudication of two unidentified students, imposing unspecified discipline for unstated infractions.

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