MARION CENTER — The Marion Center Area school directors Monday took more steps to bolster security in the district’s three school buildings.
The directors on a split vote moved to purchase 44 more security video cameras, these from Horizon Information Services, for $57,500. Some of the additional cameras will be installed in each of the schools.
The board also agreed to pay Mashan Communications and Electric, of Home, $10,034 to do the wiring installation of the cameras; Horizon $9,900 to configure the cameras; and synergitIT $4,478 for the network configuration of the cameras into the security system.
The directors also formally approved a job description for a school security officer although no vote has been taken to hire one. Thirteen applications have been received since the district advertised for a security officer to create a pool of applicants.
The directors also agreed to provide a letter of support to the ad hoc committee working to secure a Challenger Learning Center for Indiana County. The NASA-affiliated Challenger Learning Centers were started by survivors of the astronauts who died in the space shuttle Challenger explosion in 1986. The centers are regional science learning facilities where students use math and science skills to perform hands-on experiments in simulated space flights.
There are 48 of the centers. The one proposed for a yet-to-be chosen location in Indiana County would be the first in Pennsylvania.
Other goals of the centers are to increase the number of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) courses that students take during their secondary and post-secondary educations, and to provide students entering the workforce with the necessary skill sets to pursue STEM-related careers.
In other action the directors:
- Approved Glenda Cribbs’ trip with nine students on May 3 and 4 to Carlisle to participate in the State History Day competition and for teacher Tyson Ellenberger and senior Lojjik Braughler to travel to Anaheim, Calif., June 25 to July 1, where Braughler will compete in the National Future Business Leaders of America competition.
- Approved the Indiana County Technology Center’s 2013-14 general operating budget. The Marion Center district’s share will be $551,636.
- Added Nicole Griffith to the professional substitute list and John Rising to the substitute bus driver list.