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May 12, 2013

Safety chance

Proposed capital project up for May 21 vote contains security upgrades

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The security evaluation was extensive, Fiegl said, but a lot of the findings the district was aware of. A good chunk of the findings can be resolved by just tightening up procedures, for example not holding the door open for an unknown visitor to a school. Instead, that person should have to be buzzed in no matter what.

Changes are being implemented now, Parker said. And it’s working, so far.

Bradley said she visited schools earlier this month as part of Paint Your School Purple Day. When she visited classrooms, every door was locked.

Other project work includes enhancing the kitchens at each of the elementary schools, upgrading the boiler system at Charlotte Cross School, putting in energy efficient windows at Anna Merritt Elementary, while new efficient lighting will be installed in a number of buildings.

Replacing the sidewalks at John Pound Early Childhood Center, installing emergency lights at various school buildings and adding an emergency generator at Charles Upson is also on the agenda.

Additional work includes upgrading heat, ventilation, air handling, water heaters and building piping at a number of schools, as well as improving vehicular and pedestrian access to Roy B. Kelley Elementary.

Workers will also replace select ceilings at Lockport High School and renovating bathroom facilities at Charlotte Cross School.

A number of technology upgrades will also be done, including a new wireless network and digital signs for video streaming with large screen LCD panels.

Most of the building upgrades were recommended by a state-mandated building condition survey conducted in 2010. Some improvements were addressed in 2011’s $18.9 million project.

PROPOSED CAPITAL PROJECT • TOTAL: $22.1 million (with $1.8 million going toward security upgrades) • FUNDING: Covered by state building aid, at a reimbursement rate of 92 percent, as well as about $3.1 million from the Lockport district's capital reserve and no additional tax impact on residents • WORK: Enhancing the kitchens at the elementary schools, upgrading the boiler system at Charlotte Cross School, energy efficient windows going in at Anna Merritt Elementary, while new efficient lighting will be installed in a number of buildings • Replacing the sidewalks at John Pound Early Childhood Center, installing emergency lights at various school buildings and an emergency generator at Charles Upson • Heat, ventilation, air handling, water heaters and building piping will be upgraded at a number of schools • Improving vehicular and pedestrian access to Roy B. Kelley Elementary • Replacing select ceilings at Lockport High School and renovating bathroom facilities at Charlotte Cross School • A number of technology upgrades will also be done, including a new wireless network and digital signs for video streaming with large screen LCD panels

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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