Hillman school board OKs $66K in upgrades

HILLMAN — Hillman Community Schools is on track to upgrade its schools within the next year.

The district Board of Education on Monday approved the purchase of a security camera system with a price not to exceed $39,558 and a new, $26,580 roof for the wing of Hillman Elementary School that was added in 1985. The roof on that section of the building is original.

The money will come from the district’s sinking fund. Voters in November approved a new 10-year, 1-mill property tax that will generate about $176,000 each year for the district and cost the owner of a $100,000 house about $50 a year.

The district received $179,650 from taxpayers in July and the money will be used for building maintenance, security, and technology this school year.

The security camera system will come from All Campus Security for $39,558. The district received a resident donation for school security last year that still has $9,000 remaining and will be used toward this project.

Superintendent Carl Seiter said administrators will be able to type in a day and time to find video, instead of having to watch hours of video to find a specific clip.

“I’m very excited about this,” Seiter said.

Technology Director Michael Probert said cameras will be installed in both schools in the hallways, cafeteria, gymnasium, library, and outside both schools at the doors.

He said the cameras will last between eight and 10 years and can store the videos for up to a month and a half.

“We’re only going to record motion,” he said. “It won’t record dead space, so that’s how we’re going to get that much space.”

Probert said audio is not built into the security system, but can be added in the future. Law enforcement will have access to the recorded footage in emergency situations, Seiter said.

Seiter said that project will be completed as soon as possible.

Hillman accepted a bid from Jon Schulze Construction for $26,580 for the new roof. The project will be completed in the summer, once school gets out. If patchwork needs to be completed throughout the school year, the district will do it, Seiter said.

In other business

The Hillman Community Schools Board of Education on Monday also:

∫ accepted resignations from industrial arts teacher Joshua Brege, math teacher Joshua Obeada, ninth-grade class adviser Amanda Klein, seventh-grade class adviser Kari Fletcher, cook Tamyra Klis, and paraprofessional Elizabeth Gross. All of the employees left Hillman for new jobs.

∫ hired Joseph Mercer as a junior/senior high school math teacher, Jenny Taratuta as varsity girls basketball coach, Kayla Nichols and Kim Weiland as sixth-grade class advisers, and Lisa Applegren and Kelly Burwell as ninth-grade class advisers.