Mountain View maintenance director Bob Taylor demonstrated a security bar device at the Monday, Oct. 22 school board meeting. The security bar would mount onto each classroom door and prevent it from opening during an intruder/active shooter emergency.
Taylor explained that the mounting plate will be attached to doors, and all teachers will be trained in quick installation of the bar, or it could be hung upon or swivel mounted to the door so that it could be quickly implemented.
The devices are available through the same company that manufactures the entrance security system already installed at the school, and the security bars cost about $100 each. To install the security bars in both school buildings, the total cost would be about $10,000-$12,000.
Board member Sondra Stine said that she attended the most recent active shooter training, and highly recommended other board members attend future trainings.
Taylor also noted that work is still being done on the energy savings project. The new boilers are in place, and pipes have been insulated.
Andrea Sanders, of Clifford, was hired as a special education teacher.
Staff member Danielle Scott of Harford Township spoke during the visitor comment session about a PSEA Leadership Conference she attended with paraeducator Veronica Thomas the previous week. She gave the board and district administrators information about leftover packaged food that would otherwise be discarded after school lunches. Scott said that certain items can be given to needy families. “It’s mind-boggling, the amount of food wasted,” she said.
Superintendent Karen Voigt agreed that it is not against regulations for the already purchased items to be donated. “Our Wellness Committee is continuing to talk about this,” Voigt said. “It is not against regulations, and the school is not liable for the food if it is given away.”
High School Principal Rob Presley showed slides of the snow plow painted by Mountain View art students that has been entered into the PennDOT competition. The design painted by the art students depicts a character from the TV show “The Simpsons” and reads, “DOH’t crowd the plow.”
Last year, Mountain View had the first place winning plow. Presley said that the plow will be installed on a truck that will be plowing district roads.
Elementary School Principal Dr. Chris Lake hailed Fire Prevention Week as a great success, and praised the fire companies for sending numerous fire trucks and handing out free water bottles to all the elementary students.
A Veterans Day observance will be held on Monday, Nov. 12 at 9 a.m., and the program will begin outside at the flagpole. Veterans will be coming to classrooms to talk about careers in the military as a kickoff to Career Week, which also begins on Monday, Nov. 12.
The district approved a fuel oil bid from Mirabito Fuel Group out of Binghamton, NY, for $2.5271 per gallon.