By Melissa Klaric
Herald Staff Writer
Kids in the Reynolds School District will be coming back from summer vacation to a “cooler” school that will have new rooftop air conditioners, added security, and a fourth technology lab stocked with the latest in desktop computers and more.
“This is all about improving education and tightening up security,” Superintendent Joseph Neuch said.
New security measures in the amount of about $105,000 have been approved by the school board, to be taken out of the capital expenditures fund, according to Neuch.
A complete change in how teachers and staff enter the building is in the works. A state-of-the-art computerized system will record and log the comings and goings of everyone through access cards. Each door and window will be programmed to send an alert to the security system if it is opened.
Building multiple doors in the front of the high school and elementary buildings will divert visitors to a secure area before they can make it into the main school office.
An armed Pymatuning patrolman, who has been patrolling the school for six years, will have a new security office in the middle/high school building where visitors must check in before they can get to the main office.
New blacktop in front of the school and five new industrial rooftop air conditioners are part of summer improvements.
Neuch could not state a dollar amount for some of the work because bids are still being accepted and will not be read until the May 15 board meeting.