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The Corsicana Independent School District

Staff and student safety will be significantly increased ready for the 2011-12 school year after the CISD Board of Trustees approved a move for increased security measures at their regular meeting on Monday.  

The near $170,000 pilot project will see 16 cameras installed at Sam Houston Elementary and a further seven in the CISD Administration Building.

Keyless entry systems will also be installed at both facilities, limiting access to the public to within business hours, and allocating staff members with different levels of access cards for entry into buildings, said Rob Ludwig, CISD Director of Communications.

District administrators will be monitoring the effectiveness of the installations once they are in operation before deciding on any further expansion of security measures across other campuses.

   “We do have a system at the high school. We have wanted to expand it for several years but we wanted to do it the right way and the most efficient way,” Ludwig said. “It’s all about trying to make our campuses more safe and secure. Safety and security is one of the top priorities that we try to ensure at the campuses and that is why we are going there (Sam Houston) to use it as a test campus to see how we expand it and what we do from there.”

Each campus will have designated staff who can monitor security on a live networked feed or play back the recordings if necessary.

The keyless entry system at Sam Houston and central administration will ensure all entrances and exits are secure after hours and will help to control the flow of parents or members of the public through the correct entrances.

Karl Walker, the district assistant superintendent for technology and information services, is directing the technological overhaul at CISD. He has worked closely with Cisco, a leading competitor in the field of technology and security, to ensure that CISD is getting an efficient system.

The work will be performed by TFE, who operate on numerous projects with governmental organizations and public entities throughout the United States.

CISD MEETING BRIEFS

Student recognition

The board recognized a number of students who competed in UIL events with varying degrees of success.

Superintendents report

Superintendent Dr. Diane Frost reported that interviewing is to begin this week for candidates for the positions of principal at Bowie Elementary and principal at Carroll Elementary. The district has received 64 applications in total for the two available positions. Frost also reported that graduation will take place at 8 p.m. on May 27, while the top 10 percent banquet will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday at the Cook Center. Summer school is set to be hosted at Navarro Elementary and Corsicana High School this year.  

Driving program go ahead

Trustees approved the Virtual Driver Education Program course for half a credit to be taught at CISD. Students will have free access to the book portion of the course as long as they are at least 14 years of age. The course can be studied online with the final exam being taken at CHS. The district will receive $80 for every student who completes the course. Enrollment for the first summer session between June 6-July 15 will end on June 3. Enrollment for the second summer session to take place between July 18- Aug. 26 will end on July 15. Students would also have an option to take the full course, including driving, for $325.  

Meetings policies approved

The board approved policy updates submitted by the Meetings and Committees sub-committee to outline a number of areas to help CISD public meetings run more efficiently and within the boundaries of state laws. Conduct of board members and the privacy of certain information were some of the highlights of the approved policy.

‘Yes’ to bank contract

Following a request for bids from six banks for a bank depository contract to run between the district and said bank, trustees approved the placement of funds with Citizens National Bank of Corsicana.

Administration resolutions accepted

Section 125 of an interlocal agreement, the cafeteria plan for supplemental insurance, was approved by trustees. The agreement, made between the district and First Financial Group of America, will alter the insurance plan for employees by eliminating liability, exposure and fees for the district and for employees.  

Web filtering set for improvement

Tighter controls on web content filtering will be put in place after trustees approved a motion for Cisco IronPort eMail and Web Content to provide a new appliance. The move will mean much tighter internet security for the district.

Network storage to expand

The district will also be vastly expanding its online network storage capacity by installing an EMC SAN in place of the Dell EqualLogic storage facility presently in place. The current facility is filled to 98 percent capacity, meaning the district can not expand its online usage with the current system in place. Trustees approved a move to spend $69,488 from the fund balance to purchase the equipment. The system is expected to last about three years.

Consent agenda approved

A consent agenda was approved that contained items including minutes from the previous meetings of April 18 and May 2, the personnel report, May tax office delinquent report, a TASB policy update and donations of $1597 and $5230 from the Corsicana Booster Club.

Announcements  

A board workshop will take place at 6 p.m. on June 2 in the CISD Administration building and the next regular meeting is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on June 20. The annual Employee Breakfast for CISD employees will take place in the CHS Commons at 8 a.m. on June 4.

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Oliver Sheehan may be reached by e-mail at oliver@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “Soundoff” on this story? E-mail: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com

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