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Board approves security system upgrade at all buildings

At its June 16 school board meeting, the New Richmond School District Board of Education discussed and approved the installation of a new security system at all of the schools within the district.

The new system, the server-based Avigilon Control Center 5.0 from Siemens, will cost the district $84,759 and should be up and running by next school year, according to Director of Fiscal and Building Operations Brian Johnston. The school district currently uses a DVR-based security system, which has given the district problems in the past and also has a shorter life span.

“One of the problems that we have with the old system is that when the DVR goes down we lose all the data stored on it,” Johnston said. “With the new system we can back up all the data we have and have it available to us later. The system is also significantly upgraded overall, which means we will have clearer video because we can have better cameras. With the new cameras you can also move them to get different angles as well.”

Among the other positives of a server-based system is that the system can be accessed from any computer, with the right passwords and other codes, whereas the current system can only be accessed from a computer that has the system on it.

“One of the positives of the server-based system is that you can access that on any computer using passwords and so forth,” said Director of Fiscal and Building Operations Brian Johnston. “This system would also make it a lot easier if the police need to be viewing our cameras if we get into an emergency at one of the schools. In an emergency situation, the police could log into the system from pretty much anywhere they wanted to set up a hub and get the video they need from inside the school.”

The server-based system Johnston suggested the board approve was $1,500 more than a Hybrid DVR system, but he believes that the extra money is well worth the increased accessibility and storage capabilities the server-style system provides.

“We can buy as big of drives as we need to for the server system, which means we can store a lot more data and video than we can currently,” Johnston said. “Right now, we can only retain about three to four months worth of data depending on the building. Since there are a lot more cameras at the high school, their retention time is shorter than say Paperjack Elementary.”

The school will purchase the hardware to upgrade the system in this year’s budget and then buy the software using next year’s budget, which would mean it could possibly have the system ready to go by late July.

Other business

-- The school board approved Cory Stickan and SkillsUSA advisor Tom Leque to attend the SkillsUSA National Competition in Kansas City, Mo., which runs from June 23-27.

-- The board approved the joint agreement with St. Mary School for meals for the 2014-15 school year.

-- The board approved the hirings of Brittany Bell (second-grade teacher, Hillside Elementary), Cally Hahn (sign language interpreter, Starr Elementary), Heather Harris (third-grade teacher, Paperjack Elementary), Emily Lucas (first-grade teacher, Hillside) and Derrek Pedersen (fourth-grade teacher, Hillside).

-- The board approved the resignations of Redgie Nielsen, high school business education teacher.
-- The board approved donations of $568.75 to the Josh Goodrich Memorial Scholarship Fund, $1,000 to the NRHS girls varsity tennis program and $1,000 to Paperjack Elementary.

-- The board approved the activity account for boys tennis.

-- Karen Brummer made a presentation on the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 during the board meeting.

-- The board approved the institutions in which it deposits money, including Royal Credit Union, First National Community Bank and WESTconsin Credit Union.

-- The New Richmond High School will host the 2014 “Facilitating the Future” conference on June 24-27, from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. A free pre-conference meeting will be held in New Richmond on June 23, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on “Schools and Business Partnering for a Better Future,” including presentations by Robin Kroyer-Kubicak of the DPI and Conor Smyth of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS), keynote address by Dan Conroy, “Building Wisconsin Manufacturing,” “The Technical College Solution” by Bob Meyer of WITC, plus panel discussions. The New Richmond School District Food Services staff will provide lunches for the conference.

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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