The Dallastown Area school board voted Thursday to approve about $161,000 in security-related changes to school grounds.
The funds will come from the district's capital reserve fund and will go toward a new middle school entrance, new cameras, an intercom system and crowd control barriers for the high school stadium.
The middle school entrance, an estimated $72,000, is the largest of the projects and would ensure visitors to the middle school visit the office sign in before gaining access to the entire building.
With the new entrance, visitors will be buzzed into only one outside door, which will open to a new corridor that leads directly to the main office.
The bidding process for that project will start too late for the project to be completed before school starts in the fall, board member Michael Noll said. The middle school principal, Sue Cathcart, said she will suggest times for the work to be completed that won't disrupt student schedules, Noll said.
Other projects: An additional $40,000 will be used to add another 28 cameras to the secondary campus, especially at entrances and the stadium. An estimated $32,000 will be used to install an intercom system for all the athletic fields around the campus, in the event of a weather emergency or other incident.
The cameras will provide lines of vision to previous blind spots, and the intercom system will allow for immediate notification in the event of an emergency, instead of someone on a go-cart traveling field to field, Noll said.
The board also approved spending about $17,000 for crowd control barriers to keep spectators off playing surfaces, especially the district's new turf field in the high school stadium. With a new turf field expected to be complete for the football season, Noll said the buildings and grounds committee recommended buying the barriers, along with carts to easily move them from one location to another.
The security upgrades are further steps in a district-wide effort to make improvements. In May, the board approved $41,242 to upgrade entrances at the Ore Valley, Loganville-Springfield and Leaders Heights elementary schools. Those upgrades are expected to be complete before the start of the school year.
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