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Oak Hill pays more to fix PA system

BY HEATHER COX - hcox@chronicle-tribune.com

MIER — The Oak Hill United School Corporation approved money an unforeseen cost for audio cable replacement in lieu of a new public announcement system on Monday evening.

In a 5-2 vote, the board agreed to pay an additional $11,906.76 for cable replacement.

Superintendent Joel Martin said the original quote from Fairchild Communications did not include costs for new cable because it was not thought to be necessary. Once the project began, however, the new cable was discovered to be needed to have the new system work to its full potential.

The original quote approved by the school board on Feb. 11 of this year was for $45,277.46. The change order which was approved by the board on Monday was for an additional $11,906.76.

As part of the agreement, Martin said Fairchild is compensating back a value of $10,000 over the next five years. This will be given through five years of free annual fire alarm system inspections which is at least a $2,000 value per year.

In other business, the board also approved changes to the dual enrollment requirements for students who are homeschooled and involved in OHUSC.

Originally, dual enrollment students were required to take at least one class at Oak Hill Junior High or Oak Hill High School and could be involved in an extracurricular. Now, the requirements expect new dual enrollment students at the junior high to enroll in at least two periods per day and high school dual enrollment students at least three periods per day.

The current or continuing homeschooled students will be grandfathered into the old requirements. The requirements were approved by a 5-2 vote from the board.

Additionally, the board discussed an application for a school loan to go toward the acquisition of a Safe Visitors Solutions system. The application would be for a $3,497 loan.

Martin said Safe Visitor provides a system for “background checks” for school visitors to Oak Hill buildings. He said it would quickly accomplish a search of records through a scan of a driver’s license and would alert school personnel to anyone who might have an issue from the past that is a safety concern for the students and staff.

Oak Hill officials hope to have the system installed for use for the 2019-2020 school year, Martin said, which would give an added layer of security at each of their buildings.

The next school board meeting is scheduled for May 27 at 6:30 p.m.