Security upgrades in the works

RINDGE — The Jaffrey-Ringe Cooperative School District will spend $24,900 on a district-wide security system upgrade and $240,000 on renovating the locker rooms for Conant High School and Jaffrey-Rindge Memorial School.

During the School Board meeting June 2, the board unanimously approved two bids for teh projects.

Board members decided to award a security upgrade contract to Monadnock Security Inc, a New Ipswich-based company founded in 1994.

School District Superintendent James O’Neill noted during the meeting that there is a need for security upgrades in the district. “We had state-recognized experts review our security system and the recommendation was that we upgrade our system,” O’Neill said.

In his report to the School Board, Facilities Manager Bill Sudsbury indicated Monadnock Security Inc. uses the same DVR software the school district currently uses, so the security staff is already trained in the subject. MSSI has committed to have the system upgrades, including new security cameras, onsite and installed before June 30.

Also, a bid for renewing the lockers was given to Seppala Construction Inc., a Rindge-based company. According to a document from the Facilities Committee, Seppala Construction Inc. had presented a comprehensive plan to execute the renovations.

The proposal included replacing lighting in the locker rooms and renovating benches, locker stalls and partitions.

The committee also recommended spending $20,000 — already budgeted in the $240,000for the project — to add a heat exchange system and tile shower stalls, instead of fiber-glass units.

School Board and Facilities Committee member Jeff Clark-Kevan said one of the reasons Seppala Construction was recommended is because the company specified the quality of the materials that will be used to complete the renovations.

“[Seppala Construction] specified what they will construct, how will they do it and the materials they will use for it. Other companies did not provide this information,” Clark-Kevan said.

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