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Improved security key part of Sylvania Schools' 5-year plan

The Sylvania School District's five-year capital improvement plan for $5.55 million includes security improvements as well as building upgrades. 

The plan, recommended by Superintendent Brad Rieger and approved by the school board recently, includes $170,000 each year for security improvements, or a total of $850,000. It also has about $1 million for repaving parking lots and driveways and about $180,000 each year for new buses, or a total of $900,000. Other expenditures include replacing the roof at Whiteford Elementary School for $510,000, set for the 2016-17 school year.

For the security enhancements, the district will improve its surveillance cameras in all buildings and improve its communication system. It plans to construct backup rooms for each school's public-address systems, its surveillance cameras, and telephone lines. This is being done for an event in which the school's office is take over by an intruder. District officials, citing safety reasons, have declined to identify where these rooms are being installed.

The security upgrades are still being planned, but camera upgrades are planned first Northview and Southview high schools.

The capital improvement plan calls for maintenance projects over the five years, such as painting various district buildings for $30,000 each year for a total of $150,000, replacing carpet with vinyl tile for $60,000 each year for a total of $300,000, and asphalt and sealing repairs for $50,000 each year for a total of $250,000.

Also in the plan is money from recently school property sales that will be used for athletic field upgrades at the two high schools. About $600,000 from the sale of unneeded land on Mitchaw Road will cover the construction of a football stadium at Southview High School, and $200,000 in proceeds from a King Road land sale in 2012 will be used for the construction of a practice field at Northview High School. Both projects, scheduled for the 2013 to 2014 school year, are part of the long-term athletic field upgrades at both high schools totaling $11 million.

Mr. Rieger said he anticipates the costs of the capital projects will be funded mainly by the sale of the property where the now-closed Central Elementary is located. The sale is scheduled for auction on July 18. 

Another source of revenue for these projects will come from a 4.9-mill levy passed in 2004, generating $375,000 annually.

The capital improvement plan could change depending on revenue, Mr. Reiger said. The permanent improvement fund has a cash balance of $336,000. The balance in 2013 school year was $608,000. 

Contact Natalie Trusso Cafarello at: 419-206-0356 or ntrusso@theblade.com. 

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