Editor's Notebook: April 9 Board of Education Work Session
The Board of Education approved the purchase of new intercom/phone system during a quick and relatively quiet work session, with a few action items and limited liaison reports.
The new intercom system, which will be installed over the summer, will serve as the new PA system for each school and a telephone in each room, to ensure each classroom has the ability to call 9-1-1 in an emergency. Issues with the district's PA systems were brought to light during the false alarm school lockdown on Sept. 28, 2012, and further concerns were raised following the Sandy Hook school shooting in December.
Funding for the new system comes from $15,425 cost savings under "Administrative Stipends." It includes the purchase of Toshiba equipment and wiring and installation.
Other purchases approved include a Salt Dog 2.0 Cubic Yard Salt Spreader for $3,800 and Toro Z Master Pro Series 7000 Mower for $12,858, both funded by a transfer of $16,658 from "Repair of Equipment" to "Equipment Maintenance," and a 2008 Club Car Electric Golf Cart for $3,370 to replace the current golf cart, which was funded by a transfer of $3,370 from "Supplies Athletics" to "Equipment Tech Services."
The board accepted a $12,000 donation from James and Dolores Fernandez, who's three children graduated from Midland Park schools. The donation through the Midland Park Public Education Foundation was earmarked for three teachers who made a positive impact in the education of the Fernandez family: Terri Wecht, Leon Varjian and Jack Ferriday. The teachers submitted proposals to the MPPEF for various classroom tools for this year and in years to come.