FD school board approves bathroom vape sensors…


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Webster County Sheriff Luke Fleener and Fort Dodge Police Department Capt. Dennis Quinn introduced to the college board the usual response protocol that regulation enforcement and the faculties have been utilizing to be ready for any doable crises.

Years in the past, when highschool college students would sneak into faculty bogs to smoke cigarettes, directors added smoke detectors to discourage that exercise. As e-cigarettes and vapes turn out to be well-liked with underage customers, directors at the moment are in search of methods to maintain college students from vaping within the faculty bogs.

On Monday, Fort Dodge Senior High Principal Stacy Laird requested the School Board for permission to make use of $16,900 from the constructing’s funds to buy a dozen vape sensors to be positioned within the faculty’s most trafficked bogs.

“These environmental detectors actually have the ability to detect vapors … it will send messages to whoever we have programmed in, letting us know that there’s something going on in the bathroom that we need to go check,” Laird stated.

The board accepted the acquisition from Verkada Environmental Detectors, of San Mateo, California, which incorporates 12 sensors (two for every of the six bogs) and a five-year licensing settlement.

Laird additionally acquired a quote from ACP CreativIT, of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, for $14,739. However, ACP’s quote solely included one 12 months of licensing.

The board heard a presentation from Webster County Sheriff Luke Fleener and Fort Dodge Police Capt. Dennis Quinn about the usual response protocol the faculties and regulation enforcement comply with within the occasion of a disaster on a college’s campus.

“The good news is we’ve had this partnership in place for the last six years,” Fleener stated. “Thankfully it’s never been needed.”

The objective of the protocol, he stated, is to get everybody — regulation enforcement, college students, employees, mother and father, directors, group members — on the identical web page within the occasion of a disaster and use the identical terminology to keep away from confusion with phrases like “lock out” versus “lock down” and different conditions.

Fleener stated he and the FDPD conduct safety coaching and drills with district employees often.

The price of the renovations being accomplished at Cooper Elementary School has elevated barely. The faculty board accepted a $109,000 change order on Monday evening. Most of that expense — about $104,700 of it — was to switch a number of classroom fixtures that weren’t initially a part of the mission, together with whiteboards, cupboards, sinks and taps, stated Ryan Utley, district director of buildings and grounds.

The faculty deliberate to reuse current white boards, however when contractors started to widen the classroom doorways, they needed to lower into the white boards — which had been simply laminate white board over the previous chalkboards.

Utley additionally stated the district deliberate to reuse the present cabinetry within the school rooms, however discovered that asbestos tiling was beneath and would have to be abated in the event that they ever determined to take these cupboards out. He stated they determined to only take these cupboards out and take away the asbestos tiling together with the remainder of the asbestos abatement that’s a part of the mission.

The Cooper renovation mission is being funded via the district’s share of COVID reduction funds, with the district’s bodily plant and gear levy fund protecting a small quantity.

The wheelchair elevate in Cooper can be going to get replaced throughout this mission. The board accepted a $15,195 bid from Wheelchair Dynamics, of Fort Dodge, to switch the present wheelchair elevate that goes from the principle stage of the constructing all the way down to the gymnasium space.

“It’s close to 25 years old and actually came out of the old Fair Oaks, so it’s just in need of replacement,” Utley stated.

He added that two firms evaluated the elevate and estimated it might need two to a few years’ use left, however due to the flooring alternative already being accomplished with this mission, he determined now can be time to switch it.

Utley additionally acquired a bid from Access Elevator and Lifts, of Des Moines, for $17,450.

The board additionally acquired an replace from a crew of scholars at Butler Elementary School who went on a “crusade” to deliver a water bottle filling station to the fourth- and fifth-grade hallway on the faculty.

In early March, the group introduced its mission to the board and deliberate to promote bracelets and water bottles to fund the $1,600 wanted for the equipment.

Group member Emersyn Lara, a fifth-grader, advised the board on Monday evening that they’ve exceeded their funding objective by $300.

“We haven’t decided what we’re going to do,” she stated.

The water station has been ordered and the scholars — Lara, in addition to fifth-graders Ray’Zaria Parker, Ava Potter and Brooklyn Gilliland — will work collectively to resolve what to do with the additional cash that will nonetheless profit the college group, Principal Jessica Kruckenberg stated.

Kruckenberg stated they hope the water station will likely be put in earlier than the top of the college 12 months, so the scholars can use it for just a few weeks earlier than they depart for the summer season and transfer on to center faculty.

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