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Depew schools spend more on security measures

As its latest capital improvement project wraps up, Depew School District officials are shifting funds to further ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff.

During its meeting Tuesday night, the School Board approved $155,634 in change orders for additional security cameras, computer upgrades and lighting. The changes are part of the $15.9 million capital improvement project that was approved by voters in May 2011.

Before the vote, Project Manager Joe Aramini with LP Ciminelli outlined the progress that has been made over the summer, including classroom and suite upgrades at each school, an addition and parking lot reconfiguration at Cayuga Heights Elementary School and upgrades to the bus garage. He also boasted the addition of commercial-grade refrigerators and equipment to the Family and Consumer Sciences suite and new technology classrooms at the middle school.

Jerry Young, managing partner with Young and Wright Architectural, told the board that money remains from completed portions of the project, and he sought board approval to shift funding toward other needs, including $37,947 to complete entrance security upgrades; $30,552 for security cameras and additional lighting at Cayuga Heights; $22,456 to complete high school computer server upgrades to ensure operation in the event of an emergency; and $64,679 to complete HVAC rooftop unit upgrades.

Superintendent Jeffrey Rabey said that the enhancements would mean that security guards and main office staffs in each building would be able to monitor activity at front entrances.

Rabey also invited the public to the second annual Wall of Fame induction ceremony, which will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria at the high school, 5201 Transit Road.

Sixteen graduates from 1945 to 1997 will be honored during the event, which Rabey said has re-invigorated the Depew Wildcats Alumni Association, a group of graduates who work together to raise money and give back to the community. Evidence of the group’s resurgence was seen during the board meeting as the Depew Alumni presented the district a check for $700 from a recent fundraiser. Rabey said the induction ceremony is further proof of the organization’s dedication.

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