ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The St. Clairsville-Richland City School District has been awarded an $88,962 grant to build a new entrance for the college as well as radios and repeaters for the district.
Superintendent Walter Skaggs told school board members Wednesday morning that the district was recently notified that it had received the grant.
“Every year we hold the Belmont County Active Fire Exercise here where we have all the agencies – the state patrol, local police, sheriff’s office and our EMS. One of the areas they found they were having trouble with was that there were certain areas of our buildings with dead spots,” Skaggs said.
Skaggs said the funds will help purchase necessary upgrades and radios for all staff members, so communication will be possible from every location on campus.
“I am delighted to receive this grant and it will be a great improvement,” he said.
Skaggs said officials were applying for another grant for new lock and camera systems for the college. He said they were hoping to get a $200,000 grant to increase the building’s security. A new gate and a waiting area have already been installed. A new sign warning people of the entrance will be installed soon.
“That way everyone will have their own separate entrance and that increases security,” he said.
Skaggs said the sheriff’s office held a second two-day training for area law enforcement and school personnel late last month at the school building.
“It was several active shooting scenarios. I think it’s really good that we invite our local law enforcement because when they respond, they know the layout of the building, they know where things are, they know the communication. They can identify the signage and know exactly where they are going. We encourage them to be part of it. We open our doors to our local law enforcement and appreciate what they do,” he said.
In other areas, Skaggs said the federal free breakfast and lunch program ended at the end of the 2021-22 school year. He said the district recommends parents and families complete the free and reduced lunch form for the upcoming school year.
“Thus, eligible people can continue to receive these benefits,” he added.
Forms are available on the school website as well as hard copies at the district office.
A 30 minute in camera session was held at the start of the meeting. Then business continued. The Board unanimously approved the Treasurer’s report and the Superintendent’s report and recommendations. Some of the superintendent’s recommendations included approving bus routes for the 2022-23 school year, approving certified middle and high school staff to serve as Saturday school monitors at a rate of $80 per quarter of work as needed, and school walk approval. group trip to Orlando, Florida, Nov. 30-Dec. 30. 5.