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PHS to make security upgrades

School’s awards ceremony discussed

PRINCETON — Additional security measures will be put into place this summer at Princeton High School.

At Wednesday’s meeting of the PHS Board, Superintendent Kirk Haring said PHS has received a $13,000 School Security Grant from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. The grant money will go, in part, for a new school security camera system, in which 32 additional high resolution cameras will be installed.

Grant money will also go for a new visitor identification system in which visitors will be required to show their driver’s license/state identification, which is then scanned and checked against several state databases, Haring said Thursday. After checking the person’s identification, an identification badge will be printed for the visitor.

Finally, grant money will also be used to install shatter-resistant film on entry door windows, as required by the grant, Haring said.

Haring thanked staff members Barb Valle and Sam Pickard for working together to secure the grant for PHS. The School Security Grant is a competitive grant for which lots of districts applied and not a lot of districts received it, Haring said.

Haring also reported to the board the punch list for the new outdoor bleachers project has been about 99.9 percent completed, except for some grass seed work which will need continued monitoring. He’s very happy with the entire project and looks forward to continued use of the new facility, he said.

In his report, Principal Andy Berlinski thanked the board for attending the recent awards night ceremony and graduation ceremony at the school. Berlinski also commended Linda Berry for organizing the ceremonies.

Board member Stephanie Van Ordstrand initiated a discussion on any possible changes or adjustments which could be made with the awards ceremony to increase community and peer recognition for the students. Some of the awards are from the school, but others are from the community.

After further board discussion, Haring said anything that can be done to recognize as many students as possible in front of their parents and families, their peers and the community is a good thing. The conversation will continue on possible ways to improve the awards ceremony in coming years, Haring said.

Berlinski also announced the Horace Mann Educators Corporation has named PHS staff member Eric Tinley as a featured educator as part of its “Teach It Forward” celebration. Tinley was nominated for the honor by local Horace Mann agent Cindy Musselman of Princeton. Tinley will be recognized during the school’s June 3 institute day and will be presented with a $100 gift card, Berlinski said.

In other business, the board recognized students Hailey Hedden, Jacob Doan, Kara Roberson, Brady Frank, Lauren Johnson and Aerial Neff as Students of the Month for May.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the board approved several personnel items, including the appointments of Brandon Crawford and Rob Jackson as Student Council sponsors; Michael Fredericks, as a summer painter; and Josie Gustafson, as an assistant volleyball coach. The board also approved the appointments of John Jesse as a custodian and Brik Wedekind as assistant football coach.

The board accepted the resignations of David Gray as an assistant girls soccer coach and Joann Bowman as assistant cross country coach.

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