On Monday, Feb. 13, the Perry School Board met at the High School Brady Library for their monthly Board of Education meeting. With all Board of Education members present, the following items are highlights discussed throughout the duration of Monday night’s meeting.

Building Security Project Update

Nate Hugeback, Walsh Security, and Technology Director, Rich Nichols discussed the updates pertaining the District security upgrades. Some of the improvements include security camera and card-entrance access, allowing both staff members and students to feel safe and secure. Additionally, once users swipe their card for entrance into a building, a camera is associated with that specific door and will be able to identify who is entering the building or if they are unable to enter. Another component of the security system will alert if a door is propped, or open longer than a certain amount of time. This will then alert the building administrator that a door is propped so they can be aware and bring up the camera to watch activity. All believe the project is going well.

IASB (Iowa Assoc. Of School Boards) “Day on the Hill”

Director Linda Andorf and Superintendent Lynn Ubben discussed their day at the Capitol meeting with legislators and advocating for Iowa Public Schools. Both were able to create and send questions to the four representatives and Andorf was able to get one of her questions asked. The duo were able to speak with Chip Baltimore, member of the Iowa House of Representative, and Dave Heaton, the Iowa State Representative from the 91st District.

Approval to Renew Corporate Sponsorship of an Activity for Soccer, Bowling, and Boys’ Swimming

The Board of Education voted approval the renewal of Corporate Sponsorship of an Activity for Soccer, Bowling and Boys’ Swimming. Currently, boys and girls soccer is shared with Panorama, while swimming is shared with Boone. While there weren’t boys interested in bowling last year, Perry has teamed up with Waukee in the past and will continue the partnership.

Approval of the 2017-2018 Academic Calendar

The Board of Education voted to approve the upcoming academic year. Students and staff members can anticipate to begin school on August 23rd and end on May 25th.