Structural Changes to Building Entrances
The SJSD began entrance upgrades at Robidoux, Lindbergh, Edison and Hyde during the summer of 2019. As of December 2019, new entrances were also installed at Ellison, Pickett, Skaith, and Truman. The upgrades reflect an estimated investment of approximately $371,000 during years 1 and 2 of the plan.
Security Cameras, Software and Related Equipment
The SJSD began the process of collecting Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for camera upgrades following the passage of the levy in 2019. The district is also working on the purchase of data storage, allowing for higher resolution cameras that will provide access to view the cameras remotely. A VOIP phone system installation took place during the first half of the 2019-2020 school year, which allows the district to have a phone in every classroom. These upgrades reflect an estimated investment of approximately $329,000 during years 1 and 2, and $200,000 during year 3 of the plan.
Additional School Safety Officers (4 SROs)
SJSD administration met with the St. Joseph Police Department recently and learned that they plan to have two SROs hired and trained by January 1, 2020. The addition of these SROs will be a shared cost with the City of St. Joseph Police Department. The estimated annual investment from the district is approximately $160,000 for the next five years.