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Board Report - July 11


Posted Date: 07/12/2022

Board Report - July 11

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Board Members Approve Sign-On Bonuses for Child Nutrition, EDP Employees

In an effort to recruit and retain employees, Board members approved sign-on bonuses for new hires for Child Nutrition and the Extended Day Program.

Union received emergency funding from the USDA and the Department of Human Services which will assist in the recruiting of difficult-to-fill school staff positions, explained Jay Loegering, executive director of Human Resources. Union will offer $2,000 sign-on bonuses for full-time and $1,000 bonuses for part-time Child Nutrition and EDP employees. Employees who receive the bonus and leave before completing their contract will be required to repay the bonus.

Union Public Schools and the Union Support Personnel Association have agreed to make available to Child Nutrition workers signing bonuses that are not classified under the current contract. This signing bonus will be available during the 2022-2023 school year.

New Video Surveillance System Purchased to Help Improve Safety

Union’s Board approved the purchase of a complete video surveillance system from Digi Surveillance for $884,322 at the recommendation of Todd Borland, executive director of Information Technology.

As Union continually strives to increase student safety, this purchase will enhance the district's ability to monitor students, faculty and grounds, Borland said. This purchase will provide artificial intelligence-enabled cameras with advanced analytics to quickly identify students and track all movement within a building.

Union intends to replace all cameras at the 8th Grade Center and the Freshman Academy. The existing cameras at the High School will be replaced, as well as additional cameras installed to provide a more complete digital security picture for the entire campus including cameras for the UMAC. Funding will come from ESSER funds provided by the federal government.

Board Members Select Dewberry Architects For 8th Grade Cafeteria Renovations

The Board of Education selected Dewberry Architects to do architectural design services for a planned renovation of the 8th Grade Center cafeteria, at a cost of $287,203.

Fred Isaacs, director of Construction Services, said Dewberry Architects had been selected by a three-member search committee to remodel the 8th Grade Center kitchen and serving line area. The objective of the remodel is to update the kitchen with modern equipment, expand the serving area to ease congestion, and to expand the kitchen and food preparation area, he said. The proposed budget for the entire project is $4 million.

In a separate project, Board members accepted the bid of $247,742 from Magnum Construction to rebuild the loading dock at the receiving area at the district warehouse. The current loading dock, which was built in the mid-1970s, has deteriorated, Isaacs said.

Board members also awarded a contract to Ramsey System Services for $277,068 for a districtwide Building HVAC Automation System. The Building HVAC Automation System (BAS) will update the current outdated BAS system, which was installed in the early 2000’s and operates on the obsolete Windows XP platform, Isaacs explained. The new system will give Union the capability to observe the classroom temperature and environment in all schools from any district computer. 

In other action, the Board:

  • Approved a $103,680 contract with 22nd Century Technologies for outsourced technology help and onsite consulting for a nine-week period from August 8 until October 7. These technicians will support the secondary sites during the start of school. Three technicians will be assigned at the 6th/7th Grade Center, three at the High School, and one each at the Freshman Academy and 8th Grade Center.
  • Approved the purchase of 1,000 iPads and cases and 500 charging cables for elementary use, costing $338,450. Funding will come from the federal government.
  • Approved a 13-month purchase of the Panorama Education software subscription for $106,920 for all elementary and some secondary sites. The all-in-one data platform Panorama will allow the Department of Hope-Guidance-Social and Emotional Learning to pull key student information into one space and provide visual dashboard reporting. “We more readily move from interpreting data to taking action and improving student outcomes,” said Scott Pennington, director of the program. The software brings together social-emotional learning (SEL), multi-tiered system of supports {MTSS), response to intervention (RTI), school climate, and student voice into a single platform.

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