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School board accepts bid for security upgrades

The West Fargo School Board unanimously approved a bid from Dakota Electric Construction of Fargo for security upgrades in district schools, costing $142,700.

According to business manager Mark Lemer, these improvements make up the first phase in a process to bring all district buildings to “a minimum standard for building access.”

The upgrade will allow office staff to control access into the 10 schools in the district that do not already have a similar feature.

Dakota Electric will also install security cameras, panic buttons and remote locks into the schools, and are replacing the wooden interior doors in South Elementary School’s main entrances with a modern design for an additional $7,000.

Six district schools — both high schools, both middle schools and the two newest elementary schools — already have entrances that force visitors to come through the main office during school hours. When Independence Elementary School opens its doors in the fall, it will be set up in a similar fashion. However, these schools will also have security cameras installed in their main entrances.

Bids for “Phase II” security upgrade will be presented to the board at a later date, which will likely include exterior card access for district employees.

Along with its security upgrades, the board also approved bids generator upgrades and paving improvements throughout the district.

The generator bid went to Grant’s Mechanical of Fargo for the price of $107,780, along with just under $7,000 of semi-annual compliance testing over the next five years. This upgrade brings two district generators up to new EPA standards.

Aggregate Industries of Fargo have been selected to replace or repair curbing, asphalt and concrete at several district locations, including Berger, Eastwood and South Elementary Schools, along with West Fargo High School and Lodoen Kindergarten Center, costing the district $568,700.

In total, the projects will cost the district $833,096, which is almost $72,000 less than the budgeted amount, and will come out of the district’s building fund.