Barr-Reeve Superintendent Travis Madison informed school board members Joe Cummings, Scott Lottes and Galen Graber that the new security system was up and running in all buildings.
The new system, which includes security cameras at the entrance of each building and in the parking lots, as well as a buzzer system for the entry of guests, has been put in place to protect students and staff after the Sandy Hook tragedy in Newtown, Conn.
The Daviess County Sheriff’s Department will have live access to the camera feed.
In other news, Mark Holt and Dr. Nancy Harrison were both recommended to teach during the summer school sessions for the middle and high schools.
Holt will be teaching math and Harrison will be teaching English. Hiring of summer school teachers for the elementary was tabled until the next meeting.
Kindergarten Round Up was held two weeks ago at the school. Currently, 80 students have been signed up for kindergarten, but Madison said several calls about enrollment had been received after the annual round up and he anticipated those numbers to grow.
The upcoming school referendum, which would create an additional tax of no more than 35 cents per every $100 of assessed value for homeowners in Barr and Reeve townships, will be voted on during a May 7 special election.
If passed, the referendum fund would last seven years. Early voting will start April 22 and will run through May 3. Voting can take place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the clerk¹s office. Residents can also vote May 4 and May 6 from 8 a.m. until noon.
Prior to election day, the board will host meetings at the firestations in Cannelburg, Montgomery and Alfordsville to answer questions and better explain the referendum to the public.
Times and dates have not been decided for those meetings, but they will be announced soon.