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Summer of 2019 filled with important projects for PCSD

Night Lock Door Barricade

 

August 19, 2019

 

It’s not long after that last school bell rings in May that the Parma City School District gets to work preparing for the following school year.


This past summer, staff members from throughout the PCSD were non-stop in completing a variety of projects in preparation of the 2019-2020 school year and beyond. Some of the projects were routine, including the top-to-bottom cleaning of the school buildings, while some were larger and unique to this summer.


“The maintenance department, our custodians and our cleaners, the buildings are ready to go,” William Greene, Chief Operating Officer for the PCSD explained.  “We’ve been able to get mulch on our playgrounds and the grounds are looking great.  But inside, all of the staff members did a tremendous job waxing the floors, cleaning desks... and with all these other projects happening at the same time, everyone has stepped up to the plate and done a great job.”

 
Safety & Security Updates


To supplement ALICE training and safety protocols introduced during last school year, the PCSD continued to add security measures to better protect students and staff in the buildings. One major purchase and installation included the Night Lock door security devices.


“In terms of student safety, we made a major purchase of Night Lock barricade systems,” Greene expressed. “We have 911 doors throughout the district which will have the Night Lock system installed...We have also put up additional security cameras in some buildings and we’ve put some window film into some buildings.”


With a number of vendors and devices to choose from, the purchase of the door barricades was heavily influenced by opinions provided by the police and fire departments of Parma, Parma Heights and Seven Hills.


“I’m proud of the process we used,” Greene said. “I ordered three different Night Lock type devices from three different manufacturers and had them installed at Parma Senior. On two different days, we had police and fire departments from the three cities at the school to see and test the various devices.  Both times Night Lock won out.”


The total cost to purchase the Night Lock devices was approximately $43,000.


PCSD Hanna Building


One major project this summer was the relocation of the Parma Area Family Collaborative from the Hanna building to a more centralized location at the Parkview building, near Parma Senior High School and Central Office.


“I think one of the biggest things we did was close down Hanna in anticipation of the demolition of it,” Greene explained. “Parkview is in the center of town. It was previously used for storage, and we found some more storage areas, and now we’re putting Parkview back into use for us. So, now, Parkview is a joint venture. We have Catholic Charities on one side and then we have the Family Collaborative on the other. ”


New Buses in Transportation Fleet


This summer, the PCSD Transportation Department took delivery of 24 of 34 new buses, originally purchased for $2.29 million this past spring, through capital improvement dollars. The remaining 10 new buses are already in service for the district. Since August 2018, the PCSD has replaced nearly a third of the entire PCSD bus fleet.


“We are the first district in the state to have the flashing LED lights in the grille and on the rear of the bus,” Greene explained. “It is an added attempt to warn oncoming drivers of red light student pick-ups.”

 
New Scoreboard at Byers Field


Debuting this fall at Byers Field is a new video scoreboard. Besides an enhanced video quality and new graphics, the new scoreboard features a fixed score and time clock section, along with a new play clock for football.


“We had the installation of our scoreboard over at Byers Field for $374,700,” Greene explained. “The old scoreboard was 12 years old and you typically only get about 10 years out of a scoreboard.”


High School Tracks


Over the summer, work was also completed at all three high schools on the outdoor tracks. Not only were the tracks repaired and repaved, but striping and finishing touches were completed as well.


“Another goal was to have community members using the track in the evening and after school hours,” Greene expressed. “It provides a bunch of community health benefits and a safe place to work out.”


Improve Traffic Flow at Ridge-Brook Elementary


Parents know that drop-off and pick-up times at school buildings can be busy. To help improve traffic flow and safety measures at Ridge-Brook Elementary School, the district added another driveway for vehicles.


“We had a request from the building principal to improve the traffic flow,” Greene said. “We met with a contractor who said the increased traffic flow would cost $7,300. So, out of concerns for safety and for morning drop-off and dismissal, we did the additional driveway exit.”

 

PHOTO CAPTION:  A Night Lock device is put into place to secure a door at Parma Senior High School. The district will have installed over 900 of these devices by the beginning of school on Wednesday, August 21.