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Today’s winter weather should move out of the area in time for two scheduled school board meetings tonight.  The Indiana School Board meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. 


Among the items on the agenda is a motion to approve spending on security.  Improvements would include replacement of the phone systems, public address systems, video surveillance, interior doors and additional exterior door access card systems. 


The board will also vote on whether to investigate more security upgrades at their building.  Police coverage is also on the agenda.  The board will vote on whether to have the state police provide 40 hours of police protection a week at the district’s buildings in White Township.  The motion would also call for borough police protection at the schools in Indiana.  The board will also vote on whether to study the benefits of annexing the high school Indiana borough. The board will also vote on several renovation items, including new high school auditorium lighting and a new dimmer rack at a cost of $98,000, new fire alarm systems at Horace Mann and Ben Franklin at a cost of $70,000, replacement of the East Pike hot water heater at the cost of $10,000 and the relocation of an art room at Ben Franklin Elementary at a cost of $10,000. 


Other construction items include asbestos floor replacement at Eisenhower, Horace Mann and East Pike.  All the items will be funded out of the Capital Reserve account. The board will also vote on whether to use charter buses for a 4th grade field trip to the Challenger Learning Center in Wheeling, West Virginia.  Indiana is one of several school districts here in Indiana County that are looking into bringing a Challenger Learning Center to our area.


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