FREDERICKTOWN — Thanks to the help of a grant, closed-circuit television cameras have been installed at the Fredericktown’s field house and administration building.

Neil Kirkpatrick, facilities maintenance, gave a maintenance update Tuesday at the Fredericktown Local Schools board of education meeting. With the help of Treasurer Heather Darnold, the school was able to obtain a $40,000 Workers Compensation Safety Grant to add additional security to the school. This added 19 cameras to the administration building that houses the weight room, gym, and administration offices. Nine of the cameras will cover the doors and the other 10 will cover areas inside the building. The field house received six cameras to cover the outside of the building.

“I think those are two really big steps in the right direction in terms of being able to know who’s using our buildings, what’s going on here and have accountability in terms of ourselves and the people that we allow to use the building outside of the school,” Kirkpatrick said.

He mentioned that the cameras should be installed by the end of the week. The cameras will be motion activated. In addition to those cameras, all the school buses will be equipped with cameras.

The school board took time at the beginning of the meeting to recognize various fall athletes and academic students for their accomplishments. This includes members of the volleyball team, boy’s and girl’s track and the football team.

“We had a fantastic fall obviously by the long list of names,” Jim Blanchard, president of the school board, said.

The board also:

•Approved the raise of Ohio’s minimum wage from $8.55 to $8.70 to take effect on the first of the year. This raises the hourly wages for cooks, secretaries and custodians.

•Approved the 2020-2021 Course Handbook. This includes updates to electives including art history and textiles, and added two more college courses.

•Approved the following donations to Freddie Care Closet: 30 new backpacks from Jon Dilts, anonymous donations of supplies, and supplies from Brad and Barrie Fearn and Lisa Wayne from the Senior Activity Center.

•Approved various tutors, substitutes, and volunteers.

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