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During recent meeting, school board also approved budget for the upcoming school year

While students are away for summer vacation, several projects focused on safety and security will be completed at school district buildings. The projects were a topic of discussion at a meeting of the Estacada School Board on Wednesday, June 13.

District leaders will seek bids for a project converting the high school building to a key card system and update to the building's alarm system. Students and staff will have cards with access to relevant doors during specific times. Technology Director Cyndi Rathbun and Business Manager Nick Hogan, who are leading the project, noted they hope to recommend a contract at the July meeting. The project will likely be completed in mid August.

Additionally, transportation director Marcia Hanh noted that vestibules would be built inside Clackamas River Elementary School and Estacada High School and outside River Mill Elementary School. With the interior vestibules, visitors will have access to the school offices, but will need to check in at the office prior to accessing classrooms.

In other meeting news:

The board approved a $42,087,555 budget for the 2018-19 school year.

Instructional coach Lindsey Fullenwider and music department accompanist Linda Roth received employee excellence awards for the semester.

The district honored retiring human resources director Sabrina LaLonde. Superintendent Ryan Carpenter noted that she had an "immeasurable impact" on student achievement. "She knew the higher purpose of why she was here," he said.

School board members will reconsider the contract for the seismic upgrade project at Estacada Middle School during their next meeting. The project received one bid from Russell Construction that was over budget, and Richard Rothweiler of AC + Co Architecture will continue discussions with the bidder to see if the number can be lowered.

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