$300,000 grant will go towards new security for Upshur and Lewis schools


BUCKHANNON  Schools in both Upshur and Lewis Counties are about to get much safer thanks to a grant that will be used to install state of the art security systems in all schools and board offices in both counties.

The grant, worth more than $300,000 was awarded in Oct. 2018, and The Upshur County Commission announced on Jan. 10 they will now begin to accept proposals for the project.

The project is a joint effort between the Upshur County Commission, Lewis County Commission, Upshur County Schools and Lewis County Schools, however the Upshur County Commission served as the grant’s applicant. Funding for the project is from the Community Oriented Policing Services grant under the U.S. Department of Justice’s School Violence Prevention Project.

In a previous addition of The Record Delta, Jeff Tidd, the Technology Supervisor of Lewis County Schools, said “This grant is going to allow us to harmonize our security across the school system. We plan to upgrade our security infrastructure by installing security cameras, network video recording systems and periphery devices that will enable us to view the safety and security of our buildings from any device.

In addition, it will allow the necessary law enforcement agencies easy access to our digital security system ensuring the utmost safety in times of crisis.”

All project proposals must be submitted no later than 4 p.m. on Tuesday March 5 and requires a mandatory pre-bid site visit from interested companies. The full list of requirements and stipulations can be obtained online at www.upshurcounty.org/government/commission_office/bid.php. All bids will be opened, reviewed and read aloud by the Upshur County Commission on March 7.

The Commission is also accepting bids for a separate project involving dome cleaning and the installation of pigeon spikes at the Upshur County Court House. All proposals for this project are due no later than 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12. 

All bids will be opened and a decision will be made on Feb. 14 by the Upshur County Commission.

Before adjourning the Jan. 10 meeting, commission also approved request to:

-Place a survey box in the Courthouse Annex during the month of January. The survey will allow the community to help with the Buckhannon 2025 Plan.

-Appoint Richard Kitzmiller to the Upshur County Civil Service Board Law Enforcement. His term will expire on Dec. 31, 2022.

-Extend Taylor Rolenson’s paid part-time internship at the Community Corrections Day Report Center.

-Hire Danny Gould as the part-time Circuit Court bailiff effective Jan. 20.

The next regular meeting of the Upshur County Commission will be at 9 a.m. on Jan. 17.

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