The Nashville School District is working to implement improved security. At Monday’s regular monthly meeting, the school board approved a bid of more than 258 thousand dollars from Progressive Technologies to implement a video system on both the junior high and senior high campuses. In addition to improved video surveillance of all buildings on the two campuses, the new system is to feature the capability of locking doors that will prevent anyone on the outside to gain access to the school building without having permission from school officials. Work on the new system is expected to begin in January. Superintendent Doug Graham said the company, which is based in Sherwood, plans to work on the project at the end of the school day and into the night hours…resulting in no disruptions to the school day for students and teachers.
Another move aimed to improving student safety will take place at the primary school campus. A new black vinyl chain link fence will be put on the north and south sides of the building. The project was awarded to a Texarkana company..who submitted a combined low bid of 22 thousand 800 dollars. Work on that project is also expected to be begin next month.
Following a 30 minute executive session, the board voted to employ Tyra Hughes as Assistant Principal at the elementary school. Hughes is currently serving as a counselor at Primary School….a position she’s held since 1999. She graduated from Southern Arkansas University in 1994…and then received her Masters Degree from S.A.U. in 1999. Hughes will transition to the administrative position at the elementary school sometime next month, according to Superintendent Graham and the district will also begin looking to fill the counselor’s spot at the Primary school.