An eye on safety
Blooming Prairie Technology Coordinator Erik Vigeland gave a presentation on the district’s new surveillance system at the monthly school board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
The system was improved at the high school, while 16 cameras were added at the elementary school.
“It’s just nice to have these extra views,” Vigeland said. “We were pretty happy when we first saw these images. It was like going from standard to high definition.”
The upgrades cost approximately $50,000, and funds were used from the district’s safe school fund.
“The new system has enhanced clarity and a digital zoom that can really get in where you need to be.”
BP Superintendent Barry Olson said the upgrades were made because the equipment at the high school was outdated and the new equipment has capability the old system did not, like being able to retrieve video data for up to 30 days and an improved, easier playback.
Exterior cameras show the elementary playground, greenhouse, parking lots and the red shed.
Olson told the Steele County Times last year that were a couple situations at the elementary school where the updated surveillance equipment would have been helpful.
“It didn’t have anything to do with security,” he said. “It was just being able to see how someone got hurt, so we could help the medical people.”
Vigeland said the blindspots are limited with the upgrades and they “have the ability to add on if need be.”
In other news, the school board:
▪Heard a monthly report from BP Activities Director Alison Mach. She recognized Rachael Oswald and Cortney Espe, who were recently selected as All-Gopher Conference for the one act play, and Kisha Aquino, who earned honorable mention. Mach said recognized Lily Schammel and Virdiana Villarreal, who each won a ZED writing contest in 2018. “Everything is fine,” she said. “We are in good shape heading into the spring.”
▪Approved the rotation as of officers for 2019 to remain the same as 2018. Officers for 2018 were as follows: Chair Rodney Krell, Vice Chair Jenny Thurnau, Clerk Pam Hameister and Treasurer Jon Sunde. “I look forward to it,” Sunde said.
▪Approved the school board committee assignments to remain the same for 2019.
▪Accepted resignation of Ranae Berg as the school social worker effective May 31, 2019. She has worked full-time for the district for 18 and half years.
▪Accepted the resignation of Janet Luick as a high school math teacher and head academic triathlon coach effective May 31, 2019. She has worked full-time for the district for 22 years.
▪Accepted Anthony Cornell to the position of a high school special education paraprofessional and volunteer junior high boys’ basketball coach.
▪Accepted Kaitlin Vetsch to the position of a fourth grade long-term substitute.
▪Approved the designation of local depositories, staff newspaper and school attorney.
▪Approved promulgation of seniority lists for teaching staff.
▪Approved Chris Moe Entertainment as the DJ for Feb. 2 Snow/Sadie Hawkins Dance.
▪Approved MSHSL Foundation Resolution (Form B) to secure funds through the MSHSL Foundation for training of coaches, students and school personnel along with health and safety education.