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Bear Creek school favors funds

BEAR CREEK TWP. – The Bear Creek Community Charter School supports Bear Creek Township’s bid to get state gambling proceeds to pay for a safety corridor along Route 115, and the school is willing to back it up with financial support.

The school’s board of trustees voted unanimously to write a letter backing the township’s application for grant funds that would be used in part to install improved school safety zone lights and signs along the heavily traveled and hilly highway in front of the school.

Noting that traffic often speeds down the hill on what they called a “gateway to the casino” that generates the money used to fund the grants, the trustees said improved signs and school zone lights are badly needed.

The motion included financial backing to the tune of $20,000 in matching funds, to be paid if the grant funding is approved and the signs are part of the grant package.

The board also discussed installing cameras in school hallways, classrooms and other common areas. Board President Dave Blazejewski said the issue is “a thought provoking question” and board members acknowledged that there would be legal concerns and issues to be resolved with employees and parents.

“There are so many benefits,” said school CEO Jim Smith. “If a student is misbehaving, you know who it is, or if a teacher is acting inappropriately, there’s no question,” he said.

Administrators expressed interest in a system that would let them log on from a remote location and would also allow parents to observe a classroom via computer. School administration will investigate options with an eye towards installing the system over the summer for implementation next school year.

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