Kitchens at four elementary schools in Sulphur Springs will each be getting new convection gas steamers while a new security system software pilot program is being initiated at Sulphur Springs Middle School.
Trustees earlier this month approved the food service director’s recommendation of Phillips and Sons Refrigeration Inc.’s $54,209 proposal to provide the convection gas steamers.
The district received two bids, one for $57,075 from Kirby Restaurant Supply of Longview and one for $54,209 from Phillips and Sons of Texarkana. Rickie Elliott, director of child nutrition programs, recommended Phillips and Sons of Texarkana be accepted as it was the lower bid.
Bowie, Lamar and Travis Primary schools and Douglas Intermediate will each get a new unit.
The equipment will be purchased with funds from the food service department fund balance. Unlike a lot of schools, Sulphur Springs Independent School District has a financially healthy food service department. Auditors recommend spending some of the funds so that it’s not too large. The food service director evaluates equipment and make recommendations annually for upgrades to replace aging equipment or new equipment to meet standards and campus needs.
SSISD trustees also during their May 12 meeting approved a $31,784.07 proposal from Securadyne Systems for pilot program security system software for SSMS. They are testing the new software for locks and badges.
Superintendent Mike Lamb explained, “When we bought the system, we were told we’d get software updates. The company we bought from is being bought out. For the model software we bought, we’re told, we’ll no longer get free software.”
He noted that the cost for upgrades to the current system through the company buying it are “expensive.” District administrators recommended obtaining less expensive software from another company and testing it at SSMS. Trustees approved the purchase of Open Options software upgrade from Securadyne Systems. If it proves effective, the district will then consider expanding it to the other campuses throughout the district.
This system will connect with cameras set up and mounted, which can be monitored and used to control and set locks.
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