Royalton School Board to choose bid for security updates at both schools

Royalton Elementary School main entrance

by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer

The Royalton School District has received three bids for security updates to the elementary and the middle/high school buildings. The bids ranged from a high of $120,000 to a low of $62,000.

“The two high bids were from companies in the Twin Cities and Baxter. The low bid is from John Walburn at Jim’s Electric in Little Falls,” said Supt. Jon Ellerbusch. “We would like to have someone local doing the work.”

The bid includes a door contact/alarm buzzer for every exterior door in both school buildings. Most doors will have card access readers. Main entrances will have camera viewing with voice contact and remote entry. Some interior areas will also have card access only.

The bid from Jim’s Electric includes an annual software upgrade with a visual check of system sensors and devices.

While Technology Coordinator David Lemm, Secondary Principal Joel Swenson and Ellerbusch finalized terms of the project Monday, the Board declined to make a decision at Monday evening’s meeting. The vote on whether to accept the bid was tabled until the Jan. 13 special meeting regarding facilities planning, pending the receipt of detailed information regarding the equipment to be used by Jim’s Electric.