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6/25/2013 5:49:00 AM
Visitor system implemented at Mendota High School

Tamara Abbey
Mendota Bureau Chief


MENDOTA – A new visitor management system will be in use by the start of the 2013-14 school year, according to a report by superintendent Jeff Prusator during the regular meeting of the Mendota High School Board of Education.

A grant allowed the school to purchase the Raptor Visitor Management System that scans a visitors driver's license and compares it to a national database of registered sex offenders. The system also prints a photo of any offenders for a visual comparison with the visitor to eliminate possibilities of people having the same names.

Prusator said the system also will track student's who are tardy or need to leave for appointments off school grounds. In the event of custody issues, principal Denise Aughenbaugh said text messages and alerts can be sent to staff members to prevent any unauthorized access to students.

All visitors, students, substitute teachers and other people in the building will have the identification badges. Any visitors without a driver's license can be escorted to appointments by staff members.

Budget report

Prusator told the board some overdue payments from the state bolstered the district's budget as the end of the fiscal year approaches. Property tax payments have been received as expected.

“What that means is that 99.92 percent of the property tax money has been paid and sent to us,” he said. “That's a good thing.”

Prusator said there's a good chance the state may make more payments before the year ends which would further bolster the budget.

While they received slightly more money than expected, the budget still has a $398,341 deficit

In other business

. Aughenbaugh noted the Special Olympics medal winners from the school. Gold medal winners were Natalie Castaneda, Brodie Williams, Taylor Studebaker, Addison Gott and Jessica Figueroa. Silver medals were awarded to Gott and Williams. The students were coached by volunteers Britney Sledgister, Brenda Carbahal and Julie Conde.

. Mail in registration for the 2013-14 school year have been sent to parents. Registration fees have been waived for this year while lab and driver's education fees can be payed on-line at . Student identification and yearbook photos will be taken 8 a.m. - noon and 1 – 4 p.m. Aug. 6 and 9 a.m. - noon and 12:30 – 4 p.m. Aug. 7.

. Board members approved Joe Buchanan as freshman football coach with volunteers Scott Zinke and Tim Izer. Kurt Bruno will assist during the summer. Cross country volunteer will be Bre Brevitt and Lindsey Criss will volunteer for tennis.

 Tamara Abbey can be reached at (815) 539-5200 or

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