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Lostant makes a move on fire safety

The school also plans to host a basketball tournament

LOSTANT — The Lostant Grade School is entering into an agreement with Tyco Simplex Grinnel for fire alarm monitoring.

“We have to be connected to some type of a monitoring company,” Superintendent Sandra Malahy said at the Lostant School Board meeting on Aug. 23.

This agreement eases the burden of handling alarm-related actions from school officials, taking care of any issues should the fire alarms go off.

“If the building catches fire off-hours, the alarm would go off at the monitoring company,” Malahy said, indicating the company would then take the proper steps to fix the situation.

While she had not ironed out details with the company at the time, as the school had not yet entered the agreement, Malahy suggested what would happen if an emergency arose during school hours: “If an alarm goes off, and we haven’t called them, they automatically assume it’s an emergency.”

This way, Malahy said, the school can “just concentrate on getting the kids out.”

The agreement is for $390 a year, locked in for five years.

In other news, to meet the need for a new scoreboard, Lostant Grade School will be hosting a basketball tournament.

Tracy Daugherty, president of the Lostant PTO, spoke about the tournament. The board clarified the event is not being sponsored by the PTO; instead, the idea is the coach and parents are organizing it.

Ideally, the tournament would host eight teams, but the number is not absolute.

“If not, we’d change the way the brackets are set up,” Daugherty said.

“I would like the cafeteria so, throughout the day, we could make food all day,” Daugherty said.

Other rooms she said would be good to use were “the gym, the hallway, and even some of the rooms if possible.”

The additional rooms were suggested to be used by different participating teams.

“We’re going to cater ourself,” board member Quillard Skinner said. “I’ll provide the food.”

Skinner believes the school’s facilities present a prime location for a tournament.

“We have the parking. We have the attached cafeteria; we can cater it. And then we can use the proceeds,” Skinner said.

Skinner estimated the cost of a new scoreboard to be around $5,000.

The plan is to send money through the district’s activities account, into a sub-account specifically for the project.

The tournament is set for Sept. 29-30.

In other discussion, the PTO is sponsoring a Halloween dance.

The grade ranges are still pending, but the dance is to be held in late October.

“I think they’ll dress up, and they’ll have a fun time,” Dianna Ioerger said.

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