Cedarville school officials approved measures to improve security, extend water systems and start several construction projects at a regular and special board meeting in August.

At a regular board meeting Aug. 22, board members accepted a $98,812 bid from Arkansas Security for a new security system for the entire district.

While the schools currently have surveillance cameras, Superintendent Dan Foreman said the cameras are different models and perform under separate systems.

The new system will include about 60 inside and outside, day and night cameras operating under one program 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the district, Foreman said.

Arkansas Security is expected to begin installing the camera system in December, Foreman said.

Board members also approved a measure to extend Cedarville’s new waste water system to the Old Rock Schoolhouse, which has been operating with a septic tank, Foreman said. The cost for the addition will be $28,265, he said.

Other items approved at the regular meeting include a change for adult meal prices from $1.75 to $2 for breakfast and from $3 to $3.25 for lunch. The new evaluation system for teachers - Teacher Evaluation Support System (TESS) - was adopted by board members.

Substitute daily pay was increased from $50 to $60 for non-certified personnel and $60 to $70 for certified, Foreman said. Jayme Siebert was approved as a new high school cafeteria worker, and Paula Jones as a middle school teacher working with special needs students, he said.

During a special board meeting Aug. 27, board members approved the hiring of Turn Key Construction and architect Michael Riley for several new construction and remodel jobs.

Plans have been requested by the school district officials for a new baseball concession stand and restrooms, Foreman said. There also are plans to remodel the old agriculture building into a dressing room and athletics facility, and to add new equipment and softer ground cover to the playground.