Superintendent Ed O'Reilly presented the Grandview Heights Board of Education Jan. 22 with a list of anticipated permanent improvement projects for the coming year.

Superintendent Ed O'Reilly presented the Grandview Heights Board of Education Jan. 22 with a list of anticipated permanent improvement projects for the coming year.

He also provided an outline for a four-phase project to upgrade the district's computer network infrastructure.

O'Reilly gave his report at the board's annual work session.

Four facilities projects will be proposed to the board over the next several months, he said.

The high school gym roof has several leaks and will need to be replaced, O'Reilly said. Although cost estimates are not yet available, the approximate cost of this project would be $90,000.

No other roofs need to be replaced, but several areas are in need of repair, he said. This work would be completed once the weather improves and would cost approximately $10,000.

The district is also planning to create secure entrances for each school building, O'Reilly said.

He said he and board member Grant Douglass met earlier this month with local architects to explore ideas for increasing security at the main entrance of each building.

An approximate cost of this project has not been determined yet, O'Reilly said.

A rekeying project at Edison Intermediate/Middle School may become a two-year process depending on the costs associated with the secure entrance project, he said.

Electronic card readers would be installed this year at Edison's main entrances, O'Reilly said. The main entrances would be rekeyed so they match other district keys.

The total cost for the first phase of the Edison work would be approximately $15,000.

The second phase of the project would involve standardizing all locks in the school to enhance security and safety.

A list of potential permanent improvement projects for the next two fiscal years will be compiled prior to Aug. 1, O'Reilly said. A minimum of a 10-year plan will be developed before the end of the year.

The proposed network infrastructure upgrade would begin in the spring and cost an estimated $290,000, he said.

More than half of the cost would come in the first phase, which would involve replacing wired switches and adding redundant power to network closets.

The project would continue through the summer of 2012, O'Reilly said.

Along with enhancing the district's network, the upgrades would provide more control over what is blocked or allowed on the Internet and would allow students and staff to use any personal equipment at school, he said.

The permanent improvement levy voters approved in November is beginning to generate revenue, O'Reilly said.

Between now and August, the district should receive about half of the first year's collection (approximately $270,000), he said. The second half of the revenue may become available after Aug. 1, depending on the rate of collection.

About $100,000 remains from the 2005 PI levy that expired at the end of last year, O'Reilly said.