FREMONT – Fremont Public Schools is pleased to announce the completion of a new two-way communication radio system connecting Fremont Public Schools, Archbishop Bergan Catholic Schools and Trinity Lutheran Schools. The project aims to improve communication between school buildings, school districts and first responders in the event of an emergency.
This project was designed, specified, procured and implemented by Kevin Kavan and Cliff Huss. Kavan serves as coordinator of district security and Huss is the director of information services for Fremont Public Schools. “We are excited to be involved in a project of this magnitude. It fully integrates all school buildings in the city of Fremont with safety and security communications as well as daily building communications” stated Kevin Kavan. “This project is an example of collaboration between public and private partners and exemplifies the community’s commitment to keeping our schools and families safe,” said Cliff Huss of the project. The new communications system incorporates a direct radio link to the Fremont/Dodge County 911 Call Center, which can be utilized in emergency situations.
All of the Fremont Public Schools elementary school buildings, Archbishop Bergan Catholic Schools and Trinity Lutheran Schools will be receiving a new base station and handheld radios. Johnson Crossing Academic Center, Fremont Middle School and Fremont High School will have new base stations and reprogrammed hand-held radios. Administrators from FPS, Trinity and Bergan recently attended a training session with First Wireless and Fremont/Dodge County 911 Call Center to become familiar with the new radio system.
The majority of the $101,296.53 cost for the project was funded by grants from the Fremont Area Community Foundation, the Fremont Public School Foundation and the Willis Foundation. Archbishop Bergan Catholic Schools and Trinity Lutheran Schools were 100 percent grant funded, with the total cost for FPS being $24,988.44. “Several events of this past school year highlighted the importance of communication beyond cell phones and telephones. The insertion of grant proceeds from these great community-minded foundations allowed this project to move from concept to reality,” stated Kavan.