Intercom’s $286K Price Tag Shocks Wash. District

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — The school board here is evaluating the need for an intercom system at two elementary schools after learning the solution would cost more than $280,000.

Currently, Lincoln Elementary School and Mount Stuart Elementary School use a bell system that uses chimes to indicate different situations. However, officials at both schools want a better, faster way to communicate with school staff, The Daily Record reports.

Superintendent Paul Farris believes that the proposed $286,000 intercom system might include extra features the schools don’t need. School board members are now looking at lower cost options, including a speaker phone-type system.

The district tried to get grant money to install the system in 2011; however, it was unable to obtain funding.

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