CCPS hires ar­mored car ser­vice to trans­port cash

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JES­SICA IAN­NETTA

jian­netta@ce­cil­whig.com

— Start­ing in July, Ce­cil County Pub­lic Schools will be­gin us­ing an ar­mored car ser­vice to trans­port cash and checks from its schools to the bank.

The Board of Ed­u­ca­tion on Mon­day night unan­i­mously voted to hire Dun­bar Ar­mored, Inc., based in Hunt Val­ley, at a cost of $62,524 a year with the op­tion of ex­tend­ing the con­tract for five ad­di­tional, one-year con-

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tracts at the same rate.

“As the board is aware, we’ve had some con­cerns about the se­cu­rity of funds be­ing taken from school sites to bank­ing in­sti­tu­tions,” Su­per­in­ten­dent D’Ette Devine said. “It’s a se­cu­rity is­sue for our staff.”

School staff cur­rently trans­fer a to­tal of “sev­eral mil­lion” dol­lars in cash each year from county schools to the bank, said CCPS Chief Fi­nan­cial Of­fi­cer Tom Kap­pra. The ma­jor­ity of that money, he added, comes from Food and Nu­tri­tion Ser­vices.

Cur­rently, the cash is trans­ported to PNC Bank but start­ing this sum­mer, the school sys­tem is mov­ing all its school ac­counts to the CCPS Em­ployee Credit Union, Kap­pra said. Once the school year starts, Dun­bar will trans­port cash from the schools twice a week to the credit union branch in North East, he said.

Dun­bar’s bid was the only one the school sys­tem re­ceived, though Kap­pra said CCPS had been talking to a few other com­pa­nies in hopes of re­ceiv­ing more bids.

“We thought maybe we would get at least two,” he said. “We’ve been try­ing for a year.”

Fol­low­ing the meet­ing, Kap­pra said “noth­ing re­ally hap­pened” to prompt hir­ing the ar­mored car ser­vice, but noted that con­tin­u­ing to have staff trans­port the cash is a se­cu­rity risk.

“We want to do this be­fore any­thing does hap­pen,” he said.

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