BELLOWS FALLS -- The Rockingham School Board last week got approval to seek bids for the installation of security cameras at Bellows Falls Middle School.

Chairman Jim "Jiggs" McAuliffe told the Reformer there will likely be about four cameras on the outside of the building and 10 or so on the inside to monitor vandalism, but Windham Northeast Supervisory Union Superintendent Chris Kibbe said the final number of cameras will be determined at a later time. McAuliffe said the process of requesting bids of proposal will go through the WNESU's business office, led by Business Manager Edie Cole.

At the meeting on Thursday, Jan. 23, Kibbe also updated the board on the BFMS renovation project, which he said is approaching its end.

"The construction company (Trumbull-Nelson Construction Co.) has completed most, if not all, of the punch list, which is items that need to be corrected that weren't quite right," he told the Reformer, adding that a walk-through is will be scheduled within the next week or two. "As soon as that last walk-through of the punch list is done, we'll be authorized to send the last payment of money to Trumbull-Nelson.

"The bottom line is the project is going to done and it's going to be slightly under budget," he said. The project was originally slated to cost $10.5 million.

Kibbe was also authorized by the school board to start negotiating contracts with BFMS Principal Heidi Lucas-Moccia, Central Elementary School Principal Keith Nemlich and Saxtons River Elementary School Principal Nancy Erikson.

The superintendent also told the Reformer a panel, resembling a television, that provides the feedback on the how the school is using energy was installed in the front lobby.

"That's the easy part. Now we need to make connections to sensors throughout the system," he said. "Work on that is being completed."

Domenic Poli can be reached at dpoli@reformer.com, or 802-254-2311, ext. 277. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoli_reformer.