Freeport Area takes steps to bolster security
The Freeport Area School District is moving ahead with plans to enhance security measures within its schools.
In the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut last year, the district has consulted with state police and held teacher and staff safety training sessions.
Most recently, the district had state police conduct a risk and vulnerability assessment at the junior high school. Officials plan to incorporate suggestions into the design of the new junior high school.
The administration wants to have similar evaluations done on the other district buildings.
“The wait is 18 months; before Connecticut, it was a year,” Superintendent Chris DeVivo said.
Board member Mark Shoaf requested that the administration look into funding options to reconfigure the high school's main entrance.
He suggested a new entrance that would have visitors enter directly into the office, rather than the current design in which visitors are buzzed into the building and then walk down a hallway to the office.
In other business
• The board approved switching to Pond Security Service to provide security at district athletic events. Guards will be paid $14 per hour.
• The board hired W.L. Roenigk to demolish two houses on South Pike Road (Route 356) in front of the high school at a cost of about $16,000.
• The board approved a $6,900 contract with Ron Gillette, Inc. to remove trees in that same area.
• The board accepted an $8,059 donation from the Buffalo Elementary School Playground Fund to buy a school sign with an electronic message board for Buffalo Elementary.
Jodi Weigand is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4702 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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