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South Butler board continues security review

| Thursday, April 10, 2014, 12:41 a.m.

In light of the incidents at Franklin Regional Senior High School on Wednesday, South Butler School District officials said security improvements continue to be an ongoing process.

The district has had armed officers since December 2012 and implemented four security enhancements in the school.

According to Administrative Assistant Jason Davidek, South Butler has placed protective coatings on exterior glass, classroom doors' lock systems have been improved in the event of a lockdown, safety teams meet monthly and a software system to manage visitors has been installed.

The district received a grant to audit district property, but that project was delayed by winter weather.

“Safety and security is an ongoing process,” Davidek said. “We will continue to update the program as we move forward.”

Following a moment of silence for those injured at Franklin Regional, the school board accepted the retirement of school security officer Ralph Toward, effective Aug. 31.

Officials said they don't have a process in place to replace Toward, but have time to advertise if it is determined a replacement is needed.

The school board then adjourned to meet in private to discuss security and personnel.

In other business

• The school board expects to vote on a preliminary budget May 14.

• The board approved a four-day, 10-hour daily work schedule for the summer.

Incoming Superintendent Michael Leitera, however, was given the OK to put the office staff and others on a five-day schedule whenever necessary, particularly as the next school year approaches.

• Dr. Kimberly Fitzgerald was appointed school district dental examiner for the 2014-15 school year with no cost for examinations.

Tri-Rivers Surgical Associates was named school district medical examiner for the next school year at a rate of $20 for both student and athletic physicals.

George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.

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