New security measures put in place at Chartiers Valley to begin school year
New security measures will be in place today, Thursday, at Chartiers Valley for the start of the new school year.
School board members at the Aug. 13 board meeting reviewed the updates and new measures.
A state grant allowed the school to buy and install RaptorWare Visitor Software, which requires all school visitors to present a driver's license upon entrance. It will then be checked against a database.
Visitors will be issued temporary visitor identification, complete with a photo.
In addition to the RaptorWare software, visitors must now be buzzed in through two separate doors in order to enter the intermediate school.
Visitors must be buzzed into the first door, where they enter a vestibule area where secretaries can speak to them through an intercom system. They are then buzzed through a second door into the school.
“Before I let you in, I can talk to you. I can see you clearly,” said Nick Morelli, district director of finance and support operations.
The electronic doors at other district buildings also were upgraded.
The district also plans to have an campus safety staffer physically in the guard booth at the middle/high school.
“We're looking to install an automatic arm at the entrance to the high school and take the guard out and put him in a station where he'll have access to multiple cameras,” Morelli said.
He said the upgrades are a product of the times.
“We more focused on security, exterior and interior,” he said. “We've been upgrading our facilities' technology to address security. That's an item that has been brought to a heightened level at the board level, and the administration is looking to do more.”
In other business, the board also took action on the following personnel matters:
Approved the resignation of Lee Coughenour as head junior high school boys soccer coach; approved Cory Walton as assistant varsity volleyball coach; approved Tyler Szymanski as assistant middle school volleyball coach; and approved Maggie Conoscuito as assistant varsity cheer coach.
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