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Plum School Board holds off making decision on beefing up school security

Michael DiVittorio
| Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 10:15 p.m.
Plum Senior High School.
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Tribune-Review
Plum Senior High School.

Plum School District officials have postponed talks about metal detectors, cameras and other security upgrades at the high school until they select a safety coordinator.

Those items, as well as a discussion to have school police similar to Gateway and Butler Area school districts, were on the agenda of a June 6 school board meeting.

They were skipped at the request of board member and safety committee chairwoman Vicky Roessler.

“The board is not qualified to address those things,” Roessler said. “We have some good candidates. We're going to hire an expert.”

That person would oversee safety for students and employees in the district and would report to the school board.

Business Manager John Zahorchak said he, along with Superintendent Tim Glasspool and Director of Administrative Services Michael Brewer interviewed five safety coordinator candidates June 6.

The top three choices were to be interviewed by the board June 12, with the hopes of hiring someone June 20.

Security upgrades were being considered in response to the various threats received by the district this past school year.

At least seven bomb threats were found in various district schools. Students were evacuated each time, but nothing was found.

The district also received an anonymous tip that someone was going to bring a gun to graduation. There were no incidents at commencement.

The board skipped the policy section of the agenda as well and went into executive session after a three-hour public session.

The executive session was for personnel, student confidentiality and real estate matters, board members said.

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2367, mdivittorio@tribweb.com or via Twitter @mikejdivittorio.

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