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Rushford-Peterson School Board: R-P looks at building security

Fri, Nov 24th, 2006
Posted in Education

A security expert has determined that there are too many open entrances at Rushford-Peterson schools.

The R-P school board took a closer look at building security at its regular monthly meeting November 20. Superintendent Jeff Miller presented a report generated by Michael Trok, Ph.D., of School Securities L.L.C.

As a result of the study, Miller is recommending that the board consider five strategies:

1.) Locking all doors except one main entrance to each building during the hours that school is in session.

2.) Investing in extension recorders that would allow employees to record threatening phone calls more easily.

3.) Investing in a number of 2-way radios for when faculty and/or administration are either in the far reaches of the buildings or off-campus (example: phy.ed. classes).

4.) Pins or badges for any contractors working on school property so that they can be easily identified.

5.) Strobe lights for areas like gyms and cafeterias where noise might prevent occupants from hearing emergency announcements.

The board agreed with Miller, who said the first three items were the most important. "It is imperative that we get the building locked down, the recorders, and the 2-way radios," he said.

Trok had positive comments for the district's handling of a bomb threat earlier in the fall where the perpetrator was caught quickly. And the fact that R-P buildings could use some security improvements is, in an odd way, a compliment to the staff, according to Trok.

"Because the Rushford building provides students with many opportunities for distance and privacy from supervision it is clearly a testimony to the integrity and competence of the staff and administration that there are so few problems," the report said.

Other Business

In other business, the board-

• approved the purchase of another district van.

• discussed the possibility of the state implementing all-day, every day kindergarten, and wondered what the district would need to be ready for such a mandate, primarily the space issue. According to Miller, next year's incoming kindergarten is projected to be around 65 students, at the high end for R-P class size. "That's a nice problem to have," commented Roger Metz.

• heard lots of happy talk about the Rushford-Peterson football team as they head to the state championship game Friday, November 24, and offered praise to the athletes, their coaches, school staff, and the R-P Booster club for making the fan busses possible.

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