Southwestern implements security upgrades
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 10:00 AM
Southwestern Elementary School principal Jason Watson told Southwestern school board members Monday night about security upgrades at the elementary and high school buildings.
The report was divided into two areas, access control and video surveillance updates.
Changes at the elementary school include: four doors now have keyless access, with two more on the way; other doors have been re-keyed to only work with a master key; email alerts have been configured for doors that are propped open; the cafeteria door is now lockable; there are six new cameras in the school that are accessible by workstation or mobile devices, and local law enforcement will have access to the cameras.
The high school had similar upgrades, including: seven doors fitted with keyless entry; four new cameras with one additional camera planned, and local law enforcement will have access to the cameras.
"The biggest thing that is happening in both places is access control. Just improving on who comes in our building and how we monitor that. Those are the type improvements that have been made," Watson said.
"We've also done some more training with local law enforcement and with our staff and those types of things. We're trying to hit it from all areas," he said.
Both schools also have conducted code red emergency lockdown drills.
Also at the meeting, the board voted to approve a daycare and preschool program.
Margaret Thornton, who has worked for more than three years at Pope John Elementary School daycare and preschool, attended the meeting to offer her services for the program.
Starting in July, the district will offer daycare for newborns to 18-month-olds and 2- to 5-year-olds in before- and after-school programs, as well as preschool programs.
They are aiming for 14 children to be enrolled.
The board hopes to have the program running after the July 4th weekend.
"We find that parents want this program year round, and that's (July) a good starting point," Supt. Steve Telfer said.
Next month's board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. in the Southwestern Middle School library.