Troy district studies school safety
By Marianne Eisenbrandt Correspondent January 22, 2013 8:08AM
Updated: February 28, 2013 6:22AM
The killings in Newtown, Conn., have resulted in the Troy School Board continuing to take action to improve security throughout the district.
A comprehensive review of the district’s safety procedures was recently done with a goal of allowing for appropriate access to district facilities while maintaining a secure environment for students and employees.
After discussing safety at its Jan. 16 meeting, the board agreed to have Complete Investigative Services of Joliet, and also the district’s architect’s look at the design of the schools to see what is needed to make them more secure.
Superintendent Don White said CIS had recommended that security cameras be located at every entrance so that administrative staff members can monitor every individual coming into the facility along with an intercom system so that the identity of the individual can be ascertained prior to admittance.
White said they will check into the cost.
Another concern was any entry area to the facility where glass walls are present. CSI recommended that the glass wall be converted to a solid wall or have the glass replaced with either safety or bullet proof glass.
In addition, White said he spoke with Shorewood Police Chief Aaron Klima in regard to security within the school. He is also meeting with representatives of the Joliet Police Department.