Archive for Thursday, May 6, 2004

Officials weigh school security

May 6, 2004

Administrators in the Basehor-Linwood School District will recommend next week moving forward with a more technical and professional project to improve upon security at Basehor-Linwood High School.

Next week, on Monday, May 10, members of the Basehor-Linwood School Board are slated to vote on security system upgrades for the high school during the board's monthly meeting.

Don Swartz, school district director of building operations, said he would recommend board members approve a technical security system upgrade for BLHS, which would include motion detectors and glass breakage alarms, among numerous other precautions. The security system will cost approximately $15,353 as well as monthly monitoring fees.

The technical security system is one of two options on the table for the school district: the second option would entail fencing the entire north side of the high school and would cost roughly $13,754.

Swartz said the choice being pursued by administrators is a more practical and professional approach in safeguarding the high school and its property. The security system would also maintain the aesthetic quality of the high school, Swartz said.

The school district began considering new security for the high school after two incidents occurred at BLHS in which criminals either stole or damaged high school property.

Other items slated for presentation Monday night are:

¢ Technology in the work force.

¢ Focus on learning, presented by administrators from Basehor-Linwood Middle School.

¢ 2004 Basehor-Linwood High School graduation.

Items listed for school board vote are:

¢ List of capital outlay projects.

¢ Retirements and resignations.

¢ Letters of employment.

¢ Communication arts curriculum.

¢ Commitment to Channel 39.

School board members are also slated to discuss matters relating to employee-employer negotiations during an executive session. Next week's meeting is slated to begin at 7 p.m. inside the meeting room at the board of education offices, 155th Street and Parallel Road.

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