(Harlan) The Harlan Community School Board approved Phase II of the schools security at their meeting this week. Harlan Schools Superintendent Justin Wagner says last year every door was re-keyed in the district and added proximity card readers, which completed Phase I of the project.
“We are going to have control access points at every building, which are also known as buzzer systems, after the opening of school," declares Wagner. "We are going to have more external camera coverage not only at the high school and middle school campus, but we had a big focus at the elementary building and adding some more outside coverage. There are eighteen different measures that we are going to take steps towards improving. Some are small, some are bigger in terms of the controlling access points going in. We are excited to be able to do that.”
Wagner admits there is never a 100-percent solution when you talk about safety in schools.
“They’re really designed for openness and welcoming, so now we are kind of in a day of age where we have to shift our focus a little bit and need to make sure we keep kids safe, community members safe, and staff members safe." Wagners says, "We really think these measures will get a few steps closer as to keeping all of these people safer. I feel like everyone is safe after this point, but we want to take these measures to get them safer and hopefully in the end all of this will be the safest.”
In other business, the Harlan Community School Board approved the contract for a new Drivers Education Company. Wagner says the company called “Drive Safely” owned by Bill Hosack and Jim Bruck will come in at $285.00 per credit hour which will be about a $100.00 savings for the students.
June 26, 2013