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Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Safety and Security | 0 comments

Milpitas High hires new security team for upcoming school year

Milpitas High hires new security team for upcoming school year

The Milpitas Unified School District’s Board of Education unanimously approved an agreement with Admiral Security Services Inc. for a one-year security contract at Milpitas High School in California, according to the Mercury News. “This is going to be our first role in a public school and we’re really excited,” Jean Changeux, Admiral’s sales and marketing manager, told the news outlet. “One of the things I said was we do pay attention, we do listen to the needs of the client. Integration is really kind of the big thing that separates us.” The two sides agreed to a one-year contract worth $101,248. The agreement contains an option to be extended for four additional one-year periods following the end of this year-long period. Although Admiral is inexperienced in public school settings, it has worked with private schools in the past. The school will be training the security team in place prior to the start of the school year to allow them to hit the ground running. Although there were concerns over...

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Posted by on Jul 18, 2012 in Safety and Security | 0 comments

DeWitt schools upgrading security with cameras

DeWitt schools upgrading security with cameras

The DeWitt School Board has voted to install security cameras at campuses for its elementary, middle and high schools over the summer, according to the Dewitt Era-Enterprise. The Board will spend $242,080.71 to install the 128 state-of-the-art cameras, which will help officials identify faces of reported rulebreakers, license plates and more. “What we have here now is totally obsolete,” Gary Wayman, the schools superintendent, told the news source. “We had a lot of things happen at the end of the year that could have been prevented with a better camera system.” One of the biggest issues the school hopes to stamp out is bullying. Board members reported that they have received many calls about bullying incidents at all three campuses, prompting concern among parents. Officials plan on using the cameras to identify and punish accused bullies. The cost of the security system upgrades will be split between money that has been saved from refunding bonds, and a five-year lease agreement through Beardsley Public Finance. According to the Era-Enterprise, some...

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Posted by on Jul 17, 2012 in Safety and Security | 0 comments

Chambersburg middle schools undergo security upgrades

Chambersburg middle schools undergo security upgrades

Two Chambersburg, Pennsylvania-area middle schools are undergoing security upgrades this summer, according to Public Opinion Online. Chambersburg Area Middle School (CAMS) North and South are both constructing new security entrances that will force visitors to enter directly through the office first before having access to the school building. “People just had free rein before and administrators asked us to look at this and look at it seriously,” Ed Peters, the buildings and grounds supervisor, told the news outlet. “Now, we control that. Visitors must go to the office to get in the building. It’ll be the only way in.” The cost for CAMS North was slated at $380,000, while Peters expects the CAMS South renovations to cost around $80,500. Major work has been completed on the North campus, with demolition nearly complete and walls framed, while plumbing is about half done. The CAMS South campus is considerably less complicated. A brick wall will be removed to allow a second set of doors to be placed in, adding another layer...

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Posted by on Jul 10, 2012 in Safety and Security | 0 comments

More security planned for Nebraska schools

More security planned for Nebraska schools

The Beatrice Public Schools Board of Education, in Beatrice, Nebraska, is planning on enhancing security at the elementary and middle schools within its district, according to The Beatrice Daily Sun. Some of the new features planned for the security system currently in place include adding cameras, locking doors and an intercom system. The technological upgrades cost a small enough amount, $13,000 for all five facilities, to be given the go ahead without board approval, according to director of student programs Jami Jo Thompson. “Our safety audit year after year has recommended that we make changes to our elementary- and middle-school facilities,” said Thompson. “Originally, our plan was to wait and address [security issues] via our strategic action planning committees…but due to recent events and increased safety issues, we really feel it would be irresponsible to wait three or four years in order to address that situation.” Much of the payment for the new system will come from left over funds from the last school year. The installation of the...

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Posted by on Jul 6, 2012 in Safety and Security | 0 comments

Northern Ohio school district upgrading campus security

Northern Ohio school district upgrading campus security

The Perry School District in Northern Ohio is upgrading its security system over the summer to be ready for the start of the new school year, according to the The Northern Ohio News-Herald. The school will install approximately 125 surveillance cameras around campus. These closed circuit television cameras will be part of a sophisticated security network that has a quick and direct connection to Perry Police. Additionally, the cameras will operate on their own secure network, independent of the other available servers in the district. This will give the police department the ability to monitor the campus remotely. “Our campus is really an open campus covering a lot of area and a lot of space,” Treasurer Lew Galante told the news source. “I think that the reason that we talked about doing this in the first place is we want to provide better security where we can for the kids and the community. The number of doors we have on campus is just absurd. [The security system] is just...

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Posted by on Jul 2, 2012 in Safety and Security | 0 comments

Teen takes step toward theme park restoration project

Teen takes step toward theme park restoration project

Alex East’s Joyland Restoration Project took a small step toward realizing its goal when his organization, Restore Hope Inc., was granted nonprofit status. This new standing means the group can apply for grants and accept tax-deductible contributions, according to The Wichita Eagle. East has been trying to restore the Joyland amusement park in Wichita since May of last year, when he asked the Wichita City Council for $10 million to help him buy and restore the park. The park has been closed for six years and is in a dilapidated state of debris, vandalism and weather-worn decay. “When I walk in the park, I may see what you see for the first five or 10 seconds, but then it all turns back into what it was before,” East, who graduated high school in May, told the news outlet. “The fun memories of everyone screaming down the first hill of the roller coaster…But under no circumstance is it only memories to me, because I know the park does have the...

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