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May 12, 2013

Safety chance

Proposed capital project up for May 21 vote contains security upgrades


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Details are still being figured out on exactly how the entrance will change, Fiegl said. But a challenge at the high school, as well as Kelley, is that the main office is so far from the main entrances. And there is the addition of cameras, which will be included. 

Timothy Parker, the district’s director of facilities, said there are 26 doors and 12 main doors at the high school alone. Controlling access to the school is a major component of the security upgrades, as is intrusion detection.

And then there are complications, such as residents who walk the school after hours or deliveries that come to the building during the day. There are also fire codes, because people need to be able to let out of a building safely and quickly.

“All of these doors have to be secured some way, somehow,” Fiegl said. “We have to look at all angles.”

The district’s last security upgrade was in 2008. Prior to that, the last upgrade was in 2000, in the aftermath of the Columbine shootings.

In addition to the project, the district has been reviewing security policies and procedures, said Superintendent Michelle T. Bradley.

And the Board of Education’s facilities committee did a recent walkthrough at some schools with local law enforcement.

There’s always been a plan in place, but now schools are reviewing everything.

“We’ve taken this to another level,” Bradley said. “Our number one priority in our district is to keep our schools safe.”

A major drill is coming next month on June 24 at the high school, coordinated by law enforcement and the city fire department. Eastern Niagara Hospital will also participate.

Lockport faculty and staff are going through training as well. There is also a close relationship with the city Police Department and the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, Fiegl said. The high school’s resource officer is a Lockport police officer.

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