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Special meeting to focus on school security

 

FRANK TAYLOR

Managing Editor

 

Plans to upgrade school security are getting rapid attention.

Proposals to make local students and teachers safer and calm parents’ fears have prompted a special called meeting of the Board of Education’s Buildings and Site Committee this week.

“We have a lot of information and questions that have to be asked, along with discussion, coming up in this called meeting,” Committee Chair Tony Jenkins wrote in email to the Times-News on Tuesday, responding to questions about the purpose of the meeting.

“When we do it, we’d better do it right the first time,” Jenkins wrote. “The members have been doing their homework and the administration is working hard to come up with plans that fit each school.”

Jenkins said he also wants to see the schools avoid just “slapping up something and saying this is security.”

During sessions earlier in January, board members discussed using excess bond revenues to add or improve a range of security measures at county schools, with surveillance cameras, buzzer entry systems and card-coded door locks all being under consideration.

Schools staff had planned to conduct walkthroughs at each campus to identify specific needs and potential obstacles.

Parents have recently appeared before the board to call for increased measures in light of last month’s massacre at a school in Newtown, Conn.

School officials said the special meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lincoln County Schools main office on N. Generals Boulevard in Lincolnton.

In addition to the update on security issues, the committee is also scheduled discuss the ongoing repairs to the track at West Lincoln High School.

The board is next scheduled to meet for a full session on Feb. 12, but could opt to call another meeting sooner.

Thursday’s meeting is open to the public.

 

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