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School security on board agenda

 

 

FRANK TAYLOR

Managing Editor

Measures to enhance school security may receive final approval from the Lincoln County Board of Education during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday.

Board members on the Building and Site Committee signed off last week on some changes to planned security improvements that had been in the works for several months.

The recent changes would balance the security improvements against existing fire-safety standards to ensure that additional doors and locks don’t prevent easy exit from a school during an emergency.

Most schools would be upgraded with magnetic card-swipe doors for staff entry, surveillance cameras, upgraded fire alarms and controlled visitor-entry doors using a buzzer.

Board members may also discuss the costs for various remaining options for additional security at some schools were the existing facility layout required solutions different from those at most of the schools.

All of the measures come in response to concerns about intruders at schools following last year’s massacre at an elementary school in Connecticut. Most of the local expenses may be covered by excess bond funds, but a final determination of costs is still being made.

Also on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting:

  • The board is due to vote on approving the 2013-2014 calendar.
  • Following the recommendations of the Building and Site Committee, the full board is to decide on approval for changes to track repairs that are under way at West Lincoln and Lincolnton high schools.
  • The board is due to consider participation in the E-Rate matching funding program, which provides for technological equipment at qualified schools.
  • The board will examine proposed changes to the placement criteria for middle school advanced level classes for the upcoming school year, a necessary adjustment due to test scores that won’t be available in time to be used for this purpose.

The board meets 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the schools headquarters building on North General’s Boulevard in Lincolnton. The meeting is open to the public.

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