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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
  • School board considers school security

  • Wellington School Board members were told Thursday night it will take about $3 million to make the schools secure. Ed Klock, of PBA Architects, gave them a presentation on how to make all the schools secure.The board plans to discuss his suggestions at a work session, and will consider what to do at a later time.He su...
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  • By James Jordan
    The Wellington Daily News
    Wellington School Board members were told Thursday night it will take about $3 million to make the schools secure. Ed Klock, of PBA Architects, gave them a presentation on how to make all the schools secure.
    The board plans to discuss his suggestions at a work session, and will consider what to do at a later time.
    He suggested creating a single entrance for the public to use, and locking all other doors. This would involve creating an “entry vestibule” at each school.
    The board scheduled a work session for Wednesday, January 24, 2014 to begin at 4:00 p.m. in the board meeting room at the Central Office located at 221 S. Washington. Mr. Klock will be present at the work session with more information and to answer questions regarding the strategies centered on the final product of the plans.
    This would be easier in some schools than others.  In some cases they would have to create a small area with a reception desk, and add a person to work there. In other cases they could just reconfigure the office area.
    People would have to enter and be buzzed through by someone inside. Teachers and school personnel could have a card for entry. Other doors would be locked, but people could go out, and school personnel would have some kind of keyless entry.
    Klock said it would also be possible to monitor whether anyone tried to enter those doors after hours.
    He also suggested adding extra protection around the area where the receptionist sits. At some schools, windows should be added to allow for a better view of people approaching the school.
    He also suggested creating storm shelters for schools that don’t have them, and making them next to the school, but not part of the actual building
    School officials could choose to do any part of his plan, or none of it.
    Another part of his suggestion was to make a window wall. The windows would be treated with a film that would prevent it from falling apart if hit with a bullet or something thrown.
    “We want to have good sight lines and be as unobtrusive as possible,” he said.

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