Pella Chronicle

Community News Network

March 14, 2013

Knoxville Schools to enhance security

School security is not a new issue, but new attention has been paid since last December's shootings in Newtown.

"We know we need to make an effort," Knoxville Schools Superintendent Randy Flack told the school board.

Flack has been working with a group to identify potential ways to improve security around school buildings. Recommendations, as listed below, were made to the board, which members agreed should be implemented. They include:

• Removing "hiding places" (shrubs and trees) around school buildings and facilities.

• Repairing/Replacing exterior doors that are not secure when shut and locked, due to age and condition.

• Begin exchanging door knobs with those that can lock from both sides (will take 2-3 years).

• Requiring all visitors to check in at the office and wear easily seen identification.

• Reviewing crisis management plans and practice with students and staff.

• Continuing efforts to prevent bullying and harassment.

• Keeping exterior doors locked, except for the main entrance.

• Keeping classroom doors locked at all times.

The board also discussed the installation of an electronic "key card" system at each building, to be used by employees. Board member Tim McDonald said he prefers a "key card" system to standard keys, which can be duplicated. He would like to see some of these safety improvements made quickly.

Questions still remain regarding open campus periods at the high school and how to monitor students returning. The board did not seem to favor installing security cameras at the main entrance doors and implementing a "buzz-in" system at each building.

 

 

1
Text Only
Community News Network
  • Smartphone kill switches are coming

    Smartphones need kill switches. It's a relatively easy solution to the pricey (and irritating) problem of smartphone theft. But who would have thought that the big carriers would team up with Apple, Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung and lots of other manufacturers to voluntarily begin adding the technology by July 2015? The cooperative spirit! It makes so much sense!

    April 18, 2014

  • Why do wolves howl?

    Of all the myths that dog the wolf, none is more widely accepted than the idea that wolves howl at the moon. Images of wolves with their heads upturned, singing at the night sky, are as unquestioned as a goldfish's three-second memory or a dog's color-blindness (both also myths).

    April 18, 2014

  • Biggest student loan profits come from grad students

    This week, the Congressional Budget Office projected that the federal government would earn roughly $127 billion from student lending during the next 10 years.

    April 18, 2014

  • quake.jpg Pennsylvania won’t take action following Ohio ruling on quakes, fracking

    Pennsylvania officials plan no action despite new Ohio rules on drilling that affect a seismically active area near the state line.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • VIDEO: Boston bomb scare defendant appears in court

    The man accused of carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker near the Boston Marathon finish line on the anniversary of the bombings was arraigned Wednesday. He's being held on $100,000 bail.

    April 17, 2014

  • Consumer spending on health care jumps as Affordable Care Act takes hold

    Nancy Beigel has known since September that she would need hernia surgery. She couldn't afford it on her $11,000 yearly income until she became eligible for Medicaid in January through President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

    April 17, 2014

  • The case for separate beds

    The other night I slept on a twin bed in the guest room of the house I share with my husband and our two kids.
    It was the best night's sleep I've had in years.

    April 17, 2014

  • Raw oysters spike U.S. rise in bacterial infections, CDC reports

    Raw oysters, so good with hot sauce, increasingly can carry something even more unsettling to the stomach: A bacteria linked to vomiting, diarrhea and pain.

    April 17, 2014

  • To sleep well, you may need to adjust what you eat and when

    Sleep.  Oh, to sleep.  A good night's sleep is often a struggle for more than half of American adults.  And for occasional insomnia, there are good reasons to avoid using medications, whether over-the-counter or prescription.

    April 16, 2014

  • Doctors to rate cost effectiveness of expensive cancer drugs

    The world's largest organization of cancer doctors plans to rate the cost effectiveness of expensive oncology drugs, and will urge physicians to use the ratings to discuss the costs with their patients.

    April 16, 2014