Rowan-Salisbury school board may hire consultant to assess schools’ security

  • Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 4:22 p.m.

The Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education will consider at a meeting Wednesday hiring a consultant to assess security at the districts schools.

The board meets at 4 p.m. at the school systems administrative building,110 N. Long St. in East Spencer.

Board members will hear from Risk Manager Sharon Gardner and Maintenance Director Butch Bivens about safety concerns at Knox Middle School.

In a document included with the boards agenda, staff members say that in 2007, the estimated cost for a door access control system and surveillance cameras at Knox was $160,000. That cost doesnt include replacing doors, which may be needed due to the schools age.

Now, the school system would need to hire an architect to get specifications for the school and rebid the project, the staff members say.

Theyre recommending hiring Safe Havens International, a nonprofit campus safety center that works with schools and school systems on campus safety and crisis readiness, to assess security at all the districts schools.

The school board will also review proposed changes to policies on employment, volunteers and the process for selecting school administrators.

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