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  1. School Security Special Task Force Recommendations Gaston County Schools/Gaston County Police March 13, 2013 WE ARE Gaston County Schools

  2. Special Task Force Membership • Parents-Jennifer Cease-Cook, Dawn Johnson, Stephanie Moller Smith, Sandy Tidwell • Teachers-Jill Nichols, Julian Wilson, Tieka Helton • Community and Law Enforcement-Steve Eaton, Josh Hamlin, Cheryl Harris, Keith Moon, Curtis Rosselle • School Principals-Glynis Brooks, Joey Clinton, Phyllis Whitworth • District Staff-Dixie Abernathy, Melissa Balknight, Sonya McGraw, Jim Parks, Bonnie Reidy • Task Force Co-Chairs-Bill Melton, Mark Hollar

  3. A History Lesson What is the worst incident of school violence in U.S. history? Answer- Bath Consolidated High School in Bath Michigan. In what year did it occur? Answer- 1927

  4. Bath Consolidated SchoolMay 17, 1927

  5. Bath Consolidated School • On May 18, 1927 Andrew P. Kehoe used Pyrotol and dynamite to blow up an entire wing of the school. • He intended to blow up the whole school but his second device failed to activate. • 44 people killed (38 elementary students) • 58 injured

  6. Bath Consolidated SchoolMay 18, 1927

  7. The Formula For Success Motivation + Means+ Opportunity = Success

  8. For Good

  9. For Bad

  10. For Worse

  11. Threats to Our Schools Violent Threats to our schools can come from: -Student perpetrators -Outside perpetrators -Terrorist acts

  12. Special Task Force Meetings • January 30 Organizational Meeting • February 13 Personnel and Facilities • March 7 Training/Procedures and Mental Health • March 13 Prioritize and Finalize Task Force Recommendations WE ARE Gaston County Schools

  13. Personnel Sub Group • First priority = Provide a sworn law enforcement officer for each elementary school in addition to the officers in place at each secondary school (costs to be determined)

  14. Facilities Sub Group • First priority = front lobby containment • Second = intercom and panic button systems • Third = surveillance equipment replacement • Fourth = classroom security • Fifth = exterior door security • Sixth = secure movement to detached wings (fencing and two-way radios) • Seventh = enhanced security for mobile classrooms

  15. Facilities • First Priority = Front lobby containment • Preclude intruder from entering classroom/student areas • Visitors allowed into student areas only by front office personnel remote door release technology • Involves doors, locking mechanisms, wall construction (some locations) and 4 schools may need front office relocation • $2 million (detail available)

  16. Facilities (continued) • Second = Intercom and panic button systems • Schools have needs for intercom upgrades and mobile unit upgrades • $250,000 approximate cost (detail available) • Panic buttons—direct call to police and announce a lock down alert to the school • Will connect with existing facility security system and intercom system • $50,000 approximate cost (detail available) • Total = $300,000

  17. Facilities (continued) • Third = Surveillance equipment—exterior and interior cameras and recording equipment with a 30-day electronic recording minimum; image quality = human face recognition at 50 feet from camera • Currently—36 systems are outdated (analog)—they date back as far as 2002 • Recommendation is to replace these 36 systems • $1.98 million (detail available)

  18. Facilities (continued) • Fourth = Classroom security • Create the appearance the classroom is unoccupied; install intruder type door locks; window blinds/shades for all ground floor windows and all door windows; classroom lights controlled from inside the room • $3.5 million (most is part of $133 million CIP) (detail available)

  19. Facilities (continued) • Fifth = Exterior door security • Upgrade door hardware so door will remain locked at all times—not intended for public use (key entry without unlocking the door) • Replace exterior doors as needed • Upgrade intrusion alarm system for exterior doors • $2 million (most is part of $133 million CIP) (detail available)

  20. DETACHED WINGS WE ARE Gaston County Schools

  21. DETACHED WINGS WE ARE Gaston County Schools

  22. DETACHED WINGS WE ARE Gaston County Schools

  23. DETACHED WINGS WE ARE Gaston County Schools

  24. Facilities (continued) • Sixth = Secure movement to detached wings (fencing and two-way radios) • Design and erect high fencing (compliant with fire egress—panic hardware for gates) between corners enclosing the walk way between buildings • $350,000 for fencing and gates • Increase number of two-way radios for mobility (moving between buildings) • $25,000 for two-way radio additions • Total = 375,000 (detail available)

  25. Facilities (continued) • Seventh = Enhanced security for mobile classrooms • Install network trilogy alarm proximity locks on main building doors used by mobile classroom traffic; issue proximity chips as specified • $50,000 (detail available) • Facilities Total = $10,205,000

  26. Training/Procedures Sub Group • First priority = Each school create a School Safety Committee; review plans at least annually; access school safety plans on the school’s “T” drive • Second = One School Security Associate per 800 students for secondary schools (8 positions) • Cost estimate = $200,304 • Third = Quarterly School Security Associate meetings

  27. Training/Procedures (continued) • Fourth = Substitute teachers: yearly school security update through HR; check in/out to include classroom door key; lockdown plans also in daily plans for all substitute teachers • Fifth = Training: update training videos; annual metal detection training for all schools (through feeder areas); school administrators, SROs and security personnel trained on surveillance equipment

  28. Training/Procedures (continued) • Sixth = Hold at least two lock down drills per semester • Seventh = Invite/encourage local fire, GEMS, police to view training and drills; encourage local police to conduct drills in our schools

  29. Training/Procedures (continued) • Eighth = Hardening of doors (door stops for all in swing classroom doors) (cost estimate TBD) • Ninth = Continue to study new tactics and defense procedures in school security • Training/Procedures Total = $200,304

  30. Mental Health Sub Group • First Priority = School based therapist for each school • Second = Three additional mental health clinicians (to decrease case load from 27 schools per clinician to 9 schools per clinician) • Cost = $180,000 • Mental Health Total = $180,000

  31. Estimated Costs for All Task Force Recommendations • Personnel $(SROs) • Facilities $10,205,000 • Training/Procedures $200,304 • Mental Health $180,000 • TOTAL $10,585,304 +Elementary School SRO costs

  32. Task Force Recommendations for Immediate Implementation The following are recommended for immediate implementation because of no cost: • Each school create a School Safety Committee; review plans at least annually; access school safety plans on the school’s “T” drive • Quarterly School Security Associate meetings • Mental Health Sub Group recommendation to have a school based therapist for each school.

  33. Recommendations for Immediate Implementation (continued) • Substitute teachers: yearly school security update through HR; check in/out to include classroom door key; lockdown plans also in daily plans for all substitute teachers • Training: update training videos; annual metal detection training for all schools (through feeder areas); school administrators, SROs and security personnel trained on surveillance equipment • Hold at least two lock down drills per semester

  34. Recommendations for Immediate Implementation (continued) • Invite/encourage local fire, GEMS, police to view training and drills; encourage local police to conduct drills in our schools • Hardening of doors (door stops for all in swing classroom doors) (cost estimate TBD) • Continue to study new tactics and defense procedures in school security • Reduce use of mobile classrooms as possible

  35. Task Force Recommendations toL. Reeves McGlohon, Superintendent of SchoolsJames Buie, Chief of Police • #1 Front lobby containment • #2 Elementary SROs • #3 Exterior door security; secure movement to detached wings (fencing and two-way radios); enhanced access from mobile classrooms • #4 Intercom and panic button systems

  36. Task Force Recommendations toL. Reeves McGlohon, Superintendent of SchoolsJames Buie, Chief of Police • #5 Three additional mental health clinicians • #6 Classroom security (blinds, doors, hardware, classroom light controls) • #7 Surveillance equipment replacement • #8 School Security Associates @ 1 per 800 students at secondary schools

  37. Recommendation #1 • Front lobby containment • Preclude intruder from entering classroom/student areas • Visitors allowed into student areas only by front office personnel remote door release technology • Involves doors, locking mechanisms, wall construction (some locations) and 4 schools may need front office relocation • $2 million (detail available)

  38. Recommendation #2 • Provide a sworn law enforcement officer for each elementary school in addition to the officers in place at each secondary school • (costs to be determined)

  39. Recommendation #3 • Exterior door security • Upgrade door hardware so door will remain locked at all times—not intended for public use (key entry without unlocking the door) • Replace exterior doors as needed • Upgrade intrusion alarm system for exterior doors • $2 million (most is part of $133 million CIP) (detail available)

  40. Recommendation #3 (continued) • Secure movement to detached wings (fencing and two-way radios) • Design and erect high fencing (compliant with fire egress—panic hardware for gates) between corners enclosing the walk way between buildings • $350,000 for fencing and gates • Increase number of two-way radios for mobility (moving between buildings) • $25,000 for two-way radio additions • Total = 375,000 (detail available)

  41. Recommendation #3 (continued) • Enhanced access from mobile classrooms • Install network trilogy alarm proximity locks on main building doors used by mobile classroom traffic; issue proximity chips as specified • $50,000 (detail available) Total for Recommendation #3 = $2,425,000

  42. Recommendation #4 • Intercom and panic button systems • Schools have needs for intercom upgrades and mobile unit upgrades • $250,000 approximate cost (detail available) • Panic buttons—direct call to police and announce a lock down alert to the school • Will connect with existing facility security system and intercom system • $50,000 approximate cost (detail available) • Total = $300,000

  43. Recommendation #5 • Three additional mental health clinicians (to decrease case load from 27 schools per clinician to 9 schools per clinician) • Cost = $180,000

  44. Recommendation #6 • Classroom security • Create the appearance the classroom is unoccupied; install intruder type door locks; window blinds/shades for all ground floor windows and all door windows; classroom lights controlled from inside the room • $3.5 million (most is part of $133 million CIP) (detail available)

  45. Recommendation #7 • Surveillance equipment—exterior and interior cameras and recording equipment with a 30-day electronic recording minimum; image quality = human face recognition at 50 feet from camera • Currently—36 systems are outdated (analog)—they date back as far as 2002 • Recommendation is to replace these 36 systems • $1.98 million (detail available)

  46. Recommendation #8 • One School Security Associate per 800 students for secondary schools (8 positions) • Cost estimate = $200,304 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Task Force Recommendations Total = $10,585,304 +Elementary School SRO costs

  47. Questions ? WE ARE Gaston County Schools