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Plymouth School Board Meeting Tuesday

August 4, 2013
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  08/05/13 The Plymouth School Board will hold a project hearing followed by a regular school board meeting on Tuesday, August 6 in the Administration Board Room. The hearing will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be followed by the regular meeting at approximately 7:15 p.m.

The purpose of the project hearing is to receive testimony or questions concerning the renovation of and/or improvements to facilities within the Plymouth School Corporation. Indiana law requires that projects being considered at a cost in excess of $1 million are subject to a public hearing.

The project being considered is a safety and security program for the 2013-2014 school year. Listed as immediate needs are tied into student transportation including: Angel Trax Camera System; Z pass (K-6 students); and bus check-mate system. The proposal is estimated at a cost of $92,500. A second portion of the project is listed under Visual Management/Physical Security. The proposed cost for a Raptor Visitor ID System (active database check for criminal offenses against children and court protection orders) is $35,000.

A corporation wide CCTV System (Covenant Security/Unlimited Technology, Inc,) is proposed at $1,060,900.

Listed under priority needs are the following: ID Card program ($8,000); lighting upgrades ($100,000); 3M Window Film ($10,000); Security/Safety operation supplies ($70,000); fencing upgrades ($40,000); and safety and safe school signage ($10,000). the estimated total is $1, 425,000.

Additional agenda items for the regular meeting include: Introduction of School Resource Officer (SRO); report on the Alternative School; consideration of the SJRMC (St. Joseph Regional Medical Center) nursing agreement for 2013-2014; and receiving copies of extracurricular financial report.

Meetings are open to the public; however, comments from the public are limited to agenda items only.

Carol Anders Correspondent

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2 Responses to “ Plymouth School Board Meeting Tuesday ”

  1. Andrew on August 5, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    So if I understand this correctly, the teachers are not reacting because they have a Resource Officer now? Sounds like they need to overhaul the protocols involving violence in the school. Teachers witnessing this should be the first ones there to separate until the resource officer arrives, or until some other measure can be applied. There is no way this person can be everywhere at once.

  2. Thor on August 5, 2013 at 7:37 am

    The teachers should be taking responsibility for safety in the schools. They should be demanding it.

    A family member of mine was attacked in the hallway of Lincoln Jr.HS and the teachers sat in their classrooms and did nothing even though several were in direct view of the incident.

    One Resource Officer for the school system will not fix the ‘it’s not my problem’ attitude. No amount of money spent of new technology will fix it either. It will only make it easier to figure out who was responsible and what exactly happened after the fact.

    If they are talking about stopping a shooting incident, the only person who can defend you is you. When seconds count help is always minutes away. The teachers should be demanding the ability to defend themselves and their wards. They are the only ones who can.