Poland Schools administrators are continuing to research and improve on the security of the schools and students. That was stepped up even further prior to Christmas break.
"As soon as the incident in Newtown happened, I knew as soon as people got home they would see it and wonder about the safety of Poland Schools," said Poland Interim Superintendent Don Dailey. "We do have a plan in place and have held practice drills."
He said the Monday prior to the holiday break, he contacted security professionals to come to the district and assess security needs. Dailey spent more than five hours with an architect and two technicians as the men spoke with principals, staff and even custodians to get their thoughts and input.
"Currently, we are getting prices for systems that include locking doors, buzzers, intercoms, and security cameras," Dailey said. "We are also looking at all exterior doors."
In each individual building, the principals have formed teams with staff, parents, and custodians. The teams will look at security issues in each building and will report on their findings.
"Each building is individual as to what the needs are," Dailey said. "Once the findings are in, each school will be looked at and the issues addressed."
He said the district is also working with the Poland Village and Poland Township police departments. They have stepped up their school visits and security in and around the buildings. One of the problems discovered was in students letting in visitors. No student or non-office staff can let anyone into the school now. Only the main office staff have that authority and Dailey said they are well trained.
Dailey also noted the township trustees have been working towards securing a school resource officer. The talk has been towards seeking private funding to sponsor a full-time, in-school officer.
As the security upgrades are discussed and put into motion, Dailey said all buildings are running as efficiently as possible when it comes to student safety.