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School security upgrades up and running

February 28, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

At the Feb. 20 Canfield Board of Education meeting, business manager Rich Archer updated board members on the school security systems.

"It's been a positive improvement from a parent's perspective," Archer said.

All the buildings are now equipped with what Archer referred to as a three-step system. Anyone seeking to enter any Canfield school must now do so through the main entrance. They must first press a buzzer that rings in the office. At that point they are asked to state their name and their business at the school. They speak into a microphone that also has a camera that staff members can bring up on their desk to see who is at the entrance. Once the staff is assured the person is legitimate, they can buzz them in.

Once a person enters the main entrance, they are directed to the office. Because of the students' ages at Village Middle School, the district added a second set of doors both at the school's main entrance as well as at the Board of Education office. The second set of doors forces a person to go into the main office before they can get access to the school hallway.

"It's an extra level of work to buzz someone in, but we are continuing to move towards the safety of our staff and students," Archer said.

"The C.H. Campbell security system is up and running," said Principal Travis Lavery, "It kicked off smoothly and all entering now have to be buzzed in."

Archer said the only thing left to do at all four buildings is to get the camera functioning at Hilltop. He said with all the schools upgrading safety systems this month, the cameras were on back order. He said the Hilltop system should be complete by the end of this week.

Archer told the board that additional systems are being looked at to further ensure security.

"We are looking at installing emergency button systems," he said. "They resemble door bells, but are wireless and can be carried around."

He said the buttons, when pressed, immediately alert police dispatch as well as officers on patrol. It also sends text alerts to school officials, all within two or three seconds after the button is pushed.

"It's another way to ensure our safety forces are alerted," Archer said. "We will work with police on this system and set up guidelines for its use."

In other business:

CHS Principal Michael Moldovan reported on student achievements including Emily Gianetti, who made the finals of the National Merit Scholarship program, and the following art students who captured 10 of the 18 awards in the scholastic art competition: Gold Key winners included seniors Catherine Brown, Kellie Daley, Carigan McGuire, Marisa Rothbauer and Mykell Rushton. Rushton and Brown were also named nominees for the American Visions award. Silver Key winners included: senior Marisa DeSanto, junior Haley Holt, and seniors Jennifer Morris, Adam Nye, and Marisa Rothbauer (second award).

Moldovan also mentioned that 50 CHS art students will be exhibiting their work at Art Outreach Gallery inside the Eastwood Mall from now until March 3.

The board approved the resignation of Robert Alleman, CVMS grade eight teacher at the end of the present school year. Alleman requested to be placed on the retire-rehire program. The board set 6 p.m. April 17 as the date for a public hearing on re-employment of retirees. Also accepted for retirement was Janet Williams, C.H. Campbell music teacher, and Judy Boyer, bus driver.

Under hiring, the board approved the following individuals: Sarah Louk, Hilltop long-term substitute; Edward Bak, Wendy Aron, Kerry Dean, and Rachel Russo as licensed substitutes; Suzanne Manos, high school cafeteria cashier; and Teresa Kertesz, substitute to work in any area in which she is qualified.

Approval was given for the Success by Six summer program to be held at Hilltop from July 8 to 29. The program is funded by the United Way.

The board approved Aug. 2-9 for Hilltop and C.H. Campbell summer school. The summer school program at CVMS was also approved and may be expanded to six weeks this year. Summer school for the high school was approved for June 11-28 for physical education and June 11-21 for math, science, and social studies remediation.

Overnight field trips were approved for the Canfield softball team to travel to LaGarnge, Ohio, for the Prebis Memorial Tournament on April 27-27; and to Ashland, on April 19-20 for the Wendy's Spring Classic Tournament. Also approved was the fifth grade to travel to Camp Fitch on June 3-5.



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