Posted Online: Jan. 24, 2013, 7:24 pm
EM schools look to improve entrance-door security
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By Sarah Hayden, firstname.lastname@example.org
EAST MOLINE -- East Moline school board members on Wednesday discussed ways to provide better security in the school district through improving the unsecured, glass doors at some of the schools.
Superintendent Kristin Humphries said he and Director of Maintenance Jimmy Franks were looking at ways to secure entrances.
"We want to make it so no one can come through an entrance without being buzzed in," said Mr. Humphries. "The money's there, it can all be paid for."
He said there is enough in life and safety funds to cover expenses. The district will not be paying for construction.
It will cost $78,000 to replace the entrance at Hillcrest Elementary, $63,000 for Ridgewood Elementary, and $27,000 for Glenview Middle School, said Mr. Humphries. Estimates were not available for Wells and Bowlesburg Elementary Schools.
Work will have to be done during the summer break, said Mr. Franks.
In other action, the board voted to approve Moline School District's withdrawal from the Black Hawk Area Special Education District, which serves a number of area schools .Branson Rasko. voted no, after expressing concern that Moline provides most of the staff with 91 employees and by pulling out, BHASED will lose these employees.
"That's going to hurt our kids," he said.
Board member Lisa Betsworth said they should send a message to Moline by voting against the withdrawal.
Mr. Humphries said the special ed district hopes to keep the Moline BHASED teachers, but that overall costs could go up with a large district like Moline withdrawing.
"The East Moline perspective is when we work together, we believe we offer our students the best services," he said. "We're looking at our options to do what's best for the kids."
He said they cannot stop Moline. If the board were to vote against it, lawyers would get involved and Moline would still leave.
The board also:
-- Approved a Title I plan presented by Ridgewood Elementary School Principal Sherri Coder that focuses on the Stephen Covey "Leader in Me" program.
-- Approved a consolidation study among the East Moline, United Township, Silvis, Carbon Cliff / Barstow and Colona school districts to determine if any kind of merger will save money.