Billings Catholic Schools Board talks security strategy

2013-02-06T20:55:00Z 2013-02-07T00:32:10Z Billings Catholic Schools Board talks security strategyBy CARMEN DAYE IRISH The Billings Gazette

The Billings Catholic Schools board reviewed security measures at its four schools and preschool Wednesday afternoon.

Ken Frazier, vice chairman, said in the board’s regular meeting that the security task force met with law enforcement last week for a strategic planning session, where a range of security improvements were proposed.

“The meeting was helpful and informative,” said Harold Olson, the school system’s president. “It generated a lot of discussion.”

Some immediate security measures the system plans to implement are installing intruder alarms and security cameras that will monitor all exterior doors. The school also plans to require staff members to wear name badges.

Suggestions made from the Billings Police Department included locking all exterior doors and classrooms, adding resource officers and certified teachers with  access to a firearm in a locked area of the school if needed.

Frazier said the BPD also suggested a numbering system of the schools’ floor plans, with each room having a number in the corner of each window to alert police to an area of emergency.

“The police department has one for every school except (Billings Catholic Schools),” Frazier said.

In other news, the board unanimously approved this year’s Mayfair special technology projects, broken down into four categories: Promethean white board projects, staff and development summer institute, Saint Francis Upper computer lab and digital devices in schools.

Jan Haider, executive director of the Billings Catholic Schools Foundation, announced that the annual giving campaign raised nearly $50,000, about half of which was raised during a three-day phone-a-thon performed by four students.

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