- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - Rockford’s public schools will undergo a safety and security assessment as part of a $250 million, 10-year facilities improvement plan.

The Rockford Register Star reported Tuesday (https://bit.ly/1nLxMTf ) the school board approved a $219,404 contract with Elert & Associates to conduct the building-by-building review.

The district has 47 facilities and houses about 27,250 students during the school day.

Security director Fred Deihl said the district is seeking “the very best advice we can to meet the needs of the district and make our buildings the safest they can possibly be.”

Elert & Associates will review each building on a variety of levels, from lighting and landscaping to parking and monitoring visitors. It will help the district apply for grants to pay for improvements.



Security improvements have already been a part of facilities upgrades. Several buildings have been fitted with secured front entry ways to prevent visitors from entering the schools before checking in with the office.

Staff members recommended the board approve Elert’s bid despite another company offering to do the work for $92,780.

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Information from: Rockford Register Star, https://www.rrstar.com

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