- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - More school resource officers, additional wiring for alarm systems, door locks and single-point entry systems at schools are on wish-list of safety features for Lafourche Parish schools.

School Safety and Maintenance Manager Seth Holloway tells The Courier (https://bit.ly/1Qk5JIn) those recommendations will be made to a school board committee on June 16. The school board may discuss the safety issues on July 1.

On May 2, voters approved rededicating about $3.5 million a year used to pay debt on school construction bonds to safety projects.

School resource officers, or police, are stationed at all three high schools, as well as most middle schools. Those officers also visit elementary schools to conduct spot checks. Thibodaux High employs one officer for its more than 1,300 students while Lockport Middle’s 300-plus students don’t have a full-time officer.

An additional two to four officers could be hired with the rededicated tax money, Holloway said.

Of the system’s 29 school buildings, fewer than 10 have been updated to single-point entry, Holloway said.

For most schools, the answer is securing in the school and buzzing in guests. Holloway said the school system is looking to identify an architect soon with the hopes of working on three to four schools a year.

Many of the school system’s intercoms, fire alarms and cameras are out of date and will be upgraded.


Information from: The Courier, https://www.houmatoday.com

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