School board focuses on safety Tuesday

By: Brody Fernandez
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School safety dominated the short 40-minute Western Placer Unified School District meeting Tuesday.

Superintendent Scott Leaman informed his board that Summit Church committed $20,000 to $40,000 toward Western Placer Unified School District to help make school safety a top priority in partnership with the board.

The Lincoln church, located at 2010 1st St., has ordered 325 barracuda bars that will be placed on classroom doors. The devices are small metal bars that slide under a door or over a door handle to lock it in place within seconds, creating a lock-safe scenario in the event of an emergency school lockdown.

“It’s a really positive thing the church has decided to do for our schools and I expressed my gratitude,” Leaman told the board. “We’ve been working hard on safety and have been working tirelessly with other administrators in an effort to address security in our schools.”

The superintendent informed the board that he recently sat down with the district’s principals and asked them to vote on initiatives and ideas they had that would improve security in their schools.

“More security cameras installed, a PA system that reaches all parts of campus externally and internally, and efficient window coverings were the most popular answers among the administrators,” Leaman said. 

Leaman concluded with a focus on future efforts for school safety. “Our goal will be a safety-package enhancement program, with the short term of this initiative being until June and the long term will be indefinite after that,” Leaman said.

Initiatives range from new campus-safety plans, new surveillance monitors and the presence of more two-way radios on campus.  

“These are things we need, things that will keep us safe,” Leaman concluded.

School board President Paul Carras added to the sentiment that the district was not alone in its support for making children safe in schools.

“I just want to let everyone here know that Chief of Police Doug Lee has been very active and cooperative in this committee in regard to efforts of improving school safety,” Carras said. 


In other news:

-The two meeting action items were unanimously approved by the board. One was an acceptance of a $200,000 bid from Rua and Son Mechanical for the Lincoln High School roof renovation project.

-The second was an acceptance of a request proposal from Trane U.S. INC. for the Prop 39 energy efficiency projects. This proposal’s cost will be transferred from the State General Fund to the Clean Energy Job Creation Fund for the next five fiscal years.  

The next board meeting will be at 7 p.m. April 17 at Lincoln City Hall’s third-floor conference room, 600 6th St.