Re-2 plans to upgrade security systems
Traditional school bells, the ones that tell students when they should be in class, are no longer the only bells students at Rifle High School, Riverside Middle School and Rifle Middle School will hear.Tuesday, school board members from Garfield School District Re-2 discussed putting alarm systems in all three schools. The district is looking for basic, updated security systems and will get bids from several security companies before installing the systems.”We don’t need anything that’s state-of-the-art; we just need it to do the job for us,” said Gary Pack, superintendent of Re-2.When compared to new technology, the old security systems in the schools are no longer effective, Pack said.Motion detectors that set off alarms and digital photography need to be placed in hallways, entryways and other locations outside of the building, Pack said.Several break-ins in the past year prompted a closer look at security systems. Since school started in August, vandals spray-painted and ruined property at Rifle Middle School and Riverside.The vandals at Rifle Middle School also took walkie-talkies that janitors use to communicate. The Rifle Middle School vandals were apprehended.Rifle High School hasn’t been vandalized this year, but it’s important for schools to have security systems, Pack said.The board will also look at increased security for the elementary schools, Pack said.The district doesn’t know how much the systems will cost.In other business:The board finalized writing for the mill levy, which will ask voters to approve a mill increase of $2.7 million. Voters will receive a letter explaining the levy before the election.The board discussed moving the attendance line that determines which students will go to Coal Ridge High School and which students will go to Rifle High School. The current line falls on Miller Lane. The board discussed whether to move the line closer to Silt to prevent overflowing Coal Ridge High School. No action has been made, and the board will continue to discuss the attendance line at the next meeting.Contact Ivy Vogel: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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