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Safety committee recommends audit of schools

January 4, 2013

PARKERSBURG — A safety committee for Wood County Schools will bring plans to the board of education to conduct exterior safety audits to help upgrade the crisis response pla....

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Jan-04-13 7:51 AM

What are Mr. Sole's qualifications to handle such an important position?

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Jan-04-13 10:41 AM

I have a friend with the Department of Homeland Security. We discussed this very issue last week. He said that the way that PHS does firedrills/bomb drills is very UNSAFE. Staff and students ALWAYS go to the back of the school or field house, 2 places where it would be easy to hide a bomb OR to go unnoticed. The front campus would be a much safer place, where there is no place to hide anything and a person "hanging out" there IS noticeable. The fact that PHS has a police officer on duty who is a member of the Safety Committee and this unsafe practice continues is troubling.

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Jan-04-13 4:08 PM

It's about time that there are stricter rules about letting unknown people into the schools! It has been a bad practice since the security systems have been in place.I have stood outside waiting for a grandchild of mine after school and seen people enter the school while the doors are unlocked and before school while doors are unlocked each morning to let students in.How does the school staff know,without seeing ids,that whoever is entering should be there? In my opinion nobody should enter the schools before showing id! Another thing,whenever anyone buzzes in and talks to the office,nobody knows if that person will come directly to the office!But they unlock the doors and let them in! Who's to say where that person will go and what their intentions might be? Why have a security system in place,that really isn't working? It isn't safe!

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Jan-04-13 4:26 PM

Mean people are going to find away around any security the school has in place. One, a lock on a door is little deterrent for an assault rife. Two, just showing identification and having a reason for entering a school does nothing when that person could be possibly concealing a weapon. Third, a majority of the schools have the classroom doors or gymnasium doors open do to not having central air or air conditioners installed. Forth, a majority of the schools in Wood County are open campuses with no fences around the property.

Let us see what recommendations are made from The Wood County Board of Education what extent the people of Wood County are willing to pay, yes pay to upgrade the the current safety conditions. Just locking doors is simply not enough. I know that a lot of school systems in the recent past used funds allocated for Homeland Security to improve the overall safety for their schools but I would say the time for that has come and gone.

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Jan-04-13 8:28 PM

Here's a great GD idea.... Let's take a tour of Moundsville and Mt. Olive,and base the halls of learning after the state prison concept;if it keeps them in,it keeps them out.

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