Seneca Valley considering added security at three school buildings

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The Seneca Valley School board is considering putting captured entrances in three of its buildings to improve security.

Robert Cook, director of buildings, grounds and security at Seneca Valley, outlined for school board members tonight the changes proposed at the middle school, intermediate high school and high school buildings.

According to Mr. Cook, the district had plans for captured entrances drawn up three years ago when similar entrances were put in the district's elementary buildings.Those plans were shelved for the upper grade buildings because of budget issues, according to administrators.

District Spokeswoman Linda Andreassi said the school district is revisiting those plans now in response to the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 20 students and six teachers dead.

"Security plans are something we are always reviewing," she said. "This plan was revisited sooner because of the shootings in Connecticut."

The elementary, intermediate and high school buildings currently have buzzing systems at the entrances. Adding captured entrances would provide another layer of protection for staff and students, Mr. Cook said.

School Superintendent Tracy Vitale said bids for this work came in at $150,000 three years ago.

Ms. Vitale said it's unclear how much the work would cost now.

Mr. Cook said if the board agrees to build captured entrances at these buildings, the work should begin this summer and will continue into the first part of the school year.

School board members will consider the matter at their May meeting.

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Laure Cioffi, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com


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