One of the people working on security with Saline Area Schools helped design security at the White House.
Tuesday Board of Education heard from Jason Russell, Founder of Secure Education Consultants. On its website the firm boasts it is a “team of highly trained former US Secret Service Agents” who will design and train school staff on an emergency and critical incident response plan.
Graden said the firm is working with the district and King Scott, the firm hired as architect for the district’s bond construction projects.
It’s no secret the district is looking at physical upgrades to the buildings to make them safer and more secure. But Graden said the district is working with Kingscott and Secure Education Consultants on policies and staff procedures to get the most out of the improvements.
Russell told the board the company does vulnerability assessments for school districts – especially those that are in the process of designing new safety features.
Russell said that without the right procedures and trained staff in place, physical security enhancements can turn into $500,000 doorbells.
“These secure vestibules are designed beautifully and installed, but then nobody’s ever trained how to use them,” he said.
His company is involved in conceptual design and staff training.
Russel said one of the people involved in the Saline Area Schools project was responsible for designing all the physical security at the White House.
Russell said his team has more than 100 years of experience with the Secret Service.
Following the lead of the success with "Pete the Cat" at Saline Middle School, Pleasant Ridge Elementary School will begin using a therapy dog. Laci, a Corgi, will be in Ms. Arnett's class on Fridays. She will help student reach goals related to self-esteem, emotional regulation, and friendship. Laci is a licensed therapy dog certified by Therapaws. Students who visit with Laci will need permission from parents.
Assistant Superintendents Receive Raises
Saline’s three assistant superintendents received new contracts with a one-time, 2.5 percent pay increase.
Administrators Agree to Six Month Extension
The board approved a letter of agreement that extends its contract with the Saline Area Schools Administrative Association for six months. It now expires Dec. 31, 2016. Employees due steps will received them retroactive to Jan. 1, 2016.
Kreitz Introduced as FSAS Executive Director
The new Foundation for Saline Area Schools Executive Director Annherst Kreitz was introduced by Superintendent Scot Graden at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting.
She is the organization’s inaugural executive director.
Kreitz told the board she was excited to take on the new position for the foundation.
“The beautiful thing about it is I’m an alumni, I have two kids in the district, I love the school system and I’ve been on the board of trustees for the foundation for the last two years,” she said. “So I hit the ground running.”
Following her introduction she left the meeting to attend a Snowblast planning meeting. Snowblast takes place at Travis Pointe Country Club Feb. 6.
Wintery Weather No Trouble
Superintendent Graden thanked the transportation and building and grounds department employees for their work getting students to school safely and making sure the district’s lots and walkways are clear.
Graden noted that he planned to call the Washtenaw County Road Commission about Campus Parkway, the street that connects Saline High School and Harvest Elementary in Pittsfield Township.
“It’s been an ongoing concern as it relates to students getting to schools safely,” Graden said.