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On Feb. 22, Crawford County Community School Corp. officials, in conjunction with the Crawford County Emergency Management Agency and Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, held a lockdown drill at Patoka Elementary School. Superintendent Dr. Mark Eastridge was pleased with the response time of students, teachers and law enforcement officials while conducting the drill. The exercise at Patoka was just one in a series the school system is conducting. Above left, EMA Director Larry Allen, back left, debriefs the participants in the Patoka drill. Photos by Leslie Radcliff

School OK's full security upgrades

Improvements totaling $150,000 at five elementary schools to be funded with Rainy Day monies

February 27, 2013
Security was the emphasis of the Crawford County Community School Corp. Board of Trustees' Feb. 19 meeting as it voted 7-0 to move ahead with security upgrades at the five elementary schools.

"I would like to recommend that we move forward on the security upgrades and that we would pay for it out of our Rainy Day (Fund) with the possibility that the county would allow us to reimburse out of our Gaming (Fund)," Superintendent Dr. Mark Eastridge told the board, which was meeting at Milltown Elementary.

Eastridge times Principal Amy Belcher as she makes her initial emergency call. The corporation’s board of trustees earlier in the week approved security upgrades at the five elementary schools totaling $150,000.
Trustee Kelly Hammond, who also is an Indiana State Police trooper, made a motion to move forward on the security upgrades as they are laid out in the assessment by Keusch Glass and Miller Electric. Hammond's motion was seconded by Dennis Talley, who is also a law enforcement officer.

The decision to set aside $150,000 out of the Rainy Day Fund was unanimous, and the elementary schools will begin to see changes within the next few weeks. Upgrades will include new doors for high-traffic areas, replacement hardware for doors that are considered sound but in need of small upgrades, new "windshield-like" glass in exterior doors that makes it more difficult for intruders to come through, dynamic range security cameras, scanners and more.

"We can't make our schools a fortress …," Eastridge said. "I want to get a guy who's trying to come in the door; I want to slow him down to give the folks inside time to do what they need to do to get them in rooms and get them safe."

In other news, Crawford County Junior-Senior High School has been invited to participate in the AP-TIP IN's Cohort 2 this year. The Advanced Placement Training Incentive Program will allow students to receive additional education in math, science and English course work and for educators to participate in professional development through the University of Notre Dame.

"We will be offering six AP courses in our high school," Eastridge said. "When you look at the schools that were awarded this grant … several have over 2,000 (students) and then there's Crawford County. The only schools south of Indianapolis that have this grant are Seymour, Jeffersonville and Crawford County."

AP-TIP IN's goal is to support and guide schools to success in AP math, science and English. Students in the three core curricula may also travel to Jeffersonville three Saturdays a year to partner with those students and teachers in a cooperative effort to further their education.

Other approvals included:

•Resignations from Tonya Roser as seventh-grade volleyball coach and Mary Sue Uebelhor and Chasity Wiseman as dance coaches at Patoka Elementary.

•The following recommendations for English Elementary: Margaret Smith as Spell Bowl coach, Angela Schneiders as Math-A-Thon coach and Debbie Ade as Geo Bowl coach.

•The following recommendations for Milltown Elementary: Megan Smith as Science Bowl coach, Ramona Garrett and Spell Bowl coach, Vicki Dubois as Geo Bowl coach and Bonnie Phillips as Battle of the Books coach.

•Lori Miller as junior class sponsor at CCJSHS. She fills the position vacated by Danelle Manship.

•Overnight field trip requests of Angie Allen to take students to the Business Professionals of America State Level Competition March 10 through 12 in Indianapolis and John Fischer to take students to Winter Guard International Feb. 22 through 24, also in Indianapolis.

•Changing the part-time classification to 29-1/2 hours per week.

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