Thursday, February 21, 2013
The district will spend nearly $28,000 on improvements.
The Peters Township School Board Tuesday night unanimously approved the following security purchases from Allegheny Safe & Lock for the district's buildings in light of the Newtown tragedy: The buildings and grounds committee made the recommendation to the school board after administrators, some school board members and Peters police went through all the buildings to examine how to improve security.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
The National Rifle Association vice president made the suggestion to put armed guards in schools at a press conference Friday.
On Friday, the National Rifle Association's vice president, Wayne LaPierre, spoke at a news conference where he called for armed security in the nation's schools. LaPierre spoke about a new kind of American domestic security revolving around armed civilians, and argued that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." His speech called supporters to mobilize around a new vision of American domestic security, at a time when voices for gun control are steadily rising. On the opposite side of gun control advocates are gun owners, many of whom fear their Second Amendment rights could be in jeopardy if gun control of any kind is enacted. Views about using guns to protect school children vary widely, and there's …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Administrators and staff reviewed safety procedures.
The Peters Township School District spoke to a number of parents Monday following the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Parents wanted to make sure security measures were in place, according to district spokesperson Shelly Belcher. Schools are locked during school and visitors must go through a procedure to enter to the school. Visitors must show their photo IDs and staff members wear ID badges. "We take it very seriously," Belcher said. A full-time police officer works at the high school and is available for other district schools when needed. "We also have a strong relationship with Peters police," Belcher said. Belcher reminds parents to use the proper visitor procedure as many will be visiting the schools this week for …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Monday night, school board members voted 6-3 to approve hiring an officer at Peters Township High School in an effort to back the district's 'proactive approach to providing a safe and secure environment.'
Monday night, school board members approved an agreement between Peters Township School District and Peters Township on the hiring of an officer exclusively assigned to the district—working primarily at Peters Township High School. The board voted 6-3, with Sandy Gregg, Sue Smith and Bill Merrell opposing. The officer, paid at a rate not to exceed $45.28 per hour, started patrolling the high school on Monday—something Gregg said she was concerned about. "How can we approve something after it started?" she said. Superintendent Nina Zetty said the discussion may have taken place prior to her joining the board this year—she also said an email went out to the board stating his job description. Additionally, Gregg was concerned with cost to…
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
A district spokesperson told parents and students Tuesday that officials are actively seeking a school resource officer to provide a uniformed security presence.
On Tuesday, Peters Township School District spokeswoman Shelly Belcher sent an email to parents and students. The email stated that the district has plans to increase security at Peters Township High School. The effort backs the school's "proactive approach to providing a safe and secure environment." Belcher wrote that the district is working with Peters Township police to secure an officer, who will be on-site for the remainder of this school year. It is stated that the school board and administration will continue to work with Peters Township—and review the current budget—to determine if the position can be maintained long-term. The discussion to fulfill this position has continued for nearly two years. Belcher said the need for it …