Western School Board boosts security measures

Posted: Feb. 6, 2013 9:11 am Updated: Feb. 27, 2013 11:15 am


BARRY, Ill. -- The Western School District is boosting security measures for staff and students.

At a special meeting Monday, the School Board outlined three security directives effective immediately:

º Entrance doors at all facilities are to be locked.

º Administration can utilize personnel flexibly to provide access to the building for visitors and supervision of students walking to and from the ag building.

º Recess will be held inside the building.

Superintendent Carol Frericks said the additional security measures are due to pending litigation and will remain in place until further notice.

"We will revisit and review results of that litigation at the Feb. 20 board meeting," Frericks said.

Board members went into closed session Monday night to discuss litigation and "security procedures and the use of personnel and equipment to respond to an actual, a threatened or a reasonably potential danger to the safety of employees, students, staff, the public or public property," according to the meeting agenda, then issued the directives after returning to open session.