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APOLLO-RIDGE SCHOOL DISTRICT: Officer suggests security changes

by on February 26, 2013 3:00 PM

SPRING CHURCH — Apollo-Ridge School District’s resource officer is recommending the district make some security improvements to the high school’s main entrance.

Speaking at a board meeting Monday, Kiskiminetas Township police Officer Seth Hosack said he thinks the school ought to consider upgrades to the doors, something that would allow the interior front doors to be locked during the day.

Hosack’s comments came during a discussion about his role as a school resource officer. He told board members that he is there in three capacities, not only as a police officer charged with ensuring the schools’ safety, but as a teacher and an unofficial counselor who will work with parents and students.

The discussion about the doors arose after Director Rick Fetterman asked Hosack for his opinion. Fetterman added that perhaps it would be a good idea for the school to set up some sort of “drop box” in which parents could place forgotten items they’re bringing to the school for their children.

That, he said, could add to the school’s security because it would eliminate the need for parents to enter the school, thereby reducing the daily in-and-out foot traffic.

In other matters, the board accepted the resignation of Director Lance Foster, a lifelong district resident who is stepping aside due to work-related time constraints.

In accepting his resignation, board members thanked Foster for his years of service, noting that had served for more than a decade.

The board is accepting letters of interest from residents interested in serving in Foster’s place. Letters are due to the district on Wednesday.

The board has called a special meeting on Monday to interview candidates and make an appointment.

Also Monday night, Superintendent Matt Curci said the district is working on setting up an online deposit system in which to pay for their children’s meals.

Curci said there is no set date by which the system will be up and running, though the hope is to have it ready sometime before the end of the school year.

Also, Curci said kindergarten registration has been scheduled for March 6 and 7, by appointment.

Appointments may be made by calling the elementary school.

Sam Kusic is a staff writer for The Indiana Gazette.
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