Leetonia Schools sounding alarm over student safety
By KEVIN HOWELL
LEETONIA- With the help of generous donations, the Leetonia school administration is reinforcing its commitment to student safety.
The school board Thursday night accepted a $9,295 donation from Niles Manufacturing for a new silent alarm system, including silent alarms for staff members and five wall-mounted silent alarm stations located throughout the facility.
The silent alarms are a direct and immediate line of communication to the local law enforcement agency.
The alarms are just the latest addition in a continued effort to provide a safe school environment, according to schools Superintendent Rob Mehno. “The Leetonia School District is vigilant and committed to student safety,” he said. “We continuously work within our district to implement practices we know will keep our children out of harm’s way.”
Over the past several years the district has been able to slowly increase the security system while using no general fund money, just permanent improvement funds and private donations, Mehno said.
Those additions include five more cameras- in the cafeteria, maintenance hall, outside entrance and two in the stairway- bringing the building total to 32, and an upgrade to the camera system. The alarm system has also been amplified by magnetic locks and key cards for staff members.
In addition to the added equipment, Mehno said procedures have also been revised to increase safety. With the addition of keyless entry doors, the locking procedure now allows for all doors to be locked during the day until elementary students leave. After that only the main doors are left unlocked for team practices and events in the evening.
Silent alarm donation: Mehno recognized Niles Manufacturing for the donation making the silent alarm system possible. He thanked company officials Bob and Richard Hendricks and Beth Hall for their support, not only in their most recent donation, but in their past philanthropic endeavors at the school which have made several projects possible.
“I can’t say enough about how much they do for the school and community,” he said.