Unrelated to the situation at Sage Valle earlier in the day, the Campbell County School Board already had an update on a safety notification system slated for discussion on last night’s agenda.
Deputy Superintendent Kirby Eisenhauer told the board that this is a project that’s been in the works for a few years.
“We started with, what do we really need?” Eisenhauer explained to the board. “Then we tried to select the best system to meet our needs.”
Over the past two years, Eisenhauer said the safety team, including members of the Gillette Police Department have looked at around 20 different apps. Blue Point Alert Solutions is one of the apps that fits the bill.
According to Blue Point’s website, the company does for law enforcement, what a fire alarm does for the fire department. The blue boxes would be positioned in several locations around schools and operate just like the red fire boxes. By pulling the handle on a blue box, law enforcement is immediately notified of a potential situation.
“One thing we thought we could get better at was our notification system, if we had an incident at a school,” said Eisenhauer.
The Campbell County School District already has live-feed cameras in many schools around the district that could prove invaluable in the event of an emergency.
Although no decision was made by the board last night to purchase the system. Eisenhauer said he will present the board with a full quote from the company at the next board meeting. The project would most likely be paid for with grant and title-four funds.