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Salem Grade School Superintendent to Develop Security Measures for Schools

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

Salem Grade School Superintendent Mark Cartwright has been directed to develop some specific proposals to improve security at Franklin Park and Hawthorn Grade Schools.  He will present his ideas at the March School Board meeting.  

Cartwright asked the school board for some direction after discussing the program presented by Police Chief Ron Campo.  Cartwright said the program was well received and some valuable ideas were developed in smaller group discussions that followed the main program.   

"We may have invoked our building committee by then and to sit down and talk about some things.  I'm going to contact our architect about some ideas that he might have and come up with a prioritized list for the board, maybe some items that we might want to make a move on as far as improving our facilities.  We're talking about the entrance systems and communications and those kinds of things such as traffic flow patterns", said Cartwright.  

Cartwright warned some of the items could have considerable expense and the district may have to consider use of life safety bonds that would be paid off by property taxpayers.   He also plans to invite Campo back to discuss other staff concerns in smaller groups.   

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