Four and a half years after the voter-approved Bethel Bond Measure, improvements are still taking place throughout the district. Bond Project Manager Pat Bradshaw takes us on a tour of the projects underway this summer.
An extra measure of safety is now visible at Willamette, Shasta, and Irving schools. A six foot powder-coated fence is in place at each school to better secure each campus.
At Danebo Elementary the open breezeways are being closed off with a wall and lockable doors. That will stop the free flow of foot traffic during the school day and after hours.
These measures are helping each school meet the standards of safety that are common at today’s schools, which call for visitors to go through the front office before being able to access the rest of the campus. School safety was not much of an issue back when Willamette, Shasta, Irving and Danebo were designed and built.
This enhanced security measure is made possible by the Bethel bond, passed by Bethel voters with a 73% Yes vote in 2012.
The Bethel Bond Measure was passed during the last presidential election nearly four years ago.
Project Manager Pat Bradshaw explains how the Bond continues to provide improvements for Bethel students, with more yet to come.
It’s been tedious work, but it’s now complete.
Hundreds of new door mechanisms have been installed throughout the district, giving teachers the ability to lock their classrooms from the inside.
The old mechanisms could only be locked from the outside, meaning teachers had to open the door, step into the hallway or outside, and expose themselves and their students to whatever threat was causing the lockdown.
Not only did Bethel get a great deal on the locks through competitive bidding, the old locks are in excellent shape and can be sold rather than scrapped. The new door locks were provided by the passage of the November 2012 Bethel bond measure.
Nearly 100 security cameras are now being installed at nine Bethel schools. The systems are expected to be in operation by the start of the coming school year.
Enhanced security was one of the many important improvements supported by the Bethel school bond, passed overwhelming by voters last November.
The cameras will provide an extra set of eyes in both high traffic and less traveled areas of the schools. TV monitors will be installed in each school’s front office, providing office staff a live look from the cameras.
Recorders will file up to two weeks of video surveillance, giving Bethel schools an improved measure of security after hours and overnight, as well.
More than 30 people representing 23 companies showed up at a mandatory meeting in order to bid on providing security cameras for Bethel schools.
Nearly 100 cameras will be installed on nine Bethel schools this summer, with Malabon and Fairfield due to be outfitted with security cameras in their new buildings.
Companies from Idaho, Washington and Oregon were on hand for the tour of the proposed camera locations.
The security surveillance systems are among the many improvements to be funded through the bond measure that was passed overwhelmingly by Bethel voters last November.
After weeks of studying our security needs, closely comparing security cameras and recorders, and determining probable costs the District is ready to move ahead on the project that will enhance security in our schools.
A Request For Proposal has been posted that will likely attract interest from security companies from throughout the state. It calls for nearly 100 security cameras spread over nine District schools (excluding Fairfield and Malabon which will have cameras in their new schools).
The systems will allow for live and recorded viewing of the cameras, which will be vandal and weather resistant. The security camera system should be installed this summer in time for the start of the coming school year.
Combined with new classroom door locks that can be locked from the inside, the cameras will help to significantly improve basic security in Bethel schools.