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Is Your Child’s School Secure?
The Bond 2004 Package Provides Funds for Safety and Security Measures!

By Marilyn Clark, League City Area News Online

February 3, 2004

Funding for keyless entry, video cameras, a centralized phone system and motion detectors at all schools will come from the Bond 2004 package and savings and interest from Bond 2000.

A letter to community residents from Superintendent Sandra Mossman and Trustee President Glenn Brown about the need for Bond 2004 was provided for those who attended the CCISD Board meeting Tuesday night, January 27, 2004.  This letter confirmed that bond funding will help the District meet needs caused by rapid growth that has been filling schools to capacity and beyond, aging buildings, old technology, and security problems (vandalism, theft, threats, and fights). Funding for keyless entry, video cameras, a centralized phone system and motion detectors at all schools will come from the Bond 2004 package and savings and interest from Bond 2000. For a list of projects Bonds 2004 will fund go to the CCISD web page at http://www.ccisd.net/bond/bond_projects_school.asp

Fight at Clear Brook High School

Harris County Sheriff’s Department Detective Jim Hoffman said that a heated verbal argument over a purse that had been stolen the day before turned into a fight as classes were changing on the second floor of Clear Brook High School on Wednesday, January 28, 2004.  A friend of one of the boys who was fighting pulled a folding knife from his backpack. The 16-year-old boy then stabbed one of the boys once in the back and the other boy twice in the back.  The boys who were stabbed were taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital for treatment. They were kept overnight at the hospital. The 16-year-old has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault. A girl who had been shoved into school lockers was also taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital for treatment.

Fred Niccum, CCISD Director of Facilities and Planning, said that the installation of cameras and motion detectors at Clear Brook High School will allow both area police at the school and the District Crisis Command Center to monitor the school 24 hours a day and quickly assess the situation when a fight breaks out.  Even better, the presence of cameras will act as a deterrent to fights, vandalism, theft and threats.  At night, motion detectors and digital video cameras will be used to monitor the grounds and anyone entering Clear Brook High School.  Videotapes will be made for later viewing.  School District police officers and area police will continue to work to solve campus crimes and improve security. Niccum said that problems with terrorists are not anticipated at this time.  But if suspicious activity occurs, he said that CCISD will provide videotapes to the FBI on request.

Safety Audit

The collapse of the twin towers of the World Trade Center as a result of an attack by terrorists on 9/11/01 and the incident at Columbine High School caused many schools to take a closer look their safety and security provisions. An audit of 20 representative CCISD schools was taken by the National School Safety Center on September 17, 2001.  Dr. Ronald D. Stephens, Executive Director of the National School Safety Center, recommended installing surveillance cameras, keyless entry, and a classroom phone system with 911 capability. A centralized phone system will allow teachers to dial 911 from their classrooms and provide two-way communication with the office at each school. He also recommended replacing portable classrooms with permanent structures to improve security. Niccum said that digital video cameras will be used to record images both inside and outside each school. He also said that external views will include the school grounds.

Board Moves Forward on Security for Schools and Parking

By Marilyn Clark, League City Area News Online

March 8, 2004

The Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD) selected PBK architects to design security systems for all secondary schools and gave PBK approval to bid the District Stadium Rebuild at the February 24 Board meeting.

The Board also commissioned SBWV architects to bid and manage a new teacher’s parking lot for Clear Lake High School. The teacher’s parking lot that both students and teachers have shared this school year will become a student parking lot.

Archived on July 16, 2004.
Online publication date is July 16, 2004.


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