J-D School Board: Safety concerns aired

Superintendent Alice Kendrick said there was a change in enrollment procedures that could have been a contributory factor to the decline of attendees. Plans to correct the process will be addressed.

The DeWitt P.D. also offers a digital fingerprint identification program for children in elementary school through graduation. The information is placed on a disk for parents to keep, however, the department does not keep a record on-hand.

Families are encouraged to bring the disk with them on vacations, Conway said. In case a crisis occurred, the disk with all the child's information can be given to any police department in the country. As well, while fingerprints never change, a child's picture can be updated as they mature.

The Digital 360-Degree Imaging for Safe Schools program was installed into the entire school district by the end of 2006. Police captured every angle of the school on camera. If there were an event where police could not enter the school, this tool would become invaluable. Police would then be able to see the inside of a school and identify rooms, hallways and other areas without actually being in the building.

"Familiarity is always helpful in a crises situation," Conway said.

In other news:

The board recognized Tecumseh Elementary School's custodial staff under the leadership of John Hughes for going "above and beyond the call of duty," Kendrick said. The custodial staff was credited for working through renovations and over weekends to get the classrooms up and running.

The state comptroller's audit report for Jamesville-DeWitt Central Schools was returned in good standing. The board unanimously accepted the report.

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