Metal Detectors, School Police Officer Highlight Changes at Brookville High School for 2018-19

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – Big changes await Brookville students, parents and visitors to the high school, as the district has installed metal detectors for the upcoming school year, which starts Aug. 28.

In addition to the metal detectors, the district has also hired a school police officer who will cover the high school during school hours.

“We will be using metal detectors in the high school in the morning for all students entering the building and for students who arrive late,” Brookville superintendent Robin Fillman said. “All students will enter from two main doorways, one where the bus dismissal takes place and the other is off the school parking lot.”

The metal detectors, which were paid for via a public donation of $20,000.00, will also be in place for any visitors entering the building during school hours through the main high school entrance, which is located on the left side of the building if looking up from the parking lot near the football stadium.

Visitors to the school will also have to provide identification that will be run through the “Hall Pass” system that provides instant background checks. This is the second year that system has been in place, Fillman said.

The school police officer is being contracted through the Brookville Borough police department and is currently being paid for through school funds, but Fillman said the district is applying for a Safe School grant in hopes to fund that police officer.

On Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m. there will be a presentation at the high school to provide the community with information regarding the district’s goals in providing a safe school environment. An introduction to the school police officer and the metal detector process will also occur at that time.

“It is open to anyone,” K-12 Principal of Student Services Ruthanne Barbazzeni said. “We will share information with what it will look like for students and the community and what they can expect when they come to our door.” We want to make sure people coming into our building are safe and that we are addressing our students’ needs.”

Another change at Brookville this year will be the district’s bus contractor. The district’s longtime bus provider, Denny Lindermuth has retired and the district has hired Haines Transportation of Corsica, Pa.

“They currently provide the busses for Clarion-Limestone,” Fillman said. “Nothing will change. The schedule will remain the same and the bus stops will remain the same. I know (Haines) is trying to get as many of (Lindermuth) bus drivers as possible. Many busses may have the same driver.”

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