Heading into South Burlington's Tuttle Middle School means you'll be captured on camera and you'll need to sign in.
"We have a security guard, you have to check in, you have to indicate as to what you're here for," said school Principal Karsten Schlenter. This make-shift security station comes on the heals of the Sandy Hook Shooting and is a temporary setup as the school awaits a new buzzer system for its front door. "The schools were constructed -- obviously -- at a time where this wasn't a concern; safety was not under the radar of most people," she said
The Vermont Principals' Association Executive Director Ken Page said some schools have more work to do than others. "All Schools, when it comes to safety, are not equal -- I mean it is easier to get into some than others," he said
Page is sharing suggestions for improvements from his members. They include taking advantage of school safety audits from the Vermont School Board Insurance Trust and urging lawmakers to either make exceptions to Vermont's moratorium on school construction for safety improvements, or to find other ways to fund them. "What I've said is that it would be really good at least if they opened up some avenues for people to apply for some safety monies," Page said.
Also on the list is the need for strong communication between school divisions and community first responders, as well as appropriate notification about individuals who may pose potential threats because of mental health challenges. He's also urging schools to invest in two-way radios -- something Page estimates already exist in 90-percent of Vermont high schools. "A principal can get on and call for help and either a number of people can come running or they can call 911," he said.
Karsten Schlenter said ongoing training for teachers and security drills are also key. "We want to welcome parents and the community here yet, you know, we do have the task to make sure that it is done in a safe way," she said.
Monday, December 9 2013 8:18 AM EST2013-12-09 13:18:48 GMT
Soldiers and families at the region's largest military base are getting some holiday cheer Monday morning. About 700 farm-grown Christmas trees will be delivered to the 10th Mountain Division headquartersMore >>
Soldiers and families at the region's largest military base are getting some holiday cheer Monday morning.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 8:01 AM EST2013-12-09 13:01:55 GMT
Police in Jericho are looking for the culprits behind vandalism at the elementary school. They say this weekend, four windows were damaged when rocks were thrown at them. Police say Saturday, three kidsMore >>
Police in Jericho are looking for the culprits behind vandalism at the elementary school.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 7:52 AM EST2013-12-09 12:52:05 GMT
This year's Gift of Life marathon is set for December 17, and organizers in Rutland have their sights set on knocking off the Manchester, New Hampshire's one-day record with 1,968 pints. Here with anMore >>
We have an update on the preparations for Rutland's big Gift of Life Marathon later this month.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 5:58 AM EST2013-12-09 10:58:56 GMT
An American singer with Vermont ties is making waves with her music halfway across the globe. Jennifer Grout has emerged as the unlikely singing sensation on the overseas reality show Arabs Got Talent. UnlikelyMore >>
An American singer with Vermont ties is making waves with her music halfway across the globe.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 5:51 AM EST2013-12-09 10:51:48 GMT
Usually the Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service is busy saving lives or responding to emergencies. But right now, members are selling Christmas trees to raise money for the finishing touches on theirMore >>
Many different groups sell Christmas trees this time of year to raise money for their organization. And for the third year, that includes an ambulance service.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 5:44 AM EST2013-12-09 10:44:43 GMT
Police say a Killington driver hit and killed a New Hamphire man. They say 26-year-old Kyle Wilson of Enfield went out for a walk overnight Saturday in Killington and never came back. Friends went outMore >>
Police say a Killington driver hit and killed a New Hamphire man.More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 11:56 PM EST2013-12-09 04:56:59 GMT
An Enfield, New Hampshire man is dead. And a Killington driver has been charged in connection with the death. It happened Saturday night on the Killington Road. Police say 26-year-old Kyle Wilson wentMore >>
An Enfield, New Hampshire man is dead. And a Killington driver has been charged in connection with the death. More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 10:36 PM EST2013-12-09 03:36:50 GMT
A Burlington congregation made a short pilgrimage to it's new home Sunday. The Christ Presbyterian Church has leased property from the University of Vermont for the last 35 years. But UVM has decidedMore >>
The Christ Presbyterian Church has leased property from the University of Vermont for the last 35 years. But UVM has decided not to renew its lease.More >>