Upcoming Capital Project Proposes Enhanced Safety and Security Upgrades Districtwide
Between academics, athletics, and activities, today’s K-12 student has enough to think about without having to wonder if they are safe at school.
“Safety and security have always been our number one priority here at Webster Central School District and we take that responsibility very seriously,” Superintendent Carmen Gumina says. Over the years, the district has made many incremental enhancements to its security system, including the addition of school resource officers (SROs) who are a visible presence on campus and act as a guiding force to students and staff alike.
The upcoming capital improvement project that the community will vote on December 11, provides the opportunity to launch key security enhancements across WCSD that range from vestibule renovations at the seven elementary schools to window replacements at Webster Thomas High School and in the elementary buildings. Also slated is a districtwide digital radio upgrade that will improve communication with local first responders.
“Communication is key in any crisis situation,” SRO Kevin Johnson says. “Police officers will be able to just switch the channel of their radio and be able to communicate directly with school administrators, making it quicker and more efficient than a 911 call.”
An additional highlight would include the installation of security film to all first-floor windows, an increasingly common practice among educational institutions offering advanced intrusion protection.
“Some of the things we’re looking to improve are the windows and doors,” SRO Dave Herrle says. “The physical equipment, along with SROs, staff, administrators, and students—they’re all cogs in the district’s overall security machine, and everything works together in order to keep the school safe.”
“It’s all about enhancing safety and security for your children,” Mr. Gumina says.
The estimated $69.5 million project will need to be approved by voters. It would be bonded over a 15-year timeframe with 70-75 percent of the cost delivered through state aid. The impact on the average homeowner ($191,700 in Webster) is expected to be $25 per year over the 15 years of the bond.
The enhancements highlighted above represent a portion of what will be included in this capital improvement project, so please explore the resources on this page for more information on any of the proposed initiatives.