Drill planned to protect students, building repairs near completion
by Kevin Pearson
Aug 01, 2013 | 1400 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cleveland School District Board of Trustees discussed at its meeting Monday plans for an “active shooter drill.”

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and about 11 other local agencies, including fire departments, police departments and emergency response personnel want to schedule a drill at Cleveland High School at some point in October.

This drill would help prepare teachers and students in the event a shooter comes to the school.

No real weapons will be used in this drill and students and parents will be informed of when this drill will be taking place.

Ross Barkley of Eley Engineering reported to the board about the renovations currently under way at Cleveland High School, Nailor Elementary School and Hayes Cooper.

Barkley told the board that the instillation of the heating and air units at Hayes Cooper should be completed by the end of the week.

He said the slab for the condensing unit at Hayes Cooper will soon be poured followed by the unit’s instillation.

At Cleveland High School, the construction crews are currently readjusting the plumbing lines for the new bathroom fixtures and will soon be laying tile, painting and adjusting bases for the new fixtures.

The HVAC unit for Nailor Elementary has arrived and the closets for them are being constructed so the units can be set.

According to Barkley, the two projects are about 33 percent finished in total and should both be finished before the start of the school year.

Maintenance Director Gerald Finley told the board the new food serving lines for Margaret Green Junior High School have been ordered and are set for installment before school starts.

The Information Technology Director Neil Gong said new wireless access points are being placed throughout the schools, which will allow easier and significantly faster access to the Internet.

He said they are currently working out all of the bugs in the system so it can run smoothly and efficiently.

New servers will be installed to run all of the equipment and updates will be installed in the computers.

Gong said these wireless units would be able to block Internet access for cell phones to the network.