Shawsheen Tech Makes Significant Upgrades To School Security Systems

first_imgBILLERICA, MA — On Wednesday, October 24, 2018, Shawsheen Valley Technical High School welcomed community safety officials and State Representative Marc Lombardo to review and demonstrate the school’s updated security systems and recently-constructed Crisis Command Center.Superintendent-Director Timothy Broadrick and the District School Committee have been engaged in a three-year campus security project to bring the 49-year-old Shawsheen Technical High School building and grounds into the cutting edge of school security.  According to Superintendent Broadrick, “One of the challenges of an aging facility is making the right kinds of thoughtful investments that preserve the usefulness and longevity of the structures.  Our School Committee and our five member communities understand this, and they have annually supported a capital plan that keeps this place in great shape.”State Representative Marc Lombardo has been a champion of public safety as well as all forms of public education in Billerica, both in the Billerica Public School System and at Shawsheen Tech.  When he heard about the Shawsheen District’s plans from the Superintendent, he committed to lending a hand.  As a result, Representative Lombardo introduced a FY19 state budget line item for $50,000 to support the school’s efforts.  Shawsheen Tech is using the additional support to integrate a software system – Sielox Class – in a dedicated crisis management facility that will enable school officials as well as the Billerica Police department to respond to a variety of different kinds of emergencies in real time.Principal Jessica Cook and the high school’s Crisis Team have been working with the District’s security contractor and the Billerica Police to design protocols for a variety of potential safety threat situations. “It’s certainly a shame that educators have to spend time thinking about some of these things,” said Cook, “but, our students and staff have to feel safe in order for quality teaching and learning to occur.”The system will link the school to the Billerica Police department to allow instant notification when a “lockdown” or other crisis response occurs.  Additionally, Cook says that the system can link to parent notification systems and the school’s website to make public announcements when necessary.  Cook and her team have also been focused on the constant evaluation and growth of the school’s safety and security protocols to ensure and provide a safe and supportive learning environment.  Staff at the school have begun training on enhanced crisis response routines, which will soon include student drills, after communication with parents and additional staff training.  Says Cook, “Some of these changes feel overdue, but every school is racing to ensure its students are as safe as possible.  We are taking steps to not only catch up with the times, but to be on the leading edge of this kind of work.  This Crisis Command Center will be an invaluable resource to us.”Superintendent Timothy Broadrick, Representative Marc Lombardo, Isabel Fiasconaro, Grace Clark, Muhammadali Khalifa, Brian West Billerica PD/Shawsheen SRO, Jorielle Arlock, Billerica Police Chief Dan Rosa, Andre Comeau, Roy Frost, Deputy Chief Billerica Police Department, Principal Jessica CookRepresentative Marc Lombardo and Billerica Police Chief Dan Rosa speaking with Shawsheen Tech students about safety, security, and government(NOTE: The above press release is from the Shawsheen Tech.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedShawsheen Tech Superintendent Tim Broadrick To Step Down Mid-YearIn “Education”PHOTO: Shawsheen Tech Plays First Ever Baseball Game Under The Lights At Alumni StadiumIn “Photo of the Day”Shawsheen Tech School Committee Calls For School Boards Across The Country To Unite & Lobby For ‘Sane’ Gun LawsIn “Education”last_img read more

Ranveer Singh honoured to do Bajirao Mastani

first_imgActor Ranveer Singh says it is an honour to star in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani, a love story of Maratha Empire’s Peshwa Baji Rao-I and his second wife Mastani. The film will see actress Deepika Padukone in the role of Mastani, while Ranveer’s Dil Dhadakne Do co-star Priyanka Chopra will play Kashibai, Baji Rao’s first wife.The 30-year-old actor on Tuesday took to Twitter to express his feelings about portraying the Peshwa, whose 315th birth anniversary falls on Tuesday. Also Read – A fresh blend of fame“It’s Peshwa Bajiraos 315th birth anniversary today. Such an honour to be a part of the telling of His love-story ….#HappyBirthdayBajirao,” Ranveer posted.He also shared a still from the film, which saw him in his on-screen character, riding a horse with a sword in his hand.Bajirao Mastani will clash with Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Dilwale on the box-office this December 18.last_img read more

EC addressing connectivity issues for monitoring polling stations

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission (EC) is trying to address the connectivity issue for monitoring each and every polling station for ensuring a streamlined and peaceful election in West Bengal, an official said here on Friday. “In West Bengal, the number of polling stations with voice and internet shadow zone are respectively 159 and 1,019. Efforts are underway to reduce the number of polling stations falling under the shadow zone,” Additional Chief Electoral Officer, West Bengal, Sanjay Basu told reporters. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose Asked if security personnel would be increased in these shadow zones, he said: “The District Election Officer, police officers and the observers will decide, and if the booth requires more force, it will be deployed.” This year, the Commission has instructed that the end-to-end movement of all reserve EVMs and VVPATs shall be carefully monitored at all times, for which Sector Officers’ vehicles with reserve EVMs and VVPATs shall mandatorily be fitted with GPS tracking. “This monitoring will be done on a real-time basis. This way the movement will be monitored through EVM Control Room at CEO and DEO levels,” he said.last_img read more