By ROBERT S. MERRILL
DAYTON – A $10,000 grant for school safety software has been awarded to the West Side School District from Monsanto.
“The grant monies will be used to purchase software that is activated from a digital device (computer, iPad, smart phone or laptop) and would instantaneously notify all buildings in the district, LDS seminary and law enforcement through digital devices in case of an emergency,” said Superintendent Spencer Barzee.
“Through the device and software, additional information is given to law enforcement. For example, a location of a shooter and details surrounding dangerous circumstances would be relayed to proper authorities.”
Barzee said there was some discussion by trustees at the Feb. 19 board meeting on whether or not the district should have elementary and middle schools become accredited through the same avenue the Idaho Department of Education mandates for all high schools in the state.
“It is not required by the Idaho Department of Education that elementary or middle schools become accredited. In the state of Idaho, less than three-percent of elementary schools and 15 percent of the middle school/ junior high schools are accredited,” he said.
“Becoming accredited and maintaining accreditation is an extremely time consuming process for the administration and for teachers.” The matter was taken under advisement.
In other action the board:
• changed the time of the March 19 trustee meeting from 7 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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