Norwin seeks money for school security |

Norwin seeks money for school security

Joe Napsha
Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
Medics move an injured victim dummy during an domestic dispute drill involving an active shooter at Norwin's Hahntown Elementary School, in North Huntingdon on June 4, 2018.

Norwin is hoping to get state aid to improve school security by buying internal and external security cameras at the high school, football stadium and administration building, purchasing hand-held metal-detecting wands for use in school buildings and during school activities and acquiring radios for communicating across the district’s facilities.

The school board Monday discussed the administration’s request to apply for $310,000 in state aid for the school security measures. Among the other identified safety needs would be implementing a state-approved anti-bullying program for all students, buying emergency medical supplies for all classrooms and paying for professional development for faculty and staff that would focus on a “trauma-informed” classroom.

The school board is expected to consider authorizing the administration to apply for the state money at a Nov. 19 meeting.

A portion of the grant could be used to help pay the cost of the new school police officer, Jeffrey Pritts, who was hired last month.

The district has committed to spending at least $25,000 of its own funds for the school police officer, said Ryan Kirsch, business affairs director. Pritts, a former Mt. Pleasant Area School District police officer, will be paid $28 an hour and will work 190 days during the school year.

Pritts, a retired Greensburg police officer, underwent orientation last week. He is to appear before the Westmoreland County Court on Friday to be approved to serve as Norwin’s armed police officer, Superintendent William Kerr said.

Hiring a school psychologist is an additional priority that may be identified in the future.

“We feel there is a growing need,” for a psychologist, Kerr said. That job could be part of any future restructuring in the district, Kerr said.

Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Joe at 724-836-5252 or [email protected]

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