Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Maximum Security at JHS- 285 cameras, database to check for sex offenders

When the new Joplin High School opens, 285 cameras will keep an eye on everything going on inside and outside the school. The old high school had 110 cameras.

The district's security director, former Joplin Police Department officer Jim Hounschell detailed what students, staff, and visitors can expect when they come to school.

Everyone will be required to have decals on their cars to park in the parking lot and students and staff will have ID badges they will need to carry at all times.

When visitors come to the high school, their identification is "swiped into the system," Hounschell told the R-8 Board of Education tonight, checking their identity against a national database that will indicate if they are sex offenders, or people who have committed other crimes.

If the visitor's record turns up clean, an ID photo is taken, a visitors badge provided and then once they are totally cleared, a receptionist will buzz them in.

If a problem occurs, such as a parent who does not have custody of a child or if a staff member is having problems with an estranged spouse, those names can be put into the system as people who should not be buzzed in.

The extra security for the new high school and Franklin Technical Center  Lighting is being placed along the roadway, in the parking lot and along sidewalks, Hounschell said.

Only two doors will be open during the day time- one at Joplin High School and the other at Franklin Tech. Others will remain locked. If they are opened, a loud alarm will sound.

The security system also includes a "duress button," which sends a silent alarm to the alarm company which will call the police. An audible announcement will go out putting the building in lockdown mode.

Board member Randy Steele expressed concern about the reduction of one resource officer at the high school. Last year, three officers were situated at the two high school buildings, with one regular resource officer at each and Hounschell, who also goes to other schools in the district. This year, the total high school force will be one officer and Hounschell.

Jason Cravens, executive director of high school education, said there was nothing to be concerned about because many of the problems happened at the 9-10 center at the old Memorial Middle School because it is an old building. "We won't need (an extra officer) with the new environment." With a new school, he said, students will behave better. "Our discipline across the district has dropped." He was referring to discipline incidents.

Huff noted that a resource officer was a $40,000 expense.

The board members agreed with Huff's suggestion to wait and see how things worked out and add another resource officer if one is needed.

That is unlikely, Cravens said, "once they see that beautiful building."


Anonymous said...

Not sure if this is a prison or school. Apparently the transition to police state has now progressed down to high schools. Not to mention, the main threat in school violence has been students...it isn't people coming into the school. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_school_shootings_in_the_United_States#2000s

Plus, having your ID scanned means that somewhere they are probably building a database of visitors...which means that it can be gotten into the wrong hands.

Anonymous said...

One would think that Jason Cravens had never been around delinquents and teens with no manners. They don't care what anything looks like. It is there to be destroyed because that makes them feel better. This was evidenced by the large amount of garbage and trash they left all over the 11/12 building every single day.

Quit with the hogwash. We aren't stupid.

Anonymous said...

Priorities. Tennis Courts, Football field, Soccer Field, etc. VS Student Safety. Looks like they made cuts in such sensible areas.

Anonymous said...

Jason Cravens, you are a total idiot. A person who was half time principal and teacher. Prayed with students over discipline issues, got this position because he is the GQ cover boy for the district. OH MY!!!! You honestly believe that students who are troubled won't cause problems because the school is new???? What administrative program taught that philosophy, WGU?
They caused problems at the 9-10 center because THEY ARE delinquents!!!!!!! No other reason. They will cause the SAME problems at the new school. They have no respect for adults, property, or themselves!!!
And you think this new tech scanner will keep out the bad guys? Again, not going with PROVEN DATA, every school shooting happened by kids or adults WITHOUT ANY CRIMINAL BACKGROUND!!!!!
The Monkeys from the zoo could run this district.

Anonymous said...

I bet the kids are as respectful of this building as they are of the butterfly garden at Cunningham Park.

Can anyone in Joplin admin or the board speak without uttering lies, or worse yet, foolish damned lies?

Anonymous said...


Of course he's an idiot. Anyone with a brain, a heart, or courage wouldn't work that closely to the little wizard.