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CdA School Safety Overhaul Begins

Coeur d'Alene School District 271 transportation shop technician Lynn Porter, center and foreman Joe Mares, left apply #22 to a bus on Thursday. The district is installing large numbers on the top of its school buses so police can easily find a bus if it's hijacked. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

The tragedy of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., has slipped from the headlines, but the lessons learned from the mass shooting of students and teachers last December are translating into millions of dollars in security improvements at Coeur d’Alene schools. The school district is upgrading door locks, surveillance cameras and fencing, tightening building access and updating emergency response plans at all 17 of its schools. Even the bus fleet is getting attention: new digital radios with GPS navigation, security cameras and large numbers affixed to the roof to help police track down from the air any bus that goes missing/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

Question: Do you feel better re: safety of local schools as a result of this security upgrade?

Newt’s Peeps Managed Event Well

A Berry Picker photographer writes of this photo: “The security at the Gingrich event was much more robust than that experienced at the Santorum event.  It was interesting how the whole event was managed.  While there was a lot of room available, the management pressed everyone into a relative small area.  This made it look like people were crowded in which they were.  There was a lot of room for the media.  A raised platform was provide at the back of the roped off area for video and just in front of that was a long table for reporters with laptops.  I cannot help but think that this was because of a grater attention to detail on the part of the Gingrich organization.  I saw one senior staff person carefully check the stage flags to make sure they hung just right.  The level of both security and stage management was impressive.”

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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