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Governor talks safety, has lunch with Rose Spring Elementary students

By Tim Gillie, Tooele Transcript Bulletin

Gov. Gary Herbert stopped by Rose Springs Elementary School for lunch on the second day of school.

But just like any other visitor to Rose Springs, the governor had to push an outside doorbell and be cleared by the office before the doors were unlocked to let him in.

Herbert was in Tooele County Wednesday to see a demonstration of Rose Springs Elementary’s new security doors and to meet with Tooele County School District counselors to listen to their experiences with school safety and mental health.

“From time to time, we get reports from law enforcement about something going on in the neighborhood outside of a school,” Rogers said. “Being able to quickly secure the outside doors during a lockdown like that will keep students safe, while the normal classroom activity can continue.”

When the doors are open they are hidden inside recessed pockets, keeping the school from looking like a fortress, according to Rogers.

Once the doors are shut, they can be opened from the office or by a key card. They are designed not to close on people and each door can be monitored from the office.

Rose Springs Elementary has 15 of the sliding doors, 24 security cameras, and 24 card readers.

The system was installed in 30 days at a cost of $600,000, according to Steve West, Tooele County School District operations director.

“But all the school district paid for was the 24 cameras,” West said. “Won-Door, Big D Construction, and Hunt Electric donated the labor and materials for everything else.”

The contractors worked a lot of overtime to get the system in by the time school started. A regular retrofit would cost less without the overtime, according to West.

Including the sliding doors in new construction would cost even less as the sliding doors would replace traditional fire doors and there would be no demolition work to create the pockets for the doors, he added.

“We can now see how the system works in this school before we look at installing all or part of the system in other schools,” Rogers said.

The Tooele County School District isn’t relying solely on physical safety features to improve school climate and safety, according to Rogers.

Herbert also heard about the school district’s social-emotional skills curriculum, promotion of the Safe UT app, elementary school counselors, and other behavioral and mental health programs. “It’s not just about doors and cameras,” Rogers said.

“It’s about meeting the needs of students and creating a safe environment for them.”

Herbert also heard about the school district’s social-emotional skills curriculum, promotion of the Safe UT app, elementary school counselors, and other behavioral and mental health programs. “It’s not just about doors and cameras,” Rogers said.

“It’s about meeting the needs of students and creating a safe environment for them.”

Herbert was accompanied by Reps. Steve Eliason, R-Sandy and Merrill Nelson, R-Grantsville.

This article is from the Aug. 23, 2018 edition of the Tooele Transcript Bulletin. Photo by Francie Aufdmorte

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