Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 17 July 2013 00:00
Security upgrades are currently under way in every Mineola School District building, according to district superintendent Michael Nagler. Mineola announced in January that it would enhance its security measures after the tragic Sandy Hook shootings in December.
Work at all five schools should be completed in September. New openings will be built into the main offices in Hampton Street and Meadow Drive schools and an office reconfiguration at Meadow Drive will switch the principal’s office with the main office to create security vestibules, dubbed “man-traps.”
A new opening near the nurse’s office in Mineola Middle School has been built, so students can enter from the hallway rather than walking near the front door. Some work at the Jackson Avenue School is being held back, awaiting new principal Janet Gonzalez’s input on doing a switch similar to Meadow Drive.
“That’s the only outstanding question,” Nagler said. “I expect that all the buildings will be opening with secure vestibules. Cameras are almost finished.”
The Mineola American first reported in April that the district chose Massapequa-based Intralogic Solutions to handle security enhancements. Mineola will pay Intralogic $100,000, according to district officials. The district will use $75,000 from the facilities line in the district budget and $25,000 in grants from the state.
Intralogic built the command center at Nassau BOCES in Westbury, which will eventually connect all Nassau school district security operations. The command center construction in the Willis Avenue School recently commenced. Since the Sandy Hook incident, Intralogic has done between 70 and 80 school district assessments, according to CEO Lee Mandel.
Intralogic did a Technical Threat Vulnerability Assessment (TTVA) in Mineola on Jan. 31. TTVA’s check perimeter of facilities, checks door security and visitor policy and procedures, Mandel noted.
“We’re about 75 percent done,” Mandel said. “We’re getting all the configurations done on the technology side of things. The command center is being built very shortly.
[Mineola] is doing some infrastructure hardening separately, as far as man-traps. It’s going to be ongoing. Everything has been going smooth. We’re very excited to release everything once school starts.”
Nagler met with school administrators at the beginning of July to discuss new procedures to be implemented at the start of the school year. He called it a “departure from what we
“I think there is going to be some growing pains as we enforce all of the procedures and I ask parents and the community and the parents to remember why we’re doing this when there is some inconvenience,” Nagler said.
Other security components include additional security cameras, door-ajar notification, panic buttons and card access doors.