Parents in La Cañada Flintridge want to be involved in the school district’s decision to implement new security measures in the wake of an audit.
On Tuesday night, Tracy Jeandron and Remo Rohs asked La Cañada Unified board members for permission to form a parent advisory group for the security audit that was conducted earlier this year by the Orange County-based firm T. Davis & Associates.
The school district did not release the findings of the audit, citing security reasons, but revealed some of the firm’s recommendations in May. Those recommendations included installing additional fencing at all campuses — La Cañada High School, La Cañada Elementary, Palm Crest Elementary and Paradise Canyon Elementary — and protective screens to second-and-third floors on buildings at the high school.
As the district studies what security measures it needs and can afford, parents are asking to help advise officials on the process.
In a letter addressed to Supt. Wendy Sinnette on June 4, Jeandron and Rohs wrote: “The La Cañada Flintridge concerned parents have a wealth of abilities that can be an asset to this process. Assets best channeled in a positive and constructive manner that could be beneficial to the well-bring of our children, families and staff of this Great District.”
Sinnette said on Tuesday that officials are open to the idea, but might want a different group at each campus. Officials will continue to discuss how to create an open process for vetting the security recommendations.
“Every site is very different,” she said. “It might be more valuable to have a site committee on every site.”
“I like the idea, and I appreciate the idea, of parent involvement,” Sinnette added.
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