Always Improving

During the spring of every year, Honeywell Building Solutions hosts a symposium for end users, making them available to invited members of the media.

For two years now, I have listened to numerous stories from end users who swear by Honeywell’s products, but mostly they regale their successes because of the company’s customer service. One such example is the Penn-Harris-Madison (PHM) school corporation in Indiana.

It took a bit for me to get used to the term “school corporation,” but I think you’ll understand what I mean by reading the cover story inside this issue of Campus Security and Life Safety.

My contact for the story, Mike Seger, is the director of safety and student services. He lives and breathes this stuff, with a passion for keeping students, staff and teachers safe and secure. I thought it was just Mike, but exploring further, the sentiment for security at PHM is woven through every fiber of the school corporation.

In talking with Jerry Thacker, PHM superintendent, the prevailing thought is that the school wants to be the best at everything they do.

Okay, so they have a great high school football program, and also mentioned a phenomenal music program. The point, however, is that safety and security begat students who have an environment conducive to learning and prospering.

“After Columbine,” Thacker said, “the school corporation ratcheted up school security.”

Because of this, more than 70 percent of the students in the district are involved in extracurricular activities. Same goes for the school at large.

PHM also acts as a host training site for active shooter training, involving law enforcement, fire departments and EMT staff on every level.

Thanks to Honeywell for making this end user available; both you and I can learn a little something more about the security environment in a school setting.

This article originally appeared in the November 2013 issue of Security Today.

About the Author

Ralph C. Jensen is editor-in-chief of Security Products magazine.

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