During the spring of every year, Honeywell Building Solutions hosts a symposium for end users, making them available to invited members of the media.
- By Ralph C. Jensen
- Nov 01, 2013
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
the security environment
in a school
This article originally appeared in the November 2013 issue of Security Today.
Ralph C. Jensen is editor-in-chief of Security Today magazine.