Jan 27 2013

SGV Tribune: LAUSD plans to add 1,000 new campus aides for security at elementary schools

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The Los Angeles Unified School District plans to make more than 1,000 new hires to bolster security at hundreds of campuses in a move some critics have called “security on the cheap.”

More than 400 LAUSD elementary school campuses are slated to receive 1,087 campus aides – a minimum of two on each campus – as early as March 1, LAUSD school board president Monica Garcia told the Daily News on Friday.

The $4.2 million plan comes a month after the Dec. 14 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. that killed 20 first-graders and six adults.

“Another two people on each campus can help us maintain a safe environment that can ease the minds of our employees, parents and students,” Garcia said. “This way we can focus on reading and writing, teaching and learning.”

But Scott Folsom, a Mount Washington Elementary School Parent Teacher Association member and state PTA board member, said it’s “all smoke and mirrors.”

“What they’re doing is security on the cheap,” he said. “I fear that we will end up having a person with a roll of yellow stickers and a sign-up sheet.”

The campus aides will be unarmed but equipped with two-way radios and vests “for high visibility,” according to a memo dated Jan. 23 from Senior Deputy Superintendent Michelle King.

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