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MSD applies for metal detectors

by ANDREW CHRISTMAN - achristman@wabashplaindealer.com

The Metropolitan School District of Wabash County has submitted an application to the state to receive eight free handheld metal detectors to improve school safety.

Schools are eligible for one free handheld metal detector for every 250 students enrolled.

MSD Superintendent Mike Keaffaber notifed the school board on Tuesday of his intent to apply for the free security devices.

Keaffaber said that while “there’s a lot of work” to determine how and when school personnel would use the devices, he and fellow administrators felt that given increased security concerns across the U.S., “we need to take advantage of it.”

Keaffaber expects the metal detectors to be delivered in August.

MSD has also recently received a $25,000 matching grant, which will be used to upgrade security cameras and radios for expediting the communication process in the case of an emergency. Talks between the school district and the Wabash County Council are continuing, with a meeting between Keaffaber and Sheriff Robert Land expected this week. Keaffaber hopes the County will agree to partner with MSD to provide two school resource officers.

In other business, the board approved of advertising bids for updating the wastewater treatment plant at Southwood High School and condensing the current treatment plant at Southwood Elementary School to a lift station. The lift station will go directly to the treatment plant at SHS.