SCHOOL SAFETY UPDATE: Superintendent Michael Shoaf has announced that school officials have been working with city police and the Westshore SWAT to revise the district emergency plan in light of the recent water bomb threat at the high school. Westshore SWAT will meet with all staff members to provide a refresher on appropriate responses to emergency situations, and all buildings will conduct lockdown drills, with police observing and providing feedback.
If evacuations are required, all students will be moved to an off-site location. At a meeting after the bomb scare, some parents questioned the effectiveness of placing students on buses, which stayed on school grounds or in front of the building. Shoaf said that according to police, the buses were placed a safe distance from the building.
Shoaf also announced that text messaging will be added to the emergency notification system. AlertNow, the current system, was purchased by Blackboard, which will transition all AltertNow subscribers to its platform, called Connect 5, which will allow for texting. Instructions for setting up additional phone and e-mail accounts are available at www.rrcs.org/alertnow.aspx. Anyone needing assistance can contact Dianna Foley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 440-356-6002.
GREAT GRAD: Rocky River High School 2007 graduate Brian Gibbons has been awarded the 2012 Berea Spirit of Community Award. The senior marketing major, who attends Baldwin-Wallace College, was recognized for his many civic activities, including collecting thousands of dollars worth of food for Berea Welfare; organizing a dunking booth at the Grindstone Festival, which also benefited that organization; and sponsoring a family in Berea’s Christmas assistance program.
The son of Rocky River residents Roger and Virginia Gibbons, Brian is also a member of the Global Partner Society and GAMMA (Greeks Advocating for the Mature Management of Alcohol), and is co-vice president of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He also participates in indoor and outdoor track and field.
Presenting Gibbons with the award, Berea Mayor Cyril Kleem commented, “It is Baldwin-Wallace students like Brian that make the community a really great place to live and a great place to go to college.”
GET AQUA-INTED: Residents are invited to a meeting on March 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fairview Park City Hall, 20777 Lorain Road, to get “Aquainted” with Cleveland Water. The community fair will feature information about the “Clear Reads Program,” the first automatic meter reading sustem in the area. At a recent City Council meeting, Mayor Pam Bobst said that the wireless system is set for installation this summer, and will make meter reading more efficient. She said leaks will be more quickly identified and billing streamlined.
The “water fair” will also cover topics such as discount programs, National Drinking Water Week, the importance of tap water, conservation and billing. Go to www.clevelandwater.com for more information.