Safe, Sound, Snug Crusaders
In today’s society, it is not unusual to hear about a school break-in or even a school shooting. Even in Kenwood, Ohio, there still lies the potentiality of danger. Moeller High School has tightened down on and upgraded its security policies so that safety is one less problem that students have to be concerned about.
Safety is Moeller's number one concern and every faculty member and teacher makes it clear that it stays as the top priority. Carl Kremer, Dean of Students for 27 years, says, "Nothing is more important than being protected. You can't get to anything else if you're not safe first.” Obviously, without the guarantee of security, students and teachers struggle to maintain their concentration. Moeller's security officer states, "We [safety and security committee]," says Mr. Jerry Beitman, "want Moeller to be the safest and most secure community that we can make it within our resources." Director of Facilities and grad of '97, David Beiersdorfer says, "Since the school has such a strong brotherhood and a loving community, Moeller puts it as the number one priority and will continue [to do so]."
Since the doors were open to the public 56 years ago, the school has virtually had no safety precautions. Society was different, and parents didn't have to assume anything heinous would happen until about a decade ago. Today, Moeller has become more aware and secure, not because of any incident, but merely as a precaution to what's going on nationally. Teaching his 40th year at Moeller, Bill Braun has seen all of the security incidents that have unfolded in Moeller's past. Or should I say, hasn't seen any. "There was one incident where a class had smoke coming out of a unit vent from a bad motor," Mr. Braun explains, "and another situation where ammonia fumes came out of the drain, but nothing because of any intentional intruder."
Although Moeller has never been put into a position where the students and faculty were put in danger, there is always the possibility. Because there is always a risk of an intruder or threat, Moeller has made sure to take proper precautions. Along with the rest of the Safety and Security Committee, Beiersdorfer has already budgeted and implemented advanced door technology most of the exterior doors to Moeller's main building. This new technology allows the faculty to manage who comes and leaves the school and when they do it. "The door access control system allows Moeller High School to program the door lock time controls, issue customized employee access cards, and monitor who is coming and going from various areas around the school" says Mr. Beiersdorfer. This way, visitors are funneled towards Moeller's main entrance, where they're greeted by Jerry Beitman, Colleen Lynch, or Ann Niehaus working at the welcome desk.
Every visitor that enters Moeller is required to sign in to avoid any confusion and let the school know they're present. Working the front desk after volunteering at Moeller for nine years, Colleen Lynch says, "I'm proud because I'd be the first person [an intruder would] encounter, and I hope that I could make a difference, slow them down, or give the rest of the school a warning."
In regards to the near future, Moeller plans to extend the door access control to more buildings on the campus, improve the intercom system, and install more cameras to better the surveillance across the school.
Because society has become more unassuming, schools have had to step up their security measures and guarantee the safety of children. Since the beginning of his presidency in January of 2015, Marshall Hyzdu has put safety at the top of his list and implemented projects and procedures accordingly. As The Moeller Family continues to grow, the desire for safety of the community grows with it.