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Local law enforcement agencies are actively assisting the Safe Schools Department with its initiative, tactical site surveys. This initiative gives Lake County School District officials a better understanding of potential security vulnerabilities.

Officials pause for a moment before conducting a tactical site survey at Clermont Elementary. Present for the exercise were (left to right) Clermont Police Lt. Mike McMaster, Chief Chuck Broadway, Clermont Elementary Principal Cleamstine Caple, Schools Security Manager Reggie Young, Lt. Jim Loughnan and Capt. Jon Johnson.

Officials pause for a moment before conducting a tactical site survey at Clermont Elementary. Present for the exercise were (left to right) Clermont Police Lt. Mike McMaster, Chief Chuck Broadway, Clermont Elementary Principal Cleamstine Caple, Schools Security Manager Reggie Young, Lt. Jim Loughnan and Capt. Jon Johnson.

During the tactical site surveys officers along with a team consisting of personnel from multiple District departments — Maintenance, Facilities, Risk Management and Safe Schools — tour the school inspecting each classroom as well as the surrounding grounds and immediate neighborhood. The team’s survey helps Lake County Schools identify potential threats and corrective actions that can reduce or mitigate the risk of different threats, such as vandalism or a school shooting.

At Cypress Ridge Elementary (left to right) Clermont Police Capt. Jon Johnson, Lt. Jim Loughnan, Principal Dr. Kathy Cantwell, Sgt. Brent Joyner, Schools Security Manager Reggie Young and Lt. Mike McMaster conducted the tactical site survey.

At Cypress Ridge Elementary (left to right) Clermont Police Capt. Jon Johnson, Lt. Jim Loughnan, Principal Dr. Kathy Cantwell, Sgt. Brent Joyner, Schools Security Manager Reggie Young and Lt. Mike McMaster conducted the tactical site survey.

“Schools are among the safest places for our children and youth, yet predicting and preventing violence on campus remains a serious concern,” said Reggie Young, Security Manager for Lake County Schools. “The tactical site surveys are part of a larger security process to reinforce the District’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan. The ultimate goal is to meet and exceed the standards as set forth by Florida Department of Education policies.”

Last month a leadership team from the Clermont Police Department along with the District’s team toured the campuses of Clermont Elementary and Cypress Ridge Elementary. While walking the campus, the team of school officials and Clermont Police used a standardized checklist to notate findings and recommendations.

According to the Safe Schools Department, the focus for securing Lake County Schools is deterrence, detection, delay, response, recovery and re-evaluation. The tactical site surveys assist in accomplishing many of these goals. In addition, the opportunity for law enforcement to meet with their local school principals helps to increase the communication and collaboration between the School District and local law enforcement.

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Lake Minneola High School, opened for the 2011-2012 school year, recently was the subject of a 2012 ABC Excellence in Construction Award, a premier construction competition honoring the most prestigious projects in Central Florida recognizing outstanding achievement in craftsmanship, planning and coordination efforts.

Charles Perry Partners, Inc. (CPPI) was the construction manager for the new high school and was awarded an ABC Excellence in Construction Eagle Award in the category of schools/education facilities. The Lake Minneola High project was one of three awards CPPI snagged at the Central Florida ABC Excellence in Construction Awards Ceremony on Oct. 13.

For Lake County Schools the award signifies its continuance in building educational facilities that are award winning.

“That’s at least one award for each of our last five major projects — Lake Hills School, East Ridge Middle School, Sorrento Elementary School, Gray Middle School and now the Lake Minneola High School project,” said Gary Parker, Director of the Facilities Design & Construction Department at Lake County Schools.

Three of Lake County’s school facilities have been recognized as first place winners in the Florida Educational Facilities Planners’ Association annual Architectural Showcase. In May 2012, Sorrento Elementary, tied for first place in the elementary school category. In 2009, Lake Hills School won first place in the “unique facilities” category and East Ridge Middle School won first place in the middle school category. The East Ridge Middle School design was previously recognized as the 2007 Award of Merit winner by the American Institute of Architects, Orlando Chapter.

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