Security for Loranger schools discussed during delegation meeting

The Loranger Schools Delegation met to discuss their needs and concerns with members of the Tangipahoa Parish School Board on Tuesday, March 3.

"We need campus signs such as 'Office' signs to direct visitors to our Loranger schools offices, 'Gun Free Zone' signs, and even 'No Trespassing' also," said Loranger Middle School Principal Andre Pellerin.  

"We have talked about the need of fencing for a while around the Loranger schools. We have been waiting two years for the fence," Pellerin added.

Last year, the Louisiana State Attorney General's office acting under the auspices of our parish conducted a safety audit. The purpose of the audit was to show what is safe and what is not and needs to be improved at the schools with the state attorney general's office giving recommendations for improving safety at the schools. The state office recommended both campus signs and fencing.

To fund the recommendations is the 50/50 Homeland Security Grant, but in Loranger schools cases, the grant money was only enough to cover their new security cameras which were also recommended by the state office.

"Weeks ago, we found windows broken at our school," LMS Principal Pellerin said. "We're so open. People come from the woods and off the street. Vandalism goes on constantly; we need a fence to keep the criminals out."

The consensus of the delegation was for Pascal LaMarca to get quotes for fencing for the Loranger schools.

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