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Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Threat from within or without? re: Safety and Security

Elmbrook, Elmbrook 2008 Referendum, High Schools

UPDATE: Student busted for selling pot at school, Community Watch, Monday, April 14, 2008 (emphasis added)

"Brookfield police responded to the high school, 16900 W. Gebhardt Road, at 9:14 a.m. April 9 after school officials received an anonymous tip that the boy, a 16-year-old from Milwaukee, was selling marijuana to students. When police arrived, school officials had already found seven bags of marijuana totaling 4.85 grams in his possession."

 2nd UPDATE: Two arrests in two weeks for student, Community Watch, Monday, April 21, 2008 (my emphasis)

"A Brookfield Central student who was arrested two weeks ago for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver was arrested at the school again last week after a dispute over another student's digital music player.

According to police, a student was attempting to sell his digital music player when the suspect, a 16-year-old Milwaukee boy, [same person as in first incident] took possession of it and wouldn't give it back..." 


Parents are concerned about the safety of their children these days, regardless of their child's age. I know I am. I never worried about safety at school in years past, because I homeschooled. But this year, my adult son is at WCTC. So when I hear about tech. school shootings and campus crime, I am no longer immune to those issues.

We already looked at the potential for trouble if Elmbrook starts increasing the publics' access to our gyms, but were you as surprised as I was by the amount of crime in our schools as reported at the end of Safe & Secure? 

Now I shouldn't have been all that surprised by those crime statistics. I had touched on crime in our schools last year when I wrote,  The Cameras are coming WITH or WITHOUT 2007 referendum:

Time to dispel another fallacy: These cameras are not to protect against Stranger Danger or terrorist intrusion. I think when most people hear the words security system or closed circuit security cameras they immediately conjure up the image of the security checkpoint at the Pentagon!
THIS is NOT what these cameras are for. These cameras are primarily to monitor STUDENT activity, not STRANGER activity.

...Remember that most high school violence is caused by students, not strangers. The cameras record motion in the hallways or wherever they are mounted, and that information is stored for future use. As a rule, it is not monitored continually during the day as we would think of a closed circuit television system. It is only there if there is an incident; they can see who was involved.

While on the mechanical tour of Central, the guide told us that one of the stairways in the 3 story addition was seldom used. I asked why, since I had heard the other stairways were so crowded. He hesitated, then said, they were too isolated and things happened in the stairwells.

Whether we are talking hanky-panky or bullying or drug deals, I don’t know. I do know going back to the concept of a hall monitor might help. In any event, this is not a STRANGER problem; it is a STUDENT problem.

Here are the Police Call statistics cited in the article from the past 3 years.

                                      Central                       East

Assault:                               1                             - 

Battery:                               4                              5

Burglary:                              1                             1

Drugs/controlled substance: 13                            23

Fights:                                13                            10

Harassment:                         6                             4

Indecent exposure:                -                              1 

Theft:                                  38                           96

Threats:                                2                            3

Sexual assault:                      -                            3 

Underage drinking:                 6                           11

Both schools have their fair share of crimes, but it is a little hard to ignore the fact that East seems to have more.

What could account for that higher incidence of theft or drug use for example? East has a slightly smaller student population, so that does not explain it. All of Elm Grove attends East. Are those students rowdier?

East has a little higher population of non-resident students: Open enrollment - 71, Chapter 220 - 47, for a total of 8.67% of student population, while Central has about 6.17% this year: Open enrollment - 64, Chapter 220 - "about 2 doz.". Does that enter into the picture? 

For that matter, what percentage of these incidents are caused by resident students vs. non-resident students? We probably could get the nuclear launch codes for the Minute Man Missile System easier than obtaining that information, but I am curious just the same.  Parents, your high school students probably have a good idea of who commits these offenses.

By the way, the article stated Elmbrook is proposing they add more security measures again this time, with or without the 2008 referendum .

When the 2007 referendum failed, security cameras were funded separately. ...each school also was outfitted with about 25 security cameras this school year... If the 2008 referendum fails, the district might take some short-term measures to secure the front, Gibson said.

The interior and exterior cameras, which are not monitored live, serve primarily as preventive and investigative tools, and the camera system would be added to if the April 1 referendum passes.

Besides the $225,926 in additional measures, two "School Resource Officers" are proposed at a salary/benefit total of $225,000. That figure seems high to me since I am guessing they are only for the 9 month school year? 

Anyway, I don't know how many of these safety and security issues will be helped by putting alarms on the doors and adding more cameras, etc. Seems like much of the crime is an inside job and it is primarily dealt with after the fact.

UPDATE: Student busted for selling pot at school, Community Watch, Monday, April 14, 2008 (emphasis added)

"Brookfield police responded to the high school, 16900 W. Gebhardt Road, at 9:14 a.m. April 9 after school officials received an anonymous tip that the boy, a 16-year-old from Milwaukee, was selling marijuana to students. When police arrived, school officials had already found seven bags of marijuana totaling 4.85 grams in his possession."

 

ACADEMICS, NOT ATHLETICS: VOTE NO.

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C G SCHMIDT Cost summary of Referendum

Elmbrook School District Referendum Links:

Frequently Asked Questions  

HSST Meeting Minutes 

Cost Breakdowns of Type of Work (cost per square footage)

Architect's Conceptual High School Floorplans--East and Central

Facility "Needs" comparison of failed 2007 and present 2008 referendums

Key Academic Benefits: click on that subject heading.

Tour Schedule  

Tax Calculator  

Elmbrook asks for smaller expansion--JSOnline (Also includes links to past articles)

Still no link to the 2008 Election Edition of the Link. Hope you got your copy.
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Former 2007 Referendum Facilities Facts Sheets (Still a good read)

 

The countdown continues: Just 6 days until MILLIONS OF DOLLARS Tuesday!

Email me your thoughts on the $62.2 million dollar referendum.


Links: Brookfield7, Betterbrookfield Vicki Mckenna 

 

 

 

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