Detailed plans help schools brace for array of disasters

Wellington Schools superintendent Dennis Mock

Updated floor plans, emergency contacts, and safety protocols for all four buildings in the Wellington school district will start being created in the next couple of weeks.

At the June 29 board of education meeting, superintendent Dennis Mock requested a resolution to approve the cost to allow NaviGate Prepared to create detailed security plans required by the Ohio attorney general’s office.

The board passed the resolution and will take $5,000 out of the permanent improvement fund to pay for NaviGate’s services.

Mock first heard about NaviGate at his last district, but said the cost was too high for Genoa to implement it.

The starting price this time was $11,000 and negotiations whittled it down to the $5,000 price tag.

“Because we can become a premier partner, which means we’re going to be a spokesperson for them, we were able to get it at a reduced cost,” Mock said.

The company does more than just provide a layout of the schools, according to the superintendent. It includes details such as where the electric, water, and gas shut-off valves are in each building and where life-saving equipment such as defibrillators, fire extinguishers, and fire pulls are located.

“Everybody does tornado drills and fire drills and this plan, in addition to that, will help you facilitate drills to handle any crisis beyond just fire and tornado and that’s what the Ohio attorney general is requiring,” he said.

It is expected to take eight to 10 weeks for NaviGate to compile the information for all the schools. Mock is hopeful the district will have all four security plans by mid-September.

Kelsey Leyva can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @TWE_KelseyLeyva on Twitter.