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District approves spending $1.7 million to make windows more secure

Approved at the March 4 board meeting, the plan involves installing tinted film on all ground-level windows in every district building
By Quin Peters

The Board of Education approved the Safe Haven Defense window safety project Monday, March 4. The project costs $1.75 million and adds a protective tinted film to every ground-level piece of glass in district buildings which makes the glass more difficult to be shattered.

By Hailey Perrin

According to coordinator of safety and transportation Rob Moser, the district learned about the Safe Haven Defense project when they were exploring the possibility of glass tinting. 

“We originally looked into tinting glass on district buildings for a variety of benefits it offers,” Moser said. “While doing research, we were alerted to the product produced by Safe Haven Defense which provides more of a barrier to help protect glass. After attending demonstrations of this product, we were sold on the idea of protecting our schools in this fashion. The original idea to tint our windows is still included in this project.”

In an email sent to district employees, the window film offers “protection from someone being able to use glass as a potential entry point into the building” by preventing the glass from immediately shattering. With the glass intact after being shot or struck, this allows occupants to evacuate the building and time for first responders to arrive. 

“This project aligns with our efforts to better secure our facilities for students and staff,” Moser said. “We live in a period of time in our country that requires us to take these steps to help keep schools safe for learning.”

Media specialist Ashley Agre reads a book in the media center. The media center provides students with both a study and hang out space during seminar. While Agre acknowledges the necessity of safety measures, she is concerned the environment of the space may be affected by the upcoming tinting of the windows. (By Olivia Peters)

Media specialist Ashley Agre agrees that the protection and safety that the window film provides is necessary in the current state of the country. 

“I think for interior glass that it’s going to be worth it,” Agre said. “From the history of school shootings, we know that there has been some word that they’ve used guns to shoot through glass.”

Since the media center is filled with windows, Agre sees both positives and negatives to how the tinting of the windows will affect the library’s environment. 

“I’m very excited to have something on the windows to protect the books from the sun,” Agre said. “I’m a little concerned that it’s going to be too dark and it’s going to kind of ruin the whole ambiance of this room.”

While the tinted windows do provide a visual deterrent factor, they also provide energy saving benefits.  According to the Board of Education report, the project offers energy saving benefits that “could potentially offset the cost of this project within a three to five year time frame.”

Safe Haven Defense plans to begin installing the window film in April and finish before next school year. 

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Ian Chern, JagWire copy editor
This is junior Ian Chern’s second year on the JagWire staff. This year he is taking up the role of copy editor along with writer and photographer. Outside of school, Ian enjoys watching sports, listening to music, playing basketball and soccer, volunteering at food banks and spending time with friends and family. He is also a member of NHS, Science Olympiad and likes to participate in Relay for Life.
Hailey Perrin, JagWire reporter/photographer
This is junior Hailey Perrin’s second year on the JagWire staff. She is looking forward to another year of designing and some more exploring in writing and photography. Outside of the newspaper room she enjoys traveling, anything creative and photography. If she is not doing one of those things she will be with her friends having the time of her life.
Olivia Peters, JagWire reporter/photographer
This is senior Olivia Peters’ first year on the JagWire staff. She is exploring all roles this year: writing, designing and taking photos. Outside of journalism, she is president of Mill Valley’s SNHS, captain of the Color Guard, vice-president of Youth for Refugees and secretary of the Women’s Empowerment Club. She is also involved in NEHS, Model UN and Scholar’s Bowl. Outside of school, Olivia enjoys reading, working as a gymnastics coach, and playing dungeons and dragons.
Quin Peters, JagWire reporter/photographer
This is sophomore Quin Peters’ first year on the JagWire staff. She will be exploring the roles of writer and designer for the newspaper this year. Outside of school, Quin crochets, reads, writes creatively and is involved in art. Quin is a member of several clubs at the school, including National Art Honor Society, Youth for Refugees, Women’s Empowerment, Scholars Bowl, Creative Writing Club and Model UN.

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