Referendum plan addresses safety and security for LPS students

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Prairie Educator – Lester Prairie Superintendent Melissa Radeke –

The safety and security of Lester Prairie students is a top priority of the LP School District and our community.

Parents trust us to keep their children safe throughout the day, and we have done an excellent job of this, despite several challenges related to how our building and site are currently configured.

Over time, these challenges have grown with our district; the largest of which include building security and pedestrian safety at pick-up/drop-off times.

The referendum plan will address safety concerns of pedestrian traffic around the building, particularly during student drop-off and pick-up times.

Currently, these high-traffic times create a hazardous situation for pedestrians trying to cross the street while drivers are driving in and out of the parking lot, and busses are arriving or departing.

The referendum plan solves these issues by connecting our building to the parking lot, creating separate drop-off areas for busses and parents, and adding distinct driving and parking lanes in the parking lot.

Building security is another area addressed by the referendum.  As a school district, we need the ability to monitor visitors entering the building throughout the day.

By providing a secured entry; one that requires visitors to pass through and sign in at our office, we will know who is with our kids at all times.

The referendum would also provide a lockable shipping and receiving area, so deliveries aren’t made through open side doors during the school day.

This locked and secure receiving area will ensure that the main entrance is the only place visitors can enter our building.

Additional safety and security improvements will be made throughout the building, improving our ability to monitor students in common areas, address fire marshal concerns, and limit the number of students who cross 2nd Avenue during the school day.

More information, meetings, voting

For more information on this and other improvements included in the referendum,  visit the referendum tab on the school district’s website, or attend one of the informational meetings that will take place Tuesday, July 23 and Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. in the media center at Lester Prairie School.

We encourage all community members to either come to the polls Tuesday, Aug. 13, or vote early with an absentee ballot available at the school office from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday; or 8 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays.

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