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LearnSafe school safety initiative to be useed in La Villa school district.

MDI Security Systems : 06 August, 2007  (Application Story)
MDI to supply comprehensive school security system as part of the LearnSafe initiative to the La Villa Independent School District to improve security and safety for school pupils.
MDI has announced that La Villa Independent School District has signed an agreement with the company to implement the LearnSafe school safety and security initiative and achieve LearnSafe Certification Status. The multi-year contract, when implemented, will designate La Villa as the first district in Texas to gain LearnSafe Certification. The LearnSafe Team will begin work immediately on a safety and security assessment and site survey project for the district's elementary, middle and high school campuses to include neighboring risk factors.

The initial assessment will empower La Villa ISD to meet all compliance requirements under Texas SB 11, which calls for all school districts in the state to conduct security audits, at least once every three years, across all district operating facilities and report the results to the board of trustees and the state. It will also provide the LearnSafe Team with the information necessary to provide the right levels of security for the district, based on the quantitative and qualitative risk identified at each operating location. The deadline for completion of the first round of safety audits for Texas public school districts is August 31, 2008.

"I applaud the La Villa School District, its Administration team and its School Board Members for taking the initiative to become the first school in our state to partner with the LearnSafe program to obtain their safety and security certification," stated Saul Garcia, School Board Trustee for Edcouch Elsa Independent School District, which is a neighbouring district to La Villa. "The most common statement in news reports given by community members after an incident of mass violence is, 'I never thought this would happen here.' With the LearnSafe Initiative in place, schools can now state that they have a proactive behavioural intervention program in place to prevent incidents of school violence from occurring, the detection and response capabilities necessary to identify and contain the incidents and, if an incident does take place, they are prepared to deal with it using an emergency management process that exceeds NIMS (National Incident Management System) Homeland Security compliance guidelines," he added.

In addition to MDI's unified video surveillance, access control, automated lockdown and alarm management solution, the LearnSafe Team is comprised of:

* Nortel Communications - providing systems integration, 911 emergency notification and acknowledgement systems, network security and insider Risk Management solutions that deter cyberbullying and sexual predator Internet contact. Nortel currently provides products and services to thousands of school district customers across the nation, many of which are exclusive customer accounts.

* ASSA Abloy - providing door security solutions and hardware components including badging hardware and access control readers and cards to thousands of schools nationwide. The company's school based solutions include a revolutionary new finish coating designed for high-touch locks and door hardware called MicroShield that permanently suppresses the growth of bacteria, algae, fungus, mold and mildew. It is ideal for school system environments and lasts for the life of the hardware.

* The SBS Group - delivering a proactive behavioral intervention program in a "trainer of trainers" model that empowers school personnel to identify threats well in advance of a situation, intervene based on proven research and create an environment where students do not have to resort to violence to express their emotions. This unique LearnSafe component delivers the industry's only standardized response to intervention solution, designed to decrease student anxiety, instead of waiting for students to fail.

* MDI Professional Services Group - providing dedicated program management, professional consulting, security training and centralized security monitoring solutions to LearnSafe customers.

"The Texas border region is considered by many to be a high threat area due to its proximity to the Mexican border, which is lined with dense ranchland that is difficult for law enforcement agencies to patrol and enforce," said Collier Sparks, President and CEO of MDI. "In addition to the common Homeland Security threats, the district's elementary school is a few hundred yards from a state maximum security prison and the school administration has done an incredible job of dealing with safety issues, limited security budgets and funding constraints over the past few years. As a LearnSafe Certified school system, district administrators and teachers can now focus on education, while our world-class team handles the design, implementation and management of their safety and security," he concluded.

A Professional Funding Specialist will work with La Villa school district administrators to complete the LearnSafe funding package. LearnSafe's unique approach to funding delivers customized packages to schools based on the most appropriate short and long term options available. In most cases, LearnSafe is able to fund from 75% to 100% of the program without the need to issue vehicles that will increase taxpayer burden.

MDI Security Systems is an official contract holder in The Cooperative Purchasing Network (TCPN). The TCPN contract is available for use by thousands of public and private schools, colleges, universities, cities, counties and other government agencies in the States of Texas, Arizona, Arkansas, New Mexico and Oklahoma to purchase products and services without having to undergo the time and direct costs associated with establishing a competitive bidding process.
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