Butler County Times Gazette
  • St. James provides added layer of school security

  • A safe and secure school environment is essential to the learning process and Augusta’s St. James Catholic School is vigilant in protecting their students and faculty.
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  • A safe and secure school environment is essential to the learning process and Augusta’s St. James Catholic School is vigilant in protecting their students and faculty.
    A new integrated security system is being installed and will be in use on the first day of school.
    “Except for our front entrance, our building has always been on full lock-down,” Father Michael Schemm stated. “Our school council researched the need and possibility of more security. They contacted Coby Hayes for pricing and he is generously donating labor and equipment.”
    The St. James parish annual auction raised the majority of the funds and Hayes, owner and CEO of 4PC Integrated Security Intelligence Solutions, is helping to defray the cost of a security system for the school.
    “Our members were very generous at the auction and Coby has been very charitable,” Schemm said.
    The system is comprised of Honeywell equipment, utilizing fingerprint recognition and 16 cameras placed strategically around the school perimeter, providing high definition video.
    Schemm advised when a person leaves one camera view they will be picked up immediately by another.
    Hayes, a Butler County native and resident who has been in the security business for 23 years and travels coast to coast, is passionate about protection.
    “No one wants to think about violence happening here, but sadly acts of violence in church and school settings have escalated. We all know this. Having said that, our approach is to protect - deter, deny and detect,” Hayes continued. “The system can prevent a situation, or help to deter and slow down a perpetrator and if needed, provide evidence. These cameras are recording.”
    Hayes explained his faith-based company, 4PC stands for Four Pals Club and each year they adopt a project in which they give back.
    “We’re very happy to be doing this and helping St. James,” he advised.
    When St. James parents visit the school for enrollment, they will also be providing fingerprints for the office records.
    Per the usual custom, the school office will keep records of special information concerning special pick-up and drop-off situations, but the new system will deny or curtail access to anyone with a background issue.
    “We are very excited about this wonderful new system. It’s all about the safety of our staff and children,” said Schemm.

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