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HAVEN’s Promenade of Hope
HAVEN’s annual Promenade of Hope attracted 370 supporters to the Royal Park Hotel where 125 arrived early for the VIP reception in the sun drenched Conservatory. Before dinner they joined the throng perusing the silent auction, which raised $26,585. The dinner program had highlights. A 16-year-old honor student named “Diamond” kicked it off with a powerful song. Emcee / host Diana Lewis revealed for the first time that she witnessed domestic violence in her own home that “…looked wonderful from the outside… (but) I cried more than I smiled.” Survivor Susan Skotzke got a standing ovation when she finished telling about the horror of an intruder raping her 26 years ago and how HAVEN helped her recover, gave her hope and stood by her in court where the rapist got a life sentence. A brief live auction raised $16,400 and Pam Wyett held the winner in the 52-card raffle.
01/25/2013 - Bloomfield Hills Schools has entered into an agreement with Bloomfield Township police to provide a school security officer, whose role will be to enhance school safety.
Superintendent Rob Glass announced to the school community, "As you know from my last communication to you following the tragic event in Newtown Connecticut, our administration has been conducting a review of our existing emergency/security procedures. We are grateful to all of our local law enforcement for their ongoing support and input. While we have been reassured that our procedures are among the very best, we also believe that there is room for improvement. The pathway to a higher level of safety and security rests in higher levels of consistent training for staff, students and the parents who frequent our schools. The best plans in the world are dependent upon faithful execution in order to provide the protection intended."
Bloomfield Hills Schools Communications Director Shira Good said the district will share the cost of hiring the officer, who is a Bloomfield Township police detective. The district is anticipated to pay for the costs of the officer during the school year, with the police department picking up the remainder of the salary.
Among other responsibilities, the school security officer will assist the district at all of its buildings by conducting an immediate review of existing procedures, identifying areas for improvement, and then helping to make those improvements.
The officer will provide ongoing training and drills for staff, students and parents at each building, and monitor security on a rotating basis across the district, making sure all of the buildings are secure and that prescribed procedures are being followed as intended. The officer will also provide a visible security presence within the district. He or she will also communicate with the two existing police liaison officers and other area law enforcement to stay apprised of any potential threats that could arise.
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