Calcasieu Parish School Board approves contract for additional security services
In continued efforts to ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff, members of the Calcasieu Parish School Board voted to approve a contract between the district and Stratigos Dynamics, Inc. for security services within CPSB elementary schools.
Stratigos Dynamics, Inc. is a Lake Charles based company that provides security, remote monitoring, safety management, defense training, emergency response, and more.
This endeavor was initially recommended by staff to address campuses within the district without Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers.
“We will continue to be aggressive in acting on additional security measures when those measures become actionable items,” said Dr. Shannon LaFargue, CPSB Superintendent. “We greatly appreciate the current relationship we have with CPSO, and their School Resource Officers do an outstanding job within our schools. However, CPSO is not immune to the staffing shortages being experienced across the country, so this is simply a temporary endeavor we’re exploring to ensure the safety of our students, faculty, and staff.”
The safety and security of students, faculty, and staff will always be the top priority within the Calcasieu Parish School Board. While strong partnerships with our local law enforcement agencies are still in place, the addition of this contract further strengthens the security of CPSB campuses.
The approved contract will go into effect on May 1 and continue for the remainder of the school year. The schools impacted will be Moss Bluff Elementary, Gillis Elementary, LeBleu Settlement Elementary, and J.I. Watson Elementary. Elementary schools within Wards 3 and 4 will be covered by their designated Marshal’s Offices, and schools in DeQuincy and Vinton will be covered by their respective police departments. Additional security measures will be pursued this summer to further strengthen security at CPSB elementary schools and other campuses without full-time school resource officers.
Pictures of Stratigos Dynamics, Inc. personnel uniforms and security units that will be present at schools are below.