Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Safety and security problems from within and without


School security was a hot button issue a year ago before the referendum. It is not too surprising that it is again in the news this year. Parents are concerned, and I don't blame them.

One of the things I gleaned from the high school tours last year was that whether or not the referendum passed, security cameras would be installed. Fact Sheet 1: Safety and Security-Part 1

"When the 2007 referendum failed, security cameras were funded separately. If the 2008 referendum fails, the district might take some short-term measures to secure the front, Gibson said."


Telephone technology arrived in Brookfield Central's classrooms in 2006.

"There were situations when kids were in dire straits, when teachers sent kids running to the office or borrowed a cell phone and called the office," LaBonte said, adding that he and a previous principal fought for communication systems.

As a result of the principals' pleading, each school also was outfitted with about 25 security cameras this school year.

The interior and exterior cameras, which are not monitored live, serve primarily as preventive and investigative tools, and the camera system would be added to if the April 1 referendum passes.

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