Lindbergh Schools plans to remodel five school buildings – three elementary and two middle schools – over the next two years to provide them with secure vestibules designed to deter intruders and prevent mass shootings.

The $3.1 million project is scheduled to launch in summer 2020, with secure vestibules to be added to Long Elementary and Sperreng Middle School. By summer 2021, security upgrades are scheduled to be built at Crestwood and Kennerly elementary schools and Truman Middle School.

The Lindbergh Schools Board of Education on Tuesday night, during its final regular 2018-19 school year meeting, approved the sale of $40 million in bonds to pay for the security upgrades, plus other improvements district wide. The bond sale was authorized under the $105 million bond issue that district voters passed in April.

Under the secure vestibule concept, “Basically you have to be buzzed-in, and when you’re buzzed into a vestibule, you’re required to go into the main office,” said Tony Lake, district superintendent. “You don’t have access to the main school.”

Five of Lindbergh’s 11 schools already offer security features that include entrances with two sets of locked doors. What’s more, Lindbergh Early Childhood Education relies on a visitor management system that screens visitors.

Rounding out security, two armed St. Louis County Police officers serve full time as school resource officers for the district. One officer is stationed at Lindbergh High School, while the other splits his time between Sperreng and Truman middle schools.

Lake emphasized that physical security is just one part of the school safety equation, especially in preventing mass shootings.

“And if you look at any school shooting … relationships is the number one best practice to keep kids connected to school,” Lake said. “So our number one strategy with our school safety in Lindbergh is relationships with our kids.”

Food Service Contracts

The Lindbergh Schools board voted 7-0 to approve a one-year contract, effective July 1, with Southwest Food Service Excellence LLC to manage the district’s $2.4 million meal program for grades kindergarten through high school. Southwest’s proposal estimates administrative and management fees to be $76,533 for the 2019-20 school year.

Southwest, of Scottsdale, Arizona, will replace the current vendor, Chartwells Food Service.

The school board also approved 2019-20 meal prices that remain mostly unchanged from the 2018-19 school year.

A pint of milk will cost 65 cents, a 25-cent decrease; grade school breakfast will cost $1.55, an increase of 10 cents.Grade school lunches will still cost $3.05, while high school lunches will range in price from $3.20 to $4.60.