Assistant Police Chief Karl Jegeris, Rapid City, says a mentally ill individual threatened a Rapid City council member through email, including innuendos about weapons.
The Rapid City Police Department then recommended five security changes for the chamber, which were approved by the school board Tuesday.
Here are the changes:
- The podium, which is centrally located now, will be moved to the West side of the room.
- A glass doorway will be put between the restrooms and the caucus room.
- Glass will be put in the upper areas of the front doors.
- Blinds will be removed from the back window.
- A half-wall will be constructed to create a barrier between the public and the council members.
Jerry Wright, council president, says these changes aren't to make council members harder to reach. "I think it's sad that we have to do this, but it will not limit people's accessibility to talk to us," said Wright. "I think it's going to provide a little sense of security and safety."
The estimated cost of the project is between $16,000 and $19,000 and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.