Alexandria, VA (June 8, 2007) - ASIS International, the preeminent organization for security management professionals worldwide, today announced Sierra Vista High School-in Las Vegas, Nev.-as the winner of its "School Security Funding Competition." For its winning entry, ASIS will award the school $20,000 to begin implementing security improvements.
The competition was launched in conjunction with ASIS International's 53rd Annual Seminar and Exhibits, being held in Las Vegas on September 24-27, 2007.
"We are grateful for the opportunity to give something back to the city and community that hosts our annual Seminar each year, and believe that helping local schools provide a safer setting is both an immediate and long-lasting way to achieve that," said Michael Stack, Executive Director of ASIS. "Sierra Vista High School, through its ongoing commitment to providing a more secure environment for its students and faculty, will be an excellent steward of our investment in the community. We congratulate the school and look forward to seeing the enhancements it has implemented when we visit Las Vegas in September."
The competition, facilitated by The Public Education Foundation in Las Vegas, was open to all 326 elementary, middle and high schools in the Clark County (Nev.) School District. In an essay format, school administrators were asked to assess the level of security on their campuses, discuss how particular security concerns impacted their educational goals for students and suggest how they would use the prize money to address those concerns and improve their school's overall security.
Sierra Vista High School, one of the district's largest schools with more than 3,250 students and a sizeable campus, was selected as the winning school for the level of detail it provided on its existing security plan and the feasibility and sustainability of the security enhancements it proposed in its entry.
All entries were judged by a committee comprised of security experts from the Las Vegas Chapter of ASIS, representatives of the Clark County School District, The Public Education Foundation and the Clark County School District Police Department.
Sierra Vista High School will be recognized at a special awards luncheon on September 27th at the Las Vegas Convention Center.