Blue Devils games will be played in high guard
Often you have to pay to play or, in the case of schools in the city of Batavia, pay a little more.
The Batavia school board on Thursday approved a contract for four guards to provide additional security for home football matches. The fee is $29 an hour per guard at about five hours each, Superintendent Jason Smith said. That works out to around $580 per game, or $2,900 for five games.
You can blame the Batavia Blue Devils record, he said.
“It’s for special events, home football games. We attract 1,000 or more people to these games,” he told The Batavian Friday. “With a successful team, you attract more people.”
The extra staff will be retained for four or five home games, he said. These guards will not overlap with the district school resource officer and retired law enforcement personnel currently spread across the four different school sites, he said.
The agreement covers services from April 1 through December 31 of this year and is with Armor Security and Protection Inc. of Rochester. The company must provide state-certified security guards “to provide security and safety services for property located at 120 Richmond Ave., Batavia,” the contract says. The job includes monitoring sites for inappropriate and illegal behavior or actions, reporting site safety issues, and assisting with safe entry and exit. Guards should notify law enforcement or other emergency service providers if necessary. Documentation must be provided to the school district regarding any incident deemed a reportable event or at the request of the district, in accordance with the contract.
Guards will wear an Armor Security Uniform consisting of black pants and shoes, and an Armor Uniform Shirt, layered over an Armor Jacket during colder months.