Caesar Rodney High unveils school’s new ‘Guardian Booth’

Sen. Colin Bonini speaks during the unveiling of a Guardian Booth at Caesar Rodney High School on Tuesday. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

CAMDEN — Caesar Rodney High School unveiled its new “advanced security booth” on Tuesday.

State Sen. Colin Bonini, R-Dover South, helped secure the donation of the portable security booth worth about $5,000 from New York-based manufacturer called Guardian Booth several weeks ago.

“It was a lucky circumstance,” said Sen. Bonini. “I have a friend who works for a company that represents Guardian Booth. He called me out of the blue and asked if I might know of anyone who could use one.

“So I called up superintendent Kevin Fitzgerald and we made it work. A week later, here we are with the booth. The company deserves a lot of credit for making this happen, they really stepped up.”

The freshly unveiled booth currently rests at the entrance to the school stadium, but principal Dr. Sherry Kijowski said it will be useful in several capacities and locations.

“We’re currently undergoing an extensive renovation, and the stadium will be altered too, so the Guardian Booth is going to give us some added flexibility and portability to manage events,” she said. “We’ll also be able to move it around the campus and help us streamline the entrance of patrons to events.”

While the booth’s most obvious use is to establish security at an entry point, Dr. Kijowski said it can serve as a meeting point or hub and ticketing station that provides shelter as well.

Sen. Colin Bonini speaks during the unveiling of a Guardian Booth at Caesar Rodney High School on Tuesday. Delaware State News/Marc Clery

The manufacturer describes the structure as a prefabricated booth for guards, parking attendants, ticket vendors or cashiers. They are designed to provide both a “safe” environment and “added security.” They provide protection and are specifically designed for “comfort and safety.”

The booths are built with pre-painted galvanized iron sandwich panels, aluminum framing and are filled with weather-resistant insulation. They are engineered for maximum natural light and 360 degree views.

“Our guard stations were initially meant to service the construction industry in NYC, but it quickly became apparent that there was a need for security booths to keep our children safe nationwide,” Abraham Taub, CEO co-founder of Guardian Booth, said in a statement. “We are proud to be part of CR High School’s mission to protect its students and do our part in providing services that the school sees fit.”

Sen. Bonini said the school can use the booth to help control and limit access to certain areas on the High School campus, which will be particularly useful during after school events.

In light of the gun control debate raging in the country and state in the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida, last month that left 17 dead, Sen. Bonini says anything that makes school’s more secure is a “win.”

“Regardless of where people are on the gun legislation being proposed, I think everyone agrees that we want to make our campuses as secure as possible,” he said. “This is a win no matter your feelings about guns.”

Dr. Kijowski agrees and says the new booth will figure prominently in the school’s safety infrastructure.

“Anything a school’s administrative team can do to enhance security is important,” she said. “I think people are our greatest resource, and this is a piece of equipment to help us manage people.

“Our events here on campus are well-attended and we want those to be positive and safe for everyone involved. The portability and flexibility of the booth itself will allow us to adapt to the needs of the campus.”

Reach staff writer Ian Gronau at igronau@newszap.com

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