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We were doing the retrofitting, but we also were continuing to install grilles at other campuses because of serious concerns about vandalism,'' Krum said.
According to Korenstein, no additional grilles will be installed until classrooms are retrofitted to meet code requirements.
The immovable grilles were approved by the state architect and city fire inspectors.
Even though they are required for residential bedrooms and for larger buildings, safety latches are not legally necessary on window grilles in classrooms with fewer than 50 students.
It now costs about $180 to install each security grille.
Lynn Roberts, director of maintenance and facilities for the district, brought a model of a security grille equipped with two interior safety latches.
So far, the security grilles have been bolted to the outside of windows at 64 schools, the start of a $14 million project, financed by the Proposition BB bonds, that was to include 750 schools.
In most instances, the grilles were being attached to exterior window frames without escape latches.
Contractors) are continuing to install the grilles at select locations.
So far, the security grilles have been bolted to the outside of windows at 64 schools in a $14 million effort - paid for with Proposition BB bond money - that will eventually encompass 750 campuses.
United Teachers Los Angeles Vice President Bev Cook, who has received several complaints from teachers about the grilles, on Friday also called for equipping them with latches.
The security grilles are being installed - and financed with Proposition BB bond funds - at about 750 schools to deter theft and vandalism despite the fact that property crime at schools is declining statewide.