LANCASTER —  Antelope Valley Union High School District’s governing Board will consider a $62,240 proposal with K12 Secure, an endeavor created by a former co-worker of Board President Robert “Bob” Davis at Thursday’s meeting.

Bruce Frank, who, like Davis, retired from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, pitched his newly formed security consultant group to the Board on Jan. 24.

Frank started K12 Secure in December 2018, he acknowledged when asked by trustee John Rush at the Jan. 24 meeting. The company does not have a website, and the only record of the company appears to be on Frank’s own LinkedIn page, where he is listed as senior consultant. He appears to be K12 Secure’s only employee thus far. Frank does not appear to have a business license for K12 Secure. There is no business listing for K12 Secure on the Secretary of State’s website. The City of Tehachapi, which Frank lists as his home town, and the City of Lancaster, home to the district’s headquarters, have no record of a K12 Secure business license. A representative from the City of Palmdale did not immediately respond to a request for information. There is also no indication if Frank is insured to conduct his business on school campuses, a requirement under state law.

The retired correctional officer worked more than 27 years with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He also serves as an “executive protection agent” with 360 Group International Inc., a Beverly Hills-based company that specializes in providing executive protection, security consulting and threat assessments to individuals, corporations and government agencies, according to its website.

The $62,240 proposal is more than 70% of Frank’s annual pension from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, which in 2017 was $88,510, public records show.

According to the proposal K12 Secure will partner with the high school district “to determine the most appropriate measures to ensure that the campuses of the District are as safe as possible.”

The high school district has an existing contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Frank proposed to conduct an analysis of the district’s security data through a systematic “Security Gap-Analysis” of the district’s current security systems and protocols.

“The Gap-Analysis will consist of a review of the District’s physical security policies, campuses, and interviews with applicable staff,” according to the proposal.

Frank could not answer trustee Jill McGrady at the Jan. 24 meeting when she asked him for a cost analysis of his proposal.

“I have a matrix for cost, but I’m not sure how to answer that question until we get to that portion, until we agree to go forward,” Frank said at the meeting.

The proposal the Board will consider is not a formal contract but a document with a revised cost matrix. According to the document K12 Secure’s hourly rate is $130. Training sessions will be billed at $15,000 per two-day session for a maximum of 30 employees. Assuming each day is eight hours that is equivalent to $937.50 an hour for 16 hours of work. The fee includes expenses for travel, meals, lodging, printing and report production, according to the document.

“We are sensitive to the financial challenges facing the School District, and want to minimize fees to the extent possible within the scope of the project,” the document said.

The Phase I gap analysis is projected to take 140 hours; that is 40 hours more than Frank discussed at the Jan. 24 meeting. If the proposal is approved, Phase I will cost the district $18,200. The initial Phase I gap analysis was projected at $13,000.

Phase II, the training session lesson plan development, at 60 hours each, will cost $7,800. There is a two-day training session in the second phase that will cost $15,000, according to the document.

Phase III, the “rollout” phase, is projected to cost the district $6,240 for 48 hours. There is a two-day “recertification” training at a cost of another $15,000.

There is no timeline included in the proposal, although the document said the hourly fees are based on a one-year “contract” period. However, it is not clear when the training would begin or when or even why “recertification” would be necessary within the one-year period. Nor is there any indication of the value a certification from K12 Secure holds.

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