Sunday, October 13, 2013

District Security and Safety Task Force set to launch

In an effort to make our schools the safest in the nation, a group of district staff and school security experts will be visiting district school sites this year to measure the safety and security of each of our campuses.

While at the site, the team will collect feedback from site staff and stakeholders about their safety concerns and needs, as well as conduct the safety and security appraisal that will examine six different security variables. These include: access and egress, locks and doors, policies and procedures, training, cameras and communications.

A pilot sample of 16 schools, selected from all grade levels and all district geography, will be initially appraised. Data from these schools will be used to help refine the work done at the other campuses.

Deputy Superintendent of Business Support Services Phil Stover will be supervising this work over the next year and will work directly with principals to schedule site visits. The goal is to appraise all district schools this year.

An email address has been setup for all district stakeholders, as well as the public, to communicate their concerns about campus safety and security directly to Deputy Superintendent Stover. Share your questions or concerns with him at

The district has set aside funds from its bond program to complete the work to bring our schools up to a safety/security standard that is the best in the nation.