Board Members voted unanimously Tuesday night to have all the district safety procedures reviewed.
The issue was brought forth by Board Member Scott Barnett, who has two of his own children attending school in the district.
“I feel confident that today we’re doing the best we can,” said Barnett. “That doesn’t mean we can’t improve procedures and reexamine them, everything from a potential violent situation to natural disasters.”
Barnett said the school district already utilizes many security measures. Those include, but aren’t limited to, police officers on campus and safety plans in case of evacuation or lock-down.
Barnett said the safety plans should be reviewed to make sure the district is doing the best it can “without making the campuses armed fortresses.”
Board member Kevin Beiser said the issue is at the forefront for educators.
“As I was visiting schools today this was the first issue on our conversation with administration at the sites,” said Beiser. “About what opportunities do you have to make your school site even safer then how we have our current safety plans?”
Barnett said he expects the safety review will take about 30 days and staff will return to the board with an update and suggestions.
No matter what comes from the review, School District Chief of Police Rueben Littlejohn said he is ready to respond.
“We will take this seriously,” said Littlejohn. “And we will take an omnipresent approach of trying to provide a presence everywhere, at all times, which is needed when looking at what happened in Connecticut.”
Barnett said bond money was already set aside for school improvements prior to the Sandy Hook shooting. That money could be used for upgrades such as fire alarms, security cameras, fencing or phone systems to name a few examples. He wants to ensure the district uses the money in the most efficient way possible.