|School Board Talks School Safety|
|Friday, 11 January 2013 13:37|
It's been more than a month since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School took the lives of 26 students, teachers and administrators, and schools around the country are still working to make sure something like Sandy Hook, doesn't happen at their schools. The issue came up at Tuesday's school board meeting. School board member Nik Rule says he's received more than two dozen phone calls and emails from parents worried about the safety of Oskaloosa Schools.
"In essence, what I'm looking for and what I'd like to get your guys' feedback on, I'd like the district to look into getting someone trained, a professional or an entity to come in and assess our safety of our protocol, the safety of our buildings, to identify what we're doing right and what we can do better," says Rule.
"I'm not opposed at all with bringing someone from the outside in. I'd like to have some conversations with our local police officer, police force, maybe Jake McGee, but we routinely take a look at that crisis plan," says Superintendent Russ Reiter.
Reiter says the School Resource Office, Lieutenant Craig Alexander of the Oskaloosa Police Department, and Greg McCaulley, who manages the schools' crisis plan, are going to a school safety training in Ottumwa and will continue to discuss school safety issues, including building locks and visitor procedures, with administration.