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December 27, 2012

Southern Indiana schools confident in safety of students


> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Clarksville Community Schools

With just three schools to secure, superintendent Kim Knott said the consistency of procedures with her schools are in good shape. With a new agreement to add a resource officer to go between each of the buildings, she said the district is on solid ground for securing its students.

But she acknowledged some changes that could make safety better for the schools.

“I don’t know that we have any school that’s any less secure than another,” Knott said. “Sometimes we have more up to date alarms and cameras than we do in some buildings. We have web capture in some buildings and not others. We have procedures in place, but in some cases, the equipment might be dated.”

But that’s about to change. She said talks have been initiated with security experts about how to get the most out of their money for new security equipment.

“Overall, I think our security procedures and practices are solid,” Knott said. “Fundamentally, I think they’re very strong. We clearly have a procedure in place where visitors do not have access to our facilities without a buzz-in to enter. That’s been in place for some time now since I’ve been here.”

She also said training to teachers could become available to help them learn how to react in various emergency situations.

“One of the things we discussed with the Clarksville Police Department is the whole concept of mock scenarios and situations,” Knott said. “I think we’ll look very seriously into staging those to give our students, teachers and community a look at what that looks like.”

She said aside from updating some of the cameras and other equipment, the district should be fine in the case of an emergency.

“The partnerships we have with police have really paid off this week, the dividends have come out with our students, teachers and staff,” Knott said.

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